Katsuko smiled and said to Akina, "I am proud of our daughters, I can only hope they will continue to be successful." A lot of underlying words and explanations fit her words, none of which the Taisho would divulge before their team members. Once more, Tio had brought Motoyoshi shame; this time, she had left no umbrella for him. She added as she looked at Kaoru, "That includes you as well, I'm proud of you," she made an effort extra after what had occurred during leave. Kaoru didn't say anything to her mother's praise but she did smile and give a gentle nod.
"Shanui-Hei, excellent work on the bridge today. You showed great adaptation and I will enter a note both in your record, and Ayenee-Hei's as well," Katsuko said with a nod to the enlisted soldier's brief greeting to them, "Have a seat anywhere, no restrictions in this group," she said loud enough to ensure that not just the Clerk heard it.
The Taisho looked to Mazumi, "Mazu-Hei, there is only one problem with your service tonight. Your behind should be in a chair ready for dinner tonight. You're here with the team to be served, not here to serve us," she wanted to ensure that the young caretaker knew that they were serious about it being the end of shift even for her. "Let the chef and his team take care of that," she said as she accepted a bottle of the Chateau Hanako for her and Akina from one of the trays.
Once more of the Team arrived, Katsuko stood up from her team, "Welcome members of Alpha Team. Shimizu-Motoyoshi Taisho and I wanted to say it is an honor to have you all here. You performed above expectations today. You rose to the challenge, and the Colony Fleet launched on time and without difficulty," she paused briefly and looked over the faces of the attending soldiers, "We wanted to give some special recognition however, to Madsen-Shoi and Shanui-Hei. On their way to the fleet, they helped resolve a logistical error involving critical components for Port Jiyuu's drives. Thanks to their volunteering, and hard work the parts were recovered," she gave recognition to those who had really risen to the challenge and saved the day, "These are some of Star Army's finest, and so are you. We have a great unknown expanse ahead, and we look forwards to many of you having the opportunity to shine, anyway...enough of my rambling, Let's eat. Please for the meal, talk freely and get to know each other." The Taisho sat down beside her wife and gave a slight wink in her direction as she handed her the bottle of wine with the expectation she would open it.
The buffet line in the Wardroom was opened, and Chef Chikafusa stood near the table to ensure any questions about the cuisine typical of Takeda House would be answered.