ORIGINS: Hap Harris

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LCDR Hap Harris- First Officer, USS Defiant

Lieutenant Commander (O-4)

I. Personal Data
Full Name:                 Sonny Elmo Harris 
Surname:                   Harris 
Given Name:                Sonny 
Nickname:                  "Hap" or "Happy" 
Current Rank:              Lieutenant-Commander (O-4)
Current Billet:            First Officer, USS DEFIANT NCC-1764
Species:                   Human (Terran)
Gender/Sex:                Male 
Age:                       35
DOB:                       December 11, 2225 
POB:                       Kansas City, KS
Parents:                   John Darren Harris, (64)
                           Amelia Kathleen Harris (nee Washington) (62)
Siblings:                  John Darren Harris, Jr. (42)
                           Jess "Jo" Harris-Staunton (38)
                           Gabrielle Dorothy Harris (32)
                           Anna Michelle Jackson (nee Harris) (31)
Spouse:                    none
Children:                  none

A. Physical Description
HT:                 6'8"
WT:                 260 lbs.
EY:                 Light Brown
HR:                 Deep Copper 
SK:                 Medium-dark
Blood Type:         O-negative
Religion:           Methodist
Citizenship:        Earth/Terra
Languages:          Terran standard (native speaker), Vulcan (passable),
                    Andorian (passable), Tellarite (fluent), Klingon (sketchy)

II.  Educational Background
A. Academic Institutions Attended
   -- Star Fleet Academy (graduated *cum laude*)
   (Bachelor of Science, Computer Engineering)

B. Service Schools Attended
   -- Star Fleet Space Warfare Officers School
   -- Star Fleet Command School
C. Qualifications (MOS/MOCs)
   -- MOC:  Command Officer
   -- MOC:  Sciences
   -- MOC:  Navigation/Astrogation
   -- MOC:  Damage Control Procedures

D. Star Fleet Academy Record
Honors:              Graduated *cum laude*
Academic Major:      Computer Engineering
Professional Major:  Computer Operations
Class Rank:          16 out of 298
Reprimands:          1- Cadet Harris returned 6 hours late from leave, citing
                     no reason for the absence.  Further investigation suggests the 
                     Cadet had been in an altercation with his older sister's spouse.
Commendations:       2- Cadet Harris won an Honorary Mention for his reprogrammed
                     duotronic relay at the Academy's Summer Technology Fair.
                      - Cadet Harris rescued a fellow cadet from a jeffries tube
                     after a plasma conduit exploded during their cadet cruise.
Activities:          Boxing, Wrestling, and Swimming   

III. Biographical Notes
A. Chronology (tabular form)

0-18:       Lived with parents in rural Kansas; attended Kansas public schools.
18:         Entered Starfleet Academy.
18-22:      Attended Starfleet Academy.
22:         Cadet Cruise aboard USS T'SAKI.  Commissioned into Starfleet as
               ENSIGN (O-1)
22-Present: Active duty in Starfleet.

B. Background Summary

Harris grew up in a supportive family and distinguished himself early on by his 
easy-going personality, despite his ungainly size.  Early on he earned the nickname "Happy"
from his father since he almost always wore a smile.  At school, he towered over all the
other children and for many years was quite embarrassed at the attention it brought him,
much of it negative.  Stereotypically seen as large and slow-witted, he found the early
school years challenging and had to cultivate a scrappy personality to go along with his
normal good humor.

His slow-going attitude couldn't forever hide his quick mind, however, and by the time he'd
reached middle school his teachers and classmates began to take notice.  His intellectual
growth began to keep pace with his physical and he expressed a keen desire to understand
how the world around him worked.  His search led him to the sciences, particularly astronomy
and computers (with which he had a considerable affinity).  When interest in the sciences
led to interest in Starfleet, his family didn't stand in the way.

Once in Starfleet, Hap distinguished himself as a generalist among an increasingly 
specialized officer corps.  While it sometimes proved a liablity in gaining the attention
of superiors, it also meant he was able to contribute to a wide variety of scenarios.
Thus, he's experienced the breadth of Fleet service, from picket duty to scientific survey,
from diplomacy to open conflict.  During all of it, he's maintained his 'easy does it'
personality and workman-like approach to duty; one that positions him well for future 

Recently, his career has been sidetracked by conflict between he and a former CO, leading
to groundside reassignment.  It's uncertain whether this mark against him will spoil
what has otherwise been an exemplary career.

