Public Affairs Office Personnel Profiles:
Sam Archer   |   Tessa Kensington   |   Cassie Queen

Tuesday, April 7

Starfleet Uniforms

These Starfleet duty uniforms were issued in March 2365, and entered service in early April. They are similar to the previous uniform (in use since 2350), although these include improvements for better comfort and utility.

These uniforms consist of two pieces, a front-close jacket, and matching black pants. They feature a raised collar (with department trim), and solid black shoulders (all shoulder piping from the previous design has been removed). A black belt is worn in the waist of the pants, and a gray t-shirt and undergarments are worn beneath the uniform. Sturdy black shoes round out the look.

Both men and woman wear this uniform.

Red represents command, navigation, and administration. Gold represents operations, engineering and security. Blue represents science, medical and counseling.

The Starfleet combadge is worn on the left breast. Rank insignia is worn on the right collar.

The final two uniforms (above) depict the gold or blue-colored utility jumpsuits available to all Starfleet personnel working within dirty, soiled, or unclean environments.

All crew uniforms are purchased according to size, and tailored to fit. Replicators do not produce clothing. Personal laundry facilities are available in every crew and residential quarters.

This image (above) depicts the dress uniform worn by all standard duty personnel. It consists of a long wraparound tunic, closing on the right. Gold trim lines the top edge of the wraparound (including the collar). Rank insignia is worn just below the gold trim on the right shoulder. The Starfleet combadge is worn on the left breast.

The colored uniforms are worn by ranking officers, according to their service department. The gray wraparound is worn by all enlisted personnel, with a shoulder stripe representing their department color.

These uniforms (above) are worn by all flag officers within the Admiralty. They are similar in design to the standard duty uniforms, however, they feature gold trim along the shoulders, and secondary rank bars on the cuffs (one bar per Admiral rank/star). The gold collar trim also extends down through the black shoulders, ending at the bottom of the shoulders.

The Starfleet combadge is worn on the left breast. Rank insignia is worn on the right collar.

This image (above) depicts the dress uniform worn by all admirals. It consists of a long front-close tunic, with a black chest wedge. Gold trim lines the shoulders, wedge, and collar. The Starfleet combadge is worn on the left breast. Rank insignia is worn on the right collar.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Saturday, February 29

There's Something In The Atmosphere

I hate to say this, but the rogue chief science officer of the USS Arcane – the Starfleet officer who took one of the Arcane’s type-7 shuttles, and disappeared into the atmosphere -- may be on to something. His claimed theory is false: chroniton particles are theoretical. They don’t exist. And there are none surrounding this planet. However, we have confirmed that there are unnatural radiation particles in the atmosphere, and they may have been collecting there for millennia. They more than likely had something to do with the disappearance of all six vessels, although, we do not yet know how.

Our research continues, and, tomorrow, if we don’t experience any more setbacks, we will be ready to launch another probe, just like the one that was destroyed.

We hope our 87 personnel are out there, down there, somewhere – waiting to be recovered. We hope they are safe, and alive, and ready to come home.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Friday, February 28

A Rogue Commander

Bad news: It will take longer to find our missing personnel.

Earlier today, as our joint crews were bringing a custom-modified sensor probe online -- to send into the upper atmosphere, a type-7 shuttle launched from the USS Arcane, piloted by their chief science officer, Lieutenant Commander Edward Marcus. His launch was unauthorized, and counter to our efforts.

Apparently, Mr. Marcus believed that there are chroniton particles in the atmosphere, and his modified shuttle could collect these particles. He then claimed to be able to use them to identify where our missing vessels went. Unfortunately, chroniton particles are theoretical, and have not been proven to exist. It is doubtful that they could exist within an atmospheric environment.

Before we could stop him, the Lieutenant Commander’s shuttle fired upon, and destroyed, our custom probe. It then descending into the planet’s atmosphere, and vanished. Six shuttles are now missing, along with 87 personnel from two different ships.

Our efforts have been hindered, and we will have to restart our experimental project. Two days of development work now orbit the planet as debris.

