Herr-Alois - Commanding Officer Application

Commanding Officer Application - Herr-Alois

What is your BYOND key?


What is your Discord ID?

Mr-Herr-San#6706 / mr_herr_san

What is your timezone in UTC?


Player Name You Use Most?

Wolfram ‘Krieg’ Bittenfeld

Ban Appeals, Whitelist and Staff Applications:

Have you been banned in the last 3 months?


If so, why?

Command Knowledge:

How familiar are you with command positions?

Aside from my current time record, I was a whitelisted CO from late 2019 to early 2020. I was removed as CO for being inactive. Alois ‘Galewolf’ Bielefeld.
As I did not play BYOND for a little under 3 years, I forgot my account password with BYOND seeming to not like sending emails to hotmail for an account retrieval. As such I made a new account when I started playing again at the end of last year.

Before becoming a CO and also during that same time, I played XO, CE, CMP, SO, SL roles as my primaries.

As CO I oversaw a diplomatic event with a Predator Elder in which we dealt with abominations.
I dealt with a rebellious XO who turned the SO’s against me because I didn’t implement the plan for squads they wanted. Provost was called and all CIC staff had to leave the operation effectively unmanned, I don’t recall who I left in charge.
Keeping an eye on research was more important as green xenos were by admin intervention, as such all xenos were hostile and there was the potential for a xeno to turn into a Queen if the one on the colony died.
Additionally paying closer attention and providing support for the IO’s was important due to the DEFCON we had.

As CMP I had to memorise the times for each crime as the automated system we have now was not in place. Training of LCpl MP’s.

As CE I had to make sure the reactors were managed as each round most of them start off broken and drained, and the charge did not last nearly as long as it does now.

As SL I understand how to motivate people to follow both my orders and those from CIC. Bravo being the primary squad I play and so am able to give marines both reason to stay at the FOB and stop members going off unannounced, be that in the form of assigning marines in pairs to guard posts, and setting up FT’s with specific duties in mind which do not involved simply fighting at the front line. Examples being medic teams with supporting riflemen to transport bodies back to the FOB, and rescue teams.

Hours in XO:


Hours in SL:


Character Information:

Why did your character decide to become the CO of a ship?

To ensure the honour and integrity of the USCM was upheld in the face of WY encroachment on their values as soldiers, and with the thoughts of his past commanding officers he’d served under, coming to realize that the standards they had held to were slowly beginning to slip with the new generation of Officers at the fore. With this in mind, he drove himself harder to obtain a position of command where he could instill those old values once more to those he commanded.

How did your character attain the position of CO?

Signed up to join the USCM at the age of 18. During initial training programme was selected for OC due to his exceptional test results and displays in live fire exercises. When asked for his reasoning for signing up as a rank and file trainee, stated: “I would feel it more appropriate for those commanding their subordinates to have come from where they are now.”

During training, showed a keen interest in history. Though more interested in the military theory of training, was still devoted to strict body training programmes, emphasizing agility over strength.

Showed much contempt for Officer Cadets who earned their place in the academy on account of their connections over any real merit, and was often involved in brawls with said individuals.

Graduated from the military academy with a distinguished level mark, opening up his options of where to seek station.
After consideration was picked to be stationed aboard the USS Washington, an Arikara-class patrol transport, as an SO, LT grade 2.

As story below states: Promoted to Captain after his predecessor died in the field of duty and subsequently taking control of the mission in operation to its ultimate success.

As story below states: Promoted to Major after his predecessor died aboard the USS Washington, the details provided about their encounter with the Xenos leading to his promotion.

Provide a short story of your CO.

Though the initial years were uneventful, with the scattering of recon and suppression of disgruntles colonists taking up the meat of their operations, he came to know the CO of the ship on a first name basis on account of his steady handling of mission deployments, and his close moral standard they both held themselves to.

Though he had no qualms with meeting his men in the canteens and the social areas, mingling with them as he saw them all as equal in their active service, he still preferred the peace and quiet that came from working in CIC and the Officer quarters to the hustle and bustle of the rank and file. Though he maintained his rigid sense of professionalism, he was still able to endear himself to those below him in the chain of command for his no nonsense mannerism, and the respect he showed to everyone regardless of rank.

