Juanita Sanchez is the chief engineer of the USS Mercury. After the Mercury itself went rogue in 2391 from some unknown computer glitch, she was reassigned as chief of operations for Astrofori One in the Menthar Corridor. Once the Mercury was repaired and returned to active service, she was named her chief engineer once again.
- Height: 165 cm (5'5")
- Hair Color: Brown
- Eye Color: Brown
Born on Andoria, Juanita Sanchez was on Deep Space 17 serving as a lieutenant JG in engineering when the Vaadwaur attacked and overran the station in 2387. She escaped with most of the crew fortunately and didn't live through the brutal three-month occupation that followed before Starfleet liberated the station through Operation Bright Star.
She returned to the station to help in its reconstruction in the following years and was promoted to full lieutenant in 2388. While serving aboard DS17, she was friends with the station's security chief Msafiri Bakari as well as operations officer Tristam Core, whom she initially butted heads with often before eventually sharing a brief relationship with the Rodulan in 2390.
Chief Engineer of the USS Mercury
Following the recovery of the presumed-lost USS Mercury in 2391, Juanita was assigned to oversee the ship's rehabilitation and refit as the ship's next chief engineer. While some of the drydock crew reported strange sights and rumors of oddities with the ship, Juanita found such talk annoying. This engineer had seen enough in her career to not get carried away by the overactive imagination of a few crewmen.
When the Mercury crew were forced to abandon their vessel in lifeboats after the ship suffered a total life support failure, it unexpectedly went rogue, with the computer having seemingly created a crew of holograms based on Sanchez and other Mercury crewmembers. After the Mercury was eventually recaptured by the USS Garuda on SD 239109, the ship was towed back to Deep Space 10.
While some of the Mercury crew were reassigned to the Garuda, DSX, and elsewhere, Sanchez remained assigned to the Mercury to prepare the ship for its return to Federation space for more extensive repairs. When DSX was attacked by the Maquis Reborn, she and Tristam Core were able to implement an EMP to neutralize the various node bombs placed by the Maquis terrorists. For her actions, she and Core were awarded the Innovation Ribbon.
Chief of Operations for Astrofori One
With the construction and launch of the Astrofori One space station on SD 239204, Sanchez was reassigned to serve as the station's chief of operations.
Return to the Mercury
Once the Mercury was repaired and returned to active service, now assigned as a support vessel for the Invicta Expedition, Sanchez returned as her chief engineer.
Prologue SIMs to the "Ghost Ship" Mission
- Stardates 239106-239107
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