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DOD Official




Biographical information
Nationality Flag of the United States American
Born c. 1895 – c. 1907[1]
Physical description
Hair color Brown
Ethnicity Caucasian
Career and family information
Affiliation(s) United States Department of Defense
Metal Gear information
Main appearance(s) Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
Voiced by (English) Fred Tatasciore (MGS3)
Uncredited (MGSPW)
Voiced by (Japanese) Osamu Saka (MGSPW)

The DOD Official was an official from the United States Department of Defense during both the Lyndon B. Johnson and Gerald Ford's administrations.

Biography Edit

Operation Snake EaterEdit

See Virtuous Mission and Operation Snake Eater

In 1964, the DOD Official, who was the Army Chief of Staff at that time, was in attendance at Naked Snake's award ceremony of the Big Boss codename by President Johnson after the success of Operation Snake Eater. He later spoke with the DCI (after Naked Snake refused to shake the DCI's hand), proposing to create an infiltration unit like FOX in the Army to handle their top-secret sneaking missions; one that would consist of operatives possessing the combined qualities of both soldiers and special agents.

San Hieronymo TakeoverEdit

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In 1970, after Gene's San Hieronymo Takeover and the DCI's death, the FOX unit was officially disbanded. Later, the DOD Official accompanied Para-Medic, Sigint, and Major Zero in handing over official documents to Naked Snake, thus allowing for the creation of Special Forces Unit FOXHOUND.

Post-San Hieronymo Edit

At some point between 1971 and 1974, the DOD Official became the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Peace Walker IncidentEdit

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In November 1974, Big Boss contacted the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, after Peace Walker began transmitting false data regarding an imminent Soviet attack on the U.S. He warned the Chairman to abort the retaliatory nuclear strike, to which the Chairman demanded that he prove his identity, outside the authentication code he had given at the switchboard. Big Boss responded by recounting the events of the secret award ceremony following Operation Snake Eater, where he refused to shake the DCI's hand. Having been convinced, the Chairman decided to abort the nuclear strike, and also requested that, should Big Boss be around, he'd like to shake his hand. However, most of the Joint Chiefs of Staff disagreed with his decision, and held him at gunpoint, despite his protests. They eventually relented when Peace Walker destroyed itself and halted the false data uplink, transmitting The Carpenters' "Sing" to the Pentagon as it sank in Lake Nicaragua.

Warning: The following events occur in the pseudo-historical Side Ops from Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes; therefore, its level of canonicity is ambiguous.

Post-Peace WalkerEdit

Sometime after the events in Nicaragua, a United States Naval Prison Facility, due to it being converted into a black site a few years ago by the CIA, was suspected of harboring POWs and torturing them. The Chairman alongside the Joint Chiefs of Staff ordered an undercover agent to go undercover and investigate the rumors about the base. On December 21, 1974, because of the Chairman having a lot of trust for Snake for quelling the crisis during the Peace Walker Incident, he had the JCS, via a cut out, hire MSF to rendezvous with the undercover mole, and retrieve a cassette tape from him.

Side Ops information ends here.

Behind the scenes Edit

The unnamed DOD Official first made his appearance in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, set in late 1964. He was originally intended to be the Secretary of Defense,[2] with his appearance based on that of real life official Robert McNamara. However, his position during that time was changed to the Army Chief of Staff in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, having become Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff ten years later. The actual Army Chief of Staff in 1964 was Harold K. Johnson, who retired in 1968, while the actual Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1974 was George S. Brown.

Due to a misinterpretation of Hideo Kojima's commentary in the Metal Gear Solid 3: Extreme Box DVD set, Piggyback's Metal Gear Solid 3: The Official Guide incorrectly identified the character as a younger Roy Campbell.[3] Campbell did not appear in the prequels until Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops.

The DOD Official's first English voice actor (Fred Tatasciore) in Metal Gear Solid 3 later voiced the "Beast" voices of the Beauty and the Beast Unit in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, On a related note, his Japanese voice actor in Peace Walker previously voiced The End.


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