Several years later came the first real challenge the crew and this ship had faced since deployment. What was initially reported as yet another minor disturbance on an outer colony, turned out to be a full CLF sponsored uprising. However this was not discovered until the XO had landed via dropship and the task force had made their way into the administrative areas of the colony. Bittenfeld was stationed groundside along with a squad of men which were securing the landing zone when explosions all around the colony erupted into flames, and speakers around the colony started blaring the CLF’s announcement of the colonies liberation.

Shortly thereafter, a ragtag of marines from the initial taskforce arrived back at the LZ with word the XO had been killed at the rest of their squad either dead or MIA. As the most senior officer groundside and the delay of communications on account of a jamming array, Bittenfeld felt he had no other option but to mount an independent action with the marines he had at his command. Informing the the PO’s to take off and bring word to the Major of the events thus far, he made his move against the CLF.

Calling his men together, he could see the fear and uncertainty in their eyes, the trembling hands and nervous looks.
“Who are we?” He said. “The first to fight!”
Then again, “Who are we?”
Those at the front began to shuffle closer responding but unsure, “The last to leave.”
“Who are we?”
Now louder, those at the rear chiming in, “The first to drop.”
“Who are we?”
The training began to kick in, their drilling taking over as they spoke as one together, “The last to bed!”
Bittenfelds voice rose above the battles noise, the only thing his men could hear.
“Who are we?!”
“Who are we?!!”
“WHO ARE WE?!” He bellowed.
Their eyes were aglow, the fires in their bellies roared once more. Bittenfeld raised his service pistol high and pointed towards the CLF’s position.
“USCM and Victory! Advance and kill!”
In came the reply without hesitation or doubt; “ADVANCE AND KILL!”

What came next was a display of Bittenfeld characteristics which earned him his nickname among the troops, Krieg. Outnumbered, he cut through the opposition like a hot knife to butter, leading from the front he inspired his men with his own actions, never letting them falter in their blazing assault upon the defenders, now holed up inside the administrative sector. A dog bread for war, to fight and to kill.

Once inside, the defenses crumbled, as the remaining forces either surrendered or fled, only to be tracked down in the ensuing crackdown on the planet. Having found the remains of the XO, who had been shot clean through the head, and managing to secure the few marines who had been captured alive, he gave the word that any CLF who wished to die an honourable death after defeat were permitted to commit suicide. Those who did not were taken back to the ship with the fallen and injured marines.

In what was little more than 30 minutes, the situation had turned from a battered and overwhelmed force of marines, into a full rout of the enemy, and the securing of the XO’s body and the rescued prisoners, he was promoted to Captain, and took the place of the old XO aboard the Washington, and awarded the medal of exceptional heroism for his efforts. Additionally through his own recommendation, many of those who had served with him in the
mission also received commendations and medals.

Several more years passed since the events which lead to his promotion aboard the USS Washington. On what on all accounts appeared to be another ordinary day of patrols across the outer colonies, the unexpected happened. A derelict ship was spotted on the scanners, nothing left but but the hulking carcass of a UPP frigate. Engines off, and no hail received in response, the order was given to board the ship and scour it for evidence as to what happened, and why they were so far out of their territorial space.

The marines were prepped and boarded the ship along with the IO’s, as gave direction over the comms, watching through the head cams of the men. What could only be described as a kind of foggy sauna, and dark tubing etched around the ships interior, with no sound or heat signature found on the scanners.

Minutes passed in agonizing silence as the marines combed the ship for any evidence as to what went on aboard this now empty and lifeless ship. However, the silence, for as drawn out as it may have seemed, was short lived. After an IO had entered what appeared to be a containment chamber, his comms went dark and visuals lost, gunfire was heard across the radio chatter and frantic screams of withdrawal made as deafening screeching rang out all around.

