Entered by: Mandy
Date: 2006-08-25 Relevant to: Arolos and DF
Summary: Description of what a Wingsecond is and does along with responsibilities of the role. For a complete picture of the Wing see the articles on Wingriders, Wingleaders, Wingthirds and Searchriders.
The Wingsecond rank is as important as a Wingleader. They are the second in command and will form a fallback or substitute for the Wingleader should he not be able to complete his duties for some reason. Essentially, they have the role of making sure what the Wingleader wants done is done. They will often be the ones coordinating information in Fall and passing it on to the Wingleader. They also have set duties within the wing, can conduct interviews with wing members and produce reports for the Wingleader to take to his meetings with the Weyrleader.
These are things that the writer has the authority to run without checking with the BoD. A Wingsecond can be delegated any of the Wingleader duties at the Wingleaders disgression, but these are functions that can be done independantly.
The Wingsecond has the responsibility in the wing for organising and running the sweeps. The Wingleader will not take part in these due to his other commitments. Each sweep will have around ten riders. These will be led by the Wingsecond, Wingthird or a rider that is established and can be given the responsibility. As many of these sweep teams as possible should contain a search rider in case prospective candidates are encountered. Once the sweep has been completed the Wingsecond will draw up a report detailing what was observed, people encountered and so on. This could be climate information, the odd person found that could be Searched, and details of changes taking place within holds and so on. If unscheduled Threadfall is discovered then this obviously has to be reported immediately.
Each Wingsecond has his own office in the Weyr. This enables him to have private conversations with members of his wing as well as to have a quiet place to complete the reports and records every sevenday on sweep rides. It is also necessary for the Wingsecond to have an office in case he has to perform other duties for his Wingleader. Note also that if a Wingthird needs an office he would borrow the Wingsecond’s office while he is out and otherwise engaged. All the Wingsecond offices are located near their Wingleader's office.
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