After the exercise was completed, Shuttle Team Delta regrouped at the Cargo Master's office and quickly got into a discussion about where they could have improved their run. Once all the other 'players' in this trial had filed out of the fake shuttle bay, the 1st officer spoke up again over the Tannoy,
"Team 4, please leave the area and return to quarters directly. Attend briefing room in 1 hour – bring your exercise equipment with you. Thank you for your participation. Dismissed"
Returning to quarters, Ditt checked on the fallen Ensign, the rest of the team heading home directly. Before long, the time for the de-briefing was close and Fister gathered the Team ahead of time to ensure they weren't late and that they had all of their equipment.
As the Team waited outside of the briefing room for their time, the doors opened and some of the crew that played 'the enemy' filed out. The ambassador and the security guard both shot Rei some dark looks before the group marched back down towards the exercise area, presumably to set up for the next team's run.
" Here already?"
The first officer's voice came from within the briefing room,
"You'd better come in then. Please deposit your training kit in the storage boxes supplied, please"
As the team entered the room, depositing the expanding armour and training phasers in the boxes supplied for them, they are asked to sit so the debrief can get under way. J'eff hands in the real phaser and says,
"It is surely illogical to leave a live weapon in a training area where it could be mistaken for training equipment and cause an accidental injury. I have removed the power cell and made it safe"
The 1st officer stands, taked the Phaser, thanking J'eff, then starts circling the team who are all now sat around the briefing table with a small box in his hand.
"I'm sure you have your own opinion on how the exercise went,"
Athena made as if to interrupt and voice her opinion but Phil Fister gave her a quick look and a nod of the head, muting her intended commentary of "yeah, brilliantly!". The 1st Officer continued uninterrupted,
"…and I have to say that you certainly gave me the most to think about during your run. After reviewing your activities with my officers and the other cew involved in the exercise my review o your performance is as follows."
The team around he table tense a little, not quite knowing what to expect given the rather stern tone they were being spoken to with. The 1st Officer paused for breath, looked straight at James across the table from him, and continued on.
"Your preparations were nothing like those of most of the other teams. I am aware you managed to acquire the undoctored floorplans ahead of the exercise as we planted them in the computer system to see if you would attempt to 'cheat', as it were. While it was no surprise that you took the bait, it was a surprise that you cracked the encryption fast enough to memorise the layout. This was good work and shows a capability to bend the rules when you need to in the line of your duty. While I should be reprimanding you here for unauthorised use of the computer system, I will instead applaud it."
At this point, the 1st Officer had made it all the way around to James and stopped behind him, laying his hands upon James' shoulders.
"However, we pulled the replicator logs and found some very unusual results. We didn't put two and two together until we saw Athena throwing dust capsules around. In addition we are highly suspicious of how you were able to recreate the entire transporter program so fast when we had removed the key modules from the computer deliberately as a time sink for the technical minded. You are the only member of any team able to bring the transporter back online in this fashion – you're either a genius programmer or have a photographic memory. Either way, you are in the wrong job. I have organised a stint for you in Astrogation helping to re-order our star charts after some corruption in the computer core last week. Effective immediately. You can join your team again as soon as you are done. Off you go."
The door was opened and James was ushered through it and out of the res of the brief.
"Report to Astrogation immediately, Sgt Major. I'll check on your progress. Pray you are a genius programmer or you won't be able to join your fellows planetside when the final exam comes"
Unsure of what to say, the team stayed silent for now. Even Athena swallowed her obvious question. Adjusting his uniform, the 1st officer continued his tour around the table.
"Engineering reported a misalignment of the scanner arrays before the exercise. I'm assuming James was the cause of that while trying to gain an advantage for you. We relocated some assets and reorganised accordingly to put you off some of our positions to maintain a level of fairness. Once T'Kyr asked for a Tricorder, however, we saw that the advantage we'd nullified would be regained quickly and set some of the changes back. This would not happen in the field. Be aware of that."
Settling his gaze on T'Kyr, the 1st officer moved onto the next phase of his review.
"T'kyr, your request for equipment that could help was indeed logical, worthwhile and could have helped but given the mission parameters, the location you were entering and the abilities of you and J'eff you could have saved that time and achieved your goals another way, as you eventually did. Sometimes try to apply that logic beyond the immediate need and contemplate acquiring what you need in the field when you have to. You won't always have your Starfleet issue equipment with you, after all. That said, great work with the scanners. You ensured the team weren't without information - a key role for a good science officer."
Moving around the table, the 1st officer took a deep breath and looked at the Alpha Centaurans of the squad, who were essentially high-5'ing one another with their facial expressions at this point.
"As for your combat specialists, they were used effectively for the most part. Using Rei as a scout was a good idea but even a good Scout needs good backup. Rei's choice to remain a solo actor could have turned sour in the same way as it eventually did for Athena."
