My name is Sgt. Ben Hansen, a combat engineer in the US Marine Corps. I was born in Pennsylvania and grew up there as well. I went to college at Penn State and graduated and got a "normal job", but I found myself bored and I joined the United States Marine Corps in 2012. After several Tours of duty in the middle east I found myself bored again on the based and decided to volunteer for a new mission the the Chenarus area. I arrived in Electro with the US forces after the city had been mostly evacuated. My role as a combat engineer was to train and assist the CDF in fortifying the city and establish a mine field around the city in an attempt to save the city, obviously this never happened. During my time at Electro, before the complete collapse, I was approached by a Marine Special Forces (MARSOC) operator and told his team had been ordered out on a covert mission to observe and report on the activities in the vicinity of Kamensk, we were never told why. I was to come with them in order to deal with any potential landmines that still lingered from the Russian/Cherno war, as well as handle the potential risk of improvised explosive devices, due to the collapse of society and lawlessness in the North. When we arrived at Severograd, we found a small group of survivors who told us they were from Nagornoe. They told us how they were rounded up and brought to the city by CDF soldiers who had since left the city. They also told us of the rumors they had heard of the facilities in the Black mountains, and the rumors of the fate of the people of Kamensk. We now understood our mission. We decided to stay the night in the Severograd, and make our way up to Kamensk before the sun rose. Unfortunately, during the night, Severograd was hit by a large group of bandits, armed with military weapons that appeared to be stolen from the CDF. The 3 MARSOC operators stayed and defended the town, as I attemped to escort the displaced civilians to safety. Our efforts failed, as the bandit force was much larger than we could have expected, and we were ambushed as we left the town. We scattered into the woods. Some running off into the hills and the others running back into the town. I do not know what has happened to the MARSOC team, or the civilians from Nagornoe, but I know my mission, I need to find out what happened in Kamensk and the Black mountains, and if I have any chance of finding my team, it will be there. I have always been some what of a loner and will make it on my own. I did not leave any family behind back in America, and I have nothing to lose. I need to find something, to make sure all this sacrifice was worth it.