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Airframe: F-22 Raptor

From the Airman Magazine website

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The F-22A Raptor is a fifth-generation fighter incorporating fourth-generation stealth technology, radical maneuvering capabilities, the ability to fly at supersonic speed without afterburners and unprecedented pilot situational awareness, making it the most dominant and advanced air superiority fighter in the world.

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How Army Uniforms Have Changed in the 241 Years Since Independence Day

From the Task and Purpose website

In the 241 years since the United States of America declared independence from the British Empire in 1776, the uniforms of those serving in the U.S. Army have changed drastically.

Over the years, as the nation grew, uniforms have evolved to fit the times and take advantage of changes in tactics and technology. In some cases, as this paper from US Army History notes, the changes were minor affairs, while in other cases, the look of the Army was radically changed.

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Medicare premiums might devour your increased 2018 Social Security benefit

From the CNBC website

For retirees who are relieved their Social Security benefits are getting a slight boost next year, the celebration shouldn’t start quite yet.

The Social Security Administration announced Friday that the annual cost-of-living adjustment (commonly called COLA) for 2018 will be 2 percent. Marking the biggest increase since 2012 — and coming after a 0.3 percent rise for 2017 — the change means the average monthly benefit for all 66 million Social Security recipients will rise by about $25, to $1,283 from $1,258.

While no windfall already, another problem is that the extra money could get eaten up by Medicare premiums for about 70 percent of retirees, according to The Senior Citizens League.

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Maui Guard Armory renamed for Medal of Honor Hero

An armory memorialization ceremony was held at the Hawaii Army National Guard’s Puunene Armory on Maui, Hawaii on October 13, 2017. The dedication ceremony honored Private First Class Anthony T. Kahoohanohano for his selfless service during the Korean War.

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About 200 people attended the ceremony, including a large number from the Kahoohanohano family, members from Maui’s Korean War Veteran’s Association, Maui elected officials, Hawaii National Guardsmen, and friends of the family. The ceremony was short, but the new sign “PFC Anthony T. Kahoohanohano Armory” and a bronze plaque describing the actions that earned him the Medal of Honor, will last forever.

A native of Maui, Pfc. Kahoohanohano, was one of six brothers, all who served in the U.S. military. There is also a deep tie to the Hawaii Army National Guard.

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Thank you for your military service — now here are 9 reasons why I won’t hire you

If you are applying for a job and a large part of your resumé is military based, you might want to read this post.

From the Business Insider website

So, you’ve decided to hang up the uniform after years of distinguished service to our great nation. You’ve attended a few transition classes and have your interview suit and shiny new resume as you make the leap into the civilian world.

As a military candidate recruiter, I see consistent themes in why military professionals don’t get the job. Many may blame the new Transition GPS, their branch of service’s career center or even the employers themselves, but here are the top real reasons why you’ll never get hired:

Why You Need a Health Care Proxy and How to Choose One

From the nextavenue website

How would you finish this sentence? “The end-of-life care I would want is …”

Would you want all possible measures taken? To be in a hospital or at home? Surrounded by family and friends? Once you’ve decided, now imagine arriving at an emergency room unable to speak or tell anyone what you want. If you haven’t chosen someone to express your wishes — a health care proxy (also known as a health care agent or a power of attorney for health care) — they may never be known.

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Check Six: Old Friends – 36 years ago

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David Howard served as the 201st Mobile Communications Squadron commander in Hilo for about 6 years. In March 1981, he left for a Statutory Tour, becoming the ANG Assistant to the Commander, Air Force Communications Command (AFCC).

In the photograph are (L-R) Walter “Furu” Furuyama, David Howard, Buenaventura (Benny) Pabingwit, and David “Kawaka” Langsi.

This is a photo from my aloha party before I left for a Statutory Tour at HQ AFCC in 1981.  All four of us had been in the 109th AC&W Squadron at Punamano on O‘ahu in 1958 (the other three before I joined, so all three were “senior” to me in 1958).

Dave Langsi and I both went to the 150th AC&W Squadron, Kōke’e, Kaua‘i in 1961. Walt Fururyama and Benny Pabingwit stayed with the 109th. Dave and I returned to the 109th, ultimately that was transitioned to the 201st Mobile Communications Squadron, and finally renamed the 201st Combat Communications Group. Before the transition, I spent a couple of years at the 169th AC&W Squadron at Wheeler AFB/Mt Ka‘ala before re-joining the new 201st Mobile Communications Squadron.

I miss those great guys, and many of the others from those days.

Dave Howard retired as the commander of the 251st Combat Communications Squadron in Springfield, Ohio. After a second career with a telecommunications company, he retired and lives in Florida. Walt, Benny and Kawaka retired after long technician careers in the Hawaii Air National Guard. Benny passed away in 2007.

