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Check Six – 1976: Randall Lum

The Hawai‘i State Archives recently posted serveral old photographs featuring the Hawai‘i Air National Guard.

We contacted Randall Lum and he replied the photograph was taken in 1976. He said the photograph was taken by MSgt Ignacio Gabriel. Before Gabe became the 154th Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron’s training manager, he served as the unit photographer in the 1950s and early 1960s.


The Hawai‘i State Archives’ mission is to ensure open government by preserving and making accessible the historic records of state government.

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Check Six: May 1983 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 an e-newsletter today. 

Today we feature the May 1983 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue. This issue includes the following stories:

* First Termers Open House

* 154th USAF Clinic deploys to Yokota AB, Japan

* CAMS News & Views: lots of familiar names

* Spotlight on the Top: Lt Col Owen D. Ota

* Body by Janis tapes a show at the 154th Composite Group

* New F-86L Sabre static display

* Sports News

Review the entire the May 1983 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue

Proposed Space National Guard Gathers Momentum

From the Defense One website

The National Guard will soon deliver recommendations to the defense secretary on how to establish a space-focused component of the part-time volunteer force, an effort the Guard’s top general calls one of his “most pressing concerns.”  

But lawmakers want to know what the new organization will cost, suggesting they may have some of the same concerns about soaring costs and bureaucracy that hounded the Space Force when it was established in December 2019

Gen. Daniel Hokanson, the chief of the National Guard, said he’s “fairly close” to briefing Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on recommendations to establish a Space National Guard, and that he has already briefed Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks. 

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Symptoms of High Blood Pressure

From the WebMD website

High blood pressure — often called a “silent killer” — can quietly damage your heart, lungs, blood vessels, brain, and kidneys if it isn’t treated.

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Sentry Aloha Building Dedicated

Off the Hawaii Air National Guard Facebook page

Hawaii Air National Guard photograph

A traditional Hawaiian blessing for the new Sentry Aloha building was conducted marking the official ‘open-for-business’ of the new facility. The ‘new-digs’ will house our exercise Sentry Aloha planning and executive teams who work diligently each day to make Sentry Aloha the world-class and realistic training event that it is.

Sentry Aloha is an ongoing series of fighter exercises, hosted by the Hawaii Air National Guard’s 154th Wing, involving multiple types of aircraft and services. It provides tailored, cost effective and realistic combat training for U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard and other Department of Defense services to provide U.S. warfighters with the skill sets necessary to perform their homeland defense and overseas combat missions.

Big mahalo to Kahu Brandon Ahu for the Hawaiian blessing.

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Check Six: May 1991 Kukailimoku

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 an e-newsletter today. 

Today we feature the May 1991 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue. This issue includes the following stories:

* Tankers are coming

* CAMS News & Views: lots of familiar names

* Promotions: including Erwin M. Soares, Lisa L. Schweitzer

* Sports News

Review the entire the May 1991 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue

Check Six – 1911: 2nd Lt George Kelly Killed

From the This Day in Aviation website

Main Gate, Kelly Field, circa 1916. (U.S. Air Force)

10 May 1911: Second Lieutenant George Edward Maurice Kelly, 30th Infantry Regiment, United States Army, was killed during his primary pilot qualification flight at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Kelly had been sent to San Diego, California, in January 1911 as one of three U.S. Army officers to attend Glenn H. Curtiss’ Curtiss School of Aviation, newly established on North Island. After three months of training he was sent to Texas where the Army had set up its own training field.

In 1916, the Army replaced the airfield at Fort San Antonio with a new field on the opposite side of the city. The new airfield was initially named Camp Kelly, then Kelly Field. In 1948, it was renamed Kelly Air Force Base.

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More about Kelly Field/Kelly AFB

How to Choose the Right Primary Care Provider

From the nextavenue website

Most older adults remember when care was managed by a general practitioner. Things have changed a great deal in the last half century. Today’s versions of these doctors are referred to as primary medical doctors or primary care providers.   

