In 2517, he was kidnapped from his home and taken to Reach to be conscripted into the SPARTAN-II program. Even though he was only six years old at the time, he learned to fly a D77-TC Pelican dropship just by watching the pilot fly him into camp. He later attempted to escape by stealing one and flying it out of the camp, subsequently blowing it up when the UNSC pursued him. Afterward, he was chosen along with Adriana-111 and Jai-006 to form Gray Team.
In 2525, with the rest of the SPARTANs, he underwent augmentations to enhance their abilities. He was one of the 45 out of 75 SPARTAN-IIs to survive the process.
Battle of the Rubble
During the Human-Covenant War, Mike and the rest of Gray Team were sent deep behind enemy lines to wreck havoc on both the Covenant and Insurrectionists. Mike flew Gray Team's freighter, the Petya. In 2535, Adriana and the other members of Gray Team were sent behind enemy lines in order to destroy the navigation data held by the survivors of Madrigal, a world in the 23 Librae system that had been glassed by the Covenant not long after Harvest. The survivors were living in the Rubble, an asteroid space station built by the insurrectionists orbiting Hesiod. When they first discovered the Rubble, Mike believed that if the Rubble turned out to be a threat, they should destroy it with their complement of Shiva-class nuclear missiles. A small fleet of Kig-Yar, lead by Reth, had created an alliance with the insurrectionists to trade weapons and slipspace drives. However, these Kig-Yar were ordered by the Prophet of Truth to steal data from the humans that would lead the Covenant to other human colonies and Earth.
Later, Adriana returned to the Petya with Ignatio Delgado, a resident of the Rubble that was attempting to find information about the Kestrel. Unlike Jai, Mike did not care about Adriana's apparent favoritism of Delgado, whom Jai believed was an Insurrectionist. While aboard the Petya, the Spartans were contacted by the Rubble's artificial intelligence, Juliana. Despite their attempts to originally prevent her from communicating, the Spartans eventually agreed to hear Juliana out. In exchange for defending the Rubble from the Covenant, Juliana agreed to give the Spartans the data they wanted.
When the UNSC Midsummer Night arrived in the system, it was under attack by multiple Insurrectionists. He correctly came to the conclusion that he could not save the Midsummer Night from all the ships. Shortly afterward Juliana informed Gray Team that the Midsummer Night's crew would survive if the Spartans aided the Rubble. She sent the coordinates of Ignatio Delgado's location to Mike, and ordered them to keep Delgado protected and she would help free the Midsummer Night crew. While Delgado and Jai aided the Midsummer Night and her crew, Adriana and Mike pursued smuggler Peter Bonifacio to prevent him from giving the navigation data to the Kig-Yar. The two Spartans encountered the insurgent leaving the Rubble aboard his freighter, Distancia. Mike quickly disabled his ship and Adriana boarded the freighter. Bonifacio promised that he would tell the Spartans where he hid the data if they allowed him to escape, which they reluctantly agreed to. After retrieving the navigation data, Adriana returned to the Petya and the Spartans agreed to let the Kig-Yar betray and kill Bonifacio in time.
Battle of Metisette
When Adriana and Jai were preparing to aid ODSTs in destroying Kig-Yar equipment on Metisette, Mike wished to join but Jai told him that he needed to stay behind since they could not risk losing the Petya. Eventually, Mike had to abandon the Petya. All remaining UNSC and insurgent personnel were lead to the Exodus asteroid or aboard the Midsummer Night. The asteroid, powered by slipspace drives, and the frigate escaped into slipspace to escape a large Covenant fleet entering the system.
The Exodus asteroid and the Midsummer Night safely arrived at the 18 Scorpii system. The asteroid's inhabitants were safely evacuated before the asteroid shook itself to pieces while in orbit around the human colony of Falaknuma. After, Mike and Gray Team met with Admiral Preston Cole and Commander Hadley who granted them the use of a UNSC prowler, as the Petya was abandoned in the 23 Librae system. Hadley gave the Spartans new orders to venture even further into enemy lines, much to the satisfaction of the Spartans.
In 2551, Mike and the rest of Gray Team was deemed too inaccessible to be recalled to Reach. They were not present when the Covenant invaded the planet, having been out of contact for about a year. This was not cause for undue concern, as many of Gray Team's missions had been executed in a similar fashion.
At some point before the end of the war, Mike and the rest of Gray Team were captured by a vengeful Sangheili fleetmaster and put into stasis. When Unified Earth Government envoy Melody Azikiwe was dispatched to mediate a crisis brewing on the planet Carrow in 2558, the Office of Naval Intelligence gave her covert orders to find a way to free the Spartans.
Personality and traits
Mike was a technical prodigy: he could use any device with expertise after watching it being operated only once. He could also design many tools, such as the EMP bomb used to disable the Kestrel. He had a rather brash view of life, and enjoyed taking risks simply for the sake of taking risks. He also had a joking nature. This is partly why Adriana enjoyed Mike’s company more than Jai’s. Like the rest of Gray Team, Mike enjoyed dangerous, difficult and life-risking missions behind enemy lines.
Mike would often become flustered and annoyed when he did not have control of his equipment. Mike seems to be careless about any ship he pilots; according to ONI officer Hadley, Mike and his team always requested a new ship for every mission, only to lose it in almost every one. For his high level of technical intelligence, Mike became a friend to Juliana.
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