Lieutenant Colonel Pierce "Salmon" Langer is the Commander Air Group of TCS Phoenix (Wing Commander: From The Ashes), a veteran pilot with twenty years in the job who has survived more hopeless situations than most.

Tough but with a soft centre, his call sign derives from the fact that he is the son of Malcolm Langer, owner of a major fishery business.

He also has a keen interest in the works of Shakespeare and has regularly roped his pilots in for amateur performances; his Macbeth was highly appreciated, but his Malvolio didn't go down too well.