(DeCandido's novelizations of Anderson's Films)
Ward was a member of Umbrella's Security Division, and involved with the spread of the T-virus from The Hive. He had been described as a "real whiner" when it came to following orders he did not believe were logically sound.
Before joining the Security Division, Ward was in the US Marine Corps. His experience earned him the privilege of leading one of the three elite commando teams. His unit entered the Arklay Mansion following loss of contact with James Shade. He was assigned by Timothy Cain with regaining access to The Hive following its closure. Opening the blast door, he was immediately met by a zombie horde. Cain turned around to leave the complex, using the injured Ward's team as a distraction.