William "Bill" Redfearn
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NAME: William Broderick Redfearn
NICKNAME: Bill
SPECIES: Human
GENDER: Male
BIRTHDATE: May 6, 2335
BIRTHPLACE: St. Louis, Missouri [Earth]
HEIGHT: 5' 11"
WEIGHT: 190 #
HAIR: Brown (slight graying)
EYES: Blue
LANGUAGES: Federation standard. Klingon. Spanish. Functional phrases in Romulan and Bajoran.
HOBBIES: Woodworking and anything that involves the use of tools and hardware from 20th century Earth. Golf. Motorcycles. Dogs.

FAMILY
Father: Julius J. Redfearn (retired physician and neurosurgeon)
Mother: Ellen James Redfearn (Jazz pianist and composer. Deceased)
Sister: Sheila Redfearn (civilian biologist who often works with Starfleet)
Brother: Elliot Redfearn (civilian psychologist)
Wife: Marisa Redfearn (civilian botanist, and homemaker)
Son: Joshua Bruce Redfearn (teenager, and student living with his parents aboard the USS Cavalier

EDUCATION
2353-2357: University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa [Quantum physics major]
2358-2362: Federation Starfleet Academy at San Francisco [Science, Engineering, and Command studies]

SERVICE
2362-2363: Science Officer, USS Midway [Ensign]
2363-2365: Science Officer, USS Midway [Lieutenant, jg.]
2365-2368: Science Officer, USS Enterprise-D [Lieutenant, jg.]
2368-2370: Asst. Chief Science Officer, USS Yorktown [Lieutenant]
2370-2374: Chief Science Officer, USS Yorktown [Lieutenant]
2374-2375: Chief Science Officer, USS Yorktown [Lieutenant Commander]
2375-2378: Chief Science Officer, USS Wellington [Lieutenant Commander]
2378-2380: Executive Officer, USS Armstrong [Commander]
2380-pres.: Commanding Officer, USS Cavalier-C [Captain]

DECORATIONS
2364 - Federation Golden Starburst
2368 - Federation Star
2372 - Dedicated Service Medal (10 years)
2375 - Combat Readiness Medal
2375 - Purple Heart
2376 - Starfleet Cross
2380 - Purple Heart
2382 - Dedicated Service Medal (20 years)

REPRIMANDS
2373 - Cited for insubordination after refusing to follow an order issued by a ranking officer. Redfearn insisted the action would result in the death of the Yorktown's commanding officer.

BACKGROUND

William Redfearn, the youngest child of Dr. Julius Redfearn and his wife, was born in the late spring of 2335 in St. Louis, Missouri. His childhood could be easily described as average. He was what one expects when they think of the run-of-the-mill human boy living in the middle western United States.

And even in the 24th century some things never change- Redfearn's boyhood was filled with the excitement of baseball, football, and cheerleaders.

But Bill, as he was known, was never much of an athlete despite his muscular build and strong physique. He was more of an intellectual, spending most of his time studying. He was fascinated by science, as well as by history and culture. He did develope what one might consider a very masculine interest in tools, building, and woodworking. But he would always apply his own fascination with scientific study and applied engineering to whatever projects he ammused himself with even as a teenager.

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By the time he was fifteen he was 100% sure of the direction he wanted his future to take.

Starfleet.

He was determined to get into the Academy and make a life for himself on a Starfleet vessel. And, maybe to even command one one day.

After high school, Bill was offered a scholarship to the University of Alabama on the strength of his senior year project involving a method of detecting wormholes and predicting their eventual destination point.

Bill accepted the scholarship, intending to use the credentials he would earn in Tuscaloosa to guarantee his acceptance into Starfleet. He spent the next four years studying at the University, earning a degree in quantum physics. After accepting his degree from the University, Bill put in his application to Starfleet Academy as a science cadet. He was easily accepted.

Bill's tenure at the Academy was one of the best, and most fondly remembered periods of his life. Bill was determined to make his career in Starfleet work. And he did so, from the start.

