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Urgent Mercy A coalition force of special operations comes into contact with the cartel and corrupt Argentine Special Forces while trying to rescue a downed friendly pilot.

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Mission Requests / Re: The Venezuelan Connection
« on: June 23, 2017, 03:45:31 PM »
Since the change to Venezuela as an active combatant, this is going to need a re-write, this idea I drew up was based on them not overtly helping. I was more planning on a civil war blowing up first...

Best I got right now is that we get SF teams in to disrupt things and agents in the country to try and get whoever took control out of power while getting in a more friendly government back into power.

Otherwise, my whole idea just went to hell.

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Ghost,

Your stated team is in South America at this time, this op is concurrent to Urgent Mercy. So unless someone allowed a reshuffle, I cant sign off on it. I understand why, but unless a staff member is ok with it, I feel that itd be irresponsible of me to just let it go on authority I dont have.

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Setting and Rules Information / Re: Active Mission Teams
« on: June 17, 2017, 03:47:27 PM »
Royal Australian Air Force No. 1 Squadron

Carnage 1-X Flight

Flight Leader - FLTLT Robyn Hatfield - Radio Callsign: Carnage 1-1 / Raven
#2 Slot - LT Jack Pierce - Radio Callsign: Carnage 1-2 / Hawk
#3 Slot - CAPT Adrianna Pierce - Radio Callsign: Carnage 1-3 / AJ
#4 Slot - FLTLT Craig Miles (NPC) - Radio Callsign: Carnage 1-4 / Trigger
Attached AWACS (No. 2 Squadron) - Radio Callsign: AWACS AngelEye


Russian SVR/FSB Joint Operations Team

FSB Vympel AFO "Grach" & SVR Field Agents

SVR Agent - Captain Larissa Koralova - Radio Callsign: Voron
SVR Asset - Captain Tomas Martel - Radio Callsign: Sokol / Halcon
Team OIC - Major Mikhail Sokolov - Radio Callsign: Grach Lead
Team 2IC - Captain Viktor Pavlichenko - Radio Callsign: Grach Two (NPC)
Team Member - Senior Lieutenant Georgi Ershov - Radio Callsign: Grach Three (NPC)
Team Member - Senior Sergeant Valentin Lobanov - Radio Callsign: Grach Four (NPC)


US Marine Corps Raider Regiment

AFO "Grizzly"

Team OIC - Major Ed Connolly - Radio Callsign: Grizzly Actual
Team 2IC/Signals Specialist - Captain Carlos Gutierrez Jr. - Radio Callsign: Grizzly 2
Team NCOIC/Demolitions - Gunnery Sergeant Anthony O'Connell - Radio Callsign: Grizzly 3
Team Corpsman - Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class James Marshall - Radio Callsign: Grizzly 4
Team Marksman - Sergeant Daniel Cho - Radio Callsign: Grizzly 5


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Well, I created two characters just because of this idea, so yeah, I'm onboard

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Personnel Files / Masson, Jennifer Marie
« on: June 17, 2017, 05:41:50 AM »
Played By: Cipherhornet18

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[BASIC STATS]

    Full Name: Jennifer Marie Masson

    Age/ Birthday: 34, 01/15/1983

   Nationality: American

    Rank, Title or Position: Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigations

    Height: 5' 9"

   Build: Fit

    Related Skills: Criminal Investigation, Urban Counter-Terrorism, Aggressive Driving

   Unrelated Skills: Amaturer painting, hiking, camping

   Credentials: BS Criminal Law, FBI training graduate (HRT/SWAT rated)



[DETAILED STATS]

 Appearance:
 Jennifer stands at average height and build, with shoulder length blonde hair and blue eyes. and tends to dress professionally when on the clock, but will adjust her attire as required.   

 Personality:
 Jennifer can be a very kind and caring person to her closest friends, being very pleasant and friendly. When on the job, her deterimination is very difficult to shake. She will do whatever it takes to bring in the bad guy, but she will not endanger the lives of innocents at any time. 

