Sgt Walter "Smoke" Reid

Quiet NCO, Force Recon, "Celer, Silens, Mortis"


The skills in the Spycraft 1.0 sheet are all messed up, so just going freeform.
Name: Staff Sargeant (E7/SG3) “Smoke”, Walter Riley Reid
Class: Scout
Marine Force Recon

All of his stats are on his character sheet.

Standard SG Team Bundle
Unmarked weatherproof seabag
2 sets bdus
combat boots
camo caps
load bearing harness
compass, magnetic
1 day mre’s
tactical deployment vest
tactical radio
survival knife
leatherman pocket knife (matte black supertool)
Browning FN High Power 9mm, 1d10+1, 13 rnd, 25 ft, dependable (+8)

Surveyor Bundle
Survival Kit
Binoculars, rugged
Compass, inertial
5 days MRE
PDA +1 with global mapping
weather sensor
4 batteries

Personal B&E Bundle
Lockpick kit
Matte black underarmor, mask, etc
Kevlar gloves
glass cutting kit
Climbing kit

Night Attack Bundle
Tactical Flashlight
Goggles, IR/UV
H&K XM8 Sharpshooter 4d4, 30 rnd clip, 150ft, CLS, CMP, DEP, MOD, SPA, SUR (+9 to hit, +1 threat when braced, hard to disarm)
Collapsible Stock, Composite, Dependable, Modular (swap without zero), Sup Aim, Sure Grip)
Night vision sight, assault sling

Hot weather vest 3 picks
Suppressor for XM8 1 pick
6x scope for XM8 2 picks

Play notes:

  • +1 (untyped) to Knowledge at 1/4/8/12 (JoaT)
  • +1 (untyped) to Knowledge at 1/4/8/12 (Brainy)
  • +1 max rank to a skill at 1/4/8/12 (JoaT)
  • Knowledge are active checks, +2 insight Knowledge, take 10 (1 round) or take 20 (1 min) on Knowledge (photo)
  • Visual range penalties at dawn/dusk/night decresed by 1/2
  • Night/darkness ambush are +2 DC
  • Smell 78’
  • Blindsense 10’
  • May take 10 on Surv/Tracking, time not doubled
  • Synergy bonus With Surv/tracking from Analysis
  • Successful tracking tells if target is wounded or conditions, ignore visibility penalties while tracking
  • May spend actin die to give terrain feat to party for entire scene
  • Keen sense of smell, detect people within 87’ (double down, half upwind), distinct odors double distance
  • Can identify familiar/known scents as well as others use sight
  • Vision, hearing by 20’

Walter Riley Reid is the only son of a single mother, and as much as he wanted to go to college, it simply wasn’t an option so he enlisted with the Marine Corp straight out of high school in 1999, in the hopes of earning an education along the way, as well as getting to see the world. After excelling in basic and showing aptitude for it, he was moved into FORECON training immediately. After completing his training he was assigned to 1st Recon Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 3rd Platoon (DRP), at Camp Pendleton.

His military history:

  • In 2000 he was deployed to Yemen to support SpecFor operations in the area after the attack on the port of Aden.
  • In 2001 he was part of the first force into Iraq during the invasion, scouting the region, lazing targets, infiltrating locations and providing intel.
  • In 2003 he was sent to Liberia to aid in securing the US embassy during the Civil War, then to Georgia to provide intel for counterterrorism operations.
  • In 2004 he was part of counterterrorism intel in Georgia, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Yemen.
  • In 2005-6 he was on the ground in Pakistan, providing forward recon for drone strikes against critical targets.
  • In 2007 he was providing forward recon for AC-130 strikes in Somalia.
  • 2008-10 he was back in Iraq with MARSOC.
  • 2011 he was part of intel assets that identified the location of Osama Bin Laden and provided the forward recon that resulted in Seal Team 6 being able to remove the threat.
  • 2012 he was deployed to Syria to help contain the Civil War within its borders.

Marine Qualifications

  • Naval Parachutist
  • Combatant Diver
  • Rifle Expert
  • Pistol Sharpshooter
  • Senior EOD
  • Marine Aerial Navigator
  • Naval Aviation Observer
  • Navy Aircrew

Walter is a quiet NCO who always seems to be reading. He has 10,000’s of books on his tablet (that he is never without) with topics ranging from historical to mythological. He is a career soldier who loves everything the Corps stands for and does and will die with his boots on in the mud and blood. He has won a Silver Star (Pakistan), a Bronze Star (Iraq), a Navy and Marine Corps Medal (Liberia), 2 Meritorious Service (Ethiopia and Somalia) and has 3 Purple Hearts (Libya, Georgia, and Iraq).

His nickname, “Smoke”, comes from his first tour in Iraq, when he was working alongside a group of HRM Marines. His full name was called out during mail call and one of his Brit squadmates misheard it as “Walter Raleigh”, the British explorer who brought tobacco to the West and whom a very famous brand of tobacco is named after. They proceeded to call him “Smoke” and it stuck with him.

