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Medical Meet Up

Posted on 29 Sep 2018 @ 5:31pm by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Aaron Keller & Captain Gazelle Girabaldi

Mission: Prologue: The Third
Location: Medical Staging Area
Timeline: MD2, 12:45

Finding people in a starbase setting proved only slightly more difficult than doing so on a starship. Before long, Gazelle had found the staging area that her detachment would be using until the Third left on deployment. There wasn't a ton of activity just yet, but her team was still arriving so Gazelle wasn't terribly worried about it. For now, she'd settle for meeting whoever was here. She wasn't sure which of the people present was Aaron Keller, so she milled around a bit, checking out rank insignias while she pretended to look at the inventory that was being surveyed. It took only a few minutes of looking to locate the only man wearing the insignia of a Chief Warrant Officer, so she cheerfully approached him and held out her hand. "You must be Chief Warrant Officer Keller. Colonel Accomack said I should find you."

"Captain," he said, pleasantly and shaking her hand. He was wearing marine utilities despite the Starfleet insignia he wore just as the other members of his team did. "The skipper wouldn't steer you wrong, ma'am, he's a good guy. I'm the Fleet Marine Forces Medical Coordinator which is just a fancy way of saying I'm in charge of the Combat Corpsman but not wanting to call it a commander," he joked. "I've petitioned to have the title changed but I don't think personnel cares what I think," he winked.

"Hey, they don't listen to me either. Guess we're in the same boat there." Gazelle grinned at Keller's joke, as well as the silliness of his official job title. "And please, the Marines aren't around. You don't have to call me 'Captain'."

"What would you prefer?" he asked. While she was a doctor it was common practice that once a physician reached O6 that the rank was more important than their medical license. He also knew very well that there were some doctors that didn't agree but until he knew otherwise he stuck to Captain.

"Doctor is fine when it's just us. I know it's tradition to use rank at this point, but I've been a doctor for almost thirty years and a captain for less than one." Gazelle's grin got just a little silly. "But by all means, when the Marines are around, follow protocol. I may not know that much about them, but I know they're suckers for protocol."

"That they are," he said. "Just keep in mind that some of the corpsmen who wear their uniform are just as fanatical as the marines," he advised.

"I don't doubt it, and I'm not going to argue the point with anyone who really insists on 'Captain' so don't worry." Corpsmen assigned to the Marine Corps could be a bit... odd. Gazelle knew that, even if she didn't have a lot of interactions with them just yet. "What are we working on now? I know we aren't seeing patients yet, but I can see people rushing around like they're extremely busy with... something.

"We had a full deployment of one of our field hospitals during our training evolution. We managed to secure a small cargo bay next door to open it back up make sure it's completely clean and ready to go for the mission," he explained. "Have you worked with a field unit like this before ma'am?"

"Nothing like this, no. A handful of emergency relief medical teams, but not a true field hospital. It'll be a new experience, but one I'm looking forward to." There was no point in lying about it. All Keller would have to do is look at her dossier to know that Gazelle had definitely never worked this closely with the Marines. "I've been told I run my sickbay's like hospitals though."

"I'm sure you wouldn't have been picked if you weren't the right person for the job, ma'am," the Chief Warrant Officer said. "Is there anything that I can do to help you get settled in?"

Gazelle shook her head. "No, I was just looking around and getting to know some people. I don't need much to settle in... after so long in the fleet, home is wherever I end up."

"Roger that ma'am," the CWO said.

"I'll just let you get back to work. I'm sure I can find someone else to pester for a while." Gazelle grinned a bit mischievously before starting to wander away. She liked everyone she'd met so far, even if she hadn't really met that many people yet.


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