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« Latest reports indicate that American special forces have commenced operations in deep within Takistani borders... This is Joe Harris, AAN, speaking from Takmyr, capital of Takistan.
Joe Harris reporting for AAN during the initial invasion of Takistan

Joe Harris was a minor character in ArmA 2's Operation Arrowhead campaign.


Employed as a journalist for the AAN News network, Harris was an experienced veteran of the organisation and was closely reporting on the on-going situation in Takistan following the UN-mandated intervention into the country.


On October 1st, 2010, Harris reported on the sudden rebranding of Black Element, a U.S.-based private military company.

The change was prompted after a series of controversial incidents involving several of the company's contractors in Chernarus as well as throughout the globe from Tajikistan to the Aleutian Islands.

« What's clear is that Black Element are seeking to disassociate themselves from their stained history. 'Cowboys' isn't really the word; rather, these contractors considered themselves as knights, riding around the globe and thrusting their gauntlets into the faces of any who might dare to challenge them. »

Harris continued to follow developments on the PMC's subsequent rebranding to ION Services, Incorporated. As regional tensions in neighbouring Takistan increased over the course of the next two years, Harris would report on the progress of ongoing investigations by UN weapons inspectors.

Operation Arrowhead (2012)

He was present at the capital Takmyr when U.S. Army forces from Task Force Knight invaded via the coast during the early hours of the morning.

Following the success of the invasion, Harris continued to report on the movements of coalition forces as they proceeded to advance west and northward towards the Takistani Army and militia-held regions of the country.


The Loy Manara airbase in central Takistan was eventually captured by U.S. forces, and Harris; along with several other Non-Government Organisation aid workers, were ferried in via cargo plane to the newly secured outpost.

While on its final landing approach however, the plane is struck by surface-to-air missiles fired by unknown enemies and is brought crashing down into the militia-held valleys north of the airbase.

U.S. forces raced to reach the crash site in hope of finding survivors, but are informed by anti-militia/government rebels who had arrived first at the site that Harris and the others were already captured and taken away to another location by Takistani Army troops.

After a frantic search by coalition forces, they receive actionable intelligence that Harris and the others were taken away to an old coltan mine near the small city of Feruz Abad. The task force quickly assemble and assault the mine and surrounding area.

« Fuck... Citizen, Gambler, bad news, over. One KIA, identified as Joe Harris. No other hostages.
Harris is found by a 1st SFOD-D team led by Terry Graves

Unforunately, Harris' corpse is later discovered by a Delta Force fireteam led by Terry Graves while they were searching the mine, with the other hostages nowhere in sight.

Post-Operation Arrowhead

Harris is mentioned by Colonel Kane in the press conference following the success of Operation Arrowhead, and in subsequent AAN News reports over his passing. A journalism award for "Human Interest Writing" is also named in his legacy.

Personality and Appearance

He had a short, dark head of hair, and wore a t-shirt with the "Free Tibet" slogan emblazoned on it. The rest of his apparel consisted of a simple brown leather Press vest and faded blue jeans.


  • It's unclear whether he died from the wounds suffered from the crash, or was tortured to death by the Takistani Army for information.
  • Harris is the only hostage out of the four survivors that does not retain a speaking role outside of the initial cutscene for the campaign. This is due to him already being dead by the time his would-be rescuers got to him.


See also

Characters of ArmA 2
USMC 27th MEU Carl DresslerDavid ArmstrongEd Winter* • John MaddoxShaftoe
Force Recon Brian O'HaraChad Rodriguez† • Ian Simmons† • Matthew CooperPatrick Miles† • Peter Adamson† • Randolph SykesRobert Johnson† • Sanjeev Raj† • Steve Kaminski
U.S. Army Task Force Knight Ben HerreraC.F. KaneGarry PierceHoward Drake
Delta Force Terry Graves
ACR Bohuslav KoubaJan KristekTomáš VybíralZabu
CDF BegunovR.A. StavovichTomas Marny
ChDKZ Gregori Lopotev* • Kostey† • Mikola Bardak* • Nikola Nikitin
Russian Armed Forces Karelin† • Lev Zotkin* • Mikhail Istcov* • Shagarov
NAPA Prizrak† • Little JohnYidashYuri Olegich
British Army Jack GallagherJames IrvinePhilip Stephenson
Bystrican Militia Andrej KasunBorz KazbekovDragan KasunRadan Miyović
Smugglers Aslan Radayev
ION Brian FrostFrank "Tanny" Radcliffe† • Henry AsanoJames Eckersley† • Mark ReynoldsPatrick Dixon† • Roland Saunderson
Takistani Army Muhammad R. Aziz


Anita BakerAntonia LagushinaIvan Ruce† • Joe Harris† • Josef Sova† • Rita EnslerValentina Galkina† • Vojtech Hladik
indicates deceased characters | * indicates character status is unknown
DLCs that the character was first introduced in:
Operation Arrowhead | British Armed Forces | Private Military Company | Army of the Czech Republic