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Hawaii Air Guard wraps up temporary deployment to Japan

From the National Guard website

U.S. Air Force photograph

Dozens of operations, maintenance and support Airmen and a contingent of F-22 Raptors returned home April 4 following almost a month of temporary duty at Iwakuni Marine Corps Air Station, Japan.

In Japan, the Hawaiian Raptors, a Total Force Integration unit of Airmen from the Hawaii Air National Guard (HIANG) 154th Wing and the active-duty 15th Wing, conducted local area training with U.S. Marine Corps and Japan Air Self-Defense Force units.

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Check Six: April 1975 Kūkā‘ilimoku

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

Today we feature the April 1975 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue. This issue includes the following stories:

* 154th Fighter Interceptor Group Open House

* 201st Combat Communications Group units relocation detailed

* Supply Squadron Happenings

* Hawaii National Guard Service Medal awards: many familiar names

Review the entire April 1975 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue

Medical Myths: All about Parkinson’s disease

From the Medical News Today website

Diego Sabogal photograph from the article

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative movement disorder. Over time, dopamine-producing cells in a part of the brain called the substantia nigraTrusted Source deteriorate.

This deterioration, which leads to a reduction in dopamine, produces symptoms. The symptoms tend to develop slowly over time, often starting with a slight tremor in one hand or stiffness in movement.

Aside from tremor and stiffness, other symptoms include difficulties coordinating movements, changes in posture, a fixed facial expression, a reduced sense of smell, mood changes, and sleep problems.

As the disease progresses, some people with Parkinson’s develop dementia.

In 2016, an estimated 6.1 millionTrusted Source people worldwide had Parkinson’s disease. The number of cases has more than doubled in the last 25 years.

In this article, we dispel some of the most common myths associated with Parkinson’s disease.

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Sgt. Eric R. Binger & Spc. Michael J. Makinano win 2021 HIARNG Best Warrior Competition

Off the Hawaii Army National Guard Facebook page

Hawaii Army National Guard photograph

Congratulations to Sgt. Eric R. Binger, B Battery, 1st Battalion, 487th Field Artillery and Spc. Michael J. Makinano, HHB, 1st Battalion, 487th Field Artillery for winning the 2021 Hawaii Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition! 

Both the Soldier of the Year and Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year received their awards from Command Sgt. Maj. James R. Jimenez, Command Sergeant Major, HIARNG, in front of a limited audience consisting of their leadership and family members.

Both winners earned the opportunity to compete in the regional level competition later in the year.

More photographs by Sgt. John Schoebel

Earlier Retiree News post: Best Warrior Competition 2021

Check Six: April 1983 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 April 1983 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue. This issue includes the following stories:

* 154th Composite Group to Team Spirit 83.

* Father enlisted to join son in the Hawaii Air National Guard

* CAMS News & Views: lots of familiar names

* Land of the Morning Calm – Team Spirit 83 article by Samuel Wong

* Sports News

Review the entire the April 1983 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue

How Family Caregivers Can Avoid Money Catastrophes

From the nextavenue website

How big a financial toll can family caregiving take? Well, Amy Goyer, who is AARP’s family and caregiving expert, says the costs of caring for her parents led her to file for bankruptcy.

“I wish I’d met with a financial adviser from the very beginning who would have kept me on track and maybe been able to steer me in different directions that would have avoided bankruptcy,” Goyer, based in the Washington, D.C. area, told me in the new episode of the “Friends Talk Money” podcast I co-host. (You can hear the episode wherever you get podcasts or at the end of this article.)

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50 foods and drinks to avoid for people with high blood pressure

From the Medical News Today website

Having high blood pressure does not necessarily mean a person has to eliminate specific foods from their diet. Rather than trying to cut these out, a person should focus on moderation and finding healthy substitutes for their favorite snacks.

About 45% of adults in the United States have high blood pressure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Trusted Source.

This may increase their risk of heart diseasestroke, and numerous other health problems.

The right diet can help a person control their blood pressure levels.

In this article, we present 50 foods and drinks that could contribute to high blood pressure, and we list some foods a person can include in their diet. We also provide some recipe ideas.

Check Six – Late 1970s: Party Time in the Hanger

Retiree News asked Ramona Fujimoto for ID assistance for these photographs. She provided the following comments:

In the left picture is: Bobby Ramos, her back facing Stephanie Chow, Doreen Pedro, Lourdes Maglaya, and Helen Kim. Helen was the first female air operations staff member in the 199th Fighter Squadron. She started in 1975, but unfortunately passed away a number of years later.  

In the right picture is: Stephanie Chow, Lourdes Maglaya. Stephanie Chow my high school classmate that joined with me in 1976. Steph stayed in less then 10 years and not sure about Lourdes – if she retired or not from the Guard. Out of that group i survived and retired at 60!  Doreen’s son joined the Guard after her and her husband got out.  

Check Six: April 1991 Kukailimoku

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 April 1991 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue. This issue includes the following stories:

* Brig Gen Edward Richardson becomes the Adjutant General

* CAMS News & Views: lots of familiar names

* Promotions: including Carolina Togami, Harold Hewett III, Woody Batula, John Guerri

* CMSgt Jack Uhrig selected to be the HAING Senior Enlisted Advisor

* Sports News

Review the entire the April 1991 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue

Retiring Native Hawaiian Army General Was A Trailblazer

From the Civil Beat website

Maj. Gen. Suzanne Vares-Lum’s 34 year military career has taken her around the globe, but the Wahiawa native retired Friday on her home island of Oahu.

The first Native Hawaiian woman to become an Army general, Vares-Lum was an intelligence officer whose assignments spanned the Cold War to the Iraq War.

For the last five years Vares-Lum has worked at U.S. Indo-Pacific Command at Camp Smith, most recently as Mobilization Assistant to the Commander where she juggled both local and international issues — often simultaneously.

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10 Health Myths Debunked

Photograph from the WebMD Twitter feed

From the WebMD website

Are eggs bad for your heart? Will touching a toilet seat make you sick?

Here’s the truth behind 10 common health myths:

Off Track: 38 Standout Dining Destinations in Las Vegas

From the Eater Las Vegas website

Before the pandemic, the Eater 38 was our attempt to answer any question that begins, “Can you recommend a restaurant?” The curated list covers the entire city, spanning numerous cuisines. And, even now, it’s a list that tells the story of the Las Vegas food scene, spanning myriad cuisines and price points, and collectively satisfying all restaurant needs from where to go for a reliable quick bite to where to go to blow half a paycheck on dinner. Every couple of months, pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible (restaurants must be open at least six months), or have stepped up their game will be added.

And these restaurants are: