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November 30, 2006

H&I* Fires, 30 Nov 2006

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Air Force Pilot Identified; Three Servicemembers Killed in Iraq American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2006 – Defense officials have identified the pilot of an Air Force F-16C that crashed outside Baghdad Nov. 27 as Maj. Troy L. Gilbert. Gilbert is assigned to the 309th Fighter Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., and deployed to the 332nd Expeditionary Wing, Balad Air Force Base, Iraq. He is officially listed as “duty status: whereabouts unknown.” An investigation is ongoing.

Moving on - it iced in Leavenworth last night, and we expect a few inches of snow today. And we're handling it just fine. My normal 7 minute commute last night took... 20. Bad Cat Robot lives in Seattle. Where they don't do ice and snow much. See here, and here (if you've time for only one, read the last one about avoiding the sand truck) for a taste of what it's like to be Naifs-in-Wonderland! -the Armorer


Sergeant John G, Someone You Should Know - although he's really like just about everyone you know... Admittedly, since I don't watch CNN, I didn't. I get my news from... blogs. -the Armorer


Snerk! An ACLU Nativity Scene... -the Armorer


Two things that go together: Weddings and... Valour-IT?! - FbL


I read about this in email this morning - I'm one of those who thinks there is something wrong with this story, though I'm not sure just what. Laurie of Soldier's Angel's New York has the story. (yeah, trackbacks still seem to be broken, sigh) -the Armorer


In re the polite (well done, folks!) imbroglio in yesterday's H&I regarding President Bush and Senator-elect Webb's interaction - George Will weighs in.

...Jim Webb, Democratic senator-elect from Virginia, has become a pompous poseur and an abuser of the English language before actually becoming a senator.

Mr. Will has been harsh with President Bush of late - but in this bit, at least, he sides with me regarding Webb's behavior. And I'm just *positive* the column was written in response to our discussion in the comments... [sound of crickets chirruping] -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, 30 Nov 2006
BloodSpite briefed on November 30, 2006 09:06 AM

Predictions are for between 5 to 7 inches of snow today.

Dunno about the snow factor but the ice currently is nasty, and a balmy 29 degree;s currently on my front porch

Maggie briefed on November 30, 2006 09:44 AM

Very strange! BCR and the Adjunct are snowed in. You are on ice. Yet it's 61 and absolutely beautiful here and Alan is running around in his shorts in the supposed "Great White North"

John of Argghhh! briefed on November 30, 2006 10:12 AM

Tuesday night I was sweating like a pig putting the snow-chains on the Snowplow of Argghhh! in 69 degree weather with a balmy breeze from the south.

Wednesday morning it was 29 degrees. Last night, the wind chill was down to 14. That's Farenheit for you furriners.

I'm lovin' it!

But No Hugs!~ 8^)

Cricket briefed on November 30, 2006 11:32 AM

It was a rainy night in Georgia. Love those rainy fall nights. Cool, no snow or ice, no furnace running which means utility bills for the next little while can go down to the double digits...

Adjutant briefed on November 30, 2006 11:38 AM

For the record, I was never snowed in, although the trek to work on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings was very special ;-)

Last night the precipitation started up with the temps rising, and so this morning is was raining and 38 degrees F - ice all gone on the main roads, and even in my development. Some areas got sleet, though - hopefully they're okay!

Laurie briefed on November 30, 2006 12:02 PM

Had trouble with the trackback thingy. Wanted to bring to your attention this post.

FbL briefed on November 30, 2006 12:12 PM

Freezing here in Sandy Eggo. Really! Lows have been in the low 30s. *Brrrrrr* And it's even worse after my having lived in central/southern Arizona for the last there years. I'm so tired of being cold!!!


AFSister briefed on November 30, 2006 01:26 PM

I read the story about possible mishandling of remains this morning on Fox. I just find it hard to believe, considering the amount of pride and honor that goes into escorting the body home. Besides, as the article says, those luggage carts aren't big enough for a casket.

Neffi briefed on November 30, 2006 02:05 PM

John's front came through Colorado tuesday night and Wednesday, leaving 5" snow at Outpost Neffi. It was -4F when I left for work this morn; had to drive 1/4 mile or so before the auto trannie on the Jeep would shift. That's 1/4 mile at 20mph, mind you, as the back streets I drive were slickery as Helk.
But it's sunny and 30F now- break out the Coppertone and head for the lake!

