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Domingo "Ding" Chavez is a character that appears in several installments of the Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Franchise. He serves as the main protagonist in several installments under the callsign of Alpha-2 before eventually being promoted to the position of Six.
Domingo Chavez was born in Los Angeles, California on January 12, 1968. He grew up in a poor area of East Los Angeles where he joined a local gang called the Bandidos. In 1979, one of his close friends was killed in a drive by shooting. This event made Chavez realize that there was no future in a gang and prompted him to enlist in the military. After being rejected by the US Marine Corps, a US Army recruiter signed him up in order to meet his monthly quota, despite the fact that Chavez was near illiterate and had not yet earned a high school diploma.
Chavez was first stationed in South Korea to provide security at the DMZ. One night, North Korean infiltrators entered the DMZ and slit the throats of two men in Chavez's platoon. Their bodies were later discovered by Chavez the next morning. Chavez realized how serious his job was and became motivated to master it. He attempted to pay close attention to lectures and take notes but struggled due to his lack of a formal education. His platoon leader noticed this and helped him to earn his GED and a promotion to Specialist Fourth Class by the end of the year.
By 1984, Buck Sergeant Chavez was assigned to Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion of the 17th Infantry Regiment under the 7th Infantry Division near Monterey, California. Chavez was assigned to lead a squad of nine slick sleeves and was eventually promoted to Staff Sergeant. During operations, Chavez and his team became skilled in stealth, raids, infiltration, and intelligence gathering.
In 1988, Chavez received orders to become a drill sergeant with the Army's basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia. Before he could out-process however, a CIA agent named Edgar Jeffries arranged for a meeting with Chavez. Disguised as an Army Colonel, Jeffries recruited Chavez into the CIA's Special Activates Division with the promise of a promotion and a chance to repay his country for all the training it had poured into him. Chavez was placed on a black ops team, CAPER to undertake a secret a secret war against the Medellín Cartel in Colombia. During the operation, Chavez grew to look up to his squad leader, CIA Agent John Clark, who later became his mentor. Following CAPER's exposure, Chavez was rescued by Jack Ryan and Clark after the government abandoned them for political reasons. Chavez later married Clark's daughter Patricia Clark.
In 1991, National Security Advisor Elizabeth Elliot engineers a smear campaign against Jack Ryan, accusing him of having an affair and fathering a child. John Clark and Chavez convince Ryan's wife that the allegations are false. In 1994, Chavez and Clark rescued the former Japanese Prime Minister. In 1996, Chavez helped Clark implement "Plan Blue" which saw the recruitment of law enforcement officers as intelligence officers. This would lead to the formation of the multinational counter-terrorist organization Rainbow in 1999.
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With the formation of Rainbow, Chavez was given the simulated rank of Major in the organization with his new role as leader of Team 2. On February 7th, 2000, Chavez and other members of Rainbow were deployed to London to deal with members of the Free Europe terrorists organization who had seized control of the Belgian embassy and taken hostages. Rainbow managed to neutralize all of the terrorists occupying the building and saved all hostages, including Belgian ambassador Giles Doucet.
Rainbow's success at the embassy impressed Belgians who later called upon the organization on April 15th to deploy to Congo, Africa. Hutu Rebels captured a research outpost in Congo, Africa run by the Horizon Corporation and had taken the head researcher Dr. Catherine Winston hostage. Dr. Winston had discovered the Ebola Brahma virus two years prior and had been working to find a cure which had ravaged the region's cattle population. With Horizon Corporation CEO John Brightling brought on as an advisor, Rainbow successfully rescued and extracted Winston and the other hostages.
Two months later on June 25th, a terrorist organization known as the Phoenix Group gained control of a PetroMech drilling rig in the North Sea, taking the crew hostage and planting bombs throughout the facility. Rainbow deployed to the rig and was able to stop the terrorists and disarm the bombs without any injuries to the hostages. Meanwhile, Catherine Winston was brought on to Rainbow as a biohazard expert due to the growing threat of weapons of mass destruction.
On August 3rd, American and Brazilian national were kidnapped from a Horizon construction site in the Amazon Rainforest and were being held nearby at a former sugar plantation owned by a drug trafficker named Ramon Calderon. The U.S. Presidential Science Advisor Anne Lang and John Brightling informed Rainbow that the construction site was home to the Rainforest 2000 project. This project aimed to construct the "Arch" which was designed to be an airtight, self-contained biosphere which would be used to hunt for new pharmaceuticals in the tremendous biological diversity of the rainforest. Rainbow managed to dispatch Calderon and his men and rescued the hostages.
