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Lieutenant Commander Olivia Constantine

Name Olivia Evelyn Constantine

Position Commander Air Group (CAG)

Second Position Commander Air Group (CAG)

Rank Lieutenant Commander


Character Information

Gender Female
Species Human
Age 33

Physical Appearance

Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)
Weight 133 lb (58.1 kg)
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Blue
Physical Description Self described as the “perfect size” for many of the cramped cockpits of the modern fleet, Constantine still stands slightly taller than the average human female. She has a lean, athletic frame. Her medium length hair is off the shoulders in either a ponytail or bun while on duty. Expressive, piercing eyes are the trademark of her feminine features, though they are often hidden behind aviator sunglasses. Her nonverbal communication is very subtle, and her movements are best described as graceful and unhurried.

Family

Spouse None
Children None
Father Malcolm Constantine (67, President & CEO of Constantine Consulting, lives on Earth)
Mother Miranda Greenwood (63, retired, lives on Earth)
Brother(s) Dr. Victor Constantine (39, Chief Counselor, USS Cincinnati)
Patrick Constantine (35, CFO of Constantine Consulting, lives on Earth)
Jonathan Constantine (35, COO of Constantine Consulting, lives on Earth)
Sister(s) None
Other Family Numerous - further information available upon request

Personality & Traits

General Overview Blurring the line between idealist and pragmatist, Olivia prefers to lead her subordinates by example. Hardworking and honest, she is a goal-driven individual that constantly feels the need to keep improving. A natural ambivert, she is just as happy to take the lead and carry a conversation as she is to lay back and listen to one.
Spoken Languages Federations Standard, Romulan, Klingon (conversational)
Strengths & Weaknesses [+] A strong, technical mind allows her to learn complex, new skills with very few repetitions
[+] Spatially and situationally aware in combat
[+] Excellent decision making and leadership skills
[+] High level of physical fitness allows her to keep her focus when the conditions are less than ideal
[+] Elite piloting ability

[-] Occasionally tactless in conversation
[-] Demanding of others
[-] Insecurity that displays itself in self-deprecating humor
Ambitions Professionally, to never let Starfleet promote her out of the cockpit. Personally, to find the right man and start working on the things in life that will outlast her career.
Hobbies & Interests A few minor changes to the circumstances surrounding her education, and history could have easily found Olivia as an engineer instead of a pilot. From this, she has kept her fascination with electronics and machines, and holds firmly to the belief that flying is the perfect overlap between those two niches. She engages in self-therapy by studying the history of Terran aviation, and usually has a restoration project tucked somewhere in the back corner of a maintenance hangar.

As a competitor by nature, Olivia likes to take on anything and anyone that poses a challenge to her. Whether it be trying a new sport, learning a new maneuver in the pilot’s seat, or challenging friends to a competition, she plays to win.

Olivia chooses to express herself artistically through music or the culinary arts.

Personal History

Personal History With three sons and a husband to deal with, it was a poorly kept secret that Miranda Constantine wanted a daughter to temper some of the testosterone in the house. When the news came that the family was expecting their fourth child to arrive sometime in late 2359, friends of the family began to question the Constantines about the gender of the baby. The questions became frequent enough that the Constantines chose to leave the topic a mystery until birth. The calendar read September 7th on the day the Constantines welcomed a healthy and happy Olivia Evelyn into the world. Finally, the family had a daughter.

Growing up in the heart of San Francisco, Starfleet was an ever present entity in Olivia’s life, but the Constantine family had no real record of Starfleet service. The engineering consulting firm that bore the family’s name was always in negotiations with the galactic superpower for contracts related to systems that would eventually find their way into a myriad of starships and other craft.
With a name like Olivia and three older brothers in the house, it was no great surprise to anyone that the youngest Constantine grew up a tomboy. It was rare when a summer passed in the household without a championship trophy and one or more of the children spending a lengthy amount of time with something in a cast. There was, of course, a healthy amount of inter-sibling rivalry, but the brothers were thoughtful enough to tone things back enough to keep their little sister involved.

That being said, one place where Olivia needed no help keeping up was in the classroom. The Constantines did nothing to try and keep her insatiable curiosity in check. In this regard, both Malcolm and Miranda were enablers, allowing all of their children to pursue interests on their own accord. After school, hours upon hours spent on the company’s numerous flight simulators would embed a love of flying into Olivia at a young age.

Most of those who graduated preparatory school ended up accepting scholarship deals to universities scattered across the solar system. The year was 2377, and the wounds inflicted from the Dominion War were beginning to heal. Though the oldest Constantine brother had gone to Officer Candidate School and joined Starfleet six years prior, the rest of the Constantine children remained in the private sector. Olivia accepted invitation to attend Stanford University with the intent to pursue a mechanical engineering degree. She quickly realized that even though she was a great student, everyone else around her was just as special and just as talented. The innate ability was the same across the board, but Olivia understood that hard work could still discriminate amongst the intellectually gifted.

