AWD #248: Erik's Turn
Erik's Turn
Summary: Amos sends word that he wants a work with Erik
Date: 11/Sep/2013
Related Logs: Caprica Caper & Lleu's Big Surprise
Amos Erik 
Battalion HQ - Deck 3 - Battlestar Orion
The headquarters of Third Battalion, Eighth Marines is the primary command location for all Marines associated with Task Force NOMAD. The walls and desks are covered with maps, photos, and satellite imagery. Secure phones are bolted to each bulkhead, and for added insurance, each desk possesses its own encrypted wireless unit with its own independent wiring. The small room is always manned by a wireless operator and a duty sergeant, though it tends to explode with activity during duty hours.
AWD #248

It's shortly after lunch ship's time and Amos has left instructions that when Lance Corporal Jast reports in he is to be directed through to HQ. The Captain is currently seated behind one of the desks, slowly working his way through the small mountain of files and reports that have been produced onboard in the last few months, bringing himself up to speed with whats been going on. Other than that, with no major mission son the imminent horizon, the room is relatively quiet with a few people coming and going, pushing paper and such.

When the Heavy Weapons Marine received the message that Captain Ommanney wanted to speak with him, Erik made his way to the Battalion HQ immediately. Passing through the Security Hub, the Lance Corporal makes his way to the desk that the Captain currently occupies. When he steps in front of the desk, the Marine snaps to attention, "Lance Corporal Jast reporting as ordered, sir." There is no hand salute as the Battlestar is considered indoors.

"Lance Corporal," Amos replies as he spots the man's approach, setting asside the report he's reading "I had some paperwork for you. One moment." Reaching into a draw he draws out a couple of sheets of paper but then places them face down on the desk infront of him before pushing his chair back and standing himself. A quick glance confirms that the duty sergeant has done the same, although the wireless operator appears to have been excuse, in case of emergency one assumes. Reciting from memory the Captain then proclaims, "Lance Corporal Erik Jast, Colonial Marine Corp, you are hereby awarded the Silver Cluster for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in connection with military operations against the enemy while serving with the 3rd Battalion 8th Regiment in support of operations on Caprica to free the colonial government from the influence of those who would threaten the safety and security of the colonies." As he's speaking he reaches into a pocket his his greens and pulls out a small box, from which he produces said medal and, a little awkwardly given the placement of the desk, attaches it over Erik's left brest. "Also," he then adds as another small box appears in his hand, "the Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal for operating on the ground behind enemy lines." Needless to say the pinning process is then repeated before he steps back a half pace and finishes with, "as you were Lance Corporal, and congratulations.".

There is a slight twitch of Erik's brow when the Captain mentions that there is paperwork for him but he remains standing at attention, no other reaction to what the other man had said. When Amos rises to his feet, the Lance Corporal's gaze remains straight forward though there is a reaction when the other Marine continues with the awarding of medals. He almost turned his head to look at the Marine Officer but remembers his training, his gaze remaining forward. When the medals are pinned, there is a slight curl at the edge of Erik's lips and when he is allowed to transition an 'at ease' stance with his hands laced at the small of his back, he finally turns to look at Amos, "Thank you sir, it is an honor to receive these medals." There is a pause when the smile fades as the loss is remembered, "Without those who went with me on the mission, it would have been impossible to accomplish, sir. Especially with Corporal Baca's sacrifice."

"You actions bring credit to both yourself and the Corp," Amos replies to the mention of honour, then watches as Eriks' thoughts turn to other elements of the mission. "So I understand from the reports," he states with a slight nod. "I can tell you that I pinned those exact same medals on Sergeant Ynyr's chest last night but I've heard no word on the Corporal." Nor would he expect to really, given he can't exactly go present her with them.

When it is mentioned that the Sergeant also received medals, Erik nods his head though as for no word of the Corporal, his brows furrow slightly. "She deserves it, Sir, deserves more than what I received, even if it is posthumously. Without her paying the ultimate sacrifice… I don't think any of us would've made it back."

Amos listens carefully then nods in reply. "If you want to put that in writing for me Lance Corporal then I'll pass it up the line and see what comes of it." It takes him a moment to find the appropriate form and hand a copy over and then remembers the sheets on top of the desk and hands them over too. They are, it seems, the citations to go with the medals.

"If you believe that will help, sir, then I will try to put something down in writing and have it to you." Erik says with another nod of his head, not realizing that he could do that to see Corporal Baca recognized. When the copy of the form is offered, the Lance Corporal accepts it, glancing at the contents briefly before lowering his hand, his attention returnign to the Captain.

"It's no guarentee," Amos warns briefly, "but I'll back it, and since it's been decided to decorate you and Sergeant Ynyr I think it has a strong chance." He does a quick mental check to make sure he hasn't forgotten anything then states, "unless you have anything else Lance Corporal, dismissed."

There is a nod of understanding from the Lance Corporal, especially when the Captain shares his thoughts on the outcome of such an attempt. Once he is dismissed, Erik snaps back to attention, "Yes sir. Thank you sir." With that, he does an about turn and heads for the exit of the room.

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