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May 05, 2006

H&I Fires* 5 May

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...

Doncha wish *your* basement looked like this? And that your SO *made* you do it? Neener neener neener! Hi-res here, if you've got the bandwidth. -The Armorer


Here's a little piece about "tough mothers" in the military. My favorite part?

Switching services brought a slew of challenges for the officer who was unfamiliar with the Army.

“At OBC (Officer’s Basic Course) because I came in a major, the NCOIC (noncommissioned officer in charge) gave me an M-16 rifle and said, ‘Here Ma’am, I bet you can show everyone here how to break this down,” said Shiraishi, laughing. “I was like, all Marines would have to be dead before they gave a Navy nurse a rifle. I had only qualified on a 9-mm pistol.”

Heh. Sounds very chivalrous, but forgive me if I say, dear Marines, if our position is being attacked, please give me a rifle and some grenades before you are dead and we are over run. No way I'm waiting until you all are dead to defend myself or the position because there is no way I'm starring in the next jihadi snuff film.

Speaking of that and information war, the jihadis have decided that they are just not 21st century without their own video game. We have Desert Storm, Ghost Recon, SOCCOM. Jihads have Battle Field2 in reverse. Americans chased by well armed Jihadis. Crude, but effective in the 10 to 16 year old "I wanna be a jihadi" market. -Kat


Visit neighborhoods near and far at TurnHere, a great collection of short films about places to visit. Check out Seattle's Pike Place Market (yes, you'll see them throw fish) or Reykjavik, Iceland. H/T to GunTrash.
- Barb


*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".