Captain James Preston McCallister
James Preston Harvey McCallister is a Starfleet officer and the current Commanding Officer of the Federation starship USS Odyssey. James Preston is one of many Starfleet officers who rose through the ranks quickly during the Dominion War and during an unfortunate event was given a battlefield promotion to captain at an early age. He has commanded three ships previously to the Odyssey and has taught at Starfleet Academy too.
Born in 2351, James Preston grew up in his family’s pub (The Red Lion) and shared his brothers’ taste for adventure among the stars. The McCallister boys grew up in the rural village of Burton in Great Britain on Earth where they learnt the values of a simple life with a little or less technology to help them. All three resented their parent’s views of living a simple life and running their own business as they wanted to become Starfleet officers. Conrad, as the eldest brother, was the first to join Starfleet, followed by James Preston and then Horatio. Being the middle son, James sometimes resented his other two brothers due to the more attention they received from their parents. However, James was particularly close to Horatio, especially after Conrad left to join Starfleet Academy.
Entering Starfleet Academy was a dream come true for James Preston. During his secondary school education, he had excelled in mathematics, computer science and physics. Without his parents’ knowledge he attended a number of after-school clubs that included engineering. When he was at home, he enjoyed a number of sports, including soccer, tennis, basketball and swimming. He and his brothers also enjoyed camping. As a result of all of this, he was pretty prepared for what the Academy threw his way.
At the end of his fourth year, he graduated from the Academy as valedictorian of his class. He majored in systems engineering, and minored in combined holography and cybernetics. His first posting was on board the Intrepid-class vessel USS Audacious (NCC-74709).
He served on the Audacious as chief operations officer where he started as an ensign and eventually rose through the ranks due to his dedication to service. Impressing his commanding officer, Captain Brooke Fontana-Adelaide, he made his stamp on the brand-new ship.
The Audacious served heavily during the Dominion War. Before the outbreak of war, James Preston had learnt of the fact that his brother, Horatio, had gone AWOL shortly after his graduation from Starfleet and had joined the Maquis. The crushing news of his brother’s betrayal to the Federation upset James Preston a lot. His parents blamed Starfleet for filling their youngest son’s head with so much. For some time, this caused a lot of friction between James Preston and his parents. The flip side to the news was that James Preston become a lot closer to Conrad over their heartbreak of Horatio abandoning something they all wanted to do.
It wasn’t until a few months later when the Audacious had been sent to investigate a hidden Maquis base in the Bajoran Badlands that they came across the cell that Horatio had been a member of. It was James Preston who found his younger brother and even stunned him to prevent him from escaping. James Preston had the regrettable duty of informing the rest of his family the fate of Horatio. The Audacious took the Maquis to a prison on Betazed where James Preston said a final goodbye to his brother after feeling humiliated and betrayed for him committing an act of treason.
As the Audacious joined many fleet engagements, the ship endured many losses, including several in the senior staff. With the shortage of experienced officers, Captain Adelaide made the decision to use the crew she had and handed out a number of battlefield promotions to fill empty spots to ensure the ship ran efficiently as she deemed fit. Even through their losses, the Audacious crew remained strong in its convictions and by the end of the war were all commended for their valiant service to the Federation. Adelaide went on to make James Preston a full lieutenant at the end of the war and her second officer.
It was during the war that James Preston began a romantic relationship with the ship’s stellar cartographer, Ensign Harriet Riley. The two became close and eventually moved in with each other after Riley’s quarters were damaged. However, when the Audacious served as part of the large allied fleet that invaded Cardassia in 2375, Stellar Cartography was hit badly by enemy fire. As such an EPS conduit exploded killing Harriet. After hearing the news of her death, James Preston withdrew in to himself for a little while until a prep talk from Captain Adelaide made him come out of himself again to live his life as much as Harriet would want him to.
