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This is my first story so feedback is appreciated, and feel free to PM me my grammatical and punctuation errors.

Feb 4

The Wizard (Psychologist) advised me to start this journal to help with my issues (YAY PTSD) back in Savannah, guess it took me 4 months to finally take his advice, and to write down anything out of the ordinary or big changes in my life. Next week I start my 3rd MOS and duty station in 10 years, off to Ft. Rucker I go.......damn chopper jockeys.

Feb 11

Finished in-processing today, and I have the usual 50 copies of my orders, met the CO and the Provost Marshal today, tomorrow I find out what squad I get, seeing as how this is just a detachment we only have the 2 officers to deal with, no matter what this is my last MOS, I'm not going to re-up for anything, although maybe I can get reassigned closer to home, it would be nice to see mountains again, it's been awhile.

Feb 12

I am now the Squad Leader of 1st squad of the Road Platoon, and somehow NCOIC of SRT (Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge of Special Reaction Team)......need to have a word with the Company Clerk about digging in my file, then again it does give me access to the good (re: well maintained) gear, the rest of what we were issued for duty gear looks like it was brand new in 1987. Since we are on training cycle, I'm taking the squad out tomorrow for pistol qual and some drills I'm bringing from my last unit (1/75) and getting the new pistols cleaned for duty use. In ten years I've never had to clean a weapon that was fresh from the factory except the ones I bought for myself (Glock 17 and BCM 14.5), this could get interesting.

1st Squad consists of : Myself, Sgt. West, Sgt. Burke, Spec Jankis, Spec Flores, Spec Fadool, Spec Neiford, PFC Tanks, PFC Mallin, PV2 Toops, and PVT Brown

Feb 13

Yep they were in Cosmoline (or whatever the hell it is), but we finally got them clean after an hour and some solvent on the metal parts (slide, barrel, trigger pack) and we just decided to take the polymer frames and pressure wash them, thank {insert deity here} for Spec. Fadool he had his pressure washer in his truck bed, all we had to do was hook it up to the spigot on the range and get to it. I had the brand 2 brand new privates tackle the job to help them build character as it were......really I knew how soaked I would get doing it and preferred to let them get drenched. I bought them lunch (Ribs and fries) from a local place called The Diner (who the hell thought of that I wonder) just outside Daleville Gate to make up for it. Food is decent enough but I hear the better places are in Ozark. Everyone qualed 1st time go except my senior specialist Elizabeth Jankis, she had to shoot the course 4 times just to get the minimum score of 27 (out of 50) and only had time to run one drill (El Prez) since she ended up taking so long to finish, not sure if it was just a bad shooting day for her or if this is just how she is, I guess I'll find out tomorrow since we have a 5 mile forced march (Full Battle Rattle including both issued weapons) out to the rifle range to get those zeroed, and qualed on the pop-up. Need to have the squad over for a BBQ on the last day of the training cycle, that gives me 15 days to plan the food and feel them out a bit more. Since we have a three day weekend, I'm gonna try to get my place settled a bit more.

Feb 17

Batt Com and SGM came out to check on our training for the day and they actually sat in for a few hours of Hand To Hand training (this never happens) my squad is sweaty, dirty, and a bit sore, maybe I'll take it easy on them tomorrow since it's Sports Day (soccer).

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Feb 18

Got called in by Batt Com this morning right after PT, needless to say I was confused as to the why, but I now have another coin to add to my collection, and a nice endorsement letter for my E-7 Promotion Board from him (it was nice but I'm not concerned with promotion), seems he and the SGM are both sore all over but want to set up a regularly scheduled session for Hand To Hand training, this is fine with me I've been either studying of teaching martial arts since well before I enlisted. Also Spec. Jankis is gonna be a problem, I got a look at her jacket and she is only an E-4 due to her time in service, she has never deployed and doesn't seem to care about promotion, but is very vocal about making the Army her career, she has no motivation whatsoever. It's nothing I haven't seen before though.

Feb 19

It's currently 0330 and I just got back from bailing Spec. Jankis out of jail for drunk and disorderly. I found out that she is pissed off that no one has recommended her for promotion in the 4 years since she got her sham shield. I also found out that she hasn't been doing anything to get points as well as the fact that she failed her last PT test (her run time was about 45 seconds too slow) so since she is still drunk as hell I'm making her do skull drags through the company area today, she want's to waste my time and take away from others training she's gonna pay for it. I'm currently sitting on the tail gate of my truck typing this and smoking her until she vomits.

0900Hrs I've let Top know what happened and our CO has informed me that they are letting me handle Jankis on this and going with my recommendations the whole way, kinda nice to have that clout but I think it's more along the lines of my various merit badges, although since I've got the rest of the squad here now I'm gonna make this embarrassing for Jankis and have all of them sit around and watch what the price of screwing up like this is really like, it should be informative for all of them.

1313Hrs She's finally puked, in all likely hood she vomited up her soul judging by the last spray, I've never seen anyone actually projectile vomit before, reminds me of The Exorcist.

1415Hrs We've put her in the shade and hooked her up to a Saline drip (got some of the CLS qualed guys a bit of hands on experience since they hadn't done one since the class, thankfully it was only a week before I got here) and we are keeping her awake by dribbling water on her forehead. Spec Flores showed a bit of a dark side, during all this he wanted to not only let her suffer the hangover but to tie her up in such a way that she would probably dislocate her shoulders (Strappato is what he called it). I squashed that but until she earns my respect back Jankis is on every shit detail I can find, and I've recommended an Art 15 for her so for a week I can guarantee I won't be called to get her out of jail again.

Feb 20

Today is SRT training/open range/come shoot the cool guns day, I'll see what these guys are capable of.

