Dull Garrison Chronicles Part V: Company Assault R

By Carl F. Kusch


The CO, 26th MEU was ordered to assault and secure Dull Garrison Island Airfield #2 so it can be used by follow-on forces arriving from the United States. The airfield is only being defended by one of the enemy’s small battalions (400 men). The battalion headquarters and one rifle company appear to be located in the village of Al Joblin. The airfield itself (ATF Obj 1) is being defended by a second rifle company. The enemy’s third rifle company is located near the bridge spanning the North River, which is virtually dry at this time of the year. Three antiaircraft positions have been identified and are depicted on the accompanying map.

The battalion CO assigned Company E the main effort and directed it to land by CRRC over Red Beach at L-5 hours, move covertly toward Airfield #2, the antiaircraft artillery (AAA) site south of the field and secure the airfield (ATF Obj 1), advancing no further than the designated limit of advance (LOA). Company F would land over Blue Beach at L-hour, destroy the AAA site to the north and assault to secure Al Joblin (LF Obj 1) and the AAA site to the west. The light armored infantry (LAI) platoon will follow in trace of Company F and seize the bridge over North River. Four M777A2 155mm howitzers will be in position south of South Creek by L-hour.


You are the CO, Company E. Prepare the order you would issue your subordinates to carry out your mission. Include an overlay sketch and provide a brief discussion of the rationale behind your actions. Submit your solutions to the Marine Corps Gazette, Tactical Decision Game 11-16R, Box 1775, Quantico, VA 22134, or by email at gazette@mca-marines.org. The Gazette will publish solutions in an upcoming issue.