During her junior year at Stanford, Olivia began dating Peter Strasberg, an instructor pilot with one of Starfleet’s primary training squadrons. The relationship itself was rather tumultuous and short-lived, but it did reignite the passion for flying within a now nearly-graduated Constantine. She began to take flying lessons in the civilian world, and began to knock out the ratings one by one until eventually, she too was an instructor, albeit a civilian one.

By the time graduation day rolled around in the May of 2381, Olivia’s focus had shifted dramatically away from pursuing an engineering career with the family company to joining Starfleet. Handing her diploma over to her mother for safekeeping, Olivia met with an officer recruiter and added her application to pile of hundreds of others vying for a slot in the competitive Officer Candidate School (OCS). The notification of acceptance that came meant that for the first time, Olivia would be leaving the friendly confines of the San Francisco Bay and spending a significant amount of time away from home.

Sixteen weeks of OCS flew by, and in October of 2381, Ensign Olivia Constantine had obtained her commission as an officer in Starfleet. The prerequisites for becoming a pilot were complete, but it took a few weeks of agonizing waiting before the rosters were set. Boarding a transport to Mars, Constantine left Earth for the first time and watched from the observation lounge as the planet she had called home for twenty-two years disappeared. Her path to becoming a naval aviator was beginning.

Upon arrival, Olivia and a group of others who had already completed some civilian flight training were allowed to skip Introductory Flight Screening (IFS) that the other students with no flying experience were required to complete. The next step in the process was Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API) under the watchful eye of Captain Richard Townshend. Olivia found herself unlearning some topics that she had learned in the civilian world and relearning them the way Starfleet wanted them to be taught. Townshend made sure that the student naval aviators (SNAs) assigned to him were proficient, just as those who had come before were. Indoc completed, Olivia and the other SNAs were assigned to their training squadrons.

Olivia, along with many of the others that came out of Townshend’s class, made a favorable impression with her instructors as a member of the VT-14 “Legionnaires” during her basic flight training. During training, the instructors made it clear that being on time meant being fifteen minutes early, and showing up on time meant you were late. Early on, Constantine slept through an alarm and only just managed to make it to a class before the door slid shut behind her. After receiving the appropriate discipline and good-natured hazing to rectify the issue, Olivia escaped with nothing more than a bruised ego - or so she thought. Pretty soon the rest of the pilots started to call her “Pocketwatch,” a callsign that has stuck with her ever since.

Basic flight training completed, it was time for the SNAs to move on to their advanced training where they would specialize into the type of craft that they would be serving on during their fleet assignments. Scouts, transports, and starfighters alike all had open positions. On the surface, most of the aviators said the right things about accepting whatever decision was passed down by the instructors, but amongst themselves, the SNAs wanted the opportunity to train in the advanced starfighters. Those in charge of these decisions knew this - after all, they had been in the same situation in the not too distant past.

Constantine was amongst those assigned to train to become a starfighter pilot. Quietly, she went about her business during training, and others began to follow her example. By the end of advanced training, several instructors marked a noted improvement in the leadership skill and capability of one Ensign Constantine. Twelve weeks of Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) training followed afterward, which tested all new pilots to the extent of their physical and mental faculties. Olivia was integrally involved in keeping the group focused during the most grueling portions of the survival training.

In November of 2382, Ensign Constantine attended her winging ceremony and emerged through the crucible as a fully qualified fighter pilot. She began her first three-year fleet assignment as a member of VF-141 “Predators” attached to the USS Wesson, patrolling the area around several new Federation colonies. The instructors had prepared her, describing the job as “long periods of boredom interjected with moments of pure terror.” Terror, in this part of the galaxy, was provided by several cartels that were using one of the fringe planets in the Neyarta system to smuggle goods into and out of the Federation. Ensign Constantine's performance during this time in defending Federation colonies and the USS Wesson earned her an Air Medal.

Eleven months later in October of 2383, Constantine was promoted to the position of flight leader. Her element saw a small, but marked improvement in simulator scores and performance in war games, much of which was quietly attributed to her style of leadership. It is worth noting that one pilot requested a transfer out of her element due to leadership issues, but an internal investigation later revealed that Constantine rejected the pilot’s advances a few days prior to the request.

Continued aggression by the cartels eventually led to an increased Federation presence in the Neyarta system. By December of 2384, Constantine had been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant JG, and was transferred to VF-57 “Fighting Eagles” as a fighter pilot. Personnel decisions required her to give up her lead. Transition training to the Valkyrie-class starfighter and an increased role as a space superiority fighter gave Olivia a chance to grow as a pilot. She quickly recaptured her role of flight leader and performed with great distinction for the remainder of her three year assignment.

In November of 2385, Constantine had cycled back to the Sol system for the first time since she had left for training. Accepting a two year tour as an instructor pilot, she quickly became a popular instructor at the Academy for her looks and effective, practical instruction. She visited home in San Francisco as often as she could, making sure to stop by and see her family and friends.

During her tenure at the Academy as an instructor pilot, Constantine became familiar with most of the mainstays in the starfighter fleet, as well as taking time to sit in and observe classes on shuttles and runabouts for the flight control officers. She momentarily considered an offer to return to class for a flight control officer position to fly starships, but after a short talk with her family, she came to the decision that she would miss the type of flying she was doing too much. However, with the extra time she had, Constantine became qualified as an Officer of the Watch.

