Lieutenant Greg Helms

After being offered the role of Assistant Chief Medical Officer aboard the Venture, Greg was eager to return to frontline duty. Admittedly, being assistant chief wasn’t exactly what he’d hoped for but it was probably for the best, seeing as he had been stuck in a classroom for three years. His time would come soon enough, for now, it was all about the adventures to come!

History

PRE-STARFLEET HISTORY: Born in London, England to Joseph and Margaret Helms. His father was a private psychiatrist employed at Queen Anne House, a private clinic for Starfleet’s veteran’s across the pond. Mostly treating sufferers of combat-related psychological trauma, Joseph was provided with lodgings on the grounds of the hospital in case his services were needed in an emergency. So it was that young Gregory was introduced to the world of medicine at a rather tender age. As a boy, he scanned pages of medical papers left on the kitchen table and was intrigued by the secretive discussions held in his father’s office. Talk of wild space adventures and brutal combat filled his ears as he listened with his head pressed against the door, often being quietly pulled away by his mother with gentle admonishments about eavesdropping on his father’s work. Greg and his father shared a unique relationship in the fact that his father encouraged his son’s interest in medicine but took little notice of the young boy beyond that. So it was that Greg used medicine as a mechanism to gain his father’s attention and love. What was never realised by the boy was that this causal neglect would indelibly serve to shape his worldview just as his education would.

So it was that his father began to groom young Gregory into becoming a physician of the highest calibre. At dinner, Gregory would be required to recite the structure and function of various part of human anatomy, showing particular focus to the brain and human psyche. The constant bombardment of adventurous stories had a lasting impression on Greg and he was seriously considering joining Starfleet Academy right after High School. His mother, however, had other ideas. She wanted him to have a job that was less dangerous, perhaps joining his father in private service. This never sat well with Greg but he decided to put off his Academy application for a while and start Medical School. After all, he was still young right?

These years were a mix of emotions for Greg, he found the studies interesting and enjoyable but he always felt something was lacking. He and a fellow student, John Adams, became fast friends and quickly found ways to entertain themselves. The pair were avid motorcycle fans and would race and try to outdo each other often. But one particular race ended in disaster as Greg misjudged a corner and came off his bike, fracturing his leg.

This made his mother frown upon the friendship but also reconsider her son’s dreams of a life aboard a Starship. Greg’s father was nearing the end of his career at the Veterans Hospital just as his time at Med-School was coming to an end. His parents offered him two choices on his Graduation Day, start a private business with his father or take Starfleet Entry Exams. Unsurprisingly, he chose the latter and despite her fear and worry, his mother supported him fully. Joseph tried to persuade his son, with little success, and help run the new venture. But by then, Greg’s mind and heart were firmly set on a career in Starfleet, he truly believed more difference could be made out there than being stuck in an office on Earth.

 

STARFLEET HISTORY:

2372 – 2376 Starfleet Academy

Greg started his Starfleet career just before the start of the Dominion War and graduated a year after it ended, much to his mother’s relief. Watching the events of the war unfold whilst he was a mere cadet was incredibly frustrating for him and made him all the more eager to get out there and help. Helms worked hard at his studies, majoring in Trauma and Diagnostic Medicine along with minors in counselling and neuroscience, he graduated ninth in his class. It is said by the doctor himself, that his flirtatious behaviour started as a starry-eyed cadet.

 

2376 – 2380 USS Viking – Ensign, Medical Officer

The first posting Greg was assigned to was Viking, an Intrepid class vessel whose purpose was that of Rapid Response and Crisis Management across the Federation. Missions included volatile diplomatic incidents, medical outbreaks and epidemics along with freak environmental situations. It was aboard Viking where Helms honed his skills as an Emergency Medic, learning to lead triage situations and make decisions under high amounts of pressure. It was only pure ambition that made him leave the high octane life aboard Viking.

 

2380 – 2385 Starbase Nightingale – Lt. JG, Trauma Team Leader

Upon receiving his promotion to Junior Lieutenant, Greg was offered the role of Trauma Team Leader aboard the hospital base Nightingale. Whilst there, Helms learned how to effectively manage a team, deal with reports, records and all kinds of administration. The pace was vastly different aboard Nightingale but his time there was valuable leadership experience.

 

2385 – 2388 Starfleet Academy, Instructor

On his never ending quest for experience and knowledge, Greg took up a temporary posting at Starfleet Academy. The life of a teacher quickly grew tedious though and although good friends and memories were made, Helms knew he was more suited to being on the frontline, so he applied for a transfer as soon as he could and awaited responses.

 

2388 – Present, USS Venture

After being offered the role of Assistant Chief Medical Officer aboard the Venture, Greg was eager to return to frontline duty. Admittedly, being assistant chief wasn’t exactly what he’d hoped for but it was probably for the best, seeing as he had been stuck in a classroom for three years. His time would come soon enough, for now, it was all about the adventures to come!

Service Record

Start End Rank Role Assignment
23722376
Cadet Senior Grade
CadetStarfleet Academy
23762380
Ensign
Medical OfficerUSS Viking
23802385
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Trauma Team LeaderStarbase Nightingale
23852388
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Academy InstructorStarfleet Academy
2388
Lieutenant
Assistant Chief Medical OfficerUSS Venture