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Full steam ahead... Clodagh checks in with Security DH

Posted Aug. 11, 2020, 9:37 a.m. by Lieutenant Junior Grade Clodagh Donnely (Security Officer) (Melissa Aragon)

Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Cassidy Abrams (Chief of Security) in Full steam ahead… Clodagh checks in with Security DH

Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Clodagh Donnely (Security Officer) in Full steam ahead… Clodagh checks in with Security DH

Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Cassidy Abrams (Chief of Security) in Full steam ahead… Clodagh checks in with Security DH
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Clodagh relaxed and nodded. “That sounds great. To be honest, we are already trained for the 95% situations. It’s the one percent we all need to be better prepared for. So anything you are willing to teach, I am more than eager to learn.” She thought about the woman being a scientist before being a security officer. “Science to security. That’s a leap. Though I guess the analytical process is about the same. I mean, you review a situation, asses all the sides and act or react accordingly. Right?” She wondered if the woman was lamenting her change, or reveling in it? It wasn’t her business, so she didn’t press it.

Clodagh
Security

Cassidy sort of half nodded, wobbling her head slightly. “In part, yes. But science starts with the presumption that you don’t everything and you always have something to learn. No matter how obvious a situation can be, I feel it’s important that the security officers in my team remember that there could easily be pieces of the puzzle that they simply can’t be privy to. And while we still have to”-she gestured to Donnely-“act and react, it’s important to understand and perhaps even expect that the context for those pieces might be revealed later. We have to not assume all while seeking out as much context as possible. And then factor in our own biases as well.”

Abrams, COS

“Aren’t we supposed to keep our own bias out of it? I mean, I understand we go in and need to diffuse situations without knowing all the facts. But bias can taint your professional instinct. At least in my opinion. Facts and circumstances should be what helps us with our decisions. Don’t you think?” She wasn’t challenging her, but trying to figure out her sense of reasoning. She would never have thought of a scientist telling her to add her bias into a situation… of any kind.

Clodagh
Security

Abrams shook her head. “No. When I say factor in your biases, I mean, recognize what yours are and how they might colour your perception of the situation you’re dealing with.”

She leaned forward, folding her arms across the edge of the desk. “I’m glad we’re on the same page here. That’s good. And I can tell you feel comfortable speaking up when you need to. That is also good. Tell me something else you think I should know about you that might impact your work, or maybe adds to abilities in an unusual way.”

Abrams, COS

Clodagh smiled. “I’m glad we’re on the same page as well. Being at odds with your Department Head probably isn’t a good way to begin a rotation.” She laughed slightly and shook her head. “I don’t know if it impacts my work or not,” she thought for a moment as if trying to decide how much to say. “I have a fascination with ships and how they work. I will probably spend a lot of my off time, when not training, down in engineering. I do it for a couple reasons. Originally it was because growing up in the shadow of what the Borg could have done to Earth, I wanted to know how they did what they did and how we could stop them.” She took a deep breath realizing she was coming to the edge and it was starting to grind in her voice. After a couple breaths she continued. “Now I do it because if I know the ship I am on, I can better protect it and serve on its crew. Getting to know every little crawl space means I am familiar with paths that boarders and escapees can take. Knowing how the various systems work allows me to understand how to use them as an asset as well as how to know how to assess issues as they arise for prioritizing.”

Abrams nodded slowly, understanding etched into her features.

She smiled. “I guess we are a pair, aren’t we? Two security officers with engineering and science giving us an edge that perhaps some ships don’t have.”

Clodagh
Security

That prompted a chuckle. “It can only benefit the ship, I think. And to be honest, it’s not as strange or as uncommon as you might think. Lots of people switch tracks. But the more common one in Starfleet is to be doing a certain specialty and for some reason find yourself drawn to Command, like my mother who started out in science and is now a first officer.”

Slipping her arms off the desk, Cass leaned back in her chair. “But I’ll reciprocate a little here too. Something people don’t necessarily know about me is that I scored equally high in aptitude for security as science at the Academy, and I was inclined to do security but an intense fear of deep water kept me from going that route. I didn’t feel that such a strong phobia would make me a viable candidate and actually made me a liability, something that made no sense for a security officer for whom the ship relied on to keep them safe.”

Abrams, COS

Clodagh nodded in understanding. “My phobia is similar, but it’s space I fear. I know, I know, what am I doing in space, then? It’s not being in space, it’s being lost in free fall. With mag boots and a tether, I can do the scariest of space walks. But take away one or the other,” she actually shuddered and fear flashed in her eyes a moment. “I feel drifting beyond rescue. Floating out there till my oxygen runs out.” She quicky smiled again, but it took a moment to shake the thought. “But it doesn’t affect me in ships, shuttles, transports or anything. I promise. And I keep curtains on my windows so the feeling of weightlessness and floating aren’t matched with the darkness as I drift off.” While it was true the curtains helped, they only helped when she remembered to draw them at bedtime. And she wouldn’t admit that she’d forget more times Thus bnb she’d have cared to.

Clodagh
Security


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