Puerto Oro has recently been suffering from leftist incursions from its southern neighbor. Congress has approved a limited deployment of a single Ranger battalion to advise Puerto Oro’s government forces in the area and to lead strike missions against leftist elements.
|US President Ronald Reagan has dispatched US Army Rangers to Puerto Oro.|
This is our area of operations (AO) in Puerto Oro. It consists of AO Yankee (North and South) and further to the west (not shown) are AO Victor (North and South). The yellow line delineates the limits of available offshore naval gunfire support from the US Navy.
|AO Victor and Yankee.|
The mission today is to lead a squad to recon a suspected enemy communications site. We’ll be parachuting quite far north of the objective and traveling south on foot through jungle. After the mission is complete, we will not be returning to base but instead establishing a patrol base in the area to interdict and observe the enemy presence.
|Today’s Mission: Recon an enemy communications site.|
|The planned route: the objective is to the south, after which we head west to establish a patrol base.|
The recon should take no more than 45 minutes and then we will extract to the west and establish a patrol base.
|A rough sketch of each team’s actions at the objective.|
M60: Johnson. 1 claymore, AT4 rocket launcher, 1 extra box of ammo, radio.
M4: Harris. 1 claymore mine, 2 grenades, 1 box ammo.
A Team Leader:
M4: Welch: 1 box ammo. 1 set Night Vision Goggles, 1 set binoculars
M203. Lopez. 1 set binos, 1 digital camera
M249. Stephenson. 1 box ammo. 1 Night Vision Goggles.
M4. Wilson. 1 box ammo. 1 thermal sight. grenades.
M4. Meoni. 1 claymore. 1 AT4. 1 box ammo.
B team leader:
M4. Rocke. 1 claymore mine. grenades. 1 box ammo.
M203. Pina, 1 box ammo. 1 AT4, grenades.
M249. Balafas. 1 claymore mine. 1 box ammo.
M4. Modica. 1 AT4. grenades. 1 box extra ammo.
The squad hides in the jungle and finds concealment. However, the technical pulls up just short of the squad and eight men jump out of the truck and start firing!
Our B Team Leader, Rocke, is fatally hit! Pina fires his AT4 at the enemy truck and vaporizes it. Meoni throws two hand grenades and kills the rest of the communist guerrillas. Loud explosions and gunfire echo through the night. The Rangers split up the equipment from Rocke and call for a medevac. A jungle lifter helicopter arrives in 15 minutes and extracts Rocke’s body. The sound will definitely attract more enemies if the Rangers don’t start moving fast to the objective. The time it has taken for extraction and cleanup means that we’re behind schedule. The planned route is abandoned in favor of an alternate route that is more dangerous, but gets the squad to the objective a bit faster.
|The squad runs into trouble just south of the drop zone.|
|The squad starts to set up near the objective at the edge of the village.|
The Recon element of four men arrive near the jungle clearing and start recording. They see a busy communications base with many guerrillas moving around in the night while radio operators seem busy at their post. Luckily, none of the men are spotted and after 60 minutes of taking photos and drawing sketches of the site (thanks to the miracle of night vision scopes and infrared), the recon is finished.
|The sun comes up and the men wearily establish a patrol base to the west, awaiting further orders.|
-10 points: Ranger KIA
-10 points: Switch to dangerous (but faster) alternate route
80 points – Major Tactical Success