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September 17, 2006

H&I* Fires 17 Sep 2006

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Over at the Coyote Blog, a Princess Bride tie-in and fisking of Kevin Drum - all wrapped up in lies, damned lies, and statistics.

While many of us were talking the talk on MIA-POW Day, there's a group of military personnel and civilians who Walked the Walk instead.

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2006 – As Americans pause to observe POW/MIA Recognition Day tomorrow, teams of military and civilian experts will be excavating sites in Europe, South Korea, Solomon Islands, Alaska and Hawaii, looking for remains to help identify servicemembers still missing from past wars.

Like these guys, working a site in Vietnam.

Members of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command and local villagers work together excavating a crash site in Dong Hoi, Vietnam, July 16, 2006. A 15-member JPAC team including a forensic anthropologist, life support investigator, explosive ordnance disposal technician and field medic, deployed from Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, will be working in Vietnam for a month attempting to recover the remains of pilots that crashed in the area during the Vietnam War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Derrick C. Goode) (Released)

Members of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command and local villagers work together excavating a crash site in Dong Hoi, Vietnam, July 16, 2006. A 15-member JPAC team including a forensic anthropologist, life support investigator, explosive ordnance disposal technician and field medic, deployed from Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, will be working in Vietnam for a month attempting to recover the remains of pilots that crashed in the area during the Vietnam War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Derrick C. Goode) (Released)

Jules Crittenden, a columnist with the Boston Herald, a red foil to the blue bludgeon of the Boston Globe, asks the question, "When did you stop dreaming?" I know when I did - and I'm still looking for a reason to dream again.

I gotta get SWWBO off to the airport - you guys run with it now. -the Armorer

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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. 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".