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December 16, 2006

H&I* Fires, 16 DEC 2006

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My eldest nephew graduates from college today. WAY TO GO TIM!!!

The Master and Mistress of Argghhh! contributed to this Blogger Recipe book - and it contains the recipe for Artillery Punch (no doubts who provided *that* recipe...)

Speaking of graduations... someone else has moved along in life...

Second Lieutenant William Wales.

Prince William was commissioned as an officer in the British Army on Friday as his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, served as the reviewing officer.

"This is a milestone day... which will stay forever in your minds," the 80-year-old monarch, dressed in a red hat and coat, told the cadets.

"You must be courageous yet selfless, leaders yet carers, confident yet considerate. ... These are very special attributes, but those whom you will command and your country too will expect nothing less. My prayer for your success and safety will follow you wherever you happen to serve.''

I found this comment intriguing - and I hope it doesn't pan out this way:

He is now formally known as 2nd Lieutenant William Wales and will train to be a troop commander in an armoured reconnaissance unit. However, he will probably never see front line action.

"He'll go into a regiment for sure but he'll not go into danger... he's the heir to the throne," said McKercher.

All I can say is - if the Blues and Royals deploy, Lieutenant Wales should deploy with them. Otherwise, regardless of the effort put forth by Lieutenant Wales, it's all a sham. The Royal Family benefited when Prince Andrew went to the Falklands, I can't see how it would be any different should Prince William go to Iraq or Afghanistan. Noblesse Oblige. I hope that Dr. Brian McKercher, a history professor at Canada's Royal Military College, is wrong. 'Nuff said. H/t, CAPT H. -the Armorer


The Weblog Awards are over. Looking at the categories I was tracking, it's interesting to see how things went. In our category, we came in 7th, continuing our slide from 4th, to 5th, now to 7th (and no longer making the cut as a milblog). Lots of votes in the category, with prominent lefty blogs showing their college student muscle!

In the Milblog category, Matt retains his deathgrip on first - but Lex did very well, coming in second. But this category only drew half the votes of the Top 250 category we were in - which reflects milblogs aren't read much by people who spend most of their time going to school...

The other two categories I was watching are interesting too. Bubblehead came in second in the 2501-3500 Ecosystem category, but with 1121 total votes, vice Matt's 1772 or Lex's 1249, and stomping our measly 662, shows a quirk in the nomination system - Bubblehead got more votes than most of the milblogs nominated, but didn't make the cut as a milblog (yes, I know, you can vote in multiple categories, so Bubblehead got votes in his category he might not have gotten in a milblog category - still. It's bemusing.

CDR Salamander made a good showing in the 3501-5000 Ecosystem scoring, coming in third, with 751 votes - again out-polling the Castle. Well done 'Phibian!

Now just what the heck am I supposed to infer from all this? Fark it. I'm just going to be me, and when it's down to me, Ry, and Googlers, I'll strike the tent. -the Armorer


MaryAnn, the director of Soldiers' Angels operations in Germany is back in the U.S. due to her father's sudden illness. She needs prayers and best wishes, but in her update she shares a beautiful Christmas story.

And in on the subject of Christmas stories, this one is beaultiful but much more painful: Bringing Doc Home. It comes from the same reporter who brought us the heart-rending "Final Salute" (cross-posted at my place). UPDATE: Lex has the airline pilot's perspective on these journeys.

And while we're on the subject of hospitals, I recently was reminded how small a world it is when Valour-IT brought a name from the past back to my email inbox. - FbL


*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, 16 DEC 2006
JimC briefed on December 16, 2006 12:10 PM

Kudos to The Rocky Mountain News. They do a remarkable job telling the story of the return home of these fine young service people who have sacrificed all for the rest of us. "No greater love hath any man..."

Neffi briefed on December 16, 2006 12:21 PM

Anderson is being eulogized here in his home-town of Longmont today. The service begins at 1400 but will be preceded by his body being born along the street in a horse-drawn caisson. Phreaky Phred and his minions have expressed an interest in attending, though no-one knows for sure if the scum will show... the Patriot Guard Riders will definitely be in attendance and I'll be there too.
AAR to follow, with pics.

John of Argghhh! briefed on December 16, 2006 12:33 PM

Well done, Fuzzy!

FbL briefed on December 16, 2006 04:31 PM

Thanks, John. I'm just once again reminded of those Valour-IT missed. Two years...

But you'll notice I wrote that two days ago. Gotta keep up on your Denizenne reading. :P

And Neffi, I was hoping you knew about it and would be there. I look forward to hearing your AAR. I'm sure John would be willing to give you a post for it, or you are welcome to take up space at my place. :)

CDR Salamander briefed on December 18, 2006 02:05 PM

Thanks! Hey, I voted for 'ya everyday.

You had a point about the Lefty blogs, they punch above their weight. I think the Left is better at group play and such. Anyway, I was beat by a chick that always posts panties on her blog - how can I beat that? BVD's? Joe Boxers? Sigh.

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