A veteran of dozens of naval engagements, including OPERATION:TREBUCHET, diehard squadron leader William Stort has refused dozens of promotions so he could keep flying. A strict leader, he makes a point to show his pilots whose boss, but also makes sure they know they have his respect. During the war, at a battle on Artic IV, he lost his leg in combat. While he was recovered, he decided to retire from the squadron and let Jace Williams take command. Nevertheless, he accompanied the squadron to their asteroid colony, and began raising a family there.