Lean and wiry. Sparse and thinning hair, cut in Roman style.
Matthew Cross is a stern commanding officer. Normally not tolerant of lax discipline, but practices longsuffering towards the Banshees because it works for them so well. Private, not inclined to discuss himself or his personal life. Enjoys keeping a stony, unflappable facade in front of his subordinates, but also enjoys letting hints of emotion slip through on rare occasions just to see the reaction from his crew.
Matthew is married. He has a younger brother named Nathan, also in Starfleet.
History and Experiences Which Have Affected Character Greatly
Captain Matthew Cross had oversight of Banshee Squadron during the Mulluran Wars and a short while thereafter. He was responsible for the overall mission success, while Commander Carter retained control of the flight wing. He often piloted the squad's recon unit.
Cross suffered a near-death experience on the other side of the Black Gate and was only saved through the actions of a local youth. He fought off a temporal incursion by the Suliban.
After the Banshee Squadron was disbanded, he took a long vacation with his wife. The starliner they were on was attacked by unknown aliens and everyone was killed.