Team Alpha

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Team Alpha was a splinter team of the Spartan-II Red Team of the United Nations Space Command during the Fall of Reach. It consisted of Fred-104, Kelly-087, and Joshua-029, and was in charge of the other Spartan splinter teams.

Operational history[edit]

Fall of Reach[edit]

Main article: Fall of Reach

Landing[edit]

As Red Team made planetfall in the morning of August 30, 2552, their Pelican, Bravo 001, came under attack. The pilot was killed and the Spartans had to jump out of the rear exit. On landing, they suffered four casualties, and many Spartans were wounded. Upon arriving at the ODG Facility A-331, they found the remaining members of Charlie Company. Red Team split up after receiving a distress call from Vice Admiral Danforth Whitcomb.[1]

Defense of Reach[edit]

At the ODG facility, Red Team split up into Teams Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta. Team Alpha set out to destroy a Covenant ship that was supplying a large number of Covenant troops in a valley nearby. The team commandeered three Banshees and flew into the valley. They planned to deploy several Fury tactical nuclear weapons into the Covenant ship and destroy all the troops. This went according to plan, except that Joshua was killed due to the fact the Covenant figured it was an ambush.[2]

The group then fell back up the valley to a river (after barely succeeding with their plan), where they were attacked by a Hunter pair. One Hunter was killed when Kelly-087 crashed her Banshee into one of them. After that, they received a transmission from Team Beta that the generators were over-run and they might be able to save one of the last generators. After they contacted the other teams and told them to fall back to CASTLE Base, the two Spartan-IIs then came across a vehicle depot full of Wraith and Grunts. Secretly commandeering two Wraiths, they blew a path to CASTLE Base and to Team Delta.

CASTLE Base[edit]

Regrouping with Team Delta outside CASTLE Base, they couldn't gain access until they whispered Oly Oly Oxen Free into the microphone to a metal reinforced door, and inside was Dr. Catherine Halsey. Dr. Halsey tended to their wounds and sent Fred on a supply run. Soon after, the base came under Covenant attack again, forcing them to activate "Operation: WHITE GLOVE" and seek shelter in the titanium mines below the base. Whilst traveling through the caves, Frederic came across and tunnel which led to a Forerunner complex and a Forerunner crystal that warped reality.

Rescue[edit]

Main article: Raid on Reach

After a short period of time in the cavern, they came under attack and the group fell back to a tunnel, but Isaac-039 and Vinh-030 were killed when they activated satchel charges and blocked the tunnel. Some time later, the tunnel was unblocked and they found John-117, the members of Team Gamma, Sergeant Major Avery Johnson, an ODST named Corporal Locklear and Admiral Whitcomb. After a few minutes, the group realized that they were surrounded by thousands of Covenant troops; they then escaped after a brief firefight. They escaped Reach in a captured Spirit dropship, piloting it to the captured Covenant flagship Ascendant Justice.

Slipspace battle[edit]

When the ship jumped into slipspace, the Forerunner crystal found on Reach distorted slipspace and several other Covenant cruisers were engulfed in the bubble and a vicious battle started. The shots from the cruisers disappeared and reappeared in random places and destroyed several ships. On board the Ascendant Justice, several rogue units of Sangheili sabotaged the ships' plasma conduit, forcing the Spartans to perform a dangerous EVA mission to repair it. When a rogue plasma torpedo hit the dropship, Spartans Anton-044 and Li-008 and their pilot Shiela Polaski were killed. Their ship dropped out of the bubble and into normal space shortly after the repairs.

Operation: FIRST STRIKE[edit]

Main article: Operation: FIRST STRIKE

The members of Team Alpha participated in the destruction of the Covenant mobile command platform Unyielding Hierophant. This mission was going well until they came across a pack of Jiralhanae and Grace-093 was killed in the skirmish. The station was destroyed as the Spartans detonated its reactors. The operation destroyed almost 500 Covenant ships, delaying the Prophet of Truth's plans to invade Earth.[3]

Dissolution[edit]

With most of the Spartan-IIs who had constituted Red Team during the Fall of Reach dead or missing, the former members of Team Alpha would be integrated into Blue Team, consisting of Fred-104, Linda-058 and Will-043 after John-117 left Earth aboard the UNSC In Amber Clad in pursuit of the Solemn Penance.[4] The new arrangement of Blue Team would then defend Earth over the course of two weeks, before being reassigned to Onyx in early November.[5]

List of appearances[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Halo: First Strike, pages 2-22
  2. ^ Halo: First Strike, pages 26-32
  3. ^ Halo Waypoint, Ten Twenty
  4. ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, page 203
  5. ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, page 211