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October 12, 2006

H&I Fires* 12 OCT 2006

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On this day in history... Khruschev bangs his shoe. Or maybe not. The guy was a Stalingrad survivor - mebbe he was having a PTSD moment... -the Armorer


Omar, of Iraq the Model - is *not* impressed with the Iraqi civilian casualty study, published today by The Lancet (registration required). The comments to the thread are worth the read. -the Armorer


A quote for Alan of GX40:

Sometimes when I reflect on all the beer I drink, I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their
hopes and dreams. If I didn't drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. I think, "It is better to drink this beer
and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver."
-- Babe Ruth

That should satisfy the soft little socialist center of his... -the Armorer


I know, I'm link-whoring. But I couldn't resist: Stupid Civilian Tricks. - FbL

[Follow the link - you'll be glad you did. Don't neglect the comments, *Alan* - the Armorer. ]


Hmmmm. The Army's got a New Slogan.

"Army Strong"...

"...developed by McCann Worldgroup, the communications firm the Army hired last December after struggling through its disappointing recruiting year. The overall five-year contract with McCann Worldgroup is valued at $1 billion (euro790 million), with the first two years guaranteed at $200 million (euro158.7 million) annually.

Geez, we've already *got* the knuckle-dragging Neanderthaler image and now we threw some PR firm a billion-buck bone to set it in concrete. Par'm me whilest I goes out ta smack a smilodon in the snot locker.

Heh. Army Strong. Marines Strong. Navy Use Deodorant... --BillT

1SG Keith trumped ya, Bill. He posted the campaign video. ~AFSis

**UPDATE to the UPDATE**
Good -- now John won't get stuck with the extra coins for exceeding his bandwidth quota! --BillT

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Snerk. And I just cleared up some space so I could host it... 8^) -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. 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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