• Reed

    Captain Carl Reed

    PERSONAL

    Carl Reed was born and raised in Austin, Texas. His father, Carlos Reyez Sr. was a migrant Mexican factory worker, who took pride in the fact that he worked his way up to foreman. His mother, who emigrated from Latvia at age ten, was a seamstress. She passed away when Reed was 14. Mr Reyez changed the family name to Reed when Carl was a child.

    Reed is the oldest of four children, with two brothers and a sister. With both parents working, Reed grew up independent and self-reliant. After his mother's death, he also took on the responsibility of helping to raise his younger siblings, instilling in him a strong sense of leadership. He was an above-average student, and worked part time as a shop assistant for a motorcycle repair shop.

    After graduating from high school, Reed found that he could not afford to attend college. He chose to go into the military, joining the Army instead. Initially, he planned to serve his initial enlistment and then go to college using G.I. Bill benefits, but he found that the Army lifestyle suited him, and decided to make it his career. Using Active Duty benefits and opportunities, as an enlisted Soldier, Reed finished school and applied for Officer Candidate School (OCS) the second he received his degree.

    MILITARY

    In OCS, Reed tested very high in linguistics, earning him an invitation into counter-intelligence. After school at Dam Neck, Virginia, his initial officer service took him to various stations, including peacekeeping tours in Bosnia and Kosovo. During this time he earned the Army Commendation Medal. Enroute to his next assignment, Reed attended Airborne training at Ft. Benning, Georgia, and was assigned to the intelligence section, spending the next two years working as a team leader of a reconnaissance unit at Fort Irwin.

    Next, Reed was recommended for and received Ranger Training. Soon after completion, his first Ranger deployment was in the Philippines, during the time that Filipino troops were fighting against the Abu Sayyaf. Reed earned a Silver Star for action against guerrilla units when his team was ambushed while on a patrol on Basilan. Reed returned to the U.S. after his service in the Philippines, just in time for deployment to Georgia. He went on to deploy to Eritrea and Cuba.

    After his return to Fort Benning, Reed, now a Captain, was given command of a Military Intelligence Company , and after only a few months, he and his unit were deployed to Czervenia, and picked up an additional task as the QRF .

    DEMEANOR

    Carl Reed is a professional Soldier. He believes that whatever the job, you should do it to the best of your abilities, and he applies that philosophy to soldiering.

    Reed leads by example and believes that respect is earned. He knows that his troops are the very best, and treats them like the professionals they are. In a military setting, he is a no-nonsense Soldier who doesn't concern himself with politics. He puts the mission and his team first, and everything else is secondary.

    In addition to English, Reed speaks fluent Spanish, Latvian (Lettish) and Russian, and he is quickly learning Czervenian.

    OFF DUTY

    Off-duty, Carl Reed has a nice apartment in Fayettville. When the mission allows, he has a passion for carpentry and enjoys building furniture that he sells to Soldiers on base. On longer leaves he travels home to visit his family, who still reside in Texas, and he loves to fish.

  • Dixon

    Staff Sergeant Robert Dixon

    Personal

    Dixon, or "Dix" to his friends, was raised in the backwoods of California's Modoc County, where his father was the local sheriff. An avid outdoorsman, Dix's father taught him the skills needed to hunt and thrive in the isolated woods around their rural country home. Dix enjoyed being outdoors so much that school took second seat. He was unable to sit still for a single moment and was quick tempered, adding to his inability to really buckle down into his studies. This was tough enough, but he also felt he could never live up to his parent's expectations, especially since they were pillars of their small community. After graduating, Dix knew college wasn't for him quite yet, and though his father wanted him to become a deputy, he wanted to make his own way. He did want to be part of something bigger than himself and to do the same kind of good his father had, so he enlisted in the U.S. Army.

    Military

    BCT and Infantryman's School at Ft. Benning went quickly. As a Soldier, Dix was quiet and disciplined - his quick temper completely under control. Because of his upbringing, Army service came easily to him. He received numerous commendations for his commitment to his unit and the service. Still, Dix had decided not to re-up once his time was done. It wasn't that he didn't appreciate the Army; he just wanted even more of a challenge.

    His mind changed the day he met a recruiter from the 75th Ranger Regiment, an expert in hand to hand fighting (combatives). He was deadly. Dix was so impressed by the Ranger's skills, discipline and overall bearing that he requested a slot for Ranger School and the most grueling 61 days of his life. The school was brutal, especially since his class went through the Mountain phase during an especially cold winter, but he made it straight through and earned his Tab. With the leadership skills he learned, Dix was finally beginning to feel like he was accomplishing something worthwhile.

    During his next deployment, Dix was able to demonstrate these skills that had been burned into him as a young man and now as a Soldier. In Iraq, his Ranger Platoon was attached to an Intel officer and his squad was tasked with gathering human intelligence and recovering high value targets. After an impressive display that saved the lives of many Soldiers, he was transferred to the Human Intelligence section as Platoon Sergeant.

    Demeanor

    When not on an operation, Dix's country upbringing shows in everything he does. He is quiet and polite, never forgetting his manners. But in town with the boys, he can whoop it up just the same. Dixon tries really hard to keep his temper in check, but it does pop out from time to time and can be explosive getting him into trouble. In combat Dix transforms into an intense no nonsense warrior. He understands the chain of command and is quick to follow orders. Growing up in the woods has made him into an efficient battlefield hunter. Dix is usually the first to see or contact the bad guys. He likes to take point, is a little impatient and has a reputation for taking personal risks.

    Off Duty

    Dix lives on post at Fort Bragg, but he spends little down time there, preferring instead to roam the hills of North Carolina hunting and fishing. Dix has a large collection of fishing tackle and an old Chevrolet pickup truck that he puts to good use during the summer time.

  • Washington

    Corporal Tyrone Washington

    Personal

    Hailing from a tough neighborhood in Detroit, Tyrone Washington or "Wash" was a "latchkey kid" whose parents worked long hard hours and were rarely home. As a result, he spent most of his time on the streets. He knew everyone, good and bad, and while he never got personally involved in any mischief, he was always in the know about everyone's business. Over time he became known as the lone wolf, a tough kid who knew how to work the angles and could get anyone to do anything with a quick wit and can-do attitude.

