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Lieutenant '''Warren Keffer''' was a male [[Human]] and [[Earth Alliance]] pilot. He served as a [[Starfury]] pilot on [[Babylon 5]] and a member of [[Starfury Squadrons#Zeta Wing|Zeta Wing]]. After the death of Zeta Leader [[Ray Galus]], he became the new Leader. He was killed in [[2259]] by a [[Shadow Vessel]].
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Lieutenant '''Warren Keffer''' was a [[Starfury]] pilot on [[Babylon 5]] and a member of [[Starfury Squadrons#Zeta Wing|Zeta Wing]]. After the death of Zeta Leader [[Ray Galus]], he became the new Leader. He was killed in [[2259]] by a [[Shadow Vessel]].
   
 
==History==
 
==History==
In [[2259]], Keffer was stationed on [[Babylon 5]] and was a member of [[Starfury Squadrons#Zeta Wing|Zeta Wing]] under [[Ray Galus]]. Shortly after Captain [[John Sheridan]] was appointed to the station, the [[Minbari]] [[Sharlin class warcruiser|warcruiser]] ''[[Tragati]]'' came out of hiding, the crew having refused to surrender at the end of the [[Earth-Minbari War]] and held a grudge against Sheridan. Keffer's squadron was sent into the standoff with the ''Tragati'' and its fighters until Sheridan sensed he was being set up and ordered them to hold their fire. Instead, another Minbari warcruiser arrived and ordered the ''Tragati'' to surrender, but the crew set the ship on self-destruct instead.<ref name=PointsDeparture>[[Points of Departure]]</ref>
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Warren Keffer was a [[Human]] male, who by [[2259]] was stationed on [[Babylon 5]] and was a member of [[Starfury Squadrons#Zeta Wing|Zeta Wing]] under Zeta Leader [[Ray Galus]]. Early in [[2259]], Captain [[John Sheridan]], a hero of the [[Earth-Minbari War]], took command of Babylon 5. Shortly after his appointment, the [[Minbari]] [[Sharlin class warcruiser|warcruiser]] ''[[Trigati]]'', the crew of which refused to surrender at the end of the war and held a grudge against Sheridan, came out of hiding. The crew hoped they could force Babylon 5 to destroy them, allowing them to have some honor in death and perhaps even reignite the War. Keffer was involved in the standoff with the ''Trigati'' until Sheridan sensed he was being set up and refused to fire on the ship, calling on another Minbari cruiser instead. The ''Trigati'' was asked to surrender, but the crew set the ship on self-destruct.<ref name=PointsDeparture>[[Points of Departure]]</ref>
   
 
Soon thereafter, Babylon 5 received a distress call from a ship in grid epsilon. Keffer and Zeta Wing were dispatched to investigate, and they found the ship adrift with all its crew, except for one, dead. The ship was subsequently taken to Babylon 5.<ref>"[[Treason]]"</ref>
 
Soon thereafter, Babylon 5 received a distress call from a ship in grid epsilon. Keffer and Zeta Wing were dispatched to investigate, and they found the ship adrift with all its crew, except for one, dead. The ship was subsequently taken to Babylon 5.<ref>"[[Treason]]"</ref>
   
Later, when criminal [[Jason Colby]] took Colonel Rabock&mdash;in reality, telepath criminal "[[Cypher]]"&mdash;hostage and tried to escape on a shuttle, Zeta Wing was scrambled to intercept them. However, the shuttle exploded from the inside as a result of a scuffle aboard between the two criminals.<ref>"[[The Price of Peace]]"</ref>
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Later, when criminal Jason Colby took Colonel Rabock&mdash;in reality, telepath criminal "Cypher"&mdash;hostage and tried to escape on a shuttle, Zeta Wing was scrambled to intercept them. However, the shuttle exploded from the inside as a result of a scuffle aboard between the two criminals.<ref>"[[The Price of Peace]]"</ref>
 
 
[[File:Eaexplor lg1.jpg|thumb|250px|right|Keffer participated in the search for the ''EAS Cortez''.]]
 