Captain Picard is understandably furious.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Thursday, February 27

Investigation, The Ambassador, and The Arcane

Two days later, and our 86 crew remain missing. We may have developed a few promising ideas to further assess this planet’s atmosphere, and, hopefully, determine what happened to our five auxiliary vessels. We don’t know how well these ideas will work, so I can’t comment on them until they are put into action. We are also cooperating with personnel from the USS Ambassador in all this, and they are proving to be surprisingly helpful.

The Excelsior-class USS Arcane also arrived in orbit this afternoon. Many of our command crew have expressed concern at their unusual reasons for being here, however, they are a fellow Starfleet ship, and we are including them in our efforts. Thus far, their crew appears to be taking a mostly theoretical approach to finding a solution.

Whatever happened to those five vessels, and those 86 people, I pray they are all alive and well. I’ve been on the missing end of survival, and it is not a pleasant experience. I was forced to survive, alone, for three weeks. I hope, wherever these people are, their conditions are more comfortable, bearable, and secure.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Wednesday, February 26

Our Search Expands

We still have no new insight into what happened to the two transports and three shuttles that disappeared while traveling down to the planet’s surface. Captain Picard ordered some scientific modifications to a second probe, in the hopes of increasing our data-gathering capabilities, but that probe also disappeared as it descended down toward the planet. We are no closer to any answers than when our five auxiliary vessels disappeared.

86 personnel and civilians remaining missing.

In related news, the USS Ambassador (Ambassador-class) was in the area, and has pulled into orbit with us. Their captain has volunteered his crew’s assistance, although, I’m not sure what their crew can do that the Enterprise hasn’t already tried. Nonetheless, we do welcome the assistance of another Starfleet vessel.

I do find myself a bit confused, however, at the fact that the USS Arcane (Excelsior-class) has also declared its intent to assist us. Their captain informed my PAO office in the early morning hours, that he has orders – directly from Starfleet -- to rendezvous with us in orbit and render any assistance we may need. I am somewhat baffled at this since our commship (carrying news of the Enterprise’s intention to visit this uncharted planet) wasn’t due to arrive at the nearest Starfleet command facility until this afternoon.

The USS Arcane is due to arrive tomorrow around 1400 hours.

It would appear that we will have a great deal of assistance in our search, although, to be honest, something feels odd about all this. The addition of 1,450 personnel, on two more of Starfleet’s largest ships, suddenly arriving to assist – one of which claims to have been ordered here (before Starfleet even knew we were going to visit this planet) has me cautious and concerned.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Tuesday, February 25

Disappearing Vessels

It has been a few hours since five small craft left the Enterprise to take crew down to the surface of this beautiful class-M planet. These auxiliary vessels – the Pullman-class transports, Aurora and Volante; two class-7 shuttles, Hawking and the Marine shuttle, Arizona; as well as my own personal type-6 shuttle, the Eagle -- were carrying science personnel, crew on leave to go camping or hiking, Tessa, Cassie, and a few civilians looking to explore an unexplored planet. Unfortunately, as soon as they entered the atmosphere, and began descending to the surface, they disappeared. All five vessels vanished without a trace.

Subsequent sensor sweeps have shown no sign of the vessels in the atmosphere, or on the planet. Communications are also down; we cannot raise the vessels on any channel. And there don’t appear to be any other starships in the area. Captain Picard ordered a probe to be sent down to the planet, and it too vanished (and stopped transmitting). We have no idea what happened to the vessels, or where they went.

86 of our crew are now missing.

In light of this incident, Captain Picard has halted all additional transports down to the planet, and all appropriate departments are analyzing sensor data, surface scans, heat maps, and any other data useful to this search. Right now, though, we have no answers.

We have 86 missing personnel. We will do everything we can to find them.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Monday, February 24

A Class-M Paradise

We arrived at the class-M planet our telescopic sensors discovered. Detailed scans of the surface indicate no signs of habitation, civilization, or infrastructure. The planet appears to be uninhabited. What we do see, however, is a wide range of wilderness environments, very much like the national parks in the United States on Earth. From orbit, the vegetation looks to be Earth-like as well, and we’ve spotted wildlife akin to bison, deer, and other small creatures.

