When I Opened My Eyes, I Was in the Middle of the Battlefield - Chapter 132
When I Opened My Eyes, I Was in the Middle of the Battlefield chapter 132
United States, Pope Field, North Carolina, United States Joint Special Operations Command.
Director of External Affairs Robert, with a visitor’s pass around his neck, was looking at the screen with a small number of field-level staff, including the commander of Fort Bragg, who took the place of the busy Secretary of Defense.
Didn’t see anything special.
Due to the 12-hour time difference, it only shows the sea of the South China Sea in the middle of the night.
I was filming with infrared, but even that didn’t look right.
It was because of the rain.
It’s not even a track-and-run downfall, but a strong rainstorm with sea breezes that create high waves.
Naturally, there were setbacks in the operation.
Even the camera I was filming was constantly getting raindrops, so I was wasting time wiping it off.
Even the rainfall did not abate, so the small boat approach was discussed again.
There was a chance that the boat would capsize on the way.
‘Wouldn’t be easy… … .’
Concern was evident in Robert’s gaze.
But I didn’t say it out loud. Because I know very well that it is not as flimsy as it seems.
Aboard the cargo ship was Devgrew, one of America’s first-class units, and inside the container were various tactical equipment instead of cargo, and military satellites and high-altitude unmanned reconnaissance aircraft were operating outside the ship.
Any problem was solvable.
Of course, I couldn’t predict.
It was because, although American soldiers did not go around being beaten, they were often caught off guard by unexpected attacks.
The causes were many.
Prepared traps or mistakes, etc.
I couldn’t rule out the possibility that the Foreign Cooperation Agency’s execution team would die instead of Devgru.
It was because there were things that satellites and reconnaissance planes couldn’t see in the first place.
Evidence of this was the telecommunications repeater that agents had dispatched to the Taril Islands not too long ago and jumped to find it.
It wasn’t something you could find on video.
It was something you could only tell by getting close.
The good news is that they plan to use a drone to scan the dangerous area before deployment, but that also seemed difficult due to the bad weather.
Robert’s mouth opened quickly.
“Can we carry out the drone operation as scheduled in the heavy rain?”
“… We will proceed. I will let you proceed even if you risk losing the drone.”
The commander paused for a moment before answering.
It wasn’t because he was worried about the site, or because he respected Director Robert.
It was because he received direct instructions from the Minister of Defense.
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If it was not impossible, he said there was no reason to interfere with the operation.
The support was tremendous as well.
It was because this operation was a double operation, different from the usual operation.
On the surface, it was a black operation to eliminate terrorists linked to North Korea, and the other was to appease and secure Kang Tae.
Only four people in the U.S. Army knew this.
The operation team commander who commands the team in the field, the liaison officer Phillip who manages Kang-tae, the Minister of Defense, and even himself in the command and control room.
The reason for bringing one person with him seemed absurd, but he knew very well that it wasn’t.
It was because I realized it while watching Kang-tae’s past videos and actually observing them.
That real human weapons exist.
For that reason, the commander was also paying special attention to this double operation.
Even his superior, the Minister of Defense, had the worst in mind and even set up a rather unreasonable confidential plan.
So that the enemy can blow everything up if need be.
This was known not only to the commander, but also to Robert, who was in charge of Kangtae.
The F-5 sortie right away.
Two F-5 fighter jets were prepared to sortie at once in the Indonesian island of Java (Pulau Jawa).
Of course, that fact was also confidential.
The only thing that has been revealed is that the United States and Indonesia have joint military exercises ahead, and the fact that US Air Force F-5 fighter pilots are scheduled to fly for smooth training.
And if necessary, it was planned to reach the operating area within 20 minutes at the speed limit of Mach 1.5.
And by firing two loaded air-to-surface missiles, they’ll be devastated no matter what.
‘Before the worst… It wouldn’t be bad for an Asian to witness that.’
It was a power that only the US military could show.
It must be firepower that a small intelligence organization like the Foreign Cooperation Agency cannot show.
At the end of that thought, the commander added a few words.
“Let’s see how the US Army is.”
* * *
Korea, Seoul, Naegok-dong, Seocho-gu, National Intelligence Service Main Building.
The first deputy director in charge of North Korea and overseas affairs frowned while looking at the report on Lee Kang-tae submitted by Cho Beom-yong.
It was not because the contents of the report were incomplete or incorrect.
Suddenly, an idea came to my mind.
To be precise, things I hadn’t seen before, only suspected, were sorted out.
It’s like putting a puzzle together.
‘This is related to the US Army.’
His gaze landed on another pile of iron.
It was a plan for support for infiltrating and exiting North Korea, which was quickly established in accordance with the cooperation requested by the US military.
An operation supported by the National Intelligence Service and the Intelligence Command, with the U.S. Army as the main axis.
The purpose was to identify intelligence related to nuclear development.
It was important enough to be treated confidentially, so there were no other personnel, equipment, or specific dates.
All that was there was the date on which cooperation was requested and the date on which it was to be scrapped.
However, the timing was so amazing.
‘It just fits with Lee Kang-tae’s schedule?’
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Lee Kang-tae’s entry and exit records and the date requested by the US military matched exactly.
Then, including the report Jo Beom-yong had posted so far, even the things that happened last year began to come to mind.
However, it was blurry because I was busy with work, so I looked at Jo Beom-yong, who was still standing in front of me.
“You mean, did you supplement the report on your visit to Germany last year?”
“Yes, there is.”
When the first deputy chief asked with a frown, he recalled what Jo Bum-yong, who had answered, quickly wrote.
It was possible because the content added in the first place was only a few lines.
Because there wasn’t much to do in Germany.
I just met Kang-tae and received a statement that he was naturalized in the United States.
