Operation: Southern Dawn
CPT Kain Mason (USA)
Ranger Captain (11A). Team Leader and support gunner.
HK-416 w/ M-320
Mk. 23 (suppressed)
Born the second of three sons to a Career Air Force Officer and a nurse, Kain was raised all around the world before settling in Radnor Township, Pennsylvania, an affluent suburb of Pittsburgh. An avid outdoorsman and marksman from an early age, Kain loved to camp, backpack, hike, hunt, and fish, doing so all through his childhood and adolescence, and earned his Eagle Scout a few weeks before his 18th birthday. An average student in high school, he nonetheless graduated in the top 30% of his class and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Infantry after going through the ROTC Program at Penn State University, where he graduated in the top 50% of his class with a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in General Engineering and a Minor in Electrical Engineering. Immediately afterwards, he reported to Fort Benning, GA, for Infantry Officer’s Basic Course (IOBC), Airborne School, and Ranger School, all of which he excelled at. Mason then reported to the United States Army Combat Divers Course at Key West, FL, which he passed and then reported to his first command, as a Platoon Leader for 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York. While with 1/32, Mason completed his first combat tour – a 12-month tour in Afghanistan – and earned a promotion to 1st Lieutenant. Upon his promotion to Captain, Mason was was given command of Charlie Company, 1st Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), at Hunter Army Airfield, GA. While C CO, 1/75 had just completed a 6 month tour in Iraq, Mason had volunteered to stay behind and help coordinate their replacement unit when the world went all to hell. Mason then found himself leading a small, but heavily armed and experienced group of soldiers on a mission to find their way home.
Mason is a soldier’s soldier and is an excellent marksman. His “lead-from-the-front” style of leadership, while inherently dangerous, has earned him the respect of his subordinates, and as a Captain in the United States Army, is the leader of the unit. Never afraid to jump into the conflict, Mason is often at the very heart of the fight where his Carbine and Grenade Launcher are put to their fullest and most extensive use. Furthermore, Mason’s Engineering background, while not as qualifying or extensive as that of a full-fledged Combat Engineer, make him the unit’s go-to guy for explosives, construction, and demolitions work.