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Re: OP Irene

Postby jjjman33 » Fri Nov 12, 2010 10:16 pm

AndrewMc wrote:Lion Claws X is still happening.

Thats news to me but i moving up to u guys in alaska so i will miss out on ten. Darn you military.
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Re: OP Irene

Postby Hatah » Sat Nov 13, 2010 5:31 pm

Talked to Mr. Lu today. Said LC X is still a go. Trying to get Victorville. Abandoned airforce housing complex I hear.
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Re: OP Irene

Postby Killmaster » Sat Nov 13, 2010 6:04 pm

Yeah, I've actually been in touch with a bunch of my friends in MI. We have been talking about going to Irene next year.
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Re: OP Irene

Postby jjjman33 » Sat Nov 13, 2010 10:49 pm

Hatah wrote:Talked to Mr. Lu today. Said LC X is still a go. Trying to get Victorville. Abandoned airforce housing complex I hear.
Nice now to save money for flight from alaska to cali again
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Re: OP Irene

Postby LieutenantKD » Wed Nov 17, 2010 9:02 pm

Cheese Man wrote:why not? the pics I saw were awesome...

Could you post the pics?
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Re: OP Irene

Postby Cheese Man » Wed Nov 17, 2010 9:59 pm

I don't have them, just google it, and you will find them. Try youtube too, there are some cool videos.
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Re: OP Irene

Postby Baronvonsmooch » Sat Dec 18, 2010 4:56 pm

I have attended many events in the Lion Claws series of events. Attended Op Night Scorpion 3 and 4 in 2008 and 2009 outside of Dallas, Texas. In the summer of 2009 I traveled to the area of Niagra Falls in NY for Op Northern Wind 4. I also attended Op Bulldog 4 in October of 2009 in the Fort Hood MOUT areas. This past October I attended Op Irene 8 in the Zussman and Anaconda MOUT areas in Fort Knox.

My overall opinion of Irene is that yes it was a pretty cool event, but I preferred attending Op Bulldog in Texas as it is a much better event.

Irene has too many problems. The event is supposed to be the "superbowl" of airsoft events in North America which creates a problem within many of the players. I personally witnessed a majority of the "ranger" team displaying terrible sportsmanship in all aspects of the event ranging from blatantly not calling hits (turning into terminators), having wounded people stand in front of medics to act as cover to allow for other members of the squad to be healed, many people modifying weapons after chrono to achieve higher FPS than those who are honest, dead men talking, not to mention the general lack of respect that I witnessed out of the Texas players I have played amongst. The rangers just take it a bit too seriously and take it on themselves to believe that by being on that team they have become an elite fighting force that can never die.

Plus the area of this MOUT site is smaller than the site in Texas, which can be very congested with the 400 players. Op Bull Dog also has better access to two major airports if you are planning on flying in (San Antonio or Dallas/Forth Worth).

As I said before I can offer all kinds of insight into these events because I have been to many ops outside of the lion claws series including one that had an actual helicopter performing quick insertions, "Casevacs", and strafing/air support using door gunners. If you want I will post an AAR of my personal experiences which was presented to a Lt Col at Maxwell AFB because he was interested in any kind of training possibilities from it.
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Re: OP Irene

Postby AndrewMc » Sat Dec 18, 2010 8:34 pm

That would be great if you wanted to take the time to either re-write it or post it up. I know that some of us are going to lower-48 games next summer and would like to know that to be prepared for, good and bad alike.
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Re: OP Irene

Postby Baronvonsmooch » Sun Dec 19, 2010 1:06 pm

Op Irene VIII After Action Report
29-31 October 2010, Fort Knox Kentucky

The Super Bowl of airsoft events in the United States and finally the LPA sent some people. Those in attendance included 2nd Lt TJ, 2nd Lt Hoff, and myself. TJ and I were attending ASBC while the Hoff drove up from Eglin AFB in Florida. Hoff drove to Maxwell and we all carpooled in my Pathfinder together.

We were all ready to go for the 0700 start time on Saturday morning and rolled out to the stadium wearing our gear, carrying our weapons, and the ruck full of extra supplies as needed for the Regen Point.

