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Krystine Leone was a Starfleet officer. She served during the 24th century, from 2349 until at least 2366. (Star Trek: Full Speed Ahead)

Early Life[]

Krystine Marie Leone was born an only child to Starfleet Lieutenants Patrice and Angelina Leone in the early morning hours of April 7, 2328. Raised as a child of Starfleet officer, Krystine spent most of her life moving from post to post with her father, who served as a communications specialist for different Starbases in the core systems. Her mother led the life of a starship officer and beyond the few months spent after giving birth, she returned to her ship and her career. While Krystine spent most of her early life with her father and his family, she always looked toward her mother for inspiration in career choice. Entrance to Starfleet Academy was the pre-determined path for their child, and her studies were aligned with that objective in mind.

Starfleet Academy[]

The appointment to the Academy came by way of a long campaign by Krystine since the start of secondary schooling. She worked hard to study for the Starfleet assessment examinations to pre-qualify a candidate for application, and passed with an exceptional score. In the early months of 2346, her family was notified of her successful appointment and they prepared for her eventual move from Starbase 12 to San Francisco. She arrived with the rest of her freshman class for summer orientation later that year and became part of the class of 2350.

Three years of schooling placed her at the top of her class, as her parents demanded. Before the end of the fall semester in 2349, Leone and the top fifteen percent of her class at the Academy were offered the opportunity to accept a cadet commission of Ensign. The Federation-Cardassian War continued to cause attrition on resources and personnel. She immediately jumped at the chance, and was allowed to begin serving as a commissioned officer. She was assigned as a trainee to the Excelsior-class heavy cruiser USS Intrepid. Of course, she was not present to graduate with the rest of her class, but her name was read aloud as an early commission.


Following a refit layover at Earth Station McKinley, the Intrepid was ordered back to the front of the Cardassian War. Trainee Ensign Leone joined the ship's operations division as the most junior member. Although she would not immediately distinguish herself while serving, she completed all of her post-academic qualifications in the shortest time allowed. Upon completion, she became qualified for promotion to the rank of Lieutenant (jg). On Stardate 27073.34, her commission was transferred from the Starfleet Training Command and into Starfleet proper. On the same day, she received her promotion to junior grade lieutenant.

Lieutenant (jg) Leone established herself as a valued member of the operations division. An away mission served to distinguish her as an exceptional officer. The Intrepid deposited a company of Starfleet infantry and Leone's away team to deliver supplies and defensive weapons to the Dalios IV colony. During the delivery, Intrepid was called away by a distress call, leaving their personnel behind. A platoon of Cardassian soldiers stormed the colony, forcing Leone to organize and coordinate a defense of the colony from the sudden siege. At a point during the conflict, Leone recognized that no matter the angle of attack or defense, neither side would gain an advantage. She suggested to the Cardassian platoon leader that they agree to stop expending energy toward futility. It took time to negotiate, but a temporary armistice was agreed upon until both parties could find their way off the planet. Intrepid Captain Sturek made his recommendation to Starfleet that she be honored with the Silver Star, but the decoration committee reduced the award to the Bronze Star.

With the end of the Cardassian War in early 2352, officers with combat experience were being redistributed throughout Starfleet to make the best use of that knowledge. Due to her experiences aboard the Intrepid, Starfleet provided her with a wide range of berths to choose from. It would be the Constellation-class USS Victory that would be Leone's next posting.


Leone's service aboard the Constellation-class light cruiser USS Victory would prove to be a springboard for her career. Her initial assignment within the Operations division aboard ship gave way to an appointment as the ship's Chief Operations Officer and third-in-command within six months. During these four years, she would serve alongside several officers that would gravitate toward each other during their time in Starfleet. Lieutenant Commander T'Cirya served as her executive officer. Lieutenant Ariel Elannis served as the chief of security. Sometime prior to her promotion to chief of operations, she served under Lieutenant Tricia Hargreaves. (Star Trek: Full Speed Ahead: "Eternal Midnight" )

On Stardate 30034, while conducting a test of an experimental transwarp drive, the Ambassador-class heavy cruiser USS Horatio suffered massive damage to all primary and secondary systems following a successful activation of the drive units. Victory was sent to observe this test, and rendered assistance immediately. Commander T'Cirya and Lieutenant Leone took charge of the rescue operation, which required a massive effort to evacuate the Horatio, whose life support systems were failing. Among the rescued personnel was her future husband, John Richards. To prevent the total loss of the Horatio through a warp core breach, Leone set up a network of tricorders to bring the ejection systems online and performed a manual core ejection sequence. The action prevented the destruction of both Horatio and Victory, and further allowed Starfleet to tow the Horatio back into port for repairs. Her commanding officer, Commander Edgar Wainwright, recommended Leone for the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and she received it on Stardate 30551.


