|Admiral Jeffery Higdon|
|Born:||4 May 2334, Stardate 16801|
|Affiliation:||Starfleet (Cha'ouw Empire)|
|Assignment(s):|| Commander, Starfleet 12th Fleet
Commanding Officer, USS Black Hawk
|Occupation:||Starfleet officer (Cha'ouw Imperial Starfleet officer)|
|Children:||Christopher Higdon, Emily Higdon|
|Mother:||Barbara Higdon (Deceased)|
|Father:||Earl Higdon (Deceased)|
|Siblings:||Gregory Higdon, Carrie Livingston, Mary Jo Higdon, Patrick Higdon, Jana Williford|
Jeffery Earl Higdon (Born May 4, 2334, Stardate 11842, Winneford Metroplex, Midwestern US) is a Starfleet Admiral who commands Starbase 12, located directly on the border between the Federation and the Cha'ouw Empire. Despite his protests for the assignment, Higdon was chosen by a recommendation by the Cha'ouwian Imperial General Staff, Starfleet Intelligence Chief Admiral R.K. Locarno and approved by the Federation Council. His command is the only Starfleet Fleet and Starbase Commander who directly reports to the Federation President and the Khon or Emperor of the Cha'ouw Empire, the leader of a foreign government. He commanded the USS Shiloh (NCC-74683) from 2374 to 2377 before taking command of Starbase Rockford and the his flagship, the USS Black Hawk (NCC-75004). After the near destruction and decommissioning of the Black Hawk in 2387, Higdon assumed command of the Black Hawk subclass starship of the Sovereign-class, USS Black Hawk, NCC-75004-A in 2290.
Higdon was the oldest of six children of a Starfleet engineering chief and a Starfleet nurse. He had a fairly normal childhood despite being a "Starfleet brat". At the age of eight, Jeffery was involved in a transporter malfunction while being transported to the USS Gettysburg from Spacedock (his father was being transferred to a starbase and his family was moving with him) that he decided that he wanted to become a starship commander. When his father finally retired, the family returned to the mother's home town of Winneford. Consistently placing in the top ten of his classes, he graduated from high school in Winneford in 2353 and was accepted into Starfleet Academy.
Entering Starfleet AcademyEdit
On Stardate 31579.41 Higdon entered Starfleet Academy's pre-entrance camp, where he excelled. He entered Starfleet Academy at the San Francisco campus the following fall. For some reason during his plebe year he was not hazed or picked on by any upper classmen. When he became an upper classman, Higdon refused to participate in the traditional hazings despite being urged by several fellow upper classmen.
First Academy cadet cruise and the KennedyEdit
Higdon was the lone first-year cadet chosen to participate in the annual Academy cruise aboard the USS John F. Kennedy. When the Kennedy returned early from the cruise, the starship and its crew, including cadets, put under quarantine for two weeks. An unspecified event had happened during the cruise which was classified by Starfleet Command as "TOP SECRET". However the entire complement were given special commendations and two were even given the Federation Medal of Honor, one being Higdon. He was also given a special commission in Starfleet as a Lieutenant, junior grade and although he continued with his studies as a cadet he was given added responsibilities as an instructor in Federation history.
During his first year he became roommates with Charles "Kijo" Smith and Eric "K'Cire" Miller, two human-appearing aliens from the Cha'ouw Empire. They would not share their heritage until the three were sent to the Cha'ouw homeworld in their last year at the Academy. He developed friendships with William Riker whom he called by the name "Bill" and Kathryn Janeway, who were cadets while Higdon attended the Academy. He also knew Ben Sisko, who joined Higdon as a roommate in his last year at the Academy.
Between his second and third years at the Academy, Higdon was assigned to a two-month stay at the Starfleet installation near Bitburg, Germany, where he served as a transporter technician.
