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We got Austin
The story and sit-rep of Operation Prickly Pear, the Austin Enlightened Anomaly fields.

When it was released that Austin was a primary site for #shonin and I was appointed to be the field lead, I was estatic. The design team was assembled. and together we found and planned to field off of some pretty ridiculous anchors, in order to make all four measurements in the anomaly. Two independent fields were planned, the cloak, and the dagger. The cloak was designed with the intent to misdirect attention to the larger field clearing, while chipping away at blockers to the inner field, the one with the hardest anchors that would end up making all 4 measurements.

The Cloak-
West- Guadeloupe Peak, West Texas, 4 hour hike
Southeast- South Padre Island, South Texas, Jeep or 10mi hike to portal
Northeast- Chicot National Park, Louisiana, just in the middle of nowhere
Field operator- From England +Jeremy Goldsmith​​​​
Key farming and transport- +Adam Botbyl​​​​ +Pux Topper​​​​ +gupp gupp​​​​ +Zane Newton​​​​ +Dillon Lopez​​​​
Anchor teams- +Kyle Porter​​​​ +richard garcia​​​​ +Kris Goetting​​​​ +Larry Primeaux​​​​
Lane clearers- +Bart Reed​​​​ +Ekto Gamet​​​​ +Carlos Moreno​​​​ +Kelly Mayoh​​​​ +Flor Santos​​​​ +Bob Martin​​​​​ +shannon sterling, whoisgadget​​​​ +mooch moocherini​​​​ +Timothy Pledger​​​​ +Myra Kotrla​​​​ +Andrew Williams Pr1meArch3type​​​​ +Bert L.​​​​ +Brian Martin​​​​ +William Rodriguez​​​​ +Greg E​​​​ and #greengoblins +FlyMaster Jay​​​​ +Justin Hall​​​​ +Alan Rice​​​​
Agents drove hours to distribute keys to the anchors, not to mention to farm keys in the first place and link from the anchors. Others drove way out of their way to clear blockers, these agents showed extreme dedication, heart, and skill.
The field throw time was scheduled for 12:40, 80 minutes before the first measurement. The clearers started early in the morning and cleared for hours, until finally, it was throw time. Eagerly standing by at the anchors the final blockers all went down, except for one, the Roma, TX blocker. It later turns out that our agent stationed there was unable to respond due to legal problems. #blamealan An agent volunteered to get the other end of the blocker, but now, with 2/3 links up, the resistance were actively blocking. Our south Texas agents fought hard, but the Resistance were able to block faster then we were able to clear. Our NE anchor was dropped 2 hours later, delivering the final blow. The Cloak would not go up, but it allowed perfect misdirection, and right under their nose, we were now in place to throw...

The Dagger-
Southwest- Canyon Lake, a portal smack dab in the middle of the lake
Southeast- Rocky Mountain Bike Ranch, entrance fee, and a 2 hour mountain bike ride up some brutal trails
North- Fort Hood military base, and a portal that is on the range, and only accessible by the range master. Not to mention that being part of the range, with abundant fences and warning signs, it happened to be active this Saturday with Apache helicopters.
Field Operator-from New Zealand- +Kris Habraken​​​​
Key Farmers- +Aileron Rdiall​​​​ got keys to Fort Hood, and +Ryan Perkins​​​​ and Green Goblin +Will McCarthy​​​​ got keys to Canyon Lake.
Blocker Busters- Locals- +Tim D​​​​ +Elliot Gardner​​​​ +Kyle Mason​​​​ +Brad Marshall​​​​ +Loyd Hutchings​​​​ and crazy people who drove here from Springfield MO just to be a part of the fielding team +Dustin Reider​​​ +Jason Burton​​​​ and Green Goblin +Andrew Mann​​​​
Anchor Teams- +Dawn K​​​​ +Earl Fernandez​​​​ and I.
Eagerly awaiting throw time, the clock seemed to stand still. With the first field not up, it all rested on this field. The Resistance clearing an obvious field lane that would have blocked us, it was time to move. The clearers dropped all blockers simultaneously, and we caged Austin in with three links at 1:49, and we could not be blocked now. At 1:59:40, just before M1, we fielded it in, covering Austin in 2 layers of green, and grabbing 200 points for the first measurement. The fields remained standing through all 4 measurements, and then through most of the after party.

Counter-Ops-
A new branch of Fielding ops, the counter operators. Their job was to make sure we did not get fielded, and they succeeded. Wether it was camping in Big Bend, to throwing blockers across the coast, driving hours to block lane paths, or hopping in a kayak to kill links, these guys did it all. +Daniel Musto​​​​ +Molly Oehmichen​​​​ +Jeffrey Brite​​​​ +tally foreman​​​​ +Hec Mora​​​​ +Honu McTurtle​​​​ +Deke Fillmore​​​​ +Kelli Ringle​​​​ +Robert Baker​​​​ +Jill Matthews-Hadley​​​​ +Justin Hall​​​​ +Tex Bruce​​​​ +Thomas Spear​​​​ +Chris Sands​​​​ +Deborah Haughton​​​​ +Zombie Apocalypse​​​​ +Bo Barefield​​​​ +Michael Simpson​​​​ +Jason Rice​​+Bree Williams, Qu33nBreeze​​​​​ +Becky Cierpich​​​​ and a special thanks to +Mikaila Bell​​​​ and +Daniel Musto​​​​ +Justin Hall​​​​ +meta smith​ and +Cory Maddox​​​​ for picking up slack where they saw it, and advising in critical moments

We captured 800 points for the Enlightened just off of the fields, and the overall Austin score ended at 1390 ENL- 342 RES. Even without the field, we still won on the ground alone.

The pictures shown were taken by the fielding team, just to show some of the crazy places that Ingress took them.

Thank you to all who made this Enlightened victory possible. Keep Austin Enlightened.
-Mason Sheppard - Flash0ut
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Given the events that have transpired as of late in the Laredo community...where bad blood and suspicion and accusations just do not go away...I withdraw from this particular forum. It is an idea that seems to work very well in other cities. I honestly had hoped when I saw the first meeting happen that we could come together under the banner of Ingression whether Resistance or Enlightened...guess I was hoping for too much. Maybe one day this idea will be taken up by someone else. Until then...

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Hello folks this is the hangouts for the cross faction and this way here we can post our meetings and such so we have a more concrete place to to set the time and dates
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