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Operation: Azrael 
(Pacific Northwest Edition)

Greetings Agents. On Sunday 1/12/2014, Enlightened Agents from The United States and Mexico with assistance from Germany and Australia put together a series of fields stretching across much of the Western States, Northern and Central Mexico.  The Agent credited for much of the organization and planning is +Rob Nussbaum   Thank you Rob, for including the Pacific Northwest and its enlightened agents in your vision.
 
Key Transfers, +Tony Petraglia  +Megan Perry (@mechAngel), +Jen Southan (@BurritoAnarchy), +Sean Dufurrena  (@JacuzziPete), +Mike Hatch (@Kaldistryke), +Tyler Paul (@almightytallprp) and I @Agent34, all assisted with getting the keys to where they needed to be.  This involved multiple planes, road trips and even a trip to the Oregon Zoo.

Helping with Intel included +Cari Buchner (@MutagenXX), +Christina Aragon (@checkit01), @Humboldthotwad +Ed Buchner (@SpatialEd), +Jessie McCartney  (@StoryDreamer), +Lance Albertson (@ramereth), +Nathan Wiegand (@TheNathan), @Fofofast and +Rob Ogilvie (@LightAxe). I would like to give special thanks to +Daniella Arianne (@85MR2) for her outstanding Intel help as well as the ability to take charge and give direction. Monitoring the paths for days leading up to Sunday was no easy task and I was thankful for all the assistance received.

Agents from all over hit the ground clearing out links friendly and foe for much of the week leading up to Azrael. I would also like to credit the agents who pledged their time if the opportunity presented itself. As Sunday drew nearer our list of blockers grew smaller.  Everything seemed too good to be true.  By Sunday our only challenges were in three of six link paths. LP #2 (Cape Blanco, OR to Shoshone, CA) LP #3 (Cape Blanco, OR to Maple Falls, WA) and LP #4 (Maple Falls, WA to Ontario, OR).  I will highlight a few of the Assault Team’s battles in the field.

One that stood out for LP #2, was when Sacramento Agents, +Eric Hart (@ruckase) and @porknbean battled it out for Triceratops in the Woods with @crazycatlady for a second day.  After smashing a link early in the operation, it was immediately re-thrown as a blocker.  This prompted us to get creative by having Carson City Agents, +Matt Mattson (@GamerX2O) and +Tad W (@KroBar) throw up a well timed link that prevented @crazycatlady from blocking us a second time.

The Agents that crushed LP# 3 were incredibly tactful in their methods of clearing and maintaining a path that went straight through Centralia, Olympia, Bremerton and Puget Sound. Agent +Avery Cannon (@DESSYX) was brilliant in his mission.  Utilizing many ADA refractors,@DESSYX cleared a path from Centralia through Olympia and created guide links that protected the path through much of its way through these cities. The clearance for the link through this channel created was measured in feet. Agents +Gregory Waggoner (@StormbladeX69), +Derek Johnson (@Egoperagro), +Michael Watson (@Datsun), and +S Fu (@sleepyfu) deployed similar tactics to clear a path from Bremerton through the Puget Sound. A special thanks to +Nick Reiser (@DoubleDuece) and +Greg Eickmeyer (@simplecat) for showing up when it mattered most.

LP #4 had the potential to be a disaster given the proximity to blue through Wenatchee, and the Tri-Cities of Pasco, Richland and Kennewick.  Much of the blockers were handled before Sunday but a few more had popped up.  So Agents +Andrew Rakowski (@Landroid), +Doris Rakowski (@TacSees), +Jay LaBelle (@Darthd00d), +Curtis Carstens (@Asymyth) and @Captainturrets were out in force wrecking havoc in the Tri-Cities to ensure that no links remained near the path. 
Agents also helping out on the Assault Team included @AgentVX, @Cozma15, @JazzJunkie, @KroBarNinja, @NVNinja, @Sariah, @BrownMaster, @badassbelle, @pacman6336, @Pabrana, @logiasin, @Peppersmama, @parahiker, @wildgoose, @Edinak, @Ravenerix, @checkit01, @Humboldthotwad, @fofofast, @almightyytallprp, @almightytallred, @ShapedRock, @nowempa, @Lafley, Canaan Boswell, Eleri Hamilton and Scott Hamilton,@Beefrog, @userTwelve, Daniel Rogers,@xWinterisComing, @Lady Riggs,@Riggonoff, @SweaselMaster, @Atraxis, @gatordogg, @eclipsa, @Rotz, and Clinton Burckhardt. Thank you for all your help!

Lastly, the Agents who made up the Link Teams I want to thank for dedicating their time and patience for this op. Throwing Links in Maple Falls, WA were +Megan Perry (@mechAngel), +Tyler Paul (@allmightytallprp), +Sabrina Paul (@allmighttallred), and +Mike Hatch (@Kaldistryke). Throwing Links in Cape Blanco, +Chloe Collins (@Cozma15), +Chris Koch (@JazzJunkie), and +Jen Southan (@BurittoAnarchy).

If I missed anyone I apologize. Thanks again to all the agents that made fielding the Pacific Northwest easy and for your help in Operation: Azrael, I enjoyed chatting with all of you. And thanks to all the enlightened communities for making this possible. 

Special Thanks to my wife @MrsA34 for allowing me to spend countless hours staring at the intel map.

+Ingress  +Brian Rose  +Anne Beuttenmüller +Brandon Badger +Joe Philley  #Enlightened, #Azrael
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So how is everyone doing after the elections?  I say lets just keep on truckin'.  Work hard and be the best you can be.  Somethings are out of our control. In God we Trust. :)
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