Commander Carter-A259 was a SPARTAN-III commando of the UNSC Naval Special Warfare Command, attached to Special Warfare Group Three. Carter was the leader of Noble Team, an elite team of Spartans who fought during the Fall of Reach. His callsign was Noble One.
Childhood and early career:
Carter was born in Durban, Biko on August 27, 2520. He was conscripted into the SPARTAN-III program’s Alpha Company in 2531, and, after an unknown amount of time, he became the leader of Noble Team. He has led Noble Team through enough difficult situations to earn the loyalty of his teammates. He and Catherine-B320 are the only survivors of the original team, and share a close bond as a result.
On April 22, 2552, Carter led Noble Team in an operation put together by LCDR Catherine-B320 to destroy a CCS-class battlecruiser maintaining position above a city. The operation was successful, but at the cost of Thom-A293.
Both Carter and Kat took responsibility over the death of Thom, unable to admit that the death of the SPARTAN was his own fault. Thom was replaced on Noble Team by SPARTAN-B312 a few months later, just prior to the Fall of Reach.
Fall of Reach:
Throughout the course of the game, Carter led Noble Team in multiple operations against Covenant forces, such as the investigation of a communications blackout at the Visegrád Relay, a mission which led to the first confrontation with Covenant forces on the planet, the counter-offensive operation on ONI operated ‘Sword Base’, and a large-scale UNSC assault on a Covenant-occupied/staging site and the neutralisation of a Covenant cloaking tower.
The destruction of the UNSC Grafton by a CSO-class supercarrier after the Battle of Viery prompted Carter and Kat-B320 to review the situation. Recognizing the presence of the supercarrier as a large threat, Noble Team decided to utilize a “non-existent” space vessel at a secret launch facility and plant a makeshift slipspace bomb on board the Covenant vessel in place of their nukes the UNSC Forces on Reach had expended. Carter, along with Kat-B320, Jorge-052 and Noble Six, helped UNSC ground forces repel Covenant invaders from the launch facility, which housed the Sabre launch site. Noble Team was separated at this point, with Jorge and Six participating in Operation: UPPERCUT with the rest focusing on the groundside.
On August 23, Carter and the remaining members of Noble Team assisted the UNSC in protecting the planet’s civilian population from the Covenant. They reunited with Noble Six in New Alexandria and helped in the neutralisation of Covenant communication jammers and evacuation of ONI personnel from the ONI HQ. Not too long after, Noble Team was hailed by its commanding officer and was ordered to destroy Sword Base. The team was forced to enter a radiation bunker to shield themselves from the Covenant’s glassing of New Alexandria. However, Kat-B320 was shot in the head by a Sangheili Field Marshal on the way to the bunker at the Olympic Tower.
Carter, along with the remaining members of Noble Team, proceeded to Sword Base and fought their way into the facility, only to have their directives revised by an unknown UNSC AI. In the facility, they encountered Dr. Halsey once more. Noble Six was urged by the science officer to become the courier of a package and to deliver it safely to the UNSC Pillar of Autumn. Using Pelicans as their mode of transportation, Noble Team was split into two splinter groups; Jun-A266 escorted Dr. Halsey to CASTLE Base while the others headed for the Autumn.
Sometime during the transport of the package to the Autumn, Carter was critically wounded in the Pelican, due to his head hitting the front windshield and causing massive internal damage, in the cutscene at the beginning of the level a bloody hole can be seen in his upper-right abdomen which could also have been his fatal wound, this also explains the blood around his mouth and nose. Knowing that the delivery of the package was of the highest priority, he ordered Noble Six and Emile-A239 to drop out of the Pelican and proceed by ground while he diverted the Covenant aerial forces’ attention. During the journey groundside, the two SPARTANs encountered a Scarab blocking their path. Carter sacrificed his life by ramming into the behemoth, allowing the two Spartans to accomplish their objective. His final words to them were, “You’re on your own, Noble. Carter out.”
Of all the deaths in Halo, this was the one hardest for me to accept, and here is why…
Everyone else, who we are shown to have died while serving as part of team noble, saw it coming. Each one of them knew their time was almost up and walked straight to the end. Kat was never given this dignity.
During the Fall of Reach, Jorge willingly stayed behind to detonate a weapon manually to try and defeat the enemy; Carter intentionally flew a Pelican into enemy forces to give the remaining two members a chance to complete their mission; Emile died giving cover to friendly forces so Noble Six could escape with Cortana against insurmountable odds (last words, “I’m ready. How ‘bout you?”); and Noble Six chose to stay behind and die alone after taking Emile’s place and making sure the ship carrying Cortana escaped.
Kat’s chance was taken away from her before the Fall of Reach, back in the Battle of Fumirole, where she was incapacitated while trying to deliver a nuclear device to an enemy ship. Thom, one of her team members at the time, died in Kat’s place when she was no longer able to complete her mission.
Kat would have done the same as any of her team mates had their roles been reversed, instead she ended up being put down by a random (not too random) sniper during the Fall of Reach.