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May 18, 2006

H&I Fires* 18 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...

While you're all waiting breathlessly for The DaVinci Code to open... go amuse yourself with this. A reason *not* to hitch a ride with someone who flies like Lex. (registration required, but worth it)

What's even more interesting than the content of this post at T.F. Boggs - is that it was linked to by the Army in it's internal daily news summary, Stand-To!

SWWBO - Hey, we may be messy, but there *are* worse offenders out there!

Where's the most dangerous place to live? Iraq? Colombia? Pre-Katrina New Orleans? AFSis has the 411. -The Armorer


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*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".