Fifty years ago, half of all physicians were primary care physicians. Today over 75% are specialists. That imbalance has led to a shortage of primary doctors; as a result, new types of medical professionals have emerged to fill the gap. 

Many patients now receive care from physician assistants and nurse practitioners. These health care professionals are also called primary care providers.

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Many retirees face finding a new doctor in later life. Gone is the doctor you have go to for many years; the doctor is your age or a little younger who is now retiring. The one you trusted…

Troy “TC” Cullen Promoted to Colonel

Off the Hawaii Air National Guard Facebook page

Hawaii Air National Guard photograph

Congratulations to newly pinned Colonel Troy Cullen. Not only did “TC” pin on full bird over this past drill, but also assumed command of the 201st Air Mobility Operations Squadron! What a weekend, right?! Aloha and congrats once again “TC”!

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7 Ways Biden Plans to Tax the Rich (And Maybe Some Not-So-Rich People)

From the Kiplinger website

President Biden’s latest economic “Build Back Better” package – the $1.8 trillion American Families Plan – isn’t kind to America’s upper crust. It would provide a host of perks and freebies for low- and middle-income Americans, such as guaranteed family and medical leave, free preschool and community college, limits on child-care costs, extended tax breaks, and more. But to pay for all these goodies, the Biden plan also includes a long list of tax increases for the wealthiest Americans (and, perhaps, some people who aren’t rich).

Whether any of the president’s proposed tax increases ever make it into the tax code remains to be seen. Republicans in Congress will push back hard on the tax increases. And a handful of moderate Democrats will probably join them, too. So, don’t be surprised if a fair number of the plan’s revenue raisers are dropped or amended during the congressional sausage-making process…or even if some new tax boosts are added.

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Pandemic gives boost as more states move to digital IDs

From the News Nation website

Having a mobile driver’s license will allow people to update their license information remotely without having to go to a state’s Department of Motor Vehicles or waiting for a new card in the mail, said Lee Howell, state relations manager at the American Automobile Association.

While most states with these programs recommend that users still carry their physical driver’s license as a backup, some industry experts estimate that the coronavirus pandemic has sped up the widespread adoption of contactless identification methods by at least a decade.

“Most people want some kind of a hard token for their identity, but I don’t know how long that will last,” said Pam Dixon, executive director of the World Privacy Forum. “I would imagine that at some point, maybe in a generation, maybe less, that people will accept a fully digital system.”

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The Minuteman Minute: The Liberator

From the National Guard Association of the United States website

Museum Director shares the history of the Liberator.

Used at the Liberation of Dachau Concentration Camp, the 45 calibre pistol on display is on loan to us from the Colorado National Guard.  Serving in World War 2, Lt. Col. Felix Sparks used this custom-designed pistol to quash the pandemonium when the gates of Dachau opened for the first time to the American soldiers.

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Exercise Tiger Balm 2021

Off the 117th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Facebook page

Hawaii Army National Guard photograph

Soldiers from U.S. Army 25th Infantry Division, Hawaii Army National Guard, California Army National Guard, contractors with the Regional Cyber Center Pacific, and Singapore Armed Forces conduct an annual brigade-level Command Post Exercise during Exercise Tiger Balm 2021 at the 298th Regiment, Multi-Functional Training Unit (MFTU), Regional Training Institute (RTI), Waimanalo, Hawaii, May 6 – 13, 2021.

Tiger Balm is the longest-running bilateral exercise the Singapore Army has with any defense force partner since 1981, and this year celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Tiger Balm Exercise.

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Check Six – 1966: Hawaiian Airlines DC-6

From the Hawaii Aviation website

Hawaiian Airlines Douglas DC-6B N90757 (c/n 43269) at Honolulu International Airport on 8 May 1966.

Photo via Classic Propliners & Early Jetliners.