AKA, the 16th fight of Operation Payback
It's 0950 on 20 July 1990, and the invasion of Avalor, a small Caribbean island-nation near Cuba, upon which Castro-regime holdovers have been organizing, training, and launching attacks on the homeland, is underway. Previously three Reconnaissance and Surveillance teams from 10th Special Forces Group were inserted to support the invasion; one is in position in OP India, but the second team was compromised and extracted, and the third team (Rebel 33) was ambushed and wiped out. Next, 1st Lieutenant Huerta's 18th Grenadier Guards of the 6th Parachute Battalion jumped from C-130s onto three separate Drop Zones (DZs) in the pre-dawn darkness, planning to immediately form up and march on their objectives, the terrorist training areas and barracks on Avalor, manned by terrorist trainees and their Venezuelan and Iranian trainers.
In the last four fights we saw Lt Jaramiho's 1st Platoon successfully seize DZ Crow, Lt Escobedo killed in action while 2nd Platoon was trying, unsuccessfully, to secure DZ Bluebird, and then Lt Reyna's 3rd Platoon successfully seize DZ Albatross. The Company Commander, Lt Huerta, rounded up his paratroopers, formed them up, then linked up with Lt Estevez's ODA 525 for the assault on the objective areas. Then we saw Lt Huerta lead Lt Jaramiho's 1st Platoon and three Special Forces teams from ODA 525 to secure the terrorist training areas on Avalor. This fight sees Major Villanueva leading Unit 101 to capture El Commandante, the Venezuelan Army officer running the training camp which has been preparing and funneling terrorists into Cuba.
I'm using Ivan's "Five Men at Kursk," modified to give it a bit more of a modern and violent feel, and I'm playing solo.
Wow, things are going swimmingly for the Cubans: both bad guys behind the retaining wall and both bad guys in the sandbagged emplacement are knocked down, the east sentry is dead, and the west sentry is knocked down, with the enemy going to have to do something very desperate and reckless in order to get any of the them back in the fight, and all we've suffered is Cypher being pinned!
Things aren't looking so good all of a sudden...
Okay, things have completely gone to hell now, with Treak out of the fight, Rung, Major V, and Cypher knocked down, and Neo and Tank pinned, while the bad guys have managed to get two of their five knocked down troops back into the fight, and no reason to believe they won't be able to get two more to join them...
*He tried to self rally, but failed and stayed pinned. It's okay, Major V probably would have busted him open if he'd have tried to reach the sandbagged emplacement anyway.
I believe that Neo just saved the day! If he'd have lost that close combat I'd have been forced to withdraw, leaving Neo, Treak, and Rung on the battlefield, and call in air support.
Neo then faces his own dilemma: does he go and take care of the two enemy soldiers at the retaining wall, but risk allowing El Commandante to escape (or even put a bullet into Neo's side?), or does he go after the target, but risk allowing one of the enemy riflemen to put a bullet into his side?
Major Villanueva immediately got on the radio and called it in, requesting a helo to evacuate Treak and pick up El Commandante. Treak was gotten back to the battalion aid station on Avalor, and from there immediately evacuated back to Cuba. He would survive, but the internal injuries he suffered from three AK-47 rounds entering his torso forced his medical retirement from the Cuban Liberation Expeditionary Force.
Having said that, there was also cause for celebration: the mission was accomplished, and two members of Unit 101 were decorated for gallantry:
-Neo was awarded the Cruz Serviceo Distinguido (the nation's second highest award) for defeating the enemy west sentry in close combat, defeating the enemy soldier that shot Treak in close combat, for clearing the enemy sandbagged position in close combat, and personally capturing the mission's designated High Value Target, El Commandante, all at great personal risk to himself.
-Major Villanueva was awarded the Estrella de Plata (the nation's third highest award) for exposing himself to enemy small arms and RPG fire in order to rally his men and deliver accurate and timely rifle fire on the enemy sandbagged emplacement.
Following the helo evac/pickup, Major Villanueva linked up with the rest of Unit 101 and they set a course and began humping to the terrorist barracks, where they expected to encounter their next High Value Target, the Iranian known as "The Adjutant." Along the way they received word from Rebel 31, friendly Special Forces, that the terrorist barracks was abandoned, but that The Adjutant was holed up in a compound nearby. That was good news for 1st Lt Huerta's beat up company of paratroopers, they wouldn't have to fight to clear the enemy barracks; the terrorist training areas had proven to be quite expensive. Major Villanueva coordinated with Lt Huerta to have his paratroopers isolate the objective; no one in or out of The Adjutant's compound. "We're on our way."