Keeping the Cogs Oiled (Tag Darach)

Posted Sept. 27, 2021, 10:20 p.m. by Chief Warrant Officer Walker Darach (Chief Operations Officer) (Steve Johnson)

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At promptly 0800, the start of shift as requested, Mal’athar pressed the chime to Darach office. Or perhaps it was a work room or closer to a machine shop. Or maybe a storage hold? It was the one thing that she loved about Operations officers. They were unique and unpredictable. Most Operations chiefs she’d worked with were practical, but how that practicality asserted itself was always different. On the Fastrac the Operations chief and boxed out a room at the top of the stacks in the main cargo hold for an ‘office.’ He’d said it allowed him to see everything that he had access to and over look it all, and he was harder to find up there. She knew the interuption wouldn’t be welcome, but it was necessary. Mal’athar didn’t want the first time she spoke with CWO Darach to be the first time she needed to make a request or give orders.

Mal’athar, XO

“Enter!” Walker called as the doors slid open. For whatever reason the ship designers had not thought to put in a designated space for an operations chief, probably because they thought all they were good for was pushing buttons on the bridge. Forgetting all of the other day to day details of keeping a ship this size running.

When Walker had first arrived on the Manhattan, he had been thankful to rate senior officer quarters, so had done most the paperwork out of there. Setting aside some space in one of the back corners of the cargo holds for any supplies he needed to keep secure. But with the addition of the CRIT team, he had been able to upgrade. When they had secured Cargo Bay 4 for the CRIT team supplies, he had been able to convert part of the upper deck of the cargo hold, on deck 9, into a secure storage locker, and a small workspace for himself.

As Mal’athar entered, he would notice that three of the 4 walls were lined with secure storage lockers. The only way to tell one locker from the next was by the number painted on the door. And in the middle of the room was a display table, where Walker was standing reviewing what looked like inventory lists.

“What can I help you with this morning Commander?”

CWO Darach - COO

Shedda looked around at the make shift office. Darach seemed to have made good use of the space. “Good morning, Chief Warrant.” Shedda offered her hand. “I don’t want hold up your morning too much, so to the point, the question is what can I do for you? There’s quite a bit of logs, requests, personnel requests, and it goes on, for me to review. I don’t want anything to get lost or delayed in the sudden switch over.”

Mal’athar, XO

Standing up straight, Walker took in their new XO. He had a long career, and when an officer came in trying to make things easier, well it usually either never happened, or there was a catch. Picking up his coffee cup he took a sip as he considered his words.

“Well Commander, I appreciate the offer. I’m sure I could dig up a few requests that would need your personal touch. But with the CRIT team on board, we already get top billing for our requisition requests. There are some times that there are more, let’s say unique items, that I am asked to acquire. But it’s nothing beyond my abilities,” Walker answered with a grin.

Mal’athar nodded. Darach had been on the ship long enough. This wasn’t the first time she’d heard CRIT mentioned as a… justification, maybe?, for how things worked or got done. Not that she saw it as a bad thing. She made note to ask Cochrane for more in depth details about CRIT. “Any areas you feel your department is over or under utilized, or miss assigned? I’ve been around enough to know you know your people best. If I don’t know how you view them, I can waste a lot of both your time and theirs.”

“Perhaps I should be asking you. Is there anything that you require while here on the Manhattan. Commander.”

CWO Darach - COO

She smirked slightly. “I’ve put my requests in just like everyone else. And I have enough back ups to last for a bit.” Shedda made it a point to never make personal requests for anything hard to get or urgent if at all possible. Depending on how things went next time they docked at Event Horizon that might change. And she had brought a crate if extra bulbs for her sunlight bed and lamp to last awhile.

Mal’athar, XO

“As you say Commander,” Walker said with a slight grin. “Well if you ever change your mind, I’m happy to make the necessary arrangements.

“Overall there isn’t much beyond the normal people trying to push the limits. Trying to sneak through personal requests, claiming it as a department request. Those always get sent back to their supervisor. Some extra support when we arrive at a port, or just before we leave, would always be appreciated though. The extra help with loading provisions is always helpful, makes sure we stay on time.”

CWO Darach - COO

“Absolutely. I’ll be there. And if you need anything any other time, don’t hesitate.” Shedda’s Orion strength came in handy when moving cargo and supplies. Or for shocking shuttle bay crew when stepping off a shuttle, shoulder toting two heavy crates at once. One of the few times she enjoyed being Orion. The shocked expressions never ceases to privately amuse her. “Thank you for your time this morning, Chief. I hope I haven’t put you behind.”

Mal’athar, XO

“Not at all Commander. If this ship couldn’t survive for a few minutes with my finger off the pulse, I wouldn’t be doing my job right now would I?” Walker said with a grin. “But I should get started on my rounds. Need to make sure that none of the support teams are needing anything. It is easy for people to forget all of the small things that go into making this ship run.”

CWO Darach - COO

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