A few weeks later on August 27th, five tourists at World Park in Barcelona, Spain were taken hostage by Neo-Marxist terrorists. The park's security company, Global Security, requested Rainbow's assistance to quietly resolve the matter as they were set to handle the security at the Olympic Games in Sydney and did not want the publicity. As expected, Rainbow managed to neutralize the terrorists and save the hostages.
On September 5th, the Phoenix Group struck again and took over a dam in Hungary and were seeking to destroy it. An informant within the dam, Roland Kunst, contacted Rainbow and agreed to give valuable information on the Phoenix group in exchange for his extraction from the facility. Rainbow deployed to the dam and managed to stop the terrorists and extract Kunst. Once in custody, Kunst revealed that the Phoenix Group had a cell operating within the United States at a remote compound thirty miles outside of Twin Falls, Idaho and that they were in possession of a biological agent. Fearing that the Phoenix Group intended on unleashing this agent, Clark deployed Rainbow to infiltrate the compound on September 10th to stop all operations and prevent samples of the agent from escaping. Despite this, Anne Lang questioned the validity of Kunst's information and threatened to have the White House disavow Rainbow should any issues arise during the mission. Sure enough, several terrorists managed to escape the facility to a nearby airstrip with samples of the biological agent. Rainbow managed to prevent their escape and obtain the agent but was subsequently prohibited from operating on U.S. soil indefinitely.
On September 13th, members of Free Europe struck again by attacking the Central European Mint in Brussels and taking hostages which was a result of insufficient security by Global Security. Rainbow deployed to the bank and managed to stop the terrorists. Meanwhile, Dr. Catherine Winston analyzed the agent sample taken from the Phoenix Group and found that it not only resembled the Ebola Brahma virus but could infect humans and decimate human populations. Dr. Winston sequenced the sample and was awaiting to obtain the results in order to figure out how the Phoenix Group had managed to obtain the virus. Six days later, however, Dr. Winston was kidnapped by members of the Phoenix Group and held captive aboard a ship named the The Orca's Smile in Southampton. Rainbow rescued Dr. Winston and defused a bomb that had been planted aboard the ship.
Afterwards, Dr. Winston revealed that the tests she conducted on the virus sample confirmed that they were genetically modified versions of the Ebola Brahma virus. Additionally, the only known samples of the Brahma pathogen were being held by the Horizon Corporation, suggesting that Horizon's internal safeguards have been compromised, possibly by Phoenix sympathizers. Dr. Winston stated that once she realized this, she informed Anne Lang who told her not to tell anyone as she handled it. Thirty minutes later, however, the Phoenix Group arrived at Dr. Winston's location and kidnapped her, suggesting the Lang may have betrayed them. Following this revelation, John Clark ordered Rainbow to bug Lang's home in Alexandria, Virginia. A few days later, Rainbow overheard a conversation between Lang and John Brightling, confirming their involvement with the Phoenix Group. Additionally, it confirmed Brightling as the leader and financer of the Phoenix Group's American cell. Rainbow covertly deployed to the Horizon Corporation's HQ in San Francisco and hacked into Horizon's central computer. The files revealed that the Phoenix Group had compromised Global Security at the highest level and that they intend to release the virus at the closing ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games.
On September 30th, Rainbow deployed to Australia and intercepted a Global Security motorcade, capturing GS CEO William Hendrickson for interrogation. Meanwhile, another Rainbow team traveled back to the Amazon Forest in Brazil to take Anne Lang into custody. Rainbow learns that Ramon Calderon had been set up by Lang as a cover for the Rainforest 2000 project's true purpose as a sanctuary to survive the Ebola Brahma pandemic. Lang had attempted to fake her own kidnapping in order to go into hiding before the virus is released but was ultimately intercepted and captured by Rainbow. Interrogating Lang revealed the Phoenix Group's goal to release the virus and kill the majority of the world's population in order to stop pollution.
The next day, Rainbow finished interrogating Hendrickson who revealed the location of the virus dispersal devices throughout the athletes' village. With this information, Rainbow covertly entered the village and successfully disabled the devices. A few hours later, Rainbow's second team in Brazil traveled to the Horizon Ark. Rainbow successfully arrested Brightling and the remaining terrorists and secured the remaining samples of the Ebola Brahma virus. Brightling and Lang were subsequently found guilty for their crimes and were sentenced to life in prison.
