Project Report: Edwards AFB, April 26th, 2161

By , 09/27/2009 9:04 pm


Space Shuttle at Edwards AFB in Storage, april 26th, 2161

Space Shuttle at Edwards AFB in Storage, april 26th, 2161

MISSION FILE: RECON CA-4 – Combined Task Force Phoenix – WESTERN REGION
DATE: 4/26/2161
LOCATION: At Edwards AFB, Ca.
REPORTER: Frederick Douglass Johnson, Recon CA-4

Route Log April 26th, 2161

In preparation for the round-up in Barstow in a few days, Hannah, Tim, Keshawn and myself were detailed as an advance party to secure quarters for our delegation of around 30. The groups traveled in two vehicle: my scout and a Project Humvee. This is to help project a less paramilitary image. Overall, we’re slowly getting things together with recovering the supply base. Tim had a good idea, that we can use MORGANA’s robots to pump out the lowest levels of the base but Poole is having second thoughts. If MORGANA can’t be trusted to send independent units to help pump out the lower levels, maybe we can borrow units we can control remotely ourselves?

On the way to Barstow we were tasked to stop by Edwards, introduce ourselves, invite them to the roundup and see if we could somehow make use of the card the Team picked up. The meeting with the General went quire well, and I think he’ll be onside if we can make a creditable presentation at the roundup. We didn’t make any promises to him and he didn’t promise anything to us, although I think he believes us when we say we’ve got a better shot at changing things than others who came before. I think he was at least a little impressed by Tim’s “age” and Hannah’s family’s devotion, the team’s tech and the Circle-Lazy-Eight’s devotion to preparing for their mission for generation.

The General at least allowed us to take a tour of the base. We took lots of photographs. We saw a few hangers with grounded pre-war aircraft. It looked like all the best pre-war stuff was grounded. Crazy-looking things, advanced jets, stuff that was front-line, they can’t fly it any more. I think they probably have the spares, but no fuel, no lubricants. No trained aircrews, no maintenance personnel. There was older stuff flying, kept in hangars we didn’t get a look inside. Propeller craft and helicopters, and some big plane called a B-52 that’s a lot simpler than the planes that are grounded. Spare parts come from what looked like dozens and dozens of crashed airliners lining one of the runways. Fuel is the main problem, I think, although they can make some in Bakersfield, it’s not high enough quality to use in the best pre-war aircraft.

Speaking of Bakersfield, they were even manufacturing something the team’s computer identified as a “Bearcat”. They appear to be selling a couple of them to Bakersfield, possibly for more jet fuel. Seems odd, selling a couple of what passes for high-performance fighters to them, ground attack or helicopters would seem to make more sense. Who are they planning on shooting down? I talked to one of the guys about why they did the things they did, and he said Edwards and the Air Force was there to preserve America’s technological legacy, defend the Constitution and so on. But why are they selling aircraft to those slavers in Bakersfield? Is that the extent of their patriotism, they can be bought and sold? At the roundup we might be able to use that against them, remind them where their duty really lies. Sure, everyone had to compromise after the war, but at some time the compromises will have to stop.

Be that as it may, we saw something that Tim and Keshawn said was a spaceship. It was called a “shuttle” (which is something used for weaving) and named “Atlantis”. Apparently it went to outer space and back, to something called the Space Station. It landed after the war. Edwards was the largest functioning airfield left on the west coast. Not only did the airliners land here, but Atlantis did too. They said they shot down a missile heading towards them over the Pacific, the only reason they survived the war. Also, there’s a place called Vandenburg, where they apparently still put satellites in orbit. No idea what that means.

After we left Edwards, we managed to secure a prime location for us, a good quality motel right on the way to the roundup named the Dew Drop-Inn. if we park our gear in front we’ll get great exposure. We had to displace some rancher family who’d had a prior reservation, but these were the assholes who weren’t taking care of their bondsmen that we ran across in our trip to the commo station at Mt. Baden-Powell.

  • Focus on water works projects for future development. This will require merchant backing, probably forming a publically-owned company.
  • Information transfer to MORGANA. Form secure data streams of timely local data on conditions and resources, but not privileged Project information.
  • Prepare to hold a reception during the roundup for VIPs and key groups we wish to influence, like the Marines, USAF, EmDees, and the Highway Patrol.

The Greater Tempe Arizona Area

By , 09/24/2009 1:11 am


Latitude: 33.39 N, Longitude: 111.93 W

Incorporated in 1894

Land area: 40.1 square miles.

Population in July 2011: 215,523. Population now is 10.7% or 23,060 Counting ASU Campus.

Females: 11,923   (51.7%)
Males: 11,137   (48.3%)


Median resident age:   28.8 years
Arizona median age:   34.2 years


Races in Tempe:

  • White Non-Hispanic (59.7%)
  • Hispanic (27.9%)
  • Other race (8.5%)
  • Black (3.7%)
  • Two or more races (3.3%)
  • American Indian (2.7%)
  • Chinese (1.3%)
  • Asian Indian (1.1%)
  • Other Asian (0.7%)
  • Vietnamese (0.5%)

(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)
Ancestries: German (17.7%), Irish (12.0%), English (11.2%), Italian (5.5%), United States (4.0%), Polish (2.9%).

Population density: 575 people per square mile     (average).

For population 25 years and over in TempeHigh school or higher: 70.1%

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 29.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 14.6%
  • Unemployed: 4.3%
  • Mean travel time to work: 70.4 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Tempe city

  • Never married: 44.0%
  • Now married: 41.3%
  • Separated: 5.4%
  • Widowed: 7.3%
  • Divorced: 2.0%

Nearest cities: Guadalupe, AZ (1.6 miles ), Chandler, AZ (2.7 miles ), Gilbert, AZ (3.2 miles ), Mesa, AZ (3.3 miles ), Paradise Valley, AZ (3.3 miles ), Salt River, AZ (3.4 miles ), Sun Lakes, AZ (3.5 miles ), Phoenix, AZ (3.6 miles ).

 Most common industries for males (%):

  • Accommodation and food production (14%)
  • Educational services (9%)
  • Construction (8%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (8%)
  • Computer and electronic products (4%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (1%)

 Most common industries for females (%):

  • Educational services (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (16%)
  • Health care (8%)
  • Finance and insurance (2%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (6%)
  • Public administration (1%)

 Most common occupations for males (%)

  • Computer specialists (2%)
  • Farmers/Ranchers and farm managers (11%)
  • Engineers (2%)
  • Other related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Services, wholesale and manufacturing (4%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Driver cart, workers and truck drivers (3%)

 Most common occupations for females (%)

  • Other office and support workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (2%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (4%)
  • High school and college teachers (4%)
  • Farmers/Ranchers and farm managers (9%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (1%)

 Full-time Law Enforcement Employees: 134 (123 officers).

 Officers per 1,000 residents: 5.33

Average household size:

This city:   2.4 people
Arizona:   2.6 people

Percentage of family households:

This city:   52.9%
Whole state:   67.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:

This city:   6.9%
Whole state:   6.2%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)

  • Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households

People in group quarters in Tempe

  • 4577 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 394 people in nursing homes
  • 127 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 78 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 32 people in homes for the physically handicapped
  • 13 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 6 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 6 people in other hospitals or wards for chronically ill
  • 6 people in orthopedic wards and institutions for the physically handicapped
  • 3 people in other group homes
  • 3 people in religious group quarters
  • 3 people in other nonhousehold living situations

Tempe compared to Arizona state average:


 Black race population percentage below state average.

  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Median age below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage below state average.
  • Number of college students above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor’s degree or higher above state average.

 Arenas or stadiums: Now a green house and agro fields

  • Sun Devil Stadium.. Arizona State Sun Devils.
  • Wells Fargo Arena (Tempe). Arizona State University

 Religion statistics for Tempe


Catholic Church

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Southern Baptist Convention

Assemblies of God

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


43.4% 12.6% 6.3% 4.7% 4.2%


5.9% 24.2% 8.1% 5.7% 3.7%



United Methodist Church

Charismatic Churches Independent

Non-Charismatic Churches Independent

Christian Churches and Churches of Christ

Other religions


2.7% 2.1% 1.9% 1.8% 20.3%


3.2% 1.0% 1.8% 2.3% 44.2%

Strongest radio stations in Tempe:

  • KMIK (1580 AM; 50 kW; TEMPE, AZ;  
  • KDUS (1060 AM; 5 kW; TEMPE, AZ;
  • KUPD (97.9 FM; TEMPE, AZ;

  Hospital/medical center in Tempe:


 Colleges/Universities/High school/Middle school/Elementary schools in Tempe:

  • ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY-MAIN CAMPUS (Full-time enrollment: 7,174; Offers Doctor’s degree)
  • Tempe High School (Students: 365; Location: 1730 S. Mill Ave.; Grades: 7-12)
  • Mckemy Middle School (Students: 86; Location: 2250 S College Ave; Grades: K-6)

Library in Tempe:

  • TEMPE PUBLIC LIBRARY ( Location: 3500 SOUTH RURAL ROAD; 441,980 books; 8,741 audio materials; 12,515 video materials; 969 serial subscriptions)

 Drinking water stations with addresses in Tempe:
CORDES LAKE WATER COMPANY (Population served: 2600, Groundwater):

CORDES LAKE-VERDE VI (Population served: 2300, Groundwater):

BERNEIL WATER CO (Population served: 1400, Groundwater):

CORDES LAKE-VERDE VI (Population served: 1324, Groundwater):

CHRISTOPHER CREEK MHP (Population served: 100, Groundwater):


Operations Water Division for ASU/Tempe 

Operations Division includes ASU Engineering support, Tempe Town Lake operation, maintenance and water quality of the O & M sites, as well as Security.

Plant Operations which includes:

  Producing Safe Drinking Water for TempeWater treatment is the process of cleaning water and making it safe for people to drink. The “natural” water found in the Salt and Verde watersheds is not “pure.” The water picks up substances during its journey through the rivers, lakes, and canal system. These substances-some harmless and others not- include.

  • Organic wastes from animals plants and people
  • Dust which is always present in our atmosphere
  • Dirt from the rivers and canals
  • Microbes such as bacteria and viruses
  • Minerals and salts such as calcium, magnesium, and fluoride

The system treats the raw water (from the canals) at the South Tempe Water Treatment Plant and at the Johnny G. Martinez Water Treatment Plant in order to meet safe drinking water standards. These are the steps in the treatment process:

  • Presedimentation Basin – Canal water begins its treatment path here. These basins slow down the incoming water and allow some of the large particles of dirt, etc. to settle out. Water cascades over weirs at the surface of the water, so that the cleanest water goes through the rest of the process, to the dosing channel where additives are added to the water. The water and the additives are mixed and any solids which may still be present in the water cling to the additives – a process called coagulation. It causes the particles to clump together and form large particles called floc. 
  • Flocculation & Sedimentation – Here the heavy floc settles out of the water, and the water continues to the filters.
  • Filtration – Chlorine is added to the water to kill bacteria and then the water is filtered through layers of sand, gravel, and carbon to remove all remaining particles in the water.
  • Chlorine is added again as the water enters the water reservoirs and distribution system.


  Description of the facility process

  O&M of the Johnny G. Martinez 50 MGD Water Treatment Plant (JGMWTP)Site used ½ year
  O&M of the South Tempe 50 MGD Water Treatment Plant (STWTP)  Site used other ½ year
  O&M of the Kyrene Reclamation facility 9.0 MGD wastewater treatment capacity
  SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) Control Center where data from the facilities and throughout the distribution system is relayed and monitored Site online but ¼ of monitors.


  Transmission and Collection which includes: Maintenance and rehabilitation of distribution system (808 miles water lines)1/12 open to grid now. More opened as needed and able to support. Water that is not consumed by the users must be taken away through the wastewater collection system. This is an engineered system of underground pipes that range in size from six inches in diameter to 48 inches in diameter. This system collects wastewater from all user points and transports it to a treatment site. The  ASU Utility Service Section repairs and installs sewer mains, helps control odors in the collection system, repairs and maintains manholes, paints manholes with pesticide paint to help control roach populations in the system, and inspections of the collection system with security teams to record condition ratings for needed repair or replacement purposes..The ASU Utility Service Section is responsible for operating, maintaining, and repairing approximately 496 miles of collection mains including 8,000 manholes. Additional activities include cleaning 550 miles of mains. In reality only 35 miles of mains, and painting around 250 manholes per year are actively maintainedl.
  Maintenance and rehabilitation of wastewater collection system (496 miles of sewer lines) No one goes down unless they have to.
  Maintenance of Storm drain system (163 miles) No one goes down unless needed.
  Flood Irrigation
  O&M of Field Sites (Tempe’s groundwater wells, storage tanks, wastewater lift stations, storm drain lift stations, and  pump stations) maintained as can need more support
  Sewer Roach Control None but needed. On the books to work on and ASU is working on safest way to address this.

Kyrene Water Reclamation Facility 

The Kyrene Reclamation Plant was one of the largest membrane wastewater treatment facilities in North America of its kind. The project saw the importance of maintaining this site, and even used some of this technology in its own sites. They tested how best to maintain this site after the fall. The only method that proved reliable was to build an automation support plant that would keep this site running. The project procured the land east of the plant. This site was picked as the railroad tracks were to the west of the site. This site consisted of two building that housed three different machine& tool companies. When the project took over control of the site they used the remodeling of it for more equipment to allow them to setup shop. They build a self contained automation plant to handle the replacement part manufacturing and the fabrication/recycling of the membranes. This site also contains a backup water treatment plant at one tenth the size of the other one. It was meant to be used when the main plant needed to have major repairs. The two project sites were connected underground and the one to the west connected to the city reclamation site. The far west site houses a special engineering team to help get the plant on line and go out and setup mobile treatment plants. It is a sleeper group and was known only to Prime its alt and the South west regional command team. At this time they are still a sleep as far as the computer knows. The plant is in the control of the AZ-3. It is in bad shape as the morrow automation site has not come online it 19 years. The communication alert line that monitored the system was deactivated and as the automation site reads all well and has not reactivated. It seems the system had a flaw when designed and if the system is set to default it disconnects the automation site. The plant seemed to take a hit from lightning some time ago and caused the system to re-boot and be set to default. This plant is running at 14% to16% now. The ASU campus has setup a team to maintain it. I no records of how to support it survived they are just now working out how it works. The system has been back on line for 6 years and they have doubled its output. The plant produces a nice fertilizer and provides some of the cleanest water to be found now days.

The other conventional reclamation plants in Arizona use a Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR) process followed by secondary clarifiers, granular media filters and a disinfection step to meet Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) standards for Class A+ effluent quality.  This is what the 202/Dobson plants uses. In the case of the Kyrene plant, th e available 2.55 acre site was too small to accommodate a conventional design. This coupled with the City’s desire for an effluent quality higher than A+ standard led to the membrane technology to replace conventional clarifiers and filters.  Membranes were new to the wastewater industry. The membranes used at the Kyrene Plant consist of hollow porous fibers, manufactured by ZENON, with billions of microscopic pores that block passage of solids larger than the pore size. The fibers are assembled into cassettes that are installed in a process tank. A slight vacuum is applied to the fibers to pull treated water (permeate) through the membrane which captures the solids on the membrane surface.  Solids are removed from the membranes using a continuous flow of coarse air bubbles in the tank combined with a periodic internal back pulse of water. In addition, the fibers are periodically cleaned in place to maintain optimum flux capacity. 

One of the significant technological challenges presented by membranes is the need to screen solids larger than 2 millimeters from the influent waste stream. Solids larger than 2 mm can damage the membrane surfaces. Typical raw wastewater flows have significant concentrations of rags, solids and grease that would quickly blind a screen with openings of 2 mm. The construction team devised a solution consisting of a two stage screen facility with the first screen having openings of 3×15 mm and the second stage with 2 mm diameter openings to meet the membrane manufacturer’s requirements.  Over the years the 202/Dobson Plant has been plagued with a microscopic organism known as bryozoa.  Bryozoa typically grows in clear water with minimal sunlight. The existing covered final clarifiers, filters and effluent channels provided a perfect environment for bryozoa to form sheets of sticky growth on the walls. Periodically the sheets would slough off the walls and quickly plug the effluent filters. No one knows how the Plant was infected, but the operators soon found there was no cure other than methodically cleaning the filters and waiting for the next outbreak.  The decision to use membrane technology was based in part on immunity to bryozoa plugging. 

Biological nitrogen removal is accomplished in an anoxic zone located at the head of the treatment basin where an internal mixed liqu or return (IMLR) stream is mixed with raw wastewater influent. In the anoxic zone biological organisms metabolize nitrate in an environment devoid of dissolved oxygen. In the case of Kyrene, the design IMLR rate is five times the influent   flow rate. Due to continuous air scouring of the membranes the IMLR stream was expected to have dissolved oxygen concentrations as high as 5 mg/l. In order to minimize adverse impacts to the anoxic zone the construction team devise a way to remove the oxygen from the IMLR stream. The IMLR wet well was oversized to provide adequate detention time for the organisms in the mixed liquor to metabolize the dissolved oxygen to a concentration near zero without the need for chemical addition. In addition, a bypass line was included that allows operations staff to bypass raw wastewater to the IMLR wet well to increase oxygen uptake in the IMLR stream.

Even though membranes had been used in a number of water and wastewater treatmen t facilities it was still a new technology. The durability and length of service life for the hollow fibers was still unknown at the time. The manufacturers claim the membranes would last 20 years in continuous use in wastewater service, but at the time this had yet to be proven through operating experience. The Kyrene plant has proven to be able to last longer then expected, but without the help of the automation plant for the last nine-teen years it was only able to maintain operated unmanned for ten years. It then laid unused for three years till AZ-3 found it and started the work on it. 

The automation but the project allowed the plate to produce methane as a byproduct along with a high grade fertilizer. The methane is feed back in to the system to help power it, and at the rate it is operating now to support itself. At full power it pulls from the fusion plant built in to the project site. It has not ran at over 25% for 100 years as it was geared down to save power and ware. The project site’s fusion plant is still at over ½ full in its fusion bottle.

