Elite Forces Branch
A branch of the United Arshan Federation's military. Alpha Squadron began as the Arshan Federal Marine Corps, and evolved into the force of elite units and specialists the Squadron's white-trim wearing personnel are known for now.
When Alpha shows up, the rest of us look like green recruits. It's almost scary. They're like a well oiled machine. No, more than that. We're the well oiled machine. They're a machine that doesn't even need oil.
One of the United Arshan Federation's several military branches, Alpha Squadron operates as a branch of highly specialized, highly trained, and highly experienced personnel. Alpha fields a variety of equipment and personnel, borrowing and adapting doctrines and formations from every other Squadron, and being capable of operating infantry squads, star fleets, aero-star wings, etcetera. Alpha Squadron personnel wear uniforms with white trim.
Alpha Squadron evolved from the AFMC, or Arshan Federal Marine Corps - A military branch formed with the creation of the Federation's military based on the old doctrines of the United States Marine Corps.
Like all other branches of the Federation's military, Alpha Squadron's structure consists of an upper command group of tier 6 personnel in charge of the entire squadron, then a lower command group of tier 5 personnel consisting of the leadership of each district within the squadron.
From there, the chain of command can appear more difficult to describe as each individual district may have its own system of tier 1, 2, 3, and 4 personnel. For example, Fleet districts operate under the same Fleet > Ship > Deck > Shift system as Delta Squadron, while infantry divisions operate under Division > Battalion > Platoon > Squad, similar to Foxtrot Squadron.
Chain of Command
Tier 6 Admiral
- Squadron Command Group
Tier 5 Colonel
- Division Command Groups
- Fleet Command Groups
- Region Command Groups
The chain of command divides into different systems from here, depending on the type of district and the needs of the district's command group.
Generally referred to as 'Alpha Command', the leadership of Alpha Squadron consists of Vice Admiral Sarah Wolfe, her cabinet of advisors and staff, and the upper-level command of Alpha Squadron's districts. As a group, these command staffs decide on deployments of divisional units and fleets, as well as objectives of Alpha Squadron assets operating independently of, or in tandem with, other squadrons.
As a branch of the Military Sector, Alpha Squadron falls under the purview of the Director of the Military: Tanya Puskova.
Like other squadrons, Alpha's forces are divided up into various districts under the oversight of select high-ranking personnel. Unlike Foxtrot and Tango squadrons, however, these districts don't just represent regions of space and combat zones - They also represent doctrines and general roles of individual units. As such, Alpha Squadron's districts are divided into three main categories that combine the definitions used by other military branches: 'Divisions', 'Fleets', and 'Regions'. Alpha districts are generally under the command of tier 5 personnel.
Alpha units categorized under the division group do not have a specific region or fleet they operate under but may be assigned to such a group as needed by squadron command. These units are trained to handle specific tasks, have extensive experience working together, and are deployed where needed to perform those tasks throughout various military deployment zones. Units from these districts are typically placed under the command of the fleet or regional commander(s) of their deployment zone, whom are typically personnel of Foxtrot or Delta squadron.
The currently active divisions are:
ARS-ATK "WYRM" AeroStar Attack/Bomber
Main article: Wyrm Division
ARS-CBT "WYVERN" AeroStar Combat/Strike
Main article: Wyvern Division
ARS-DEF "WHITESWORD" AeroStar Defense
Main article: Whitesword Division
ARS-LGS "BLACKJACK" AeroStar Logistics
Main article: Blackjack Division
INF-CBT "DRAGON" Infantry Combat
Main article: Dragon Division
INF-DEF "WHITESHIELD" Infantry Defense
Main article: Whiteshield Division
Similar to other specialized squadrons such as Zulu and Echo, Alpha Squadron fields its own fleets of spacecraft. While Alpha fields far fewer ships than Delta Squadron, these ships are crewed by highly experienced and trained personnel and specially outfitted to perform their given roles. Most Alpha fleets fall under the 'Mobile Battle Group' designation, meaning they are intended to relocate constantly as needed across various operational areas.
The currently active Alpha fleets are:
FLT-ADM "TIBERIUS" Admiral Escort Fleet
Main article: Tiberius Fleet
FLT-MBG "ESTHER IV" Mobile Battle Group
Main article: Esther IV Fleet
While regional districts are a common sight in Foxtrot and Delta squadrons, regions are rare to non-existent within Alpha. If an operational region is declared specifically for Alpha Squadron, this indicates an objective deemed incredibly difficult, dangerous, or both. Such defined regions only remain under Alpha's direct control until whatever assigned objective(s) are completed, and the area can be handed off to the other squadrons. The most recent instance of an Alpha Squadron regional district was the Tri-Border Region during the Zavos Incident - Specifically, the area around the Zavos System was transferred from Echo Squadron to Alpha Squadron control for containment and damage control.
There are no regional districts currently active for Alpha Squadron.
The primary objective and purpose of Alpha is defined by the Federation's Directorate, in collaboration with the Squadron Commander. The current mission statement has remained unchanged for several decades.
To field exceptional training, specialization, and experience in the battlefield.
To serve the Federation to the highest standard possible.
To excel where all else fails, at any cost.
To excel where all else fails, at any cost.
Serving as the United Arshan Federation's primary navy, Delta Squadron houses the majority of the military's combat fleets.