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Town Hall Meeting Held

Posted by Sable Babii on May 18, 2008

A town hall meeting was held today in the Quorum Theater room. It covered a lot of topics, and there were some tense moments as a few individuals expressed their frustrations.

President Halberd moderated the discussion. New announcements of an additional new sim for BSG47 and a new website were met with enthusiasm.

A complete transcript is posted on the Forum at <http://bsg47ooc.proboards51.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=bsg&thread=341&page=1&gt;.

Sable Babii – Fleet News Reporter

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Arcturus Negron Trial Begins, Will be Continued

Posted by Fleet News Service on May 4, 2008

Sunday, May 4, the trial of alleged assassin Arcturus Negron commenced. Negron stands accused of a number of charges related to the shooting of Vice President Vicky Vielle, who survived the attack.

The trial was presided over by a tribunal made up of Quorum Representatives Dollwife Pink, Ronon Maximus, and Saamia Mahana. The prosecution was represented by Datan Lanzet and the defendant was represented by attorney Haki Tiqiri.

Proceedings today included testimony from prosecution witnesses Lieutenant Echos Lockjaw, Rear Admiral Darsh Lucero, and Gunnery Sergeant Demitri Congrejo.

The trial was not completed and will be resumed at a later date, yet to be determined. The prosecution has not completed the presentation of its witnesses or its case, and the defense has not presented its case yet.

Sable Babii – Fleet News Reporter

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Ko-Ball Tournament Won by David / Skippy Team!!

Posted by Fleet News Service on May 4, 2008

Two Ko-Ball pods were built into the dome for the tournament Saturday, which was a lot of fun for everyone. Ko-ball is a lot like the football games we played in the colonies, except that there are only 1 to 3 players on a team.

In a dramatic, hard-fought competition lasting 7 rounds, winners David/Skippy were able to out-play second place finishers Dree/Jess.

Due to popular request, one Ko-Ball pod will be left in place int the dome for people to play pick-up games and practice!

Sable Babii – Fleet News Reporter

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Secretary of Commerce – Owen Papp Resigns

Posted by Fleet News Service on May 4, 2008

Citing personal reasons, Owen Papp submitted his resignation today from his position as Secretary of Commerce on President Halberd’s Cabinet.

Mr. Papp was the first to hold this position in the fleet, and he accomplished a number of obectives related to fleet banking and commerce.

President Halberd said he will be missed and a replacement search will be initiated, but there is no need to rush into a replacement at the moment.

Sable Babii – Fleet News Reporter

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Sports Tournament Scheduled for May 3

Posted by Fleet News Service on April 30, 2008

A sports tournament is scheduled for Saturday, May 3 in the dome on 7th Heaven, at 2pm SLT. The game is called “Ko-Ball” in honor of the Lords of Kobol. The game is like football games that were played on many of the colonies, except only 1 to 3 players can play on a team at a time. The tournament is being arranged by Antonia Waco. Please contact her by IM for details.

Sable Babii – Fleet News Reporter

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Accused Bekkers Killed in Raider Crash

Posted by Fleet News Service on April 22, 2008

Late in the evening of April 21, 2008, Mason Bekkers, infamous alleged kidnapper was killed. During a cylon attack on the fleet, a raider crashed into the River Delta causing a hull breach that killed the prisoner, who was in the interrogation room.  RD’s emergency bulkheads deployed and protected most on board.

When the attack occurred, Bekkers was secured in the interrogation room while the crew made the usual attack preparations. The raider breached the hull in that room. Bekkers’ body was apparently drawn out through the impact zone when the raider hit. The raider itself was mostly demolished on impact, however, some pieces were found protruding the hull and strewn around the impact zone.

Damage teams from Pacifica, led by Petty Officer Nathaniel Flores, with additional support from the Aerelon Sun were dispatched and able to effect repairs quickly.

Bekkers’ trial, which was scheduled for Saturday, April 26, will not be held.

Sable Babii – Fleet News Reporter

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Arrest Warrant Issued for Arcturus Negron

Posted by Fleet News Service on April 20, 2008

An arrest warrant was issued for  Arcturus Negron, who was wanted in connection with the attempted assassination and attempted murder of Vice President Vicky Vielle.

