|Born||December 16th, 2250|
|Affiliation||New California Republic Army|
Sgt. Salizar Contreras (born Dec 16th, 2250) is a NCR veteran scout and the first New Californian to step into the border of Las Vegas, into the Mojave Wasteland. Contreras presently serves as a solo Sergeant and previous 1st Recon Battalion member in 2281.
Contreras has a four-sided face with a well-defined, slightly pointed chin and a sturdy jaw line. His greyed eyes are slight and spaced evenly apart, sitting below slender eyebrows that seemed to curve as a natural allowance of his broad, smoothed nose. He kept his mouth closed in a thin, conservative line, and his hair—naturally light auburn in color but powdered to an optimistic black—was neatly trimmed and worn under a helmet or beanie. The trooper jacket he wears over his shoulders had ruggedly polished medals and bars from past victories, and the scarf around his neck has faded from the traditional yellow to a drab tint and was tied so that the ruffles perfectly filled the space left open by his armor. He walks straight, his face held forward in a sturdy gaze, and has an air of authority that is real.
Contreras was once a proud soldier until Bitter Springs changed him. He has nightmares, shouting and flashbacks whenever he smells blood, which reminded him of Bitter Springs.
NCR Military service
After Salizar and Daniel's parents were killed by Mojave raiders in 2253, they were adopted by other Californians who placed the young Contreras brothers on a path to become soldiers. Turned down by official branches of the New California Republic for being underage, the brothers were initiated into militant schooling through their youth. A sworn affidavit from their "parents" that falsified their birth dates by a year helped them successfully enlist in junior schooling on June 30th, 2261 in New California. Assigned to the infantry during basic training at Camp Colten at age 14, Contreras studied unconditionally ad practiced. He was then sent to Fort Lautner for initial infantry training.
Salizar was officially commissioned into the New California Republic in April 2267, at the age of sixteen. Upon completion of The Basic School, Infantry Officer Course and Military Intelligence Officer Basic Course, he was assigned to the 1st Scout Division. Unfortunately, Daniel failed Military Intelligence and was subjugated into armorer training instead, handling shipments and requisites. Serving at Camp Colten, he assisted as the Company Operations Officer and Reconnaissance Platoon Commander, 1st Platoon, A Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion alongside Captain Dharti. He earned the Marksman Badge with Rifle Clasp and the Expert Badge with Bayonet Clasp. In October 2271, he was assigned to scout northeasterly with a recon band of twelve. After a week hike across 400 km, and three loses from violent wildlife and heatstroke, the troopers gazed upon the great Hoover Dam, which was inhabited by squabbling tribes. Seeing it as an incredible asset to the Republic, they returned to the NCR Council to set a petition of annexation as the power output would be immense, and the sight of lights in the middle of the desert was appalling.
Longest Kill Record
Contreras holds the official New Californian military (Non-Ranger) record for the longest sniper kill in combat. The record was set at a range of 2,310 m (2,526 yd}. Contreras' shot, taken some time after the First Battle of Hoover Dam during the Battle of Willow Beach. Contreras exceeded the previous record set by his teammate, Master-Corporal Robert Perry by 120 m (130 yd).
- "They were innocent and I can’t get the memory of them out of my mind, I cannot get the thoughts to leave. I was responsible, that if it were not for me, they would still be alive today."
- —Contreras doubting his actions after Bitter Springs
In 2278, after years of being stationed in Camp Golf with the rest of 1st Recon, as it was one of the first NCR establishments in the region; Command hears about a recent Great Khan raiding party retreating to the north-east hills above Lake Mead, but is unaware of the fine details. Contreras, being the best and fastest scout of 1st Recon, is first to sight and follow the Khan’s raid party from afar. The Great Khans are followed into the hills and into a small settlement known as “Bitter Springs”. Reporting it back to the brass at Camp Golf without approaching, fearing detection, Contreras blindly reported to Camp Golf without knowledge of the camps internal aspects. NCR sent envoys and threats to the Khans, all of which were rejected by the tribals. Believing Bitter Springs to just be a Khan raider camp, Major. Gilles petitioned an attack on the encampment: It was certified and orders were set because the NCR was constantly assaulted and raided by the Great Khans, which extremely hindered their expansion of New Vegas.
As ordered, Contreras was positioned at Coyote Tail Ridge alongside the other members of 1st Recon. Notably, he was adjacent to Craig Boone and beside Thomas Ellis. When the NCR Army assaulted the camp from the entrance way, 1st Recon was to cover the side passage and fire upon anyone escaping through it. When they heard gunfire echoing throughout the valley, they then noted movement from the passage through scopes and binoculars. Major. Gilles ordered them to fire until they expended all the ammunition they had.
Following orders, Contreras was the first to fire his rifle, consequently causing the other members to follow effect; firing until the valley walls deafened with screams and frantic return fire. He hit his first shot, missed his second and injured with his third. When he aimed for his forth shot after rebolting the rifle, Contreras noticed that the target he was marking was smaller than the others, and was in fact a child. He froze in the scope as the little girl, no younger than ten, was shot down as she fired a .32 pistol toward them. Contreras became unresponsive and traumatically distraught at the sight he saw: elderly, women and children, all being mutilated from constant rifle fire.
Contreras was an experienced, practiced soldier. He had served in Baja, the Battle of Hoover Dam and in service for years. He had both seen and experienced death and despair, and he had endured and pulled through explosions himself. And yet it was this unusual, horrific event that was to be his disentanglement. Suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder ever since, with his fight-or-flight response always in hyper-arousal, he would sleep with a loaded handgun under his pillow and looked for solace in addictive sleeping pills known as Red-Eye.The Hub for some down time in 2278, four days after the massacre. After being unofficially discharged, Contreras spent the next two years numbed by alcohol and addictive chems. He had failed relationships, depression and spells of homelessness.
- "I seen them running towards us, many of them children, and I just followed orders. Carnage - everywhere. Bodies, bits of bodies, heads in helmets, legs in boots. Blood and guts. They expect you to deal with it. You don't think about it at the time because you can't."
- —Contreras to Thomas Ellis, who was unfazed by the event.
In October, he was reassigned to the NCR Warfighting Laboratory, where he served as the Reconnaissance and Sniper Project Officer. During this assignment, he developed tactics, techniques and procedures for urban reconnaissance operations and squad advanced marksman concepts. He participated in numerous urban combined arms experiments and the training of New Californian trooper units, notably 6 of Spades. Deploying in support of Hoover Dam.
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