From Bravo Fleet Infobase
6 August, 2338 (Age 47)
Frank Sturmgeist was the commanding officer of the USS Fitzgerald and Task Force 9, having stepped down from both in 2385. He is currently the administrator of Gavara Colony.
Sturmgeist was born in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. His father served as an Arctic Expeditionary for the Starfleet Science Division at Inuvik and his mother was the chief medical officer of the science base there. Sturmgeist was raised largely by his mother while his father was out on expeditions throughout the Canadian Arctic. With the melt and thawing of much of the northern islands, the Canadian government contracted Starfleet Science to explore and survey northern regions for sustainable economic development and cites for new colonies. His father was one of the leading scientists in the Weather Control branch of Starfleet Science, and played a key role in developing technologies to prevent the North from melting because of global warming.
When Sturmgeist was eight he was allowed to start going on some the less demanding expeditions with his father, who he'd come to admire as an explorer. The first expedition Sturmgeist was taken on took him to Alert, on Ellesmere Island. Starfleet was experimenting with weather control in the High Arctic and to get accurate readings a science team had to be posted throughout the region for a month, collecting atmospheric, snow, and ice samples. Sturmgeist was allowed to help with this even as a kid. Just by digging up snow and pushing buttons on machinery when told was enough for him to feel useful.
As a child, Sturmgeist didn't go to elementary or even junior high school. Because of his parents' jobs and always being on the move throughout the North, Sturmgeist was home schooled. He continued going on expeditions with his father until he was a teenager. Enrolling in Starfleet Academy came as an eventuality to him - he didn't consider not enrolling. To do so, however, Sturmgeist knew that he should stop going on expeditions and attend a high school. He did so and excelled in most of his subjects. But to his parents' surprise, he did not do so well in mathematics. This did not hinder his chances significantly enough, however, to prevent him from being accepted into the Academy.
When Sturmgeist was 18 in 2356, he began his studies at the Academy in San Francisco. This was the first time he'd left the Arctic. Not only was the city a metropolis in comparison to what he'd been used to, but the climate took him some getting used to. Sturmgeist's original intentions were to study sciences and rejoin the northern science division. His professors found that he had a unique command ability that didn't come so often to most other students. They thought it had to do with the fact that he'd been taking authoritative and independent roles working with teams for most of his life during the expeditions he'd been on while growing up.
After three years of studying sciences, he decided to take the advice that the professors had been giving him and began command studies. Upon graduation in 2362 at age 24, Sturmgeist was assigned to the USS Mont Blanc, an Excelsior Class, where he served as a stellar cartographer with the rank of lieutenant junior grade. He was not pleased with his assignment; he felt it was a slap in the face after six years of study. The Mont Blanc rarely left the Core Planets region of the Federation, leaving him with what he thought was a very boring and uneventful job.
After serving there for two years until he was 26, Sturmgeist was made aware by his science chief of an assistant chief science position on another vessel. He applied for it and with the recommendations of his superiors he was granted the transfer and promoted to lieutenant. He served there aboard the USS David, a Saber Class. In 2366, the chief science officer retired and Sturmgeist was promoted to fill the role. Sturmgeist was beginning to feel frustrated with Starfleet. He felt that he still wasn't able to operate to his fullest. The David was deployed that same year to monitor the Cardassian Border and the Badlands.
Starfleet wanted to attain more knowledge on the Badlands and the David was sent to gather data. Sturmgeist was ordered to lead an away team aboard a shuttle into the Badlands when they were attacked by a Cardassian patrol vessel. The shuttle was no match and the crew, including Sturmgeist, was kidnapped and questioned. Being as loyal to Starfleet as Sturmgeist is, he didn't say a word and was punished severely by his captors. The Cardassians tore his finger and toenails out and submitted him to waterboarding in attempt to make him speak. The Cardassians suspected that their mission was to spy on border strength in an attempt to find the least defended stretch to launch an offensive on. Sturmgeist developed a hatred for Cardassians as a result.
During a transfer from the interrogation chambers to a holding cell, Sturmgeist and his away team of only three enlisted personnel were able to overcome their escorts and incapacitate them. Stealing their weapons and sneaking through service corridors, they made their way to the shuttlebay where their shuttlecraft was being held. Sturmgeist hacked into the Cardassians' ship systems and disabled their weapons and shields long enough to escape aboard their craft and without being destroyed. They made it back to the David safely. Sturmgeist was recognised for executing a perfect escape and with all of his away team.
When the Dominion War broke out in 2371, Sturmgeist was 32. A need for experienced commanders was in high demand. He was promoted to lieutenant commander as executive officer aboard the USS Sackville, an Ambassador Class. The Sackville saw battle at the Siege of AR-558 but suffered no casualties.
