Security Level 1: Open
In accordance with your orders, I have selected key personnel for service aboard Atlantis. As agreed, I have transferred Commanders Strand and Pohl to serve as second and third officers respectively, and the heads of their respective departments. In addition, after some consideration, I have selected Lieutenant Commander Kermit as Executive Officer and Chief of Operations. All three transfers are effective at the start of Alpha shift, Stardate 94516.1.
I will be selecting a Chief Engineer and Chief Science Officer in due course. As I deem these to be lower-priority assignments given the expected nature of our mission, I will choose two non-chief department personnel from the DS-13 roster. I will be soliciting Lieutenant Commander Kermit's advice prior to making my selection. Giving him the option to have input into the crew selection is an important command skill with which he should become increasingly familiar.
Whilst I am on assignment, Commander Sivath will be your acting executive officer. I have no doubt that, as a Vulcan, he will serve you with the same efficiency that I have done. And I may add, sir, that this opportunity to work together will probably prove beneficial for both you and for Commander Sivath.
If you require anything before I depart, I will likely be found about Atlantis, seeing to the final preparations for departure.
Executive Officer, Deep Space 13