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Check Six: Team Spirit 84 – 34 years ago

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The 201st Combat Communications Group deployed to the annual Team Spirit exercises in Korea. The 201 CCG units augmented the existing communications system and setup communications on exercise bare bases. This photograph shows (L-R) Toshi Nagai, the then-297th Air Traffic Control Flight; Gregory Ing, the then-201st Combat Communications Flight, and an unidentifed airman. There is even a hand crank field telephone in front of Greg.


Team Spirit was a joint military training exercise of United States Forces Korea and the Military of South Korea held annually between 1976 and 1993.

The exercise was also scheduled from 1994 to 1996 but cancelled during this time period as part of diplomatic efforts to encourage the Government of North Korea to disable the North Korean nuclear weapons program.

From 1997 through 2007, the exercise had been called “Reception, Staging, Onward Movement and Integration of Forces” (RSOI). As of March 2008, it is called Key Resolve.

Does Human Life Span Really Have a Limit?

From the Everyday Health website

The limits of human existence might not be as limited as we have long thought.

A person’s risk of death slows and even plateaus above age 105, a new study reports, challenging previous research saying there’s a cutoff point past which the human life span cannot extend.

Longevity pioneers lucky enough to make it past the perilous 70s, 80s and 90s could potentially live well into their 110s, if fortune remains on their side, said senior author Kenneth Wachter, a professor of demography and statistics at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Out With the $1 Million Goal for Retirement: What You Will Really Need

From the U.S. News & World Report website

In the past, saving $1 million for retirement was considered a benchmark to help you enter retirement comfortably. But times have changed, and that figure may no longer be accurate. “Boomers and the subsequent generations are dealing with a different puzzle than their parents,” says Steven Barrett, a financial consultant with Xceed Wealth Management Group in El Segundo, California. Many companies no longer offer a traditional pension plan to employees. Instead of relying on a pension, most people entering retirement will depend on what they have saved in a 401(k) plan and IRAs.

“This shift in retirement funds alone is enough to upset the longstanding $1 million milestone, but when you add in the low interest rate environment we’ve been in for quite some time, it’s important to build savings rather than relying solely on the interest growth,” Barrett says. Longer life expectancies, along with potential obligations to care for older or younger family members, could further shift the amount you’ll want to set aside.

Here are some guidelines to use when defining how much you need in your retirement nest egg.

KC-135 Stratotankers – flying since 1954

Be sure to click on the KC-135 History link above

5 Reasons to Plan Your Funeral Now

From the nextavenue website

Although I didn’t know it at the time, a week after my father received a terminal cancer diagnosis, he asked my cousin to take him to a local mortuary where he made decisions about his burial and paid for his funeral. Following his death five months later, as a grieving only child, I was thankful my father had the foresight to plan ahead, as he had always done for other life events. His choice to preplan was a gift that prevented me from making emotional and costly decisions based in grief.

Death is a subject none of us want to confront. Talking about death causes us to face mortality and run head-on into the fact that we will not always be here. Yet death is inevitable and planning your funeral is a lot like planning for retirement. It requires honest evaluation and sometimes hard decisions, but it’s something that needs to be done.

Here are five reasons to overcome hesitancy and consider planning your funeral now:

2017 Edition of the State of Hawaii Data Book

The Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT) is pleased to present the 2017 edition of the State of Hawaii Data Book, the official summary of statistics on the social, economic, and political organization of our state.

This edition, the 50th in the series, places major emphasis on statewide data and less so on counties, islands, urban places, and smaller areas. Source references for additional statistical detail are provided in the introductions to the sections and at the end of each table.

2017 edition of the State of Hawaii Data Book

Off Track: 5 Fruit-Stuffed Mochi at Fujiya You Should Try

From the Honolulu Magazine website

Among the sun-baked brick walls of Kalihi’s industrial zone are a series of mom-and-pop stores that have provided uniquely Hawaiian treats for generations.

Along Waiakamilo Road, “open” signs are taped on top of “open” signs, reassuring mochi-seekers that Fujiya Ltd., “Fine Oriental Confectioners Since 1953(8),” is open for business.

The shallow storefront is ringed with wooden shelves of senbei, arare, and Uacoco, Fujiya’s fruit-flavored coconut crackers. The display case in the center, as humble as the shop it sits in, contains the daifuku and chi chi dango we all know and love. The real gems of the house, though? Without a doubt, it’s the confectionary’s popular assortment of specialty fruit-filled mochi.

