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March 20, 2006

H&I Fires* 20 Mar 06

John is still in the air on his way to S. Korea. We are finally having winter here in Leavenworth - how are all the rest of ya?


My interview with Basil is up! Now you can visit his place to find answers to queries such as: When you *flounce* or *swoon* at the Castle, do you first insure your petticoats won't hang up on the mangonel? What was the Valour-IT project startup experience like? and... What would you say is the single most serious issue facing the United States today? Hop on over to Basil's Blog to find the answers!

I'm sensing an interesting tone in this article about women and firearms...

The Washington Times charges for the privilege of quoting it. Huh? Guess they'll be sending the goons to collect on me. - Fuzzybear Lioness


RINO Sightings! -The Very Tired Armorer.


Today's the third anniversary of the kickoff of Operation Iraqi Freedom. How are the GWOT sandbox vets who have assumed the role of full-time college students faring in academia? For those of you who might be in the neighborhood of NYC's Columbia University tonight, the Columbia MilVets are holding a panel discussion in Earl Hall kicking off at 2030--oops, sorry--8:30pm. 117th and Broadway on the Columbia Main Campus. Point of contact is Todd Murphy (

H/t to Eric. --cw4(ret)billt

*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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