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USS ARES SD 201809.12
Ensign James Harvey Slim
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Ensign James Harvey Slim (engineer)
Age 43 Tall, thin build, sports a mustache

Starfleet Basic Training age 19-22
Enlisted career:
Assigned maintenance Starbase 1 age 22
Married wife age 23;
Assigned to cadet vessel later that year as shuttle bay tech
Son was born six months later
Age 25 first cruise in time of war...transferred to damage control party
Age 26 daughter born, wife dies as a result of an attack on the ship
Returns to earth for 8 years raising children during this period works in san fran as transport tech
Age 34 returns to active ship duties, shore leave with family results in daughter being partially paralyzed due to a micro organic parasite attacking her spinal cord, the children are shipped to uncle on earth to keep them out of harm's way.
Age 35 son is killed by a train...Daughter is responsible though he is not aware of it, considers retiring but is offered command training on earth… accepts to be near daughter.
Officer career:
37 earns Ensign rank offered a post on starbase Everest. Accepts as long as daughter goes with him … enroute acquires decommissioned, and later modified mining shuttle discovered to be USS Lexington class F shuttle as family transport since daughter is in a wheelchair. Works in engineering department but is going nowhere in his career due to keeping his daughter's interests above his own. Manages to make LtJg then run into problems.
After several disciplinary actions taken by his chief engineer he is transferred off the station. He is stationed on mars colony for two years working at the fleet yards. His daughter dies due to another viral infection, Leading him to drink. He is reduced in rank after a serious binge enters a rehab on earth. Sent to a Klingon outpost for a year as an attache officer. His career is nearly in shambles when an option to return to active duty on the Roddenberry is presented to him is only aboard for a couple of months. Transferred to SB Gemini for about a year still in recovery. Then finally lands a posting on USS Ares.

    

USS Ares 201809.12    
Ensign James Harvey Slim    
PL- Slim Jim Returns    

Jaams heard the awful new that the Steamrunner Class Ares was lost or destroyed. Her captain and executive office most likely went down with the ship. Survivors were enroute to Starbase Gemini where his commanding officer ordered him to make the Intrepid - Class vessel Pennsylvania ready to be reactivated. It was to be renamed and dedicated as Intrepid. The Pennsy had been in operation for 12 years and had just undergone a full refit. Her last skipper retired with honors and the ship was placed in the reserve.    

James led a team which included various sentient droids that had sought asylum in the federation to the ship to start the reactivation process. As an engineer he was happy to be putting the venerable ship back in service. A few of her old crew were also available, crewman that had transferred to Gemini when the vessel was retired.    

After a day of activating the core, stabilizing the power distribution and various other procedures, Slim was assigned to the crew rearming the ship - everything from hand phaser to photon torpedoes. The responsibility was refreshing. He returned to his quarters and after studying the list of personnel known to survive he saw that the former Ares crew took a heavy hit to their security personnel trying to evacuate the ship. The new Intrepid-Class vessel would need personnel. He put in a request for reassignment.    

Slims history was forwarded to the incoming Captain. He had not attended the academy. He started out as a non com. Two years into his send tour he took a wife, several years later he and his family of four were on a shore leave. The daughter caught a bug that ate away a portion of her nervous system. His wife and children when to earth to care for the child. He transferred to an academy ship to be near his family.    

A few years later his daughter dared his son to do something dangerous and he was killed. The wife commited suicide. Forced to take charge of his crippled daughter the fleet thought they might lose a fine engineer. To make it possible for him to care for his child and stay in the fleet they promoted him into the officers ranks so he would have a bigger quarter    

He took that option but his work was less than stellar because his primary focus was on his daughter. Two years later that daughter died and his severe depression lead to a drinking problem. He was transferred off the ship losing the rank of LtJg he earned those two years,    

Gemini was a chance to redeem himself. He cleaned up his alcohol problem but there was too much competition on the starbase to regain his rank. The posting to the Ares might give him a chance to advance his career again.        



   
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