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Thursday, April 27

Promotion: Lieutenant Worf


Congratulations to Lieutenant (JG) Worf Rozhenko. Earlier this afternoon, Captain Picard promoted him to the rank of full Lieutenant. Mr. Worf remains in the position of Chief Security and Tactical Officer, but gains additional command authority.

Well done, Lieutenant. Well done!

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Saturday, April 8

A Victory For Captain Riker


Our first wargames exercise has ended, and Admiral Andrei Markov (currently aboard the Enterprise, overseeing the event) has declared the USS Hathaway to be the victor. Commander Riker and his crew have, against all odds, defeated the most advanced starship in the fleet. And they did so with an 80-year-old retired Constellation-class vessel that had no warp drive, outdated systems, and a skeleton crew.

Well done Hathaway!

The Admiral did note, though, that, while he admires Commander Riker's tenacity, this combat exercise has revealed a number of security weaknesses that Starfleet Command will need to address. Lieutenant Worf's hacking of the Enterprise computers via his security access code, and the ease with which a starship's sensors can be reprogrammed, are serious defense issues. If this can be done so easily to the Enterprise, then this is a major concern for the rest of the fleet.

On a lighter note, Admiral Markov suggested giving Commander Riker's strategy a name, and wanted to call it the "Riker Maneuver". However, Commander Riker, being the leader that he is, chose not to take credit, and instead passed the honor to Lieutenant Worf -- the man who came up with the idea. Moving forward, that sensor reprogramming tactic will now, officially, be known as the "Rozhenko Maneuver" (after Lieutenant Worf's adopted last name).

Congratulations Lieutenant Worf!

Oh, and speaking of Commander Riker's character and leadership.... A few hours before the the official end of our wargames exercise, instead of staying safely beyond the range of the crippled Enterprise's weapons, Commander Riker made an interesting command choice. Under flag of truce, he moved the Hathaway alongside the Enterprise, and offered to beam the engineers from his own crew (including Lieutenant La Forge) over to the Enterprise to assist with the simulated repairs.

Now that's the mark of a good leader.

Even an enemy deserves compassion.

Now that this combat exercise is over, it has instilled in me an even greater respect for Commander Riker. I have no doubt that, someday, he will have a command of his own. And you know what, I think he'd be a great Starfleet captain!

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Friday, April 7

USS Enterprise vs. USS Hathaway


Well, that was interesting. Commander Riker and his 40-person crew aboard the Hathaway, have officially defeated the Enterprise in today's simulated wargames.

Yes, Starfleet's advanced flagship has been beaten by an 80 year-old retired Constellation-class vessel. Although, to be honest, the battle had little to do with the vessels themselves, and everything to do with creativity, inventiveness, and pure Klingon guile.

Here's how the victory was achieved:

When the battle began, both ships moved into a series of moves and counter-moves as they positioned for dominance in the simulation. As this was taking place, however, Lieutenant Worf used his knowledge of the Enterprise security codes, hacked into the ship's computer, and tricked the Enterprise sensors into registering an incoming Romulan Warbird. Caught off-guard, and thinking it was a real Romulan vessel, Captain Picard swung the Enterprise around to face the enemy....

It was as this moment -- while the Enterprise was deactivating the simulation parameters and activating it's real defensive systems -- that Commander Riker had the Hathaway fire on the exposed aft of the Enterprise. The Hathaway's simulated weapons took out both of the Enterprise's impulse engines, their aft shield generators, "severely damaged" one of the warp engines, and scored three direct hits on the aft decks.

By the time Captain Picard realized the deception, and deactivated Lieutenant Worf's security access, the Enterprise was crippled and losing power. About 46 simulated casualties were calculated aboard the Enterprise. Not a single shot had been fired at the Hathaway.

Commander Riker then moved the Hathaway out of weapons range, while we here aboard the Enterprise scramble to "repair" the simulated damage. Our engineering teams are working to restore power before more casualties are calculated as a result of deactivated ("damaged") systems.

The simulation will continue for another 22 hours, during which time we will continue to deal with the simulated damage. Commander Riker could still employ additional tactics, however, even as crippled as we are, the Hathaway is no match for the Enterprise and her remaining weapons.

Regardless of what happens in the next 22 hours, the facts are clear, Commander Riker and his crew have already achieved a tactical victory.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Wednesday, April 5

Military Exercise: Braslota System


The Enterprise has arrived in the Braslota System, an uninhabited Federation star system near the Ferengi border. This is where we will be conducting our wargames exercise.

In this exercise, we will be facing off against the 80-year-old Constellation class starship, USS Hathaway -- commissioned in 2286, and retired ten years ago in 2355. Commander Riker is beaming over to the dusty old ship with a hand-selected crew of 39 Enterprise personnel. On Friday, after two days of preparations, Acting-Captain Riker will engage in simulated combat with the USS Enterprise. He and his crew aren't expected to defeat the Enterprise, but we can expect a good battle. Commander Riker is a skilled strategist.

Joining Commander Riker and his crew on the Hathaway are Lieutenant La Forge who will serve as the ship's engineer, Lieutenant (JG) Worf who will be the ship's tactical officer, and our own Lieutenant (JG) Tessa Kensington, who will serve as the ship's temporary records officer.

Battle will be simulated, and lasers will be used to calculate weapons hits. If either ship suffers "damage" in the exercise, the ship computers will record that simulated damage, shutting down any affected systems until they are "repaired' by the crew. Even casualties will be calculated, and medical personnel will be required to respond accordingly.

It will be a fascinating experience to say the least, and the first official combat exercise since the Enterprise left Earth two years ago. Although this is an officially monitored training exercise, excitement is still high. We have no idea what could happen. Everyone wants to perform at their best, but the uncertain thrill of the event is hard to ignor!

Here's to both ships; may the best ship -- (the Enterprise, of course!) -- win!

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Happy First Contact Day!

Three hundred and two years ago, today, on April 5, 2063, Vulcan Captain Solkar, of the science vessel T'Plana Hath, landed near Bozeman, Montana on Earth. He and his crew did so after observing Zefram Cochrane break the warp barrier during his first test flight of the Phoenix.

This event marks the celebrated first contact between Vulcans and Humans.

Today, both the T'Plana Hath and the post-launch Phoenix are displayed in the Smithsonian Museum on Earth.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Tuesday, April 4

Operation Lovely Angel

The Enterprise has been assigned to participate in a strategic combat exercise, known, officially, as Operation Lovely Angel. We have been joined by Zakdorn Master Strategist Sirna Kolrami, and Starfleet Admiral Andrei Markov, both of whom will be overseeing the event. The location of our exercise remains confidential, and cannot be shared until we arrive.

I am unaware of any other operational details at this time.

Captain Picard originally resisted this wargames exercise, since he doesn't believe the Enterprise should be a combat vessel. However, with the recent Borg threat, he has altered his view a bit, and believes it would be prudent to test our tactical skills. He hopes we can be better prepared, in the event that we run across the Borg a second time.

It is almost certain that the entire ship will be assigned special duties in association with this exercise, although, right now, what those duties will be has not yet been announced.

Stay tuned. We have about a day's travel at warp before we arrive in the designated star system. I'm sure we'll learn more about what we'll be up against in the coming hours.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer