Gender: Male Age: 53 Location: Las Vegas, Nv
|Introduction: Setting an example|
I glanced at my top sergeant as she walked through the hatch, “Well?”
She growled, “We were picked to protect pro tem delegates.”
I sat back and smiled, “The whole company?”
She nodded as she sat at her desk, “I don’t know how they expect us to train new soldiers if they coddle them.”
I grinned, “want me to ask the commander to change our assignment?”
She snorted, “I used your name already and she said you are a trouble magnet and didn’t need the headache.”
I shook my head and handed her two resignation forms, “Two more dropped out.”
Top Sergeant Brenda Davis was hard as battle steel but had a soft spot for trainees. She frowned and glanced at the names before calling their senior sergeants. I thought this assignment would give me a rest but I was busier then any other assignment I had ever had. Being a company commander as a lieutenant was a huge sign of faith.
I looked at the intel of the assignment brief when Brenda sent it to my inbox. I frowned, “What is this red warning flag about?”
Brenda stopped talking to Senior Sergeant Rodriguez, “they had a system flag from Partisian.”
I glanced at her and opened the warning flag before sitting up, “Brenda, the pro tem delegates are meeting on Partisian.”
She frowned, “So?”
I shook my head, “Partisian is a former rogue world.”
She still looked blank and I sighed, “The last brief reported no military weapons turned in. They reported them destroyed or turned over to militia.”
Brenda frowned, “I still don’t understand.”
I looked at her hard, “The report said it was never confirmed. That means they may have military weapons and the group on Partisian that wants the delegates dead may have some.”
Brenda grinned and turned to call all her senior sergeants. I shook my head, “Load the trainees with a full combat load.”
She chuckled, “with you around, I’ll load them up for a tiger ride.”
A week later our shuttles dropped us on Partisian while the carrier continued it’s rounds. The building the delegates were staying and meeting in was an almost ancient resort. I sent Brenda to check and find a safe room as well as defensive positions. The trainees were armed and armored as they stood guard and the delegates seemed to ignore them.
Three days later it began to rain lightly and the trainees had almost become lax. It was like static in the air as I sipped my coffee and reviewed the latest training reports. I jerked when jammers began screaming from the radios. I snatched my rifle up when I stood with Brenda and started for the door, “get the delegates into the safe room.”
She nodded as she barked orders into a private secure secondary radio we had set up. I ignored the trainees as they hastily moved into place and headed to the front of the resort, that was the easiest access. I started checking positions when the armored carriers flew towards us from the access road. I nodded calmly to a private holding a remote transmitter.
She flipped a switch and huge rolling explosions along the access road ripped the carriers apart. In coming fire from heavy weapons began to hit the sides of the ancient building. I nodded to the platoon sergeant and she barked an order into the secondary radio. A moment later two things happened, a glowing force screen sprang up to protect the resort and thirty privates walked out in new combat armor.
I gestured to my top sergeant and the senior sergeant for the platoon. I fell in behind the first squad as they moved forward and spread out. Weapons fire opened up from one side of the resort and the senior sergeant for the platoon reported a company of infantry attacking. I was tempted to abort the reaction platoon but the force screen would only hold so long before the heavy weapons broke though.
The trainees fired at anything and everything as we swept out rapidly. When we hit the heavy weapon site I moved forward and used Thumper to screen our attack. Top Sergeant Davis kept sending me reports so I knew when the company of infantry broke and fell back. Second squad followed me to each weapon and placed explosive charges before we fell back and set them off.
The other squads acted as security and continued to fire at enemy troops any chance they got. I turned and had the senior sergeant lead them around to attack the remainder of the infantry company from the flank. I moved back and forth giving orders and directing fire. When a major attack struck the rear of the resort, we were headed in and swung around.
The leading squad used cover and started firing into the flank of what had to be at least two or three companies. I moved around to the left with the next squad and then we moved up before taking cover. The squad poured fire into the enemy and the last squad quickly started moving around us. The senior sergeant placed them in cover as I called the next squad to move.
It didn’t take the enemy long to turn and start running in panic. That was when we swept forward quickly, attacking any that slowed or turned. I pulled the platoon back and towards the resort before we got to far away. We moved through and into the resort and I started checking the men in positions.
Top appeared beside me, “We have an encrypted burst transmission from the Endeavor. A company of Rangers is riding with them and they have changed course to assist.”
I nodded, “How long before they get here?”
Top grinned, “maybe Twenty hours.”
I smiled, “Rotate the trainees out on fifty percent unless they attack again and reissue ammo.”
She nodded and slipped away as I moved to the next position. It was a long time before the next attack came. A huge barrage of small weapons swept the resort before men began pouring towards us. Top had managed to send out trainees to set up tumbler mines.
I waited until the wave of attacking men moved past the mines before gesturing to the soldier manning the transmitter. Huge explosions flung the mines and smaller spheres spun off. When the spheres landed they exploded and sent men flying. I used Thumper as a small group of combat armored men moved through the retreating army.
When some broke through I lifted my MP14 and started firing as they concentrated their fire on me. I twisted as a round found my shoulder and turned back to fire into the last few armored men. A small group of other soldiers had managed to slip up close and two trainees went down as they fired.
My rifle was empty so I dropped it on its lanyard and drew my Swift, “TAKE THEM MEN!”
I started firing as the other trainees took heart and poured fire into them too. It ripped them apart before the firing stopped. I checked my platoon status screens, “Get the injured to the safe room Top.”
A private touched my uninjured shoulder, “Top wants you in the Safe room sir.”
I smiled, “After the medic has finished with the other men, she can look at me. Until then I am fine here.”
He hesitated and then nodded, “Yes sir.”
I gestured, “find me a chair and then get with your squad and reissue ammo.”
Another private that was close by grinned and pulled an old fashion wooden chair across the room. I sat and changed magazines before reloading Thumper. Several hours later the medic stopped me as I was checking positions. I sat and let her look at the wound before she put a bandage on, “You should be in the safe room so I can...”
I smiled and stood as I dressed, “after we are relieved.”
Six hours later Top stopped beside me as I checked on the wounded. I glanced at her and she grinned, “The Rangers are here early.”
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