He was arrested Thursday night by OPSEC and locked up on Pacifica until extradition was requested by Fleet Security, and is awaiting trial on River Delta.

Sable Babii – Fleet News Reporter

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Trial Date Set for Mason Bekkers

Posted by Fleet News Service on April 20, 2008

For Immediate Release
Office of the Attorney General
April 20, 2008

Saturday, April 26 there will be a trial held to ascertain the guilt or innocence of  Mason Bekkers. Mr. Bekkers is charged as follows:

COUNT 1 – Kidnapping of the Innis Child
COUNT 2 – Kidnapping of Yveka Law
COUNT 3 – Illegal discharge of a firearm
COUNT 4 – Illegal Possession of a firearm
COUNT 5 – Felony Child Endangerment
COUNT 6 – Battery and Felony Endangerment

The location of the trial will be in the new courtroom on Celestra.

Datan Lanzet – Assistant Attorney General

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Reflections and Militia

Posted by Fleet News Service on April 18, 2008

From Datan Lanzet, Citizen (in my own opinon):
 
A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the best most natural defense of a free country.
                – James Madison, Tauron Patriot
 
As I sit here quarantined aboard the 7th Heaven, I was talking with Dr. Leandrah Whiteberry, fellow Tauron, and we were discussing the pride and the independence of the Tauron militia.  I was regailed with stories of my stubborn and willfull ancestors resisting in the first Cylon war ((Reference:  Razor!)) and we were talking about why we have put all of our eggs in the basket of the Pacifica.  I am writing to encourage the Quorum to take up the cause of the militias, bring them back and let each colony organize their own.  Along with that perhaps we should have everyone do some sort of military training and have skills training.
 
I remember reading the plight of the civilians who escaped Cylon captivity and how they had to be “trained” to handle weapons.  Why wait until we get boarded again?  EVERY ship in the fleet is at risk of a boarding party, not just the Pacifica.  It makes no sense to me why we have an evolving “military elite” when we are all in danger of dying not just pilots and marines.
 
The fleet should be defended by EVERY man and woman, not just those who fly in expensive aerospace fighters.  There are many man and women who could take flight training, more than currently “in service.”  Even some rudimentary training for those qualified is better than none at all. 
 
The rest of the able bodied and willing people of the fleet could be organized into militias who receive weapons  ((Reference the Israelis, who let the soldiers keep their weapons in the closet, at the ready)).  Certainly we could get weapons together, they always seem to have enough for the pilots and marines, we can dedicate some to fabrication of some type of weapon.
 
The Articles of Colonization allow each Colony to maintain their militia.  Bring it back.  What if what happened on the 7th happened on Pacifica, and the pilots wiped out quickly.  Even someone with basic “nugget” training would be better than someone with no training at all.  To hoard that knowledge makes NO sense.
 
If we are concerned about the survival of the human species, then the evolution of a military “elite” class is not in our best interest.  The Cylons will think twice about boarding and getting hostages if the boarding party runs into armed and trained citizens.
 
It would also stop the evolution of a mililtary elite that is not tied to the populace.  I think while the overall organization should be under the Commander-In-Chief, these militias are under the direct control of their Colony governments.  Most of us would NEVER be called on.  Tyrants fear an armed populace, democracies do not.
 
But what if we were needed?  Cross training and certification in military MOS’s for everyone makes sense.  A ready reserve preserves humanity better than a few, the militias dilute the military control to preserve democracy.
 
I also think the majority of us would feel better if we all felt we contributed rather than always being told how much we need protection and owe our lives to this person or that military individual.  Democracy is only protected by a knowledgeable and ready citizenry.  We are not sheep that need you to sing to sleep.
 
I’m a Tauron, and on my world we protect ourselves.  We are not sheep that need tending.  Our sheep carry guns and are ready to fight the wolf.  The Gods protect the righteous who help themselves.
 
BRING BACK THE MILITIAS!  FORM THE READY RESERVE!!!
 
