Fleet Admiral Allison Reyes
Fleet Admiral Allison Reyes is the current Command Judge Advocate for the Fourth Fleet. Formerly, Reyes served as a member of the Fourth Fleet Command Council, as Fleet Executive Officer for the Fourth Fleet, as Chargé d'affaires for the Gamma Quadrant Diplomatic Mission-at-Large, as the Starfleet liaison to Palais de la Concorde and as the head of Starfleet Research & Development, among other positions.
EARLY YEARS (2346 – 2364)
Allison Reyes was born January 2, 2346, to Commander John Reyes III, a project manager for the Starfleet Corps of Engineers, and Lisa Prescott-Reyes, a civilian contractor in the Advanced Starship Design Bureau. She spent her early years living on Mars, both her parents stationed at the orbiting Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards. Though she did well enough at school, the real value of these years came from her days off when she would convince her parents to let her come to work with them. Up at the Yards, she would watch starships roll off the assembly line, studying their specifications, learning about the difficulties the engineers faced and otherwise just absorbing the whole operation around them. As such, when they moved back to San Francisco in 2357 after her father received a promoted and a transfer to Starfleet Engineering, she was sad to go.
Eleven year old Allison Reyes did not adjust well to life on Earth. Academically, she did just fine, but socially, she was not prepared for the cliques and social norms that came with a larger school. She stayed aloof and isolated, far more interested in her latest robots or hovercraft. Her mother, who retired with the family’s return to Earth, tried to address the issue by enrolling Allison in sports programs. The first few, traditional team sports, didn’t stick well with Allison, as they suffered from the same social pressures as school; however, after a couple years, she found one that clicked with her: martial arts. Soon she was sparring competitively, and with that came a rigorous pursuit of general fitness. She toned away her awkward adolescent fat just as she blossomed into a young woman, and, by sixteen, she’d become an item of desire for many of the young men at school. Allison paid them no heed though, as that same year she made up her mind that she wanted to go to Starfleet Academy. She devoted herself rigorously to her studies and would let nothing get in her way, least of all teenage lust.
A CADET OF MANY INTERESTS (2364 – 2367)
In 2364, she applied to and was accepted into Starfleet Academy. It came as no surprise to anyone. Four consecutive and unbroken generations of the Reyes line had walked the corridors of Starfleet, dating back to John Reyes Sr., her great-great-grandfather, who’d been a member of the admiralty in the middle of the twenty-third century. Starfleet Academy proved just the opportunity Reyes needed to spread her wings and soar. There, she found herself among cadets who shared her passion for learning, developing close friendships that would last for decades to come while pursuing a wide range of studies ranging from science and engineering to intelligence and security.
For Reyes, the hardest challenge she faced as she moved through the Academy was figuring out an area of focus. She wanted to do them all. Her first summer, she interned with the Starfleet Corps of Engineers, a no brainer given her past, and the second summer, she took a research position at the Daystrom Institute. The summer before her last year, though, she tried something completely different. She took an administrative job with Starfleet Security in a move that might have seemed strange for a gifted engineer; however, her uncanny ability to regard closed doors as open ones led her to insert herself in several stalled investigations, and her deep understanding of technology proved the key to solving the cases. It was a strange mix, but her CO suggested she might want to look at Starfleet Intelligence, which might let her exercise her mixed abilities.
FROM THE DESK TO THE FIELD (2367 – 2372)
Following her graduation from Starfleet Academy, she did exactly that. After considering several options, Ensign Reyes accepted a posting with the Technical Analysis Bureau of Starfleet Intelligence as an alien technology analyst. She spent six months on Earth, and then she shipped off to an outpost along the Cardassian border. While the Federation-Cardassian Armistice of 2367 had ended hostilities a year earlier, Starfleet Intelligence remained skeptical about the Cardassian Union, and thus Reyes was part of a large section devoted to analyzing Cardassian technologies.
