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Lieutenant Commander John Pickering

NAME:- Pickering, John
Lt. Commander (O-4)
106th Blue Wolves Redemption Strike Fighter Squadron CO, Hawkeye Island
Hawkeye Island Planetary Base
Cumbria, England

    John is a man of above average height, he's reasonably well built but isn't the strongest of men, his skin is lightly tanned and is suggestive that one of his parents is of Asian origin, but his facial features are of Western origin. John is occasionally wears his glasses to 'get him into the right frame of mind for paper work' and is often seen walking about in a marine flight suit with a pair of sunglasses on. His only scars are those on his arm, burn scars, which he rarely show's to people.

- Starfleet Academy, San Francisco, Earth

All personnel have a formal record, but Pickering had that and a bit more to share:

    "Well it all started many a year ago, I was born in the north of England in a county called Cumbria, I was born and grew up there, aye, it was a great place. My Primary and secondary school days were some of the best days of my life, my mam ran a Restaurant, and my dad was a Farmer - neither of them were really bothered if I went into Starfleet or not. But by the time I was 12, I’d made up my mind that I’d join, so I then focused on my studies and made my application, after which was rejected twice, before it was accepted.
    After I graduated from the ‘cadmy I received my first posting onboard the USS Poseidon, the position I had received was Shuttle pilots - after all, fighter weren’t around then, well I saw a little action on-board her. At the start of the Dominion war I was, or rather the ship was in for a refit, I wasn’t in any rush to get into the war, but hey, when your young you…you are more ‘gung-ho’.
    We were just leaving after the refits had finished when the station we came under attack, two Cardi ships, our Captain didn’t stand a chance, the Poseidon’s shield’s held, until the forward shields failed, I was in the rear shuttle deck in the engineering section of our ship, a large explosion was then felt… when we tried to contact the bridge we, we, found that it had been destroyed, along with half of the saucer section of the ship, then the orders came to ‘bandon ship. We were left to drift for several days before we were picked up by friendly forces.”

    “After the Poseidon, I decided to go with something different, I then got word, that there was a project of interest, Starfighters, once I got word of this I asked for immediate transfer to be a test pilot. So I spent part of the war helping to test and develop a Starfighter – damn, those were great times.
    Well after a hell of a lot a testing and modification the Rogue became operational, and was put into production it wasn’t long until the first fighter squadrons were being formed, so I was then transferred to the 106th Fighter Squadron as one of the Flight leaders, our base of operations was the USS White, our initial engagements went excellently, minimal casualties…but, then again any casualties are bad.
    As the war started to heat up, our casualties started to mount up. We lost a damned lot of good men ‘an women…hmm, by the, the, time of the Battle of Cardassia, we had lost half of our squadron…Including the Squadron CO and XO, which left me as the Acting CO. Most of the Squadron was replacements –every one of the replacements had absolutely no combat experience, but that changed, heh…they were thrown into the worst fighting of the war, without having never of fought the enemy… the battle saw too men of my men go down, all of the rookies, and 4 of the veterans, Johan, Chung, Picaper and D’Rah, they were some of the best. What happened to me during the Battle of Cardassia?  …My fighter took heavy damage, these burn scars on my arm were from that battle I can’t remember how I got these burns, I just realized I had them when the med teams started to treat my arms. Aye I ended up with no photons, sensors and only one phaser within at least the first 5 minutes of the battle, while others ended up dead, I’ve often wondered. Is it the unlucky that die, and the lucky that live, or is it the lucky that die and the unlucky that live?”

    “Yeah, Yeah I’ve seen councilors about my experiences, doubt its done anything, they’ve all said the same things. And in my opinion, the war made me – me."

    “After the war the 106th was disbanded, the Squadron members, went their own ways, I went off, and worked between various ships, nothing much happened on them, but when I heard that the 106th was being reformed I couldn’t resist, so I applied and well here I am.”