Madame President, the Quorum, Military Officers, this policy only makes sense.  We are all at risk, there is no “civilian” to the Cylons only humans to kill under a mushroom cloud.  This is not a new policy, this is bringing back a successful policy, and old policy.  I ask all of you who feel you should be able to defend yourself when faced with a Centurion (as many of us have! – I did on Pacifica!) to join me.  I hope our brothers and sisters are still fighting from caves on Taura, in my heart I know they are.  DEATH to the Cylons.
 
So say we all,
 
Datan Lanzet
Citizen, Loyal Tauron
 
Many thanks to the Doctor for her thoughts!
 
 P.S. – NOTE:  Today as I wandered around the quarantine zone, I was informed by the doctor that several “infected pilots” had to be sent back to Pacifica because of a pilot shortage!  To risk the entire fleet’s infection because of “pilot shortage” is unacceptable, and should serve as a warning of things to come.
 
This time it is a rash, what about next time.  No quarantine area where there is potential interaction (like on Pacifica) is safe.  This is a wake up call.  We should all be involved in defense, and the pilot pool should be expanded for “reserves” so that we don’t have to take such risks. 
 
There simply isn’t a good reason to risk us all.
 
 
((There are alot of OOC advantages as well… man wouldnt we all like to go up in a viper like once or twice???   Maybe more of us would pay money to fly if we knew what it was like!!!!))
 
DISCLAIMER: The following opinions are for educational purposes only, they do not reflect any legal conclusion or a policy statement of the Colonial Government. They are offered for the purposes of debate and reflection and do not constitute any creation of attorney client privilege. They are my opinions only.

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Source Identified – Quarantine Lifted!

Posted by Fleet News Service on April 17, 2008

News release – for immediate release:

Dr. Stacia Zabalata, Secretary of Health and Human Services, announced this evening the discovery of both the source and strain of the bacteria causing the outbreak on 7th Heaven and Pacifica. To date, there have been 643 confirmed cases on 7th Heaven, 134 on Pacifica and 57 cases on TQ and other inner ships.

Tech crews are busy synthesizing an effective combination of antibiotic that will cure those who are infected. Antibiotics will be administered to ill medical and military personnel first and then to those who have been infected the longest.  With in 24 hours, there will be enough medication for all who are ill.

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Quarantine Update

Posted by Fleet News Service on April 15, 2008

At the urging of Dr. Whiteberry, President Halberd quarantined 7th Heaven. About 80% of the population is infected with the mysterious disease. The president called for all those who are symptomatic and are on other ships to go immediately to 7th.

Upon the inital quarantine order, a group of uninfected individiuals on 7th tried to get off and were spoke to by  Dr. Whiteberry, with help of several armed security agents. Calm was restored.

Afterwards, a heavy raider landed  on Pacifica and she was boarded. Cylons made their way to sick bay where Dr. Stacia Zabaleta was wounded. Uninfected, she was at Pacifica working with Dr. Schridde  to identify the infectious agent. She is in guarded condition.

A number of military personnel were wounded in this action.

Submitted by:

Leandrah Whiteberry-Schridde, MD

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7th Heaven Quarantined

Posted by Fleet News Service on April 14, 2008

The luxury ship 7th Heaven is under quarantine orders after a mysterious outbreak of some agent believed to be bacterial. The first symptom is the onset of a fever of approximately 101 – 103 degrees. The malady has affected approximately 80% of those on board.

The text of the quaranteen notice, issued by Dr. Leandrah Whiteberry, reads as follows:

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A mysterious bacterial infection has swept rapidly through the population of 7th Heaven over the last week to 10 days.

The medical staff are doing all they can to treat those who are infected, but are as yet unable to determine the source of the infection or the method of transmission.

With the health and safety of the entire fleet in mind, we are quarantining 7th Heaven immediately.  Everyone who is on 7th at this time MUST remain on board. Those who may have the illness and who are on other ships must immediately make their way to 7th for treatment and observation.

Symptoms include: fever, sore throat, swollen glands followed by a rash on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet the rash progresses to a fully body rash and is extremely itchy and uncomfortable. It does not appear to progress to a life-threatening illness.

The medical team is working around the clock to find the correct agent to eliminate the infection. Until then, they can only treat the symptoms.