The Borilian pirate incidentEdit
After his third year at the Academy, Higdon, along with cadets Smith and Miller, were chosen to participate in the annual Academy cruise, this time aboard the Ambassador-class USS Ambassador. Toward the end of the cruise, the Ambassador was cruising through Sector 021, also known as the Illinois sector, when the ship was attacked by pirates claiming to come from Borilia. When the attack occurred most of the senior bridge members were off duty, leaving junior staff, including cadets Smith and Miller, with Lieutenant Higdon in the command chair. Higdon, using his limited experience, employed the Q'Seq Maneuver (named after a Klingon general) to defeat the Borilian pirates in a single move.
Visit to Cha'ouw and rescue missionEdit
Because of the proximity of the Cha'ouw Empire to the above action, the Cha'ouw government requested that the persons taking part in the incident come to the Cha'ouw homeworld to be honored. During the mid-term break, Higdon, Miller and Smith were transported to the Cha'ouw homeworld and were honored. During this visit Higdon learned Smith and Miller's true lineage as the son of the Emperor and a family relative, respectively. Higdon stayed as an honored guest of the Imperial Family when it was learned that Her Imperial Majesty, the Imperial Epetai or Empress (Smith's mother) had been kidnapped by renegade Klingons while she visiting a farming community in the far reaches of the planet.
Immediately the three cadets headed out to rescue the Epetai. Higdon was surgically altered to look like a Klingon with the name of Higden of the House K'HIg'Den and helped Kijo and K'Cire in rescuing Her Majesty. During the rescue Higdon was personally responsible for the capture of a Klingon B'rel-class Bird of Prey. While the records were sealed by agreement, the commendation he received from the Emperor became part of his permanent record.
Part of the notation stated: "During the time Lieutenant Higdon was on Cha'ouw, he participated in a rescue mission of a member of the Cha'ouw Royal House. It was later revealed to be Her Imperial Majesty, The Empress of the Cha'ouw Empire. Because of this personal sacrifice, heroism and honor done on behalf of the Cha'ouw Imperial House, additional special honors were given to Lieutenant Higdon which included the creation of a Special Imperial House in the name of K'HIg'Den (the name Higdon used during the mission to rescue Her Imperial Majesty), a seat in the Cha'ouw Imperial Senate set aside for him or his representative and special recognition by the Cha'ouw government due to his special relationship with the Cha'ouw Imperial Family and the Imperial Crown Prince, which was revealed to be His Imperial Highness, Crown Prince Kijo."
It was later revealed that the renegade Bird of Prey captured by Higdon which was turned over to the Cha'ouw military, would be bestowed on Higdon as a gift of the Cha'ouw Empire by Imperial Decree. Higdon refused this gift on the grounds that he was only doing his duty as a Starfleet officer and due to his friendship with Kijo.
This was the very Bird of Prey later designated to the House K'HIg'Den by His Imperial Majesty, with all the proper Klingon and Cha'ouwian upgrades and sent to then-Admiral Higdon as his Cha'ouwian flagship during his stay as commander of Starbase Rockford.
Graduation from Starfleet AcademyEdit
Higdon graduated in the Top Ten during his Academy graduation. He immediately applied for and was accepted into Command College, where he learned some valuable tactical and organizational instructions which would play in. Between graduation from the Academy and reporting to Command College Higdon took part of his down time on the Cha'ouw homeworld, learning the ways of the Cha'ouw and the intricate world of the Klingon Empire, when he visited Qo'noS for the first time. He started a collection of knives and weapons from various cultures when he was given a bat'leth by the Cha'ouwian Emperor.
Command College and Kobayashi MaruEdit
Higdon eventually was given the position of squad leader and was one of the first to undergo the famed Kobayashi Maru scenario where he surprised all by earning a special commendation. The reasons for the special commendation, deemed Top Secret for fifteen years, were revealed to the Federation Council during his confirmation as commander of Starbase Rockford.
Part of the testimony: "This commendation stems from actions taken in simulator tests, including the famed Kobayashi Maru scenario. Lieutenant Higdon is only the fourth officer in Starfleet history to beat the no-win scenario, the only Command College officer to do it without changing some of the conditions of the test. Lieutenant Higdon also is one of only two officers to do it on the first try and subsequent check-up tries that were instituted by his instructors."
