New Class Introduction “SERE – Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape” Saturday/Sunday October 5th and 6th. Cost is: Saturday $150, Full weekend with Saturday night ops is $250. Pass conditions apply, and group rates upon inquiry.
This new class starts with a field exercise to determine skills, weak areas, and to just kick it off with some fun. While we will have a interesting fun exercise, the time will be spent on our part to evaluate where you stand and what we can do to help you out! So, day 1 is a field exercise to evaluate your abilities and readiness, both self eval and our cadre’s eval. Overnight we will address these identified areas and day 2 we will practice and improve those areas. either the one day or the overnight 2 day event may be attended.
The Regime controls all of the previous State of California now with emphasis on the northern part of the former state and solid ties to groups controlling the southern half; With the exception of isolated resistance pockets of Patriots along the Sierra Nevada’s, the northwest coast and central coast. The largest group along the central sierra’s have been hemmed in south of the Merced River and east of old Hwy 99. Sporadic fighting continues in this area between the Regime Brown Shirts and Patriot groups.
Currently the Regime’s forces have been held north of the Merced River, but there are increasing Brown Shirt incursions and raids into Patriot areas capturing personnel, equipment and supplies. Suspecting that most of the incursions are originating east of the area along the Shaffer Bridge area, observers and scouting patrols have been increased along the river. Attempts to patrol north of the river have been met with targeted denial. The residences along the bluffs to the north of the Merced apparently have been taken over by the Regime Brown Shirts or forces loyal to the Regime. Patriot forces long range observation of these residences verify that they are controlling the targeting of Patriot patrols from the elevated bluffs, calling in strikes and counter patrols when they observe activity.
Sniper and Counter Sniper activities meant to reduce this observation has resulted in accurate Regime counter sniper efforts. The accuracy and fast response indicates that some sort of shot detection has been installed along the bluffs. With what appears to be ComBloc BTR-82’s and the accuracy of counter patrol efforts, it is suspected that several AGS-17 (Plamya) automatic grenade launcher with SOVA (Owl) sights may have been installed along the bluffs.
This belief is due to several factors: 1. The presence of BTR’s means another military has joined with the Regime Brown Shirts, 2. The accuracy of grenade fire upon Patriot forces going north of the river yet not directed against sharpshooters south of the river which still seems to be small arms counter sniper fire. 3. The volume of automatic fire of grenades. 4. Grenade fire seems to be limited to within 800 yards and small arms fire to two miles. 5. The Plamya with an Owl is most effective at the reduced distances of 400-800 yrds, but the Plamya itself is capable out to 1700 yards. 6. Such resources are not present along the rest of the front, leading to a belief that rumors of a buildup may be correct.
A mission has been generated to scout the River bed for activity due to information being developed that the reason for the buildup on the bluffs is to cover a military incursion to flank and get behind the primary patriot forces facing the regime’s Brown Shirts in Merced. There is known opposition patrolling in the river valley.
Your scouting mission is to avoid the patrols, gather intelligence, disable any targets of opportunity if possible while not compromising the mission. The scouting patrol will concentrate from approximately 1 mile north of the Shaffer bridge along the wider river bottom and islands. Smaller 2 and 3 man teams will be assigned multiple areas, overlapping, in order to verify and support each other.
- Patrol north of the Merced river throughout the river plain, tributaries and islands. Patrol insertion will be at 37 28’ 08.01” N 120 35’ 18.59 W
- Intelligence collection is primary with emphasis on enemy build ups, patrols, strengths and positions
- If detected, patrols will break contact and make their way back to south of the Merced river
- Due to direct observation from Regime positions on the northern bluff, small teams and stealthy insertions will be needed.
- Brown Shirt patrols are routinely spotted on the main island and are the primary hazard and of course the reason for the patrol area. It is vital we get intelligence if opposition forces are staging a build up to cross the river.
- For all scouting patrols, if contact is made, break contact and rendezvous at 37 28’ 02.81” N. 120 39’ 54.86” W This is a ford that has seen no Brown Shirt activity since the conflict has started and they may be unaware of it. All other fords are under observation and are to be used as a last resort.
-Teams will be two or three people. More upon arrangement
-You will cross the Merced river on foot at the western end of the island opposite the rifle range. Ford is approx. high calf to knee deep. Patrol insertion will be at 37 28’ 08.01” N 120 35’ 18.59 W
-You will navigate to the eastern end of the island to cross back to the rifle range. Ford is approx. ankle to mid calf deep at 37 28’ 02.81” N. 120 39’ 54.86” W
-Approx length of patrol is unknown, it depends on your nav skills. The island is 15 acres and approx. 1.5 kilometer long. I would expect you to do about 2 miles to adequately map it and check out where troops may be staging.
-Opposition forces will “capture” you upon crossing the western ford. You must escape and perform 60 seconds of “intense fighting” “Spetsnaz” style, using upper body arms only, no kicks, against cadre with pads. You will then have a 10 minute head start with your captors “reviving” and pursuing you after the 10 min delay. You must disappear, avoid recapture, map enemy placements, troop strengths and navigate to your extrication point.
-There will be a blocking force of elite Hunter/Killer teams attempting to intercept your team towards the east, with a pursuit team trailing you from the west. There will be booby traps and mines to avoid.
-Natural hazards: Water crossing with equipment, wild pigs, lions/bobcats, mud, brambles.
EVERYONE – This is thick “jungle” vegetation, you can disappear 4 feet from someone. Nav will be tricky. Sloughs and creeks come up out of nowhere, backtracking is the norm. This is by far now my favorite training area!!! (Said with an evil laugh)
-Camouflage, stealth, and navigation will win the day. There will be actual targets to find, map and gather intelligence on. There will be actual trips, traps and simulated (blanks/inert) mines to avoid. We will have actual shoot targets, however, shooting will give you away and compromise your efforts so the intent would be to avoid those targets. There will be an umpire at the shoot targets in case you stumble onto them to determine if you were compromised and have to shoot your way out. Stealth, Camo and avoid!
What to bring:
Lunch, hydration, field equipment (PC, LBE, Ruck – your choice), cali legal rifle, sidearm if desired, 120 rounds minimum (recommend a standard ammo load out of 210 + rounds for practice) navigation equipment, observation devices, camo face paint, Insect Repellent, IFAK, dry footwear and clothing for after the exercise as you will at least be wet knee down and if you miss a hidden stream or have to emergency ford elsewhere you could be soaked.
Survival equipment needed: knife/machete, water purification methods, overnight gear, radio if you have one,
Your actual MET TC will be delivered at the morning briefing. Basic loadout of SMOLES and STANO are recommended. Hope to see you there!
MET TC – mission, enemy, terrain and weather, troops and support available, civil considerations. SMOLES – self-defense, medical, observation/optics, land nav, extreme weather, survival STANO – surveillance, target acquisition, night observation