The announcement of the Flight IVb Excelsior-class heavy cruiser resulted in the construction of the starship USS Hood, under the command of Captain Robert DeSoto. Leone's selection as chief operations officer was made over one hundred seventy-four applicants. She reported for duty on Stardate 33692 and assisted in the final stages of the shakedown process. Once placed on active duty, Hood was assigned to the Starfleet Exploration Command, where they would spend a majority of time cataloging gaseous anomalies and charting new sectors of space in the Beta Quadrant.

All of her crew evaluation reports were above average, with two ratings of Outstanding and three of Excellent. On Stardate 38099.47, Lieutenant Commander Leone was made acting first officer, following the departure of Captain Edwin Perez to his new command. Her intention to seek a consecutive tour of duty was cut short when her former Victory shipmate requested her as her new executive officer aboard the Potemkin on Stardate 38172.


Leone was selected as Potemkin's new executive officer under Captain T'Cirya, on Stardate 38172.84. She would be joined by another Victory shipmate, Lieutenant Ariel Elannis, with whom she had maintained a social relationship since their parting four years prior. Then-Ensign Wilson Nieves transferred to Potemkin prior to Stardate 38896. (Star Trek: Full Speed Ahead: "The Better Part of Valor")

Just after receiving her promotion to Commander, on Stardate 38896.8, Potemkin was dispatched on a rescue operation within the Turkana system. Shortly after the successful completion of that mission, Lieutenant William T. Riker joined the ship's operations department. (Star Trek: Full Speed Ahead: "The Better Part of Valor")

On Stardate 43110, Captain T'Cirya was selected for promotion to the rank of Rear Admiral, where she replaced the sector commander at Starbase 310. Her first act as Starfleet's newest flag officer was to recommend Leone for permanent command. (Star Trek: Full Speed Ahead: "Eight The Hard Way" )


After her promotion to Captain, Leone was appointed in command of the Nebula-class heavy cruiser USS Farragut on Stardate 43224.28. During its warp trials, Farragut found itself within the focal point of a quantum-level subspace anomaly that transported it to the deepest reaches of the Beta Quadrant. (Star Trek: Full Speed Ahead: "Damn the Torpedoes!") The ship returned to Federation space on Stardate 43233. (Star Trek: Full Speed Ahead: "Damn the Torpedoes! Part III") Its activities during that time were classified by Starfleet Intelligence. (Star Trek: Full Speed Ahead: "Eternal Midnight" )

On Stardate 43995, Farragut, USS Lexington, and USS Excalibur were ordered from the border to provide reinforcement to the Starfleet armada at Wolf 359 to prevent the Borg cube's further incursion into Federation territory. They were unable to reach the fleet in time, and led the search and rescue operation. (Star Trek: The Quarterdeck Breed: "Farragut")

Personal Life[]

While serving aboard the Victory, Leone met her future husband, John Robert Richards, during a rescue mission. Richards was assigned as a civilian propulsion specialist aboard the Ambassador-class heavy cruiser USS Horatio, when the Victory performed rescue operations. Leone and Richards married on Stardate 31212.73 in a private ceremony at Starbase 74, where John took Leone as his married name. Their son, Dominic Leone, was born on Stardate 32070.34.

With the help of her mother and father, John raised their son, while Leone continued her career in Starfleet. (Star Trek: Full Speed Ahead: "The Better Part of Valor")

As of 2365, Leone's parents were both retired from Starfleet. Her father retired as a Commander, while her mother went on to head Starfleet Tactical as a vice admiral for two years before retiring in 2364. Vice Admiral Leone's successor was Vice Admiral J.P. Hanson. (Star Trek: The Quarterdeck Breed: "Farragut")

Her family is close to the families of Rear Admiral Alynna Nechayev and Vice Admiral Joy Aspinall. Leone maintains personal relations with the members of both families. Her closest friend is Ariel Elannis. (Star Trek: The Quarterdeck Breed: "Farragut")

Summary of Service[]

Dates of Rank[]

Insignia Rank Date Notes
Ensign January 17, 2349 (Stardate 26651.83) Accepted cadet commission as trainee officer.
Ensign June 20, 2349 (Stardate 27073.34) Trainee period completed. Commission transferred from Training Command.


Lieutenant (jg) June 20, 2349 (Stardate 27073.35)
Lieutenant February 9, 2351 (Stardate 28713.48)
Lieutenant Commander March 16, 2356 (Stardate 33811.35)
Commander April 16, 2361 (Stardate 38896.8)
Captain August 1, 2366 (Stardate 43188.69)

Decorations and Commendations[]


Date Rank(s) Unit Class Notes
January 17, 2349 (Stardate 26651.83) ENS, LTJG, LT USS Intrepid Excelsior Class.jpg Operations Officer.
January 20, 2352 (Stardate 29658.05) LT USS Victory Constellation Class.jpg Chief Operations Officer
February 1, 2356 (Stardate 33691) LT, LCDR USS Hood Excelsior Class.jpg Chief Operations Officer.
July 26, 2360 (Stardate 38172.84) LCDR, CDR USS Potemkin Executive Officer.
August 14, 2365 (Stardate 43224.28) CAPT USS Farragut Nebula Class.jpg Commanding Officer.

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