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Name: Mark Peter Cross
Status: Active
Serial Number: 691-MCHUM-085L
Assignment: Unassigned
Position: Engineer
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Age: 41
Race: Human
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: January 9th, 2362
Height: 1.87 m
Weight: 88 kg
E-mail: --hidden--
Alternate BIO: None listed.

Eye Color: Blue Father: Keith Charles Cross
Hair Color: Brown Mother: Kate Linda Cross
Marital Status: Separated Siblings: None
Location of Birth: Decommissioned Ship - On Mission Spouse: None
Planet of Birth: Earth Children: None

Personal History
Stardate 620109 Date of Birth
Stardate 800612 Academy entrance exam failed
Stardate 820612 Retesting after spending 2 years studying with father Keith Cross, passed successfully
Stardate 830708 Successfully qualified in Advanced Weaponry Training
Stardate 831210 Successfully qualified in Advanced Tactics
Stardate 840817 Successfully qualified in Advanced Tactical Leadership
Stardate 850729 Becomes Starfleet Academy Tennis Champion for 2385
Stardate 861128 Graduated from Academy, Ensign of Engineering
Stardate 880714 Engaged to lifelong friend Sarah Johnson, marriage date: Undecided.
Stardate 890622 Fully trained in the field of Operations
Stardate 890919 Engagement with Sarah Johnson ends after her affair with a fellow crewman
Stardate 891205 Solved a diplomatic crisis at the Elinda II system between the Taskians and Tirrinnians, in which Mark, the most senior capable officer, had to mediate and make a decision based on the comments made
Stardate 900207 First date with Zaria Creighton, consisting of pizza and hologames
Stardate 900307 Sends large bouquet of flowers to Zaria Creighton
Stardate 900612 Involved in Karaoke Bar incident with Zaria Creighton and Jin Ochi
Stardate 900612 Japanese Engineer Jin Ochi complements Mark on his comprehension of the Japanese language
Stardate 900613 Officially becomes Zaria Creighton's boyfriend. The day included their first kiss
Stardate 900701 Taken captive by Gentek, leader of the Irrinus I Colony

Medical History
Stardate 750712 Suffered severe muscular spasms in lower back
Stardate 770306 Diagnosed with destabilised left shoulder - Reported to have ignored it for several months - Underwent treatment and fully recovered within a week
Stardate 830403 Broke wrist - Playing in an Academy tennis tournament
Stardate 861130 Passed out after celebrating Academy graduation, recovering in the morning to find his left leg broken. Nobody at the party knew how this happened
Stardate 870527 Back injury, assignment held back
Stardate 880623 Back pains subside completely, search for reposting
Stardate 881128 Suffered a broken arm after messing around on a hoverboard
Stardate 890827 Suffered minor disruptor blast to the leg - The Timare Incident
Stardate 891204 Sustained minor phaser burn on left leg and friction burns on hands after taking part in the 'Drayton Ghost Ship' mission
Stardate 900418 Suffered minor energy particle burn to lower leg on mission to a Collective ship in the Delta Quadrant
Stardate 900612 Suffers hand injury caused by broken glass after Mark smashes it on the bar during the Karaoke Bar incident
Stardate 900801 Suffers disruptor burn to right leg
Stardate 900805 Suffers bite marks to right bicep
Stardate 980809 Following extensive psychological analysis, Cross is cleared for a return to active duty

Promotion History
Stardate 881122 Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
Stardate 890502 Promoted to Acting Lieutenant by Captain Svetlana Bazhena
Stardate 890808 Promoted to Lieutenant
Stardate 890808 Awarded Acting Lieutenant Commander by Acting Captain Mattea Nachyev
Stardate 900115 Promoted to full Lieutenant Commander by Captain Vincent Lim

