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Check Six – 1980: Cope North

Hawaii Air National Guard photograph – click to enlarge

Retiree News did not know very much about this photograph, so we asked Wayne “Wildman” Wakeman for comments and some ID help. 

This I believe was at Misawa 1980 for Cope North. The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) flew F-104’s, F-4’s and there was a third type of aircraft.

This was back in the good old days. As you can see, the squadron patch was still being wore on our chest where the MAJCOM patch is now…

In the photograph are

Top row (L-R): Robert “BD” DarrowLeonard “Nick” SporikGregory Gardner, JASDF, Dave NishiokaGarret “Oz” Osborne.

Middle row: Michael MitchellJeffrey NishimuraDaniel “Stoney” StoneJoseph “Primo” AhNewHerman LauLawrence “Cabby” CabrinhaClyde TorigoeJohn “Saigon” Lee.

Front row, Harold “Ninja” FujiiMelvin MatsuiMichael “Boss” TiceWayne “Wildman” Wakeman, JASDF, unknown

Check Six: August 1990 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 a monthly newsletter today. 

Today we feature the August 1990 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue. This issue includes the following stories:

* Three Airman’s Medals Awarded

* New HIANG Unit Activated

* CAMS News & Views – lots of familiar names

* Promotions – lots of familiar names

Review the entire the August 1990 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue

Another HIARNG Third Generation Guardmember

Off the Hawaii Army National Guard Recruiting Facebook page

Congratulations to Edward Correa IV!! Following the family tradition and enlisting into the Hawaii Army National Guard. His family tradition runs deep. To name a few of them pictured is his family including Major General (retired) Edward “Butch” Correa, CSM Richard Correa of #HawaiisOwn Recruiting Battalion, and his Mom Lyn Correa and Ohana!

Off Track: 4 Popular Honolulu Eateries Are Making it Big in Japan

From the HONOLULU Magazine article

From the Honolulu Magazine website

“It’s tasty, but it’s too clean; everything needs to be more dirty,” says Andrew Le, chef/owner of The Pig & The Lady. More fermented, more funk. He’s in Japan, tasting the menu of The Pig & The Lady Tokyo, which opened at the end of November. Following Le’s recipes, the Japanese crew at the upcoming restaurant has prepared the same dishes that Le serves in Chinatown, Honolulu. Tasting them across the Pacific is like being in an alternate universe of a Haruki Murakami novel, where everything seems the same on the surface, but the details are a bit off.

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Who’s Ready for a $5,826 Social Security Benefit Cut?

From the Motley Fool website

For most Americans, relying on Social Security income during retirement is the expectation. Surveys conducted by national pollster Gallup earlier this year found that 88% of future retirees expect to lean on Social Security income, to some degree, to make ends meet. For nonretirees, this represents an all-time high, dating back through two decades of surveys. 

It’s an equally important source of income for current retirees, with Social Security Administration data showing that better than 3 in 5 seniors leans on their monthly stipend to account for at least half of their income.

In other words, it’s an indispensable program that’s singlehandedly responsible for keeping more than 22 million people a year out of poverty.

And it’s also in trouble.

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2021 Proposed Military Pay Raise

From the website

Congress and the White House have proposed a 3.0% pay raise for the military in 2021, keeping up with inflation. 

Proposed Active Duty pay raise for 2021

Proposed Reserve pay raise for 2021

For your personalized pay and allowance computation check out our free Military Pay Calculator which can provide you with personalized pay calculations. more

The proposed military and civilian retirement pay raises will be announced later.

New HIANG Commander: Brig. Gen. Joseph Harris II

Off the Hawaii Air National Guard Facebook page

On May 1, 2020. Brig. Gen. Joseph Harris II become the commander of the Hawaii Air National Guard. The general came here about five years ago from the Northwest. 

Watch his short video

C-17 Airdrops Humvees

Great video of four humvees being airdropped out a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III

Watch the video

Check Six – 1955: Lockheed U-2 First Flight

From the This Day in Aviation website

Lockheed U-2 at Groom Lake, Nevada, 1955. (Lockheed Martin)

1 August 1955: Test pilot Anthony W. LeVier made the first flight flight of the Lockheed U-2 high-altitude reconnaissance airplane at Groom Lake, Nevada. LeVier was conducting taxi tests in preparation for the planned first flight a few days away, when at 70 knots the U-2 unexpectedly became airborne.

