Joshua James Everett Hart

Gender: Male
Place of Origin: Lubbock, Texas, Earth
Played by: Hart

Physical Appearance

Character Information
Gender Male
Species Human
Age 34

Physical Appearance
Height 5' 10" (1.77 m)
Weight 165 lb. (75 kg)
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Blue

Physical Description
With moppish brown hair that often covers his brilliant blue eyes, Joshua Hart is the quintessential American farm boy. Born and raised on a ranch just outside of Lubbock, Texas, Josh is in good physical condition after years of working on his parent's cattle ranch. At thirty four, Josh is usually mistaken for a much younger age. In the Academy, his friends called him 'babyface' even if his boyish good looks did score him more dates.

Personality

General Overview
With an easy smile and a twinkle in his eyes, Joshua Hart is almost instantly likable. Hard to anger, Josh is often described as easy-going and unflappable, especially when it comes to his duties. Outgoing and friendly, Josh will rarely be found alone in his quarters, preferring the company of almost anyone else to sitting alone.

Typical for a flyboy, he's brash, immature and has that swagger that only comes from thinking he's the best at what he does. He's discovered that this aspect of his personality is attractive to a number of women who have fallen to his southern charms. While his immature youthfulness has been tempered in the face of his cousin's death, his swagger remains an attractive quality.

Strengths & Weaknesses
+ Easy-going
+ Extroverted
+ Attractive

- Mischievous
- Immature sense of humor
- Brash flyboy attitude

Ambitions
Command

Hobbies & Interests
Horseback riding, hiking, camping, fishing, swimming

Pre-Service Biography

Born and raised just outside the town of Lubbock, Texas, Earth, Joshua Hart was the only child of Daniel and Kate Hart. His parents were cattle farmers and owned a horse ranch and cattle farm for years before Joshua was born. As descendants of a wealthy, cotton farming family, Joshua could have settled into doing nothing aside from academics, but his parents preferred to teach him more. Schooled in the public education system of Lubbock, Joshua was required to wake early every morning, tending to the cattle, horses and completing other chores before attending classes. In the evenings, he would rush home to settle the animals in for the night, working alongside his father.

As he reached his rebellious teenage years, he found himself envying his younger cousin Tommy who attended private school and was the second son of his uncle, Michael Hart Sr, the governor of the state, a mostly figurehead position. He often sought out his older cousin Michael Jr., attending public school as his own form of teen rebellion. Michael taught him to be mischievous and together they often got into trouble with the school and their parents. It was an inside joke between the two.

It was Michael who taught Joshua about using his good looks to get the girls. As he continued to get older, and more handsome as the girls tended to think, Joshua found himself in less trouble with school and Michael and more trouble with fathers and their daughters. He had been chased off other farmer's property at shotgun point more than once.

When Michael graduated, Joshua soon found himself without a partner in crime and an envy to escape the confines of the ranch and Lubbock. Michael had been accepted to Starfleet Academy and just one visit to the newly minted cadet had Josh convinced. Now in his first year of high school, Josh decided to become academically serious. As his studies increased, his time spent doing chores and helping on the ranch decreased, a serious note of contention between Josh and his father.

After four years of doubling up on classes and study time, arguments between himself and his father which nearly came to blows, and nights of listening to his parents argue about his future while he was locked in his room, Joshua graduated as Salutatorian in his class with an acceptance letter to Starfleet Academy.

The summer between his graduation and his freshman year at Academy was seemingly the best in all his high school years. His father had come to peace with Josh's decision to become a Starfleet Officer, hiring more farmhands to help on the ranch. Josh was given unprecedented freedom to run and play, to find summer love and generally be a kid before leaving home.

The following fall came quickly, seeing his relocation from Lubbock to San Francisco. The climate change was almost as frightening as the culture shock. Gone were the down-home, care free girls of Lubbock, replaced by serious, studious women. Used to being among the best, Josh found himself fairly average among the best of the best. It was difficult to accept, forcing a small bit of humility into him. His first year found him piloting for the first time as well. He soon found himself in love with the idea of flying around the universe. He volunteered for every crap assignment, ferrying dignitaries and commanding officers to their ships, flying cargo runs. It didn't matter, so long as he was behind the flight console.

In his junior year, Josh chose his major area of study, Flight Control. With his passion ignited, he found himself excelling. Where once he felt average, His time behind consoles, piloting anything anywhere, soon found him among the top in his class. This is where his swagger started to develop. This is also when the women of Starfleet started really seeing him. He soon found his calendar filled equally with piloting, women, and studying.

By his senior year, Josh would have considered himself a major player in his senior class. While not in the top two, Josh was in the top ten percent of his graduating class. He was already assigned to the USS Ares, an Akira class carrier, as helmsman and couldn't be happier.

