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Commodore Bahnstahl Tasker

Name Bahnstahl Tasker

Position Commanding Officer

Rank Commodore


Character Information

Gender Male
Species Hekaran
Age 51

Physical Appearance

Height 6'0
Weight 172lbs
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Brown
Physical Description Aging with dignity and poise, Bahnstahl Tasker is easing into the back-nine of his prime and settling comfortably into the autumn of his life. Crows feet dance at the corners of his eyes, long demarcation lines along his cheeks deepen each year, and the bone and cartilage ridges on his forehead are beginning to soften and sag ever so slightly, however there is still a final vestige of youth in his full head of still deep black hair and astute brown eyes. Captain Tasker is of average height, unimposing build, disciplined posture, and manages to keep a spring in his step.

Family

Spouse N/A
Children N/A
Father Thure Tasker
Mother Lilona Tasker (deceased)
Brother(s) Torvol Tasker, 55
Vico Tasker, 47
Sister(s) Brel Tasker, 57
Geltar Tasker, 48
Other Family TBA

Personality & Traits

General Overview The man is a study in the scientist as an officer in an expeditionary organization. Possessed of the gifted intelligence common to scholarly circles, he is cerebral, pensive, and aloof when in his natural state, though has been nurtured into a decisive and effective leader by a Starfleet career spanning three decades.
Strengths & Weaknesses What comes to mind immediately when referring to Bahnstahl Tasker are his undeniable academic credentials. Holding dual doctorates in both Astro and Particle Physics has opened most of the doors for Captain Tasker, though his ability to wield his knowledge in practical and effective ways is what has allowed him to walk through them. The most obvious such door was his entry into Starfleet at the height of the Dominion War. This was followed closely by the C'hakilian incidents spanning the late 2370's. These events opened the man's eyes to the larger and more grim realities of the galaxy, though only served to inspire him to grow. Bahnstahl developed certain broad, fundamental strengths from this early stage of his civilian and Starfleet career:

Accomplished Academic
Combat Veteran
Experienced Spacer

These broad skill sets were complimented nicely by a commitment to ongoing counselling sessions upon his commissioning as an Ensign within Starfleet, which Tasker unabashedly credits for his consistent ability to handle the vigors of service aboard a space faring vessel. These sessions, still a hallmark of his weekly routine, allowed him to develop and grow his positive fundamental character traits:

Observant
Disciplined
Thoughtful

All of these generalities have been refined over the past ten years, both as captain of the USS Managua during Task Force 38's stranding in the Delta Quadrant and his subsequent high-level involvement in the administration of the Starbase 38 and verteron array construction projects, and a list of quantifiable strengths have come to the fore:

Competent and capable leader
Scientific expertise
Highly organized
Physically fit
Technologically savvy

As part of Bahnstahl's upbringing in a successful entrepreneurial family, he was wont to develop habits and ticks that did not necessarily align with the Starfleet ideal. His distinctly differing mindset from that of his family also lent to a certain amount of incompatibility with his immediate social unit, a deficiency that was only exasperated by a lack of a stable circle of acquaintances due to the family's considerable amount of jumping from house to house on Hekaran II, as well as the extended stints of homeschooling. By the time Bahnstahl Tasker was ready to graduate his initial university program there were clearly evident flaws:

Reclusive
Passive
Easily excitable

Though these qualities have largely been mitigated with the passage of time and the wisdom that comes with age, there was a solid foundation upon which to build more insidious weaknesses within the young man. As he progressed further into academia and into adult life, his coping skills were pushed to their limits time and again. By the time he was ready to graduate from Starfleet Academy it was evident that he needed to remain ever vigilant for bad habits that he had a natural inclination to fall into:

Coasting on talent
Deflection of criticisms
Procrastination

Bahnstahl has in fact remained constantly aware of the ruts he can find himself in, and has remained highly motivated to ensure that he does not fall into them. There is no where that one can run from themselves, however, and excellence in one area can only come from compromise in another. To this effect, there will always be improvement that can be made to Bahnstahl Tasker.

