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"Above the clouds, there was only a clear blue sky, no longer in need of heroes. And perhaps, that's exactly what they were hoping for all this time."
― Albert Genette[1]

Albert Genette (アルバート・ジェネット Arubāto Jenetto) was an Osean freelance journalist. He is known to have authored several pieces on contemporary military conflicts for various publications.

Biography

Circum-Pacific War

Main article: Circum-Pacific War

Sometime in early or mid-2010, Genette traveled to Sand Island Air Force Base in western Osea after learning of rumors about a squadron leader, Jack Bartlett, who was rumored to be capable of turning rookies into highly skilled fighter pilots.[2]

On September 23, Genette accompanied Bartlett in his F-4G Wild Weasel on a training exercise over Cape Landers. During the flight, Genette took photographs of the Osean formations from the cockpit's rear seat. Suddenly, Bartlett received a report of unidentified incoming fighters closing on their position. Genette witnessed Bartlett and the other flight instructors engaging the bogeys; he was also impressed by one of the trainees, Kei Nagase, who impressively fought back against her attackers. Unable to withstand Bartlett's high-G maneuvers, Genette eventually lost consciousness during the incident.[2]

Thanks to Bartlett's skills, however, Genette survived the ambush and returned to Sand Island. Upon returning to base, his camera and film were confiscated by base security, the photographs he had taken were classified,[2] and he was temporarily confined to his quarters. Genette concealed a video recorder in a corner of his room to document his time stuck on base. Several days after the incident, Genette's photography equipment was returned to him after the adjutant base command, Major Allen C. Hamilton, intervened on his behalf.[3]

After Yuktobania's declaration of war on September 27, Genette was allowed to leave the base, but elected to remain to monitor the activities of the Wardog Squadron. During this time, he befriended and interviewed the squadron members for a piece he was working on: "The Four Wings of Sand Island". However, his reporting was limited by an agreement with the Osean Ministry of Defense, which stipulated that he would not release materials that would endanger the lives of Osean troops during the war.[4][5]

As the war progressed, Genette witnessed the Wardog pilots undertake many important operations that turned the tide of the war in Osea's favor. Over time, Genette noted how Wardog became the "pillar of morale for the entire Osean Army".[6] He also befriended Pops and spent time conversing with him about the Belkan War.[7] In late November, Pops showed Genette the wreckage of a Yuktobanian X-02 Wyvern that had been manufactured by Gründer Industries. Genette asked how Yuktobania could have acquired North Osean technology, but Pops was unsure himself. Pops then shared a rumor with Genette about Osea's recruitment of several Belkan aces after the last war—the 8492nd Squadron.[8]

Escape with Wardog

On December 7, Genette received a phone call from a friend, who informed him that the Osean President, Vincent Harling, had not been sighted around the capital for several weeks; the last time Harling was seen was shortly before the Osean invasion of Yuktobania. Pops then revealed that he had discovered Major Hamilton was previously assigned to the 8492nd.[9]

Hans Grimm suddenly entered Genette's quarters and told them that the 8492nd had ambushed them in Yuktobania, and that Blaze and Nagase had gone to apprise Hamilton. Genette and Pops, both realizing they could not warn the others in time, went to speak with Hamilton's superior, base commander Orson Perrault. When they arrived at Perrault's office, the base commander, who had been misled by Hamilton, held them at gunpoint and accused them of being Yuktobanian spies. When the men made a break for the door, Genette narrowly missed being hit by one of Perrault's gunshots.[9]

Upon meeting up with the others, Genette exasperatedly demanded Pops reveal his true identity, which Pops said he would answer later. The fugitives then commandeered four relatively unguarded Hawk training jets and escaped Sand Island.[9] Genette rode in the copilot's seat with Kirk on his lap while Pops piloted the aircraft. After losing the 8492nd over the Solo Islands,[10] Genette and his fellow fugitives were intercepted by Cpt. Marcus Snow of the Osean naval air force. When Snow signaled for them to bail out, Genette ejected with Kirk and Pops moments before their aircraft was shot down[11]; Genette was presumed to have perished during the engagement.

The Ghosts of Razgriz

In reality, however, Genette and his comrades were rescued by the Sea Goblin helicopter team and taken to the OFS Kestrel at Kirwin Island. Over the coming weeks, Genette resided aboard the Kestrel and witnessed President Harling's return from Belkan captivity on December 9. Following this, Genette photographed the newly formed Razgriz Squadron and its new emblem.[12]

On December 30, the Kestrel was struck by two submarine-launched cruise missiles and began rapidly sinking. Genette abandoned ship and ended up in a life raft with Pops and the Kestrel's captain, Nicholas A. Andersen. Genette watched the Kestrel slip beneath the waves as the Razgriz flew to Sudentor to confront the Belkans who had masterminded the war.[13] Genette's life in the years immediately after the war remains unknown, although it can be presumed he continued his journalistic exploits.

Aurelian War

Albert and Gryphus Squadron

Genette watches Gryphus Squadron on its way back to Aubrey Air Base

"There's no such thing as a foolproof plan."
― Albert Genette[14]

Main article: Aurelian War

Ten years after the Circum-Pacific War, Genette traveled to southern Osea to cover the ongoing Aurelian War. During that time, Genette resided in the Leasath-occupied Aurelian capital, Griswall. Although he was initially uninterested in covering a heavily one-sided war,[15] Genette was intrigued by the disparity between Leasath's impoverished citizenry and the lavish parties thrown by its military command in Gaiuss Tower.[16]

At some point, he obtained classified Leasathian documents and began to investigate. Genette discovered that the Leasathian leadership had misappropriated Aurelia's monetary relief aide to bolster its military forces. Genette also uncovered that Leasath's leader, Diego Gaspar Navarro, had a controlling interest in his nation's arms industry and had amassed a substantial fortune from the war.[17] However, upon reviewing the meticulously documented figures, Genette realized that the production costs of the Gleipnir did not account for all of Leasath's military expenditures.[14]

His reporting, combined with the humiliating destruction of Leasath's experimental aircraft Fenrir and its production plant, Archelon Fortress, led to the war's conclusion and Navarro's ousting from power. Despite several attempts, Genette failed to obtain an interview with Aurelia's top ace, the "Southern Cross".[18]

Gallery

Trivia

  • During his stay in Sand Island, Genette used various photographic equipment, including a "Horizon Sync" camera, which employs a special lens designed to capture images by aligning itself with the horizon, generating a perfectly horizontal image without much input from the user.[19]
  • Genette and Kei Nagase are the only characters in the series with a speaking role in more than one game.
  • Genette's journey in the Circum-Pacific War shares many similarities with Goh Mutsugi's journey in Area 88.

References

  1. Cutscene 29, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Cutscene 02, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
  3. Cutscene 04, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
  4. "The Four Wings of Sand Island" (A. Genette), OBC Journal. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  5. Aces At War: A History, page 094.
  6. Cutscene 17, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
  7. Cutscene 13, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
  8. Cutscene 16, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Cutscene 18, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
  10. Final Option, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
  11. Ending cutscene, Final Option, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
  12. Cutscene 21, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
  13. Cutscene 26, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Cutscene 04, Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception.
  15. Cutscene 01, Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception.
  16. Cutscene 02, Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception.
  17. Cutscene 03, Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception.
  18. Cutscene 05, Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception.
  19. Aces At War: A History, page needed.

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