A team was quickly scrambled to reach the docking bay and retrieve those making a fighting withdrawal. Unbeknownst to the CIC staff, in all the chaos a second UPP frigate had entered the space opposite the now teaming hulk of the initial ship. Though it mattered not, as the UPP made their presence and intent clear upon arrival. To destroy the derelict frigate and expunge all traces of the infestation which was now thrashing against the marines holding the docking bay.

No additional hails were received by the UPP, who were now primming their primary cannons. The defenses aboard the USS Washington were crumbling in the face of such overwhelming ferocity, cutting all opposition away as though they were mere stems of wheat.
The Captain, seeing the inevitability of their demise, ordered a general evacuation of the ship, and ordered Bittenfeld to ensure all personnel, including himself, boarded the escape pods. The Captain, however, would remain in CIC and oversee things from there. “Death before dishonour”, were his final words to Bittenfeld. Making his way out of CIC, he grabbed an SG from the armory, making use of his specialized training, and made his way along the upper escape pods, calling for all men to abandon ship, and that their duty was paid to their fallen comrades, and to now survive to continue their legacy. Those who were unable to make it to pods, he rallied to the lower escape pods where the tank was making its final stand. Bielefeld had now come face to face with the enemy, a hulking, mass of tubes and ebony bone, with more slime you could shake an Eel at. In hopes of stalling the aliens and keep them away from CIC, he had the men hold their ground alongside the tank for as long as they could. Though he knew it a fruitless task. Eventually, their defences were overun and he ordered a retreat along the maintenance tunnels, men being carted off at every corner as he suppressed with with a wave of bullets from his SG. With but a handful of men left, he made his way to the upper levels once more, losing yet more men until it was just him and the Chief Technician left. Though he had felt some presence in the back of his neck that this was going to be his final mission, his use of the optic sensor on his SG alerted him to the presence of one escape pod still left in the Corporate Liasons office. Though the door locked shut without authorization, he used his SG to blast the doors open and made his way inside the pod with the CT, even as they hoards of black fanged beats darted towards them. While Bittenfeld operated the control terminal and punched the escape button, the CT threw grenade after grenade out the door to keep the aliens at bay. With 10 seconds to launch, the doors shut closed.

But it wasn’t over yet. The doors violently flung open and a monstrous, towering figure made a gut curdling screech which knocked them both to the ground. Unable to move, or fire his gun, the behemoth of a beast dragged the CT out of the escape pod and into the clutches of the ravenous mob beyond. This, thought Bittenfeld, was it. The door was open, he was parylized, and those things were out there. Just as he thought this, the doors locked tight once more, and the pod blasted out of the ship and into the open space beyond. He was out. The last survivor aboard the last pod. His mission, was over.

On the other end of the broken frigate the newly arrived UPP vessel, with a single broadside, tore the derelict ship asunder, with shattered remains being sent hurtling towards the engines of the USS Washington. The engines were fried, and the ship began its slow decent into the the gravity well surrounding the nearby sun. Eventually burning up in its atmosphere and taking all the aliens, and our Major, with her.

Some time passed since the events which transpired aboard the USS Washington. Bittenfeld and all those who escaped were debriefed, and sworn to secrecy as to what had happened. Though none aside from Bittenfeld, had actually seen the alien known as XX-121 and survived. The incident was swepped under the rug, the details purged from their reports with the aid of the UPP who were not pursued.

In light of his efforts, and the details he had provided, Bittenfeld was quietly promoted to Major, with no accolades to raise suspicion. He now heads towards his next vessel, the USS ALMAYER, to bring a new tale into being.

Command Actions:

When do you believe it’s appropriate to pardon a prisoner?

If the role they have is important to the mission, while the crime itself being taken into account and whether or not one believes their release would be more beneficial than detrimental. One should also have all the necessary information regarding the arrest and crimes committed to hand before doing so, ensuring that if it is a Capital Crime, HC is informed and gives permission to do so.

Give some examples of when you would or would not use pardon.

If I am a witness to the alleged crimes of a prisoner and the arrest by MP’s, deeming an appeal unnecessary and so as to save time and also if the arrest was illegitimate, illegal, or overly zealous.