Awards & Commendations
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Stardate 880916 Starfleet Commendation
for volunteer service resulting in halting the disaster at Starbase 202.
Stardate 890205 Six Month Starfleet Service Pin
Stardate 890613 Starfleet Commendation
For the cultural observation mission to Iru III.
Stardate 890626 Medal of Honor
For his efforts and leadership in protecting the Orb of Prophecy and Change from an attempt at its theft by the Ferengi outlaw Drange.
Stardate 890805 One Year Starfleet Service Pin
Stardate 890819 Starfleet Commendation
For contributions to the Mission to Dorvan V.
Stardate 890901 Starfleet Commendation
For his efforts in rescuing the M'Benga Sol'Tak Foundation team from Timare.
Stardate 890904 Star Cross
For going beyond the call of duty during Operation "Lost Culture", in neutralising the radiation from the unknown power source that might otherwise cause harm to the native Klingons on 101 IV.
Stardate 891104 Star Cross
For achievement during the mission to retrieve U.S.S. New Westminister.
Stardate 891210 Preantares Ribbon of Commendation, Second Class
Given for actions and contributions during the Triffid Nebula Adjunct Research Group mission.
Stardate 891211 Preantares Ribbon of Commendation, Second Class
For his actions during the investigation on Rekeps III.
Stardate 900101 Starfleet Commendation
For his actions during the operation to discover the source of a dangerous viral infection with Breen origins.
Stardate 900107 Starfleet Commendation
For his efforts in retrieving the Constitution class USS Tempest from the Drayton sector.
Stardate 900205 Six Month Starfleet Service Pin
Stardate 900524 Kragite Order of Heroism
For his efforts and contributions during the Swiftfire Mission.
Stardate 900629 Starfleet Citation for Conspicuous Bravery
For volunteering on a dangerous mission to rescue two missing crew members while the ship was stranded in the Delta Quadrant.
Stardate 900629 Kragite Order of Heroism
For his leadership and relentless dedication as first officer of the Hiei during the perilous mission to the Delta Quadrant.
Stardate 900805 One Year Starfleet Service Pin
Stardate 901002 Kragite Order of Heroism
For his efforts in capturing Gentek and Manshak who had taken the entire Hiei crew captive and subjected them to many historical trials and tribulations as well as having to live through each crew member's own personal nightmare.
Stardate 910102 Starfleet Citation for Conspicuous Bravery
Meritorious Achievement at the Mission to Pontaroe Colony
Stardate 910205 Six Month Starfleet Service Pin
Stardate 910805 One Year Starfleet Service Pin
Stardate 911116 Starfleet Commendation
For actions during during the operation to recover the Federation citizens incarcerated at Alit'ras.
Stardate 920116 Starfleet Commendation
For contributions during the the mission to Tagada V.
Stardate 920205 Six Month Starfleet Service Pin
Stardate 991005 Six Month Starfleet Service Pin
Stardate 991106 Six Month Starfleet Service Pin
Stardate 991106 Six Month Starfleet Service Pin
Stardate 991106 Six Month Starfleet Service Pin
Stardate 991106 One Year Starfleet Service Pin
Stardate 991106 One Year Starfleet Service Pin
Stardate 991106 One Year Starfleet Service Pin
Stardate 991106 One Year Starfleet Service Pin
Stardate 991106 One Year Starfleet Service Pin
Stardate 991106 Six Month Starfleet Service Pin
Stardate 991106 One Year Starfleet Service Pin
Stardate 991106 Six Month Starfleet Service Pin
Stardate 991106 One Year Starfleet Service Pin
Stardate 991106 Six Month Starfleet Service Pin
Stardate 991106 One Year Starfleet Service Pin
Stardate 000420 Six Month Starfleet Service Pin
Service pin

Transfer History
Stardate 861130 Assigned to Starbase 12 - Warp/Impulse Specialist
Stardate 880806 Assigned to Ranger after recovery from restricting injury, recurring back strain.
Stardate 881124 Transferred to Kamehameha after return from Gamma quadrant
Stardate 890502 Transferred to USS Potemkin - 2XO/CEO
Stardate 890618 Temporarily left Potemkin to take part in the transport of the Orb of Prophecy and Change back to Bajoran hands on the 'Tale of the Tape' mission
Stardate 890709 Transfer to USS Tempest - Ops Manager
Stardate 890727 Temporary Assignment to 'Mission to Dorvan V'
Stardate 890730 Temporary Assignment to 'Operation Lost Culture'
Stardate 890808 Transfer to USS Kennedy - XO
Stardate 890809 Temporary Assignment to 'Operation Excelsior Retrieval'
Stardate 890828 Temporary assignment to 'The Timare Incident'
Stardate 891206 Transfer to USS Hiei - XO
Stardate 891210 Returned from temporary assignment with the 'Triffid Nebula Adjunct Research Group'
Stardate 891211 Temporary Transfer - 'Operation Archeological Sabotage' - XO
Stardate 901001 Transferred to the USS Leeds - Commanding Officer
Stardate 920628 Transfer to USS Eclipse - Engineer
Stardate 921216 Transfer to USS Tempest - Engineer
Stardate 930605 Transfers away from the 14th Fleet - Chief Engineer - USS Rapier
Stardate 940809 Returns to Starbase 12 - Engineer/Propulsion Specialist
Stardate 950126 Granted LOA on Psychological Grounds
Stardate 950504 Returns from LOA - Chief Engineer/2XO - USS Gloucester
Stardate 970701 Relieved of Active Duty after Psychological Review
Stardate 980625 Transfers to Starfleet Academy to be assessed for return to active duty.
Stardate 980830 Returns to USS Eclipse - Engineer

Character Description Personal History

Mark Cross was initially looking into a career in science, when a cruel twist put him off several years before induction into the Academy. He discovered a love for engineering in the years running up to it, and like most engineers, he�s dedicated to working in the belly of the beast. It took him two attempts to get into the Academy, but graduated with flying colors at the end. During his time he also took several tactical courses.

A keen tennis player from his teens, Mark brought this into the Academy, entering and performing well in any tournament he could find. His only success was winning the yearly tournament in his final year. The sport took it out of him physically though, leaving him with recurring injuries to his shoulder and back by the age of 15. One muscle in his back was largely troublesome. On graduation from the Academy, Mark was assigned to Starbase 12 as a specialist in engines. Many suspected the injury that the medical staff had so much trouble treating would spell an end to Cross� career before it had even begun.

