Zack Decker

  • Born Mykonos Colony September 21, 2496
  • Joined the Commonwealth Marine Corps in 2514 at the age of 18, more as a way to spite his parents than anything else
  • After a difficult boot camp where he nearly washed out due to attitude problems and the subsequent basic infantry training , where his attitude was much better adjusted, he was assigned to the 9th Marine Regiment as a rifleman in E Company, 2nd Battalion.
  • Volunteered for basic pathfinder training in 2516 and was assigned to the 9th Marine‚Äôs pathfinder company after successfully completing the course
  • Promoted to lance-corporal in 2517
  • Took the advanced pathfinder course in 2518
  • Promoted to corporal in 2519 and assigned as a pathfinder squad leader
  • Deployed with the 9th to Parth on an assignment to suppress the guerilla war that erupted when radical elements tried to seize power from the colonial government
  • Married Carine Lagman 2520; one child, a daughter named Saga
  • Promoted to sergeant in 2522 and assigned as pathfinder section leader
  • Deployed with the 9th to Hispaniola in 2523 to suppress the Caco uprising in what ended up being the first divisional level deployment since the Shrehari war. Almost died when he and his best friend were caught in a riot while on liberty. Hispaniola turned out to be the worst civil war in Commonwealth history since the Second Migration War in the late 2300s.
  • After his experiences on Hispaniola, he requested assignment to the 902nd Pathfinder Squadron. Request was granted in 2525, along with a promotion to staff sergeant
  • Marriage broke up in 2526 due to the constant deployments that kept him away from home
  • Served ten years with the 902nd Pathfinders, until 2535, racking up fifty-three combat drops and another thirty-five non-jump combat missions. While in the 902nd he was promoted to sergeant first class in 2528 and assigned as troop sergeant.  He took the command pathfinder and master gunner courses in 2530
  • Was promoted to command-sergeant in 2531 and assigned to lead the Third Troop of the 902nd
  • Involuntarily retired from the Commonwealth Marine Corps in 2535 after assaulting an officer; became civilian security and gunnery officer aboard the freighter Shokoten. (Death Comes But Once)
  • Declined offer to be reinstated in the Corps as a warrant officer after the Pacifica incident in 2537 (Death Comes But Once)
  • Was kept on the inactive reserve list by Fleet intelligence without his knowledge (Cold Comfort)
  • Involuntary recalled to active duty and reinstated in the Corps, with promotion to chief warrant officer in 2540, after his return from the Trans-Coalsack sector. Assigned to the Special Operations Section of naval intelligence (Cold Comfort)