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Tue Jan 22nd, 2019 @ 1:27pm
Lieutenant Commander Joseph Thompson
Name Joseph Martin Thompson
Position Chief Security Officer
Rank Lieutenant Commander
|Physical Description||Joseph has an athletic build; nothing over-the-top, but enough to be well above average in fitness. Though he now wears his hair long, he keeps it tied back cleanly and neatly. He has the tattoo of a wolf head on his left arm near the shoulder.|
|Father||Ken Thompson (b. 25Oct30, d. 04Jan2378)|
|Mother||Judy Sendik Thompson (b. 12Nov30, d. 04Jan2378)|
|Spouse||Karen Fisher Thompson (b. 07Mar56, m. 07Jul84, d.14Sep86)|
|Children||Lucy (b. 04May85, d. 14Sep86); Alice (expected Apr87, d. 14Sep86)|
|General Overview||In casual conversation, Thompson tends to be friendly and outgoing. By contrast, while on duty Thompson is efficient and focused on the task at hand. He has a sense of sadness about him, but for others’ sake he does his best to hide it under his more dominant friendliness. He is very respectful of Marines, especially those he has served with.|
|Strengths & Weaknesses||Thompson is experienced both in his skills and his leadership ability. He has learned survival and combat from the Marines and excels in both of them. He is loyal to his superiors and to his subordinates, and he does his best to be friendly and respectful towards everyone. As a scholar, he was above the average student – though his abilities were hampered by procrastination and lack of interest – and even now he still tends to learn new things quickly. He has an attention to detail, and his sniper training allows him to accurately judge weather variations, angles and trajectory, and other such aspects. He also has a keen sense for indications and motives behind terrorism and piracy, having both training and experience in combatting both.
Unfortunately, Thompson still has a certain rebellious streak left over from when he was young. If he sees something that he believes is wrong, he will do whatever he can to correct it. While this does not always mean disobeying orders, he has been known to bend them in the past. Because of his time as a Sniper during the Dominion War, Thompson can slip back into his tendency to be a “lone wolf” at times, which can cause problems among teams. Also, though he does his best to suppress it, he still feels great grief over the loss of his wife and daughters.
|Ambitions & Goals||Thompson has no major ambitions at this point. Some part of him would like closure for what happened to his family, and another part wants to just move on and leave the pain behind. He has considered returning to the Marines, but for now is merely focused on doing his duty as best he can so that no one else gets hurt because of him.|
|Hobbies & Interests||Thompson enjoys a good game of baseball, whether spectating or playing (though he much prefers playing). He also likes to swim and do various other activities to stay in shape. Though he is not a great reader, when he does read it tends towards military history or military fiction. He doesn’t care for any music in particular, but he doesn’t mind it being played. Thompson has a fascination with the Ancient West, especially weapons of that era. He also has a preference for projectile snipers.|
|Languages||Federation Standard, Romulan, Reman, Sojourn/Vinarian trade languages|
|Family||Ken and Judy Thompson – Joseph had a positive relationship with his parents. Aside from some early clashes with his rebellious streak, they supported him in most of his endeavors. Unfortunately, both of Joseph’s parents were killed in an accident in 2378. Although he does miss them, he has learned to move on.
Karen Thompson – Joseph loved his wife dearly, and he remains at least partially consumed by guilt and grief over her loss. He locks those feelings away to do his job, and over the years the ache has finally started to fade.
Lucy and Alice – The loss of Joseph’s daughters filled him with the same guilt and grief as the loss of Karen, but it was harder with Lucy and Alice. Joseph blames himself for not protecting them and thus taking away a promising future from them.
|Romantic Relationships||For years after the loss of his wife and children, Joseph could not even think about the possibility of starting a new relationship; the pain was too constant and too new. As the pain has slowly faded, though, Joseph has begun to realized he cannot commit to a journey of loneliness through the rest of his life.|
|Friendships||Lt. Col. Drake Lexon – Drake was Joseph’s CO in Marine Unit 116 and over their years working together they developed a strong sense of mutual respect. Drake was a very different kind of Marine from most others that Joseph encountered, and became a mentor to Joesph. They worked together again in the Eighth Fleet and in Operation Sunrise, and maintain good contact with each other despite Joseph’s reassignment to the Eleventh Fleet.
