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August 03, 2006

H&I* Fires 3 Aug 2006

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...

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As of initial posting of H&I, it appears my photo-hosting service is down. I'm aware of it, and they're working on it! -the Armorer

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Marine Cpl. Timothy Roos was killed in Iraq last week, leaving behind a wife and a two week old baby girl. Yes- two weeks old. She'll never know the tender hold of her father. His funeral is taking place today in Cincinnati- at the same time as a fundraiser for Republican US Representative Steve Chabot, featuring First Lady Laura Bush.

"I decided to postpone it out of respect for the family," Chabot said. "I didn't want our event with the first lady to distract in any way from the tribute to Corporal Roos and his service to our country." Mr. Chabot will be attending the funeral service for Cpl. Roos. Now THAT'S respect. Thank you, Mr. Chabot. ~AFSis

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In other news, today marks the one year anniversary of the death of 11 Lima Company Marines. During their seven month tour, the 184-member unit suffered more casualties than any other unit in the GWOT. Lima Company lost 11 on August 3, 2005, but lost a total of 23 during their tour and received 59 Purple Hearts. Five of the 8/3/05 eleven were from Cincinnati.

It is a day to mourn here in Cincinnati. A Marine funeral, and remembering the one year anniversary of the deaths of 5 others. Go read what their families have to say about remember this day, and remembering their sons. Semper Fi, Marines. ~AFSis

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Hmmmmm. Might make some nice summer places for Castle Denizens... H/t to the Flea, who thinks I might find being accused of wearing pantaloons something to take umbrage over...

Other Flea Dirt worth a gander... Toys for Boys... and the continuing drive to relegate people like Dusty and Bill to the Dustbin of History. And if the continual drive to remove people from machines in the making of war, thus making *going* to war easier, ask yourself this - are you one of those people whose panties get in a twist because people die in a war? If so, you are a part of the problem of the drive to make war easier. That's a value neutral statement - it may all be heading to a greater good - but it's a subject not subject to enough scrutiny, to my taste. -the Armorer

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Dave the Heartless Libertarian is ready to bump up to the next level. Congrats!

An interesting story on asymmetrical warfare from Israeli blogger Yoni, as heard on Hugh Hewitt's show. - Barb

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The Big Red One is back home in Kanasas. - FbL.

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If you have any personal knowledge (before, during, or after) regarding SGT Rafael Peralta, the History Channel would like to talk to you for a documentary they are putting together. More info from Don at the Danz Family blog.

Oh, and Fuzzy - if yer gonna be one, be a Big Red One! -the Armorer

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DailyOops

Schmuck. -Instapilot

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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".

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