"You lose someone?"
"My wingman, Riley, flying a night mission, standard PJ rescue op, nothing we hadn't done a thousand times before, til an RPG knocked Riley's damn ass out of the sky. Nothing I could do, like I was up there just to watch."
Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson[src]

Riley was a pararescueman working with the 58th rescue squadron alongside Sam Wilson until he was tragically killed during a mission.


Riley was a test pilot for the EXO-7 along with his wingman, Sam Wilson. Riley and his para-rescue unit were tasked with apprehending Khalid Khandil, a notable target in Afghanistan. Khandil hid himself in an area protected by soldiers using RPGs, preventing the United States Armed Forces from sending helicopters to the area.

Riley and Wilson infiltrated the area using two sets of EXO-7 Falcon mechanical wing harnesses, allowing them highly-maneuvered flight. Riley was struck and killed by one of the RPGs, and Wilson could do nothing to help him.

After Riley's death, Wilson found serving difficult, and eventually became a counselor to veterans with PTSD in Washington, D.C.[1]


  • EXO-7 Falcon: Prototype jet-pack with wings that enables the user to fly. The wings can also be used as defensive and offensive weapons, as they are highly flexible and bulletproof.