Mind – The 35th Fighter Squadron is known as The Pantons, and is located at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea (ROK). The Pantons are a fun loving squadron, paired with their sister squadron, The Juvats. The two squadrons are like CatDog, a constantly swirling fray of pranks and harassment. I am not sure if it is the squadron personality that perpetuates because of who it drafts, or if the squadron personality perpetuates despite its’ drafts. Regardless, the Pantons have always been the easy going “Push it Up” squadron, whereas the Juvats seem to be the squadron that adheres to ritual and more of a fraternal order. The pranks over the years have been relentless and ruthless; for example, entire squadron bars have been painted pink overnight, doors bricked over, bonfires sparked, massive snow ball fights, ransoming and breaking of mascots, smashing of cars, and posting of ridiculous and embarrassing photos. It’s good old-fashioned competition and rivalry at its best. These two squadrons are the forefront of deterrence on the Korean peninsula, and to say that the squadrons are chocked full of type A competitive ass kickers is an understatement. The squadrons work hard, train hard, and play hard, and no one likes to be second place. The wing bombing competitions and Top Gun awards are always fierce because a Kunsan assignment is only one year, leaving few opportunities to change bragging rights during a usual tour of duty. It is hard to find an F-16 pilot who has not been stationed at Kunsan, making it all but impossible to have a pilot gathering without calls of “Push it Up” or “What is Good?” from Panton or Juvat respectively. LtCol. J.R. “Cluso” Smith was the commander during my time at Kunsan. Cluso taught me understanding. I look back at my time at Kunsan almost in the same way a new parent comes to understand the wisdom of their parents. I can only chuckle now after being a commander as to how understanding Cluso was with a young fighter pilot named AJAX. Thanks Cluso!
Body – Mobility/Flexibility
Weapons Instructor Course
Bikram hot yoga
Recipe of the Day
Open-Face Smoked Salmon and Avocado Sandwiches
1-1/2 firm-ripe medium avocados, cut into medium dice
1 medium scallion, thinly sliced
3 Tbs. chopped fresh cilantro; whole leaves for garnish
4 tsp. fresh lime juice
1/2 to 1 tsp. finely chopped jalapeño
2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp. toasted coriander seeds, coarsely ground
1/4 tsp. (scant) finely grated orange zest
8 oz. thinly sliced cold-smoked salmon, cut into 1-1/2 -inch-wide strips
4 slices sourdough bread (each 6-1/2 inches long and 1/2 inch thick), toasted very crisp
1 medium clove garlic, halved
In a medium bowl, gently mix (don’t mash) the avocado, scallion, chopped cilantro, lime juice, jalapeño, and 1/4 tsp. salt. In another medium bowl, mix the oil, coriander, and orange zest. Toss the salmon with the oil mixture. Rub the toasts lightly with the cut sides of the garlic clove. Divide the avocado mixture among the toasts. Pile the salmon strips on top. Garnish with the cilantro leaves and serve immediately so the toast stays crisp.
nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 440; Fat (g): 21; Fat Calories (kcal): 190; Saturated Fat (g): 3.5; Protein (g): 20; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 14; Carbohydrates (g): 44; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3; Sodium (mg): 1630; Cholesterol (mg): 15; Fiber (g): 7;
photo: Scott Phillips
From Fine Cooking 102 , pp. 24
October 29, 2009
Spirit – Billy’s homework assignment was to think of a true story with a moral so he goes home and thinks about it all night. He finally has one!
The following day, Suzy raises her hand first and says, “My Dad owns a farm and every Sunday we load the chicken eggs into a basket and onto the truck. Well, one Sunday we hit a big bump and all of the eggs flew out of the basket and onto the road”. The teacher asks for the moral of the story and Suzy replies, “Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket”.
Next is Lucy. “Well, my Dad owns a farm, too, and every weekend we take the chicken eggs and put them in the incubator. Last weekend, only 8 of the 12 eggs hatched. The moral of my story is, “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch”.
Billy is the last to speak. He says, “My Uncle Ted fought in the Viet Nam War. His plane got shot down over enemy territory. He jumped out, before it crashed, with only a parachute, a machine gun, a machete and a bottle of bourbon. As he floated down, he drank the bourbon. Unfortunately, he landed smack dab in the middle of of 100 North Vietnamese Soldiers. He shot 70 of them with his machine gun, but then he ran out of bullets. So he pulled out his machete and killed 20 more. But the blade broke. So he killed the last 10 with his bare hands. The teacher looks in shock at Billy and asks if there could possibly be a moral to his story.
Billy replies – – – “Don’t mess with my Uncle Ted [Fighter Pilot] when he’s been drinking.”