Beyond The Pyramids
John P. D’Amato
Copyright 2012 D’Amato
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The aftermath of the attack on Armstrong Base would take months to sort out. There was much to be learned by a study of the wrecked alien transport ship, their troops’ weapons and equipment, and the bodies themselves. That could take years. The emotional scars of the survivors of Bravo Company would never fully heal.
US Army Staff Sergeant Holcomb was the senior man left from Bravo Company when the Wolfpack reached the bottom level. As such, it was primarily his after-action report that General Honea and the rest of the United States Space Command relied on for an account of the attack. He was not present in the control center when the Russian gunners shot the ship down, or he would not have survived, either. He was on the second hangar level getting his troops ready to fight, so the final moments in the command center would remain unknown.
General alert messages were broadcast throughout the base as the fighting commenced. The last message that SSG Holcomb heard from the command center was that a large number of alien troops had disembarked the crashed transport and were heading for the base. Bravo Company 2nd Platoon had opened the ramp doors and was in the process of deploying men outside the base in defensive positions when they started taking fire.