- Height: 5'6"
- Weight: 125lbs
- Eye Color: Blue
- Hair Color: Blonde
- Hair Style: Long
- ATA Gene Status: Unknown
- WTA Gene Status: Unknown
- GTA Gene Status: Negative
- Primary: Charleston JHS
- Secondary: Charleston HS
- Military Education Fort Benning, Fort Bragg, Camp Mackall
- Father: Garrison Shepherd
- Mother: Isla Trevors-Shepherd
- Brother: Avery Shepherd
- Dog: Bagira (German Shepard)
- Enlisted in the US Army
- 12 JUN 2018
- Finishes from BCT, AIT & Airborne School, Fort Benning
- 16 DEC 2018
- SOPC & SFAS, Fort Bragg
- 4 JAN to 10 JUL 2019
- SFQC, Fort Benning (Promoted to E4)
- 12 JUL 2019 to 18 AUG 2020
- Assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group, Fort Campbell
- 26 OCT 2020
- Deployed to Middle East with 3rd Battalion, Squad Leader (Promoted to E5)
- 11 DEC 2021 to 27 OCT 2022
- Recruited in Delta Operator Training Course
- 21 FEB 2023
- Graduates from Delta OTC and is assigned to 1st SFOD-D
- 30 SEP 2023
- Attends Special Forces Warrant Officer Technical and Tactical Certification Course, Fort Bragg
- 17 OCT 2024 to 20 FEB 2025
- Overseas with 1st SFOD-D B Squadron, Africa
- 2 JUN 2025 to 26 JUL 2026
- Awaiting new orders
- 2 JAN 2027
Effective Dates of PromotionEdit
- - Private First Class (E3): 2 JUL 2019
- - Corporal (E4): 10 AUG 2020
- - Sergeant (E5): 13 OCT 2022
- - Warrant Officer (W1): 20 FEB 2025
Aria grew up in suburban Charleston to a factory worker father and a teacher mother. Life was simple and mostly unaffected by the outside world. She was bright and bubbly and the light of her parents world. Her brother even adored the tiny blonde hair girl from day one. She was infectious and everyone around her loved her on the spot. It was easy being Aria and she never wanted for anything. Yet, her world was small and even once she started school, her curiosity always got the best of her. She was never a nuisance, but Aria had a knack for causing trouble. She grew into the stubborn, blonde-haired version of her father, while her older brother took after their mother in every way. He was calm and quiet, where she was energetic and spoke her mind freely.
Her parents never had high hopes for either of their children, and not because they didn't want what was best for them, but because they didn't have the means to supply them with the best advantages. Avery managed to get through college on student loans and starving himself, but Aria knew there was something better out there than pushing through classes that would serve her no good in the end regardless. She excelled in school, even if some subjects bored her to tears and she graduated high school with honors. Everyone expected her to apply for scholarships and go off to some high and tight college, but Aria had different plans.
Not two weeks after graduating high school, Aria enlisted in the Army. Her mother was absolutely horrified and her father and brother were downright confused. Sweet little Aria, who had never hurt a fly, was going to be a soldier. Of course, like with everything else in her short life, she excelled. She proved herself alongside her sister recruits and then to everyone throughout AIT and Airborne School. A quick learner and damn good shot, Aria knew right off the bat what she wanted out of her career. To be the best of the best, and she knew she could do it. The girl had heart and determination to spare and never allowed anyone to back her down.
The next step for her was the Special Operations Preparation Course. Her father was turning out to be overly proud of his daughter and her ambitions flourished under his urging. Avery, although a bit disappointed that he wasn't the highlight of the family with his degree in Journalism, was still happy for his baby sister, even if he was terrified for her at the same time. Her nerves never got the best of her until the first day of Special Forces Assessment and Selection. Aria, for the first time in her life, began to wonder if she was cut out for this and it was until weeks in that she began to get her confidence back. And it paid off. The washout rate was ridiculous and Aria was beginning to get irritated at all the recruits who weren't cutting it. It gave her even more determination. And that wasn't even the real deal yet!
After SFAS came SFQC. The Special Forces Qualification Course will always be remembered as her personal hell. Not only was it physical, but the mental and emotional demands met new highs and at one point had her at an all time low. In the end, she did what very few could and the day she put on her green beret was one of the happiest, and more relieving, of her life. Her family was there, proud as ever. Now a Corporal, she received her first assignment to 5th Special Forces Group in Kentucky. Her mother was happy with how close she was to home, but all Aria could think of was seeing some action.
She didn't have to wait long. In December of the same year, Aria was deployed to the Middle East. As part of an anti-terrorism task force, she took to her job like a fish in water. Luckily, her first deployment remained relatively uneventful. But, her ease under fire and exceptional sharpshooter abilities, as well as her own resiliency, caught the attention of Delta. This was where her plan ended. Aria had succeeded at what she'd set out to do and when Delta wanted to recruit her, she honestly didn't know what to say. Although, it was a challenge and one she couldn't deny. The stubborn, competitive streak she'd inherited from her father pushed her forward.
It was another one of those moments where her mother probably wondered where she went wrong. What drove my daughter, my only daughter, to decide to become Special Forces, and on top of that DELTA. Six months later, Isla hugged her daughter, who was now a new Delta Operator. Aria, determined as all hell to simply do it all, didn't stop there. Four months later she attended the Special Forces Warrant Officer Technical and Tactical Certification Course at Fort Bragg. She had it all in the bag. Aria had made a name for herself and never once thought to stop and think it all over. She took things as they came and conquered.
Her first mission as Delta had her deep in Africa, places she never wants to revisit. More over, Aria would prefer to act like they don't exist. It was her hardest mission, mostly because she saw first hand how people were still suffering. In the end, knowing that the hand that caused the suffering was taken out actually didn't make her feel any better. Her training had prepared her for it, but it was still a bit of a shock to her system.
Aria came home to a sudden, unwelcome calm. Her team remained stateside and she found herself lost in the simple life of a soldier. To help ease her into a state of normalcy, her brother visited her and brought with him a gift. Bagira. A seven month old sable German Shepherd who won her heart and soul. Bagira had washed out of K9 training for being too impulsive, but Aria didn't care in the least. Their bond was instant and stronger than anything she could have expected. She took the dog everywhere she went and for a time, was at ease with everything. Aria picked up his training with the help of some MP friends and was able to get his impulsiveness under control - at least to her liking. She didn't mind that he was quick to react, even if some thought it was too quick.
Five months later and she's been told to wait her new orders. Unsure what this means exactly, she doesn't want to leave her current unit, but the challenge is hard for Aria to not take on.
Personality: Aria is headstrong and stubborn. She doesn't back down from a challenge, even if the odds are stacked against her and she prides herself in her determination. She has the sort of energy that is infectious and has a difficult time just sitting still and being. Her callsign of "Sweetpea" was given because she is easily the exact opposite. Rough around the edges and nothing like the sweet little girl her mother thought she was raising, Aria can keep up with the guys and isn't easily offended. She has a habit of stuffing away her emotions, which so far has actually worked for her and when it comes to relationships, the less personal the better. Some would say she struggled with intimate situations, but she'll just say she chooses to avoid them.
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