ARC-8033, nicknamed “Flash”, was a Human ARC trooper captain who lived during the final years of the Galactic Republic and the rise of the Galactic Empire. As the leader of the four man commando team Saber Squad he often took part in missions far behind enemy lines or ahead of a larger Republic force during the Clone Wars. A year into the war he and his squad were placed under command of Jedi general Vhiran Ashukahwa and would remain so for the rest of the war. After the war, Flash and two of his fellow squad members were stationed at an Imperial garisson on Nar Shaddaa, where he was unexpectedly reunited with Ashukahwa. Upon encountering Vhiran, he refused to follow Order 66, reaffirming his loyalty to the Jedi. Along with his squad mates, he instead decided to join up with his general, hide and protect him, and help him with the preparations for resistance against the Empire.
Powers and Abilities
Flash received both standard clone trooper as well as ARC trooper training on Kamino, making him a formidable soldier and warrior. Unlike his highly specialized squad mates, Flash was a more flexible, all-round soldier. With a vast arsenal of combat skills under his belt and being quick of both mind and feet, allowed him to easily adapt to the situation at hand.
He mastered various ranged and close quarters weaponry, with the vibrosword and WESTAR-M5 blaster rifle being his primary weapons of choice. In addition to this, Flash was also a trained in various styles of martial arts, most notably Kaigen, which he learned from his Jedi general, Vhiran Ashukahwa. Like Ashukahwa, Flash would blend elements of Kaigen with his sword fighting style, creating his own variation of the general’s personal lightsaber form Guntou Kaigen.
Finally, Flash was renowned for his lightning fast speed, which led him to often take the role of the squad’s scout or vanguard and which was a deciding factor in the creation of his nickname.