Morgan Birnhart grew up in a small suburban town in southern England. He was always distant from his family, being a kind of black sheep, so it came as no surprise when he signed up for the Army aged just 16. Even through his service, Morgan was always a private person, not really fitting in with any particular group. So after four years in regular units, Morgan (now preferring his surname and call sign Birnhart) discovered an opportunity for rapid promotion by signing up with the UN Rapid Response Corps. He heard nothing for six months, but then his application was suddenly accepted.
Birnhart transferred from the British Army to join an experimental crisis unit devised by the UN in early 2000. The Joint Crisis Response Task Force (JCRTF) saw extensive deployment around the globe throughout the 200's in the war on terror as well as during catastrophic natural events. In 2012 the JCRTF was largely disbanded due to budgeting as well as the improvement of domestic response units. In its reduced capacity the JCRTF began to investigate events that were deemed too sensitive for public intervention. 95% of the time investigations came up with nothing, natural events, freak accidents etc. But on those occasions that fell into the 5%, the investigators were always grateful to have the JCRTF watching their backs. The strangest investigation they undertook was inside the Chernobyl Exclusion zone, reports had come in that creatures of varying descriptions had been sighted roaming the zone. JCRTF deployed with orders to confirm or debunk the reports, if confirmed they were to document the creatures before neutralising them all. The reports all came back redacted. The team never spoke of the operation.
However when reports of "Zombies" in eastern Europe came in, JCRTF responded instantly.
Birnhart, now a sergeant within the JCRTF, found himself pin balling around capital cities in the wake of outbreaks. The JCRTF finally received orders to deploy as a recon element to Chernarus. The mission was simple, infiltrate, monitor population centres for 12 days, make contact with military elements within the country and exfil. JCRTF never made it into the country.
During the flight that should have dropped them over Chernarus a storm knocked the plane off course. Damaged the plane ditched in an emergency landing in an unknown location. 16 of the 30 members of the JCRTF were killed in the crash along with the crew of the aircraft. The remaining operators attempted to locate their position and headed for a nearby town. Birnhart led an element of four, consisting of himself, his spotter, a field investigator and a junior rifleman. They approached to reconnoitre the town prior to the arrival of the rest of the unit. It was deserted.
They holed up in the town for two days while they treated their wounded and recovered from the last few days. On the morning of the third day, gunshots split the air all over town. The building the JCRTF was using as its base was riddled with bullet holes within minutes. Another 5 members of the JCRTF were killed in the ensuing firefight. Birnhart spent the next week leading the 9 survivors through the woods and countryside in an effort to evade their pursuers and find a vehicle. When they found themselves on the outskirts of another town, Morgan and his spotter decided to scout ahead.
The town seemed to be populated but everyone remained inside. At dusk just as Birnhart was about to make the decision to move, a group of heavily armed bikers rode into town, it was immediately apparent that they were the reason the locals remained indoors. After another 2 hours observing, Birnhart became even more disturbed as the bikers exited town, each with a young woman tied and hooded on the back of their bikes. He had a feeling he knew the reasons and made a decision to eliminate the gang. The JCRTF were able to speak with some of the locals overnight and confirm Morgan's suspicions. The team set up their ambush down the main high street of the town and waited for the arrival of sunset and the gang that would follow.
As the sun dropped behind the horizon, like clockwork the bikers arrived. But they had been tipped off. Immediately they began targeting the roofs that the JCRTF members had chosen to lay upon. The group ended up fragmenting and ultimately fleeing the town. Both Birnhart and his spotter were wounded in the action, but were able to make it to the rendezvous point. They were only ones. After 24 hours the pair decided to move off, having received information in town as to their location they were able to stumble over the Charnarussian border before being separated in a freak storm.
Birnhart headed for the coast and the city of Chernogorsk, the agreed upon emergency rendezvous point for the JCRTF...