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March 08, 2006

H&I Fires* 8 Mar 06

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Here's a fascinating video. Brave woman.

War Poetry Contest! There is some good stuff from the past winners. This one hits hard.

Of course, Mother Sheehan wouldn't use the headstone provided free by the VA for Casey. Update: A chat with a co-worker who has dealt with the VA offers the possibility that the VA is simply way behind. I dunno. Any Californians out that way had to get a marker from the VA lately?

Updated update: From 74 at Bowramp:

Yes, there is a considerable delay in getting headstones at VA cemeterys. We found out about this when my dad died. Apparently just one contractor for them, and they are being overwhelmed by the number of WW II vets who are now passing on. It took us about 18 months to get dad's, but the delay was worsened by a turnover of personnel at the local cemetery (lost the paperwork.)

I know that locally the wait hasn't been that long for the two funerals I attended within the last year. In both cases, the VA-supplied headstones were in place in about two months.

I suppose the point is - if you linked through Chucks post to Steve Janke's - Mother Sheehan isn't lacking for funds, and the other members of the family are putatively put out about the lack of a marker. I dunno. But I do know if Monty, a commenter over at Chuck's place, shows up here: Monty - yeah, many of the regulars here *have* been involved with meeting and greeting the wounded from this war. There are several Gold Stars counted among our number. And we also put our money where our mouth is, having raised over $300K in various events to support the troops and the mission. And no - I *never* have taken a tax deduction for it, either.

CDR Salamander is on a roll today. Sex and Single Midshipman, tilting at 4-Stars (I'm with ya on this one), and giving Oregon State University students the Hairy Eyeball. These punks will help dig their graves when asked, I'm thinking.-The Armorer

Calling All Snipers. - Fuzzybear Lioness


Perhaps the students at Oregon State's The Barometer should post this map on their wall.

Oops! Forgot to link to the Carnival of the Recipes - Danish Edition! -The Armorer


A fuzzy lobster!?! - Fuzzybear Lioness


*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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