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  2. SSgt Xanzi

    [ACCEPTED] VandeVord, Andrew Application

    Mr. VandeVord, Your application has been accepted. Since you are a returning member of this Unit, you are being placed in reserves where you are free to transfer to an available billet at your discretion. Respectfully Submitted, SSgt Xanzi S-1 Personnel Detachment
  3. Age: 34 First Name: Andrew Last Name: VandeVord Steam Name: Vande Steam Profile Link: https://steamcommunity.com/id/VandeMan/ ArmA III Player ID:76561198027823609 Desired Duty Assignment: CSO How Long have you been playing ArmA III: Since release Do you own the Arma 3 Apex DLC and the Contact DLC? (Unit Requirement): Yes Availability (Sunday/Saturday/Both): Both How did you find out about our unit? Previous member If you were recruited by one of our members, who was it? N/A Why do you want to join the 3rd Marine Raider Battalion? Miss you guys and gals Do you understand the definition of realism gaming according to the 3d MRB and willing to abide by this game style? Yes Do you understand this unit is EST(GMT -5) time zoned based. Operations take place on Saturday at 1500 EST and Sunday at 2000 EST. Yes
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  5. SSgt Xanzi

    [ACCEPTED] Mangold, Grayson Application

    Mr. Mangold, Application accepted. Within the next hour you will receive new forum permissions which will grant you access to the Welcome Aboard section with some general instructions to get you initially set up with our modpack. Next is to register for the next A&S in Assessment and Selection. There you can also read basic information about each team and when operations and trainings normally take place. Make sure to register for the A&S course that best suites your availability. Once assigned to a team you will need to check in with them and start your training. In Summary: Step 1. Review Welcome Aboard message and follow Instructions. Step 2. Sign up for A&S. Note: Steps 1 and 2 are interchangeable. Step 3: Set your TeamSpeak name to your Rank plus your last name, only add your first initial if another member of the same name exist in the unit.You will be informed if this is needed Thank you and once again, welcome, Private. Respectfully Submitted, SSgt Xanzi S-1 Personnel Detachment
  6. PFC Mangold

    [ACCEPTED] Mangold, Grayson Application

    Age:22 First Name:Grayson Last Name:Mangold Steam Name:Gylux Steam Profile Link:https://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198157730196/ ArmA III Player ID:76561198157730196 Desired Duty Assignment:CSO How Long have you been playing ArmA III: a while Do you own the Arma 3 Apex DLC and the Contact DLC? (Unit Requirement):yes Availability (Sunday/Saturday/Both): sundays How did you find out about our unit? WOC Stukas If you were recruited by one of our members, who was it? WOC stukas Why do you want to join the 3rd Marine Raider Battalion? Looking for realism Do you understand the definition of realism gaming according to the 3d MRB and willing to abide by this game style? yes Do you understand this unit is EST(GMT -5) time zoned based. Operations take place on Saturday at 1500 EST and Sunday at 2000 EST. yes
  7. Age:22 First Name:Grayson Last Name:Mangold Steam Name:Gylux Steam Profile Link:https://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198157730196/ ArmA III Player ID:76561198157730196 Desired Duty Assignment:Reserves How Long have you been playing ArmA III: a while Do you own the Arma 3 Apex DLC and the Contact DLC? (Unit Requirement):yes Availability (Sunday/Saturday/Both): sundays How did you find out about our unit? WOC Stukas If you were recruited by one of our members, who was it? WOC stukas Why do you want to join the 3rd Marine Raider Battalion? Looking for realism Do you understand the definition of realism gaming according to the 3d MRB and willing to abide by this game style? yes Do you understand this unit is EST(GMT -5) time zoned based. Operations take place on Saturday at 1500 EST and Sunday at 2000 EST. yes
  8. Excerpt from Presidential Daily Briefing, May 20th, 2021 State Dept. INR partially dissents on conclusions Analysts at the CIA, DIA, and NSA have concluded that at least a faction of the Serbian government is likely conducting hybrid warfare against Kosovo. Recent incidents along the Kosovan-Serbian border have suddenly become violent in at least four instances, including the murder of five Kosovan soldiers, the theft of Kosovan military equipment, and the engagement of US Marines in the region with gunfire. The group, identified as the Serbian Liberation of Kosovo Group, appears to be a fringe paramilitary group originating in Serbia but has at least some connections in Kosovo, particularly in the ethnic Serbian minority regions along the border. The group does have at least some backing from members of the Serbian government and military, demonstrated by their skirmish with US forces in the area during a training exercise. At least part of the group that opened fire on the Marines was able to escape via helicopter over the border, which did not appear to be challenged by Serbian border guards or the military. However, a credible source within the Serbian Ministry of Defense reported confusion regarding that incident amongst officials, with numerous commanders stationed along the border reportedly calling in attempting to figure out what was happening. NSA was able to confirm a spike in communication activity between the forward-deployed Serbian units and Belgrade. It is still the assessment of all agencies that Serbia is not in a position at this time to engage in a direct conflict, but there is a possibility that the SLKG is a stopgap measure to keep Kosovan forces off balance while the conventional forces prepare. Build up of Serbian forces along the Kosovan border DIA estimates that Serbia requires at least another three months to reach combat readiness and will likely display several indicators prior to any direct action. NSA and CIA concur. State Dept. INR dissents on the timeline, as no movement has been made through any of Serbia’s diplomatic missions to offset any controversial actions.
  9. SSgt O'Brien

