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January 21, 2006

H&I Fires 21 January 06

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Oh, really? One can only *hope* this is true. Hehehehehehehe.

Sometimes, ya just gotta follow your passion!

Celebrity Milblogging: Chuck Ziegenfuss of From My Position - On The Way!"

I don't know if y'all saw it not, but I'm going to be on CNN tomorrow. I've posted about it here. The piece was about milblogging and the frustrations that I have with the news media (at least the folks I ran into in Iraq.) The piece isn't very long, but maybe five to 10 minutes, and I didn't get to answer as many questions as I hoped, (as a matter of fact, the guy who was hosting the show cut me off as I began to rant about how the "news" focuses on things like Britney Spears' sex life and how Jessica Simpson can't tell what's inside a tuna can when there are people who are struggling and dying in their quest for freedom… and he said segued his way out of the rant with a quip with about how the news had so many areas to cover.)

Anyway, I had a good interview, and Ms. Schechner was quite charming. I had a chance to speak with her on the show and off the show before and after the interview. I also took questions from an audience at George Washington University, and a couple of CNN's better known reporters. (Whose names evade me at the moment.)

The show is called On the Story, and it will air tomorrow (Saturday) at 7 p.m. Eastern, and again on Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern. I didn't get to pitch Valour-IT, SoldiersAngels, or really even get to say hi to the kids before they were wrapping up.

I just thought you'd like to know.

--Chuck

In light of Jim B's signature tagline - Fuzzybear Lioness explains some changes in the Enlistment Oath that will help those of you who are Chesty-challenged. No, this doesn't mean you, Cassandra.

Speaking of Cassandra - I think it's safe to say that report finally got turned in. Welcome back, woman.

C'mon - head over to Bad Cat Robot's and help Bill and I defend the Basis of Civilization As We Know It from her predatory attack on the Bedrock of All The Is Good. Really. She needs a good whack-party in her comments. Dare ya.

SWWBO's trying to keep me outta jail. No, not for Child Porn, but for when looking at pictures of nekkid guns is illegal. Y'know, Sarah HillarySchumerStein's World. All they need is the precedent, right?

Over at Kat's, some TINS. And a little sad news, too.

Brab [sic] asks a question.

JTG gets off his lazy butt and posts...

SGT B has a little slice of military life...

Jack continues his determined assault on windmills! Someone has to do it!
-The Armorer

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AFSis has coffee and words with Congresswoman Jean Schmidt.

by Denizens on Jan 21, 2006 | General Commentary
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Jetsicles!

Alan of GENX@40 is an avid collector of Jetsicles - airplanes on poles (not Andre'). I just came across a mother-lode of Jetsicles Around the World - some of the best being from Russia. I really like the ones that have some imagination put into them, vice the "pinned butterfly" look.

This is the first non-grainy, non-wartime photo I've *ever* seen of the Soviet Rocket Fighter, the Bereznyakov-Isaev BI-1 - although, I have *flown one* before. With salutary results. Anyway - click the pic to see the others.

Click this picture to see the album

Alan - there's some Canadian fighters in there, too.

by John on Jan 21, 2006 | Aircraft

In light of the "What Children See" post below this one...

...this seems an appropriate time to run with this, thoughtfully provided by Randy K. some days ago...

So - what do *you* see? BTW - Cricket, Punctilious... you could actually *test* this one for us, eh?

Take a look at the picture. So, what do you see? Probably more than your caveman brain chooses to.

Perv!


Of course, I hid the explanation in the Flash Traffic/Extended Entry. I'm that kinda guy.

Flash Traffic (extended entry) Follows... »

The Way Children See Things!

NUDITY

I was driving with my three young children one warm summer evening when a Woman in the convertible ahead of us stood up and waved. She was stark naked! As I was reeling from the shock, I heard my 5-year-old shout from the back seat, "Mom! That lady isn't wearing a seat belt!

HONESTY
My son Zachary, 4, came screaming out of the bathroom to tell me he'd dropped his toothbrush in the toilet. So I fished it out and threw it in the garbage. Zachary stood there thinking for a moment, then ran to my bathroom and came out with my toothbrush. He held it up and said with a charming little smile, "We better throw this one out too then, 'cause it fell in the toilet a few days ago.

OPINIONS
On the first day of school, a first-grader handed his teacher a Note from his mother. The note read, "The opinions expressed by this child are not necessarily those of his parents."

MORE NUDITY
A little boy got lost at the YMCA and found himself in the women's locker room. When he was spotted, the room burst into shrieks, with ladies grabbing towels and running for cover. The little boy watched in amazement and then asked, "What's the matter haven't you ever seen a little boy before?"

ELDERLY
While working for an organization that delivers lunches to elderly shut-ins, I used to take my 4-year-old daughter on my afternoon rounds. The various appliances of old age, particularly the canes, walkers and wheelchairs, unfailingly intrigued her. One day I found her staring at a pair of false teeth soaking in a glass. As I braced myself for the inevitable barrage of questions, she merely turned and whispered, "The tooth fairy will never believe this!"

DRESS-UP
A little girl was watching her parents dress for a party. When she saw her dad donning his tuxedo, she warned, "Daddy, you shouldn't wear that suit." "And why not, darling?" "You know that it always gives you a headache the next morning."

SCHOOL
A little girl had just finished her first week of school. "I'm just wasting my time," she said to her mother. "I can't read, I can't write and they won't let me talk!"

