General Surgrue was the commander of the Desert Rangers during the time of Snake Vargas and his team. A traditionalist convinced that the Rangers should focus on maintaining the original Ranger Center, Surgrue blocked any proposals for moving their headquarters to the Citadel. Vargas did not confront him over this, out of respect for him. After he died due to natural causes, Vargas was unanimously elected General. He wasted no time in moving the headquarters, and arranging for General Surgrue to be buried outside the Ranger Citadel.