1900Hrs There was an incident on the range, a Private from the Motorpool came up to the demo table, asked to shoot one of the MP5's and went through all the safety steps with Spec. Fadool, when Fadool stepped back to let the Private shoot, the Private turned and shot Fadool with a burst, Sgt. Isnard was first to get his weapon up and told the PVT to put the weapon down, all the standard shit, but in the end, after all the words were screamed at us by this PVT he wouldn't drop the weapon. I finished giving my statement (and the video recordings I had of that day) to CID. I have to go tell his wife what happened now, I'll make sure she's taken care of though. GODDAMMIT!!!

Feb 24

Until CID finishes the paperwork, myself and the SRT are basically on desk duty. Since I've finished all my paperwork for the day, I guess I should put some of my family history in here. To put it bluntly I'm filthy rich, it's all inherited, but it's still mine. My Great Great Great Grandfather hit it rich in 1849 out in California during the gold rush, he wasn't a miner, although family history is pretty vague on how much he made and exactly how he made it. Anyway that money got invested and grew, and grew, and grew, until my ancestor was on first name terms with people like Rockefeller, Morgan, Carnegie and various other industrialists of the time, according to family legend he actually was one of the first investors in Standard Oil. When WWI ended and the Bolshevik Revolution had occurred my Great Grandfather after returning home from the trenches (he enlisted for the war) had decided to move the family out of New York and into Northern Utah up in the Wasatch Range) where he built the family estate, (I've always called it The Castle personally, since that's what it looks like) it sits on 200 acres up in the mountains, (and it got rebuilt by my grandfather in the 60's with more modern construction methods, like structural steel and concrete) and was based in part at least on The Hospitaller Fortress in Acre, Israel, with plenty of extra hidden rooms, My grandfather had served in WWII on one of the Jedburgh Teams along with what he saw during his time in Europe and what his father saw they decided to make damn sure there would always be enough to get the family through whatever hard times we might encounter (I guess you could call them early preppers), and my grandfather started a tradition that every member of the family from there on out wouldn't live their life in luxury, and The Castle was only to be used for emergencies and large family gatherings only, so I grew up unlike many other rich kids. Sometime before I was born the family decided to set up NFA Trusts for each member of the family that wanted one as soon as they were old enough. I was told this after I came home on leave, I was also informed that since the family had some political connections that I would be able to transport my NFA items with me wherever I was stationed in the US. I immediately got the ball rolling on a number of purchases and surprised my grandfather a bit with them. In retrospect maybe I went a little overboard but it's better to have and not need and so forth. I need to go talk to Fadool's widow, see if she needs anything, although I might have a job for her back at The Castle.

Feb 25

SRT had to roll out today, barricaded suicidal type was holding his family hostage. The best we can figure is that his wife told him she was divorcing him and taking their kids and he just lost it. Long story short he was cuffed and stuffed, no one was hurt (thankfully) and he will have to undergo a psyche eval before any charges are filed. His career in the military is done at the very least.

Julie (Fadool's Widow) is still dealing with the loss of her husband, and she didn't know what she was going to do about money or a place to live once her 90 days were up, so I told her about the job at The Castle and she jumped on the offer, once she has been moved there she gets to go to culinary school full-time with no debt. That's when she started crying. Now I feel bad.

Jankis fucked up again today, she got drunk and decided to kick in a Barracks Room door so she could and I quote “Get her some of that PVT lovin” the room in question belonged to Sgt. West, after speaking with the rest of the squad I'm requesting that Jankins be given a Field Grade Art 15 reduction in rank to E-1 and she is damned well going to ASAP, tired of her already. Also informed them of the squad BBQ at my place, now I need to do some shopping.

Side note: Brown actually vomited at the thought of seeing her naked, Myself and Sgt. West thought it was funny, until the rest of the squad started dry heaving.

Feb 26

Odd report on the news, seems something strange is going on with the economy and prices are doubling overnight for nearly everything. North Korea has it's panties in a bunch again and are threatening to launch a nuke at us. I need to make a call.

Just got off the phone with an old Ranger buddy who got into Delta, according to him the reports are legit, and he's about to go into a briefing on the whole thing. He said he'd give me a call when he could.

Called The Castle and double checked on things, and the crew is still there and on top of it according to my grandfather, even in his late 90's he's still going pretty strong.

Might as well check on my gear as well and get it all situated if I need to make a trip home. Thankfully my grandfather has a C130 with a full crew that get's moved every time I get a new duty station so its never too terribly far away and there's a landing strip maybe a mile from The Castle. I guess my family have been recruiting for stuff like this for awhile.

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Feb 27

Rough night for me last night, bad memories came back from when I was cave crawling in Afghan, didn't get much sleep but I've worked on less sleep before. Checked the news this morning and it's the usual doom and gloom, but there's something that feels different about it, can't quite put my finger on it though.

Hit up the commissary today for the impending BBQ, I now have 12 inch and a half thick pieces of prime rib, a nice sized brisket, plenty of potatoes (30lbs) and enough salad stuffs for 25, even the sauce will be home made. I also picked up hot dogs and hamburgers for the kids, and I got my shipment (in dry ice of course) of some bratwurst made up in Chicago. This is gonna leave me with plenty of leftovers for about a week. Still need to pick up a variety of salad dressings, pretty sure not everyone will like Ranch. Now off to the Class VI to get the social lubricants.

Feb 28

Was called in by Batt Com just after PT this morning concerning Jankis and my recommendations for her punishment, after giving a full statement he's going with it and SGM wholeheartedly agrees. Informed SGM of my squad BBQ happening tomorrow and he gave the go ahead, though he does want to try one of my Prime Rib Steaks, we set up a time for both he and Batt Com (LTC McCoy) to come out to my place and get some more H2H training in.

March 1

Grill is warming up and the meat is already seasoned, and the Brisket has been going since last night and is just about done, I'm cutting the potatoes into fries and such (thankfully I have one of the cutters from a fast food place so it goes quick) and the salad is in the fridge. Keg is placed appropriately and the liquor is set and ready on the bar out back. One of the benefits to living off post.