 Hobbies/Interests:
In her spare time, Jennifer is an amatuer painter, though she has not yet put anything she's done up for sale. She also enjoys going on hiking and camping trips, and otherwise spending time with her friends.

 Field/Work Experience:   
  • 2001 - Enrolled, University of Washington
  • 2005 - Graduated, University of Washington, BS Criminal Law
  • 2006 - Enlisted, Seattle Police Department. Assigned to Patrol Division.
  • 2009 - Transferred to Homicide Detective Unit
  • 2010 - Recruited, Federal Bureau of Investigations. Assigned to Criminal Investigative Division, Phoenix AZ Field Office.
  • 2012 - Accepted for FBI Hostage Rescue Training. Upon completion, returned to Phoenix Field Office as part of FBI SWAT team, but continues service with CID.
  • 2017 - Present.
   
 Personal History:
Jennifer Masson was born in Tacoma, Washington, the middle of three children. However, when she was 12, her family was shattered when her father was shot to death and her mother disappeared without a trace. She and her sibings were placed into custody of her maternal uncle and aunt. Pushing herself towards intellectual pursuits, Jennifer was rewarded for her efforts by earning a scholarship to University of Washington. She graduated with a degree in Criminal Law.

She joined the Seattle Police Department, and quickly advanced up the ranks to becoming a Homicide Detective. After her first year, she applied to join the FBI, and assigned to the Phoenix, Arizona field office as a part of the Criminal Investigative Division. There she dealt with the threat of drug cartels in Arizona. After a particularly difficult case, where she felt she had been a burden in a shootout, she applied for training with the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team. After completion of training, she was assigned to the Phoenix's Field Office SWAT unit, but with few operations running, she resumed work alongside her colleagues in the Criminal Investigative Division.   

 Relationships:
Greg Masson - Brother - Good Relationship
Sean Masson - Brother - Good Relationship
Brett Carson - Uncle - Good Relationship
Andrea Carson - Aunt - Good Relationship

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Personnel Files / Hunter, Jason Tyler
« on: June 17, 2017, 05:35:12 AM »
Played By: Cipherhornet18

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[BASIC STATS]

    Full Name: Jason Tyler Hunter

    Age/ Birthday: 45, 07/07/1971

   Nationality: American

    Rank, Title or Position: Supervisory Special Agent, Counterterrorism Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation - On assignment to Phoenix Field Office

    Height: 6' 1"

   Build: Fit but aging

    Related Skills: Extremely proficent in firearms use, advanced close quarters combat, extensive criminal investigation skills, advanced aggressive driving skills

   Unrelated Skills: Drinking, golfing, fishing, womanizing

   Credentials: SEAL certified, NCIS certified, DEA training graduate (RET Capable), FBI training graduate (HRT/SWAT Capable)



[DETAILED STATS]

 Appearance:
Jason has greying brown hair, and tends to keep clean shaven. When not on the job, he has a penchant for wearing clothes better suited for Hawaii or Miami Beach, favoring loose fitting button up shirts in light colors and slacks.

 Personality:
Having been there, done that, and bought the t-shirt, Jason does have a high degree of arrogance and little patience for those who want to show him up. However, he is willing to offer his experience and expertice to those willing to listen to him (and put up with his more eccentric behaviors), and can be the best friend that anyone can have. He knows he's getting to old for this line of work, and is expecting that either he retires into a grave, or he gets to retire to Miami Beach, spending his days drinking and womanizing. And Jason isn't sure which he wants.   

 Hobbies/Interests:
Some days, all Jason wants is a good drink and beautiful company on a beach (or at least a bar on the beach). Other days, he would rather be golfing. The pattern that develops here is that after a lifetime of clandestine warfare, Jason prefers his off-duty time spent doing leisurely activities. But at the same time, he has said that he finds those activities "boring as all hell", and wants some excitement. Maybe one day, he figures, he'll just buy a boat to spice things up.

 Field/Work Experience:   
  • 1989 - Enlisted, United States Navy. Accepted into BUD/S after graduating basic training
  • 1990 - Graduated SEAL Training, Assigned to Team Five. Deployed as part of Operation Desert Shield
  • 1991 - Combat operations as part of Operation Desert Storm
  • 1992 - Deployed as part of Operation Restore Hope, Task Unit Tripoli
  • 1995 - Assigned as a BUD/S Instructor
  • 1996 - Returned to Team Five.
  • 1998 - Begins training for NCIS.
  • 1999 - Completes all training, certified as a Special Agent with NCIS. Assigned to NAS Oceania.
  • 2001 - Enrolled, University of Virginia Law.
  • 2005 - Graduated, University of Virginia Law, BS Criminal Law. Retired, US Navy.
  • 2006 - Accepted into the Drug Enforcement Agency, Assigned to Miami Division.
  • 2007 - Reassigned to Miami Division Regional Enforcement Team, DEA.
  • 2009 - Accepted transfer to FBI, completes basic training as well as HRT qualification course. Assigned to Dallas-Fort Worth Field Office.
  • 2011 - Reassigned to Phoenix Field Office. Placed on administrative leave later in the year.
  • 2012 - Returned to duty, assigned to HRT Training duties
  • 2015 - Transferred to Miami Field Office
  • 2017 - Present Day
   
 Personal History:
 Jason Hunter was born in Minnesota, his father was a car salesman and his mother stayed at home to raise him and his two brothers and two sisters. Growing up, Jason was a problem child and often was in trouble for causing all manner of chaos at school, and it put him at odds with his parents. Tired of them trying to tell him he was going to live a dead end life after his grades hit a point where it was clear college wasn't an option, Jason joined the Navy. He didn't take well to the regimented lifestyle at basic training, but a "blanket party" finally reinforced to him that his actions affected more than just himself.

He found he loved challenges, and was soon taking on the greatest challenge of his life, becoming a SEAL. After completing basic training, he went into BUD/S, which he succesfully completed and joined Team Five. As a SEAL, he served in Desert Storm and then in Somalia before his career started to slow down. He did a brief stint as an instructor at BUD/S and then decided to request a career change to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. After completing his training, he was assigned to NAS Oceania and took the time to get his degree in criminal law. He began a relationship with a JAG lawyer and the two were married not long afterwards. However, Jason felt his time in the Navy was not going anywhere else, and his cocky attitude had ensured that he was not going to be slotted for Officer Candidate School. After graduating, Jason retired and joined the DEA.

For a time, Jason and his family were happy, he had a quiet but mentally stimulating job behind a desk at the DEA in Miami, Florida, but after his background as a SEAL came up, the DEA wanted him with their Regional Enforcement Team. Jason took the job, figuring it just meant a bump in pay and occasionally shouting at bad guys. However, 2008 was a red letter year for Jason Hunter, as his wife grew weary of his lazy attitude when off duty, so she divorced him and took their two kids to live in Virginia, and he lost a good friend of his during a raid that went badly. A friend of Jason's from his NCIS days helped him switch over to the FBI, but then Jason found himself in Dallas, Texas, up against the Mexican drug cartels.

After doing well for two years, Jason was moved to the Phoenix field office and in line to becoming a ranking agent there. However, that disappeared after Jason accidentally busted a ring of gun smugglers that the ATF had been monitoring, which only got worse as it was related to Operation Fast and Furious and Jason struck the senior ATF agent on the scene for ordering the release of the suspects and weapons. Jason was put on administrative leave for the rest of the year, and so he returned to Miami. In 2012, he was returned to duty, but only permitted to act as an instructor at the FBI's hostage rescue training facility for three years before the DEA requested that the FBI let him help them in Miami. 

