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MILITIA DEPLOYMENT TO THE ARIZONA DESERT
“Semi-Permanent Field Encampment”
By: Commander Anthony “Abaddon” Radovcic Militia - California July 2010
TO COMMANDERS This supplement / manual was written in response to the noble actions by individual Commanders on the Southern Border of Arizona which deployed Militia Units to defend occupied U.S. territory held by Mexican Military Troops, Mexican Mafia, Drug Runners, Illegal Aliens, and Illegal Alien Gangs. Their call for assistance from the Militias of the fifty Republics to aid in the repulsion of the continuing invasion is in demonstration to our illegitimate “government”, which has refused for decades to intervene as constitutional guidelines dictate and the vast majority of the legal citizenry demand, that it can and will be done. The occupied territory of focus stretches 20 miles across the southern border and 80 miles into Arizona on the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge. (1,600 sq. miles) In this situation, although critical, we are fortunate enough to have the home field advantage where personnel can be staged in critical positions for an extended period of time to both prevent any new incursions while pushing back the current occupying enemy forces. This manual will outline some basic encampment essentials for semi-permanent Unit deployment helping with Boosting Moral, Reduction of Environmental Stress, Extending Equipment Life, Defensive Fortification, etc. As a Commander, those men and women you issue orders to are not disposable deployable personnel to be sent into the field on a whim as your initial knee-jerk reaction to a problem, they are your brothers and sisters. As their acting brother or sister in Command, your duty is to ensure their safety by planning thoroughly. * Think long and hard. * Don’t set unrealistic deadlines. * Outline your goals with supporting Commanders. * Cover as much detail as possible. * Account and plan for mistakes. * Consult with experienced advisors, especially of those with Desert experience. * Review, train, and train again. Consider: Mobile Teams other than Battlefield Units * Personnel Transport * Medical * Sanitation (waste removal/treatment) * Munitions Drop-off / Weapons Repair * Mechanic * Fueling * etc. As a side note: Inform your personnel not to speak to the media, keep their comments to themselves, and their tempers cooled. All statements to the press must be factually based and vague enough not to reveal sensitive information, only to be disseminated through properly authorized channels.
CONTENTS 01. PRE-DEPLOYMENT 02. WATER 03. FOOD 04. SANITATION 05. PERSONAL HYGIENE 06. ENCAMPMENT 07. COMMUNICATION 08. CAMOUFLAGE 09. ELECTRICITY
01. PRE-DEPLOYMENT Before deployment of Militia Units into the field, preparation for the terrain and a screening process for those eligible for deployment should be a priority of Command to ensure the safety of the ranks well before training, overview, issuances of duties, warning orders, etc. The following suggested evaluations thereof are, of course, at the discretion of Command: * Mental Condition * Physical Condition * Background Checks In addition, a period of acclimation to the climate and terrain must be taken into consideration for the eligible Militia personnel to be optimally effective, respective to their duties in the field. ATTENTION: Those taking medication of any kind should consult with their physicians if your intent is active duty. Upon being cleared by your physician, immediately inform your Commander of your situation. If you are not cleared by your physician for active duty, there are still many positions you may be suited for. Make sure you have enough of and an emergency supply of your medication readily accessible.
02. WATER Drinking Calculating or approximating Water Supply. Drinking, Shaving, brushing teeth, and helmet baths require 2 gallons per person per day. With no refrigeration in the field, we need to come up with other methods of keeping our water at a suitable temperature for the sake of palatability and prevention bacteria growth. Where do the desert wildlife go when it is hot for them? UNDER GROUND. On average, at about 4 feet below the surface, the temperature tends to stabilize at 50 °-55° Fahrenheit even out in the desert regions, so storing our water supply under ground may be a viable solution when technology is not readily available or viable. Treating drinking water with chlorine tablets, bleach, iodine tablets, or other chemicals must be done in accordance to manufacturer’s specifications. If at any time you are not sure of the ratios, immediately consult with the field technician, field officer, or commander before use. Water should be tested when possible.
Make sure to bury your water in a covered area to keep the surface above it as cool as possible. It can be buried under the mess tent or under a large sleeping quarters, etc.
* Check for Safe Water Temperature: 92 ° Fahrenheit and over, bacteria will multiply * Palatable: Below 75 ° Fahrenheit * Amount of Water: 9 quarts per man per day * Amount of Water While Working: 2 quarts per hour per man Bathing If a shower area can’t be set up or there just isn’t enough water, a sponge bath, helmet batch, towel bath, and even pre-packaged towelettes / wet naps (wet napkins) will work just as well, considering the situation. If a shower facility is a viable option, consider wooden planks on the ground so you’re not standing in mud. Food Preparation Account for the amount of water to prepare meals, such as soups; “B Rations”, etc. Raw meats are not recommended at all in the field.
