Commanding Officer, USS Thunderchild
Date of birth: February 12, 2380
Place of Birth: Reno, Nevada, Earth
Height: 1.87m - 6 ' 2 "
Skin: Dark Brown
Secondary School: Harra's High
Majors: Earth History, Klingon History
Minors: Casino Theory, Biology
Born February 12, 2380 , "Ced"
Gatewood is the only son of Robert and Sonya Gatewood. Gatewood
grew up close to his father; and, rarely saw his mother who was in
Starfleet as a nurse. On his 9th birthday, the family received
word that his mother had been paralyzed in a shuttlecraft accident
near Vulcan. "Ced" went through a very troublesome
period from the time he was 9 until his senior year in high
school, caring for his paralyzed mother. An excellent student, he
suffered socially, with no time for games or friends.
His junior year, his father was able
to get a caretaker to move in with them and take care of Sonya.
"Ced" tried out for the school's hockey team, and surprisingly
excelled. In his senior year, he was offered an athletic scholarship to Northern
Arizona University to play left wing for the Lumberjacks, but not expecting that, he had also applied to Starfleet Marine Academy. His test scores were good enough to get him into Marine Officer's Academy. His father had not wanted him to join Starfleet, or the Marines, but they had a falling out, and knowing Robert didn't want it was enough for Sherdrick. He declined the athletic scholarship to NAU and was
admitted instead to Starfleet Marine Academy.
His first Internship was with a Marine contingent of two platoons
on the USS New Montana. His second internship was on the USS
SAVANNAH, on its shakedown cruise.
His first commission was to the 43rd GAF's C Company as a squad
leader, and they were stationed on the USS New Heights, and served
under Captain Palmer.
His second assignment was to the USS Neimann, GAF 1st Platoon
leader, serving under Captain Dallas.
In 2407, Gatewood was transferred out of SFMC and accepted reassignment to
Starfleet as a Lieutenant with position of Chief of Security on
the USS Neimann. During the Jem'Hadar attack on the Neimann in 2409,
Captain Dallas was killed. XO Shavange rose to the Captaincy, and
Lt. Gatewood was promoted to XO.
Upon the successful defense of Point Laloma and the rescue of the
hostages on Sutter Island, The USS
Neimann returned to Starbase for repairs.
Starfleet decided to send the Neimann to Utopia Shipyards for
refit, and reassigned her crew. Gatewood was promoted to
Lt.Commander and assigned to the USS Thunderchild as XO.
STARFLEET SERVICE RECORD
Graduated Starfleet Marine Academy
2402 Internship USS New
2402-2404 USS New Heights
(Platoon Commander , 3th Platoon, 43rd GAF's C Company SFMC )
2404-2406 USS New Heights
(Platoon Commander , 1st Platoon, 43rd GAF's C Company SFMC )
2406-2408 USS Neimann
(Transfer to Starfleet, Chief of Security, USS Neimann)
2407-2411 USS Neimann (
Promotion to XO )
2411 USS Thunderchild XO
Thunderchild (Promotion to CO former ship's CO's resignation)
AWARDS AND COMMENDATIONDS:
2409 - Latinum Star
awarded for tactics in defense of Point Laloma
2409 - Cross of
Alexander awarded for negotiations and hostage rescue on
Latest evaluations are consistent
with all prior evaluations, and rate Sherdrick Gatewood as level
headed, and even tempered. His early teenage years caring for his
mother during her illness taught him responsibility comes first,
then reward. He can be demanding of his peers, but is
demanding of himself. He does like to have a good time, but
rarely when on duty.
childhood injuries - include broken right arm, and a gash in his
right leg sustained when he was six years old, on a camping trip
accident with no advanced medical supplies, that required field
stitching to close. He was always quite proud growing up of his
scar and would never have the scar removed. Also suffered a
fractured jaw during the Jem'hadar attack on the USS Neimann
Current Medical Status: Fit for duty
Professional Assessment: Report of
Starfleet Command Evaluation Board
Sherdrick Gatewood has consistently
commanded the respect of personnel under his command. It is noted
that he does not tolerate subordinates who are lax in their duties
or casual about complying with their orders. He is a quick judge
of character; perhaps his detractors would say he is too quick. It
is a fact that of all the personnel he has transferred out of his
departments since he joined Starfleet; over 89% have been
transferred out in the first 30 days. However, it is also worth
noting that over 50% of the officers transferred out of his
command in their first 30 days have resigned their commissions
within two years of the transfer, after receiving unsatisfactory
reviews from their subsequent superiors. Gatewood is not
proud of his reputation as a "Weedeater", one of those
who weeds out the incompetents and slackers from Starfleet. But he
does not apologize for the reputation either. It is obvious
from our interviews that he sees his reputation as an advantage in
dealing with new crewmembers, which are often intimidated into
better performance on his reputation alone.
While serving with 1st Platoon of the 43rd GAF as PCO, the unit
was reassigned to the USS Neimann, under Captain Dallas.
Shortly after the Jem'Hadar ambush on the Neimann, Gatewood's resignation from Starfleet Marines was accepted by his Battalion Commander, and he accepted a Starfleet commission at the rank of Lieutenant, and remained on board USS NEIMANN as her Chief of Security.
Superior officers have described LCDR Gatewood as conscientious, dedicated, friendly, and loyal. Associates as have described LCDR Gatewood as conscientious, dedicated, friendly, and honorable. Subordinates have generally
described him as demanding, determined, considerate and honest.
Detractors generally characterize him as judgmental, intolerant,
and unfair. It is worth noting that his detractors are few and for
the most part are no longer with Starfleet or the Corps.