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Operation Block Watch
MCDC AZ Presents:
“OPERATION: BLOCK WATCH”
Three Points, Arizona
To all that shall see this, greetings. MCDC is requesting your presence during the month of October to stand the lines once again for a 30-day operation. This will be our 4th 30 Day Muster since MCDC formed. Our efforts are to help stop the flow of illegal immigration into our sovereign nation.
Your patriotic spirit and dedication to country is the backbone of our operations throughout the past 1 ½ years. Over the course of the past year, MCDC has spotted and reported many thousands of illegal aliens coming across our lines, with several thousand detentions by US Border Patrol from your vigilance. Today, the National Guard is operating on the border in the same sector MCDC AZ will be operating in. Although this has had a minimal effect on border crossings there, illegal aliens still manage to cross the border for the 4 day journey through the Alter Valley. MCDC AZ will operate to spot and report the groups that have managed to bypass the NG efforts. October is ‘drug harvest season” with many drugs being escorted into the United States. Come stand a post with MCDC AZ and lets report this illegal activity together to USBP.
DATE: Saturday September 30th through October Sunday October 29th 2006
LOCATION: Three Points Arizona, Pima County
TIME: 10AM September 30th 2006
SECTOR CHIEF: Lance Altherr, Tucson Chapter Director
LINE AND SHIFT SUPERVISORS: To Be Announced
The Mission of MCDC is to spot and report to US Border Patrol any and all illegal activity seen in our area of operations. MCDC AZ seeks to help report the flow of illegal immigration coming across the Arizona border, demand that our local, state and federal governments work in tandem to enforce existing immigration laws. We will stand as volunteers until our government stops the flow across our nations borders.
MCDC AZ Operational HQ will be at the Kings Ranch, Main House. Our monthlong operational area will encompass many parts of the Altar Valley in Pima County. Additional lines have been added from previous operations. This area is aprox 30 miles SW of Tucson Arizona.
Take Rt 86 (Ajo Hwy) West from Tucson to Three Points Arizona. From there, take RT 286 South to mile marker 38. Go past that mile marker about 300 yards and make a right hand turn onto a dirt road, this is the entrance to the King Anvil Ranch. Go aprox ½ mile to the main house. Do not park in the main house area, park in the open field that has been designated for parking. Please keep your speed down, this is a private road. (This is NOT the same house we used in April 06).
MCDC will run 3 eight-hour shifts per day. Operational lines will be on private and public land. Each volunteer is asked to come prepared to post with a personal two way radio, a cell phone, cooler with water/food, lawn chair, binoculars, dressed appropriately for the terrain and weather, night vision if you have it. You are asked to get an earpiece for your radio if you can. You are asked to come prepared to the shift briefing 1 hour prior to being posted. If your shift starts at 4PM, please be on site at 3PM.
Month long shift schedule as follows:
8AM-4PM Day Shift
4PM-Midnight Swing Shift
Midnight to 8AM Night Shift
HQ Admin Office will be open from 8AM-4PM Daily.
MCDC AZ Communications Center will be running 24/7. If you would like to volunteer for the communications section during your stay, please contact Mike Mothersead at firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration will start at 8AM Saturday September 30th. The “Kick-Off” ceremonies will commence at 11AM. We will have speeches from prominent leaders, list to be announced in the coming weeks. Our first shift will start at 4PM.
National/State and International media is expected. Please speak freely and openly to all media. We want you talking about why you are there, your personal feelings on illegal immigration and how it affects you. If you do not want to be interviewed or photographed, please inform the reporter and they will back off. All Media is to check into the HQ Office upon arrival. You will be asked to sign the MCDC Media Forms and receive a Media Pass. Failure to do so will ensure that you are escorted off the property. Media will not use white-light on night time shifts.
MCDC allows side arms. All side arms are to be holstered at all times. Long arms are not permitted. Concealed side arms require a CCW permit. Violations of this are grounds for dismissal. Please review your Training Manual and SOP about gun safety and handling while with MCDC. There is no excuse for improper gun handling. Carrying a sidearm is not required.
You will be able to camp at the basecamp in tents or dry RV camping. There are no hook ups or electric provided. MCDC asks for a $1 per night, per person camp fee at basecamp as a donation. You will pay that fee upon registration, cash only. We are operating on private property. You may bring a pet, however NO PETS ALLOWED ON POST. Any pet brought will be on a leash at all times or in your tent/RV. Please clean up after your pet as well. No showers are available at the basecamp. Porta Potties will be provided, as usual. Remember, you are camping on private property and the land owners live there and operate the ranch daily. Please keep your site clean and free of trash. Do not leave food items out, critters run rampant there.
HQ Arrangements: no volunteers will sleep in the main house unless you are a designated leader. MCDC AZ will only accommodate the following for bunking in the main HQ house:
*State and Local Chapter Directors
*State Communication Officer
*Admin Leadership and team (already assigned)
*State Training Officer
Camping with hook ups is available at the Tucson Rifle Club on Rt 86 in Three Points. Please contact them at 520-822-5189 for information on fees and reservations. They also have tent camping available and shower accommodations. Minutemen Welcomed.
Camping is also available down the road from our base camp with hookups. It is an RV campground. “Caballo Loco Ranch”. Rates run $15 day full hook up, $10 per day no hook up. Please contact Clifford Rhoads at 520-449-0616 for reservations. This is located on Hwy 286 and has an 8 miles dirt road before getting to the campground, well graded. They are happy to accommodate Minutemen.
Hotels are located in Tucson. Tucson is a 40 minute trip, one way. We highly recommend the La Quinta Hotel on Starr Pass Blvd at exit #259 off I-10. They charge aprox $53 + tax per night and is aprox 25 minute drive from basecamp. Contact them at 520-624-4455 for reservations. They provide a free continental breakfast from 6AM-9AM each morning.
*Note: Rates may vary, please call your selected hotel for current rates and availability.
|Travelodge||520-622-8089||$43 a night|
|Howard Johnson||520-622-5871||$54 p/n|
|Motel 6||520-624-2516||At your own risk|
We ask that all volunteers planning to attend at any point during the month please RSVP with Stacey O’Connell, AZ State Director. Please email him with your full name, the dates you plan to attend, how many in your party and what shift you prefer to work, (day or night). Stacey O’Connell AzCactus@aol.com
All new volunteers will fill out a registration form on site, go through a background check on site, be interviewed and attend the mandatory training class prior to being allowed to take a post. You must be 18 years old to become a Minuteman. There is a $50 registration fee, waived for any CCW Permit holder. If you are racist or a felon, please do not waste your time.
will be held at 9AM daily. New Minutemen are required to take this class prior to going on the lines. There is no exception. Come to class prepared with paper/pen, a personal printed copy of the Standard Operating Procedures and Training Manual. You can get these items from www.minutemanhq.com free of charge.
will check into the HQ office upon arrival to sign-in, sign up for the shift of your choice, go through admins to update our database, and receive a temporary ID Card if you do not have your Permanent ID Card. You MUST sign-up for your shift every day you plan on operating.
October in Pima County is much like Spring. You can expect cold nights with temperatures down in the 20s and 30s. Daytime temps will range in the mid 80s to 100s some days. Typically we experience cloudless days with bright sunshine, please bring sun block. You can expect rain at some point during the month, be prepared with foul weather gear. You are advised to come prepared with layered clothing to keep you warm.
Thank you for being a Minuteman Volunteer. You are a credit to your nation and a dedicated Patriot. We look forward to making this a successful event with you. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me via email and I will help you in any way that I can. We appreciate your time and spent resources to come help send a message to our government.
AZ State Director
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