1700Hrs There are kids playing in the backyard, the keg has been floated for about an hour now, and the food has been applauded by everyone, and not in that bullshit way so many of us do when there is free food involved, and I've gotten to know my squad a bit better and their spouses as well turns out no one is really a fan of Jankis but more on that later.

Sgt. West, Brad: This guy is a cop through and through, it's even what he plans on doing when he gets out of the Army in 5 years even has his BA in Criminal Justice, good stand up guy just can't seem to find a girlfriend that has higher goals than “Military Dependent”, his words not mine. 3 deployments one with MI graduated SRT Phase 2 as well. 30 y/o 6ft 195lbs Blonde Hair and Brown eyes O+, Brad has got to be the pretty boy of the squad

Sgt. Burke, Jeremy: wife Doerthe, kids Rebecca(7) Chris(5) Met his wife in Germany speaks fluent German as a result and so do both of the kids, extremely intelligent man, but he does tend to lean on the smart ass side quite often, 3 deployments 1 Afghan 2 Iraq SRT Phase 2 grad 29y/o 5'7” 150lbs brown hair hazel eyes B+ Air Assault Badge

SPC. Flores, Pablo: Divorced and hasn't seen his kids in a few years (that sucks), 1 deployment Iraq, 1 tour Korea, speaks Korean and Spanish, from Connecticut, SRT Phase 1 only but he did make it onto SRT in Korea. I understand that's a hell of an achievement.

SPC Neiford, Keith: Married to a Colonel's daughter Lauren, no kids yet,actually finished High School at 15, SRT Phase 1 and 2 made SRT in Korea, only other person in the squad that is double stacked like me, debating on staying in the Army or not, BS in Mechanical Engineering and can run a CNC machine.2 deployments Afghan. 5'9” 155lbs Blonde hair Green eyes A- 21yo

PFC Tanks, James: Single and planning to stay that way, he's the embodiment of the Specialist's Creed and has somehow avoided going to any school, however he is a Power Lifter and is also the Squad Machine Gunner, no living family, and looking forward to getting out of the Army next year. 6'4” 290 (none of it fat) and to quote Tanks himself “Black as Alabama Midnight” good sense of humor, gives as good as he get's and doesn't let anyone hide behind rank. Good man to have. O- 25yo

PFC Mallin, Edward: Single, likes beer a lot, even though he's only 23 he has a beer belly, grew up on a farm in Iowa joined the army when his parents passed (Mother to cancer when he was 12, Father in a farming accident his senior year) he sold the farm but regrets it now, been at Ft. Rucker since he graduated AIT and has 2 years left on his contract, unsure if he's right for this squad but he's a damn good shot with a rifle. 6'3” 210lbs red hair brown eyes B-

PFC Toops, Joshua: Single, actually had to use his mothers maiden name as his last name is actually Rambo (can't say I blame him really) just graduated AIT (Honor Grad) wants to try for SF as soon as he can, in excellent shape and not beat up like us NCO's, good with a pistol, grew up in Southern California, relaxed easy going kind of guy however this padawan much to learn he has. 5'10” 190lbs dirty blonde hair blue eyes, AB+ 18yo

PV2 Brown, Michael: like Toops this is his first duty station after AIT, interested in learning whatever he can, whenever he can. This one is intelligent, I'm betting if I took a look at his jacket his GT score is gonna be off the charts, hell mine was 131 and I had West Point trying to get me to apply. Still he's wet behind the ears but from what I've seen during PT he's the endurance type just has no quit in him, we'll see what he becomes and how he handles stress soon enough, he wants to try out for SRT and I'm in charge of it. 18yo 5'8” 165lbs brown hair hazel eyes burning with intelligence, from Texas but doesn't really get along with most of his family due to the fact he enlisted instead of going to college and being an Officer (kinda sad when you think about it) B+

Then there's me, guess I should put my stuff in here as well just to be fair.

SSG [REDACTED]: 34yo widower, Parachute Rigger, Ranger, now MP, Military Free Fall, Airborne, Air Assault, Sniper, Pathfinder, multiple deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq, I've been in harm's way more than once, and have been part of a support element for Delta on more than one occasion, after 8 years with the regiment I decided it was time for a change, I was just getting too beat up from the deployments. 5'9” 165lbs brown/grey hair hazel eyes B-

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March 2

Caught the news this morning on the way to PT, looks like North Korea is just looking for an excuse to launch a nuke and the economy seems to be teetering on the edge of a potential collapse, need to remember to check my gold and silver stash tonight and make damn sure The Castle still has it's stash as well, I'm good on ammo and weapons and I can top off my tanks on post for a reasonable price still (ok semi reasonable, it's still near $5 a gallon). I realized last night I was debating on who in the squad I was potentially recruiting for if/when everything goes tits up, oddly enough I'm ok with that.

I had a discreet word with every member of my squad (minus Jankis, she's still on shit detail per 1SG) and all of them individually are concerned about what might happen. I told them to have their gear packed and ready to roll at a moment's notice. Julie is already moved out to The Castle and she and my grandfather seem to get along quite well.

March 3

At Guard Mount this morning I told all of the squad about my family and my plan, they didn't believe me at first but I pulled out a Black Amex. That seemed to convince them, Burke immediately called his wife and told her to pack up their Suburban with the necessaries and if their was room the heirlooms, so did Neiford, the other guys were already packed up and waiting on go. We'll see if this becomes necessary.

Ran into someone that I didn't expect to today, WO3 Margaret (Maggie) Callahan, she was, last I saw her at least, a briefer for SOCOM. One of those MI types that always seemed to have good intel right at her finger tips. We kinda had a thing back when she was enlisted. What can I say I like petite redheads.

She gave me a heads up about what was coming down the pike, It was potentially horrific especially east of the Mississippi, according to the intel she had gotten, nearly every major city and military installation was a target for the Nork's, apparently they hadn't wanted to take out the western half of the US due to the population density being much lower than the eastern. We talked a bit more and I told her that if necessary there was room for her on the bird if she wanted it. She said she was already packed and ready to run if need be she just didn't know where to go until now. She's in. Maggie also told me to expect more intel and a full briefing in the next few days.

