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July 31, 2006

H&I* Fires 31 July 2006

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This is an Armorer-approved bleg on behalf of Soldier's Angels in Texas. Bonnie Averett is the Director of Wounded Care in Texas. Last week her assistant, Brenda, sent a global email out the the Angels, asking for donations for a specific wounded soldier, Chad. "He was severely wounded in an IED attack and is facing a long recovery at a hospital in Texas. His mother and wife are looking to relocate to Texas to be by his side during this difficult time. Funding at Soldier's Angels isn't sufficient enough at this time to supplement their move, so I'm asking for your help."

Due to confidentiality, she did not go into details regarding his injuries, but it would appear that they are very severe. Having his mother and wife by his side will be critical to his recovery. I know we can make this happen for Chad!!

Since this is a special project, Soldier’s Angels is asking that you write "Chad R" in the memo section of your check, and mail it to:

Soldier’s Angels
1150 N. Loop 1604 W.
San Antonio, TX 78248

If you'd rather use Paypal, that's ok too.... but you'll have to send a copy of your confirm to Bonnie or her assistant Brenda so that they can snag the donation out of the general fund and put it to use for Chad's family.

Any and all donations, of any size, are greatly appreciated. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. ~AFSis

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After reading SSG. David Bellavia's Medal of Honor nomination... 1SG Keith was reminded of the valour shown by another MOH recipient, US Army Master Sgt. Roy P. Benavidez. Then the 1SG asks what makes Medal of Honor recipients like MSGT Benavidez step up to the plate and perform these acts of courage.
I don't know, 1SG, but I'm guessing they started out with "I'll be DAMNED if I let these asshats take me out today... it is NOT a good day to die." ~AFSis

Funniest thing I've heard all day... "I didn't realize that 'tar baby' was a racial epitath" Ohhh... my. He just threw the Black Caucus vote out window (or should I say, threw the tar baby out with the bath water?) Wotta maroon. ~AFSis

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Wonder what Denizen Sgt. B has been up to? - FbL

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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 http://www.thedonovan.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt.cgi?__mode=view&_type=entry&blog_id=1exploding 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".