It was ironic that even though the Audacious endured heavily during the war that her demise would occur during a mission to help with post-war relief efforts while in orbit of Betazed. The Audacious’ antimatter containment pods had become unstable due to a computer malfunction. James Preston along with the Audacious chief engineer, one Lieutenant Lyndsy Dawson, attempted to save the ship however a number of safety protocols were non-responsive and as such Captain Adelaide had to order her crew to abandon ship. In the same escape pod with his captain and its chief engineer, the three officers watched sadly as the Audacious exploded and went on to burn up in the atmosphere of Betazed.
Soon after a general enquiry found that none of the crew was to blame for the loss of the Audacious and her loss was blamed on a computer glitch based on a number of bio-neural gel packs becoming infected. After the destruction of the ship, James Preston took four months of leave and spent it on Risa.
Captain Adelaide was adamant she wanted to keep her crew together when Starfleet offered her command of a new ship at the end of 2376. She was handed over command of the Akira Class starship, USS Portsmouth (NCC- 63749). Adelaide had James Preston assigned to the Portsmouth along with the rest of her former crew. Eventually the Portsmouth was allocated to peacekeeper duties within the Federation and to carry on with post-war relief efforts. By 2380 the Portsmouth had remained in active service providing help within the Federation when required. Eventually the Portsmouth had been assigned to the Beta Quadrant to bolster defence along the border with the C’hakilian Empire. Nevertheless, during a stop off at Starbase 611, the Portsmouth had to help defend the station against an attack by a rogue C’hakilian separatist group. As the Portsmouth was one of only two heavy cruisers as part of the battle the C’hakilians hounded the ship causing severe damage to her. James Preston devised a tactic that would reduce the number of enemy ships left to deal with. He was able to get enough power to the ship’s tractors to tow the last two C’hakilian warships out of the system. As the crew abandoned ship via the escape pods, Captain Adelaide, McCallister and a couple of others remained on board to implement his plan. The plan was effective, and the Portsmouth ended up taking the two enemy ships with it as the auto-destruct system detonated. Once again Captain Adelaide had to watch with McCallister the loss of another ship from the confines of an escape pod.
During the middle of 2381 and after another well-deserved leave of absence this time on Kovar, James Preston was promoted to the rank of lieutenant commander and given the assignment of being the chief operations officer on board the newly built Insignia-class USS Trinity (NCC-80421). Once again, he went on to serve under Captain Adelaide as second officer too. James had developed a close relationship with his captain who he looked to as a close mentor and a role model for himself in developing as an officer and a leader. After the launch of the Trinity at Proxima Maintenance Yards the ship was assigned to exploration duties within the Beta Quadrant. The ship was assigned to a two-year deep space exploration assignment. On this assignment James Preston developed more than he had previously did due to the fact he was doing what he joined up to do, to explore the stars and live the adventure in the true unknown. As part of the Trinity’s crew he met a number of new species and explored a number of new systems. While on this mission James Preston came close to the ship’s chief engineer, Lieutenant Commander Lyndsy Dawson which eventually led to them beginning a romantic relationship. In 2384 the Trinity docked at Deep Space 19 to receive general repairs and refits after its two yearlong exploration mission. While the ship was docked James asked Lyndsy to marry him however much she loved him she said no and turned him down. A month later the two broke off their relationship and remained friends.
Shortly after the ship was ordered to help in the eradication of the Cartel, a criminal organisation, who were bent on causing problems for the Federation with its allies in the Klingon and Romulan empires. Through an engagement against three of their ships, the Trinity was hit hard and several systems exploded on the bridge. One of them injured the first officer and Captain Adelaide.
