1 April – Charlie

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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.

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crossfit-girl-front-squat 

 

Body – Strength, Leg Day

Wingman

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

Instructors

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

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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

Ingredients

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

Directions

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

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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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23 March – The PAC

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Unshakeable!

Unshakeable!

Mind – The Pentagon Athletic Club, or PAC, to those working inside “The Building” is the savior for operators used to getting things done. The slow grinding pace of staff work is definitely an endurance operation. Operators go through three phases while working on the staff: 1) optimism, 2) disbelief, and 3) pragmatism. Upon arrival on station you want to fix the things “The Staff” continually screws up. After about six months, just about when you start to figure things out, it is hard to believe getting something done is actually that difficult and takes that long. Finally, you accept the Building’s bureaucracy and consider yourself lucky if you can move the ball down the field on 3-4 major projects.
One might make a pretty good argument for that approach in our own lives. How often do we set the new years resolution to lose weight, eat better, work out more, drink less, read more books, make new friends, and become absolutely superhuman? I think a better approach might be start with one thing and turn it into a habit, like hitting the gym for three days a week minimum for a year, then move on to other stuff. Just a thought.
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AJAX
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 Jumping
Body – Power Day
Wingman
Learn how to perform a kettle-bell snatch. Demo of Kettle Bell Snatch, click here.
Flight Leads/Instructors
AMRAP in 15 minutes of
10x 95lb Thrusters, scale as required
10x 25lb Ball Slams, scale as required
10x 24 inch box jumps
Weapons Instructor Course
Till U Collapse – Courtesy of the Horsemen
1. 50x Power Cleans @ 95lbs
2. 50x Situps
3. 25x Pullups
4. 50x Kettlebell swings @53lbs
5. 25x Pushups
6. 50x Ball Slams @25lbs
7. 25 Calories on the Airdyne
8. 50x Bench Press @95lbs
9. 50x Box Jumps
10. 25x Back Extensions
11. 50x Wall Balls
12. 25x GHD Situps
13. 250m row
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Night Out on the Town!
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Spirit – The Love of God – Attributes of God by A.W. Pink
“God’s love is no mere amiable weakness, or effeminate softness. Scripture declares, ‘whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth’ (Heb. 12:6). God will not wink at sin, even in His own people. His love is pure, unmixed with any maudlin sentimentality.”
I think about this often when I screw something up. Just as we correct our children because we love them, God also corrects us.
© 2013 by LIKEAFIGHTERPILOT. All rights reserved.
 The views of LIKEAFIGHTERPILOT are those of the author alone and do not represent any sanctioned  position of the DoD, USAF, or US Federal Government.

22 March – Due Yesterday

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That's a lot of flak!

That’s a lot of flak!

Mind – The Cake song “Shadow Stabbing” is sometimes how I feel in the Pentagon.
“Adjectives on the typewriter
He moves his words like a prize-fighter
The frenzied pace of the mind inside the cell
Outside, outside the world
Out there you don’t hear the echoes and calls
But the steel I,
Type jaw
Say it all
Say it all”
Needless to say, sequester has put the Pentagon into frenzied planning mode.
It’s here and it’s now. Billion dollar decisions are getting churned on late into the evenings. How is DoD going to survive? Because that’s what we do, figure it out, overcome, deal with adversity and get the job done.
If ever I get a little upset about how things might be going in the Pentagon, I start thinking about the men at Omaha beach, Guadalcanal, and the skies over Europe before air superiority was established. Then I get back to work.
Cheers
AJAX
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Ball Slams
Body – Sports Day/Job Specific
Wingman/Flight Leads/Instructors
Indoor Wally Ball or Beach Volley Ball
Weapons Instructor Course
90 Minutes of Wrestling
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Recipe of the Day 
photo  by AJAX