 Relationships:
LT Alison Jenson (ret.) - Ex-Wife - Distant but Work-in-Progress Relationship
Jeff Jenson - Son - Distant Relationship
Nicole Jenson - Daughter - Distant Relationship[/list]

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I'd like to know more or less how many troops are being brought in by both the SAS and SASR units, because that's a little unclear and it does affect my story planning. The same goes for anyone else who wants in if you're not just bringing in a small AFO like Grizzly. Please and thank you.

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Shadows Off Topic arena / Gaming!
« on: June 08, 2017, 06:10:53 AM »
Since we've already been talking TV, equipment, and music, let's also bring up gaming!

So, yeah, I'm a shooter player mainly, looking at the games stacked under my TV. Call of Duty, The Division, Ghost Recon Wildlands, Fallout 4, Mass Effect Andromeda, and Battlefront. I've got Payday 2, Far Cry 4, Star Trek Online, and MGS V either installed or available to install. And despite the fact I have very little interest in fantasy settings, Skyrim is the exception to that rule for some reason.

But I'm also a huge strategy game nut, even if I'm picky and I've only ever been sort of good with Command & Conquer titles. On my computer, I've got Hearts of Iron IV, Stellaris, Master of Orion (the new one), Galactic Civilization III, Command & Conquer Complete Collection, the Wargame trilogy (European Escalation, Air Land Battle, Red Dragon), and Steel Divisions '44.

If I had a better computer, I'd get in on Escape from Tarkov that's coming up, because it's this hybrid of ARMA (which I wanted to play but never could because my computers couldn't keep up) and STALKER (which is by far and away one of my favorite RPG/FPS hybrids). Past that, I can't wait for Ace Combat 7 on PS4, but I'm not boarding the hype train for Battlefront 2 or CoD WW2.

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Shadows Off Topic arena / Re: The hardware, all the stuff we use
« on: May 31, 2017, 06:05:43 AM »
There used to be an air museum near where I lived growing up, my step-grandpa (at the time) worked there, and they had an operational P-51 that they gave rides in. Next door is a still active museum that has an operational B-17. Never got to go up in either, but ah well.

I can go on and on and on about aircraft. One time my dad, his girlfriend (at the time) and I went on base at NAS Fallon to the park they have with all manner of planes set up at it, and went on for hours about the various planes. Naturally, his girlfriend wanted to get the hell out of there, but he and I were oggling all of the planes. It's the first time I've ever gotten to see a MiG-29 up close (or at all in person, for that matter).

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Operation Name: Whirlwind Phase II
Team Name: No. 1 Squadron, RAAF (TACSIGN: Carnage)
Characters Participating:
  • LT Jack "Hawk" Pierce (USN) - Role in flight Unknown
  • FLGOFF David Lawton - RIO for Lt. Pierce's F/A-18F - NPC
  • FLTLT Craig Miles - Role in flight Unknown - NPC
  • CAPT Adrianna "AJ" Pierce (USMC) - Role in flight Unknown

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Not really military themed, but maybe closer to the same vein of NCIS would be two more of my favorites; Burn Notice and The Blacklist.

The way that they all work together on Burn Notice, that cast is awesome. Plus, I'll say it, I think more of Burn Notice than Evil Dead when Bruce Campbell comes to mind. But Jeffery Donovan is really good in that series.

The Blacklist is also really good, I rather enjoy the whole crew there. Especially Reddington, played by James Spader, he's really awesome. Just the way that he goes from a friendly and amicable approach to killing someone in cold blood effortlessly and yet believable, it's pretty cool.

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Shadows Off Topic arena / Re: Playlists!
« on: May 30, 2017, 05:01:14 AM »
I used to be into country, but I kind of stopped after around 2002-ish. I think what did it for me was everyone in Arizona having to constantly play those post-9/11 patriotic songs all the friggin time. It's an easy way to get turned off by something by way of over-saturation. So it's more of the older ones. Obviously Johnny Cash is a favorite, but I grew up with George Strait, Reba, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson and so on, so those are closer to what I prefer.

