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Shiela Polaski
Biographical information
Date of death

September 2552[1]

Physical description

Petty Officer Second Class[2]



Hair color

"Dirty" Blonde

Eye color


Chronological and political information
Notable Facts

One of the only survivors of the destruction of Installation 04.




Petty Officer Second Class[4] Shiela Polaski[5] was a blonde-haired UNSC Petty Officer Second Class assigned to the 23rd Naval Air Squadron in 2552. She was stationed aboard the UNSC Pillar of Autumn as a Pelican pilot. When that vessel fled the Battle of Reach and ended up at Installation 04, Polaski survived the Autumn's crash landing.

She was never mentioned during The Battle of Installation 04 but was among the handful of survivors who fled in a Pelican when the Halo was destroyed. She, Lieutenant Elias Haverson, Staff Sergeant Avery Johnson, and Corporal Locklear hid in the debris field until they met with SPARTAN-117 and Cortana in their Longsword fighter. Despite the harrowing experience of Installation 04, she was relatively levelheaded. At some point, Locklear developed a crush on her.[6] She apparently returned his feelings.

She helped the Chief capture the Covenant flagship Ascendant Justice. She then learned to pilot its Covenant Dropships, and when they returned to Reach, she piloted the ship to the surface so they could locate the SPARTAN-IIs who had survived the fall of Reach.

When they returned to the Ascendant Justice and were caught in an anomalous Slipspace bubble, Polaski volunteered to pilot the Spartans outside the vessel to conduct extra-vehicular repairs.[7] She was killed along with SPARTAN-044 and SPARTAN-008 when a renegade charge of plasma flash-vaporized the dropships cockpit.


  • It is possible that either she or Haverson is the other soldier behind the Chief on the cover of Halo: First Strike. However, in the book she's described as wearing a flight suit, so this is improbable.
  • It is possible that her Pelican dropship may have been Echo 206.


  1. Halo: First Strike, page 223
  2. Letter - Re:Haverson
  3. Halo: First Strike, page 53
  4. Letter - Re:Polaski
  5. Halo: First Strike, page 49
  6. Halo: First Strike, page 282
  7. Halo: First Strike, page 218

This article uses material from the "Shiela Polaski" article on the Halo wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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