Creature of routine
Uncomfortable with weapons
Waffling micro/permissive management tendencies
Preoccupation with scientific mandates and pursuits
Big picture mentality
Ambitions What drives Bahnstahl at this stage in his life and career is the empowerment of other individuals and the society within which he lives. It is his great goal to continue to contribute in meaningful ways to the development of scientific knowledge, positive relations between intergalactic civilizations, and the personal growth of those he finds under his authority.
Hobbies & Interests First and foremost, Bahnstahl is a Theoretical Physicist. All forms of astrometrics, spatial distortions, subspace anomalies, warp mechanics, exotic particles, and anything else that could fall within his realm is hunted for and consumed by his voracious mind. This involves reading scholarly articles, attending specialized seminars (typically by simulcast), and even light experimentation during what free time he is able to find himself. These experiments typically involve the design, fabrication, and use of purpose-built machinery, which he takes great joy in doing so himself. Though technically incorporated into his duty-shift as "designated readiness regimen," Bahnstahl engages in regular HIIT and calisthenic programs as much as to maintain fitness-for-duty as for his personal enjoyment.

Personal History Bahnstahl Tasker was born in the late 2340’s on Hekaras II, the third of five children for Lilona and Thure Tasker. The boy was found to be naturally bright throughout his primary schooling, which at times meant attending public institutions and at others meant tutoring via LCARRS while traveling across Hekaras II with his entrepreneurial family. More apt to roam the subspace network rather than the outdoors, it was no surprise that Bahnstahl graduated his compulsory instructions at 15, highly sought by universities but socially inept and more than a bit shy. While the young man did come out of his shell during his secondary schooling, it took nearly all of his four year degree in order to find a balance between his academics and his social life. At times Bahnstahl wouldn’t be seen for days, only to appear at a party, drink to the point of stumbling, and going on about gravitational forces, exotic energy, or some other such concept that he “couldn’t believe nobody else consider[ed] something that effect[ed] [them] everyday!”

Bahnstahl graduated in the top ten of his university’s astrophysics program with a minor in particle physics, and easily secured a place in a graduate program for the former. Two more years later and the young man was on his way to a doctorate in the field, while managing to find time to continue his study of particles and theoretical waveforms. Upon receiving his Ph.D, the only place that truly seemed capable of advancing the practical application of his knowledge was Starfleet. As such, Bahnstahl enrolled himself in the Academy - much to the displeasure of his parents and family, all of whom had expected him to support the family business of trade-route pathfinding - and all but managed to breeze through the classroom based portion. While certain physical and social sciences challenged the way the still young Hekaran’s typical approach to learning, it did not take long for him to adapt to the subject matter and become a favored pupil amongst a large portion of the instructors. What turned out to be the true challenge was the coursework in fieldcraft, technical studies, and physical conditioning.

Cadet Tasker nearly flunked out of the academy twice due to disqualifying fitness performances in his first and second years. On a third occasion he was almost dropped from the program after failing to demonstrate an acceptable level of familiarity with a Type II phaser. And still there were fourth and fifth incidents surrounding Banstahl’s ability to cope with the vigors and stress of service aboard an active vessel in deep space. By far the most serious, Cadet Tasker was forced to repeat his fourth year in order to satisfy the requirements for active duty wherever Starfleet needed to send him. This was a humiliating experience. It was also one that Banstahl learned valuable life lessons from.

Beginning with his very first deployment aboard the USS Saratoga in 2374, Ensign Tasker unabashedly attended regular counseling sessions - both individual and as part of a group - in order to help maintain his positive motivations and regulate his negative personal tendencies. Through these sessions Tasker made the decision to continue the regular regimen of exercise he had been subject to during the academy, as well as to continue expanding his understanding of his chosen fields of study. Indeed Bahnstahl was rewarded for these efforts aboard the Saratoga, accruing a Captain’s Citation for Fitness, a full fledged bachelor’s degree in Particle Physics, and a published article in Physics Gateway regarding the behavior of low level warp fields in extreme gravity. His four year tour of duty aboard the Saratoga was concluded with a transfer to the Galaxy-class vessel Challenger in order to serve as the ACSO at the rank of Lieutenant.

The Saratoga and the Challenger both operated primarily in the Beta Quadrant, with the Saratoga most notably having participated in the Battle of Betazed during the Dominion War. The Challenger was directly involved with the C’hakilian War and Armistice Crisis from 2378-2380, almost as soon as Tasker came aboard. Seeing direct military action once again taught Bahnstahl valuable life lessons, all of which surrounded the notion that phasers will kill anyone, even those who don’t know how to use them. Continuing his counseling sessions proved invaluable during these trying times. Tasker was able to resolve his hesitation to become more comfortable with firearms which led to his again being cited by a starship captain, this time for Readiness. Both the CMO and CSO of the Challenger began to openly encourage Tasker to pursue Command Training during his second year aboard the vessel, advice that was continually given despite the Hekaran's protests during his third and fourth years, then finally taken in his fifth. Though Lieutenant Tasker became Command Qualified, he opted to remain in the science department in order to better pursue his passions. Before he could return to the Challenger to continue his service, however, Bahnstahl was offered the Chief Science Officer position aboard the freshly christened Prometheus-class USS Shirgat at the recommendation of the Challenger’s CO, CMO, and CSO. Upon arrival to the Challenger to collect his belongings and say his goodbyes, he was greeted with an official promotion ceremony and awarded his third pip.

