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Circa 2358, the Seeker was on a mission to smash an Orion cartel operating on a number of outer Federation planets. On Twenginian, Scoggins led an away team to drive Orions out of a hideout, but was unable to get to his assistant, Darryl Adin, in time to save him from being injured. Adin's back was broken, but the spinal cord was undamaged, and he recovered in a month. Reports found nothing wrong with Scoggins's conduct but nevertheless, he felt responsible.
Afterwards, Scoggins tendered his resignation from Starfleet and retired with full honors. Cadet Tasha Yar suspected this was so no more people could be injured under his command. (TNG novel: Survivors)