Sweet Machines

Sweet Machines

Mind – Ok I hear all the griping about the non-updated site.  Copy all, I am getting my ass into gear. Today I am going to discuss teamwork a little. You have all heard me make fun of the WSO’s (Weapons Systems Operators) because they sit in the backseat of some our two seat fighter aircraft, and if you have been following any of the comments from my friends that ride (Dez and Bullet), you know they probably deserve the ribbing.  However, I will say that flying a two seat aircraft probably takes a lot of teamwork. For that matter flying single seat aircraft takes a lot of teamwork as well.  Fighters never employ single ship, we employ with a minimum of two and usually four or more. I have been involved in Large Force Employment (LFE) packages with upwards of 80 aircraft. The aircraft involved included command and control aircraft, electronic jammers, high value assets, search and rescue, strike, cargo, and air superiority aircraft. Behind all those assets are maintenance crews, fuel and weapons, intelligence, and so much more to make the mission happen. The bottom-line, it takes teamwork to make the mission happen, each piece is vital. Knowing your roll and how to make the team function best for all is one of the hardest things about being on a team, especially when the team is made up of a bunch of hard charging go getters.  Sometimes true leaders must know how to follow, take pride and take care of their minor roll, while encouraging others to step up to the plate.
On that closing note, if you would like to write an article, or submit a meal or workout, send me a message and I will contact you to add you to contributors.
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 Yoga
Body – Mobility and Flexibility
Wingman/Flight Leads/Instructors
30/60/90 minutes of yoga
Weapons Instructor Course
90 Minutes of hot Bikram yoga
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Recipe of the Day 
 Brown Rice and Beans
Brown Rice and Beans with Ginger, Avocado and Chile Salsa 
Recipe from Bon Appétit, modified by AJAX
Photo by AJAX
Serves – 4
Prep time – 20 minutes active, 50 minutes total
Nutrition – 360 calories, xx grams protein, 16 grams fat, 16 grams carbs
Ingredients
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 medium onion, chopped, divided
1 cup brown rice
Kosher salt
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro, divided
Freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed
1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth or water
2 red jalapeños or Fresno or Holland chiles, stemmed, halved, seeded
1 garlic clove
1 tablespoon chopped peeled ginger
1 tablespoon finely grated lime zest
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 avocado, halved, pitted, chopped
1/4 cup crumbled Cotija cheese or feta
Lime wedges (for serving)
Directions
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add 1/4 of onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add rice and stir to coat. Add 2 cups water and season with salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until rice is just tender, 40-50 minutes.
Remove from heat. Let stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Fluff rice with a fork. Fold in 1/4 cup cilantro; season with salt and pepper.
While rice is cooking, heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add 2/3 of remaining onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion has softened, about 5 minutes.
Add coriander and cumin; stir 1 minute. Add beans and broth; season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, occasionally mashing beans, until thickened, 8-10 minutes.
Pulse chiles, garlic, ginger, lime zest, lime juice, and remaining onion in a blender until a chunky sauce forms. Season salsa with salt.
Serve rice with beans; top with salsa, avocado, cheese, 1/4 cup cilantro, and lime wedges.
MackNBee taste rating 4 out of 4
AJAX ease of prep rating 4 out of 4 — awesome recipe, kids and I loved it.
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Spirit – One question I frequently hear is, “Why does a perfectly good, perfectly loving, all powerful and infinite God allow the pain and suffering of this world?”
My pastor this weekend had a great response, and there is no way to cover it fully in this short blog, but ponder this.
Let us assume that you could advise God on how to remove suffering from this world, first you say…1) Eliminate all the terrorist and killers of innocents.  Surely this would eliminate some of the suffering.  Then you advise further, 2) Eliminate all the murderers, criminals, pedophiles, rapists, and thieves. Again, this would surely end some of the suffering in the world.  Then you think harder, 3) Eliminate all the crooked politicians, bad cops, and despot leaders of the world. Again, not so bad, but then you extrapolate further and say, 4) Eliminate, the liars, the cheaters, the coveters, the greedy, the vain, the slanderers and gossips, the immoral, the drunks, and addicts, the cruel, the selfish, the lazy, the frivolous, the overbearing, the lustful… and on and on. Here we should all shudder with fear; as we think, we soon realize that means elimination of each of us.
Fortunately God had the solution, Christ! Free to all, through grace.  Each one of us paid for, forgiven, we just have to ask.
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