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Echo-Nine was a Gear squad that was stationed in, and patrolled, the Timgad area. Their squad commander was Sergeant Jonathan Harper, who contracted Rustlung during his assignment stationed at Timgad. The majority of Echo-Nine contracted Rustlung after the Lightmass Offensive and so did not take part in active duty between the Lightmass Offensive and Operation: Hollow Storm. However, some members were fit enough for active duty and were reassigned to another squad. For example, Michael Barrick was reassigned to Echo-Six. Echo-Nine took part in Operation: Hollow Storm, even though the squad members were suffering with Rustlung. During the operation, they were subsequently wiped out and the survivors taken prisoner.
Known MembersEditJonathan Harper
Harper was the leader of Echo-Nine and fought at Timgad Valley. He later contracted Rustlung from the vaporized Imulsion present after the Lightmass Offensive. After getting a clear bill of health (which was actually a COG cover up; Harper was far from well), he later led his squad into the Hollows during Operation: Hollow Storm. There he was captured by the Locust, but was able to escape back to Jacinto City, where he saved a family before being killed. Sergeant Jonathon Harper was the squad leader for Echo-Nine from the Lightmass Offensive through to Operation: Hollow Storm. It is unknown how long he had led Echo-Nine prior to the Lightmass Offensive.Michael Barrick
Current Status: K.I.A.
Barrick was a former stranded with Rustlung, who was conscripted in Operation Lifeboat. Serving with Echo-Nine, he was stationed in Timgad when the Lightmass Bomb was detonated. He was reassigned to Echo-Six, and subsequently Delta-One after most of Echo Six were killed. After the Mission to the Pirnah Badlands, he was sent with Delta-One to Montevado. During the sinking of the city, he was killed by Locust forces while trying to save his squad from a Locust ambush.