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Captain John Williams

Name John Patrick Williams

Position Commanding Officer

Rank Captain


Character Information

Gender Male
Species Human
Age 36

Physical Appearance

Height 6'3"
Weight 165 lbs.
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Hazel
Physical Description A tall, lithe man in his 30s, his brown hair is cropped close in a distinctly military style, and his cleanshaven face holds a stern, unsmiling visage most of the time - in public, anyway. He's particularly physically fit, and his movements are quick and graceful, with seldom a wasted movement.

Family

Spouse None
Children None
Father James Williams (Earth - relationship distant)
Mother Mary Williams (Earth - relationship intermittent)
Brother(s) Mark Williams (Earth, 38, relationship distant)
Sister(s) None
Other Family Numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, plus grandparents - too many to list.

Personality & Traits

General Overview John Williams is a study in contrasts; on-duty, he is frequently stern, hard-charging and relentless as a commander. Take off the uniform, though, and he's frequently relaxed and easy to talk to.
Spoken Languages Federation Standard, Italian, Greek, Romulan, Klingon, Tzenkethi, Hebrew
Strengths & Weaknesses Weaknesses:
* Young - not much experience
* Not a diplomat by mindset; naturally a risk-taker and aggressive
* Fights off depression and nagging doubts, sometimes regardless of performance
* Not tolerant of fools - either you can keep up or you can't. If you can't, he might write you off.
* Sets high expectations for subordinates. Sometimes too high.

Strengths:
* Fluent in languages
* Skilled tactician and strategist
* Naturally skilled combatant
* Highly Intelligent and a fast learner
* Physically fit
* Expects a lot of subordinates - and usually gets it.
Ambitions Start a family, achieve flag rank. In no particular order.
Hobbies & Interests * Orbital skydiving
* Scuba diving
* Horseback riding
* Parrises Squares
* Martial Arts (skilled practitioner of Anbo-Jyutsu, Krav Maga, Judo, and Karate)
* Political Science
* History (Federation, especially Terran)
* Law (Federation, particularly Starfleet)

Personal History

Personal History John Williams was always one of the bright ones. Even (perhaps especially) as a child, he was noted for his intelligence - part of the reason he first learned a variety of martial arts was to defend against schoolyard bullies who picked on him because of it.

Despite his intelligence, he had a fairly normal childhood on Earth, where he was born in December 2354; he might have grown up to be a lawyer like his father (a successful and well-connected criminal defense attorney), or a teacher like his mother, but for one thing: He grew up near a small Starfleet base on the East Coast of North America, and constantly heard stories of adventure and valor from Starfleet personnel returning from conflict with the Cardassians, the Tzenkethi, and even the Borg in later years. As such, despite his parents' protests, he applied to Starfleet Academy during his senior year of high school at age 18, in 2371 - he could have enlisted, but the life of an officer looked far more appealing to the teenager. He joined at the right time, too. Entering in 2371, he was entering Starfleet Academy just as the Federation was beginning its cold war with the Dominion.

The Academy was hard at first, but he soon enough adapted to the rigid discipline of his plebe year, and the increased pace of his second year came as a natural progression - war with the Klingon Empire, from an Academy point of view, was over before it could impact things. That, of course, was when everything changed.

In 2373, war was declared against the Dominion, and Starfleet Academy changed drastically. Military training was at a harder pace; academics focused on the war.

That defined most of the next 2 years. That is, until the Breen attack on Earth in 2375. The attack found Williams, now a first-class cadet months from graduation, leading his company of cadets in an ultimately marginally successful effort to defend the Academy campus against Breen airborne attack, actions which won the cadet a Ribbon of Merit from Starfleet Command.

In May 2375, just as the Dominion War was coming to an end, John Williams graduated Starfleet Academy in the top 10% of his class, with a major in Political Science and an assignment to Aerospace Corps Flight School starting in July of that year. Flight School on Mars was easier than he'd expected it to be; about the only problems he had were personal. Namely, even though he had had amazing success thusfar, with a bright career and relationships with the opposite sex that were at least normal, he was wracked with depression. It lifted eventually, but would return regularly throughout his career.

In July 2376, after 9 months of Flight School on Mars (and throughout the Sol System), and 12 weeks of SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape) School at an undisclosed location in Federation space, John Williams graduated as a fully-qualified combat fighter pilot. Unofficially, his instructors had awarded him the callsign of "Beagle"; he hada habit of bouncing around like an overeager puppy when he got excited. It was better, at least, than "Chum", a callsign he almost had awarded after an ejection that went into San Francisco Bay and actually attracted sharks (Who, fortunately, did not choose to dine upon either him or his instructor).

