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November 17, 2006

H&I Fires, 17 Nov 2006

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Hundreds of Northwest Arkansas residents gathered at the First Baptist Church in Springdale, Arkansas, recently to welcome their soldiers home after more than a year of deployment in Iraq. Approximately 150 soldiers with the Arkansas National Guard’s Battery B of the First Battalion, 142nd Fires Brigade marched proudly in formation to the site of the rally amidst a mass of cheering supporters and waving flags. The Northwest Arkansas soldiers initially mobilized on August 3, 2005, and returned to the U.S. via Fort Sill, Oklahoma, on October 31, 2006, where they spent a week going through briefings and processing.

During their mobilization, the battery worked at and eventually closed the Abu Ghraib prison. Their mission responsibility then switched to conducting patrols and providing convoy security in and around Baghdad.

U.S. Representative John Boozman was on hand to greet the troops at the rally, along with Springdale Mayor Jerre Van Hoose and the commander of the 142nd Fires Brigade, Col. Jeff Montgomery.

The Springdale soldiers are the first of Col. Montgomery’s troops to return home from the brigade’s recent flood of mobilizations. His brigade’s Bentonville, Arkansas, unit, which has spent the past year deployed to Kosovo, is anticipated to return before the end of the year, and his Rogers, Arkansas, battery is slated to return from Iraq in early 2007.

In October, approximately 325 142nd soldiers from the Fort Smith, Van Buren, and Siloam Springs, Arkansas, units began their deployment to Kuwait, where they will conduct security operations for the next year. The brigade’s Ozark unit will head to Camp Shelby, Mississippi, soon to prepare for their year in Iraq. With this unit’s move forward, Col. Montgomery will have approximately 800 of his Northwest Arkansas troops mobilized.

In total, the Arkansas National Guard continues to have more than 1,700 soldiers and airmen either mobilized or preparing to mobilize for overseas service. With more than 10,000 soldiers and airmen, the Arkansas Guard has supported the mobilization of more than 8,000 troops since September 11, 2001. Many of these soldiers have served on two or more mobilizations in support of the global war on terror. -Bloodspite


Amir Taheri on Iran, Iraq and the Democrats. - FbL


Holly updated her BloggerCars post - and she found some sweeeeeeet cages for SWWBO and I! -the Armorer


Around here - this comes as no surprise. I'm in the charity business, not just with Project Valour-IT, and this gentleman's conclusions match my experience. Conservatives give more than Liberals to charity. -the Armorer


You're going to hell, Cassie. Where'd you find that picture of me in high school with my other wrestling buddies? I thought I'd destroyed the negatives! At least you cropped me out... -the Armorer

Is it wrong that when I read this headline "Kansas man shoots self in groin"... I immediately thought, "Gee. I hope John's alright..
you know, for SWWBO's sake." ~AFSis


Hey! I only bayonet myself! Geez. Give a guy some credit. Heh. Castle Argghhh!: Still Number One in Google for "I bayoneted myself today" -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".

Comments on H&I Fires, 17 Nov 2006
BloodSpite briefed on November 17, 2006 08:37 AM

Thanks John!
I'm gone again

FbL briefed on November 17, 2006 10:36 AM

Troll infestation over at my place. Anyone care to slap him around? (I've got interviews to do). He's pretty easy pickings, but it might be fun.

Here's the link.

jim b briefed on November 17, 2006 11:10 AM

the height of boredom ... waiting for the son to get home on leave .... just pluggin along.. having he students make Christmas Cards for Iraq (Any Marine) ... and now this ....

If I knew anything about South Park maybe this would mean something to me ... but I took the who are you test just now and ....

Which South Park kid are you most like?

Kyle??? Whatever.

John of Argghhh! briefed on November 17, 2006 11:24 AM

Even though Jim didn't leave a link, I found it and took the test.

You've company, Jim.

Which South Park kid are you most like?


You are clever, and often come up with intelligent and funny comebacks to other people's stupid remarks.

Link here for those who care.

KCSteve briefed on November 17, 2006 12:43 PM

A head's up for the ladies in the KC area - the 'cover model' from that calendar of Special Forces Marines will be signing copies at the Barnes & Noble at the Country Club Plaza this Saturday at 3:00PM according to the KCStar.

The ever-indulgent wife will be there picking up some Christmas gifts.

jim b briefed on November 17, 2006 12:46 PM

I wonder how many "Barking Moonbats" will be there to protest ... they support the troops you know. Just not the people in the Military.

jim b briefed on November 17, 2006 01:13 PM

Well it's about danged time. Six months ago he left for the Benning School for boys. Now he is at Bragg. He passed his Spec Forces test, and they let them all go for 10 days to heal.

He is home. All duded up like one of them Army guys. Black boots, maroon beanie (they still have a ways to go to earn the green one) and one of them green Army suits with all the ribbons and badges all over it. Dayum good to see him.

And one of the things that he wants, besides steak, potatoes au gratin, chocolate cake, a taste of Jack Black, movies at home is ..... to go shootin. So we will.

Have a good weekend all and a Happy Thanksgiving.

