Ace's real name is Brad J. Armbruster, and his rank is Air Force captain O-3. Ace was born in Providence, Rhode Island.
Ace was originally the pilot for the Skystriker. He would rather fly planes than anything else, and worked during high school to pay for flying lessons. He spent a year flying pipelines in Alaska and two years stunt flying for movies, before he enlisted in the USAF, and later transferred to the G.I. Joe team. He is also a cutthroat poker player, who apparently never loses.
Ace first appeared in the Sunbow G.I. Joe animated series in the "A Real American Hero" mini-series, and was voiced by Pat Fraley.