Captain Jackson Keene was the captain of the ECS Fortunate in the mid-22nd century. His family had been on board the freighter for three generations.

In August 2151, Keene was injured during a Nausicaan attack, during which time, his first officer, Matthew Ryan, took command and attempted a retaliatory strike against the Nausicaans.

When Enterprise NX-01 was dispatched to the area by Starfleet Command in response to an automated distress signal from the Fortunate, Captain Keene's injuries were treated by Doctor Phlox. Once Keene recovered, he demoted Ryan for his reckless actions. Keene had also come to realize, by this time, that he would need to upgrade the Fortunate to a warp three engine just to stay in business. (ENT: "Fortunate Son")

Keene was played by actor Charles Lucia who previously appeared as Ves Alkar in TNG: "Man of the People" and Mabus in VOY: "Alliances". He filmed his scenes on Thursday 27 September 2001 and Tuesday 2 October 2001 on Paramount Stage 18.
Keene's first name, "Jackson", comes from the script of "Fortunate Son" and is not stated on-screen. The same first name was originally given to Captain Archer, though it never made it into canon then either, his first name being changed to "Jonathan". In the script of "Fortunate Son", Captain Keene was additionally described as "mid-fifties, lean and fit." Keene had more of a backstory in the first draft of the episode's script, which referred to him as having originally served on Ryan's parents' ship, the Gallant.

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