What was added was small talk, one-line comments.
“You said that not only the United States, but also other countries recommended naturalization… In fact, I added that a German visited or made a phone call in English.”
“Gimiral… … .”
Cho Beom-yong flinched at the sudden swearing.
“Was it real? What did the reaper do?”
When I told him about the rumors in Africa, Jo Beom-yong finally shook his head and understood the meaning only belatedly.
“Then now, the word ‘true’ means Lee Kang-tae… … .”
While Jo Beom-yong continued to speak, the first deputy general manager spat out the appropriate words.
“… Ikkidangcheon (一騎當千).”
These were the words written on a stone at the front gate of the 1st Airborne Special Forces Brigade, now moved inside the unit.
It means that one cavalryman can take on a thousand enemies.
It wasn’t a metaphor, it was a fact.
The first deputy chief’s eyes crumpled, and Jo Bum-yong’s eyes widened.
‘Human weapons, biological experiments, what are they like? So did you go to America?!’
It was so unbelievable that the rumors that I ignored came to my mind only belatedly.
Then, the angler that had been missing so far was correct.
Advanced countries, including the United States, obtained intelligence related to Kang Tae, and South Korea was the last to notice.
Even without actual video or data about Kang-tae.
North Korea and domestic issues are considered the best, but in the international field, it was a reality that was far behind.
‘Then how… No, what can I do with knowing this? Are you already an American? I can’t do anything, I just have to wait for the United States or Lee Kang-tae to reach out? Then I’ll have to stop everything I’m doing… … .’
Around the time when Cho Beom-yong was agonizing over a surprising and miserable embarrassing situation.
The first deputy general gave a similar answer.
“Get your hands off what you’re doing.”
“The word ‘let go’ means… … .”
“Don’t bother, update your contact information and location, and report only the current situation.”
The first deputy general manager said, still frowning.
He too had made his own decision.
I learned that Kang Tae was great, but there was nothing Korea could do.
Kang Tae was not at the level that Korea touched.
I just had to wait.
* * *
– Gathering everyone, I will give you the operation.
The order I was waiting for came, but I hesitated as I left the wheelhouse.
It was because the rain was pouring down.
Getting hit by raindrops hurts.
Even in the middle of the night, visibility is obviously difficult to secure, and on top of that, I couldn’t hear the voice well.
Amid the only sound of pouring rain, Phillip guided us to the large container that was the meeting point.
As I opened the door with Philip in the rain, an unexpected scene caught my eye.
“oh… … .”
I came out with admiration.
Hitting the container would sound like a drum beat, but it was rare.
Just some noise.
Even the air circulation was pleasant inside, and there was even a bright light, so I felt like I was in an office in the middle of the city.
Of course, I knew very well that it wasn’t because my stomach rumbled every time it rocked.
The waves were strong as it was raining heavily.
While standing centered on this, all the personnel gathered and the details of the operation were spread.
For example, the date and time of movement, the order of infiltration, action tips, and so on.
At the end, Jake opened his mouth.
“Could you operate the boat?”
That’s what I was going to ask too.
This was because if it was done wrong, it could capsize and drown all the people on board.
Of course, since I was a special warfare specialized on land, I didn’t get on the IBS boat for long, so I didn’t know everything, but at least I knew that the sea was dangerous.
At about the same time, the commander’s mouth opened.
“We will use a small operational stealth high-speed boat.”
“… What is it?”
It was the first time I heard about it.
It was because all I knew were boats commonly used in Korea, such as IBS boats and RIB high-speed boats.
But small stealth?
“I have to prepare, so you can go and see for yourself.”
Guided by those words, I moved, then stopped.
It was because there was a boat with a design that is difficult to see in the dark cargo container.
It looks like a fully covered semi-submersible with no exposed parts.
It was a look that could be considered a futuristic design, but the reaction of Jose, a former Navy SEAL, was no different.
“and… This is amazing. It’s been a while since I was discharged, are things like this coming out already?”
“The actual deployment has been made since this year.”
“Oh, so that means we’re using identities?”
Behind José’s cheeky back, Devgrew agents entered, untied the chains, and brought in a hydraulic mobile crane to move it.
And by the time I was working on the railing again to lower the boat.
Again, words came from the commander of the operations team.
He looked at me once and said it to Jake, the team leader.
It’s like listening together.
“Currently, drone operation is also being prepared. An on-site check will be conducted as we move, and by the time we arrive, the identification of the danger zone will be complete.”
“So you’re saying you’re flying drones in this weather?”
“Yes, we conducted operational training in consideration of bad weather, and the aircraft was also developed to the extent that it could fly unless it was hit directly.”
After the words came out that sounded like a military equipment fair.
Shortly thereafter, they disembarked from the cargo ship and began transferring to a small stealth high-speed boat.
Fortunately, the interior design was not so unfamiliar.
A simple and rugged look suitable for military use.
Still, as if focusing on functionality, the parts for sitting, holding, and mounting the gun were very appropriately placed.
‘It’s good enough to go crazy… … .’
Around the time I thought that if I was 10 years younger, my eyes might have gone back.
A small stealth high-speed boat departed.
Our G&G Corp TF was in the middle of the procession as if under escort.
By the time I felt it was clear that I was being entertained, it wasn’t long before the Devgrew crew member I was piloting announced the arrival.
The high-speed boat also completely stopped.
I opened the lid-like door, got out, and walked into the pitch-black Taril Isles.
And I realized
It was night and it was raining, so I couldn’t see it well, but I was very familiar with the sight through the night vision goggles.
I haven’t played the game for the past year, but the memories and feelings are still the same.
I didn’t notice it because I didn’t pay attention to the changed story, but when I looked back, the landmarks were being read naturally.
fortunately it was
Because there was one more advantage.