Ground Artillery Soldier

Filename: Melendez, Rafael J.
S/N: 633-9807-RM44*
Primary Military Speciality: Combat Engineer
Secondary Military Speciality: Infantry
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Grade: E-6 (Staff Sergeant)

One of the original GI Joe team members from the very inception, Zap has a reputation for coolness under fire and a totally professional attitude. He is the team specialist in infantry portable, armor-defeating, high-explosive projectile delivery systems, which is to say, that if it's a weapon that a grunt can carry, and it can knock out a tank, Zap has probably got one. When he heard the Sonic Fighters were looking for someone with the battlefield savvy to man some of the most powerful ground artillery ever made, Zap said, "Me first!"

"Zap is a square, in the best, old-fashioned sense of the word. He can look you straight in the eye and not flinch, because he's got nothing to be ashamed of and nothing to hide. Does this make him a better soldier? Not TECHNICALLY, but it certainly makes him a person you'd want to soldier with.

Assigned Armaments: 40mm XM179 Lightweight Grenade Launcher, and 3.5in XM20 Surface-to-Surface Double-Barrelled Rocket Launcher.

Weapons Qualification: Expert

* Zap's security number has been specially modified to prevent breaches in GI Joe Security.