By 2370, Reyes had grown tired of desk work. She wanted to do something more with herself. Having read many exciting reports from the field during her time as an analyst, she applied for a field certification. Although many analysts struggled with the transition, Reyes took to them naturally. She’d scored highly in security, tactical and intelligence at the Academy, and she’d maintained her fitness through her continued pursuit of martial arts. Consequently, later that year, she received the certification, and she spent the next couple years operating along the Demilitarized Zone. During this time, she was involved with investigations against Xepolite traders brokering arms for Cardassians and Maquis rebels being armed by sympathizers within the Federation.
While working around the Demilitarized Zone, Reyes also had her first run-in with the Dominion. In 2372, as rumors ran amok that the Depeta Council had been replaced by Dominion infiltrators, Reyes was attached to a Defiant-class vessel operating near the Badlands when they were attacked by two Jem’Hadar ships. Surprised and outgunned, the small escort took a heavy beating, and it would have been destroyed if not for some quick thinking that took them into the Badlands, where they lost their attackers among turbulent plasma storms. While only a brief encounter, it made a lasting impression with Reyes. It got her asking about how she could get in on the fight with the Dominion, albeit acknowledged as nothing more than a cold war. Soon thereafter, the Special Operations Bureau came knocking. They needed someone with a deep technical knowledge, who could also hold her own in combat, and Reyes fit the bill.
DARK MEASURES FOR A DARK ERA (2373 – 2375)
During her training period with the Starfleet Intelligence Special Operations Bureau, Reyes discovered she had a knack for infiltration, buffeted by her ability to overload power relays and crack computer systems. With the seizure of Deep Space 9 toward the end of 2373, she was assigned to a Covert Operations Unit led by a Commander Frank DeVoe, and, for the first time in her career, she started questioning whether she’d made the right choice. Starfleet had entered its darkest hour, and the team she’d been attached to seemed bred for that darkness. DeVoe and his team had operated for years behind enemy lines in the Gamma Quadrant in the leadup to the Dominion War. They were stone-cold shooters, infiltrators and interrogators. They would cross lines no sane human would even consider crossing. At first, it made her hair stand on end; however, over time, she came to realize that these operators had an unflinching and unwavering sense of honor, loyalty and duty, and that they were simply doing the dirty job someone had to do to preserve the Federation.
Reyes remained with the team until the end of the war. They went undercover on Betazed to sabotage Dominion security equipment after the system fell in the Battle of Betazed; they raided a Cardassian research facility to obtain information about their orbital defense systems before the First Battle of Chin’toka; they attempted to capture a Breen ship to analyze its energy dampening weapon, although the mission ended in failure and the team almost got slaughtered; and finally, in the preparation for the Battle of Cardassia, they deployed to Cardassia to support the Cardassian Liberation Front.
When the war ended though, so too did Reyes’ time with the Starfleet Intelligence Special Operations Bureau. Though she believed they’d done what needed to be done, she couldn’t keep at it anymore. Accepting the first open posting available to her, she transferred back into the Starfleet Intelligence Technology Analysis Bureau.
PLAYING WITH TIME (2375 – 2379)
By 2375, Lieutenant Reyes had dabbled in a many of Starfleet’s stranger sides, but none were stranger than the posting she took in 2375 as a Temporal Investigations Case Officer. Time travel was an acknowledged reality of the future, and Starfleet had policies if someone found themselves temporally displaced, but that’s where it ended as the public was concerned. Reyes quickly discovered a very different reality. As opposed to everything she’d learned in the Academy, temporal incursions weren’t a rarity. Quite to the contrary, the secretive unit she’d landed in sat on an axis of a cold war known to few outside of it.
During her four years in temporal investigations, Reyes discovered strange new places, and times, unlike anything she’d ever anticipated. Their primary mission was to stave off meddling from the future. Whenever hints of temporal incursions were detected, they were dispatched. While a lot of their work occurred in Federation space, they also deployed into Romulan, Klingon, Cardassian and Tholian space. Sometimes they conducted their operations at the request of alien governments, while other times they went covertly without any invitation. Even stranger than the units they worked with from neighboring powers was the fact that, in several cases, Starfleet from the future would communicate an incursion threat back across time.
