Falcon (G.I. Joe)
Real Name: Vincent R Falcone
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Falcon is the code name used by U.S. Army Captain Vincent R. Falcone. Born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Falcon is the son of a Green Beret, his father having served with the 10th SFGA (Special Forces Group Airborne). He soon followed in his father's footsteps and served as an executive officer in the 6th SFGA "Blue Light" counter-terrorist unit. Falcon can speak Spanish, French, Arabic, and Swahili.
When then-Lt. Falcon first believed he had joined the G.I. Joe team, he was assigned to guard a top secret missile silo hidden on the Jersey shore, along with two other soldiers. A short time later, a man codenamed Chuckles arrived and told them that they were not really a part of the Joe team. An intelligence agent Chuckles was investigating was covering up the existence of the missile silo. To protect the missile, he reassigned Falcon and the others and told them they were part of the G.I. Joe team. To clear their names, the men "kidnapped" Hawk from the Newark airport and showed him the missile. Meanwhile, a group of Dreadnoks learned of the missile and found out it was aimed at Cobra Island. A brief battle followed, ending when a Cobra helicopter arrived and destroyed the missile just as it launched. Hawk offered Falcon and the others a spot on the Joe team then and there. Not long after, Falcon and two other Joes posed as Soviet soldiers and headed into Afghanistan to trick three Russian POWs into freeing a CIA agent being held prisoner. The Russians proved to be too smart to fall for the Joe's charade, and turned tables on the Joes, escaping the nation. Falcon and his team did manage to free Toler, along with a unwelcome group of refugees seeking political asylum in the US.
Months later, Falcon led a team of Joes onto Cobra Island on a reconnaissance mission. They stumbled upon Cobra's civil war and when the Joes entered the war on the side of Serpentor, Falcon's team became advance scouts for the Joes' invasion and had to forcibly take control of Cobra Island's airfield control tower to allow their teammates access to the airfield. As Destro's army arrived, Falcon and his team made their escape through the storm drains and sluice tunnels underground. By the time they joined up with the rest of the Joe team, the battle was over. In the third world nation of Sierra Gordo, Falcon again ran across Soviet agents while undercover. Falcon and his team were sent to the nation undercover in order to rescue revolutionary leader, El Jefe. Unfortunately, the Soviets' October Guard freed El Jefe first. The Joes ended up fighting Destro's Iron Grenadiers and the counter-revolutionaries before witnessing the deaths of all but two members of the Soviet team. The Joes and surviving the October Guard were held prisoner by the counter-revolutionaries before being released by a G.I. Joe rescue team.
Falcon's most difficult mission started as a routine raid on Cobra Terrordromes in the desert nation of Trucial Abysmia. The mission soon turned disastrous when the team, led by Falcon and Duke, discovered that Cobra was involved more in the Middle East then was first believed. Trying to retreat into friendly territory, the group was overrun by Cobra soldiers led by Tomax and Xamot. Surrounded on all sides, Duke and Falcon knew it was suicidal to fight on and they surrendered to save their troops. When Tomax and Xamot reported to Cobra Commander, they misunderstood his orders and sent a SAW-Viper to kill the prisoners. Four Joes were shot in cold blood before the rest of the group could escape in a captured Cobra tank. The escaping Joes were followed and the tank exploded, killing all of the Joes except for Falcon, Duke and Cross-Country. When a Joe rescue team arrived, Falcon and the others went after the SAW-Viper, but Duke couldn't bring himself to shoot the now-unarmed man. The discoveries made on that mission led to the Joes biggest operation, fighting against Cobra in the nearby nation of Benzheen. Falcon only served on a few more missions before taking some time off from the military back home in Fayetteville.
When Hawk called for Falcon to return to the reinstated team in 2001, he learned that Falcon had been serving as a military consultant for various Hollywood action movies, and even made a cameo appearance in one or two of them alongside former teammate Ace. Falcon promised to return to the team if and when he was needed, and eventually joined the team in its invasion of Cobra Island to battle the forces of a revived Serpentor. Falcon later led a small team of Joes on a recon mission to observe Coil activity in Badhikstan. After a brief battle, his team was captured by Tomax and Xamot, but were eventually released. After the Joes stopped a plot by Cobra to unleash the weapon known as the Tempest, and defeated a new threat, the Red Shadows, the military again disbanded the team. One year later, the Joe team was reformed with a smaller roster of active members. Falcon, like most former Joes, is a reserve member of the new team.
Birthplace: Fayetteville, North Carolina
Primary Military Specialty: Infantry
Secondary Military Specialty: Medic
First Appearance: G.I. JOE #60 (June 1987)
First Appearance: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (1982) #60
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Action Force Monthly (1988)
Blackthorne 3-D Series (1985)
#20 G.I. Joe (2001)
- 'G.I. Joe in 3-D #1 - Of Birds and Men'
#2 G.I. Joe (2005)
- 'Reinstated! 2 of 4'#25
- 'The Last Stand Part 4'#31
- 'Players and Pawns: Four of Five'#32
- 'Players and Pawns: Five of Five'
#28 G.I. Joe Magazine (1985)
- 'World War III Part IV: Manufacturing Consent'#29
- 'World War III Part V: Overthrow'#30
- 'Part VI: Cleansing Fire'#31
- 'World War III Part VII: Tribulation'#32
- 'World War III Part VIII: War Without End'#35
- 'World War III Part XI, Scorched Earth'#36
- 'World War III Part XII, Hell'
G.I. Joe Special Missions (1986)
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (1982)
G.I. Joe: Battle Files (2002)
G.I. Joe: Cobra Commander Tribute - 100-Page Spectacular (2011)
G.I. Joe: European Missions (1988)
The G.I. Joe Order of Battle (1986)
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