BIBLE
A little boy opened the big family bible. He was fascinated as he fingered through the old pages. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible. He picked up the object and looked at it. What he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed in between the pages. "Mama, look what I found", the boy called out." What have you got there, dear?" With astonishment in the young boy's voice, he answered, "I think it's Adam's underwear


There's more under the fold.

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January 20, 2006

H&i fires 20 Jan 06

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WTF, Over? I knew it was bad - as an instructor at the Field Artillery School I was teaching remedial english to college graduates... but I didn't know it was *this* bad. Obviously, I blame Bush, because religous conservatives and stick-in-the-mud old-think Professors have taken over academia at that level.

Sigh. Sometimes, Dad, there are just consequences.

This is one reason I don't try to take this space to the next level. The higher up the flagpole, the more the Moonbats appear. And while I know from talking to some lefty bloggers (we talk sekritly) the Right has many potty-mouth Moonbats of it's own - even the lefty bloggers agree the left has more rabid ones in greater numbers. I wonder if that will hold true when a Dem holds the White House?

Now *here's* a comfortable couple. Good on ya. In more ways than one.

Bought your own body armor? You may be able to get some reimbursement, though I find the Colonel in this piece *rather* optimistic in his assessment.

Taking care of *all* the wounded Veterans.

Stop the ACLU has an appeal. -The Armorer

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And along the lines of what John wrote above... First the right gets criticized because conservative news-makers only invite conservative bloggers to a news event. So the right-wingers invite folks from all across the political spectrum (this time talk radio hosts) to their next event. And how does the left respond? You'll have to read it for yourself. I can't get it past the PG-17. --Punctilious

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Old farts welcome. And I'm with the official line - as long as you can hack if physically, there are many jobs better performed by pre-seasoned warriors.

Um, Sir - sorry, raised eyebrow here, unless all we're going to do is a smash-and-grab.

Good golly. The Sexual Predator Teacher problem is far worse than I would have gathered from the MSM - though this is still a very small number in terms of all teachers, it sure is one helluva lot more than I ever guessed. And this is only the women, based on other sex crime patterns, I would expect the male teacher problem to be an order of magnitude worse. H/t to Jim B, yanked up from the comments. -The Armorer

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And just in case you missed it... she's baaaaaaaaaa-aaaaaaaaaaaack! - The Armorer

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Okay, time for more shameless pandering: BCR reminds us that tomorrow is Decadence Day. And she's trying to figure out a way to celebrate. Drat--somebody's latched onto the 11-foot pole again. - cw4(ret)billt

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Get some, Rusty! -The Armorer

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by Denizens on Jan 20, 2006 | General Commentary
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Reading Other People's Mail

People send me the most interesting things--like this reply from Lex to a kid who wrote him requesting his advice on a choice of service academies:

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22 December, 2005

Young Man,

Congratulations on your selection to both the Naval and Air Force Academies. Your goal of becoming a fighter pilot is impressive and a fine way to serve your country. As you requested, I'd be happy to share some insight into which service would be the best choice. Each service has a distinctly different culture. You need to ask yourself "Which one am I more likely to thrive in?"

USAF Snapshot: The USAF is exceptionally well organized and well run. Their training programs are terrific. All Air Force pilots are groomed to meet high standards for knowledge and professionalism. Their aircraft are top-notch and extremely well maintained. Their facilities are excellent. Their enlisted personnel are the brightest and the best trained. The USAF is homogeneous and macro. No matter where you go, you'll know what to expect, what is expected of you, and you'll be given the training & tools you need to meet those expectations. You will never be put in a situation over your head. Over a 20-year career, you will be home for most important family events. Your Mom would want you to be an Air Force pilot...so would your wife. Your Dad would want your sister to marry one.

Navy Snapshot: Aviators are part of the Navy, but so are Black Shoes (surface warfare) and Bubbleheads (submariners). Furthermore, the Navy is split into two distinctly different Fleets (West and East Coast). The Navy is heterogeneous and micro. Your squadron is your home; it may be great, average, or awful. A squadron can go from one extreme to the other before you know it. You will spend months preparing for cruise and months on cruise. The quality of the aircraft varies directly with the availability of parts. Senior Navy enlisted are all salt of the earth; you'll be proud if you earn their respect. Junior enlisted vary from terrific to the troubled kid the judge made join the service. You will be given the opportunity to lead these people during your career; you will be humbled and get your hands dirty. The quality of your training will vary and sometimes you will be over your head. You will miss many important family events. There will be long stretches of tedious duty aboard ship. You will fly in very bad weather and/or at night and you will be scared many times. You will fly with legends in the Navy and they will kick your a$$ until you become a lethal force. And some days - when the scheduling Gods have smiled upon you - your jet will catapult into a glorious morning over a far-away sea and you will be drop-jawed that someone would pay you to do it. The hottest girl in the bar wants to meet the Naval Aviator. That bar is in Singapore.

Bottom line, son--if you gotta ask, pack warm and good luck in Colorado.

Banzai,

Lex

P.S.: Air Force pilots wear scarves and iron their flight suits.

P.P.S.: And, while you didn't ask about the Army helicopter pilot program, don't even think about it unless you got a pair bigger than basketballs. Those guys are completely crazy.

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H/t to V29, who got a horrendous paper cut while salvaging this...

Politicians harried by blogger attack pack.

