Once everyone had gathered (aside from the Chief Engineer who was nowhere to be found), Jason decided it would probably be time to move things along. Before he approached the stage, he quickly and quietly tapped his commbadge.
"Computer, please locate Lieutenant M'Rour." It wasn't long before he got an answer. [Lieutenant M'Rour's location unknown.] Jason's brow furrowed. It could mean any number of things, and he didn't want to make everyone panicked. He forwarded the information to station Security, something for them to look in to. If something came up that needed his attention, he would gather everyone and handle it. For now, until otherwise known, he would continue with the night.
He stepped up on the stage and went up to the mic. Under the podium were all of the boxes that he would need tonight. He took the two meant for M'Rour and set them to the side, to handle later. He could, for the time being, easily chalk her sudden absence as a family emergency. Clearing his throat to get everyone's attention, he began speaking.
"Thank you all for coming to this little shindig," he started. "I know our last mission was not exactly how we wanted or expected to go, but I believe everyone performed admirably. Before we begin, I do have some news." He paused for a moment. He had two different pieces of crew news, but one had not been confirmed yet. The other one had. Well, three if you include whatever is going on with M'Rour. "Our First Officer, Commander Praise, has been picked by Science Command to lead a special assignment, as well as take on a special position for said assignment. As such, I will be speaking with the higher-ups in regards to a new First Officer." Once he gauged the reaction of everyone, he continued.
"With that bit of news out of the way, we can continue on with some rewards." He smiled before calling out the list of names he had. "Will Commander Velaul, Lieutenants Pond and Jensen, and Midshipman Krylixson please join me on the stage." He waited patiently as each of the officers came up. Once they were in place, he grabbed the boxes from underneath the podiums and walked over to each in line.
"Lieutenant Commander Velaul, for going above and beyond in the line of duty, you are hereby awarded the Star Fleet Achievement Medal. Well done." Smiling to her, he moved down. "Lieutenant Pond, also for going above and beyond in the line of duty, you are also hereby awarded the Star Fleet Achievement Medal. Great job. Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Jensen," he said as he moved to the next officer, "for exhibiting valor in the face of imminent danger, you are hereby awarded the Gold Star. Furthermore, you are also hereby promoted to the rank of full Lieutenant, with all of the privileges and responsibilities thereof. Congratulations." He stepped last in front of Krylixson with the last two boxes.
"Midshipman Krylixson. For also exhibiting valor in the face of imminent danger, you are awarded the Gold Star. You have also been granted the rank of Ensign. Wonderful job, Ensign." He then turned to the crowd. "Everyone join me in congratulating these fine officers for all their hard work."