    [ACCEPTED] Gaudette, Dan Application

    Mr. Gaudette, Application accepted. Within the next hour you will receive new forum permissions which will grant you access to the Welcome Aboard section with some general instructions to get you initially set up with our modpack. Next is to register for the next A&S in Assessment and Selection. There you can also read basic information about each team and when operations and trainings normally take place. Make sure to register for the A&S course that best suites your availability. Once assigned to a team you will need to check in with them and start your training. In Summary: Step 1. Review Welcome Aboard message and follow Instructions. Step 2. Sign up for A&S. Note: Steps 1 and 2 are interchangeable. Step 3: Set your TeamSpeak name to your Rank plus your last name, only add your first initial if another member of the same name exist in the unit.You will be informed if this is needed Thank you and once again, welcome, Private. Respectfully Submitted, SSgt O'Brien S-1 Personnel Detachment
  10. Age: 25 First Name: Dan Last Name: Gaudette Steam Name: GwaTeeT 2 Steam Profile Link: https://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198142735949/ ArmA III Player ID: 76561198142735949 Desired Duty Assignment: HM-L11A Fleet Marine Force Reconnaissance Corpsman How Long have you been playing ArmA III: Since Release, Have a little over 2,000 hours. Do you own the Arma 3 Apex DLC and the Contact DLC? (Unit Requirement): Yes Availability (Sunday/Saturday/Both): Both How did you find out about our unit? Word of mouth. If you were recruited by one of our members, who was it? N/A Why do you want to join the 3rd Marine Raider Battalion? Have been on a break from Arma Milsim for a little over a year and would like to get back into the swing of things. Do you understand the definition of realism gaming according to the 3d MRB and willing to abide by this game style? Yes Do you understand this unit is EST(GMT -5) time zoned based. Operations take place on Saturday at 1500 EST and Sunday at 2000 EST. Yes
  11. I prefer to refer to them as GLUK. Group for Liberation of Underrepresented Kosovans. This means we can report that we "Found the GLUK HQ" or that "We're in the GLUK-Mobile"
  12. Transcript and analysis of Kosovan Ministry of Internal Affairs interrogation of subject detained near the Serbian border: Interviewer (I): Do you understand these rights as they have been provided to you? Prisoner (P): Yes, just ask your damn questions. I: Very well, what is your name? P: Ivan Kosančić. I: You were captured at the site of several murders of Kosovan soldiers amongst several unidentified militants. Would you care you elaborate as to your role in these murders and why you did this? P: You roaches never ask the real question first. I: And that would be? [Silence for 30 seconds, the Prisoner continues smoking] P: You really want to know who we were working for. They’re Serbian, but it sure isn’t those pussies in Belgrade. I: So then who? P: The Serbian Liberation of Kosovo Group. We are working to free the Serbian people of this land from your slow genocide of our people and culture. I: And how does killing five Kosovan soldiers achieve that? P: For starters, it was a blow against your attempts to deny our lands the true autonomy we deserve. And it secured vital supplies for the movement. I: So you intend to fight an insurgency? P: Of course, and there’s not a damn thing you can do about it! I: You seem certain about that. P: Obviously, do you think I’d be talking if I thought you could do anything about it? I: … P: We’re going to do what those cowards can’t man up and do. We’ll make you Shiptars run back to that hellhole you call a country in the South. We’re going to be waiting in every shadow until you realize whose lands these really belong to. [The Prisoner stands up and begins shouting] The Serbian government may be willing to tolerate your boot on our brothers and