21 April 2363
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Charles Young is a Federation Starfleet officer, scientist, and culture research specialist serving during the latter half of the twenty-fourth century. The highlights of his recent career center around assignments as Culture Research Specialist aboard the USS Peacekeeper, Starbase 386, USS Sentinel, and USS Coral Sea as well as Science Officer aboard the USS Wright. In these roles, Young not only witnessed major events involving the Elyshan Cold War, the Hobus Disaster, unrest in the Romulan Empire, and growing awareness of the Yang Zutal, but played a key role in them also. He currently serves as Science Officer and Cultural Research Specialist aboard the Wright-class USS Wright.
Personality & Traits
Strengths & Weaknesses
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|Brother(s):||George Young, William Young|
|Other:||Ensign Thomas Gates|
Charles James Young was born on 21 April 2363 to Kenneth and Grace Young in Saint Paul, Minnesota on Earth. His father was an instructor of Native American and aboriginal history at Saint Paul College who was known for his focus on the regionally prominent Dakota nation. Working as a literary columnist for the Star Tribune allowed his mother to spend more of her time at home with George and Charles, who seemed to get along quite well with one another most of the time.
One thing Young' parents noticed about him was his insatiable curiousity and wonder at the world around him. Even from a very early age, Young was always experimenting with toys and other objects in his environment. Mastering the skill of walking allowed Young to expand the range of his explorations beyond his immediate surroundings. This sometimes led to moments of distress for his parents such as when Young would suddenly toddle off in search of something new without ever looking back. Kenneth and Grace quickly learned to keep at least one eye on Young at all times lest he suddenly disappear on another one of his toddler adventures. Such behavior continued into his early school years when he would spend a considerable amount of his free time visiting any one of the local museums available to him. Mostly he liked to walk around and look at the various exhibits on display, easily spending several hours learning from different historical and scientific displays.
The Young family welcomed William Jacob Young into the world around the same time Young was starting Kindergarten. Being a big brother was a new experience for Young and he desperately wanted to be the one to help take care of young William. No longer the baby of the family, however, Young slowly began to experience the gradual disappearance which typically plagues middle children. His older brother was the family guinea pig who always had the privilege of being the first to try anything. In success or failure, it always seemed as if their parents had something to say about the eldest son. William was the youngest and often seemed to receive special care or attention from their parents. By the time Julie Ann Young was born, Young thought himself in a position of absolute obscurity within the sibling line-up.
Young was above avereage when it came to academics and would frequently make an added effort to go above-and-beyond simply for the sake of personal interest. His teachers noted an especially strong interest in the natural world as well as the sciences. They would often encourage this interest by providing Young with extra resources or activities to keep him from diverting his attention into more mischievious antics. When it came to his social behavior, however, Young was considered to be a natural wonder in his own right. He would often observe the other children interacting with one another until he had a good idea of how the social scene was laid out. Then he would proceed to enter the situation and immediately sweep to the top. On more than one occasion, his teachers commented on this strange ability to go from wall flower to center of attention in the span of only a few moments.
His first encounter with Starfleet took place when Young was in middle school. A classmate's mother visited their science class to talk about her work aboard the research vessel USS Tesla. Young was so fascinated by this he decided in that very moment he wanted to go into Starfleet and become a research scientist working on the frontier. It was a goal much easier conceived than realized, but Young was not one to let a little adversity stand in his way. He put forth the effort in all of his classes and went to great lengths to achieve in the field of science. Despite his increased discipline in academics, Young never lost his skill for the social scene. He maintained his status as a member of the 'in' crowd, knew all the 'right', and participated in all the 'main' events throughout his high school years. Often, Young would use his status to help others who seemed less fortunate in the social arena. Though he was never actually in the same school building as his younger siblings, he most certainly took offense whenever anyone would pick on or target them and made it his self-appointed duty to watch out for his siblings, especially his little sister.
Shortly after graduating from high school in 2381, Young packed up and headed to San Francisco where he enrolled in Starfleet Academy as a science cadet. His knack for understanding crowds and individuals from varying backgrounds or cultures quickly earned him the attention of Commander Arthur Richardson, PhD. Richardson was a prominent member of the science department and taught several classes required for graduation from the Academy. It was he who originally suggested that Young consider a career in the cultural sciences. Young took his instructor's suggestions to heart and continued to study under Commander Richardson until graduation in early 2384.
Early Starfleet Career
Young was immediately assigned to serve as a Cultural Research Specialist aboard the USS Peacekeeper where he was surprised to learn he would be serving under Dr. Richardson in the science department of that vessel. Pleased that he would be able to continue tapping the Englishman's years of experience, Young took it as an opportunity to learn from the best. He continued to work hard and ask questions which he hoped would help him to become a better cultural researcher.
