Daughter of Max and Miriya Sterling, Dana is not only the first child born from a union between the two races, but she is also the first child born from the womb of a clone. Dana is among the first graduates of the Robotech Military Academy founded in the aftermath of the First Robotech War.
Her child-like curiosity combined with her natural intelligence, compassion and curiosity seem odd combinations to make a successful soldier, but somehow it works. Her mixed heritage gives her the added dimension of precognition concerning the Robotech Masters and their schemes. She also shares an unusual bond with the renegade clone, Zor Prime. Dana is the catalyst for much of the action that takes place in the Second Robotech War.