Sitrep: A Starry Night 10 Aug 2019
FOR GENERAL RELEASE
10 August 2019 18:00 CDT CP
A Starry Night
A Starry Night was the brainchild of Resistance Agent cayt. It started out smaller, much smaller and under another name. Agent <redacted> urged her to go bigger. So she did. Expanding the operation to be Sisseton, SD to Pocahontas, AR to Sandusky, OH she knew she had some potential fun on her hands. With a few delays due to anomalies, it was coming upon gotime, when another operation popped up, Mirrors. After much coordination between the two ops, it was decided to throw them at the same time to maximize the use of boots. Game on!
The days leading up to Starry were interesting. Lake Michigan is always a fun area to watch, to see who has control of the lake and how it moves. Physically it also presents some of its own challenges. We had a link that needed to be dropped coming out of Chicago, IL to Ludington, MI. However the water levels of Lake Michigan are extremely high right now. So high that access to the lighthouse via the pier was closed by police barricades. The lake was washing over the pier causing very dangerous conditions. The Chicago portal was accessible by water only. So how to drop that link? Agent TheHamlinHooker was our answer. Hooker took a kayak to the lighthouse and dropped the link. There was much rejoicing and holding of breath until he made it back on shore.
Meanwhile agents were gathering at the anchors in Sandusky, Sisseton, and Pocahontas. Teams were gathering in Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan. IOs were gathering from <redacted> and <redacted>. Lanes were cleared. Eyes turned to the sky. The first two links went up, we had a V, and it came time to throw the link that would make the first field, and we were blocked at the last moment. Agents scrambled to clear it, as other blockers popped up. Finally, the first field was thrown. 18,255,939 MU.
9 more layers went up before we were blocked and called it. While all of our layers did not go up, I still consider this a success for the team work, mu, and time invested. We were past checkpoint, but we still flew! In total 10 layers, 184 million MU.
Many thanks to every agent involved. From IO, to Leads, to Boots, to Advisors, to every single agent, you were all integral to the successful flying of this operation. I look forward to our next.