Before the deployment to Ariel, he and Romeo were drinking and discussing the Spartans and their skills. He agreed with Romeo that anyone, if given the same equipment as Spartans, could do the things they did.
On Ariel, he and Higgins found the body of Charles and he informed Master Sergeant Frost that it appeared the man died from fright. Shortly afterward, the troopers split into pairs. He stayed with Sergeant Frost, and they separated from Dutch and Romeo who entered the generator complex.
Later, after the generator explosion, he retreated with Frost, although he wanted to stay and search for Romeo and Dutch. After realizing that, along with Higgins and Campbell, they may have lost up to four men, he broke down in front of the rest of the platoon and was rebuked by Frost. After regaining his cool, he continued with the rest of the platoon to the other dig site, to look for civilians.
- Michaels wears a differently-colored ODST suit. It is light gray-and-red-colored CQB variant of the ODST Armor. It includes a red visor.
- Michaels' BR55 is the only weapon not suppressed for the first half of Halo: Helljumper.
- Halo: Helljumper (First appearance)