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August 30, 2006

H&I* Fires 30 Aug 2006

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Not that I doubted it would - but Dusty's Dissertation below is reflected in the NTSB description of the accident - and in the discussion that follows in the comments... looks like you guys laid it out pretty well.

Per Dusty's thoughts:

Polehinke was flying the plane when it crashed, but it was the flight's captain, Jeffrey Clay, who taxied the aircraft onto the wrong runway, Hersman said. Clay then turned over the controls to Polehinke for takeoff, the investigator said.

Per your discussion in the comments:

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Investigators say it only took a moment: The lone traffic controller at Blue Grass Airport cleared a flight for takeoff, then turned his back to handle administrative work.

What the controller didn't see, a federal investigator said, was the Atlanta-bound jet heading down the wrong runway.

Read the whole article here.

Moving along, if you're looking for a linkfest a little out of the usual milblog rut - try Carnival of the Vanities at Lil' Duck Duck.

What with a new cockpit for the A10, Dusty might try to get recalled to active duty... I'm sure, with the AF shedding junior officers, they'd be happy to recall a field grade for cockpit duty...

For those of you with a historical bent... they may have found the USS Wahoo.

CDR Salamander posts about the best CENTCOM slide of the week.... -the Armorer


Did anyone else catch CNN's Kyra Phillips' potty mouth during President Bush's Katrina press conference yesterday? Yeah, baby.... SNERK!

BTW... I completed my Fast day (no thanks to John and his M&M's story. bassid.) and I'm celebrating with a healthy serving of TOAST!!!! ~AFSis


Christopher Hitchens conducts an autopsy on the Plame affair. Castle Dennizenne Cassandra weighs in, and Froggy at Blackfive discusses the damage left in its wake. - FbL


My thoughts on the recent Plamegate news? This:

Most of the behaviors herein discussed match my low expectations for the named players.

But Armitage, absent an articulate rationale not yet made manifest, reveals himself to be a man of little honor.

-the Armorer


Paul R. Smith Middle School, Holiday, Florida.

HOLIDAY, Fla.(Army News Service, Aug. 29, 2006) – What began last year as a suggestion by retired Maj. Gen. Fred Raymond came full circle last Friday during a dedication ceremony of the new Paul R. Smith Middle School in Holiday, Fla.

More than 500 family, friends, Soldiers, veterans, legislators, county officials and students were present.

Good. Read the whole thing here.

On the off chance you're still confused... (which I strongly doubt) Damn Good. -the Armorer


Dadmanly - on sustaining our faith (in ourselves and our instituitions, however we express it) in the face of our enemy's faith. We daren't become what the German soldier was reduced to on the eastern front in 1945 - a forlorn hope. Of course, it's hard when so many strident voices assert, gently, disingenuously, with smooth-sounding words... that that is exactly what we are... and what's more, we deserve to be in that position. -the Armorer


*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".

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