Mind – Some would say it is way to early to talk about mustache March, but tradition week can’t pass without covering this particularly hairy topic. Growing outrageous mustaches during the month of march, or any combat deployment, drives wives, commanders, Chiefs, General’s, and for that matter most of the fighter pilots growing the wooly caterpillars, crazy. But actually that’s the point. I am sure some old timers are going to chime in with earlier antics of fighter pilots growing these beasts, but Robin Olds is the guy that put this tradition on the scope of disapproving brass. In his memoir Fighter Pilot, Olds describes an encounter with the Air Force Chief of Staff, General John P. McConnell. It was immediately after Old’s return from Korea leading the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing in combat. “I dropped my salute as the boss walked toward me. He gave up on lighting the cigarette. With it dangling from the side of his mouth and Kleenex billowing from his nose, the general pointed a forefinger under my nose and said, ‘Take it off!’ Just like that. He obviously meant my rather flamboyant mustache, which I knew somehow had outgrown all semblance of air force propriety. To tell you the truth, I wasn’t all that fond of the damned thing by then, but it had become a symbol for the men in the 8th Wing.” These things drive everyone nuts. I remember my first mustache after deploying, it was fiery red, and WAY over the limits. It was enough to make my one and a half year old daughter Elizabeth burst into tears when I hopped out of my jet and pulled of my helmet and mask. I think my wife Lisa was a little scared too. The only guy worse was my partner in crime “Poacher” who not only sprouted enough facial hair to shame his Viking ancestors, but he also was working on the Poacher pompadour, a hairstyle with enough volume as to drive a life support helmet resizing. Our antics brought the same kind of response from our commander “Bees”, as Old’s got from the CSAF, it also bought Poacher an exile tour to the OSS scheduling shop. So why do fighter pilots continue with this tradition of flaunting the rules? Many think its because fighter pilots are a bunch of undisciplined jet jocks who don’t think the rules apply to us. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Fighter pilots are some of the most disciplined, well trained, and hard working warriors on the planet. And flying combat aircraft has lots of rules, and we adhere to them with zero tolerance for breaking them, because our rules are written with the blood of our brothers. Many criticize and ask how we don’t place ourselves on slippery slopes for flaunting some of the rules. I think the answer is simple, we don’t come up with bullshit rules, we do what’s right, we do what works, we listen to critique and change if we need to.
Body – Active Rest Day
Wingman/Flight Leads/Instructors/Weapons Instructor Course
Hit some baseballs, golf driving range, skeet range, or indoor race track.
Recipe of the Day
Date Night Out – You need to earn points for Valentines day, and at every opportunity leading up to Mustache March
1: Fill Red Solo Cup 1/3 – 1/2 full of oil.
2: Add oil to kettle with 2-3 kernels.
3: When kernels pop the oil is hot enough for the peppers. Add 1/2-3/4 full Red Solo Cup of drained pickled jalapenos, more or less based on your taste. Salt to taste, about 1 tsp.
4: Let simmer 5-10 min with the stirrer going, until the jalapenos are JUST now brown. Do not over cook.
5: Add full Solo cup of korn.
6: Dump when the popping is almost done.
7: Add “MORE SALT!” and cayenne pepper/pepper as desired.
Spirit – Luke 12:25-27 “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.”