Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech (Farscape) : The New Breed
Lieutenant Colonel Abelinda Rivera
Rising Iron Dingoes Officer
Lieutenant Colonel Abelinda Rivera is a compact, brash, witty and fairly unshakable young woman who wants a good life, and the freedom to pursue her own destiny. She also likes to shoot things, so there is that part of her that sees a military life as more than just a job… it’s a paid hobby.
Born to be a mercenary, but trapped by a society that looked down on her genetics, she happily serves in the Iron Dingoes as an officer in their infantry forces. She is a Veteran NPC Infantry Officer. In addition to a knowledge of Computers and Administration, she is a bit of a gun-nut, and loves to tear-down any new weapons she comes across. She often assisted Captain Jerri Holden in administration of the unit during her years of tenure in the Dead Man’s Hand, and combined with her college education, has a good understanding of the logistics required to operate her unit.
Rivera is considered the “poster child” of the Iron Dingoes infantry forces, and her picture appears widely in its publications and PR regarding planetary recruitment efforts.
Lieutenant Colonel Abelinda Rivera was born and raised on System – Dumassas. She went to college and learned accounting, eventually gaining a position in the military as a junior clerk. She served well but found that she wanted more opportunity, but it was something not offered often to women in the Sangrian Military. Combat positions, let alone officer promotions among women on Terramatrix were rare.
When the Iron Dingoes placed a training company with the Presidential Guard for a year, in Contract – Operation : “Show-and-Tell”, she had her chance. Serving initially as a liaison with the unit, she took the opportunity of their hiring, to request a transfer, and after pulling all her marks in, got it.
Rivera quickly rose to the attention of her CO, Captain Jerri Holden, and was promoted Lieutenant Junior Grade, to become the lead officer of the 3rd Militia Platoon, called “The Black Tower”. She worked hard to maintain her position, and led through personal example.
On September 28th, 3024, she was promoted to a rank of Brevet-Captain, and placed as the direct officer responsible for The Unforgiven mercenaries, with a promise that she would be a formal Senior Lieutenant, with a new command of her own upon completion of her service with that group. She presently serves in the Dingoes isolated community of Hellas, where her experience in administration has proven valuable. Later that year, she was assigned a platoon of green, but loyal infantry (the 54th ), to keep a direct eye on the southern border, and give her a personal command force. They are all relatively young, and fiercely loyal to the unit.
In early-3026, she was given a permanent promotion to captain, and brevetted to the rank of major, and given command over the 3rd (Guards) Rifle Infantry Battalion “The Jungle Cats”, while still holding the position as liaison officer with The Unforgiven, who were loosely under her command. She was looking to recruiting a small logistics platoon of techs to support her long-term activities in the region. Some days later however, she and her unit were redeployed off-world to System – Gollere aboard the “Spearhead”.
The unit engaged in a series of war games in Gollere, and returned again in early-3028 for another tour of duty. The unit remained in its cantonments at Garrison, where it was suggested that her battalion would likely be the point of the spear during a proposed invasion of System – Pa’an.
By 3028, her continued loyalty and hard work gained her the full promotion to Major, and complete command of her unit in their activities, before the line unit transferred off-world on a short-term contract with House Davion. Returning some months later, the unit spent most of 3029 rotating company-sized forces into the western mountains on maneuvers, and assisted in scouting Governor Albertina Diego Airfield in preparation for its occupation by the national arm of The Commonwealth Star Guards.
Returning to its cantonments in early-3030, she was commanded to work with several of the other newer infantry formations, along with Lieutenant Colonel Jorge Adolphus Mendoza, in preparation for an unknown task. In mid-3030, with the return of the Iron Dingoes line forces from their contracts with House Davion, she was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, and given charge over the * Dangerous Operations Group (DOG), a new infantry regiment, intended to be deployed against other front-line infantry formations.
Later that year, the unit was assigned a new large holding cantonment in Izpek, where they are presently based, thought they tend to operate in various maneuvers throughout the local district on a regular basis. In particular, DOG is often used as an “enemy” force in war games with the local national military formations, giving both sides ample training to maintain their experience levels, and prepare the national military for raids by off-world forces.