Coyote is an elite TOPGUN graduate selected to return and train as a candidate for a secret mission to destroy a uranium enrichment facility.
During basic fighter maneuver (BFM) training, Coyote was challenged against CAPT Pete "Maverick" Mitchell to see who could shoot the other down first. Coyote was shot down by Maverick, and as a result, was forced to do two hundred pushups (the agreed upon amount set by LT Reuben "Payback" Fitch); the fulfillment of this lost bet was overseen by WO-1 Bernie "Hondo" Coleman, who stood-in as an impromptu drill instructor.
At the end of the training period, he was not one of the candidates selected to partake in the operation by Maverick. During the mission, he remained on the carrier at standby alert.
In order of precedence:
|Air Medal - One 5⁄16 inch bronze Strike/Flight Numeral device denotes amount of Strike/Flight awards.||Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal - Two 5⁄16 inch gold star devices denote third award.||Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal - One 5⁄16 inch gold star device denotes second award.|
|Navy Unit Commendation||National Defense Service Medal||Afghanistan Campaign Medal - One 3⁄16 inch bronze campaign star device denotes one of six phases.|
|Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal||Global War on Terrorism Service Medal||Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - Two 3⁄16 inch bronze star devices denote third award.|
- Prior to the special mission, Coyote was assigned/attached to strike fighter squadron VFA-86 Sidewinders.
- Coyote is friends with LT Jake "Hangman" Seresin.
- Coyote's fighter jet is an F/A-18E; Modex #105.
- During selection trials, Coyote is part of 'Blue Team' with LT Natasha "Phoenix" Trace and LT Robert "Bob" Floyd.