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If You’re a Challenge Coin Collector

From the Task and Purpose website

Challenge coins are an interesting military tradition. 

Some folks will visibly swell with pride as they present their collection of coins, which to the uninitiated look like gilded slammers from that ’90s era game Pogs. Standing before those neatly ordered defense industry discuses, all covered and aligned on a handmade display case, they’ll cheerfully remark how one time some four-star general or defense official at this one base palmed them a coin for doing something or other. 

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Check Six: November 1969 Kūkā‘ilimoku

The Kūkā‘ilimoku is the official e-newsletter of the 154th Wing, Hawaii Air National Guard. The first issue came in September 1957 and continues as a monthly newsletter today. 

Today we feature the November 1969 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue. This issue includes the following stories:

* Increased telephone security

* Promotions: includes Wallace Takasane, Henry Hasuike, Roy Kuwana, Arthur Takayama

Review the entire November 1969 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue

Happy Thanksgiving 2020

We wanted to take a moment to thank you for being a supporter of Retiree News. We wanted to make sure you knew that we truly appreciate you being a part of our ohana. With the coronavirus pandemic and other trying events this year, take time to be thankful for what you have – especially your family and friends. 

We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and safe holiday season.

Check Six: Gilbert Cera

Hawaii Air National Guard photograph

This undated photograph shows Gilbert Cera, who served many years in the 154th Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron in the parachute shop. Gil retired from his civil service position with Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam in 2011. 

Acting SecDef Miller is rewriting the history of the Vietnam War

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From the Task and Purpose website

Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller is offering a Drunk History version of how the Vietnam War ended just as President Donald Trump’s administration appears to be trying to re-enact the fall of Saigon elsewhere in Asia.

While visiting the never-quite-finished aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford on Wednesday, Miller told the crew that the president for which the ship is named was able to disengage the U.S. military from its decades-long commitment to defend South Vietnam.

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Check Six: November 1977 Kūkā‘ilimoku

The Kūkā‘ilimoku is the official e-newsletter of the 154th Wing, Hawaii Air National Guard. The first issue came in September 1957 and continues as a monthly newsletter today. 

Today we feature the November 1977 1977 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue. This issue includes the following stories:

* Wayne Wakeman organized the HANG canoe club

* Brig Gen Arthur Ishimoto‘s Commanders Comferece speech

* Volleyball results

* Maj Eddie Anderson‘s DIS*N*DAT column

Review the entire the November 1977 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue

How can you spot identity theft?

From the Department of Commerce and Consumers Affairs website

Check out the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau website

Check Six – 1980s: Melvin Wong

Hawaii Air National Guard photograph

This undated photograph shows Melvin Wong, who served for many years in the support section of the maintenance squadron. His son, Steven and his daughter Sheri Chong both were full-timers in the maintenance complex. His brother, Sam, started in supply and moved to operations, where he as a crew member for the HIANG support aircraft. He was a charter member of the 204th Airlift Squadron. 

A great Guard family!

Check Six: November 1985 Kūkā‘ilimoku

The Kūkā‘ilimoku is the official e-newsletter of the 154th Wing, Hawaii Air National Guard. The first issue came in September 1957 and continues as a monthly newsletter today. 

Today we feature the November 1985 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue. This issue includes the following stories:

* Kunsan Mayor visits the 154th Composite Group

* Promotions: including Ian Kaikaina, and Dennis Matsuura to TSgt

* CAMS News & Views: lots of familiar names

* Ronald Cozo named Kapena Moku

* Sports reports

Review the entire the November 1985 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue

3 Social Security Secrets Every Retiree Needs to Know

From the Motley Fool website

Social Security can play a major role in your retirement, so it’s wise to ensure you know as much as possible about how your benefits are calculated — the more you understand about how the program works, the better decisions you can make to maximize your monthly checks.

These three Social Security secrets may help you collect more money each month in retirement.

As always with Motley Fool articles, the last paragraph, “The $16,728 Social Security bonus most retirees completely overlook” is a lead in advertisement.

GM to pay $1.2B to recall nearly 6M trucks with Takata air bags

From the NBC News website

The U.S. is making General Motors recall and repair nearly 6 million pickup trucks and SUVs equipped with potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators.

The decision announced Monday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will cost the automaker an estimated $1.2 billion, about one third of its net income this year.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 25% of recalled vehicles are never brought to the dealer to be fixed. If you purchased your care from a dealership, you will usually receive a recall notification in the mail (if your contact address is still current). 

Owners may not always know their recalled vehicle still needs to be repaired. NHTSA’s search tool lets you enter a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to quickly learn if a specific vehicle has not been repaired as part of a safety recall in the last 15 years.

Say informed by periodically checking for recalls yourself at NHTSA’s website

Check Six – 1966: Summer Camp at Dillingham Field – The Movie

Earlier, Retiree News posted a photograph of several F-102s in a taxi formation at Dillingham Field in MokulēʻIa. It is a screen capture of a video sent to Retiree News by Tai “Mynah” Hong, a retired 199th Fighter Squadron pilot. Mynah said the video was converted from an old Super 8 home movie. We could not post the entire video to our website because of its size – 140 MB.

Special thanks to Jeffrey Hickman, the Director of Public Affairs at the State Department of Defense. He graciously agreed to post the video on the Hawaii National Guard Facebook page. Additionally, Andrew Jackson, the computer guru, edited and improved the video quality. 

Andy added the names of the pilots in the video, who are wearing orange flight suits. Later in the video, Kenji Sumida is seen briefing a troop formation. Airmen in the video we recognize include Rudy Luat, and George Kaneshiro.

Here’s the link to the video

Mahalo to Mynah for sharing his personal video. 

Check Six: November 1993 Kūkā‘ilimoku

The Kūkā‘ilimoku is the official e-newsletter of the 154th Wing, Hawaii Air National Guard. The first issue came in September 1957 and continues as an e-newsletter today. 

Today we feature the November 1993 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue. This issue includes the following stories:

* 169th Aircarft Control & Warning Squadron members deploy to Alaska

* 203rd Air Refueling Squadron deploys to Japan

* Hawaii National Guard Enlisted Association meeting and banquet

* CAMS News & Vies: lots of familiar names

* Promotions: including Sherilyn Chong to Sgt, Guy Hironaka to SSgt

* Another great CBPO Connection article

Review the entire the November 1993 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue

8 Common Medications That May Cause Dehydration

From the Everyday Health website

Thirsty much? You’re always on the lookout for side effects like dizziness, headaches, constipation, and nausea when you start a new medication, but also consider that some meds may directly or indirectly lead to dehydration.

Certain medications may pull water from the body, increase the amount you urinate, or cause fluid loss via side effects like vomiting or diarrhea, explains Aaron Emmel, PharmD, the founder of PharmacyTechScholar.com in St. Augustine, Florida.

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