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Special Operations Officers, also informally known as Commandos and as Spec Ops Officer for short, is a Sangheili rank in the Covenant Empire.[2]


A Special Operations Officer is a position within the Special Operations Divisions of the Covenant, leading groups of Special Operations Commandos into battle against enemies.[2] They are subordinate to Special Operations Commanders and possess a fairly large amount of political and military authority, able to acquisition operations.[2] As such, they are sufficiently high-ranked to have appointed "assistants."[3]

The role of such individual is to lead a squad of lower ranked Special Operations forces, similar to the role of the higher ranking Special Operations Commanders, but the troops that SpecOps Officers command holds fewer troops than the one commanded by Special Operations Commanders.

It is possible that Usze 'Taham, a playable character in the Halo 3 campaign, is also a Special Operations Officer. He assists Thel 'Vadam, and can be distinguished from other Special Operations Sangheili by his armor color, a purple-red rather than the standard purple-black color.


Halo: The Flood[]

Main article: Halo: The Flood

So far, the only identified and branded Special Operations Officer was mentioned firstly in Halo: The Flood. Officer Zuka 'Zamamee was tasked with leading a team to board the Pillar of Autumn and was injured in combat by the Demon. He was evacuated by a group of Unggoy led by Yayap, who more concerned for their own safety than actually saving him. After he recovered, he requested permission to track down and kill the "Demon," believing him to be the greatest threat on Halo. Permission was denied until the UNSC's raid on the Truth and Reconciliation, where the Covenant learned first-hand how effective the "Demon" really was in battle. 'Zamamee was deployed, with the promise of reward for success, and great punishment for failure.

Though his several attempts all ended in failure, in part because of the Demon's skill and partly because of tactical errors on his part, 'Zamamee continued his attempts, driven by the knowledge that he would be executed for failing to do what he himself suggested. He was killed by the "Demon" while operating a Shade.

Halo Graphic Novel[]

Main article: Halo Graphic Novel

Bero 'Kusovai was an Special Operations Officer under Special Operations Commander Rtas 'Vadumee. He was infected by the Flood, and killed by 'Vadumee in their final duel aboard the Infinite Succor.



  1. Halo: The Flood, page 216
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Halo: The Flood, page 210
  3. Halo: The Flood, page 62