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7/12/2020 Operation Ridgeline AAR

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Contract: N/A(Altis Armed Forces)

Location: Altis

FOB: Carbon

Enemy: FIA Supporters

CO Callsign: Sandman

Infantry Callsign: Chevron

Air Transport Callsign: Crater

CAS Callsign: Phantom


July 12th, 2020 (7/12/2020)

Operation: Ridgeline

Operational Frequency: 92.8

Ground LR Frequency: 77.3

Air LR Frequency: 82.5

At approximately 0900, the following briefing was provided:


“Welcome to FOB Carbon operatives.  I finally got the contact information for the higher ups in the Altis Armed Forces.  As such, welcome to Altis, hopefully a place we’ll be spending a lot of time in.  The AAF are popularly known to contract PMCs regularly.  That makes them a potentially valuable client to Warden Security, so be on your best behavior.


For those of you that don’t know, the AAF are the federal military here on Altis and they have been in conflict with a local rebel militia known as the Federation and Independence Army or FIA.  As a matter of fact, we should all be cognisant of the AAFs history with tyranny.  As of now, the FIA are just a minor annoyance to our client as far as our contact has expressed.  Obviously, they would like to keep it that way.


The AAF and local law enforcement have noticed suspicious behavior and rising rates of crime in the designated areas of Kavala as seen on your map.  Sigma, Omicron and Epsilon have been suspected as areas where the local civilians are assisting in funding the FIA or assisting them somehow.


The situation is sensitive, because the AAF wants all criminals either apprehended or eliminated.  Allowing potential FIA supporters to escape is unacceptable.  However, preventing any hostiles from escaping would require a coordinated strike on all three areas.  Such an operation would normally require a large AAF presence in Kavala, which would draw unneeded attention to their militant activity.


Our client would rather risk vagrants escaping than a PR nightmare.  So Warden Security has accepted the job.  Here’s the mission.  In an attempt to keep a low profile, our squad will insert at Kastro to the west.  AAF have secured the insertion point.  I have arranged two transport vans for our operation today.  They are located at grid 033131 Keypad 3.  Logistics was unable to suit either of the vehicles for medical utility and neither of them have extra supplies.


Once set up in Kavala, your squad leader will have a plan of maneuver and execution.  The mission objective is to eliminate all known hostiles located within areas Epsilon, Sigma and Omicron.  While operating, identify and report any noteworthy assets for the AAF to confiscate afterwards.  Under orders from our client, we will not be scavenging any supplies.  When the job is done, move back to the insertion point for extraction.


This should be a pretty short operation, let's be surgical.  In and out.  Now for formalities.


Primary Objective: eliminate all known hostiles located within areas Epsilon, Sigma and Omicron.  Mark any notable findings for AAF confiscation later.

Operation: Ridgeline

CO Callsign: Sandman

Infantry Callsign: Chevron

Operational Frequency: 92.8

Ground LR Frequency: 77.3


Your squad leader today will be Sgt.Sammy.  Sergeant, get the operatives organized and tell them your plan.  When Chevron is prepared, come see me.”


Chevron established two fireteams for Operation Ridgeline.  Fireteam 1 is tasked with a synchronized assault on Epsilon and Omicron whereas Fireteam 2 is tasked with a single assault on Sigma.  Two vehicles have been stashed at grid 033131 for transportation once Chevron is inside Kavala.  An emergency extraction point had been established at the Dump to the East of town in anticipation of foul play from the AAF.


At 1030, Chevron is transported via rotary wing to the insertion point at Kastro.  Transport vehicle received small arms fire from AO Sigma during return to FOB Carbon.  Chevron recovered the two transport vehicles at 033131 and requisitioned the vehicles for FT1.


At 1100, Chevron FT1 began maneuvering to Epsilon and Omicron.  However, shortly thereafter, both vehicles were witnessed at AO Omicron.  Reports suggest that a mixture of poor communication and navigation skills resulted in confusion among the FT1.  Both vehicles were seen heading towards AO Epsilon, but then turned South.  Chevron 1-1 took fire while heading south past AO Sigma.


