02/15/3062 06:15 Location – Combat Field Base: KINGBREAKER, 8km SW of Fairkeep
The 21st Magistracy Gendarme deployed along the northern arc of the 4km Exclusion zone manning checkpoints all the way back to the main highway. They were widely dispersed in order to not attract the attention of Commonwealth forces but to respond if anyone tried to leave.
The 17th Magistracy Gendarme and Detachment-81 (The Mercs) had marched up through the pass and established a Combat Field Base in the woods outside the city. The 17th consisted of police commandoes and more experienced soldiers from the ready reserve. They were also supported by seven Longswords (4 Torches and 3 Blitzes) from the Special Executive of Justice in addition to their Nomad armored transports.
Commander Roxane, Lt. Commander Baker, and the Merc Command Team stand under a camouflage net looking over a map.
Cmd. Roxane “In light of the recent offensives from the Commonwealth the Liao Coordinator has suspended all Rules of Engagement. Our intelligence tells us that 7th FEDCOM, 3rd Battalion has forced the civilians out of the city so if it moves go ahead and shoot it.”
LCmd. Baker “I can verify that, we have spoken to Fairkeep residents in the Comstar refugee camps, 3rd Battalion forced everyone out then put a minefield around the city with only two ways in or out. By Boat or via Highway N-882, by all appearances the highway checkpoint has been abandoned recently and the area around it has likely been mined or booby trapped.”
Cmd. Roxane "We have instituted a 4km Exclusion Zone around the city to keep us out of artillery range. There are three Sniper pieces, two Thumpers, and three Arrow 4 batteries located near the airport. Unless something has changed in the past two days there are two aircraft we also need to worry about, a Forger Tactical Bomber and a Dark Crow Fighter.
Based on reports we suspect there is probably a company of infantry and mechs scattered throughout the city. The reports are sketchy though, we cannot verify any of it and Sierra Company reports they detected four cargo aircraft making two trips last night so they might have been able to reinforce their positions. Expect anything to happen."
LCmd. Baker "Speaking of Sierra Company was hit by a commando raid last night this destroyed most of their ammunition, their battalion supply deport was damaged as well so they have only enough ammo for six salvos with everything. Their four Thumper and two Sniper pieces were undamaged during the attack and are ready to fire.
I am working with the Ministry to get an active satellite link overhead so I can spot for targets and provide communications support. When you are ready to go I will call it in and we should have an overflight within ninety minutes."
Cmd. Roxane "You mission is rather simple mercenaries destroy 3rd Battalion’s heavy weapons so my command can enter and secure the city.
Everyone is dismissed, form up and get ready for action"