By the year 2248 (at about the age of 15), Hunter commanded the USS Aerfen, having not yet attended Starfleet Academy. Hunter ran a tight ship and earned the trust and respect of all of her crewmembers. When Hikaru Sulu stowed away aboard the Aerfen following a stop-over of Ganjitsu, she gave the eleven-year old a tour of the ship before returning him home. (TLE novel: Excelsior: Forged in Fire)
Hunter's place as commander of a squadron along the Klingon Neutral Zone, meant that she and the Aerfen had many skirmishes with the Klingons on a regular basis, which drew the respect of many of her peers, including her long-time friend Captain James T. Kirk.
She was a member of a nine person partnership family in which she had a daughter. She invited Kirk to join them three times in only four years. (TOS novels: Enterprise: The First Adventure, The Entropy Effect)