LEADERSHIP TARGETS PART THREE by markuop
384th Bomber Wing
100 Miles SW of ORD
The flight to the Ohio AO was progressing until several communications came at once that gave Strangelove wondering who was in command in this bar fight. The reason is he received orders from three different commanders and they all said the same thing but with their own presents for the crews of the bomber wing. The first one Col. Kong could understand since it would be considered standard.
"EWO to Capitan, receiving a message on the CRM-114 dispatch box."
Kong Replied, "What does it say Jack." Referring to 1st Lt. Jack Johnson the Electronics Warfare Officer.
Jack replied, "Here it is sir", handing him the message
FROM NATIONAL COMMAND AUTHORITY
TO 384TH BOMBER WING
ALL BOMBERS HOLD AT POSITIVE CONTROL POINT AND AWAIT FURTHER ORDERS
SEVERAL CURRENT TARGETS FOR SEVERAL IN THE WING ARE IN A POTENTIAL BLUE VS BLUE
KC-135 TANKERS ARE IN ROUTE FOR REPLENTISHMENT
Kong said "Lets start circling the control point and inform Chicago Center what we are doing."
Kong then got on the civilian radio band and said into the comm, "Chicago Center this is USAF 384th Bomber Wing, altitude 390, 100 miles SW of O'Hare. We have been Instructed into a holding pattern at this time at this position. we have several KC-135 in route to refuel, over."
The radio came back and the news was good for the Wing "384th Wing, Chicago Center, we are aware of your situation and have cleared a 30 mile radius from 320 to 400 for you stacking and refueling operations. We will attempt to keep civilian traffic clear within reason, not to disrupt operations at both Midway and O'Hare."
Kong Relied "Thank you Chicago, out". He then said "It looks like we are waiting folks, but that was true during the cold war too. We just get to experience it today."
Jack from his seat said "We have a second message to all commands that may answer the question why we are waiting." He gave the message to Kong
"Ragnarok Six to all HSC elements:
All elements are ordered to stand by, say again STAND BY, not clear to engage SL unless HSC-Juliet elements are neutralized; all elements may engage at that time.
Respond with confirmation of my message.
Ragnarok Six out."
Kong nodded with understanding "Send a reply that the Wing Confirms the message and is waiting at the PC Point."
As soon as Jack gets back to his seat, a bright with flash occurs and a crate of items appears with a Cowboy hat on top with a letter attached. Then the smell hot food permeated the cabin. Kong Said "What do we have here, in-flight service?"
Jack opened up one of the boxes and said "Breakfast is served Sir, and it's not an MRE. Here is yours sir." and he was handed a breakfast box with the hat and the letter. Kong pushed back his seat and handed the controls to the copilot and he read the note:
"From the Desk of Admiral Sir William Adama KCVO.
Commander Royal Space Service
Commander HMS Galactica
Commander Allied Forces Space
What an interesting call sign for a wing commander of a bomber wing, yet after watching Dr. Strangelove last night, I can now understand the handle, I myself when I flew went under the call sign 'Husker'. Another ship in the flotilla has beamed to each aircraft in the Wing breakfast since you did not get the chance to eat, and I have tasted the MRE's and agree with the 'rejected by the enemy' joke. The Hat is a gift that you may or may not use during the run to target. This is not an order or suggestion. In five hours if you are waiting there lunch will be served. Have a good morning.
Kong was in shock "A General officer that gets it. I need to meet this man in the future."