When the crew of the Peacekeeper was transferred to Starbase 386, Young specifically requested to remain aboard the station as a member of the science department. He was given the position of Cultural Research Specialist at the recommendation of Commander Richardson and played an influential role in helping to transition other members of the Peacekeeper's science department to operations aboard the station. Serving aboard Starbase 386 represented an opportunity to perform ground-breaking cultural research on Federation frontier with the resources of a station-based facility, the collaboration of several knowledgable colleagues, and the continued guidance of Commander Richardson.
Turmoil on the Frontier
It was no secret the myriad of personnel transfers along the Federation's core-ward frontier were a result of the ever growing hostilities between the Elyshan Empire and other Alpha Quadrant Powers. Concern that another war might soon be imminent weighed heavily on the minds of those who lived and served in such close proximity to the focus of action. As Cultural Research Specialist, Charlie found himself increasingly responsible for assisting with research both within and beyond the Aldani System. His work eventually started being used as part of briefings with the station's command staff on a more frequent basis.
The latter half of 2386 brought about a great deal of upheaval throughout the Alpha and Beta Quadrants which threatened to drastically alter the balance of power even moreso than the Elyshan Cold War ever had. Although the Elyshans had retreated within their own borders following defeats at Starbase 386 and Starbase Gatekeeper, political unrest within the Romulan Empire continued to rise and threatened to boil over into open conflict. Growing concern at Starfleet Command and the Federation Council prompted a renewed effort to formalize many of the diplomatic ties that had been established during the Dominion War.
Just before the start of the new year, Charlie learned from Ensign Thomas Gates that Commander Richardson had been offered the position of Ambassador to North Star Colony on behalf of the Federation Diplomatic Corps. He empathized with Gates' sense of loss and was somewhat reluctant to part ways with the man who had mentored him through much of his Starfleet career. This sense of loss was soon transformed into a constructive energy which manifested through Charlie's continued work in cultural research. His performance attracted the attention of the station's new Chief Strategic Operations Officer, Commander Peter Armstrong, who enlisted Charlie's help in re-organizing the station's Strategic Operations department. Charlie's research continued to play a role in helping understand the cultural component of operations along the Elyshan border as well as relief operations allocated to the Romulan Empire.
Getting Into the Field
Charlie initially learned of Commander Peter Armstrong's acceptence to the position of Chief Strategic Operations Officer aboard the Sentinel-class USS Sentinel through his relationship with Ensign Thomas Gates. The two discussed the matter for some time before finally agreeing to request concurrent assignment in hopes of continuing their work with one another and with Commander Armstrong. Their requests were officially granted in early 2388 and the two young officers boarded the Sentinel eagerly anticipating what the future might hold. Together with Commander Peter Armstrong and Ensign Thomas Gates, Young boarded the USS Sentinel at Deep Space Three.
Shortly afterward, the Sentinel was dispatched to the Taevon Expanse in response to an emergency distress call from a Gyrian transport believed to be carrying individuals on a religious pilgrimage. In preparing for the mission en route, both Gates and Young encountered difficulty obtaining information relevant to their assignment, owing to the fact individuals within Starfleet Intelligence seemed to be witholding it from them. Armstrong found this to be incredibly frustrating as it put him a difficult position with the Sentinel's Command Staff over willingness to divulge sensative information. The situation was eventually smoothed over just prior to when the Sentinel entered the Taevon Expanse and communication with Deep Space Three was significantly reduced.
Following their encounters in the Taevon Expanse, the crew of the USS Sentinel put in to Starbase 386 where they received assistance from engineering teams of the Aldani Shipyards in making repairs before proceeding to their previously scheduled patrol of the Federation core-ward frontier. Young continued to assist Armstrong in advising Captain Erik Tsereteli and Command Staff of the Sentinel throughout the remainder of 2389. Early the following year, Armstrong received orders transferring him and the members of his department to the Hastings-class USS Coral Sea to serve as Interim Strategic Operations Advisor for Vice Admiral Iluvar, Eighth "Horizon" Fleet Deputy Chief-of-Staff and Operational Director of Operation Sunrise.
Armstrong and his team had only been serving in this capacity a little over one month when they became involved in events surrounding the Battle of Nashira saw a combined strike force of the Federation and her allies pitted against an expeditionary force of the Zutal Imperium. Like the Battle of Altorus four years prior, the Battle of Nashira as well as the subsequent terrorist attack on the USS Wright sent shockwaves throughout the region, drawing the attention and concern of countless governments including the Federation Council. Starfleet Command acted swiftly to formulate a response. They consulted with key personnel within the Eighth “Horizon” Fleet administration, Operation Sunrise, and the Federation Diplomatic Corps. Both Gates and Young spent a considerable amount of time and energy supporting their supervisor as he was called upon to provide direct consultation to the Eighth Fleet Command Staff as well as members of Starfleet Command regarding evolving situations along the Federation core-ward frontier.
