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  Rho Squadron Commander report #66 (09/16/2021)
 
This report was submitted by CMDR/CPT fr0Zen/Rho/Wing II/ISDII Warrior


 
RHO WEEKLY SQUADRON REPORT #66

REPORTING OFFICER: Captain Adom "fr0Zen" Wietu, Squadron Commander
DATE SUBMITTED: 09.15.2021

SQUADRON COMMANDER'S CORNER

("Beep swoop eeeeeewoooo," the new R2D7 indicates while passing Captain Wietu the correctly sized next spanner with it's gripping extension.

"Nix, you're doing alright there after all, for a droid I mean," replies the Captain, remaining focused as he updates the capacitors for his recently installed SLAM engine on his official Rho Interceptor.

The familiar deckhand approaches with some urgency in his steps. He looks the droid up and down, and with a rare choice of few words declares, "So I suppose this means you don't need me."

The Captain pauses his work, and turns around.  There is a softness in his blue Pantoran features as he replies, "Mix, we all need you; but this droid will help you ascend in your own duties by helping you have more time to study for the next tier of maintenance education. You do want to be a deck commander one day, I presume?"

"Did I hear you call it Nix?"

"Yes, Deck Officer, you did," replies the Captain.

"Cute. Real cute," replies Mix, turning and departing then without further word.

The Captain releases a deep long sigh, and comments, "Don't suppose you know what that was about?"

The droid rotates its dome left to right, and back right to left, accompanied by a low, soft hum.

"Too bad then, but you'll learn quick, little one," adds the Captain with a chuckle. These damn things always do. "Off to file another report then.  Here - plug up to the diagnostic terminal and prepare your own report for me."

The droid obliges. Captain Wietu marches towards the Rho office.
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He begins composing this week's message on the terminal.


Greetings, as per ever, my Comrades in Black.

I am grateful to each of our pilots who made sure to take up the Imperial Mandate to utilize shore leave effectively and efficiently during the current window of decreased operations.  Bravo to you all.  You cannot properly serve the future Emperor unless you maintain your best self first and foremost! 

You may all recall that the purpose of the "down time" here was to be sure all pilots were well prepared for our next fleet wide operation - known colloquially as "Raise the Flag."  This is our most important fleet-wide event held once per Standard Imperial year, and it offers elite rewards to the ship that performs best - and moreover, a designation for the most valued Squadron as the "Tie Core Commander's Escort Squadron."

For the previous year, as you well know, this designation has belonged to the Jolly Rhogers here in Rho Squadron - much to the chagrin of one Captain Honsou fof Tempest.  Should he read this fleet-wide communication, may it be a surprise to him - and a source of personal guilt his way - that he learns I do not expect our squadron to maintain this title for the coming year.

And there is no dishonor in being truthful.  In fact, I stand that there is high honor in knowing your history, the current context, and the future.  Our squadron has had an unprecedented level of turnover since last year's resounding victory and awarding of Escort Squadron.  We are essentially building fresh and new.  It would be dishonorable of me to pressure for an unattainable repeat of the feats accomplished by the members of Rho at this time last year.

As we now begin the future chapters of Rho Squadron in earnest, and based on our current composition, we will make the most of the upcoming Raise the Flag event by focusing on the following three opportunities:

  1. Legions of Combat for Star Wars Squadrons - 7 of our 9 members have priority simulator experience in the SWS mode. We should utilize our strength there.
  2. Contributions to the Imperial Record - So called "Fiction" is highly rewarded. We are strong in this option across the whole Squadron
  3. Star Conflict Legions of Combat - 2 of our 9 members are strong with this simulator historically, and the Commander invested heavily in this simulator during the Imperial Storm III War Games

To conclude this report, I also wish to remind the entire Squadron that our participation in the "Project Sovereign" experiment for salaries in the Tie Corps continues through this month. Your new cash flows have been paid and will be enumerated later in this report. I fully hope that each of us will take advantage of this opportunity to personalize our quarters and lives in the coming weeks.

Until a new Emperor is seated and the Rebellion is forever crushed!