In attempt to save his captain, James Preston applied the first aid knowledge he knew while medical teams were called for. Adelaide knew she wouldn’t survive the trip to sickbay and after hearing their first officer had died, after being beamed to sickbay, she transferred the command codes to James Preston and gave him command of the Trinity. She died in James Preston’s arms telling him to save the ship whatever the cost. He went on to lead the ship in destroying two of the Cartel ships and capturing the third. For his valiant actions, Fleet Admiral Luke Duncan decided that the young commander had earned a field promotion to the rank of captain and gave him full command of the Trinity. The Trinity went on to help finish off what elements remained of the Cartel by the end of the year. Once the mission had ended, McCallister had to lead his crew in the funerals of Captain Adelaide and Commander Morgan Cole (the Trinity’s former executive officer). It was a tough time for the crew to adjust to the changes in the command structure. Deciding to follow on what he had learnt from Adelaide, McCallister chose within the ship’s senior staff who would be his first officer. Eventually he picked on the ship’s Betazoid counsellor and diplomatic officer, Romen Corbin. It took them, along with the rest of the senior staff, some time to help the crew adapt to the new changes but eventually morale returned to the way Captain Adelaide and Commander Cole would have wanted.
At the start of the new year; 2385, James Preston, along with the rest of the Trinity’s crew, was stuck in the Abyss with DS-19, Kovar and a number of other Starfleet ships and stations at the beginning of 2385. The Trinity was one of the few ships who were able to restore power after they were transported to the enclosed subspace region. Captain McCallister was able to co-ordinate with Fleet Admiral Duncan relief efforts to help the rest of the Starfleet crews in repairing their ships and preparing for what laid ahead of them. McCallister would go on to help the admiral’s agenda in forming a strong coalition between a number of alien ships in the Abyss to find a way out. Eventually they did find a way and were returned to their original places before their displacement.
Eager to return to their explorative legs, McCallister petitioned Fleet Admiral Duncan to let the Trinity to explore the Hellian Expanse. After persuading the admiral for only a few minutes McCallister prepared his crew for their new two-year joint-mission with the USS Iliad (NCC-74644) to explore the Expanse.
When the Trinity and the Iliad were coming to the end of their mission, they came across high concentrations of neutrinos and gravimetric readings within the last uncharted region of the Hellian Expanse. Even though long-range scans had indicated that the region was only filled with gaseous formations, Captain McCallister felt the unusual readings deserved to be investigated in case there was a wormhole present, especially as all the clues pointed to the possibility. It was agreed between McCallister and Captain Jurot of the Iliad that the Trinity would go in first to investigate in case there were any risks they were unsure of. The Trinity flew in and shortly after dropping to impulse was sucked into a subspace corridor. As the crew quickly worked to find out where they were, they passed through a circular metallic structure. Straight away the crew realised where they were as the sensors registered the structure as Borg in origin. It was a Borg transwarp conduit manifold. Not willing to take any chances Captain McCallister armed the Trinity’s torpedoes and destroyed the manifold. Eventually the transwarp conduit began to collapse around them and the Trinity was shoved back out into normal space. The ship’s re-entry caused heavy damage ship-wide to the point the ship’s structural integrity field was collapsing from all the stress. Captain McCallister ordered his pilot to land the ship on the nearest hospitable planet. After a few minutes of trying to save the ship at all costs McCallister knew there wasn’t much else they could until they landed the ship, he ordered for the warp core to be dumped and once a planet was found the ship changed course to land. The planet was an icy Class L. The Trinity’s hull began to buckle and without having the time to launch any escape pods, the ship crash-landed on the ice planet. Once the ship was down the crew attempted to repair what systems they could to keep them alive while they awaited rescue. It took two weeks for Starfleet to find them. After the entire crew were safely on the rescue ships, they began to salvage what was left of the Trinity. The entire clean-up operation took another three weeks. Eventually all that was left on the Trinity were the damaged systems that weren’t salvageable. On orders from Starfleet Command, Captain McCallister activated the ship’s auto-destruct sequence and watched from orbit as his ship destroyed herself to prevent others from attempting to take what was left of her. The destruction caused the remaining parts to break under the glacier the ship had landed on. In the end what was left sunk to the bottom of the planet’s deep cold ocean bed.
