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Richard grew up in a wealthy home on Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. He had two loving parents that taught him wrong from right and even though you have money you have to work for what you want. Richard was a very social kid making friends all over town. At the age of 8 he suffered his first life tragedy when his parents were killed in a plane crash. Richard's grandfather Charles would move in and raise him.
Richard would get passed much of his grief and would spend the summer on the beaches of Lake Michigan playing volleyball, hanging with friends, and flirting with the girls that lined the beaches. In the fall his Grandpa took him out into the woods of Wisconsin to hunt, fish, and learn survival techniques. At the age of 16 Richard emancipated himself and went on a world journey to explore ancient civilizations that fascinated him. He spent 6 months with Nomadic people in Mongolia learning to live off the land. Then he spent a year in Tibet studying the teachings of Buddhism at a Monastery. In both cases while he was an outsider he earned the respect of the people he stayed with and became one with the groups. At the age of 18 he came home and tested out of his last year of school and graduated.
Many didn't know what direction Richard would go next but after exploring lost worlds on earth his attention turned to the stars. He enrolled and was accepted into Star Fleet Academy. He found his niche after his first year he was approached by Star Fleet Intelligence. They had seen how easily he was able to blend into any environment and as he took his normal classes they cultivated him during his down time in the art of espionage. Richard graduated from the Command Academy with a specialization in Security/Tactical systems.
Richard's first deployment was as Assistant Chief of Security/Tactical in the 4th Fleet, Task Force 72, USS Victorious. He loved his first assignment and got along great with his first captain and learned alot from him. After five years on the Vickya he was reassigned to lead a SI black ops team that worked deep cover in varies hot spots throughout the 4th Fleet's AO. Richards next assignment was as Chief of Base Security on the Starbase Denova. That lasted for 6 months before he was promoted to LT Cmdr. and given the Captain's chair of the USS Hawk.
Shortly after taking command of the Hawk he got word from an ex-girlfriend that he had a son, Jason Drake who was 8. She had heard he was now a Captain and wanted to know if he wanted to have anything to do with Jason's life. Richard did and after getting approval he had a shuttle bring Jason to him on the Hawk. Only problem was the shuttle did not make it. Is was intercepted by pirates that first took Jason hostage and than killed him. Richard was furious he had just learned he had a son and now he was gone. The USS Hawk and gotten orders to go assist the USS Scorpio on a mission, but Richard ignored orders went rogue and took his ship to find the pirates. Star Fleet was furious. Once the Hawk found the pirates responsible Richard's XO had to physically restrain him from killing them all. Star Fleet held a hearing stripped Richard of Ship and Rank and put him on Mental Health Leave. Richard took 2 years back on Earth where he returned to the Monastery he had visited as a kid and tried to center himself. After he was done there he returned to Star Fleet HQ and went through a battery of Psych Evals and passed them all. Star Fleet re-instated him and assigned him to the Pegasus Fleet and the USS Icarus.
After proving himself on the Icarus during a very stressful diplomatic mission Star Fleet decided Richard had earned his rank back and was promoted back to Commander and given command of the USS Shepherd, whose CO had to take medical leave.
|2378||USS Victorious||Asst. Chief Tac/Sec|
|2383||SI Special Ops Team||Team Leader|
|2388||Starbase Denova||Chief of Security|
|2389||USS Hawk||Commanding Officer|
|2392||USS Icarus||Chief Tac/Sec Officer|
|2392||USS Shepherd||Commanding Officer|