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Early in his career, he served on the Drexler-class frigate USS Helios under Captain Zachary Matuzas before transferring to the USS Belleau Wood. (SCE eBook: Distant Early Warning) In 2249, he was serving on the USS Artemis where he first met Dr. Ezekiel Fisher. (VAN novella: The Ruins of Noble Men) During the mid-to-late 2250s, then-Captain Reyes commanded the USS Dauntless, where he distinguished himself in combat against the Klingon Defense Force.
Professionally, Reyes's command style was considered smooth and decisive.
In 2265, Reyes had reached the rank of commodore and was placed in command of Starbase 47. To the public and most of Starfleet, his assignment was to direct the Federation's colonization push into the Taurus Reach. However, the true purpose of Vanguard was to solve the mystery of a meta-genome discovered on several planets in the region, and unlocking its potential was a top Federation priority. Reyes, along with Ambassador Jetanien of the Federation Diplomatic Corps and T'Prynn of Starfleet Intelligence, was in charge of both carrying out this program and keeping it a secret from both the general public and foreign powers. Reyes was one of a only a few personnel with the authority to independently reveal this classified information, and he exercised this option with several officers, including Captains James T. Kirk, Rana Desai, and Daniel Okagawa and Dr. Ezekiel Fisher.
Court Martial and CaptureEdit
After being forced to implement General Order 24 on Gamma Tauri IV, an independent colony planet with a significant Shedai presence – an attack that killed his ex-wife Jeanne, then serving as the colony's administrator – Reyes allowed Tim Pennington, a journalist with the Federation News Service, to publish an expose on Starfleet's covert activities in the Taurus Reach. Having violated his orders by revealing classified information, Reyes was stripped of his command and subjected to a court martial. (VAN novel: Reap the Whirlwind)
Despite the best efforts of his defense counsel, Captain Rana Desai, Commodore Reyes was dishonorably discharged from Starfleet in November 2266, forfeiting all allowances due an officer of his rank and time in service, and sentenced to 10 years incarceration at the New Zealand Penal Settlement in Auckland, New Zealand. Approximately five weeks later, en route to Earth, the ship transporting Reyes, the transport USS Nowlan, was attacked by pirates and destroyed. (VAN novel: Open Secrets)
Captured, Reyes was turned over to the Klingon politician and his old enemy from their respective days as starship captains Gorkon, son of Toq, who had arranged for his kidnapping. Gorkon intended to use Reyes to better understand the Federation's motives and to better argue his position on the Taurus Reach before Sturka, Chancellor of the High Council of the Klingon Empire. This scheme failed, however, and Reyes remained a prisoner aboard the IKS Zin'za. He was on the Zin'za's bridge during a Klingon attack on Vanguard at the outbreak of the brief Federation-Klingon war that was ended by the Organian Peace Treaty.
He spent a number of months aboard the Omari-Ekon, during which time he agreed to provide covert intelligence to Lt. (j.g.) T'Prynn and Vanguard's new intelligence officer Commander Serrosel ch'Nayla. While Starfleet tried (and failed) to extract Reyes under orders from Admiral James Komack at Starfleet Command (bypassing R-Adm. Nogura), the second attempt was successful, with Reyes personally killing Ganz, although the rescue cost the life of Cdmr. ch'Nayla and the left arm of reporter Tim Pennington.
After a thorough debriefing, Starfleet and civilian Federation officials ultimately elected to uphold Reyes' conviction and dishonorable discharge, but did allow him to choose a place to retire and live the rest of his life in exile. (VAN novel: What Judgments Come)
Reyes settled on Caldos II with the cover story of a civilian engineer who moved to the isolated planet to live out his retirement. In April 2270, Reyes was the owner of his own island. He was tracked down by Tim Pennington, and the two exchanged stories about Vanguard (off the record, of course, since everything was still highly classified). Accompanying Pennington was Rana Desai, whom elected to stay with him. (VAN novels: What Judgments Come, Storming Heaven)
From 2247 to 2258, Reyes was married to Jeanne Vinueza, a corporate executive and high-level esper. The bitter divorce left him emotionally closed off and made it difficult for him to trust people and form close relationships.
Among Reyes's few close friends was Doctor Ezekiel Fisher, who served with him on the USS Dauntless and Starbase 47 as chief medical officer. Reyes was also romantically involved with Starfleet JAG officer Captain Rana Desai. Though their respective positions frequently brought them into conflict, with Desai attempting to restrain Reyes's exercise of military authority, the two were able to keep their personal and professional dealings largely separate.
Another of Reyes's confidants was Captain Hallie Gannon of the USS Bombay, his former Executive Officer on the Dauntless. When Gannon was killed by a Tholian attack on the Bombay, Desai, not yet aware of the Tholian involvement, was forced to investigate whether Reyes had possibly overworked the ship and thus contribution to its destruction. Though the investigation was closed without charges being filed, Reyes was extremely troubled by his friend's death and the role he may or may not have played in it. (VAN novel: Harbinger) He was also longtime friends and colleagues with Captain Zhao Sheng of the USS Endeavour. (VAN novel: Summon the Thunder)
Reyes was unable to return to Luna in time for his mother's death or her funeral due to the remoteness of Starbase 47 (it was noted that the journey would be an eight-week round trip and his superiors would not grant him such a lengthy leave). Profoundly disheartened by her quick, painful decline, Reyes was comforted by Fisher just as Fisher had been comforted by Reyes in the aftermath of his wife's death years earlier. (VAN novel: Harbinger)
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