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September Muster Information
JOIN US IN ARIZONA
September 19-21, 2008
FOR OUR 9TH 2008 MINUTEMAN MUSTER
FOR FUN, FELLOWSHIP & PATRIOTISM
First, a heartfelt thank you to all who joined us at the Oswald Cattle Company (Dave Parker) Ranch, at Amado, AZ for our August operation. We truly appreciate your dedication to serve with us during the hot AZ summer months! The August muster hosted a group of reporters and camera people. Their work subsequently appeared in The Las Vegas Sun.
As you know, the politics of special interests still leave Border Patrol
under-manned, under-funded, and alone in the battle against Illegal
Immigration and increasingly violent drug smugglers. This country needs
you to be another line of defense.
You may be aware that the volume of traffic at the King Anvil ranch, our
HQ for the past several years, has dropped dramatically. This is due to
1. The fence at Sasabe.
2. More and experienced Border Patrol agents.
3. Closure of mountain passes Into the Altar Valley By Border Patrol.
4. Long term work by Minuteman personnel.
This drop in traffic has allowed us (at least temporarily) to respond to
request from other ranchers who have requested our help.
***Therefore, MCDC is requesting your presence September 19-21, 2008 at the
Oswald Cattle Co. Dave Parker ranch Near Amado, AZ. 35 miles south of
Tucson, to stand the lines once again for our 9th 2008 MINUTEMAN MUSTER.
This month''''''''s schedule is as follows, and you must sign in one hour prior
to shift time unless you need New Volunteer Training:*
Friday, September 19th
2:00 pm New Volunteer Training*
5:00 pm to Midnight Shift** (potential dusk to dawn shift- yet to be
Saturday, September 20th
2:00 pm New Volunteer Training*
8:00 am to 4:00 pm Shift
5:00 pm to Midnight Shift ** (potential dusk to dawn shift- yet to be
Sunday, September 21st
No New Volunteer Training
8:00 am to 3:00 pm Shift
* All volunteers attending their FIRST AZ muster must receive New
Volunteer training prior to sitting post on a shift.
If you want to volunteer during this weekend and are NOT a registered
MCDC Volunteer, please visit our website at www.minutemanhq.com and
Current Volunteers: You must bring your ID card and wear it at all times.
Please have with you a valid Arizona State Land Permit which expires one
year from the month of purchase. Hunting and fishing licenses grant
access to state land only when a person is in the actual act of hunting
or fishing. For purchase or renewal of an AZ State land permit, please
go to the following link, print the application, and mail it in right
away, as it may take 2 weeks to receive. (Click on the link here):
AZ LAND PERMIT
DIRECTIONS: to Oswald Cattle Co.. HQ:
Take Interstate 19 (The Nogales Freeway) to Amado. (Arivica road exit)
Km 48. Note: The Markers on this highway are the only ones in the U.S.
marked in kilometers, the frontage road markers are in Miles
(confusing). Turn left (East) and cross under I-19 past the frontage road
to the marked gate of the ranch.
Volunteers should come to post prepared with a cell phone, cooler with
water/food, lawn chair, binoculars, dressed appropriately for the
terrain and weather. Also, night vision and two-way radios if you have
them. Please get an earpiece for your radio if you can. Come prepared to
the shift briefing 1 hour prior to being posted. For example, if your
shift starts at 5:00 pm, please be in the briefing area at 4:00 p.m.
Specific areas to volunteer:
PLEASE, If you would like to volunteer for Admin, contact Gene Cafarelli
If you would like to volunteer for a communications shift during your
stay, please contact Steve Lane at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to be a Line Leader, please contact Mike Vyne at
Side arms are permitted but not required. Side arms must be holstered at
all times. Long arms are discouraged and must be kept in your vehicle at
all times. Concealed side arms require a CCW permit. Violations of
weapons rules are grounds for immediate suspension or termination from
MCDC. Please carefully review the Training Manual and SOP about gun
safety and handling while with MCDC. There is no excuse for improper gun
Dry tent or RV camping, is available at the ranch. Porta-potties,
coffee pot with fixings, bottled water. There are no hook ups or
NO PETS ON POST. Any pet brought to camp must be on a leash at all times
or in your tent/RV, and you must clean up after your pet. Remember, you
are camping on private property where the land owners live and operate
the ranch daily, so please keep your site clean and free of trash. Do
not leave food items out as critters run rampant there.
The closest motels are Best Western (520) 625-2250 and the Holiday Inn (520) 625-0900
in Green Valley, AZ (about 10 miles north of the Dave Parker Ranch) on I-19. Inquiry is being made about a Minuteman rate.
The next closest hotels/motels are located in Tucson, right off of I-10 along
S. Freeway Rd. and on Starr Pass Blvd.
Travelodge, 520-622-8089, $50 a night, continental breakfast
Howard Johnson, 520-622-5871, $50 a night, continental breakfast
La Quinta (520)624-4455, $89 a night, continental breakfast
Motel 6, 520-624-2516, at your own risk
*Note: Rates are plus tax and may vary; please call your selected hotel
for current rates and availability.
Mid-September in Pima County is usually hot with 90+ temperatures in the
daytime, mid-60''''''''s at night. Please check the weather service for more up
to date forecasts. Bring sun screen and lots of water. Monsoon rain is
I look forward to seeing you all at the muster.
Mike Vyne, Chairman
AZ Muster Operating Committee
Minuteman Civil Defense Corps.
Arizona Contact Info
MCDC of Arizona
Phone 520 559-4095
Chapter Committee to Be Announced
Chapter Director/Media Liaison
To be announced
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