He came from a long line of Starfleet officers on both sides of his family.
In 2357 he led the year long Arias Expedition, a science mission along the Cardassian border that covnered for intelligence reconassaince activites. The USS Al-Batani served as his flagship during the mission.
In 2378 he was the first to hail the retruned Voyager as it emerged from a Borg transwarp tunnel in the Sol System.
His son Tom.