Stopping to point at Athena, the First officer hardened his voice.
"If Rei hadn't have abandoned her one-woman-army bit when she did, you would have been killed today, Athena. Apart you two are clearly good. Together, you are better. Coordinate your movement more in future for better results."
"We had it under control. Your man behind the boxes was going to get what was coming to him. Rei didn't need to take the shot!"
Shaking his head, the first officer moved on.
"Ditt, as medical officer of this team your role was always going to be supportive in nature. Your actions in trying to be close to the combatants to provide first aid was noted. Unfortunately you do need to realise that you are not necessarily suited to follow where the combat oriented members of your team go. Either skill up accordingly, hole up in a defensive position you are able to strike out from or try and find ways to equip your people with the ability to self medicate in the field. Partnered up with another member of your team you ae at your most effective. Try not to be caught alone if you can help it"
Rei scowls across the table at Ditt, finally realising what the banging in the vents may have been. Ditt responds with a stoic and calm expression, raising a single eyebrow as if to emote, "What?"
"J'eff. Your usage of Psionic abilities was useful but sadly your colleague at the scanner was able to do a better job in locating the enemy. Attempting to use Fister's diversion as something to lock on to was inspired, however. As I do not know much on Vulcan Psionics I won't comment further on this but your plan to cut off escape by waiting with the shuttle was a good contingency plan. Also, handing in a live weapon from the area will keep others safe during the final exercise. Well done."
Stopping opposite Phil, the 1st officer sighed,
"Sgt Major Phil Fister. This was your team. They did you proud today, completing the task ahead of them. They would have done it faster if you had organised them a little better. The fact that I'm not congratulating the team on coming first is your responsibility. My main problem with your personal performance, was in your negotiations with our cook. Encouraging him to play act his role was either inspired or stupid. It was at least unprofessional – you could have negotiated as if the scenario before you was real. I suggest you take your role as negotiator a little more seriously next time, Sgt Major. Still, you captured the Hacker, provided an effective distraction and while you could have communicated better, did keep the team informed where it counted so I find myself unable to be completely harsh on you."
Finishing his second circle of the table, the 1st officer sits down.
"So, that leaves us at the final tally. Nobody on this team was perfect but not one of you failed in your duties. As a team you were effective at your roles leading to a completely successful outcome. Your compassion for your fellow crew members was marred slightly by the excessive force used towards the end of the exercise but I'm putting that down to resistance rather than malice in this case. Rei, you may want to avoid the mess hall for the next day or so and both you ACs need to stay out of Sgt Johnston's way while you are on ship. He isn't best pleased with the nearly broken wrist you gave him and he can be an abrasive character at best."
Rei smiled saying, "He shouldn't have been holding the detonator, then".
"Indeed," responds the 1st officer, "trying to jam him into lockers is going a bit far, though. He now has to miss the next exercise as I've sent him to sick bay."
Standing up again the 1st officer continues his debriefing, obviously coming to a close.
"You were 2nd fastest, beating 3rd place team by a whisker. You did, however, complete all of the objectives and gave us the most important targets to interrogate. In this instance, the Ambassador gives you a commendation for your efforts. This translates into three day's leave for your team after your final exam. We have added this already to your personal records. Congratulations are in order."
Feeling some pride at the announcement, what comes next is a bit of icing on the cake.
"I would especially like to recognise you all for your adherence to my instruction during our medical emergency. Our Chief Medical Officer has commended Dit on saving the life of Ensign Willard, who fell from the balcony after a Rei shot him"
"Hang on," Rei started to protest, "he shouldn't have been leaning so far over the…"
"Yes, yes" the 1st offcer cuts through Rei's outrage, "I'm aware it wasn't your fault and have issued instructions for the next two exercises that should prevent a repeat. Had that been a real situation I'd have taken that shot myself"
"Damn right" muttered Rei as the 1st officer continued on.
"As I was saying, for saving Ensign Willard's life with your swift 1st aid despite the conflicting interests of teh situation our Chief Medical officer has commended Ditt and I have seconded it. As such I am pleased to award Ditt with this Medal of commendation for life saving acions in unusual circumstances"
With that, the 1st officer hands over teh small box and opens it. It contains a small blue and grey ribbon and on the end is a red 6 pointed star that looks like three blocks have been placed overlapping at their centre.
"My evaluation for this mission is: Total Success, Grade 2. Well done, team. I have already made the recommendation that your team be allowed to continue to the final exam. You have 3 days to prepare for your final exam which will be a planetside field mission, not a simulation missing on-ship"
And with that, the 1st officer leaves you to celebrate.
[GM Note: All players receive 25 Professional reputation points and 2 CPs to spend how you wish before the final exam.]