Kayaks were involved. It must have been a fun operation.
Operation: Diamonds Never Lie To Me
Saturday June 25, 2016 - 11 pm ET Check point.
What happens when you have 2 kayaks, airport terminal access, a mad-crazy draw, and only four days to plan? The answer: 27 layers of luscious green over AM01-KILO-15 for a boost of 1,972,955 MU.
That may not seem like a lot of MU to some of you who live in more populated areas. Although our draw covered cows and corn, the baseline and layers ran through a volatile area of active resistance spanning from Mechanicsburg, Ohio all the way to Winchester, Indiana. Our target portals and zones fluctuated, sometimes several times a day, as blockers were constantly shifting. Flexibility was paramount, and we adapted. We even had to add one additional agent at the very last minute, a mere 2 hours before checkpoint, to a location that was over an hour away from his normal AO.
It all began with an ambitious diamond-shaped draw by on Wednesday, June 22nd. The baseline was one of the most secure ones we could obtain in this area, stretching from the Southwest Terminal of Dayton International Airport to Behm's Landing on Grand Lake Saint Marys. We had the airport access, but the lake portal was only accessible by the water.
Enter the newly formed Dayton Enlightened Naval Service (or DENS for short).
The maiden voyage of the DENS was captained by and . Together they traveled up to the lake and discovered that not only was the portal only accessible by water, but it would require them to stay in their kayaks the entire duration of the operation. Unfortunately, they forgot their bug spray. But they persevered and at 10:30 pm the baseline was established. Incidentally, you should check out their pictures - sunset by the lake must have been something to behold.
On Saturday we had 16 agents on 14 teams in the field. and I served as operators. We had planned to drop all blockers by 10:40 pm. However, our agents east of the baseline were encountering heavy traffic in Urbana, so we took the risk and moved up our plan in the time table. Once the eastern side was established, we were able to start on the Western side. All 27 layers were completed well in advance of Checkpoint, by 10:48 pm.
· - Gold Illuminator
· - Platinum Illuminator
· - Onyx Illuminator... just barely.
Special thanks to for pre-clearing, for cleaning up our anchors on the boulevard a day early, and to for a very serendipitous arrival in Dayton International Airport to deploy an SBUL on our southern anchor.
None of this would have been possible without our wonderful team of very flexible and adaptable agents: