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Famous Veterans: Kris Kristofferson

Kris Kristofferson, under pressure from his family, joined the U.S. Army and attained the rank of captain. He became a helicopter pilot after receiving flight training at Fort RuckerAlabama. He also completed Ranger School. During the early 1960s, he was stationed in West Germany as a member of the 8th Infantry Division. During this time, he resumed his music career and formed a band. In 1965, when his tour of duty ended, Kristofferson was given an assignment to teach English literature at West Point. Instead, he decided to leave the Army and pursue songwriting. His family disowned him because of his career decision, and sources are unclear on whether or not they reconciled. They saw it as a rejection of everything they stood for, in spite of the fact that Kristofferson has said he is proud of his time in the military, and received the American Veterans Awards “Veteran of the Year Award” in 2003. (Wikipedia)

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11 Steps to Take If You Lose Your Wallet

From the LifeLock website

You’ve lost your wallet—or it’s been stolen—and your first instinct is to panic. But resist this urge. Instead, take these 11 steps after your wallet has gone missing. If you do, it will help minimize the damage if someone has stolen your wallet, possibly with your driver’s license, credit cards and other important pieces of personal identification inside it.

Here’s what to do when you lose your wallet

Dementia Diagnosis: When Do You Go Public?

From the nextavenue website

Sharing a dementia diagnosis is a challenge facing thousands of Americans.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 200,000 Americans have the early onset variation, meaning that, like Rivard, they are 65 or younger. Another 5.7 million older Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia.

In her career, Dr. Sujatha Hamilton has shouldered the poignant responsibility of delivering dementia diagnoses to hundreds of her patients. While their symptoms vary, she has observed a universal response to the confirmation of the disease.

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Check Six: CMSgt Jelinski-Hall Aloha Party – 9 years ago

Retiree News photograph | click to enlarge

There was an Aloha Party for CMSgt Denise Jelinski Hall on January 16, 2010. She had served as the Hawaii National Guard’s Senior Enlisted Leader for several years. General Craig McKinley, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, had just selected her to become the first Air Guard member and the first woman to fill the role as senior enlisted leader to the National Guard leader. In that position, she would advise General McKinley on enlisted affairs for the nation’s 415000 soldiers and airmen. She would begin her three year tour in February.

This photograph shows two attendees from the 154th Security Forces Squadron – CMSgt Ray Durapan and MSgt Steven Matsuda – with Chief Jelinski-Hall.


Steven Matsuda took this website’s masthead photograph – more information about Steve and his photograph

The 8 Most Common 2019 Tax Return Questions, Answered by Experts

From The New York Times website

The most important changes to the tax code in decades have taken effect — and filers are confused. We asked CPAs and other tax-prep pros to simplify things.

Some level of bafflement attends tax-filing season every year. But in 2019, as Americans examine their returns for the first time under the full effect of the sweeping new Republican tax law, the situation is the most cryptic in memory. Some tax breaks have been erased or capped, while others have been expanded or introduced.

This is equal-opportunity anxiety. Blue-state professionals feel micro-targeted by new limits on state and local tax deductions, while filers elsewhere can’t figure out why they’re no longer getting a fat refund, if the law was supposed to be so good for them.

We asked accountants across the country to tell us their clients’ most common queries. Here are some answers.

Hundreds of vets are suing over these defective combat earplugs

From the Military Times website

Hundreds of veterans are filing lawsuits against a government contractor that manufactured and sold defective combat earplugs to the military.

The earplugs didn’t maintain a tight seal and allowed dangerously loud sounds to slip through without the wearer knowing.

The lawsuits allege that Minnesota-based 3M Company designed the earplugs in a defective manner and failed to warn users of the defect or to provide proper instructions for their use, according to a copy of one lawsuit provided to Military Times.

The failure allegedly resulted in hearing loss, tinnitus and loss of balance in those who used 3M’s trademarked, dual-ended Combat Arms earplugs during their military service between 2003 and 2015.

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Check Six: 1994 Great Aloha Run Starting Grew – 25 years ago

Hawaii Army National Guard photograph | click to enlarge

Special thanks to Robert Inouye for sharing this photograph. 

Today is the 35th Annual Great Aloha Run. The GAR began in 1984 and the 1-487th Field Artillery has provided the starting cannon.

Thanks to Keith Tamashiro and Robert Lesher for provided the personnel ID and comments about the soldiers in this photograph (L-R).

+ SSG Edel Rodrigues (Retired as a SFC)

+ SGT Noel Sosa (Now, a MSG with the USPFO and still active)

+ SGT Glenn Yamashita (Retired)

+ SFC Mark Shiraishi (Retired as a Master Sergeant – Passed away around 2014)

+ SSG Dave Howard (Retired as a SFC)

+ Carole Kai

+ SPC Robert Aguilar

+ SPC Daniel Kanana (later transferred to the Army Reserve)


The Great Aloha Run has accomplished and achieved many milestones in its 35-year history. It was the first largest first-time running event in the State of Hawaii with over 12,000 individuals signing up for the event in its very first year. The Great Aloha Run has also been recognized nationally as one of the top “100 Great Road Races” by Runner’s World Magazine.

Over the past 35 years, the Great Aloha Run, Hawaii’s largest participatory race, has raised over $12 million for over 150 non-profit health and human service organizations and community groups throughout Hawaii, such as: Boys and Girls Clubs, BSA Aloha Council, Girl Scouts Hawaii, Leeward Special Olympics, MWR Facilities, United Cerebral Palsy of Hawaii, the Variety School of Hawaii, Palama Settlement, the Hawaii High School Athletic Association and many more!

The GAR, an 8.15-mile foot race, begins at Aloha Tower and finishes in the Aloha Stadium. There are divisions for elites, age groups, wheelchair and hand-cycle competitors, Sounds of Freedom (military running in formation) and those who just want to walk the course with friends and socialize along the way in the Back of the Pack.

There is a place in the Great Aloha Run for everyone who wants to participate. It is this inclusive philosophy that reflects the Hawaiian name for this race, “Ke kukini me ke aloha pau‘ole”—the race with compassionate love. (GAR website)

29 American Presidents Who Served in the Military

From the Military.com website

Serving in the military isn’t a prerequisite for becoming president. Nonetheless, out of the 44 presidents of the United States, 29 had some military experience in their background, according to the US Department of Veterans Affairs. This seems fitting, given that the president is the commander-in-chief of America’s military.

Military service has also come up as a political issue over time. The military service of both George W. Bush and John Kerry received heavily scrutiny during the 2004 presidential campaign.

And, while observers have pointed out that US President Donald Trump has a fondness for military trappings and parades — even sparking anger by referring to his staff as “my generals,” Business Insider’s Mark Abadi reported — the medical deferment that kept him out of the Vietnam War is a source of controversy.

These are the presidents who served in the armed forces in some capacity, from the modern day to the American Revolution:

Our Brains Need Exercise, Too

From the nextavenue website

But what about that brain itself? Although life expectancy has more than doubled since 1900, our “mindspan” — how long we stay cognitively healthy — hasn’t kept pace.

Forgetfulness, slower processing and feeling less sharp plague most of us as we age. One in five people develops mild cognitive impairment, a decline in thinking skills beyond normal aging, which may or may not advance to dementia. After 65, your odds of developing Alzheimer’s disease are one in 10.

It doesn’t have to be that way, mounting research suggests.

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Taps: Lionel Iseri

Lionel Yoshimichi Iseri, 79, of Kaneohe, Hawai‘i died on February 7, 2019. He was born in Ka’u Pahala, Hawai‘i.

Visitation 10:00 am on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at St. Ann Catholic Church, Service 11:30 am, Burial 2:00 pm Hawai‘i State Veterans Cemetery.

He is survived by wife, Barbara, sons, Keith (Cheryl), Darryl (Deeann), Darren (Tricia), daughter Lynnel (Mike) Luciani, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Arrangements Provided By: Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary

Retiree News extends heartfelt sympathy to Lionel’s family and friends.


Lionel was a long served technician and retiree from the 169th Aircarft control & Warning Squadron. 

Check Six: F-4 Maintenance – 40 years ago

Hawaii Air National Guard photograph | click to enlarge

This photograph shows a F-4C Phantom II in the old fighter hanger (Bldg 3400). We are not sure if this is a phased inspection or a lot of panels taken off to fix a complicated system problem.

A strange thing in the photograph is the aircraft paint configuration. The upper part of the aircraft is in a gray paint scheme, but the under side of the folded up wing is a camouflage paint scheme.

Any maintenance retirees know the reason for the difference the paint configuration?


The 199th Fighter Squadron flew F-4C Phantoms from 1976–1987. In the transition from single seat F-102A Delta Daggers, the squadron gained weapon systems officers (WSOs) and doubled in size.

Prostate Cancer Treatment: Surgery or Radiation?

From the U.S. News & World Report website

While a growing number of men diagnosed with early-stage, slow-growing prostate cancer opt for no immediate treatment beyond active surveillance, many men diagnosed with the cancer – especially those under age 60 who are in good health with a long life expectancy – choose to have their cancer treated without delay with either surgery or radiation.

If you’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer and determine that immediate treatment is best for you, your next step is deciding which form of treatment to have. “Treatment has evolved over the past 20 years to be more effective with fewer side effects,” says Philip Kantoff, a medical oncologist and prostate cancer researcher who serves as chair of the department of medicine at New York City’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

If the cancer has not spread beyond the prostate gland, standard prostate cancer treatments include:

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The Complete Guide to the Best Retirement Age

From the Go Banking Rates website

Forty-one percent of Americans predict they will retire at age 66, according to a 2018 Gallup poll. The same poll showed that the percentage of people who want to retire sooner — i.e., before 60 — has dropped. A retirement age of 65 was once considered manageable by the government, but the current trend shows people are retiring later in life. The main reason for this is maximizing retirement benefits; withdrawing them at a later age means you can withdraw more than you would at an earlier retirement age. Other people are working later, but should you?

Figuring out when to stop working requires considering a number of factors; here’s what you should think about in order to best decide when to retire.

Afterburner: Fall-Winter 2018

Afterburner Masthead

The Fall-Winter 2018 Afterburner is now available online. For a direct link to the latest Afterburner, click here.

Air Force retirees and annuitants who have an online myPay account are now automatically receiving the Afterburner electronically. People with a myPay account have been removed from the hard-copy mailing list. The Air Force partnered with the Defense Finance and Accounting Service in order to save more than $131,000 in printing and postage costs each issue.

An archive of current and past issues of the Afterburner