The Wingman (Leg Day)

Seven Pax, took the Daily Red Pill (DRP) this morning and got better because for it.

The Pax: Squirrel, Flying Tomato, Napalm, Samsonite, Waldorf, McFly and we welcome Cinco (James Coleman the 5th)

The Scene: What a great morning to me out in the Gloom, cool and low humidity

The Thang:   Round 1

  • Squats                                   40
  • Lunges                                  40
  • 4 count Squat pulse          40
  • People’s Chair                    1 minute

Round 2

  • Squats                                   30
  • Lunges                                  30
  • 4 count Squat pulse          30
  • People’s Chair                    1 minute

Round 3

  • Squats                                   20
  • Lunges                                  20
  • 4 count Squat pulse          20
  • People’s Chair                    1 minute

Mosey around the AO and stop at the playground for – some Belly Aiken Abs

  • The 100
  • 10 Xs & Os
  • 20 WWII Situps
  • 30 Freddy Mercury’s In cadence
  • 40 Flutter kick In cadence
  • 40 Side leg raises (ea side) In cadence
  • 30 LBCs In Cadence
  • 20 Heels To Heaven In cadence
  • 10 Hello Dolly
  • The 100

To the Parthajohn

  • 1 Minute Wall Sit
  • 20 Jump Squats
  • 1 Minute Wall Sit
  • Circle up for some Howling Monkeys.  Everyone performs Monkey Humpers while we cycle down the line of pax each doing 5 Burpees, followed by the next person and so on.  Don’t let go of your ankles!

Prayer Requests: Neo along with his mom and family, the grandparents of Brandi (McFly’s M) and her mom and Kahne (Waldorf’s M) and Emily as they ready for a few days on the AT enjoying God’s creation…and the bugs


Have you ever felt like you’re running out of fuel and ready to bail out?  I know I have.  I’m not familiar with much in the US Air Force and the only bail out I’ve known was willingly and knowingly jumping out of a perfectly good airplane  with a parachute.

In 1967, Captains Bob Pardo & Earl Aman were close to bailing out. They were flying a combat mission over Vietnam when both their F-4’s were hit by heavy anti-aircraft fire. Aman’s jet was in serious trouble. He lost 5,000 pounds of fuel & would have to bail out over enemy territory. However, his wingman wasn’t going to let that happen.  At 300 miles per hour, Pardo dropped his plane below and behind Aman’s crippled aircraft. Then, with his own windshield, bumped Aman’s tail hook, nudging the crippled plane forward. Mile by mile, he pushed Aman’s plane over the Laotian border, where they both parachuted to safety and avoided capture.  Pardo intentionally sacrificed his aircraft and put his life at risk to save his wingman. As he later stated, “My dad taught me when your friend needs help, you help.”  This became known as “Pardo’s Push.”

Men are still desperate for mutual support.   It’s through being close to one another that we can see if they are running out of fuel…depressed, overwhelmed, or close to bailing out.  When you know a wingman has your back and will put your well-being above their own, it builds courage, confidence and hope.  I believe we have learned this type of support here in F3 Sandhills.  I’ve seen it on the Blue Ridge Relay, the GrowRuck, Spartan races, Habitat builds, Roadside cleanup and so many other times.  I’m proud and comforted that I not only have one wingman but a whole flight of wingmen that are willing to push me along.

    Never Leave your Wingman

What kind of wingman are you? How have you sacrificed lately to help a co-worker, peer, or friend in need?



Acknowledgements:  The story of Captains Bob Pardo & Earl Aman came from Lt Col (ret.) Waldo Waldman courtesy of


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