On January 25th, 2001, convicted terrorist Xander Thiessan contacted Rainbow and made a deal for his safe extraction from a village in Solhiea, Norway in exchange for information about weapon smuggling into Russia. After receiving his orders from Clark, Chavez was deployed Solhiea under the cover of night to carry out the mission alone. Once in the village, Chavez contacted Xander and told him to rendezvous with him on the other side of town the next morning to avoid suspicion. Unfortunately, Xander's former terrorist group learned of Xander's betrayal and kidnapped him before Chavez could reach the rendezvous site. Xander was then taken into a nearby cave system that the terrorists had been using for weapon smuggling. Chavez was able to dispatch the terrorists and rescue Xander. Xander then informed Chavez that he would not reveal any more information about the group until he was certain his brother was safe. On January 28th, Chavez traveled to a small village west of Solhiea and rescued Xander's brother who had been taken hostage by the terrorists. With his brother safe, Xander revealed the terrorist's regional headquarters to be located within a farmhouse in a valley several miles east of Solhiea. On January 30th, Chavez infiltrated the farmhouse and managed to shutdown the smuggling operation.
In late 2001, Rainbow, prevented several terrorist attacks across the globe, including Egyptian terrorists taking hostages at a museum in New York, Japanese terrorists threatening to blow up a tanker to cause an oil slick that would destroy Japan's power grid, and terrorists threatening to release a toxin into Oman's local water supply. It is clear that these terrorists were getting help from a higher power; when terrorists hijack an airplane, the man behind the terrorist attacks was identified as Samed Vezirzade, a rich and powerful leader of the Oil Mafia in Azerbaijan who was supplying terrorists weapons.
After Rainbow rescued the plane hostages, an anonymous Russian informant gave them the location of Vezirzade's dacha. Rainbow plants bugs in the dacha to listen to Vezirzade's men and learned that a Russian gangster named Maxim Kutkin was illegally buying weapons from a source in the Russian military. When some of Kutkin's men attempted to buy another weapon off the Russian military, Rainbow prevented the exchange and recovered the weapon, which was revealed to be weapons-grade plutonium.
Rainbow traced the plutonium to a weapons storage facility near Murmansk that was being run by the Russian colonel Viktor Rudenko. Rainbow captured Rudenko, who reveals that he already sold Kutkin enough plutonium to make four nuclear bombs, which Kutkin intends to sell to Vezirzade. Rainbow obtains computer files from Vezirzade's computer, which said that Kutkin was using the plutonium to assemble nuclear bombs at an unknown base in Siberia. Rainbow later bugged Kutkin's spa to get an exact location on the base; while they wait to hear this, Vezirzade arranged for his entire terrorist underground to attack an opera house, taking hostages and making extreme demands he knows cannot be met. After Rainbow neutralizes the terrorists and rescued the hostages, they learned the location of Kutkin's bomb-manufacturing base from the bug and blow it up with explosives. Two nuclear bombs, but Kutkin escapes with the other two.
Susan Holt of the Strategic Studies Institute discovered that Rainbow's anonymous informant was Lukyan Barsukov, the "Russian Godfather", whom Kutkin has been planning to kill for years. Holt met with Barsukov to obtain his vital information about Vezirzade and Kutkin's plans. Unfortuately, both are captured by Kutkin and held at his spa, from which they were rescued by Rainbow. Afterwards, Barsukov informs Rainbow that Kutkin was personally delivering his two nuclear bombs to Vezirzade's men in suitcases at a train yard in Moscow. Rainbow raids the site, preventing the exchange and killing all terrorists present.
Rainbow interrogates one of Vezirzade's men and learns the location of his base of operations in Azerbaijan. Rainbow raids Vezirzade's base, intending to take him alive if possible, but Vezirzade doesn't give them this option so he is killed. Afterwards, Kutkin is revealed to still be alive, as it was really his lieutenant that led the attempted exchange in Moscow. Furious that his plan to manufacture and sell nuclear weapons has failed, Kutkin and a small number of men loyal to him took control of a nuclear power plant. Kutkin then threatened to shut off the reactors' cooling system and trigger a nuclear meltdown, intending to kill as many people along with him as possible, including Rainbow when they come to stop him, as revenge for shutting down his operations. To prevent a repeat of the Chernobyl disaster, Rainbow stormed the plant, successfully recapture it, and kill Kutkin.