Graduating at the top of his class from Command College, Higdon was given a choice to go to a starbase to be the aide of an admiral or Conn officer of the USS Yorktown. He chose the Yorktown and with it a promotion to full lieutenant. He won many commendations and awards while on the Yorktown and later underwent his Bridge Officer Certification and passing with flying colors, was made second officer of the Yorktown by 2364. During his time on the Yorktown, Higdon was awarded his second Federation Medal of Honor, a second Pike Medal and the Starfleet Delta Cross.
In 2365, Higdon was transferred to the USS Columbia where he became Ops officer as well as second officer. In 2366 he was transferred to the USS Montgomery as first officer and promoted to Lieutenant Commander. Before reporting to the Montgomery Higdon took and passed the Command Officer Certification tests at Starfleet Headquarters. Higdon was promoted to Commander after the Battle of Wolf 359.
Battle of Wolf 359Edit
Higdon and the Montgomery was part of the task force that intercepted the Borg cube at Wolf 359. The captain was killed when the attack happened and Higdon took command. The Montgomery received its fatal blow and Higdon ordered to abandon ship. The Borg ignored the escape pods as it destroyed the rest of the fleet and continued on to Sector 001 where it was finally stopped by the USS Enterprise-D. Higdon was awarded a Silver Star for his heroism and finally received promotion to full Commander.
Cha'ouwian intrigue and Starfleet AcademyEdit
While awaiting a new assignment it was found that Lieutenants Charles "Kijo" Smith and Eric "K'Cire" Miller were implicated with the theft of top-secret Starfleet security plans. Successful in their theft, Kijo and K'Cire escaped to the Cha'ouw Empire. Months later the Enterprise-D exposed the existence of an illegal phase cloaking device recovered on board the USS Pegasus, in violation of the Treaty of Algeron between the Federation and the Romulans. (TNG: "Pegasus")
Because of Higdon's close friendship to the Cha'ouwian officers, Higdon was implicated by association with the theft. While awaiting his new assignment Higdon was given a position as an instructor of Federation history at Starfleet Academy while the investigation was undertaken. When it becomes clear Higdon had nothing to do with the theft Starfleet ordered him to his next assignment, the USS Alacrity (NCC-1881), an Avenger-class starship.
During his time at the Academy, Higdon came up with what was dubbed the Universal Theorem of Time, for which he was awarded the T-Zeti Medal and the Nobel Prize in Astrophysics. Only part of the theorem was released as the critical part was labeled "ultra top secret". This theory was later used in vessels as a practical formula for Federation time vessels as far as beyond the 30th century.
Meanwhile the Cha'ouw and the Federation came to an understanding and started a joint operation to develop a better phase cloak in Cha'ouw space. Kijo and K'Cire were cleared of the theft and restored to Starfleet. They both resigned and were subsequently reassigned as Starfleet reservists.
The friendship between the three friends became strained as Higdon refused to visit the Cha'ouwian homeworld for many years.
Runabout Shiloh (NCC-1881/04)Edit
Higdon and his wife, Lieutenant Commander Karen Higdon, were assigned to a new research project using the new Danube-class runabouts. Higdon was given command of the Runabout Shiloh, attached to the USS Alacrity, which was fitted with scientific and defensive equipment to assist Starfleet in their limited exploration missions. Once the Shiloh left the Alacrity it did not return for a year until Higdon was ordered back to Earth, with the runabout, to take command of his first starship.
Six months into the Shiloh's mission, Higdon and the crew responded to a distress call from a Cha'ouwian vessel which had crash-landed on a nearby planet. When Higdon arrived he found his old friend Kijo and that his ship was attacked by some Klingon renegades who intended to kill the Crown Prince. The crew and the surviving Cha'ouwians fought off the renegades as the Federation starship USS Enterprise came to the rescue. The rift between the two friends (and later with K'Cire as well) was mended.
