|Conrad S. Hauser|
|Full Name||Conrad Sebastian Hauser|
|Place of Birth||St. Louis, Missouri|
|Relatives||Max Hauser (father), Constance Hauser (mother, deceased)|
|Affiliation||United States Army|
Conrad Sebastian Hauser was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. Conrad was a gifted artist as a child, a talent nurtured by his father, Max, and his ailing mother, Constance. His mother succumbed to cancer, leaving Conrad to be raised by Max alone. In addition to being an artist himself, Max was an ardent pacifist, and would take part in protests against the U.S. government's use of military force abroad.
Upon graduating from high school at 17, Conrad was lined up to attend art school, but upset his father by asking legal permission to enlist in the United States Army. The lesson learned by Conrad from his father was to stick to his convictions. It was not an act of youthful defiance to join the military. Rather, it was following his father's example and acting upon his beliefs. Grudgingly, Max gave Conrad permission, but their relationship has been strained ever since.
After completing basic combat training and then advanced individual training at the U.S. Army Infantry School, Conrad went on to the U.S. Army Airborne School. Upon completing airborne training, he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division as an airborne infantryman in the 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment. Conrad later attended and passed the U.S. Army Ranger School, earning the Ranger Tab. A little while after that, he attended the Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course. Upon its successful completion, Conrad went through the Special Forces Qualification Course and then joined the United States Army Special Forces as an engineer sergeant in the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group.
He eventually rose to the position of an assistant operations and intelligence sergeant. Soon after being promoted to Master Sergeant, Conrad became a detachment operations sergeant. Sometime later, his exemplary work as a team sergeant during counterinsurgency operations caught the attention of a high-ranking officer in the United States Special Operations Command, Brigadier General Lawrence J. Flagg. After reviewing his records, Brigadier General Flagg believed Conrad would be perfect for a newly-established and highly unconventional anti-terrorist initiative within the U.S. Special Operations Command. In short order, he was offered a position in an elite military black ops organization called the Global Intervention Joint Operations Expeditionary Team, or the GI Joe Team.
Commanded by Colonel Clayton Abernathy, the GI Joe Team is a top-secret special mission unit mandated to investigate, identify, and dismantle emerging paramilitary terrorist syndicates that pose an imminent threat to U.S. national security. Directed to attack terrorist threats where they originate, it functions as a high-tech mobile tactical intelligence and assault group with the capability to covertly move from country to country anywhere in the world to unilaterally neutralize terrorist activities in locations too politically-sensitive to intervene through conventional means. The GI Joe Team draws its personnel from all branches of the U.S. military.
The primary target of the GI Joe Team is Cobra Command, an international militaristic criminal syndicate that has embedded itself in the power structures of various third world countries. Their sole mission: creating chaos and anarchy, and gaining power through terrorism and extortion, and not stopping until the governments of the world have toppled, and Cobra reigns supreme. Its leader, known only as Cobra Commander, has convinced like-minded individuals to join him on his endeavor, rallying around him not only an army, but a formidable cabinet of powerful personalities to help govern the growing organization.
Conrad accepted the offer and was promoted to First Sergeant. He then joined the Global Intervention Joint Operations Expeditionary Team. With the codename "Duke", Conrad serves as the GI Joe Team's field commander and second-in-command. In that capacity, he leads team members in covert military direct action and special reconnaissance operations. Conrad also engages in unilateral espionage operations in which he assumes a false identity and goes deep undercover in order to identify targeted terrorists, track them to a specific location and capture or kill them as necessary.
A clear-thinking and reliable soldier, he brings strategic clout to the GI Joe Team. As a premier counterterrorism operative, First Sergeant Conrad S. Hauser has helped save the United States from devastating terrorist attacks on numerous occasions.
- A version of this character appears in the GI Joe franchise.