photo by AJAX

Vegetable Quesadilla with Fresh Salsa
Recipe from SELF Feb 2013
Photo by AJAX
Serves – 4
Prep time – 36 minutes active, 36 minutes total
Nutrition – 277 calories, 13 grams protein, 8 grams fat, 35 grams carbs
Ingredients
4 medium plum tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 can (15 ounces) low-sodium red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 tablespoon chopped chipotle chiles in adobo
4 fat-free 8-inch flour (or whole-wheat) tortillas
1 avocado, thinly sliced
4 cups baby spinach
1 cup reduced-fat shredded chedda
Directions
In a bowl, combine tomatoes, onion, cilantro, juice, cumin and salt. In a second bowl, mash beans; stir in chipotle. Working one at a time, top half of each tortilla with 1/4 avocado slices, 1/4 bean mixture, 1 cup spinach and 4 tablespoons cheese; fold in half. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; add 1 quesadilla and cook, flipping once, until both sides are brown and crispy, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining quesadillas. Let cool slightly; cut each quesadilla into 3 wedges; serve with tomato salsa.
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Spirit – The Love of God – Attributes of God by A.W. Pink
“It is infinite. Everything about God is infinite. His essence fills heaven and earth. His wisdom is illimitable, for He knows everything of the past, present and future. His power is unbounded, for there is nothing too hard for Him. So His love is without limit. There is a depth to it which none can fathom; there is a height to it which none can scale; there is a length and breadth to it which defies measurement, by any creature-standard. Beautifully is this intimated in Ephesians 2:4: But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us: the word “great” there is parallel with the “God so loved” of John 3:16. It tells us that the love of God is so transcendent it cannot be estimated.
No tongue can fully express the infinitude of God’s love, or any mind comprehend it: it “passeth knowledge” Eph. 3:19). The most extensive ideas that a finite mind can frame about Divine love, are infinitely below its true nature.”
I really love this passage because I try to think of how much I love my kids, and then try to multiply that by infinity…I can’t comprehend it.
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21 March – Buck a Bullet!

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Top Hat F-16 Strafing - Photo by Brian Lockett

Top Hat F-16 Strafing – Photo by Brian Lockett

Mind – Here’s to the Ranting Chef for putting on the Diced Cooking Competition! After reading Pat’s blog, I knew I wanted in because fighter pilots love to compete. LIKEAFIGHTERPILOT.com focuses on Mind, Body, and Spirit through attempts at humor, fitness, tasty yet expedient food, and good thoughts—sometimes with success, sometimes not so much. LIKEAFIGHTERPILOT.com attempts to describe how to think, train, eat, play and pray like a fighter pilot, or at least laugh along in the process. Since the Ranting Chef threw down the gauntlet, a quick story about a favorite fighter pilot competition is in order. For the starving foodies, skip to the recipe of the day.
As I put my ideas for the cooking competition together, I felt like I was strapping into my jet, and as the plans formulated, my adrenaline flowed. Who would have guessed cooking and flying could evoke some of the same emotions? Believe it or not, flying fighters and cooking require similar traits—creativity, adaptability, and perseverance.
Competition can spark new friendships, develop teamwork, build esprit de corps, and improve overall performance; great reasons to compete no matter the endeavor. Bombing and gunnery competitions, tracked closely by all fighter squadrons, usually spark the most interest. When flying fighters everyone wants to be the Top Gun, but when it comes to cooking and blogging, we want to be The Ranting Chef!
Pilots spend a copious amount of time studying flight parameters, tracking aircraft performance, evaluating previous missions, and working on techniques to improve scores. We also experiment to see what works best and adjust on the fly during the competition to adapt to current conditions. Each bomb we drop is scored by the range control officer and is called out over the radio. Four aircraft circle the target from high above, each taking turns hoping to hear the call “Shack 1!” meaning the bomb hit the target directly. The pressure mounts as the other aircraft roll in and the scores are called out. Low angle strafe marks the last event of the mission and the winner usually walks away with the prize, but until the tapes are reviewed, the outcome is uncertain.
Shack 1! - Photo by Brian Lockett