    School was a breeze for Wash. It required little effort and even less time. With a perfect 4.0, Tyrone J. Washington gradated top of his class. He probably could have had a full ride coming from at least one college but had little interests. Instead, he wanted to see other parts of the world, meet new people and was looking for a new chapter in life, so he enlisted.

    Military

    Wash started his U.S. Army career as a rifleman with 4th Infantry Division. He excelled in all forms of training. Still the lone wolf, he was well liked by his squad mates yet didn't fully depend on anyone for anything.

    Wash and his division were deployed for the invasion of Iraq. Jumping off from Kuwait, the mechanized battalion roared north, destroying everything in their path. The fighting was hard but over before he knew it. While in Iraq, he was in constant contact with the 75th Ranger Regiment. He liked their style. They were aggressive and driven, but what he liked most was their self sufficiency and ability to work singularly and as a team. Wash realized he was meant for the Rangers so at the end of his tour he volunteered for Airborne training and earned a chance to go to the 75th Ranger Regiment. It wasn't long before he proved his mettle in the Ranger Assessment Program (RASP) and earned a slot at Ranger School. He graduated the grueling 62 day course a little worse for wear, but a Ranger.

    His first deployment with the 75th was to the Peshtun region of Afghanistan. The ongoing chase for insurgents was a perfect training ground for the elite Soldiers of America's Army. Wash quickly learned that cover was good, air support was your friend and mistakes can get you killed. While in Peshtun he also worked closely with the tier-one counter-terrorism and Special Mission Units, Delta Force operators and desires to join their ranks eventually. Before Czervenia, he was deployed to Columbia, and also provided support to pro government forces in Chile.

    Demeanor

    Washington is a loner who sees and hears everything around him. His guardedness leads him to volunteer for assignments where he can work more on his own. He has no desire to command anyone, yet in a fight, he is fiercely committed to his team and will never leave anyone behind.

    Off Duty

    Washington resides in the barracks at Fort Bragg. He loves sports and is an avid basketball player. When SSG Dix is in town they spend a lot of down time at the local watering hole watching sports.

  • Plaxco

    Staff Sergeant Johnathan Plaxco

    Personal

    John Plaxco started off as a shy, small town kid from Atlanta, Georgia.  Raised in a traditional Christian household, he never in a million years thought he'd become one of the most proficient Soldiers on the planet.  In high school, Plaxco was a bit of an introvert, a loner, and excelled at individual sports like wrestling and swimming.  He didn't really have a singular focus in life and took opportunities as they came, especially with work.  Coming from a family unit that "always did what Dad did," Plaxco joined the crew at the local corn feed factory. He quickly learned the ropes and worked his way up to shift foreman, but the entire time, he was unfulfilled and looking for more.

    After graduation, Plaxco found himself wrapped up in a whirlwind of life he wasn't sure he even wanted.   College was something he had always desired to explore, but knew money would be an issue.  That's when he was introduced by a family member to a local recruiter who explained the GI Bill.  Here, Plaxco found a new path in life.  To the shock of everyone in his family, he put off his engagement to his high school girlfriend and enlisted in the Army selecting Option 40, a chance to join the Ranger regiment.

    Military

    Boot camp came easy for the high school wrestler.  The thought of being the best appealed to Plaxco and he beat the course record in the 5 mile run with pack. After completing BCT, Plaxco found himself working through the demands of RASP, and ultimately Ranger School, and he emerged with a very different outlook on life.

    After a tour in Afghanistan searching for Al-Qaeda insurgents in mountain caves, Plaxco worked his way up to Sergeant and was transferred back to Camp Merrill, near Dahlonega, Georgia. The command asked if he\'d like to take part in a special group of military operators.  Always looking for the challenge, Plaxco accepted and became part of the LRS family.

    Plaxco came away from two tours in the Afghanistan with a Purple Heart and an Army Commendation Medal (ARCOM) for Valor.  A career Soldier who prefers being in the field over lurking behind a desk, he turned down a chance at OCS so he could keep his spot on the LRS team.

    Demeanor

    Plaxco is the Southern gentleman. He rarely swears and believes "profanity is for the uneducated."   He never drinks alcohol or smokes, considering that contrary to his core beliefs. He feels his body is a machine, eating only foods that fuel him to be the best athlete possible.  Plaxco possesses a strong faith in God, but he keeps that part of himself close to the vest.

    Off Duty

    Plaxco loves basketball and skiing, and in his spare time, he loves watching Hitchcock movies.

  • Apodaca

    Sergeant Daniel Apodaca

    Personal

    Apodaca, or "Apod," is a first generation Mexican-American born in the suburbs of Concord, CA. Apodaca found little common ground with his parents, who stuck tightly to the traditions of the life they'd left behind in Mexico, but he loved them deeply. His need to leave the nest led him to pursue his true passion: technology. This obsession fueled his desire to learn about far away people and places, as well as different ways of communicating with them. At the age of 17, he'd become a pretty proficient HAM radio operator and was conversing with people all over the world.

    After graduating from high school, Apodaca drifted into the hacker community. After a few brushes with authorities, a local police officer suggested that he stop screwing around with his life, "cowboy up" and do something more worthy of his intelligence. The man, an old Marine, was right and Apodaca knew it. At that moment, he decided to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the Army before he did something really stupid.

    Military

    Entering the US Army was a shock to the young introverted Apodaca. The Army was unlike anything he'd ever experienced. After a rough BCT, Apodaca, a Radio Operator-Maintainer (25C), found the electronic and radio subjects in his MOS school a complete and utter breeze. He even tutored the other students and in some instances, knew more than the instructors. During his first duty station as the RTO in an infantry unit, he showed a distance that diminished the orderliness that was expected of him by his NCOs. It wasn't a lack of respect or bearing, it was that his incredible knowledge for his subjects came easily to him. The truth was, Apod was just one of the smartest Soldiers anyone had ever seen so he came off as being cocky or proud. The sergeant, one SGT John Plaxco, quickly realized that this youth had an iron will, and was smart to boot, but needed some mentoring and focus to advance and make the military really work for him. A long conversation with Apodaca, now "Apod" (like A-Rod, but not), convinced the young Soldier to excel in his duties, check his attitude, and later apply for Ranger School. Plaxco knew Apod needed a push, to become something more than a transistor head. Apod was a professional and a member of a team.

