|«|| As tensions continue to grow in the east, a US-led joint NATO-AAF peacekeeping force stationed on Stratis - Task Force Aegis - is in the middle of a staged drawdown.
The remaining units - a company of combat units, a helicopter squadron, and support staff under the command of Col. Andrew MacKinnon - are chiefly involved in dismantling military infrastructure and decommissioning vehicles in preparation of their final withdrawal, as the US shifts the focus of its conventional forces to the Pacific theatre.|
Official ArmA 3 site description
A peacekeeping force deployed to the island nation under a strictly limited mandate and combat capacity, the task force predominately consisted of both U.S. Army soldiers from the 7th Infantry Division, and detachments of the AAF who served as liaisons. A small contingent of British Army troopers were also initially a part of the task force, but were later pulled out from the country following the British government's refusal to renew their mandate.
The task force was led by a U.S. Army Colonel by the name of Andrew MacKinnon. Other notable members included Staff Sergeant Adams and Sergeant Conway, along with Corporal Ben Kerry, the protagonist of The East Wind campaign.
Though the exact composition of it has not been specified, it is estimated that at the height of its deployment it was at the very least battalion-sized, though this was later reduced to just two companies-worth of forces after the British withdrawal.
The task force was established in the wake of the signing of the Jerusalem Cease Fire of 2030 that saw the end of the Altian civil war.
Deployed alongside the new AAF now under the command of a hardline government led by Colonel Akhanteros, they were to monitor the ceasefire to ensure that there would be no further outbreak of hostilities from either the AAF itself or the guerrillas.
At the same time, they were to provide counterinsurgency training and limited materiel support for the AAF.
Events of the Prologue (2034)
A small detachment of elements from TF Aegis under the command of SSgt. Adams and Sgt. Conway helped to train the AAF (alongside other squads) in counterinsurgency tactics.
Throughout the course of the operation, relations slowly sour between the task force and their AAF counterparts with repeated conflicts of interests. One incident in particular, involving a group of suspected pro-FIA civilians being executed on the spot without warrant by a group of AAF troopers.
But relations between the two eventually hit a new low after a failed FIA uprising in Kavala is violently put down by the AAF. The uprising took place amongst the backdrop of a supposedly peaceful meeting, which would have seen the top leaders of the FIA and the AAF negotiate a proper ceasefire.
Much to their disgust, the captured FIA survivors are promptly executed under direct orders from Akhanteros himself despite their protests, and are ordered to stand down by MacKinnon.
Events of Remnants of War (2034)
NOTE: This section contains spoilers from ArmA 3's Laws of War DLC 'Remnants of War' campaign.
Almost a week after the uprising in Kavala, Adams and his small detachment of NATO peacekeepers are re-assigned to the village of Oreokastro.
With supplies such as water and medicine at the IDAP camp running critically low, and ground convoys being too risky to send, Adams leads a small AAF fireteam in securing a nearby hill in order to call in a paradrop of vital supplies.
During the airdrop, his fireteam runs into a brief encounter with local bandits who attempt to intercept the airdrop. They successfully fight off the attack and bring the much-needed supplies back to the IDAP base camp.
Events of The East Wind (2035)
With their mandate having being rescinded and limited to just the smaller (and devoid of civilian populace) island of Stratis, the task force was no longer permitted to be on the Altis mainland itself. As their five-year long deployment was coming to a close and their mandate expiring with no hope of renewal, TF Aegis prepares to pack up and leave the country.
By this point, the majority of the task force's combat units have already been withdrawn, with only engineers and other logistical personnel staying behind to decommission the remainder of NATO facilities on the island.
A year of mistrust and miscommunications between the AAF and NATO have led to a great increase in tensions between the two sides. Eventually, in response to a supposed unprovoked and illegal attack on their forces, the AAF retaliate against the task force and attack the remaining personnel left on the island.
The surprise attack results in the deaths of almost a hundred peacekeepers and the destruction of vital NATO infrastructure, along with the loss of their only high-ranking officer.
Scattered and disorientated from the attack, remnants of TF Aegis eventually consolidate at the long-since abandoned Camp Maxwell. Now led by CTRG Captain Scott Miller, they attempt to fight back against the AAF while at the same time try to raise communications with NATO's MEDCOM.
But their efforts are ultimately futile, as the AAF eventually discover their base camp and almost wipe out the remnants in an artillery strike.
To their luck however, Miller reveals that although they were hit hard by the attack, his team managed to communicate with NATO MEDCOM and received word of an impending invasion to retake the island from the AAF. But in order to prepare for their arrival, the survivors need to mount one last attack on the town of Agia Marina with their remaining forces.
The attack is initially successfully and the AAF are forced into a complete retreat from the town. But to their surprise (and disbelief), CSAT forces mount a full-scale counterattack against TF Aegis.
The counterattack almost results in the complete annihilation of the remaining units, with only Miller's CTRG team and Kerry's squad being left alive who promptly escape from the island in boats. But even then, their escape is immediately thwarted by the AAF after an air raid destroys both boats.
Post-The East Wind
It is revealed in the second and third episodes of the campaign that Kerry remains as the sole survivor of TF Aegis after the 111th Infantry Division (111th ID) retakes Stratis, almost a month later after the initial AAF attack.
The task force is mentioned in passing in several post-East Wind AAN news reports, and by members of the brigade combat team itself.
TF Aegis mostly utilises the same standard-issue equipment shared by all Mediterranean NATO forces. Because they primarily consisted of support units rather than combat troops however, the members of TF Aegis often wore a hodgepodge of older gear as opposed to those used by Pacific NATO forces.
After British forces pulled out and their mandate was gradually rescinded, the majority of their heavy equipment was either shipped back home or were decommissioned. As such, TF Aegis had no access to any armoured vehicles (aside from a very small number of anti-aircraft assets) and mostly relied on MRAPs, heavy trucks, and UH-80/MH-9 helicopters to travel around the island.