Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech (Farscape) : The New Breed
* "Sangrian (Air-Mobile/Mechanized) Training Cadre"
Detached Infantry Training Company
Sangrian (Air-Mobile/Mechanized) Training Cadre – Regular/Reliable
Formed early in the Iron Dingoes tenure as a landed mercenary force in Sangria, the Sangrian Training Cadre was a detached force from * “Cerberus Command” designated to assist the burgeoning nation in training its newer formations. Today, the unit operates largely on its own with little command or control, often waging “war games” against national forces in an effort to improve their readiness.
Officers : The unit is largely independent in its nature, and is loosely attached to * “Cerberus Command”. Many of the leading infantry officers in the unit can date having spent some time in this unit, and it reflects on the skills taught and the legacy of this small, but influential unit. The lead officer of the 21st Mechanized Platoon, leads the entire unit; Captain Michael García Márquez, a man who has risen through the ranks. His father is a retired school teacher, who lives back in Garrison on a small farm.
Its junior officers tend to be young Shadow Recruits who have undergone training through * The “War Dogs” College of Military Sciences, and the other educational institutions of the Iron Dingoes, making them unquestionably loyal to the unit. Though inexperienced, they are capable and understand many of the key activities regarding combined arms and anti-Mech strikes, and then often go on to serve in other units once they have completed a term under the Training Cadre banner.
Tactics : The entire unit serves as a cadre force, training designated units in anti-Mech and anti-armor operations, as well as modern Inner Sphere infantry operations. While lacking in direct combat experience since its encounters with the Tragnar Marine Battalion in 3023, the unit trains constantly and understands tactics and strategic operations better than most other military formations.
While small, the Training Cadre has forged an unusually strong bond of comradeship between its squads, and the unit takes its position as a training force very seriously. The unit has also developed great skills in its position as trainers, and every member of the unit is a capable teacher in military tactics and strategy, as well as small unit infantry tactics.
The Training Cadre have operated as riot police while operating in Peregrine, and are considered trained in many of those simple operational tactics. In addition, the unit has trained itself as capable black-water marines, and is experienced in blue-water marine operations, however the unit lacks hard combat experience.
Support : The units are equipped much like any other Iron Dingoes infantry unit, with standard combat armor, helmet, and pulse laser rifle of the Iron Dingoes Infantry Field Kit (3023). The entire force is equipped with Ignis Infantry Support Tanks giving it “mechanized” status, and they are intimately familiar with their infantry carriers.
As heavy weapons support, after its 3024 encounter with the Tragnar Marine Battalion, they also began deploying captured SPM-18A3 “Backblast” Recoilless Rifles and Anti-Tank Guns at the platoon level, for heavy, anti-tank firepower, but replaced the recoilless rifles for a second anti-tank gun in 3034.
The unit also has an eclectic collection of equipment and vehicles often acquired through salvage operations, as well as assigned for training purposes. Each trooper also deploys with EVA Suits – “Prometheus Class”, and L2 “Maser” Laser Assault Rifles for extended training as marines, and are also issued sets of RC-SH01 “Bulwark” Ballistic Riot Shields and Stun Batons for each trooper in the unit. In 3034, the unit was equipped with Packrat LRPVs to help train the new technology, and greatly improved their combat initiative appropriately.
The unit has sufficient Sea Shark personal watercraft to equip two squads as “water-borne mechanized”, and scrounged a Combat Engineering Vehicle from the unit’s equipment reserves to establish fortifications at their base of operations. At the unit command level, they have access to a Field Comm Kit, Advanced and a Military Comm Hub. Following its assignment to System – Pa’an as an isolated division of the unit, they were equipped with a handful of technical personnel to ensure their independence in operations. They were also equipped with a pair of ST-8M Samsons in late-3024, giving them the ability to deploy as “air-borne” infantry when required, and provide heavy resupply.
Sangrian (Air-Mobile/Mechanized) Training Company (3028)
AeroSpace Transport Force
One (1) Packrat LRPV (COM)
One (1) Tech (Coms) Squad (Green)
1 Scout w/ Wheeled Scout Car (Vet)
Air Transport Lance
Two (2) ST-8M Samsons (2 Reg)
Techincal Support Group
Combat Engineering Vehicle
Four (4) Technical Squads (4 Reg)
23rd (Mechanized) Militia Platoon “Green Jackets”
One Packrat LRPV (COM)
Four (4) Ignis Infantry Support Tanks – (Vet, 2 Reg, Green)
Two (2) Anti-Tank Guns
4 Squads Rifle Infantry Militia (Vet, 3 Reg)
Formed originally from volunteers and assigned Jannissary forces, the Sangrian Training Company was a detached force from * “Cerberus Command” assigned to act as a training force under contract with the Sangrian Government on System – Dumassas.
Originally led by Captain Jerri Holden, she had taken her platoon of experienced security and line troopers along with a pair of “militia” platoons to train the government forces located in the national capital in combined-arms operations. Assisting her was Lieutenant SG Grant Burke “Sabre”, whose professionalism assisted in fulfilling their contract. They were contracted for a complete year, as a Static Defense Mission (Cadre) Contract – Operation : “Show-and-Tell”. They fulfilled the contract honorably.
The unit’s composition at this time was as follows.
Delta Perimeter Security Platoon “The Last Bastion”
1 Hover APC (MG) – (Regular)
1 Squad Support MG (Veteran)
3 Squads Rifle Infantry (2 Regular, Green)
2nd Militia Platoon “Star’s Reach Militia”
“Desert Iris” Jeep (MG)
4 Squads Rifle Infantry Militia (2 Regular, 2 Green)
3rd Militia Platoon “Black Tower Militia”
“Desert Iris” Jeep (MG)
4 Squads Rifle Infantry Militia (2 Regular, 2 Green)
Having spent some time on-planet during a very “Easy Ticket”, the unit slowly expanded to four full-strength platoons, and a couple of the squads had even improved their quality. Major (Brevet) Paula “Kaliente” Perez and Lieutenant Colonel Abelinda Rivera rose to lead the Militia elements of the unit.