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Nice! Interesting premise...even if a little suspicion of disbelief is required. But then again I am a member of ZS! :crazy:

Other than a couple minor typos a good edit will catch, the only recommended changes would be re: the C-130 on call and the age of one of the troops. Unless he's Doogie Houser, the kid with the BS in Mechanical Engineering will be more than 21 years old. Maybe 23 or 24, but even that would be pushing it to get his degree and already have a couple years in the military.

Re: the Herc', there's no way a civilian would be able to have one on standby unless it was a very old one sold to another country and then subsequently resold on the private market. The civvie version of the C-130 is an L100, but again those are rare as hen's teeth and most are as old as the hills. We have sold many new J-models, but as far as I know they were all sold to foreign governments (no private/commercial versions).

Edit: I stand corrected, looks like we sold a few starting in 2014!

There are plenty of commercial freighters available that would be far cheaper to rent though. Maybe grampa has an air freight business that he ensures always has a hub/node set up at an airport near where our intrepid hero is stationed? Several friends now work in that business, most flying cargo B-747s with two decks accessible via a flip up nose for companies like Atlas Air, etc.

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If gramps is that wealthy, that's a plausible setup.

Maybe I'm reading it wrong, but are you inferring that our protagonist's grandfather has the plane on standby 24/7...I assume to extract our hero, plus team, plus equipment? That would be ridiculously expensive at $10K or so per hour plus maintenance and operational costs. Maybe a small private jet and pilot, but even then that would get very expensive to have just sitting around...diverting a crew or even having one on standby (based near the castle so their families are where we want our hero to wind up of course) if things are getting hinky is easier to believe.

Maybe have something ready just in the nick of time, but it'd be far, far cheaper to just buy any extra equipment and stash it at the castle than anything that would be transported by a C-130. Only gonna fit a couple HMMWVs plus a couple pallet positions, and maybe a trailer in there anyway...not really worth the effort. Now a cargo variant 747 or two filled to the gills with military equipment? That would be enough to set up a (very) small country!

Just my $.02... And my apologies if this feedback comes across the wrong way, but this is what I did for most of my adult life and I have a bit of experience/opinions in this area!

Regardless, enjoying the tale a lot...moar please!

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In my head our protagonist's grandfather is always making damn sure his grandson (only one) can always make it home in a pinch and he's definitely got the money to do it ,I keep thinking it's something like 100 Billion just in investments and bank accounts, doesn't include the gold and silver kept on hand at home, of which there is plenty.

I do need to go in and change Neiford's age a bit, but I did base him of a guy I knew when I was in. He got his GED/Homeschool Diploma at 15 and he started his degree two months later. Granted the guy I knew got his in Psychology and never used it but still, damned impressive to have a BA/BS before you can even buy your first beer.

Maybe I screwed up and didn't put in the details of what was loaded on the Herc, 2 loaded pallets of ammo and grenades, 1 1983 F150 (Highly customized) 1 2008 Chevy Suburban, and approx 30 people with individual gear. They all should fit, I admit it would be tight but still.


There will be a few things coming up that will make you wonder in what kind of grey area grandpa tends to work in when necessary, I think I'm gonna put the details for that on March 22 since that's the next entry I'm working on.

Eventually everything is just going to start slowly going to hell for The Castle, there will be deaths, mechanical failure, supplies will disappear/expire, and they will be well known in the region at some point despite their best efforts. I have no idea how this will all end or when so please bear with me, I know it's not as good as some of the other stories but hopefully I'll get better as time goes by.

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Now more story.....

March 4

Rough shift today, I was first on scene for an 11yo girl that hung herself in her closet sometime last night. First call of the day, and that was the beginning of the downward spiral for the day. I'm more than a little pissed at the CID guy that was sent out, he didn't care about any of it, fucked up all the paperwork, and really just wanted to wave his dick around to show that he was in charge. I really hate guys like that.

March 5

Maggie was right, we've been told what the installations plan is for if/when the nukes fly and it's not pretty. Basically we all shelter in place and pray, yeah that's what I thought too. While on shift today everything was pretty quiet so I took advantage of my security checks and went to each of the old Fallout Shelters that were built back in the 60's and wasn't impressed. There are no supplies stocked here and from what I'm hearing this installation is damn near at the bottom of the list for what is going out from the various supply warehouses, and considering a box of mac and cheese costs $5 now and gas is at damn near $15 a gallon this place is nearly fucked as it is. A lot of the DOD civilians haven't showed up for work in about a week, I keep hearing there's a possibility that DFAS will stop paychecks before the 15th of this month since the dollar is dropping so damned fast. Tomorrow I'm going to do something I doubt anyone on this installation has done before and I'm going to utilize the CG's Open Door Policy to try and figure out if I need to get my people out sooner rather than later. I realize that I'm basically talking about desertion, but I don't really see any other options that are even remotely viable for us and I'll be damned if I leave my guys to die. I still live by the creed, and will fight like hell for my squad and their families.

March 6

I was all decked out in my Army Service Uniform (fuck that I'm calling them my Blues) with every damned badge and ribbon I've gotten in the last 10 years, and spoke with the CG. It was surprisingly informal and yet informative, especially since the Chief of Staff of the Army was there as well. Myself and my squad will be placed on TDY to The Castle along with anyone I feel will be useful there, and I have three days to do so, Maggie was there as well and she's on the list as is my squad but I'm gonna see if I can scrounge up a mechanic and a couple of medics/doctors would be nice.

As it turns out my grandfather had something to do with this seeing as how the Chief of Staff has known my family from back when he and my father were in Ranger school together. Normally I dislike when political influence is used but this time I'm not gonna look a gift horse in the mouth.

