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Mon Feb 27th, 2017 @ 8:59pm
Rear Admiral Gregory Farley
Name Gregory Lewis Farley
Position Mobile Academy Director
Rank Rear Admiral
|Physical Description||Gregory Farley is in his seventh decade of life but still stands tall and proud. He has the aquiline nose of an ancient Roman and sharp cheek bones. The combination, plus his blue eyes, earned him the nickname Eagle at the academy. He tends to walk quickly and is more prone to listening than talking.|
|Children||Gregory Farley JR, Alice Farley, Daniel Farley|
|Sister(s)||Aewin Farley, Sabella Farley, Claire Farley|
Personality & Traits
|Personal History||Gregory was born on Mars (Sol IV) in 2319. His father, Lewis Farley was an independent bulk miner who scrounged the asteroid belt for readily available ore, which he then sold. Gregory lived with his mother and siblings, receiving a good basic education in the process. He showed an early aptitude for math and often watched his father plot course plans to target asteroids. When he was 12, Gregory began learning to fly his family’s small ore hauler. He particularly liked stressing the aging craft to its limits with non-recommended maneuvers. These often resulted in mechanical breakdowns but Gregory generally was able to fix what he broke. When he was seventeen, Gregory crashed the ore hauler into an asteroid, effectively ending his family business. Wracked with guilt and unable to secure a piloting position due to his record, Gregory applied to Starfleet as a last resort. His parents, while certainly angry with him, were proud when he was accepted and the rift between father and son was mended. He reported to Starfleet Academy in 2335.
Gregory’s time at the academy was fairly prosaic. He knew from the beginning that he wanted to fly the massive starships he saw orbiting Mars and Earth. He majored in flight control and minored in com ops. His progress reports often praised Cadet Farley’s natural instincts and leadership but also mentioned his reckless streak. That recklessness was on full display during one of his flight simulation exams when, piloting an Ambassador Class starship, he managed to invert the ship and twist it on its axis in attempt to avoid a Romulan torpedo spread. The maneuver worked but in the process the impulse engines failed, leaving the vessel immobile and subsequently was destroyed.
Despite the disaster, Gregory was praised for his unconventional flying and then reprimanded for failing to communicate his intentions with the cadet-captain. Gregory continued after graduation to Command School and again performed well but also received two reprimands. During his time at Command School, Gregory’s father died in a mining accident, something he would blame himself for the rest of his life. His mother moved the rest of his family from Mars to Earth, and Gregory was able to visit them and help mentor his siblings.
Upon graduation from Command School, Gregory was posted to the USS Orion as an Assistant Helmsman. He loved being onboard the ship and was well liked by his crewmates. For most of his time on the Orion, Ensign Farley served as a relief helmsman or manned the second shift. It was dull work for him and he developed a reputation as a daring pilot, sometimes as praise and other times as a reprimand. His daring flying caught up to him in 2345 when, as the acting helmsman, he managed to collide with another starship while attempting a risky docking maneuver at Starbase 22. The Captain of the Orion was embarrassed and conducted a court martial on grounds of negligence. The verdict came back as not guilty but Ensign Farley was summarily transferred to the aging USS Griffin and most of his friends and family assumed he would resign from the service.
The Griffin had a reputation as one of the worst ships in the fleet. Most of the crew had been reassigned there due to incidents similar to Gregory’s and even the Captain had faced a court martial. She was often referred to as the “prison ship” of the fleet and her missions were uniformly boring. Gregory did consider resigning. But he loved to fly and while the Griffin was a big step down from the Orion, it was certainly grander than flying an ore sled on Mars.
In 2346, after a year and a half on the “prison ship”, Gregory had a chance to shine. While transporting a group of low level Andorian diplomats, a spacial anomaly formed during warp transit. All efforts to eliminate the anomaly failed and only Gregory’s superhuman flying got the Griffin out intact. It turned out that one of the low level diplomats was the daughter of a senior diplomat and once he heard of the pilot’s efforts, arranged to have Gregory receive Andor’s Silver Shard, a medal that was rarely given to non-Andorans. This unusual honor changed Gregory’s life. He delved into the history of the Andoran race and came to see similarities between his recklessness and their violent streaks. He read Andoran philosophers and started using meditation techniques. He also discovered a love of Andoran ale. He also, grudgingly, was promoted to Lieutenant JG in recognition for saving the lives of everyone on the Griffin.
For the next 3 years, Gregory remade himself as a Starfleet officer. He worked harder and encouraged those around him to do the same. By the time he was reassigned to the USS Sydney, the Griffin was a much improved ship.