At the start of 3021, the unit was folded officially back into * “The Dead Man’s Hand”, and took over the infantry portion of that unit’s last contract on Terramatrix.
In 3023, the company was reborn as a garrison/cadre force for The District of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina, and began operations under Contract – Operation : “Ocean Breeze”. It was placed under the temporary command of Lieutenant SG Trooper Shiv “The Knife”, acting as a (Brevet) Captain in his role. It was hoped the unit could slowly raise a force of reserve military troopers for defense of the island archipelago if required.
In late-3023, the 9th Marines “The Ironclad” took command of the company, relieving the Talons for deployment in Contract – Operation : “Where the Wild Things Are”. The contract was extended to February 3026, while the unit trained a replacement militia reserve for the new district, the 12th (Air-Mobile) Rifle Infantry Battalion – “The Krakens”.
In mid-3024, the entire unit came under attack at the height of the district elections for governor in the early morning hours of September 1st, 3024. The attacking force, a collection of infantry, armor and Mechs attempted to seize the airfield they were guarding, but failed to secure the sites fuel reserves, or completely scout the facility. The unit salvaged a Wheeled Scout Car, as well as three immobile J Edgar Light Hover Tanks and dug-in deeper, adding some defenses and expecting the worst, for the next assault, arriving about an hour later.
Overhead, an air war began between the Iron Dingoes defensive AeroFighter contingent from “The Factory”, assisted by the AeroFighters and gunboats from “Azrael’s Dagger”, against the six Corsairs defending the air space above the island. Meanwhile, the “Spearhead” gathered its contingent of Jannisaries from nearby Camp Boomerang, and within half-an-hour was launched and burning in a sub-orbital drop to bring troops through the air war to help defend the airfield and islands. The dogfight went well, though at the cost of several gunships and lighter AeroFighters. With the defending Corsairs removed, the AroFighters held airspace and allowed the Condor-class DropShip to slip through the cordon and land its cargo of troops. Supported by two companies of Iron Dingoes militia, they quickly established a line along the edge of the airfield, dug-in their anti=-armor guns and readied their reserve forces for the coming fight… The Small War had begun.
Over the next few minutes, the entire Marine Assault Battalion from The National Legionary Tragnar moved through the city south of the airfield, and took up positions opposite the defenders across the main street, firing as they went, deploying their SPM-18A3 “Backblast” Recoilless Rifles in key positions and supported by a four Galleon Light Tanks.
The next minute was a brutal firefight across the street, with attrition mounting on both sides, until finally the marines made a final push across the street, though at great cost. Eventually, most of their units torn apart, they surrendered, and the attack on the airfield was ended, with some 40 captured infantry and another 40 wounded, with the remainder retreating back through the city to the docks. Tragnar halted their invasion, and the Company had been victorious, though with some loss of life. As an aftermath following the attack, the value of combat support weapons for the infantry was proven, as was the need for mechanized units, that could take the brunt of an attack and keep the fight moving. During the week that followed, the unit deployed the SPM-18A3 “Backblast” Recoilless Rifles captured from the Tragnar Marine Battalion, and spent their spare time assisting local civil authorities remove the rubble and clear the streets.
The unit’s fight on San Andrés displayed the value of anti-armor assets, regardless of how simple, in defending against armor and BattleMech forces. Among Iron Dingoes infantry assets, acquisition of a couple “large guns” became all the rage during the latter portion of 3024, as the Small War heated up and its Line forces began raging across the planet on missions to bring its enemies to heel. Practically every infantry platoon in the unit began sporting a recoilless rifle or anti-tank gun. The unit was also granted a pair of ST-8M Samsons taken as salvage from Islas Brasilera as 3024 ended, making it air-mobile.
In 3026, the 9th Marines were released from command of this unit, and it was given its own command officers, and the aegis to operate largely independent of central command, though it took short-term contracts when required by the iron Dingoes Council.
For the next several years, the Sangrian Training Cadre served to bolster the defenses of San Andrés, and built-up the militia battalion therein, until its contract, Contract – Operation : “Ocean Breeze” in the middle of February, 3028. The unit stood-down for a month, using the facilities at nearby * Sierra Madre Casino & Villa for some much needed R&R, before reporting to full duty once more at Garrison. The unit’s marine leadership was detached for off-world duties, but the remainder were then tasked with taking over the training at Corazón Airfield, until further notice.
The unit was “loaned” to Sangrian Army Command, in an effort to bring the 5th “Royal” (Motorized) Rifle Infantry Battalion – “Swords of Sangria” up to a better combat standard, and detached several of its trainers as required throughout mid- to late-3028. During this period, usually at least one platoon was busy conducting training operations with Fort Boomerang. Following this, the unit continued service at Fort Boomerang for the unit’s various new recruits.
In late-3031, the unit was dispatched aboard the “Cutlass” to System – Pa’an in an extended operation to supply and train the local military forces of the Republic of Gallos and its allies in modern combat techniques and anti-Mech operations. Their efforts raised the Soldiers of the New Dawn.
After several years of operations, the unit was recalled back to System – Dumassas to assist in the training of its * Iron Dingoes Reserves forces. Returning to Corazón Airfield in 3034. They were equipped with the new advanced Packrat LRPV (COM) communications vehicles at this time, and set about training the newest units of the the Iron Dingoes forces.