Lieutenant Kianda is the Chief Weapons Officer for the Phoenix.
Born on the Colony World of Taurus, Lieutenant Kianda was still a child when the Cylons destroyed the colonies. Orphaned by the attack, she was boarded upon one of the many ships in the Colonial fleet, and looked after by many. She spent most of her childhood borrowing from her fellow shipmates. This eventually caused her to fall afoul of the
wrong types of people, eventually, at 15, getting her (falsely) accused and convicted of murder, and earned her a stint on the Prison Barge. During a riot aboard the Prison Barge, Kianda instead did her best to aid in the suppression of the riot, and even earned the friendship of Lieutenant Boomer, Third in Command of the vaunted Blue Squadron. With Boomer’s support and aid, Kianda cleared her name and was released. Shortly thereafter, Boomer adopted the girl as his daughter and brought her to live aboard Galactica. She quickly became friends with Troy (aka Boxey, the son of Apollo, commader of Blue Squadron and son of Commander Adama of the Galactica) and his friend Dillon. When the boys enrolled in the Colonial War Academy, Kianda followed, and excelled. Her high test scores and her familiarity with the Galactica’s systems earned her a bridge station upon graduation, where she was second Weapons Officer. She also developed a romance with her friend Troy, a romance which continues to this day. She remained as a member of Galactica’s crew, even after the Fleet reached Earth and New Caprica was established, eventually rising to Weapons Officer. Commander Apollo (who took over command after the death of Adama) joyously recommended Kianda for her position on the Phoenix, much to the dismay of his son.