Shack 1! – Photo by Brian Lockett

Once the mission is over, the four-ship debriefs and evaluates individual performance looking for any violations of the rules, or deviations in airspeed, altitude, and other specific parameters. Offenses on a pass cause the score to be thrown out and a loss of points for the errant pilot. Points and reputations are not the only thing on the line; pilots usually make the “standard bet”—a quarter for each strafing pass and bomb dropped, equating to $3.50 per pilot. On rare occasions brazen wingmen chime in and try to raise the stakes to a “Buck a Bullet!” meaning $100 for most training missions.  For high stakes competitions the gun limiter is removed making 5 seconds of trigger time available… or 500 bullets/bucks! One thing about competitions, know your competitors.   I have zero intel, so I’ll stick with quarters until the culinary chefs-d’oeuvres of Maggie, Mikaela, Ellie and Jenna are posted.
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Body – Strength Day
Bruiser

Bruiser

“The Bruiser”  – In memory of Lieutenant Colonel Frank “Bruiser” Bryant Jr.
3x Progressive Ladders
A progressive ladder is 1 rep per rung, then 2 reps per rung, then 3 reps per rung. Each ladder is a set rungs of the exercises below with weights prescribed.  Scale as required for ability and strength.
Bench Press, 225lbs, 205lbs, 185lbs
Dead Lift 355lbs, 335lbs, 315lbs
Front Squat 185lbs, 165lbs, 135lbs
Overhead Squat 135lbs, 105lbs, 95lbs
Standing Military Press 135lbs, 105lbs, 95lbs
Squat 355 lbs, 335 lbs, 315lbs
Weighted Pull Ups 40lbs, 20lbs, Body Weight
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Recipe of the Day
Seared Jumbo Scallops Glazed with Peach and Carrot sauce
By AJAX, inspired by Lisa and Janice
Photos by AJAX
Peach and Carrot Glazed Seared Scallops - Photo by AJAX

Peach and Carrot Glazed Seared Scallops – Photo by AJAX

When Pat sent out the required ingredients list for the Diced Competition my mind started to churn on the possibilities.  Should I go for the salad?  Spring greens, carrots, peach vinaigrette topped with prosciutto, shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano and pita croutons…sounded easy enough.  Hmmm, maybe a split pea and carrot soup filled with peach fried prosciutto and pita on the side for dipping? Then my mind went to the appetizer category. Maybe I would try a pita wrap sliced into rounds filled with peach glazed lamb, prosciutto, goat cheese, peppers, and carrots?  All of them sounded wonderful.  Each was from scratch and formulated in my head. Remember the creativity thing? I didn’t want to cook from some recipe I had found.  This might be risky …what if the recipe was a total flop? “Don’t be lame.” I thought, “Attack!”  “Go for it!” I felt like the new wingman chiming in with “A Buck a Bullet!” Surely my competition is filled with steely-eyed veteran chefs and bloggers, but I have learned with risk will come reward if properly prepared.
As I discussed the possibilities with my wife Lisa, I decided to go for the appetizer.  I initially settled on the Pita wrap, but then my friend Janice suggested scallops as the protein portion of the appetizer.  “Perfect!” I thought, now I just need to execute the mission.
Serves 4-6, prep time ~20 minutes
Ingredients
1 medium carrot
1/3 cup of 100% carrot juice
1/2 cup of brown sugar
2 Tablespoons of Tamari sauce
1/3 cup of peach preserves
1/2 cup of dry cooking sherry
2 tablespoons of canola oil
1/2 pound of fresh jumbo dry scallops
3 ounces of thin sliced prosciutto
4 ounces of goat cheese
1 peach in small 1/2” wedges
1 red pepper from jar grilled, peeled, seeded and cored (better if fresh but I went for time savings).
2 rounds of 6” pita bread
Instructions
1. Assemble all the ingredients. Pre-heat the oven broiler to high with a shelf on the top and middle.  Place a pizza stone on the middle rack for toasting the pita.
The Ingredients

The Ingredients

2. Peel and slice the carrot into 1/4-inch thick rounds.  Place into a blender or food processor with the carrot juice and puree.
This is where I ran into my first hiccup. I guess I figured since the button said liquefy I could make carrot juice out of carrots. All it did was make little tiny chunks, so I added 100% carrot juice to give the blades slurry with better results.
The Carrot Puree