    Ranger school was the toughest thing he'd ever done, but he succeeded and afterward found a true calling in the Army. He began taking his job more seriously than ever and was quickly promoted. He fell in love with workings of all types of small arms and became a weapons expert in an amazingly short amount of time. His finesse with the MK11 is legendary in the Rangers and he is known to be one of the best shots in the Army, having earned several shooting trophies and his "Excellence in Competition – Rifle Badge", bronze award, at his first Army competition.

    Apodaca came away from two tours in the Peshtun region of Pakistan with a Purple Heart from a sniper's bullet. The enemy sniper wasn't as lucky under the sight of Apod's MK11. After that, he was hand-picked for Plaxco's LRS team and deployed to Afghanistan where behind enemy lines their friendship was sealed.

    Demeanor

    A bit stiff, Apod is nothing short of a perfectionist and a career Soldier who prefers to be in the field rather than behind a desk. He's quick on the uptake, and knows his job.

    Off Duty

    When Apod isn't ribbing guys with his one-liners and "out-there" personality, he's an avid comic book and video game fan. He also loves to read books, especially science fiction, and works out like a fiend.

  • Kirby

    Specialist William Kirby

    Personal

    William Kirby was born in Eureka, CA and raised by his hardworking mother. A single parent, she balanced raising a family with her career as a construction manager. Due to her highly migratory job, they lived in a string of rental properties around California, where Kirby was educated in one school after another. He always tried hard, and though academic success never came easily, running did. William spent hours each morning and evening at the track. In towns that had track clubs, he competed. In those that didn't, he ran on his own.

    His high school years were spent in San Diego, CA where he lettered in track, specializing in the mile and breaking all San Diego country records by his junior year. Kirby's track exploits were enough to earn him a full scholarship to San Diego State University, but he never even declared a major. After floundering for two years in his studies, he had a run-in with the track coach, quit the team and dropped out of college. Kirby next tried his hand at construction but missed the sense of excitement and challenge in his life. Feeling that he'd hit a dead end, Kirby walked into a local Army recruiting office on a whim one day and struck up a conversation with a recruiter that was also an avid runner. This was a turning point in his life. After a few short weeks and some serious talks with his mom, Kirby decided to join. He wanted a challenge, to be better than he was and he knew the Army could get him there.

    Military

    After BCT, Kirby was sent to Infantry school and deployed to Iraq, but his unit didn't see any combat. By the time Kirby was ready for action, the war was pretty much coming to an end for the newly promoted Corporal. He spent most days doing patrols around the FOB, never coming under fire for the three months he was deployed before the troop withdrawal.

    After completing his tour, Kirby decided apply for Ranger School. He passed well above the demands and was transferred to the LRS team, under the tutelage of Sergeant John Plaxco.

    Demeanor

    Kirby is very calm and disciplined. He can complete anything he sets his mind to. Even though he's the youngest of team members, he is extremely mature and a steadying force especially after his first mission with the team (See Issue #1). Kirby also speaks Spanish and is studying Czervenian.

    Off Duty

    Kirby is social by nature. In his off time he still enjoys running and has recently become an avid scuba enthusiast. He dreams of travels to remote spots around the globe to dive. Kirby lives off base in a townhouse he shares with his girlfriend.

  • LaCroix

    Sergeant Roy LaCroix

    Personal

    Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Roy was the son of an amateur racecar driver and a nurse. When Roy was 10, his mother died. His father, consumed with grief, never fully recovered from her death and made life almost intolerable for the young Cajun. Roy became lazy, and his grades began to suffer. But after some words of encouragement from his girlfriend and some soul searching, Roy began to try and barely scraped his way through his senior year. With little to no money, Roy joined the Army for the GI Bill and decided to become a medic, following in his late mother's footsteps as a healer.

    Military

    BCT wasn't too hard on Roy since he was already in good physical shape, but AIT school to become a 68W combat medic was another matter. Roy struggled because of his old attitude and study habits, but a young Sergeant, John Plaxco, took him aside and explained he had to earn his place in the Army. For a Soldier and a professional, anything short of his best, especially as a medic, had no place on the battlefield. His instructors words struck a chord with the young man who dug deep and found strength and drive he didn't know he had. And in the end, for his effort, Roy graduated in the top 10 of his class surprising even himself.

    After tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, Roy volunteered for Special Forces training and is now a valued member of the 7th Special Forces Group.

    Demeanor

    Roy is a likeable guy with very little to say on most days. He's all about the mission and can end any argument with a biting quip.

    Off Duty

    Roy likes to cook, having learned a thing or two from his Louisiana upbringing, and loves movies and music.

  • Williams

    Sergeant Rihanna Williams

    Personal

    As a 15W, Rihanna Williams is part of a small team of specialists trained in the art of operating some of the Army's most sophisticated pieces of equipment: Unmanned Aerial Systems. But growing up in the projects of Clayton County in Atlanta, Georgia seemed an unlikely start to building such an amazing career in a technology-rich field. Rihanna was pressured by neighborhood kids into joining their gang, but Rihanna's father, a single dad, made sure that didn't happen by teaching her to respect herself and stand up for her strong moral values. He also taught her responsibility, and Rihanna would work after school with him in the shop, helping to fix anything that needed electronic and mechanical repairs. In high school, Rihanna played girls softball where she learned the important lessons of teamwork.

    As her high school career was about to wrap up, Rihanna found herself at a crossroads. City College offered her an education, but she wanted to become something more. She wanted to explore the world and escape her surroundings. After speaking with her guidance councilor, she realized that her technical skills matched with her natural athletic abilities made her a perfect candidate for the Army and the GI Bill.