Barsukov was granted immunity for helping Rainbow stop Vezirzade and Kutkin, and acquires Kutkin's mansion, claiming to be done working with the mafia. He makes a short speech to Rainbow in front of the bug they planted there, and then shoots the bug, preventing Rainbow from monitoring him.
Shortly after the events of Rogue Spear, Rainbow is again put to the test, when a mentally disturbed ex-SAS operative challenging the black-ops unit to reenactments of actual terrorist attacks, including the Japanese Embassy Siege. Chavez, along with the rest of the RAINBOW operatives, pass each test and ultimately neutralize the ex-SAS operative.
In 2005, Chavez leads the investigation of a series of attacks committed against South American oil sources and European financial districts. RAINBOW eventually traces the attacks to Argentinian billionaire, Nikola Gospic. Sixty years earlier, Gospic was a Nazi official in Croatia, who escaped with huge amounts of Holocaust loot before Allied troops could move into the capital. Now Gospic is dying of cancer of the liver, and plans to leave one last legacy of hate for the world by resurrecting the international Fascist movement. To do this, Gospic, through his vast financial wealth, has acquired VX Nerve and Blister gas, which he intends to distribute throughout South America through his ownership of a meat packing plant. However, RAINBOW catches wind of this plan, and leads a raid against the plant, effectively stopping the plan.
In 2008, Rainbow becomes embroiled in a plot by Russian oil monarchs to create a new country in the Caucusus. Chavez is ordered to single-handedly assault their military base and stop the warhead launch.
In 2010, Clark steps down and assigns Chavez as the new Six. As he cleans out his office, he reminisces about previous Rainbow assignments.
In July 2010, Chavez briefs the Rainbow operational teams during the hunt for Irena Morales, which spills into a terrorist attack in Las Vegas. Eventually, Bishop is wounded uncovering proof that Nowak is behind the attack. Chavez grounds the team, although they disobey orders and confront Nowak in Costa Rica, and Bishop neutralizes him. In response, Chavez pulls Bishop from the Academy and appoints him/her as deputy Rainbow director.
Rainbow was later shutdown in 2012. It is unknown what became of Chavez and the other members of Rainbow.
"The End Begins"
In an alternate timeline, Chavez was still Rainbow's director in 2019. However, on March 4, he received orders from the European Federation that they were withdrawing support from NATO. He ordered Logan Keller's Team 1, which was in Pakistan, to terminate their operation and return home. Keller disobeyed the order and stopped Takfir's weapon trucks, following the example of Chavez in Africa.
Chavez is operational leader of Rainbow Six. Put him in command of the team with the most important objectives. He is expert at firearms and stealth, with good experience in several other areas. His high leadership value boosts other team members with lower self-control and teamwork attributes. Put less-experienced operatives in his team. You will probably want to control Chavez, but because he will follow your orders better than anyone else, you should leave him under AI control.
Chavez is ambitious and confident, and he studies everything he sees, looking for new perspectives and lessons. He's an educated career soldier who feels indebted to the military and to his country. His origins were humble, and he has never forgotten the opportunities afforded him by the Army. Chavez is extremely devoted to his wife, Patsy, who is the daughter of John Clark. He regards Clark as a mentor and father figure, and is fiercely loyal to him. A man who watched a childhood friend die on the streets of Los Angeles, Chavez understands the opportunities that were afforded him by the military, and he feels a profound sense of a debt to the Army. He is a natural leader, and an ambitious man who takes pride in his accomplishments. Chavez also knows how to have a good time, and has established a strong rapport with his Rainbow teammates.
- He earned a B.S. in Political Science at George Mason University in 1995. In 1999, he earned a M.A. in International Relations from the same institution.
- He is fluent in English, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, and Farsi.
- Chavez is an excellent light infantry soldier with an exceptional grasp of small unit tactics and close quarters battle. Although small in stature he is powerfully built and agile, a formidable opponent with a wide range of weapons and in hand-to-hand combat.
- Domingo is known to possess at least 3 Intelligence Stars; one issued in 1994 after a successful operation in East Africa, one issued for John Clark and Domingo during the Japanese conflict, as well as one for his ongoing operations carried out in 1996.
- Due to the first game diverging from the Rainbow Six novel, the subsequent history of the video game version of Chavez differs substantially to his novel counterpart.
- The Rainbow Six video games state his birthday to be January 12, 1968, which makes the video game version of Ding Chavez several years younger than his counterpart in the Ryanverse novel series.
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