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Isla Guadalupe . Operacion Dragon Bloqueo. Esta Noche en Telemundo! . Fecha: 04 de Julio de 2045. Ubicacion: Oeste del Oceano Pacifico. Isla De Guadalupe. Los Estados unidos Mexicanos . Hace 36 horas Soldados del Ejercito Mexicano fueron desplegados para este sitio remoto como parte de la Operacion Dragon Bloqueo . El secretario de defensa Mexicana afirmo en una Conferencia de prensa esta manana que Dragon Bloqueo es un ejercicio de despliegue rapido, disenado para probar la capacida del Ejercito Mexicano sobre reaccion rapida y decididamente a las amenazas militares en sitios remotos de regiones del pais. Dijo que el ejercicio no es en lo absoluto relacionado al aumento del numero de buques de Guerra de combinacion Asiatica Central que fueron avistados frente a la Costa Oeste de Baja California a principios de este mes. Nuestro Equipo de Noticias Accion permanecera reportando en vivo desde la isla de Guadalupe, el sitio de la Operacion Dragon Bloqueo. Our Telemundo Action News team brings us the story now, live from Isla Guadalupe: Good morning Maria, we are standing on a bluff, overlooking a small bay on the western cost of Isla Guadalupe. The mood here is a mix of excitement and joviality. Mexican soldiers have been unloading equipment and vehicles onto this tiny island for 36 hours now, and their arrival here has been a complete surprise to the inhabitants of this quiet community. I am talking to the commander of this operation, Colonel Escobar of the Mexican National defense Army. He is accompanied by his senior ranking Non-commissioned Officer, Command Sergeant Major Tiburon. Colonel Escobar, what can you tell us about Operation Dragon Blockade? Let me start Mrs. DelaCruz by saying how glad I am that the Telemundo Action News team has taken the time to join us here on Isla Guadalupe, and that you are going to bring the great work of these soldiers to the attention of the Mexican people! Dragon Blockade is a is a multifaceted operation, and it represents a story that we in the Defense Forces really want the people of our nation to know about, so again, Thank you! Dragon Blockade is a rapid deployment exercise. Our goal is to test the Army's ability to transport a significant force, quickly, to a remote region of the country and then to test that forces ability to respond to any one of a number of contingencies. Emphasis has been placed on speed, security, economy, and the public welfare. The Commercial Hybrid freighter "Santa Fe" was commissioned to transport the force from a remote beach on the west coast of the mainland. This decision was a radical departure from our normal use of Navel transports. It did however re-enforce all the mission imperatives of Dragon Blockade. Speed: The transport was selected because it was listed as "available" by the shipping company and required no preparation time. Security: Enemy intelligence efforts have previously been focused on our military transports. But with this operation we have demonstrated to him, the need to divide his attention between all vessels, commercial and military operating in Mexican waters. Economy: The vessel was selected based on competitive commercial rates, not fixed government contract rates. Furthermore, the Santa Fe hybrid diesel-sail or "Disail" configuration is one of the cheapest ways to move cargo on the seas today. The decision was in the best interest of the public welfare because all the cost associated with the movement went directly back into an innovative and rapidly growing Mexican owned company. It has proven to be an all around win! The Santa Fe was able to conduct the crossing under sail, and enter the bay under internal power. We then deployed the modular causeway and began what we call "Roll On Roll Off" Cargo Download Operations. All of our vehicles were shipped in a mission ready configuration, leaving the vessel under their own power, across the causeway. This can't be done with a massive force, but for a small force like ours it is possible. Dragon Blockade has provided us the perfect opportunity to test two of our newest systems. The Burro Light Utility Vehicle, and our new modular support buildings. The Burro is a produced by Volkswagen right here in Mexico. The modular buildings are the result of a recent joint venture between Pemex and Soren Aerospace in the United States. Both systems are performing well beyond expectations! And both systems represent the successful investment of the Mexican peoples tax dollars in both the national economy and the national defense. You see, Dragon Blockade is more than a simple military exercise. This operation displays our nations capabilities in every relevant arena. The entire down load has been conducted on time under the watchful eyes of the Santa Fe Load Master and our own Beach Master. Safety has been a major concern here. Both union regulations, and our own exacting military standards have been applied every step of the way. I am happy to report that we have suffered no serious injury to any personnel military or civilian up to this point in the operation. The entire entry phase of the operation has gone flawlessly. We anticipate completing the download in the next two hours, 5 hours ahead of our operational time line. I see. Well Colonel, Dragon Blockade is a military success...but you mentioned that one of the mission imperatives was the public welfare. What about that Colonel? Not the public of ship owners and car manufactures. I mean the public of Isla Guadalupe? How have they reacted to your arrival in their back yard? What have you done to safeguard their welfare? Ahh Mrs. DelaCruz! It's questions like that, which keep my wife and I tuned to Telemundo! You see right to the real heart of this whole effort. The heart of everything we in the Army are doing! And of course at the heart of it, we find the Mexican people! They are the reason for defending any part of the nation, and the reason we find ourselves here today. There is no denying it. Dragon Blockade is a huge effort, and of course, it has proven highly disruptive to the tranquility of this independent island community. Not to mention that it may have negative impact on the tourist trade of this sport fishing destination. We can't change that. But we can mitigate that impact in other ways. For example, all of the food and