Ensign Daniel Walsh

Daniel Walsh is a Propulsion Systems and Computer Systems Specialist recently assigned to the U.S.S. Ark Royal.

History

Daniel John Walsh was born at 0537 hours on February 1, 2363 the eldest child and first of a set of twins born to Edward and Melanie Walsh. His father was a Starfleet Security Officer who had requested assignment to Starfleet Command upon learning his wife was pregnant while his mother was a civilian scientist.

Despite his father being a Starfleet Officer, Edward was a constant presence in the first two years of his son’s life. His assignment to Starfleet Command lasted until 2365 when he was assigned to the U.S.S. Saratoga, taking him away from his family for the first time.

Being two, Daniel and his brother James did notice their father’s absence but he returned to Earth later that year as he began undergoing Special Forces training. This, and his assignment to a Special Operations team at Coronado, allowed Edward to spend more time with his family. That family grew again in 2368 with the birth of Daniel’s sister Lindsey.

From the age of seven his grandmother encouraged him to begin piano lessons, an old friend of hers was a piano teacher, and Daniel began taking lessons. This would develop into a love of music and his piano lessons would continue until the day before he left for the Academy and during High School he would also begin teaching himself how to play the guitar.

When they were old enough, Edward would take his son hiking, camping and swimming as regularly as his assignments would allow and Daniel loved these activities and would continue to into his adult live, though his ability to enjoy them was restricted by his Starfleet career. The best he can do since joining Starfleet is often a hike or swim on the Holodeck. In his later teenage years he would also begin running and cycling regularly and joined a local gym to keep himself fit.

A bright young man, Danny performed well academically and was able to balance his studies and his personal life. He was relatively popular in High School and had a small but close circle of friends along with a larger group of less intimate friends. He knew that he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps so he made sure to apply himself in the relevant subjects; mathematics and the sciences.

Something that Daniel struggled with while at High School was his sexuality. He knew from around the age of thirteen or fourteen that he was different from the other guys in his class. While they were attracted to girls, he found himself attracted to the male members of his class. He faked interest in girls and even had a girlfriend for a few months but he found himself unable to live with lying to a girl he considered a close friend and eventually came out to her. Much to his surprise, she took the news well and was incredibly supportive of him.

Coming out to his friends gave him the confidence he needed to come out to his family too. He told his twin brother first, who had always suspected and had no issue with his brother’s sexuality; “As long as you’re happy, that’s all that matters to me” he told him. That sentiment was shared by the other members of Daniel’s family when he came out to them. Living openly lifted a large weight off the young man’s shoulders.

In 2378 tragedy struck the Walsh family when Melanie was killed in a lab accident. The whole family was devastated and Edward returned to Earth for six months to mourn his wife and to support his sons and daughter. Daniel’s grandmother, Edward’s mother, was incredibly supportive of her family and would live with her grandchildren when Edward returned to active duty.

The son of a Starfleet Officer, Daniel found the first year of his Academy life relatively easy. The classes were geared towards integrating Cadets into a more formal, a stricter Starfleet life than the civilian lives that they were accustomed to. However, Dan had been preparing for joining the Academy since he was a young boy and was more than prepared for what lay ahead of him. The most difficult aspect of his first year was choosing a career path. Did he want to follow his father and become a Security Officer or should he follow his heart and become an engineer. Knowing that his father would be proud of him no matter which decision he made, Daniel decided to follow his heart and chose Engineering as his specialist field.

Despite having focused his High School studies on maths and science, Cadet Walsh found the engineering classes he began in his second year a lot more challenging than he had anticipated. He studied hard in order to achieve the grades he required but two areas of study came easily to him; Propulsion Systems and Computer Systems Engineering.

He found propulsion systems a fascinating and challenging area of study but it was also an area of great excitement and so he decided that was going to be his specialty. The past decade had seen not only new developments in warp propulsion but also it had seen the introduction of Quantum Slipstream technology via the U.S.S. Voyager stranded in the Delta Quadrant and Starfleet began investing time and resources heavily in its Quantum Slipstream R&D program. Though his focus was on propulsion systems, Starfleet made sure that all of its engineers were all rounders and were prepared to carry out whatever task was necessary.

Daniel graduated from Starfleet Academy with a BSc in Propulsion Systems Engineering and was commissioned an Ensign. He hoped to be assigned to a deep space exploration vessel or at least one of the larger cruisers like the Galaxy or Sovereign-class starships but instead he was assigned to the U.S.S. Livingston, an aging Excelsior-class starship. To say that he was disappointed was an understatement but part of being in Starfleet was going where one was sent so Daniel reported aboard the Livingston as a propulsion systems specialist.

The three years Daniel spent aboard the Livingston were uneventful. The ship spent her time travelling from one Federation core world to another ferrying cargo and various dignitaries from one location to another. There were occasional skirmishes with pirates or raiders but the Livingston, despite her age, was able to hold her own in these fights but those situations didn’t provide the kind of excitement that Daniel was looking for. He wanted to be part of a crew exploring the unknown reaches of space, not re-treading familiar ground in the heart of Federation space. Ensign Walsh took this opportunity spent bopping around the core worlds to undertake a Masters Degree via a distance learning course from Starfleet Academy. Deciding to branch out from propulsion systems, Danny undertook a degree in computer systems engineering. It took two and a half years to complete but in 2388 Daniel gained a second degree; an MSc in Propulsion Systems Engineering.

Service Record

Start End Rank Role Assignment
23812382
Cadet Freshman Grade
Engineering CadetStarfleet Academy
23822383
Cadet Sophomore Grade
Engineering CadetStarfleet Academy
23832384
Cadet Junior Grade
Engineering CadetStarfleet Academy
23842385
Cadet Senior Grade
Engineering CadetStarfleet Academy
23852388
Ensign
Engineer - Propulsion SpecialistU.S.S. Livingston NCC-34099
2388
Ensign
Assistant Chief EngineerU.S.S. Ark Royal