In 2373 the Sackville was involved in the battle of Torros III. The commanding officer was killed in the battle and Sturmgeist assumed temporary command. The battle was a success and the ship returned to starbase with only minor casualties. Several months went by before the ship was fully repaired and a new commanding officer was posted. The next major action that Sturmgeist saw was in 2374 for Operation Return. The Sackville took on damage when the newly assigned CO froze in the heat of battle. Sturmgeist was forced to assume command for the duration of the battle. Under his command, the ship destroyed four Dominion vessels.
After the war and Starfleet's expansion into the Gamma Quadrant, in 2380 Sturmgeist was given his own command, the Intrepid Class USS Fitzgerald at the age of 42 and was promoted to commander. Being posted to the Gamma Quadrant was what Sturmgeist had always wanted without knowing it. He was finally in command of a starship and was able to explore the unknown frontier in Task Force 9.
Command got off to a rocky start. On his maiden voyage there was an engine failure that forced him to order a landing on an unexplored and unnamed M-Class planet. During the repairs and the exploration of the surrounding area his chief medical officer was killed by natives and he was knocked into a coma. The team he was part of was only narrowly rescued shortly thereafter and Sturmgeist made a full recovery. His first executive officer was killed in a gang fight at their home base planet on Altor II and his chief operations officer had a nervous breakdown.
Despite these inhibitions, Sturmgeist was promoted to captain in 2381 for his commendable actions as a commanding officer. The Fitzgerald took part in establishing a dilithium mining base and saving a civilian convoy. In 2382, after responding to a distress call and taking on refugees, the Fitzgerald was hijacked and the senior staff was held captive. Through the efforts of the crew, the hijackers were defeated. Most of them were killed; some escaped, however.
In 2383 Sturmgeist was promoted to commodore and made executive officer of Task Force 9. In that same year, the Fitzgerald charted much of today's known space in the Gamma Quadrant. In 2384 the Fitzgerald liberated a colony that had been attacked by Dominion-funded sympathisers on Gavara Colony. The colony's governor was killed in the attack, but the Fitzgerald managed to retake the colony and destroy three Dominion Battlecruisers. After suffering extensive damage, however, the Fitzgerald as an Intrepid class was scrapped and recommissioned as a Galaxy Class.
Sturmgeist was promoted to rear admiral and Task Force 9 Commanding Officer in 2385 at the age of 47. Shortly after his 48th birthday, Sturmgeist stepped down command of the Fitzgerald and his command of Task Force 9. He was succeeded by his executive officer, Brad Huddle; Captain Ivan Ingram was given command of the Fitzgerald. He transferred himself and the Fitzgerald to the fringes of explored space in the Gamma Quadrant to the newly Federation-acquired Gavara Colony, to head its development and establish direction for the Federation's presence there.
In late 2386, the colony was attacked by a stray Borg Cube that had been severed from the collective. Before it crashed in Gavara City's harbour, it destroyed fired a powerful EMP that cut off all power to the colony; as the Cube fell out of the sky it destroyed many of the city's skyscrapers and other buildings with its phasers and torpedos. Shortly after the crash and hundreds of deaths later, thousands of Borg began to emerge from the ocean. They walked ashore at a popular beach, but went unnoticed until they were in the city streets because communications were down and most security and rescue personnel were responding to the hundreds of civilian casualties around the city.
Sturmgeist helped coordinate the evacuation from the city plaza, where people were being herded into large assault vehicles to be taken to security bunkers in the surrounding mountains. Armament was practically non-existent as all handheld weapons were burnt out from the Borg's EMP. Most civilians escape, but not before the horde of Borg reached the plaza. People fled in all directions and Sturmgeist made his way, along with a few security officers, to a police station that had been partially shielded from the EMP. There, Sturmgeist replicated a box of 5000 rounds of ammunition and an AK47. The Borg surrounded the station and began flooding in; with the remaining power reserves, Sturmgeist was finally able to send out a distress signal that was picked up by the Fitzgerald under the command of Captain Ivan Ingram.
Later that day, after hours of defending himself and his small group of fighters, an away team from the Fitzgerald arrived on the scene. Sturmgeist explained where the others were and with the team's assistance, they made their way to a train station that took them to the mountains and security bunkers. His longtime marine and loyal friend, Ray Fernandez managed to destroy the station as they left with modified explosives, taking out hundreds of Borg along with it.
At the security bunker a civilian scientist came forward with a chemical agent he had devised that vapourised organic life. He explained how it could work against the Borg by deploying a significant quantity above the city. Captain Ingram refused on ethics, claiming that there was no way to know how many civilians remained in the city who would killed. Sturmgeist later approached the scientist along with the Fitzgerald's science chief, Neda Vahl, to see if the weapon could really work. He then ordered more of the agent replicated and commanded Vahl to deploy it herself by using modified torpedoes from the Fitzgerald and a maintenance shuttle at the bunker. The plan worked and Sturmgeist shielded Lt. Vahl from reprimand as 70 civilians were later found to have been killed.
