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October 30, 2006

H&I* Fires 30 OCT 2006

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A Canadian soldier wounded in a Sept. 4 friendly fire incident in Afghanistan was anxious to return to duty. He got his wish on Sunday as he landed at the Kandahar airfield.

Good on Major Sprague. Let's hope the CAS issues have been worked out. H/t, CAPT H.

If you're hoping for something other than Speaker Pelosi, let's hope Scott Elliot's crystal ball is accurate.

Just in time for Halloween - The Carnival of the Recipes, Halloween Edition!

This, from The Torch, is priceless:

With a few fights under your belt you can sometimes get cocky, and think you can do more then you really should. In Hyderabad I was rounding a corner at the front of our stack figuring we'd cleared lots of compounds this one is no different---where there shoulda been 1 room and a hall, there were about 8 rooms and fire everywhere coming in. BACK DA FOOK UP, have a kit kat moment and evaluate things. It is a very liberating experience not having safety staff behind you monitoring every move.

Snerk. A kit-kat moment. Read the rest here. -the Armorer


Something to warm thethe hearts of all you Auld Pharts out there: Seventy-year-old soldier takes on four muggers. - FbL


I should resist this - but I won't.

A three year old was examining his testicles while he was getting a bath.

"Mom," he asked, "are these my brains?"

Mother replied: "Not yet."

H/t, Rich B. -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".