Urban Holland

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Urban Holland
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Colonel Urban Holland, also known as "Noble Actual", was a human field grade officer of the UNSC Army who served during the Human-Covenant War. He was the commanding officer of Special Warfare Group Three and had operational control of NOBLE Team during the Fall of Reach.


In 2552, he evaluated the members of NOBLE Team and apparently served as Special Warfare Group Three commanding officer and had operational control of the SPARTAN unit;[1] it was his belief that NOBLE Team should be comprised of commissioned officers to give them the authority to alter operation parameters mid-mission.[2]

Fall of Reach[edit]

He was stationed on Reach during its fall and ordered NOBLE Team to investigate the comm blackout at the Visegrád Relay.[3] Noble One, would soon report to him that the Visegrád Relay was taken out by a Covenant advance team.[4] He would soon order them to defend SWORD Base from Covenant attack,[5] and later take out scattered Covenant anti-air turrets to clear the way for the UNSC Grafton's attack on a Covenant spire designated Spire One.[6]

After the Grafton was destroyed by a Covenant supercarrier, he approved the plan for Noble Six to pilot a YSS-1000 Sabre along with Jorge-052 to assist in Operation: UPPER CUT and destroy the supercarrier. During the space battle he had the UNSC Savannah assist Noble Five and Noble Six by keeping the corvette they were attempting to board busy. After Jorge and Six boarded the corvette he ordered the Savannah away, when it reported it was under heavy fire, however it was too late and the frigate was destroyed.[7]

Later, Holland contacted NOBLE Team, now in New Alexandria, on an open channel. He ordered them to destroy Sword Base which was, by then, under Covenant control.[8] He received an update on their situation from Carter-A259 as they approached Sword Base in Eposz. After they arrived, however, NOBLE Team came under the command of the Office of Naval Intelligence and their mission parameters were shifted; Catherine Halsey said Colonel Holland would be briefed on these changes.[9]


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  • Holland was voiced by Pat Duke.[10]
  • Despite being a fairly major character in Halo: Reach, Holland does not have a character model for in-game or cinematic use. His appearances include a small profile image on monitors during Noble Actual and Long Night of Solace, radio transmissions throughout the game, and a few documents within Catherine Halsey's journal.
  • Holland serves as the SPARTANs' objective announcer in Invasion and Firefight.


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