I lost a soldier in Operation Desert Storm to “friendly fire.” It wasn’t the common case for such events. No one mistook my soldier for someone else, put him in the crosshairs and pulled a trigger. He wasn’t someplace he shouldn’t have been. There was, indeed, no human error involved. A hundred or so artillery shells were in the air heading to an Iraqi army target that had previously been fired upon. One shell malfunctioned dropping is bomblets short of the intended target killing my soldier, a young sergeant very popular with his colleagues.