Your cooperation and prayers are requested.

The Fleet Medical Team
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Sable Babii – Fleet News Reporter

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Presidential Press Release

Posted by Fleet News Service on April 13, 2008

For Immediate Release
Office of the President
April 13, 2008

I will begin by saying a most unpopular thing. We are not quite united. We have among us people who realize that this is a time when it is equally good to live or die, because we are at war. We also have among us a group of intellectuals who have no idea a fighting force is made up of people who are ready and able to fight for our survival. We are no longer fighting for our freedoms, we are fighting for our very lives.

Commander Syakumi has my full support. Her efforts to make Pacifica battle-ready come at a time when it is sorely needed. We must have discipline at a time when we are fighting a very capable enemy.

It may not be apparent to those among us who believe Pacifica is a resort ship or an art commune, but we sustained a total and unmitigated defeat when we lost the colonies. We were guilty of gross neglect and deficiency of our defenses. By the Gods, that will never happen again on my watch.

Insurrection and sedition have severe consequences. Direct orders cannot be disobeyed. Perpetrators can and will be shot, court martialled, or ejected permanently from military duty.

The orders Commander Syakumi gave are to keep us battle ready. There may be more such orders in the future. If you are unwilling or unable to comply with the military needs of readiness, perhaps civilian life would suit you better.

Here follows the full text of the regulation. Military personnel should read it carefully, since it contains a variety of options.

Tanya Halberd

Colonial President

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Opinion Piece On Military Orders against Pregnancy

Posted by Fleet News Service on April 13, 2008

The following has recently appeared in the news with the below title.  It should be made clear that it is an opinion piece from one of our concerned readers.  It doesn’t represent the feelings of this paper / the government / the military.  It has caused much discussion and heated opinions.  It should also be noted that a public discussion of this order will follow in the future. ((Check for notices and comments in the OOC Forum))

Thank you.

Ms. Pink, The News-Review

Commander Syakumi Hates Children and Hetrosexual Women

It has come to Fleet News that Commander Onyx Syakumi, has made a demand of all female pilots.

Her lastest command decision is repeated below:

“It is the responsibility of every man and woman aboard this ship to provide unerring vigilance and protection to the civilian fleet. To that end, we must take measures to ensure that our strength is not eroded from within by basic human urges.

Effective now, all active personnel will be expected to submit to an injected hormonal contraception as a part of military service. There are no exemptions. Instances of maternity or paternity in the future will result in a mandatory separation from the service.”

I urge all females in the fleet to rise up in protest to this, Support this by laying down and doing nothing.

Pilots do not fly, Medical staff do not help wounded.

I ask for an immediate recinding of this order which is illegal, immoral, and well beyond her authority as a “commander”

So SAY we ALL

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President Halberd Addresses the Fleet

Posted by Fleet News Service on April 2, 2008

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
April 2, 2008

To All Fleet Citizens,

As you may know, I offered to meet with representatives of the terrorist group “The Hand of Apollo,” and publicly guaranteed their safety. I sincerely wished to discuss their position.

Since that offer was extended, they have attempted an assassination and have murdered a Quorum Representative.

Tonight, they asked to meet, and when the effort was made to ensure their safety, they responded by murdering Liana Inshan and by issuing a list of ridiculous demands.

I said that the offer would only be extended once, and I meant it. Their chance to be treated as legitimate is gone forever. From this point forward, members of this terrorist cult will be dealt with as barbarians. Anyone associating with them will be tried. If found guilty they will spaced in the slow airlock #3 on 7th Heaven. They will have several hours to think about their lives as the air slowly leaves the chamber.

If you are a member of the fleet and you have any contact with these people, you should be afraid. They are murderers. You should think very carefully what you are risking, and what it is worth for you to help them. If you want any chance of surviving this, you should contact Detective Byrna Frostbite” Pikajuna before she finds you, because if she finds you first, there will be no mercy.