His first operational posting was to Outpost Tango III, where he was part of the 45th Attack Squadron (also known as the "Red Barons"), a Peregrine squadron flying patrols along the Romulan Neutral Zone. This was long, boring work - especially when nothing happened. However, he learned a lot about the craft of flying, and so was leading an element 9 months before his promotion to Lieutenant Junior Grade in May 2378. Then, in June 2378, came a transfer to clear across the Federation, to the 79th Fighter Squadron, the "Janissaries", stationed as part of the 75th Starbase Wing (the "Spathi") at Starbase 621 along the Tzenkethi Border. The regular border skirmishes with the Tzenkethi made for tense, stressful work, requiring diplomacy that the young pilot (Williams was now 23), despite having excellent diplomatic skills as such, did not naturally have the mindset for as he led Gamma Flight. As he noted once to his squadron leader, "I'm a combat pilot. I'm supposed to be *aggressive*. And you want me to be *diplomatic*, sir?"

Nonetheless, he learned how to do diplomacy, albeit in his own way, and steadily took on greater responsibilities - even as he struggled to balance romantic relationships with the obligations of his duties. The loneliness he frequently felt, as his attempts at relationships failed repeatedly, drove him not only towards his work, but back into the classroom - he used distance education (plus what educational leave he could get to attend classes "in the flesh") to pursue a Master's degree in Interstellar Security Studies from Georgetown University on Earth, something he completed with honors in June 2380; his thesis was "Peace Through The Sword: Towards a Just War perspective of modern Power Projection in the post war Interstellar System", and it actually provoked a small amount of discussion among academics and the Federation security establishment as "a first draft of a potential Federation security policy for the Post-Dominion age; more muscular and more realist, while still attempting to hold to classic Federation foreign policy and philosophical objectives", as a review in the noted journal "Interstellar Affairs" put it. He actually had Georgetown trying to recruit him to pursue a Doctoral degree, but turned down the (admittedly tempting) offer from the prestigious university - he much preferred to stay in uniform, flying for as long as they let him. At the same time as he was advancing academically, he was learning about much more than flying through his duties - he qualified as a Bridge Officer in October 2380, and potentially put himself on a track to command a starship, even as he was recruited to train with Starfleet Marines, in a project to enhance cooperation between the two branches by training selected Starfleet Aerospace Corps officers in the command of infantry platoons and companies, what was known as "Project Deep Bench". He performed as if he'd been leading Marines his entire career and could potentially shine leading even larger formations, according to the evaluation of the Marine battalion commander who was his trainer and mentor - even as the overall project was judged something of a failure. But still, he refused the offers of a transfer, even amidst a continuing post-Dominion War drawdown which was impacting the Aerospace Corps much more than the Marine Corps, and could have resulted in the early end of his career. But, fortunately or unfortunately, whatever publicity he may have had from these efforts and successes didn't seem to effect him much; he remained a humble, grounded officer mentally, and seemed outwardly content to continue along his previous course.

June 2381, then, saw the 25-year-old Williams, by now leader of the Janissaries' Beta Flight and noted tactician and strategist among his peers, selected for promotion and sent to the Aerospace Corps's Squadron Officers School, a 12-week course on Andor aimed at teaching prospective Lieutenants (and Marine Captains) the nuts and bolts of running an aerospace squadron. In October 2381, then, he was formally promoted to Lieutenant, and assigned as commanding officer of the 25th Fighter Squadron, the "Swordsmen", a new Valkyrie squadron stationed on Starbase 36 along the Klingon border as part of the 9th Starbase Wing, also known as "the Nineth Knights". He proved a hard-charging commander, easy to make friends with off-duty but determined and occasionally harsh on-the-job, as he was determined not to let the "quiet border" with the Klingons degrade the skills and effectiveness of his unit. Ultimately, though, his first tour as a squadron commander wrapped up in October 2383, with a verdict much like his first tour as a pilot: Except for a few unremarkable skirmishes with pirates, nothing really happened. He was known as an excellent fighter pilot and commander, but had had no chance to prove himself. It looked like that was to be the way of things in the post-Dominion War Federation for fighter pilots: Constant training, but nothing really happening, with limited advancement opportunities as the force declined from its Dominion War mobilization. Lt. Williams, then, nearly took up the offers he had to transfer his commission to the Marine Corps, or to Starfleet Intelligence. But something stopped him - a desire to remain the cockpit was the stated reason he gave, but those who knew him then seem to only partially accept that explanation. As it happened, both of those organizations would see rather more of him in his next assignment after relinquishing command of his squadron, in any case.