SangerM briefed on November 30, 2006 05:44 PM

Well, well, well.... I missed it yesterday, but I guess I'm glad I did. Having been gently chided in the past for my harsh comments, I'd probably have got my papapapa whacked but good this time.

Interestingly, the folks who have seemed the most inanely vapid and utterly clueless in the past are the ones who were again yesterday--though I did see one name I didn't recognize.... It's just hard to describe how truly glad I am to be me, and not one of the sad, bitter, cynical, clearly miserable people who inhabit the same plane of existence I do. It just makes me wonder how so many people manage to get through a day without throwing themselves from a tall bridge.

You know, a long time ago a person proved to me that I was a fool. He told me he was going to make me angry, then he did it, then he told me he'd done it. Other people watched, including my wife. I was beyond furious. He just laughed at me. The details don't matter, but what he taught me (and he told me he was teaching me) is that one chooses how to view life, that no matter how miserable one feels, or angry; no matter how cynical one is inclined to be, or how right one thinks he is, it is still indeed possible to see the positive if one wants to.

The key is, first, to get over yourself, to not assume that you are voicing God's opinions just because you sound devine to yourself; second, to look for the positive before looking for the negative and not to assume there is a negative until you actually see it; and third, to give everyone else the same benefit of the doubt that you would want given to you. Simple enough for most average intellects, one would think. But not so easy for some.

Everything, every single thing that has ever happened, could be seen from two sides. In my experience, most people tend to look at the positive side most often, but some people (you know who you are) see everything through the bleary paranoid eyes of a neurotic who's had to wear a ball-gag while being spanked one too many times. Yes, a little paranoia is healthy, it keeps us alive, but some folks seem to be permanently trapped inside their sad, dark little minds where all they can hear is the night critters skittering inside the walls.

Frankly, some of what I read from yesterday's H&I went beyond the typical banter and thrust of funtime political parrying. It was pathetic and in some cases downright mean. Unfortunately, the folks I'm referring to are probably too bedazzled by their own glittering sharp-edged angst to see the light of truth.

Perception is reality, folks. If you are deemed a fool, then you are a fool, no matter how erudite or perfectly sane and logical you may think yourself. It's a hard lesson to learn, but the sooner you learn it, the sooner you can truly start enjoying the little time you have here. If nothing else, I owe that fellow from the past my thanks for teaching me that. And if at this point, you think I am talking about you, then I would suggest a bit of soul-searching, since I've kept it all fairly generic so far. Remember the Tell-Tale Heart.


As for Webb, aside from his obvious character flaws, it's clear he really doesn't understand American politics worth spit. If I'd voted for him, I'd really be pissed off right now! As for Bush, if I were in his place, I'd instruct the Marine Corps Commandant to reassign Webb's son to a desk-job somewhere in the Pentagon effective yesterday. I'd just grant Webb his wish--and see how that works out for him. :->

FbL briefed on November 30, 2006 06:00 PM

Re: Reassigning Webb's Son

Sanger, I like how your mind works!! *evil laugh*

John of Argghhh! briefed on November 30, 2006 06:15 PM

Hey, at least it was civil.

And I wouldn't do that to Webb's son.

Ain't nothin' here *his* fault!

FbL briefed on November 30, 2006 06:21 PM

True, John; I wouldn't do that, either. But I still like how Sanger's mind works. *grin*

SangerM briefed on November 30, 2006 06:47 PM

> Hey, at least it was civil.

Yes it was. And sometimes that's more agonzing to participate in or watch than a brawl, though I'd rather avoid the brawl even more. Well, most of the time.

> And I wouldn't do that to Webb's son. Ain't nothin' here *his* fault!

Well me too, neither, really (of course, that'd be between Webb and his son, eh?). I know, I know, but the thought of how that would work against Webb in a dozen different ways is actually rather delicious. And it would teach Webb a coupla' things about politics, and that maybe the boy shoulda' read Srs. Machiavelli and Tzu a little more closely.

And FbL, thank you. Unfortunately, I really have to work to repress that kind of thinking, which is more natural to me than I'd like. I used to be a meeeeeen man, but I'm a whole lot nicer now. At least that's what I keep telling my therapist. (and I just read that aloud, and my daughter is rolling on the floor laughing hysterically. I'll kick her later.) :-)

afsister briefed on November 30, 2006 08:46 PM

Attack the message, not the messanger is EXACTLY why I couldn't participate in that debate yesterday... just.couldn'

Maggie, however, did a FANTASTIC job.

jim b briefed on December 1, 2006 04:13 PM

I contributed .. my explatives were self deleted . so I said nothing