USS ShilohEditOne year to the day after receiving his new command, Commander Higdon and the shuttle Shiloh were recalled to Earth to oversee the refit of a new Intrepid-class starship. Higdon was given command of the vessel, which was named Shiloh. All his shuttle crew were placed aboard the new ship.
On 26 March 2374, the USS Shiloh (NCC-74683) was christened and commissioned. Shortly after the christening the Shiloh departed for a two-week shakedown. Upon its return, Shiloh landed at Shiloh National Park to take part in the 435th anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh. (Star Trek: Black Hawk: "End of the Shakedown")
Higdon oversaw the transportation of a communications array to the Dosiania parsec only to destroy it in order to prevent it falling in the hands of pirates (Mission to Dosiania (ST:BH)). Higdon's first known slip into a alternate timestream happened when the Shiloh assisted in the repelling of a Borg Cube threatening Earth (Toccata (STBH)).
Higdon was brevetted to the rank of full Admiral and the Shiloh acted as the Flagship of a taskforce to retake the Dominion-held Omega Zeta V in which Higdon suffer a second side-slip to another time-line where Higdon and his crew assisted the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) under Captain Robert April to return to the 23rd Century. (Altered Consequences (ST:BH))
The Shiloh also visited Q'no'S many times, including prior to the scheduled upgrade to a Intrepid III Class TransWarp (Way of the Warriors (ST:BH)). Higdon had beamed down to the Klingon Home to rendezvous with Kijo & K'Cire before being recalled to Earth for the refit.
USS Ticonderoga and assisting the Cha'ouwEdit
The Shiloh was picked as a test-bed for the Intrepid III Class project. However because of the Dominion War, it was almost a year and a half before Higdon was ordered to return to Earth for the upgrades needed for the new class of starship. Starfleet determined that although the project was a priority, the pulling of an experience crew from combat was not.
When a request came into Starfleet from the Cha'ouw for the use of a new prototype Defiant class starship under the jurisdiction of the Federation Legion, Higdon and a majority of his crew were ordered to take command of the USS Ticonderoga (NCC-18861) and proceed to Cha'ouw space to assist in efforts against invading Breen.
Higdon's first assignment was to take command of a Cha'ouwian Taskforce in order to intercept a Breen Convoy. Using the cloaking capabilities of the Ticonderoga, Higdon and his command was able to destroy the convoy, only leaving a few stray Breen fighters behind. The taskforce then joined the Battle of Hades VI and help successfully repelling a Breen takeover of that planet. However it was at the cost of over half of the Federation Legion contingent. Soon after that the Ticonderoga was order to Deep Space Nine in order to participate in the Battle of Cardassia Prime. (Way of the Warriors (ST:BH))
Higdon and the Ticonderoga displayed extraordinary gallantry during the Battle of Cardassian Prime. However the Ticonderoga was caught in a eight ship volley and Higdon ordered the ship to be abandoned when it became apparent the Ticonderoga would be destroyed. As Higdon and his command crew left the ship was rocked with multiple explosions and as his escape pod cleared the ship exploded. Higdon would later be picked up by the flagship of the Klingon Chancellor, Martok.
Higdon and his crew would be transferred to DS9 where Higdon would personally witness to signing of the documents ending the Dominion War.
After a month of rest on Earth, Higdon assumed command of the Shiloh.
Destruction of USS ShilohEdit
Three months after the end of the Dominion Wars, the Shiloh, under Captain Higdon, made it way to a Top-Secret TransWarp test area when a Quantum Filament hit the ship. This caused the ship to drop out of warp and was dead. By the time Higdon made it to Engineering, the warp core was going to breach and the ejector systems were off line due to a malfunction with the new TransWarp Alpha safety system. Higdon ordered the Shiloh crew to abandon ship and Shiloh blew up.
