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 truly 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 Bahnstahl’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 Bahnstahl 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 continued to be given despite the Hekaran’s protests in his third and fourth year aboard, and was finally heeded in the 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 past six years, Lieutenant Commander Tasker has 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 been again published 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. For these reasons he was given the opportunity to lead a science mission aboard the USS Managua in 2389, the express purpose of which is to explore and discover the untapped wealth of knowledge the Delta Quadrant has to offer.
Character Service Record
|2374 - 2378||Science Officer||USS Saratoga|
|2378 - 2383||Assistant Chief Science Officer||USS Challenger|
|2383 - 2389||Chief Science Officer||USS Shirgat|
|2389 - Present||Commanding Officer||USS Managua B||
An accomplished astrophysicist with ancillary degrees in particle and theoretical physics, Bahnstahl Tasker’s twenty years of dedicated and honorable service within Starfleet naturally put him on the shortlist for command of the USS Managua. Being naturally studious, inquisitive, and cerebral has given Commander Tasker the scientific expertise to lead a mission of exploration and discovery into the frontiers of Federation space within the Delta Quadrant. His experiences serving throughout the turbulence of the Beta Quadrant have honed his leadership and operational skills, which have only continued to grow during the last six years as Chief Science Officer aboard the USS Shirgat.