Michael "Mike" Aaron Franks was an NIS/NCIS Supervisory Special Agent who was the original leader of the NCIS Major Case Response Team and who was also directly responsible for helping Gunnery Sergeant Leroy Jethro Gibbs become an NCIS Special Agent.
Born on November 22, 1948 to an unnamed father and mother in an unknown State, presumably either Louisiana or Texas, Franks subsequently enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, fighting in the Vietnam War.
He was then presumably honorably discharged and married an unnamed woman with the two separating after six months of marriage.
Unknown to Franks, his ex-wife would give birth to a son named Liam.
In the 1990s, Mike joined NIS and rose through the ranks of the agency, eventually becoming an NCIS Special Agent as well as the leader of the main Major Case Response Team. While there, NIS renamed itself NCIS.
In 1991 or 1992, Franks met Marine Gunnery Sergeant Leroy Jethro Gibbs due to the fact that Franks was investigating the murder of Gibbs's first wife, Shannon, and their young daughter, Kelly. Franks was also successful in enabling Gibbs to exact his revenge on the drug dealer responsible: Pedro Hernandez.
After that, Gibbs was discharged from the Marine Corps and joined NIS, becoming a Probationary Agent with Franks teaching Gibbs everything he knew about being an NIS/NCIS agent.
In 1996, following disagreements arising from the Khobar Towers bombing, Franks, no longer able with the political fallout that was making his job difficult resigned from NCIS for good. Before he left, he gave his badge to Gibbs who after Mike's resignation became the new leader of the team.
Following his departure, Franks headed to Mexico and built a small house where he would spend his days smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol and fishing, essentially cutting himself off from the modern world.