It was then that he encountered Sarah Johnson again, his future fianc�e, who was a medical technician. She had researched the arts of physiotherapy and osteopathy from the early 21st century, and was assigned to Cross in an attempt to help his recovery. The two had met in the Academy when Mark got sick of watching her sit alone in the corner. Their friendship developed further from that point. From this treatment Mark was able to walk comfortably again. He rewarded Sarah by asking to marry her.

Mark took his opportunity to move again by refitting a warp drive single-handedly. His ability as an engineer was noticed from this point, and he was promptly assigned to the USS Ranger. Almost as soon as he�d hopped aboard, the ship had crash landed on a planet in the Gamma quadrant. Within a short space of time Mark was offered the position of Assistant Chief Engineer, which he took without question.

On return to the right quadrant, the crew of Ranger was assigned to the Kamehameha, where Mark took up the Assistant Chief role. It was here that Doctor Gilyan Emberly was able to diagnose the problems with his back, to which he was very grateful. She left not long after. Mark began to find that his good friend and Chief Engineer Mystery Sanders had begun to become more and more engrossed in her work, and the pair had begun to drift apart. Mark was offered a position on the Potemkin, a Nebula class vessel as Chief Engineer and second officer.

The Potemkin assignment was a disaster. An unknown entity possessed the ship and began to draw energy from it from the first mission. The ship limped back to Starbase 517 and some of the crew, including the three officers in command was transferred to the Tempest, the oldest 14th fleet ship.

Cross was stripped of the 2XO position on Tempest quickly in order to allow Starfleet Command time to review his performance in relation to the incident with Potemkin. Cross dropped into the position of Operations Manager, where he remained for one mission before being transferred to Kennedy.

Mark was offered the position of Executive Officer on the Kennedy. During his time on the Kennedy, he worked under two CO's, Captain Nachyev (KIA) and Captain Erik Stewarts.

Mark has recently transferred to the Centaur class vessel, the USS Hiei as Executive OFficer, and will be serving under Commander Vincent Lim.

Despite problems, Mark has recently engaged in a relationship with Zaria Creighton, CMO alongside him on Kennedy, and now Hiei. The two had been developing a friendship that seemed to develop into further along the line. Mark lost his unflappable cool on shore leave after nearly losing her to young engineer Jin Ochi. After working out the problems next day, the two agreed to attempt a relationship. It's success has yet to be seen.

Psychological Profile

Mark Cross is a lively character, sometimes making him seem a little informal when talking to those in command or when filling a command position himself. He's been known to keep a positive, friendly rapport with crew under him. Some may see him as weak and unimposing due to this, although many choose not to oppose him because of the equality he encourages throughout his departments. It's not typical of a Starfleet chief of department, but it works.

Mark has an ability to form very close friendships, especially with women. He seems to be loyal and caring from the short time I spent speaking to him for this report. He is psychologically less suited to male companionship, but is more than capable of getting along well with anyone.

Recent History

Mark Cross posed a real dilemma for Starfleet. His history of commendations at one point surpassed that of most of the Commanding Officers in the 14th Fleet. He was widely respected for his engineering skill, and a well-liked Chief of Department with his laid-back, unorthodox style.

With the positives however, also came the negatives. He'd work himself to the point of burning out on a fairly regular basis. He could go from being exceptional officer to one of the last people you'd want to have in a uniform at the flick of the switch. Having stuck in his previous assignment for over two years, it was hoped that maybe Cross had turned a corner. It wasn't the case.

Cross had been given enough lifelines, and was relieved of active duty. Instead, an alternative was agreed on. He'd always had a passion and a fascination with food. Mark would be given the opportunity to remain on board a starship, at the discretion of the Commanding Officer, acting as a Chef. While the door was not completely closed on a return to duty, it was at this point a far cry away. He had a small glimmer of hope. One he fully intended to take advantage of.

Return to Active Duty

Following a successful stint on the USS Tempest, including a temporary reinstatement and the occasional assignment to repair crews, Cross also settled well into his role as Chef, and had enjoyed the experience of returning to a starship in general. After considerable appeals, he was given the opportunity to return to Starfleet Academy for a series of assessments and analysis with the view of him returning to active duty. Following over 6 weeks of scrutiny, it was determined that Cross was "of sound mind with a solid and rational emotional grounding, and was fully equipped to handle the rigours of active duty once again". It was several more weeks before his assignment to the USS Eclipse, a ship he had previously served upon, retaking his rightful place in Engineering.

Hobbies Playing Guitar, Tennis, and just about any other sport that happens to be going.
Languages English, Japanese, Simple Klingon
Physical Description Cross has short, dark brown hair with two glances of blonde at the front down to sun lightening. He still prefers the Earth named �French crop,� and isn�t very adventurous on that. He still goes through the process of gelling every morning when possible, flicking the fringe up. He is a tall, stocky character, but from years of playing tennis and tactical simulations in the holodeck, he is considerably mobile for his size.
Nicknames Crossy, The Dragon, The Poacher

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