|Current Placement:||4th AASP Fleet|
Dominic Valken is 45 years, with brown hair that's becoming too grey too fast. His hair is cut short and in a military fashion. He has brown eyes and a very square face. He is 1.8 metres tall (~5 ft 10 in) and weighs 68kg (~150lbs). Dominic is not someone who desires to be accepted as “one of the guys” by his crew or Marines. Such familiarity does strike him as appropriate for a commander. He does, however, make it a point to know how the men and women under his command feel. This is how he earns their respect and trust. Dominic also maintains an open door policy for his officers, though this has occasionally been extended to the enlisted personnel if the issue is pressing. It is his goal to make the 4th Fleet the best fighting unit in the Nepleslian military.
At heart, he is a gentle soul, slow to irritate and infinitely full of patience. However, in his persona of fleet commander, Dominic has been noted to become far more demanding than normal. When he gives orders in battle, he generally expects them done right the first time and does not tolerate incompetence during battle. Displays of anger are rare, with his chastisement usually being in the form of a swift lecture. As a result, he is considered to be a distant, paternal figure to the sailors and marines most of the time, and the devil himself during battle. Still, most people have learnt that he demands a lot in battle because he wants everyone to come out alive, and weighed against the fact that he's very easy to get along with most of the time, forgive him for his occasional temper in battle.
Despite being a Navy man, he knows to leave ground combat to the Marines and let them do what they do best. Dominic enjoys working with Marines, even if he finds them to be a rather coarse lot.
His uniforms are always pristine and he has never been seen on duty without his peaked cap. Scuttlebutt holds that he sleeps with it on.
Admiral Valken is what one can describe as an “old hand.” His previous commands affectionately called him “Old Man.” Valken served in the Star Army of Yamatai prior to the independence of Nespleslia.
He has fought in fleet actions in the Hive War, the Battle of Nepleslia and in the Kennewes Offensive. It was after this last action that he was promoted to Rear Admiral.
Dominic's current assignment is to re-shape the 4th Fleet by focusing its actions away from the political, and towards the more military side of affairs.
In personal matters, he has no current partner. His last one became rather upset that he thought that the defence of the Imperium was more pressing than paying attention to her latest hair style.
In YE 33, he was told by Nepleslian authorities to begin planning an evacuation mission to be sent to the United Outer Colonies, which were then under attack. Subsequently, he took command of the 4th AASP Fleet from Admiral Heram Wazu and led them on Operation Dynamo. Despite severe losses, 4th Fleet evacuated over 200,000 Jiyuuians.
He has since retained command of 4th Fleet and begun a restructuring of the unit. The emphasis remains on small unit tactics but the Admiral now plans to introduce combined arms operations. In addition, he has done away with much of the experimental technology favored by Admiral Wazu and enlarged the Fleet's Marine contingent.
Dominic Valken has the following items:
Dominic Valken is currently a Grand Admiral in the SMDION. He earns 3000 DA a week
|16000 DA||Starting Funds|
|31600 DA||16000||10 Weeks Back Pay|
|65200 DA||33600||21 Weeks Back Pay|
|97700 DA||33600||21 weeks pay June 24|
|193700 DA||15600||52 Weeks Pay|
Last pay day was June 24, YE 35. Paid every Monday
This man is a Navy man. Not a Marine. He has not served in ground combat operations, only space. Based partly on Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington, with the aloof+aristocratic demeanor.
Sigma has stated that he wishes to opt out of the adoption policy making this character ineligible to be adopted.