If a squad is causing issues and refusing to deploy while one of their members is in prison, ensuring that the squad or all those present agree to make the marine deploy groundside with them and hold no members of CIC or the MP’s responsible. If the marine killed a member of the crew, only in cases where either there is ambiguity as why the murder took place. Such as self defense. Or if they were able to be revived and no further hostilities can be ensured. Not if the prisoner killed someone and hid their body leading to perma death. This would have to be explained to the rebellious squad or marines trying to secure their release.

When do you believe it’s appropriate to use a Battlefield Execution?

If a marine has entered into CIC and begins to take shots at any member of the command staff present.
If while leading from the front, a marine purposefully attacks me and we are away from the FOB/arrest not possible.
If while trying to organise the defences of the FOB while under siege a marine is harassing/interfering/obstructing me continually and even after informing them to cease their actions they continue.

Give some examples of when you would or would not use Battlefield Execution.

I would not use BE if a PO sends the DS without orders, either before the mission starts or in the event of an evac in which marines are left behind at the FOB.
If a criminal has been successfully arrested and imprisoned I would not.
If the crime is a Capital offense such as forcing/allowing marines to become infected and potentially burst, then I would BE them if they were not imprisoned already.
If an SO or above sends a fax to HC or Provost calling for my removal from command I would not BE them, if they are calling for other members of the crew to remove me while waiting for the return fax, I would BE them.


I was waiting for this one to drop. Krieg is a solid player and community member. Also a returning CO. I know he can and will be a boom to the Whitelist. One of the easiest +1’s I have given. Good luck.

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I don’t have much to say, the people who had genuine interactions and experience with you convince me you’re not a good leader nor a reliable person. If they want to say anything with your app, that’s for them to elaborate publicly here. From my own view, you have an ego and its a problem, especially if it comes to winning or losing a round. It’s not about winning, its about enjoying the game. Even from my own experience with you, you sacrificed a squad to distract the Xenos which ultimately led to their deaths.

I cannot support this application -1. I suggest using highlight chat settings to help you notice when people call for you, that is an issue that was brought up with constant disappearing acts and lack of acknowledgement.

I am assuming you are the the FORECON CO that was left in CIC on OW. Or at least referring to that round as someone who knows them. As I’ve said many time regarding that, single round, with no SO’s I informed the CMP via MP coms to be in CIC while I was away dealing with both ARES interface console, and the researchers and MP’s dealing with creating green xenos. Each of these times were a couple of minutes in length so as to not keep me away too long. As FORECON CO, I as XO and aCO, am under no actual obligation to defer to the FORECON CO as though they were my CO and it seems as if they expected me to and were very offended I wasn’t doing so.

I have no clue as to when you are referring to the time you believe I sacrificed a squad. If it was during that same round as the FORECON, this can only be once again be put down to opinion and certainly not an intention of mine, myself expressing dismay when indeed a fraction of the squad, Delta I believe, ended up dead. This is a flanking maneuver in Chances Claim where we pushed on two fronts and could possibly have worked but such is life it did not.

As for an ego and reliability, once again I believe this comes down to your view of my not deferring to the FORECON CO when I was in command and not involving you with any conversation I had with the CMP. I’m also now remembering we had a terrorist aboard who kept blowing up CIC and calling my CIC phone every 5/10 minutes or so. Thus why I was dealing with the ARES console.

A funny note is when the FORECON CO shouted over coms for me to get my ass back to CIC or they would have me executed?/removed from position? for NoD I was also standing right next to them when they said it on coms. Also once again stating, the MP department and CMP were always being told what I was doing and to be in CIC while I was gone.

All of what you have said seems to be down to this single round interaction with a FORECON CO.

As an addendum, I now recall having instructed Charlie to move and reinforce Delta before the majority of xenos began moving to try and wipe them, their SL moving instead to setup power and the majority not making it to support. And the first time I left CIC to start the green xenos project I did inform the FORECON CO, making sure 1 MP was left to guard CIC due to the terrorist presence.

