- For the Autobot LAND & SEA ASSAULT operative, see Topspin.
File Name: Blanchet, John
Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Primary Specialty: Navy Assault Seaman
Secondary Specialty: Tele-Communications Specialist
Topside was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana and grew up on a farm where he and his father raised pigs that won numerous prizes at county fairs, gaining the reputation as Fort Wayne's Hog Master. At age 20, Topside looked for a more exciting career and joined the Navy. While serving as deck hand on a ship transporting a G.I. Joe covert ops team to a mission, and grew tired of their tales of toughness. After he decided to take them all on, he gained the Joes' notice and was eventually offered a spot on the team in 1990. Topside served with the Joes for a short time before the team was disbanded in 1994.
Some time after the team was reinstated in 1997, so was Topside. In August of 2013, with the destruction of the USS Flagg, he was reassigned to Naval Amphibious Base Coronado (NAB Coronado) across the bay from San Diego, California.
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