He was assigned to Starfleet Headquarters as a contingency plans officer for Starfleet Command for twelve months, in which capacity he served as a Watch Officer at the Starfleet Command Center and occasionally was called upon to brief senior leaders, including the Chief of Staff of Starfleet. He spent those twelve months learning a lot about Starfleet - he had to train himself, extremely quickly but thoroughly, in matters as diverse as intelligence operations, Marine combat matters, Starfleet's internal legal system and the broader area of Federation Law, the intricacies of Federation policy on the Romulans, and the many unsung aspects of the Federation's military power.

At the same time, he started a relationship which would impact his career substantially - with Kayleigh Kowalski, a Lieutenant who was posted at Starfleet Academy as a company officer, one of the active-duty officers tasked with guiding and mentoring the leaders of the cadet-run units that formed the backbone of Academy life in the post-Dominion War age. She had come up as an Operations officer, him as a combat officer, but despite differences in background, they formed a quick friendship, that blossomed (despite either's expectation) into a romance. They took it slow, though, especially when, once his tour at Starfleet Command was over, Williams was posted to Starfleet Academy as an instructor in space tactics and Federation Security affairs for two years.

2386 was eventful for Williams, then; he was a noted and popular instructor at Starfleet Academy (as popular with (if occasionally feared by - he was a tough grader and an unsparing advisor) the cadets as the other faculty), he had a sucessful romance ongoing with a beautiful blonde...But still, it felt like something was missing. He had spent 3 years away from the operational Fleet, and he was restless. He'd joined Starfleet for the adventure, to do stuff, after all; not necessarily to teach. So it looked like he'd have to choose, between his career and his relationship with Kayleigh. That is, until a lucky beer.

Captain Maximilian Kies was the adjutant to Starfleet Academy's superintendent, but was bound for command of one of the new Vikrant-class carriers. He'd developed a mentoring relationship of sorts with the young Lieutenant, and so listened to Williams explain his predicament over a few beers at the faculty club. Which is when he made an offer that nearly bowled over the younger officer: He was still hunting for a CAG and a Chief of Operations. Would Williams and Kowalski be willing to be posted to his vessel in those respective posts? He'd fill out his senior staff with qualified personnel he knew and trusted the abilities of, they'd get the advancement-track posts their careers needed, and they'd have the chance to serve together - with no harm done to their careers if things didn't work out between them and someone needed to transfer.

It was an amazing offer, one Williams accepted for himself immediately. Kowalski, however, was harder to convince (she loved being a teacher), but after a few days, she came around just in time. So just after the end of the academic year in June 2386, both young officers reported aboard USS Munich, as it finished construction at Utopia Planitia, to take up their new posts; both wore the shiny new pips of Lieutenant Commanders on their collars.

The next year was a flurry of activity. The Vikrant-class carrier was still a new thing to Starfleet, and so much of the crew's time (especially the air wing) was spent in training and developing tactics, even as they patrolled the borders of the Federation. It seemed like every department aboard the ship was being trained and formed on the fly - from the air group to the Marine detachment to the medical staff to the operations department. It was professionally and personally rewarding for most involved (except for the engineering department, which seemed to burn through department heads like flies); that is, until June 2387, when all hell broke loose.

The then-current Chief Engineer died of an undiagnosed heart condition in the middle of a shift. The Assistant Chief Engineer stepped up to the plate, which worked fine...until what should have been a routine test of the warp core went horribly wrong.

Fortunately, the core didn't breach, but there were 30 personnel killed...Including the executive officer, as the result of a fire near the number two fusion reactor; the backdraft from the reactor's explosion killed the firefighting team led by the XO instantly.

The results of that fateful day in June saw the CAG (who had been manning the bridge at the time and directed response efforts) assigned as Executive Officer, and later awarded the Legion of Merit. His new position made life a bit sticky, given he was in a relationship with the ship's Chief of Operations, but that was an easily worked problem.

While John Williams was not necessarily happy about being "kicked upstairs" to the XO spot, he adjusted quickly to the position's demands, and set his sights higher, looking to command a starship one day. Preferably, of course, one with fighters.

Of course, first came the inevitable investigations by Starfleet Command, into the disaster which had killed 30 members of the crew. In the end, though the command staff was cleared of responsibility and indeed commended by the board of inquiry, the Chief Engineer was court-martialed on charges of involuntary manslaughter, under article 119 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, convicted, and sentenced to dismissal from the service, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for 5 years in a Starfleet Correctional Facility. Once those were done, 4 months after the events, next came 30 days of training followed by a tense yet uneventful 6-month patrol of the Tzenkethi border. That was followed by a move to the Klingon border, where the Munich spent the next year, That was a unique mix of diplomacy, deterrence, and joint training, punctuated by the Klingons repeatedly trying to drink the Munich's CO and XO under the table at mutual dinners. (For the record, nobody died or lost their original liver as the result of this experience, though the hangovers were legendarily painful the first few times.)

