Thursday, May 14, 2015

OPERATION LOST HAWK - AFTER ACTION REPORT (04 JUN 2016 @ 1337)

OPERATION LOST HAWK - AFTER ACTION REPORT

PREPARED BY: SGT JADE COLMAN


SITUATION

o Enemy Forces:
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o Friendly Forces
 - CPL Jade "Mineral" Colman (United Kingdom)
 - CPL Spencer "Leo" Donohue (United States)
 - CPL Svetlana "Eclipse" Petukhova (Russia)
 - SPC Jirina Markusova (Czech Republic)
 - PFC Dean Carter (United Kingdom)
 - PFC Edward Dudek (Poland)
 - PFC Rainhard Horn (Austria)


MISSION

o Strike Team deploys to Puebla, Mexico, 04 JUN 2016 @ 0332 hrs, IOT disrupt ongoing Alien Abduction Operations.

EXECUTION NARRATIVE

The mission alert came in at 1300. We were wheels up by 1320 and boots on ground in Mexico by 1337. Markusova was the first to move, while everyone else got off the Skyranger. Immediately she made contact with a pod of Floaters. At her call, PFC Horn immediately slung his rifle and pulled his rocket launcher. Despite the snap-shot, his rocket flew true, and destroyed two of the floaters, as well as a section of the building. I designated the other, so Eclipse and Leo could blow it out of the sky. Once the immediate threat was dealt with, I started advancing the squad on the building, which appeared to be a liquor store.


As we were positioning, a pod of Seekers came into sight, probably to investigate what happened to the Floaters. Markusova, on overwatch, managed to take one down before they'd spotted us, and PFC Dudek winged one. When they advanced on us, I cut loose with a burst and took down the damaged one, while Markusova designated the other so Eclipse and Leo could again take it down.

Once the Seekers were down, we continued our advance on the store. PFC Carter spotted a meld canister inside, and moved in to claim it. He disabled the locking mechanism, so the site exploitation team could harvest the contents. When Carter was through, he and Markusova reported noises from the smaller building, which appeared to be a small bar. We flexed our line of advance to start moving in that direction. When we spotted another canister of Meld, I ordered a team consisting of Markusova and Leo, while Horn, Carter and Dudek advanced inside the liquor store. Unfortunately the Meld canister sealed prior to Markusova reaching it, due to our cautious pace. Using a Battle Scanner might have allowed us to safely advance, in hind-sight.

Once we'd established that the remaining X-Ray threat was inside the bar, we positioned on the near wall, before I moved up to peer inside. The Thin Men inside moved into cover when they saw me, leaving their back side exposed for the other team to assault. Petukhova made the first kill, with Markusova taking the next as the assault team, consisting of Dudek, Horn and Carter moved in the back and cleaned up the third.

Following that, we cleared the remainder of the area, and called in the exploitation team before returning to the Skyranger.


LESSONS LEARNED

o Sustain:
 - Fire team coordination
 - Set up and assault a static position

o Improve:
 - When you bring a Battle Scanner, use it
 - Take calculated risks