Mission 00

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Mission 00

Post by Tenebrae » 08/20/18

Mission 00

Setting:
During the month of April 2028, the United States government withdrew the last of its military forces from Afghanistan. The Taliban began a major offensive in direct response, hoping to take a few American heads to round out their newest pitch for control of the region. Their offensive is materially and spiritually supported by factions within the government of Pakistan. Throughout the month of April, also, Iranian and Chinese proxies attempt to work through local warlords in the east and west to establish their own spheres of influence in the region.

To put a fine point on it: BOHICA. In the early morning hours of April 23rd, the last flight out of Kandahar Air Force Base warms up its engines. The defense of the base has been bolstered up to that point by a half-platoon of M1A3 tanks led by Major Tyler Andrews. The flight is almost ready, but the Taliban have other ideas.

Dramatis Personae:

MAJ Tyler Andrews
Callsign: Odin
The commanding officer of the platoon of M1A3s, designated 'Zulu.'

LT Linear Azure
Callsign: Hailstone
The Network Warfare Officer for Andrews’ unit and the final evacuation of Kandahar Air Base. A NWO synthesizes and summarizes network warfare data for the consumption by commanders in the field. She also relays operational directives from above. For a variety of reasons, it is typical for them to be identified by callsign only.

Chain Principal
Callsign: Frisbee
Operating as live SIGINT for Network Warfare. Capable of razor-based traffic analysis and cryptanalysis.

Post 1
23 April 2028
0100 Hours
Kandahar Air Base

“Odin,

Taliban operational tempo significantly faster than anticipated. Frisbee is claiming to have confirmed emissions from a truck-mounted anti-air system 32 clicks southeast of Kandahar AFB. That would place it just behind this ridge line.

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Unfortunately this asset has been moved into place and brought online prior to the last flight out. No one is flying anywhere until the SAM site has been destroyed. F35s are not available to local operations at this time.

You are to immediately suspend preparations to destroy prototype Zulu-1 ("Freya") and your other units. Recommend you leave two elements of your platoon to reinforce our line of defense and take the remaining four south to disable the SAM site. Then return to the base prior to the departure of the C-17, render your equipment inoperable, and board the plane before it leaves.

Enemy strength in this offensive is between 3,000 and 4,500, with their usual array of equipment.

Over,
Hailstone”

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Re: Mission 00

Post by Naze » 08/25/18

"Fuck, fuck, fuck, FUCK!"

Captain Andrews growled as he almost tossed the tablet away, then thought better of it and instead firmly slammed it onto the 'desk' of his 'CP'. Nothing more than a tent, some operational equipment, and a several work lights and generators on the tarmac of Kandahar, surrounded by a half dozen tanks in various states of 'undress' and a pallet of probably a lot more C4 than was strictly necessary.

"Stop preppin' for Demo!" he shouted as he stalked out of the tent, shouting to the crews under his command. His Southern accent was slipping in, usually a bad sign, and the crews knew it. The looked at each other uneasily before giving their attention to their commander. "Ragheads just brought a SAM battery online. About 30 klicks that way." he says bitterly and points off to the southeast.

"We have 5 minutes to get all our demo shit off, and then load for bear. Vasquez, you and Williams get back to the dugouts on the Airport perimeter. The rest of you: I want every goddamn active TROPHY and intercept system we still got loaded and linked into 'Podium' on Freja. Our NWO," (he pronounces it NeWO to everyone's consternation) "Says we have 3-4 thousand crunchies advancing and I don't wanna run into forward elements with dumb anti-tank unprepared." he nods to his crews who nod back. No sense biting it now not when they were so close to going home.

Andrews looks to a man of Japanese descent in fatigues with glasses on top the oddest looking tank of the bunch with all sorts of extra bits and sensors sticking out of the turret and potions of the body. "Gendo," he calls his gunner by his callsign. "How many RGHE rounds we have left, and do you think we can finagle the targeting system into acting more a mortar like we did at Herat heights? Hit the SAM from over 10 klicks out?"

Gendo shrugs "I'll look into it sir." Andrews nods "Good man. I be back out to help prep, going to go update our handlers first. We move out by 0145." he scowls and turns back to the CP tent as behind him NCO's bark orders and the flurry of activity increases as they prep their vehicles.

Andrews move back to his tablet and quickly types out a message over the secure channel:
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Hailstone.
Copy. Halting Demo and re-arming: Operation to begin at 0145. Perimeter of Airbase to be set by Designation Zulu-4 & Zulu-6 at perimeter dugouts 12 and 16.

Plan to proceed South down the A75 corridor with Zulu-1,2,3 & 5 at best speed until reaching spur junction and proceeding over terrain directly to firing range. Right now, we're looking into modifying targeting to utilize downlink from surveillance in conjunction with 'Newtype' to create a mortar of sorts with Razor guided Munitions; Should keep us from getting too deep: Horse-shoes and high explosive. We'll keep you informed. Have Frisbee on standby through with an open port for downlink before we get into position.

Also, either one of you, let me know if the techs have got 'Podium' to finally handshake and work with the so far useless Laser system for the Active Defense Umbrella. I have a feeling we're going to need it.

Over.
-Odin

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