[[File:Eaexplor lg1.jpg|thumb|250px|right|Keffer participated in the search for the ''EAS Cortez''.]]
When the [[Explorer class ship]] {{EAS1|Cortez}} was lost in [[hyperspace]], Keffer was one of Zeta Squadron's pilots that participated in the rescue mission. Sheridan formulated a plan to create a chain of ships so that each member was in range of the previous squad mate and, in this way, avoided being lost. Keffer was the furthest out and was successful in reaching the ''Cortez''. However, a strange black starship suddenly appeared, struck and destroyed Galus' Starfury, but only damaged Keffer's Starfury. He began drifting in hyperspace with no communication, so Keffer began shooting at the direction of the exit gate to guide the ''Cortez''. Captain [[Jack Maynard]] understood Keffer and the ''Cortez'' returned safely along with the rest of Zeta Squadron. Keffer was presumed killed in action with Galus initially.
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When the explorer ship, the [[Explorer class ship]]''[[EAS Cortez]]'' was lost in hyperspace, Keffer was one of Zeta Squadron's pilots that participated in its search. Sheridan formulated a rescue plan, the key point of which was to create a chain of ships, so that each Zeta member was in range of the previous squadmate and this way avoided being lost. Such method was successful and the ''Cortez'' was found. However, a strange black starship suddenly appeared. Zeta Leader Ray Galus and Keffer, who were concluding the chain, collided with it. Galus died, but Keffer was lucky enough to survive, although his Starfury was badly damaged and began drifting in the hyperspace with no communication. With no other way to guide the ''Cortez'' back to Babylon 5, Keffer began shooting at the direction of the exit gate. ''Cortez''<nowiki>'</nowiki>s captain [[Jack Maynard]] understood Keffer and the ''Cortez'' returned safely along with the rest of Zeta Squadron. Keffer was presumed killed in action with Galus.<ref name="ADsSr">[[A Distant Star]]</ref>
   
Keffer soon regained control of his ship, but the exit gate's signal was lost. Suddenly, the same strange object appeared. Thinking that it might have been traveling along the same course it came from, Keffer used the trajectory to re-orient himself, allowing him to figure out the right direction to the station. There, he was greeted and additionally asked to become the new Zeta Leader. Keffer accepted the offer and soon reported about the mysterious ship. However, since his recording machinery was not working at the time of this encounter, he had no evidence to prove what he had seen. Following this, he became determined to find out what the spacecraft really was.<ref name="ADsSr">[[A Distant Star]]</ref>
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Keffer soon regained control of his ship, but the exit gate's signal was lost. Suddenly, the same strange object appeared. Thinking that it might have been traveling along the same course where Babylon 5 was, Keffer followed the ship and soon returned to the station. There, he was greeted and asked to become the new Zeta Leader. Keffer accepted the offer and soon reported about the mysterious ship. However, since his recording machinery was not working at the time of this encounter, he had no evidence to prove what he had seen. Following this, he became determined to find out what the spacecraft really was.<ref name="ADsSr"/>
   
 
Later that year, Keffer was doing some routine maintenance work in the hangar bay when he spotted Security Chief [[Michael Garibaldi]] trying to sneak aboard one of the ships. Garibaldi, suspecting [[Centauri]] [[Ambassador]] [[Londo Mollari]]'s involvement in the destruction of a [[Narn]] outpost in sector 37, had began spying on Londo. After learning that the latter was planning a meeting with Lord [[Refa]], Garibaldi had decided to beat him to the rendezvous point and spy on the Ambassador. Keffer offered to pilot the ship and fly Garibaldi to his destination. When the two of them emerged from a jump gate near the planet where Londo was supposed to arrive, Garibaldi began telling Keffer the story of his meeting with [[Commander]] [[Jeffrey Sinclair]]&mdash;the previous commander of Babylon 5&mdash;in an attempt to kill some time. Garibaldi told Keffer how Sinclair hired him as a pilot on [[Mars]]. He did not have the time to finish, though, as a vessel similar to the one Keffer had seen in hyperspace appeared and shot their ship down, and Keffer had to crash-land it on the planet.<ref name="With Friends">"[[With Friends Like These]]"</ref>
 
Later that year, Keffer was doing some routine maintenance work in the hangar bay when he spotted Security Chief [[Michael Garibaldi]] trying to sneak aboard one of the ships. Garibaldi, suspecting [[Centauri]] [[Ambassador]] [[Londo Mollari]]'s involvement in the destruction of a [[Narn]] outpost in sector 37, had began spying on Londo. After learning that the latter was planning a meeting with Lord [[Refa]], Garibaldi had decided to beat him to the rendezvous point and spy on the Ambassador. Keffer offered to pilot the ship and fly Garibaldi to his destination. When the two of them emerged from a jump gate near the planet where Londo was supposed to arrive, Garibaldi began telling Keffer the story of his meeting with [[Commander]] [[Jeffrey Sinclair]]&mdash;the previous commander of Babylon 5&mdash;in an attempt to kill some time. Garibaldi told Keffer how Sinclair hired him as a pilot on [[Mars]]. He did not have the time to finish, though, as a vessel similar to the one Keffer had seen in hyperspace appeared and shot their ship down, and Keffer had to crash-land it on the planet.<ref name="With Friends">"[[With Friends Like These]]"</ref>
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There was also a facility established near that ship, which Garibaldi and Sinclair had infiltrated. Upon discovering that experiments were conducted on people there, they had destroyed the facility. Just as Garibaldi finished his story, he and Keffer were taken into custody by the local Centauri, on the charges of spying. The head of the settlement contacted Londo on Babylon 5 in an attempt to prove that Keffer and Garibaldi were allowed to be in the Centauri space. If Londo would not confirm that, the two would be executed. Instead of Londo, his aide [[Vir Cotto]] responded to the call. Claiming that Londo was unavailable, Vir lied that the two officers were permitted to be in that sector of space. However, Londo soon answered to the transmission. Keffer's and Garibaldi's lives were in Londo's hands, who, much to the two Humans' relief, backed Vir's words. The two were released and returned to Babylon 5.<ref>"[[Silent Enemies]]"</ref>
 