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Jesus H. Tapdancing Christ on a cracker, it's getting bad out there, I've gotten everyone rounded up and we are now on the bird and about to cross the Big Muddy, and all of us are still either shocked at people's behavior or are still amped up from the run from Rucker to Blackwell Field, thankfully we are loaded up with weapons and ammo, I've got 4 crates of M67 grenades in the bed of my truck, along with 3 240B light machine guns, 2 MK19's and everyone has a rifle, pistol and plate carrier with level 4 plates in them, we were able to bring a deuce and a half with 2 pallets of ordinance (one just of 40mm grenades for the 320's attached to the NCO's rifles and the MK19's) and the other was a combo pack (5.56, 9mm, 7.62x51 belted, C4, det cord, claymore's) basically enough for a squad to conduct combat operations for a week or two depending on op tempo. We had set up to convoy out to the airfield the same way we had all been trained, belt fed weapons were hot and we were free to fire if necessary to protect the convoy, unfortunately we did have to fire on some vehicles that tried to run us off the road. It's turning into Mad Max out there, we do have 5 Sincgars and an OE254 loaded up as well so we were able to load my truck and Burke's Suburban in the cargo bay. Hopefully we don't have any issues on the way to The Castle.

Well shit, we hit turbulence somewhere over Kansas, and lost an engine right as we got into Colorado, damn that was loud, it scared the living hell out of the kids and they started crying, everyone of the adults that hadn't spent any time in one was looking at me to know what was going on (even Maggie, hell she should know better than most she's got just as many jumps as I do), I talked to the pilots and according to them we will still make it, but that doesn't really help me get everyone calmed down very quickly, also the bathroom situation is potentially dicey right now as we only have the 5 gallon bucket for almost 30 people. We should touch down in a few more hours.

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0015hrs Sweet Terra Firma, we have cheated death again! Thank God for these pilots, otherwise I can't even imagine trying to make it nearly 2000 miles with construction and potential ambushes, I haven't really heard anything on the news for about a week, seems things got really bad and there are no trucks that aren't US Gov running supplies because there isn't any fuel available for them and there's no money to pay for it. Grandpa met the plane along with Julie and an old buddy of mine from my early Ranger days, John, I'd given him a job out here as our maintenance guy/handy man after he lost a leg in Iraq, he gets around pretty well these days and has really expanded his knowledge base, from being just another trigger puller to pretty good gunsmith and maintenance guru, and a fair hand with cattle. John handled the forklift for the pallets and Burke and I rolled our vehicles down the ramp, and drove into the garage, we can unload in the morning, right now we need to get info, get our people fed, (Julie was turned loose in the kitchen with our head cook James and we had a hell of a buffet for everyone) and get the Sincgars up and running, I've got the SOI and Freq book in my pockets so I'm gonna be up a little later than everyone else. I need to have a word with everyone first.

1100Hrs Finally got everyone bedded down in their own rooms around 0300, although I am going to have to get the maps out for everyone to figure out the place, Maggie, Grandpa, John, James, and myself had a long talk over coffee, and we have enough food (canned, dried, and frozen) for everyone for about 6 months and that's without going into the bulk pantry, medical supplies including antibiotics to handle nearly anything short of major surgery, and we will never run out of ammo (we kinda maybe bought an ammo factory in '88 and have been taking about 10k rounds each month) Commo has been set up, and we are on the net and talking to Mother Rucker. Seems like it's getting worse there with local's trying to get in to steal food since the Wal-mart has been basically stripped of everything from what we're told, even the copper wiring. Soldier's are slipping off with whatever they can carry when they think they can get away with it, and the CG is ready to order the base shuttered. Bottom line, Rucker has fallen, I'm having everyone start making contact with everyone they can at every installation possible just to get intel, I'm off to the War Room (Grandpa's study) to set up the maps and keep track of what I can. Putting Tanks on comms duty for now, since he is our RTO. Our call sign is Templar.

1500Hrs Maps are setup in one of our empty rooms (one of the three) and we have every landmass on the planet tacked up on the wall, plenty of pins, and I'm tasking Maggie with keeping it updated. I need to get some sleep tonight (once I hit 96hrs at least). However Tanks has received a transmission from Ft. Bragg (Here on Green Beanie) seems some guys I knew from deployments are trying to figure out a place to go that's somewhat remote and easily defensible. I'll have to try to get them on the net so we can talk turkey.

March 11

Set up a room just to act as our TOC, with multiple TV's all playing different news channels, 4 laptop's crawling the net for information (thank you social media), and our HAM setup along with SINCGARS. The news is pretty bad, NYC is rioting, as is LA, Atlanta, Chicago, Seattle, St. Louis, Basically every major city in the US and some in Canada, no clue whats going on south of the border right now though. Europe is implementing some kind of plan, but that's not going to help These United States, CNN reports that The President will be making an address to the nation this evening from an undisclosed location. I don't think it's going to help matters much. Maggie brought her SIPRnet laptop and hooked it up so she could monitor that end of things and it seems there have been mass desertions from every installation, (somehow I think the Squids out at sea aren't going to desert any time soon).
Did hear from Green Beanie though, turns out my buddy that went to Delta got some guys together and is hoping to come out here and they are bringing gifts apparently, I gave him the GPS coordinates for where to meet me (a fairly short 2 miles away) and told him to give me an ETA, he immediately responded with “96” guess I'll see him in 4 days. Mean time I've got work to do.

I've put John in charge of setting up defenses for us, he just nodded and jumped on the front end loader and got to work, I'm sending my squad out in teams to set up a checkpoint/LP/OP near the road and gave them squad level comms, thankfully its going to be pretty easy to camouflage the positions I'm setting up, and John has already dug them out and put the concrete box in the hole (last summer) I'm really grateful he did that, it saved us a lot of work. Put Mallin to work in the Greenhouse to get started on growing some food for us (we have plenty of seeds for every vegetable, tuberous root, and fruit that will grow in North America) so now to check on water.