Tanya Halberd
President

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Civilian Pilot Earns Her Wings

Posted by Fleet News Service on April 2, 2008

Moonbeam Messmer, in her new pilot uniformRight to Left, Captain Starbuckk Serapis, Moonbeam Messmer, Captain Windy Weilandsnapshot_002.jpg

In a moment of celebration untempered by recent events, civilian pilot Moonbeam Messmer graduated training and received her wings last night in a ceremony on 7th Heaven. Starbuckk Serapis, Civilian Shuttle Flight Instructor and captain of Colonial One presided over the event, giving an inspiring speech about the courage and bravery required to become a civilian pilot in these dangerous times. Attending the ceremony, held in the luxury liner’s shuttle bay, were many of the most prominent members of the fleet including President Tanya Halberd, Admiral Angelica Nephilim, and Oracle Eyea Aya.

Brian Weston – Fleet News Service

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Kidnapping on TQ Ends Quickly

Posted by Fleet News Service on April 2, 2008

A kidnapping on the Tylium Queen involved the taking of Lieutenant Yevka Laws and the Innis-Barbosa child. The kidnapper demanded that current investigations of him be stopped and the he be absolved of any wrongdoing.

A civilian, Quorum of 12 Representative Cathiee McMillan was wounded in the leg, and was the only casualty. She was treated in Sick Bay on Pacifica.

The perpetrator was quickly captured and the hostages were released unharmed. He is now in custody awaiting charges.

Sable Babii – Fleet News Reporter

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Representative Inshan Found Dead, Hand Of Apollo Issues Demands

Posted by Fleet News Service on April 2, 2008

Inshan Found DeadA mysterious box was found on Celestra which purported to be from the Hand of Apollo. It suggested that the President check the Quorum Chamber for a list of demands.

A number of security personnel were subsequently summoned to the Quorum Room on 7th Heaven. Upon arriving, the body of Quorum of 12 Representative Liana Inshan was found with a note pinned to her body.

The note  was seemingly from the terrorist group calling itself “The Hand of Apollo.” The note listed a number of demands listed below exactly as received:

  1. The Imediate “spacing” of all known Cylon humanoids in the the fleet.
  2. The Quarantine of all Hybrid children.
  3. The Imediate resignation of the Admiral.
  4. More Food for the civilians.
  5. Immunity from any prosecution for any past crimes.

Representative Inshan’s body was taken to Pacifica for a forensic autopsy.

President Halberd declined to comment but said she would be issuing a statement very soon.

Sable Babii – Fleet News Reporter

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Cylon Abduction

Posted by Fleet News Service on April 2, 2008

Reliable sources have informed FNS of a disturbing set of events taking place earlier today. Hours ago, Presidential Aide Antonia Waco and Viper pilot Skippy Contepomi were found unconscious aboard a Raptor and were admitted into medical facilities aboard the Pacifica. Details thus far are vague, however the source reveals the Raptor, with another as yet unidentified passenger on board, departed the Pacifica for destinations unknown shortly before returning with the two unconscious passengers. The source also revealed that a chip of “definite” Cylon origin was removed from Contepomi shortly after his return. The source did not comment further on a possible Cylon link but suggested in this case the facts speak for themselves.

The News-Review will continue to provide updates on this developing story as more information comes in.

Brian Weston – Fleet News Service

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Fashion Show a Big Hit in Afterburners

Posted by Fleet News Service on April 1, 2008

Captain Weiland Shows Swimwear from PiconEyea Aya Shows Tauron Casual WearA fashion show organized by Captain Windy Weiland and hosted by President Halberd was well attended. A group of guests showed up dressed as impeccably dressed #6’s and surprised everyone!

Modeling outfits from their colonies were Captain Weiland (Picon), Rae Larkham, Antonia Waco, and Oracle Eyea Aya. Everyone had a good time, in spite of threats from Apollos’ Hand and from Cylons.

Sable Babii – Fleet News Reporter

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Quorum of 12 Representative Liana Inshan Missing

Posted by Fleet News Service on March 31, 2008

The following report was turned into authorities today, and this reporter was able to see a copy of it.

I was scheduled to meet with Representative Inshan in her quarters on the Virgon Rising to discuss her proposals related to food distributions on 03292008 at 0900SLT. When I went to her room, the door was unlocked. I went in and found the room was in disarray and Liana was not there. Her identity cards and personal items were still in the room.