03. FOOD Jerky, Dried Fruits Vegetables, MRE’s, B Rations, Trail Mix, Whole Grains, Nuts --anything that won’t spoil. Again, if it takes water to prepare, calculate it before you head out to camp. The use of Solar Cookers is a very efficient method for food preparation when a fire isn’t something you want generating more heat than the sun is already radiating down on you. It can be as simple as a cardboard box with foil lined flaps and a dark inside bottom, preferably black. You can make one and keep it folded up until you need it. A food-grade thermometer is always smart to keep handy. Material for a Basic Solar Cooker * One (1) Cardboard box * Aluminum Foil * Adhesive, Tape, or Staples * Black Paper or Paint
04. SANITATION The types of sanitation, methods, and the distance from your drinking water supply are critical issues that absolutely must be accounted for in order to maintain safety and health. Keep your waste facilities at least 100 feet from you drinking water. Since a semi-permanent encampment may be the most likely option, a longer term solution for waste facilities is in order. Urine (Soak Pit) Urine is filtered through the rocks and gravel, then further dispursed by the ground sediments.
Feces (Deep Pit Latrines) The Deep Pit Latrines should be pre-manufactured and trucked in by sanitation teams prior to Unit arrival where they can be placed above the freshly dug trench / pit.
Rubbish / Garbage Same deal - Dig a pit and drop in your rubbish -- keep it away from your water.
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05. PERSONAL HYGIENE / CARE The elements are pretty much guaranteed to take a toll on your body, so you want to be equipped to take care of yourself the same way you would at home. Dry air, dust, sand, dirt, hot wind, freezing cold nights, and the burning sun are just as fierce as any other enemy you will encounter in the field and sometimes as unpredictable. Non-scented products are preferred -- Smell good or bad, you don’t want the enemy to pick up your scent. * Tooth Brush / Paste * Eye Drops * Eye Glasses, Sun Glasses, Goggles * Shampoo / Conditioner * Wash Cloths / Towels * Lotion / Sun-block / Moisturizer / Aloe Vera for burns * Wet Wipes / Wet-Naps * TOILET PAPER (PLENTY OF TOILET PAPER) * In-sole padding / Odor-Eaters for you boots * Foot Powder / Spray * Plenty of changes of underwear, socks, and B.D.U.. * Cap / Boonie Hat * Bug Spray Remember, this isn’t a bug-out-bag that you’re putting together, so you can pretty much pack as many bags as you can carry.
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06. ENCAMPMENT Again, as with the drinking water, it is much cooler and a whole lot safer under ground. WORKING / CONSTRUCTION IN THE HEAT: Work in cycles. Work a maximum of five (5) hours in daylight conditions. The cooler it is, the safer to work longer it is, so adjust work / rest cycles as needed to minimize exposure. Examples: * Work 50 minutes, Rest 10 minutes * Work 30 minutes, Rest 30 minutes * Work 20 minutes, Rest 40 minutes ATTENTION: At least one (1) basic First Aid Kit must be on site at all camps. The Encampment: Consider setting encampment as defensive fortifications with squad firing positions. Living quarters, drinking water storage, and food storage under ground, surrounded by sandbags.
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Here are a few examples of Squad Fighting Positions / Defensive Firing Positions
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07. COMMUNICATION Who are you working with? Who are your friends and allies? What Frequencies / Channels? The U.S. Border Patrol Agents may be who we can go to for some answers to those questions. God knows they need all the help they can get and that’s where we have something in common, aside from feeling a deep patriotic duty to protect our nation. Minutemen have worked as support groups; the eyes and ears for the Border Patrol for a number of years successfully and harmoniously. Cooperation is the key. - Sharing communication channels: at the very least, for emergencies. Militia being almost entirely self-funded makes it more difficult for most of us to get our hands on scanners and equipment adequate enough for communication with other teams / units in the field. This is where low-tech and low-cost becomes a Militia’s best friend. So, a solution to our shortage on equipment, we can ration where we hold them in strategic placement. This, of course, is only one possible solution when rationing communication devices. * Headquarters - Scanners & FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radios to monitor and broadcast. * Bases - Scanners & FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radios to monitor and broadcast. * Camps - FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radios to monitor and broadcast.
Keeping quiet is a form of camouflage in its own way., so invest a few dollars into a headset with a built-in microphone (push-to-talk). Since some people can’t read maps and some are confused by coordinates, consider dividing into sectors.
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08. CAMOUFLAGE It goes without saying that blending in to your surroundings is key in any situation where you can’t afford to be seen. This goes for equipment, encampment, supplies, etc. in addition to personnel. The enemy knows we are coming - that we are there somewhere - but, should not know exactly where. You know how to do it, so do it with everything. If you don’t know, let someone in charge know right away.
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09. ELECTRICITY A portable light-weight Charging Station for cell phones, communications equipment, batteries, etc. is a field necessary tool in terrain not easily accessible by supply teams. In recent years, we’ve learned that the main complaint from the self-supplying self-funding Minutemen teams was the high cost of replacing batteries for communication, audio, and video equipment, as well as additional comfort appliances and devices. To eliminate this costly burden, the simplest solution is investing in rechargeable batteries and building a portable solar charger to replenish them. The portable solar charger components may be funded by the individual teams/units for approximately $200 and built in under one hour with no previous electrical experience. Components - Photovoltaic Panel / Solar Cell (Array) - Charge Controller - 12V Deep Cycle Marine Battery -or- 12V Car Battery - DC-to-AC Inverter - AC and DC Outlets - Plastic Container
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