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Kilwa Taxo
Rank: Commander
Commander
Title: Rocket Commander
Race: Iotian
Gender: Male
Affiliation: Starfleet

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Biography

Kilwa was one of the first few generations raised fully on the newest 'space life education' that a passing Ferengi trader had been too happy to sell to the Iotians. While the planet had adopted a technological lifestyle comparable to that of the late 2200s thanks to the visit of Captain Kirk and the Enterprise, the rather staid policies and regulations of pre-Borg Federation did little to appeal to the sense of adventure that the Chicago mob life had given the planet. Thus this 'new' educational material did strike the adventure and romantic streak that had been missing and the continent of Landek was the leading experiment along those lines.

Born in 2400, under fortuitous circumstances when a great comet blazed in the sky, Kilwa Taxo was the eldest and only son of his parents. 4 younger sisters followed him, but the emphasis was on raising and training Kilwa to be ready to go out into the galaxy and vanquish evil, as the great Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, Tom Corbett, John Carter, and the like did in ages past. Early on, Kilwa showed many of the attributes and aptitudes deemed necessary to be one of the Greats, intelligence, honor, stamina, and strength. The fact that many of these were what Starfleet had been looking for, indicated that the people of Landek were on the right path.

As Kilwa got older, he went to the Landek Academy where he was taught swordplay, piloting, athletics, 'space history' (really just in depth examination of the tales of the Greats), discipline, engineering (admittedly that of 2200s). As the course load grew, Kilwa got to spend less and less time visiting his family, though in what was seen as another sign that he had the potential to be one of the Greats, he had been home on a visit when a devastating earthquake struck. Through strength and a lot of luck, he managed to get his sisters and his mother out of the collapsed building that had been their home with only minor scrapes, burns and cuts. Unfortunately, his father had a wall fall upon him, breaking his back and leaving him paralyzed--an event that haunts Kilwa from time to time as a Great would have been able to save everyone, though Kilwa did manage to get his father out of the building before it was engulfed in flames.

After graduating from the Landek Academy, while not with Honors, still highly placed and regarded by students and staff, Kilwa was given the chance to apply to Starfleet Academy. His athletics and piloting skills held him in good stead, though it took the Academy extra time to clear up the misconceptions that the 'space history' and engineering courses of his youth had left him with. The discipline and strength of character though did see him through the tough time of learning what Starfleet wanted him to learn, and he managed to graduate a year later than normal at the age of 25, with Honors in Starship Handling.

Although he is now a Starfleet graduate, he still has a tendency to flashback to the training of his youth, wanting to go in laser pistols flashing, sword gleaming, ready and waiting to take on the evils of the Galaxy. As his career progresses, it is believed that reality will temper these youthful romances, leaving him to potentially be a suitable command officer, should flying starships begin to pall.

