David - truly a great read thus far! I especially like the Russian first officer. Maybe Chekov will be like him when he grows up!
Commodore Wesley displayed his experience and command demeanor in the way he encouraged his fellow officers and crew on the planet. He helped them to function in spite of their fears and exuded confidence - exactly the traits one would imagine from a star ship commander.
Of course, when you mentioned the redshirts as part of the cadre on the planet, my first thought was, "Someone's gonna die!"
I'm looking forward to the next installment! :thumbsup: