United States Airborne
The United States Airborne Corps ("USAB" or Airborne) was an American based private militia, started as the United States Armed Forces, that served as a powerful group of fast-response soldiers dedicated to serving the interests of the United States of America both at home and abroad. The Airborne branch of the US military was younger than its older siblings, the Army Corps and the Marine Corps, having been formed in May 2009.
The Airborne was the second-strongest and second-most active branch of the US military, ranking only behind the Marine Corps. The last known minimum requirements necessary to join this branch of the American military can be found below.
The Airborne was officially formed on May 25, 2009, Day 549 of the New World. At its head then was General Leroy Combs. Combs and his second in command, Armandez, originally started the Airborne's forces with two platoons: the 82nd and 101st Airborne Battalions. As a middle ground between the medium strength requirements of the United States Army and the high needs of the United States Marine Corps, the Airborne quickly gained members. Control of the AB moved to former 101st colonel, Joshua Hoss, on June 24, 2009, when Leroy Combs retired from the AB and transferred to the USMC. Hoss would later leave the military to attempt a run at the American presidency. Maxmillian VonWillebrand, who was the original colonel of the other division, the 82nd Airborne, would then take command of the AB.
Past Generals and Lieutenant Generals
|Commanding Officer||Executive Officer||Sergeant Major||Length of Service|
|Leroy Combs||Armandez||Unknown - June 24, 2009|
|Joshua Hoss||Maxmillian VonWillebrand||June 24, 2009 - Unknown|
|Maxmillian VonWillebrand||The Spartan||Unknown - Unknown|
|The Spartan||Channing||Dreamer_KF||Unknown - Unknown|
|Maxmillian VonWillebrand||Unknown - March 5, 2010|
|Channing||William T. Mountain||March 5, 2010 - Unknown|
|Dreamer_KF||Unknown - Unknown|
|Squall "Gabe" 90||Unknown - Unknown|
|Cyber Witch||ChubbZilla||April 5, 2011 - November 2011|
|ChubbZilla||November 2011 - February 2012|
|ChubbZilla||February 2012 - March 2013|
|Ruthain||March 2013 - October 2013|
|vrpanch||October 2013 - End of 2014 (est)|
The Airborne's structure was originally composed of three very unique divisions, all known for producing a certain group of individuals and fulfilling their mission in different aspects. Later, Airborne consisted of two divisions, the 82nd Division and the 101st Division. Each of the divisions had two platoons and each platoon was commanded by a PCO, followed by a PXO. Each platoon consisted of 5-10 soldiers.
XVIII Airborne Corps
The official name of the Airborne's High Command, the XVIII Airborne Corps "Sky Dragons" was the structure which kept the branch alive and the blood pumping. Within the XVIII Airborne Corps is the Quarter Master General's Office (QMG), which was the chief logistical body of the Airborne. The QMG was operated independent of any specific branch, and had offices within the branches for micro-distribution. The XVIII Airborne Corps was renowned for quick deployment, secretive attacks on hostile targets, and thorough discipline within the ranks and command structure.
Logistics & Infrastructure
The Quartermaster General's (QMG) Office is the primary logistical outlet of the Airborne. It was tasked with supplying and outfitting personnel with the appropriate gear and weapons for warfare to complete missions in quick and due time. It spaned a large assortment of branch-owned companies, financial assets within the structure, and other business and production related elements.
Under its administrative jurisdiction is a full complement of companies which produce rifles, tanks, helicopters, and artillery. To complement this, iron mines also are under their management.
- As side projects, an assorted array of Moving ticket, Housing and Oil establishments complement the war-based efficiency factories.
The last known logistics leaders were Lieutenant Colonel James Strife, as Quartermaster General, and Major Eat More Bacon, as Quartermaster Executive Officer.
The Airborne, being a mostly fast-acting deploying force, has seen its most glorious combat experience via overseas battles. By flying in at the last minute to deal deathly blows behind enemy lines, the Airborne has oftentimes been nicknamed "Death from Above." Their last-minute attacks to bring decisive victory also have awarded them praise from the Croatian and Greek governments exclusively.
The operation that was known best as Turkish Delight was an overseas operation that was the first of its kind and was the first actual combat experience for the Airborne. The USA with ATLANTIS allies decided it was time to free Greece and her smaller neighbour Israel from the occupation of Turkey. It was the first time a major alliance had ever decided to practice liberation over nation versus nation conquest wars as a method of warfare. It proved extremely successful, as with many Airborne soldiers claiming the title of a Resistance hero, it also threw the Airborne into the mainstay as one of the nation's top fighting forces.
The damage done by the Airborne, and the actions of her troops, brought great praise from the newly established Greek and Israeli governments. To this day, many reflect on the wellness lost and gold spent by the organization to ensure the survival of these two then-reborn and fragile nations.
Culture & Society
Personnel of the USAB almost always have the officially-recognized uniform of the United States Airborne as their display picture, or avatar. Many often carry in their signatures on local and military-specific forums their Service Ribbon or Officer's Ribbon depending on their rank and involvement in the branch. The gross majority proudly boast theirs Campaign Awards based on their active service and duties during deployments and extensive operations.
The officially-recognized uniform of the USAB includes the standard uniform of the United States Armed Forces, a frame around the avatar which boasts seventeen stars (Why seventeen? We'll never know) with the insignia of the military branch in the lower right hand corner. The center of the standardized uniform is left empty to allow for personalized customization which has been used rather extensively by servicemen and women. For the Airborne, the Screaming Eagle insignia is in the lower right hand, very rarely replaced by the badge of specific Airborne divisions. It is quite noticeable on the battle page, and is often symbolic of the beginning of major firepower being laid down by the United States Armed Forces in coordinated attacks.
The Airborne has been hosts and founders of many memes throughout the eRepublik world. Many of these jokes and phrases have transferred to other branches of the United States Armed Forces, such as the reference to the Airborne as "Meatbombs," a nickname from the branch Mobile Infantry. Other phrases, such as referring to the Marine Corps as the "YMCA," or referring to trolling persons from the United Kingdom informally as "Britfags," have been used extensively by the entire popular culture of the United States.
Making Internet Relay Chat (IRC) use mandatory is a trait of the USAB that was adopted before it became standard from the United States Training Corps. The Airborne, under the command of General The Spartan, revolutionized how the United States Armed Forces conducted mass attacks on IRC. During these mass attacks, a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff would order the various divisions to their targets and times to hit as a single unit. During one such battle, General The Spartan jokingly told all USAB personnel to change their IRC nicknames to include [AB] at the beginning of their nicknames as a sort of identification tag. To this day, it is now considered standard practice for all branches to do this for their respective units during these attacks.
Military Ranks and Positions of the United States Airborne
|Private||Private First Class||Corporal||Sergeant||Staff Sergeant||Master Sergeant||Sergeant Major||Specialist|