Colonel Armbruster led a force to rescue General Ross from the Russians. Although Ross' son in law Major Talbot was lost during the mission, it was deemed successful and Armbruster was given control of Project Greenskin, an attempt to study the effects of gamma - radiation on the human body. Armbruster's main objective was to capture the Hulk, which he succeeded in doing. When Talbot eventually returned, apparently having escaped from the Russians, Armbruster suspected foul play - when he shook hands with Talbot,, his watch stopped. Armbruster discovered that there was a bomb in Talbot's body and dragged the major into a pit. The bomb exploded, killing them both, but saving the life of the President of the United States.