There does appear to be one area on the planet that features an unusually placed hill, with a series of smaller hills nearby – possible burial mounds for a primitive culture that no longer exists. A mix of deciduous forest and open meadows cover this area. Since this area seems to be of most interest to our crew, this will be our landing zone for any visits to the planet.

Captain Picard has reviewed the scan data, and approved limited travel for anyone interested in visiting this stunning wilderness. There have already been requests to explore the mounds up close, science interest in the ecology and plant life, and a few other individuals that have asked for leave to organize camping and hiking opportunities.

No significant threats have been identified on the surface, so visits down to the planet will begin tomorrow afternoon. Our two Pullman-class transports, other shuttles, and a Marine shuttle escort (just to be on the safe side) will depart the Enterprise at 1600 hours with the first group of crew and equipment. Our transports will then begin operating on scheduled departures for any other personnel who wish to visit the planet in the coming days. A runabout will land shortly after the first group, and provide a mobile transporter pad – for emergency use.

In addition to crew transportation, I have also granted Lieutenant (JG) Tessa Kensington, and Ensign Cassie Queen use of my personal shuttle, the “Eagle”, so that they can enjoy a camping trip near the landing zone. I will be staying aboard the Enterprise to complete a few projects, but may take the opportunity to visit this wilderness planet later in the week.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Sunday, February 23

An Uncharted Planet

With our activities on Mariposa at an end, we have left the planet for a new mission. Since we don’t have any orders at the present time, Captain Picard has chosen to take the Enterprise to an uncharted star system 5 light years away. Our telescopic sensors detected what may be an Earth-like, class-M planet located there, and many of us are curious to investigate. Class-M planets are comparatively rare in the known galaxy, and previously uncharted class-M planets are even more tantalizing.

Naturally, the images our sensors captured are from five years ago (since it takes light, five light years away, five years to reach our present location), but we anticipate finding the system and planet much the same now, as our telescopic sensors show it to be five years ago. The anticipation at what we may find, though, is high, since the planet could be populated, or, like most class-M planets, it could be devoid of any sentient life, and nothing more than a wilderness of vegetation and animal life. We just won’t know until we get there.

We’ve sent off the commship, that arrived earlier this morning, to alert the nearest Starfleet facility of our relocation, and have set course for this mysterious planet. We will arrive in its star system by sometime tomorrow afternoon.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Thursday, February 20

A Memorial For Mariposa

Earlier today, some of our crew held a short remembrance ceremony near the crash site of the SS Mariposa. They were honoring the forgotten individuals of the second colony expedition to the Ficus Sector – an expedition that left Earth two hundred years ago. Records indicate that this would have been a high-tech science colony, however, their ship – the SS Mariposa –broke up during landing, and crashed onto the planet. Evidence suggests that at least 60 colonists may have died in the crash, with less than a dozen surviving to bury the dead.

The colony was never built, and what remains of the survivor settlement is overgrown by forest and vegetation. No one would have known it was here, had we not come looking for it.

Part of today’s ceremony also included the unveiling of a memorial statue. It was placed in the center of the settlement ruins, and features a curious young woman reaching out to touch the wind of this new world. It is inspired by the work of early 21st century sculptor Luo Li Rong, and features a memorial message at the base of the statue. Anyone who visits this planet in the future, will now know what happened here.

These forgotten colonists on Mariposa (the name we have given this uninhabited planet) will be forgotten no longer. They will be remembered as brave pioneers who died in pursuit of a dream.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Tuesday, February 18

The Lost Colony of Mariposa

We arrived at the destination planet of the second half of the SS Mariposa colonists, and found no habitation. We did locate the debris from a crashed starship – likely the SS Mariposa, and some of that debris had been moved to a nearby settlement site, but there are no current signs of Human life. If there were survivors from the crash 200 years ago, they did not live long. The science colony that was intended here, was never established.

We did find a few makeshift buildings, and a small cemetery near the crash site, but most of it was overgrown with vegetation. Those who survived the crash did try to build a new life for themselves, but they appear to have succumbed to the wilderness around them.

There was no indication of how many colonists survived the crash, although, the partial structures and the inscribed cemetery stones suggest that it may have been less than a dozen. Most of the original cargo manifest appears to have been destroyed in the crash.