He made several friends at the Academy, including Geordi LaForge, who would go on to serve as Chief Engineer aboard the Enterprise, and John Northcote; later captain of the Federation's flagship.

Bill also excelled at his studies. But he did find time for a social life, dating, and taking up the sport of golf. Golf was a passion of his father's and Bill managed to pick it up on a leave period from the Academy whe he and an Andorian quadmate visited the Redfearn family back in Missouri. Bill graduated from the Academy not only with high marks in sicence and command studies, but also with a respectable handicap.

His first assignement was aboard the USS Midway, as a science officer. And it would be in the science lab of the ships he would serve on that Bill would perform his duty as a Starfleet officer for the sixteen years of a distinguished and respected career.

Bill's tour of duty aboard the Midway lasted for three years, after which he was reassigned to the Enterprise-D, where he was reunited with LaForge. By now a Lieutenant, junior grade, Bill served another three years aboard the "D". And it was here that he met a civilian botanist named Marisa Westen. They began dating, and fell in love almost immediately.

Bill and Marisa were married aboard the Enterprise-D in 2368, in a ceremony performed by Captain Picard, just before Bill was again reassigned. This time to serve as assistant chief of sciences aboard the USS Yorktown. And the transfer came with a promotion - full Lieutenant.

The next seven years of Bill's life would be spent aboard the Yorktown. And during this time he would see service in the Dominion War, be wounded in action twice, and welcome his son, Joshua into his life. The latter event taking place two years after his marriage to Marisa, almost to the day.

By the end of his tour of duty aboard the Yorktown, Bill had been prmoted to Lieutenant Commander, as well as to the position of Chief Science Officer. He also received his only reprimand on his record during his tenure aboard the Yorktown, as a result of his failure to follow an order issued by a Starfleet Intelligence officer who was serving, temporarily, as the Yorktown's XO.

This officer insisted Bill perform a risky prcedure involving the ship's transporter system, attempting to project a phase cloak onto a shuttle pod that contained the Yorktown's captain and chief counselor. Bill refused and was relieved of duty, whereby the SI officer performed the procedure himself, destroying the shuttle and killing both of the occupants.

Although a permanent citation was placed in Bill's record, no further disciplinary action was taken as a result of the deaths of two of the Yorktown's senior officers. Bill was exonerrated by the fact that he had been right. But, this did not make him feel any better about the death of Captain Patric, who had been a good friend.

Bill served another two years aboard the Yorktown, as a beloved and respected member of the crew who had risked his career in an attempt to save the life of the captain, and the ship's counselor. And when the ship's regular first officer, Commander Voltana, returned to duty as the Yorktown's new CO, Bill was immediately promoted to Lieutenant Commander.

In 2375, the Yorktown was decommissioned. The Dominion War was over and old ships like the Yorktown were being removed from service as they were no longer needed since the state of emergency was over. Bill and his family moved to the USS Wellington, where he assumed the duties of Chief of Sciences.

Another three years passed, during which time Bill's son grew into a halthy boy who showed a love of entertainment and the performing arts with the same passion that Bill had given to scientific study at the same age. Bill ran his science lab with an easygoing style, and the people who served under him were glad to work with him. Command officers liked and trusted him as well, knowing he would go that extra mile for them as he had done for the crew of the Yorktown.

The next time Bill received transfer orders they came with another promotion. This time, to full commander. Bill was offered the position of executive officer aboard a long range explorer called the USS Armstrong. The ship was an Excelsior class refit with plenty of room for Marisa and Josh as well as an extensive arboretum where Marisa could conduct her botanical work.

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Bill accepted the new assignement and the Redfearns moved again.

Bill earned a solid reputation as a commander during his tenure aboard the Armstrong, often taking command of away missions, and sometimes the ship it's self when the Captain decided he wanted to lead a few away teams on his own. Bill was seriously injured whe he lead an away team into a hostile situation on a planet where a colony of Gathers had become entrenched, fighting a running battle with Breen raiders.

