Sam LaQuale was born in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, and he is Storm Shadow's second cousin. He learned the art of ninjitsu from his family. He learned to use a sword from the clan's master swordsman. He forged his own sword, with precise balanced for the secret technique known as "Silent Backlash". In the Army, T'Jbang became a helicopter pilot. For reasons unknown, he took an oath of silence. He was eventually recruited for the G.I. Joe team; Ninja Force by Storm Shadow. On Ninja Force's first mission, T'Jbang and his teammates Dojo and Nunchuk fought Cobra Night Creepers in Beirut whilst helping Destro avoid assassins hired by Cobra Commander. Continuing with their protection of Destro, the Ninja Force and the other Joes traveled to the Silent Castle located in Trans-Carpathia, where they fought Cobra Vipers and a group of Red Ninjas. It was the Ninja Force who discovered Firefly's connection to the Arashikage ninjas, when the mercenary appeared as the leader of the Red Ninjas. The team later helped liberate the Cobra-controlled town of Millville from Cobra, by fighting a band of Night Creepers. Shortly before the G.I. Joe team was shut down, T'Jbang and the Ninja Force opened up a martial arts training school on the site of the Soft Master's restaurant where T'Jbang's teammate, Dojo, had been trained many years before. The school was free to the underpriviledged young people living in the neighborhood.