The plans other byproduct is the production of a nitrogen fertilizer. It produced two times the amount the normal plants produce. At full load it would produce 8000 metric tons.

PD Note’s:

In one year the automation plant will come back online to do the twenty year exchange of the membranes and start the repairs needed.

The support team is located in the far eastern building. This site is to be used as the home for the team. Hidden in the servers that support this site is one of the Prime base DR disaster recovery units. This site also housed the team’s vehicle and a very specialized water management support supply site for the Valley. This is a backup to a regional cache but for water related items as it was vital to keep the water flowing in the valley to maintain life. The team has no knowledge of the resupply plant or the backup DR servers. The western site contains the repair shop with a fusion forge and all the tools needed to repair or build the parts needed. The full blue prints on the site are contained in the computers as well as hard copy’s right down to the nuts and bolts level.

Tempe/ASU Power Systems.


Tempe/ASU serves electric customers through a variety of resources including solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal..

Tempe has a 1.5-megawatt (MW) solar facility built using the Sun Catcher concentrating solar-thermal technology. It consist of 60 Sun Catcher dishes and serve as one of the main supports for Tempe and ASU. It was connected to a Southwestern solar system with sites in California and Texas totaling more than 1,600 MW.The system is located in the Tempe Ocotillo Generating Station. N 33° 25.330 W 111° 54.711 12S E 415225 N 3698461 This low-water-use solar dish technology system uses precision mirrors attached to a parabolic dish to concentrate the sun’s energy onto a high-efficiency Engine. Each dish can generate up to 25,000 watts of power. The Sun Catcher requires no water for heating or cooling and a minimal amount of water is required to wash the mirrors and for on-site personnel. The site also has two steam and two combustion turbine units that are capable of generating about 340 megawatts.



The Cross Cut Power Plant is significant as it is the only hydroelectric structure remaining in the Salt River Valley. It is associated with the historic electrification of the valley following the construction of Roosevelt Dam. Two seven-foot penstocks take water from the Arizona Cross Cut Canal, and drops it 112 feet through the Pelton water wheels, which turned Westinghouse generators, generating 11,000 volts. Built by the Bureau of Reclamation, the main use of the electricity is to run water pumps, especially on the Canal. The plant services some of Tempe, including the Hayden Flour Mill. It was build to run off of electric power in the 1920s. The Power Plant is a rectangular (176 ft. by 42 ft.) cast-in-place concrete structure with a gable roof and ridge vents. The rectangular mass is divided into 12 bays (north to south) along the sides and three bays on the sides. The maximum height of the structure is 63 ft. with the main generator floor 22 feet above the tailrace (water exit) grade. The concrete work is detailed with simplified classical motifs, expressed below the frieze panels by a corbelled band course and pilaster capitols. The roof is supported by metal trusses. The windows (one per bay) are metal 4-over-4 light double-hung. The plant is entered from the north with a garage door access from the south. To the east is the switching and transformer building (which measures 89 ft. by 43 ft.) and a shop (16 ft. by 43 ft.). These buildings are of concrete with similar detailing and openings, but with a flat concrete roof. The original equipment remained in the plant, and in 1938 a metal steam generating plant powered by diesel engines was constructed to the northwest. This large building is sheathed in corrugated metal with multi-pane steel-frame awning windows. This plant remains on stand by for over 50 years till after the collapse. It was then brought back on line and has been fought over and in uses till AZ-3 took control of it and all of the Tempe/ASU area.


The wind turbines stretching more than 300 feet into the air and could power more than 15,000 homes at full capacity. The years have not been kind to the systems, anf around half of the systems still run. The others are used as parts to keep them going. The site usually operates around 30% as more in not needed at this time. It as most of the systems is used to power the water system and the ASU campus.

63 megawatts of energy was generated starting in 2010. One megawatt is enough electricity to power about 250 homes at once. Unlike a coal, nuclear or some natural-gas power plants, the wind farm is not expected to produce electricity round-the-clock. It is expected to have about a 25 percent capacity factor,.

When the wind blows it sends electricity from the pla  nt, to allow the other facilities to save fuel.


The 24 megawatt (MW) biomass power plant in Tempe uses fuel for the plant derived from wood-waste material trash that has been dried out and animal as well as human waste.. The current fuel inventory at the plant site includes approximately 200,000 tons of waste fuel, approximately equivalent to a two-year supply.

MISSION REPORT: CA- 4 – The Supply Base Recon – April 17th, 2161

By , 09/11/2009 9:25 pm
The Titian Missile Base Section of the Supply Base

The Titan Missile Base Section of the Supply Base

DATE: 4/17/2161
LOCATION: China Lake Navel Weapons Station, CA-10 Supply Base.
REPORTER: Commander Vod Pacheco, Recon CA-4

Investigate Supply Base and Team CA-10”


those aren’t rats……C.H.U.Ds.!!!”


Objective– Commander Poole had elected to wake up the MP teams in the area. Supply Team CA-10, and the associated supply base has not responded to the call. (along with Water Support Team CA-6). With all the personnel awakening, and the training of militia and CA-7’s auxiliary forces, the need for more supplies has become critical. Half of each team’s personal Cache have been excavated and compiled into a communal supply. A subset of our team was tasked with Traveling to the base location to investigate.

4/4/2161 – 4/16/2161

For the past 12 days our team has spent time winning hearts and minds. I’ve spent my time getting to know the CA-7 group as it has detached from the Circle Lazy 8 Ranch. This was a good move in my opinion as the tie will remain strong, but the ranch can operate as a financial backer of the MP, without being “Part of the MP” I will allow us to develop as more of a political mover acting to benefit everyone, than an economic entity. I even managed a trip over to Big Jakes farm to visit, and see the family for a couple of days, to make sure they were doing ok after the attack just a short month ago. It was nice to spend a day lending a hand at whatever I could do. Vivianna seemed happy to see me, and I asked her to help me learn some of the dance steps for the upcoming Roundup.


Today we got a call from the front gate, asking us to come over and check out some new arrivals. Someone claiming to be from the Morrow Project was asking for admittance to the compound. Poole mentioned that he was in contact with the sole team from Arizona… a Mars group no less and that they were sending some people our way to check/help us out. The guy at the gate must have been 50 yrs old, worn and weather-beaten, with not a scrap of MP uniform save a beat up old set of Body armor. He introduced himself as Justin Walker, one of the few remaining members of Mars AZ-3. He was accompanied by about 30 others, mostly youngish all wearing badges of some type. His MP id card, battered and faded showed a young man who could have been this guy. Later on we had the med team take a blood sample for DNA, and they confirmed his identity. Apparently he awoke about 19 years ago near Tempe Arizona, and after some initial conflicts, declared themselves “the law” in the area. He talked a little about things he did to keep the peace, and even said a few years ago he ran into some sort of “Krell” group which drove into town and declared themselves in charge. Justin rounded up some of their guys and put the Krell group in the dirt. Also he mentioned that a while ago some V300 drove right thru town with “Kentucky free state” markings… whatever those are. We got his group settled in another section of the compound, and their horses settled in the Corral, and then I introduced him around.





CA-11 Transport BlackHawk

CA-11 Transport BlackHawk




Soon after they were settled, Poole called me in to brief me on the CA-10 situation. Apparently our hacker from CA-1 Science team finally identified the general location of CA-10 near China Lake, and Poole wanted me to take a couple of my team to check it out. The location was an old Titan Missile base, long abandoned before the war. A perfect place for MP industries to retrofit into a bolt or a supply base. Apparently this is high priority, so CA-11 would transport us with one of their Blackhawks. Half the team was out of the compound on various projects, so Keshawn, Tim and I geared up, along with a new CA-7 trainee John Martinez.


The Outside of the Abandoned Titian Missile Base (CA-10 Supply Depo)

The Outside of the Abandoned Titan Missile Base (CA-10 Supply Depo)

We loaded up and soon were on our way northeast about 100 miles to the site. We overflew it, and then they quickly dropped us to recon/secure the area. The Place was old and broken down like everything else around here. We spotted some bones, and there must be some animals around somewhere. What appeared to be an old surface building was practically all that was left, no windows. And rusted top to bottom. We also spotted what appeared to be 2 remote Mag58 turrets. One of which must have been sheared off by an explosive, while the other was rusted out. Everything seemed quiet, and the surface building was empty, so we radioed the Blackhawk to set down and relax while we went inside. Keshawn stayed with the Helo for surface protection, while John, Tim and I explored. Tim opted to take the Mk2 Laser he acquired in the rescue mission as the cutting power of it might come in handy to get thru any blockages.

The building had a blast door, which was slightly ajar and it obviously led down into the base. With a little coaxing we pulled it open and shined our lights down into the depths. It was wet, and nasty down there. “Join the Morrow Project, travel to wonderful places” ….. hmm deep dark wet tunnels.. not so wonderful. I took point, with John between us and Tim pulling rear guard. Many of the deck plates were missing or rusted out so travel was precarious. We started off with Red filters on the lights… but after a bit realized that saving our night vision wasn’t going to help, so we switched to white light. Between filters we had a bit of total darkness, but realized that the water algae, or lichen or microbes of some type were glowing with some type of bioluminescence. Traveling down the tunnel, I thought I heard some type of “clank” or noise. I figured it must be some rats, or some animal. I let the team know to stay alert.







