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Nogura entered Starfleet in the early 23rd century and became good friends with George Samuel Kirk, Sr. and his wife Winona Kirk. Nogura was often a frequent visitor to the Kirk's home in Iowa, Earth and had a lasting effect on James T. Kirk as a child. 
As a Commander, Nogura served as First officer of the USS Thermopylae. He was recommended for accelerated promotion by the Thermopylae's captain. After commanding his own ship, Nogura was promoted to starbase and then fleet commands, before joining the ranks of the Admiralty at Starfleet Headquarters. (TOS novel: Elusive Salvation)
In 2257, following the destruction of the USS Farragut, Nogura was the Chief of Starfleet Operations. He then spoke with the Farragut's helmsman, Lt. James T. Kirk about how Kirk saved the ship from the dikironium cloud creature, his encounter with the unknown aliens, and what happened to his friend T'Cel.(TOS comic: "Debt of Honor")
In 2266, Rear Admiral Nogura was assigned to command Vanguard following the arrest of Commodore Diego Reyes and remained the commander of the station through 2268. (VAN novels: Open Secrets, Storming Heaven)Three years later, in 2269, Nogura took personal command of the Starfleet dreadnought USS Federation in order to disrupt a potential Klingon/Romulan military alliance, and not long afterward led a task force aboard Federation in Gorn space, dealing a severe blow to the Klingons and rescuing the damaged USS Enterprise in the process. (TOS - Year Four: The Enterprise Experiment comics: "Part 1", "Part 4", "Part 5")
Nogura became Commanding Officer, Starfleet Command in 2270, following the Rittenhouse Scandal. Following the scandal, Starfleet's reputation was shattered, and some believed its very existence was threatened after the Federation Council lost faith. With Nogura's formidable attitude and brilliant reputation, he was judged the perfect man to restore Starfleet to its former glory. (TOS novel: The Lost Years) Nogura also ordered Capt. Kirk to proceed with the signing and treaty with the Archernarians. (TOS comic: "Mission's End, Issue 2")
- The Lost Years established that Nogura had retired from Starfleet in the 2250s, only to be pressed back into service in 2270. This is incompatible with several of his other novel appearances during the five-year mission timeframe.
During his tenure as Commanding Officer, Nogura was affectionately known as "The Old Man," but in some circles he was referred to as "God Himself," because of his formidable air, and his ability to get the job done. (TOS novel: The Lost Years)
Six years afterward, in 2287, Nogura was involved in the politically-motivated trial of James T. Kirk on Earth, which attempted to discredit the captain through an assassination attempt against the visiting Klingon Emperor. (TOS comics: "... Gone!", "... Let's Kill All the Lawyers!")
In early 2289, Nogura authorized the USS Enterprise-A to covertly investigate a possible connection between the expansionistic Pilkoran government and the Romulan Star Empire near the Neutral Zone. (TOS comic: "Where There's a Will")
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The Autobiography of James T. KirkEdit
As a junior officer, Nogura served as Yeoman to Captain Richard Robau on the USS Kelvin. By the 2260s, Admiral Nogura served as the Director of Starfleet's Department of Strategic Plans and Policy, and oversaw some of Starfleet's most notable future flag officers, including Commander James Kirk, Captain Lawrence Styles, Commander Harold Morrow, and Commander William Smillie. He was eventually promoted to Starfleet Commander. Although Kirk originally thought of the admiral as a friend and ally, their relationship soured in the 2270s after the conclusion of the V'Ger crisis, when Kirk manipulated him into giving him command of the Enterprise.
In the 2280s, Admiral Nogura was forced to resign by the Federation Council when it was revealed that he was actively plotting a preemptive invasion of the Klingon Empire. (TOS novel: The Autobiography of James T. Kirk)
- VAN novel: Open Secrets
- VAN novel: Precipice
- VAN novel: Declassified
- VAN novel: What Judgments Come
- VAN novel: Storming Heaven
- TOS novel: The Lost Years
- TOS novelization: Star Trek: The Motion Picture
- TOS novel: Ex Machina
- TOS novel: The Prometheus Design
- TOS novel: The Pandora Principle
- TOS - Crucible novel: Provenance of Shadows
- TOS novel: Dwellers in the Crucible
- TLE novel: The Sundered
- TOS novel: Excelsior: Forged in Fire
- TOS novel: The Autobiography of James T. Kirk
Robert L. Comsol
|Commanding Officer, Starfleet Command|
(2270)–(at least 2274)
|Commanding Officer, Starfleet Command|
(before 2285)–(before 2286)
|Commanding Officers, Starfleet Command|
|Robert L. Comsol • Heihachiro Nogura • Harold Morrow • Lance Cartwright • Leonard James Akaar|