1115 Operation Ridgeline Radio Transcript between Chevron 1-1 and Chevron SL and Chevron RTO:
“Fire team 1, what’s your status? Are you taking fire?” - SL
“Yup, but we’re good, no casualties.” - 1-1
“Have you taken enemy fire?”  - SL
“Yes, we did take enemy fire.  Unknown from where.” - 1-1

“Alright, we believe it’s from the uh... the white four story office building poking up in the middle of uh... AO Sigma.” - SL

“Alrighty, thank you.” - 1-1

“1-1, you almost ready?” - SL

“Negative, we’re currently clearing an office building where we suspect we took shots.” - 1-1
“Are you guys attacking Sigma?” - SL
“Negative.” - 1-1

“The office building where you took shots from is inside Sigma.” - RTO

“Hey, just fuck the office building and uh… get to your AO as fast as you can.  If we already took enemy fire, then they already know that we’re here.  So we need to get a move on I think.” - SL

“Understood.” - 1-1

“Our main objective is gonna be the AOs today, despite uh… us wanting to take those guys out.” - SL


Shortly after the communication with Fireteam 1, Sgt.Sammy gave the order to attack assigned AOs at 1130.  The assault began with all of FT2 attacking AO Sigma and FT1 attacking AO Omicron.  Very quickly, Chevron would find that they were egregiously outnumbered by the local insurgents.  When calling for a status report, Chevron SL would find that casualties were climbing and RTO was incapacitated in cover on the Western front of AO Sigma.  At this point, it is established that 1-1 was aware that all of FT1 was present at Omicron when the attack began.


The fight would be arduous and within half an hour, all of Chevron 1 is eliminated.  One of the vehicles is never recovered, and suspected to be stolen by the enemy.  After several failed attempts to make radio contact with Chevron, Sandman approved the reinsertion of another squad to finish the job.  Chevron 2 takes off from FOB Carbon at 1215 and arrives at the insertion point at 1245.  Chevron 2 immediately moves to make a full frontal assault on AO Sigma from the west.


At 1315, a local news helicopter arrived to report on the fire fight in Kavala.  Chevron 2 slowly neutralized all hostile forces within AO Sigma.  2-3 is KIA during the initial assault.  Reserve 2-3 is reinserted by way of a rotary wing near the hospital east of AO Sigma shortly after Chevron 2 had neutralized the AO.


Altis News Network Channel 14 caught footage of the latter half of the assault on AO Sigma and also caught footage of Chevron 2 moving on foot southbound to AO Omicron.  However, while maneuvering to the next AO, a large explosion is heard in the north of Kavala at around 1445.  AAF subsequently commanded the local news helicopter to exit the immediate air space.


Upon approach of AO Omicron, Chevron 2 reported that Chevron 1 had evidently neutralized the AO before falling to the stragglers.  Numerous remains are identified, including Fireteam 1 from Chevron 1.  The remains of an IED workshop were identified in AO Omicron, although any valuable equipment had been clearly removed before Chevron 2 had arrived.


At 1515, Chevron 2 arrived at AO Epsilon in the remaining transport vehicle.  Upon arrival, indications of a large explosion were immediately noticeable.  The AO was clearly abandoned very recently.  Further investigation suggested there was once a stash of military grade weapons and explosives on the roof of a building within AO Epsilon.


Presumably, the stash was intentionally destroyed to prevent confiscation.  We can only assume that the enemy had escaped with a significant amount of equipment before Chevron 2 was able to arrive.


At 1530, Chevron 2 confirms that AO Omicron, Sigma and Epsilon are clear of hostiles.  Friendly air transport arrives to extract Chevron 2 from Kavala.  At 1600, Chevron 2 is RTB.


Operation Ridgeline is considered a terrible failure.  During the assault on three different targets, Warden Security suffered insurmountable losses without any significant return.  Chevron 2 was only able to secure AO Sigma while any useful contraband and intelligence in Omicron and Epsilon was lost.  The AAF reported that a small weapons cache was found in AO Sigma, perhaps an exchange point to distribute prohibited equipment.


AAF promptly expressed dissatisfaction with Warden Security’s performance.  During discussions amongst command and the client, Operation Ridgeline was referred to as ‘The Kavala Fiasco’ and AAF promptly began a PR operation to influence public perception on the incident.  It is understood that the AAF intends to claim that WardSec operatives in Kavala were Nato special forces operating illegally within Altis.  It is expected that an investigation into ‘The Kavala Fiasco’ will likely be conducted by Nato intelligence.


The following operatives attended Operation Sparrow:









The following operatives have been promoted during Operation Ridgeline:

Pvt.Junko is now a Corporal

Congratulations operative.

Note from Cmd.Graphix:
“I worry that my operatives are disheartened and demoralized after Operation Ridgeline.  However, I believe the true mistake was in accepting the contract from the AAF in the first place.  Certainly we did not have the manpower to take on such a demanding objective.  That being said, Fireteam 1 blatantly failed to follow orders correctly.  There is a clear need for more concurrent and quality training.”



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