I have to admit though that my like of more metal rock and roll has a limit. In short, I cannot STAND the stuff where the lyrics are all growling and whatnot and occasionally actually saying one or two words clearly. If I can't understand the lyrics, then I'm out. Plus there are times that when my Pandora feed puts on Dragonforce that I have to tab back over to it like, "Are you still going on? NEXT!", so I can be finicky at times.

I kind of like the old stuff, though. My only exposure to it, though, is the Fallout radio songs. Personally, I think New Vegas got the theme down pat, with way old school country and then the Vegas personalities like Dean Martin. In fact, I have a tie-in to that.

So, I've gotten into going to Wasteland-themed festivals around this area, and I had already attempted to cosplay as an NCR Ranger Veteran (the guy from the cover box art of Fallout New Vegas). Obviously, unlike cons, you need to show up to these things with your stuff weathered, and that included my props. I have this airsoft gas revolver that I didn't know what to do after I buried it for a week, and taking my inspiration from the old country song "Big Iron", I took knife and carved notches into the barrel ("The notches on his pistol numbered from one to ninety four.") and then on the top of the barrel, in the groove between the front and rear sights, I carved in "Big Iron".

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Shadows Off Topic arena / Re: The hardware, all the stuff we use
« on: May 29, 2017, 05:44:50 AM »
Oh yeah, you guys have the Tiger. I'm sure some Bond fans would remember that particular helo (and it's magical 180 degree turning Mistrals).

Anyone else here fans of tanks? I kind of got pulled in by World of Tanks (which I've since quit) but since then, I've gotten into them, mainly Main Battle Tanks. I'm still a fan of the newer Armored Warfare game because I prefer modern vehicles, though the older ones have a charm to them, mostly.

One in particular that I like is the British Chieftain. On the one hand, it had some of the best frontal armor of it's time, mounted a 120mm rifled gun while the rest of NATO was still using the famous L7 105mm rifled gun, so it had firepower and protection down. But it's also hilariously unreliable due to British over-engineering. The idea was to make the engine capable of running off of normal gasoline (or petrol or guzzoline, depending where you're from :P) or diesel, so as to make sure that regardless of who's supplies were closest (including the Soviets), the Chieftain would still run. And they pulled it off in such a complicated way that it reportedly took a full team of engineers 8 hours to convert the engine, and that according to reports from the British Army on the Rhine, the Chieftain tended to only wanted to turn over about...30% of the time.

It's like the tank version of an RPG player min/maxing. But also, back where I used to live, in Arizona, there's a diesel performance shop that my dad and I visited (he went to them to modify parts of his F-250 Super Duty), and they have an operational Chieftain Mk. X that they rent out to give rides in, and they used in an edition of Diesel Power Magazine (and I think also Hot Rod Magazine's web series Roadkill, either at the same time or again) to crush a Toyota Prius. Seriously, just look up tank crushing Prius, and if you see a white Prius being crushed by a tank in desert tan, that's the one.

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Shadows Off Topic arena / Re: The hardware, all the stuff we use
« on: May 27, 2017, 03:38:07 PM »
If we're going famous here...hmm.

Agent 47's AMT Hardballers would be top of my list. I really want to get my hands on a pair of stainless 1911s and modify them to be firing replicas of his infamous "Silverballers" (since AMT went out of buisness ages ago and so their guns are pretty pricey nowadays). Agent 47 is, for those of you who don't know, the main character of the "Hitman" series, though the two movies do no justice to the way he's shown in the games.

Basically everything John Wick rocked in both of the John Wick movies. Too many to list, just go see both of them if you haven't already.

And I think next on my list would be the customized Five-Seven that Sam Fisher uses in the last two Splinter Cell games.

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Personnel Files / Re: Connolly, Ed Wallace
« on: May 22, 2017, 03:02:34 AM »
Done

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