As signatories to the Blogger Manifesto regarding the Abramoff fall-out in the Congress, we've been privy to the behind-the-scenes work that group of bloggers has done to observe, report, and yes, influence, the Republican Intramural elections for the leadership positions in the House. It has been instructive seeing some big bloggers at work and how they interact. We have enough collective power these days that all three major players in the drama, Blunt, Boehner, and Shadegg, agreed to conference calls with us. While *I*, who work at a government site wasn't about to dial-in on a government phone from my government workplace on my non-government employers time - that's okay - the smart, informed and involved *were* able to do so - and NZ Bear has a round-up of their posts, and links to the audio of the conference. I realize from all of this just how minor-league I am and will stay a boutique milblogger! This is stuff the MSM won't - almost can't, provide. No wonder they worry about us.

by John on Jan 20, 2006 | Politics

Kicking around the dusty corners.

Random notes in history today that caught my eye...

1265 English Parliament meets for the first time. 741 years on, in a fashion that would be only vaguely recognizable to Simon de Montfort, and British democracy is still evolving. Yet in this era, we expect one election in a place that's not known political freedom as we understand it to produce a western style democracy - none of which themselves sprang fully formed from the forehead of a cultural Zeus. Yet if it doesn't - the self-appointed Guardians of Democracy, the Press, and those who are Out of Power, virtually declare it a failure because it doesn't look like us. Feh.

1914 USN opens a school for aviators at Pensacola, Fla. Which results, in among other things, Lex.

1942 Nazi officials hold notorious Wannsee Conference on the "Final Solution"

1952 British army occupies Ismailiya, Suez Canal Zone. This sets the stage for the Suez Crisis of 1956. The French are still in a 'payback mode' from the US response to that operation.

1955 USS Nautilus launched at Groton, Conn.

1981 52 Americans held hostage in Iran for 444 days freed. One of the players in that drama now plays chicken with the Western World on nukes.

1991 US Patriot missiles begin shooting down Iraqi Scud missiles. How many depends on who you talk to and how effective depends on how you define it. But it's also instructive regardng the tyranny of unrealistic expectations and the people who pander to them.

Silly Military Tricks.

Some people will do *anything* for fun.

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Atlantic Coast (Jan. 17, 2005) – A SEAL delivery vehicle team (SDV) perform a fast-roping exercise from a MH-60S Seahawk helicopter to the topside of Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Toledo (SSN 769). The mission of the SDV teams includes clandestine insertion of SEALs, ordnance delivery, reconnaissance, and locating and the recovery of objects. U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 3rd Class Davis J. Anderson
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Yes. There *is* a tinge of envy in my typing this morning.

Air Force Ninjas!

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SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- An Airman with the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing fires on an enemy position during simunition training at a forward-deployed location Jan. 17. Simunition training combines paint ball with live bullets that are slightly smaller than actual M-9 and M-16 bullets to prevent injury. Each bullet tip contains paint and detergent, allowing players to know when they are hit. When used with the high-tech helmet and body armor, simunition training allows troops to train under live-fire conditions while causing minimal injuries to participants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Strang)

25 Lessons Learned From OIF and OEF

Continuing the Lessons Learned from OIF/OEF that I started in this post . Note to military Googlers - these are *not* tactical AARs!

This one *is* worksafe.

Lesson #7. The Best Way To Eat An Elephant Is One Bite At A Time.

And, in case you think it's just awful to show these guys like this. Remember this.

This is *not* an official document! I contacted Mr. Coffey and have his permission for this use. If you choose to download and share it around via email, you may do so - but send it with the caveat that any publishing of the document, for profit or no, needs the permission of Mr. Coffey, as I only asked permission for myself, and he retains all rights!

Mr. Coffey can be reached via his website: Purple Mountain Publishing.

For Previous Lessons Learned, click the numbers. 1. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

January 19, 2006

H&I fires 19 Jan 06

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Ry sends: If any of our readers are attending this conference, The Intelligence Summit, and would care to report out about it - we're soliciting Correspondents!

Ry *also* sends: If this is true: Men Enjoy Seeing Cheating B@st@rds Suffer, and Women Don't - does this mean the feminization of the American Bench proceeds apace - or are we evolving to the Higher Plane that Feminism demands we obtain?

This is an interesting blog, for the History Geeks among us - Blog Them Out Of The Stone Age.

A Bleg from the Armorer - if we have a reader in NYC with nothing to do tomorrow, but an interest in things military - go attend this talk: Breaking Ranks: The History, Limitations, and Importance of American Active Duty Issue Advocacy., given by this fellow: Raymond Kimball, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, at the New York Military Affairs Symposium. -The Armorer.

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When considered in light of Mark Steyn's excellent article, this news ought to be giving some of our Euro-notfriends a serious wakeup call. Works for me. -- SangerM

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Will abortion soon be outlawed in Ohio???? ~~AFSister

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Want to interview the Lioness? Ask away...

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Of interest to Denizens and those who like babies in general. Queen Eleanor is christened, as reported by MSG Keith. -The Armorer

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Banner Contest Update: No, not ours--Omar’s. The Castle takes great pride in announcing the winner in the contest to give Iraq the Model a new look is none other than Denizenne-in-Waiting Christine! Drop by and leave a nice housewarming comment... - cw4(ret)billt

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Clayton Cramer has a bad case of gas. I hope that it's just that, and not prophecy.

