Wheeler Stinson graduated third in his class at Starfleet Academy, where he excelled across Starfleet’s disciplines. As a cadet, he showed a penchant for piloting, and in his first spaceborne assignments, aboard the U.S.S. Victoria Falls and then the U.S.S. Viriya Parami, he spent time working in both engineering and the sciences, and even briefly in security. His aspirations, though, had always been in command, and he’d found a supporter in Captain Ro Laren when Starfleet had assigned him to Deep Space 9. As Captain Ro's second officer, Lieutenant Commander Stinson commanded the U.S.S. Defiant NCC-75633 when Ro did not.