Special Thanks to Dave Howard for sharing this photograph and part of the HIANG history

Guard Youth ChalleNGe Hits Milestone

This month marks the 25th anniversary of Youth ChalleNGe, an education and self-discipline program for “at-risk” youth run by the National Guard and conducted in a military-style environment.

More than 150,000 individuals have graduated from the program in the quarter century since it was funded as part of the annual National Defense Authorization Act. Most of those graduates have gone on to find greater successes, said Kim Folsom-Kuster, the national Youth ChalleNGe program manager at the National Guard Bureau.

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Webmaster Comments 17.10.17

Cabrinha Services: Lawrence “Cabby” Cabrinha passed away on September 21. There is no update on services but Retiree News will continue to monitor and post information when received.

From a AAFES News release: Service members, families and retirees can get a head-start on holiday shopping while keeping gifts away from prying eyes with fee-free layaway from the Army & Air Force Exchange Service.

The Exchange will waive the $3 service fee for items that are placed on layaway and paid for by Dec. 24—including toys and bikes. Purchases of $25 or more are eligible for the layaway plan.

“Layaway is not just a way to keep snooping loved ones from ruining their holiday surprise—it can also be used as a budgeting tool,” said Chief Master Sgt. Luis Reyes, Exchange Senior Enlisted Advisor. “We want to make holiday shopping easy for Soldiers, Airmen and their families. That’s why we’re giving the gift of fee-free layaway this holiday season.”

A deposit of 15 percent is required to hold items on layaway. Shoppers can visit customer service at their local Exchange for complete program details and eligibility information.

Thanks to Gordon Lau for forwarding this information

Check Six: 150 AC&WS Security Forces – 30+ years ago

Retiree News asked Norman Nitta and Myron Dobashi for help describing this photograph.  Both agree that the airman on the left is Juanito Buza of Kekaha, Kauai, but neither cannot identify the airman on the right. The facility in the background is not Kokee AFS, but may be Mt. Santa Rosa on Guam. The photograph is probably from the 1980s when the 150 AC&WS deployed often to Guam.

Maybe Juanito can help with the photograph’s background.



More Than Half of Americans Will Need Nursing Home Care

From the Health Day website

More than half of Americans will find themselves in a nursing home at some point in their lives, a new study shows.

That eclipses the 35 percent estimate used by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the researchers added.

“Lifetime use of nursing homes is considerably greater than previously thought, mostly due to an increase in short stays of less than three weeks,” said lead researcher Michael Hurd. He is director of the RAND Center for the Study of Aging, in Santa Monica, Calif.

Increased nursing home care begs the question of who will pay for it and how will they pay for it, he said.

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New Registered Readers 17.10.16

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Off Track: Kamehameha Schools

In Hawaii, what high school you graduated from is often among the questions asked when you first meet someone. Public versus private, old versus new, town versus county, island versus island – some high school rivalries continue well into graduates’ old age.

The Images of Old Hawaii website periodically publishes articles about various high schools around the state. We will post links about these Hawaii high schools on their website periodically.

Bernice Pauahi’s will formed and funded the Kamehameha Schools; “Thirteenth.  I give, devise and bequeath all of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate real and personal, wherever situated unto the trustees below named, their heirs and assigns forever, to hold upon the following trusts, namely: to erect and maintain in the Hawaiian Islands two schools, each for boarding and day scholars, one for boys and one for girls, to be known as, and called the Kamehameha Schools.”

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Hawaii National Guard graduates include: Walter Kaneakua, “Bones” Akiona, Jeffrey Hickman, Laura Soares, Edward Richardson, Stuart J. Tomasa, Bruce E. Olivera, Yvette Miraflor – can you name more graduates?

William Brewster Oleson
Ida May Pope
Early Days at Kamehameha Schools

President Theodore Roosevelt High School
President William McKinley High School
Hilo High School

Soldier for Life Program

The U.S. Army established Soldier For Life in July 2012 to maintain trust with our Army Family during and after service.  This initiative is designed to enable Soldiers, Retired Soldiers, Veterans and Families to leave military service “career ready”, and connect to an established network to find employment, education and health resources.

Veterans bring value to employers, schools, and communities and we strengthen the current Army and the Nation by encouraging positive transitions.  SFL is the US Army’s connection arm with the Army network, communities, VSO/MSOs, and industry.  It also focuses on the currently serving Soldier population to instill the Soldier for Life mindset of service.  SFL works to synchronize the efforts of the more than 46,000 organizations who seek to assist Service Members, Veterans, and Families.

The end state of the SFL campaign are Soldiers, Veterans, and Families leave military service “career ready” and find an established network of enablers connecting them with the employment, education, and health resources required to successfully reintegrate into civilian society.

Recently approved SFL Initiatives

Soldier for Life website
SFL Newsletter October 2017