sisters, but the real Serbian people won’t! We’re going to burn you out like the infection you are! We’re gonna see how many dead sons you’re willing to suffer before you flee! [Security officers enter the room and restrain the Prisoner] P: I hope you fight, so my comrades can make you scum bleed like the pigs you are! You’ll see us soon enough! Analysis: The subject appears to be a firm believer in Serbian ethnonationalism. There is reason to believe the subject is part of a group intending to incite an insurgency along the border with Serbia. The subject appeared to hold negative views of the Serbian government, despite espousing much of the same ideology of the current ruling party. No proper identification of the subject could be determined as the name he gave appears to be a reference to a famous Serbian knight from the 1300s. The subject has refused further interviews, stating "he had said what we needed to hear". Most of the equipment he and the others at the scene appears to be civilian or black market in origin, lending credence to the theory that they are acting independently of Belgrade. However, there is reason to believe they have at least some support from members of the Serbian government, as the helicopter seen escaping from the area did not appear to be intercepted by the Serbian border guards or military. Recommend an increase in police and military presence near the border to deter or interdict further cross-border activity and search for members of this so-called "SLKG".
  13. Russian aircraft arrive in Serbia for joint training. In a statement from the Serbian Ministry of Defence, the Serbian government has announced a large-scale military exercise alongside Russia. The exercise, set to take place between May 1st and June 30th, is officially to test the overall readiness of Serbian forces in responding to emerging crises but is more than likely set to be a response to the joint US-Kosovo exercise taking place at the same time. Relations between Serbia and Kosovo have been poor ever since Kosovo declared and gained its independence in 2008, a move that was illegal according to the Serbian constitution. The exercise will be the largest exercise since the withdrawal of NATO forces from Kosovo (KFOR) in 2015 and involve nearly 60.000 soldiers from all branches of the Serbian military and police forces. Russian airforce plans spotted on undisclosed Serbian airbase Along with Serbian troops, Russia is sending the 36th Guards Fighter Regiment to take part in the exercise. This will be the largest deployment of Russian troops to a European country outside of Belarus since the fall of the Soviet Union. This deployment has drawn the eye of militaries all across Europe. Especially nearby NATO members Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania, Albania, and Hungary as well as NATO candidate Montenegro have taken an interest in this sudden appearance of the Russian Airforce in their backyard. Albania, Bulgaria, and Romania have all increased their air patrols as well as requested further joint NATO assistance in establishing air patrols over the Balkans much like NATO air patrols in the Baltic countries. Declassified satelite image of undisclosed Serbian airbase As always ADANews will continue to cover this situation as it unfolds. This potential flashpoint in the Balkans threaten to open up the wounds of the Yugoslav wars as well as the "foolish thing in the Balkans" that sparked the horrendous slaughter of the first world war. Malcolm Reynolds ADANews
