Archive Logo.jpg

April 30, 2006

H&I Fires* 30 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...

Here's a rare individual, scratch that - unique individual - a serving Medical Service Corps officer with a Combat Infantryman's Badge from Vietnam. Oh, there's that Medal of Honor, too. Salute, Colonel!

Speaking of Colonels still serving... meet Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Lourake.

I was an Iron Soldier once, as was Sanger - only all we had to do was stare at Russians, East Germans, and Czechs.

U.S. Army Pfc. Neil A McKinley provides security in a palm grove near Hit, Iraq, March 25, 2006. McKinley is from Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Brian M. Henner) (Released)


U.S. Army Pfc. Neil A McKinley provides security in a palm grove near Hit, Iraq, March 25, 2006. McKinley is from Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Brian M. Henner) (Released)

Over to you guys. I've got to go help SWWBO with home-wrecking remodeling. With Supervision (and beer), of course.

Another reason to live in the fly-over. You coasters stay put. I like the elbow room. -The Armorer

************************

*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".