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Aoife McKenzie

Human Female

Character Information

Assignment

Captain
USS Crazy Horse

Rank

Captain

Born

Aoife Heather McKenzie

23540914

Summary

Aoife Heather McKenzie is a senior officer in Starfleet with twenty-three years of experience. She is currently in command of the USS Europa. Aoife is a veteran of the Dominion War and saw action in the border skirmishes with the Klingons and various Romulan factions that rose from the collapse of the Romulan Star Empire.

History

Aoife (ee•fuh) Heather McKenzie (b. Sept. 14, 2354) is the eldest daughter of James Rupert McKenzie and Janet Marsali Grant-Cameron.  Aoife was born in Woodland Park, CO. Her mother is from Aberdeen, Scotland,  and her father is of Scottish descent living in Colorado. They met at a Highland festival where her mother was teaching traditional Scottish dancing.   The two hit it off quickly and were married a year later, in 2353. Aoife has a younger sister, Sophie,  and brother Alexander.  Alexander is a doctor aboard the USS Columbia. Sophie runs a vineyard in the Napa Valley with her wife Denise.

Aoife was taught to play the bagpipes at a young age.  While this didn’t create a passion for this instrument, she gained a lifelong passion for music as a whole.  She is an accomplished cellist, guitarist, and plays various other brass and string instruments.  She was offered a scholarship to Juilliard for the cello, but she opted to go to Starfleet instead.

STARFLEET ACADEMY (2372-2374)

Aoife joined Starfleet Academy right out of high school at 18. It was in her first class she met the Ferengi, Nog.  Both on the same career track they shared many of the same classes, and soon became friends due to the long study sessions in the library, or at Sisko’s in New Orleans.  She became rather fond of the jambalaya, but despite Nog’s best efforts, she refused to eat the tube grubs.  It took a few times for her to convince him that she wasn’t going to chew his food for him either.

That same year she was deployed to Los Angeles during Admiral Layton’s failed coup.  Stationed in the Santa Monica sector she spent a week sitting outside a small coffee shop with another cadet and fellow Scot,  James Fraser MacDonald.  They had a short-lived romantic relationship following this but realized that they were better off just friends.

Aoife joined the Academy’s orchestra as a first seat in the trumpet section. In Jazz Band, she played both the trumpet and the double bass.

Her second year was mostly uneventful.  She studied hard, sacrificing her social life, and did very well in her classes earning her a place on the Dean’s List.  As the war with the Dominion started to go from cold war to a hot war Starfleet was in desperate need of people to crew the ships.  Wanting to help defend the Federation, she applied and received an extended leave to enlist and join the war.

DOMINION WAR (2374-2376)

With her two years at the Academy, she enlisted into Starfleet as an E-3. She did her basic training at the Federation training facility on Vulcan and then went on to Mars for the engineering training school. Her first assignment was to the USS Denver under the command of Captain Malcolm Reynolds, a brand new Galaxy-class ship.

The Denver was part of several early Starfleet losses, including the Battle of Tyra, where one of the plasma coolant tanks was ruptured killing all but one of the ship’s engineering officers including the Chief Engineer and the majority of the department’s engineers.

Helping a surly Chief Petty Officer K’meck they held the ship together long enough for the ship to escape. Captain Reynolds promoted her to Petty Officer 3rd Class in recognition, and K’meck became the de facto chief engineer.  This is despite Ensign Lynch, holding the position which, she had been the sole officer to survive in engineering.

Aoife took a position on the ship’s frontline combat away team, a precursor to the modern Hazard Team.  As a combat engineer, she would follow security teams into combat with the mission to maintain and repair equipment in the heat of a fight.

Commander Rebecca Sandoval was in command during Operation Return; a mission to take Deep Space Nine back from the Dominion. Captain Reynolds took temporary command of another ship, and during the battle, he was killed.  Rebecca Sandoval was promoted to captain by Admiral Ross and was given permanent command of the ship.

On October 3, 2375, the USS Denver was destroyed at the Second Battle of Chin’toka when the Breen deployed their weapon. This weapon disrupted all the power on a ship which lead to the Dominion wiping out the entire Federation,  Romulan,  and Klingon task force.

Aoife floated in an escape pod with two other Denver crewmembers for 72-hours before she was rescued by the USS Enterprise-E. She and the majority of Federation survivors were brought back to Deep Space Nine.

THE AUDACIOUS INCIDENT (2376)

With Denver destroyed, Aoife transferred to the USS Audacious. The Audacious was a newly commissioned Akira-class ship under the command of Captain Daylin Peck. This ship was one of the first starships to be retrofitted to counter the Breen weapon that decimated the fleet at Chin’toka.

Peck was an ambitious officer, who saw starship command as only a necessary step to his larger goals of being an Admiral.  It was well known on the Audacious that her captain was reckless.  He only wanted recognition for his next promotion,  and in general, that made him a very poor leader.

In December of 2375, in the waning moments of the war, the Audacious was dispatched to Athos IV to liberate the former Maquis colony from the Dominion.

When the Audacious arrived there was a sizable contingent of Jem’hadar soldiers on the planet abandoned when the Dominion fleet had fallen back to Cardassia.

Despite being abandoned,  the Jem’hadar First refused to surrender.  There were too many Jem’hadar on the planet for the Audacious crew to take, but Captain Peck didn’t want to wait for reinforcements and share the glory.  Against the recommendation of his first officer and chief of security, Peck ordered an attack on the colony.

All of the officers and NCOs involved, including the ship’s XO, and Aoife refused to beam down to the planet until reinforcements could arrive.  Captain Peck removed all involved from duty and returned to Deep Space Nine charging them with mutiny.

Admiral Ross dismissed the mutiny charges immediately and demoted all those involved for disobeying a direct order.  Only the XO was expelled from Starfleet to be used as an example.

