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December 07, 2006

H&I* Fires, 7 DEC 2006

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Just a reminder that the War on Terror is actually a global endeavor and a multi-generational one. Somalian Union of Islamic Courts offers praise to al-Queda support and influence in that country. -ry

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Someone we know and love 'round here finds herself being blogged about over at PBS... -the Armorer

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"Um, Lieutenant, sir? Don't you think we've been driving a long time for a 10 mile road march?"

"Of course not, soldier! I've got the GPS thingy. Keep heading Southwest."

"Uh, yessir - but the road sign back there said..."

"Troop, I'm not going to tell you again - keep driving!"

"Yessir."

This is why we neep to keep maps and map-reading skillz, in addition to the nice gizmos. Snerk. H/t, CAPT H. -the Armorer

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Chapomatic with an interesting list of readings on Organizational Change. I particularly indentify with the one regarding information displays, as I've spent a fair amount of time in the last 15 years trying to get a handle on exactly this issue. -the Armorer

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Jay over at Stop The ACLU made it onto Brit Humes last night... Not in person, but, still - whee! -the Armorer

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Supporting our Allies. Landstuhl receives Canadian Forces’ Unit Commendation. H/t Damian and CAPT H. -the Armorer

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[Snipped and made it's own post below. - the Armorer]

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A little Canadian Political Humo(u)r, eh? -the Armorer.

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They've released the name of the Viper driver who went down recently. Now, let's see how long it takes the Kos Kids to declare, "Screw 'im." -Instapilot

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*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, 7 DEC 2006
BillT briefed on December 7, 2006 07:07 AM

Guys used to gripe about us Instrucker Pilots harping about honing map-reading skills, but you never have to wait for a map to initialize, a map never loses a satellite signal, a map's batteries never crap out and ya can't jam a map.

And you never have to wonder if some idiot punched the wrong digits into a map's waypoint database...

Cricket briefed on December 7, 2006 08:36 AM

Ah yes. Many yearz ago at Lewis, a certain Wheeled Engineer Battalion (which shall remain nameless)had a Ragged Dump session in the which
a 2nd Looey Got Lost and gave as his position
to a Rescuer as "I am on the Left Side Of The Moon."

Since this was publicly pronounced at a local eatery, much hilarity ensued. The Engineer and I never found out Who The Lost Looey Was (TE was not assigned to that Partiklar Battalion until after that episode of Lost and before this Hail and Farewell)but we Have Had Our Suspicions.

heh.

J-P briefed on December 7, 2006 08:57 AM

Hey, has anyone heard of this: silly string to save troops lives?

http://blogs.usatoday.com/ondeadline/2006/12/no_kidding_sill.html

John of Argghhh! briefed on December 7, 2006 09:06 AM

Hee! Once again, the MSM are late to the story...

We won't ask where you were last week, J-P...

John of Argghhh! briefed on December 7, 2006 09:11 AM

Actually, we were reacting to the 27 November story in Time.

On the Internet, *everything* is new!

Maggie briefed on December 7, 2006 09:55 AM

Military.com had a story on it today too. I wish there was something more definitive. Mrs. shriver is having it flown over to Kuwait because the USPS won't accept it for shipment (hazardous cargo). But there are reports that it's being held up in Kuwait and not making it to the soldiers.

Sgt. B. briefed on December 7, 2006 02:44 PM

Right now, Fuzzy is in a bit of a funk because there are chuckleheads out there who can't see or appreciate the vast advantage they would gain in having Fuzzy on their team...
...At some point, however, the dam is going to burst, and she is going to get snapped up by some forward thinking benevolent organization, and there will be some well and true Lioness-style romping and stomping... And then it will be most enjoyable to contemplate the conversation when the top dogs of the organizations who decided against our dear Fuzzy call their HR recruiters into their offices, tap Fuzzy's resume, and ask:
"Exactly HOW did you manage to let this one get away?"

Stout heart, Fuzzy!

jim b briefed on December 7, 2006 02:45 PM

Perhaps we are not paying enough attention to the credentials of the surrender monkeys who did the report on Iraq.

Here are some of Lee Hamilton's awards:

These include the Knight Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1999.

A slew of Medals under President Clinton.

The grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1985, and the Knight of the French Legion of Honor in 1984.

Knight of the French Legion of Honor in 1984.

Was co-chair with former Senator Howard Baker of the Baker-Hamilton Commission to Investigate Certain Security Issues at Los Alamos. (And we all know how well that issue was handled ... NOT).


Kilabe briefed on December 7, 2006 09:35 PM

I agree on keeping the land nav skills sharp, and I work on the gps mapping thingies that they use. Once down range, I needed a compass to align something and had a heck of a time finding one. I know it doesnt say much about me, but I was only a nasty civilian contractor. :)

1sg keith briefed on December 8, 2006 10:03 AM

you notice it was a LT that was lost...? Dang officers.... can't keep 'em, can't shoot 'em. Well..maybe....

J.M. Heinrichs briefed on December 8, 2006 12:58 PM

Humm...
It has been my understanding, based on what I have learned over the years, that the behavior and actions of a LT can sometimes be linked to the guidance offered him by his Pl Sgt. Or as my first Troop Warrant used to say, "Here's what I think you should do ..."

Cheers

Cricket briefed on December 8, 2006 10:55 PM

Well, TE is a mustang.

He got an award from his first platoon that named him the best '*amn* platoon leader in the whole US Army.

He had a PLTSgt. that was a gem. He was referred to by the other LTs as 'grumpy old Sgt. V***** but this guy was the NCO you wanted to mentor you.

Then he had a CO who was rather uh, well, um...
oh never mind. I can't put my finger on it, but this guy just didn't have the right 'feel.'
Not that he was a bad person or even a lousy commander, just that he was standoffish and rude.


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