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April 05, 2006

H&I Fires* 5 April 06

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I'm taking SWWBO to the airport for her trip to New Orleans. Cya later! -The Armorer

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Attention bloggers! Tonight from 6-8 p.m. EDT Global Voices Online and Reuters are hosting an audio/video online discussion about the quality of worldwide media coverage of Iraq. They encourage participants to submit questions as well as blog and link to signficiant articles on the topic. Panelists will include CBS’s Lara Logan, independent Iraqi photo journalist Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, Reuters’ Iraq Bureau Chief Alastair MacDonald, and Lt. Col. Steven Boylan, Chief of Strategic Communication, Combined Arms Center, U.S. Army.

Burial services for Medal of Honor winner and WWII conscientious objector Desmond Doss were held in Tennessee on Monday.- FbL

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I caught this from the WSJ Opinion Journal. It gives a brief history of the rise and decline of the Islamic Empire and discusses modern Islamists Imperial Dreams. Interesting that the writer of this piece notes that September 11 is also the date that the Muslims were driven back from the gates of Vienna in 1683. Something I mentioned last year and noted that other dates of major modern attacks have had some significance in Islam's history. - Kat

Just in, video claims to show Islamists dragging the body of a dead Apache pilot. Are we surprised? Angry? Will we hear demands to leave Iraq immediately? The last, probably, but not so much. This isn't Somolia or even Fallujah. We've seen it before though it is certainly a cheap trick. If nothing else works, I suppose they figure they should fall back on the tried and true methods for "making Americans run". But, we know this enemy now. We've seen him before. We know that he has done much worse to the living. Fortunately, the dead feel nothing, it is only the living, the poor soldier's family that must feel the most pain for the desecration of a loved one.

For me, I don't feel the mad rush of anger. Just that little bit more steal in the backbone. We stay until it's over. Period. - Kat

Update: KC Guy in comments says that one of the pilots above was from the KC area according to KMBC.

ORRICK, Mo. -- A Ray County man died serving his country in Iraq.

Mike Hartwick, from Orrick, was an Apache helicopter pilot. Relatives said Hartwick and his co-pilot were shot down Saturday near Baghdad.

KMBC's Peggy Breit reported that in a community of about 800, Hartwick was one of 14 Orrick natives who was serving in the military in Iraq.

Locals started Project Star to send care packages to their men and women over there. And now they are trying to support Hartwick's family:

The group is now putting donation jars in area businesses to help Hartwick's wife, Kerri -- who is also from Orrick -- and the couple's two children, Haley and Tanner.

So, if you're in the area of Raytown and you have a buck to spare, look for the jar to support a fallen hero's family. Details on the funeral to follow I hope. -Kat
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Looking for computer advice... - FbL

*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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