October 23rd, 2552
New Mombasa, Kenya, Earth
Squad 596 has been deployed to put down Covenant forces in the area.
Commander Damien-A263's POV
As our Falcon is flying to the LZ, I see a burst of energy fly toward the Falcon, and it starts to plummet out of the sky. The last thing I remember is the pilot's cry of "Mayday, mayday! We're going down!" I wake up a while later, a horrible pain in my right arm socket, and I see that the limb is gone. Crimson blood is flowing from the wound, also. I manage to crawl from the wreckage of the burning Falcon, and pass out just after making it out.