As he had been observing the entire session up till the end Oskari now turned to the private and replied: "Not to worry. Apparently the maintainance crews will get hammered over the VR system here getting broken so that you couldn't be a part of this, but nevermind about that. I'm sure you would've done well." he said as he lightly put his hand on Alexander's shoulder and removed it quickly the next moment as he approached the team that was even now making its way out of their chambers, looking somewhat dazzled as they still had to adapt to the base being their surroundings rather than the hell they were previously in.
"Well done team. Overall you did rather well, though I will need to speak to Sergeant Draco alone. Otherwise not bad at all. Get some sleep now and you'll be able to see the de-brief up tommorow." he spoke.
Indeed it was soon the Lieutenant and the Sergeant heading down the hallway together as Viktor began in a somewhat reprimanding tone of voice:
"Sergeant, when we land on Earth I will expect a bit better preformance than that in the field when it comes to tactics. I want you to know that as a team, and as far as general combat readiness is considered, this squad is quite good. But all of the brawn will do us no good if there are no brains to lead it. Usually it will be me, but there will be cases when I won't have control and when it'll be completely up to you, just like right now."
The response came in rather quick as Draco tried to make her point "Sir if I may..."
"I haven't finished yet Sergeant." came back the reply just as quickly. "At the beginning you taking down the Floater was perfect - no other word for it, which also shows that the team does have what it takes to do covert ops. But you, as the on-site tactitian, must anticipate what will happen next. You spotted 2 Floater scouts and took them both down and it should've been evident to you that a third Floater scout chancing upon the squad was also a possibility. But as it was you didn't consider it and never assigned Sandman to watch out for them, so that in the end that scout warned the aliens of your presence. Even then however not everything was lost, since you could've decided to cut your losses and retreat the scene. The objectives may've been failed but at least the squad would survive. As it was however you decided to be stubborn and as a result the entire team got wiped out. And believe me, Paladin's presence would NOT have made things significantly different."
Viktor then turned towards her, quite certain as to why the Sergeant hadn't ordered a retreat:
"The next time you're on the battlefield I want you to keep the safety of the squad as a much MUCH higher priority. I am not going to lose men and women over the fact that you need to win every time. Understood?"
<<And on we go.
No problem about not making it Greg. We got you integrated into the story just nicely and that's good too.
And kudos to Ion Mage. I never realized it until now just how well he roleplayed his character - so well in fact that he didn't order a retreat in the end with her.