And, because I know each and every one of you cares deeply - All Hail the Chief! No, not Bill. -The Armorer

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by Denizens on Jan 19, 2006 | General Commentary

25 Lessons Learned From OIF and OEF

Continuing the Lessons Learned from OIF/OEF that I started in this post . Note to military Googlers - these are *not* tactical AARs!

This one *is* worksafe.

Lesson #6. There *are* religion differences.

And, in case you think it's just awful to show these guys like this. Remember this.

This is *not* an official document! I contacted Mr. Coffey and have his permission for this use. If you choose to download and share it around via email, you may do so - but send it with the caveat that any publishing of the document, for profit or no, needs the permission of Mr. Coffey, as I only asked permission for myself, and he retains all rights!

Mr. Coffey can be reached via his website: Purple Mountain Publishing.

For Previous Lessons Learned, click the numbers. 1. 2, 3, 4, 5.

January 18, 2006

H&I fires 18 Jan 06

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A story of Bill, Dusty, and.... Butch. H/t, SWWBO.

January, 1943 - The Call To Resistance is issued in the Warsaw Ghetto. -The Armorer

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If this plays out badly, it's going to make the job harder and harder. Which, I suppose is one way to end war. Lawyer it to death. That doesn't mean incidents like this shouldn't be investigated, and compensation paid by the US Gov as appropriate. But going after the soldier as an individual... heh. This will bear watching.

The enemy are clever and adaptive - never forget that. Aerial IED"s (subscription required)) The Bouncing Betty reborn. -The Armorer

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"If you can't pick up a rifle, then do something."

If you haven't been checking out what Denizen Sgt. B has been doing recently... shame on you! Meet Sgt. Remington of the Marines, then check out his latest escapades: ossifers, meeting the allies, reassignment , and adjusting to an admin job.

- Fuzzybear Lioness

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It's all about motivation, man. I just gotta find mine.

And, another one's gone, another one's gone - another one bites the dust...-

In a previous era, when the diplomats were talking like this - it was time to watch the embassies for the plumes of smoke from burning papers. In this era, it probably means a mealy-mouthed backtrack. Not that the alternative to that isn't sobering, too. -the Armorer

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by Denizens on Jan 18, 2006 | General Commentary

Denizen Mission (and anyone else, too)

An appeal for Soldiers. A PSA from Castle Argghhh! I have to stick in this caveat - the gov't *does* provide sanitary items, and, via Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) funds, entertainment items to the troops. PX profits and surcharges on non-deployed MWR activities fund that - IOW, no appropriated funds are used - the money (outside of donations) for the services provided to deployed troops is raised from those of us (including retired old me, an MWR consumer who pays a surcharge on the stable rent and my via my PX patronage) in the military family who are not in-theater.

The government provides it - but it doesn't always do it efficiently for those who are closer to the sharp end of the spear. Hence the organizations like this that have sprung up to fill the unmet needs.

Send a Valentine to a soldier in Iraq!/Support Our Troops

Visit www.operationaBitofHome.com, and click on the big red heart. We will send a valentine to a soldier in your name with your Valentines message. We are fundraising to send more boxes to the Freedom Rest R&R Facility in Iraq. Valentines are $1.00, but you can give more!

You can no longer send any mail to "ANY SOLDIER" it is destroyed as a security risk., We have a military distributuion point in Iraq where your Valentines will reach thousands of troops.

Background

In March, 2004, while my wife was in Iraq, I started Operation: A Bit of Home. My wife called me and told me she had to put on 80 lbs. of battle gear, pick up her rifle, and walk 2 miles in 140 degree heat to buy soap and tampons and toothpaste. She told me that the government does not supply any sanitary or entertainment items to our troops. I decided that I would not have my wife doing that. I started shipping boxes to her unit in Iraq, in large quantities.

In July 2004 I received a phone call from a place in Baghdad called Freedom Rest. They stated they were the only R&R facility in Iraq for our troops. They get soldiers that have been in combat, on convoys, or high stress dangerous situations and give them 3 days and nights of R&R, good food, a pool, games, a soft bed and goodies. They process hundreds of soldiers in-and-out each day. By supplying hygiene, snack and entertainment items to Freedom Rest, we have directly affected the lives of over 23,000 soldiers. (Verified in a letter from the NCOIC, USMI Freedom Rest)

They told me the government provides basic foods, linens etc., but all hygiene, snack and entertainment items come from donations, and asked if I could help. I am one of the few groups that actually have been asked to send supplies.

I know there are a lot of charities for the troops out there, but these facts set us apart from the rest:

1. We supply a facility for stressed troops, not individuals. We have eliminated the problem of NCO and officers hoarding the boxes. We do not send things to the same troops over and over. [I wanna know who the hoarders are. Out the b@st@ards]

2. Our website tells people how to send their own boxes, how to fill out the US Postal forms, gives packing tips and lists of needed items, and most mportantly, we give out the address to send it to. We do not post names of individual soldiers, a very dangerous thing to do. If Al Qaeda knows where a National Guard unit is from, and has names, they could potentially find and endanger soldier’s families just by using a phone book!

3. Although the website does accept donations from folks who want us to do all the work, we encourage people to do it themselves, give them the tools, and hope to encourage a sense of civic pride. We do civic presentations and assist groups in completing their “Public Service” obligations.

We are working with several organizations to help them develop their own programs.

I could go on forever, but if you visit our website, or Google Us, you will find we are legitimate. [I checked with real people, they are legitimate - The Armorer]

A short mention on people’s blogs could do more for us than months of our pounding the streets and working the phones. A link on your mail list or your homepage would work wonders also.

