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Fabulous Fiends (Wikipedia Image)

Fabulous Fiends
(Wikipedia Image)

Mind – The second go around on the ROK (Republic of Korea) brought me to Osan Air Base and the 36th fighter squadron, HAAARUMPH. The Fiends are a mere stone throw away from the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). DMZ is a complete oxymoron as this is one of the most heavily armed areas in the world.

I was attached to the Fiends while I worked with my friend SHIP at 7th AF. Remember the acronym rule? SHIP has 9 kids, and his name stands for Should’ve Had Injection Protection. It was a fun year flying close air support missions up in P-518, the prohibited flying area in the DMZ. One of my favorite stories was our FNG renaming night with the Fiends.
As you know, even old guys have to go through the ritual (reference 8 February Callsigns). One of the Fiend rituals is entertainment for the squadron; so SHIP and I decided set up a little golf competition. The Fiend ops building was out in the middle of all the hardened aircraft shelters, and like all good fighter squadrons, the ops building housed our bar and was where we entertained ourselves.
Osan Air Base, South Korea (AFPN) -- An A-10 T...

25th FS A-10, pulling into the shelters (Wikipedia)

The golf tourney that SHIP and I set up was no ordinary chipping tournament though; it was nighttime, the target was my $500 Korean-super-best-deal-truck, the golf balls were slathered in Vaseline, and flaming. What could go wrong? Nothing actually, it went off without a hitch. The next morning, however, the maintenance supervisor could not figure our why burned up golf balls covered his entire ramp, and he was not happy about it. Sorry Super Fiend, it was not the Korean driving range next door, it was your efffing fighter pilots again, but he knew that.
It was a fun night had by all, SHIP and I kept our callsigns, and the little truck carried us on all sorts of adventures across the peninsula. I brought that little truck back home from Korea with me, here it served me well too. And in case you don’t believe in angels, the picture of my little truck is what was left of it after a double concrete truck rolled over it with my wife in it. She walked away without a scratch.
The Concrete Truck

The Concrete Truck

Little Truck

The little smashed Korea truck.


Body – Power
10 minutes active stretching,
5 minutes jumping rope
AMRAP in 10 Minutes
20 PVC Pipe Thrusters
10 Box Jumps
200m run
Flight Leads/Instructors
AMRAP in 15 Minutes
50 Jump Ropes
20 65lb Thrusters
10 24” Box Jumps
10 10lb Ball Slams
400m run
Weapons Instructor Course
AMRAP in 15 Minutes
100 Double Unders
20 95lb Thrusters
15 36” Box Jumps
10 25lb Ball Slams
400m run
Leg Day (photo by She Muscle)

Leg Day (photo by She Muscle


Recipe of the Day 

Steak with Red Wine Sauce and Mushrooms
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
12 ounces assorted mushrooms, torn or cut into large pieces
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, divided
1 1 1/2-pound Top Sirloin, trimmed, pounded to 1/2″ thickness
Coarsely cracked black pepper
3 garlic cloves, lightly crushed
1 6″ sprig rosemary
1 cup dry red wine
3/4 cup low-salt chicken stock

2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms; cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and golden, about 7 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to a bowl; set aside.

Melt 1 tablespoon butter with remaining 1 tablespoon oil in same skillet over medium heat. Season steak with salt and cracked pepper. Add steak, garlic, and rosemary to skillet. Cook about 3 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer to a cutting board. Let rest while preparing sauce.

Discard garlic and rosemary from skillet. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat. Add wine; cook, stirring up bits, until reduced to 3/4 cup, about 3 minutes. Strain; return liquid to skillet. Stir in stock; bring to a boil. Simmer until reduced to 1/2 cup, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; Whisk in 3 tablespoons butter. Stir in mushrooms and 1 tablespoon tarragon. Season with salt and pepper.

Spoon mushroom mixture onto plates. Thinly slice steak; serve over mushrooms. Garnish with remaining 1 tablespoon tarragon.

Per serving: 512 Calories, 41 grams fat, 4 grams carbohydrate

Modified from Epicurious.

Spirit – Mathew 5:37 “Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes’ and your ‘No’ be ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.”
I have to catch myself on this often.  I was talking to a friend the other day about the “Maybe” response. In reality we use it all to often when we don’t have the courage to say no.  Fill in the blank, “Dad can we go do ______?” Maybe really means no.  So here is to throwing down and making a decision.  Fighter pilots like to say any decision is usually better than none at all.
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