Eagle-3 1 US squad 8/8
Sgt McMann former fisherman Cheery/ wealth Avg ldr squad +1 towards him
1st FT Cpl Adams orphaned ranch hand jovial/ religion poor ldr FT +1 towards him
2nd FT Cpl Anderson son of a miner idealistic/ wealth poor ldr 1st mission as FT lead
The last 2 days had been great! They set up a cordon during the day in front of a hotel as some bigwigs met with some muhla types and actually slept in beds at night. There were even some SF guys around in case things got bad. The LT actually helped them out this time.
Today their orders were different. It appeared the conference had ended early. Sgt McMann didn't know if that was good or bad for national security but did know they were suppose to patrol a bazaar near the hotel. "Just walk around a smile. Show the people that the government is here to protect them. And keep an eye out for anything suspicious." the captain had told them.
He didn't like this assignment much. Walking around in a crowded bazaar seemed like a good way to get killed.
The bazaar looking not too crowded
Local shoppers elbow their way to the stalls.
Suddenly his earset crackled to life, " Suspected suicide bomber enroute to bazaar. Eagle-3, clear civilians from bazaar and neutralize bomber if found. Avoid civilian casualties. Deadly force authorized only upon positive identification. Eagle-5, provide support to Eagle-3." Now he really didn't like the assignment!
With no time to lose he sent each fireteam down 1 half of the bazaar with their ANA interpreters in the lead trying to tell the throngs to leave the bazaar. [ Force on Force has great rules for this.]
The bomber is positively identified by a SF sniper on a nearby roof (eagle-5) who misses the shot. Cpl Anderson feels his team has a clear shot and orders his team to take it.
Post battle the squad now loves Sgt McMann and their morale goes to 10 when he is around. 2nd FT was also impressed with Cpl Anderson. I would have put Anderson in for a medal for shooting the bomber but killing a civi kinda tarnishes that. Sgt McMann missed his leadership roll so he is still average. Back at the barracks, Cpl Rendon from the heavy weapons platoon approaches Sgt McMann. While embarrassed, he explains that on his last mission he lost a cross that his mom gave him and knows he will die if he doesn't get it back. Any chance Sgt McMann could go with him to the spot where he is sure he lost it? What answer but "yes" can our hero say? [ I told you this platoon is generating a lot of great stories. This is certainly Platoon Forward at its best to me.]