There was also a facility established near that ship, which Garibaldi and Sinclair had infiltrated. Upon discovering that experiments were conducted on people there, they had destroyed the facility. Just as Garibaldi finished his story, he and Keffer were taken into custody by the local Centauri, on the charges of spying. The head of the settlement contacted Londo on Babylon 5 in an attempt to prove that Keffer and Garibaldi were allowed to be in the Centauri space. If Londo would not confirm that, the two would be executed. Instead of Londo, his aide [[Vir Cotto]] responded to the call. Claiming that Londo was unavailable, Vir lied that the two officers were permitted to be in that sector of space. However, Londo soon answered to the transmission. Keffer's and Garibaldi's lives were in Londo's hands, who, much to the two Humans' relief, backed Vir's words. The two were released and returned to Babylon 5.<ref>"[[Silent Enemies]]"</ref>
   
While Babylon 5 became a party to 25,000 [[GROPOS]], Keffer was forced to share his quarters with two marines, [[Turnbow|Large]] and [[Yang]]. While Keffer was initially frustrated with such conditions, the three soon became good friends. Unfortunately, both marines were killed in [[Operation Sudden Death]] on [[Akdor]] shortly thereafter.<ref>[[GROPOS]]</ref>
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While Babylon 5 became a party to 25,000 [[GROPOS]], Keffer was forced to share his quarters with two marines, [[Turnbow|Large]] and [[Yang]]. While Keffer was initially frustrated with such conditions, the three soon became good friends. Unfortunately, both marines were killed in [[Operation Sudden Death]] on [[Akdor]] shortly thereafter.<ref>[[GROPOS (episode)]]</ref>
   
 
Short time later, an unidentified object was spotted near Babylon 5 and Keffer was sent to investigate. It turned out that the object was just a teddy bear&mdash;a toy which had been made for the Babylon 5 fair to portray John Sheridan, and which had been spaced out by Sheridan himself. Smiling, Keffer did not reveal what the object was, reporting only that it was harmless.<ref>[[There All the Honor Lies]]</ref>
 
Short time later, an unidentified object was spotted near Babylon 5 and Keffer was sent to investigate. It turned out that the object was just a teddy bear&mdash;a toy which had been made for the Babylon 5 fair to portray John Sheridan, and which had been spaced out by Sheridan himself. Smiling, Keffer did not reveal what the object was, reporting only that it was harmless.<ref>[[There All the Honor Lies]]</ref>
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==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
Lieutenant Warren Keffer was played by actor [[Robert Rusler]] during [[Babylon 5 (TV series)|Babylon 5]]'s [[Babylon 5: Season Two|second season]]. Despite being credited throughout the entire season, Rusler appeared in only six episodes. Apart from a mention in the [[Babylon 5: Season Three|third season]]'s premiere, "[[Matters of Honor]]", and appearances in several [[Comic Books|comic books]], the character of Keffer was never used again. According to [[J. Michael Straczynski]]'s commentary for the episode "[[The Fall of Night]]" on the [[Babylon 5 Season 2 DVD]], the network wanted a hotshot pilot for the show and forced him to write in Keffer. As such, Straczynski never intended Keffer to survive.
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Lieutenant Warren Keffer was played by actor [[Robert Rusler]] during [[Babylon 5 (TV series)|Babylon 5]]'s [[Babylon 5: Season Two|second season]]. Despite being credited throughout the entire season, Rusler appeared only in a total of six episodes. Apart from a mention in the [[Babylon 5: Season Three|third season]]'s premiere, [[Matters of Honor]], and appearances in several [[Comic Books]], the character of Keffer was never used again. According to [[J. Michael Straczynski]]'s commentary for the episode [[The Fall of Night]] on the [[Babylon 5 Season 2 DVD]], the network wanted a hot shot pilot for the show and forced him to write in Keffer. As such, Straczynski never intended Keffer to survive.
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
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[[Category:Starfury Pilots|Keffer, Warren]]
 
[[Category:Casualties of Shadow Aggression|Keffer, Warren]]
 
[[Category:Casualties of Shadow Aggression|Keffer, Warren]]
[[Category:Lieutenant|Keffer, Warren]]
 
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