Security Level 3 - Restricted
TO CAPT K. Se'Lai, U.S.S. Valley Forge
CC SCMDR A. t'Aendon
FROM CAPT S. A. Bishop, U.S.S. Endeavour
SUBJ Aivala's Background Check
As requested, I sat down with SCMDR Aivala t'Aendon to perform a quick background check prior to her assignment on the Valley Forge.
The assessment was done informally and the subject understood that if there was anything that she wished to be taken off the record, that I would do so. The following is a summary of my findings. As you are no doubt aware, this information is highly classified and should only be known to the recipients of this message. My findings are broken down into four parts.
1. To begin, I asked some basic questions in order to get to better understand the subject and to break the ice. These consisted of questions such as favourite colour and animal. I then asked if the subject had killed anyone. The subject told me that she had killed five people that she could remember, plus countless others remotely from behind a console.
2. Delving further, I started to unpick the subject's PTSD. The subject at times finds it hard to cope with the horrors she has witnessed whilst at Installation 18. Whilst most of this conversation took place off the record, I have suggested that the subject possibly attend counselling sessions to help overcome and manage these horrors. Whilst the subject rejected the offer, I would recommend her attending a standard psychological eval on DS 13 with LCMDR Sedai before accepting any posting.
3. The subject also revealed that her knowledge of hacking has been well developed, making her an expert in the field. Although this is perhaps why you offered her a place on the Valley Forge, I have ascertained that she is able to hack the most secure encryptions with little effort. What we have so far seen is the tip of the iceberg, if you will, of her abilities. Furthermore, she has demonstrated a certain tactical aptitude and, with formal training, she could excel tactically, adding to her growing repertoire. I also believe that if given some practice in command, she would make an excellent bridge officer candidate, if not being able to obtain a command at some point in the future.
4. I finished off the session with a few more ending questions. The subject appears to have settled into DS 13 well and has made many friends in her short period here. This demonstration of her verbal communication and charisma further demonstrates the possibility of her being able to succeed in a command position.
I would like to conclude by underlining the subject's highly commendable qualities and I believe she is more than capable of succeeding and thriving on the Valley Forge. I would recommend giving her bridge officer experience; perhaps shadowing the Tactical Officer on the bridge as Assistant Tactical Officer for a few months before promoting her to a full position.
Captain Dr Samuel Alexander Bishop,
Commanding Officer - USS Endeavour,
38th Fleet, Libra Squadron