Ariel Hyland

Played by: Terri Hatcher

Name: Ariel Hyland
Date of Birth: Nov. 22, 2032
Place of Birth: Connifer, Colorado, United States of America
Known Relatives: Father (Donald "Don" Hyland, construction worker) and Mother (Molly Hyland, housewife)
Rank: Major, United States Marine Corps Air and Space Cavalry
Serial Number: ???-??-?????
Callsign: N/A
Current Posting: 5th Wing, 58th Squadron ('Wild Cards'), USS Saratoga SCVN-2812

Biographical Notes:

Ariel, an only child, grew up believing she was destined for bigger and better things. The mundane life her parents had chosen was beneath her. Her main ambition in life is to become a woman with real power and influence. By college, Hyland had decided that a life in politics would give her that. As a person of limited means, the military would offer the chance she needed to distinguish herself.

Hyland worked her way through Colorado State, receiving her degree in Psychology. At 21, She enlisted in the Marines and entered flight school. As a soldier and pilot, she is skilled. As a leader, however, she takes foolhardy risks with her subordinates.

Hyland sees her people as a means to distinguish herself and is willing to lose a few if it will help her rise through the ranks. (This trait will lead to conflict between her and McQueen.) Hyland avoids personal relationships. She feels personal connections, especially romantic ones, weakens a person. She will come to see George Blaire as a kindred spirit. As a prominent executive at Aerotech, he could no doubt help in her quest for power. At some point, Blaire will test the limits of just what Ariel is wiling to do to get what she wants.