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« Well it wasn't pretty Sir, I can tell you that. Op was silky though.
Patrick Miles
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Patrick Miles was a secondary character in ArmA 2's Harvest Red campaign.

Background

« Pat is an outstanding leader inspiring great loyalty in his team. There‘s not a marine in the Corps I‘d rather have to my right.
Captain Shaftoe's evaluation of Miles
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The son of a Californian politician and lawyer, Miles chose to enlist as a non-commissioned officer within the United States Marine Corps rather than opt for a commission as an officer despite having completed OCS.

His first deployment was during the Iraq War as a USMC Recon squad commander, followed by a second tour of duty in Afghanistan; at which point he had already joined the Corps' Force Reconnaissance special forces unit.

Miles scored high grades in the Ranger Course and later at Recon School as well, which eventually earned him a place in the 5th Force Recon Battalion. He was later assigned to Razor Team as its team leader in 2008.

Operation Harvest Red (2009)

On September 2009, the Chernarussian Movement of the Red Star (also known as the "ChDKZ" or "Chedaki") lead a coup against the Chernarussian government, taking complete control of the South Zagoria region and forcing the government to go into exile.

A month later, the 27th MEU are deployed to the coast of South Zagoria and are given orders to drive back the ChDKZ. Miles, placed in charge of his recon team, would be amongst one of the first to step foot onto Chernarussian soil. In the early hours of October 8th, Miles' team would be airlifted to a village named Pusta on the outskirts of the regional capital, Chernogorsk. The ChDKZ had established a communications station there, and it needed to be destroyed first to prevent ChDKZ reinforcements from being notified of the impending invasion.

Miles coordinated Razor's movements from a vantage point overlooking the village. His men reported that they spotted numerous war crimes being carried out by the ChDKZ, and requested permission to use lethal force to free the captive villagers. Miles green-lighted their requests and they proceeded to liberate the village. Once they villagers were led to a safe location, his men demolished the station with satchel charges.

As dawn approached, Battlemage and Captain Shaftoe relayed news that another recon team, Sabre, had been pinned down at a farm near the Pik Kozlova mountain. Unable to complete their mission, they requested that Miles' team carry out their tasking instead. Miles asked his men if they felt like continuing on with the mission or to extract immediately; they came to a unanimous decision to continue, and subsequently set up an observation point overlooking the farm where Sabre were pinned.

Miles directed one of his subordinates, Master Sergeant Matthew Cooper, to use his laser designator to mark the targets. Miles would then relay the fire support request back to Battlemage. They would succeed in destroying all the targets and managed to support Sabre's attempts at extracting from the area.

« O'Hara: I can't get Pusta out of my head. You guys seen shit like that before?
Miles: You'll get used to it...
Cooper: Hey if it's all the same to you Baller I'd rather not...
Miles reassures his men as they head towards Chernogorsk
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Once the sun rose, the invasion commenced and Miles' team went down the mountain and headed towards the coast. They were ordered to regroup with the main force at Chernogorsk where Capt. Shaftoe was waiting to debrief them. Upon arrival, Shaftoe informed Miles that their mission wasn't quite over yet; the leader of the ChDKZ, Gregori Lopotev, had supposedly been spotted at a warehouse somewhere in the city's industrial sector. Razor would be tasked with storming the warehouse and capturing the warlord before he could escape from the city.

Miles would not be joining the rest of his men for the mission. Instead, he delegated the role of team leader to Cooper as he left with Shaftoe to discuss other concerning matters.

Death

Not long afterwards, Cooper's team breaches the warehouse and manages to secure the ChDKZ warlord as well as his senior lieutenants, reporting back to Miles of their success. Miles raced towards the warehouse and entered just as he saw Sergeant Chad Rodriguez, another of his subordinates, arguing with a CDF officer who had arrived at the same time.

« Miles: That's enough Sergeant! Stand down. I want my men in the truck as well Nikitin, for security. That's my condition.
Nikitin: As you wish Master Sergeant... Come, let's get going.
Miles "negotiates" with the CDF officer
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Miles ordered Rodriguez to stand down, and agreed to allow the CDF officer to transport the captives on the condition that Razor Team were to accompany them to the safety of friendly lines.

However, on the way back to friendly lines, the CDF officer suddenly orders the truck driver to divert in a different direction to a secluded warehouse. Moments later, an explosion rips the truck apart, knocking Miles and the rest of Razor unconscious. They were quickly restrained by the ChDKZ and were brought inside the warehouse.

Just as they begin to awaken, Miles and the others are greeted with the sight of Lopotev discussing escape plans and what to do with the Marines. One of the insurgents suddenly drags Miles in front of Lopotev. Without hesitation, Lopotev immediately executes the team leader with a point blank gunshot to the head, killing him instantly.

Personality and Appearance

Like Cooper, Miles is a middle-aged African-American though he sports a slight short-stubble beard. His standard outfit is largely the same as Cooper's; consisting of a Rhodesian Recon Vest (RRV) plate carrier, and a sage green-coloured Flame Resistant Organizational Gear (FROG) uniform with MARPAT-camouflaged pants. The sole difference is that Miles prefers to wear a camouflaged booniehat instead of a baseball cap. On occasion, he can also be seen wearing black shades.

Miles is noted for his brilliant leadership skills and expertise in conducting special warfare tactics. Though not elaborated on, he is also specified to possess knowledge of several languages as well.

While strict at times with the rest of his squad (particularly with Rodriguez), Miles looks out for his fellow team members and shows great respect for them. He is also shown to have placed a large amount of trust and faith in Cooper as well, especially for the latter's presumed hints of good leadership skills. At the same time, the rest of the members look up to Miles and are genuinely rocked by his untimely death.

Trivia

  • Miles is often nicknamed as "8-Ball" or "Eightballer".
  • He and Rodriguez are both Afghanistan/Iraq War veterans.
  • Miles' appearance is based on Mamadou Diavando. He is voiced by Joachim Benloulou.

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See also

Characters of ArmA 2
USMC 27th MEU Carl DresslerDavid ArmstrongEd Winter* • John MaddoxShaftoe
Force Recon Brian O'HaraChad Rodriguez† • Ian Simmons† • Matthew CooperPatrick Miles† • Peter Adamson† • Randolph SykesRobert Johnson† • Sanjeev Raj† • Steve Kaminski
U.S. Army Task Force Knight Ben HerreraC.F. KaneGarry PierceHoward Drake
Delta Force Terry Graves
ACR Bohuslav KoubaJan KristekTomáš VybíralZabu
CDF BegunovR.A. StavovichTomas Marny
ChDKZ Gregori Lopotev* • Kostey† • Mikola Bardak* • Nikola Nikitin
Russian Armed Forces Karelin† • Lev Zotkin* • Mikhail Istcov* • Shagarov
NAPA Prizrak† • Little JohnYidashYuri Olegich
British Army Jack GallagherJames IrvinePhilip Stephenson
Bystrican Militia Andrej KasunBorz KazbekovDragan KasunRadan Miyović
Smugglers Aslan Radayev
ION Brian FrostFrank "Tanny" Radcliffe† • Henry AsanoJames Eckersley† • Mark ReynoldsPatrick Dixon† • Roland Saunderson
Takistani Army Muhammad R. Aziz

Civilians

Anita BakerAntonia LagushinaIvan Ruce† • Joe Harris† • Josef Sova† • Rita EnslerValentina Galkina† • Vojtech Hladik
indicates deceased characters | * indicates character status is unknown
DLCs that the character was first introduced in:
Operation Arrowhead | British Armed Forces | Private Military Company | Army of the Czech Republic
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