Frank Cardova (real name Leo Vilseck, Section nickname Buddy) was
the long serving American babysitter for the team. He had been
first introduced to Charlemagne sometime during the late 60s.
Short, balding, and somewhat overweight, he had a nervous manner
but practiced excellent tradecraft. He provided the team competent
logistic support despite feeling under threat every time he met the
them. Frank retired in the early 90s, first to upstate New York and
later to Vasily’s carpet. His daughter, Theresa, married Misha’s
son, Michael (Charlie).
Skosh (Section nickname, game name John Nakamura) was a
fourth-generation Japanese American who was supremely competent and
knowledgeable concerning Asian affairs. He had experience as a
babysitter for the best Asian specialist teams and was himself a
respected martial artist. Skosh was promoted after Frank’s
retirement and quickly learned two new languages and later a third.
Not entirely happy with the promotion, he could be counted on to be
unhappy with management decisions in general, though he diligently
completed all tasks assigned. He rivaled Steve Donovan in the use
of creative English expletives.
Jay Turner was an FBI special agent who assisted the team and their
Section babysitters when an operation involved domestic matters. A
distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, he
grew up in the slums of Chicago and earned a PhD in English
Justin Goodwin was an FBI special agent who assisted Jay Turner
during operations involving information technology. A computer
scientist trained at MIT, he retired from the FBI and was hired by
Charlemagne after suffering a serious injury during an op.
Alexandra Sobieski, neé Dolnikov was a twenty-year-old college
student living in Chicago when she met Charlemagne during the early
70s. Bookish and dowdy, Alex had never been kissed before meeting
Vasily Sobieski during a clandestine anti-terror operation in her
home city. She and Vasily had one daughter, Mara. After Vasily’s
death, Alex married Misha.