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October 20, 2006

H&I Fires* 20 OCT 2006

Open post for those with something to share, updated through the day. New, complete posts come in below this one. Note: If trackbacking, please acknowledge this post in your post. That's only polite.

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Guess what? Dusty's been heard from. As in "Neener neener neener - this is *my* cubicle!"

Dusty in his cubicle.

Bassid. He's the guy with the big shite-eating grin. -the Armorer


Do not miss this inspiring story! It's a long read, but worth every single word.

And as long as you're over there, check out this list of great quotes from a year of One Marine's View. Here's a sample:

I'm pretty certain the enemy has someone watching me with Binos as they once again have dropped incoming when I'm in the head!!!!(restroom) It's gotten to the point now of when I go to the head people might want to run for cover.
The best ones are toward the end--scroll down. - FbL


*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".