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Full Name: Zelik Leybenzon
Species: Human
Gender: Male
Died: 2381
Affiliation: Federation Starfleet
Family
Marital Status: Single
Career
Final Assignment: Chief of security, USS Bhutto
Rank: Image:Yel_Lt_2373.png

Zelik Leybenzon was a Human male who served as a Starfleet security officer in the 24th century. In 2380 he had broad shoulders, a bulbous nose, and a thick mustache. Though relatively young, his hairline had receded to his crown. Hazel eyes. (TNG novel: Q & A)

History

Leybenzon was born on the Federation farming colony, Gault, around the time that Worf left the colony to live on Earth with Sergey Rozhenko and his family.

By the early 2370s, Leybenzon had enlisted in Starfleet as a security officer, and was assigned to the USS Armstrong at the start of the Dominion War. During the war, Leybenzon's quick thinking in repairing a damaged phaser bank that had been written off by the chief engineer and chief of security, led to him receiving a battlefield commission.

Following his assignment on the Armstrong, Leybenzon was assigned to the ground forces defending the Chin'toka system, where he saw action against the Jem'Hadar. During the war, Leybenzon met Lieutenant Commander Worf, and he left a favorable impression on the Klingon. Following the war, Leybenzon saw service aboard the USS Roosevelt and Starbase 23, earning the rank of lieutenant by 2380.

Following the death of Lionardo Battaglia, the USS Enterprise-E's chief of security, in early 2380, Worf recommended to Captain Jean-Luc Picard that Leybenzon would make a good replacement. Leybenzon accepted, and he soon became known as being tough with his security team while on duty, but was jovial off duty, drinking and telling stories of his victories in the war. However, he didn't get along well with most officers, but he tolerated a few. Started a martial arts class for security personnel. He is a black belt. (TNG novel: Q & A)

With the renewed Borg invasion in 2380, Lieutenant Leybenzon called into question several decisions made by Captain Picard and the command staff of the Enterprise. Leybenzon would later agree to assist Lieutenant Commander Miranda Kadohata in her attempts to take command of the Enterprise following Captain Picard's decision not to take the Enterprise to Earth to engage the Borg. To force Captain Picard's cooperation, Leybenzon suggested threatening to torture Dr. Crusher to force Picard's hand. When the Enterprise fell under attack, however, he resumed his role and followed the orders of Captain Picard once again after agreeing to do so without question - but with reserved skepticism. He agreed to remain aboard the Enterprise as Chief of Security following the incident with the approval of Captain Picard. (TNG novel: Before Dishonor)

After a few months, in September of 2380, when the Enterprise was forced to face the Borg again, Leybenzon asked for a transfer, citing his inability to trust Picard in another Borg situation. His request was granted, and he was subsequently transferred to the USS Bhutto.

In January of 2381, the Bhutto encountered a Borg cube after it eradicated the planet Barolia. Leybenzon volunteered to go on a suicide mission in order to deliver a multi-vector agent (MVA) to the Borg, as an attempt to defeat them, but he and his fellow security officers were slain, and the MVA was analyzed by the Borg. (TNG novel: Greater Than the Sum)

Connections

USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E) senior staff
commanding officers: M. BatesonJ. PicardW. RikerData first officers: W. RikerDataWorf second officers: G. BushDataM. Kadohata Seal of the Federation Starfleet.
operations managers: DataM. Kadohata chief medical officers: B. CrusherStevenson ship's counselors: D. TroiT'LanaHegol D.
chief engineers: M. ScottG. La Forge security chiefs: L. AddisonP. DanielsRowanB. LeyoroR. McAdamsC. ValeS. NaveL. BattagliaZ. LeybenzonJ. Choudhury flight controllers: S. HawkS. Nave
see also: Senior staff • Engineering • Flight Control • Medical and Counseling • Operations • Science • Security • Misc. • Unnamed
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E) security & tactical personnel
Emblem of the United Federation of Planets Chiefs: L. AddisonP. DanielsRowanR. McAdamsB. LeyoroC. ValeS. NaveL. BattagliaZ. LeybenzonJ. Choudhury Seal of the Federation Starfleet
AikenJ. AllenAlmonteA. BalidemajA. BraddockBrennanG. CarmonaCarrA. ChangChellN. th'ChunClemensCobbinsK. CruzenP. DavilaH. de LangeDeyR. DuncanS. FillionFloydR. GiudiceJ. GonzalesT. GracinE. GrigsbyJarata B.KorbanJ. JurotKellych'KerrosothE. Laird • Lightner • Le RoyJ. Lofgrin • Lopex • LirynF. McEwanMarsMeloA. MunroT. MurphyObarakehParminderJ. PeartRazkaB. RegnisN. SirhcA. ŠmrhováS. StockmanN. StolovitskyJ. StruhlemK. Thompson • J. Travis • T'SonaM. VogelF. Wriede
see also: Senior staff • Engineering • Flight Control • Medical and Counseling • Operations • Science • Security • Misc. • Unnamed
Starbase 23 personnel
Emblem of the United Federation of Planets AenniBlosser • A. Bottoms • G. IlanenkoZ. Leybenzon • B. MacMorris • A. Niccomachi • G. Ghundertmargh • Tr'lsana • R.M. Tijeras • C. Winslow Seal of the Federation Starfleet
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Background

Leybenzon was named for the deceased step-father of author Keith R.A. DeCandido's ex-wife. The name is of Russian origin, based on DeCandido's conclusion from other known residents of the Gault colony that the population was predominantly Russian. [1]

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