The Carrot Puree

3. Heat a skillet on high heat with the canola oil until just prior to smoking. Sear the scallops until brown on each side, about 2-3 minutes. Set aside to rest for 5 minutes.
Searing the Scallops

Searing the Scallops

4. Combine in a medium bowl 2 tablespoons of the carrot puree, peach preserves, brown sugar, and tamari sauce.
5. Dump extra oil out of the hot skillet. Pour in the cooking sherry; reduce and scrape any seared scallop off the bottom.  When the sherry has reduced to about a quarter, pour in the bowl of carrot, peach preserves, brown sugar, and tamari.  Continue to reduce until sauce thickens and turns darker, about 4-5 minutes on medium-high heat, stir frequently. Set aside.
The Peach Carrot Glaze

The Peach Carrot Glaze

6. Cut the scallops into approximately one half by three quarter inch cubes. Depending on the size of the scallop this is probably about sixths. Place the pieces on a plate and brush them with the peach carrot glaze. Tear pieces of the prosciutto into roughly 2”x2” squares and wrap each scallop. Place each prosciutto-scallop wrap, seam down, on a 1”x1” piece of the red pepper in a small baking pan and then brush generously with glaze.
This is the second area where I went wrong.  I initially had larger pieces of scallops and had a good chuckle as Lisa tried to muck down a “bite” size piece of the final product. Several iterations revealed the best size. 
7. Separate the pita pockets horizontally in to two round halves, like a mini-single layer pizza crust.
Adapting on the fly and learning was key for this step.  We tried the pita toasted several ways, whole, quartered, etc., but found that the best taste was with a pita that was broiled crispy like a cracker as a single layer sheet.
8. Place the prosciutto wrapped scallops on the top rack and the pita on the pizza stone.  Keep an eye on them both so as not to burn either.  Broil the scallops until the prosciutto starts to brown crystallizing the glaze as the pita toasts light brown. The scallops should be done first in about 2-3 minutes with the pita done shortly after.
9. Remove the scallops and pitas from the oven. Cut the pita into sixths. Smear a thin layer of goat cheese on the pita then stack with the peaches and prosciutto-scallops held together with a toothpick. Variations included peppers, peaches, or pears.
Final assembly took several iterations and experiments to see what we liked best. At first we just used warmed pita, red peppers and the prosciutto wrapped scallop but the pita was too gooey and didn’t add to the appetizer. Here we adapted on the fly and decided to toast the pita until crispy like a cracker then spread a layer of goat cheese on before adding the prosciutto-scallop. Bingo! This was the taste I was looking for.  Here I tried several iterations with and without the pepper, then tried the sliced peaches as a replacement to the pepper. What we finally liked best was the toasted crunchy pita, goat cheese, sliced peach and glazed prosciutto scallop.
 
As a final note, although I didn’t have the time to try this, I believe the absolute best combo would include caramelized baked peaches.
 
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Spirit – 1 Corinthians 9:24-25 “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.”
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20 March – 7 minutes

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Pentagon Construction

Pentagon Construction

Mind – The Pentagon was designed by George Bergstrom and built by John McShain. Ground breaking began on September 11, 1941 and the building was dedicated on January 15, 1943. “The Building” has 6,500,000 square feet of floor space and employs over 28,000 military and civilian employees. Some also like to call it the five-sided “Puzzle Palace” which stands five floors above ground and has two floors below and over 17.5 miles of corridors. Initial construction costs came it at $31 Million dollars in 1941 ($467 Million adjusted for inflation) and took a little over 2 years to complete.  In 1998 a massive renovation was started that came in at $4.3 Billion dollars and was finally completed in 2011.  My younger architect brother would argue this is the exact reason to go with new construction, 920% more expensive and 600% more time to do the remodel.
A renovation of that magnitude might bring expectations of hallways filled with natural light and communal workspaces facilitating out of the box thinking and communication. That’s what you might expect, but again we are talking about government contracts. The Pentagon, however, is actually designed to be stove-piped. All of the office spaces are segregated and buried behind labyrinths of vaulted doors with myriads of different security mechanisms. Even within same organizations office spaces are walled off with many of your own kind Persona non grata. Email has rendered actually talking to people obsolete. The DoD security bureaucracy was designed to be inefficient, and they accomplished that mission well.
How did the Pentagon communicate in 1943? I am not quite sure really. In fact, I am not quite sure how the United States managed WWII without email. One interesting footnote to close on, Bergstrom’s design was meant to allow transit from any farthest point in “The Building” to the other in less than 7-minutes. I wonder if people actually got out of their cubicle and talked to each other in 1943?
Check Six
AJAX
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Make sure to stretch before running - Photo from crossfit chicks.com

