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Whiz, Javo, Pyro, and Titts

Whiz, Javo, Pyro, and Titts

 Mind – Tradition week has been fun, I missed covering T-shirts and Jeremiah Weed for the 6th and 7th so I will back date when I get a chance, but I decided to close out the week with New Guy Sweeps. One thing is constant in the military, change. The perpetual permanent change of stations (PCS) are a given. Moving for the military family is a way of life with both good and bad. Moving every 2-3 years means that even old hats are always going to be a FNGs every two to three years. Fighter squadrons are a meritocracy, and no matter how good you were at base X, you have to prove yourself to your new team. Proper decorum is adhered to, but when it comes to debriefing a mission, the flight lead or instructor has the hammer. It is just understood and expected, if the Colonel screws something up, the Captain should point out the error. One tradition every squadron celebrates is know as hail and farewells, and does exactly what the name implies, we say hi to the FNGs and goodbye to our friends leaving. Each squadron does them slightly differently and in Korea they are called sweeps, or Green Bean runs. For these special occasions party suits are the preferred attire, (pictured above and below) and are essentially 1950’s polyester leisure suits and are one of two outfits worn for sweeping. I remember my Green Bean sweep well. At Kunsan Air Base in Korean, the Pantons and Juvats push to the Korean village known as A-town.  Here the Lieutenants move out ahead of the squadron to each bar to make arrangements with the bar owners for eats and drinks and music. At each bar we eat and drink the same stuff, and listen to the same vinyl records that have been played way too many times, but its tradition and it’s a blast. In an effort to not go on way too long, let me just say that my poor commander Cluso, whom you have heard of before, once again had to reign in the “usual suspects.” This time I am pretty sure it was because we were hurling darts across the room…and I can verify no one was wearing safety glasses. Why do we do it? Because building bonds and creating an environment that fosters teamwork raises the performance of the entire team. Seek out the FNG, say hi, give them some friendly ribbing, and start building your team.
Kilo and I post sweep

Kilo and I post sweep

Body – Endurance
 Kara Goucher
30 minute hike
Flight Leads
Run 3 miles
Run 7 miles
Weapons Instructor Course
Run 12 miles
Recipe of the Day
Asian Salmon Bowl
Asian Bowl
1 cup jasmine rice
2 teaspoons unsalted butter
1 large clove garlic, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon cornstarch
4 salmon fillets (4 ounces each), skin removed
1 teaspoon canola oil
2 packages (5 ounces each) baby spinach
2 teaspoons black sesame seeds
Heat oven to 400°F. Cook rice as directed on package. In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Sauté garlic and pepper flakes until garlic is lightly golden, 1 minute. Add syrup, juice and soy sauce; cook until bubbling, 3 minutes. In a bowl, combine cornstarch and 1 teaspoon water; stir into garlic glaze. Cook until slightly thick, 1 minute. Arrange fillets on a foil-lined baking sheet. Spread 1 teaspoon glaze over each fillet. Roast until just cooked through, 12 minutes. In a medium skillet, warm oil over medium heat. Add 1 package spinach; sauté until just wilted. Remove from pan; set aside. Repeat with second package spinach. Divide rice among 4 bowls; top each with 1/4 spinach and 1 salmon fillet, broken into large pieces. Drizzle with remaining sauce; sprinkle each with 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds.
Spirit – Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to  you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”