Alex is sweet and gentle. She is perky, energetic, positive, and has a can-do attitude. She is a total tomboy, but is also aware of her own cuteness and is fully capable of using it with devastating effectiveness. Her mild demeanor is seemingly at odds with her chosen profession-space fighter pilot-but she has yet to see any real combat. How that will affect her emotionally and psychologically remains to be seen.
The pretty blue-eyed blonde tomboy was born in the farmlands of Iowa on Earth. The clear, open skies called to her from an early age, and as she watched her father's old crop duster skim by overhead, she dreamed of someday being able to follow him into the wide blue yonder. When she was twelve, her father gave her her first flying lesson, and she was hooked from that moment on.
Like everyone else living around Riverside, Iowa, Alex grew up with tall tales of the local hero, legendary Starfleet Captain James T. Kirk. She was inspired by Kirk's heroism and bravery, and to the impressionable young girl, the stories of Kirk's grand adventures and hair-raising exploits were intoxicating and irresistible. Her three older brothers were grown enough to help around the farm, and that freed Alex to apply to Starfleet Academy.
At the Academy, she naturally decided to follow the Pilot Training curriculum. Her natural aptitude was honed and refined, until her skill was such that she was even given the option of joining Red Squad. She turned them down. To her eyes, Red Squad seemed too intense and eager for battle, whereas her love was strictly for the flying.
During her senior year at the Academy, on a training flight inside Saturn's rings, her wingman's plane was struck by a rogue piece of ring material and spun out of control. In defiance of orders and at great risk to herself, Alex went after him with her own plane and managed to grapple him and tow him to safety. Afterwards, an official reprimand was noted on her permanent record, but because of the supreme skill she showed in maneuvering through the treacherous rings, she was allowed to graduate, and was placed on the A-list for duty assignments.
Alex's first assignment was to Banshee Squadron, replacing Kimberly Tycho. She fought in the closing days of the Second Mulluran War.
Alex began spending a lot of time with the squad's recon ship co-pilot, Dexter Gray. When the Squadron was forced to land on the sentient planet Gaia, she and Gray decided to stay behind and become the planet's caretakers.