The year 2387 rolled onto the calendar, and it was time for the now twenty-eight year old Constantine to cycle back out to a fleet assignment. This time, the assignment was to VF-50 “Raging Bulls” attached to Starbase 129, flying the recently converted Broadsword-class fighter. Lieutenant Michael “Desperado” Garner was the squadron leader at the time, and Constantine and he struck up a quick friendship. They were both from the Bay Area on Earth and had many similar stories of growing up on the west coast of North America together.

Patrolling the border with the Cardassian Empire was relatively quiet work, especially with the echoes of the Dominion War quieting down. However, things did not stay quiet for long for VF-50 as the entire squadron was reassigned to Starbase 234, an area of space where the Federation, Romulan Empire, and Klingon Empire all share a border.

Numerous skirmishes with one or both empires, combined with a growing threat from small pirate factions led to an exorbitant amount of sorties being flown. Lieutenant Garner was killed in action by a pirate raid in March of 2388, an event that shook the members of VF-50 to their core. Still grieving in the briefing room with her battle-weary and demoralized friends, the CAG arrived to inform Lieutenant JG Constantine that she would be filling the void left behind by Garner. At first, she attempted to refuse, but it was made very evident to her that she had no say in the matter. A despondent Constantine begrudgingly accepted the news, but successfully negotiated a delay of her reassignment to Squadron Officer School until she had a chance to grieve and recover with her fellow pilots.

July of 2388 saw a promotion in rank to Lieutenant for Constantine after she had completed the twelve week training program. Assigned as the squadron commander of VF-50, she successfully petitioned to have the nickname of the squadron changed to “Desperados” in honor of the late Lieutenant Garner. Together, the squadron continued to be an effective force in the area, thanks in no small part to the leadership of its new squadron leader.

News of the Desperados’ effectiveness was starting to make its way around the fleet. When the CAG accepted a position as an executive officer elsewhere, rumors were rampant about who the next selection was going to be. Despite her relative lack of experience, many of the pilots supported Constantine as their choice. However, a more qualified candidate, LCDR Mason Arenado, ended up with the position.

By November of 2390, Constantine’s latest fleet assignment had come to an end and her service commitment to Starfleet was over. The difficulty of the past eighteen months had squashed any attempts to move forward in a romantic relationship, and she was so removed from engineering school that returning to that line of work seemed to be out of the question. Her family offered her an unconditional offer of employment to come work for them as a subject matter expert, but she declined. Constantine eventually defaulted back to accepting another two year tour as an instructor pilot.

The enthusiasm and excitement shown by many of her students slowly began to reinvigorate Constantine's passion for flying. By the beginning of 2392, the now thirty-three year old had accrued an excellent service record and the respect of her peers. When the time came for another fleet assignment, Constantine did not hesitate. She had been following the development of the carrier variant of the Ascension-class starship, and indicated the type as her preference without having any idea if the Bureau of Personnel even paid attention to requests.

During the first week of January 2392, Constantine learned that her newest assignment was going to be as an emergency replacement for the CAG aboard the USS Jerusalem. The news was relatively sudden. One night she went to sleep as an instructor, and the next night she was on a transport out to meet the newly commissioned ship at Andor, thus beginning the next chapter of her career.

Service Record

Service Record August 2377 - May 2381
Stanford University
Bachelor of Science - Mechanical Engineering
Magna Cum Laude - 3.81 GPA

May 2381 - October 2381
Officer Candidate School (OCS)
Commissioned into Starfleet
Rank: Ensign

October 2381 - November 2382
Starfleet Academy Flight School, Mars
VT-14 “Legionnaires”

November 2382
SERE Training completed

November 2382 - October 2383
VF-141 “Predators”
Peregrine Fighter Pilot

October 2383 - December 2384
VF-141 “Predators”
Peregrine Flight Leader

December 2384 - January 2385
VF-57 “Fighting Eagles”
Valkyrie Fighter Pilot
Promoted to Lieutenant JG

January 2385 - November 2385
VF-57 “Fighting Eagles”
Valkyrie Flight Leader

November 2385 - November 2387
Starfleet Flight School, Mars
VT-16 “Prowlers”
Instructor Pilot
NOTE: July 2387 - Qualified as Officer of the Watch

November 2387 - March 2388
VF-50 “Raging Bulls”
Broadsword Flight Leader

March 2388 - July 2388
Squadron Officer School
Promoted to Lieutenant

July 2388 - November 2390
VF-50 “Raging Bulls”
Squadron Leader

November 2390 - January 2392
Starfleet Flight School, Mars
VF-14 “Legionnaires”
Instructor Pilot

Other:
Air Medal - for actions in defense of the USS Wesson and the Federation - December 2382
Air Medal - for actions in defense of the Federation and her interests - September 2389
Master Instructor Commendation - for excellence in instructing the next generation of Starfleet pilots - November 2391