From the manual
Major Chen Kien is known as Bossman to the spacecrews, but that wasn't always the case. "When I was young - er, younger - they called me Ripper, my old friends still do. I was a lot like Hunter, pushing everything to the limit. But I might have been a little too good, or at least lucky, at it. Replacement crews coming in, bright young second looies, took my lead... and got themselves shot to hell. When I started burying young pilots who had been killed for behaving like me, i decided to give them an example that would not get them blown out of space. It is sort of a vicious cycle: You try to act as an example, and young pilots start coming to you for advice. That is when they started calling me Bossman. I do not regret all these changes... but there are times I miss the old days.