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 Kelly McGillis


Mind – April Fools’! What better way to celebrate the day and kick off the month than a week of Top Gun myth busting? This week is going to be a blast making fun of oiled up Navy dudes, big watches, sunglasses and all the other ridiculous stuff the movie Top Gun stereotyped fighter pilots with.

First an explanation of Top Gun, the school does exist at Naval Air Station Fallon in Nevada.  The course is 9 weeks long and teaches advanced air-to-air tactics to Navy and Marine Corp fighter pilots.  The United States Air Force has a similar program located at Nellis Air Force base, also in Nevada, but is 6 months long. I am biased, but I think the USAF program is far more comprehensive.

Today’s myth I am going to bust, Charlie. The Navy and Marine Corps do things a little non-standard, but since I have flown in a few Top Gun events and graduated USAF Fighter Weapons School I can speak with some experience, to date I have yet to meet Charlie. Rather than hot women in high heels and tight skirts debriefing me on my missions, I had the likes of Max, Deets, Thirty, Spam, Magilla, Gripper, Nut, PeeWee, Whiskey, Bluto, and Big Bluto debriefing me on how poorly my Basic Fighter Maneuvering skills were progressing. Trust me, none of them looked Kelly McGillis, and unlike Charlie, these guys could fly a pretty mean jet and kick your ass. I learned a lot from those guys, besides teaching you how to employ your aircraft better than you ever thought possible, the real lesson I took away from these guys is how to never give up. The instructors made the program difficult, and as with all things in life, good things come via hard work.





Body – Strength, Leg Day


5 minutes of jump ropes
5 minutes of 12-24” box jumps

4 rounds of

25 Air Squats
25 Walking Lunges
25 Standing Calf Raises
25 Burpees

Flight Leads

5 minutes of jump ropes
5 minutes of 12-24” box jumps

3 Sets Each of

25x 25 lb kettlebell swings
10x 95 lb squats
10x 45 lb lunges
10x Good Mornings
10x 45 lb straight leg deadlifts
10x 45 lb calf raises with shrug


300 double unders
5 minutes AMRAP 24” box jumps

3 Sets Each of
25x 50 lb kettlebell swings
10x 225 lb squats
10x 95 lb lunges
10x 45lb good mornings
10x 135 lb straight leg deadlifts
10x 225 lb calf raises with shrug

Weapons Instructor Course

500 double unders
5 minutes AMRAP 36” box jumps
3 Sets Each of
25x 50 lb kettlebell swings
10x 315 lb squats
10x 135 lb lunges
10x 45lb good mornings
10x 225 lb straight leg deadlifts
10x 225 lb calf raises with shrug

Finish with 1000m all out row


Recipe of the Day


Photo by Lisa Hubbard

Photo by Lisa Hubbard


Poached Eggs in Tomato Sauce with Chickpeas and Feta

Recipe from Bon Appétit, December 2011, modified by AJAX

Photo by Lisa Hubbard
Serves – 4

Prep time – 30 minutes active, 35 minutes total
Nutrition – 533 calories with Pita, 470 without, 9 grams protein, 29 grams fat, 25 grams carbs


1/4 cup olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
2 Hatch Chiles grilled, peeled, seaded, finely chopped
1 15-ounce can black beans, drained
2 teaspoons Hungarian sweet paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes, crushed by hand, juices reserved
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup coarsely crumbled feta
8 large eggs
1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
Warm pita bread


Preheat oven to 425°F. Heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, and chiles; cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft, about 8 minutes. Add black beans, paprika, and cumin and cook for 2 minutes longer.

Add crushed tomatoes and their juices. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens slightly, about 15 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle feta evenly over sauce. Crack eggs one at a time and place over sauce, spacing evenly apart. Transfer skillet to oven and bake until whites are just set but yolks are still runny, 5–8 minutes. Garnish with parsley and cilantro. Serve with pita for dipping.

Read More http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Poached-Eggs-in-Tomato-Sauce-with-Chickpeas-and-Feta-368963#ixzz2ONtt129r

MackNBee taste rating 4 out of 4
AJAX ease of prep rating 4 out of 4, this meal was awesome, kids were whining that I wouldn’t make it again


Spirit – Acts 1:3-5 “After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

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