    Military

    After boot camp and Advanced Individual Training, Williams was deployed for a short time to Afghanistan helping to search for Al-Qaeda insurgents in the mountains. Here she and her partner in crime, UAS operator Sergeant Nick Hardesty, provided Soldiers with information about strengths of enemy forces and potential hiding areas. After demonstrating her skills and capabilities, she was promoted and together with Hardesty, deployed to the RDO/Czervenian region to help with the humanitarian aid and security mission there.

    Demeanor

    Williams is very fun loving and sociable, but when on duty, she becomes locked on and focused. Like a big sister to Hardesty, she tries to look out for him and vice-versa.

    Off Duty

    Williams likes working out and it's her passion. She can be found regularly in a cross-fit gym or doing 90-day DVD fitness programs.

  • Hardesty

    Sergeant Nick Hardesty

    Personal

    Nick Hardesty was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. As a child he frequently fought with the other neighborhood kids. His older brothers were always pulling him off somebody. His mother said he had a devil inside him.

    As a student, Hardesty loved remote controlled airplanes and cars, and before his father died, they built and flew model airplanes together. With high school proving to be a bit more difficult than expected, Hardesty had a B average and gave just enough effort to avoid his mother's wrath. Frustrated, he channeled some of this aggression into sports where he lettered in wrestling. Hardesty even competed with his high school boxing team, a throw-back to earlier times, but what he really loved was shop class, where he learned quickly how to fix just about anything. It was no wonder that upon graduation he found work at a local auto garage. While he loved his job he couldn't keep himself out of trouble. After a few close brushes with the law, Hardesty found something that changed his life: his wife Amy. After their first child, a baby girl, he realized that he needed direction and started building and repairing classic cars, but the work just wasn't steady enough for him to raise a family. After 9-11, Nick wanted to protect his family and serve his country so he enlisted in the Army.

    Military

    After receiving his basic training at Fort Leonardwood, Missouri, Hardesty was transferred to the 4th Infantry Division, 5th Infantry Brigade in Kirkuk, Iraq. This was "wild country." As a basic rifleman Hardesty often exchanged fire as he patrolled the streets each day. He specialized in the M240 machine gun and the Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW), but this wasn't the life he was looking for. After serving as security on the flight line for several Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) operations, Hardesty decided remote flying was what he wanted to do. After taking several classes on-line during his deployment, Hardesty discovered the Army UAS program and reenlisted for 15W. His mechanical and driving background made MOS School a breeze and he deployed again, this time, carrying out UAS strikes on mountain targets in the terrain of Afghanistan. His cool head and decisive action ultimately led to two Army Commendation Medals.

    Demeanor

    Hardesty is tough, inside and out and prides himself on his ability to handle any situation. Though, he is a big softy where his wife and daughter are concerned, he is good with his hands and secretly enjoys combat a little more then he should. He speaks nearly fluent Spanish.

    Off Duty

    Hardesty lives off-post and likes to do anything with his hands. His favorite pass time is restoring his 1965 Ford Mustang fastback.

  • Romeo

    Captain Patricia Romeo

    Personal

    Pat's parents divorced when she was ten and she opted to go with her father to live in Barrow, Alaska. Soon after they arrived, her father found a job as an Oil Worker on "The Slope" and would often be gone for weeks at a time. As a result, Pat spent much of her youth living with her aunt. In a place that is dark for months out of the year, Pat made the best of her time by spending long hours in the weight room, developing her athleticism. She hoped to escape the confines of Alaska, maybe by working management in the travel industry.

    In high school Pat was more interested in sports and boys than scholastics. Though she avoided trouble due to her easy-going nature, she rarely had the discipline to finish any project she started. Her father was concerned that she would end up never reaching her potential. Pat loved and respected him dearly, so when he suggested looking into alternative careers, she conceded. Pat buckled down with her schoolwork and got really interested in the sciences of people, specifically, psychology. What made people tick was fascinating for her.

    After school, Pat wanted to go to college to study psychology. The problem was she didn't have the money, so she weighed her options, and discovered her opportunity in the Army. As a 35F Intelligence Analyst, she could actually earn money for college and simultaneously serve as a reservist. She did her reserve duty each month and went to school. After completing her degree she earned selection into Officer Candidate School.

    Military

    OCS wasn't difficult for Pat, who was now accustomed to long hours of physical and mental training and hardship. She excelled in most aspects of training, quickly gaining the respect of peers and the training cadre. In fact, immediately after earning her commission and completing the Military Intelligence Officer Basic Course, Pat found herself singled out for special duty and shipped to Dam Neck, Virginia to get training from the FBI profilers.

    On her first deployment she was attached to the MP unit in Czervenia in charge of route reconnaissance and security for the contested zone. She provided valuable linkages between their reports and the entire Intelligence Operating Picture (IOP).

    Demeanor

    Pat possesses a gifted intellect. When not on duty she still works out hard. But now her dream is to be the first woman to complete Ranger training. On duty she is strong, capable and confident. Pat is an expert with her weapon and a brilliant analyst capable of making sound decisions. She is a great leader and Soldier.

    Pat can speak pretty fluent Spanish and some French.

    Off Duty

    Pat is a bit of a tomboy and loves to exercise. She participates in Spartan, Tough Mudders and other urban races all over the states and even helps teach a cross-fit class on base. She loves to cook comfort foods but with healthy alternatives for her boyfriend Frank and herself.

  • Barfield

    Bobby Barfield

    Personal

    Very little is known of Special Agent Barfield's past or service career. Rumors range from his being a former Special Forces Captain with the Navy SEALs to his being a member of a secret Presidential detail on foreign affairs. Whenever the conversation is broached, Barfield changes the subject or dances around the details. He is brash, to the point and a no-nonsense leader who is known for being very opinionated, taking no lip from anyone, even his command. Somehow, his position, though no one understands the specifics, allows him that privilege.

    Barfield seems to possess a skilled understanding of the human mind and knows now to work people and get under their skin to get information. He is also proficient at procuring things, all kinds of things – equipment, weapons, steaks from the Cattleman's Steak house in Fabens, Texas, you name it.

    The only detail about Special Agent Barfield that we can accurately say is he has a great fondness for cherry lollipops.