LeVier later said, “I had no intentions whatsoever of flying. I immediately started back toward the ground, but had difficutly determining my height because the lakebed had no markings to judge distance or height. I made contact with the ground in a left bank of approximately 10 degrees.”

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Taps: Ronald Cozo

Retiree News was sad to learn of the passing of Hawaii Air National Guard retiree Ronald Cozo passed away on July 30. Ron served in the Engine Shop for many years before his retirement. A skilled mechanic and leader who always had a special smile. He was a proud member of the Royal Guard and served as the Kapena Moku (Captain) in later years.

Aloha Pumehana!

Retiree News will post more information about services when it becomes available.

Taps: Richard “Soupbone” Kashiwabara

Richard “Soupbone” Masao Kashiwabara, Jr., 84, of Līhu‘e passed away at home on July 26, 2020. He was born in Wahiawā Camp, Kaua‘i on March 24, 1936. He was a Veteran of the United States Army, Army National Guard and Air National Guard, and retired from the County of Kauai as an electrician.

Preceded in death by his wife, Jane Kashiwabara.

Richard is survived by his children, Amy (Wayne) Arakaki, Grace (Danny) McCluskey, Dean (Yang) Kashiwabara, Willy (Lani) Kashiwabara, Ken Kashiwabara, Richard Kashiwabara Jr., Susan (Rolland Jr.) Peahu, Sharon Kashiwabara, Carol Orr; 19 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; brother, Larry Kashiwabara of Līhu‘e; sister, Janet Fukushima of Honolulu; sisters-in-law, Alice Victorino and Minnie Maeno; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Viewing and visitation with the family will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Kaua‘i Veterans Center in Līhu‘e. Services and burial at Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens will be private. Masks are required.

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

Check Six – 2003: HIARNG in the 2003 DOD Annual Report

The link below takes to Hawai‘i Army National Guard section of the 2003 Department of Defense Annual Report. The HIARNG, commanded by Brig. Gen. Vern T. Miyagi, was composed of a Headquarters, Hawai‘i Army National Guard (HQ HIARNG), and three major commands: the 29th Separate Infantry Brigade, the 103rd Troop Command, and the 298th Regiment-Multifunctional, Regional Training Institute. 

The report provides the highlights of the HIARNG activities in 2003. The list of the HIANG commanders and staff will bring back some memories. Many familiar names are now retired but some of the current leaders were younger officers in 2003.

View the annual report

Webmaster Comments 20.07.31

The COVID-19 pandemic continues. The pandemic has changed many things in all our lives. Hopefully we can adjust to facemasks, social distancing, quarantine, and other measures. Unless there is an immunization produced soon, we will have to endure these preventive measures longer.

Los Angeles Times journalist Julia Wick wrote more about vaccines in her Essential California newsletter: 

When there’s a vaccine…

That phrase has become a kind of mantra in recent months, a catch-all for how and when we’ll finally be able to put the pieces of our coronavirus-shattered world back together.

We’ll send our children back to school without fear … when there’s a vaccine. We’ll return to conventions, crowded sports stadiums and packed concerts … when there’s a vaccine. We’ll embrace our friends and family, return to work as we knew it and leave our homes without a mask … when there’s a vaccine. Four simple words, around which we have conditionally rescheduled the rest of our lives.

Read more of Julia’s column

Personally, the pandemic has brought out several meanings to the word “quarantine”:
Isolation – Seclusion – Confinement – Separation – Isolation – Seclusion – Confinement – Separation – Detention – SAFE

Best Life Insurance Companies of 2020

From the U.S. News & World Report website

Life insurance is essential if you have anyone in your life who depends on your income. Unfortunately, many people don’t have the right type of coverage or the right amount. About half of all U.S. households have less life insurance than they should, according to the Life Insurance Marketing and Research Association. A separate study by employee benefits provider Unum finds that about a third of all households will be financially strained within the first month of losing a breadwinner. 

The good news is that life insurance doesn’t cost as much as you might think it does. Some people even estimate that life insurance costs up to five times as much as it actually does, reports the Insurance Information Institute (III).

We make the process of shopping for life insurance as easy as possible by doing the research for you and rating the top life insurance companies. To create our rating, we evaluated dozens of companies, scoring each on elements such as financial strength, customer service and cost. Read on to see which companies made our Best Life Insurance Companies of 2020.

Beside discussing insurance companies, this post reviews the types of life insurance policies and how much insurance do you need.