Jason exited the Ops APC wearing only a black Tee shirt and his BDU trousers and boots. No filter mask, no battle rattle... nothing...
All ten teams were gathered consisting of some 95 surviving souls.
"High guys, stand at ease and make yourself comfortable in a half circle".
It only took a minute for everyone to either end up sitting or standing in front of Jason as he stood before the APC.
Let me start by saying we have a really big problem".
"All of you know I was once an Army Ranger. I worked for a Major Ray Hendrix; he is one of the smartest men I have ever known". Well about 20 minutes
ago I had a secure line conversation with him.
"Ray retired from the Rangers and went to work for the C.I.A. ....not as some annalist dweeb but as a CIA Global Terrorist Coordinator... Some of you
may remember a few years ago when Cambodia's Military tried to pull off another Pol Pot game by killing government officials and went so far as
invading Laos and Thailand. It was Ray's working group that shut them down in their tracts."
"Let me just say, I trust Ray with my life... and what I am about to tell you.... let me know if you guys think I am crazy".
Jason spoke for the next 4 minutes non stop explaining what Ray had told him in every detail he could remember. He had always hated it in the
military when it was required to treat the troops as mushrooms (keep them in the dark and feed them sh!t) for security reasons. That was one of the
things he really liked about the teams. Everyone knew and much as everyone else and most were cross trained to take over someone Else's job if needed.
The officers and men would have followed Jason into hell if he told them there was a good reason for going.
In closing Jason spoke of what he felt the teams should do.
"The way I see it we need to crank up the psyops speakers and tell everyone still alive in this town we are in a stand down mode. Everyone needs to
remain in place because one of the Hawkeye drones is relaying everything that is happening around these parts back to the watchers.. who the watchers
relay that info to at the moment is anyone's guess. We do not need a large gathering being tracked back to this area of operation because we all might
get an incoming air to ground... We need to look as normal as normal can be. That means the teams will still move out but I want the Psyops speakers
blaring at max volume trying to get the folks to hunker down and stay safe until sometime after tomorrow when we will go back through with the
speakers telling everyone when and where it will be safe to move. Kenny you are the best psyops man we have I want you to make a tape 10 minutes ago
that we can broadcast via the APCs speakers explaining we are no longer the town's folk enemies. You are dealing with simple towns people for the most
part so K-I-S-S (keep it simple stupid).
Teams six through ten we will move out as soon as Kenny gets the recording ready and I put back on all the battle rattle and HAZMAT gear. For all
appearances everything is normal ops.
"Oh Kenny, make part of the broadcast that if they have someone who can meet with us at this location wait until they hear the large explosion on the
west side of town around 05:00. I will request Hawkeye to be in position to watch the fireworks which should leave the towns center south, north and
east for someone to move undetected"..
There was only one raised hand in the group of guys.
" Boss I am not speaking for anyone else.... just myself but..... The Bastards who planned this and sent us in to kill like we were told to do.... I
will spend the rest of my life tracking them down and making them pay". At which point the guys rose to their feet if sitting and everyone to the last
For the first time in many years Jason's eyes wanted to leak tears.
FOOTNOTE: For those who have never worked Special ops or been around these team types they all had one thing in common; if they are old hands. It is
called compartmental thinking.
Picture a team member's brain with 1 million + little rooms. When a mission is complete the facts along with the good, bad, and ugly are locked away
until something is needed from that room once again. There are happy rooms, gray area rooms and red doors with "do not open ever again" stamped across
Jason along with all the team guys were artist at opening and closing these doors. When Lt. Baker's head was blown off next to Jason on the initial
day of the Ops Jason did not pause and reflect on Baker's wife and kids with no daddy or the fact that Baker and Jason were not only team mates but
friends as well. No, Baker's door in Jason mind was closed and he carried on with what needed to be done to complete the mission so others of his
teams would not die.. For some outsiders they might think it hard and uncaring. Yet for team members it was a matter of survival. Those who can not
compartmentalize do not last long in a real SHTF environment.
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