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0978-FGH35-7MAER5-267-28H74
Us Army Personnel File - 730309
Captain Carl Reed
Mustang Team Leader
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PERSONAL

Carl Reed was born and raised in Austin, Texas. His father, Carlos Reyez Sr. was a migrant Mexican factory worker, who took pride in the fact that he worked his way up to foreman. His mother, who emigrated from Latvia at age ten, was a seamstress. She passed away when Reed was 14. Mr Reyez changed the family name to Reed when Carl was a child.

Reed is the oldest of four children, with two brothers and a sister. With both parents working, Reed grew up independent and self-reliant. After his mother's death, he also took on the responsibility of helping to raise his younger siblings, instilling in him a strong sense of leadership. He was an above-average student, and worked part time as a shop assistant for a motorcycle repair shop.

After graduating from high school, Reed found that he could not afford to attend college. He chose to go into the military, joining the Army instead. Initially, he planned to serve his initial enlistment and then go to college using G.I. Bill benefits, but he found that the Army lifestyle suited him, and decided to make it his career. Using Active Duty benefits and opportunities, as an enlisted Soldier, Reed finished school and applied for Officer Candidate School (OCS) the second he received his degree.

MILITARY

In OCS, Reed tested very high in linguistics, earning him an invitation into counter-intelligence. After school at Dam Neck, Virginia, his initial officer service took him to various stations, including peacekeeping tours in Bosnia and Kosovo. During this time he earned the Army Commendation Medal. Enroute to his next assignment, Reed attended Airborne training at Ft. Benning, Georgia, and was assigned to the intelligence section, spending the next two years working as a team leader of a reconnaissance unit at Fort Irwin.

Next, Reed was recommended for and received Ranger Training. Soon after completion, his first Ranger deployment was in the Philippines, during the time that Filipino troops were fighting against the Abu Sayyaf. Reed earned a Silver Star for action against guerrilla units when his team was ambushed while on a patrol on Basilan. Reed returned to the U.S. after his service in the Philippines, just in time for deployment to Georgia. He went on to deploy to Eritrea and Cuba.

After his return to Fort Benning, Reed, now a Captain, was given command of a Military Intelligence Company , and after only a few months, he and his unit were deployed to Czervenia, and picked up an additional task as the QRF .

DEMEANOR

Carl Reed is a professional Soldier. He believes that whatever the job, you should do it to the best of your abilities, and he applies that philosophy to soldiering.

Reed leads by example and believes that respect is earned. He knows that his troops are the very best, and treats them like the professionals they are. In a military setting, he is a no-nonsense Soldier who doesn't concern himself with politics. He puts the mission and his team first, and everything else is secondary.

In addition to English, Reed speaks fluent Spanish, Latvian (Lettish) and Russian, and he is quickly learning Czervenian.

OFF DUTY

Off-duty, Carl Reed has a nice apartment in Fayettville. When the mission allows, he has a passion for carpentry and enjoys building furniture that he sells to Soldiers on base. On longer leaves he travels home to visit his family, who still reside in Texas, and he loves to fish.

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Us Army Personnel File - 194372
Staff Sergeant Robert Dixon
Platoon Sergeant
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Personal

Dixon, or "Dix" to his friends, was raised in the backwoods of California's Modoc County, where his father was the local sheriff. An avid outdoorsman, Dix's father taught him the skills needed to hunt and thrive in the isolated woods around their rural country home. Dix enjoyed being outdoors so much that school took second seat. He was unable to sit still for a single moment and was quick tempered, adding to his inability to really buckle down into his studies. This was tough enough, but he also felt he could never live up to his parent's expectations, especially since they were pillars of their small community. After graduating, Dix knew college wasn't for him quite yet, and though his father wanted him to become a deputy, he wanted to make his own way. He did want to be part of something bigger than himself and to do the same kind of good his father had, so he enlisted in the U.S. Army.

Military

BCT and Infantryman's School at Ft. Benning went quickly. As a Soldier, Dix was quiet and disciplined - his quick temper completely under control. Because of his upbringing, Army service came easily to him. He received numerous commendations for his commitment to his unit and the service. Still, Dix had decided not to re-up once his time was done. It wasn't that he didn't appreciate the Army; he just wanted even more of a challenge.

His mind changed the day he met a recruiter from the 75th Ranger Regiment, an expert in hand to hand fighting (combatives). He was deadly. Dix was so impressed by the Ranger's skills, discipline and overall bearing that he requested a slot for Ranger School and the most grueling 61 days of his life. The school was brutal, especially since his class went through the Mountain phase during an especially cold winter, but he made it straight through and earned his Tab. With the leadership skills he learned, Dix was finally beginning to feel like he was accomplishing something worthwhile.

During his next deployment, Dix was able to demonstrate these skills that had been burned into him as a young man and now as a Soldier. In Iraq, his Ranger Platoon was attached to an Intel officer and his squad was tasked with gathering human intelligence and recovering high value targets. After an impressive display that saved the lives of many Soldiers, he was transferred to the Human Intelligence section as Platoon Sergeant.

Demeanor

When not on an operation, Dix's country upbringing shows in everything he does. He is quiet and polite, never forgetting his manners. But in town with the boys, he can whoop it up just the same. Dixon tries really hard to keep his temper in check, but it does pop out from time to time and can be explosive getting him into trouble. In combat Dix transforms into an intense no nonsense warrior. He understands the chain of command and is quick to follow orders. Growing up in the woods has made him into an efficient battlefield hunter. Dix is usually the first to see or contact the bad guys. He likes to take point, is a little impatient and has a reputation for taking personal risks.

Off Duty

Dix lives on post at Fort Bragg, but he spends little down time there, preferring instead to roam the hills of North Carolina hunting and fishing. Dix has a large collection of fishing tackle and an old Chevrolet pickup truck that he puts to good use during the summer time.

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Us Army Personnel File - 295381
Sergeant Rihanna Williams
Weapons Officer; UAV
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As a 15W, Rihanna Williams is part of a small team of specialists trained in the art of operating some of the Army's most sophisticated pieces of equipment: Unmanned Aerial Systems. But growing up in the projects of Clayton County in Atlanta, Georgia seemed an unlikely start to building such an amazing career in a technology-rich field. Rihanna was pressured by neighborhood kids into joining their gang, but Rihanna's father, a single dad, made sure that didn't happen by teaching her to respect herself and stand up for her strong moral values. He also taught her responsibility, and Rihanna would work after school with him in the shop, helping to fix anything that needed electronic and mechanical repairs. In high school, Rihanna played girls softball where she learned the important lessons of teamwork.