The Enterprise will be remaining in orbit as we continue to search the area for more information about this failed colony, and as we pay our respects to the forgotten colonists who died here.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Monday, February 17

The Lost Colony of Bringloid

The Enterprise arrived in the first intended colony system of the Ficus sector today, only to discover that the sun was undergoing a period of severe flare activity – enough to disrupt our electronic systems. We managed to cope with these disruptions, and scanned two class-M planets. The fourth planet from the sun was mostly desert, and had never seen any habitation. The fifth planet, though arid and warm, showed clear signs of Human colonization.

After scanning this fifth planet, we discovered localized roads and a small cluster of settlements. Most of the population, however, appeared to be living in the caves and caverns of a nearby mountain range. The warming of the planet had, apparently, driven them underground.

A Beta Shift away team, led by Lieutenant Commander Winona Tallili, took a shuttle down to the planet’s surface, and opened a dialogue with the colonists. There were 225 inhabitants in the colony, and all of them had chosen to live a simple no-tech existence. The Away team reported that they were largely traditional Irish in lifestyle.

The colonists had named their planet, “Bringloid”, and referred to themselves as “Bringloidi”.

Later in the afternoon, the colony leader, Danilo O’Dell, invited Captain Picard and our senior staff down to the planet for dinner. Reports indicate that discussions -- during a fire-cooked meal -- ranged from the state of Bringloid and its unstable sun, to a potential husband for Danilo’s daughter, Brenna. After dinner, and with the sun activity causing increased damage to our ship’s systems, Captain Picard ordered the Enterprise to find safety outside the star system. Before leaving the surface of Bringloid, however, he promised to update the Federation colony records, and send a relief ship to reinforce the needs of the colony.

With the day’s discovery recorded, the colony inhabitants’ desire to remain on Bringloid, and our need to stay out of range of the star’s current disruptive effects, the Enterprise left the Bringloid system about an hour ago. Our new target is the recorded destination of the second colony in the Ficus Sector. This system is roughly five light years away, and was registered as an eventual science colony. It is our hope that we will find a thriving colony of Humans there as well, and can finally put to rest the fate of the SS Mariposa and its forgotten crew.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Sunday, February 16

Birthday: Geordi La Forge

Happy 30th Birthday to our USS Enterprise-D chief engineer, Lieutenant Geordi La Forge.

Lieutenant La Forge was born in 2335, in the city of Mogadishu, Somalia, within the African Confederation on Earth. He is the son of Doctor Edward La Forge, a Starfleet exozoologist, and Commander Silva La Forge, a Starfleet officer stationed at an outpost along the Romulan Neutral Zone. Geordi is one of the youngest chief engineers in Starfleet.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Saturday, February 15

A Light In The Darkness

The USS Enterprise-D. The most beautiful ship in the fleet.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Friday, February 14

A Talented Crew

When people think of the Enterprise crew, they often think of us as just officers and enlisted personnel in uniform. We have jobs while on duty, and we hang out in lounges when off-duty. But, the truth is, we’re more than that. We’re a community of unique people traveling the stars. We have hobbies, we participate in clubs and on-ship organizations, we play sports in the gymnasiums, we watch movies in the cinema, and we attend live musical events in the music hall. We knit, we cook, we sing, we entertain. We are more than just a job and a uniform.

In fact, I myself, am an example of this. While we were at Earth, I submitted the manuscript for my first novel. I won’t be home when it gets published and released, but it is scheduled for Earth-wide distribution, and will eventually be available all across the Federation – in multiple languages. By the end of the month, I will be a Starfleet officer AND a published author.

I, however, am not the only Starfleet crewmember with a professional talent. Our own Tessa Kensington is a skilled singer/musician who is already in discussion to perform live on board in the near future. Lieutenant Dexter Timmins is an accomplished actor who has performed in stage productions with “The Enterprise Players”, our on-ship theatre company. Ensign Lana Bakulos is a popular guest cook in some of the restaurants on the deck ten Promenade. And Crewman Badget Carter has the skills to play professional Parrises Squares on any top team in the Federation. These are, of course, just a few examples among our current crew, but it goes to show just how talented we are – beyond the service uniforms we wear.

