Colonel Wayne Waco (born 2968 – died October 18, 3067, age 99 years) is the commander of the mercenary command called Waco Rangers. Waco and his Rangers have pursued a vendetta against Wolf's Dragoons since an engagement between the two units in which Wayne Waco's son was killed by a Dragoon 'Mech stepping on him. The Rangers claim the incident was intentional, while the Dragoons claim it was an accident.
Early Life and Career
Born on the Capellan world of Le Blanc, Waco was recognized for having Mechwarrior talents as a child, and by adulthood he was assigned by the CCAF to the 2nd Kearny Highlanders, piloting a Vindicator Battlemech. He married a fellow warrior, Fiona Richel, and later had a son, John Waco. When his wife was killed by AFFS Aerospace Fighters, he left active duty to become an instructor at Sian University. When he left the university, he became an accomplished Company commander with the 1st Tau Ceti Rangers. When that unit was disbanded in 3007, he decided to from the Waco Rangers, initially a company-sized unit. They accepted a contract with House Liao.
Fighting the Dragoons on New Aragon
While on New Aragon in 3008, they saw heavy combat against Wolf's Dragoons (then in the employ of the Federated Suns). The Dragoons' Zeta Battalion smashed through the Rangers' light 'Mechs, resulting in the death of John Waco. Apparently, a Dragoon Stalker inadvertently crushed the younger Waco after his Locust was destroyed. Wayne Waco and his officers promptly declared vengeance against the Dragoons, despite a ComStar investigation clearing the Dragoons of intentional wrong-doing. Afterward, they refused employment with any Successor State that also employed the Dragoons.
By 3049, Waco had apparently turned over field command of the Rangers to Colonel Wayne Rogers, though Waco maintained ownership of the unit. They served with the Free Worlds League during this time. Apparently, by the aftermath of the Clan Invasion, the units reputation had dropped significantly.
In 3053, he achieved some measure of satisfaction when he sat as one of the judges on the Mercenary Review Board when the Dragoons were brought up on charges of one of their battalions violating the terms of its contract while in service to House Marik. Though Jaime Wolf could have brushed the matter under the carpet, he felt it necessary to demonstrate that the Dragoons were not above the system they themselves had championed. Wolf was suspended from active service for one year. 
Later hired by the Lyran Alliance, at the Battle of Coventry, the unit faced Clan Jade Falcon. Not only was most of the unit all but destroyed, but they suffered the indignity of being rescued in part by elements of Wolf's Dragoons. Colonel Rogers was among the casualties. Waco was left to rebuild with only a company of 'Mechs, essentially where he had started.
Jihad and Death
Waco was killed leading an insurrection of disaffected MechWarriors against the Dragoons on Outreach. This insurrection was orchestrated by the Word of Blake, who had viewed the Dragoons as a thorn in their side for some time. Though there are no witnesses to the event, Waco and his destroyed Battlemaster were found near the Archer that contained a slain Jaime Wolf. Conjecture points to a final battle between the two foes that ended in the death of both geriatric MechWarriors. This event was considered by many to have been the opening salvo of the Jihad.
- The Mercenary's Handbook claims that when Waco was born on Le Blanc, it was held by House Liao. Other sources indicate it has continuously been in House Davion's hands since at least the fall of the Star League.
- The Mercenary's Handbook states the John Waco was piloting a Stinger when he was killed. Other sources state that he was using a Locust.
- ↑ Mercenary's Handbook, p. 86
- ↑ Wolf's Dragoons, p. 127
- ↑ 20 Year Update, p. 57
- ↑ Wolf Pack, p.??
- ↑ The Battle of Coventry, p..??
- ↑ Field Manual: Mercenaries, p. 92