IV. Official Star Fleet Record
A. Promotion History:
2247.213: Promoted to Ensign (O-1)
2250.067: Promoted to Lieutenant, Junior Grade (O-2)
2254.311: Promoted to Lieutenant (O-3)
2258.154: Promoted to Lieutenant Commander (O-4)

B. Service History
2243.213: Entered 1st Year, Starfleet Academy
2244.213: Entered 2nd Year, Starfleet Academy
2245.214: Entered 3rd Year, Starfleet Academy
2246.213: Entered 4th Year, Starfleet Academy
2247.115: Graduated from Starfleet Academy; assigned to
 cadet cruise aboard USS T'SAKI NCC-0921
2247.213:       Finished Cadet Cruiser, commissioned as Ensign (O-1);
                  assigned as Deputy Navigator, USS ANTARES.
2248.010: Assigned as Navigator, USS ANTARES
2248.196: Assigned as Deputy Science Officer, STARBASE 2
2250.067: Promoted to Lieutenant, Junior Grade (O-2)
2250.067: Assigned as Science Officer, USS RELIANT
2252.322: Assigned as Navigator, USS EDISON
2254.100: Assigned as Navigator, USS CURIE
2254.311: Promoted to Lieutenant (O-3)
2254.312: Assigned to Command School.
2255.113: Graduated Command School.
2255.261: Assigned as Navigator/Second Officer, USS CURIE
2258.154: Promoted to Lieutenant Commander (O-4)
2258.154: Assigned as First Officer, USS CURIE
2260.220: Assigned as Adjutant, OUTPOST 28
2261.058: Assigned as Fist Officer, USS DEFIANT

C.  Medals and Commendations
None at this time.

V. Skills Profile

Harris has considerable skill when it comes to computers and electronic
devices.  Additionally, his fluency with mathematics, physics, and
astronomy give him an advantage in navigation/astrogation.  He is widely
read and cross-trained on a number of ship systems though lacks much of
the specialized knowledge a department head most often has in a relevant
discipline.  He has been a boxer and wrestler since adolescence and can
put his formidable size to good use in hand-to-hand combat.  He has trained
his memory and is able to recall, in detail, whatever he reads.

VI. Recent Fitness Reports

Though his height and weight are somewhat abnormal, Sonny Harris appears
to be in good health with normal biofunction.  He could stand to lose
a few pounds in order to gain higher mobility and further aerobic
exercises would increase his cardiac function, however he has thrived
at his current level for some time so no concern is warranted.  Disease,
allergies, medical problems: none seem present.  Harris is cleared for
active duty.

-- Dr. Andrew Emory
Chief Surgeon, USS CURIE

VII. Psychological Profile

While "Hap" Harris might be aptly named, it's clear his demeanor hides a 
degree of discomfort both with his dimensions and his current accomplishments.
With his latest rotation away from shipboard duty and resentment towards
former CO, Commander Dillard, I feel he will inevitably have questions about 
his ability and his capacity to make good decisions in stressful situations.
This can often be a good check for those in line command but he should be 
observed to see that it doesn't become a recurrent, negative thought.

Nevertheless, his sense of honor and duty, capacity for objective assessment,
self-awareness, amiability, intelligence and intuition are all present in
quantities one would expect to find in good Starfleet Command Officers.

-- Dr. Sheldon McAvoy
Staff Psychologist, OUTPOST 28

VIII. Current Recreational Interests

Growing up in rural environs, Harris has a fondness for outdoors activities
like camping and fishing.  He keeps fit with boxing, wrestling, and swimming.
Likewise, he is an avid reader whose interest are mostly technical and 
technological; he has very little interest in 'fluff'.  His prime recreation,
however, is socializing with others.  Whether it's playing cards, watching vids,
or sharing a meal, most of his free time is spent out among his fellow officers
and crew.