You're a 20 year old private with 2ID out of JBLM. Your brigade has been deployed to "provide security" to southern and central Idaho.
Your actual reach is wherever you can get on foot around Twin Falls. You're sure whoever is doing assessments on the outlying areas is guessing.
The first night some local thots distracted the roving guards at the motor pool while a couple local boys poured sugar into every gas tank. Every single fuel line was shot.
You have 3 strykers FMC in the whole battalion. They're on permanent QRF now.
One of your brigade's other battalions is spread all along I84 to keep the supply lines open. Somehow the spare parts just keep not making it, and your buddy told you they haven't been able to keep a static refueling site open without a full platoon colocated.
It would be nice to have a vehicle with air conditioning handy. The firepower wouldn't really matter though. Ever since that tanker hosed a bunch of civillians in Missouri, you need BC authorization to even load a crew served.
The one time your patrol took contact, the insurgents had broken contact and vanished before you even got permission to load your 240.
Ever since the tanker incident, the locals have been a lot less friendly too. Pictures of the dead kids keep popping up on your patrol routes.
Someone decided that a wall across from the Walmart parking lot you're using as a FOB was a great place for a memorial mural.
Your BC decided that was seditious and had it painted over.
Now murals pop up all over town and you have to go provide security to removal crews.
It's mostly quiet in town. The locals look at you like something they scraped off their boots, but no one overtly messes with you.
Everyone knows that a few miles out of town that changes.
Patrols get harrassed on the regular and A Co took two serious WIA last week.
The local sherrif is decidedly unfriendly and one of their cars follows every patrol that leaves the gate. A couple weeks ago some guys from 1st plt roughed up a local who was filming them, and the sherrif tried to arrest them.
Of course the PL didn't let them, but still.
Everyone is tense and expecting things to pop off. You almost wish it would just so the waiting is over. Your squad leader keeps reminding you that there's a dozen cameras on you every time you leave the wire.
Anything you do will be viral before you get back.
Yesterday some guy on a bullhorn started reading off your PSG's name, his wife and kids' names, his address, where the wife works, and where they go to school.
It freaked everyone out and he asked for emergency leave to relocate his family.
It was denied.
Your battle buddy looks at you and says "man, those dumb rednecks could never fight a modern military with their ARs".

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