Contact was made with the Captain who checked the ship log and told me that there was no departure record. She should still have been aboard. The Captain asked the crew members to look for her but were unable to locate her anywhere on the ship.

I thought maybe she had just been called away until I heard of the attack on Vice President Vielle. When I heard of this I realized there could be more to it and that this needed to be reported.

Casiopeia Catteneo
Representative of Canceron

If anyone knows the whereabouts of Representative Inshan, please contact Captain Serapis immediately.

Sable Babii – Fleet News Reporter

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President Offers to Meet Hand of Apollo

Posted by Fleet News Service on March 30, 2008

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
March 30, 2008

In a move shunned by advisors, President Halberd has penned an open letter to so-called “Hand of Apollo” members, offering to meet them and hear their demands while assuring their safety.

Hand of Apollo Members,

In the interests of compromise and mutual understanding, I am willing to meet with you or your representatives to hear what your issues are. Your safety will be guaranteed by me.

You may respond with comments in the news, if you wish.

This offer will only be extended once.

Tanya Halberd
President

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Assassination Attempt on Vice Presidents Life!

Posted by Fleet News Service on March 30, 2008

Saturday, a day of mourning for our recently lost Pacifica hero, Heidi Stiglitz, was marred by violence by a lone assassin against the the Vice President of the Colonial Fleet, Vicky Vielle.

What started out as a fitting time of tribute and  heartfelt words about the recently lost pillar of the fleet, turned into violence and mayhem.
As the last few eulogizers were speaking, shots rang out and the Vice President dropped. On lookers were confused as to what had just occurred, looking at each other in silence momentarily until  the realization set in. Weapons we drawn by all the warriors in attendance. Quick orders to seal the Dome were to late, as it appeared that the perpetrator was later reported as being observed running from the scene.

All fleet officers were quickly surround by body guards and sequestered. Many individuals were rounded up and questioned. At this time, an individual is in custody. The suspect’s name has not been released.

The group calling themselves the Hand of Apollo has taken responsiblity. Before the shots were fired, someone yelled, “You have broken and betrayed the Truce and the Covenent now you have been Judged now feel the wrath of the Hand of Apollo”.

This reporter is still shaken by the events. I will follow with more updates as the investigation continues.

Sable Babii – Fleet News Reporter

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Wake for Major Stiglitz Planned, Saturday, 3/29 at 2pm SLT

Posted by Fleet News Service on March 28, 2008

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
March 28, 2008

Please join us as we honor our fallen CAG, Major Heidi Stiglitz, who died as she lived, in honor and dignity in the battle against our enemies.

We will gather at 2pm, SLT Saturday, March 29, 2008 in the dome in 7th Heaven.

Please attend if you can. Please bring pictures of the Major if you can.

Thanks.

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Poseidon Abandoned, CAG Stiglitz is MIA

Posted by Fleet News Service on March 27, 2008

This is without a doubt the saddest report I have ever written for the News.

In a surprisingly vicious attack that included at least 3 basestars, Cylons returned to retake the planet Poseidon with a vengeance. Pilots and Marines fought valiantly to hold our position, but the planet was not worth additional casualties and Admiral Nephilim ordered an FTL to remove the fleet from danger.

A tragic loss was revealed by President Halberd, who told me haltingly, with tears rolling down her face, that Major Heidi Stiglitz is missing in action. The President explained that the CAG was engaged by Cylons while flying the Stealth Star and went down over the planet. Rescuers determined that her beacon was not active or had been destroyed in the crash, and orders were given from Pacifica to abandon the search. “I consider her one of my dearest friends. We will do everything we can to go back and find her,” President Halberd said. “I cannot accept that one of the most heroic women who ever lived is missing.”

Admiral Nephilim, who is also one of Major Stiglitz’ closest friends, was forced to order the FTL jump away from the area. She is in seclusion and has issued no statements.

Major Stiglitz is a proud citizen of Aerelon. She lost her husband Hannes and daughters Thea and Tessa in a vicious slaughter of their family farm just days before a mission from Pacifica arrived to retrieve them.

Sable Babii – Fleet News Reporter

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