At the stadium we received a long speech from just about everyone. The COs, Col McKnight and Sgt. Doboroff, put forth great speeches dedicating the weekend to the memory of the 19 American warriors who lost their lives in Somalia in 1993. We were part of freedom fighter squad 3-4 and stood in open ranks with our squad until the welcome speeches were finished. Following this the order of battle was delivered and we were told to travel to the correct Regen points.

1. We got everything started with the first Scenario at 0900 with our platoon (3rd) and one other platoon in the Zussman MOUT site while the other two were in the Anaconda site. Our platoon started inside the city, while the other started from the Freedom Fighter (FF) regen site outside the city. Our squads were located in the ZNN (Zussman News Network) Building (building 15). Our job was to push far forward and take the brunt of the assault from incoming Ranger elements to allow other squads to secure objectives within the city mainly the Olympic Hotel as well as the Bank building. We also wanted to prevent food shipments and stage human shield attacks on the Task Force Ranger (TFR) Forward Operating Base (FOB). At the start Hoff and I took down a building at the end of a row of broken townhouses (building 11) across the street from the University building (building 20). This building had one fully intact section that Hoff and I took up residence in while the UConn guys spread amongst the rest of the building. After clearing our section Hoff and Obst (the 3-4 medic) set up in the second story overlooking a crossroads and I climbed through a hole in the ceiling to get into the attic. From here I had a perfect point from which to look down on the University and the crossroads next to it through a murder hole. TFR was spawning beyond this point and used the University as a staging point for assaults. After a lengthy amount of time killing wave after wave of Rangers they finally diminished FF numbers enough to flank behind us and take down the buildings. After being eliminated we headed to regen and reentered the fight. I took a force of UConn troops to push back some rangers from the left flank against the stadium. The “militia” then turned on us and mowed us all down before we knew what happened. After regen we went through the hotel (building 17) and went straight to the sewers where we met up with another force of guys. TJ, Hoff and I entered Andy’s from the basement where we cleared the remainder of the building from the basement up to the top. Hoff and I did several dynamic entries during which we killed several rangers who were holed up and hiding in the building. Others freedom fighters took up positions within the building to eliminate threats trying to hit us from the outside. This evolution would end with Hoff and I securing a bunch of ammo tins that were a suspected ammo dump.
This evolution was followed by a lunch break and time to reload as well as regear for redeployment to the Anaconda MOUT site. TJ also put on his finest orange life preserver and joined the Somalian Marines.

2. The platoons from the morning evolution at Zussman would switch with those at Anaconda for the second evolution. After a rousing trip on a school bus to the Anaconda MOUT site we prepared to start. Our squads were tasked with securing a UN hostage in a compound within the massive walled area. We charged into the compound and cleared it completely while looking for the UN worker who we quickly took into custody and placed under guard. Other squads were sent to search for bomb making materials and a bomb maker to assemble them. At this time we looked for different objectives to accomplish and advantageous positions to make moves against the TFR forces. I ended up on the left flank taking down the stable (Building 55) and setting up a position to begin troop movements and assaults from. I would end up holding this position with a SAW gunner for the remainder of the scenario therein repelling assaults from several squads at a time on either side of my building. The sun was hovering behind my position which allowed for me to make many kills without danger of accurate return fire from the rangers. The Hoff would lead several assaults from the center gates of the walled Muslim fortress. He also prevented the kidnapping of the hostage by pro-ranger militia forces by killing them as they attempted to covertly escort her out. Our team was able to get the rangers to kill the hostage by disguising her in a dish-dasha with a shemagh covering her face and duct taping a weapon to her hands. She was then forced to run into an area with a fierce firefight with several freedom fighters around her. It worked like a charm to hurt their efforts to rescue her while we were not at fault for killing a hostage.
A ride in a five ton truck brought us back to the staging area to await nightfall and eat dinner before carrying out what some deem the most exciting part of the event, the night op.