Main Passage showing the damage in the Base

Main Passage showing the damage in the Base





The tunnel came to an intersection, with one branch leading to a control room and the other a power room . We opted to go left to the control room, perhaps the CA-10 base would connect to it, or there would be some wall map that we could compare to our DB and look for differences or clues. The crazy shape of the tunnels, and dripping water made this place very creepy. The tunnels and control room were a mess, with obvious signs of scavenging, and animal bones. We even spotted some bullet holes and bones of what we identified as non MP personnel on the floor. There must have been some fighting here a long time ago. I heard the sound again, and it seemed closer. Tim turned around and shined his light down the tunnel, but didn’t see anything. Leaving him with rear guard, I moved a little bit farther into the control room and spotted a tunnel up above the main control area which didn’t show on my map. I had John shine his light up, while I climbed the wreckage leading up to the access to check it out.







Creatures Attack!

Creatures Attack!





About that time John Yelled, and Tim powered up the Laser. I have to say, in this spooky place, I just about lost my grip on the junk I was climbing. Almost at the top, I looked up. It took a few seconds for my mind to process the Horror I was seeing. Hairless, pale skin, fangs and claws, this Humanoid thing was not more than 3 feet from me as John let loose with his AKM at it, blowing it back off the ledge. But I could hear John swearing as his AKM jammed. Tim said he saw 3-4 of the things run around a corner into his tunnel view, and I could hear the laser whine. I pushed myself the last jump up to the platform and pulled my 9mm, just as two of these Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers came at me. I took a snapshot at one, and managed to hit its shoulder. Then it jumped at me, and I was too close to shoot again, so I tried to club him with my pistol. We both missed each other, and then his claws scraped across my chest armor. Thank Bruce Morrow for the IBA as the plates easily deflected hit. I pounded the butt of the gun on the CHUD and it crashed over the side to the ground below. John can deal with that one. I could hear Tim yelling at one of the creatures and then the laser went off again. The 2nd CHUD came at me with an Axe and managed to whack my left knee pretty badly. I managed to snap a couple rounds at it from my pistol and it went down. About that time, John had given up on the AKM and started spraying round from a Mac 10. He blew away the one that was wrestling with Tim, and then pumped a few rounds into any CHUD body he could see… just to be sure.

Ok.. so we aren’t dealing with rats.

Tim patched up my knee so I could get around with James’ help. Looking down the access corridor which earlier peaked my interest, decided that it wasn’t what we were looking for, and the CA-6 access must be in a different place. Ok… Tim is about as much a ghoul as these creatures.. He took the laser and neatly sliced off a head, bagged it up and then handed the bag to John. Apparently the Recruits carry the body parts in our team back for investigation by the science geeks. ICK.







PowerRoom in Titan Base

PowerRoom in Titan Base





With everyone being more alert, we moved back down to the corridor intersection, and took the other branching route to what was labeled “power room”. We could still hear noises down main corridor deeper in to the base, but it didn’t seem to be getting closer. With Tim watching behind, John and Myself watched ahead as we made it to the power room. Full of old rusted generators, and conduits, we looked for any indications that the CA-10 access was here. I noticed that some of the conduits, although old, didn’t match the rest of the Base’s equipment. There seemed to be power lines leading thru here… but not what should be here. Examining the wiring, I found that it actually was carrying power, but the power was fluctuating and not reliable. Pulling apart some junction boxes on the walls revealed a MP access card slot as well. Drawing on my old knowledge, I was able to rewire enough of the exterior system to mostly stabilize the power, and then tried the Card Poole gave me to access the base. A section of the wall cracked open and revealed a door which opened with the protest of 150 years of rest. The three of us slipped thru and then with some encouragement (muscle) we were able to shut the door behind us.







CA-10 Side of the Supply Base

CA-10 Side of the Supply Base





This tunnel is where we wanted to be. The concrete was new, and clean, with the walls neatly painted. The air was not the Nitrogen atmosphere that is normal for a Bolt, and we could taste a tiny bit of humidity as well. This was is not sealed. We slowly made our way down the corridor, and reached a 2nd blast door, which opened to my MP card as well with much less trouble. The lights in here kept flickering and it was obvious there was some power issue of some type. This was supposed to be a Base, as opposed to a disposable bolt, with a much more robust Fusion reactor so something was definably wrong.

The 2nd door opened to the control room, and we could see the Cold Sleep boxes all in a row. Tim checked them out and found all in working order, but one had been broken into. Yes INTO.. not out of. I looked around and realized that we were not alone. Thru my flashlight, and the flickering base lights, I spotted a blood trail and a decapitated arm in the corner. John Yelled again, as he opened up, literally UP at the ceiling with his AKM, and the body of a MUCH larger CHUD fell on top of him. I looked up just in time to see another superCHUD coming out of a crawlspace and jumping down on the floor near the body I spotted earlier. I was caught off guard for a second as it actually TALKED… sort of. In hindsight, I figured it said something like “Get away from my food…..we will kill you all for taking our food”

Ok.. I’m not food… BANG, BANG. 2 rounds from my 9mm H&K, I’m sure I hit it at least once, but it shook that off and threw the body at me. I went down hard and the next thing I knew John was hosing down the superCHUD with his AKM. I could swear it was dead.. but he ejected the empty clip.. reloaded and emptied another into it. I think he stopped because the AKM jammed again. Tim pulled the laser out and did another slicing job on a head, 2nd bag, attached to John’s equipment. Dang it’s good not to be a recruit. I could just hear Tim talking to his wife when we get back.. I’m home, brought you a present… and it isn’t flowers…. These things stink. Shooting them is nasty enough. How can you be a science guy and have to smell these things as you work? Next thing the science guys are going to hand us a net with a smile on their face and say… just in case you can capture one alive….. NOT.

Things started to calm down and Tim/John managed to move a storage cabinet over to cover the access tunnel opening. He took the laser and after a few tries, managed to spot weld it over the hole to secure the area. I took a look at the MP console, and hit the “emergency wake up” switch, and the 30 min timer started counting down. Using the supply base computer we assessed the base status as well. It consisted of 3 levels, with us on the top 1st level. The 3rd level was showing RED condition, apparently totally underwater, with a critically failing power supply. I pulled the power supply from the laser, and managed to jack it into an external port. Using the computer we isolated level 1 and brought it fully online. The lights stopped flickering. Level 3 also had all the ammo from the supply base. Great. Level 2 showed high humidity, with other supplies for power infrastructure, and heavy construction, and foodstuffs. Much of it may be salvageable. The top level, was the motor pool and living quarters. It also had the armory, for the smallarms so we have lots of guns, but few bullets. I left Tim to watch over and help the team wake up, while John and I took a look around. The sleep room opened to the motor pool area, with a pair of duce-1/2’s , 2x Humvee, 2 Airscouts, an 18 wheeler with a flatbed and supply trailer and a V150 APC. One of the Missile tubes had been converted into a vehicle elevator to the roof, pretty cool. I jacked my radio into the external antenna and informed the Helo topside of our situation, and to watch out for the CHUDs. Then we radioed back to Poole and informed him of the situation, requesting the MARS group to come clean these things out. Poole also said CA-8, the engineering team, would be ferried over on our helo to take a look at the base and determine the salvage ability.

The supply team members started waking up, and upon seeing the superCHUD bodies, started arming up. We gently told them that everything was under control, and took their guns away. ICK… what’s worse… CHUDs or supply gremlins with guns.







Section of the Titan Missile Base

Section of the Titan Missile Base





CA-3 showed up and put down their gear long enough to dig out the emergency hatches for the base. The main lift gear was underwater and would have to be pumped out/inspected before operating. After we saw daylight, they all geared up with Assault shotguns, and it wasn’t long before we heard the firefights in the tunnels. After a bit, they came back… a couple wounded, one seriously. They said they killed 30 or more of the CHUDs and they would need more guns. Keshawn, John, Tim and I hitched a ride back to CTFP(combined task force Phoenix) base (weve got to come up with a better base name) and we passed the other helo heading to the site with some of the AZ-3 guys.

Over the next few days, all sorts of people got used to fighting in the tunnels as they did their best to exterminate the CHUDs. But no one goes alone, or unarmed.

Docs say I’ve got to spend some time recouping my knee. They swear that I will be able to dance at the roundup, heck that’s what painkillers are for. I might not be graceful, but I’ll do my best. Hmmm….. Maybe I can convince Big Jakes daughter Vivianna to help me recover and give me some more dance lessons.


