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Morrow Project Team Types

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     Roughly 400 Project members received training every year from 1984 to 1988 (the process was a bit different before 1984). Training platoons were made up of about 40 recruits initially; as trainees washed out or were recycled, platoons would be combined. About 12 platoons start training each year, one every month. The Project made an effort to group trainees into platoons by branch -- Recon, MARS, Science, etc. While the numbering system changed from time to time, through most of the Eighties the platoons would be numbered sequentially, with training platoon number 21 in January of 1984. Combined platoons would use either the number of the older platoon, or the larger platoon -- the Project was never very consistent about this.

     The members of Recon Team 54 were all trained starting in July of 1986, and thus were in platoon 51.

 

Recon

 

     The first teams intended to be awakened after the war. Most have light armored vehicles, sealed to prevent contamination by fallout or biochem agents. A team is usually the crew of one vehicle; most of the vehicles are variants of the Commando V-150. Team numbers are apparently randomly assigned; the lowest known number is R-11, the highest known number is R-180. Recon team members wear the green "eye of Horus" patch.

 

Science

 

     The Science teams are organized for detailed technical investigations, and the creation of solutions to short-term problems. These teams use a variety of vehicles, but never more than about 8 persons. The most notable of their vehicles is the Science-One tractor-trailer vehicle - there are only six of these. The teams in Science-One vehicles are numbered S-10, S-20, S-30, etc.; other Science teams have essentially random numbers, beginning at S-70. Science teams wear the blue "microscope" patch.

 

MARS

 

     MARS stands for "Mobile Assault, Rescue and Strike"; there were somewhere between 600 and 1,000 persons assigned to this division of the Project, along with more than 150 fusion-powered vehicles. MARS Team members wear the red "spears" patch, and have some specialized issue gear (PASGT helmets with black Resistweave covers being the best recognition method).

     Eleven MARS groups were formed, one for each zone in the continental U.S., plus one at Prime Base. Four of them contained the impressive MARS-One vehicles. The actual "team" around a MARS-One vehicle would consist of several other vehicles, and between 30 and 50 persons.

     MARS Group Ø (at Prime Base) had 48 members, and was composed of the following vehicles:

 

  • the "MARS-ONE A" vehicle. This was the prototype, and was thus modified over the years and has quite a few bits of extra equipment and ordnance. 8 persons form the crew.

  • two Cadillac Gage Stingray tanks; 8 persons total

  • two V150 armored personnel carriers, 22 persons total

  • V150 command vehicle; 5 persons

  • V150 mortar carrier with trailer (probably for use as ammunition resupply vehicle); 5 persons total

 

     A few MARS teams were separate from the groups and depots, with specialized tasks and equipment. One such was Team M-101, known as the "HAAM Squad": 8 men equipped with the Project's powered armor suits (plus 2 highly-skilled engineers and a couple of V-150 carrier vehicles), and intended for especially intense urban warfare. The members of M-101 were the training and support unit for all HAAM suits during the 1980s, and all entered cryosleep in 1988; a lot of Project members met this team during training, as they put on demonstrations and ran aptitude tests on many Project members.

 

Phoenix

 

     Only four Phoenix teams exist; one at Prime Base and three at undisclosed (even within the Project) locations. The non-Prime locations have excellent connections to the communications grid, but weren't intended to support any persons awake during the nuclear war.

     The exact function of the Phoenix teams isn't known to most Project members, but they're clearly made up of very dedicated, skilled, and well-equipped warriors. Most are veterans of U.S. military special operations forces -- Army Special Forces, SEALs, Marine Force Recon, etc. Rumors (only within the Project, of course) abound -- the Phoenix teams are a death squad covert action team answering only to Bruce Morrow; or a covert action unit only answering to the Council of Tomorrow (to keep an eye on Bruce Morrow); or they're internal security for the Project; or they're going to retrieve important persons or documents after the nuclear war ...

     Few other Project members have met any Phoenix team members -- there were only a couple dozen of them. The Phoenix team(s) apparently all went into cryogenic berths (even at Prime Base) in 1988. Their training was mostly conducted separately from other Project members. Their unit patch (if any) and internal structure is unknown to the rest of the Project.

 

Medical

 

 

     Composed mostly of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other medical specialists, with various mobile hospital equipment and gear to handle mass casualties. There are large medical teams (with specialized vehicles) and smaller ones in armored vehicles. The teams designations are Med-10, Med-11, Med-12, etc. Team members wear a white patch with the Red Cross on it.

     At least two Medical teams, Med-1 and Med-2, operate in variants of the Science-One vehicles, to investigate biological or chemical warfare situations specifically.