Make sure to stretch before running – Photo from crossfit chicks.com

Body – Endurance
Wingman/Flight Leads/Instructors
10/20/30 minutes of swimming
Weapons Instructor Course
4 mile run
1200 meter swim with fins
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Recipe of the Day 
 Brussels Stir Fry2
Brussels Sprouts and Steak-Stir Fry
Recipe from Bon Appétit
Photo by AJAX
Serves – 4
Prep time – 45 minutes active, 45 minutes total
Nutrition – 318 calories, 20 grams protein, 18 grams fat, 6 grams fiber
Ingredients
3 tablespoons oyster sauce
3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
4 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
1 pound brussels sprouts, halved
8 ounces flank or skirt steak, thinly sliced against the grain
Kosher salt
4 scallions, whites chopped, greens sliced
3 garlic cloves, sliced
2 tablespoons chopped peeled ginger
2 medium carrots, peeled, thinly sliced on a diagonal
1 Fresno chile or jalapeño, sliced into rings
Steamed rice (for serving)
Directions
1) Whisk oyster sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, and 1/4 cup water in a small bowl; set sauce aside.
2) Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add brussels sprouts and cook, tossing occasionally, until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Cover and cook until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes longer. Transfer to a plate; wipe out skillet.
3) Season steak with salt. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in same skillet over high heat until just beginning to smoke. Add steak in a single layer; cook until browned, about 3 minutes. Turn and cook until nearly cooked through, about 30 seconds. Add to brussels sprouts.
4) Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in same skillet. Add scallion whites, garlic, and ginger and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute, adjusting heat as needed. Add carrots and chile and cook, tossing occasionally, until carrots are slightly softened, about 2 minutes.
5) Return brussels sprouts and steak to skillet and add reserved sauce. Cook, tossing occasionally, until sauce is thickened, about 3 minutes. Serve with steamed rice and garnish with scallion greens.
MackNBee taste rating 3 out of 4
AJAX ease of prep rating 2 out of 4 The recipe said 25 minutes, not true unless you have a sous chef.
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Spirit – The Love of God – Attributes of God by A.W. Pink
“We love Him, because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19). God did not love us because we loved Him, but He loved us before we had a particle of love for Him.
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19 March – Parking Derby

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It was crazy even back in 1943 - Photo courtesy of wikipedia

It was crazy even back in 1943 – Photo courtesy of wikipedia

Mind – Washington D.C. and northern Virginia roads are a thing to behold; especially the mixing bowls surrounding the Pentagon. If you do manage to successfully find a parking lot around the Pentagon and avoid a 2-hour excursion that transits three states after missing an exit marked by a 1’x2’ brown sign on the wrong side of the six lane road, consider yourself lucky. Those who live in the D.C. area know the commuter’s hell; again, consider yourself lucky if the drive is less than 1-hour.
Beyond recaging your ideas about what traffic is, working at the Pentagon also allows you to reground your ego. See it is far too easy start getting a big cranium and think to yourself, “You know…I’m a pretty big deal around here!” Too funny, don’t believe the OPRs. At the Pentagon baby, you’re the SNACKO! And here is your parking pass out on row 69 of north C. Translation…walking from your parking spot is 1/3 of the standard commute.
All you can do is laugh and find the blessings; 1) missed turns result in scenic cherry blossom drives tourist pay thousands of dollars for, 2) the most effective leaders remain grounded and understand they are really at the bottom of the chain of command and how to serve others 3) if you are single you can honestly list “long walks along the water” in your profile 4) long walks are good for you and relieve stress.
Check Six
AJAX
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Unknown