By , 09/10/2009 7:35 pm


DATE: 4/04//2161-4/05/2161
LOCATION: At Home Base, Ca.
REPORTER: Tim Hart, Medic of CA-4

Day 4/05/2161:

We made it to the area CA-1 was located in, and found some local gangs to point us in the right direction. Contact with CA-1 was established, and a plan was made. CA-4 would secure the western bridge to allow for CA-1 and the campus to EVAC and head to the CA-7 ranch and our new compound. Once we had this done CA-1 would create a distraction to pull troops off the eastern most bridge and jam/white noise the Mexican army communication. With the help of Morgana and her eyes in the sky we were able to get live feed of the three bridges and the troops on them. (Note: It seems Morgana has a few hellfire missiles. She did say she would use them to save us if she thought it was needed but it did not come to this.) It was decided to split the team in to three groups for the first part of the assault. I and Hanna would setup the Dragon to cover the western bridge and Campus Drive road. Vod, Fred, and Keshawn would make their way with silenced weapons to the western bridge and secure it. Travis and Rick would take the V-150 and slowly head up on the causeway until it could see both campus drive as well as Macarthur Drive bridges for cover. As Fred did not have a silenced weapon I lent him my Sig. (I was able to get it back with little fuss.) I and Hannah made our way out on to a sand well more mud bar way in the open and setup the Dragon system. We keep an eye on the bridge to help, but did not see much. Around ten min or so before CA-1 would start there distraction we heard Vod over the radio say, “take them out” followed by a message to CA-1 to start to jam them. Soon after this we saw a Mexican trooper running on the far side of the bridge. Hanna tried to take him but missed on her first shot. One of Vod’s team got him before she had a chance for a second shot. I thought we had alerted the Mexican army, but right after this Vod signaled the all clear and to rejoin on the bridge. We made our way to them very fast and were able to setup the dragon system to cover the other side. As we were finishing the setup the V-150 finished clearing this side of the bridge. I saw the Mexican APC on the other side of bridge with Fred manning its main. I could almost see the kool-aid smile on his face as he stationed the gun to cover the road.

It seems Vod and them had done a great job and found some new toys to help us cover the EVAC of CA-1. We now had an 81mm mortar and the Mexican APC. Vod radioed CA-1 letting them know that the bridge was secured and they could start the EVAC. Keshawn manned the mortar and on Vod’s mark started to pepper the MacArthur bridge walking round after round in onto the Mexican troops. He then took Hannah and they headed out to wire the bridge. A few minutes later we heard CA-1 start their magic to pull the Mexican teams off us. From what Morgana was telling us it seemed the Mexican army was running around like a chicken with its head cut off. They were firing all over the place because of CA-1 and the Mortar.

Soon vehicles of all kinds started driving across the bridge pushing east. As the last of them passed me I sighted in on more vehicles driving along the south road towards our bridge. I asked Morgana if it was the enemy and she confirmed that they were the enemy. I sighted in on the T-72 tank. As soon as I got a lock I fired and guided it in, but from the sound of the hitt I knew I did little damage. I had hit it right up where it had the best armor. While I was reloading I heard the two APC we had let go on the other incoming enemy. Ii sounded as if they blow it up, but I was too busy with reloading to see what they had done. While I was reloading the dam tank got off two shot. Too slow is all I keep thinking as I sighted in on it again. Just as I got a lock on it she fired again smashing the Mexican APC Fred was in. I saw him thrown from it, flying into the bank and mud. I let the second rocket fly and this time I heard a good sound as it hit and the tank ran off the road into the water where is was smoking with no movement. I quickly reloaded the last of the missiles just as the last of the EVAC trucks sped past me. We still had no sign of the Science-one. Vod signaled to load up and just as I was going to pull out I saw CA-1 crash thru a wall heading for the bridge, and right on her tail where three or more enemy tanks. Not thinking I let fly the last of the rocket. Swam it hit and she was hurt but still coming and dam it was close. I could see the markings on her, but hell if I had time to get a good look. I pulled the sights off the tube and ran like hell for the V-150. As I think Keshawn was firing over my head at the tanks. I made it in and as I looked back it looks as if he tracked her right in the middle of the bridge. Dam he gave us some much needed time with that hit. Right then Vod popped the bridge and the tank slowly slid into the water helping to bring the bridge down. We followed,  right on the tail of CA-1 soon catching up with the much slower EVAC group. Around this time someone said that the Science-one was on fire and she soon pulled over and the fire was put out.

While we were stopped the leader of CA-1 offered us what she could. We reloaded as we could and were able to get two more missiles for the Dragon along with a few more Armburst. While I was helping move the load I saw they had a MK2 laser. I pulled it as I had been on a team to train with it. Bruce or the project must have known we would need the training I received. Hell if not pushed I would not have spent the time I did to train in it or the missiles systems the project had. We were back on the road and soon saw it was going to be a long slow trip. We were lucky if we were get 15 miles an hour as a whole.  Morgana came over the wire to inform us we would not be able to out run the Mexican army on our tail and that we had ten to fifteen on us. She also dropped the bombshell that she would not be able to help us or slow them down as she needed to re-fuel. Vod was working with CA-1 on a plan when CA-3 (MARS) said they were ahead of us and that CA-3 and CA-4 would stop to slow the Mexican army while CA-1 and her group headed to safety.

Moving as fast as we could along the 241 we meet CA-3, the MARS Group. Just on the other side of a bridge. The tank looked like nothing I had ever seen before. It had what I thought was a 25mm Gatling gun on it but soon found out it was a Gatling laser. We set up a defensive position across a river on the east side of the bridge. We had about 20 minutes until the Mexican army would show up. CA-3 had downed some trees for us to setup behind. I handed off the Dragon to Vod as I had been trained on the MK1 laser. With Vod on my right and Hannah on my left I began to prep, digging as deep a hole as time would allow behind the downed tree. Once done I prepped the laser and the armburst we had as well as the ones we pulled from the Science-one. Hannah was working with the new sights she gained from the science-one while telling Fred to keep safe. Fred pulled all the ammo he could and setup for a crossfire on anything that moved on the other side of the river.  Keshawn manned the main and I’m not sure where Rick was but I do know Travis was in the driver seat ready to get us the hell out of here as needed.  CA-3 had the Phoenix tank in the middle of the road. We were to the left or south of them and the ca-1  Humvee with a Mk19 40mm grenade launcher was to the right or north of them behind some rocks. CA-4’s V-150 was positioned hull down just to the left or south of Hannah, with me and Vod north of her.

All we could do was sit, but we did not sit for long. We soon heard a humming sound. Then four aircraft approached our position. Dam, Dam, Dam, the Mexican army had air support. Shit we had not grabbed the Stinger weapons system from CA-1 and we did not have our own with us as it was in one of our stores. I saw Keshawn cranked the main gun up and sight in on the incoming air. I also heard the Phoenix start to elevate its main gun up for a shot. I thought what the hell if they get over me I may be able to get lucky with the laser and WOOT I did. We all let go and Keshawn hit one sending it outbound, but not before it dropped its bombs. Thank god it was still way out. The one I hit had its wing sheared off and it flung out of control. I was looking in awe at it till I saw the one the Phoenix hit just go puff. One second it was there and the next all I saw was just very small debris raining down. The fourth plane took a good burst from our 25mm and went down with a bang. Then I saw the first one flight off, bugging out, fast after being hit and seeing the other three go down.

We had no time to rest as over the hill to the west a tank and an APC rolled up.  I hit the APC in the front tire causing it to slow and head into a rock out crop while the V-150 opened up on it. I could see men jumping out of it behind the rocks. Vod slammed the tank with a Dragon and it started to smoke but did not blow up. The tank then popped smoke to cover itself as the Phoenix opened up on it. This was the first time you could see the light of the laser as they went thru the smoke slamming into the ground. Another APC come over the hill and another tank. I fired another Armburst at this new APC and she blew up. The tank that had popped smoke made the mistake of coming out of it. The phoenix hit it and made Swiss cheese out of it. You could see right thru the holes made in it as it slowly rolled to a stop. A third group of vehicle came over the hill. I think it was a couple of trunks, but not sure. Things got a little foggy here as a team behind the rocks opened up on us with what I think was a 50 cal. Dam I thought I was going to need to change myself after that. Right after we took the 50 cal fire the MARS team on the M19 opened up and peppered all the incoming area. This gave me a chance for a quick shot and the gods were on my side as I hit one of the trucks in the frontend stopping it. Seeing the damage the 40mm was causing the men as they rolled out of it made me happy I was over here. Just then we took fire again from that dam 50 cal and I could hear them bouncing off the V-150. The whole time Keshawn and Fred were just going to town on the enemy. They were just ripping away at them. The next thing I remember is I grabbed the M21 off Hannah and aimed at the 50 cal behind the rocks only to see the whole area go up in flames. Vod had let a sovo off from the MK 202 Flame Weapon, and the area looked like hell just shot right up out from the ground. You could hear the cries of men only for a second or two before the air was burnt out of them from the heat. Soon the smell of burnt flesh made it our why. No matter how many times I have been forced to smell it. I always have to steady myself from losing my lunch. The MARS tank opened up one last time. This time at the other tank and it just cut the turret right off and Boom, it light up. This was all the Mexican army could take as they started to bug out with Fed and our guys helping them along. I was cleaning up the gear when I heard someone say Travis was hit and down. I ran to him and just could not believe what I saw. Half the side of his upper head was gone or hanging to the side I could see a mass of blood draining out from the wound and his brain was in full view. It seemed the V-150 cannot take a 50 cal hit and one punched thru and hit him. I grabbed the full surgical Medical kit and went to work saying a prayer for him as I did. Not sure how I got the bleeding to slow or how I was able to bring his blood presser back up. All I could think was to cover, apply pressure and put him in a coma so he was not aware of the pain or trauma. We bugged out fast leaving the clean up for CA-3 as we made our war to CA-1. We had to get him in a med bed and if needed a freeze tube. The doc’s and I worked on him and soon we had him in critical shape. I do not think he will be in the field ever again, but only hope he is able to have a good life. Too few of us for the losses we took. CA-1 has two or three and even if we take a thousand to one in losses it will be too, too, much.

