Ghost Squad

Operation: Fallen Star
Jungle Mission

Primary Mission: Retrieve the fallen spy satellite North Star from the Amazon jungles before it falls into the hands of notorious F.A.R.C. Leader Domingo Hernandez.
Secondary Mission(s): Eliminate target of opportunity Domingo Hernandez.
Mission Status: Successful
Personnel: Checkmate, Boyscout, Twitch, Hayseed, Diablo, Sparks
Report Author: Checkmate

Details: A top secret reconnaissance satellite had a critical failure in orbit nearly 2 hours ago and has crashed into the Amazon Jungle. The satellite contains potentially damaging information to the United States and it operatives and allies around the globe. To complicate matters, the territory in which the satellite crashed is controlled by a cell of The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and led by Domingo Hernandez known as Don Caliente. Caliente is a known weapons and drug trafficker and is considered a target of opportunity. G.H.O.S.T. Squad will HALO into the LZ, locate and recover the satellite’s data recorder and if possible retire Domingo Hernandez.

Report: We HALO jumped out of the C-130 in the evening as planned, with only Boyscout sustaining minor injuries during the insertion. We were unable to reach command, as an ECM broadcast jammer was blocking communication in the area, so we humped through the jungle towards the last know location of the satellite throughout the day and into the next evening. As the day went on, I felt I was unprepared physically and mentally for the excursion, and became concerned that may ability to lead may become impaired. It would appear that my time out of active field duty may have played a factor in this.
     On the next day, at 1130 hours, we reached the crash site. The intel was correct, we could see the downed satellite in a nearby valley. Local guerrillas were already on site, being converged around the satellite. Twitch & Sparks set up sniper cover on the hillside, while Boyscout, Diablo flanked the valley opposite Hayseed and myself. We quickly eliminated the opposition, but were surprised by a second patrol that had come up behind the sniper team. Having dispatched them, we reconed the area, discovering that the data recorder had already been removed, and found the distinct trail of a half-track leaving the area. We followed the half-track to a road which connected to Pueblo Necesito, a small village 6 klicks to the north.
     From the outskirts of the village, we discovered a large concrete bunker atop a hill. Based on the communication dishes on the bunker, Sparks suspected that the ECM jamming was from this location. We set to assault the bunker in three-man teams, breaching both doors simultaneously. Unfortunately, roving guards spotted a team and initiated combat prematurely. After small-arms fire, and applied use of explosives, we eliminated the guerrillas and disabled the jammer. Patching through to command, they provided us the location of a nearby villa owned by Domingo Hernandez. If the half-track stayed on course, it would rendezvous at the villa.
     We arrived at nightfall at the villa, and identified many guards, but could not identify Hernandez or confirm the arrival of the half-track. We infiltrated the compound and silently eliminated several guards en route to Hernandez’s private quarters. Hernandez was not in his quarters, but his personal guards managed to return fire on us, altering the compound to our presence. In the following altercation, Hernandez was eliminated, as was his wife Esmeralda, and most of the guard contingent. Searching his quarters, we secured the data recorder. Our departure of the villa was hindered by the arrival of the half-track, complete with a mounted 50-caliber turret, and several more guerrillas in the courtyard. Under heavy enemy fire, the squad eliminated the remaining guards sustaining many injuries, and appropriated the half-track for our exfil.
     Listening to their communication on the radio, we learned of a larger force in pursuit of us. We proceed through the evening, to make to LZ Alpha on time. We managed to stay ahead of the opposing force, by disabling a bridge and using out remaining explosives to hamper their pursuit. We made it to the extraction point on time, and exited via SH-60 Seahawk to return to the FOB.

Operation: Domino

Primary Mission: Extract the package Elizabeth Chan and return her stateside unharmed.
Secondary Mission(s): Apprehend or retire priority target Omar Al’Aseem
Mission Status: Successful
Personnel: Checkmate, Boyscout, Hayseed, Twitch
Report Author: Checkmate

Details: Elizabeth Chan, daughter of Senator Tomas Chan, was one of a few Americans in a Doctors Without Borders camp that was abducted by Taliban insurgents, believed to be led by Omar Al’Aseem an influential lieutenant in the Al Shahada Terrorist Group. At this moment intelligence, indicates they are being held in the Afghan city of Benzheen. G.H.O.S.T. Squad is tasked with recovering the critical package, Chan, and if possible, capturing or retiring Al’Aseem.

Report: A beta-priority mission developed in Afghanistan, leaving the GHOSTS with a less-than satisfactory team in the field, leading to the temporary enlistment of Francis X MacCormack, a Sergeant from the 10th Mountain division and potential G.H.O.S.T. candidate. Quickly brought up to speed, Sgt MacCormack, assigned to callsign: Hayseed accompanied Boyscout, Twitch and myself via little bird to the the outskirts of Benzheen, where we made it into the city and rendezvoused with Ibrahim Adeib, a local asset who had been keeping tabs on Omar’s movements in the area.
     Ibrahim informed us that Al’Aseem was suspected to be at a nearby apartment complex, on the third floor on the west face. Twitch set up a spotter position on the rooftop of a warehouse opposite , and while able to see silhouetted movement in the area, was unable to clearly identify the Chan or Al’Aseem. Several guards on in the courtyard and parking lot, confirmed out suspicions that Al’Aseem was at the complex. We dispatched the guards on the ground floor and made our way to the apartment under cover by Twitch and assaulted the room via multiple-angle breach entry – Hayseed and myself took point at the door, Boyscout inserted through the external window, having rappelled down from the rooftop under overwatch cover by Twitch.
     Having secured the room, we identified both targets along with two other doctors that had been apprehended along with Chan, and exfiled to the roof for extraction via helo. Boyscout complicated matters when he refused to extract without the remaining doctors, so they were loaded onto the little bird along with the package and secondary target, leaving us to exit by foot, meeting up with Twitch, to make for the secondary rendezvous site. Upon exiting the complex, we were engaged by several insurgents on foot and Technicals armed with Browning 50 caliber machine guns. We did not have the firepower to engage them, so Boyscout and Hayseed laid down covering fire while Twitch and I located and readied suitable transportation. The insurgents pursued after us, but their pursuit was complicated once they ran into civilian traffic, allowing us opportunity to get away. Having sustained injuries we took to a local safe house and made exit under the cover of darkness to the secondary rendezvous, several miles out of Benzeheen later that day
     Arriving back at the FOB, we quickly interrogated Al’Aseem, and convinced him to provide information on the Shahada’s operations in the region. He informed us that the were deploying an iridium-192 laced dirty bomb in the nearby city of Kabul targeting the United States Vice President, who was on a visit to assess progress and reinforce the U.S. commitment to Afghanistan.. We made for Kabul once the location of the nuke was revealed by Al’Aseem. We resupplied and inserted via little bird and fast roped down to a mosque in the middle of the city. With only minutes before the bomb detonated and several dozen insurgents converging upon our position, we set up a defensive perimeter while Boyscout disarmed the explosive device. Once the iridium was rendered inert, we exited through a weak point in the mosque’s exterior wall.

Recommendations: In this operation, the GHOST squad operatives performed remarkably. They were critical in disarming a nuclear device that would have resulted in the deaths of potentially thousands of innocent people, but additionally damaged the Shahada’s influence in the region by capturing Omar Al’Aseem, a influential lieutenant whom stands as a valuable asset for their operations in the area. Notably, Hayseed’s performance in the mission has convinced me that he would be a valuable operator in the G.H.O.S.T. Squad. It has been recommended that he be activated to permanent operational status, beginning immediately. Additionally, Boyscout’s empathy for the safety of the doctors taking precedent over the mission priorities is cause for concern. His actions created unnecessary complications to the mission, and put the entire team at risk. A full psychological reassessment is recommended.


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