|Crew of USS Columbia|
|Captain Theo Michelangelo Whittaker|
Captain ‘’’Theo Michelangelo Whittaker’’ is the 31 year old Commanding Officer of the USS Columbia. He previously served as captain of the medical ship Blackwell- part of the Andaris Task Force and as First Officer of Starbase 118. He began his career aboard the Columbia as an engineer, eventually becoming Chief Engineer prior to it’s removal from active service.
Born on Archer IV, a Federation colony world, Theo is only the son of the late Josiah Whittaker and Captain Madeline Whittaker- a university professor and a Starfleet officer respectively. His interest in a career with Starfleet which began at an early age, caused much consternation between father and son- ultimately leading to an estrangement that was not resolved at the time of his father’s passing.
Starfleet Career Statistics
- Starfleet Serial Number: MM - 120 - 848
- Training Facility: Starfleet Academy, Sol III, Sector 001, 2389-2392
- Major: Engineering
- Minor: Starship Operations
- Supplimentary Data File: Academy Transcript
- Commisioned: Stardate 239203.22
- Current Rank: Captain
- Current Assignment: Commanding Officer USS Columbia
Theo is of average stature for a human male from Archer IV, standing at 5ft 8' (or 1.76 meters) and weighs approximately 152lbs (69kgs). He keeps himself in shape via thrice weekly visits the gymnasium aboard the Columbia giving him a slim but toned appearance. He keeps his black hair short and prefers to wear it with his natural curls. He has Caucasian skin and has uncommonly bright hazel eyes.
Due to being raised mostly by his father (whose family can trace their heritage back to the old British aristocracy) Theo speaks with a distinct old British accent known as 'received pronunciation' and has a tendency to be unusually eloquent as a result, although he has found that he has become more relaxed with his vocabulary as he has become more comfortable in his skin. He has a tendency to smile a lot, especially when dealing with his friends and colleagues.
As a Commanding Officer, Theo operates a relaxed style of command. On duty, he does expect to be called by his rank when on-duty, although he does not like to be called "sir", as his father insisted Theo call him that growing up. His amenable command style has seen him host soirees and attend various off-duty staff gatherings He has a dry, sarcastic sense of humour which some have noted is used in difficult situations as a defence mechanism.
Hobbies and Interests
- Spouse: None
- Children: None
- Father: Josiah Peregrine Whittaker (deceased, 2387)
- Mother: Madeline Christine Whittaker (neé Lawson)
Theo's relationship with his father was often frosty and difficult, eventually breaking down all together after Theo made the decision to become a Starfleet officer. Josiah expected his son to enter a life of academia, as had every Whittaker for over 400 years, while Theo wanted to be his own man and find his own way. He would often disappear into the mountains which lay near T'Pol's Landing (Theo's hometown) for days on end, camping in the woods purely to spite his father. In contrast his relationship with his mother, Madeline, is extremely close. She privately supported her son's desire to become whatever he wanted to be and was the one to sponsor his application to Starfleet Academy- which led to the breakdown of her marriage to Josiah. Theo and his mother communicate regularly by letter and she is extremely proud that her son is the Executive Officer of Starbase 118 at the age of 29. His father passed away from Meenok's disease during the second year of Theo's Starfleet Academy studies while the two were still estranged.
Due to the intensive studies forced upon him, Theo was known by his peers at school as something of a recluse and a loner with very few friends. His teachers expressed concerns about this, which were dismissed by his father. As a result, Theo found it incredibly difficult to forge bonds with children his own age and led to his reserved manner that he did not shed until well into his tenure as XO of StarBase 118.
Upon turning eighteen he defied his father's wishes and applied to Starfleet Academy which his mother agreed to sponsor. He failed his first entrance exam following an explosive argument with his father. As a result, he attended university where he gained an undergraduate degree in Terran Literature, followed by a postgraduate degree a year after that. However he still felt the call of Starfleet and so he took the academy entrance exam once again- this time passing and at the age of 23, he took his place at Starfleet Academy, majoring in Starship Engineering with a minor in Starship Operations Management.
Career in Starfleet
Assignments aboard the USS Columbia (First Tour of Duty)
Assignments aboard StarBase 118 Ops
- Dish Served Cold
- Tribbles and Strife
- All Time High
- Once More With Feeling
- Way Down Below
- The Show Must Go On
- Dig Two Graves
- Rendezvous at Raskor
- Terminal Velocity
- The Edge Of Glory
- One Last Gasp
- Cruising for a Bruising'
Assignments aboard the USS Columbia (Second Tour of Duty)
Mirra Ezo: Having served together for most of their respective careers and forged a close bond, Theo has come to consider Mirra as his best friend. Though much of their friendship has been characterised by playful and sassy banter they have an enormous amount of respect, affection and love for one another. They have saved each other's live on more than occasion from threats ranging from Iconians, sadistic criminals and Human Augments... to name but a few. Always there for another regardless of the situation, many have speculated that there is nothing that they would not do for one another. They briefly lost contact after Mirra took a Leave of Absence to deal with personal issues stemming from her stabbing by the criminal Chennel but were reunited aboard the Blackwell after she was caught up in the Hur'q invasion of Arndall. Mirra currently serves alongside Theo aboard the USS Columbia as his Diplomatic Officer, exploring the very edge of the galaxy in the distant Sagittarius Reach.
Sal Taybrim: Storm Bomba. While more professional than his friendships with Mirra and Tatash, Theo came to deeply care for his mentor and a friendship truly blossomed. Even now, tens of thousands of light years away at the edge of the galaxy, Theo still fondly thinks on the advice that Taybrim gave him during the two years he served under him.
Tatash: 292nd "Iron Jaegers" Tactical Marine Regiment. During the final confrontation with Haz Arrihmen Tatash lost an arm and Theo kept a vigil at his bedside and supported his friend through his rehabilitation and subsequent training to use his prosthetic arm. When transferring to the USS Blackwell, Theo asked him to serve as the Andaris Task Force's Strategic Operations Officer, although he was unable to due to family concerns. Never the less, the two remained friendly and when Theo needed a new Chief of Security, Tatash was his only candidate.
Jarred Thoran: Randall Shayne when Cayden Adyr was reassigned to Starfleet Intelligence. In the months since his ascension to the second highest position of the ship, Theo has developed an excellent working relationship with the man and there are clear signs of a friendship developing between the two men. One of Theo's first official acts as the Blackwell's commanding officer was to promote him to Lieutenant Commander, which he felt was long overdue. Their friendship has stood them both in good stead on the galactic edge as Theo needs somebody he can trust to be his XO- and there is nobody better suited for the job than Thoran.
|Cadet First Class||239203.16-239203.16||Graduated Starfleet Academy||Engineering Officer|
|Ensign||239203.24-239205.03||USS Columbia||Engineering Officer|
|Lieutenant Junior Grade||239205.03-239207.26||USS Columbia||Engineering Officer|
|Lieutenant||239207.26-239211.16||USS Columbia||Chief Engineering Officer|
|Lieutenant||239211.16-239212.14||StarBase 118 Operations||Chief Engineering Officer|
|Lieutenant Commander||239212.14-2 239406.06||StarBase 118 Operations||Executive Officer|
|Commander||239406.06-239412.04||StarBase 118 Operations||Executive Officer|
|Commander||239412.07-239509.04||USS Blackwell, Andaris Task Force||Commanding Officer|
|Captain||239509.04-239509.10||USS Blackwell, Andaris Task Force||Commanding Officer|
|Captain||239509.10-PRESENT||USS Columbia||Commanding Officer|
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