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Education center reflects on 50 years: Part One – ‘Before him, there was nothing’

From the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center website

Many HIANG members chose to attend the five-and-a-half-week course in-residence NCO Academy. For some it was a quicker way to meet the Professional Military Education (PME) requirement than the correspondence course.

This article mentions that the SMSgt Cornwal Matsusaka‘s design was selected for the TEC official emblem. “Matsu” was a member of the HIANG who served as a technician for many years; he retired as a chief master sergeant.

The I.G. Brown Training and Education Center (TEC) celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

In honor of a half-century of learning, this feature series highlights TEC, from its first classes in a World War II-era aircraft hangar to the present day.

What does it take to put an education center together? Part one looks back at 1968 to 1978.

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Off Track: 100 year old sets new world record

From the Official Twitter of USA Track & Field @usatf

2018 USATF Masters Indoor Championships – Men’s 60m, 90-100 air group

100-year-old Orville Rogers (lane 2) set a new age group record in the men’s 60m in 19.13 at USATF Masters Indoor Championships!

The Real Relationship Between BMI and Heart Disease Risk

From the Everyday Health website

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Some data suggest a puzzling concept: If you carry extra weight, you may be more likely to recover from illness than a normal-weight or underweight person, and therefore have a lower relative risk of early death. It’s called the obesity paradox, and it’s one of the arguments used when discussing the flaws of body mass index (BMI), which defines obesity and is tied to health risk.

While the debate over the theory and BMI rages on, a new analysis suggests that at least when it comes to preventing heart disease, having a healthy weight could be critical for maintaining a long, healthy life.

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Namesakes: Travis AFB, California

Air Force Magazine’s back-page feature is Namesakes. Every month it profiles the person or people after whom an Air Force facility was named. This post is about Travis AFB.

Air Force Base is a United States Air Force air base under the operational control of the Air Mobility Command (AMC), located three miles (5 km) east of the central business district of Fairfield, in Solano County, California, United States.

Situated in the San Francisco Bay Area and known as the “Gateway to the Pacific”, Travis Air Force Base handles more cargo and passenger traffic through its airport than any other military air terminal in the United States. The base has a long and proud history of supporting humanitarian airlift operations at home and around the world. Today, Travis AFB includes approximately 7,260 active USAF military personnel, 4,250 Air Force Reserve personnel and 3,770 civilians.

Travis AFB has a major impact on the community as a number of military families and retirees have chosen to make Fairfield their permanent home. Travis AFB is the largest employer in the City and Solano County as well, and the massive Travis workforce has a local economic impact of more than $1 billion annually. The Base also contributes a large number of highly skilled people to the local labor pool.

The base’s host unit, the 60th Air Mobility Wing, is the largest wing in the Air Force’s Air Mobility Command, with a versatile fleet of 26 C-5 Galaxies, 27 KC-10 Extenders, and 13 C-17 Globemaster III aircraft.

In addition, the base’s former Strategic Air Command Alert Facility is now a U.S. Navy complex that typically supports 2 transient Navy E-6B Mercury TACAMO aircraft assigned to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron THREE (VQ-3) Detachment and normally home-based at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma.

Namesakes: Travis AFB

Travis AFB website

New DOD Task Force Eyed for Merging Exchange Services, DECA

From the website

The three military exchange services and the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) would be merged into a single resale enterprise under a proposal backed by John H. Gibson II, the Defense Department’s new chief management officer, who has been tasked to make DoD business operations more efficient.

Gibson and a team tasked with reviewing military community services — base stores, recreation services, family support services and base schools — have drafted a memorandum, apparently for signature by Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan, that would order extensive streamlining.

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15 Hidden Fees to Watch Out for in Retirement

From the Go Banking Rates website

If you want to guarantee a happy, stable retirement, it’s important to start saving — and investing — now. Unfortunately, hidden fees can wreak havoc on even the smartest investment strategies. Along with consulting fees, you might find yourself dealing with fees to trade, fees to advise and even high tax fees.

