Special Agent Zac Nordman

Current Posting

  • Special Agent,

U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division, 701st Military Police Group, Field Investigation Unit by way of Kuwait CID Office, 3rd MP Group (CID)

Previous Postings

  • 1st Lt.

84th Chemical Battalion "Hellfires" Iraq War of Liberation & Afghanistan theatre of operations, 2003- present.

  • 2nd Lt. - Advisor

UN WMD inspection teams 1991-1994

  • 2nd Lt.

84th Chemical Battalion "Hellfires" Gulf War 1990-1991

Languages
Passable Arabic 60% Fluent
Broken Kurdish 40% Fluent
Smatterings Farsi 15% Fluent

Personality Profile
Frequently making notes and looking at maps, Nordman has a MilSpec folder for his papers he carries constantly, often referring to it. He walks with the delicacy of someone who might expect the next step to be his last on two legs and has a number of repeated quirks such as always entering rooms at a diagonal and inspecting seals of bottled water, not in a nervous way, but in fact, with a near mechanical calm.

A quiet and unobtrusive person, Nordman generally would rather watch and listen than speak and draw attention to himself, a carry over from his childhood.

Nordman grew up in Reno near the Nevada-California border, an uneventful childhood, his scientific aptitude was fostered by his parents, but not supported by the school system, where his agnostic upbringing was at odds with the Christian neighbourhood he was born into. It wasn't until he won a scholarship to UCSF that he was able to truly flourish and his strong feelings of an orderly and understandable universe could be cemented.

Finishing his Masters in Analytical Science at UCLA, Nordman joined the US Army, and after Officer Induction, was transferred to the "Hellfires", the 84th Chemical Warfare Battalion, where he worked on projects involving detection, neutralisation and deployment of chemical weapons. Disposal and neutralisation of the US's chemical weapons stockpiles was his original career plan, but with the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait he found himself deployed to the Middle East as part of the NBC defence for the Coalitions efforts there.

Following the dramatic crushing of the Iraqi military machine, by the US led Coalition, Nordman was tasked with locating the Iraqi chemical weapons stockpiles, a process which whilst rewarding, was fraught with stresses and dangers Nordman had never anticipated or welcomed. Unexploded ordinance and poorly contained chemical agents stored haphazardly in abandoned bunkers and hidden in centuries old crypts were only the beginning. Witnessing the burning of the Kuwaiti oilfields and the precision slaughter of the Iraqi army was a horror at the macroscopic level, not nearly as insidious as stumbling upon a corroded artillery laden with nerve gas.

Working with the UN weapons inspectors following the Gulf War, Nordman was exposed to more stockpiles, and evidence of its use, in the form of mass graves and poisoned villages, where ground and water contamination blighted crops, children and livestock. Gulf War syndrome became a credible concern for both retuning troops and the Iraqi population, and Nordman and his group were amongst those charged with proving, or at least, disproving the US's culpability. Between the oil fires which raged for many months following the Iraqi withdrawal from Kuwait, the vast quantities of depleted Uranium ammunition used in the war and the possibility of leaked chemical weapons, it was a tense several years of field operations for Nordman.

Following the final ejection of UN weapons inspectors from Iraq, he was re-deployed.

The Iraq war, and the War on Terror saw Nordman redeployed to both Iraq, and Afghanistan, as well as part of a rapid anti-terrorist investigation team, to determine if suspect materials were chemical weapon-related. However, unlike during and following the Gulf War, Iraq was a far more inhospitable place. The insurgency and general unrest made for a constantly high threat level, with frequent attack on his unit, as they searched, in vain, for the WMD's vaunted to be the justification for the invasion.

It was during this service that Nordman was tested by the fires of war, and was forced to leave the somewhat sheltered lifestyle of a field scientist who was in the Army, and become a soldier who did science for the Army as well. Long accustomed to working in the field in basic conditions, far from support, and generally not needing to be armed other than for show, Nordman found himself and his unit required to defend themselves with deadly force on a weekly basis. Every mission to locate suspected chemical ordinance became another expedition into hostile territory.

On one such mission, the convoy of Hummers was ambushed and in the midst of the explosions, automatic gunfire and IED's going off, Nordman was injured by shrapnel in an explosion that crippled his vehicle and killed two of his team mates.

Physical Description
Special Agent Nordman is a slight man with deeply tanned hands and lower face, with prominent goggle-shaped tan lines. He has several tattoos, mostly of generic military style slogans and unit-art, but also chemical structure diagrams. A jagged scar runs up his left arm and can be seen when wearing a short sleeved top. He has cropped brown hair and frequently wears plain BDU's with a variety of non-regulation Army unit shirts. He always wears boots. Nordman is usually very unobtrusive, and can often be unnoticed in a room whilst others come and go.

His accent is indicative of Northern California, but not so much as to be especially ear-catching, more that it is a generic Hollywood sound. American but bland.

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