- —HQ has an answer for everything.
HQ, or Strategic Command Headquarters when he feels like using his full title, is the only given name of an unseen character who appears in Earth Defense Force 2025 and Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair. He commands at least part of the EDF forces during the 2025 invasion, in particular the Storm Team.
In the English version of 2025 and 4.1 he is voiced by Richard Epcar.
HQ appears to be in charge of a local command, presumably Japan, rather than the entire EDF, given that several times a "Command HQ" is mentioned which is not the same thing as him. He is inconsistent in his views about the Ravager invasion, is given to inspiring, confusing speeches, and often requires multiple explanations before he believes or understands something that others are trying to tell him. The Tactics Officer usually has the unenviable task of trying to talk sense into him, and he is generally baffled at Ohara's explanations.