The Sydney was the ship where Gregory would flourish. While still a helmsman, he was the immediate backup to the chief helmsman and had much more interaction with the ship’s Captain, Elizabeth Reston. Captain Reston had requested Gregory by name and took it upon herself to mentor him. He learned much later that Captain Reston herself had had a rough early career and liked to help those she referred to as “misfits”. Under her calm mentorship, Gregory proved his piloting skills time and again and was promoted to Lieutenant at the conclusion of the Sydney’s tour. Gregory was extremely distressed to be leaving the place he had called home for seven years but knew he needed to expand his experiences. Captain Reston agreed and pulled strings to have Gregory assigned to Starfleet Command as a test pilot. He spent two years working on the flight characteristics on what would eventually become the Akira class starship. While he cherished the years at Starfleet Command, Gregory was a pilot through and through and eventually requested reassignment. However, instead of being reassigned to a ship, he was assigned instructor duty on Starbase 324.
At first Gregory hated teaching as the Chief Flight Instructor but over the course of the next six years he grew to love it. His old reckless reputation faded and was replaced with one that reflected his outstanding students. Every one of his pilot graduates was well placed and performed far above the average Starfleet pilot. “Farley’s Own”, as they came to be called, were highly cherished by their captains.
His reputation helped Gregory select his next posting and he chose the USS Bellerophon, an Akira Class with which he was well accustomed. Those in higher levels of Starfleet, including Admiral Weston, had big things in mind for Lieutenant Farley. On board the Bellerophon, Gregory served as the Chief Helmsman and second officer. This allowed him his first real test as a commander, as he routinely commanded the ship when Captain Jones and his XO Commander Kires were away. Gregory discovered that he enjoyed command, once the nerves had passed and the crew took well to his relaxed style. He continued to read, adding tactics and diplomacy texts to his philosophy.
The cruise aboard the Bellerophon came to a shattering conclusion. In 2367 a Borg cube set itself on a course for Earth and the Bellerophon joined over 40 other starships at Wolf 359 in an attempt to stop it. They failed. Lieutenant Gregory Farley flew the mission of his life. And his friends died. Gregory was gravely injured during the battle, awaking in an escape pod with three other members of the crew. Of the 500 members onboard the Bellerophon, only 52 survived. The escape pod was eventually tractored aboard a hospital ship and his long road to recovery began.
He was diagnosed with severe depression, PTSD and recurring nightmares. Gregory returned to Earth, spending his time split between his mother’s home in New Zealand and Starfleet Medical. He also took to climbing, spending hours alone in the mountains of New Zealand. This solitude and extensive counselling helped him recover but it took over two years before he was restored to full active duty. At the end of his recovery he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander and assigned to another Akira class vessel, the USS Thunderchild, commanded by now Captain Kires. Gregory served as XO on the Thunderchild for four years. During this time the Thunderchild participated in heavy combat actions as part of the Dominion War. Luckily, the Thunderchild, while damaged on more than one occasion, avoided heavy losses. Gregory was happy when the war ended in 2075 and he was transferred to the USS Sovereign, serving as XO. In 2377 Captain Danielson was killed on an away mission, resulting in Gregory’s first and last command. He would captain the Sovereign for 7 more years. In 2384 he was promoted to Admiral and made a tearful farewell to the Sovereign. The ship would hold a special place in his heart forever.
As an Admiral, Gregory turned to his other passion: teaching. He became the head of flight instruction at Starfleet Command, turning out a new generation of “Farley’s Own”. After ten years of that post, Admiral Farley decided on one last adventure. He applied for phased retirement as Superintendent of the Mobile Starfleet Academy on the USS Arcadia. His request was quickly approved and the Admiral and his wife packed their belonging and headed for the stars once more.
|Service Record||Born 2319
Starfleet Academy 2335-2341 Major Flight Control, Minor Com Ops / Command School
2342-2345 USS Orion NCC-50955 (Ambassador Class) - Assistant Helmsman Ensign
2345-2350 USS Griffin NCC-42365 (Excelsior Class) Assistant Helmsman- Promoted to Lt. jg 2346
2350-2357- USS Sydney NCC-55571 (Centaur Class) Helmsman- Promoted to Lt. 2357
2357-2359- Starfleet Command.
2360-2366- Starbase 324- Chief Flight Instructor
2366-2367- USS Bellerophon NCC-62048 (Akira Class) - Chief Helmsman, 2nd Officer
2367-2370- Medical Sabbatical Promoted to Lt. Commander 2369
2370-2374- USS Thunderchild NCC-63549 (Akira Class) Promoted to Commander 2373 XO
2375- 2383- USS Sovereign NCC-73811 (Sovereign Class) XO. Promoted to Captain 2377. Assumed Command 2377.
2384- Promoted to Admiral. Posted to Starfleet Academy
2394- Phased retirement. Posted to USS Arcadia as Superintendent.