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from Brandon Rebuga
to Eric Nylund
date Jan 5, 2007 2:05 PM
subject Several Questions from First Strike page 49
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I have two questions at the moment.

First, you list Polaski as a "Petty Warrant Officer" on page 49. Did you mean Warrant Officer? Because I know you base your writings upon the American system and Petty Warrant Officer isn't a rank as far as I can recall.

Second, on the same page, you list Haverson as a First Lieutenant, but give him the insignia of a Navy Lieutenant. He is in ONI, which suggests Navy, but he may well be Marine Corps. Thus, I want to clarify if he is Navy or Corps.

Thank you for your time.

-- -Brandon Rebuga


from Eric Nylund
to Brandon Rebuga
date Jan 6, 2007 10:06 AM
subject RE: Several Questions from First Strike page 49


Brandon,

I don’t have a copy of the HALO Story Bible anymore so I cannot cross-reference to make sure, but these appear to be errors.

Polaski (to my recollection) should be Petty Officer Second Class.

Haverson is a Navy Lieutenant.

Hope that helps.

All best wishes,

Eric Nylund


from Brandon Rebuga
to Eric Nylund
date Jan 19, 2007 2:54 PM
subject Polaski
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I've been doing some considering. Originally, when I asked you about the rank of Haverson and Polaski, I was merely looking at Page 49. Now, I am viewing the whole book (for example: page 52)

Now, you did say to the best of your recollection when stating that Polaski should be a Petty Officer Second Class. The thing is, you refer to her as just a Warrant Officer on several other occasions (read: throughout the entire book). I would just like to confirm your statement, as you seemed a tad unsure. As you do refer to her as a Warrant Officer, did you indeed mean for her to be a Petty Officer Second Class and just stuck with Warrant Officer due to the confusion that initially spurred the Petty Warrant Officer, or did you actually mean for her to be a Warrant Officer.

Thanks, as always, for your continued cooperation.

-- -Brandon


from Eric Nylund
to Brandon Rebuga
date Jan 20, 2007 5:59 AM
subject RE: Polaski

Brandon,

Yes, this is confusing. The term “Warrant” is an older naval term which refers to a class of ranks.

This might clear it up:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warrant_Officer

So Polaski is a Warrant Officer _and_ a Petty Officer Second Class (one term being less specific than the other).

I hope that helps.

All best wishes,

Eric Nylund