We made it back to base and word seems to spread fast as no one got in are way. It was good to see my wife and the new digs. To tell you the truth, I did better than I thought, but would have done anything not to loss what we have. Poole gave us a breather but I’m sure we will be debriefing soon. He said we would have a week or two down time to get things worked out.  I do not trust this, been in military too long to let my hopes get to high. Seems we lost another computer and CA-9 is none to happy. CA-4 grabbed a cell block and it seems we will soon be knocking down walls and setting up home. I grabbed a cell and so did my wife next to me we will join them and have our own bedroom and who knows. Seems there is a dance soon and my wife it working with me to dance. I really do have Whiteman dance skills, stand in one spot lift legs move arms. This ballroom and line dance crap is a pain. Hell I think she wants me to sing or something as she seems to be working on getting me a guitar.  I did not sign on for this, but as they say I can be right or happy. As long as she is happy I will be happy and she did join up with me as well as stay by my side as I dragged her all over hell.

I’m a lucky man really and I know it. Ok step one two step three four dam I’m back in school all over again.

MISSION UPDATE: CA-4 April 1st – 4th 2161

By , 09/09/2009 10:10 pm

DATE: 4/01/2161 to 4/4/2161
LOCATION: CG- 2 FOB at CCI in Tehachapi Valley.
REPORTER: Commander Vod Pacheco, Recon CA-4

Rescue and Evacuate Science Team CA-1”
We are going to need a bigger Boat”

Objective– Team CA-1, in their SCIENCE-1 Vehicle is under heavy attack by Mexican forces. They have requested assistance in evacuating themselves and 300+ People from the UCIrvine Area. CA-4 is being sent to assist them, with CA-3 (Mars) team in their Phoenix M1 Tank as backup.


No rest for the tired and exhausted. We just got the Radio relay station activated, when CA1 came on the line indicating they were under heavy attack. Poole said to get the station totally online, and then get ourselves down to Cajon on the I15/138 interchange.

Apparently CA-9 has overhauled our vehicle, putting in a new computer, and some exterior armor plates, and cargo hookups. They will rush our vehicle down to meet us and take the horses off our hands.

Everyone bedded down in the cramped quarters of the 2 rooms for the night.

Morgana communicated to us and offered to ally with us asking for access to our net. This is something I’m thinking about. She could be a powerful force for us.


Rick and Vod finished up at the Relay site, while the others went down the mountain a little early to see if anything could be discovered looking at the bodies from the ambush yesterday. Something was strange about those guys, not having any type of emotional effect from the overwhelming firepower used to break out of the ambush. Apparently the team reached the site, and found blood trails.. But no bodies. They followed the trail a little ways but were unable to tell much in the short time available.

Rick and Vod rejoined the group and we all went down to the head o the trail to get a hot meal, and then mount up on the horses for Cajon. We rode thru the town of Wrightwood, stopping long enough to say hi to the sheriff and confirm that things are on the mend between Carlston Lumber and the local blackfeather group. But we knew that the longer we waited.. The more people died. And we needed to make UCI that night. So we pushed on thru down hwy 2 and 138, eventually making it to Cajon where we were greeted by an exhausted CA9 group.

As promised our V150 was refitted and reequipped. Apparently they have been visiting various caches, and pulled out what Anti-Armor weapons they found to assist us. The Mexicans reportedly have APCs and some tanks, believe it or not. They stripped out all the extra gear from our V150, and replaced it with Dragon Launcher, with 3 missiles, an M202 Flash launcher with 3 sets of reloads, and a couple extra cases of ammo, grenades, and 40mm grenades. Dang.. What were we getting ourselves into?

Cajon also is the site of the “Highway Patrol” and a Major “Truckstop” for trading. The place stank from the local biofuel production facility. It was obvious to us that we needed a guide, so Fred took the lead and somehow transported us back to the 60’s… the 1960s that is. The Pot smoking Hippy guys who clustered around the VW Bus could have been on their way to Woodstock, except for the extra armor, and weapons bolted to their bus. Fred negotiated with the hippies and one of them agreed to guide us down to UCI. Meanwhile we went to the CHP office to find out any Intel on the roads as well from them. Here, Fred got kicked in the shins as he tried to “barter” the use of our new radio relay, even dropping hints as to where it was located. I bet that location just became the “you screwed up and now spend 3 months guarding this hilltop” assignment for High Desert MP.(note to self.. don’t screw up.. its freaking cold up there). We could have hired a CHP escort, but figured we needed to get on the road in order to make it to UCI by 1-2am. Perhaps future teams could use the CHP if needed.

We had 2 options… I15, which had more gang activity, or I215 which apparently is more of a war zone with artillery round going off. I bet the artillery is sending the gangs which usually were near I215 towards I15. With just our one vehicle.. we should be able to scoot past or shoot past anything we run into.

We were making 20-30mph or so and everything was cool for about 15 miles. Fred was watching out back, with his LMG on a post mound, while Keshawn was on the 25mm and I was head out, looking around. Both Keshawn and I spotted some movement in some buildings on the side of the road. They must have had radios, cause about a minute later a bunch of cars and motorcycles came barreling down an onramp behind us, in Hot pursuit. I don’t think their radios were working too well, or they might have realized that when you pull the tail of a tiger…. Expect to get bit. Or in this case… Mauled. The Gangers were driving some crazy way on the road, they must have known this stretch of the road well, and were gaining on us steadily. I ordered the Turret rotated around to face the rear, and warned Fred we were rotating around so he could get clear. The Gangers had some Nitrous or something because a couple of their vehicles were making crazy noise and acceleration. I let loose on the Mag58, and Keshawn took a bead with the 25mm. The Mag58 took out one vehicle, and it swerved off into a piling. BAM. One down. Keshawn let loose with the 25mm, and must have hit the Nitrous tank, because it went up with a WHOOOSH. I got tossed back in my seat, and will have bruises on my chest for a while. The rest of the team was scrambling for firing ports in the rear, and I let loose with another burst from the Mag. I missed the first time, but walked the rounds right into the driver, and it too swerved out of the way. One of the trucks has some type of cannon, and put a hole in the back of the V150. No one was hurt, and that vehicle didn’t last long as Keshawn poured about 15 rounds of 25mm into it. Small arms fire from the rear of the V150 was taking out some bikers as they came too close and apparently Hannah tripped and let out a few rounds inside. Keshawn took one in the thigh, but I wasn’t serious. A few more seconds, and all the vehicles were burning… and the few bikers left were running the opposite way. We rode on.. Tim bandaging the few friendly fire hits… into the Republic of Corona.

Corona is a strange town. Sort of a “Don’t mess with us and you can stay here if you pay enough” We spotted a Mexican army unit, and what appeared to be mercenaries and various groups all over the compound. They gave us our paperwork and we paid for the “luxury” of using the crossroads. Apparently that is where they get their money, my taking a skim off the top of anyone doing any type of trading or salvaging.

We heard from CA3, the Mars unit, and they said that they were about 3 hrs behind us in Cajon, and were moving to assist south down our route.

Morgana came on the line again, and I made the executive decision to allow her access to our Net. The advantage she presented us was just too good to give up. She had an aerial drone in the air, and was giving us live feeds from UCI and the surrounding area. It was even armed with a couple of Hellfire’s which she would use if we were “threatened” in her opinion. We moved on down the 91, then 241 south, chatting with Morgana on the radio, and getting a feel for the tactical situation. Eventually we took the 261 down into Irvine, and contacted the CA1 to find the plan. They were south west of the 405 in what used to be the University Town Center. Under heavy fire and being approached from 3 sides. There are 3 bridges in tact across what used to be the San Diego Creek Channel… the 405, which is a 10 lane monster, Campus drive which is little more than a causeway, and Macarthur Drive, which is the only span left from the 73 hwy group. CA1 was planning a diversionary attack at 300am, and we needed to clear/secure the campus drive bridge by then preferably quietly.

We made it into the area about 1am and were north of the campus Dr Bridge getting the lay of the land from some local citizens willing to help us out. CA1 had been awake since early December 2160 and had made friends with them. There were some units on each of the 3 bridges. The 405 had a couple of vehicles, Campus drive only a single APC with a squad of men, and Macarthur drive had what appeared to be a couple of Humvees parked on it with 12-20 men around.

Evacuate CA-1


Tanks and Trucks and APCs oh My!