SQUADRON NEWS
  • I am finding a bit of a rhythm now in my adjustments to having some personal life again.  I may have some time on Saturday afternoons, but I expect to be regularly available to participate on a cadence weekly that includes Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
  • I challenged myself this week to renew open communications in channel and in direct messages via discord to all pilots. I am hugely grateful to everyone's participation and active responses!
  • I would like to throw a bit of thanks to the TFA organization's Bobby Bee's for welcoming myself and LT Brent Hebris to fly with them tonight. We got a shiny new LoC on LT Hebris' record as a result!
  • For serious y'all, if I could make one ask only for this week, please see the instructions to participate in "Project Sovereign." They are in your email, and pinned in the Squadron Discord Channel for Rho - and if you need further help, please contact me ANY TIME.
  • I thought quite a bit about how we should approach Raise the Flag.  Asking more than three things feels completely inappropriate.  Those three things should be matched to our skill set and what we enjoy as participants in this organization. I believe - per my in character statements above - that I have picked the three things most apt for our current group.  Please do let me know if you have concerns, comments, or even "Yes, that sounds right!"
  • The Squadron Activity report below represents activity sent to the database from 8/30 through 9/12.  Therefore, most of the activity surge seen this week is not included as it was submitted after the UTC 00:00 cutoff starting 9/13.  The recent activity will be reported in the next Weekly Squadron Report.
COMPETITIONS

The full list of current competitions can be found here in the Competitions Center.

ROSTER
Rho Squadron - Strike
Skid Rho - "Shields won't save you."
Wing II - ISDII Warrior

Flight I - TIE Interceptor
Antiel's Aces || "Show 'em who the bad guys are."
[1-1] CPT fr0Zen
[1-2] TBA
[1-3] LT FamePlane
[1-4] LCM Westric Davalorn

Flight II - TIE Interceptor
Parjai Flight || "We are born to die. We live to be remembered."
[2-1] CPT Jarion Renalds
[2-2] LT Brent Hebris
[2-3] TBA
[2-4] LT ossusplayz

Flight III - TIE Interceptor
Emperor's Will || "Speed Kills"
[3-1] MAJ RedTaz
[3-2] LCM Cray “Teash” Xerious
[3-3] LT kevinbackroom
[3-4] TBA
ACTIVITY

Flight I

[1-1] CPT fr0Zen

  • Flying: 7 LoC
  • Non-flying: Staff for Starcross Dogfight League
  • Communication: Discord

[1-2] TBA

  • Flying:
  • Non-flying:
  • Communication:

[1-3] LT FamePlane

  • Flying: None 
  • Non-flying: Staff for Starcross Dogfight League
  • Communication: Discord

[1-4] LCM Westric Davalorn (SQXO)

  • Flying: 15 LoS, 21 LoC
  • Non-flying: Flight Certification Wings awarded : 7th Echelon; New Combat Rating achieved : Marksman 2nd
  • Communication: Discord

Flight II

[2-1] CPT Jarion Renalds

  • Flying: none
  • Non-flying: none
  • Communication: none

[2-2] LT Brent Hebris

  • Flying: None
  • Non-flying:  None
  • Communication: Discord

[2-3] TBA

  • Flying:
  • Non-flying:
  • Communication:

[2-4] LT ossusplayz

  • Flying: none
  • Non-flying: none
  • Communication: Discord

Flight III

[3-1] MAJ RedTaz

  • Flying: none
  • Non-flying: none
  • Communication: Discord

[3-2] LCM Cray “Teash” Xerious

  • Flying: none
  • Non-flying: none
  • Communication: Discord

[3-3] LT kevinbackroom

  • Flying: none
  • Non-flying: none
  • Communication: Discord 

[3-4] TBA

  • Flying:
  • Non-flying:
  • Communication:
So What Else this Week?

As promised above, here is the breakdown of your current finances in your Project Sovereign accounts.  Please utilize these funds in a fun manner and get you some inventory!

  • fr0Zen: 6319 credits
  • FamePlane: 4244 credits
  • Westric Davalorn: 4224 credits
  • Jarion Renalds: 7700 credits
  • Brent Hebris: 5073 credits
  • Ossusplayz: 4120 credits
  • RedTaz: 7865 credits
  • Cray "Teash" Xerious: 4200 credits
  • Kevinbackroom: 4120 credits
CLOSING COMMENTS

One more push here - Gentlepeople of Rho: please participate in Project Sovereign.  It's not just us who have minimally participated so far.  Let's be the group to change that.  I will be reaching out on your individual communication pads this week to further encourage participation and be sure that each of you knows what Project Sovereign is all about - the chance to add personal items and inventory via a salary compensation system within the EHTC!

CPT Adom "fr0Zen" Wietu
CMDR/CPT fr0Zen/Rho/Wing II/ISDII Warrior

CMDR of the TCCOM's Escort Squadron