With the departure of FltCapt. Sidney Riley, a spot on the Executive Council has opened up. The current Captain At Large, FltCapt. Diego Herrera, has been chosen by the current EC members to replace Riley as a full member of the council.
FltCapt. Herrera was interviewed in January after being decorated in the yearly awards ceremony, and appointed to the Captain at Large position. He was recently promoted to the rank of Fleet Captain in August of last year.
For more information about what members of the Executive Council do, be sure to check out the appropriate page on our website.
Congratulations to Ed, the talented writer behind Captain Diego Herrera, who won the Writing Challenge for May and June with his short story “Not Until This World Burns.” The story was written in response to the Challenge prompt “From the Past” and, in the words of Lyle, one of the Challenge judges and writer for Commander Melitta Herodion, “The topic could refer to any number of things from a single past experience to the impacts of culture or tradition and how a person deals with one of those things. ‘Not Until This World Burns’ tackles all three (past experiences, ancient culture of a character’s race, and tradition) and it does so beautifully…”
The second place story for this round was right behind the winner in the rankings, and in the words of Chris, another Challenge judge and writer for Commander Jhen Thelev and Lieutenant Sinda Essen, “Lessons from the Past,” a story by Marissa (Captain Kalianna Nicholotti), “[Her] writing is beautifully poetic … and create a story that is evocative and thoughtful, as much about the future as it is about the past.” The runner-up chose not to present her story with any dialogue and impressed judges with this stylistic choice. Be sure to offer your congratulations to these talented writers if you haven’t done so yet.
Our next Writing Challenge is already open, and Ed has chosen the theme “Under My Skin.” Take a look at the Challenge prompt, but be sure to submit your story before August 27th!
Captain Diego Herrera is the commanding officer of the USS Vigilant. He dual majored in medicine and counselling at Starbase 118 Academy, and has served in both capacities throughout his Starfleet career, most notably on the USS Eagle, the USS Challenger-A, at the Duronis II Embassy and aboard the USS Thunder.
Diego’s sister Adana is lucky to be alive; the accident that crippled her is the reason he originally joined StarFleet and pursued a medical career. Interestingly, he still plays the dangerous game that she was involved in when the accident happened. His career has given him many unique and unusual circumstances to deal with, such as sharing a salt bath with a visiting Mantaran Ambassador in his early days on the USS Eagle. He helped with the psychological recovery of Counselor Ashley Yael in the wake of torture and sexual assault on Duronis II.
Diego has a laid-back and pragmatic attitude and this is reflected in his command style. He played a pivotal role and led his team to victory in preventing the Zakdorn breaking away from the Federation to form a new alliance with the Klingon Empire.
Captain Diego Herrera’s bio will be displayed on the wiki’s front page for the month of March. As always, you can find out more about the contest at its wiki page or in its forum. Round 10 is now open, so be sure to drop by and submit your own nominations!
First of all, why the character change? What makes Diego Herrera a better captain for the Vigilant than Tallis Rhul?
After resolving a major plot arc, Tallis has reached a point in his career where his reasons for joining Starfleet in the first place have been fulfilled and he is turning his attentions to other matters, such as family. Diego, on the other hand, is definitely the type of character who I could see in a Starfleet uniform until retirement age. Those members of the fleet who’ve had a chance to write with him (he was my secondary for two years, and served on the Eagle, the Challenger-A and at the Duronis II Embassy) will know that he’s a lot more levelheaded and laid back than Tallis. He majored in both medicine and counselling at the Academy, has served in both positions in the fleet, and while one could argue he’s not seen the front lines of combat quite as often as Tallis has, he’s been in his fair share of scrapes and encountered some very interesting situations! With this chance to switch to command red, I’m very much looking forward to adding a new aspect to his character, and as I writer I certainly think that he has the right skill set to take on the responsibility of captaincy.
Congratulations to these two COs, whose “Empty Skies Over Tokyo” and “Guts and Glory!” (respectively) tied for first place in the November Writing Challenge. Double congratulations to Marissa, the writer behind Nicholotti, who also came in second place in Ongoing Worlds’s writing contest that, like November’s Writing Challenge, centered on the exploration of a character’s ancestors.
If you haven’t already, take a look at December’s Writing Challenge, which asks about the spiritual side of characters in the Trek universe. What sort of story can you write based upon this prompt? I look forward to seeing, but do it quickly: This Challenge ends on December 26th!