THE THROES OF LEADERSHIP (2379 – 2385)
While Reyes enjoyed her work in temporal investigations, she realized that if she remained there, she probably wouldn’t ever be able to transition elsewhere. Their work was very hush-hush, likely even more so than her previous posting in special operations, and her service record was thus relatively void of acknowledgeable commendations. For someone who eventually always grew restless with any posting, this was concerning. This led her to look for opportunities elsewhere. In 2379, when she was offered a commission as Assistant Chief Intelligence Officer on a large starbase, she accepted with bittersweet emotions.
Set along the Cardassian border, Starbase 401 was the perfect place to prove her worth. Reyes’ background in intelligence and knowledge of neighboring powers came in very handy. She distinguished herself as a flexible leader able to adapt and bend to whatever the job required. Two years later, her hard work paid off when she received a commission as Chief Intelligence Officer on the USS Valhalla. She helped the Concorde-class carrier navigate the tenuous landscape of the post-Dominion era Gamma Quadrant and developed close relationships with the command staff, who found her breadth of experience invaluable. Later that year, when the Executive Officer was reassigned, her Commanding Officer went out on a limb and promoted her to the position rather than seeking a more qualified Executive Officer. She found leadership an interesting challenge and dove headlong into it. Her Commanding Officer’s reviews were stellar. After a year, he recommended her for the Command Academy.
The Command Academy didn’t turn out as Reyes anticipated. Coming into it, she expected to leave it with a commission as a Commanding Officer of a starship in the fleet; however, as she went through the program, she found most of the exercises very mundane. Too much of traditional command seemed to focus on managing the minutiae, and thus she decided not to accept a starship command upon graduating. Instead, looking for something she felt would challenge her more, she reached out to her connections in Starfleet Intelligence, and it just so happened that they had an opening they were struggling to fill for Section Chief for Temporal Investigations. Because of her background and her newfound command training, she was the perfect fit. She accepted the post, embracing the opportunity to dive back into the weird.
ADMINISTRIVIA OF THE ADMIRALTY (2385-2387)
When first Reyes had left temporal investigations, the decision had come of her inability to climb. When she returned, it was because she wasn’t sure she wanted to anymore. But, in 2385, an opportunity was offered to her that gave her the best of both worlds: Chief of the Technology Analysis Bureau for Starfleet Intelligence. She took it in a heartbeat, as it gave her the opportunity to touch not just one aspect of intelligence technology, but all of it.
Although Reyes had chosen a position in Starfleet Intelligence after graduating the Command Academy, it was evident she was still very much on the fast track, albeit a less conventional one than the standard starship command route. As Chief of the Technology Analysis Bureau, she not only managed the Bureau’s operations but also its interactions with other branches of Starfleet. She developed a particularly good relationship with the Director of Starfleet Research & Development, and a year later, when he was in need of a new Deputy Director, she was offered the position.
Reyes was not long for Starfleet R&D though. While she excelled there, she grew restless quickly. She spent most of her time coordinating starship building activities, the laying of subspace relays and other things of that vein. Among the busywork, was little room for innovation, and she longed to return to the stars. The opportunity came only a few short months later. Following the complete collapse of Federation-Romulan relations, the Commanding Officer of the Fourth Fleet, Fleet Admiral Tidwell, offered her the position of Fleet Executive Officer for the Fourth Fleet. While certainly not without qualifications, she had never actually held a command in the operational fleet.
Reyes’ appointment as Fleet Executive Officer was an unconventional decision but not without merit. Her primary responsibility was to oversee a whole new set of mandates the Fourth Fleet had been given with the new Raeyan Transit Corridor and the revitalized focus on the Raeyan Sector. From Faltan Station, she embraced the challenge with enthusiasm. Her background in intelligence prepared her to deal with the tensions created by their new Raeyan focus, while her experience with technology, research and development made her aptly suited to oversee the enormous construction activities that came with the new focus.