As soon as the inquest into the loss of the Trinity had completed and no charges were made against captain and his crew, McCallister was offered a position at Starfleet Academy. He was given a special guest lecturer status while teaching at the Academy. He spent his time taking small classes in command, tactical, diplomacy and starship operations. While at the Academy he went through final training to become a fully qualified First Contact specialist. James also become close friends with a fellow lecturer there, one Karyn Reyas. The two eventually moved in together and began dating. It was Karyn who convinced James he was better suited in the centre chair instead of behind a teacher’s desk. Eventually the Spring semester came to an end and James requested to be put back on active starship duty. His request had been accepted and by the beginning of 2386 he was ordered to Starfleet Command Headquarters to receive his new orders. After this James for some unknown reason felt that Karyn was in fact his true love and on their four-month anniversary asked her to marry him. The two got married in a quiet wedding on Earth before he asked her to join him on his new ship, the Triton.
James Preston was giving command of the Luna-class starship USS Triton. She had been sat at Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards for twelve months receiving a number of extensive upgrades in particular on her warp drive and computer core. Starfleet ordered him to oversee the last of the refits and select his new crew.
Triton was rushed out of spacedock by Starfleet and McCallister was ordered to head up a relief force to Starbase 378 in the Alcor Sector in anticipation of the collapse of the Amorgia star. After arriving in the sector, the sun had collapsed, and millions of Federation citizens were being evacuated due to their planets being affected by the collapse of the Amorgia star. James was given the task of dealing with a crisis with a nearby nation, the Hayde’nk Commonwealth, that was a Federation protectorate but whom had taken hostile action against refugee ships and Starfleet forces too. The Federation Council wanted the threat to Federation interests to be removed at once and to know exactly what the Hayde’nk were playing at. While trying to get to know his new crew and ship, James had to help a deposed crown prince deal with possible losing the rest of his family whilst attempting to open diplomatic channels with the new leaders. Eventually James and the rest of the Triton discovered that a dissident movement had manipulated military and political leaders against each other. The captain also discovered that this rebel group were being supported by a Ferengi Daimon and his crew, who themselves were captured by their business partners and later killed. In attempt to prevent an all-out war with the Ferengi Alliance and in hopes of restoring peace in the sector to help with the collapse of the Amorgia sun, James mediated a peace settlement between the Hayde’nk military leaders, Royal family and civilian elected officials. The talks themselves were interrupted by the dissident movement, where its leader decided to reveal himself however was killed by another dissident who was part of the military leadership. Eventually James was able to get all sides to reach a compromise and restore peace and order to the Hayde’nk Commonwealth. James went on to report to Ferengi representatives what had happened and how those Ferengi who had supported the rebels had been killed by their own business partners. No repercussions came from the Ferengi government over the situation and James, along with the rest of the Triton’s crew, was commended for their efforts and successes in finding a peaceful endgame to the crisis.
During everything though, James led the Triton and other Starfleet ships in engaging rebel ships when they attacked Federation ships. James was noted for his tactical thinking in preventing the loss of life on both sides in hopes of a peaceful resolution.
Throughout this first mission, James was dealing to getting to know his new crew which wasn’t easy as it was revealed that his new first officer, Commander Sean Blackwood, resented him due to the fact that James’ former chief operations officer on the USS Trinity was one of Sean’s friends who died when James crashed the Trinity on its last mission. Eventually though James and Sean worked through this matter to at least deal with the Hayde’nk situation. Sean wasn’t the only officer that James had tension with. Lieutenant Commander Lyndsy Dawson, the Triton’s new Chief Engineer had been James’ ex-girlfriend and they both had ended their relationship on a bad note. Both Lyndsy and James tried hard to put their past behind them to work together, especially to have Triton ready to be launched to help in the Alcor sector. During the mission both appeared to be able to return to an amicable relationship, especially as Karyn was also on board and was made Triton’s third officer above Lyndsy.
