Unit – 5166 Bad Luck Brigade
The team was dropped of a considerable distance south of the objective. PFC Tefadswa and myself worked to navigate north, however it was more difficult for us to find and efficient method to navigate through the terrain and unfortunately took more time and energy than originally expected. Upon nearing the first objective point, Myself and PFC Aurborne moved quietly through the underbrush until we were able to visually confirm the two targets defending the orbital defense cannon. I attempted to eliminate the enemies quietly. Using precise fire I was able to kill one of the guards, and render the second temporarily unconscious. Unfortunately he regained his senses to quickly for myself or Aurborne to reach him. When I was unable to penetrate his armor with a fourth short, Aurborne was forced to open fire with his LMG. Before he could neutralize the threat, the guard returned fire, wounding Aurborne just below his collar bone. I proceeded past the guard post and set up a surveillance position just inside the treeline along Rout Wisconsin while Lcpl Gallion tended to Aurbornes injuries.
Once gain combat effective, Aurborne and Tafadswa moved to the objective and rigged it with explosives. Meanwhile, Gallion attempted to delay the enemies response by impersonating the guards during a radio check. Even so, an enemy patrol engaged us shortly after Tafadswa had placed her explosive charges. In the thick folliage it was difficult to pinoint the enemy fire until Pvt Chapman used her abilities to illuminate one of the enemy combatants helmets. Following a short firefight the enemy patrol was neutralized, however Chapman claimed to have glimpsed the future and insisted that the explosives already set would be inefficient in rendering the cannons unusable. Rather than risk such an event, Aurborne decided instead to detonate the explosives now. Chapman was right, and the initial charges were not enough to destroy the objective. Another set of charges were placed and detonated. This time the damage was sufficient enough to ensure that the cannon could no longer fire however the sounds from the explosives, and the time it took to set a second satchel charge allowed the enemy more time to prepare for us.
After regrouping and moving through the treeline, and before reaching the munitions main guard post, we came under fire from a second patrol. This one was already lying in wait, watching for us as we approached. Only minor injuries were suffered in the exchange of fire a combination of precise fire from myself and Gallion rendered one of the enemy combatants unconscious, the other quickly moved to an even more fortified position, however Pvt Smith used his rifle to land a series of grenades directly on the target, killing the enemy combatant just as he managed to set off a smoke grenade.
With both patrols neutralized, we began to move towards the second primary objective at the northern most point of the munitions area. Moving through the treeline we were able to spot the enemy post before they were able to spot us. It became apparent that the enemy had adjusted their defenses to prepare for us. The heavy sabot cannon that had been mounted facing north in our surveillance photos was now facing south. As a team we attempted to take out the combatant behind the cannon before he could return fire. We were able to do so, however because he was so heavily armored, it required too many rounds to neutralize him, and a second enemy combatant was able to get behind the weapon before we had an opportunity to focus our fire on him. He quickly opened fire on Aurborne who was fortunate enough to suffer only a grazing wound from the shot. We quickly returned fire on him, and I was able to put a round into his t-box even through his heavily armored combat visor. Unfortunately the enemy was able to get off a second shot with his Heavy Sabot Cannon. This round struck Gallion in the chest, penetrating his armor and instantly rendering him unconscious.
Myself, Smith, and Tafadswa moved forward to secure the objective while Aurborne struggled to stabilize Gallion. After clearing the room, Tafadswa moved to the roof of the outpost and managed to rotate the Cannon back to his original defensive orientation and she then quickly moved to aid Aurborne with Gallion. At this time, I heard another series of shots fired as I took up my overwatch position. To the south, among the bunkers, Chapman was taking fire. She flew up, and back towards us, and when the enemy firing at her continued to pursue her, I was able to penetrate his armor at a weak point and finally neutralize him. I would later learn that he was part of the second patrol we encountered. We believed we had killed him the an earlier firefight, but his armor had protected him so that he was only rendered temporarily unconscious.
With Gallion finally stabilized, I ordered Chapman and Smith to take him inside of one of the munitions bunkers and guard over him while Aurborne and Tafadswa secured the main entrance and called in air support. While the ships were still on approach, an enemy vehicle moved towards the gates. Unable to provide an appropriate pass code we instead attempted to open fire on them however the Heavy Sabot Cannon suffered a miss fire. Myself and Tafadswa opened fire on the approaching vehicles turret gunner, who in turn opened fire on Aurborne. Quickly repairing the Cannon, Aurborne was able to fire on the enemy turret gunner and quickly neutralize him. Tafadsaw and I targeted the driver, but even when our rounds were lucky enough to penetrate the armored windshield, they were never able to then penetrate the driver personal armor. Aurborne was able to fire on the drive, Shattering the protective windshield, but by that point the vehicle was already retreating. Our ships arrived just in time to destroy the vehicle as it attempted to flee the area.
We continued to hold our position while the ships loaded what munitions they could. With the mission completed, we boarded the Riftrunner an completed our egress. Even though PFC Aurborne and LCpl Gallion suffered significant injuries, the mission was completed successfully. Aurborne performed admirably, and I request the he be put in for a meritorious promotion. That being said, I feel like at times the unit struggled from not having defined leadership. Despite his demotion, Pvt Smith continues to show obvious characteristics of being a strong leader. It may be in the best interest of the unit if he is reinstate as a Teamleader in Cpl Pridistias absence.
The team also struggled with neutralizing targets quickly and efficiently, myself included. It became obvious that even with accurate fire, the enemies armor is allowing them significant time to react and retaliate. I propose that an allotment of Armor Piercing rounds be provided on missions where it is expected that teams will encounter heavily armored enemy combatants.
- First Lieutenant Elissa Sheen