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May 14, 2006

H&I Fires* 14 May

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Sergeant B, the Castle Blogson, as decided to call it quits - with Blogger... Finally fed up with firing training sub-cals, he's drawn something a little bigger out of the blogshpere's armory... Please make all changes, and point your browser at his new "little corner of the internet"...

The Gun Line MkII


[The following links have been fixed. Sorry for the screw-up.]

Today's must-read: Back from Iraq. It inspired some thoughts from me, too. [h/t Greyhawk]

On the lighter side, check out these funnies: Top 7 Insurgent Lies and Top 7 Lies We've Told Insurgents. [h/t Holly Aho] - FbL


Not all rockers hate the USA. Check out SWWBO on Godsmack.

The Right Place has a caption contest up for Mother's Day. Though it just made me want me to say - you mother you! -The Armorer


John McCain takes a swipe at the blogosphere. I keep trying to respect the man as both intelligent and possessed of at least a few rock-hard positive principles, but he seems to make it harder and harder for me. - FbL


I was gonna do a Milblogger review, but frankly, I can't improve on Barb's, so go read that one! -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".

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