Captain Michael Tillinger
Michael is a 31 year old, 5’9”, 200 lbs American Indian. He has the dark skin of the Indian heritage, keeps his black hair cut to military standard, and brown eyes. The over all effect gives Michael a powerful look to him, which he keeps up by working out more than a normal Infantry man would.
After PT every morning, Michael goes off and runs an extra 2 miles before showering and making morning formation. Then after final formation every day, he goes to the gym and weight lifts for an hour or more.
Michael is wearing the Army Dress “A” (Green Dress) Uniform. He was not supposed to get involved with the action. It was meant to introduce him to ship combat and see what the Hamilton can do.
Michael Wantantabe was an army brat born to an army brat. His grandfather started the heritage and served during World War II as a wind talker in the Pacific. Michael’s father enlisted next going to Germany and Korea as a supply NCO. Michael himself is half Cherokee. His father and mother got together while he was stationed at Ft. Riley in Kansas. Michael was born a year and a half later.
Michael’s father made sure that he understood his heritage; therefore Michael grew up to be a proud and strong person. He was allowed to stay at a nearby Indian reservation during the summer learning how to hunt, fight, and survive on the land. When his father was transferred to other locations, Michael and his mother stayed in Kansas.
Michael was a relatively good student. He played on the High School football team, and had a “C” average. While he made mistakes, none of them were bad enough to get him into major trouble. The young Michael felt like this made him miss out on a lot of fun, staying out of trouble helped him more than he realized
Michael’s main goal in life was to do better than his father. He decided to do this buy going to college. Problem was, he could not get into a good college due to his grades, and could not get a scholarship. So he did something different, he joined the reserve.
Michael used his chance to enlist to get a lot of training in. After graduating high school, he went to Basic Combat Training at Ft Jackson South Carolina, Air Borne Training and Air Assault Training at Ft Benning Georgia, and Communications Training at Ft Gordon Georgia. He loved the Physical aspects of all of his training. He would often continue with PT when the others would go out during the weekend.
When Michael finished with his training, he went to Kansas State University. His unit was a reserve unit on Ft Riley, so he stayed home as he went to school. Michael was one of the few American Indians on campus so it seemed like every one knew him. It was hard for him to stay away from sports, but he did, and his grades thanked his focus. After 4 years, he graduated with a degree in Kinesiology (in exercise science), and a minor in history. When Michael Re-enlisted into the active duty army, he was sent to Officer Candidate School (OCS).
Michael requested to join the Infantry after finishing OCS. Once there any training open, was his to have. He is now proficient in All NATO small arms, he is a graduate of Ranger, Sniper, Army Hand to Hand Combat, and Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) school.
1st Lt. Michael Wantanabe was in Ranger School when 9-11 happened. At the time he was with the 1st Infantry in Ft Riley Kansas. He found out about the attack in between this training, and the S.E.R.E. training.
After returning to his unit, he pushed for a transfer to the 101st to go to Afghanistan. He shined in the middle of the flat plains, and mountain terrains that make up the land, leading soldiers in fight after fight. His soldiers respected him, and the NCO’s loved him.
During a patrol through one of the towns that was supposed to be friendly, Michael was injured by an Improvised Explosive Devise (IED). It blew up right beside his up armored humvee, flipping the vehicle. Then the gun fire started. Suffering a concussion, and a broken right arm, Michael pulled himself, out of the wrecked vehicle. When the next vehicle pulled up, he faked being all right and lead his soldiers in the counter attack.
Michael was laid up for 2 months, with the broken arm. He wouldn’t let the unit send him back to the U.S. so ended up running the Company Tactical Operations Center (TOC). While he was there a new 2nd Lieutenant came to the unit. He was suppose to cover for Michael while he was healing. The Lieutenant was a graduate from West Point Academy and had ties in the upper chain of command. Rumor had it that he was only there to get “Combat Experience” then leave to go further. Even injured Michael acted like an example officer. Throwing out the rumor, he decided to take this Lieutenant under his wing. His NCO’s came to him immediately with problems. The “Ring Knocker” wouldn’t listen to his NCO’s, put his soldiers in unnecessary danger, and basically did not know what he was doing. No one could really do anything so they tried to deal with the problem since it seemed to be temporary. After Michael’s profile was up 6 weeks later, he received orders saying that he was going to be promoted to Captain and transferred back to the states. He was to stay in charge of the TOC until then. Mean while the 2nd Lieutenant was still screwing up. Michael was able to get the company commander to keep the platoon on guard duty until his permanent replacement arrived. Mean while, his patients was being tried by the guy, Michael’s advice kept falling on deaf ears as the lieutenant did what he wanted instead of what he was advised. Even after getting the company commander involved.
The final straw with this platoon leader came when a medical convoy was moving into the green zone. After proper authorization the convoy moved towards the gate. The just pinned 1st lieutenant was not paying attention to what was going on and ordered the gate to open up on the convoy. Michael was in the TOC when the sound of gun fire was heard. He kept requesting for a report, but all he got was situation under control. After the engagement, 2 National Guard Infantry Soldiers were badly wounded, and a female medic was killed.
As the gate soldiers came back from the gate for debriefing, all of the soldiers told him in a whirlwind of words what happened. When the 1st Lieutenant showed his face, Michael was beyond reasoning and thought. He knocked the Lieutenant out cold and continued to hit him till his face was bloody. It took 4 soldiers to pull him off the officer. During the investigation, every soldier that was there took the blame for beating the crap out of the lieutenant and would not give Michael away. The whole platoon ended up being reprimanded. No official charges were brought because of other incidents of misconduct by the lieutenant and he was dismissed. Michael received a paper reprimand that was “lost” on the way back in country.
Michael returned to Ft Benning Georgia , and started training with the 1st Ranger Battalion. Since he was not part of any company, he ran into one of his fellow ranger training buddies and started to train for the Best Ranger competition. Him and his partner won the competition, and found out that Star Gate Command had been watching him. They were the new unit he was suppose to report too, yet allowed him to compete first.
The SGC impressed Michael from the word go. He took to the training like a fish to water and showed why he was a good officer. The Star Gate itself is what finally sold Michael on it. He was impressed with the whole concept and was even more impressed with the Alpha Sight when he went to train there.
Michael’s mission was to form a Ranger Company that would assist the SGC with major combat operations, and large infantry operations. He was on the Hammilton to see how space combat works when the incident happens. While he has gone on missions with the SGC, and it was determined he had the ATA gene, he hasn't had the chance to train to use it.
Captain Tillinger is an Infantry man’s commander. He leads from the front with the soldiers and trust his NCOs. His experience with the Jaffa has lead to a soldier’s respect for them. Respect to the point that he has become very fluent in their language.
Soldiers at first will find him cold to deal with. He tries to keep a neutral opinion of every one, then asses them himself.
Excellent at Stealth (d10)
Expert Marks Man (d8)
Specialized in M-4 (d6)
Tactical Expert (d8)
Military Leader (d6)
Master in special forces hand to hand combat (d8)
Works Well under Pressure Can push body to extremes (Once won the best Ranger Competition) (d6).
Jump Trained (d10)
Master at survival (d8)
Trained Tracker (d10)
Speaks Russian (d8) and Jaffa (d8)