Mind – Fighter pilots call the multi-function displays prominent in the cockpits of most modern aircraft “Drool Buckets.” Today’s amazing airplanes collect and display massive quantities of information, the importance of relaying that information quickly and correctly cannot be overstated. Oddly enough, actually flying fighters is relatively simple, but interpreting information and making decisions about utilizing all of the weapons while fighting is the hard part. That is why the engineers made the airplanes fairly simple to fly. The problem with these displays is they can capture your attention for too long, in other words, rather than looking outside and checking six for bad guys, mishap pilots mis-prioritize and sit drooling while looking at the display. Of course this is an exaggeration, but sometimes 1 second is too long…unless you are a Whizzo then you have all day to drool. That zinger is for Dez and Bullet, two kick ass Whizzos who provide good office humor. They have been too quiet lately.
Spirit – From inside the Sky, by Langewiesche. “What lies outside doesn’t matter. My world and my life are compressed within these fabric walls. Flying blind is difficult enough in smooth air. In this swirling cloud, it calls for all the concentration I can muster. The turn and bank indicators, the air speed, the altimeter, and the compass, all these phosphorescent lines and dots in front of me, must be kept in proper place. When a single one strays off, the rest go chasing after it like so many sheep, and have to be caught quickly and carefully herded back into position again.” – Charles Lindbergh describing his historic instrument flying that kept him alive in his flight across the Atlantic.
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.
Recipe of the Day
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.
Nickel on the Grass
Mind – This week I am going to talk about traditions and their importance. Traditions remind us of the spirit, courage, and character of those that have gone before us. Traditions remind us to live up to standards of excellence, built so that we can stand on the shoulders of giants like Billy Mitchell, “Hap” Arnold, “Tooey” Spaatz, Frank Luke Jr., and Lance Sijan. This week we continue to mourn the loss of one of our own, Major Luc “Gaza” Gruenther. http://www.lucasgruenther.com/ He made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. We want to thank him and his family. Our prayers and thoughts are with them. The tradition of throwing a nickel on the grass dates back to the Korean war and is done ensure your butt returned safely from those especially hairy missions. The thinking is that if you ensure your buddies have the money to make the phone call, they won’t need it. “So here’s a nickel on the grass to you, my friend, and your spirit, enthusiasm, sacrifice and courage – but most of all to your friendship. Your’s is a dying breed and when you are gone, the world will be a lesser place.”
Body – Strength
Today I want you to learn how to bench press. Remember to keep your feet flat, hands just outside shoulder width, wrist straight and locked, and your back against the bench. Lower the bar in a controlled manner, then explode upwards. When just learning, start with a 45lb bar and make sure your hands are equally positioned on the bar by using the knurled lines on the bar. Finally, make sure to use a spotter when just starting.
3 x Sets of 8-10 Reps working up your weight so your last set you can just barely squeeze out the last rep. Record your weight for future reference.
10 Minutes As Many Rounds as Possible
10 5lb kettle bell swing Click Link for demo video
Flight Leads/Instructors/Weapons Instructor Course
3x 100 Double Unders
3-5 Sets of 8-10 Reps
Kettle Bell Swings
Barbell Bench Press
Dumbbell Incline Press
Recipe of the Day
Thai Chicken Curry
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
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.
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.
by The Bon Appétit Test Kitchen
Spirit – Psalms 91:2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”