Name: Afanasi Vasiliev
Birthplace: Smolensk, Russia
Rank: Lt. Colonel
description: Afanasi was born in Smolensk, Russia in 2510. When he was 15 years old, he heard about an alien attack on Harvest. The majority of his family had lived their and now he had only his parents left. From that moment on, he swore an oath to protect Earth at all costs. When he was 18, he enlisted into the United Nations Colonial Militia and rose up in the ranks quickly. He became a Staff Sergeant after his actions in the Moscow Riots of 2533. He then left the United Nations Colonial Militia to attend Officer Candidate School. After graduating from Quantico, Virginia, he was commissioned as a 2nd. Lieutenant and was immediately shipped to partake in the Battle of Leonis Minoris. His quick thinking saved over 300 civilians on Colony-2 before it was glassed. He was awarded the Colonial Cross and Gold Star for his actions. He was also given a promotion to Lieutenant Colonel and transfered to Head of UNSC Colonial Militia. He saw less action other than several Rebel incidents and some riots. During the 1st Battle of Earth, he organized a defense of Smolensk that took the full blow from a Covenant Carrier's attack. They fought it back, but not before half the city was gone, and 3/4th's of the Militia in all of Russia gone. Heeding the call that the Covenant were interested in the area, he called for some reinforcements from neighboring nations and the force grew to 130,000 strong, with some UNSC Marines and Army personal helping. The set-up defenses during the interlude between the 1st and 2nd Battle of Earth. When the 2nd Batte came around, he was faced with a decision that haunted him. In order to save the area, he had to destroy the area. He later wrote a memoir of his life and experiences.
I hope I didn't bore you with my long Discription :D
In my times, the darkened days,
Evil invaded the world.
We workers of the Red Union,
We united and slaughtered them all.
The brave soul,
Above the evil,
Planted our inspiration atop their burning cities.