water used to support this exercise are being purchased locally, from this small community. It represents a huge boost to their economy in what is normally the slow season for tourists. This forces us to improvise a bit in our field kitchen, but that is exactly what we would have to do in a real conflict, so the training value is actually quite high for us! We share the benefit with the citizens of this town. And of course there is the Medical Clinique. This is a remote island, and while the Mexican government is already providing our citizens with outstanding medical care, in these remote villages, even those resources can be stretched thin. We are providing the citizens of Isla Guadalupe with free medical treatment for the duration of the exercise. And again, by providing our fellow citizens with this state of the art medical care, we are also enhancing our own medical staffs abilities to provide that same care to our troops in the event of a real world conflict. So you see Mrs. DelaCruz, I am not just throwing you a sound bite when I say that the Public Welfare is at the very heart of Dragon Blockade! It all sounds very well planned Colonel. And the people of Isla Guadalupe? What do they say to all of this? The people of Guadalupe have beenincredible! They have welcomes us on so many levels... As friends... As customers...Ah...those two are crewmen from the Santa Fe... And as guests in their quiet corner of the nation. Colonel, you said it yourself: Dragon Blockade is a massive effort. All these troops, all this hardware. After all the public relations, and window dressing, this remains a military operation, with military goals. Presumably those goals include the protection of the Mexican people and their lands form foreign aggression. What equipment has the Army brought to this island to support these goals? Well, in a modern military, skills and techniques are as important as specific weapons, but of course, you are right again. Recall that this is a rapid deployment exercise, so our ability to deploy heavy weapons has been extremely limited. We have opted instead of a force structure that favors speed, survivability, and limited heavy fire power. The main protective force is of course our excellent infantry. Easy to move, matchless in close quarter fighting, and difficult to eliminate from the sea or the air. But they are also the last line of defense. First the enemy must reach the shore. And to do that, he must get past our squadron of Light Attack Craft. Light, fast, easy to transport, easy to fuel, and equally effective over sea and land. Excellent for the mission of coastal defense and small vessel interdiction. They are connected to one another and to our headquarters by secure COMSAT links. They form a highly mobile swarm of sensors around the entire island, and if necessary, they can mass for torpedo attacks against substantially larger vessels. The ability of this force to picket the island with mobile sensors and to retreat onto the island itself to continue fighting in direct support of the infantry is their greatest strength. Despite the strengths of the Infantry and the LACs, neither has the range or fire power to contend with the main weapons of a potential adversary. In order to fight and win in the modern fight, any force needs balance. Well, that balance is exactly what our heavy tracked missile launcher brings to the fight. These are the keystones of our land based defenses. Big Juan as we call her is equipped with a mixture of long range anti-aircraft missiles, and surface skimming anti-ship missiles. This mix is present on each individual launcher, and we have several such launchers on this island, so no single attack can disable our capabilities entirely. Big Juan is a long range fighter, and he is not meant to operate like a main battle tank. That is why he is kept here near a series of camouflaged bunkers, surrounded by our infantry at all times. It's not a force large enough to stop a Normandy style assault, but it is large enough to force any enemy to consider the cost and the gain to be had in attacking this sharp little corner of Mexico. Maria, as you know, it has been 96 days since the Coronado incident, in which the United States Super Carrier Perry, out of San Diego collided with and sank the Central Asian Combine Submersible Oil Transport Jade Flame which was heading home at the time, her tanks full of Brazilian crude. Since that incident, tensions have remained high, and there has been an increase in the number of military vessels from both of these superpowers operating in the waters off of Mexico's western coast. At a press conference this morning, the Mexican Secretary of defense flatly denied that Operation Dragon Blockade is in any way related to the Coronado Incident. Until 36 hours ago, Brazil, The Central Asian Combine, and even San Diego seem far away and unimportant to this quiet tourist diving town on remote Isla Guadalupe. Now it seems like half of the angry, fuel starved, war ready world has crowded into their quiet lagoons and filled their roads and beaches with metal and missiles. But they are a hardy people, and they watch all this spectacle with an almost bemused and dismissive air. That is the story from Isla Guadalupe on this 4th day of July, 2045. Life goes on. Isla Guadalupe was a joint build by Keith Goldman and myself. It was assembled in three locations over a period of approximately 4 Months. Components were built in Las Vegas Nevada, Fort Leavenworth Kansas, and Fort Hood Texas. The components were collected in Fort Hood before transport to a public venue where it was displayed for 5 days and then permanently dismantled (After Action Report on public display to follow). For you trivia fans: Keith did all of the terrain (rocks, inlet, the bay, the mangroves...all of it baby!) He also did the pueblo. He also did the Telemundo Action News Team (which I totally dig). He and I worked together on the Burros and we both tinkered with Soren Roberts excellent container design. I did the missile launcher, the LAC, the infantry, the Santa Fe, the Causeway (such as it is) and I jacked up the water. which Keith and Ryan Rubino had to fix (yes, I poured the water poorly). Now the parts are all mixed up, and sorting will be about...a year...or so... Flickr The Brothers Brick

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