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March 23, 2006

H&I Fires* 23 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 going to bed. Yer up.

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Hello Folks - Sorry to be a fair-weathered Denizen as of late. Things have been a wee bit busy on my end.

In any case, Isn't it great that our NCO Corps is far more professional than in other countries. I once heard the term: "There's going to be kneecaps up to A** Holes"; but this one takes the cake. Now Pvt., go fetch me a night table, so I can break it upside yer head!!! - BOQ

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Get your gourmet beef jerky at House of Jerky (through that link only), and they'll donate $10 to Soldiers' Angels for every pound you buy. They also offer 15% discounts for shipment to APO addresses (Jerky is the #1 food item requested by deployed soldiers).

Holly Aho has three stories about Soldiers' Angels in action. - Fuzzybear Lioness
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Castle Contrarian Jack has the first in a series of what seems to be provocative (to say the least) in an essay about America, it's culture, and the changes brought on by GWOT. Worth the read.
A warning. Take your heart pills and hypertension meds BEFORE going over there.
And a request: don't go ballistic and frothy mouthed in the comments. Jack is one of us after all and so we shouldn't treat him shabbily. ---ry

*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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