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Cool Jet
Mind – Callsigns were discussed briefly, reference the 18 January post, “A Poor Story Told Well.” But understanding the traditions and rules of the game is part of the fun. First things first though, if “Maverick” and “Goose” really do exist, they are definitely in the Navy, and they didn’t get their names because they are cool. Usually names are bestowed because of buffoonery or shenanigans. Sometimes names just work and are plays on other names or words, such as “Dez” Ray, or “Monty” Hall, “Haze” Hazenfield, and “Bags” Bagnanni. Some you have say rapidly with the rest of their name like “Cider” and “Cleet” (Names have been omitted to protect the innocent and guilty). Many are acronyms like AJAX, which is why it is all capitalized. Acronym names usually come with a cover story, such as abrasiveness, again to protect the guilty. Regardless of what the name is, receiving your name a milestone and taken seriously in all fighter squadrons. It is possible to have all sorts of nicknames prior to your first fighter squadron, but the name you receive once becoming combat mission certified for the first time is the one that usually sticks and is a pretty big deal. Normally a squadron forms a naming committee prior to the big naming day, where those who helped upgrade the FNG (F^^ing New Guy) propose all sorts of ridiculous and not so ridiculous names. One big hint for any FNG’s that may be reading this, if asked what callsign is desired, say nothing, anything said can and will be used against you. Once bestowed with a callsign it usually does not change unless you do something so heinous or hilarious that merits a hostile renaming. Rules apply here as well, and a properly bestowed callsign cannot be changed once used in combat, or in three major commands. There are common sense rules such the cool rule (i.e. has to at least sound cool at the officers’ club regardless of how embarrassing it actually is), or the two-syllable rule for ease of pronunciation. Regardless of the name, receiving your callsign is a big deal. It is official acceptance and sign of passing the first major milestone in a long journey of becoming a combat certified pilot. And like all good things, the road to get there is full of excitement, highs and lows, and a ton of hard work. Isn’t it that way in life as well? But getting your callsign is actually just the beginning of a much longer journey, a journey that merely entitles you more work. But of course, that’s stuff that makes life so good.
Body – Power – Endurance
1000 meter row
Flight Leads/Instructors
2000 meter row
200 double unders
AMRAP in 10 minutes of
10x 45lb Thrusters
5x Pullups
Weapons Instructor Course
2000m row <7:30
400 double unders
10 rounds for time of
20x 95lbs Thrusters
10x Chest to Bar Pullups
Recipe of the Day 
Flounder Poached in Tomato and Fennel, on spaghetti
3/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small fennel bulb, thinly sliced, plus fennel fronds for garnish
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 cups store-bought marinara sauce, preferably with no sugar added
4 4-ounce pieces skinless flounder fillet
Coarsely chopped fresh tarragon
1 package of spaghetti
Coarsely grind fennel seeds and red pepper flakes in a spice mill or with a mortar and pestle. Alternatively, place in a resealable freezer bag. Crush with a rolling pin or large skillet. Set aside.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add sliced fennel, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring often, until soft, 10-12 minutes. Add spices and cook, stirring often, until spices are beginning to darken, about 1 minute.
Add marinara sauce and 1/2 cup water to skillet; bring to a simmer and cook to meld flavors, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Season fish with salt and pepper and fold fillets in thirds or in half to form packets. Place fillets in sauce. Cover skillet and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook until fish is opaque and beginning to flake, 12-15 minutes.
Make spaghetti to package directions.
Divide spaghetti into portions then top with fennel-tomato sauce and fish. Sprinkle tarragon and fennel fronds over.
Per serving: 190 calories, 5 g fat, 2 g fiber
Spirit – Going on long journeys always require some sort of faith. Whether you are beginning a new job, a new project, or new friendship, faith is required because you don’t know how it will turn out. But that is ok, go for it! This is a great verse on faith talking about Jesus sending out his 12 disciples.  Mark 6:8-9 “Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. Wear sandals but not an extra tunic.” I always wish I had that much faith!