Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech (Farscape) : The New Breed
Lieutenant Colonel Jack Krauss "Forge"
Infantry Officer of the Iron Dingo Militia
A trooper hired from System – Dunkelheim, Lieutenant Colonel (Brevet) Jack Krauss “Forge” who has since become a capable small unit leader, and has risen to the leadership of his own infantry unit. He is the lead officer of * Task Force Dingo, and one of only a handful of Lieutenant Colonels in Iron Dingoes service.
Krauss is a Veteran NPC Marine Officer. He served as lead trooper in the 1st Militia Platoon “Trojan Horses”, of * “The Iron Dingoes” Marine Security Group for many years. He is also known for his skill with blades, both smaller daggers and combat knives, as well as boarding sabers. His favorite large combat knife is called “Lucy”. He has been decorated numerous times, but always tends to receive just as many demerits for insubordination, short of striking a superior officer. Nonetheless, he has forged a strong bond with his troopers, and they both trust and respect him when the bullets start to whiz. His troopers gave him the nickname “Forge”.
Krauss was a born warrior but has had difficulty coping with life outside the structure of the military. Though his wife has remained a distant shadow in his mind while he was on deployment, and his trysts are almost legendary, his daughter Rion has never given up on him. His wife serves as a dependent in the unit’s administration, and Rion is a former Shadow Recruit, who operates as an officer in his own military force, with a growing reputation of her own.
Formerly from the Periphery world of System – Dunkelheim, Lieutenant Colonel (Brevet) Krauss took service with the pirates under the so-called “Claim-Jumpers”, but quickly lost interest in their activities and joined the local planetary resistance soon thereafter. When the Iron Dingoes offered to hire locals to fill-out a new militia force, prior to their abandonment of the planet, he enlisted and has quickly risen to prominence in the unit.
In late-3025, he was promoted to the rank of Captain (Brevet), and given command of a mixed force of Iron Dingoes troopers and a long-term Garrison (Cadre) contract with the royal family of The Free-City of Peregrine.
Following the formal dissolution of the White Asp unit in early-3028, he was placed in command of the marines of that formation, and assigned to “Azrael’s Dagger” as its lead marine officer. He has performed as the lead officer responsible for boarding operations from that vessel, and was confirmed in his full promotion to the rank of Captain in early-3030, after many years of faithful service.
In late-3031, with the development of the * Iron Dingoes Autonomous District (IDAD), and its dependence on establishing a new regiment-sized force for the support of the Sangrian Army Command, Jack Krauss “Forge” was given a promotion to Major, and ordered to begin over-seeing the raising of supplies and personnel for the so-called * Task Force Dingo. in late-3032, he was further breveted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, as that unit began to fill-out. Eventually the rank was declared permanent, and he became one of the seven (7) governing leaders of IDAD, and assists in operations for the state in this capacity today.
The unit was engaged in numerous border conflicts on behalf of the Sangrian government, and even participated in eliminating a large group of off-world pirates supplying internal resistance fighters. Working closely with the national military, Krauss led his force to become the premier force of the Sangiran military, and it garnered a reputation as trustworthy assault force.
During the Unification Wars era, the force operated as Sangria’s representatives on the international stage, invading and occupying The Province of Central Marcos for many years. Withdrawn in mid-3048, the force left its mark on the colony, as Krauss operated as its military governor, rebuilding the national identity of the state as well as its military forces in a Dingoes-friendly manner. When TFD left the state it left behind a loyal governing force that extended Dingoes influence across the Atlantis sea and into the very heart of the former Marcosan enemy states, to the point many consider it a puppet state of * Iron Dingoes Autonomous District (IDAD).
Today he operates at the behest of the Sangrian military, and is considered one of the Dingoes most trusted and valuable officers, with many contacts and influence within the Sangrain military.