  14. Bruce Mathews for Defense Daily March 15th 2021 The Department of Defense released a brief Monday Morning stating representatives of the United States Special forces community will be leading joint training exercises with Kosovo's military, the Kosovo Security Forces. This development marks a significant warming in US and broader NATO relations with the small Balkan nation as the first instance of technical support since the termination of the UN-mandated, NATO Peacekeeping operation (Kosovo Force or KFOR) in the region in 2015 which had remained in place since 1999 as part of the NATO intervention in the Kosovo war. DoD and State Department representatives have not been forthcoming with details about the size of the force that will be working with the KSF or acknowledging the seeming about-face in favor of the nation, when asked for comment, Pentagon Press Secretary Air Force Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder stated, "Kosovo has been and remains to be a Major Ally of the United States and NATO since their recognition in 2008." And stated that the purpose of the operation is to "trade valuable skills relevant to maintaining national security learned from the conflicts of the past decade." Analysts familiar with the matter have suggested that the US reopening material relations with Kosovo is a response to the increasingly revanchist sentiment growing within the struggling state of Serbia. The Republic of Serbia was a belligerent in the Kosovo war and has rejected recognition of the country's sovereignty since its independence gained from the defunct state of Yugoslavia in 1999. There is a growing international concern that these tensions may lead to border conflicts that could quickly escalate into a crisis. Sources say a US presence in the region could have a cooling effect on the tension and give pause to any party that would undertake any action that may lead to conflict that would put US lives in danger and lead to a provocation with the United States, while others have suggested the training exercises are the beginning of a deepening relationship between NATO and Kosovo and may be the first step towards a permanent peacekeeping force being re-established in the country or towards full NATO membership that could be seen as a threatening advance by non-aligned state actors in the region. Bruce Mathews is a Washington-based Researcher and Analyst focused on Russia-US relations and Security in the former Warsaw Pact, he is a fellow with Brighton International, The Brighton Foundation's center for global security research.
  15. //SECRET//JSOC//MARSOC From: [email protected] <Clark Williams> To: [email protected] <Sean Whelan> Subject: Notice of Deployment All Commands and Attachments are hereby notified that Alpha Company, 3d MRB; Alpha Section, 160th SOAR, and all supporting detachments are to prepare for immediate deployment to the country of Kosovo for a joint training exercise with local forces. All commands are to ensure OPSEC through rank and file. Deployment for all commands is required no later than May 17th, and exercises shall begin no later than May 19th. Briefing as follows. Due to the ongoing tensions between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia, the Kosovan government has requested that US forces provide training on how to counter special forces. It is the belief of JSOC that the presence of elements of the US military will provide a stabilizing factor in the ongoing crisis. Current intel does not suggest that Serbia is prepared for combat operations and is unlikely to engage in direct conflict within the coming months. At this time, we cannot dismiss the chance of provocations from the Serbian side, however, all US forces are not allowed to use live rounds unless fired upon. All US forces are to ensure that they do not escalate the situation under any circumstances without orders from higher. Given the previous direct action experience with the Russian Spetsnaz tactics Serbian special forces are trained on, Alpha Company, 3d MRB will utilize that previous experience to train with the Kosovan 3rd Battalion near the border. The Kosovan government has notified locals of the ongoing training and will ensure that the exercise areas are clear of civilians. Signed, Lieutenant Colonel C. Williams Commanding Joint Special Task Force Cobra Attachments Kosovo.jpg AO Minuteman
  16. 2ndLt Rougthvedt

