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August 17, 2376 (age: 44)
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Captain Karim Dhej is the current Commanding Officer of the USS Enterprise. In general terms Karim is an easygoing, open minded friendly person. He enjoys helping others, and sometimes puts the needs of others over his own. Recently he has taken to spending a lot of time trying to meditate, and focus his thoughts.
Karim's history is in a word ... complicated. As a child, he went through the normal Initiate program at the Symbiosis Institute, and was deemed fit for joining. After completing normal schooling, and then going on to work towards getting an education as a doctor, his parents pressured him to stay on the Homeworld and work with the Institute. He had other ideas though, and wanted to join Starfleet. This decision caused a rift between him and his parents, and the relationship is very strained.
After finishing the Academy, he was assigned to the USS Nevel as an Assistant Medical Officer, and enjoyed his time during that assignment. When an opportunity came up to transfer to the USS Hera as Assistant Chief Medical Officer, he jumped at the chance. After a while, the CMO of the Hera transferred to Starfleet Medical, and he was promoted to Chief Medical Officer. Then life took a left turn.
During an away mission, Mavala Dhej, a security officer was seriously injured. She was in critical condition, and would need to remove the symbiont to ensure its survival. As the only unjoined Trill aboard, Karim made the decision to join with Dhej. He knew it would be a complicated joining, as they were typically done under more normal circumstances. After the joining was complete, he had difficulties adjusting to his new reality. Due to these challenges, he requested an extended leave of absence, and left the Hera to recover at Starfleet Medical. He knew he should've returned to the Homeworld to work with the Institute to recover, but he didn't feel comfortable doing so.
After about 6 months of recovery time, he was eager to get back to work. He knew he wanted to start slow though, and after searching for open positions, applied and was assigned to the USS Enterprise as an Assistant Medical Officer and Medical Researcher
Soon after his assignment on the Enterprise, he was asked to assume the position of Executive Officer after the removal of the previous command team. After the death of Captain Mark Rhodes, he was promoted to Commander, and assigned as Acting Commanding Officer. Following the events on the Nirua Homeworld, he was promoted to Captain, and Commanding Officer.
- Starfleet Academy, specializing in Medicine, minor in command studies.
- Assigned to USS Nevel as Assistant Medical Officer with rank of Ensign
- Promotion to Lieutenant Junior Grade
- Transfer to USS Hera and assignment as Assistant Chief Medical Officer
- Promotion to Lieutenant
- Assignment as Chief Medical Officer and promotion to Lieutenant Commander
- Completion of Bridge Officer Training Program
- Leave of Absence
- Transfer to USS Enterprise as Medical Researcher/Assistant Medical Officer
- Assignment as Executive Officer
- Promotion to Commander and Assignment as Acting Commanding Officer
- Promotion to Captain and assignment as Commanding Officer