Bear Mtenga is a MAGA soldier, operating within the Tanker Regiment's Downfall Company. He is a private in fire team One-Four Alpha, under the command of Corporal Frane Harth, and works alongside privates Haynis Rothrom and Burner.
When deployed to combat Mtenga has a preference for working with Ragnar Otkellsson of fire team Bravo. Since Corporal Harth supervises both of their fire teams Bear often gets his way.
Born and raised on the low gravity colony world of Braüquil, Mtenga comes from a long line of giants. At 2.46m tall he is a hot contender for the title of largest human in the MAGA service, standing almost as tall as his Rodori squad-mate Burner.
Mtenga's Braüquillian heritage is a double-edged sword, since his muscles are constantly fighting to lean down their mass and his lungs were originally not optimised for the level of oxygen transport his body currently requires. Additionally, his skeleton developed in a reduced gravity environment.
To keep his size and strength, and to operate normally in what most other humans would consider to be a standard gravity environment, Mtenga is obliged to train his body constantly. His intense resistance training is complemented by a robust cardiovascular regime, intended to ensure he can power and sustain explosive bursts of speed and strength. Like many Tankers Mtenga uses a soup of androgenic drugs, but in addition to this he has also sought out a number of genetic patch treatments in an effort to reduce the rate at which his muscle fibres shed their size. Further patches help to increase the density of his bones and promote red blood cell production. The legal status of those patches is dubious at best, but their effectiveness cannot be denied.
While most Tankers have a specific nickname within their platoon, Mtenga is simply called 'Bear' by his squad mates. They see no particular need to think of another suitable name.
During the Second Liberation of Mibes, while armed only with a metal bar, Mtenga single-handedly took on a group of Viskr skulkers. After this encounter he was described by Brokko Daxon as being a "beardy black guy the size of a house" (→LOTD).
Mtenga was one of the Tankers assigned to Operation Keystone, and during that operation he twice fought against Rasas on the surface of Guathelia (→TRD).
Mtenga was present on Lopama during the liberation of Forge Ruinous, and later took part in the invasion of Arroch Bay on Palanda Ire. While at Forge Ruinous, he saved the life of Euryce Eilentes by tackling a Rasa which had pursued her. She reciprocated by shooting the Rasa. Later, during the siege of Damastion, Bear demonstrated his size and sheer mass by accidentally breaking a defensive barricade when he slammed his weight up against it (→FSS).