These are pages 45 and 46 of my ongoing graphic novel project. Careful readers will note that Page 46 was previously published on this site as Page 47, which I drew out of order because those big cityscapes are a pain in the ass and I wanted to get them out of the way, and also because I wanted the all three of them (Pages 1, 46 and 96 at this point) to look similar. In the intervening year or so, I made slight changes to the script as I went along, which means that the book is currently running one page shorter than originally scripted (104 pages, for those of you who are keeping track at home).
Writing the text for Page 45 was a slight challenge. Normally, when leaving on a mission, you have a brief conversation with the RTO on duty about what is happening in the area and so forth. I didn’t want to write that into the script, though, because OPSEC and also because it’s pretty boring and doesn’t advance the plot. On the other hand, I want to maximize realism here, so I’m always hesitant to change stuff without any explanation. Hopefully this is the right balance.
In the same way, all of the call signs in this are the generic sample ones out of FM 71-3, which was always unclassified. I think anyone familiar enough with this to notice the discrepancy would also have recognized the source.
Lastly, to whoever it was out there that stumbled onto my website while searching for, and I quote, “pasties and thongs at spring break,” I hope that somewhere on the internet, you find what you’re looking for.