Other shops stuff whole fruit into their mochi. At Fujiya, the staff goes a few steps further. They’ve been experimenting with their twist on the classic confection for three years and in that time, outside-the-box flavors like kiwi and blueberry have come and gone, with popularity—and seasonality—determining what iterations stay or go. While some flavors can be found at other places, most are Fujiya exclusives. Here are some of the top sellers and our favorites.

The PT Belt Is Now a Fashion Item

From the Military.com website

Troops everywhere know PT belts are the height of military fashion. At one point, they were second only to the BCG. But then the military did away with those and knocked everyone’s favorite reflective plastic belt to the top of the list of uniform items that are both beautiful and utilitarian.

It’s hard to be this cool both inside and outside a gym, but somehow military members worldwide do it every day.

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Revitalizing squadrons, Air Force outlines progress

From the US Air Force website

Since Chief of Staff of the Air Force General David L. Goldfein announced his initiative to revitalize squadrons, the assigned task force produced many visible changes and is moving forward with additional changes in an implementation plan.

“The squadron is the beating heart of the United States Air Force; our most essential team,” Goldfein said in a letter to Airmen. “Our vision demands that ‘squadrons be highly capable, expeditionary teams who can successfully defend our nation’s interests in both today’s and tomorrow’s complex operating environments.’”

These key attributes are being implemented through three lines of effort: focus on the mission, strengthen leadership and culture, and taking care of Airmen and Families.

KHON2’s Rob DeMello receives Patriot Award

From left: Howard Sugai, ESGR public affairs director, Rob DeMello, KHON2 sports director, Cpl. Aven Santiago, 117th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Hawaii Army National Guard, Kristina Lockwood, KHON2 general manager.

Employer support to Hawaii National Guardsmen is a key part of our success. Traditional Soldiers and Airmen know the value of selfless service, but the employers also sacrifice as their full time employees deploy to foreign countries, support our State during times of emergency or sometimes, attend military schools for extended periods of time. The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, or ESGR, recognizes these exceptional employers, like KHON, with the Patriot Award. Cpl. Aven Santiago nominated KHON’s Rob DeMello for his support. Santiago recently completed a 30-day State Active Duty mission in support of Hawaii County and will soon be deploying to Kosovo with the 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

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Hackers are preparing an ‘unlimited’ ATM cash heist

From the PSB website

The FBI is warning financial institutions that cybercriminals are preparing to execute a hack that could siphon a virtually unlimited amount of money from ATMs around the world.

The “ATM cash-out” scheme or “unlimited operation” is likely to happen in the near future, the FBI said in a confidential alert on Friday, made public by cybersecurity journalist Brian Krebs.

“The FBI has obtained unspecified reporting indicating cyber criminals are planning to conduct a global Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cash-out scheme in the coming days, likely associated with an unknown card issuer breach,” the alert read, according to Krebs.

Here’s what you should know and how you can protect yourself.

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Webmaster Comments 18.08.16

George Kaneshiro periodically provides feedback to some Retiree News posts. He sent in feedback on these earlier Retiree News posts.

Check Six: Eagle Ice Co. – 30 years ago He identified the “unknown” in the photograph is Russel Miyamoto from the avionics back shop; he worked in ECM shop. Wonder who has that shaved ice machine today?

Check Six: HIANG Recruiting in the late 1950s George wondered if the person identified in the photograph as Richard Fukui could actually be Clifton Kau. He though Richard was a technical sergeant at the time.

This observation parallels other comments Retiree News received, including a reply from David Howard, who lives in Florida.

Check Six: Aircraft Conversion – 58 years ago George identified the F 86L pilot as Rex Hitchcock. He said the F-102A pilot may be Melvin Yen.


George Kaneshiro served in the Hawaii Air National Guard for his entire career. He served as a fulltime technician and retired after 35+ years of service. He continues to work in the travel industry. Mahalo to George for his continuing support of Retiree News.

See What the Average American Has in Retirement Savings Right Now

From the Time Money website

There are a variety of decent retirement savings benchmarks out there. How much other people your age have saved isn’t necessarily one of them.

After all, age is just one factor in how much you should have saved for retirement, and it assumes you and everyone else who hit their Sweet 16 in 1999 will also retire at the same time.

Even so, it’s natural to wonder how much Joe around the corner has in his IRA, or whether Betsy in the marketing department is maxing out her 401(k). Average retirement savings balances by age give that itch a slight scratch. They’re not rules of thumb, or even savings guidance. But they are an interesting peek under a curtain that is typically drawn closed.