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 
Killer Salad

Killer Salad

Island Pork Tenderloin Salad
Recipe from Gourmet May 2003
Photo by AJAX
Serves – 6-8
Prep time – 45 minutes active, 60 minutes total
Ingredients
For pork
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 pork tenderloins (2 1/4 to 2 1/2 pounds total)
2 tablespoons olive oil
For glaze
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic
1 tablespoon Tabasco
For vinaigrette
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon curry powder, toasted
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
For salad
3 navel oranges
5 ounces baby spinach, trimmed (6 cups leaves)
4 cups thinly sliced Napa cabbage (from 1 medium head)
1 red bell pepper, cut lengthwise into thin strips
1/2 cup golden raisins
2 firm-ripe California avocados
Directions
Prepare pork:
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Stir together salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, and cinnamon, then coat pork with spice rub.
Heat oil in an ovenproof 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until just beginning to smoke, then brown pork, turning, about 4 minutes total. Leave pork in skillet.
Make glaze and roast pork:
Stir together brown sugar, garlic, and Tabasco and pat onto top of each tenderloin. Roast in middle of oven until thermometer inserted diagonally in center of each tenderloin registers 140°F, about 20 minutes. Let pork stand in skillet at room temperature 10 minutes. (Temperature will rise to about 155°F while standing.)
Make vinaigrette while pork roasts:
Whisk together juices, mustard, curry powder, salt, and pepper, then add oil in a stream, whisking until emulsified.
Prepare salad ingredients while pork stands:
Cut peel, including white pith, from oranges with a sharp knife, then cut oranges crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Toss spinach, cabbage, bell pepper, and raisins in a large bowl with about 1/4 cup vinaigrette. Halve, pit, and peel avocados, then cut diagonally into 1/4-inch-thick slices.
Assemble salad:
Cut pork at a 45-degree angle into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Line a large platter with dressed salad and arrange sliced pork, oranges, and avocados in rows on top. Drizzle some vinaigrette over avocados and oranges. Pour any juices from skillet over pork.
MackNBee taste rating 4 out of 4
AJAX ease of prep rating 3 out of 4, tasted awesome but it took a little long. Also, added some honey and pomegranate vinegar to the vinaigrette to taste
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Spirit – The Love of God – Attributes of God by A.W. Pink
The only reason why God loves any is found in His own sovereign will: “The Lord did not set His love upon you, nor choose you because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: but because the Lord loved thee” (Deut. 7:7,8). God has loved His people from everlasting, and therefore nothing of the creature can be the cause of what is found in God from eternity. He loves from Himself: “according to His own purpose” (2 Tim. 1:9).
© 2013 by LIKEAFIGHTERPILOT. All rights reserved.
 All views expressed are only those of the author and should not be taken as any official position by the USAF

18 March – Sequester

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Sequestered!Photo by TSgt Sean White

Sequestered!
Photo by TSgt Sean White

Mind – se.ques.ter | səˈkwestər | verb [ with obj.]
1. isolate or hide away (someone or something): Tiberius was sequestered on an island |
2. take legal possession of (assets) until a debt has been paid or other claims have been met: the power of courts to sequester the assets of unions.|
– legally place (the property of a bankrupt) in the hands of a trustee for division among the creditors: (as adj. sequestered) : a trustee in a sequestered estate.
This week is Pentagon Wars Week; no better way to kick it off than with sequester shenanigans. Me and my fellow Pentagon Pawns have been churning on questions late into the evening, “What happens if you cut out 18% from the budget?” Simple, “You have to do 18% less!”
The first definition is kind of funny. What is being hidden? The American people’s money? Not really sure.
I find the second definition ironic, “Placing the property of the bankrupt into the hands of a trustee.” Who are the bankrupt?  Congress, or the American people? Both? Who is the trustee? Not really sure here either.
If there is any reason to hit the gym this has got to be it.
Take care
AJAX
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Body – Strength
Photo - By CrossfitChicks