Eventually, as such things do, Williams's time aboard the Munich came to an end, as did the relationship with Kayleigh. Both, fortunately, ended amicably.

After that, then, came a two-year tour on Earth, working as an aide-de-camp to the Chief of Staff of Starfleet. That was a high profile, prestigious position - and it led directly to his command of the USS Jerusalem. Precisely how, though, then-Lieutenant Commander Williams has never disclosed publicly.

All that's known is that, without previous whispers of his name in the rumor mill as a possible choice, he wound up on the Command Select List for July 2391, assigned to Command School as a student 3 months before when his tour as an aide was supposed to end. And so it was that in January 2392, after the six-month course of Starfleet Command School, he was assigned to the USS Jerusalem, a new Ascension-class carrier, as her Commanding Officer, with a promotion to the rank of Commander.

Service Record

Service Record June 2371 - Entry into Starfleet Academy Summer Preparatory Program "Beast Barracks"
August 2371 - Sworn in as a Cadet 4th class, Starfleet Academy
February 2375 - As a Cadet First Class, commands Delta Company, First Battalion, Starfleet Brigade of Midshipmen in ground defense of Starfleet Academy against Breen airborne attack. Delta Company, despite being unprepared and hastily-armed with anti-aircraft weaponry, manages to account for the destruction of one Breen attack fighter, at no casaulties to its own force; however, Starfleet Academy is still damaged severely, causing operations to resume in temporary accommodations in Annapolis, Maryland, at the former site of the United States Naval Academy, one week later.
May 2375 - Graduates Starfleet Academy, 14th in class with Bachelor of Science in Political Science; Commissioned as Ensign and assigned to July 2375 class, Starfleet Aerospace Corps Undergraduate Pilot Training, Olympus Mons, Mars. Awarded Ribbon of Merit for his actions in responding to the Breen Attack.
May 2376 - Graduates Flight School and SERE School; "awarded" callsign of Beagle along with his Aviator Badge. Assigned to VA-45 "Red Barons", Outpost Tango-III.
May 2378 - Promoted Lieutenant, Junior Grade
June 2378 - Assigned to VF-79 "Janissaries", element of SBW-75 "Spathi", SB 621.
June 2380 - Completes thesis for MA, Interstellar Security Studies, awarded with honors by Georgetown University, Washington DC, Earth. Thesis Title: "Peace Through The Sword: Towards a Just War perspective of modern Power Projection in the post-war Interstellar System". Thesis reviewed in such publications as "Interstellar Affairs".
October 2380 - Qualified as Officer of the Watch
December 2380 - As part of "Project Deep Bench", commands First Platoon, Co B, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment
January 2381 - As part of "Project Deep Bench", commands Co C, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment
March 2381 - Resumes service with SF Aerospace Corps
June 2381 - selected for promotion to Lieutenant; assigned as student, Starfleet Aerospace Corps Squadron Officer School, Andorian Military Institute, Andor.
October 2381 - Promoted Lieutenant; assigned as Commanding Officer, VF-25 "Swordsmen", element of SBW-9 "Nineth Knights", SB 36
October 2383 - Assigned as Contingency Plans Officer, Starfleet Command, Earth
October 2384 - Assigned as Instructor, Military Tactics Department and Instructor, Political Science Department, Starfleet Academy, San Francisco, Earth
June 2386 - Assigned Commander, Air Group of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 57, stationed aboard USS Munich NCC-72549; Promoted Lieutenant Commander
June 2387 - As Officer of the Watch aboard USS Munich, while conducting patrol operations near Tzenkethi Border, directs efforts in responding to fire caused by power surge and explosion of number two fusion reactor; assigned as Executive Officer, USS Munich following the death of previous incumbent in responding to fire.
October 2387 - Cleared of any responsibility and commended in Report of the Board of Inquiry investigating the fire aboard USS Munich. Awarded Legion of Merit as a result of his actions in the incident.
April 2389 - Assigned as Aide de Camp to Chief of Staff, Starfleet.
July 2391 - Selected for Command, ordered to Starfleet Academy to attend Command School as student.
January 2392 - Graduated Command School and Assigned as Commanding Officer, USS Jerusalem

Decorations Awarded:
Ribbon of Merit - for actions as Cadet Commander, Delta Company, First Battalion, Starfleet Brigade of Midshipmen in ground defense of Starfleet Academy against Breen Airborne Attack in February 2375. Awarded May 2375.
Legion of Merit - for actions as Officer of the Watch in responding to severe power surge, explosion of number two fusion reactor, and associated fires, while serving as Commander, Air Group aboard USS Munich NCC-72549, in June of 2387. Awarded October 2387.