Gold Fleet- LCDR Callista Veld, XO USS IO

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Lieutenant Commander Callista Veld, XO USS CIRCE NCC-27000-A

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Personal Data

Personal

  • Full Name: Callista Veld [SEC-514981-4821]
  • Surname: Veld
  • Given Name: Callista
  • Nickname: Cal
  • Current Rank: Lieutenant Commander (O-4)
  • Current Billet: Executive Officer, USS CIRCE NCC-27000-A
  • Species: Homo sapiens sapiens (Terran Human)
  • Gender/Sex: Female/XX
  • Age: 37 Terran Standard Years
  • DOB: 17 August 2391
  • POB: Alexandria, Virginia, Terra
  • Parents: COL Kenneth Veld, UFPSFMC (Deceased); Lauren Hamilton, Research Assistant, 49 TSY
  • Siblings: None
  • Spouse: None
  • Children: None

Physical Description

  • HT: 5'4"
  • WT: 119 lbs
  • EY: Green
  • HR: Brown
  • SK: Olive
  • Blood Type: AB+
  • Vision: O: +.25, S: +.000
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Citizenship: Terran, United Federation of Planets
  • Languages: Terran Standard (native speaker), Modern Spanish (proficient), Romulan (proficient), Klingon (basic knowledge)


Educational Background

Academic Institutions Attended

  • Star Fleet Academy {Graduated *cum laude*}
    • Bachelor of Arts, Military History

Service Schools Attended

  • Star Fleet Space Warfare Officers School

Qualifications

  • Qual: Navigation/Astrogation Officer
  • Qual: Shipboard Operations & Command
  • Qual: Operations Officer
  • Qual: Combat Information

Star Fleet Academy Record

  • Honors: None
  • Final Cadre Rank: Cadet Lieutenant
  • Academic Major: Military History
  • Professional Major: Small Unit Tactics
  • Class Rank: 79/250
  • Reprimands: 2
  • Commendations: 0
  • Athletics: Terran soccer
  • Activities: Cadre


Biographical Notes

Chronology (tabular form)

  • 0-6: Lived with parents in Alexandria, Virginia
  • 6: Father is killed in action in Borg Incursions of 2398
  • 6-18: Lived with mother in Alexandria, Virginia
  • 18: Nominated and accepted into Star Fleet Academy.
  • 18-22: Attended Star Fleet Academy.
  • 22-Present: Active duty in Star Fleet.

Background Summary

Callista Veld- who is called "Cal" by almost everyone except her mother and her more famous older cousin, Cayle- is relatively new to Star Fleet, having graduated from the Academy only within the past year. However, her drive and determination have already earned her a promotion and a new billet- Operations Manager on Star Fleet's new destroyer testbed, TESLA II.

Cal is what one would call "bright-eyed and bushy-tailed," meaning that she still sees things with an almost child-like enthusiasm- and the naivity that invariably goes hand-in-hand with such a perspective. This is generally due to having lived a mostly sheltered life; after the death of her father, a colonel in the Marine Corps (and ADM Conrad veld's younger brother) during the Borg Incursions of 2398, her mother attempted her to steer her away from all things military, overprotecting her in an effort to keep her from following in the Veld family footsteps. This, obviously, eventually failed; when Cal was accepted into Star Fleet Academy, her mother, for a time, refused to allow Cal to attend. Only the timely intervention by her older cousin Cayle, then a brand-new LCDR and XO on Deep Space 13, allowed Cal to go.

Cal was relatively untouched by Cayle's return from her abduction for a couple of reasons: firstly, Cal was just starting her 3rd year at the Academy when Cayle returned; secondly, the families, since Kenneth Veld's death 17 years ago, have not been as close as they had been beforehand, largely due to Lauren Veld's resentment of the military in general.

As a result of this, Cal has managed to retain the idealistic prinicipals she learned growing up. Her first tour of duty was relatively quiet; her promotion comes largely due to need. However, Cal is at least a competent officer who has shown the potential to become more than her grades and records from the Academy suggests.

On another note, Cal is a superb, world-class athlete, much more athletic than anyone else in her family. She played soccer at high levels through high school and the Academy, eventually being chosen as a member of the Sol system-wide and Earth teams in 2312, 13 14 and this year.

As an attacking midfielder, she displayed a flair for both creating and scoring goals the likes of which are rarely seen in a single individual. As such, early in her competitive career, she was often played at either striker or center-forward. As a natural goal scorer, she excelled in that position; however, the creative side of her game that broke down oppposing defenses was rarely seen. It was only after her selection to the Sol team- a team with a glut of strikers already- that forced her move to midfield general and allowed the rest of her game to reveal itself. Her performances on the intergalactic level have ranged from merely "solid" to "breathtaking" and "exquisite." (NPRG- think of her as a 25th century version of Mia Hamm combined with the finesse and grace of Zinedine Zidane.)