Photo – By CrossfitChicks

Wingman
Work on squats and core strength.  If there is one exercise that I would say does more for your total body than any other…it is squats.  Don’t injure yourself, start light, do air squats if required (meaning no weigh, just you) but focus on good form. Eyes up, feet slightly wider than shoulder width, core tight, back naturally arched, chest up, lower until thighs parallel.
Flight Leads/Instructors
Arnie’s Leg routine
5 Sets, 8-10 reps
Abs
Good Mornings/ Any Lower Back
Squats
Lunges
Straight leg deadlift
Hamstring curls
Calf raises
Weapons Instructor Course
2000m row less than 7:30
Arnie’s Leg routine
5 Sets, 8-10 reps
Abs
Good Mornings/ Any Lower Back
Squats
Lunges
Straight leg deadlift
Hamstring curls
Calf raises
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Recipe of the Day 
 Chicken Curry
Thai Chicken Curry
Recipe from Bon Appétit Jan 2013
Photo by AJAX
Serves – 4
Prep time – 30 minutes active, 45 minutes total
Nutrition – 260 calories, 14 grams fat, 3 grams fiber
Ingredients
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 4-ounce can or jar yellow curry paste
3/4 pound carrots, peeled, cut into 1/2″-thick rounds
1 medium onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1″ pieces
1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes (about 3), peeled, cut into 1/2″ pieces
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1″ pieces
1 13.5-ounce or 15-ounce can unsweetened coconut milk
Chopped fresh basil and cilantro
Directions
1) Heat oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add curry paste and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add carrots, onion, and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is translucent, about 10 minutes.
2) Add potatoes, chicken, coconut milk, and 1 1/2 cups water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken is cooked through and potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Divide curry among bowls and top with herbs.
MackNBee taste rating 3 out of 4
AJAX ease of prep rating 3 out of 4 – Add some salt pepper and hot madrass curry powder
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Spirit – The Love of God – Attributes of God by A.W. Pink
“God is love” (1 John 4:8). It is not simply that God “loves,” but that He is Love itself. Love is not merely one of His attributes, but His very nature.
© 2013 by LIKEAFIGHTERPILOT. All rights reserved.

10 March – Copy…again, and again

Poacher
Mind – Closing out the week with a quick story involving Poacher, Homer our intel officer, and Max (aka Turbin). You heard about previous pranks of these usual suspects before in “Now that’s funny!” For a little background info, pilots all make files kept by the intel officer containing personal information to aid in our recovery if needed, and part of the file is a picture. Unfortunately for Homer’s pilots, especially those that got on his wrong side during the week, he had quite a sense of humor. Too many demands placed on Homer was sure to bring a doctored photo of the offending pilot during the weekly academics. When Max’s doctored photo showed up he had a good laugh, but then quickly protested and demanded removal. In a fighter squadron, the last thing you do is let them see you sweat when the pressure is on. Homer and Poacher pounced like Oprah on a Twinkie and starting replicating Max’s photo at a pace Kinko copies couldn’t keep up with. There were large pictures of Max’s cranium, and tiny pictures, and everything in between popping up all over. The pictures were in the toilets, the TP rolls, in the gym, on the beers in the squadron fridge, everywhere. The Mad Max picture siege was like a locust infection of Biblical proportion. The more Max ripped down the pictures, the more went up, and just when you thought Poacher and Homer would tire of the shenanigans, their stamina would astound you. I don’t remember how long the campaign went on, but I do remember it wasn’t until our Commander “Haze” finally rolled in on Poacher and Homer did the onslaught stop. I am pretty sure that was what prompted a humorous response on Haze’s computer that I’ll save for another day. Have a great week, and don’t forget to laugh at yourself for the fear of finding trillions of pictures of yourself plastered everywhere.
Check Six
AJAX
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Body – Rest Day
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Recipe of the Day 
 Red Beans and Rice
AJAX’s Red Beans and Rice
2 Turkey Kielbasas – sliced into 1/4 inch sections
2 cans dark red kidney beans
1 large yellow onion
1 Tbsp  – Cajun Seasoning
2 splashes of Tabasco
1 Tbsp of EVOO
Dice onion, cook in large cast iron pot with EVOO for 5 minutes until clear.  Slice Turkey Kielbasas, brown in separate cast iron skillet on medium high heat until outsides are browned, approximately 5-10 minutes.  Add Kielbasa to the onions, cook for an additional 5 minutes.  Add both cans of kidney beans including liquid.  Add Cajun seasoning, Tabasco, and salt and pepper to taste.  Simmer for 15-20 minutes.  Serve with rice.
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Spirit
“There is a kind of listening with half an ear that presumes already to know what the other person has to say. It is an impatient, inattentive listening, that despises the brother and is only waiting for a chance to speak and thus get rid of the other person. This is no fulfillment of our obligation, and it is certain that here too our attitude toward our brother only reflects our relationship to God. It is little wonder that we are no longer capable of the greatest service of listening that God has committed to us, that of hearing our brother’s confession, if we refuse to give ear to our brother on lesser subjects. Secular education today is aware that often a person can be helped merely by having someone who will listen to him seriously, and upon this insight it has constructed its own soul therapy, which has attracted great numbers of people, including Christians. But Christians have forgotten that the ministry of listening has been committed to them by Him who is Himself the great listener and whose work they should share. We should listen with the ears of God that we may speak the Word of God.”
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community
Too true, I must always try to work on listening better.
© 2013 by LIKEAFIGHTERPILOT. All rights reserved.