Mid-2390 saw Armstrong appointed to command the newly commissioned Wright-class USS Wright. His selection as the vessel's first Commanding Officer, although a suprise to himself, came at the direct recommendation of Vice Admiral Iluvar. Armstrong was granted permission to select the members of his Command Staff including Ensign Thomas Gates as Strategic Operations Officer and Young as Science Officer. Young officially boarded the vessel just prior to 24 July 2390 along with Armstrong and Gates shortly before she began her deployment as part of Carrier Group Eleven.
Young first met Commander Arthur Richardson, PhD during his earliest days enrolled as a science cadet at Starfleet Academy in 2381. Richardson was a prominent member of the science department who had noticed Young's knack for understanding crowds and individuals from varying backgrounds while the cadet was enrolled in one of his entry-level science courses. It was Richardson who originally suggested that Charles consider a career in the cultural sciences. Charles took his instructor's suggestions to heart and continued to study under Commander Richardson until graduation in early 2384.
Richardson's seasoned experience translated to a somewhat unconventional approach to scientific research which Young found to be quite interesting. The budding scientist found that working with the commander helped him to better develop his natural observations into fine-tuned researching skills. It didn't take long for Young to become part of a large group of current and former students who affectionately referred to Richardson as "The Professor". Instead of telling Young specifically where he needed to improve, Richardson would help guide his student toward improvement much the same as he had guided hundreds of Starfleet cadets through their Academy experience.
It came as quite the surprise when Young learned Commander Richardson had been offered the position of Ambassador to North Star Colony on behalf of the Federation Diplomatic Corps. Though deeply saddened to learn of the commander's departure, this revelation only affirmed just how much Richardson had done for Young in their time together.
Young first met Thomas Gates while the latter was trying to gain some insight into Starbase 386's new Executive Officer, Commander Arthur Richardson, PhD. Both Young and Richardson were among the personnel transferred to the station when Captain James Lange was given command in early 2386 which meant Young brought with him considerable experience working with "The Professor".
Though neither young man noticed the something which had sparked between them upon their first meeting, Young soon found his thoughts drifting back to Gates even when he wasn't around the yeoman. Young was initially unsure of how to handle the feelings and emotions he was experiencing around Gates. His experience with interpersonal relationships helped him to realize the young Betazoid could likely have been experiencing the very same feelings for him. It was this understanding which eventually helped the young science officer to take the initiative in approaching Thomas about his feelings and the two of them decided they would attempt to explore these feelings together.
Their relationship took a rough turn following the Second Battle of Starbase 386 when Young became increasingly frustrated with what he felt were Thomas' attempts to avoid him. In reality, the added stress of the Elyshan Cold War had been taking its toll on the young Betazoid who unconsciously began retreating into his withdrawn nature. Young made several attempts to coax Thomas away from his work and into a more social environment, but when it seemed his efforts were not being met with success, he suggested perhaps they needed to spend some time apart. Thomas was devastated by the fact he had allowed himself to become so distant from Young that he steeled the courage to seek out professional assistance. With the help of the station's Chief Counselor and the return of Commander Peter Armstrong, Thomas managed to reconnect with Young sometime in mid-2386.
Young first met Peter Armstrong when the latter was assigned to serve as Chief Strategic Operations Officer aboard Starbase 386 in 2386. Commander Armstrong enlisted Young's help in re-organizing the station's Strategic Operations department and it was Young's research which continued to play a role in helping understand the cultural component of operations along the Elyshan border as well as relief operations allocated to the Romulan Empire.
Their mutual association with Thomas Gates eventually led Young to seriously consider a concurrent assignment when it was learned Armstrong had secured a position as Chief Strategic Operations Officer aboard the USS Sentinel. What began as a strictly professional relationship between two individuals with overlapping fields of expertise had quickly developed into a personal friendship.
|Cadet (First Year)|
|Cadet (Second Year)|
|Cadet (Third Year)|
|Cadet (Fourth Year)|
|2384 - 2385||USS Peacekeeper||
|Cultural Research Specialist|
|2385 - 2389||Starbase 386||
|Cultural Research Specialist|
|2389 - 2390||USS Sentinel||
|Cultural Research Specialist|
|2390||USS Coral Sea||
|Cultural Research Specialist|
|2390 - Present||USS Wright||
| Science Officer|
Cultural Research Specialist