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Japanese Spherical Fireworks

Very expensive and very well-engineered fireworks to get the effects of hearts and variations of planets in a solar system. Sixty-four seconds of fireworks in Japan.

This show is said to be the first of its kind in the world (spherical pyrotechnics). Worth watching. Likely the world’s best fireworks display you will ever see!

Mahalo to Fred Hyun for sharing this video with Retiree News.

Independence Day

From the Images of Old Hawaii website

Independence Day celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.

Drafted by Thomas Jefferson between June 11 and June 28, 1776, the Declaration of Independence is the nation’s most cherished symbol of liberty and Jefferson’s most enduring monument.

The political philosophy of the Declaration was not new; its ideals of individual liberty had already been expressed by John Locke and the Continental philosophers.

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Legislators Briefed on the Joint Task Force

Hawaii Army National Guard photograph

Off the 117th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Facebook page

Major General Suzanne P. Vares-Lum and Hawaii State Legislators attend a brief hosted by Brigadier General Moses Kaoiwi Jr., Hawaii National Guard Joint Task Force on July 1, 2020. During the brief, the VIPs were informed of the overall mission, capabilities and future transition from federal orders to state level by the Joint Task Force staff. 

More photographs by SSG Thomas Foster

The CDC just added new COVID-19 symptoms to its list

From the Business Insider website

When the novel coronavirus was first identified in China, patients seemed to develop at least one of three symptoms: fever, a dry cough, and shortness of breath. The data was skewed, however, by the fact that most patients being tested for the virus had severe cases that required hospitalization.

As the virus grew to pandemic proportions, doctors have observed many additional symptoms.

Mandatory interisland Traveler Health Form now online

The State of Hawai‘i mandatory interisland Traveler Health Form can now be submitted online within 24 hours of flight departure. This upgrade adds efficiency to the passenger verification process, helps save travelers time and allows information to enter the database in real-time. The form includes health and contact information needed to trace close contacts should a passenger become ill.

Ticketed passengers are encouraged to visit the Hawai‘i Department of Health travel website to find the digital fillable Traveler Health Form. Once all the required questions have been completed and it is signed and submitted, the passenger will receive an email with a QR code. They should bring the code with them to the airport, either on an electronic device (preferred) or printed. The form may not be completed or submitted outside of the 24-hour time frame. (Please note: certain browsers such as Safari and Explorer are slow loading and Chrome is best).

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The Hawaii National Guard Association (HNGA)

The purpose of the Hawai‘i National Guard Association (HNGA) shall be to strengthen the national defense; to further the interests of the Hawai‘i National Guard; and to promote and develop a sound organization. We strive to work closely with our local, state, and national elected officials and with the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS). We will fight to maintain and/or increase our structure of forces in Hawai‘i, fight for the modernization of equipment, and maintain and/or increase our personnel benefits for Soldiers, Airmen, and our families.

For more information, go to the:

HNGA website
HNGA Facebook page

Check Six: F-22 Raptors Arrive – 10 years ago

Star Advertiser photograph

This is a Honolulu Star Advertiser article written by William Cole. The article was published on July 3, 2010, reporting the F-22 Raptor arrival the day before at Hickam Field.

The Raptor has landed.

The first of 20 F-22 Raptor fighter jets that will be based at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam touched down yesterday, bringing with it the start of a new chapter in Hawaii Air National Guard fighter history reaching back to 1946.

The Territory of Hawaii Air National Guard was established that year, a year ahead of the official creation of the U.S. Air Force, officials said.

Two of the stealthy fighters are expected to be in Hawaii for a dedication ceremony Friday. The aircraft, “tail” numbers 045 and 046, are about 7 years old and were receiving maintenance — and “HH” (for Hickam) and Hawaii wave tail markings — at Hill Air Force Base in Utah.

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Check Six: HIANG F-22 Raptor Pā‘ina – 10 years ago

Hawaii Air National Guard photograph

Ten years ago, the 154th and 15th Wings cohosted an afternoon party to celebrate the arrival of the long awaited Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor. The attendees included current members and a lot of retirees. Among the retirees were those who served during the F-86, F-102, F-4 and F-15 eras. It was a great day for the retirees to see the future of the Hawaii Air National Guard.

An earlier Retiree News e-newsletter article about this event

How to Help Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft

From the LifeLock website

You may have wondered how to help protect yourself from identity theft, particularly if you know folks who’ve experienced it. They’ll tell you that being an identity theft victim can be an unsettling experience and recovery can take a lot of time and effort. Hearing such stories could be reason enough for you to try to avoid becoming a victim yourself.

In this article, we’ll cover what information identity thieves are after and why it’s important to them. We’ll also explain what they can do with the information they obtain and how you can help protect yours. And we’ll tell you what you can do if you ever become the unfortunate victim of identity theft.

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Check Six: December 2003 UTA weekend – 17 years ago

Hawaii Air National Guard photograph – click to enlarge

The 293rd Combat Communications Squadron held an annual service dress check formation. The formation insured everyone had a properly fitted uniform with the proper ribbons and insignia. 

Many familiar faces – some who have retired, some who moved on, others who still serve today.

Proposed overhaul of veterans preference in federal hiring

From the Military Times website

Advocates pushing for a major overhaul to the federal veterans preference hiring rules insisted Tuesday that broadening eligibility but limiting program use could benefit both job seekers and department managers looking for military talent.

“We can’t nibble around the edges, we need to make comprehensive changes,” argued Joe Heck, chairman of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service, before a Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs hearing.

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EANGUS Minuteman Update: June 25, 2020

From the EANGUS website

The Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS) published a weekly update. These news briefs are in newsletter format and shares information Guard related issues and challenges.

This issue features articles about:

Air Force picks a woman as the top enlisted leader 
Congress still trying to figure out how to pay the Guard

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Check previous issues of these news briefs

Thanks to Maui Quizon, President of the Hawaii National Guard Enlisted Association. For sharing this information. 

Check Six: Kūkā‘ilimoku Over the Years

The Kūkā‘ilimoku is the official newsletter of the Hawai‘i Air National Guard’s 154th Wing at Hickam AFB. However, it began as the 199th Fighter Squadron’s newsletter.

199th Fighter Squadron received Federal recognition and activated on 4 November 1946. It took several years before the squadron’s first newsletter appeared in February 1954. It was a short run; there were no further issues. 

The second attempt at a squadron newsletter was in September 1957. In the first issue, there was a contest to name this newsletter. Kūkā‘ilimoku was the winning name and it was announced in the October issue. S/Sgt Arthur Loo won $5.00 for his winning entry. 

The newsletter remained the squadron’s newsletter until 1960. The 154th Fighter Interceptor Group received Federal recognition and activated on December 1, 1960. The Kūkā‘ilimoku was now the Group’s newsletter. 

With the deactivation of some 201st Combat Communications Group units and the reassignment of the two remaining units to the 154th Wing, the Kūkā‘ilimoku is the HIANG’s newsletter. 

Form our inception in 2013, Retiree News has posted issues of the Kūkā‘ilimoku. Most of these issues were from the late 1990s through today’s most current issues. Starting next week, we intend to post issues from 1958 through 1997.

Early issues do not have many photographs but are interesting reading. Issues cover achievements and there are references to Airmen we all knew over the years.