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Mind – Squadrons are the most fundamental unit of the United States Air Force. A squadron is the foundation upon which all other larger operations are formed. Oddly enough, all squadrons have personalities, and I thought it would be fun to briefly describe some of the squadrons that I have been in.  The 389th Fighter Squadron, known as the T-Bolts, was my first combat unit. Although no longer an F-16 unit, it is still operational as part of the 366th Fighter Wing, known as the Gunfighters. When I was part of the T-Bolts we were Wild Weasels, a moniker used because of the squadron’s mission, a mission still carried on today and dates back to the original Wild Weasels that flew a variety of aircraft starting with F-100s, and moved through F-105s, F-4s, and finally F-16s. The Wild Weasel’s suppress or kill enemy air defense systems. In other words, they hunt the enemy shooters. Being part of the T-Bolts was a phenomenal experience because the Gunfighters had just formed into a composite wing. A composite wing included each kind of aircraft that was needed to conduct large-scale autonomous air operations; we had F-15C’s for Air Superiority, F-15E’s for interdiction, B-1Bs for long-range strike, KC-135s for air refueling, F-16 CJs for Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses, and EA-6Bs attached for Electronic Warfare. It was a sight to behold, and when the Gunfighters landed, the location was referred to as MOTOWN because of our two letter tail flash identifiers… MO. The wing was one of the best trained in the USAF, and by far one of the most lethal I have ever been in. Unlike other wings that only got to train with such a wide variety of aircraft about once a quarter, we trained with our sister squadrons in large force strike packages everyday. Because of that level of training, Mountain Home was a hard team to beat, and the Gun Fighters regularly kicked some serious ass when we deployed to Red Flag or for real world operations. The T-Bolts were led by LtCol. Mike “Haze” Hazenfield, one of the best commanders I ever had. His attention to detail and care for “his guys” was unlike I have ever seen.  BA Andrews was my DO, check out his story. The T-Bolts were also home to my best buds “Poacher” and “Homer” which you have heard about previously. “Haze” taught me what it means to take care of your people, something we can all apply.
Col BA Andrews  -  after returning as a POW

Col BA Andrews – after returning as a POW

Body – Strength
10 Minutes Stretching
 3 rounds of
20 Air Squats Demo
20 Mountain Climbers Demo
20 Push Ups Demo
Flight Leads
25x Situps
8-10 Reps of
45lb Barbell Clean and Press
45lb Barbell Curls
5lb Dumbbell Lat Raises
5lb Dumbbell Curls
45lb Barbell Upright Rows
45lb Barbell Push Presses
5lb Seated Dumbbell Curls
45lb Narrow Grip Bench
45lb Barbell Wrist Curls on Bench
45lb Barbell Reverse Curls
3 Sets of 8-10 Reps ,  weight as desired
Barbell Clean and Press
Barbell Curls
Dumbbell Lat Raises
Dumbbell Curls
Barbell Upright Rows
Barbell Push Presses
Seated Dumbbell Curls
Narrow Grip Bench
Barbell Wrist Curls on Bench
Barbell Reverse Curls
Upright Rows

Upright Rows

Weapons Instructor Course
5 Sets of 8-10 Reps ,  superset, weight as desired
Barbell Clean and Press
Barbell Curls
Dumbbell Lat Raises
Dumbbell Curls
Barbell Upright Rows
Barbell Push Presses
Seated Dumbbell Curls
Narrow Grip Bench
Barbell Wrist Curls on Bench
Barbell Reverse Curls
Kettlebell Swings
Tough Mudder …Get Ready
Recipe of the Day
Sriracha Fried Rice
 Sirachi Fried Rice
Serves 4 as a side dish or 2 as a main entree
2 tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon minced ginger
2 scallions, white and green parts separated and thinly sliced
5 or 6 fresh shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and caps finely chopped
1/2 cup frozen peas
3 cups cold leftover rice
3 tablespoons Sriracha
3 tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil
Freshly ground black or white pepper to taste
1. Break up the cold cooked rice into smaller clumps.
2. Heat a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat until a bead of water sizzles and evaporates on contact. Add the oil and swirl to coat the base. Add the garlic, ginger, and scallion whites and cook for about 30 seconds, until just aromatic. And the mushrooms and stir-fry for about 1 minute.
3. Toss in the rice and break up any remaining clumps with a spatula. Add the peas. Continue to stir-fry until the rice starts to turn golden, about 2 minutes. Stir in the Sriracha, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Add pepper to taste.
4. Optional: In a separate pan, fry an egg to top off the fried rice. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper on the egg if you’d like.
5. Transfer the rice to bowls, sprinkle the scallion greens on top, and serve.
Spirit – Matthew 5:14-15 “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on a stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.”