As her high school career was about to wrap up, Rihanna found herself at a crossroads. City College offered her an education, but she wanted to become something more. She wanted to explore the world and escape her surroundings. After speaking with her guidance councilor, she realized that her technical skills matched with her natural athletic abilities made her a perfect candidate for the Army and the GI Bill.

Military

After boot camp and Advanced Individual Training, Williams was deployed for a short time to Afghanistan helping to search for Al-Qaeda insurgents in the mountains. Here she and her partner in crime, UAS operator Sergeant Nick Hardesty, provided Soldiers with information about strengths of enemy forces and potential hiding areas. After demonstrating her skills and capabilities, she was promoted and together with Hardesty, deployed to the RDO/Czervenian region to help with the humanitarian aid and security mission there.

Demeanor

Williams is very fun loving and sociable, but when on duty, she becomes locked on and focused. Like a big sister to Hardesty, she tries to look out for him and vice-versa.

Off Duty

Williams likes working out and it's her passion. She can be found regularly in a cross-fit gym or doing 90-day DVD fitness programs.

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Us Army Personnel File - 459204
Specialist William Kirby
Rifleman
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William Kirby was born in Eureka, CA and raised by his hardworking mother. A single parent, she balanced raising a family with her career as a construction manager. Due to her highly migratory job, they lived in a string of rental properties around California, where Kirby was educated in one school after another. He always tried hard, and though academic success never came easily, running did. William spent hours each morning and evening at the track. In towns that had track clubs, he competed. In those that didn't, he ran on his own.

His high school years were spent in San Diego, CA where he lettered in track, specializing in the mile and breaking all San Diego country records by his junior year. Kirby's track exploits were enough to earn him a full scholarship to San Diego State University, but he never even declared a major. After floundering for two years in his studies, he had a run-in with the track coach, quit the team and dropped out of college. Kirby next tried his hand at construction but missed the sense of excitement and challenge in his life. Feeling that he'd hit a dead end, Kirby walked into a local Army recruiting office on a whim one day and struck up a conversation with a recruiter that was also an avid runner. This was a turning point in his life. After a few short weeks and some serious talks with his mom, Kirby decided to join. He wanted a challenge, to be better than he was and he knew the Army could get him there.

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After BCT, Kirby was sent to Infantry school and deployed to Iraq, but his unit didn't see any combat. By the time Kirby was ready for action, the war was pretty much coming to an end for the newly promoted Corporal. He spent most days doing patrols around the FOB, never coming under fire for the three months he was deployed before the troop withdrawal.

After completing his tour, Kirby decided apply for Ranger School. He passed well above the demands and was transferred to the LRS team, under the tutelage of Sergeant John Plaxco.

Demeanor

Kirby is very calm and disciplined. He can complete anything he sets his mind to. Even though he's the youngest of team members, he is extremely mature and a steadying force especially after his first mission with the team (See Issue #1). Kirby also speaks Spanish and is studying Czervenian.

Off Duty

Kirby is social by nature. In his off time he still enjoys running and has recently become an avid scuba enthusiast. He dreams of travels to remote spots around the globe to dive. Kirby lives off base in a townhouse he shares with his girlfriend.

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Us Army Personnel File - 263941
Sergeant Roy LaCroix
SF Medic
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Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Roy was the son of an amateur racecar driver and a nurse. When Roy was 10, his mother died. His father, consumed with grief, never fully recovered from her death and made life almost intolerable for the young Cajun. Roy became lazy, and his grades began to suffer. But after some words of encouragement from his girlfriend and some soul searching, Roy began to try and barely scraped his way through his senior year. With little to no money, Roy joined the Army for the GI Bill and decided to become a medic, following in his late mother's footsteps as a healer.

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BCT wasn't too hard on Roy since he was already in good physical shape, but AIT school to become a 68W combat medic was another matter. Roy struggled because of his old attitude and study habits, but a young Sergeant, John Plaxco, took him aside and explained he had to earn his place in the Army. For a Soldier and a professional, anything short of his best, especially as a medic, had no place on the battlefield. His instructors words struck a chord with the young man who dug deep and found strength and drive he didn't know he had. And in the end, for his effort, Roy graduated in the top 10 of his class surprising even himself.

After tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, Roy volunteered for Special Forces training and is now a valued member of the 7th Special Forces Group.

Demeanor

Roy is a likeable guy with very little to say on most days. He's all about the mission and can end any argument with a biting quip.

Off Duty

Roy likes to cook, having learned a thing or two from his Louisiana upbringing, and loves movies and music.

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Us Army Personnel File - 692640
Sergeant Nick Hardesty
UAV Pilot
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Nick Hardesty was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. As a child he frequently fought with the other neighborhood kids. His older brothers were always pulling him off somebody. His mother said he had a devil inside him.

As a student, Hardesty loved remote controlled airplanes and cars, and before his father died, they built and flew model airplanes together. With high school proving to be a bit more difficult than expected, Hardesty had a B average and gave just enough effort to avoid his mother's wrath. Frustrated, he channeled some of this aggression into sports where he lettered in wrestling. Hardesty even competed with his high school boxing team, a throw-back to earlier times, but what he really loved was shop class, where he learned quickly how to fix just about anything. It was no wonder that upon graduation he found work at a local auto garage. While he loved his job he couldn't keep himself out of trouble. After a few close brushes with the law, Hardesty found something that changed his life: his wife Amy. After their first child, a baby girl, he realized that he needed direction and started building and repairing classic cars, but the work just wasn't steady enough for him to raise a family. After 9-11, Nick wanted to protect his family and serve his country so he enlisted in the Army.

