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In July 1947, Garland assisted the United States government who had recovered an alien vessel which had crashed near Roswell, along with its occupants Quark, Rom and Nog. The vessel, Quark's Treasure, had accidentally been sent back in time from 2372. Constable Odo was also on board, though he had disguised himself to catch Quark in the act of kemocite smuggling. Garland and Carlson did not agree with General Rex Denning and Captain James Wainwright's belief that the Ferengi represented the vanguard of an invading alien army. They instead believed that they were peaceful and harmless explorers who had much to teach humanity about the universe. When it became clear that Wainwright was planning to use any means necessary to extract information from the Ferengi, Garland and her fiancé helped them to escape from Roswell. They later claimed that the Ferengi manipulated them into doing so, using their "insidious mind-control powers." Before the four time travellers departed, Garland expressed her hope that humans and aliens would someday come together in a vast alliance of planet. Rom told her that such an organisation - the United Federation of Planets - did in fact exist in the 24th century. However, Quark warned them that it would be better for humanity if they remained on Earth as "the universe was a pretty rough place." (DS9 episode: "Little Green Men")
With the signing of the National Security Act into law by President Harry S. Truman in September of that year, she became a member of the United States Air Force, as did every other serving member of the Army Air Corps. By this time, Wainwright was suspicious of her and Carlson's claim to have been manipulated by the Ferengi into helping them escape. (TOS novel: From History's Shadow)
Sometime after the Roswell Incident, Garland married Carlson. 49 years later, Carlson would recall that his wife had used the Ferengi mind control claim to excuse their actions in helping Quark and the other Roswell aliens to escape when Shannon O'Donnell used it to excuse her launching the SS Botany Bay. Garland had died by 1996. (TOS novel: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume 2)