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April 28, 2006

H&I Fires* 28 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...

Hosting Matters was getting attacked from outside the US. The Castle still stands, and has emerged from the fog of battle unscathed.

Now that Hosting Matters has swatted the pissant flies swarming them this morning...

My contribution today will be Gun Pr0n:

A Soldier from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division takes aim with his M4 rifle during the battle in Gahr Albai and Millawa Valley at the National Training Center (NTC), Fort Irwin, Ca. The 2nd BCT was at NTC to hone and enhance their war fighter skills for future deployments. Photo by MSG Johancharles Van Boers, Vulture Team NCOIC.

A Soldier from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division takes aim with his M4 rifle during the battle in Gahr Albai and Millawa Valley at the National Training Center (NTC), Fort Irwin, Ca. The 2nd BCT was at NTC to hone and enhance their war fighter skills for future deployments. Photo by MSG Johancharles Van Boers, Vulture Team NCOIC.
-The Armorer (Scorpion 27, Werewolf 08 and 71 Ancient - those who know, know)

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Smash has some interesting info on the DOS attack. - FbL

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In addition to having emerged from the smoky cyber-field-of-battle unbowed and belligerently bellicose - Castle Argghhh! is *still* #1 and Only One on Google!!! Hah! We takes our victories where we finds 'em, we does! -The Armorer

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Smash provides a succinct Reality Check, and aces Sgt Hook's caption contest to boot. - Barb

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*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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