Shortly after the destruction of the Shiloh, a standard commission of review was initiated jointly between the Office of the Judge Advocate General and Starfleet Engineering. The main goals of the commission was two fold, first to establish the conditions and reasons for the destruction of the Shiloh. The second was to assess responsibility and to recommend court martial proceedings, if any.
The commission was lead by one time Chief of Starfleet Engineering, Admiral Alex Rosenzweig. Other members included Cha'ouwian Admiral Kijo, Starfleet Admiral Roger DeVack and Sorel of the Vulcan Science Academy.
The commission found that the Shiloh was designed with a flawed Alpha Emergency Ejection System that did not function when a Quantum Filliment hit and was lodged in the TransWarp Core. Responsibility was placed on the design crew of the Intrepid III Class. The officers and crew of the USS Shiloh, including Captain Higdon and Chief Engineer Baker, were cleared of all responsibility and recommended to be returned to duty. Baker was assigned to the new Black Hawk Class project and Higdon, recommended for command of another starship, was instead assigned to the Diplomatic Corps.
The findings by the commission were deemed "Top Secret".
Starbase Rockford and the USS Black HawkEdit
Construction of Starbase Rockford on the border between the United Federation of Planets and the Cha'ouw Empire was nearing completion. In 2370, Commander Higdon was approach by Starfleet brass on his opinion on the Starbase (the known as Deep Space 21) and relations with the Cha'ouw. In 2377, the Emperor of the Cha'ouw Empire recommended Captain Higdon as the imperial choice as the first Commander of the new starbase.After much debate by the Federation Council, Higdon was named the UFP President's choice for command of Starbase Rockford. However when the appointment was delivered to Higdon, he refused in what he called was a "glorified desk job" and even offered his resignation as a Starfleet officer. Admiral R.J. Locarno stepped in and convince the strategic importance of Starbase Rockford and that he would be a very busy not only commanding the starbase, but two starships.
With the appointment Higdon was promoted to the temporary rank of Admiral (four star), with the permanent rank of Rear Admiral. The rank would be made permanent four years later by the Federation Council.
Initially, Higdon was assigned Commanding officer of the Intrepid Class Starship USS Black Hawk (NCC-74683) as his primary flagship. However, it was discovered prior to delivery to Admiral Higdon that the NCC number was the very same as his former command. the USS Shiloh (NCC-74683). 'While an investigation was started by the STARFLEET Department of Technical Services, it was concluded that an unfortunate oversight had occurred and the real reasons were ultimately deemed classified when discovered over ten years later.' Starfleet decided not to change the NCC number at the time because of a plan to rename a Sovereign Class Starship, the USS Britannica to the name Black Hawk. A little over a year later, the Intrepid Class 'Black Hawk' was withdrawn from service and renamed the USS Trier, sending the USS Black Hawk to Starbase Rockford.
Higdon was also assigned to alternate flagships, the Defiant Class USS Ticonderoga (NCC-18861-A) and the USS K'HIg'Den's Lair (NCC-0021), a B'rel Class Bird of Prey, upgraded as his Cha'ouwian Flagship. The USS Ticonderoga was withdrawn and replaced the the Prometheus Class USS Shiloh (NCC-74683-A).
In 2386, Higdon was appointed by the Commander, Starfleet, as the Commander of the Twelfth Fleet on Stardate 54258.44. Because of a decision to decommission and dismantle the existing Starbase 12, the designation of Starbase 12 was transferred to Starbase Rockford and is now generally referred to as Starbase 12.
In 2387 the Hobus Star went Supernova, causing mass destruction of whole solar systems, including Romulus, the Homeworld of the Romulan Empire. The shockwave of the Supernova was continuing it's destruction through the Romulan Star System and was now reach the edges of the Federation and Cha'ouw Territories. Higdon had sent his flagship, under the command of Fleet Captain Tom Moore to assist in the evacuation of an outer system of the Cha'ouw Empire, the Brisbane Star System.
