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Lieutenant Commander Heather Kowal

Name Heather Kowal

Position Commanding Officer

Rank Lieutenant Commander


Character Information

Gender Female
Species Human
Age 29

Physical Appearance

Height 5'9"
Weight 141lbs
Hair Color Auburn
Eye Color Green

Family

Father Deceased
Mother Deceased
Other Important Relations Patricia Adams, Maternal Grandmother
Jethro Holleboom, Ex-Boyfriend/Close Friend
Oanez Lozac'h, Best Friend

Personality & Traits


Personal History Heather was born aboard the USS Venture, her parents both serving as officers aboard the ship. She spent most of the first two years of her life aboard the ship. When her parents had both completed their tours, her mother had elected to resign her commission, and her father was moving on in his career with her mother in tow. They returned to Earth between assignments to introduce Heather to her mother's parents. During their stay on Earth, her parents left Heather with her Grandmother and went away for a few days on a small vacation alone. The plan was for them to return the night before her second birthday, but sadly, they were both involved in a transport accident and were killed.

After her parent's death, her Grandmother became Heather's guardian. Heather grew up hearing tales of her parents, from her mother's childhood to their meeting and time together until Heather's birth and finally when they passed on. Heather was always fascinated with the stories, movies, and her mother's diary. From a young age, she knew she would join Starfleet like her parents.

Heather's first time aboard a Starship came at the age of ten when the USS Venture was in orbit of Earth. Her Grandmother reached out to the command and got them a tour aboard the ship. Heather could tour the ship from top to bottom, sit in the command chair at the bridge, simulate being in command in the holodeck, and see the sickbay she was born in and the quarters she lived in as an infant. From that moment on, there were never any questions about her life plans.

Her dreams became a reality when she finally reported to the Starfleet Academy. Despite the grueling first months of the Academy preparing them for service to the Federation in a much more Bootcamp-like setting, they finally moved from plebe to becoming a full-fledged Cadet Fourth Class. After completing the plebe summer, they also received their first bunk assignments and met their roommates for the rest of the year.

The cadets in Starfleet Academy were assigned dual occupancy rooms, and when Heather arrived, she saw on the door her name and underneath 'Oanez V. Lozac'h.' She wondered, however, if she would learn how to pronounce that. She entered the room finding the girl inside; she was adorable and must have been some sort of child prodigy. She didn't even look old enough to be in the Academy.

"My god, you're so cute," were Heather's first words to her roommate. As it turns out, Oanez was only a year younger than her, but even that was impressive. Heather endeavored for the first three days to pronounce Oanez's name correctly, but after repeatedly failing, she finally settled on the nickname 'Oval,' a play on her initials OVL. In response, Oval decided that she would call Heather "Herky," a play off her initials, or so Oval said, HRK. The two girls became inseparable in the Academy and became roommates for four years.

Heather's studies at the Academy followed in the footsteps of her parents. Her primary degree was in Intergalactic Relations. Her mother served as a Diplomatic Officer and wanted to be an ambassador. Her father was an Engineer, which she honestly had no interest in, but he was also a huge history buff, which she loved, so she minored in Earth History, her father's favorite. Heather excelled in her classes and discovered that her desire was to go up the command track and have her own command. It was found out from a professor in her Second Class year who had served with her parents that her father was due to report to a starship as its Executive Officer.

Upon graduation, the unstoppable team of Herky and Oval were broken up. Oval was going to Outpost 39 as a Science Officer experimenting on species and data collected from the Horuuilis expanse, an area of space being explored by Task Force 39, headquartered at the Outpost. On the other hand, Heather was going to a starship, the defiant classed USS Valiant, as Chief of Tactical and Security.

Heather was delighted to report to her first unit as a Department Head, even if that particular unit was tiny. She made fast friends with the senior officers, and her department members all seemed to like and respect her. At her six-month anniversary, the ship's second officer and Chief Engineer were reassigned, and she was assigned as the new Second Officer by the CO. She also received a commendation for her service as Officer of the Deck during a crisis and a Law Enforcement boarding she had led in those six months. At her 18-month anniversary of reporting aboard, she was advanced to Lieutenant Junior Grade and continued to excel in her duties.

The next major event in her time aboard the Valiant came around her second anniversary aboard. A new Chief Medical Officer reported aboard, LTJG Jethro Holleboom. According to Heather, Jethro was a ridiculous name, so she began to call him Jay. While she was also not a massive fan of his last name and urged him to go by the English version of Hollowtree, he said something about denying him his heritage, so she let it go. Heather and Jay became fast friends, and quickly, beyond thankfully, the command was supportive of their relationship, providing they kept it professional on duty and quiet off duty. They were able to do so and spent their R&R time together off the ship and have become relatively serious over their years together.

Nearing the end of her tour on the Valiant, its Commanding Officer had extended his tour aboard for another year, and the Executive Officer was set to depart. Heather hoped to move into the Executive Officer slot on Valiant to move into the command world quickly and remain aboard with Jay, as he still had time left on his tour.

Unfortunately, unexpected orders came for Heather even before her expected end of tour aboard Valiant. Distraught about losing her posting alongside her boyfriend and disappointed in not being assigned as XO of the Valiant, she was told to report to Vice Admiral Avery at Task Force 93 Headquarters. It didn't occur to her immediately, but remembering that her best friend was serving out Outpost 39, she was excited to be able to join her. Though, as it turned out, she wouldn't be remaining on Outpost 39 she had been unexpectedly assigned to the USS Nomad as its Commanding Officer with a promotion to Lieutenant.

Heather's time aboard the USS Nomad and her inaugural command was a great success. Impressing her Task Force Commander, she was selected for a second command at the completion of her tour. She was assigned to the USS Leo and assigned to operate in the theater of operations involving the Romulan factions and Klingon border area a great source of tension in the galaxy.

Despite her professional life going quite well her personal life became a disaster with her longtime boyfriend ending their relationship.
Service Record 2381 - Accepted to Starfleet Academy
2382 - Reported to Starfleet Academy as a Plebe
2382 - Appointed Cadet Fourth Class
2383 - Advanced to Cadet Third Class
2384 - Advanced to Cadet Second Class
2385 - Advanced to Cadet First Class

2386 - Graduated with degrees in Intergalactic Relations and Earth History. Commissioned as an Ensign and assigned USS Valiant as Chief Tactical/Security Officer

2386 - Assigned additional duties as Second Officer.

2387 - Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade

2390 - Assigned to USS Nomad as Commanding Officer and promoted to Lieutenant.

2392 - Meritorious promotion to Lieutenant Commander.

2393 - Assigned to USS Leo as Commanding Officer