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October 18, 2006

H&I Fires* 18 OCT 2006

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CAPT H points us to the Story of a Piper:

It has been 2 month and 2 days since I deployed to Afghanistan, with 8 Platoon, Charles Company, 1 RCR. I was honored, as a reservist augmentee, to be attached to such a great group of probably the best soldiers our country has to offer.

In the three short weeks I was in Afghanistan, I learned more about commitment to my military family than most soldiers learn in a life time. It seemed both unfortunate and amazing that it took battle and blood shed to forge such a strong bond.

It has been 1 month and 12 days since I was wounded and pulled from the battlefield. When I was in the hospital in KAF, I had hoped that I would stay in Afghanistan to recover. Why would I want to stay in such a horrible place that almost claimed my life? I didn’t want to leave my family.

Read the rest here.

David Perlmutter, a journalist-turned-academic at Kansas University, who does some guest lecturing here at the Command and General Staff College, will be doing a little radio-blogging tomorrow. David and I have a sort-of email relationship, stemming from discussions about the photoshopping incidents during Israel's recent tiff with Hezbollah. I'll be tuning in.

"Live from the Front Lines – The Words of War"

Tuesday October 17, 2006 - On October 19th at 7 PM est. history will be made on Scott Kesterson an embedded reporter with the US Army's 41st Brigade in Afghanistan will be calling in live to BlogTalkRadio for a one on one interview with David Perlmutter.

This is Scott's first live interview since being embedded at the beginning of March 2006. Scott will be discussing what is going on in Afghanistan behind the scenes and on the front lines. From his first hand experiences alongside our solders during battle armed with only a camera, to filming our troops training of the Afghanistan National Guard.

Interviewing Scott will be David D. Perlmutter; David is a professor and associate dean for graduate studies and research in the William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications at the University of Kansas. He writes regularly for the Chronicle of Higher Education and has published over 130 opinion essays for U.S. and international newspapers. In addition, he is frequently interviewed by wire services, newspapers, magazines, and television media such as the New York Times, National Public Radio, CNN, Reuters, UPI, the AP, and ABC News as well as featured in a number of documentaries.

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-the Armorer


For those of you needing some ammo to respond to moonbattery vis-a-vis the death toll in Iraq (the recent Lancet/John Hopkins "study" claiming the war has claimed 655,000 lives), go here.


Wounded Warriors:

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Oct. 17, 2006) – When Spc. Jay Erwin used to hear reporters speak of “wounded” Soldiers on the evening news, he envisioned troops with minor scrapes and bruises who medics could quickly patch up and send back into the fight after a day or two.

Today, as Erwin sits in a wheelchair on the second floor lobby of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, he sees things much differently.

“Hearing about our guys who were wounded didn’t really affect me,” he said. “I was just glad that guys I was fighting with were still alive. It didn’t occur to me that there’s a lot more mental and physical pain involved with being wounded, and I’m learning that now.”

Read the rest here. -the Armorer


There's an update on the hearing I mentioned yesterday, the one to determine if LTC Jordan should face charges for his actions and lack thereof, at Abu Ghraib. Colonel Pappas, the commander of the MI units in the region, who himself was given an Art. 15 for his allowing the improper use of dogs in questioning the prisoners, testified under a grant of immunity. I thought Colonel Pappas got off easy before - and this only reinforces my thought on the subject. There is something distasteful to me that we're letting the senior guy off the hook in exchange for information on the subordinate. The whole Abu Ghraib thing stinks - and for me, this just adds to the stench. -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".