Garrison (also spelled Garison) was a Human man who enlisted in Starfleet, serving as a chief petty officer in the mid-23rd century and eventually becoming an officer. In the 2250s decade, he served aboard the Federation starship USS Enterprise under the command of Captain Christopher Pike, and in the 2270s served under James T. Kirk.
As of the year 2251, Garrison was a communications specialist. In the aftermath of a landing party mission gone awry three months into Pike's five-year mission, Garrison joined the debriefing conference. He also provided rough translations of Orion hails from Karkon's Wing. (TOS novel: The Children of Kings)
In 2254, Garrison served as the ship's communications officer when the Enterprise received a distress call from the SS Columbia, and he was a member of the landing party that visited Talos IV. (TOS episode: "The Cage", TOS episode & Star Trek 4 novelization: The Menagerie, DSC episode: "If Memory Serves")
During an investigation on Beta Trilochus, as Garrison and Tyler discussed colonists' recurring nightmares leading to outbreaks of violence, an angry colonist suddenly threw cafeteria furniture at them, walloped Garrison and grabbed his laser. Tyler subdued the man before he could cause further damage. Later, Garrison accompanied Pike and Doctor Phillip Boyce in containment suits, finding Spock near a newly discovered colonizer creature which paralyzed them, then began to duplicate and then kill them. Unable to move, Garrison could tell his duplicate was forming next to him. Spock was able to stun the lifeform and free them, saving their lives. (TOS comic: "To Walk the Night")
By 2255, Pike considered Garrison to be reliable and steady in a crisis. During an engagement with a Klingon ship, Garrison used a universal translator to clean up a transmission regarding reinforcements, confirming the message was not scrambled or an echo. Later, while in combat, a dropped PADD nearly hit him, cracking the monitor above his head. (TOS novel: Child of Two Worlds)
In 2255, Garrison and Nils Pitcairn brought an enormous birthday cake into sickbay on a gurney to celebrate Boyce's birthday. Garrison asked how old Boyce was, but a strange smell emanating from the ventilation grill interrupted the gathering. Later, Garrison and Sellers teased Tyler in the recreation room about rumors that he had hooked up with a princess from Kalajia VII. (TOS novel: Legacy)
In the late 2250s or early 2260s, Garrison served with Doctor Mark Piper and helmsman Lee Kelso. As Pike was giving newly arrived Piper a tour of the ship, Garrison picked up a radio signal from a small spacecraft which turned out to be Cavor's ship, last seen on Earth on 12 April 1901. (TOS - New Visions comic: "The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner")
On stardate 7489.6, Commander Lieutenant Garrison led a boarding party aboard classified Federation Research outpost S31 in the Lantaru sector, retaking the station from Klingons imbued with cybernetic implants. Garrison reported that the intruders no longer seemed Klingon, and phasers needed to be set on overload to stop them. While Garrison's team secured the station, the Enterprise provided cover fire against incoming Klingon ships. (ST video game: Legacy mission: At the Gates)
- The Children of Kings referred to him as a lieutenant, while other 2250s sources consistently identified him as an enlisted chief petty officer.
- Sketches of Garrison were included in EV comic: "Nor Iron Bars a Cage", noting that he had black hair and gray eyes, but otherwise he did not appear in the 2250s Early Voyages series.
- In Desperate Hours and The Rift, his name was spelled "Garison" but he seemed to be the same CPO. The video game character called himself Commander Lieutenant Garrison, and Kirk addressed him as a commander.
|USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) communications personnel|
|under Robert April||Daron • Hall • Sanawey • Van Fleet||under Christopher Pike||Dabisch • Garrison • Nano • Nicola • Vincent • Zacharia|
|under James T. Kirk & Spock||Alden • Aronsen • Ashcraft • Auberson • Azuela • Bryant • Czyzak • DeLeon • Dezago • Dominico • Dunhill • Farrell • Ferat • Fletcher • Goldstein • Granger • Hodge • Jolley • Josephs • Kerasus • Krelidze • Laysa • Leaming • Lin • Mahásë • Martine-Teller • Mendez • Miraskin • M'Ress • Mueller • Muir • North • Nyssa • Osik • Palmer • Parker • Peretz • Pilar • Putman • Riley • T'zeela • Talliflores • Tanaka • Uhura • Vehau • Vigelshevsky • Wittering • York|
|see also: administrative personnel • engineering personnel • medical personnel • pilots & flight control personnel • security & tactical personnel • sciences personnel • senior staff • unnamed (2240s and 2250s • 2260s • 2270s and 2280s)|
- TOS episode: "The Cage"
- TOS episode & Star Trek 4 novelization: The Menagerie
- TOS novel: The Children of Kings
- TOS comic: "To Walk the Night"
- TOS novel: Legacy
- ST video game: Legacy mission: At the Gates
- TOS - New Visions comic: "The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner"
- DSC novel: Desperate Hours