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Evan Delano promoted to Commander

The Captains Council is pleased to announce that Evan Delano, Operations Officer and Second Officer of the USS Veritas, has been promoted to the rank of Commander!

Commander Delano joined the fleet in 2013 and started aboard the USS Tiger-A as a security officer and later became chief of security. He then served aboard the USS Garuda and the USS Invicta before coming to the USS Veritas. Besides serving on the command staff and as a mentor aboard Veritas, he is an academy instructor on the Training Team, an editor for the Federation News Service team, and a member of the Department of Veterans Affairs and Advanced Starship Design Bureau teams.

Commander Delano has been recognized for both his simming and writing and his contributions out of character. He’s been awarded numerous times, including the Order of Starfleet Merit and Achievement, Sheathed Sword, Nebula Bar, and the Khan Award. He was a runner-up in the Writing Challenge, a Top Sims judge, and a Featured Bio winner.

The promotion to the rank of commander is a joyous occasion in our community – the result of years of writing, mentoring, and learning the ropes. The multi-step process in a promotion to Commander starts with a nomination from two members of the fleet at or above the rank of Commander, followed by an initial vote from the Captains Council to allow the examination process to begin. Then, the member must pass both a written exam, and a practical exam. Finally, another vote by the Captains Council confirms the promotion. Candidates must show that they have great simming skills, strong knowledge of Star Trek, and the foundations of leadership and teaching skills.

Head to the forums now to congratulate Commander Delano on his well-earned promotion!

Featured Bio Contest winner: Evan Delano

Lieutenant Evan Delano is the strategic operations officer of the USS Garuda. Lieutenant Delano’s prowess in martial arts has awarded him first place at two Starfleet Academy martial arts tournaments and second place at two more. His career has previously seen him stationed aboard the USS Tiger-A with a reassignment to the Garuda after a medical LOA.

From his early days growing up in Albany, New York, he entered Starfleet Academy over the objections of his parents. First he started out as an engineering student, then decided it wasn’t for him and went forth to major in security with minors in helm and operations. He has served as an HCO officer, security officer, and a security chief prior to taking up the post of strategic operations.

Congratulations to Lieutenant Delano! His bio will be displayed on the wiki’s front page for the month of September. Our Featured Nominee this month is Ensign Nicole Fullmer of the USS Victory.

As always, you can find out more about the contest at its wiki page or in its forum. The next round is now open, so be sure to drop by and submit your nominations today!

Promotions for May, 2014

The staff of UFOP: StarBase 118 would like to take a moment and recognize the officers — please be sure to congratulate these folks when you see them in the corridors of your vessel!


  • Rendal Rennyn to Lieutenant JG
  • Tamaiti Scott to Lieutenant JG
  • Tyler Kelly to Lieutenant
  • Montague Eickleberger to Lieutenant

Duronis II Embassy

  • Tr’Khellian from Lieutenant to Lieutenant Commander


  • Sal Taybrim to Lieutenant
  • Vitor Silveira to Lieutenant Commander (OOC)


  • Evan Delano to Lieutenant


  • Lyanna Avery to Lieutenant JG

July & August Writing Challenge Results

Hearty congratulations to Will, the writer behind Lieutenant Ben Livingston of the USS Excalibur-A, who won the July & August Writing Challenge with his short story “The Genetic Engineer’s Manifesto.” The story, which was written in response to the Challenge topic “Under My Skin,” was, in the words of Ed, the writer behind Fleet Captain Diego Herrera and the winner of May & June’s Challenge, “a manifesto, and that makes it stand out from quite a few of the entries I’ve seen in this or previous competitions. … To some degree, [the speaker’s points] are quite unsettling and I think that’s part of the key to this piece’s success. It makes an argument for something that’s considered taboo in the established canon of the Star Trek future as well as our present day lives and it justifies it quite well.”

The runner-up spot went to a first time entrant, the writer behind Ensign Evan Delano of the USS Tiger-A. Of his entry, “Resignation,” I said: ” Using the resignation letter genre is a fascinating choice that pays off well in what [the story] is able to do: It’s not so much meant as a plot exposition as a declaration of character, and the tradeoff is a working one of philosophy rather than scenery.” It’s notable that in this round, both winner and runner-up chose unique structures for their entries — the aforementioned manifesto and a resignation letter from Starfleet, respectively — and the panel of judges found these choices to be most effective in crafting the best possible stories.

The next Challenge is already open, and it begs you to consider “What Will Come.” Take a look at the prompt and read through the past winner or the new entrants, but be sure to have your submission in on or before October 25th!

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