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Mon Dec 28th, 2015 @ 3:57pm
Lieutenant Kurt Hartmann
Name Kurt Erich Hartmann
Position Wing Commander
|Physical Description||Germanic-looking, with mildly pale skin, a straight nose of normal width. Thin lipped. Close-cropped black hair. Blue eyes. Of average muscular build. Clean-shaven at all times when able.|
|Mother||Hilda Marie (Nee Falkenhayn)|
|Sister(s)||Mathilda - 27|
|Other Family||Johannes Georg Hartmann - KIA Dominion War|
Personality & Traits
|General Overview||Has archaic ideas about military discipline, and has several anachronistic habits that either mildly amuse or mildly annoy his fellow Officers and superiors, such as standing at rigid attention when addressed by superiors, and saluting when both have fallen out of favor with the regular Starfleet. Kurt is nervous around women, especially Vulcan women, for he admires Vulcan’s logical mind and sharp intelligence. Kurt also is of German descent and very proud of this fact. He is still able to fluently speak German, and often does so unconsciously when excited or angered, with his accent slipping deeper and deeper the more emotional he gets, although he continues to see the Counselor to improve this habit. Very eager to prove himself to his new command.|
|Strengths & Weaknesses||Strengths: Kurt is generally a warm, caring person, and open to others. Disciplined beyond the norm for Starfleet Officers due to years in the Reserves. Fairly intelligent, Kurt received excellent scores in physical sciences and history while at the Academy. He is always eager to learn new things. He has fair proficiency with ancient weaponry (bows, gunpowder weapons, etc) due to his father's hobby of collecting weaponry of bygone eras.
Weaknesses: Kurt does not deal well with defeat, and will hold a grudge for longer than necessary. When embarrassed, especially in his job, Kurt will shut down emotionally, reverting to a colder exterior in order to contain his emotions. His fear of embarrassment also means he is slow to ask for help in his tasks. Due to the much stricter discipline in the Reserves, Kurt sometimes obeys the letter of the law more than the spirit, which makes him seem more blindly obedient than Kurt himself would like to think.
Kurt has always seen himself as a knight of the air, not seeing the need for becoming an expert at phaser marksmanship, and his poor marksmanship scores from the academy have reflected this. Hartmann has always been somewhat non-confrontational, preferring to avoid arguments and disputes when able, especially with his superiors.
Hartmann, despite the reputation of Starfleet fight pilots being lady-killers, Kurt does not consider himself a ladies-man, always being nervous around women he finds attractive. This usually takes the form of tripping over his words and sweating profusely.
Kurt is accepting of most alien races, both is violently anti-Jem Hadar, blaming them for the death of his uncle during the First Dominion War. The fact that his uncle's body was never recovered or in fact even confirmed as dead matters little to Kurt. If he encounters Jem Hadar, Hartmann will react with unrestrained anger and racist slurs
|Ambitions||To join the Admiralty, marry, have children, and explore alternate universes.|
|Hobbies & Interests||• Ancient Cultures, History, and Mythology
• Music (Bass guitar)
• 20th Century weapons
• Vulcan women
• Exploring alien cuisine
• Temporal phenomenon
|Personal History||Kurt as a child was quiet and unassuming, the child of career Starfleet Officers. His childhood to him was one full of wonder and amazement, as his parents were assigned to several research outposts, stations, and vessels. Although his parents were excellent Officers, commended for performance several times through their careers and serving with accolades and distinction, neither of his parents ever rose above the rank of Lieutenant Commander. This was due to their unwillingness to take assignments that would separate them, no matter how prestigious or advantageous to their career. As a result, they missed the majority of major Starfleet conflicts and operations, such as the Dominion War and Second Klingon War.
Growing up, Kurt’s parents taught him to value his heritage, and when alone, his father and he would speak German to each other, as his father’s father had done to him to keep the language alive in the Hartmann line. Being the son of a linguist helped Kurt learn a few smattering’s of Klingon and Romulan, and his Mother’s culinary skill and insistence that the family try at least one alien recipe every month, ensured Kurt had a wide palate and appreciation for alien cultures.
Kurt knew he wanted to join Starfleet since he was a child; while other children went outside and played cops and robbers or were Arkalian Snowbeasts hunting for hexapumas, Kurt was on his imaginary bridge, giving orders, and always saving the day at the end. He was overjoyed when his parents were stationed at the Utopia Planetia shipyards, for he would always sit in his Father’s office after school and watch the starships being constructed, dreaming of one day serving aboard one.
When he was 14 and started at Pavel Chekov High School in New Berlin, Luna Colony, he immediately joined the Junior Starfleet Cadet Corps (JSCC), a youth group of high school students that practiced close-order drill and had a curriculum of “previews” of what was offered at the Academy. When he was 17, he graduated from high school with moderate honors and applied to the Academy, becoming accepted despite his difficulty in advanced math.