Grandpa has really outdone himself this time. He caught me as I was going outside to check on our water cisterns, they had been 30,000 gallons last time I had been here, but Grandpa has sometime in the last few years really upgraded. I was informed of this as he guided me up the hill to what I had assumed was a new outbuilding/barn for quarantining sick livestock, but no, it was in fact a 250,000 gallon cistern filled by one of the larger mountain streams, gravity fed to The Castle nearly half a mile away. Grandpa told me he had some other things to show me when the guys from Green Beanie got here. I can't help but wonder what they are.

My gear is ready for the RV so I can cross that off my mental checklist, but I can't help but think I've forgotten something, I'll talk to the others and see if I can figure out what it is.

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Got woken up by Tanks about an hour after sunrise today, it seems that a couple of cable news stations have gone off the air due to rioting and power outages (probably doesn't help that none of the employees are getting paid either) CNN HQ in Atlanta is down, but everything running out of NYC is somehow still on the air, with what look like exhausted economists talking about how the value of the dollar fluctuates and this is nothing to worry about. Seems like bullshit to keep the population semi calm to me, and hey if it works then more power to them, I keep having the same thought that they won't be on the air much longer though, and we will have to rely on Ham Radios and Sincgars for any intel, though I'm not really sure how long the Sincgars (I'm calling them ChatterBox's from here on out and no one is going to stop me) will be viable for long range comms if the planes aren't flying and the satellites won't have any real maintenance.

I have no doubt that things are going to get worse, we haven't gotten any intel on NK since we got here and that's something that concerns me. In their shoes I'd let things get really damn bad here and then launch the nukes just to add insult to injury. In addition Grandpa keeps hinting at some secrets here in The Castle that I don't know about and he was hoping to never have to tell me about them either.

March 13

I feel like I should put something in here about my Father and Mother. My father grew up out here at The Castle and when he was 18 he enlisted as opposed to being drafted (1968) after 3 tours in Vietnam (69,70,71) he decided that he liked the Army and went full tilt at every school he could get into, finishing Ranger School in '74 he went on to Special Forces Selection (I have no idea what it was called back then) in 77, he made it through and in 1980 he met my mother quite literally the day after she had gotten home from Duke with her degree, I'm told by my grandfather that they took things fairly slow and dated for 18 months before my father proposed to her. They married in October 1982, and I came around in July of 83. I don't remember much about them, I do remember the night they both died though. It was the spring of 88 and we had been out at the movies on a Friday night, I had somehow talked them into taking me to see Crocodile Dundee 2 and we had gotten out of the theater around 11, I fell asleep in the car and the next thing I know I'm woken up by being flung around in the backseat and trying to figure out what just happened and why there was glass everywhere. We had been hit by a Semi driver that had been a combination of things (drunk, awake for too long, high on something), I spent the rest of the night in Cape Fear Valley Medical Center ER until someone from the unit, I can't remember who, picked me up and took care of me until my grandparents came to get me. 7th group didn't' waste any time when they were notified of the wreck, as I understand it they were on the phone to my grandfather within minutes. My grandparents dropped everything and flew out to get me, and oversee the funeral arrangements, though I remember my grandfather getting in contact with my maternal grandparents and informing them of the situation, needless to say they were not happy. I saw them at the funeral nearly 2 weeks after the wreck, they both acknowledged my parents will (I got everything) and only asked me for one of my mother's dresses, I saw them over the years however intermittently, but far more while I was stationed at Bragg, and it fell to me to make their funeral arrangements when they passed, both from cancer (Lung and Ovarian respectively) since my mother had been an only child, I inherited everything once again, and found out why they had wanted my mother's dress, my maternal grandmother had carried on a tradition in her family that seemed to go back quite a while, a piece of the dress was embroidered like a tombstone and added to a quilt, it was nice to remember my mother that way.

As I was doing my final checks on my gear before heading out to the RV with Green Beanie, Grandpa told me it was time he showed me something. We walked out of my room, down the hall and into the basement, he sighed as I followed him over to his workbench and he told me to feel around underneath the work surface, it took me a minute but I felt something that I'd swear was a toggle switch, when I told him I'd found it, all he said was “Well flip the switch, we don't have all day.” Having flipped it, I waited and hearing just the faintest hum of a motor I turned around to locate the noise, while Grandpa chuckled to himself. “You'll see it in just a minute.” and then his amusement turned into something I had never seen on his face before, apprehension. “I'd really hoped to never show you this, Hell I'd hoped I'd never have to use it, but all things considered, right now I believe you need to know about it.” I saw just the faintest red light getting bigger as a previously hidden door opened behind Grandpa's tool chest, shit the tool chest was part of the door. When it finally opened up he took me on a guided tour and the damn thing was a huge underground shelter with running water from the cistern, battery banks that were connected to our existing solar panels and small hydro-electric generators, I was given the run down on what it had been built for, it was what my great grandfather had decided the floor plan should be in the event that the nukes began to fly during the Cold War, it was basically a 3 story 60,000 sq/ft underground bunker, complete with Operating Rooms, small maternity ward, school rooms, exercise area, Firing Range, commercial kitchen, and 75 separate studio apartments that if push came to shove we could live in rather comfortably considering. He had kept updating it every decade even then it still looked like it could have doubled as a prison due to the painted concrete and stainless steel fixtures. He had also helped John install a walk in Faraday Cage on the bottom floor right next to the Firing Range and insured that the ventilation system was more than capable of handling everything even if we were at full capacity. All the lights were energy efficient and there were even rooms set up with tanning beds and UV lights in the event it became necessary to stay down there for an extended period of time. The only issue was that there were only enough UV emitting bulbs to last 6 months, apparently this had been a newer addition to the bunker and Grandpa hadn't gotten everything to just where he wanted it yet. I'd bet the additional bulbs were in a trailer somewhere between here and the manufacturer.
After the tour I left the door to the bunker open and started Brian on getting the more sensitive electronics stored in the Faraday cage, and told him to make sure everyone was aware of the bunker.

I'm heading out to the RV, partially to scout it, partially to secure it, but really I just want to get out and see what I can see locally since none of us has been out beyond the checkpoints in a while.

