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Franklin Mendez
Biographical information
Date of birth

Before 2500

Physical description

Senior Chief Petty Officer




Missile Warthog

Hair color


Chronological and political information
Notable Facts


"Nothing can kill the Chief."
—A young John-117 refers to Mendez

Senior Chief Petty Officer Franklin Mendez is a legendary UNSCDF NCO who was involved in the training for every Spartan soldier in the Spartan-II and Spartan-III programs, and it has been implied that he was a Spartan-I. His career is extensive and he has earned numerous medals and commendations fighting the Covenant and the Insurrection.




Early Career

It has been implied throughout the series that he was a SPARTAN-I in the ORION Project. It has also been implied that augmentations he underwent during the SPARTAN-I project have kept him strong into his old age, allowing him to take an active role in training and combat. Before teaching the Spartan-IIs, Mendez was a hand-to-hand combat and physical training DI (drill instructor) as a Chief Petty Officer.


He was the Spartan-II's training leader during their first years on Reach in 2517 until 2525. He trained them in the aspects of combat as hard as any Marine when they were only at the age of 6.[2] His military training was punctuated with in-class strategy sessions with Déjà.[3]

In the beginning of their training, Mendez and his training instructors used Electric Batons to discipline trainees.[4] However, his trainers would occasionally use rifles with tranquilizer rounds to incapacitate the trainees (those that would eventually make up Gray Team) who attempted to escape. Eventually, the Spartans, Spartan-117 in particular, grew to look up to Mendez as a solid, unmovable force in their life, "The only constant in the universe"[5]. They had great respect for him, perhaps even to the extent of seeing him as a father figure.

After the first class of Spartan-II's training was completed, he was reassigned to train the next class of Spartans.[6] It has been stated that John-117 never saw him again.[7]


After the SPARTAN-IIs graduated, Mendez was slated to train the next class of Spartan-IIs, but the program was delayed indefinitely by Dr. Halsey due to issues with viable candidates. Mendez requested reassignment to active duty. Over the next six years, he fought the Covenant on five worlds, won two more Purple Hearts, and was promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer. Mendez was then recruited by Colonel James Ackerson to assist Kurt-051 in running the SPARTAN-III program. He trained three SPARTAN-III companies at Camp Currahee on Onyx from 2531 until 2552. He was originally skeptical of the job, comparing the behavior of the trainees to that of the schoolchildren in Lord of The Flies[1].

Battle of Onyx

Mendez was on the Shield World Onyx when it activated. He, along with SPARTAN-III Team Saber, Tom-B292, Lucy-B091, and Kurt-051 were virtually alone on the planet, and were forced to hide from Sentinels until eventually Kelly-087 and Dr. Halsey arrived, followed shortly by Fred-104, Will-043, and Linda-058. Mendez assisted them in fighting all the way to the core of Onyx. Mendez then evacuated to Onyx's Core along with the other survivors. At the funeral for the Spartans who died in combat, he read an excerpt from his favorite book: an account of the Interplanetary War called A Soldier's Tale: Rainforest Wars [8].


Mendez is a strict, by-the-book military man and thus has a solid sense of duty and honor. He also rarely allows himself to display his emotions (for example, John-117 only saw him smile once). When he heard of the destruction of the Spartan-IIIs, he kept his face stony, holding his feelings to himself.


Mendez is a battle-hardened veteran who has won numerous decorations, including multiple Gold Stars, Silver Stars, Bronze Stars, three Purple Hearts[9], and The Red Legion of Honor.


  • Halo: First Strike has a potent reference to Mendez, in which Dr. Halsey finds a string: CPOMZ, followed by a 512-character alphanumeric string. It is later confirmed in Halo: Ghosts of Onyx to be a reference to Mendez: Chief Petty Officer MendeZ (CPOMZ).
  • He had his own custom-made Warthog. On the back instead of a standard Chaingun there is a rack of Argent V missiles.
  • He also read the book Lord of The Flies sometime in his life and compared the Alpha Company recruits to the kids in the book in a private conversation to Kurt-051.[10]
  • He enjoys Sweet William Cigars.[11]
  • Mendez gave Master Chief his quarter back at the final moment they met. He recalled that John broke a few of the trainers' fingers when they tried to take the coin from him.


  • A leader must be ready to send soldiers under his command to their deaths [12]
  • You don't win unless your team wins. [13]
  • Do they let Spartans drink now? [1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Halo: Ghosts of Onyx page 69
  2. Halo: The Fall of Reach, Chapter 4
  3. Halo: The Fall of Reach, page 38
  4. Halo: The Fall of Reach, page 35
  5. Halo: The Fall of Reach, page 99
  6. Halo: The Fall of Reach, page 99
  7. Halo: The Fall of Reach, page 101
  8. Halo: Ghosts of Onyx page 366
  9. Halo: The Fall of Reach, page 95
  10. Halo: Ghosts of Onyx page 70
  11. Halo: The Fall of Reach, page 69
  12. Halo: The Fall of Reach, page 62
  13. Halo: The Fall of Reach, page 42
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