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July 18, 2006

H&I* Fires 18 July 2006

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July 18, 1863. The 54th Massachusetts Infantry assaults their way into legend via Fort Wagner.

Today is the anniversary of the first flight of the ME 262 jet fighter. Which, after a fashion, flies again.

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Project Valour-IT gets officially noticed by the Army.

Interesting development in the lawsuits over the anti-Kerry film "Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal." covered over at Milblogs.

Gotta head off to finish up and turn in that proposal. Cya later! -the Armorer


Speaking of Valour-IT, the need continues... [UPDATED] - FbL


Anybody out there got any knowledge of customs and courtesies of the Mexican Navy? I have a need to know. -the Armorer

Jordanian terrorist, Abu al-Afghani, WAS KILLED TODAY in a fight with Iraqi security forces, according to Iraqi National Security Advisor, Mouwafak al-Rubaie. And, although I'd love to see this animal treated to the same affections offered up to pedophiles in prison.... his death is a close second. In addition to al-Afghani's death, members of the Omar Brigade group, an al Qaeda death squad, were also "detained". Ahhhhhh..... life is good, eh? ~AFSister


Know Your Enemy: Hezbollah. H/t, CAPT H. -the Armorer

************************* Oh, my sides hurt. A perfect example of why one should read the comments before commenting. Not only to make sure you aren't just adding a pointless, hand-waving, "me too!" but to make sure you aren't stomping on a big flaming bag of poo.

Snerk! Keep 'em coming, CAPT H! -the Armorer


Kat put this in comments (and she does have posting privleges). However, I think it belongs up here:

I just wanted to report that, on Saturday, Kansas City Soldiers' Angels packed up over 50 boxes of clothing, toiletry items and non-perishable food. About ten boxes went to the wounded at Landstuhl and 40 were sent off to 10th mountain in Afghanistan currently patrolling in an extremely remote area without PX, chow hall or other amenities of Bagram Airfield.

We collected the items the weekend of the 8th. We are planning a meeting on Aug. 5 of the KC angels if anyone in the area wants to come or send folks our way. We will be planning an August or September drive for those who may want to participate or direct some associates our way.

Details to be provided.

For anybody who's unclear on the concept, that is what "Support the Troops" means--doing what you can (notice the lack of political statement). In this case, it's easing the burdens they're carrying and showing them they are loved and remembered. Way to go, Kat and KC Angels!! - FbL

*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 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".