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I've arrived at the RV near the Causey Reservoir, in a clearing just off Skull Crack Canyon Rd. I've been here long enough to set up a decent range card and my rifle is ready to go. I'm currently armed with a Larue PredatOBR 18” with a SilencerCo Omega300 can, ND3 laser designator and AN/PVS 26 Night Scope mounted with QD in front of a Leupold MK4 3.5-10X40mm with M2 knobs and illuminated TMR reticle with 50 rnds of ammo loaded especially for this rifle, in addition I have my Glock 17 with Ameriglo Sights, extended threaded barrel, SilencerCo Osprey suppressor and 5 17rnd mags of 147 grn subsonic, 2 M67 Frag Grenades 1 M18 Smoke Grenade (Yellow) . It's approx 0400hrs and I have seen no movement here other than the occasional 4 legged critter but the part that is slightly disturbing to me is that I'm nearly 1000m from the hardball and I have neither seen nor heard anyone drive by since I got here. I'm sure there has got to be someone up in these mountains other than at The Castle. I've checked in with Tanks over the radio and I've got good comms at least through this part of the mountains, I'm a bit surprised to be honest, I have no idea how long it will be good for but I'll take it.

I took a Combat Nap and now the sun is up, slept longer than I wanted to....dammit, oh well nothing to do about it now, except scan the area and make sure it's secure, no idea why I'm being so paranoid about this. I suspect this is some manifestation of my PTSD coming up but I'm oddly comfortable in this situation.

March 15

Made some hot coffee this morning from my esbit stove and with the instant coffee from the MRE I brought with me really glad I brought the stove with me as there is still 6” of snow on the ground, the coffee even though it's shitty still helps me warm my hands a bit, as well as keeping my eyes open. Time to start scanning again. End Transcription

I heard engines over head, it sounded like more than one plane. Shortly after I had a visual on 3 float planes landing on the reservoir, I relocated to a better vantage point and simply observed from concealment (thankfully I travel damned light for stuff like this) and was surprised as these float planes were larger than usual. After they landed/anchored at one of the “beaches” for lack of a better term, they discharged their contents with a quickness, I counted 9 men with packs and rifles this was concerning to me until I recognized my Ranger buddy Jack, checking his map and making his way to the clearing, I shadowed him from the trees until he got into the clearing and I watched him for about 15 minutes. As I write this I realize I probably didn't have to do that but better safe than sorry. I decided eventually to have some fun and sneak up on Jack, I got to within 20 ft of him before he realized it and I got to look down the business end of a rifle until it dawned on him that it was me, maybe my laughing at the look on his face gave it away. We talked for a bit until the other 8 guys got there with their gear, I asked if anyone else was coming and was told that they were orbiting in a C17 that had the rest of their guys/families and plenty of equipment loaded up on it, they were all surprised to hear I had a landing strip that could handle the bird, the initial plan called for a supply drop and then to have everyone on board jump (static line) with the acting Jumpmaster going out right after the pilots. Apparently things are getting pretty damned bad back east if that was the plan.

Upon arrival at The Castle 4 hours later one of the guys that came in with Jack dropped his pack and pulled out a radio at looking at the windsocks at each end of the strip asked me what the altitude for this strip was. I had no idea so I called for one of our pilots that were far more familiar with what was going on than I was. While I watched this man call out to the C17 I saw 2 others tossing strobes and what I'd swear were road flares, I'm guessing to mark the runway, I watched all this until Jack came up to me and pulled me back a bit to ask me if there were anything like a forklift available to unload the bird with, I just smiled and took him to the hangar while calling for everyone available to come help unload a plane and for a crew to get started on food for everyone, since we are feeding another 36 people, I'm calling it right here and now, we can't afford to bring anyone else in to The Castle and have any reasonable expectation of having supplies last. As it is now we are really going to have to step up our planting in the greenhouse and I'm fairly sure what's in the freezers are going to be empty in 2 weeks so butchering cattle and hunting are something that will have to be organized as well. We do have freeze dried food but that could cause rabbit starvation if we rely on it too long. On the upside there have been no less than 15 SOCOM guys added to the personnel roster, granted they are a mishmash of units but I'm grateful they are here. After we offloaded all the people and supplies from the C17 one of the pilots decided to turn the thing around and take off, I didn't have any idea as to the why but Jack was very relaxed about the whole thing. When I asked him what was going on he replied “That Air Commando is going to take it up to 30,000ft point it west and jump out when he's back over this DZ, he's pretty sure with it empty there will be enough fuel for it to crash out in the Pacific far enough from shore that nothing but the plane will be damaged. He said he'd be back in time for dinner though.” I've got to hand it to the pilot, that sounds just batshit insane to me, but ultimately it's his ass.

The sun was just starting set when that crazy bastard walked into the kitchen, got a plate and sat down to eat. I didn't know what else to do so I handed him a beer from the long chest behind the bar. I said nothing to him, I was just surprised he was still alive as were everyone else including his co-pilot. Going to have to inventory the supplies off the bird tomorrow morning, but from what Jack tells me its plenty of ordinance and gear, along with enough 4th gen NODS for everyone here plus backups. I asked him where he got it all and he told me “I stole it from the ASP and I raided a couple of supply rooms as well as CIF before we got the hell out of dodge. There should be a pallet load of MRE's in there too, that I'm pretty sure we will use.” I decided I'd talk to the new group after the inventory had been done tomorrow.

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I'll be a sonuvabitch, I called it. We were hit with a nuclear strike on the 17th but from what I can tell it was a high altitude burst. I have no idea where it came from but it happened while Jack and I had gone down to Ogden to have a little look and see if anyone knew anything. While we were there everything electric just stopped working, Jack and I both noticed it when we tried our radios to check the range on them. They were both completely dead, and I had just put fresh batteries in them before we headed out. Our next big clue was the cop that had tried to start his patrol car after dropping the Mayor at City Hall. We both decided to head back to The Castle, thankfully my truck was old enough that it still had a mechanical ignition and stick shift so I was able to push start the damned thing. I was able to put a new AGM battery in my truck when we got back. We replaced the HAM radio and Chatterbox in the TOC from our spares and everyone has helped run new wiring from the solar panels and the hydro-electric generators to The Castle so we have power again. Sad that we have no internet now that was potentially a very valuable source of intel for us, even Maggie's SIPRnet box is shot. At least there is still the 75” TV we need to set up for movie night down in the Faraday cage, I'll have to bring that up tomorrow, or maybe have Brown do it, he's been morose the last few days.