With the colony repaired within a few months, Sturmgeist maintains his governorship as of 2387.
Sturmgeist's personality seems to command respect. Those who aren't his friends often feel intimidated around him. This is probably because of his rough physical features. Sturmgeist knows this and he tries to act as 'down to Earth' as possible around everyone when the time is appropriate. Sturmgeist is one of those kind of people that are usually on the sidelines watching everything happen. When he makes comment on things his opinion is usually valued and is assumed to be the correct one.
In making the tough calls, Sturmgeist has no problems. This derives from his history during the Dominion War while commanding the Sackville. He felt he was always surrounded by incompetence and he wasn't going to tolerate it. Sturmgeist doesn't believe in appeasing the feelings of the inferior when there is someone more qualified. When someone gaffs, Sturmgeist will be the first one to notice and will not hesitate to have them replaced if it's needed. He believes that too many second chances are given to too many people and that's why many people are where they are in the fleet.
His crew has always found him to be very approachable. Sturmgeist values the opinions of his staff on all matters and wants to hear them before making a call. There are times, however, where he forgoes this and will make a decision himself. When off duty, Sturmgeist is often found wandering the ship or in the holodeck. He likes to laugh and be sociable with all ranks of the crew.
Sturmgeist has become very embittered towards Starfleet in his more recent years. When he was promoted to commodore and appointed Task Force 9 XO in 2383, he was thrilled. His thrill only lasted so long. When his TFCO, Toran Krezek was reassigned he spent the next two years serving for a slew of task force commanders. Sturmgeist felt that he was best suited for the job but was repeatedly passed over by ignorant bureaucrats who'd never been to the Gamma Quadrant. He had no respect for any of his seniors and often did his own thing in the quadrant, trying to distance himself from the commanding officer as best as he could. When Bob Martens was assigned to take over the task force, Sturmgeist found the first senior officer he could respect since Krezek. When Martens stepped down, Sturmgeist was sure that he was going to get the job but was again looked over, despite the recommendations put forward by Martens.
Out of frustration and feeling betrayed by Starfleet, Sturmgeist put forward a transfer request to serve in the Beta Quadrant in Task Force 58. This was approved, however it never materialised and the Fitzgerald never left the quadrant. He was later reassigned to Task Force 17 and Task Force 86. The Fitzgerald, however, remained in the Gamma Quadrant. Throughout 2384, Task Force 9 saw two new commanding officers come and go before being given the job of commanding officer. He was more angry than happy when he was given the job.
Sturmgeist has a hatred for the Dominion and the Cardassians that spawned from the Dominion War. More than the Dominion, he hates Cardassians for ever having been allied with them and their treatment of the Bajorans. He was noted for his controversial remarks during the liberation of Cardassian space when he said he believed the Cardassians should be left for Dominion genocide.
Always having been a hands on person, Sturmgeist often forgoes the Starfleet regulations regarding away team policies. Sturmgeist almost always puts himself on the away team when his presence isn't absolutely required on the ship. He has involved himself in physical combat and has made a strong friendship with the longest serving member of his crew, Marine Commander Lt. Colonel Ray Fernandez who has recently been made the executive officer of the Fitzgerald. Although, one wouldn't expect Sturmgeist to be a violent man at first glance. He just looks angry all the time.
Sturmgeist needs to be drinking coffee all the time. He always has a mug of straight black coffee with him and had engineering build him a mug holder in his command chair. He justifies it by thinking there are much worse things he could be doing. The crew jokes amongst themselves about what he puts in it because Sturmgeist seems to always be everywhere all the time.
He is a very musical man and it is not uncommon for him to break into song. Whether he's whistling, singing, or humming he's done it all. He also plays the trumpet and on occasion he and Fernandez, who plays the saxophone, will perform for the crew with a night of old fashioned jazz.
Strengths & Weaknesses
Sturmgeist is a very broadly knowledged man. He doesn't know too much about any one subject, but rather he knows the basics of a variety of them. Although he doesn't appear to be very strong, he knows how to pack a punch and how to defend himself without a phaser. He consistently scores in the upper 90% in the shooting range and keeps himself fit for his age. He has no difficult in making tough decisions.
What Sturmgeist is not good at is sympathy. He often finds it difficult to feel remorse for his enemies and can sometimes go overboard in the heat of battle. He tends to be trigger happy and has, more than once, been the one to fire the first shot. When it comes to Starfleet regulations, he tends to put them second if it means endangering his crew which gets him in trouble on occasion.
Camping has always been a favourite hobby of his. He had never been able to camp until the Academy with friends because of his growing up in the Arctic. Although he had spent time camping in the Arctic on expeditions, it was a night of survival rather than enjoyment. He enjoys reading the classics, Robinson Crusoe is his favourite, and socialising. Sturmgeist doesn't drink alcohol.
Father: Donald Sturmgeist
Mother: Sofie Sturmgeist