New Adventures of the Infinity Legion
Founder and leader of AEGIS
Real name: Thomas Union
Occupation: former Colonel in the United States Army, current director of AEGIS
Identity: publicly known
Legal status: citizen of the United States with no criminal record
Former aliases: none
Place of birth: Washington, D.C.
Marital status: Married to Caroline Dowd
Known relatives: one daughter, Jeanne, and father-in-law Augustus Dowd
Group affiliation: AEGIS
Base of operations: Excelsior Station
First appearance: Agent of A.E.G.I.S. #1
History: The scion of an old and powerful Washington family, Thomas Union counted federal judges, diplomats, and Congressmen among his family and friends. He was born on the fast-track and stayed there, attending elite private schools and finally West Point, a decision that rankled some members of his family, who had expected him to take up the richer (and safer) career of a lawyer or lobbyist. Entering the Army as an officer during the so-called “War on Terror,” Union learned Arabic and volunteered repeatedly for front-line duty rather than let his family pull strings to secure him a safe assignment. Like many, he was dissatisfied with the lack of leadership and accountability among the Army brass during the protracted struggles in the Middle East, and vowed to find a better way. After many of his innovative ideas and tactics were shot down by his higher-ups, Union resigned his commission in disgust, returning to private life and marrying Caroline Dowd, daugher of a prominent Senator. However, unable and unwilling to simply drop his crusade, Union joined a prominent Washington foreign-policy think tank, venting his frustration by writing impassioned papers about the changing nature of 21st-century combat. When a new presidential administration took office, with the goal of rebuilding America’s strained foreign relations and cooperating to establish an international anti-terrorism task force, Union was tapped to join the planning commission. His recommendations sparked controversy among the Washington establishment but won him the admiration of the President, who prevailed upon him to take a job as head of the new organization, now known as Allied Extra-Governmental Incursion Security, or AEGIS.
Height: 6’2” Weight: 185 lbs.
Eyes: Green Hair: Gray
Strength level: Col. Union possesses the normal human strength of a man his age who engages in rigorous regular exercise.
Known superhuman powers: none
Abilities: Col. Union is a skilled military tactician and strategist, but with a politician’s eye for the big picture that is often lacking in his peers. Despite his rarified upbringing he has a gift for commanding respect among people of disparate backgrounds and beliefs, as evidenced by the growing retinue of close personal friends that follow him from assignment to assignment. His upbringing has, however, left him with a taste for the finer things in life – opera, good food, art, and literature – and he tries to impress a similar love of the good life into his men.
Weapons: Col. Union is fond of carrying a vintage Colt M1911 .45 automatic pistol as his personal sidearm. During operations he has been known to employ specialized AEGIS gear, including hallucinogenic pheromones, a forcefield briefcase and a jetpack.