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May 10, 2006

H&I Fires* 10 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...

Sorry for the paucity, folks. Gout + cellulitis in the same foot puts a real crimp on the bloggin' jones, though SWWBO's doin' fine in that regard. That, and trying to work from home and resist the temptation to spend all the time googling Bill's thrice-dam*ed "Whazziss?".

Oh, and anyone wondering what to get the Armorer for his birthday couldn't go wrong with this...

I'd settle for this, however. It would look good on the rear parapet. -The Armorer.

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An extremely disturbing story. I truly wonder who has been "parenting" those children (H/T Bloodspite)

There's an interesting, civilized and (I believe) very worthwhile debate in the comments of this post at Neptunus Lex, particularly towards the end (be sure to also follow the links commenters supply).

Mr. Kelleher of Hilton keeps hitting new lows. Now he's ignoring the American Legion. - FbL
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Inspired by a post yesterday at Blackfive, I decided to follow up with Women at War. Then there is Grey Eagle's story told by her husband. She is the epitome of the words: honor, duty, country. She gave up a lot to go to Iraq. Her husband is a "military spouse" and very proud of her. Grey Eagle tells her side. Read both. It's an inspiration to women who want to join.

I'll recommend this site Women Veterans - yesterday, today and tomorrow. Stick it in your "favorites". She is a veteran that writes about the history of women in the armed services and is keeping track of the stories of our women veterans today. As of April 29, 52 women have died in Iraq. More than 80% were due to "hostile fire". 6 Women have died in Afghanistan or the theater. - Kat

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Heh. So THAT'S what SugarButtons has been up to! Dancing lessons! ~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".