When the Bajoran colony on Olbari II was threatened by a massive snowstorm, McCallister volunteered for Triton to help with the colony’s evacuation. Once the ship arrived in the Olbari system it quickly responded to the emergency relief efforts that were under way. Captain McCallister led an away team to meet with the colony’s governor to discuss the evacuation procedure. Between McCallister’s crew and the colony’s government agencies the civilians of Olbari II were slowly evacuated to temporary shelters on Olbari III. McCallister took his yacht to visit scientists in the Arctic regions of Olbari II. They had been studying the rapid changes happening to the planet and when they explained there was nothing they could do the captain insisted on their evacuation from their research base. Under protest from the lead scientist, McCallister was successful in getting the scientists off Olbari II and in return for their cooperation he allowed for them to monitor the climate changes from Triton. During the mission, the ship was joined by other Starfleet ships to help speed up the evacuation process. McCallister took command of the relief efforts however their hard work had hit a brick wall when they discovered the colonists were becoming infected by a virus that had laid dormant in the deep Arctic ice. With the climate changing, and many parts of the polar regions ice plates melting, the virus had entered the colony’s water systems and was now infecting those who drank it. McCallister had the difficult choice to make in suspending the evacuation process and place a quarantine around the planet. The relief effort became a blockade, preventing anyone from leaving or entering the planet while the medical personnel worked hard to find a cure. As time progressed and causalities began to pile up, McCallister was confronted by a Bajoran Militia relief force that had been sent from Bajor to bring its citizens home. The Bajoran ships attempted to by-pass the Starfleet blockade, believing McCallister wouldn’t give the order to fire. However, the Starfleet ships were ready based on a plan devised by Captain McCallister. They were able to set up a probe network that blocked all transporter signals around the planet. The Bajoran crafts would be unable to land either due to the extreme weather making it difficult to do so safely. The loss of lives on both sides was not acceptable. McCallister found an adversary in the Bajoran task group’s commanding officer; Colonel Lin Kelsi. Colonel Lin was bent on rescuing her people under the orders of Governor Marstar Petrisha. Luckily though a cure was found before any more conflict erupted between McCallister and Lin’s ships. Together they were able to work in evacuating and curing the last of the colonists.
Triton remained in the Olbari system and the Alcor sector for several months. James led a number of missions within this time frame which ranged from simple search and rescue to dealing with political matters. James, along with the Triton were invited to return to the Hayde’nk homeworld to witness the marriage of Crown Prince Rehys to his new husband, while there James strengthened the Federation relationship with the Hayde’nk Commonwealth by setting up a permanent agreement where the Hayde’nk Royal High Guard were involved in joint missions with Starfleet in protecting and developing the worlds within the Alcor sector.
Eventually Triton was ordered to Deep Space 10 under the pretext of gaining its new mission orders to begin its deep space exploration mission of the Gavarian Frontier. James was informed that the ship’s mission would be a joint one with the USS Odyssey. Together the ships would fly through the Gavarian Corridor towards the end and investigate the possible and unexpected arrival of the Kovar system and Deep Space 19 at the mouth of the Gavarian Corridor. Kovar and DS-19 had been reported being destroyed by Iconian technology that had ripped a massive subspace shockwave through Sector 611 earlier on in the year. The mission was led by Admiral Luke Duncan, the man responsible in making James a captain. Both ships head in to the Gavarian Corridor, heading for the possible new location of Kovar and DS-19.
