Our primary character. An Army Reservist from Boise, Idaho, mobilized for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004. Joe had been on Active Duty for 3 years before coming to the Reserves and joining the 213th Combat Engineers in Boise, Idaho.
Jorge "Junior Ric" Ricardo
Joe Rock's best buddy from Basic Training. He served in another Reserve unit in Oklahoma, although he calls New Mexico home.
A "fill" from a Reserve unit in Wisconsin, Brad Patterson is originally from Madison, Wisconsin.
Albright is from the same Reserve unit as Joe Rock, and also hails from Boise, Idaho.
Juni Okuda was born and raised in Hawai'i. Her mother is KOrean and her father Japanese, and when he got a job at Micron Technologies in Boise, Idaho, their family moved there two years earlier. She is still in a bit of culture shock.
A young woman from Boise, Idaho who joined the Reserves to help pay for college. She likes tech work and role-playing games.
June Ransom is a veteran of the 1991 Gulf War and a former Drill Sergeant. She once trained Joe Rock and Junior Ric, but is now a Reservist from Pennsylvania sent to "fill" the 213th Battalion.
Lieutenant-Colonel Wes Fassbender is the commander of the 213th Battalion, and he lives in Boise, Idaho. Despite converting to be a Mormon for his wife, he still keeps all his old coffee mugs for hot chocolate.
Rufus Q. Hoddson
Sergeant-Major Rufus Hoddson is a "fill" from a Reserve unit in Johnstown, Pennslyvania. His day job is as a manager at a Lady Footlocker. He is primarily interested in his own comfort while on deployment.
Staff-Sergeant Purdue is an avid bodybuilder and workout devotee who loves his workout shakes and other supplements. He's a "fill" from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Sergeant Kajama is another "fill" from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His family name was originally "Williams" before his father changed it in the 1970's.
Mirav Mizrachi is a smorgasbord of ethnic backgrounds, with African-American, Middle Eastern, European and Asian parentage. Jewish and raised in both Israel and America, she has a knack for languages. She's Active Duty from 1st Cavalry Division, assigned to the 213th.
Chief Warrant Officer (Mechanic) Ben McCoby is a mechanic assigned the Herculean task of maintaining the 213th's vehicles. From Boie, Idaho, he may use secret powers to keep things running..
Chaplain David Crossman is from a California Flower Child communal family. By joining the Army he is the "black sheep". He's from a very liberal strain of Episcopalian ministry, and sent as a "fill" to the 213th Battalion.
Lieutenant William MacGregor is the platoon leader for Joe Rock, Junior Ric, and many of the others. He tries to be both an inspiring leader and also sort of a friend to the troops, and doesn't entirely make it to either destination. He is from Boise, Idaho, and got his officer's commission from ROTC at Boise State.
Sergeant First Class Douglad Dawg is the Platoon Sergeant and also hails from Boise. He sternly tries to keep things on track but frequently finds he has to hold his tongue and let things roll as they are.
A local Iraqi from a nearby village, he was a computer engineer but now makes a living selling pirated porn DVDs to US troops.
Kelly G. Brannon
Kelly G. Brannon is a CIA agent that throws himself into his work with such vigor he frequently ends up tripping over himself. He always wears his trench coat, aviator shade glasses, a Fedora hat, and a cigarette, convinced these Cold War-era tricks are still the best disguise.