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Africa / Re: Operation Iron Serpent - Phase I (Arrival & Briefing)
« on: July 24, 2017, 05:01:39 PM »
Air Force Base Makhado
Louis Trichardt, Limpopo Province, South Africa


As soon as they were let go, Ed and his Marines went for the hangar as well to start gearing up. He half considered requesting to borrow some South African kit, he had done his homework and knew the South Africans took their firearms about as seriously as Americans did, but he decided not to complicate logistics.

Everyone had the usual tricked out M4A1 SOPMOD, with a suppressed Kimber-made M1911A1. Cho also had an M40A5 sniper rifle, but no one was bringing anything unusual or heavy to this party. Ideally, they would never have to fire a single shot, but Ed knew better than to rely on idealism.

"Alright, last word. If things go sideways for the other teams, we'll try to fall back and reinforce. But if that's not viable, hang back and harass whatever's coming their way. And if it goes to shit for us, we do not take chances. Let the local fighters bring the hate, we shag ass back to the nearest LZ or attempt to cross the river." Ed explained.

"What're the odds this is going to go to shit?" Gunny asked.

"We both know the answer to that. But a lot of folks are pretty sure that this is just a whole lot of bullshit and posturing. The alternative is that South Africa gets to see how well it can hold up to an OIF scenario. Hopefully someone gets their head in their ass wired together and we'll be out in a week." Ed replied. The other Marines nodded in agreement. The joking was all but gone, every one of them had a serious and somber expression. Many of them had taken fire in Iraq or Afghanistan, they knew all too well what awaited them if peace failed here; a lot of pissed off and desperate people looking to take a few invaders down.

"Saint Mattis watch over us, then." Cho finally said, breaking up the silence.

"You sound like such a fucking boot, rook." Doc replied, using the derisive term used among Marines to refer to personnel who have not yet seen combat action. While Cho had seen a little action in Afghanistan, there was at least the modifier that Doc said Cho sounded like a boot. Despite being technically Navy, Doc was about as Marine as they came.

"Why you gotta be like that, doc? You wound my very soul." Cho replied.

"Yeah, I gotta say, that was a bit overkill." Gunny added.

((OOC Note: Players are free to branch off into their own threads from here so as to minimize confusion))

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Africa / Re: Operation Iron Serpent - Phase I (Arrival & Briefing)
« on: June 17, 2017, 04:15:16 PM »
Air Force Base Makhado
Louis Trichardt, Limpopo Province, South Africa


"Alright, ladies, we're here. Grab your shit and let's go." Ed announced as the loading ramp to the second American C-130 on the base lowered. Unusually for a Marine unit, Ed and his team were in Multicam fatigues, but it was more to do with the desire to minimize identifying who was throwing in on this shindig.

Everyone and their uncle used C-130s, quite a few countries used C-17s, and anyone who wanted to look "tacti-cool" wore Multicam. Only the US Marines wore MARPAT, and that would tell anyone who was looking just about all they needed to know about the situation.

"Not bad weather, boss. I thought it'd be worse." Gunny commented.

"Yeah, me too." The Team's second in command, Guts, added.

"That's because neither of you jackasses bothered to glance at a weather report. Hell, it's the first app on my phone." Ed replied, glancing over his shoulder with a smirk.

"I'd have guessed another one, sir." The Team's newcomer, Cho, said. In response, he was smacked upside the head by the Corpsman.

"What the hell, Doc?" Cho demanded.

"Check that shit, rook." Doc replied.

"Go easy on him, would ya?" Ed said, and a South African soldier approached and snapped a salute, which Ed returned.

"Captain Mujari. I've been instructed to have all team leaders arriving report to the conference room. Colonel Bishop and Colonel Jordaan are waiting." The soldier replied.

"Alright. Could you please help my guys get squared away while I'm there?" He turned and handed his bags off to Guts.

"What the shit, sir? Am I your bellboy now?" Guts demanded.

"Well it sure as shit isn't the good Captain here. So put on your Cap'n Crunch hat and set up with Captain Mujari here." He turned back to Mujari, "Don't let these assholes give you any lip, Captain. We're all very grateful to be invited guests of the South African government and military."

Ed headed straight away towards the conference room, and found that two others had already beat him there.

"Sir. Major Ed Connolly, Marine Raiders, reporting as ordered." Ed said crisply.

"At ease. This isn't some cadet review, sit down." Bishop said, motioning to the open seats at the table.

"We've got at least one more arrival on his way now. While we're waiting, we might as well get to know each other. This is Colonel Laurence Jordaan, he's the eyes, ears and voice for the South African Special Forces." Bishop gestured to Colonel Jordaan, who nodded to everyone and began passing out folders to the team leads.

"Point blank, he's our word of God around here, because we are here as guests of South Africa. If this Task Force does not meet to the approval of the South African government, military, and people, this op is dead." Bishop said, "I am your immediate superior, however."

"We hope that this operation is merely a precaution, not a precursor." Jordaan added.

"A precursor to South Africa's own OIF. Which they do not want, nor do the people of Zimbabwe. Someone over the border has lost their shit, and we hope that they find it again before this all goes bad." Bishop said.

"Indeed, Colonel. Gentlemen, inside these folders, you will find updates to the current situation as Colonel Bishop was briefed on already.  You may take a moment to look them over while we wait for our final guests." Jordaan explained.

"Before we get this briefing underway, since we got a sec to kill, if you guys have any questions to ask, now is the time." Bishop said.

Ed glanced between the other two in the room, "Ah, if you gentlemen want to go first." He said.

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