Admiral Ross sympathized with the crew.  Beaming down to several hundred Jem’hadar was suicide.  In his opinion, they made the right call, but disobeying orders forced his hand and he had to discipline those involved.  He gave Captain Peck a promotion to lead a Starfleet Basic Training camp on Earth, which got him out of ship command.

Aoife was demoted to E-1 and lost her position as a frontline combat engineer.  She spent the rest of the war and the majority of 2376 working the night shift in engineering.

STARFLEET ACADEMY (2376-2378)

Aoife returned to the Academy from her leave of absence following the conclusion of the war.  To the cadets, she was a war hero.  One of the few that had been out there on the frontlines. It was a minor celebrity status that she didn’t care for.

Because of this notoriety, Aoife was recruited into Red Squad. With the team, she was assigned as the Cadet Chief Engineer to the training ship, USS Sheridan. 

In her senior year; based on Aoife’s experience,  she unanimously became the Sheridan’s, Cadet Captain. Aoife spent the majority of her time aboard the Sheridan leading the cadets through standard ship operations,  and minor scientific research.   It was mostly boring,  but it did provide vital experience to ready these cadets for their careers in Starfleet.

USS TIGRIS (2378-2383)

Many captains were hesitant to take Aoife on due to her service record aboard the Audacious, even with Admiral Ross’ notes.  Contacting Captain Sandoval,  now Talon, she called in a favor and got a posting on the Tigris.

Aoife’s tenure aboard the Tigris was fairly uneventful with peace coming to the Alpha Quadrant. Most of the fleet was focused on rebuilding,  and there was little exploration outside of the Federation.

USS EREBUS (2383-2393)

With the launch of the Erebus-class USS Erebus Aoife was reunited with Captain Rebecca Talon. Aoife applied for a transfer to lead the ship’s Hazard Team.

In 2385 the Erebus was part of the task force that was helping to evacuate Romulan citizens to planets in the Neutral Zone.  The Erebus spent two months in orbit of Devon III establishing a temporary colony for the 22,000 refugees that they had transported.

In 2386 the  Erebus is redeployed to the Cardassian border,  to monitor the collapse of the Dutopa Counsel.  Aoife with her hazard team was sent into Cardassian Territory six times over the next twelve months to gain intelligence on the shadow war between the Dutopa Counsel and Central Command.

Operations Department

In 2388 Aoife took a promotion to Lieutenant Commander to take over the operations department.  She was used to engineering and being in the thick of every situation, so the more administrative role took some time to get used to.

The Erebus had several run-ins with both the Sovereignty of Kahless and several of Romulan factions vying for power after the destruction of Romulus.  However, the flagship of the Fifth Fleet was generally enough to defuse most situations.

In 2391 the Erebus took part in Operation Gatecrasher.  The Hazard Team from the Erebus was instrumental in taking back several key worlds.

At Nerendra Aoife was leading a large contingent of one-hundred Starfleet personnel to take a key objective from the Sovereignty when they were ambushed.  Aoife was hit in the initial attack.

She woke up a week later at Starbase 53 with her left arm and leg amputated and a new lung and kidneys had been transplanted.  Recovery was slow, and there had been six months of physical therapy to help her adjust to her replacement limbs before she was able to return to duty aboard the Erebus.

Executive Officer

In the final two years of her posting on the Erebus, she took over the XO job from the departing Commander Karrak who had been the ship’s XO since it launched.

Aoife found the job challenging coordinating all of the departments on the Erebus and dealing with nearly 2,000 officers and crew aboard.   While the job was often difficult,  she enjoyed the challenge and overcoming the problems that would come up.

DEEP SPACE 14 (2393-2399)

When Captain Talon finally accepted the promotion of Admiral to head the ADSB at Starfleet Command Aoife took the opportunity to get a command of her own.

Deep Space 14, was a newly constructed station located in the farthest reaches of the Federation.   It took six weeks for her to arrive at the station by the USS Titan.

Aoife spent six years commanding DS14.  The understaffed and undersupplied station was a constant struggle.   A local species, the Xerexians, were always a constant threat, and Aoife only had a handful of runabout to help defend the station.

There were a great many rewards to the posting as well.  They made contact with ten new species of aliens and negotiated several trade and peace treaties.  The Ba’mol, a tiny primate-like species, became a very close ally to her crew. The Ba’mol Navy often helped defend the station against the Xerexians and were well on their way to becoming Federation members.

((Portrayed by: Christina Hendricks))

Service Record

Date Position Posting Rank
2372 - 2373 Cadet - Freshman Starfleet Academy
Cadet Freshman Grade
2373 - 2374 Cadet - Sophomore Starfleet Academy
Cadet Sophomore Grade
2374 - 2374 Enlisted Recruit StarFleet Basic Training
2374 - 2374 Enlisted Recruit Starfleet Engineering School
2374 - 2374 Engineer USS Denver
2374 - 2375 Combat Engineer USS Denver
2375 - 2375 Combat Engineer USS Audacious
2375 - 2376 Engineer USS Audacious
2376 - 2377 Cadet Starfleet Academy
Cadet Junior Grade
2377 - 2378 Cadet Starfleet Academy
Cadet Senior Grade
2378 - 2379 Engineer USS Tigris
2379 - 2381 Hazard Team Engineer USS Tigris
2381 - 2383 Hazard Team Leader USS Tigris
2383 - 2388 Hazard Team Leader USS Erebus
2388 - 2391 Operations USS Erebus
Lieutenant Commander
2391 - 2393 Executive Officer USS Erebus
Lieutenant Commander
2393 - 2399 Station Commander Deep Space 14
Commander
2399 - Present Commanding Officer USS Crazy Horse
Captain