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June 25, 2006

H&I Fires 25 Jun 06

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...

Someone you should know (and do, if you've read Chuck Simmins) Sergeant Paul "Scruff" Mcgough, British "Special Boat Service," retired.

Speaking of eccentric Brits (anyone who does Spec Ops is eccentric, hero or no) where *is* the Jihadi sense of humor? One reason I think Western militaries (despite the best efforts of *some* of their officer-class) generally do as well as they do in direct combat (leave aside mismanaging the wars in general) is directly related to... things like this video.

Snerk. It's all Brit All Day here in the H&I so far...

Billy, a six-year-old goat that is the mascot for the Royal Welsh Regiment in western Cyprus, was demoted to fusilier from lance-corporal Saturday after his superior officers ruled that his disruptive behaviour ruined a regimental parade at the British army base in Episkopy.

H/t, CAPT H for the first and third bits, Milblogs for the middle one. -The Armorer

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I'm just guessin' here - throwing it out for consideration - but *this* Republican hopeful's problem probably *is* the Debbil. Inside him. But hey, I could be wrong and control of Congress by the Party of Abortion, etc, *is* going to hinge on this one district in Utah... -The Armorer

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From our 42nd President, I was expecting THIS; but from our 39th? Oh Jimmy we hardly knew ya. - BOQ

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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".