Technical Sergeant, Chair Force.
The Bear City Maintenance Chief is 40-year-old trained pilot who can't fly due to his affliction, discovered late in training: he gets nauseous when he's using the VR goggles. He's embraced his new role as Maintenance Chief, and takes his role in keeping Bear City’s systems ━ and most particularly, her ships’ ━ systems operational.
But it's no easy task given a ship of part-time drunkards and full-time smart asses on board. But he’s a competent pro in a high-stress job, stubbornly keeping everyone’s expectations reasonable, his large family happy, and his ulcer in check. That is, until jokester pilots test his patience and cause him to occasionally lose his cool. Safe on base he's PriFly's drinking buddy and friendly with his Comms Chief, Tess Rain.
Before being ousted from Earth, Alex worked as a Research Assistant in the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department of Purdue University. Five years out of college, the Maintenance Chief was selected as an astronaut by NASA, completed training in Pensacola, Florida, and oversaw the technical duties in the Astronaut Office Space Shuttle and Space Station Branches. He is adept and experienced - with little time to waste on unruly subordinates, except to call them out for the "Goddamned ignoramuses" they are over open communications.
Alex's assistant is the trusty Victor.