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December 03, 2006

H&I* Fires, 3 Dec 2006

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Since the Armorer seems to be otherwise occupied, I thought I'd do a Denizen round-up. - FbL

Princess Crabby renegotiates her Army-Navy bet with Anthony.

The Torch reports that the Canadians are on the receiving end of "holier than you barbaric warmongers" rhetoric.

Fuzzybear Lioness has a very Fuzzybear adventure and meets a remarkable immigrant sailor.

The League of Disgruntled Majors returns with a story of officer roster hijinks.

AFSis has a video that will put a smile on your face.

Barb reports on her blogson.

If you didn't before, be sure to read Bad Cat Robot's stories of adventures in the Northwest snow.

SWWBO gets an award!

Trias looks at a new website about Australia's involvement in Vietnam.

The Blog Princess reminds us of Operation Santa and takes a test that shows something we already know: she's a master of the english language.

Jack has your depressing but thought-provoking quotes for the day.

Sgt. B has a good excuse for blogging laziness. He's at his first drill weekend and the inside word is that he's revelling in hearing "Sgt. B_____" at the end of every sentence when he speaks to the younger guys.

Alan reports on Santa's Butt and the ACLU.

The O.E.S. Project returns (they're the guys who saved U.S.S. John Rodgers.

Murray has a story that will have the animal lovers and gallant protectors of the ladies reaching for a gun.

That's it. Have a great day, everyone!


Boy-o-Boy am I glad I checked - because I was literally getting ready to do what Fuzzy just did. Thanks Fuzzy! I really appreciate the effort!

For those of you who played the Whatzis yesterday, y'all got it pretty quick - it is the SMAW spotting round, from the website that John S. directed you to. For those who didn't follow his suggestion, you can do so by clicking here. If any of you find one of those cut-away's laying around, gimme a call! Me Want!

And since my email is being flooded by people sending me this link - I guess I better post it - IED Hunter, a Marine tribute to the Crocodile Hunter. -the Armorer


World's First Blog-Rant discovered... in England. It's Roman. H/t, Jim C. -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, 3 Dec 2006
BillT briefed on December 3, 2006 11:38 AM

Heh. When you get the link to the Ozzie museum site fixed, see if the directors followed through on their promise. They contacted every surviving Vulture earlier this year 'cuz they wanted some info about a couple of our pilots. Y'see, in the main entryway, they planned to post a life-size photo of some diggers in combat kit being extracted via Huey.

A *US* Army Huey.

A US Army Huey flown by a One-Six-Deuce crew.

"162d AHC: You call, we haul" -- and in this instance, the 'Strines called. And yes, there *are* cacti in Vietnam...

J.M. Heinrichs briefed on December 3, 2006 03:25 PM

From the tenor of the intro remark, I think the "Torch" post alluded to is:


FbL briefed on December 3, 2006 04:02 PM

Oops! You're right, JMH. It's been fixed.

Laurie briefed on December 3, 2006 05:19 PM

Spread the word! Patti Patton-Bader, founder of Soldiers' Angels, will be on MSNBC with Allison Stewart on Monday, December 4 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time (2:00 Central, 1:00 Mountain, 12:00 Pacific). If viewership goes up, they may have her on again which means more exposure for Soldiers' Angels and more help for our troops.