4/4/2161 – 1AM

Tim and Hanna took the Dragon and the M21 out on to a spit of land which overlooked the Campus Drive as well as the road going along the side of the river. And the V150 crept up on the causeway until it could see both campus drive as well as Macarthur Drive bridges. Travis and Rick stayed in the vehicle while Keshawn, Fred and Vod took silenced weapons and approached down the side of the road towards the APC and people on Campus Drive.

All was going to plan, and we had crept up to about 30 feet. I could see through the lowered back ramp of the APC, some type of Tracked vehicle with what appeared to be a 20mm autocanon, and it had one guy in it facing away, crouched over the Radio. A couple of guys were keeping warm around a fire, and there were some sleeping on the ground nearby. We even spotted a mortar pit across the road from us which probably had a few more sleepers. We were just getting set up when SNAP… Fred hit a twig. “Did you hear something?” Dang it… one of them started walking towards us… we all froze… but he got close enough and started to say… “Hey I think…. “ Fth fth fth…… a burst from my silenced MP5 stitched up his body and he dropped like a rock. I vocalized over the radio… “take them out”. At the same time, I relayed to CA-1 to start Jamming all the Mexican radio transmissions. Keshawn used his suppressed G36 and started knocking down the others. Fred jumped up behind a log which was put across the road and used a silenced pistol on the others. Vod took aim and after a couple of bursts… the radio operator went down. Fred was double tapping enemies as they woke up or started coming at us. Keshawn picked off one sentry from the other side of the bridge… and then the other sentry started running… Vod tried with the last of his MP5 ammo.. but missed. Hanna even tried with the M21 on the mudspit.. but missed. Keshawn took one last burst.. and downed him. Fred called out “give up.. put your hands up” and the remaining Mexicans did. Wow… we actually took the enemy down silently!

Time was running short and we had about 15 min until CA1 started their distraction attacks. We let CA1 know that the bridge would be clear in about 5 min and they could start moving civilians towards the bridge when ready. I radioed Travis to bring the V150 up to pull the log out of the way… while I jumped into the Mexican APC… and started it up. Luckily my construction equipment work let me know how to run a tracked vehicle. I used the APC to push the log on the south side of the bridge out of the way.. then moved it around to the north side. Keshawn said he could run a mortar decently, took stock of the ammo, and I had him take aim for MacArthur bridge. Meanwhile Hanna and Tim pulled up stakes and came in from the mudflats to rejoin us at the north end of the bridge. Tim set up the Dragon again to cover the south end and road. Fred jumped into the 20mm command spot.. and I grabbed Hannah and the demo pack to wire the bridge. A few minutes later… we could hear all hell break loose with CA1, and Keshawn started dropping rounds on the vehicles and people on the bridge. The idea was general mayhem, and with using the mortars, they had no idea where the fire was coming from. Morgan confirmed that the Mexicans on 405 bridge were racing southwest towards the diversionary attack, and out of position to block us on our planned escape route.

Civilian vehicles of all sorts started driving across the bridge heading north. Tim spotted a couple of Mexican vehicles driving along the south road towards our bridge. Morgan confirmed that they were an enemy T72 and another APC. Tim took aim with the Dragon while Rick and Fred aimed with the v150 and APC main guns. Tim fired the Dragon.. and hit.. but not critically. It swerved, but didn’t stop. Rick and Fred both opened up.. and 25mm/20mm rounds quickly dispatched the APC. The T72 fired a couple of rounds, and one hit Fred’s APC. Luckily it didn’t explode.. and Fred jumped out, heading for the V150.. Tim reloaded and a 2nd shot hit the T72, as it drove into the water and stopped. All the civilians made it across and we loaded up in the V150 with Keshawn in normal gunner seat, and me out the top with the remote detonator.

The Science-1 burst out thru a building and headed towards the bridge.. trailing smoke. Not more than 10 seconds later, another T72 rolled out of the building on it’s tail. The T72 fired but missed everyone. Keshawn started firing the 25mm, rounds bouncing off, but hopefully distracting the enemy. The Science 1 made it across the bridge.. and Keyshawn managed to knock the right tread out of the T72, as it came to a rest in the middle of the bridge… I hit the detonator switch… and the bridge went down, with the T72 into the muck. More enemy units were heading our way, but we quickly pulled north out of sight, and rejoined the Science1 vehicle, which successfully put out the fire in the rear.

Everyone formed up, and we headed out, trying to outrun the enemy into the hills. We were making good time, but he civilian vehicles couldn’t go too fast. Morgan said her drone was running out of fuel, and had to return to base. Before she exited the area, she informed us that about 10 Mexican Tanks/APC/Trucks were following us, and estimated that the Mexicans would overtake us at their current rate of speed on the 241 just past Irvine Lake.

6:15am 4/4/2161

We kept going, and were relieved to hear from CA-3, the Mars Group. They were monitoring our situation, and had set up a defensive position across a river crossing/bridge. We had about 20 minutes until the Mexican showed up.. and during that time we scavenged some Armburst missiles, more 25mm ammo and another pair of Dragon missiles. Tim even pulled the Mk2 Laser unit from the Science vehicle. CA-3 placed their Phoenix Tank squarely in the road, and their 2ndary vehicle with a Mk19 40mm grenade launcher behind. The V150 was hull down behind a tree trunk, with our personnel spaced out from it with infantry weapons.

Then we started hearing the buzzing. It took a few minutes, but we spotted 4 aircraft approaching our position. Great…. The Mexicans had air support. And we left the stinger missiles with the science 1. Keshawn cranked up the 25mm to use in Anti-air mode.. and Tim even aimed with the Mk2 Laser. The first aircraft aimed at our V150. Keshawn let off with the 25mm and a few rounds must have hit. It dropped a couple of bombs, but they flew wide. The next one suddenly lost a wing, as Tim pegged it with the Laser. As the 3rd plane approached we heard the Gatling laser on the Phoenix spin up.. and the plane just vaporized… The 4th plane took a burst from the 25mm and went down as well.

We all then turned to face south and awaited the ground forces. A pair of T72 and a couple of APCs crested the rise and we all opened up. The V150 took down an APC, while I hit a T72 with a Dragon. The T72 wasn’t knocked out and popped smoke. Fred, manning the Mag58 on the V150 was letting off his long bursts, at the trucks and people who began to dismount. The Phoenix Tank spun up but missed the T72 and made a bunch of holes the ground. Tim fired an Armburst, and pegged another APC, turning it into scrap as people jumped out behind a boulder. The T72 in the smoke stuck out is nose, and fired, but missed. The Phoenix tracked over and a bunch of pretty beams of light in the smoke highlighted the damage done, as holes appeared thru one side of the tank and out the other. It stopped working.

A 2nd group of vehicle followed the first, a couple of trunks, another T72 and an APC. The Mars M19 Humvee let off a long burst of 40mm grenades among the vehicles, doing all sorts of damage. Tim took out a truck with an Armburst and the Phoenix turned another T72 into Swiss cheese. At that point people dismounted behind the bolder opened fire with a 50cal on our V150. A couple of rounds hit us and penetrated our armor. I pulled out the M202 rocket launcher and turned the bolder area into a 2000 degree inferno. Another bunch ov 40mm grenades, and MG rounds and the Mexicans had enough. They turned around, and ran back south.

We assessed the damage to our vehicle. And we suffered our first major casualty on the team. one of the rounds hit Travis in the head, and did a nasty job on him. Tim ripped out his Medpack and went to work, and amazingly managed to stabilize him. The computer got hit again! We have to retrofit some serious Armor plate around that thing once CA9 replaces it. We quickly moved up the road to rendezvous with CA-1 and they managed to hook Travis into a medbed to further help him out. They said he would probably survive.. but wouldn’t be the same again.

Everyone mounted up, and we convoyed back up to the high desert and back to the ranch. Not a single ganger even poked their nose out at us with all the firepower we had visible.

Poole said we would have a week or two off, as they organized things. We noticed that he and Martha of CA-7 were practically inseparable.. and they seemed to be getting along much better. Apparently they had made peace of some sort. CA-4 laid claim to one of the buildings in the old prison and we will use some of our down time to fix it up like home as much as possible. Being so far out of time….. it would be good to have a place to put down some roots, and call home..

SITREP: Combined Task Force Phoenix, April 21st, 2161

By , 09/09/2009 8:53 am

TO:  All Morrow Project Teams in Command Group 2 ( Combined Task Force “Phoenix”)

FROM: Cmdr J. Poole, Lt. Cmdr Martha Roosevelt.

SITRUP: Current Status of the Project and our Combined Task Force.

DATE: April 21st, 2161.