Semper Fi

WereKitten briefed on November 17, 2006 01:32 PM


You're pretty normal. Infact you're usually the sane voice of reason when everyone else is going crazy.

Normal... INDEED.
Voice of reason? OHHHH my sides... they ACHE from laughing

John of Argghhh! briefed on November 17, 2006 01:49 PM

Welcome home to the Prodigal Son. Tell him he has my thanks for being a social climber and bringning the Scoresby Clan up a notch.

And bust some caps for me.

WereKitten briefed on November 17, 2006 01:53 PM

Ya know. I've been thinking.... (OW. HEADACHE)
I should have come out as Cartman's Mom on that quiz.
Cartman: "Mom! Kitty's being a dildo!"
Mom's reply: "Well then I know a certain kitty kitty who's sleeping with mommy tonight!"

Welcome home Son Of JimB! Enjoy your leave!!

FbL briefed on November 17, 2006 02:34 PM

That link about charitable giving is fascinating. It tracks with a recent experience I had. On election day I spent the day listening to fellow (liberal) poll workers lament how America doesn't give enough to other countries.

When I piped up that per-capita we give more than any other other, the head worker's eyes narrowed and she flatly contradicted me. I pointed out that as far as individual (not government) giving, we far outpace other countries, she replied, "Oh well... but... but people give to anything they want to, not necessarily where they should..." and then she trailed off as she realized her elitist and communistic mask had just slipped.

And yes, she lives in one of the very wealthiest neighborhoods in the area.

WereKitten briefed on November 17, 2006 03:19 PM

Oh John... I'm sorry... I just couldn't help it. I am LAUGHING SO HARD.

"I only bayonet myself"

BUWAHAHAHHAHAH *rolls over* HAHAHAHHAHA *gripping sides* OHHHHHEAAHHHHHH *wipes tears from eyes* HAHAHAHAHHA ohhh HA

bad cat robot briefed on November 17, 2006 03:40 PM

Castle Argghhh! is also number one in Google for "armored barmaid". For what it's worth ;-)

John of Argghhh! briefed on November 17, 2006 04:08 PM

Hey, it can be a tough crowd!

Maggie briefed on November 17, 2006 05:27 PM

Welcome home Son-of-JimB!!!!

FbL - Oh yes, I love people who want to decide what we should give. Here in Massachusetts we had a slight tax rollback. A lot of liberals said it was wrong to roll back taxes when so many people were in need. So the Republican governor put a box on the State income tax form. You can check it off and have your earning taxed at the higher rate if you wish. If it's so important to you that all these programs be have the opportunity to give more. Every year the local radio guy gets the list of who checks it....none of the liberals who lectured us. Definitely not either of my millionaire Senators. But they will tell *you* to give more.

"armored barmaid", hmmmm.....don't you get fitted for armor? Who's in charge of that?

Cassandra briefed on November 17, 2006 07:22 PM

Those were your friends?

Heartless Libertarian briefed on November 17, 2006 11:24 PM



I trained those buggers from Arkansas who came home yesterday. And I'm professionally interested in how many of them came home alive.

AFSister briefed on November 18, 2006 08:30 AM

BS, that's REALLY cool. I know whenever any of the Jersey Guard come home, Bill always checks to see how many of "his" guys made it back. It must be very gratifying to know that you had a hand in their survival. Thanks for helping keep our guys and gals safe.

John of Argghhh! briefed on November 18, 2006 08:44 AM

Dave, don't feel bad, AFSis is a female equivalent of men... her gaze never gets to our faces, so she doesn't always recognize us.

AFSis - it was the Heartless Lib who did the training... BS just provided the posting!

BloodSpite briefed on November 18, 2006 11:40 AM

Heartless ->
Sorry man. When I sent the E-mail to John asking him to post this I completely forgot to give him the Newspaper article I based the brief story on. The actual article is here

To the best of my knowledge Arkansas has lost a total of 17 Guardsmen, 1 from nearby Rogers in July.

Other than that, despite the overly left leanings of the Newspapers here, I must commend them for not "dancing on the dead" as my grandfather would say. Unless its someone local, the almost never give out a casualty report for each unit individually, and I don't know any of the unit members here personally to ask, but if you like I can have one of my former officers do some digging for you! Just let me know

As much as I would love to say I had a hand in it, I know not a single one of these guys. All of my units I were stationed at were in Ft Lewis, WA, Ft Benning, & Ft Stewart/Hunter Airfield GA and a few other places as Reserve, then Active Duty, then a GS. But I've never been a member of the National Guard I confess

Frank DiSalle briefed on November 18, 2006 01:31 PM

I did that in '69!
USAD - Longh Binh ARVN

Heartless Libertarian briefed on November 18, 2006 05:15 PM

"About 150 men from Springdale’s Bravo Battery returned home Tuesday after a 15-month deployment including one year in Iraq. Every soldier returned home safely."


AFSister briefed on November 18, 2006 09:06 PM


I was reading HL's post asking BS for the link... and wrote BS instead.

That is FANTASTIC. EVERY one returned. EVERY ONE.
I may have put the wrong initials in my original comment, but the compliment still stands. THANK YOU!