Today, the staff of Starbase 118 would like to congratulate David Whale, who has been promoted to commander. In keeping with his marine background, Commander Whale will carry the in-character rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Lt. Colonel Whale joined the Starbase 118 fleet on stardate 238512.20, but his character history goes back quite a bit further than that. Whale originally graduated from the academy in 2263, and was assigned to the security department of the USS Ackerman. He served with distinction aboard the Ackerman, eventually reaching the rank of lieutenant in December 2266.
In 2269, Lieutenant Whale’s career took a turn in what is known as the Ackerman Incident. The Ackerman responded to a distress call from a civilian freight, which was caught in an unknown anomaly. The freighter was freed, but the Ackerman herself became trapped in the anomaly and vanished. A rescue mission and an investigation were launched, but turned up no trace of the Ackerman, or any explanation for what had happened. She was presumed lost with all hands.
In 2379, 110 years after she disappeared, the Ackerman emerged from a temporal anomaly. The crew was lost, but three lifesigns were found in the Ackerman‘s transporters. It was determined that they had been in mid-transport when the Ackerman entered the anomaly. Three officers were successfully brought out of transport relatively unharmed, including Lieutenant Whale.
Wanting to continue his career in Starfleet, but knowing that his skills and knowledge were over a century out of date, Whale re-entered the Academy at the chronological age of 141. He graduated on stardate 238512.20 and was assigned to the USS Tiger.
On Stardate 238612.14, Lieutenant Whale joined the UFOP Marine Corps, and served as the commanding officer of the marine detachments of both the Tiger and Starbase 118. After his stint with the marines, he returned to security, serving as the chief security officer of Starbase 118, the USS Independence-A, and the USS Constitution-B. He was eventually named the Constitution‘s first officer on stardate 238802.09. He would serve in that position until the vessel was decommissioned six months later.
Lt.Commander Whale was transferred to the USS Drake, serving once more in the role of security chief for the nearly 100 year old ship. On stardate 238904.11, Whale rejoined the marines, being commissioned with the rank of major. He was also assigned as the Drake‘s first officer, as well as taking command of the Drake‘s specialized Search and Rescue (SAR) team.
We hope that you will join us in congratulating Lt. Colonel Whale on his promotion, and we wish him luck as he continues his career.