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October 17, 2006

H&I Fires* 17 OCT 2006

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For a little lesson in Parliamentary politics (Brit-descended version) comes this link from Murray in New Zealand. A Petition to Withhold the Royal Assent from Legislation. (Mind you, no point in signing if you aren't a Kiwi - not your fight) Perhaps Murray, Geoff, Damian, Alan, CAPT H, or one of our other Commonwealth readers will drop in and provide a fuller (and more accurate, I'm guessing) description of what's going on. A very short precis - there were some electoral shenanigans in The Shire last cycle, and the Kiwi Parliament is apparently poised to pass (or has) legislation which would retroactively make the shenanigans legal. Some Kiwis are, um, *upset* about it. Like, well, Murray, Castle Blacksmith - who also manages a swipe at *us* in his post... snarky snarky, Murray!

Speaking of Electoral Politics - SWWBO is peeved with the "I won't vote!" right-wingers. -the Armorer


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Oct. 16, 2006 No. 06-108
Funeral services have been set for Spc. John Edward Wood, a Kansas National Guardsman killed in action in Iraq on Oct. 7

Visitation will be Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel, 16 N. Buckeye St., Iola.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, at Dayton Cemetery, in Bourbon County.*

Wood was a member of Detachment 1, Headquarters Support Company, 891st Engineer Battalion, in Garnett. He was attached to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 110th Engineer Battalion, Missouri National Guard, Kansas City, Mo.

Wood enlisted into the Kansas Army National Guard in October 1988 with Company D, 891st Engineer Combat Battalion, at Fort Scott, Kan., as a Construction Equipment Repairer (62B10). He completed Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., as a Technical Engineer (62B10). He completed Primary Leadership Development Course and was a Combat Life Saver. In September 2004 he mobilized to deploy with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 891st Engineer Combat Battalion, Iola, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and in December 2005 he chose to extend with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 110th Engineer Combat Battalion.

Wood is survived by his wife, Lannette, and four children; Kimberly, Wayne, Dannielle and Lila.


* Dayton Cemetery – From Iola, go east on Hwy 54 to the junction of Hwy 54 and Hwy 7. Go north on Hwy 7 to Tomahawk Road, approximately two miles north of Devon, Kan. Go west approximately 2.5 miles to 130th Road and turn north. Go north one-half mile. The cemetery is on the west side of the road.

Fred, you are most certainly *not* invited. -the Armorer


Farewell to MASH... (no, Jim B, not that kind of mash)

And remember, troops - appearing in Campaign Ads is... wrong. Not criminal (which I take issue with - is it not "failure to obey?") - at least according to this article.

And even though no one seems to understand how to get Andi's permalinks, her article about blog-quashing made today's "Stand-to". Why is that important? It's an internal Army news-media round-up, that is read by senior folks. -the Armorer


The trial's not been held, but pending all those caveats of innocent until proven guilty... we may yet score another more senior scalp over Abu Ghraib. I wish LTC Stevens a vigorous and spirited defense - but if he's guilty, I'll also welcome him here to Leavenworth. -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".