Patricia Friese (born 392 IE), who went by Patty, was a technical sergeant in the Compact Border Guard. In 429 IE, she worked as a controller for the L5 Hypergate over The Caliphate in what was supposed to be her final year of enlistment. She noticed the anomalous signal from Farigha that revealed at least one survivor lived there. She also was among the first to notice the colony of Gilead had gone silent when its hypergate became inaccessible from The Caliphate.
During her time at the L5 gate, she lived in The Caliphate’s Najiran Valley Province, the planet’s wine country, despite being from Deseret, a core world originally founded by Mormons.
During the mission, Havak recommended to Admiral Burke, based on support from her crew, that Friese be transferred to the Navy with a commission. She received a commission as a lieutenant, junior grade, upon John Farno’s rescue. She was then assigned to the Challenger, the Navy’s first combat-ready warp ship.
Shortly after receiving the anomalous signal from Farigha, Friese joined the rescue mission aboard the CNV Alcubierre.
Following Havak to the Challenger, she joined the crew once commissioned a Navy lieutenant. At Demeter, she piloted Peter Lancaster as he retrieved Giddeus Modesto and Mitsuko Yamato after they crashed their shuttle.
Friese and Havak trained Giddeus Modesto on warp navigation. Friese told him it was like plotting a wormhole, only straighter since the ship would move through normal space inside a warp bubble.