ANNOUNCING THE SEPTEMBER 2007 MUSTER IN ARIZONA
Operation “SILENT KNIGHTS”
MCDC is requesting your presence September 21-23 to stand the lines once again for a weekend operation dubbed “Silent Knights.” Please note that THIS MONTH WE WILL RESUME DAY SHIFTS.
Never have our border watches here in Arizona been so important. The Border Patrol is determined but very busy, and President Bush has begun pulling out the National Guard he sent to the border for show. We want to help the brave and dedicated Border Patrol agents by contributing our eyes and ears, thereby helping them cover more territory. This country needs you to be another line of defense in stopping the illegal invasion.
Volunteers need to be keenly aware that the bad guys are emboldened, and never has the chance of encountering criminals been higher.
DATES: Friday evening, September 21 through 3:00 p.m. Sunday, September 23
LOCATION: Three Points Arizona, Altar Valley
Friday, September 21
- 5:00 pm to midnight
- Midnight Fri. to 8:00 am Saturday morning
Saturday, September 22
- 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- 5:00 pm to midnight
- Midnight Fri. to 8:00 am Sunday morning
Sunday, September 23
- 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
SECTOR CHIEF: Lance Altherr, Tucson Chapter Leader
OPERATION SUPERVISOR: Bob Price
COMMUNICATIONS SUPERVISOR: Steve Lane
LINE AND SHIFT SUPERVISORS: To Be Announced
For equipment and supply lists (what to bring, etc.), click here.
To get your State Land Permit application, go to http://www.land.state.az.us/programs/natural/rec_permit.pdf
DIRECTIONS to Kings Anvil Ranch, Altar Valley HQ:
Take Rt 86 (Ajo Hwy) West from Tucson to Three Points. 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 approximately ½ mile to the main camping area. Do not park in the main house area; park in the open field that has been designated for parking. Please keep your speed down, as this is a private road.
Each volunteer is asked to come prepared to post with a personal two way radio if you have one, a cell phone, cooler with water/food, lawn chair, binoculars, dressed appropriately for the terrain and weather, night vision if you have it. 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 on site at 4:00 p.m.
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 Bob Price at email@example.com.
Side arms are permitted but not required. Side arms must be holstered at all times. Long arms are permitted but must be kept in your vehicle. Concealed side arms require a CCW permit. Violations of weapons rules are grounds for suspension or dismissal. Please review your Training Manual and SOP about gun safety and handling while with MCDC. There is no excuse for improper gun handling.
You will be able to camp at the base camp 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 base camp as a donation. You will pay that fee upon registration, cash only. PETS MUST BE SECURED 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 as well. Porta Potties will be provided as usual, but there will be no base camp showers. Remember, you are camping on private property where the land owners live and operate the ranch daily. Please keep your site clean and free of trash. Do not leave food items out, critters run rampant there.
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. They are happy to accommodate MCDC volunteers.
Camping is also available down the road from our base camp with hookups at an RV campground, Caballo Loco Ranch. Rates run $15 day full hook up, $10 per day no hook up. 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 MCDC volunteers. Contact Clifford Rhoads at 520-449-0616 for reservations.
Desert Trails RV Park is located at 3551 San Joaquin Rd, off Rt 86, 15 minutes east of Three Points. The park offers a pool, hot tub, Wi-Fi, a pool hall, and laundry facilities. Full hookups are $22.50; dry camping $12.00; stay six days and get the seventh free. See their web site www.deserttrailsrvpark.com, or call (520)883-8340. They welcome MCDC volunteers.
Hotels/motels are located in Tucson. Right off of I-10 along S. Freeway Rd. and on Starr Pass Blvd. are: Travelodge, 520-622-8089, $46 a night, continental breakfast
Howard Johnson, 520-622-5871, $38 a night, continental breakfast
La Quinta (520)624-4455, $74 a night, continental breakfast
Motel 6, 520-624-2516, at your own risk
*Note: Rates may vary, please call your selected hotel for current rates and availability.
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. Note: It will be faster and easier if you complete your registration form before coming to the muster. You can find the form and instructions here.
Will be held at 2:00 pm prior to the evening shift on Friday and Saturday. 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.
ALL MINUTEMEN will check into the HQ office upon arrival to sign-in, sign up for the shift of your choice, go through admin 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.
September in Pima County is still hot, with daytime temps in the 90’s, night temps around 70.
Thank you for being an MCDC 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 Marcia Ridgely at firstname.lastname@example.org
We appreciate your time and service to continue sending the message to our politicians that the American people demand the government fulfills its obligation to us by securing the border.
Arizona State Operations Director
You MUST sign in 1 hour prior to your shift.
Training for new volunteers will be at 2:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday afternoons only.