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Kelly was born as a male on the Altair colonies, and enlisted for service when the Earth-Romulan War broke out. She served with distinction during the war and she was severely injuren in the Battle of Tenebia. She underwent intensive physical theraphy to regain motor function. The experience finally made her accept the truth about herself and her body, and after the war has ended, Kelly underwent a transition surgery from male to female. (ENT - Rise of the Federation novel: Patterns of Interference)
In 2165, following the incapacitation of Lieutenant Ahn Chung-hee on Delta IV, Captain Bryce Shumar and his first officer Commander Caroline Paris selected Kelly to be the new armory officer of the starship Essex.
In May of that year, she led a security team to the Orion transport Rimula-Bero, and escorted the abducted Deltans from the slave ship to the Essex. She did a flawless job and showed quite a restraint despite the Deltan's strong pheromones, but was puzzled when the abductees decided not to press charges against their kidnappers. (ENT - Rise of the Federation novel: Uncertain Logic)
In October of the same year, during the Evacuation of Ardan IV, Kelly was able to save an evacuation shuttle hit by a Klingon bird-of-prey, despite that the shuttle was falling back to the planet surface and the Essex was chasing it into the atmosphere, at task that the ship was not built to handle. During the in the heat of battle, in one of she status reports, she shortened the word "phase cannon" to "phaser", making her one of the first Starfleet officers to use the term. (ENT - Rise of the Federation novel: Live by the Code)
In early 2166, Kelly was member of a team, lead by Commander Steven Mullen, to the planet Sauria. Their mission was to contact the local resistance and aid them in their fight against the tyrant Maltuvis. She lead the training of the freedom fighters in combat and tactics and her abilities impressed not just the Saurians but drew the eye of Commander Mullen as well. (ENT - Rise of the Federation novel: Patterns of Interference)
In 2167, the Essex was was caught in a electromagnetic storm over a moon of Mab-Bu VI and was destroyed, when a group of disembodied prisoners tried to escape from their prison on the vessel. Kelly perished with the rest of the crew. (TNG episode: "Power Play")
|Earth Starfleet||USS Essex (NCC-173)||D. O'Neill • B. Schumar|
|Federation, Starfleet||Ahn C. • M. Avila • A. Coelho • M. Kelly • Ling • J. Mahendra • Mazril • Melina • M. Moy • S. Mullen • C. Paris • Roget • B. Schumar|
- ST novel: Starfleet: Year One (First appearance)
- ENT - Rise of the Federation novel: Uncertain Logic
- ENT - Rise of the Federation novel: Live by the Code
- ENT - Rise of the Federation novel: Patterns of Interference
- TNG episode: "Power Play" (First mentioned)