While en-route, James and Karyn were told the good news that Karyn was pregnant and was expecting triplets. Overjoyed of becoming a father, James and Karyn begun to prepare themselves for parenthood. Finally, after almost two months of travelling the ship arrived at its destination to find the entire Kovar system along with Deep Space 19 present at the location they were believed to be at, however they were not alone. Along with them was a group of sixteen Cardassian warships. Obviously the Cardassians had detected the arrival of the new system and sent a fleet to investigate its sudden appearance from no-where. The Cardassian task force was able to damage the station and overwhelm the colony’s defence network, but at a cost. Triton detected a debris field that belonged to at least fifteen other Cardassian ships. The remaining Cardassian ships were unable to send in troops to occupy the colony or station as they would be outnumbered; instead they planned to hold the system until help arrived from the Union. McCallister with Admiral Duncan hatched a plan to send a small covert away team down to the colony in bid to make contact with its militia and government in hopes to determine the situation and if they would be able to re-take back the system. Unfortunately, the runabout was detected by the Cardassians and within a matter of moments James’ life was flipped upside down when Triton received heavy damage during the fight with the Cardassians to save the runabout. It resulted in the loss of several members of the crew and a number of them being injured. This included the death of Commander Blackwood; the ship’s first officer and Lieutenant Commander Rogan was placed into a coma to recover from a series of traumatic injuries. Not willing to lose to the Cardassians, James developed a plan to use the ship’s already damaged warp core in a manoeuvre to defend the ship. The core was ejected, and enough power was routed to fire a tri-cobalt device at the core. The shockwave from the breaching core caused significant damage to the Cardassian ships, including the destruction of several of them. Sadly, though Triton was severely disabled, as such James ordered his crew to abandon ship and take refugee on Kovar. Eventually a heavily damaged Odyssey, with the aid of three Klingon ships and a repaired nadion-pulse cannon on Kovar III, was able to drive the remaining Cardassian forces out of the systems and back to the Cardassian Union.
James was forced to deal with the loss of his first officer, chief engineer, marine detachment commander as well as several other crewmembers for the first time since taking command of Triton. This was a difficult point in his career as he had never lost so many individuals under his command, in particular those on his senior staff. James had decided to promote a number of his crew into those roles that needed to be filled, with support from Admiral Duncan. Meanwhile Triton docked at Deep Space 19 and received repairs while the crew helped with relief efforts on the colony.
Once Triton was fully repaired the ship began its explorative mission of the Gavarian Corridor and its frontier. In three months, James led the ship in making first contact with four new warp capable species. On all occasions they left these races in the hopes of developing relations further with them. James enjoyed Triton‘s opportunity in exploring unknown spaces and the ship had mapped eleven systems by the time they returned to port. During their return home James was able to avert a disaster with the Cardassians involving a pre-warp society. Together with a good friend of his, Captain Rio Canção, James was able to stop the Romulans from gaining their hands on an omega molecule. This mission itself was classified however it did cause some tension between James and the rest of his senior staff as he was unable to share with them the information about omega and why Triton was involved in such a highly secretive mission.
By the end of the year, the crew of the Triton discovered how the Iconian technology worked that had moved DS-19 and Kovar from the Beta Quadrant to the Alpha Quadrant. Working with their colleagues on DS-19 they were able to return the space station and colony back to their original position in the Beta Quadrant. Sadly though, during the process the Triton was heavily damaged and the Odyssey was destroyed.
While the Triton was taking to the Beta Antares Shipyards for major repairs, the entire crew were re-assigned elsewhere. McCallister, on his return to Earth was informed that he would be giving command of a brand-new ship. The prototype USS Odyssey NX-80000, Odyssey-class. This experimental type of ship was one of the biggest explorers that Starfleet had built. Starfleet Command gave him full authority to crew the ship with whoever he wanted. Pulling in a number of favours, he recalled the entire former crew of the Triton and those who had survived the destruction of the previous Odyssey.
At the start of 2387, the ship was launched from the San Francisco Shipyards from Earth orbit. The crew were fortunate enough to have on board retired Fleet Admiral Duncan and Captain McCragg (who had recently retired too). Both men had commanded the two previous ships named Odyssey and were special guests during the launch ceremony. Odyssey would also be one of a few ships equipped with a Quantum Slipstream Drive. With this, McCallister’s first mission was to test his new drive and take the retired admiral home to Kovar. Joining McCallister’s crew would be Admiral Duncan’s son, Max, who would be joining as one of the ship’s counsellors.
Several months later and James become a father to three healthy boys. Karyn and he named them Theodore, Alfie and Henri. Raising a young family on a ship that allowed for civilians was a bonus and he soon found fatherhood to be more of a challenge then being a Starfleet captain.
