Maj. William Graves received the following – hand delivered by messenger:
MEMORANDUM FOR: SEE DISTRIBUTION
SUBJECT: Army Directive 2017-28 (Reconnaissance Of Suspected Insurgencies)
Maj. William Graves, you are requested & required to report for briefing at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, I Corps, BLDG 610, Rm 202 at 0730.
Adjunct: NLT 1 Squad, (Your Discretion)
Estimated duration of deployment: Unknown
Security Level: Classified – Eyes Only
That’s certainly very cryptic He thought. Inside the envelope was a card, made of hard plastic with a security chip inside – it reads:
Maj. William Graves
This card grants the individual above and those under his command all access to any intelligence or resources within the parameters of their security clearance level. The individual named above is acting under orders of the United States Army Special Operations Command and the Office Of The President Of The United States.
Do not detain or question this person. Under Any Circumstances.
The person named above and his command are authorized to wear civilian clothing, carry unusual personal weapons and items, transport and possess prohibited items, including US currency, pass into restricted areas, and requisition equipment of all types deemed necessary to facilitate his mission.
IF HE IS KILLED OR INJURED, DO NOT REMOVE THIS DOCUMENT. ALERT YOUR COMMANDING OFFICER IMMEDIATELY.
Security Code: S-N-E-B-3-Q
Action Word: Sky King
Call Sign: Rock
It wasn’t long before the gravity of the situation made itself clear.