The Captains
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Starfleet Captains

Jean-Luc Picard
Captain of the fifth and sixth Starships Enterprise and a noted figure in space exploration, science, and interstellar diplomacy, Jean-Luc Picard was born on Earth in 2305.

Picard failed in 2322 to gain entrance to Starfleet Academy at the age of 17, but was admitted a year later. As a first-year cadet in 2323, Picard became the only freshman ever to win the Starfleet Academy marathon on Danula II. Shortly after graduating from the Academy with the class of 2327, Picard was on leave at Starbase Earhart, where he picked a fight with three Nausicaans, and was stabbed through the heart, necessitating a cardiac replacement procedure, leaving him with an artificial heart.

As a young lieutenant, Picard met Ambassador Sarek, and was in awe of actually meeting someone who had helped to shape the Federation. Lieutenant Picard was a bridge officer on the U.S.S.Stargazer when the ship's captain was killed. Picard took charge of the bridge, and for his service in the emergency was offered command of the Stargazer, which he commanded for some 20 years, until 2355, when the ship was destroyed by an unprovoked sneak attack by a Ferengi vessel.

Jean-Luc Picard was appointed captain of the fifth Starship Enterprise in 2363, shortly after the ship was commissioned. Picard was offered a promotion to the admiralty in 2364 when Admiral Gregory Quinn was attempting to consolidate his power base to combat an unknown alien intelligence that was trying to take over Starfleet Command. Picard declined the offer, citing his belief that he could better serve the Federation as a starship commander. Picard met Ambassador Sarek again in 2366, when Sarek's last mission was jeopardized by Bendii Syndrome, which caused the ambassador to lose emotional control. Picard mind-melded with Sarek to lend the ambassador the emotional stability needed to conclude the historic treaty with the Legarans. Picard was abducted by the Borg in late 2366 as part of a Borg assault on the Federation. He was surgically mutilated and transformed into an entity called Locutus of Borg. As Locutus, Picard was forced to cooperate in the devestating battle of Wolf 359, in which he was forced to destroy 39 Federation starships and their crews. He was rescued by an Enterprise-D away team, and surgically restored by Dr.Crusher.

Jean-Luc Picard suffered profound emotional abuse in 2369 when he was captured by Gul Madred, a Cardassian officer who tortured Picard for Starfleet tactical information. Picard resisted, but later confessed that the experiance so brutalized him that he would have told Madred anything had he not been rescued. Picard's command of the Enterprise-D came to a premature end in 2371, when the ship was destroyed on Veridian III while trying to prevent Dr.Tolian Soran from destroying the entire Veridian system. Captain Picard assumed command of the Sovereign-class Enterprise-E upon its launch in 2372. When a Borg ship threatened Earth in 2373, Picard violated orders and responded in defense of his homeworld. Picars's residual connection to the Borg collective made it possible for the Starfleet armada to destroy the Borg ship.

Kathryn Janeway
Commander of the U.S.S.Voyager, Kathryn Janeway was born in the state of Indiana on Earth.

In 2371, the Starship Voyager, with Janeway and her crew, was abducted and swept into the distant Delta Quadrant of the galaxy, some 70,000 light-years from home, where they were essentially stranded. Early in her career, Janeway served as science officer aboard the U.S.S.Al-Betani. Prior to Voyager's disappearance, Janeway had been romantically involved with Mark, who took care of Molly, her pet Irish Setter. During her off-duty hours aboard Voyager, Janeway enjoyed participating in a gothic romance holonovel set in old England on Earth. She was an accomplished pool player, and considered coffee to be an essential part of her lifestyle and had a particular weakness for coffee ice cream. She enjoyed knitting, and in 2372, made a monogrammed blanket for Ensign Samantha Wildman's newborn daughter.

Early in her Starfleet career, Janeway was a lieutenant on an away team mission during a Cardassian border dispute. Although Janeway and the other members of the away team were later decorated by Starfleet for a military success, Janeway would later recall that she was most proud that she had helped to provide humanitarian medical aid to an injured Cardassian soldier, saving his life.

Prior to Voyager's departure from Deep Space 9 in 2371, Janeway had been engaged to marry Mark Johnson. After the ship was swept into the Delta Quadrant, she consciously avoided entering into a romantic relationship because of her commitment to Mark. In 2374, however, she was saddened when a message from Starfleet included a letter from Mark, in which he told of his marriage to a coworker.

Benjamin Sisko
Starfleet officer and Emissary to the Bajoran Prophets, Ben Sisko was born in 2332. He commanded station Deep Space 9 following the Cardassian withdrawl from Bajor in 2369. Shortly after his posting to DS9, Sisko made contact with the mysterious life-forms identified as Bajor's legendary Prophets in the Bajoran Celestial Temple located in the Donorios Belt. As a result, religious leader Kai Opaka indicated that Sisko was the Emissary promised by prophecy as the one who would save the Bajoran people.

In addition to excelling as an explorer, diplomat, and leader, one of Sisko's personal passions was the ancient Earth game of baseball. Ben Sisko entered Starfleet Academy in 2350, and early in his career, Ensign Sisko was mentored by Curzon Dax, a Trill who met Sisko at Pelios Station before the two served aboard the U.S.S.Livingston. Sisko later served aboard the starship Okinawa under Captain Leyton, who promoted him to lieutenant commander, and making him the ship's first officer. Aboard the Okinawa, Sisko and Leyton fought the war between the Federation and the Tzenkethi. Sisko served as executive officer with the rank of lieutenant commander aboard the U.S.S.Saratoga at the time of the ship's destruction in the battle of Wolf 359. Sisko was subsequently assigned to the Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards on Mars, where he spent three years working on the design of the experimental Starship Defiant. He was subsequently promoted to commander and assigned to DS9.

In 2372, Sisko was temporarily appointed head of Starfleet security when a Dominion infiltration was feared, and was instrumental in preventing an attempted coup by Admiral Leyton. Sisko was an admirer of legendary starship captain James T. Kirk, and actually met Kirk when the Defiant traveled back in time to 2267, and even got Kirk's autograph.

Bejamin Sisko was promoted to the rank of captain in late 2371, and in early 2372 was injured in a Jem'Hadar attack aboard the Defiant during a trade conference with thr Karemma. Benjamin Sisko's greatest challenge was the Dominion war, which began in late 2373. In his role as Emissary to the Bajoran people, Sisko felt compelled to recommend that the Bajoran government sign a nonaggression treaty with the Dominion, despite Starfleet objections. Shortly thereafter, Sisko, and all other Starfleet personnel were ordered to abandon DS9, and the facility was returnd to Cardassian control. Sisko was subsequently stationed at Starbase 375, where he was assigned to a covert mission to pilot a captured Domonion vessel into Cardassian space to destroy a Dominion ketrecel-white storage facility, the first major Starfleet victory in the brutal Dominion war.

Sisko subsequently led a daring offensive into Dominion territory to recapture DS9 in a successful effort to prevent a huge Dominion fleet from invading the Alpha Quadrant. Sisko's role as the Emissary was of unexpected value when he was able to convince the Prophets to intervene on behalf of the Bajoran people to destroy the Dominion fleet in the wormhole. Sisko was honored with the Christopher Pike Medal of Valor for his role in the recapture of DS9 from Dominion control.