Spending three years aboard the Ares, Joshua became an integral part of the small crew. Advancing from a junior helmsman and ensign, to the Assistant CONN officer and Lieutenant Junior Grade, Joshua Hart was set to be next in line for Chief Helmsman. Fate, however would intervene, seeing the Ares destroyed by an Orion Syndicate operation, its computers infected by a deadly virus which enabled the self-destruct. The ship was locked into destruct, allowing the crew and the Syndicate to escape.

With a lengthy investigation and several senior officers, most notably the Chief Engineer, found guilty of collaboration, sabotage and treason, Josh took his coming leave to re-evaluate the direction of his career. He returned home to Lubbock and a family who tip-toed around the questions plaguing him. A visit by his former commanding officer, Captain Elias Cole, to the family ranch restored his faith in the crew and officers of Starfleet and opened a chance for Josh to take a position and Chief Flight Control Officer of the USS Ragnarok.

Joshua Hart spent months as the Chief Flight Control Officer aboard the USS Ragnarok before he was promoted to full Lieutenant. During his tour of duty aboard the ship, Josh found an aptitude for tracking fleet movement, especially in the days following the nova of the Hobus star. It was his aptitude for this which forced his transfer into Strategic Operations, a department in which he excelled more than piloting.

Joshua Hart had moved up well through the command track, on target to reach his goal of starship command within twenty years. Unfortunately, fate had other plans. When his cousin, Commander Michael Hart, was killed in a terrorist incursion on Starbase 47, Joshua had taken it hard. The entire family reassembled in Lubbock for the funeral, the two remaining Hart officers, Colton and Joshua, had been granted an indefinite leave of absence,

Colton had required just a few months to recover from his brother's death but had remained Earthbound for a year after Michael's death. Having been offered command of a hospital ship, the USS Casey, Colton had been promoted to the rank of Commander with a mission to provide whatever aide he could to outlying colony worlds being threatened by new strains of virulent diseases.

Joshua went with him as Chief Flight Control Officer of the USS Nightingale. With the return to Starfleet and to his first passion, Joshua soon found himself returning to his old mind-set, and a desire for command. His options remained slim continuing as Chief Flight Control Officer aboard a starship, so Joshua applied for the position of Executive Officer of the USS Serenity.

With his application accepted, Lieutenant Commander Joshua Hart took his position as Executive Officer of the Majestic class starship for the duration of her maiden voyage. Unfortunately, as a diplomatic vessel, the ship's first mission was an unprecedented disaster. With the addition of seven diplomats from around the Federation, the USS Serenity was supposed to usher in a new era of peace even as the Kzinti War raged around them. Unfortunately, the Commanding Officer, Commander Mora Ward was poisoned during the ship's reception dinner along with the Bajoran Ambassador. Suspicion soon fell on the Cardassian Ambassador and his attache until the poison was identified as Klingon, throwing suspicion onto their party. Soon after, the Klingons and security officers aboard the Serenity discovered coded messages from the Andorian VIP suites, but further confusion ensued when the Tellarites were implicated as well, due to their private meeting with the Andorians. Old animosities between Starfleet and the Klingons, between the Andorians and the Tellarites, between the Bajorans and the Cardassian flared to levels not seen in decades and the entire mission was at risk until the real culprit was uncovered. The Caitian Ambassador was really a Kzinti assassin and operative meant to throw the Federation into chaos and further weaken their borders.

Lieutenant Commander Hart was forced to assume command and the subsequent fall out after the diplomatic disasters was laid solely on his shoulders. He was required to return to Starfleet Academy and complete diplomatic classes before he was ordered take a position as Chief Diplomatic and Second Officer aboard the USS Belos in an effort to improve both his command and diplomatic skills.

After nearly two years as the 2XO of the USS Belos, Josh took his accrued personal leave time to help his parents run their ranch after a falling out with the hired ranch hands. He was approached while on a cattle drive by Commander Elizabeth Hart (not related) of the USS Proxima and offered a position as Executive Officer, which he took immediately.

Service Record
2376-2380 - Cadet, Starfleet Academy
2380-2382 - USS Ares as Ensign, promoted to Lieutenant JG, Assistant CONN Officer
2382-2384 - USS Nightingale as Lieutenant JG, Chief Flight Control Officer
2385 - Starbase 47 as Lieutenant JG, Chief Flight Controller
2386-2387 - USS Serenity as Lieutenant Commander, as Executive Officer
2387-2388 - USS Belos as Lieutenant Commander, Chief Diplomatic Officer/Second Officer
2389 - USS Proxima as Lieutenant Commander, Executive Officer

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