SOCOM 4’s Operations Commander Demands Respect

May 2, 2010 Written by Zak Islam

The role of lead character (Operations Commander) in SOCOM is pretty important. The character has to take control of his squad and issue commands that could spell life or death for your fellow squad-mates. After the reveal of SOCOM 4 last month, Sony and Zipper Interactive have finally released some new details including artwork of the Ops Com.

Zipper Interactive are hard at work with the 10th installment in the tactical shooting series and they’ve revealed new details for Socom 4’s bad-boy Cullen Gray (“Ops Com”).

Cullen Gray (“Ops Com”)

Age: 36

Born the son of a naval analyst and a civilian geologist, Cullen Gray was exposed to travel and the military way of life from his earliest years. After graduating from a military university with an outstanding record, he served active duty special forces before being identified by NATO as a candidate for the Limited Resources Deployment (LRD) program. The LRD initiative was considered part of the New Warfare paradigm, which theorized that costly military operations could be significantly optimized by deployment of elite “troubleshooters” able to leverage only the resources at hand to resolve high-risk or remote field missions with a high rate of success.

Through this program, Gray underwent intensive field training within many Special Operations units around the world. Additionally, candidates were cross-trained in intelligence department programs, linguistic and psychological institutes and grueling course in non-traditional military doctrine by guerilla combat experts. Eventually the program resulted in NATO’s International Security Force (ISF), a network of fast-response teams deployable anywhere in the world within 48 hours and backed by a state-of-the art communications and support network.

In a record three years, Gray completed training and was assigned to a number of operations around the world as team leader. One such assignment was a special taskforce in Southeast Asia, ostensibly to handle difficult intelligence and protection operations in politically sensitive regions. At some point during this period, reports indicate that Gray was MIA for several months during the civil war in the region before being rescued by an allied border patrol.

After a review period, Gray was promoted to Operations Commander status and began overseeing full small-unit operations around the globe including Algeria, North Korea and Iran. Gray’s service record is for the most part the stuff of legend. His physical condition is matched by a deep intelligence and natural leadership abilities. While renowned for quickly and quietly resolving some of NATO’s most tenuous situations, psychologically his profile is something of a mystery. Generally exemplary before his rescue, routine profiling since shows that he became withdrawn and cynical, choosing to socialize little with colleagues and showing a distinct lack of empathy for those unwilling or unable to comply with his directives. Gray is driven by the mission at hand and will pursue success at all costs.

SOCOM 4 is scheduled for a release this fall on the PlayStation 3.