The team, worn out from three hours of martial arts training, is ecstatic to see Breaker enter the room to pick them up. He takes them back to their bunks where they are allowed a brief shower before getting ready… for an eight-mile run that they have to complete in 50 minutes. Fine for a soldier, a little more difficult for a soldier that just spent three hours getting knocked around by a master of one of the world’s only ninja clans.
There is grumbling during the run, particularly from Firewall, who has had very little military training. He proceeds to hork a few times, but the colonel affords him no leniency, and by ignoring Firewall he makes it clear that he is to finish the run come hell or high water.
From there, the team’s weapons inventor and master marksman, Flash, brings the team down to the armory where they are allowed to choose their small arms specialty so that Flash can gauge their skills. Killshot immediately notices a rifle that looks more electronic than mechanical. Flash admits that the gun is his pride and joy, a prototype Laser Rifle. It’s capacity to fire a high intensity laser instead of bullets means it’s accuracy rating is unbeatable. However, it doesn’t do much damage, it’s range is only 30 feet, and the power pack only allows three shots before going dead. Flash has high hopes that Killshot will be able to help him expand its capabilities.
After practice, the team returns to the commissary where the entire Joe team is waiting for them. Unlike the previous meal, the newcomers are actively engaged in conversation with the old wave. Flash discusses new possible modifications to the laser rifle with Killshot, Breaker gives Firewall a taste of some of the new toys he will be allowed to play with, and Rock n’ Roll discusses the benefits of having heavy artillery strapped to your waist with Hando. Stonewall is a little more quiet and reserved. He catches a look from Hawk and nods knowingly. When your specialty is keeping your team alive, you can’t afford too much camaraderie.
From there, the teams’ training intensifies. Over the next few weeks, the run becomes twice daily. Snake-Eyes and Scarlett split up the martial arts training so that the whole team can spend the whole four hours practicing. Firewall throws up less often as his body becomes used to the regimen.
Eventually, Breaker comes to them one morning and informs them that Hawk has summoned them to MTAC (Media Tactics Room). Then Breaker goes to get Snake-Eyes, as he is to go with them to see Hawk.
Upon their arrival, Hawk informs them that it is time to prepare for their first mission, which will be an undercover based Intel-Op. They are to infiltrate Strike First, a terrorist group led by man named Vance Wingfield. Wingfield was a military contractor who had lost his bids with the democratic upset in congress in 2006. He had already banded with like-minded individuals when the economy tanked in 2009, and the Obama administration canceled his remaining contracts, citing cost and inhumane labor practices. Wingfield officially packed his people up and shipped off to the small South American nation of Sierra del Gordo (this translates to “big mountains” which Firewall spins the translation to “Mountains of Fat”), where he is training this team into an anti-American militant group. The Joe team’s mission is to learn as much as possible about Wingfields plans, and if necessary, stop them. Violent conflict is not prohibited, but will be seen as a failure of one of the primary objectives, which is to get out of the camp with all required information, undetected. Snake-Eyes is to set up camp twenty miles outside of the compound and act as back up should the team need it.
The team is not quite prepared for the mission, however, as none of them have any experience in undercover work. As such, they are being shipped to Miami to meet with Agent Provost, an exemplary member of the US Army Criminal Investigations Unit. His current mission is investigating ties between criminal organizations and Extensive Enterprises, a Fortune 500 corporation with contacts throughout the world. Agent Provost is unaware of the existence of GI Joe, and believes the team is part of a pilot training program.