Who Watches the Nuggets?
Location: Pilot's Briefing Room
Timeline: PCH-15 1030 Hours
As the Briefing concluded and the room was steadily emptying there was still one conversation left to be had, now more than ever a healthy source of new personnel was of vital importance. Luckily the person she needed appeared to still be there. “Lieutenant Myers, do you have a second?” Alethea asked as she approached the woman.
Ayesha had let the rest go ahead and had been waiting a moment to speak with the new CAG. “Yes Sir.” she placed the papers on a chair and saluted. Her left arm was in a cast and sling. Her face was bruised as well but her uniform was neat and tidy.
“It seems clear you’ve seen your fair share of combat lately” Alethea noted, “Major Kilmartin and the Commander have informed me you are leading our recruitment and training program. I take it these files are related to that?”
“Actually sir, I haven’t been in combat for the past 3 days, got hit doing combat landing before our jump to Ragnor. And yes sir. Better than sitting in a bunk sir.” Ayesha bent and picked up the files. “To put it mildly sir, they are green. And some are very eager to get into the cockpit… revenge seems to be a motivator.”
Alethea nodded understandingly. “I can’t blame them, after what the toasters did I want my own revenge but it’s a bad thing to have over you out there. Do you think they have potential?”
“Some. But it’s early days.” Ayesha paused. “Sir, I am all for revenge but not at the expense of our pilots and vipers. I want you to understand that if i feel a pilot I am training is letting their emotions dictate rather than training and orders I will not certify them. We do not have many vipers sir that i will risk everyone’s lives on loose cannons.”
“I would not expect anything else, Lieutenant. I’m trusting your expertise here and will leave the entire program in your capable hands. Just keep me up to date and inform me of any possible troublemakers. I meant what I said, we don’t need ego. Not now” Alethea said, well aware that the kind of war readiness needed was unheard of since the last war.
“Agreed Sir. do not worry I will keep them in line.” She smiled faintly.
“I’m glad to hear” Alethea approved. “Now, is there something you need from me to make the program work? Test fighters, additional support, you name it and it will be provided”
Ayesha nodded “When I do so Sir I will let you know.” She smiled. “I will give you the best pilots ever Sir.”
“Now that’s what I like to hear on my first day, good luck Lieutenant” Alethea concluded the conversation.