Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone‘s new Season 5 update introduced a new Operator named Marcus “Lerch” Ortega. It’s now been revealed that Lerch is inspired by the real-world soldier Tony Sentmanat, who served in the US Marine Corps and later as a SWAT team member. He now runs his own tactical and firearms training company called Real World Tactical.
After leaving the armed forces, Sentmanat worked as a correctional officer before becoming a law enforcement officer where he spent a good portion of his career in SWAT. His bio on Real World Tactical’s website says he was involved in more than 800 operations before retiring in 2016 and starting his own business. You can check out the video below to learn more about Sentmanat.
Sentmanat wrote in a post on Instagram that he is “humbled to be a part of the biggest game in the world right now.”
“Even more Humbled from the amount of support that I have received from family, friends, my long time followers and all my new followers that play the game,” he added. “It’s been along road…26 years of hard work, grinding , getting told I was crazy that I would never make it, that I would fail, but yet here I am still going 100 miles an hour doing what I love to do, SO GRATEFUL!!!”
Sentmanat is just the latest real-world soldier to come to Modern Warfare and Warzone. The Season 3 Operator, Ronin, was based on the likeness of Tu Lam, a man who escaped from communist Vietnam in 1979 and traveled to the US where he joined the Army and served for 23 years.
In other news, Activision is preparing to announce this year’s new Call of Duty game, which is believed to be Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Recent teasers have suggested that Activision will further pull back the curtain on the new game this Friday, August 14.
2020’s new Call of Duty game is developed by Black Ops creator Treyarch and longtime Call of Duty support studio Raven Software.