Service Record

Stardate Assignment
102323.37 Graduated from the Academy and assigned to USS Excalibur
102570 Reported aboard USS Excalibur
102775.75 Made Acting Chief Helmsman of USS Excalibur
103925.13 USS Excalibur stood down, assigned to Deep Space 9 Officer Pool pending further assignment
104179.91 Promoted to O-2 Lieutenant (Junior Grade)
104336.84 Temporary Duty Assignment (TDY) as Chief Helmsman of USS Exeter
104592.62 TDY ends, returned to DS9 Officer Pool pending further assignment
104954.2 Made Flight Operations Officer of DS9
105944.29 Assigned to USS Wethesa as Chief Helmsman
106386.1 Awarded the Purple Heart for
Injuries sustained in the line of duty, on or about Stardate 105618.8
106386.17 Awarded the Medal of Valor for
Conspicuous bravery, well above and beyond the normal demands of Starfleet service, and in the face of imminent danger that resulted in the halting of a heavily-armed and hostile attacker at great personal peril and in spite of wounds already sustained, giving his fellow officers and crewmen time to neutralize the threat presented, on or about Stardate 105618.8.
106659.95 Awarded the Medal of Valor for
Commendable service and bravery in the face of danger. Not only did he go into the spatial rift to save civilians, but while in the face of danger while being detained by the Cardassians, he kept his senses about him, displaying conspicuous bravery beyond the normal demands of Starfleet service, on or about Stardate 106618.8.
106698.16 Promoted to O-3 Lieutenant
106765.04 Made Executive Officer of USS Wethesa
108180.06 Brevetted to Lieutenant Commander
108180.15 Made Commanding Officer of USS Wethesa
109262.79 USS Wethesa destroyed by warp core breach
109326.99 Assigned to General Officer Pool on Spacedock
109522.03 Assigned to Deep Space 9
113201.35 Awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal
For his actions during the return trip to the nebula which caused the destruction of NCC-91890 (USS PATHFINDER) and recovery of the escape pods.
114883.05 Brevetted to Captain
114883.05 Made Commanding Officer of Deep Space 9
116641.44 Brevet removed, returned to Lieutenant Commander. Assigned to Officer Pool on Spacedock.
116666.95 TDY USS Agamemnon as helmsman
116733.55 Made Commanding Officer of USS Zenith (NCC-73030)
117196.69 Awarded the Citation for Conspicuous Gallantry
For the conception, formulation, and execution of the life saving measures in extinguishing wild fires which threatened to consume hundreds of colonists after the Dominion bombardment of Yanius Prime.
117196.69 Awarded the Citation for Conspicuous Gallantry
For exceptional service and heroism resulting in the rescue of hundreds of colinists' lives by USS Agamemnon and USS Gowron from the surface of Yanius Prime while under continued threat of attack by Dominion forces, and in the most adverse of conditions. Their efforts on the ground in support of this saved the maximum possible number of lives from the tragic events.
117196.69 Awarded the Silver Star
For His command of the USS Zenith during the Battle for Trill, where despite the small size of his craft he was able to gain from his crew a high level of efficiency that allowed Zenith to perform far beyond expectations and deliver devastating damage against the opposing forces. Furthermore, the Zenith continued the battle despite severe damage and only withdrew after further combat became impossible.
117196.69 Awarded the Combat Action Ribbon
For halting the Dominion invasion of Trill, and engaging with the enemy to attempt to defend Stebben from occupation.
117196.69 Awarded the Combat Action Ribbon
For engaging the Dominion in combat following the destruction of the Yanius Prime colony.
117424.73 Awarded the Combat Action Ribbon
For engaging with a Tzenkethi marauder attacking Uldron, which was destroyed, and later engagement with a Dominion Battlecruiser seeking to exploit the distraction caused by the freighter Fraid Knot's boarding parties on USS Zenith.
117700.56 Awarded the Combat Action Ribbon
For engaging Dominion ground forces on the planet Ferenginar, ultimately assisting Ferengi militia in the halting of the enemy advance towards the Sacred Marketplace.
117700.56 Awarded the Combat Action Ribbon
For engaging multiple Dominion fighters in defense of Ferenginar.
117700.56 Awarded the Combat Action Ribbon
For engaging multiple Dominion fighters in defense of Ferenginar.
117700.56 Awarded the Combat Action Ribbon
For engaging Dominion ground forces on the planet Ferenginar, and aiding in the liberation of Ferengi assets in Upper Bowog Bay.
117700.87 Awarded the Purple Heart
For injuries taken while in defense of the Ferengi people on their homeworld during a ground-based incursion by Dominion forces.
117700.87 Awarded the Purple Heart
For injuries taken while in defense of the Ferengi people on their homeworld during a ground-based incursion by Dominion forces.
117702.46 Awarded the Distinguished Service Medal
For Lieutenant Commander Taxo voluntarily lead two assaults during the ground engagements on Ferenginar. It is of my opinion his leadership and willingness to fight alongside his officers and crew on the front lines should be acknowledged. He also continued to fight and press on in the engagement even though he had suffered serious injury to himself. This not only showed great courage and determination, but ultimately his choices and actions helped safeguard the lives of not only his own men and women, but those of Ferenginar as well. This medal is awarded upon the recommendation of CAPT C.A. Reid.
117752.23 Promoted to Commander
117801.11 Made Commanding Officer of USS Nereus (NCC-74926)
118192.0 Awarded the Combat Action Ribbon
Engaging Dominion forces near the Kobliad system in defense of the evacuation of the Kobliad people.
118192.0 Awarded the Combat Action Ribbon
Engaging Dominion forces while on patrol near the Trillius system.
118192.0 Awarded the Combat Action Ribbon
Engaging Dominion forces in the Trillius system in defense of the planet Trill.
118192.0 Awarded the Legion of Honor
During the battle to support evacuation of the Kobliad system, having come on duty to relieve Lieutenant Danek following a battle with multiple Dominion ships that had left the Zenith with damage, then-Lieutenant Commander Taxo pushed his ship back into the fight in order to distract the battlecruiser group from engaging the evacuation ships of the destroyed USS Gowron. Though his ship was placed at risk, it was thorugh his personal skill and through the manner of his leadership which Lieutenant Commander Taxo ensured the Battlecruisers engaged only the Zenith before pulling his vessel back after crippling damage was dealt and his vessel was no longer combat effective, during which time Zenith had managed to begin recovery operations with the Gowron's crew. This medal is awarded based on the recommendation of LT O. Danek.
118707.5 Awarded the Combat Action Ribbon
Actions at Alkaid.
118707.5 Awarded the Combat Action Ribbon
Engaging enemy forces at Temecklia during the Dominion takeover of that system.
118740.94 Made Commanding Officer of USS T'Paal (NCC-73403)
118934.26 Awarded the Combat Action Ribbon
Engaging enemy forces at Trill and on Starbase Tenazra during the Dominion takeover of that system.
118934.26 Awarded the Bronze Star
Commander Taxo led efforts amongst his crew to hold the Jem'Hadar within Tenazra station, coming to the assistance of the station's crew and ensuring that avenues were kept open and contingencies put in place in case the station was lost. Once it was clear containment of the Jem'Hadar was no longer possible, Commander Taxo helped ensure as much strategic material was recovered from Tenazra as was possible, and ensured his crew remained focused on their tasks in what were stressful cirumstances. Furthermore, Commander Taxo was able to organise and dispatch his engineering teams to clear boobytraps, but was willing to put himself at the centre of the action to steady their resolve, performing the duties that are not just necessary but desired in a battlefield commander. Awarded on the recommendations of RADM J. Stark and LT O. Danek.
119720.8 Awarded the Combat Action Ribbon
Engaging the forces of the Dominion in the past 6 months, defending the Galaxy Alliance against the invaders.
120184.27 Awarded the Combat Action Ribbon
Engaging the forces of the Dominion in the past 6 months, defending the Galaxy Alliance against the invaders.

Medals

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Awards/Citations

  • Navigation/Helm Certification
  • Superintendent's Commendation
  • Unrestricted Line Officer

Logs of Interest

Kilwa seems to crop up quite often either by deed or comment, so here's just some of the more interesting logs.

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