Click through to see 10 hidden fees to watch out for so you can avoid wasting your money in retirement.

Check Six: 204 AS Loadmaster – 18 years ago

From the 2000 Department of Defense Annual Report

The State Department of Defense produces an annual report for the state fiscal year ending on June 30. The report is a requirement directed by gubernatorial directive. The completed report’s distribution list included the state departments and agencies. The DOD’s report reports on activities and achievements of the Hawaii Army and Air National Guard, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, the Office of Veterans Services, and the Youth Challenge Academy.

Sgt. Wendy M. Hirasa photo

Master Sgt. Darren Morris, a loadmaster with 204th Airlift Squadron, checks the secureness of the payload on the C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft. The payload is part of an airdrop training exercise with the Hawaii Army Guard’s 29th Support Battalion into Schofield Barrack’s East Range.

Would Plunging Stock Prices Force You to Downsize Your Retirement?

From the Real Deal Retirement website

The recent market volatility has been frightening for anyone hoping to achieve a secure retirement. But the prospect of a major slump in stock prices can be especially upsetting for people who have recently retired or are close to calling it a career.

If you’re in that position, here’s how to gauge the risk you might face, and how to reduce the possibility you’ll have to completely revamp your retirement plans should the latest turbulence lead to a full-fledged rout.

To avoid Alzheimer’s don’t wait for a miracle drug. Sleep, diet and exercise may do more

From the CNBC website

When drug giant Pfizer announced earlier this year it was exiting the neuroscience business, including the search for a drug to treat Alzheimer’s, doctors involved in the race to find a cure were caught off guard.

“I was surprised, because I knew they had interesting compounds in the pipeline,” said Dr. Jeff Cummings, director of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas. For Cummings, though, it was ultimately just one more addition to a long record he has maintained, documenting the failure of Alzheimer’s treatments. “It is another statement that development of drugs, particularly for neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, has proven to be enormously difficult.”

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Check Six: Retired HIANG Doctor Sighted

We ran across Dr. Gildo Soriano in the Navy Exchange during the current scratch-off promotion. As you can see in the photograph, he remains in great shape. He retired from his medical practice but continues to deploy to the Philippines as part of those medical missions.

Dr. Soriano served with the 154th Wing’s medical unit for many years. He retired in January 2001 as a lieutenant colonel.

Great seeing Doc after all these years. Thanks for your service on those medical missions.

You’re Retired: How Do You Measure Up?

From the U.S. News & World Report website

Today’s elderly are healthier, better educated and live longer than any previous generation, according to a report from the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics. Supportive public policies and decades of economic growth have helped retirees to enjoy unprecedented increases in well-being.

Here are some of the details about the lives and living standards of retirees. Take a look and see how you compare to the averages.

The military keeps encountering UFOs. Why doesn’t the Pentagon care?

From The Washington Post website

In December, the Defense Department declassified two videos documenting encounters between U.S. Navy F-18 fighters and unidentified aircraft. The first video captures multiple pilots observing and discussing a strange, hovering, egg-shaped craft, apparently one of a “fleet” of such objects, according to cockpit audio. The second shows a similar incident involving an F-18 attached to the USS Nimitz carrier battle group in 2004.

Videos are interesting

CH-47 Chinook

From the Boeing Twitter feed

How Older Car Shoppers Can Get the Best Deal

From the nextavenue website

As an older car buyer, just walking into a car dealership gives me a feeling of dread: I feel like I’m going to be taken in by a slick salesperson, tricked into buying something I don’t want and into spending more than what I want to pay. Maybe you feel this way too.

Edison Van Vlimmeren, a sales associate with Dulles Motor Cars in Leesburg, Virgina, insists that older car buyers aren’t viewed as pushovers anymore. “The days when car salesmen looked at older car buyers as easy marks are long gone,” he said.

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