PERSONAL PURSUITS (2387-2388)
Coordinating the enormity of the Fourth Fleet’s efforts in the Beta Quadrant put a lot of stress on Vice Admiral Reyes. Since graduating the Command Academy nearly a decade past, Reyes hadn’t stopped moving. She hardly found time for a weekend, let alone a vacation. Cumulative stress build up took its toll, and, as the excitement of the job started to wear off, anxiety and depression started to set in. By the end of the year, she concluded she needed a change – and not something minor. She informed Tidwell of this, and after succession was well-planned, she resigned as Fleet Executive Officer.
For several weeks, Reyes wandered aimlessly, wondering what would come next. She couldn’t sit still, but she needed something that would relight the fire. That’s when she applied to, and was accepted by, the Daystrom Institute as a senior researcher for its alien technologies division. For a year, Reyes wandered the galaxy, exploring dead worlds and discovering secrets long forgotten. The pace was just what she needed, going on expeditions from time to time and otherwise focusing inwardly on her issues.
ANSWERING THE CALL (2388-CURRENT)
After nearly a year on sabbatical, Reyes felt like she was back on an even keel. The fire was relit, and she was starting to grow weary of grave robbing dead worlds. While she wasn’t exactly sure what she wanted to be doing, she knew she wanted something more again. She put out some feelers, including one to Fleet Admiral Tidwell. She would not have to wait long. When the Gorn attacked Cestus and Canterra in July 2388, Tidwell decided he needed a seasoned, interdisciplinary veteran to coordinate a response, and Reyes was there to answer the call.
For a couple months, Reyes served in an oversight role in the management of the Fourth Fleet’s Beta Quadrant activities as a senior advisor to the Office of the Fourth Fleet Commanding Officer. When the Fourth Fleet Commanding Officer stepped down in September 2388, rather than replace him, the Fourth Fleet created a Command Council to handle its wide range of affairs. Reyes was promoted to the rank of Admiral and appointed to the Council.
While serving on the Command Council, Admiral Reyes recognized that, while Starfleet was doing a good job focusing special activities and teams on tactical issues, it was struggling with some exotic science/tech issues, including the discovery of the Epatha Gateway, a temporal incursion in Breen space, etc. To this end, she proposed the Advanced Science, Technology and Research Agency (ASTRA), which, following her tenure on the Bravo Fleet Command Council, she was appointed to lead.
|Fleet Command Council||Fourth Fleet|
|2387||2388||Principal Investigator||Alien Technologies Group, Daystrom Institute|
|Fleet Executive Officer||Fourth Fleet|
|2386||2387||Rear Admiral||Deputy Director||Starfleet Research & Development|
|2385||2386||Commodore||Bureau Chief||Technology Analysis Bureau, Starfleet Intelligence|
|2382||2385||Captain||Section Chief||Technology Analysis Bureau, Starfleet Intelligence|
|Command Cadet||Starfleet Command Academy|
|Executive Officer||USS Valhalla|
|2381||2381||Commander||Chief Intelligence Officer||USS Valhalla|
|2379||2381||Lieutenant Commander||Assistant Chief Intelligence Officer||Starbase 401|
|2375||2379||Lieutenant||Case Officer||Technology Analysis Bureau, Starfleet Intelligence|
|2373||2375||Lieutenant Junior Grade||Infiltration Specialist||Special Operations Bureau, Starfleet Intelligence|
|2371||2373||Lieutenant Junior Grade||Field Operator||Technology Analysis Bureau, Starfleet Intelligence|
|2370||2371||Ensign||Field Operator||Technology Analysis Bureau, Starfleet Intelligence|
|2367||2370||Ensign||Analyst||Technology Analysis Bureau, Starfleet Intelligence|