Place of Origin: Hakton Colony, Hakton VII
Played by: sylar_ryan
Jared has the look of a person who could hold his own due to his history of Parrises Squares. His smile is really what immediately identifies him. It’s contagious as well as genuine. However, Jared carries a sense of confidence gained from time served as an instructor at the Academy.
Jared has calmed greatly since his early days as a hotshot young pilot. He is usually fairly calm in nature and has grown more methodical. He cares deeply for each person on his station, especially those whom he has regular contact. Jared has taken it upon himself to never see the people of his station as solely numbers, he tries to allow everyone to see him on regular intervals. Due to the nature of the job, he knows that the chair he occupies requires some degree of risk taking.
Born on the colony world of Hakton VII, Jared was born to a family that had valued independence and self-reliance. His father, Malcolm, owned a large ranch that had been in the family for generations. His mother, Tina, taught at a local elementary school. Jared was the baby, a fact that his older sister, Leah never lets him forget.
As the two siblings grew up, it was almost like they lived in two worlds. On one hand, their mother taught them the importance of modern technology and the meaning of a good education that would bring a life of new experiences. On the other, their father instilled in them the value of the old ways. Before and after school, the two were expected to finish their chores around the ranch and to help care for the cattle. During summer breaks, their father would take Jared and Leah on long cattle drives to teach them to live off the land and to depend only on themselves.
However, things changed during his early adolescence. The Cardassian Border Wars had finished, placing his home firmly in the DMZ. This ripped his family apart as his father joined with the Maquis in order to preserve their independence. The rest remained loyal to the Federation. After a bit of time passed, his father was one of the three colonists discovered and murdered during the Hakton Massacre of 2370. Devastated, the family left Hakton VII and moved to Flagstaff, Arizona.
As soon as Leah turned eighteen, she found her way to Starfleet Academy to become a doctor. While away, she secretly encouraged Jared to join her. As a boy, Jared always looked to the stars and would trace impulse lines incoming and leaving Starbase One. Needless to say, he did not need much convincing. Fortunately, his sister was off-world on a cadet survival training exercise when the Breen attacked San Francisco.
By the time he had entered in 2378, Leah had already left San Francisco for her residency on Bajor. Jared, always ambitious, chose the Command Path with a focus on Flight Control. After his first class, he was immediately in love and showed much promise. In fact, his best grades at the Academy were in his flight control and survival classes. The second, he owed to the countless time spent over those summers.
With a knack for flying, he was quickly recruited to Gamma Squadron as a first year cadet. Jared joined the elite flying squad and made a name for himself as a talented pilot and leader. With his calling firmly found, Jared soared in the cockpit as well as in the classroom. During his fourth year, he assumed leadership of the squad and led Gamma Squad to the 2382 Rigel Cup Championship. The celebration was as memorable as it was fun, the Academy did not sleep that night.
He was the last fourth year to take the dreaded Kobayashi Maru before graduation. Jared was given the Chief Flight Control aboard the Galaxy Class USS Challenger in 2382. Continuing the trend, Jared proved himself as a fabulous pilot, earning accolades for bravery and skill. However, he was a bit of a hotshot who also earned a few disciplinary actions in his time.
This all changed in 2387 when the Hobus Supernova destroyed Romulus. As one of the only ships patrolling the less defended Neutral Zone, the Challenger was called upon to lead some of Starfleet’s humanitarian response missions. These missions proved to be taxing in every way for the crew. For the first time Jared had been truly humbled and his outlook on life changes.
By 2388, the Challenger was recalled to Mars to join with the massive Starfleet mission to relocate Romulans outside of the Hobus blast radius. Jared was also promoted to the Chief Operations Officer for the mission. However, the synth attack on Mars led to the entire fleet being destroyed. The official details are sketchy, but Jared did manage to escape the ship on a shuttle once the Captain issued an evacuation order. Jared was haunted, and still is, by the memories of that day. He mourns for the lives lost and the lives never saved. He felt that Starfleet's refusal to restart the relocation mission was a travesty and vowed to shape the next generation of Starfleet officer to be better than his.
To fulfill his promise, Jared applied to and was promoted to Lieutenant Commander and given a teaching position in the Academy. It was there that he taught both Flight Control and Operations as well as Survival classes. His favorite activity was to mock up a crash landing on Luna in order to force his cadets to survive in the vacuum of space. On occasion, Jared administered the Kobayashi Maru test. It was part of his rotation as a staff member of the Command Department. After seeing an entire class of Cadets make their way to graduation, Jared was again assigned to the Chief of Strategic Operations aboard Starbase 621. His experience teaching as well as his record are said to have been what gave him the nod.
Brokering a bit of dialogue with regional powers as well as again proving himself as a more than capable officer caught the attention of the Captain Rachel Bennett, the war hardened Commanding Officer of the station. As soon as the station’s first officer was given his own ship, Jared was promoted to Commander and given the new role of First Officer.
StarFleet Service History
Starbase 621, 2393 - Present
- Commanding Officer
- Executive Officer
- Strategic Operations Officer
Starfleet Academy, 2389 - 2393
- Operations, Flight Control and Survival
USS Challenger, 2382 - 2389
- Chief Operations Officer
- Chief Flight Control Officer
Starfleet Academy, 2378 - 2382
- Command Path
- Gamma Squadron, Rigel Cup Winner