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|Carmen Hestia Gomez|
|Born:||23 October 2351|
|Assignment(s):||Acting Chief engineer|
|Rank:||Lieutenant Junior Grade|
|Gomez in 2380|
Carmen Gomez was a junior engineer serving aboard the USS Horizon (NCC-91901) since 2383. In the 2370s through the early 2380s, she was the Chief Engineer aboard the USS Vulture (NCC-14330). (Star Trek: New Horizons, Star Trek: Pioneer)
Immediately out of the Academy, Ensign Gomez was assigned as a low ranking engineer attached to the Defiant-class construction team, through the Starfleet Corps of Engineers. With the outbreak of the Dominion War, Starfleet reassigned her to a combat ship.
The Dominion WarEdit
During the course of the battle, the USS Vulture took a direct hit, causing an explosion in engineering, which resulted in the death of the ship's chief engineer. Captain Mandrake promoted the junior engineer Ensign Carmen Gomez to a field promotion of Lieutenant and made her the ship's new chief engineer. After the battle, Starfleet Command upheld the promotion. ("Stranded")
In 2375, before the end of the war, the Vulture disappeared. Starfleet considered the ship and crew causalities of war. It was later discovered that the Tealuians had something to do with the starship's disappearance.
In 2380 the Vulture reappeared in the Great Barrier Rift, located at the edge of the Oralian sector. Mandrake and the crew made contact with Captain Benjamin Kelsoe and the USS Pioneer. Mandrake and his crew then tried to takeover the Pioneer. With help from Gomez, who was friends with Joanna Withrome, the Pioneer's chief engineer, Kelsoe and his crew were able to thwart Mandrake's coup.
Court Martial inquiryEdit
Gomez, along with the majority of the Vulture crew were brought up on charges of mutiny. At Gomez's Article 32 hearing, Joanna Withrome, Captain Benjamin Kelsoe, and some of her old instructors from the Academy spoke on her behalf. In the end the board of inquiry against Gomez was dropped, but she was demoted in rank to Lieutenant Junior Grade. ("Mandrake's Stand", "Stranded")
Assigned to Horizon ProjectEdit
Named Acting Chief EngineerEdit
After Beltram was injured in the Breen attack, Gomez took control in engineering. When Commander Jack Keller discovered she had done so, he became very angry. They visited sickbay, where Dr. Kelly Saunders explained to Keller that Beltram was in a coma, and that the ship needed an acting chief engineer. Keller reluctantly agreed to allow Gomez the opportunity. Later, after a series of uncontrolled jumps, as a result of the damage from the Breen attack and some unusual anomalies, the Horizon appeared in the Treelan system, where the crew met a hospitable race. During the jumps, all the female crewmen, including Gomez disappeared. The reason was unknown, but the crew ultimately believed it had to do with some sort of anomaly. ("Stranded")
Along with the rest of the crew, Gomez believed that they found a safe harbor when they encountered a mobile space station known as Sanctuary Outpost. While supervising the outpost's repairs to engineering, Gomez and Lt. Colonel Morgan were abducted by the Administrator. When she woke up on Sanctuary Outpost, Gomez learned that the station was completely automated, and that the Administrator was a computer construct. ("Sanctuary")
Starfleet service recordEditStarfleet Academy (2369-2373) - Rank: Cadet
Starfleet Corps of Engineers (2373) - Rank: Ensign - Post: Junior Engineer
USS Vulture (NCC-14330) (2374-2380) - Rank: Lieutenant - Post: Chief Engineer
Horizon Project (2382) - Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade - Post: Engineer
USS Horizon (NCC-91901) (2383- ) - Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade - Post: Senior Engineer
8 Commendations, and the Operation Return Medal.