Captain Gregory Blake
Captain Gregory Blake Takes Leadership of Kepler Station
By Caroline Post
Rumors have flown thick and fast about the new commander of Kepler Station. I had the opportunity to sit down with Captain Blake and chat with him a while earlier today. At first glance, he's handsome in a craggy, tough way. Golden brown eyes pierce one with a glare most of the time, and his dark hair is longer than one usually sees on a Starfleet commanding officer. Somehow it suits him, however. He towered a foot over your short news reporter, but there was no feeling of threat even so.
As I spoke with Captain Blake, I had a sense of a man who follows the rules, has goals, and, perhaps surprising himself, finds he still has an ideal or two remaining. He was born in 2339, the only male in a family of women. It's no wonder he has a reputation for leaving a trail of broken hearts behind him. None of that has kept him from a steady rise in Starfleet that began with a Marine enlistment at the age of 18 and stopping off here on Kepler as commander.
"A man has to settle down at some point in his career. It's (the station assignment) better here than the Academy," the captain told me. When I asked why he preferred this job, he responded simply, "Some people can teach." That should leave us to believe Captain Blake is not one of those, but I'm not so sure.
We've all come together on Kepler fairly rapidly, and many of us wonder how an entirely new crew, mixed with civilians, will work together out here, so far from home. The captain is not a scientist himself, but he's been put in charge of a science station. Will he be responsive to the needs of scientists?
When I asked him about the goals of his command here, Blake told me, "This is the Delta Quadrant. It isn't all sunshine and happiness, like Alpha or Beta. There's (sic) things and beings out here we know nothing about, and even a science station needs to be prepared and able to defend itself. That's where I come in, and the Marines." He protests the idea that he expects any particular difficulties, however.
"I like to be prepared," he insisted. "Never know when the Borg might come back to this area. It's why we have all of these defenses. People like to think we're peaceful explorers. They forget that not everyone else out there thinks the same. Kepler is a science station first and foremost, but if push comes to shove . . . ."
It's nice to know that we have a commander who believes in being prepared for the worst, whether he expects it or not. I felt comfortable listening to Captain Blake describe his goals, explain his attitude. This is a man who will put the safety of the station before diplomacy. He's a man who recognizes the purpose of the station, but also recognizes that not everyone in our sandbox may play nicely.
My final question to the commander was what he would like me to report directly from him to you. I think this will give you an understanding of the kind of man who is in charge of our lives for the foreseeable future. These were his final words today.
"We find ourselves in a new frontier, everything is once again an unknown. It is our job to make sense of this, turn it into something tangible, something good. It's something we've chosen, or been chosen to do, and we should be proud of everything we accomplish here. I look forward to meeting and working with you all."
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