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"A man's whole life is nothing but one moment after another. For Wade Jackson, each moment is a chance to win the fight. To beat the odds. To save the day. Never ask Wade what he's gonna do next... 'cause he's already doing it."
Carver Butcher

Lieutenant Wade Jackson is one of the four playable protagonists and Operator featured in Call of Duty: Vanguard.


A product of New York, pilot Wade Jackson is more at home in the sky than he is on the ground… And he is adamant on doing all his own stunts, even if the mission does not call for it.

Growing up in Brooklyn as a first-generation American, Jackson is a rebel who often finds himself first to a fight, especially if it’s about respect for his family. Bright, yet not engaged with traditional schooling, Jackson discovered his love for speed at the age of 16 through an afterschool repair club. He and his friends often took the vehicles at the shop for joyrides on the newly opened Interboro Parkway, where he would be the only daredevil able to tame the road’s dangerous curves at high speeds.

His newfound rigor for adrenaline paid off after high school, when he was accepted into the Navy’s enlisted aviation cadet program and earned his pilot’s wings in a dive bomber. Since then, he has become a true force in the Pacific.

Charismatic and enthusiastic, Wade enjoys a challenge and relishes the prospect of showing off his natural talents in the spotlight to prove he’s the best. He is egotistical and considers himself special, believing he can fix every problem through bold action.

As the daring hotshot of the group, Wade would rather be a lone wolf, but welcomes competent team members if they don’t get in his way of all his stunts and tricks.


He was the pilot of his fighter bomber S-17, with Mateo Hernandez serving as his tail gunner. At Midway, they were tasked with defending the American fleet against Japanese airplanes. They defended the squadron from many Zeroes and took down an aircraft carrier. A retaliation strike by the Japanese Zeroes resulted in a shortage of dive bombers. Nevertheless, Wade and Mateo volunteered to do another run and successfully sunk the 2nd aircraft carrier, declaring victory.

A few months after Midway, the duo chased and destroyed more Zeroes, only to run afoul of the Japanese defenses in Bougainville. They were shot down, but survived the crash. With their plane destroyed, Mateo patched up an injured Wade before going to scout ahead. When Mateo did not return, Wade went to look for him as a Japanese patrol investigated the crash. Making his way through the jungle, he evaded Japanese troops, killing isolated ones, while searching for his partner and attempting to signal for help. He successfully found him, but was captured by the Japanese forces that were patrolling and scouting the area.

In the Japanese camp, the officer in charge ordered his subordinate to ask Wade if he spoke their language. Before Wade could answer, he and Mateo were rescued by men of the 93rd Infantry Division, an all-African-American unit under the command of James "Booker" Washington. Having no choice but to help, the pilots fought alongside the squad. Coming to a bridge, Booker ordered Marvin Pelfrey to draw out the sniper on the other side while the rest of the group made a run for cover. Wade himself eliminated the Japanese sniper, and continued towards a ridge, losing Lenny to another ambush along the way. Arriving at a barbed wire emplacement, he crawled alongside Howard, the group's flamethrower operator, and helped him get unstuck from the wire, only for Howard to be shot and incapacitated by enemy fire. He took the flamethrower voluntarily from Booker, burning the pillbox and any Japanese soldier he came across. They then arrived at their objective: Several Japanese gun emplacements overlooking the airfield.

The group neutralized the emplacements and regrouped with the tanks. Discovering an Aichi D3A dive bomber in the hangar, Wade protected the squad with a machine gun while they pushed the plane to the runway. He gave the gun back to the squad and flew away. He then flew to a place the 93rd were also attacking. The soldiers of the 93rd ducked down when they saw Wade's plane, assuming it was Japanese air reforcements. Wade bombed a position, telling the soldiers its a allied plane. The soldiers couragouesly charged towards the japanese. Wade as he saw the 93rd saluted in respect as he and Mateo probably left Japan or caused more mayhem.

Arthur Kingsley recruited him to the Vanguard team. He was tasked as the group's pilot and fights alongside his squad, capturing Hermann Freisinger. He leaves to man the German plane on the runway, while the trio decide the fate of the captured German officer.



Name Rarity Image How to obtain
Scouter Base Scouter WadeJackson.png Multiplayer: Get 100 Headshots.
Zombies: Get 250 kills with Field Upgrades
Third Fleet Common ThirdFleet Skin Wade CODV.png Operator Level 10
Hothead Common Hothead Skin Wade CODV.png Operator Level 20
Warbond Rare Warbond WadeJackson.png Reach Max Level with All Operators in the Hell Hounds Unit
Bomber Epic Bomber WadeJackson.png Task Force One Pack (Ultimate Edition Bonus)
Squadleader Epic Squadleader WadeJackson.png Reach Max Level with All Operators in 4 Units
CDL At Home Rare Wade CDL Home Skin CODV.png Call of Duty League Run It Back 2022 Bundle
CDL On The Road Rare Wade CDL Away Skin CODV.png Call of Duty League Run It Back 2022 Bundle
Ready For Takeoff Epic Wade ReadyForTakeoff CODV.png
Diesel Ace Epic Wade Diesel Ace Skin CODV.png Hidden Agenda Bundle
Antihero Legendary Wade Antihero Skin CODV.png Measure for Measure Bundle


Name Rarity Quote How to obtain
Deal With It Common "Hey, I'm better than you! Deal with it."
Operator Level 2
No Shit Common "No guts, no glory... no shit."
Operator Level 14

Finishing Moves

Name Rarity Preview How to obtain
Rack It Base RackIt FinishingMove Wade CODV.gif Unlocked by default
Barrel It Up Common BarrelItUp FinishingMove Wade CODV.gif Operator Level 17
Universal Finishing Moves

Highlight Intros

Name Rarity Preview How to obtain
Press Check Base PressCheck HighlightIntro Wade CODV.gif Unlock by default
Batter Up Rare BatterUp HighlightIntro Wade CODV.gif Operator Level 15
Universal Highlight Intros

MVP Hightlights

Name Rarity Preview How to obtain
Pistol-Whip Base PistolWhip MVPHighlight Wade CODV.gif Unlocked by default
Grounder Common Grounder MVPHighlight Wade CODV.gif Operator Level 5
Line Drive Rare LineDrive MVPHighlight Wade CODV.gif
Universal MVP Highlights



  • Wade Jackson is based on Vernon L. Micheel. [1]
  • Wade's hair is strangely colored blonde in the prequel comics, despite being black in-game.
  • The skull design on the back of Wade's Antihero skin is similar to the skull design featured in Call of Duty: Ghosts, notably for Logan Walker.