He was a member of the prestigious Red Squad group during 2373 and, as part, assigned to the training ship USS Valiant in the operations division. However, this was just prior to the outbreak of the Dominion War, and the ship was caught behind enemy lines. In an ensuing battle, the officers on the ship were killed, and Parton received a field commission to ensign by acting captain Tim Watters and assigned as an engineer. Parton spent the next eight months trying to repair the starship's damaged engines, limited to low warp.
When the Valiant rescued Nog and Jake Sisko from an attack in the USS Shenandoah, Parton was assigned under Nog when he joined the ship's crew as chief engineer. He assisted Nog in attempting to solve the Valiant's inability to reach high warp. After Nog took the safeties off the plasma intercooler, the flux moderator, and the pressurant control system, Parton agreed with Nog's changes, stating, "after spending seven months plodding along at warp 3.2, I'm willing to try anything," despite concerns addressed by Karen Farris.
|Members of Red Squad|
|Tim Watters • Karen Farris • Riley Shepard • Dorian Collins • Parton|
|USS Valiant personnel|