Lieutenant Geordi LaForge

Name: Geordi LaForge
Rank: Lieutenant junior grade
Position: Chief Helm Officer USS Enterprise(NCC-1701-D)
Age: 44 (appears 29)

Starfleet History
2353: Enters Starfleet Academy
2357: Graduates Starfleet Academy
2358: Assigned to USS Victory
2363: Reassigned to USS Hood
2364: Reassigned to USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) as Chief Helm Officer

Personal History
Geordi La Forge was born on February 16, 2335 in Mogadishu, Somalia to parents Captain Silva La Forge and noted exozoologist Commander Edward M. La Forge. Due to a birth defect, he was born blind. As an adult, he stood 170 centimeters (appr. 5'7") tall and was right-handed. Sometime prior to 2340, Geordi was trapped alone in a burning building; he later remembered this as one of the most frightening moments of his life. When he was five years old, Geordi received his first VISOR, which allowed him to see (although not the same way the average human does) for the first time in his life. At age eight, Geordi was brought his first pet, a Circassian cat, and he remembered his excitement for years to come. Young Geordi spent time with both his parents as a child, sometimes separately. For a time Geordi lived with his father, Edward, while Edward studied invertebrates in the Modean system. On other occasions Geordi was away from his father, on outposts near the Romulan Neutral Zone with his mother Silva. Geordi went to Zefram Cochrane High School sometime prior to 2353.

He attended Starfleet Academy from 2353 to 2357, where he excelled at engineering and idolized Zefram Cochrane. His first deep space assignment was as an ensign aboard the USS Victory under Captain Zimbata. In 2362, La Forge participated in the investigation of the disappearance of the Federation colony on Tarchannen III. During a stopover at Starbase 324, the Victory underwent an inspection by Captain Jean-Luc Picard, then the head of Starfleet Tactical's Long-range Threat Assessment and Response Division. While being shuttled back to the starbase by Ensign La Forge, Picard made an offhand comment about a minor power inefficiency in the shuttle. La Forge took it upon himself to spend the entire night refitting the shuttle's fusion initiators, finally not only eliminating the inefficiency but obtaining an efficiency rating slightly above that rated for the shuttle. La Forge later transferred to the USS Hood, where he served under Captain Robert DeSoto. On the Hood La Forge knew William T. Riker, but only professionally. Riker knew La Forge the longest of all of their shipmates aboard the Enterprise, and the two developed a close friendship during their later years together at that assignment.

In 2364, he was named conn officer on the USS Enterprise-D under Captain Jean-Luc Picard. While investigating the deaths of the SS Tsiolkovsky crew, La Forge contracted a variant of polywater intoxication, causing him to lose his inhibitions. Doctor Beverly Crusher used La Forge to test her vaccines and was able to develop a cure. Along wit everyone else on the Enterprise-D Geordi was transported to a different quantum reality and the year 2379. After the resignation of Commander MacDougal Geordi wanted to follow in his double's footsteps and become Chief Engineer but Captain Picard elected to select a Chief Engineer who was not only familiar with a Galaxy class starship but was from the current time period. Geordi was a bit bitter over getting passed over for the Chief Engineer's job. He was assigned as part of the team to install the quantum slipstream drive. While working on the slipstream Geordi commented how much easier it would be at a starbase prompting Data to assign him the task of creating a proposal for the SCE about the construction of starbases in the Delta Quadrant.

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