Lightning Force

Elite group of anti-terrorist soldiers on the action adventure LIGHTNING FORCE/SYN/1991-92.The Lightning Force was established by an International Oversight Committee for Anti-Terrorism and comprised the best of the IOCAT collective strike forces.


Operating out of the Pacific Northwest, the team members included:


  •  Lt. Winston Churchill Staples (David Stratton) , Engineer/Demolition Expert/Medical Officer from the Canadian 7th Field Regiment-“I blow ’em up, I sew ’em up”
  •  Colonel Zaid Abdul Rahmad (Marc Gomes), an Egyptian Military Intelligence officer skilled in languages, and negotiations
  •  Joan Marie Jacard (Guylaine St. Onge), a French female pilot, computer specialist and assassin (selective termination)
  •  Lt. Colonel Matthew Alan Coltraine (Wings Hauser) , US Army officer and team leader.

The group named itself Lightning Force in memory of their original team leader US Army Lieutenant Mike “Lightning” Rodney who was killed on their first mission. According to a party story told by Colonel Coltraine, Rodney’s nickname began when he got drunk, climbed to the top of a roof in the rain storm and got struck by lightning while clutching a lightning rod.

Note:  “Lightnin'” was the nickname of the slow-moving janitor who worked at the Harlem fraternal organization “The Mystic Knights of the Sea” on the all-black sitcom AMOS ‘N’ ANDY/CBS/1951-53. Freeman Gosden (a white actor) had supplied the voice for Lightnin’ during on radio. Horace Stewart (a.k.a. “Nick O’Demus”) played the role when the program came to television.

“Call Me Lightning” was a song written by Pete Townsend in the United Kingdom.


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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