Brigadier General Cole Bressler was the commanding officer of the 1st Continental Army. Not much is known about him before the invasion other than that he must have been in some place of military authority. He does not trust the Skitter Rebellion because a skitter killed his son.
He was responsible for locking up a free de-harnessed kid sent by the skitter leader and served Arthur Manchester loyally untill he betrayed Manchester by arresting him, temporarily disbanding the civilian government, and declaring martial law. Some time later, he allowed Arthur Manchester to be released and the civilian government restored on the condition that Manchester resigned as majority leader, which Manchester accepted. After meeting with the skitter leader, he ordered his men to set up and ambush on the skitter rebels and free de-harnessed kids, which was almost succesful, but Red Eye and a couple others got away.
Several months after the arrival of the Volm, General Bressler is still skeptical of the Volm. General Bressler later pilots the aircraft that carries Tom Mason, Cochise, and John Pope to President Hathaway's base. Later, when they are evacuated from the base to avoid a beamer attack, Bressler again pilots the aircraft, following the one that carries the Hathaway and Cochise. During flight, a beamer intercepts the two planes, and brings them both down.(At All Costs) During the crash Bressler was killed when he was impaled through the chest with a tree branch.(Search and Recover)