He returned to Earth to recouperate, and after his medical leave was up he was given another offer of promotion. This time, to the rank of captain. And his command was to be the Kelvin class explorer, the USS Cavalier-C. The Cavalier's previous commanding officer was retiring to take a desk job at Starfleet headquarters after being rendered blind by an alien virus.

William Redfearn was now a Starfleet Captain. And his command was one of the trimmest craft in Starfleet. The Cavalier had seen a few years of active duty, but the little ship was none the worse for wear. And Bill was determined to maintain the ship's reputation for successful missions, as well as for adventuresome exploits.

Assuming command of the Cavalier in 2380, Bill quickly assembled his senior staff from among the ship's experienced crew, bringing in only one or two officers to assume recently vacated positions. He began his tour of duty as the Cavalier's captain on a high note; and he has kept this going ever since with his relaxed command style and respect for the people serving under him.

After a few years in the Cavalier's Captain's chair, Bill still finds it the most comfortable seat on what he has come to consider his bridge.

PROFILE

Bill Redfearn is a very easygoing, likeable man. He's a family man, happily married; and his family comes first. He will never let any harm come to them, and he will always put their safety before his own. He treats his crew the same way, and in many ways his crew is like an extended family to him. Especially the officers he has served with for a long time, or has come to know well. These people become close friends. And he always addresses them by their first names.

One could almost say it is rare to hear the word "sir" on Bill Redfearn's bridge. Most of his senior staff call him Bill. But, at the same time he does command the respect necessary to command a ship. And he earns it by being fair to the people who work for him, and by including them in the descision making process that often effects their lives even more than his own.

Bill is easily frustrated, however; especially when a problem is not being solved as quickly as he believes it should be. This is a throwback to his days running a science lab onboard a starship. It was often his responsibility, or the responsibility of his lab to produce the results that solved the problems a ship was facing.

Now, while in command of the ship, rather than the lab, Bill often feels his hands are tied.

He alleviates this frustration by participating in the problem solving process, often to the point of leading away missions himself. This can be frustrating to Redfearn's first officer. But so far he has always come back in one piece.

Redfearn's crew relies on him, not only for leadership, but to be a friend in a tight spot.

He's a good father to his son, Josh. And he is very encouraging as far as the boy's ambition to be an entertainer is concerned.

Bill is still close with his family back on Earth. Although his mother died before he took command of the Cavalier, Bill still keeps in touch with his father, and his older brother, Elliot. And he often crosses paths with his sister, Sheila. She is a civilian biolgist who often works with Starfleet's life sciences division, where Bill made his career as an officer prior to being transfered to command

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He also has several friends in the Starfleet admiralty; especially those officers assigned to command the division known as the 6th fleet. And the Cavalier just happens to be the flagship of the 6th fleet.

NOTES

Bill Redfearn may not present the picture of a Starfleet captain that most people expect given the tendencies for heroics some commanding officers have displayed in the history of the Federation. But, his smiling countenance is a comfort to anyone who has ever served with him.

His voice is deep, but not overly so, and he speaks with a mature, authoritive tone when on his bridge. And yet at the same time he has a knack for making his crew relax around him, and it helps them get their jobs done easier. And he is something of a wise-cracker, enjoying making people laugh.

Bill stands just under 6 feet tall, and has dark hair which he keeps cut at the traditional regulation length for an officer of his rank. His hair is graying somewhat, and his face has a few more lines on it than it did when he was aboard the Yorktown. He is a bit stockier than he was in those days, too, but he still keeps himself in shape.

Mostly by working out on the holodeck in martial arts programs designed by his chief of security.

On board the Cavalier, Bill and his family live in a spacious family sized living area that is deocrated like a traditional midwestern home on Earth. Bill has an office adjacent to this living area as well as his ready room, on the Cavalier's bridge.

In addition to the three Redfearns the Captain's quarters are also occupied by the family dog. All his life Bill has had a dog. And this time it is Bones: an Irish setter named for Starfleet's most famous and respected medical officer.

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