With her taking this deep-space assignment, her soccer career has been placed on hold for now. However, one can expect the invitations to represent Earth and the Sol System in the Galactic Cup and other intergalactic tournaments to continue to flow in...

There is no animosity between Cal and Cayle, and despite an early frostiness on Cal's end, they have actually grown closer, with Cal calling on her older cousin for advice and cousel from time to time.


Personality Summary

As mentioned above, Cal is very idealistic and naive as to the ways of the "real" galaxy; as of yet, Star Fleet service has not managed to burn this naivity from her. She often sees things in black and white, with little room for anything in between- things are either good or bad, right or wrong, with little room for differing perspectives. As such, she can be closed-minded at times. However, this is not due to a lack of intelligence- it is just a lack of real-world experience.

As a general rule, when things happen that do not fit into her little world, she acts as though they never happened. However, at some point in her Star Fleet career, she will find that she won't be able to do this. When that happens, one can expect the famous Veld temper that she shares with her cousin and uncle to surface.

Despite her average grades in the Academy, Cal is a leader, one of the confidence and self-assuredness one would expect from a world-class athlete. This makes her a natural department head and manager of people- ideal as Operations Manager.

However, while her natural leadership talents have served her well in Star Fleet, her reliance on "natural gifts" has not always done so; she doesn't do a whole lot of preparatory work, relying on her natural abilities as all gifted athletes do. In short, she doesn't so much "think" about a problem so much as she just "does" the work. This is the curse of the natural athlete- rarely do they make good coaches, as they never to actually learn to play the sport of their choice. They always just did what came naturally instead of practicing to learn to do the same thing.

One note on her physical appearance: she looks as though she could be Cayle's kid sister- a bit shorter and stockier due to her greater muscle mass, but the facial features and structure, as with the eye color, are the same as her older cousin's. Only the hair color is different.


Official Star Fleet Record

Promotion History

  • Star Date 140221: Commissioned as Ensign (O-1)
  • Star Date 150510: Promoted to rank of Lieutenant, Junior Grade (O-2)
  • Star Date 170614: Promoted to rank of Lieutenant (O-3)
  • Star Date 181001: Breveted to rank of Lieutenant Commander (O-4)
  • sTAR dATE 200101: Brevet to LCDR confirmed


Service History

  • Star Date 100528: Accepted into Star Fleet Academy, San Francisco, Terra
  • Star Date 140530: Graduated Star Fleet Academy, 21st in class of 250
    • Major: Military History
    • Minor: Small Unit Tactics
  • Star Date 140601: Assigned Space Warfare Officer School for training.
  • Star Date 140615: Graduated Space Warfare Officer School; Assigned to Star Base Alpha for assignment
  • Star Date 140630: Commissioned as Ensign (O-1); Assigned TAC, USS AUDACIOUS
  • Star Date 150510: Promoted to rank of Lieutenant, Junior Grade (O-2); reassigned as OPS, USS TESLA II
  • Star Date 161010: Reassinged as CIC, USS KIROV
  • Star Date 170614: Promoted to Lieutenant (O-3); reassigned OPS, USS KIROV
  • Star Date 181001: Breveted to Lieutenant Commander (O-4)
  • Star Date 200101: Brevet to LCDR confirmed; reassigned as XO, USS IO

(Note: Ships recorded at classification at the time officer was assigned, not their current re-classification.)


Medals and Commendations

  • Gorn Sector Service Ribbon
  • GOLD Fleet Service Ribbon
  • Beta Quadrant Service Ribbon
  • Cardassian Sector Service Ribbon
  • SILVER Fleet Service Ribbon
  • Alpha Quadrant Service Ribbon
  • Star Fleet Achievement Medal


Skills Profile

A driven officer who has natural leadership talents. Ability to understand tactics is bourne from athletic gifts- as "vision" both on and off field field of play. Break down opposing forces as she breaks down defenses on soccer pitch. Good at hand-to-hand combat; average with phaser.


Recent Fitness Reports

Forthcoming in the near future.


Current Recreational Interests

Soccer in the holodeck.


Miscelleneous Notes

Cal has not had a noteworthy career to date; her professional experiences on USS TESLA II were lukewarm at best due to her inability to balance her personal feelings and principles against the mission's objectives. As seems typical of all Veld officers, Cal will not simply obey an order for the sake of obeying; however, as she does not have either her uncle's (the former CINCSF and current CINCGOLD) of her cousin's (the highly-decorated CO of USS CIRCE) career to back up her opinions as of yet, she has found herself on the short end of more than one fitness report. Recent successes aboard KIROV, however, have bolstered her confidence and resurrected her career.