Military

After receiving his basic training at Fort Leonardwood, Missouri, Hardesty was transferred to the 4th Infantry Division, 5th Infantry Brigade in Kirkuk, Iraq. This was "wild country." As a basic rifleman Hardesty often exchanged fire as he patrolled the streets each day. He specialized in the M240 machine gun and the Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW), but this wasn't the life he was looking for. After serving as security on the flight line for several Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) operations, Hardesty decided remote flying was what he wanted to do. After taking several classes on-line during his deployment, Hardesty discovered the Army UAS program and reenlisted for 15W. His mechanical and driving background made MOS School a breeze and he deployed again, this time, carrying out UAS strikes on mountain targets in the terrain of Afghanistan. His cool head and decisive action ultimately led to two Army Commendation Medals.

Demeanor

Hardesty is tough, inside and out and prides himself on his ability to handle any situation. Though, he is a big softy where his wife and daughter are concerned, he is good with his hands and secretly enjoys combat a little more then he should. He speaks nearly fluent Spanish.

Off Duty

Hardesty lives off-post and likes to do anything with his hands. His favorite pass time is restoring his 1965 Ford Mustang fastback.

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Us Army Personnel File - 894838
Barfield
CIA
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Very little is known of Special Agent Barfield's past or service career. Rumors range from his being a former Special Forces Captain with the Navy SEALs to his being a member of a secret Presidential detail on foreign affairs. Whenever the conversation is broached, Barfield changes the subject or dances around the details. He is brash, to the point and a no-nonsense leader who is known for being very opinionated, taking no lip from anyone, even his command. Somehow, his position, though no one understands the specifics, allows him that privilege.

Barfield seems to possess a skilled understanding of the human mind and knows now to work people and get under their skin to get information. He is also proficient at procuring things, all kinds of things – equipment, weapons, steaks from the Cattleman's Steak house in Fabens, Texas, you name it.

The only detail about Special Agent Barfield that we can accurately say is he has a great fondness for cherry lollipops.

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Us Army Personnel File - 378294
Staff Sergeant Johnathan Plaxco
LRS Team commander; LRS Team Long Rifleman
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John Plaxco started off as a shy, small town kid from Atlanta, Georgia.  Raised in a traditional Christian household, he never in a million years thought he'd become one of the most proficient Soldiers on the planet.  In high school, Plaxco was a bit of an introvert, a loner, and excelled at individual sports like wrestling and swimming.  He didn't really have a singular focus in life and took opportunities as they came, especially with work.  Coming from a family unit that "always did what Dad did," Plaxco joined the crew at the local corn feed factory. He quickly learned the ropes and worked his way up to shift foreman, but the entire time, he was unfulfilled and looking for more.

After graduation, Plaxco found himself wrapped up in a whirlwind of life he wasn't sure he even wanted.   College was something he had always desired to explore, but knew money would be an issue.  That's when he was introduced by a family member to a local recruiter who explained the GI Bill.  Here, Plaxco found a new path in life.  To the shock of everyone in his family, he put off his engagement to his high school girlfriend and enlisted in the Army selecting Option 40, a chance to join the Ranger regiment.

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Boot camp came easy for the high school wrestler.  The thought of being the best appealed to Plaxco and he beat the course record in the 5 mile run with pack. After completing BCT, Plaxco found himself working through the demands of RASP, and ultimately Ranger School, and he emerged with a very different outlook on life.

After a tour in Afghanistan searching for Al-Qaeda insurgents in mountain caves, Plaxco worked his way up to Sergeant and was transferred back to Camp Merrill, near Dahlonega, Georgia. The command asked if he\'d like to take part in a special group of military operators.  Always looking for the challenge, Plaxco accepted and became part of the LRS family.

Plaxco came away from two tours in the Afghanistan with a Purple Heart and an Army Commendation Medal (ARCOM) for Valor.  A career Soldier who prefers being in the field over lurking behind a desk, he turned down a chance at OCS so he could keep his spot on the LRS team.

Demeanor

Plaxco is the Southern gentleman. He rarely swears and believes "profanity is for the uneducated."   He never drinks alcohol or smokes, considering that contrary to his core beliefs. He feels his body is a machine, eating only foods that fuel him to be the best athlete possible.  Plaxco possesses a strong faith in God, but he keeps that part of himself close to the vest.

Off Duty

Plaxco loves basketball and skiing, and in his spare time, he loves watching Hitchcock movies.

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7485-WMH28-4KDI9-930-19K47
Us Army Personnel File - 928735
Corporal Tyrone Washington
Rifleman, 1st Platoon Squad Leader
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Hailing from a tough neighborhood in Detroit, Tyrone Washington or "Wash" was a "latchkey kid" whose parents worked long hard hours and were rarely home. As a result, he spent most of his time on the streets. He knew everyone, good and bad, and while he never got personally involved in any mischief, he was always in the know about everyone's business. Over time he became known as the lone wolf, a tough kid who knew how to work the angles and could get anyone to do anything with a quick wit and can-do attitude.

School was a breeze for Wash. It required little effort and even less time. With a perfect 4.0, Tyrone J. Washington gradated top of his class. He probably could have had a full ride coming from at least one college but had little interests. Instead, he wanted to see other parts of the world, meet new people and was looking for a new chapter in life, so he enlisted.

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Wash started his U.S. Army career as a rifleman with 4th Infantry Division. He excelled in all forms of training. Still the lone wolf, he was well liked by his squad mates yet didn't fully depend on anyone for anything.

Wash and his division were deployed for the invasion of Iraq. Jumping off from Kuwait, the mechanized battalion roared north, destroying everything in their path. The fighting was hard but over before he knew it. While in Iraq, he was in constant contact with the 75th Ranger Regiment. He liked their style. They were aggressive and driven, but what he liked most was their self sufficiency and ability to work singularly and as a team. Wash realized he was meant for the Rangers so at the end of his tour he volunteered for Airborne training and earned a chance to go to the 75th Ranger Regiment. It wasn't long before he proved his mettle in the Ranger Assessment Program (RASP) and earned a slot at Ranger School. He graduated the grueling 62 day course a little worse for wear, but a Ranger.

