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COG STG Commando emblem.

The 26 RTI Special Tactics Group was the commando detachment of the 26th Royal Tyran infantry and of the Special Tactics Group.

Unit History[]

Pendulum Wars[]

The 26 RTI STG operated under the command of Major Victor Hoffman near the end of the Pendulum Wars. They received training from Sgt. Bernadette Mataki on survival techniques behind enemy lines.[1] The commandos were selected to infiltrate Aspho Point and secure the Hammer of Dawn technology, and deny it to the UIR.[2] They, along with a group of Pesang volunteers, entered Aspho Point from the sea via Marlins, and captured the data and several UIR scientists, but as they exfiltrated, a pair of Khimeras attacked the boats. Half the commandos and several Pesangs were killed, but the rest escaped, and were honored by the COG for securing the Hammer of Dawn technology.[3]

Known Commandos[]

Known Squads[]

Behind the scenes[]

  • According to Victor Hoffman, it took twenty years to get the COG to put together a commando unit. He was excited by the possibilities of having such a unit and using more special ops tactics instead of straight-up infantry fighting.[4]
  • As part of becoming commandos in the group, each member was given a commando knife. Dominic Santiago continued to carry the knife for the rest of his life and ultimately passed it on to Marcus Fenix who used the knife to kill Queen Myrrah, the leader of the Locust Horde.
  • The symbol present on the shoulders of Akagi and Sanguino is meant to be the emblem of the COG STG Commandos.[5]


  1. Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 90-94
  2. Gears of War: Aspho Fields pg 110-112
  3. Gears of War: Aspho Fields
  4. Gears of War: Aspho Fields page 173
  5. Emblem Explanation