After a successful shakedown cruise, the Odyssey was kept within the confines of Federation space. This was partially due to the destruction of Romulus as well as Starfleet still recovering from the attack on Mars. Becoming restless at the work Starfleet gave the Odyssey, James started to become quite disheartened for a while. On a few occasions, he would challenge some of the admirals back on Earth for their approaches in keeping so many ships within the confines of Federation territory.
In 2388, Starfleet had decided to reassign James, temporarily. He left the Odyssey in the capable hands of his first officer until he returned.
Starfleet wanted him to work closely with Starfleet Intelligence in observing and monitoring the Cardassian sin 2388, however he could not do it from the bridge of the Odyssey and its smaller support craft, Aquarius had recently crash landed on a moon during an away mission. Instead they gave him command of the USS Avenger (NCC-74206), a Defiant-class ship. A smaller, stealthier ship was needed for this mission and one that could throw a punch if required. On loan from the Klingon Empire was a cloak too, in return Starfleet Intelligence would share James’ work with them on the status of the Union. James was able to select his entire crew, but Starfleet would not let him take his wife with him, fearing it would cloud his judgement (even though there was no evidence this had happened on Triton or Odyssey). Leading a mixed team of officers from the Odyssey, James started a yearlong patrol near to the border. Even though his mission took him away from his family, he was certain to prove to Starfleet that this reassignment was not going to change his opinion on matters. James knew that this move was a way of keeping him quiet, he wasn’t the only captain in the fleet who was not happy with how things were going on.
By the end of 2389, his mission came to an end and the entire Avenger crew returned to the Odyssey, while the Avenger herself was sent off to Devron Fleet Yards for a major overhaul and refit.
For the next decade, James Preston remained in command of the Odyssey. Starfleet eventually gave him a number of exploration assignments inside of Federation territory in the Beta Quadrant. In 2395, after years of social, economic and political decline within the Romulan factions, Starfleet decided to assign the Odyssey to the former site of the Neutral Zone. Their mission was simple, support Federation interest along the border and fly the flag for Starfleet. The mission remit was pretty sparse and broad, so McCallister decided to based Odyssey out of Deep Space 19. With help from the station, they assisted those worlds that had not succumbed to civil unrest and aided those who become refugees.
Before the end of the century, James Preston had not only became a well-decorated and awarded Starfleet captain but became a well-grounded family man too. Also he was fortunate that only a few of his crew left him for new assignments. In 2399, he had become known for his direct dealings with the Fenris Rangers. Many in the organisation felt that McCallister was Starfleet’s poster boy for their lack of involvement in supporting what was happening in the neutral zone. As such in 2399, he made the bold move to rescue two Fenris Ranger ships from being attacked by rogue Romulan vessels. He had hoped that this action would change some views, but it appeared his efforts were futile. Shortly after this, James Preston received news from Deep Space Nineteen that Fleet Admiral Duncan had passed away in his sleep. At the time, the Odyssey had been on a patrol. He ordered the ship to turn around and to enter slipstream to return home at once. One week later, a memorial ceremony was held on board DS-19 for the former flag officer and his body was laid to rest on Kovar Prime. McCallister was asked to make remarks on the man that had originally put him in the centre chair and whom he had succeeded in carrying on the legacy of the Odyssey.
After the funeral, McCallister would lead his ship in undertaking its first exploration mission in almost eight years. He was ordered to take the ship back to the Hellian Expanse, an area he had once taken his first command through. Starfleet ordered for the Odyssey to update their records by remapping the area. The mission was a success, thanks to the ship’s impressive science and exploration capabilities that at the end of it they detected a distress call from the USS Holt. The Holt was James’ former first officer’s ship and soon they discovered what remained of the Elysion-class. After investigating what had happened to the lost ship, the crew discovered that a natural soliton wave had pushed the Holt across the quadrant at excessive speeds that it could not survive in. The elements of the Hellian Expanse were able to stop the soliton wave in its path, depositing what was left of the Holt. Sadly none of the crew survived and McCallister led his crew in a memorial for their former first officer and their fallen comrades.