Infantry Regiment recruited from One-Three, aka Tehas, one of the fifty inhabited worlds of the Amerikon star cluster. By an ancient tradition of unknown origin Amerikon Guardsmen, including the 54th, are known as GeeEyes or Joes.
The 54th was raised in the tenth century of the 35th Millenium as part of the Amerikon contribution to the forces of the True Empire in its war against Ur-Council of Nova Terra but she first made a name for herself in the Amerikon Resistance during the Reign of Blood. The 54th won further battle honors in the War of the Chaos Sun (010.M37); The Redemption Crusades of the 2nd century, 39th millenium; the Gothic War and the Macharian Crusade. The regiment has been operating in the Damocles Gulf sectors since the first crusade against the Tau in the eighth century, 41st millenium. For the last eighty odd standards the 54th has comprised one third of the 10th Damocles Battle Group which is commanded by its colonel.
Back in the Macharian Crusade the 54th belonged to St. Arrian's VI Army Group, known as the 'Hard Luck Sixth'. According to 54th lore that hard luck still dogs them but 'Luckily Tehanos are tough enough to take it.' Mixed regiments are normal practice in the Amerikon Cluster, the problems inherent in men and women serving side by side in conditions certain to hike their biological urges are controlled not by mere regulations but a system of taboos that over the millenia have sunk in to the gut level. Relations with a squadmate are as unthinkable as bedding a sibling; with a member of the same platoon like laying your cousin. Even members of the same company are considered slightly squicky. And of course the standard rules about rank apply; officers with officers, non-coms with non-coms and never anybody in your direct line of command.
Regimental Command Element
- C.O. - Col. C.E. Oman
- X.O. - Maj. P. Bluell
- Comsar. N. Macillan
- Aides - 3
- Comm and Auspex Specs.- 4
- C.O. - Col. C.E. Oman
- 3 Companies
- Company Captains - 3
- Platoon LTs - 18
- Platoon Sgts. - 18
- Command Specs. - 25
- Squad Sgts. - 108
- Squad Corporals - 108
- Troopers - 868
- 4th (Support) Company
- Company Captain - 1
- Quartermaster Section -60
- Medicae Section - 30
- Motor Pool - 130 Chimeras, 40 Salamanders, 260 drivers and gunners
- Sentinel Squadrons - 6, 36 pilots
- Combat Engineers - 30
- C.O. - Maj. P. Bluell
- 3 Combat Companies - 1148 Officers and Troopers
- 4th (Support) Company - 416 Guard, 34 Enginseers
- M-50 Amerikon Pattern Lasrifle
- sidearm: autopistol
- Tehanos combat knife with clip point and a single edged blade at least 30 cm and often as much as 50 cm long.
- Carapace armor; full set or just chest and back plates, pauldrons, helmet and greaves painted green or in camoflauge pattern.
- Officer's side-arms: laspistol, broad bladed sabers.
Among the 54th's most prized assets is one of the gigantic Capitol Imperialis troop carriers, the Covenant, used as a mobile HQ for the 10th Damocles Battle Group.
- Armament: Turret mounted volcano cannon; seven sponson mounted plasma cannon, three to a side and one to the rear. Void shielded.
- Crew: 1 Command Officer; 3 Bridge Officers; 24 Watchstanders; 2 Gunnery Officers; 38 Gunners and Ordnancemen; 10 Enginseers.
- Carrying Capacity: Two mechanized infantry companies with vehicles; Or one infantry and one tank company; or one Infantry and one drop company; Command Staff.
Colonel Charles Edward Oman y Da Vivar
Current C.O. of the 54th Amerikon. Oman's family has a longstanding connection with the 54th. Since the days of the Macharian Crusade there has always been at least one Oman serving in the 54th, not always as colonel, or even an officer, but in the ranks.
As colonel of the 54th Oman is automatically C.O. of the 10th Battle Group of which it is the chief component. This is slightly awkward as he is several years junior to the 99th's colonel but fortunately Quarrrey isn't interested in upsetting a longstanding command arrangement.
Major Pleione Bluell y Vargas
Colonel Oman's 2iC also command the Second battalion which often operates separately fromf the First giving her a lot of leeway to show independent initiative - which often involves the use of pulsars and other heavy weapons.
Captain Sarina Massey y Nickholl
Commander of the Ist 54th and senior officer of the First Battalion. She often finds herself acting as the Colonel's exec while Bluell is wrecking havoc elsewhere.
First Sergeant Leopold Osowicz y Olbia
Top Sergeant of the 1st 54th, and Massey's trusted right arm.
Commissar Nepos Macillan
Nepos was educated at the Schola Progenium on Coronus and has conscientiously modeled himself on the famous Commissar Ciaphas Cain, Hero of the Imperium, or rather who Macillan imagines Cain to be. Over the six years he has been with the 54th Colonel Oman has gotten very tired of the words; "What would Cain do?" Like his hero Macillan carries a chainsword and a bolter pistol (unaware that Cain actually prefers laspistols). He also affects Cain's signature long sideburns.
"Fraking Hell. What the Warp are they doing?"
"You know what they say, Cap, no plan survives contact with the enemy."
"Yeah, but they don't usually get massacred like this!"
--Captain Sarina Massey and First Sergeant Leopold Osowicz
"So, what would the great Commissar Cain do in this situation?"
"With respect, Colonel, Cain would never have gotten into this mess in the first place!"
--Charles Edward Oman and Commissar Nepos Macillan
What Emperor forsaken river is this?"
"Map says it's the Volturno."
"Every Fraking river on this Frotting planet is the Volturno!"
Privates Rico Sandrelli and Gabby Drucker.
- "Anybody know how to say 'Go Frot yourself' in Tau?"
- —Charles Edward Oman,54th Amerikon
- "'Victory or Death' Who talks like that?"
- —Charles Edward Oman, 54th Amerikon
- "Amerikons? They'll be wanting more of those Rascal Pattern individual transport modules. And insulin."