He developed a reputation as someone who holds his head when everything is falling apart, which suited him well in FORECON. He’s carried his team mates out of messes time and again, getting them out of places no one thought possible, leaving no man behind. While he personally has not racked up a huge number of confirmed kills, he has facilitated scores of strikes by being on the ground for the AF/Navy/Drone strikes into dangerous areas for strategic targets.

Interests: In his youth, he enjoyed studying mythology and always had a copy of Bullfinch’s with him wherever he went. He always wanted to visit the places where the myths came from, but with his family being poor, he knew he would never get there, which was one of the primary drivers for him joining the Corp. His next interest was reading. A voracious reader, he spent most of his youth in the library, or with paperbacks borrowed from friends, reading history, mythology, and legends. He regretted how much being on Ops limited his reading until someone showed him that he could read on a tablet and carry thousands of texts with him, which led him to keep his tablet with him wherever he went, along with multiple flash drives and backup battery packs. Unfortunately, when he discovered tablets, he discovered his third interest…he is addicted to tablet games, especially angry birds. He has been known to sit in long ops with an earbud in, crouched in the bushes, playing angry birds until his tablet’s battery dies. When he has wireless, he’s either downloading books or brushing upon history/mythology in the regions he’s operating in.

Background: While he was at Pendleton, he fell onto the bad side of his Division CO, Capt Percival Kincaid. Reid always felt Kincaid was an arrogant blowhard and Reid’s group always seemed to get the dirtiest jobs because of it. One afternoon, Reid caught a whiff of something on Kincaid that he didn’t recognize. Both his squadmates and his mother frequently said his nose would get him in trouble, but ignoring that warning, he followed Kincaid off base and caught him cheating on his wife. Kincaid saw him and confronted Reid about it and Kincaid agreed to lay off the team if Reid would not reveal the issue. It seemed to work, his group started getting better assignments and they completed training without issue.

Shortly after Reid’s graduation, Kincaid’s wife discovered his infidelity and he blamed Reid for the destruction of his marriage, though Reid had nothing to do with it. Even though Reid was no longer under Kincaid’s chain of command, his OER’s seemed to be sabotaged, his assignments always seemed to come from the bottom of the barrel, and have the worst intel. The first or second disaster may have been coincidence but by the fourth and fifth, Reid realized it was a pattern. When he did some research, he found that Kincaid had been promoted to Major and moved to Logistics, making it easier to effect the changes to make this happen. Reid tried a couple of times to complain up the chain of command to get this noticed but eventually realized that all it did was make him look worse and gave up. He decided to attempt to make the best of it, assume every assignment was missing intel, and do the best he can with what he had.

The result was that, while his team was always in the soup, he somehow was able to turn it around and come out smelling like a rose…or at least not dead. In Pakistan he found himself on what was essentially a suicide mission in which he was wounded and his spotter critically so. He managed to come out of it carrying his partner after accomplishing the mission and got his Silver Star and a promotion for his efforts. After that, Kincaid’s efforts seemed to become less obvious. Reid’s OER’s still always got smudged, his promotions came long after everyone else thought he should get one, and his career crawled along, but Reid didn’t mind. He focused on his work, kept his head down, and did his job.

On the ground in Pakistan during the Osama strike, he had infiltrated the city and was part of the team that mapped the compound, timed the entry, and lazed external targets. While he was not in the strike team that actually killed Osama, but he was in the city weeks in advance of the strike, which means his face is one of the ones that was seen. This resulted in him being on more than a few lists in Al Qaeda as one of the faces responsible for bin Laden’s death. Because of this, he has been the target of more than his share of IEDs, traps, and sniper attempts, which for most anyone else would have resulted in him being transferred to a different theater. However, he continued to be assigned to Middle East missions until his transfer to SGC.

RECONCeler, Silens, Mortis (Swift, Silent, Deadly)
R ealizing it is my choice and my choice alone to be a Reconnaissance Marine, I accept all challenges involved with this profession. Forever shall I strive to maintain the tremendous reputation of those who went before me.

E xceeding beyond the limitations set down by others shall be my goal. Sacrificing personal comforts and dedicating myself to the completion of the reconnaissance mission shall be my life. Physical fitness, mental attitude, and high ethics—The title of Recon Marine is my honor.

C onquering all obstacles, both large and small, I shall never quit. To quit, to surrender, to give up is to fail. To be a Recon Marine is to surpass failure; To overcome, to adapt and to do whatever it takes to complete the mission.

O n the battlefield, as in all areas of life, I shall stand tall above the competition. Through professional pride, integrity, and teamwork, I shall be the example for all Marines to emulate.

N ever shall I forget the principles I accepted to become a Recon Marine. Honor, Perseverance, Spirit and Heart. A Recon Marine can speak without saying a word and achieve what others can only imagine.

Sgt Walter "Smoke" Reid

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