His first deployment with the 75th was to the Peshtun region of Afghanistan. The ongoing chase for insurgents was a perfect training ground for the elite Soldiers of America's Army. Wash quickly learned that cover was good, air support was your friend and mistakes can get you killed. While in Peshtun he also worked closely with the tier-one counter-terrorism and Special Mission Units, Delta Force operators and desires to join their ranks eventually. Before Czervenia, he was deployed to Columbia, and also provided support to pro government forces in Chile.

Demeanor

Washington is a loner who sees and hears everything around him. His guardedness leads him to volunteer for assignments where he can work more on his own. He has no desire to command anyone, yet in a fight, he is fiercely committed to his team and will never leave anyone behind.

Off Duty

Washington resides in the barracks at Fort Bragg. He loves sports and is an avid basketball player. When SSG Dix is in town they spend a lot of down time at the local watering hole watching sports.

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Us Army Personnel File - 837256
Captain Patricia Romeo
2nd LT, Intelligence Officer specializing in HUMINT
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Pat's parents divorced when she was ten and she opted to go with her father to live in Barrow, Alaska. Soon after they arrived, her father found a job as an Oil Worker on "The Slope" and would often be gone for weeks at a time. As a result, Pat spent much of her youth living with her aunt. In a place that is dark for months out of the year, Pat made the best of her time by spending long hours in the weight room, developing her athleticism. She hoped to escape the confines of Alaska, maybe by working management in the travel industry.

In high school Pat was more interested in sports and boys than scholastics. Though she avoided trouble due to her easy-going nature, she rarely had the discipline to finish any project she started. Her father was concerned that she would end up never reaching her potential. Pat loved and respected him dearly, so when he suggested looking into alternative careers, she conceded. Pat buckled down with her schoolwork and got really interested in the sciences of people, specifically, psychology. What made people tick was fascinating for her.

After school, Pat wanted to go to college to study psychology. The problem was she didn't have the money, so she weighed her options, and discovered her opportunity in the Army. As a 35F Intelligence Analyst, she could actually earn money for college and simultaneously serve as a reservist. She did her reserve duty each month and went to school. After completing her degree she earned selection into Officer Candidate School.

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OCS wasn't difficult for Pat, who was now accustomed to long hours of physical and mental training and hardship. She excelled in most aspects of training, quickly gaining the respect of peers and the training cadre. In fact, immediately after earning her commission and completing the Military Intelligence Officer Basic Course, Pat found herself singled out for special duty and shipped to Dam Neck, Virginia to get training from the FBI profilers.

On her first deployment she was attached to the MP unit in Czervenia in charge of route reconnaissance and security for the contested zone. She provided valuable linkages between their reports and the entire Intelligence Operating Picture (IOP).

Demeanor

Pat possesses a gifted intellect. When not on duty she still works out hard. But now her dream is to be the first woman to complete Ranger training. On duty she is strong, capable and confident. Pat is an expert with her weapon and a brilliant analyst capable of making sound decisions. She is a great leader and Soldier.

Pat can speak pretty fluent Spanish and some French.

Off Duty

Pat is a bit of a tomboy and loves to exercise. She participates in Spartan, Tough Mudders and other urban races all over the states and even helps teach a cross-fit class on base. She loves to cook comfort foods but with healthy alternatives for her boyfriend Frank and herself.

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Us Army Personnel File - 827363
Sergeant Daniel Apodaca
Scout Sniper Spotter
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Apodaca, or "Apod," is a first generation Mexican-American born in the suburbs of Concord, CA. Apodaca found little common ground with his parents, who stuck tightly to the traditions of the life they'd left behind in Mexico, but he loved them deeply. His need to leave the nest led him to pursue his true passion: technology. This obsession fueled his desire to learn about far away people and places, as well as different ways of communicating with them. At the age of 17, he'd become a pretty proficient HAM radio operator and was conversing with people all over the world.

After graduating from high school, Apodaca drifted into the hacker community. After a few brushes with authorities, a local police officer suggested that he stop screwing around with his life, "cowboy up" and do something more worthy of his intelligence. The man, an old Marine, was right and Apodaca knew it. At that moment, he decided to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the Army before he did something really stupid.

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Entering the US Army was a shock to the young introverted Apodaca. The Army was unlike anything he'd ever experienced. After a rough BCT, Apodaca, a Radio Operator-Maintainer (25C), found the electronic and radio subjects in his MOS school a complete and utter breeze. He even tutored the other students and in some instances, knew more than the instructors. During his first duty station as the RTO in an infantry unit, he showed a distance that diminished the orderliness that was expected of him by his NCOs. It wasn't a lack of respect or bearing, it was that his incredible knowledge for his subjects came easily to him. The truth was, Apod was just one of the smartest Soldiers anyone had ever seen so he came off as being cocky or proud. The sergeant, one SGT John Plaxco, quickly realized that this youth had an iron will, and was smart to boot, but needed some mentoring and focus to advance and make the military really work for him. A long conversation with Apodaca, now "Apod" (like A-Rod, but not), convinced the young Soldier to excel in his duties, check his attitude, and later apply for Ranger School. Plaxco knew Apod needed a push, to become something more than a transistor head. Apod was a professional and a member of a team.

Ranger school was the toughest thing he'd ever done, but he succeeded and afterward found a true calling in the Army. He began taking his job more seriously than ever and was quickly promoted. He fell in love with workings of all types of small arms and became a weapons expert in an amazingly short amount of time. His finesse with the MK11 is legendary in the Rangers and he is known to be one of the best shots in the Army, having earned several shooting trophies and his "Excellence in Competition – Rifle Badge", bronze award, at his first Army competition.

Apodaca came away from two tours in the Peshtun region of Pakistan with a Purple Heart from a sniper's bullet. The enemy sniper wasn't as lucky under the sight of Apod's MK11. After that, he was hand-picked for Plaxco's LRS team and deployed to Afghanistan where behind enemy lines their friendship was sealed.

Demeanor

A bit stiff, Apod is nothing short of a perfectionist and a career Soldier who prefers to be in the field rather than behind a desk. He's quick on the uptake, and knows his job.

Off Duty

When Apod isn't ribbing guys with his one-liners and "out-there" personality, he's an avid comic book and video game fan. He also loves to read books, especially science fiction, and works out like a fiend.

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