March 22

Brown and Toops are setting up the entertainment area in what used to be our movie room anyway. Grandpa has bought pretty well every movie ever released from the beginning of VHS up until last week so there's plenty to keep the kids entertained and between that and the library we can educate them while they are here. I went down to the bunker to show Toops and Brown what to take upstairs and while they were working I took the time to really look around. I found what looked like a bank vault door, I'll have to have Grandpa show me what's behind it. I'm naming it Door Number 1.

I thought I saw Jankis just now walking through the hall, I've got to be having some kind of psych issues, or maybe some guilt over leaving her at Rucker. There's no way I can come up with that she should be here, all logic tells me that she's in southern Alabama or northern Florida right now, well over 1000 miles away. I'm still going to check on the booze stockpile anyway just for my own peace of mind, when I get done with this entry.

Mallin says the plants in the greenhouse are planted and doing as well as can be right now, maybe we'll have some fresh veggies and fruit sometime this summer.

Guys from Green Beanie are relatively settled in their own rooms, some did have to double up but they don't want to go down to the bunker just yet for their own rooms, turns out Jack had brought some Green Beret's (2 Commo and 1 Engineering Sergeant) as well as 3 Air Force Combat Controllers (they landed the C17) along with the pilots 3 guys from the 82nd 4 Delta Operators (including himself) as well as their families for those that have them all in all it came out to around 34 people.

I need to go check on the medical people I brought from Rucker and see if there is anything they might need and if we have it, some of the Green Beanie crew's wives still have infants.

March 22

Brown and Toops are setting up the entertainment area in what used to be our movie room anyway. Grandpa has bought pretty well every movie ever released from the beginning of VHS up until last week so there's plenty to keep the kids entertained and between that and the library we can educate them while they are here. I went down to the bunker to show Toops and Brown what to take upstairs and while they were working I took the time to really look around. I found what looked like a bank vault door, I'll have to have Grandpa show me what's behind it. I'm naming it Door Number 1.

I thought I saw Jankis just now walking through the hall, I've got to be having some kind of psych issues, or maybe some guilt over leaving her at Rucker. There's no way I can come up with that she should be here, all logic tells me that she's in southern Alabama or northern Florida right now, well over 1000 miles away. I'm still going to check on the booze stockpile anyway just for my own peace of mind, when I get done with this entry.

Mallin says the plants in the greenhouse are planted and doing as well as can be right now, maybe we'll have some fresh veggies and fruit sometime this summer.

Guys from Green Beanie are relatively settled in their own rooms, some did have to double up but they don't want to go down to the bunker just yet for their own rooms, turns out Jack had brought some Green Beret's (2 Commo and 1 Engineering Sergeant) as well as 3 Air Force Combat Controllers (they landed the C17) along with the pilots 3 guys from the 82nd 4 Delta Operators (including himself) as well as their families for those that have them all in all it came out to around 34 people.

I need to go check on the medical people I brought from Rucker and see if there is anything they might need and if we have it, some of the Green Beanie crew's wives still have infants.

March 23

I've got everyone settled into their working routine and have assigned them based on their training and basic skill sets. Toops and Brown are always looking to learn more so I've been having them shadow the Engineering Sergeants today, everyone has taken a turn at the LP/OP by the road and we got the radios replaced there as well.

Grandpa did show me what was behind Door Number 1 today, I don't know how he got them, and I don't wanna know, but there are 8 M2 Browning Machine Guns, 12 M60E6 Machine Guns, and 10 M134's, and all of them seem to have Tripods and vehicle mounts. I don't want to know why they are here, but I'm gonna have the Delta Guys get us set up with what we need to defend The Castle and make sure it's all in place and fairly well hidden. I know that if it were known we had these here last year we would have been raided by BATFE and probably have gone to Club Fed for a long time.

I keep getting updates from the TOC and for the last week they have all been the same, nothing. That all changed today. Tanks came running with word that I needed to be in the TOC right now, so I dropped everything. When I arrived Maggie and the Commo Sergeant (Jose) were just listening to what sounded like a message from The President being broadcast all over the Nation. I can't remember the whole thing, but here are the pertinent bits: Due to the economy imploding and the mass desertions from the military, the federal government would not be able to provide any assistance to the people at this time. The events of March 17th were in fact a high altitude nuclear explosion (Called It!) launched from modified cargo ships in international waters of the Pacific and Atlantic. Since both the House and Senate have both been losing members due to a litany of issues, (more than one has been murdered, and even more have been reported dead or incapacitated) the US government would be suspending any legislative sessions until things were more or less back to normal. I'm wondering what this means for guys stationed overseas or deployed. I'd bet that many of them will do everything in their power to make it home and some will just disappear into the local areas and try to rebuild their lives as best they can.

After the address, we were contacted by someone with the call sign Badger Actual on the secured net, I let Jose handle it since he was far more experienced with stuff like this. Per Badger our orders are to conduct reconnaissance within our Area of Operations (AO) which has been defined for us. Idaho Falls, ID to Provo, UT in the west no further south than Price, UT and no further east than Rock Springs, WY. Not exactly sure how we are gonna make that happen but I guess we will give it a try.

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WELLLL GGOOODDD DAMNIT. Great post looking forward to more. Hope they got tons of ammo,134s are thirsty, very thirsty :) Especially 10. Keep it coming!

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Another good posting! :clap: :clap:

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Sweet! Looking forward to more updates!

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