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May 02, 2006

H&I Fires* 2 May

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In light of Bill's post below... behold - the Salt and Pepper Shakers of the Bar of Argghhh! -The Armorer

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Do you know John Fralish?

“We were on a combat mission that we had to get back to, but John wasn’t just going to sit by and let this girl die.”[snip]

Fralish took off his rank insignia and gave it to the elderly man, along with a note he wrote explaining who he was and what the situation was, so that the girl and her family could be given safe passage to the medical facility at Mehtar Lam.[snip]

John was killed a few days later. Find out what the villagers did when they found out. Chai tea, people, mud huts, villages with no names.

In case you need your morning hero fix, Petty Officer 2nd Class Juan Rubio receives the Silver Star. [Sigh. Kat, will you *please* sign yer work? *exasperated look*]

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Powerline points us to a very interesting new blog at the intersection of politics and psychology.

Two excellent articles on saying goodbye to Fran O'Brien's.

The Uncle J caption contest is still going strong. And the name "Kelleher" makes an appearance in the submissions. - Fuzzybear Lioness

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Boy - This intersection must give The GA Squad alot of Overtime.

Oh and Bill (ret.) - Me thinks, it's time to take Muffy to the Range. BOQ
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Since it is Military Appreciation Month, I will refrain from giving Master of the Castle the Bronx cheer.

And, if the last 101Keebee's Insignia I provided in lieu of the the original is too "Air Forcey" for your tastes, a new "armyish" one is available. -Kat

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Hey, Lex - Here's a street-legal ride for you ... complete with afterburner.
- Barb

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Cassandra's probably had to pour water on her head to keep her hair from catching fire... she's thinking an *awful* lot lately. Prolly to distract herself from other things...

Bad Cat Robot finally scored a Troll! -The Armorer

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I know ya'll read Matt for his military prowness... but what about his Little League coaching skills? Yep. Parenting *is* the Big Leagues. ~AFSis

*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".