9 March – Booty

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Silk Rug - Nazmiyalantiquerugs.com

Silk Rug – Nazmiyalantiquerugs.com

Mind – Sequestration is a pain in my booty! But that’s not the kind of booty I am talking about.  A deployment to Turkey was an absolute blast not just for the hilarious pranks we played, reference the 14 January post “Now that’s funny,” but because of the cool stuff you can get in the Turkish bazaars. Rug shopping was the most fun and is a ritual in Turkey. The vendors would send out little kids to usher you into their stores, sometimes not so nice on the outside, but once on the inside we discovered rooms stacked to the ceiling with the most amazing carpets on the planet. The process began once seated on comfortable recliner chairs after being greeted by the owner like family returning from a long trip. The little kids would bring cold beers and food while literally the red carpets were rolled out. These stores had rugs from all over the world made by some of the finest craftsman.  My favorites are hand made silk on silk Bukhara rugs. These salesmen were good and once they found the rug you liked the back and forth over price began, and it was a lot of fun. Everybody walked away feeling pretty good with the bargain that had been reached, but in reality, it wasn’t the rug or the deal that made it good. By far the best was interacting with someone with a totally different culture than your own, but realizing we are not really that different after all. It is amazing what sitting and talking can do to bring people together.
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Body – Endurance
Photo by crossfit intrepid

Photo by crossfit intrepid

Wingman
Run 1 mile <10 minutes
Flight Leads
Run 3 miles <24 minutes
Instructors
Run 5 miles <35 minutes
Weapons Instructor Course
Run 7 miles <49 minutes
Eirik Forlie - photo by motivational tumblr

Eirik Forlie – photo by motivational tumblr

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Recipe of the Day 
Roasted Chicken Thighs with New Potatoes and Peas
6 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs (about 2 1/4 pounds)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 475°F. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a 12″ cast-iron or heavy nonstick skillet over high heat until hot but not smoking. Nestle chicken in skillet, skin side down, and cook 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-high; continue cooking skin side down, occasionally rearranging chicken thighs and rotating pan to evenly distribute heat, until fat renders and skin is golden brown, about 12 minutes.
Transfer skillet to oven and cook 13 more minutes. Flip chicken; continue cooking until skin crisps and meat is cooked through, about 5 minutes longer. Transfer to a plate; let rest 5 minutes before serving.
Mashed Potatoes
Boil potatoes for 12 minutes or until soft, crush with a ricer or press. Add 4 Tbsp butter and 1 Tbsp salt to taste.
Frozen Peas
Microwave per instructions, usually 4 minutes.
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Spirit – 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
© 2013 by LIKEAFIGHTERPILOT. All rights reserved.