 

Engineer

 

 

     At least twelve of these teams exist; one for each large depot, plus a few more. Team members are engineers, equipment operators, and other technicians. To some extent, being on an Engineer team means you weren't considered quite cut out to be on a Recon team -- due to age, physical impediments, issues with combat effectiveness, etc.; OR, your combination of skills and Morrow Project security rating made you essential to construction projects during the 1980s. Most of these teams were not frozen until 1988. Pacifists tend to end up here or in Medical teams.

     Engineer teams know the location of several caches and Recon team boltholes in their area -- they were usually the people who actually constructed the boltholes, after all. The Engineer teams located in depots usually have at least one set of the modular engineer vehicles:  two control cars, a repair shop car, a crew shelter car, a crane car, and typically five flatbed cargo/payload cars (some with enclosed cargo bodies).

     The most common goal of Engineer units is restoring infrastructure:

    • improving housing and shelter (remember, the Project expects to "wake up" five years after the War)

    • installing simple communications systems

    • restoring petroleum refining capability, or at least providing minimal replacement

    • restoring electrical transmission/distribution systems, and generating power

    • providing potable water, handling sewage

    • repairing and operating transportation systems (mostly the rail network), bridge-building and repair

    • decontamination

    • handling wildfires, repairing flood control systems, and so forth

     Most Engineer teams are in cryosleep in the depot they helped construct and provision. Their teams are labelled with the depot identifier (Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon, Zeta, Eta, Theta, Iota, and Kappa) or numbered E-1, E-2, E-3, etc. Team members wear a blue "wrench" patch.

 

Agriculture

 

 

     There are at least ten large "ag" teams (A-10, A-20, etc.) to provide assistance in farming areas, with a bolthole surrounded by a half-dozen large, specialized caches. Smaller, one-bolthole agricultural teams also exist.

 

Prime

 

 

     Between 150 to 250 Project members are assigned to staff Prime Base in 1989. There is at least one each of the Recon, Science, Medical, and Engineer teams at Prime Base, plus MARS Group Ø, the main Phoenix team; and the Prime Base personnel proper. People wearing the black-and-white "Prime Base" patch are in fact often senior planners for the Project, and are in many cases not physically fit for field duty due to age. Some people were recruited for membership in the Project despite not meeting the usual medical requirements, if they have exceptional skills. Some or all of the members of the Council of Tomorrow may be at Prime Base, along with some senior Morrow Industries staff.

     The purpose, defenses, and staffing of Prime Base were subject to many changes over the years; Bruce Morrow was in fact opposed to the concept of a central communications hub. It's not quite clear what alternatives Bruce Morrow and the Council debated, in regards to command and control of the Project. Bruce Morrow definitely has an "I know best" personality, but the other members of the Council are neither foolish nor pushovers. In any case, Prime Base was finished by 1988; most of the staff were there by the end of 1987.

     There is a rumor among Project members of a "backup Prime base"; if it exists it's not very large.

 

Omega

 

     The Omega personnel were all placed in cryosleep in late 1988 or early 1989. They are Project members who received all or most of their training, but were not assigned to a team before the Council decided things were getting scary in the Soviet Union; Project members who became disabled or severely ill (usually during training) and who could not be rehabilitated before 1988; a number of persons deemed extra-important by the Council, but not given Morrow Project training; and a small number of people who (despite the Project's screening and background checks) became behavioral or security risks.

     It wasn't expected that these persons would be awakened until the Project was humming along nicely. The cryoberths for these individuals are usually at a depot or Prime Base; some may be in boltholes.

     Omega "teams" often don't have full sets of equipment, or equipment the Project would otherwise not have used, or odd equipment jammed into their bolt-hole on a "if it doesn't get stored now, it'll never get stored" basis. It was expected that these teams would be awakened as needed to replace casualties in the Project.

     There isn't a shoulder patch for Omega teams; the groups of Omega personnel (whether a team or just "enhancement") are numbered up from O-101, as they were placed in cryosleep. Team O-101 is known to be located at Depot Delta, with persons who had been placed in cryosleep as early as 1981.

 

Other Teams

 

     There are a variety of these. A few Combined Teams (CT-1, CT-2, etc.) are known of; others probably exist, known only to Prime Base or a few leaders of Depot or MARS teams. Psychological teams are supposed to deal with extremist groups and large riots. Most of these teams wear the blue "wrench" patch, as do the crews of the Reconstruction fleet (which go by their ship names:  the Fort Ross, the Fort Stevens, the Fort McHenry, and the Fort Mackinac). 

 

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