I was also accused of DASO by the FORECON CO for saying to the IO’s present that they were not my CO.

As a side note and for my personal clarification, do FORECON CO’s have the right to BE members of the ALMAYER without permission being granted? Or indeed to start taking things from REQ for their own survivor squad without authorisation from the REQ department?

The wiki says “The recovered CO does not have any CO privileges other than arrest immunity. Battlefield Executions should only be used in self defense or on FORECON marines. The recovered CO does not have to announce Battlefield Executions of FORECON marines but should state their reasoning as able.”


I’m not really sure why your reaction to @TheeBiggest is to immediately, essentially, blow up at them about something they are probably not even involved or knowledgeable about. That being said, it highlights, to me, that you can’t seem to properly analyse your own playstyle and actions well in retrospect, failing to improve upon the mistakes you make.

For your information, the FORECON CO you have been referring to was me, and I also recall us having a “discussion” in Discord which essentially ended with you trying to like… taunt me? Essentially?

I will not go into that round specifically, because this app is more than just one round alone and I also don’t want this to get into an argument. I have seen you as XO countless times of late (a good thing, in of itself), yet rarely in a truly good way. When the Marines lose, you tend to take on a rather degrading and insulting tone via Command Announcements, which definitely does not inspire faith in your leadership right or ability for any Squad Lead down on the ground. Furthermore, your general presence in regular comms? Is rather low. As @TheeBiggest said already, please use the chat markdown feature, it’s ESSENTIAL to commanding by getting markdowns for your name, rank and/or role callout. You don’t seem to be doing that (or are ignoring it for whatever reason) and thus are often visibly absent.

The times I have been your CO (which I have been a few times by now, and I’m not talking about the FORECON thing), you also did not strike me well. Even in a round that we essentially stomped into a Marine Major, you came off as rather pretentious to me, like you were genuinely full of yourself and like you had just saved the day or something like that. I have heard, from other COs, that you have also been ignoring orders (perhaps due to aforementioned lack of chat marking and thus not even REALISING you are being given orders) or trying to actively counter-act them because you think yours are better.

Now look, I am all for character flavour and for good rp. I get it, your character might feel high and mighty and proud of himself… but if that is what you are going for then you are sorely overdoing it, and you are striking many people the wrong way. You have come off, to me anyway, like someone who does not properly understand Marine Law in part, like someone whom I don’t currently think I could trust to hold themselves to the Chain of Command fully, and someone who seems to have some ways to go in the ways of communication skills, both in terms of leadership, and in person-to-person socialisation. Face-to-face, your character felt really, REALLY flat to me in CiC, and while yes we may all be busy doing our jobs, I have not felt a single ounce of RP from you then - an issue, given CO is meant to be not only HRP, but the highest standard for the Marine side in terms of RP around which all other Marines can orient themselves. A CO that just plays to give orders and post command announcements is… frankly, not in the spirit of the whitelist, even if your aforementioned flaws were absent. We are, in the end, not JUST a gameplay-side leader figure, but the most senior officer on deck, and you don’t show the character and proper… desire, to fill out that role, that vibe, to me.

This, in addition to the flaws mentioned before, leads me to a -1 for this application.

Depressing though these comments might be to hear for me, the statements of TheeBiggest are given part as opinions of other people, and part as criticisms without any examples of what they are referring to. Leading to my response as I considered what it was that the example could have been. As such how I am to analyse and take on board what you say, to improve when it’s effectively left up to me to figure out what you’re talking about.

With your clarification that you were the FORECON CO, I now recall TheeBiggest on Discord and the limited interaction we had which leads me to believe that when they refer to ego issues, and when it comes to winning and losing, all this comes down to (and I don’t recall if they made the comment themselves) a remark by someone that it was stupid for us to have used LZ2 for the FOB on Chances Claim. To which I said “We won XD” which I would have thought would be considered in good humors instead now taken as to represent my die hard winning mentality. I was not the only person to have actually given that exact reply to the person. TheeBiggest replying that it was not all about winning.