At the Academy, Kurt made few friends, as he kept his quiet nature and bookishness from his childhood. His love of racquetball blossomed when the Academy had all students select a sport to participate in, and he picked racquetball on a whim, not enjoying the remainder of choices. He fell into the sport naturally, earning many accolades for his performance and winning the Mallory Cup at the Academy in his Sophomore and Senior years. He played feverishly, always willing to risk his body on getting the ball back into play, even if he had a commanding lead or was far behind. His proudest moment in the sport was when he was invited to participate in the Rigellian Racquetball games, one of the most prestigious tournaments in the sport, behind only to the Vulcan Master’s Tournament and the Andorian Olympics.
His academics were not as sharp as his racquetball skills, however. He placed near the bottom of his peer group in math and quantum mechanics, always having to be tutored to grasp the advanced concepts. Despite this, he managed to pass his classes, although he had to repeat Spatial Trigonometry twice before he was able to earn a passing grade. He excelled in the fields of physical sciences, history, and Temporal Theory, and piloting. Eventually deciding that he may desire a command of his own one day, Cadet Hartmann was sure to take extracurricular courses in command, ethics, and moral leadership. In addition to his studies, Kurt was the vice-president of the Starfleet Cadet Historian Society, a journalist for the school paper, and a member of the Academy Drill team for four years.
Kurt graduated Starfleet Academy in 2383, 60th in his class of 205. Kurt decided to stay close to Earth, and so accepted a commission into the Starfleet Reserves. The Starfleet Reserves for all practical purposes acted as the Earth Defense Force, and was infamous for its tighter discipline and more rigid, militaristic ways than the Active duty Fleet. Hartmann learned many habits from these first Reserve assignments, some of which are seen as bemusing anachronistic habits at best by the Active Fleet Officers. His first Commanding Officer insisted on saluting, standing at attention, and formality at all times. Kurt still struggles with breaking these long-ingrained habits now that he is in the Active Fleet.
He was first posted as a Liaison Officer to the Klingon Defense Force contingent that trained on Mars, as part of a training cadre teaching the Klingons the finer points of fighter tactics. He earned their respect during this assignment due to his almost reckless abandon during social sporting events and his willingness to taste, and enjoy, Klingon food such as Gagh and Heart of Targ, and his eagerness to learn Klingon language and customs. He made some friends among the Klingons assigned to Mars and maintains social contact with some of them.
In 2384, Kurt was assigned to the USS Tacoma as an Assistant Flight Commander of Alpha Flight, 2nd Fighter Squadron. The primary mission of the Tacoma was to patrol the outer regions of the Kybar Nebula and ensure it was not used for infiltration closer to the Sol System. His record states that his service was adequate but that he had trouble focusing on assisting controlling the Flight, instead focusing on his own fighter during drills. His Officer Evaluation Report of 2385 shows marked improvement in this regard. During his service aboard the Tacoma, Hartmann was promoted to Lieutenant, Junior Grade.
In 2386, Hartmann was posted to the USS Washington, a Starfleet Reserve Science Vessel that patrolled and catalogued gaseous anomalies as an Operations Officer on the staff of 19th Fighter Squadron. During his time on board, Max dedicated one night every two weeks to volunteer for the night shift on the bridge so as to gain command experience. In 2387, Kurt was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned as Commander of Bravo Flight. His Evaluations show he was given an official reprimand for refusing to participate in a mission with Jem Hadar forces to retrieve a downed Dominion vessel.
In 2389, Kurt Hartmann was assigned to the USS Hornet as Squadron Executive Officer of 8th Fighter Squadron. His record states that he was considered very efficient with his paperwork but was very unpopular with the subordinate Squadron Staff, showing little sympathy with difficulties or tardiness with squadron tasks. In 2390, Kurt was promoted to Squadron Commander after the death of the Major Ronald Thompson in a training accident. This sudden thrust of command upon Hartmann seems to have cooled his martinet tendencies, and all his officer evaluations remark that he was efficient, respected as a leader by the men under him, and was seen as a great mentor to the Squadron's junior officers.
In 2391, Kurt was assigned to Starfleet Academy as an instructor of fighter tactics. His evaluations remarked that he was an excellent instructor, well-liked by his students, but was noted as being too "informal" with his pupils, often mixing in humorous remarks in with his fighter tactics and piloting tips. Eventually tiring of academic life and wishing to try to continue his career at a faster pace than the Reserves could afford him, Kurt Hartmann requested and was granted a transfer to the Active Fleet.
|Service Record||2379 - Enters Starfleet Academy
2383 - Graduates Starfleet Academy
2383 - Liason Officer, KDF, Mars
2384 - Assistant Flight Commander, Alpha Flight, 2nd Fighter Squadron, USS Tacoma
2386 - Squadron Operations Officer, 19th Fighter Squadron USS Washington
2387 - Bravo Flight Commander, 19th Fighter Squadron, USS Washington
2389 - Squadron Executive Officer, 8th FIghter Suqdron, USS Hornet
2390 - Squadron Commander, 8th Fighter Squadron, USS Hornet
2391 - Instructor, tactics, Starfleet Academy