Oriole worked for Air Command, a mercenary recruitment agency that hired out him and his fellow operatives as a team called Air Force. He, Cardinal, Tanager, and Sparrow hijacked a Taylor Foundation jet occupied by TF's board members. During the fight that broke out on board, Dwayne Taylor managed to convince Cardinal and the others that they could be doing more to help the world than amoral mercenary work.[1]

Oriole and Air Force appeared in Africa, bringing aid and supplies to refugees. They were attacked by the Soldiers of Misfortune, and Oriole was drained dry by Dry, killing him.[2]

Oriole was inadvertently drawn as missing Air Force member Killer Shrike during his death issue, New Warriors #54.

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