In 2362, while still serving on the Victory as an ensign, Hickman, along with Susanna Leijten, Geordi La Forge, Emilita Mendez and Anthony Brevelle, was part of an away team investigating the disappearance of a science team on Tarchannen III. In the years following the mission, Hickman married and had two children.
In 2367, Hickman passed a routine physical on Malaya IV. Subsequently, he stole a shuttlecraft and was killed when his shuttle was destroyed in the atmosphere of Tarchannen III. (TNG: "Identity Crisis")