The ego part I believe is what they would refer to my comment on discord again “all according to plan”, and “Delta did not hold as long as I had thought due to Charlie not making it in time.” Once again, in made in good humors after a marine win. Is this the example of an inflated ego? Or actively sacrificing marines to win?

What did I say to make you feel this way? Again, why is context and examples being left out. I know you wouldn’t accept my reasoning as to why I felt it unnecessary to keep you updated as to everything I was doing.

We’re examining my acceptability to a whitelist, so I hope it is considered in good order to speak about discussions on Discord, given it has been brought up, and not off topic or verging on personal.

Can I be given an example?

I make no bones about the fact that I don’t see everything, either when I’m XO or lower down. This is a fact of life that everyone tries to get better at because while we’re dealing with something right in front of us we don’t have eyes on both screens and if it’s fast moving with many channels open, you’re bound to miss something. I’ve been right in front of CO’s/XO’s, and spoken in command channel and they didn’t hear me. It happens. And yes I want to have this avoided as much as possible when I miss something.

I hope those CO’s can give me their opinions on how I’ve acted under them.

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I’ll try to keep this as short as possible because what needs to be said has already been said.

In a 3 hours long Solaris round, you spent all the hard earned intel points to get more Req budget while Req already had 10k+ budget. I know I had stated many times throughout the round that I want to get OB with intel points. I was watching you right next to you while you were doing this, you didn’t even ask for my opinion, let alone my permission. When I asked you why you did this, you made fun of me by saying, “You approved it.” You did your best to sabotage the whole round just because we had a few verbal arguments with you at the beginning of the round. 10-15 minutes after you did this, evacuation happened and when I checked the console I saw Req had 40k budget, unspent.

You can’t sabotage dozens of players’ round just because someone didn’t follow through with your decisions or you just didn’t like them.

I witnessed a few more incidents that I do not want to mention.

I understand, you were a CO for a while a few years ago, you may have experience and you may want to act on those experiences. But as long as you play that way, it looks like the retired CO has come to stir things up and not as a CO candidate. -1


When I was your CO, we were losing a round on (if I recall correctly) LV. It was a pretty rough round, in which we got pushed, pushed, got pushed, and finally pushed the xenos again. Everybody did a lot, really, but you (as previously discussed) were rather quiet, mostly just communicating (if at all) via Command announcements).

Then, though, when we were more or less in the clear about winning and had reached the Hive, you started boasting about yourself both personally and on Command Announcements, and how you and the Officer Corps are so damn awesome or whatever. Mind you, this was while the Hive was being destroyed, and a bioscan showed 10+ xenos still on the run after.

Again, I get quirky behaviour. I’m all for it. But Command comms have rules and if this “quirky” behaviour is pretty much all the damn RP I ever get from you because otherwise you barely talk to me, then that is what I have to judge you on, and it’s not a positive impression if the half-mute XO tries to tell me he is super awesome eventhough he repeatedly missed callouts. This is as far as I will elaborate on this, and I will leave the rest here to the Council and my fellow COs to comment, as Nessie has above.

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So, here’s the thing. We know you’re capable of commanding, as evidenced by your previous tenure in the CO whitelist from some time ago. However, there’s far too much that’s been said of you, both by Council and of COs both inside and outside of this forum, to ignore. I would recommend fleshing out your behavior towards other members of command as well as your activity in communicating to marines. Both of these were brought to our attention, and while we don’t enforce a specific playstyle for COs, we certainly do enforce a standard of behavior and activity.

Coupled with that, nobody has actually seen you play in the weeks following your application being posted. One of the cornerstones of landing the whitelist in this day and age is to remain active throughout your application period. This exposes you to more people and lets them give their feedback, grievances, or support on your app and lets us know that you’re taking the process seriously.

Since both of these were issues the CO Council was presented with, we cannot in good faith accept this application. I would recommend playing XO more over the coming days, working on your communication skills, and building a reputation for yourself (though I should stress CO is far from a popularity contest).

Application denied. You may reapply in 30 days on August 1, 2023.