Came across this quote a few days ago, and thought it might be appreciated. This comes from Lt. Col. Christopher K. Raible, one of two Marines based out of Yuma, AZ, who were killed last week in Afghanistan.
Take out the specifics of ‘attack pilots’, and I think this is pretty solid advice for anyone. Just wanted to share.
From: Commanding Officer, Marine Attack Squadron 211
To: Squadron Attack Pilots
Subj: COMMANDER’S GUIDANCE FOR SQUADRON ATTACK PILOTS
1. Professional hunger. My goal is to identify those Officers who want to be professional attack pilots and dedicate the resources required to build them into the flight leaders and instructors that are required for the long-term health of our community. This is not a socialist organization. We will not all be equal in terms of quals and flight hours. Some will advance faster than others, and because this is not a union, your rate of advancement will have nothing to do with seniority. Your rate of advancement will instead be determined by your hunger, professionalism, work ethic, and performance. If flying jets and supporting Marines is your passion and your profession, you are in the right squadron. If these things are viewed simply as your job, please understand that I must invest for the future in others. Your time in a gun squadron might be limited, so it is up to you to make the most of the opportunities that are presented.
2. Professional focus. Our approach to aviation is based upon the absolute requirement to be ‘brilliant in the basics.’ Over the last few years Marine TACAIR has not punted the tactical nearly so often as the admin. Sound understanding of NATOPS, aircraft systems, and SOPs is therefore every bit as important as your understanding of the ANTTP and TOPGUN. With this in mind, ensure the admin portions of your plan are solid before you move onto objective area planning. Once you begin tactical planning, remember that keeping things ‘simple and easy to execute’ will usually be your surest path to success. If the plan is not safe, it is not tactically sound.
3. Attitude. I firmly believe in the phrase ‘hire for attitude, train for skill.’ Work ethic, willingness to accept constructive criticism, and a professional approach to planning, briefing, and debriefing will get you 90% of the way towards any qualification or certification you are pursuing. The other 10% is comprised of in-flight judgment and performance, and that will often come as a result of the first 90%. Seek to learn from your own mistakes and the mistakes of others. Just as a championship football team debriefs their game film, we are going to analyze our tapes and conduct thorough flight debriefs. It has often been said that the success of a sortie is directly proportional to the caliber of the plan and brief. The other side of this coin is that the amount of learning that takes place as a result of a sortie is directly proportional to the caliber of the debrief.
4. Moral courage. Speak up if something seems wrong or unsafe. We all know what the standards are supposed to be in Naval Aviation and in the Corps. Enforce them! When we fail to enforce the existing standards, we are actually setting and enforcing a new standard that is lower.
5. Dedication. If you average one hour per workday studying, 6 months from now you will be brilliant. That is all it takes; one hour per day. As you start to notice the difference between yourself and those who are unable to find 60 minutes, I want you to know that I will have already taken note. Then, I want you to ask yourself this question: ‘How good could I be if I really gave this my all?’
6. When all else fades away, attack pilots have one mission: provide offensive air support for Marines. The Harrier community needs professional attack pilots who can meet this calling. It does not require you to abandon your family. It does not require you to work 16 hours per day, six days per week. It requires only a few simple commitments to meet this calling: be efficient with your time at work so that you can study one hour per day; be fully prepared for your sorties and get the maximum learning possible out of every debrief; have thick skin and be willing to take constructive criticism; find one weekend per month to go on cross country. When you are given the opportunity to advance, for those few days go to the mat and give it your all, 100%, at the expense of every other thing in your life. To quote Roger Staubach, ‘there are no traffic jams on the extra mile.’ If you can be efficient during the workweek, give an Olympian effort for check rides and certifications, and are a team player, the sky will literally be the limit for you in this squadron.
C. K. RAIBLE ————————
We will have two individual workouts, and one partner workout. The first individual workout will start at 1000 am, the partner workout will begin at 1130 am, and the second individual workout will begin at 1 pm. Tailgating is encouraged! Bring along something to grill, or your favorite side dish or dessert.
Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
Men’s Masters (35+)
Women’s Master’s (35+)
Registration Deadline is October 1st. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the gym. If emailing, please include your name and age, and the name of your partner (if you are competing in the Partner Competition). There will be a $10 per person entry fee, due on or before October 1st.
You may participate in either or both of the Competitions (Individual and Partner). Workouts will be announced during the week of Oct 1, and you can decide the day of the competition if you are competing in the Rx or Scaled division.
This competition is open to any current CFSW member, regardless of experience level. If you are a past member who would like to participate in the individual competition, please contact us for details. You may invite a non-CFSW to be your teammate for the partner competition, but please contact Ken in advance if this is the case.
Spectators and guests are, of course, welcome!
Please direct any questions to Ken.
I’ve moved away from posting the daily workouts on the blog, but in an effort to post a bit more regularly, we’ll be posting the occasional workout highlights.
We are finishing week 8 of our Olympic Weightlifting emphasis, and will be moving on into our next block of programming in another week or so. The extra work has been paying off, and everyone’s technique is really shaping up—and it’s noticeable. A few people are really putting things together I didn’t get it on video, but Jon’s snatches the other day were sweet!
We did this workout Wednesday, but it was sneaky hard, and I wanted to put it up. After our barbell work, we finished things up with:
dumbbell snatches x 8 each hand
200 m run
Men’s weights were 40# - 70#, women’s ranged from 25# - 35#. This was a great effort from everyone involved!
Still think it’s a good thing to take away PE and recess in schools?
This study concludes that less than 10 minutes of vigorous activity daily increased heart-protective mechanisms in children and teens. 7 minutes of intense physical activity per day resulted in significant reductions in body weight and blood pressure, and increases in fitness. These results were superior to lower intensity exercise of longer duration.
"That is a huge difference," said principal researcher Jonathan McGavock, an exercise physiologist at the Manitoba Institute of Child Health.
"If we look at physical activity as the magic bullet or drug that is going to have health benefits, such as reducing the risk of overweight or reducing the risk of high blood pressure, a higher intensity is like taking a higher dose of that drug," he said Monday from Winnipeg.
"It says that the more intense the exercise is, the less likely [youth] are to be overweight or to have high blood pressure, compared to (those doing) lower-intensity exercise."
Interested in trying out a CrossFit competition? Just want to come out, grill, and support your friends? Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 6th, for our first ever CFSW Competition!
Men and Women can compete in either Prescribed or Scaled Divisions, or grab a partner and compete in the Team workout. There may be trophies involved (just sayin’), but the only cash on the line will be whatever side bets are placed (and I don’t want to know about it). Workouts will be announced the night before.
This will also be a Potluck—we’ll fire up a grill or two, and everyone is welcome to bring a dish to share.
This event is intended for CFSW members only, but you may petition to bring a Guest for the partner workout. CFSW Alumni are also eligible to play, but please check with Ken first. Of course, anyone is welcome to spectate.