The shockwave arrived on the edge of the Brisbane System, Destroying Brisbane X. Minutes later, after destroying Brisbane IX, VIII and VII, the Black Hawk was still beaming the last of the refuges up when word came that the Supernova had been contained the the shockwave was dispersing. As The Black Hawk was warping out, the remnants of the shockwave hit Brisbane VI and the rear of the Black Hawk, causing massive damage and the death of over 385 Officer, crew and refuges aboard the Black Hawk. (Prelude to a Swansong) Starfleet deemed the USS Black Hawk damaged beyond repaired.Admiral Higdon continued his duties as the Commander of the 12th Fleet from Stardate 54258.44 until Stardate 60328.76, all the while continuing to command Starbase Rockford, assisting in the repairs of the fleets of both the Cha'ouw Empire. During the time he would use the Shiloh-A and the Lair for his flagships. Ultimately the Lair was recalled and was replace with a new K'HIg'Den's Lair. In 2390, Starfleet sent a replacement for the Black Hawk - the USS Black Hawk, NCC-75004-A as Higdon's new Flagship. (Swansong)
Relations with the Cha'ouwEditAlthough debated by some within the diplomatic circles due to his close association with members of the Imperial family, Admiral Higdon is consider the foremost expert on the Chal, due to his familiarity with the set up and politics of the Cha'ouw Government and the Imperial Family. He is not above coming the the defense of the Cha'ouw when it is the right thing to do and in the same tone, he takes his oath as a Starfleet officer very seriously. In his dealing with the Cha'ouw, Higdon is usually left to his own devices in his dealing with the Cha'ouw government or its military.
This is due also to the fact Higdon's "House", the House K'HIg'Den holds an Imperial seat in the senate, which gives Higdon some political clout in the Empire. However Higdon has never filled this seat himself, choosing to fill this seat with either one of his house representatives or, when he is available, Brigadier K'JoQ, the Family Protector.
Possible implications to Section 31Edit
During the debate on Higdon's appointment as commander of Starbase Rockford, an allegation (off the floor) was made that Higdon was a member of the covert organization, Section 31. However Admiral Locarno, who at the time was filling the roll of Chief of Intelligence at Starfleet Command, confronted those involved and quashed the rumor by assuring that Higdon was one of his prime operatives in the past.
What Locarno knew that the others did not was Higdon was a member of the counter-covert operation unit, known only to a few, called Black Pearl, which main objective is to "watch the watchers", another words to monitor and counteract Section 31 activities.
Time travel and parallel universe crossoversEdit
Although classified "Top Secret" Higdon has time traveled several times. In known travels Higdon has known to have visited Earth at least three times. The first time to Northern Mexico in 1842 where he first meets Lieutenant "Sam" Grant. Later Higdon would visit April 1862 Earth, once as a part of an investigation and research project with Temporal Investigations. The third time occurred before the research project happened when the Shiloh slipped through a temporal disturbance during the land of the Shiloh at Shiloh National Park.
Higdon has also slipped into parallel universes, once to the universe of the Guardians where he saved the lives of Kijo and his son, K'Paw against a malevolent force and returning safely to his own universe.
Higdon has indicated that he has time traveled several times however it is not known if it is limited to the three times he has traveled.
Hobbies & interestsEdit
Higdon has several hobbies and interest in which he partakes. He has a rather large knife and sword collection, housed at his Cha'ouwian estate. Part of his collection as a duplicate of the Sword of Kayless, which is infact is the original, which Higdon had recovered while in the Gamma Quadrant on a top-secret mission.
He is also a history buff, have an extensive electronic collection of historical narratives. However he is not an archaeologist, although he has participated in a few digs. During the point between his periods on the USS Montgomery and the Shuttle Shiloh, Higdon had served as an instructor (and briefly Director) of Federation History at Starfleet Academy. Recently the admiral found that his great-grandfather, J.C. Snell commanded the USS Excalibur (NCC-1664) after her refit to an Enterprise subclass and served in the Admiralty at Starfleet Command.