Near Gakona, Alaska…February 12, 2017…0234 hours Alaska Time
The X-Men's heavily modified Blackbird flew silently in the cold dark sky above the Alaskan wilderness. Below frozen lakes and snow-covered trees and mountains slipped by while ahead in the clear night sky the scintillating colors of the Aurora Borealis danced in a spectacular and tranquil show. Forge's voice came out the headsets of the X-Men seated in back enjoying the Blackbird's warm interior while they could.
"Four minutes till our infill site" he said. "It's a cool minus seven below, but if all goes well you won't be outside that long. As outlined in the plan, I'll remain on station to provide air support and quick extraction."
Their destination was the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program research facility, or HAARP for short. Funded by the United States Air Force and Navy, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the University of Alaska and established in 1993, the purpose of HAARP is to analyze the ionosphere and investigate the potential for developing ionospheric enhancement technology for radio communications and surveillance. The most prominent feature of the HAARP facility was the high-power radio frequency transmitter which was made up of 180 antenna units, organized in 15 columns by 12 rows. While the officials maintain otherwise, many conspiracy theorists have accused the HAARP project of being involved in a variety of secret government programs, such as weaponizing weather, triggering earthquakes and even attempts at mind control.
Whether the conspiracy theorists are correct in regards to those matters remains to be seen, but unofficial government and defense contractor sources have provided information that there is a laboratory in one of the HAARP facility's subterranean levels conducting research on a black project linked to an off the record S.H.I.E.L.D. Account that has been used in the past to fund clandestine research into mutants. An inspection of cargo manifests going to the HAARP facility was able to confirm the presence of a chemical laboratory being present and a scan by Professor X using Cerebro was able to confirm the presence of two people, most likely scientists, present in a subterranean level but some type of interference or shielding limited the Professor's insight to only understanding that these were genius-level intellects and the strong emotional presence of primal rage and hunger. The nature of their research appears to be only known to these individuals as the rest of the personnel, engineers, researchers, and security forces from Air Force Security Forces, at the facility appear to be dedicated only to the official HAARP mission, which they believe the scientists in question to be a part of.
The Professor's orders were clear- covertly enter the facility and make entrance into the subterranean laboratory where an inspection will be conducted along with questioning of the scientists to determine the nature of their research. Harming personnel at the facility should be avoided and non-lethal methods should be used to avoid further negative scrutiny of mutants. Depending on what information is uncovered will determine the next course of action.