For the following six years, Lieutenant Commander Tasker continued to show excellence in his Fitness, Readiness, and dedication to duty. The Shirgat’s Science Department proved to be a well regulated and pristine example of what such a department should look like, and produced a number of officers that have themselves advanced their careers in meaningful ways. To his own credit, he has had two additional articles pubished in Physics Gateway for his research into extreme gravity, been the recipient of several awards for contributions to the fields of Terraformation and Warp Architecture, and directly aided in the discovery and charting of no less than half a dozen astrometric anomalies. An additional doctorate was also gained in the field of Particle Physics, truly cementing the man’s position as an expert in two fields that directly impacted the day to day operations of a starship. In 2387, Lieutenant Commander Tasker was given the opportunity to lead a science mission aboard the USS Managua - a Nebula-class starship that traded the customary tactical pod for a super-structure based suite of the most advanced scientific instrumentation Starfleet had to offer - into the Delta Quadrant on a mission of exploration and discovery. He was promoted to Commander, traded his blue uniform for a red one, and set off through the transwarp gate into the frontier. During their first year, Tasker and crew had a close call with a projectile-neutron star, encountered the Vaadwur and Hazari on numerous occasions, rendered aid to the Kesat, traded with the Hierarchy and Hirogen, and charted a number of potential routes that would allow further expansion.

Then the Borg attacked.

Managua was lucky enough to regroup with the rest of the Task Force before the destruction of the transwarp gate, though was of limited use in the survival-oriented circumstances of the group. While able to act as an early warning patrol vessel due to the sensitivity of its sensors, its relatively limited armament and mission capacity ensured the Managua stayed close to port. This was a highly disappointing development for all involved, though one redeeming quality was that the disarming nature of the science vessel served it well in a diplomatic capacity. Commander Tasker subsequently played host to a number of emissaries and officials from various races amenable to contact with Starfleet, which in turn added several additional soft skills, professional references, and verifiable competencies to the man’s already impressive resume. By the time contact with the Alpha Quadrant was reestablished in 2389, Bahnstahl had become a respected contributor to the success of the Task Force in the Delta Quadrant, even if his particular accomplishments were less impressive than those who had defended the stranded fleet or been ordered to continue their ventures deeper into the quadrant.

The Managua was allowed to continue its original mission once relief came to Task Force 38, and subsequently returned to charting stable routes for further exploration. Though nothing quite as astounding as the events of the first year occurred, regular contact with the Hirogen, Vaadwur, Hazari, the Devore Imperium, and the Hierarchy - virtually all of which, small and inconsequential as they were on their own, resulted in positive outcomes for the Federation’s diplomatic stance in the region, even if the encounters were tense or even sometimes combative - cemented Commander Tasker onto the short list for command of Starbase 38 in the early stages of its construction. Commander Tasker was consulted about the potential position beginning in 2393, when he was recalled to the Alpha Quadrant in order to lend his relevant expertise to the construction of the verteron array meant to stabilize the Barzan Wormhole. By 2395, after being promoted to full Captain and becoming integral to the success of the project surrounding the wormhole and the array, it was clear that Bahnstahl’s scientific, technical, and diplomatic credentials were overwhelmingly in favor of his being appointed to head the station. He was given official oversight of the remaining construction of The Colonnade, as Starbase 38 had come to be known, beginning in 2396.

The Colonnade has now become fully operational under the guidance of Bahnstahl Tasker, who was promoted to Commodore in recognition of both his indispensable contributions to the efforts of ensuring continued access to the Delta Quadrant, as well as to grant him authority to match the gravity of his posting as Commanding Officer of what was sure to become one of the largest and likely one of the most strategically important interstellar hubs in Starfleet.
Service Record 2374-2378: Ensign, USS Saratoga - Science Officer, Astrophysics
2378-2383: Lieutenant, USS Challenger - Assistant Chief Science Officer, Head of Astrophysics
2383-2389: Lieutenant Commander, USS Shirgat - Chief Science Officer
2389-2393: Commander, USS Managua - Commanding Officer
2393-2396: Captain, USS Einstein - Director of Array Configuration
2396-2399: Captain, Starbase 38 - Project Manager
2399-current: Captain, Starbase 38 - Commanding Officer