So lets gets some basics out of the way:

  1. As of this moment, My second in command will now be Lt. Cmdr Martha Roosevelt of CA-7. You will respect her with all honors and privileges that rank Holds. CA – 7 Members will be instrumental in providing manpower, resources, and knowledge to the project. Treat them as you would treat any other MP team member.
  2. Its at least 150 years after the war instead of 3-5 years we thought it would be. That changes things in the small scale, but our mission is still the same, so get over it. I do not want to hear anymore bitching about it. That’s an order.
  3. There is No contact with Prime Base.  I am working with 2 Teams out in Nevada to find out the current state of the base and to see if we can re – activate it.
  4.  Something happened to the MP central command and control network and it has been shut it down.  CA – 1’s Computer specialist thinks that it might have been a specifically targeted computer virus.  With the Activation of our Communications Link, it seems that our systems are not infected, but we all need to be careful about accepting outside data. We are working to develop a counter program. It also means that large scale communications with distances father than 400 miles is not currently possible.
  5. As  far as we can tell, we are the only active large scale MP presence on the west coast. It seems we are it people.  That means we must keep ourselves together and focused if we are to rebuild the United States.
  6. As we find other MP teams or personal, we will ask that they join our newly named Combined Task Force “Phoenix” .  An MARS team from Arizona and its dependants are on the way to us now bringing much needed expertise. We must contact and bring in teams whenever possible.
  7. We are in contact with Teams in AZ, NV, and CO. There is a Morrow Project in the united states but it seems to be under no direct command. The Dates of the activations are all different as well so it seems that teams have slowly been activating over the last 100 years at least. We are not sure of what this means, and your theories are as good as ours at this time.
  8. We are short of Weapon Systems and Ammo. This CTF was never designed to be a front line combat force, we are an engineering support one. Does not change the fact that we are in a war zone against some very serious threats. Every Team Member, bullet and weapon is priceless. Do not take chances but do not waist weapons systems. So Far our Team caches are the only supplies that we have. We are working to get our regional supply base back to active status, but till that happens conserve ammo.
  9. It Seems that there is a lot of politics in the local area we find ourselves in. Please think before doing anything to harm  our current position as guests of the HDF.
  10. We are not ready to show our strength to the outside world yet. We are still trying to find out what needs help first before acting so keep a low key impression .


We will send out more updates as we find out more information.

MISSION ALERT: High Desert Federation Roundup

By , 09/05/2009 9:43 pm

SUBJECT: The High Desert RoundUp


DATE: 4/16/2161

BY: Political Science Officer Rachel McBean, CA-7.


As Morrow Project Teams are needed at the The High Desert Federation annual Roundup next week, I am forwarding this tactical update to the Morrow Project Data Network. It is important that all personal that attend this event read this as the current crisis in the HDF, this event will be more important than a normal RoundUp.


The Roundup is a 7 days event that is both a political and social were the most important economic and political forces in the High Desert Federation meet to talk and settle differences. It is Part what the old records would could a “County Faire”, Political Po wow, Military Muster, Trade Show, and Society Function.

In theory, it is the meeting of the most powerful interests of the HDF to work out common interests, but in reality it is so much more than that as it is the foundation of the political structure that has allows the high desert federation to exist.


In the High Desert Federation, the Ranch’s, City’s, and Economics concerns all struggle with each other for economic power but share enough concerns over security, infrastructure, and stability to work together.

The Council is a 2 day meeting in the middle of the roundup of the top power forces of the HDF. In reality it is broken down in smaller meetings in the day with larger meeting of all the council at night to talk about broad issues effecting everyone.

The Roundup is a chance to talk in the council in public, then get the real work done in private meetings.

For all the Power of the 7th Regiment of Marines holds, its commander does not wield much power on the council. In Many ways they stay out of the politics of the area which allows for them to be a neutral player which everyone respects.

It is of great importance that Morrow Project personal be careful about what they say as anything a MP team says will be believed at face value. If the team makes promises that the MP can not keep, then the entire MP mission will be that much harder to fulfill.


The HDF Militia commanders will all be at the Roundup. It is a time that militia commanders get new instruction of weapon systems, tactics, and review by the marines.

The Military roundup also has a its own military competitions for the militia companies to prove themselves as well as for individuals. These are of great interest as the reputation of the ranches and cities to a large extent rest of these competitions.

A Team could make great impression on the Militia if it preforms well in the competitions. Likewise it could do a lot of harm if it preforms poorly.


This is the supreme social gathering of the year. It is a chance for all the leading families to have young meet there social equals to form alliances. Of course this is not the only reason to have a get together, but it is one of the prime reasons.

There are both society dances as well as the more common barn dances for the militia and lower classes.

There are some dances are more important than others so make sure you ask the political officer for help accepting offers. It is vital that the team again makes a good impression at these dances as the social aspect of the Roundup is just as important all the other aspects.


It is likely that you might meet some or all of these persons or organizations:

  • Tribute Ranch and Holdings: These are close friends of the Lazy Circle 8, and should support our operations.

  • Carsdale Construction Company: These are important as they are part of the Carsdale Families industrial network. They have been neutral as far as politics goes, but economically very important to HDF.

  • Searles Holding Company: These are the owners of the City of “Torna”. This provides important metals and export goods to the HDF and Bakersfield. They are consertive in out look and have not supported liberal policies in the past.

  • Marines of the 7th Regiment: These are the most important military units in the HDF but stay out of politics as long as the members up hold the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.

  • City Council of Ridgecrest. This is the largest city in the HDF. They are very important and tend to focus on trade with Bakersfield and a strong defense policy. They are in the middle of the political spectrum.

  • Eagle Air Freight Company. You have already meet them. They are important as far as the outside of state information that they provide. Be careful with them as have a grudge with you losing there helicopter.

  • Inland Empire Trucking Company. The Largest trucking combine in the HDF. We are on good terms with the Inland Empire Trucking Company, but they are not MP so stay on guard around them. Remember they are not family or project.

  • Black Eagle Ranch. This is Big Jakes Ranch. You know these people. They are good people and strong on Defense. They will back you and are good sources of information.

  • Strong Wind Ranch. This a large Holding Ranch. They treat there bondsman very poorly and tend to fight against anything that strengthen the HDF civil liberties.

  • Bakersfield Defense Council: They will have representatives there. Be very careful with these people. The MP stands for many of the things that they would fight a war over to stop. There is a peace with Bakersfield and no ones wants to change that. There has been some strange rumors about a shakeup in the BDC. We are hoping to find out more whats going on with the BDC.

  • Mexican Imperial Forces: They are supposed to sending an envoy to talk about peace treaty with the 7th Regiment. We would like the team to give them a wide birth.


By , 09/05/2009 1:17 pm




In 2002, an engineer in the advance weapons lab of a subsidiary of morrow industries was pondering the short COMINGS of the MK3 LASER SYSTEM chronic problem with overheating with continuous fire. SHE decided TO ATTACK THE PROBLEM WITH AN OLD FASION ANSWER oF HAVING A 3 MK3 LASERS in ROTATED FIREING SEQUENCE SO NO one mk3 laser is firing for more than 1 SECOND.

THIS allowed for burst of fire (180 BPM) from the GATLING WEAPON SYStem that could never be sustained by a single mk3 laser. The cost of such arrangement was a huge DRAIN on the vehicles power supply.

THE only MPV that could withstand the power drain of the gatling mk3 laser fire on fully automatic was the mars-1. BY THE TIME of the war THE PRIME BASE MARS-1 was fitted with this system.

IN 2003, THE CONCIL OF TOMMORW decided that it needed a heavy support vehicle for the teams that had a smaller foot print than a mars-1 but carried a weapon that could cause pause to any force that could threaten the project.

The m1a2 heavy tank was a perfect fit for this mission, but the need to stock large amounts of 120mm ammunition was considered problematic but not un workable.

AGAIN morrow industries R+D came up with the solution of mounting the gatling mk3 laser within the turret of the m1a2 instead of the 120mm cannon. The upgraded fusion power plant of the m1a2 had enough power to drive the gatling mk3 for short burst of fire (ABOUT 90 FPM).


THE GATLING LASER DOES HAVE A CONTINUOUS MODE OF FIRE WHICH one laser will fire for 3 seconds then the next laser will fire for 3 seconds and so on thus allowing for continuous fire at a target.

THE SYTEMS POWER SYSTEMS NEED a battery to FILTER POWER from the vehicles fusion system. IT CAN HANDLE 30 seconds of continuous automated fire or burst fire before needing to recharge for 30 seconds.

THIS SYSTEM WAS placed in a limited amount of mars teams in the 2008 morrow updates, but was still considered a experimental.

Production history


Chrysler Defense

Manufacturer General Dynamics
Morrow Industries



67.6 short tons (61.4 metric tons)


Gun forward: 28.04 ft (9.77 m)

Hull length: 26.02 ft (7.93 m)


12 ft (3.66 m)


8 ft (2.44 m)


4 (commander, gunner, power engineer, driver)

Armor Chobham, RHA, steel encased depleted uranium mesh plating



3 Mk3 Lasers in a Gatling Configuration



1 x .50-caliber (12.7 mm) M2HB heavy machine gun

2 x M240 7.62 mm machine guns (1 pintle-mounted, 1 coaxial)


Honeywell AGT1500C multi-fuel turbine engine

1500 hp (1119 kW)


24.5 hp/metric ton


Allison DDA X-1100-3B

Suspension Torsion bar
Ground clearance

0.43 m (M1A2)



Fusion Power Plant (Unlimited)

Road: 42 mph (67.7 km/h)

Off-road: 30 mph (48.3 km/h



CONTINUOUS 700 EF per second (2100 max)



1-10 rds


11-20 rds


21-30 rds



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