"I'm proud to be military aide on this experiment, sir."

Shanks was a lieutenant in the Imperial Navy and he served as a military liaison to the House of Tagge under the command of Baron Orman Tagge. He had hoped that being involved with such a respected family would help his military career in the Empire. Shanks was part of the Tagge led operation where Imperial TIE/LN starfighters carried out attacks on the Rebel base on Yavin 4 from the Achtnak Turbine Station hidden within the thick atmosphere of the planet Yavin.