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February 09, 2006

H&I Fires 9 Feb 06

Open post for those with something to share. New, complete posts come in below. Note: If trackbacking, please acknowledge this post in your post. That's only polite. You're advertising here, we should get an ad at your place...

At least Capt Z got to cheer for the 'Stillers' live and in person, many thanks to the incredible Patti Bader and the Soldiers' Angels organization - what a great team they are!

A Warrior-poet speaks, as America's Son writes of his mission, his legacy, and his hopes for his childrens' future.

Mrs. Greyhawk reports that Bill Faith of Small Town Veteran had a fire. The good news is that everyone is okay, so obviously the GA squad was on extra duty. The bad news is they need some help with the repairs that the insurance won't cover. If you've got some spare change, go nudge his paypal button to help out ...
-The Adjutant

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I feel almost sacriligious and selfish coming in after this plea for assistance for one of my favorite vets on the web, but I thought a few noted items would interest the Castle readers. For instance, the Navy has decided to copy it's land lubbing counterparts and allow NCOs to fly. Apparently, the Navy has not done this since just after WWII. Then there is the sardonic comment in a Reuters report wondering if SoS Rice has any proof that Syria and Iran's governments are behind the protests in their nations. I tried to help the SoS form an appropriate reply. Finally, one of the most historically challenged Iranian ministers of foderol ever to speak into the microphone proclaims Germany's Prime Minister Merkel = Hitler = Zionist.

Who knew that Hitler was a Zionist?

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THIS IS A MUST READ (yes, I meant to shout)! You may not know exactly who is being spoken of as the post begins, but just keep reading until you see her picture. Amazing.

*A term of art from the artillery. Harassment and Interdiction Fires.

Back in the day, when you could just kill people and break things without a note from a lawyer, they were pre-planned, but to the enemy, random, fires at known gathering points, road junctions, Main Supply Routes, assembly areas, etc - to keep the bad guy nervous that the world around him might start exploding at any minute.

Not really relevant to today's operating environment... but, it *is*

The UAVs we fly over Afghanistan and Pakistan looking for targets of opportunity are a form of H&I fires, if you really want to parse it finely. We just have better sensors and fire control now.

I call the post that because it's random things posted by me and people I've given posting privileges to that particular topic. It's also an open trackback, so if (Don Surber uses it this way a lot) someone has a post they're proud of, but it really isn't either Castle kind of stuff, or topical to a particular post, I've basically given blanket permission to use that post for that purpose. Another term of art that might be appropriate is "Free Fire Zone".