3. This is the evolution built on the Black Hawk Down storyline. Once the sun set there was an impressive amount of pyro so simulate the downing of a helicopter in the skies over Somalia. Our platoon started in the Junk/rail yard across the street from a downed Huey we had Intel that there was a pilot being supported by two snipers (Mike Durant). We needed to take the pilot alive and get his player card which we fulfilled by rushing them with around 40 people and setting off distraction grenades around them. After securing the pilot Hoff and I joined a group of people headed to the embassy. We entered the embassy and went to the top floor where we found a darkened room whereas the rest is lit with fixtures. Somewhere down the hall someone had a very powerful spotlight that they used to light the area to the South of the Embassy that was crawling with around two platoons of rangers. We immediately opened fire and hit many of them before they could react to get to cover or retreat. Following this we crossed the open road to building 9 where we were assaulted by ranger units in the fun house. Upon returning from regen (no medic rules at night) we learned that our objective was to take back the Olympic Hotel which had a swarm of militia on the roof that decided that the Freedom Fighters were forever and always the enemy. Using UConn assets Hoff, TJ, and I got into the bottom floor of the Hotel where we once again entered the tunnels and moved to take Andy’s (building 13) in order to get on equal ground to shoot the roof of the Hotel building from the roof of Andy’s. I was able to reach the roof and move to the wall that faced the Hotel. I hid in the shadows until they forgot about me then I started to eliminate the militia one at a time. After some time another squad joined me on the roof and we poured fire on the roof of the Hotel yielding the same effects I had seen all night. The evolution finished with EndEx being announced to all players over the loudspeaker system.

Sunday started early with a single 3 hour event. After another start brief to reiterate safety and allow the commanders to evaluate the forces present for the final event, the platoons moved out to the start points.

4. Starting a bit later than the day before the final evolution was scheduled to start at 0900. We started from the freedom fighter regen point. At the run our squads ran directly to the Hotel (building 17) where we continued directly to Andy’s (building 13). After discovering that the squads within the city had secured an offensive line further we needed to move to provide support. Hoff and I moved to the Funhouse (building 9) where we would bound forward using buddy rushes to the townhouses. From here we moved to the broken townhouses from the first evolution overlooking the University. I once again entered the attic to set up a blocking position to keep the Rangers back from the rest of the freedom fighters. Eventually the friendly troops underneath me would be forced out; however I would remain concealed in the attic even when there were rangers directly below me. For around 2 hours I would continue to kill Rangers a squad at a time. With what they thought to be a safe area the complacency would cost them. I would start to target squad leads and medics then SAW gunners then rifleman in order of priority targets. I was able to kill targets at will in order to frustrate them to such an extent that I would cause friendly fire incidents while they tried to stop the precision shots that continued to hit them. Eventually I eliminated a squad that got too close to discovering me directly underneath and I became cornered where I couldn’t move without dying. Upon respawning Hoff and I met up and pushed on to the Funhouse (building 9). With team members refusing to move, Hoff and I crossed open ground to try to clear out one of the apartments with Rangers inside. I would get hit on the attempt to get up the stairs but Hoff would make it inside. After I was treated by a medic I joined Hoff inside. He would be eliminated by a sneaky ranger with a pistol on the bottom landing of the stairs going to the second floor; however I would get his arm with my M4. After waiting a couple of minutes I heard a guy come down the stairs to shoot through the hallway towards the friendly forces in the building we had just come from. I waited to hear him drop his magazine out to rush him and get the safety kill quietly. I then made my way upstairs where I would double-tap two unsuspecting Rangers before TFR regrouped for Exfil during which they simulated the Mogadishu Mile by running with the 5 ton trucks and ending at the stadium with lots of pyro going off around them.

Following the Mogadishu Mile we formed up at the stadium for closing remarks and the raffle. This evolution was in my opinion the best one due to the massive involvement of all sides in the full scale battle for Zussman.

All in all Op Irene was a decent event filled with lots of pyrotechnics and other items that are not available in any other event.
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Re: OP Irene

Postby Baronvonsmooch » Sun Dec 19, 2010 1:30 pm

I apologize for the building numbers and such but the maps are a type of controlled item from the event and I am not able to hand out those items to the community at large.

I'm seeing a lot of talk about heading to Op Lion Claws in California. While that may be the event with the most people in attendance, from what I have read and heard from members is that Op Lion Claws is a very difficult AO that allows for a very limited amount of fighting due to the massive size.

In my own opinion if one is going to pay the money to travel and attend one of these events, try to get one which can not be replicated anywhere else. Head out to one of the events featured at a legitimate military MOUT site or at one of the rented state properties like Op Red Storm in Whittier, California. These types of events can not be found anywhere else and the feeling of a massive city wide MOUT battle is like nothing else in airsoft.

If you are looking for the most MILSIM an event can get, look at attending Op Pine Plains at Fort Drum in New York.
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