AWD #101: Situation Report April 2005
Situation Report, April 2005
Summary: TACCO makes a general announcement to the Task Force as to the Status of Things.
Date: 17/04/2013
Related Logs: None
Combat Information Center - Deck 2
The Combat Information Center is the tactical heart of the Orion. This CIC is designed in a circular formation, the Admiral apparently a fan of the classical set-up. Dead center are a set of large monitors suspended from the ceiling with DRADIS readings as well as other vital shipboard information. Under this is a small map table outlining current plots and positions. The table has a built-in phone as well as smaller displays as to critical damage reports. Both port and starboard other watch stations are set at all times, in two rows of tiers like stadium seating, one above the other. Each station has a purpose — Helm, Weapons, Communications, Electronic Warfare, Damage Control, and further tactical monitoring. More displays and banks of computer monitors line the walls. This area is heavily guarded by Marines at all hours of the day and night.
04/17/2005 (AWD #101)

"Today marks the one hundred and first day since the Colonies were invaded, so perhaps its not merely a coincidence that today also marks a turning point in the war against our enemy. For many of us, this last month brought welcome news that the loved ones we had previously thought we had lost or worse are now safe here on Piraeus where we can fight to defend them and keep them safe. At the same time, we have discovered information that may very well allow us to turn the tide of battle - I've mentioned to several of you that I saw my job as one of using everything we had to hold off the massive invasion until someone found that miracle that was going to let us tell the Cylons: 'No, you will not be rid of us.' It would seem that as of this week, that miracle may have been found. When we know for certain that this has panned out, the entire Fleet will know it - you will be able to look out the nearest window and see it.

"This last month, a member of the Cylon Collective snuck onto our safe haven and attempted to execute the three, now four, Cylons that defected to our side. He murdered several of our crew and successfully killed the Cylon Catriona Boyd, before our Marine Corps riflemen put him down for good. Our Chief Medical Officer is using his body and information and samples willingly donated by Cooper Knox, Ceres Garrido, and Naomi Tamsin, to develop a foolproof test that will tell us for certain who is and who is not a Cylon 'skinjob' model, because as long as we do not know what some of the model numbers look like, this can happen again, until we have a successful test as part of our 'new arrival' process.

"As for the remaining defectors, our JAG Corps have adapted the Uniform Code of Military Justice to account for this previously-unexpected development. With Admiral Jameson signing off on the amendments, tribunals will be held in the next week or two on Picon to have each of the defectors' cases independently evaluated and their fates determined by a court of law. I must remind all members of the Task Force that, if you travel to Picon to participate or witness these hearings first hand, to remember to censure your speech where Piraeus is concerned, especially when speaking to individuals that are not from here. ECOs and senior Flight and Command officers should go nowhere without at least one other armed member of the Navy escorting them at all times. As demonstrated by one of the prisoner transport Raptors having been shot down this week, Picon is still an active war zone with enemy agents active where we might least expect them.

"With the recent influx of our relatives, we have begun construction on the primary civilian living site, south of Sheridan. Civil engineers and our tankers are clearing the space now, but we will be asking for all the overtime Engineering can donate to the efforts of salvaging the derelict fleet at Hera, for the needed building materials, so we can erect homes for our wives, husbands, children, and other relatives. If you aren't sure how you can help, ask your Department Head, myself, Captain Arden, Lieutenant Morgan, or Captain Nadir.

"If you are in the Air Group or the Marines, Command has just handed a significant assignment load to your commanding officers. If you feel you are being 'underutilized', I strongly advise you to speak to your section, squadron, or department head to best determine how you can alleviate this concern. I guarantee you the work is there needing to be done.

"Which brings me to my last point: A great many things happened last month, and it was not the finest moment for some of our senior officers. We have been at war for 100 days now, and tempers have been flaring. But we are all commissioned and enlisted members of the Colonial Defense Forces, and we can be better than this. Be better than what infuriates you, do not let it drag you down to that level, because then you both lose. Speak to your commanding officer, or THEIR commanding officer, if you cannot speak to them.

"Escalate questions up your chain of command. We are still here, ladies and gentlemen, and we are about to teach the Cylon Collective that they should have stayed home."

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