Location: Sol system, Gateway Station, USCM Quarters, Debriefing room.
A short, stout, man dressed in the olive green standard USCM marine dress, entered the room where the Marines stood. Behind him a woman dressed in a brown anonymous dress followed. She had no military insignia. The man carried a portable terminal under his left arm - He put it down on the podium and pressed a small touch button on - Two seconds later an image appeared on the wall behind him with the USCM logotype.
"At ease marines" he said with a soft and friendly voice. He seemed like a very relaxed person, his uniform was far from tidy and he gave a slightly confused expression. His eyes however were bright, attentive and intelligent as they peered out beneath bushy eyebrows.
The short man introduced himself as "Captain Johnson". He had a warm and friendly voice and as the marines sat down he introduced the woman as Donna McDowell a psychologist and trauma expert.
The Marines were first lead through a run through of the mission as recorded from the mission log by Lt Anderson up until her death. Appearantly Lt Anderson had been killed trying to send down the elevator to the marines. Her corpse had been carried by McRoger to the dropship. The marines sent suspicious glances towards Mcdowell as she sat there seemingly taking notes - Something was fishy.
The Marines finished through the mission, describing their part in it. All from Mongos death, the narrow escape to the climbing out and battle in the dome.
Almost one hour later Captain Johnson straightened his back. "Ok lets take a short break before continuing. I got some R&R information and the details about the memorial services for the fallen we need to go over before I can release You!". With that He glanced over at McDowell who gave him a stiff lifeless smile back and he nodded. They both stood up and went towards the door, McDowell immidiately picked up a cellular earpiece and put it into her ear calling someone.
The door shut behind Captain Johnson and the Marines rose up throwing uneasy glances at eachother. Some of them went to the coffeemachine that stood next to the door. Morse went over to the still humming portable terminal and pressed a few buttons accessing the intranet on the station. He brought up the news section, quickly skimming them through. They had been out of the loop for nearly a month.
Morse scrolled down through the pages describing the escalating pollution problems. How yet another megacorporation had been bought out by another and that a passenger shuttle in the hyperdyne section had collided with a beacon, killing all satelite TV for a whole colony for five hours during the annual super bowl resulting in several riots. Then suddenly he halted and a shrill fear stung his back.
He swalloved the appearing lump in his throat "Hey sarge...look at this" he said in a tone that got the attention of every marine in the room.
Research ship from Saint John in the CSC sector put in quarantine in New York.
A research vessel, the USS Nadanya, have been put in quaratine after the whole crew seems to have perished under mysterious circumstances. The USS Nadanya arrived yesterday from Saint John and failed to respond to any calls as it approached earth. The USS Nadanya was closely supervised as it was remotely landed by tugs from Gateway station to New York spaceport. When the servicepersonel entered the ship they found the whole crew dead in or around their hypersleep chambers. The authorities have further refused to comment on the issue but sources to Galaxy News says they crew where killed by some kind of parasite. The same source also cites that the authorities are looking for two crewmembers who might be alive and fled the ship as soon as it landed - This has been denied by officials who claims all quarantine protocolls where followed and that no one has escaped the ship. Trisha Davida Galaxy News.