Team Jian—later redesignated as Fireteam Jian—was a squad of SPARTAN-III commandos from Gamma Company that was fielded during the final years of the Human-Covenant War. Part of the UNSC's program to create cheaper super-soldiers out of child recruits, the squad was first organized when the Gamma Company trainees were divided into five-man squads. Although its chosen leader was the highly capable Jake-G293, its other members were less than stellar candidates and the team soon gained such disagreeable nicknames as "mongrel squad" and "team washout". However, in spite of poor teamwork and overall performance early on, the team managed to overcome its shortcomings and achieved combat ratings on par with the rest of the unit. When deployed against the Covenant, Team Jian performed extremely well and was expanded from a five man team to a six man team when another squad, Team Kopis, was almost completely wiped out and its sole survivor was folded into the unit. Unfortunately, Jian lost one member during counter-insurgency operations on Mamore and then two more during the Second Battle of Earth. Approximately a year after the war ended, one of the lost members, Simon-G294 would resurface as an Insurrectionist soldier, resulting in Team Jian being dispatched to eliminate him.
Jake-G293: One of the highest performing members of Gamma Company, Jake showed early potential as a leader and was an instant candidate for a position as squad leader. Although displeased with his less than model squadmates, he was determined to whip the team into fighting shape. He succeeded in doing so and proved himself on the battlefield multiple times over the course of the Human-Covenant War, although he would ultimately fail to bring Simon-G294 to justice following his former teammate's betrayal of the UNSC. Simon's betrayal and the loss of the rest of his team quashed Jake's ambitions for advancement within the Spartan ranks and left him deeply embittered. Skilled in both combat and small-unit tactics, he was later reassigned to Fireteam Nepthys.
Mary-G130: Team Jian's CQC expert, Mary was notably skilled in her area of expertise, although this was somewhat hampered by her fiery and often unpredictable temper. Over the course of Gamma Company's training on Onyx, she was disciplined multiple times for her routine defiance of authority figures. She had an aggressive reputation for getting into fights with other trainees and was often dragged away from her opponents by the rest of her team. Nevertheless, she was devoted to her friends and would often go out of her way to stick up for less popular trainees such as Simon-G294. She died during the Second Battle of Earth.
Terrence-G150: Team Jian's reconnaissance specialist, Terrence was notably laid back and possessed with a perpetually casual attitude that surprised both instructors and fellow trainees alike. Unfortunately he was also a kleptomaniac and had a habit of stealing anything not nailed down or too big to hide within his jumpsuit. In spite of the trouble he caused them, his teammates would often cover for his illicit activities and in turn he took care to steal things for them as well. He was killed during Second Battle of Earth.
Ralph-G299: Team Jian's demolitions specialist, Ralph was marked by his instructors as a high-performing candidate during training. However, he displayed markedly high amounts of aggression and, alongside his teammate Mary, was constantly starting fights with other trainees. Furthermore, he discovered during his deployments during the Human-Covenant War that he was gradually becoming more and more dependent on the adrenaline rush of combat, feeling despondent or restless when off of the battlefield. He survived the war, but was displeased with the formation of the Spartan branch and other new UNSC military policies. His death at the hands of his friend and rogue teammate Simon-G294 may have come as a relief to a Spartan disillusioned with the government he was raised to serve.
Simon-G294: The infamous "Gamma traitor", Simon garnered an unpleasant reputation during training as an unskilled and dirty fighter. Only his innate cunning and dogged determination prevented him from being removed from Gamma Company altogether. During operations on Mamore, Simon became cut off from his team and was left behind on the rebel-infested planet. His experiences as a child soldier during the subsequent Second Mamore Insurgency made him grow to hate the UNSC, though he also became disillusioned with the Insurrectionist cause before fleeing the planet with Cassandra-G006 as a hostage. He gained infamy as the perpetrator of the Bombing of Philadelphia and later became a mercenary in the employ of the Syndicate criminal organization before joining Jul 'Mdama's Storm Covenant as commander of the Kru'desh Legion. In spite of his low combat ratings, Simon was responsible for the deaths of Ralph-G299, several more of his former Gamma Company comrades, and several Spartan-IVs, earning him the rare designation of "Spartan killer."
Cassandra-G006: Although her combat ratings were among the worst in Gamma Company, Cassandra became its most proficient medical specialist and was highly valued by her comrades in spite of her shortcomings as a combatant. Originally a member of Team Kopis, Cassandra was folded into Team Jian when the rest of her team was killed in action against the Covenant. Although crushed by the loss of her team, she adjusted well to her new squad and fought with distinction for the remainder of the Human-Covenant War. During Team Jian's attempt to kill the traitor Simon-G294 on Mamore, she was severely wounded by Insurrectionist fire and and used as a hostage by Simon, who took her with him when he fled the system. Despite her kidnapping, Cassandra realized that her calling lay outside the UNSC and she joined Simon among the ranks of Gamma deserters. She later operated freelance medical clinics on Venezia and Talitsa.
A jian is a slim, lightweight sword that originated in China during the 7th century B.C.
↑Composed by Ralph-G299, approved by Simon-G294, Terrence-G150, and Mary-G130. Submitted to Chief Petty Officer Mendez before Jake-G293 caught wind of it; the entire team was tasked with cleaning every latrine in Camp Currahee for a week following extensive remedial calisthenics.
↑Jake-G293 was not particularly creative when it came to motto composition.