Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech (Farscape) : The New Breed
Lieutenant Colonel (S-6) Michael "Mad Mike" Vincent
S-6 Security Officer of Iron Dingoes
Michael Vincent is an Elite Infantry (Marines) NPC.
In addition, he is a good mechanic, and is capable of leading and training the maintenance routines of the unit’s high tech Iron Dingoes “Voidstar” Marine Combat Field Kits and other unit equipment. He is noted as incredibly loyal to the unit and its Command Council.
He presently controls the entire security arm of the Iron Dingoes, * “Cerberus Command”, and sees to the raising of the unit’s * Iron Dingoes Reserves troops each year. Still a marine at heart, his emphasis on recruitment and training is primarily “Improvise, Adapt, Overcome”. Physical fitness and skilled martial arts are considered a virtue in his mind.
With over eighteen (18) years of experience in the Oriente Special Services, Michael Vincent is a veteran of numerous skirmishes. His last duty before leaving his post in Oriente service and becoming a free-agent mercenary, was as a drill instructor. His training in survival techniques was a valuable tool to have in the infantry forces of the 3rd Marik Militia, and so he was hired on as a “free agent” to help bolster their skills. He is well-known as having a tough demeanour, but surprisingly never uses profanity, though he can chew-out a new recruit for 10 minutes running rich in detail and color without either repeating himself or using a single vulgar word.
“Mad Mike” is a veteran infantry leader, and partial to close-in SMGs and similar weapons. His command constantly undergoes an increase in size, as the Iron Dingoes have placed a priority on having as many marines squads available as possible, which leads to constant training and recruitment. There are plans to make all members of the * “Cerberus Command” infantry trained as ship’s marines.
With the inclusion of large numbers of rifle infantry recruits in 3022, there has been an increasing focus on the infantry arm of the Iron Dingoes. In late-3023, Mad Mike was promoted to unit Security Officer (S-6). Taking charge over all of Cerberus Command, he has placed the training of all infantry along the lines of marines as his primary responsibility. He is based from “Star Talon”, though he keeps offices in Garrison’s fort for administration and logistics.
The recruitment of the 21st Motorized Regiment in 3026 placed a severe crimp in his training operations for several years, but the unit’s isolation and assimilation of the * Duchy of Tharn’s large defensive militia made training an increasing difficulty. Luckily, the unit was largely sedentary during the following years, which allowed him the time to bring all these infantry forces into the Iron Dingoes fold, even though they have widely divergent needs. Continued training of these forces was a constant concern for the then Captain, and taxed his resources whenever he was in system.
In late-3033, with the creation of the * Iron Dingoes Reserves, he was promoted to Major, and given loose charge over their deployment. As a staff position, he largely retired to his offices in Garrison, and rarely travels with the Line forces anymore, as he must raise, equip and train a new battalion each year.
In early-3043, as part of the unit’s restructuring process following the loss of most of its leadership in the War of 3039, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and while maintaining leadership over * “Cerberus Command”, he also took over the full security for the unit’s landholds and various military formations, as Cerberus Command controls both the * Iron Dingoes Reserves, as well as its various landhold defensive forces.
Cerberus Command’s marine aspect was turned over to * Black Ice Command at this time. As Cerberus Command represents a large, diverse and highly capable part of the unit’s organization, he sits on the Command Council of * Iron Dingoes Autonomous District (IDAD), and has broad-reaching authority in the unit’s direct government.