    [ACCEPTED] Stukas, John Application

    Mr. Stukas, Your application has been accepted. Since you are a returning member of this Unit, you are being placed in reserves where you are free to transfer to an available billet at your discretion. Respectfully Submitted, Staff Sargent Rougthvedt S-1 Chief
  17. The whole of the Balkans is not worth the bones of a single MARSOC-Marine.
  18. New Serbian Government Takes Hardline Stance In Negotiations ADA News March 1st, 2021  Negotiations between Serbia and Kosovo regarding mineral rights and ostensibly Kosovan sovereignty appear to have stalled after years of slow process over the past three years. Some more observers have even offered more pessimistic assessments and claimed that the talks had collapsed completely and were unlikely to restart anytime soon. Most blame the new lead negotiator on the Serbian side for the current stalemate and the statements by the new Serbian government. Negotiations reportedly became heated over the matter of allowing Serbian police to operate in Kosovo. The Serbian United People’s Party (SUNS) only came into power two months ago, riding a wave of national anger over economic stagnation and a massive corruption scandal with the previous government of Prime Minister Stefan Sunkić and the then-ruling Serbian Liberal Party (SLS). A largely sidelined party since its founding four years ago, the ultranationalist party found its footing when it led the charge calling for investigations into allegations of money laundering from government projects to members of the SLS. While originally dismissed by most, their accusations turned out to be true, which were then coupled with over five years of economic downturn led to mass resignations and snap elections being called. The SUNS won these in a landslide, with several attributing their appeal to many Serbs with their claims that Kosovo and Montenegro are rightfully Serbian territories. Since 2005, in an attempt to secure more international support and investment in the country, most Serbian parties dropped controversial stances on the territories, despite it remaining popular amongst the general population. Some newly elected members of SUNS have gone even further, with Darko Lajsić, a close associate of the new Prime Minister Radič Pucarević, stating “We lost our lands with the interference of NATO and European ‘humanists’ who would rather see a world without of Serbs than let us have an inch of our homeland”. John Hackett ADA News
  19. Age:26 First Name:John Last Name:Stukas Steam Name:Stukas Steam Profile Link:https://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198050611944/ ArmA III Player ID: 76561198050611944 Desired Duty Assignment: Reserves for now How Long have you been playing ArmA III: a while Do you own the Arma 3 Apex DLC and the Contact DLC? (Unit Requirement):yes Availability (Sunday/Saturday/Both): Sunday How did you find out about our unit? helped make the unit before this one If you were recruited by one of our members, who was it? Brueske Why do you want to join the 3rd Marine Raider Battalion? wanna play arma again Do you understand the definition of realism gaming according to the 3d MRB and willing to abide by this game style? yes Do you understand this unit is EST(GMT -5) time zoned based. Operations take place on Saturday at 1500 EST and Sunday at 2000 EST. yes
  20. Montenegro Begins Membership Action Program With NATO Grand Central Times January 10th, 2021 The chances for Montenegro to become part of the European Idea increased today due to NATO begining negotiations for the country’s Membership Action Program. While there are still hurdles to Montenegro’s ascension into the security alliance, the most concerning issue is the ethnic divide that still sparks tension in the small Balkan nation. A significant portion of the population in the northern end of the country are ethinically Serbian, with some having a strong nationalism towards Serbia itself. Despite past incidents involving Serbian nationalists, the lack of a popular seccesionist movement has not raised concerns with the Montenegrin government. President Enian Demisovski has conducted several reforms that have encouraged national unity, with polls having shown support for his governments initiatives by most Montenegrins, including ethnic Serbs. With growing ethnic stability in the country, some speculate that this is the reason behind NATO's decision to move forward with the country's application. Montenegrin and British soldiers after last year's joint exercise with NATO.  With Montenegro becoming independent in 2006, the small nation declared it's own identity and has been on the path of becoming a stable country of the region. It's neighbour, Serbia, is still reeling from Montenegros independence, something that has only grown more pronouced since the ultranationalist Serbian United People's Party (SUNS) came into power last year following the collapse of the previous government. A key platform of the party has been to claim that Serbia was robbed of it's economic potential by NATO and the EU due to their support of Montenegro's and Kosovo's independence. This harsh claim has done little to win over support from the majority of Serbs residing in the two small Balkan nations, many of which are enjoying the prospects of the two countries growing economies, while Serbia struggles to stablize theirs.  Grand Central Times William Westmoreland
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