VAdm Iluvar Ibanya – Joseph first met Iluvar in 2387 when the latter served as Joseph’s CO. Initially their relationship was of respectful officers, but Joseph came to know Iluvar personally as a man of discerning wisdom. Iluvar began to rely on Joseph’s judgement, just as Joseph relied on Iluvar’s guidance and wisdom. They occasionally reach out to each other in spite of Joseph’s new posting a quadrant away.
Petty Officer Sharon Cole – Joseph has a strong working relationship with Sharon, due to their shared background as marines. They enjoy training together, though both adhere to the policies against fraternization between enlisted and commissioned personnel.
|Personal History||Joseph Thompson’s early life was somewhat unremarkable. He was born to Judy and Ken Thompson in a medium-sized city on Earth. Joseph attended public school until the middle of his 7th Grade year, when his parents moved him to a strict private school to curb his “rebellious streak”. He returned to public school for his Junior and Senior years of high school and graduated in 2372.
Thompson’s time in the private school had given him an appreciation for order, precision, and efficiency, but he still had a fighting spirit. Combining these elements, he joined the Marine Corps right after high school.
|Starfleet Training||After excelling throughout his six months of basic training in the Starfleet Marine Corps, Thompson was assigned as a Private First Class to Marine Unit 116, a company-sized unit assigned to the USS Wolfhound and tasked with anti-pirate operations throughout the quadrant.
Near the end of 2373, Thompson applied and was accepted to Scout Sniper school. With his attention to detail and a newfound store of patience, Thompson continued to excel through his five weeks of Scout Sniper School. By the time he took his final tests, he received full points for all of them.
In 2376 Thompson again returned to training, this time to attend the Marine Officer Academy for a commission. Though well above average, Thompson often received less-than-satisfactory grades due to his tendency towards procrastination and a desire for “fun”. Unlike sniper training, the Academy did not immediately capture Thompson’s attention. It wasn’t until midway through his second year that he finally buckled down and became determined to finish.
|Career History||Thompson began his career in 2372 as a rifleman in Marine Unit 116, a company-sized unit assigned to the USS Wolfhound and tasked with anti-pirate operations throughout the quadrant. He served for a year until his prowess with marksmanship earned him a spot at Scout Sniper School. After his training was complete, he returned to active duty in Unit 116. Serving as a covert sniper throughout the Dominion War, Thompson’s skill and achievements earned him the rank of corporal.
In October of 2375, a severe phaser wound to Thompson’s back earned him a Purple Heart but forced him to endure two months of recovery due to nerve damage. After his recovery, Thompson returned again to Unit 116 and served as a sniper for seven additional months. His skills as a sniper were well known throughout the company, but his superiors also saw certain leadership qualities in him and recommended that he try for a commission.
Once Thompson had received his commission, he was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant and assigned to lead Unit 116’s sniper squad. By December of 2379 he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant and given command of a platoon within the company. While in this position, Thompson formed close bonds of trust both with his subordinates and his superior. For the next two years, this trust continued to build and Thompson was given more responsibility until he held the coveted position of Platoon A CO.
In March of 2382, Thompson volunteered for a covert mission involving only a single squad’s worth of Marines. As the leader of Fireteam Delta, Thompson was able to return to his sniper origins and provide cover for the rest of the squad. When unexpected complications caused a mission failure, Thompson covered the squad’s retreat. As the survivors prepared for evac, Thompson learned that their Company CO had been taken prisoner and – at great personal risk – Thompson remained behind to find and rescue his superior. It was during this time that Thompson received a projectile shot to the chest, which narrowly missed his heart. The Company CO, who had some medic training, managed to keep Thompson alive until a second evac could meet them at the extraction point. Though Thompson was again forced to endure months of recovery, the incident had formed an unbreakable bond between Thompson and his commander. When Thompson returned to the unit in May of 2382, it was to find that his recently-departed commander had recommended Thompson as his replacement. It wasn’t until November of the following year, however, that Thompson was granted a rank promotion to fit his position.
In early 2384, Thompson met Karen while on a short LOA. The two fell in love, and Thompson finished off his final term of active service with the Marines before requesting a transfer so he could spend more time with Karen. They were married in July of 2384, and after another month of extended leave Thompson completed his transfer to the Galaxy-class USS Draco. With his Marine background, he received the naval rank of Lieutenant and served as Assistant Chief of Security/Tactical. Since the Draco was a Galaxy, Karen was able to live onboard with Thompson, and they even had a daughter in May of 2385.
The USS Draco was attacked and boarded in September of 2386, and though Thompson should have been at his duty station he had traded shifts to spend some time with his wife. When the Red Alert came, he hurried to get ready and rushed to help organize the security teams and defend the key parts of the ship. Though he performed his duties admirably even when the CS/TO fell, he didn’t realize until it was too late that the pirates were taking hostages as they retreated. By the time the crew had fought off the pirates, there were 43 missing civilians – including Thompson’s family.
By the time the Draco received assistance from the nearest vessel, the pirates were long gone. Thompson wanted to go after them, but the pirates were known to leave no hostages alive and everyone had already counted them as lost. Finally, Thompson gave up and accepted his promotion to Lieutenant Commander for services rendered to the ship, but he asked for another transfer; he didn’t want to stay on a ship that he had spent so much time with his wife on. His transfer was granted, and he became the CS/TO for the USS Pandora.
On the Pandora, Thompson quickly gained respect for his CO, transferring with him to the USS Yorktown in 2388. He remained with the Yorktown when it was transferred to Operation Sunrise. While he continued to serve as the CS/TO and Second Officer of the Yorktown, Thompson was often consulted by VAdm Iluvar’s security chief because of his background as a sniper and counter-terrorist.
In 2389 a request came from the Eleventh Fleet to utilize Thompson’s skill and experience in counter-terrorism to analyze potential threats against the Federation due to the increase in tensions with the Sojourners. Thompson was transferred to the Eleventh Fleet and began the three-month journey across the Federation. Unfortunately, he was still in transit when the very thing he was being sent to help prevent occurred: Starbase 332 was bombed. Thompson was immediately updated with new orders to aid in the long-term investigation of the bombing once he arrived.
After the initial investigations were complete, Thompson was given the opportunity to accept a promotion to commander and continue working with the investigation teams. He politely declined and instead accepted another request, a transfer to the USS Thames in 2390, where he served as a Strategic Operations Officer doubling as Security/Tactical when needed.
|Service Record||9/2359-6/2365: Elementary School – Public
9/2365-2/2367: Middle School – Public
[Medical Entry: 7/2366 – Broken arm, fall from tree; fully mended]
2/2367-6/2368: Middle School – Private
9/2368-6/2370: High School – Private
9/2370-6/2372: High School – Public
6/2372-12/2372: Starfleet Marine Basic
1/2373-12/2373: Marine Unit 116, Fleet Alpha – Private First Class, Rifleman
1/2374-2/2374: Marine Scout Sniper School
4/2374-10/2375: Dominion War – Lance Corporal, Sniper
[Medical Entry: 5/2374 – Tattoo of Wolf Head]
[Medical Entry: 10/2375 – Phaser shot to lower left back, mended with scar, 2 months recovery]
1/2376-7/2376: Marine Unit 116, Fleet Alpha – Corporal, Sniper
Fall 2376-Spring 2379: Starfleet Marine Academy – Officer Commission
6/2379-12/2379: Marine Unit 116, Fleet Alpha – Marine 2nd LT, Sniper Squad Leader
12/2379-11/2380: Marine Unit 116, Fleet Alpha – Marine 1st LT, Platoon C CO
11/2380-7/2381: Marine Unit 116, Fleet Alpha – Marine 1st LT, Platoon B CO
7/2381-3/2382: Marine Unit 116, Fleet Alpha – Marine 1st LT, Platoon A CO
[Medical Entry: 3/2382 – Projectile shot to chest, mended with small scar, 2 months recovery]
5/2382-6/2384: Marine Unit 116, Fleet Alpha – Marine Captain, Company CO
TRANSFER TO EIGHTH “HORIZON” FLEET
TRANSFER TO STARFLEET
9/2384-10/2386: USS Draco – ACS/TO, Navy Lieutenant
10/2386-5/2388: USS Pandora – CS/TO, Navy Lt. Commander
5/2388-2/2389: USS Yorktown – CS/TO, Navy Lt. Commander
TRANSFER TO ELEVENTH “PEGASUS” FLEET
05/2389-04/2390: Eleventh Fleet – Investigations Officer, Navy Lt Commander
04/2390-Present: USS Thames – StratOps Officer, Navy Lt Commander