Space is not exclusive to the intrepid startreaders on warp ships, exploring the galaxy. Space is not just for those who choose to go where no one has gone before. Space is home to talent, innovation, and new ideas. There is always more to those of us in the black than meets the eye.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Tuesday, February 11

USS Enterprise: First Starfleet Baby

I have some happy news to report. Earlier this morning, the USS Enterprise-D gained its first Starfleet baby – the first infant to be born to members of our Starfleet crew. A few civilian mothers have given birth since we launched, but little Natasha Quincy is the first born to Starfleet parents. Her father, Lieutenant Geoff Quincy, is a systems engineer, and her mother is Lieutenant (JG) Jolene Quincy, one of our primary astrophysicists.

Congratulations to the new parents, and welcome to the Enterprise, Natasha!

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Friday, February 7

SS Mariposa Cargo Manifest

I thought you might find this interesting. This is, apparently, a complete list of the cargo carried aboard the lost colony ship SS Mariposa, when it left Earth on November 27, 2163. It was provided to us within our current mission files.

225 Yoshimitsu Model 4077 computer CPUs
5 Type 9 Monitor Beacon satellites
700 University of Manitoba cellular comlinks
50 spinning wheels
20 cattle
30 pigs
25 goats
201 chickens
176 ducks
20 Banzai Pipeline surfboards
32 rotary tiller Model 1102 Cultivators
331 crates of personal belongings
Five months of non-perishable foodstuffs
Three weeks of perishable in-transit food

Interestingly enough, the rediscovered mission records do not indicate how many Human passengers were aboard the SS Mariposa when it left Earth. Those records remain lost, or, perhaps, were never recorded. Our Enterprise computer calculations estimate that there were likely about 100 colonists aboard at the time she was launched. If both intended colonies were successful 200 years ago, and still exist today, that means there could be at least 1,000 lost and forgotten humans living on planets in the Ficus Sector.

That certainly makes this a curious mission worth pursuing.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Wednesday, February 5

Destination: Ficus Sector

The Enterprise left Earth today, bound for our next assignment. Last month, Federation researchers discovered records of an unknown 2163 Earth colony mission, aboard a ship known as the SS Mariposa. It left Earth with passengers seeking to establish two new colonies in the Ficus sector – Irish farmers for one, and a high-tech research group for the other. Sadly, records of the mission were either lost or forgotten at the time, and no one has heard from the SS Mariposa, or it’s passengers since.

We’ve been ordered to head out to the Ficus sector and investigate the fate of that mission. If the colonists did make it to their destinations 201 years ago, we are to open communication with their descendants and offer any assistance they may need. If they didn’t survive the trip, we are tasked with determining their fate, and updating the history books.

When the SS Mariposa left Earth on November 27, 2163, it faced a three-month journey, traveling at warp 5. We’ll arrive out there in 12 days – at warp 9. The registered colony planets are about 50 light years from Earth.

We don’t really know what to expect, but it would be nice to find descendants of the original colonists. I’d hate to think that all those intrepid Humans were lost to history two hundred years ago, and no one cared about their fate until now.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Saturday, February 1

Starfleet Flag

The flag of Starfleet. The banner under which we serve.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Friday, January 31

Preparing To Leave Earth

The Enterprise remains in orbit of Earth – likely into next week. We have our full crew back on board, and we’ve begun taking on cargo – mostly food and perishables at this point. Mission-related cargo will be cleared for arrival over the weekend.

I sat in on a command briefing earlier today with Captain Picard, the senior staff, Admiral Gilbertson, Admiral Janeway, and a few other members of the brass. It was an interesting experience, and one that I am rarely invited to attend. Our next mission was discussed, however, I am not at liberty to comment on it just yet. Matters relating to those orders are still pending.

For now, it is back to business as usual. We will be away from Earth for a while, so the crew is preparing for another extended deployment. Final mail deliveries are being sent down to Earth, new personnel are getting settled in, and the “Eagle” is parked in Shuttlebay 3. Life is returning to normal; the USS Enterprise-D will be back in service next week.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Wednesday, January 29

Beauty In Orbit

The beautiful USS Enterprise-D in orbit of Earth.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer