Mind – My good friend “Ajax” B., sometimes referred to as Jr since I am also named AJAX, is a master story teller. Regular Friday events in a fighter squadron usually consist of flying in the morning followed by weapons academics, pilot meeting, then closing the day out with a quick roll call in the squadron bar (yes we have bars in all the squadrons).  At the roll call we like to tell stories, sometimes they are actual events and 100% true, other times we like to invoke the 10% rule, meaning that as long as 10% of the story is true, it is within the realm of acceptable. In fact, embellishment is encouraged in order to make a story not  that funny…a little more humorous. If the 10% rule is used and the culprit of the story objects, the victim is usually assessed some sort of penalty for quibbling. What’s the point ? Know how to laugh at yourself and not to take things too seriously.

To close it out, most fighter pilot callsigns are the result of some story, like “Ajax” B’s.  Being an uber go getter guy, he decided to clean out the bar’s popcorn machine with a gritty cleaner; a rookie move strictly frowned upon because everyone knows a fighter bar’s popcorn machine takes years of jalapeno seasoning to get the flavoring right. Or maybe it’s because he looks like the bald Mr. Clean guy, I’ll never tell. The story behind my callsign AJAX was a good story told well, and yes it is highly embarrassing…if you run into “Ajax” B maybe he will share.

Body – Strength

Wingman/Flight Leads/Instructors

3 Sets  8-10 Reps
Bench Press
Incline Bench Press
Seated Rows
Kettlebell Swings

Weapons Instructor Course

To Bruiser…husband, father, friend, state champion  wrestler, initiator of good stories, hero

Bruiser - State Champion

3x Progressive Ladders of the following
A ladder is 1 rep rung, then 2 rep rung, then 3 rep run, decreasing weight for each rung.  Decrease weigh for each rung.
Bench Press, 225lbs, 205lbs, 185lbs
Dead Lift 355lbs, 335lbs, 315lbs
Front Squat 185lbs, 165lbs, 135lbs
Overhead Squat 135lbs, 105lbs, 95lbs
Standing Military Press 135lbs, 105lbs, 95lbs
Squat 355 lbs, 335 lbs, 315lbs
Weighted Pull Ups 40lbs, 20lbs, BW


Recipe of the Day

Chicken Flourentine

Chicken Florentine Pasta
From the Pioneer Women, modified by AJAX
1 pound Penne
4 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
Salt And Pepper, to taste
2 Tablespoons Butter
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
4 cloves Garlic, Minced
3/4 cups Dry White Wine
3/4 cups Low-sodium Broth, More If Needed
1 bag Baby Spinach
2 cups Grape Tomatoes, Halved Lengthwise
4 ounces, weight Parmesan Cheese, Shaved With Vegetable Peeler

Preparation Instructions

Cook pasta according to package directions in lightly salted water. Drain and set aside.

Cut chicken breasts into chunks and sprinkle on salt and pepper.

Heat butter and olive oil over high heat in a large skillet. Add chicken chunks in a single layer and do not stir for a minute or two in order to allow the chicken to brown on the first side. Turn the chicken and brown on the other side. Cook until done, then remove chicken from the skillet.

Turn heat to medium. Add garlic and quickly stir to avoid burning. After about 30 seconds, pour in wine and broth, stirring to deglaze the pan. Allow the liquid to bubble up, then continue cooking until it’s reduced by at least half (most of the surface of the liquid should be bubbling at this point.)

Turn off the heat. Add spinach, tomatoes, chicken, and cooked pasta to the skillet. Toss to combine; the spinach will wilt as you toss everything. Add plenty of Parmesan shavings and toss to combine.

Serve with extra Parmesan shavings.


Spirit – Mathew 17:20 “…I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”