Please visit our website, google us, and tell your friends about us. Every dime of donations goes to shipping and buying needed items. No one is paid, we have no overhead, and we care about the troops. We continue to send even when donations are thin using our personal Credit Cards.

Thank you and please visit www.OperationaBitofHome.com

Supporting the troops means more than placing a yellow ribbon on your
car.

Thanks for your support

Ken Meyer
Founder
Operation: A Bit of Home

Caption Contest!

A friend of mine found this in his backyard recently. I leave it to your imagination to caption this. I've got one in mind, but I want to see if anyone gets to the same place I'm at.

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Go for it.

25 Lessons Learned From OIF and OEF

Continuing the Lessons Learned from OIF/OEF that I started in this post . Note to military Googlers - these are *not* tactical AARs!

This is *NOT* worksafe, at least in non-military offices, as they are rather raw examples of the Jihadi at his "best". War is an ugly business, and this lesson looks that straight in the eye - and at just how you can go out of your way to make it uglier.

Lesson #5. Torture and Murder - the Insurgent's total lack of humanity.

And, in case you think it's just awful to show these guys like this. Remember this.

This is *not* an official document! I contacted Mr. Coffey and have his permission for this use. If you choose to download and share it around via email, you may do so - but send it with the caveat that any publishing of the document, for profit or no, needs the permission of Mr. Coffey, as I only asked permission for myself, and he retains all rights!

Mr. Coffey can be reached via his website: Purple Mountain Publishing.

For Previous Lessons Learned, click the numbers. 1. 2, 3, 4.

The Denizenne Fighter Arm con't

The last in this iteration of a sporadic series... The F22.5VC Air Superiority Fighter.

F22.5VC Air Superiority Fighter of the DFA, a wholly owned and operated entity of Castle Forces, Inc

by John on Jan 18, 2006 | Aircraft

January 17, 2006

Okay, let's put this baby to rest.

I should get a job as a consultant. Oh, wait! I already have one! (Though not for much longer, If I dork up a client engagement like I hosed this post- watch the melt-down of a cocky blogger as he gets deconstructed by his *friends*. I can't wait for the moonbats to show up).

This mystical missile/artillery projectile which the US has been blamed for. I've been in training for the last two days and haven't really been able to jump on this.

But I've got my answer.

This is the round in question:
Mystery Missile as reported by NYT and causing a tizzy

My conclusion?

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Update:Originally I thought the 152mm HE. Then I found the pic of the 122mm HE (left) and let myself get target fixated on the markings match. Just like that one. Then, on my own and outed in the comments before I could post it - I found the 155mm version (on the right).

The Pakis make a 155mm round, with the same general marking scheme, though I haven't been able to get good dimensional data (though they call it an M107, the dimensions of the round in the picture don't quite match the M107 dimension I was measuring (which I chose because it was self-referent and didn't require an external reference.) but some of that is accounted for in distortion in the photographs, as well as the fact that the rotating band on the NYT is squashed a bit from firing.

As Tobias notes in the comments (he caught me before I was done with this update), you can make a case the contours are different from the 122mm pictured, I concede that and won't deny perhaps a little target fixation on my part. Heck, when I really think about it - 122mm in comparison is really rather smaller - further reinforcing the 152/155 idea - and with no evidence (thus far) of Pakistani 152mm production... That said - the markings match Pakistani practice, and while I haven't slugged through the deployments - I don't believe we ever sent 155mm guns to Afghanistan, and we don't drop artillery munitions from aircraft. We have dropped artillery cannon barrels from aircraft... as ordnance. The Gulf War GBU-28 bunker busters.

Updated updated updates. Fark it. I quit. I'm too stupid for this job. This is turning into a Wiki where I'm the secretary...

"we don't drop artillery munitions from aircraft."

Weeeeellll, actually, we do. 105mm Rounds, precision fired at a rate of about 9 per minute, handfed, from about 5-10K feet up. But that round's too small for a 105, right?

I'll just leave it alone from here on out, and quit trying to be newsy and current. I suck at it. At least today. To hell with the voices in my head. Feh.

He's right of course. The flipping AC-130. No I don't think it's a 105. But nonetheless, I give up. I'm tired of all the edits and editors. (It's *my* fault, I'm the dolt who typed this drivel and then put it up).

Here - look for yourself. From left to right (the two center are *roughly* in scale to each other, the two outer are larger in relative terms to the center projos): 152mm, 155mm Pakistani, 155mm US, the NYT projectile.

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The Pakistanis also make a 130mm round, which follows the same marking conventions, but the rotating band is so dissimilar as to not be in contention.

BTW - guess who makes and uses these rounds? With these markings? Pakistan Ordnance Factory. Click on products, ordnance, artillery. Take a look at the wares offered - and how they are marked.

Okay, that's the dull and boring stuff. See the Flash Traffic/Extended Entry for How I Reached That (partly wrong before the update) Conclusion.

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H&I Fires 17 Jan 06

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Dave the Hyphenated American at Liberty First notes the irony in the rescue of the Journo No One Knew Was Gone.

Ry points us to a story at Soccer Dad about a US cop who moved to England, became a Bobby, and finds it odd he's supposed to run from troublemakers.

The ACLU sues the NSA, claiming, among other things, in the words of ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero. “The current surveillance of Americans is a chilling assertion of presidential power that has not been seen since the days of Richard Nixon.”

Snerk. How come they *never* will hark back just a little farther... to the Administration of John and Bobby Kennedy?

Our source in the Coast Guard keeps us informed of looming changes to that service, too.

A view to warm the cockles of an Armorer's heart...

The freak-eyed, be-rerobed, chattering trash-picking munchkin academic takes a poke at Bill's and my nose...

For those of you who found the proposal silly and meaningless, I offer the following counter-proposal.

To which I responded:


Hey - that was my nose you just punched, you berobed munchkin!

8^D

I agree with you. I agree with NZ. I just want the b@st@rds uncomfortable, and afraid of the peasants.

-The Armorer

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Oops! Busy this morning, I forgot to change the author for this post. For the record - Dusty, Cassandra, and Barb all have sufficient posting privileges that if you can't get to the post, just send a note to all four of us, and one of us can fix it. Like I will, after I post this for Punctilious...

Rammer has some thoughts on politics, conflict and policy and on an ccomplishment of the Emir of Kuwait.

Update: Fixed bad links. --p

--Punctilious

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You think Soldiers' Angels is an impressive troop-support organization? Meet the amazing force behind it who was recently officially recognized for her work by the U.S. Army: An Angel Among Us.

by Denizens on Jan 17, 2006 | General Commentary
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The Denizenne Fighter Arm, con't.

And the Insider Jokes continue!

F22.5FbL Stealth Attack Fighter of the DFA, a wholly owned and operated entity of Castle Forces, Inc

by John on Jan 17, 2006 | Aircraft

Tossed out for your consideration.

Doug MacGregor (COL, USA, ret) has been beating the drum of reforming the Army since the publication of his book, Breaking the Phalanx. He continues his fight in this presentation to the Air Force Staff College.

You can see the presentation here - I'm sure it was much better in person, with MacGregor illuminating his points (be happy to hear from anyone who was there...)

Download file

Here's my thoughts on the subject:

1. I agree with his assertion Air Force guys are generally clueless when it comes to ground fights and the people who fight them - which wasn't true of the Army Air Force... of course, then the air generals didn't believe the ground generals understood air power...

2. Kicking Colonels out of the command loop is huge cultural challenge, it's actually perceived, I think, as the last level where command is fun - and restricting it to BGs means that what, half the Colonels who command now will not get that chance? That is a honking great cultural hump to overcome.

3. MacGregor consistently ignores the *why* of those intermediate HQ's rise and fall. We try to get rid of them, and they come back under the pressure of operations. I think this is one of MacGregor's biggest blind spots. Not so much that he's wrong - but that he just hand waves it away.

4. He's completely combat-focused, and doesn't really address (perhaps he does, elsewhere) the totality of the 3-block war construct or how these units would operate in the COE. Of course, his audience was the Air Force, and they don't play in this arena, so he may have just glossed that over - but if AF Generals want to have real shots at routinely being JTF Commanders, they are going to have to learn this stuff, too.

5. Sadly for MacGregor, the track record of unifying the Joint Chiefs hasn't worked well elsewhere - but then it hasn't been tried by a big western military yet, either. But the Canadian experience is, I think, instructive. Not that we'd ever want to study them to learn anything, oh no.... (a snark at us, not you plaid-hat wearing, maple syrup-sipping hosers from up north).

6. I concur, pretty much, with his thoughts on procurement.

7. I think this construct is an Expeditionary Army on the model of Brit Colonial-style little wars. I wonder how it would stand up in a fight against India, Russia, or China?

8. He talks about decentralized logistics - but offers no real construct for it. Huge weakness - but again, that may be audience-centric.

8. I say turn him loose. We'll get rich and have work until we retire, studying this.

Just some thoughts to stimulate discussion. Have at it. I'm not condemning his construct, nor endorsing it at this point. This is one briefing, taken in isolation I don't purport that this is the totality of MacGregor's current thinking. But it *is* a window into his current thinking, and deserves a wider audience.

I think it's worthy of discussion - because that's how ideas get improved and refined. To a point. It's also how they get buried, but we're not official here, so that's less a problem or likelihood.

Wonder what the JO's at The Officer's Club have to say on the subject?

25 Lessons Learned from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Continuing the Lessons Learned from OIF/OEF that I started in this post . Note to military Googlers - these are *not* tactical AARs!

This is mostly *NOT* worksafe, at least in non-military offices, though not in the same gory way that yesterday's were. That said - Ry, Miss Thang will *not* approve, and the delicate might be upset. War is an ugly business, and this lesson looks that straight in the eye.

Lesson #4. Abuse and Humiliation.

And, in case you think it's just awful to show these guys like this. Remember this.

This is *not* an official document! I contacted Mr. Coffey and have his permission for this use. If you choose to download and share it around via email, you may do so - but send it with the caveat that any publishing of the document, for profit or no, needs the permission of Mr. Coffey, as I only asked permission for myself, and he retains all rights!

Mr. Coffey can be reached via his website: Purple Mountain Publishing.

For Previous Lessons Learned, click the numbers. 1. 2, 3.

January 16, 2006

H&I fires 16 Jan 06

Open post for those with something to share. New, complete posts come in below.

CDR Salamander has an interesting post about Sexual politics and LT Black's Courts Martial

Interesting tidbits in history today:

1957 3 B-52s leave California on the first non-stop world flight. The Armorer would note that was his birth year - and unlike the Armorer, B-52s are still on active duty.
2001 Andrew J. Smith, 55th Mass, awarded a Medal of Honor, for Nov 30, 1864.
2001 Theodore Roosevelt awarded a Medal of Honor for San Juan Heights in 1898.

Both victims of the politics of the era. -The Armorer

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Holocaust Debate?!

Iran is planning to host a debate to "assess the scale and consequences of the Holocaust." To me, this would be like Syria hosting a debate about the Khmer Rouge years. I'd say this lunacy is getting out of hand., and I am beginning to wonder if maybe Iran isn't intentionally trying to goad Israel into an attack. Could Iran already have a nuclear weapon, and is just trying to legitimize the use of it? - SangerM

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Words fail me. Congressman Murtha (former Marine), must be in the early stages of dimentia. H/T Blackfive. - Fuzzybear Lioness

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Oops! Shoulda done this a long time ago, but I've been kinda "distracted" with the people tracking mud through my blog home lately:

Today is the last day for bidding on a piece of Beatles memorabilia with profits going to Valour-IT. Captain Ziegenfuss has the details. - Fuzzybear Lioness

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I've always liked "Davids Medienkritik," but this article really made my day. I suspect it'll do the same for you--if you're an American, that is. If you're European, it might not be as pleasant to read. oh, well. - SangerM

by Denizens on Jan 16, 2006 | General Commentary
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"Draw the words of my story..."

Kat honors her uncle:

I am tired after two days at the hospital with only a catnap on the waiting room couch. I feel I cannot do the kind of fitting tribute here that he deserves as a man that was well loved and respected. In the movie "13th Warrior", the character Buliwyf, having left his father's inheritence on the shores of the Volga to return to Norse Land to fight the dreaded "fire worm", was dying slowly of blood poisoning. He said to Antonio Banderas' character, Ahmed, that a man with nothing might be thought a king if another man "drew the words of his story". My uncle died with little having given it all, in the end, for service to his country. So, I wanted to give him this last gift, that some might read his story and think him a king.
In his shadow box he has two purple hearts, a bronze star with V device, and several more commendation medals including, of course, his Vietnam service ribbon. There was also a piece of bent metal on a chain he had worn as a necklace in Vietnam after his M-60 took a round meant for him. The piece had flown off and stuck in his chest (one of the purple hearts). If it hadn't been for the M-60, it would have been a 7.62 round in his chest instead.
[ed...my uncle's last helicopter in Vietnam was selected by the Smithsonian to represent pilots and crew of the era, having been shot down once and recovered, then shot many times, but repaired and still flying, it was one of the longest serving Huey's in the Army. Another helicopter from the era came to Kansas City with an assault helicopter crew association. My uncle took us to see the helicopter and, as a special favor, we were allowed to climb into the helicopter and sit in the pilot and gunner seats. Just another one of our biker day trips.

Then there is this. I think you Vultures could perhaps tap into reservoir here. He was Door Gunner. The Armorer asks that all who are motivated, do a little bit here.

The king was dead, long live his story.

The wake will be next Thursday and the funeral on Friday. When he died, they were very much in debt. His kids are having a hard time trying to figure out how to pay for his funeral. Because he died from respiratory failure associated with the pneumonia he contracted, the VA is not certifying his death as "service connected" so his wife is getting very little in terms of assistance from the VA or Medicare. I am not asking for money, but I would like to know if anyone knows of any veterans associations that might help his family pay for his funeral or offer other services. I know he did not belong to the VFW, but I don't know of other associations. We know that he could be buried at Leavenworth with no money paid for the plot or headstone, but his family is trying to honor his wish to be buried in the same cemetary as my grandparents so the cost is slightly higher. Still, the highest part is the other necessary activities regarding preparation of the body, the casket, etc.

If you know of any groups that could help, please email me at kehenry1 at hotmail dot com.

Thank you.

The whole piece, well worth your time, is here.

Now is the time at Castle Argghhh! when we dance, In Memoriam.

The Denizenne Fighter Arm

Today - Castle Forces, Inc. showcase the F22.5BRAB - our Electronic Warfare fighter of the DFA.

F22.5 BRAB of the DFA, a wholly owned and operated entity of Castle Forces, Inc

by John on Jan 16, 2006 | Aircraft

25 Lessons Learned from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Continuing the Lessons Learned from OIF/OEF that I started in this post . Note to military Googlers - these are *not* tactical AARs!

This is most emphatically *NOT* worksafe. War is an ugly business, and this lesson looks that straight in the eye.

Lesson 3.

And, in case you think it's just awful to show these guys like this. Remember this.

This is *not* an official document! I contacted Mr. Coffey and have his permission for this use. If you choose to download and share it around via email, you may do so - but send it with the caveat that any publishing of the document, for profit or no, needs the permission of Mr. Coffey, as I only asked permission for myself, and he retains all rights!

Mr. Coffey can be reached via his website: Purple Mountain Publishing.

For Previous Lessons Learned, click the numbers. 1. 2.

If you are about to retire from the military...

...or have done so recently - buy this book.

What book?

The Military Advantage, by Chris Michel (even is he *is* a Squid).

You may have seen the book in your email lately if you get the email updates from Military.com.

First up - the caveat. I got this as a review copy from the publisher, though it came without any requirement to read, much less endorse and review. They asked, I said yes, it showed up. It's good to be the Armorer. I now have those privileges with *two* publishers. Now if I could only score the real Geek Military presses like Greenhill and St. Martins, among others. I've got a few more book reviews in the works, I'll let you know which ones were free to me, vice ones I paid for.

I read it. And I honestly wish that I had had this book before I retired. I'm sure the info contained in this book was out there - but when I was looking for it, it wasn't in one, easy to read, and MOST IMPORTANTLY CROSS-REFERENCED, one-stop-shop.

This is especially true as an easy-to-read-and-follow description of the VA Disability application and adjudication process.

The book covers all aspects of the pluses of a military career (we know the minuses already, eh?), in an easy to read (and did I mention, cross-referenced?) manner. It's easy to navigate, written in Real Person, not Gov't Bureaucrat - and in a nod to modernity and the ever-changing landscape of military benefits... gives you a website and password to get the latest updates as Congress and the Executive either scurry to pander to the passion of the moment, or is pushed, kicking and screaming, into honoring agreements long promised and little acted upon. Or acted upon, badly.

The active duty warrior or their spouse will find much useful here, especially if you are getting an assignment away from a major military installation and have to navigate the mysteries of TRICARE.

The Military Advantage, by Chris Michel. Published by Simon and Schuster. 389pps, $20.00 on the cover, $13.60 online at Amazon, I dunno what the PX is going to charge for it.

UPDATE: ARGGHHH!!! I was in a rush this morning, and saved the wrong version of this post. That error led to this question in the comments:

Sounds like a great resource. Would this also be useful to those leaving the military after 8-10 years, who I presume are not actually "retiring"?

The missing part is this:

This genesis for this book was Michel's experience when transitioning from active duty to the reserve. He had specific benefit questions, and when he asked a crusty old CPO, he got a concise, complete answer - unavailable anywhere else.

So Michel decided to become that "anywhere else." Thus, this tome. Yes, this book is a good reference for those entering the service, changing components, and as a "stay behind" reference for family members whose Warrior is deployed, not just us useless old farts who are know just a drag on the Defense budget providing no value added (good work if you can get it, though).

As I said, The Armorer was in a rush this morning, and regrets the error...

by John on Jan 16, 2006 | Book Reviews

January 15, 2006

H&I Fires 15 Jan 06

Open post for those with something to share. New, complete posts come in below.

Our pal John, who has ruined our investment portfolio by cleverly using his website to divert our funds from smart investments to Castle Artifacts, thus improving *his* investment portfolio, sends us to this retired sailors place - oddly enough, to get a peptalk from General Patton.

Carnival of the Recipes #74 is up at The Common Room. -The Armorer

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It's not much, but I figured I'd invite people to visit my blog for a purpose other than expressing their alarm over the idea that the Army wants good PR for itself. Check this out while you're at it, and see if you can cope with the jealousy. *wink* - Fuzzybear Lioness

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Pogue sends: This poor guy needs to find another profession. A journalist that no one noticed was missing? Who'd 'a thunk it?

Confederate Yankee discusses the difficulty of sorting out who's who - and asks the question... in a war for survival, do we treat it like a police activity. Would we have lamented in any serious way the death of Goebbel's children or Eva Braun, if it meant we'd have gotten Goebbels, or Hitler? Oh, wait - it's not a war for survival, Pelosi sez so. -The Armorer

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I must apologize for being silent on the H+I Fires but it has been a busy few weeks as I have been blogging for dough about the Canadian Federal election for the CBC. You can read about the fight between our center-left, the left and the lefties and the nutty nutty leftwing nutbars over here. For those of you wondering what the top half of my head looks like, you shall find an answer under that link. Soon, however, the voting will be over up here and I can get back to asking naive questions about the US constitution and all things military.

Also, speaking of exercising your franchise, A Good Beer Blog is up for some awards. Your vote placed here would be gratefully appreciated by all the staff (meaning me). Remember: I drink the beers so you don't have to - that is what you wanted, right?

All the best for now from the north, Alan.

by Denizens on Jan 15, 2006 | General Commentary

Heh. Just, heh.

What part of the linkages of Prohibition, The War on Drugs, and Banning/Restricting Guns doesn't this guy get?

Worried that measures to limit smoking don't go far enough, Elk Grove Village officials are considering banning the sale of cigarettes, apparently the first time that has been seriously proposed in Illinois, experts said.

Mayor Craig Johnson said the village would be hypocritical to consider a current proposal to restrict smoking in bars and restaurants without going after cigarettes themselves.

Heh. Note that the great waves of gun control legislation came in the country after waves of gun violence - which came after Prohibition, and the War on Drugs, as the criminals moved into to take over previously legal enterprises that the bulk of the population in fact, support, at some level or another, even if they won't go against the glitterati who speak about in favor of such measures.

Even Europe doesn't go to this level of insanity... do they?

Food for thought.

Will the will of American People make George W. Bush the Daladier/Chamberlain of his generation?

Or, is this, as they thought at the time of the Reoccupation of the Rhineland, just another little tin-horn Dictator?

That parallels aren't all that parallel, certainly.

But food for thought, regardless.

F22.5db, The Werekitten!

Thus, is the Denizenne Fighter Arm born... (we'd have an Air Force, if Neffi had anything other than a nylon-winged stringbag...)

F22.5 Werekitten of the DFA, a wholly owned and operated entity of Castle Forces, Inc.

Okay, yeah, I had some time this morning. What the heck, keeping Denizenne's happy is *almost* as important as keeping SWWBO happy.

by John on Jan 15, 2006 | Aircraft