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April 26, 2006

H&I Fires* 26 April

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...

Sheesh! I thought these things were still under warranty? $182,205 to replace the canopy? I'm not bitching about the price, I have no idea what they cost to make - I'm bitching about getting *billed.* Didn't we get the extended warranty on these birds? 8^ ) -The Armorer

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Have you all heard of the little story about an Afghan Carp Vs. a Chinese RPG?

Oh - and I hope that Mr. Tuttle (ret.) doesn't THIS kind of trouble with his Brown Recluses - BOQ

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Soldiers' Angels Germany has some wonderful observations about her Friday night at Fran's. - FbL

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Music From Heaven. Not exactly how I would describe the sounds of war, but after you read Bogg's latest post, you'll agree with that description. It's not about the oil. It's not about finishing the job. It's about Iraqi's, and their freedom. Hooah. ~AFSister

*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".