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March 07, 2006

H&I Fires* 7 Mar 06

Open post for those with something to share, updated through the day. New, complete posts come in below this one. 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...

I'm outta here - yer up! -The Armorer

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Cassandra has an absolute Must Read today. It's enough to make you register for Typepad just so you can comment. - Fuzzybear Lioness

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Oh great! now even the Fat Cat in China is getting FAN MAIL; and from where else - From some ninny in Boca Ratón, Fla! - BOQ

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On a more semi serious note, is THIS John kicking his new project around? Wonder what the Army will think of this.

Oh, and what would you think if you turn on the lights in the middle of the night and find one of THESE hanging around on the walls of your den? Gives the term: "Planting a Bug", a whole new meaning. - BOQ
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What Price Morale?
Is there any Canadian tradition more celebrated than peacekeeping? Maybe the 40-year addiction of Canadians to Tim Hortons' coffee. Currently, peacekeepers in Afghanistan have no access to Canada's favourite brew, but that will soon change.

After weeks of military lobbying, Tim Hortons announced on Tuesday that they will set up a coffee shop in Kandahar to serve Canadian peacekeepers.

Kandahar Timmies
JMH

*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, right? 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".

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