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Retiree Update: James Puu

Kimo Puu and his wife Karen – December 2016

Kimo served in the Maintenance Control section for many years. After retirement, he worked for the State of Hawaii and he recently retired.

Check Six: Maintenance Control in the 70s/80s

When should you retire?

From the Motley Fool website

The short answer is when you’re financially and mentally prepared to do so, but there is much more to it than that. To retire comfortably, you’ll need to know how much retirement income your savings, pensions, and Social Security can sustainably create, as well as how your basic needs will be met, such as healthcare.

Here’s a quick guide that can help you determine what your idea retirement age will be.

The Power of Simple Life Changes to Prevent Heart Disease

From The New York Times website

Billions of dollars are spent every year on medications that reduce the risk of heart disease — the No. 1 killer in the United States.

But some people feel powerless to prevent it: Many of the risk factors seem baked into the cake at birth. Genetic factors can have a huge impact on people’s chances of dying of heart disease, and it has long been thought that those factors are almost always outside of one’s control.

Recent research contradicts this, though, and that should give us all renewed hope.

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Retiree Update: Thomas Ingargiola

Bob Finely and Tom Ingargiola, December 2016

Thomas Ingargiola served as the ANG Assistance to the Commander, Pacific Communications Division (now the J6). He was New York Air National Guardmember on a four-year statutory tour. Tom worked closely with the 201st Combat Communications Group on communications issues.

Before returning to the New York ANG, Tom went to Shaw AFB to serve as an ANG Advisor to the Central Command (CENTCOM/J6).

In 1999, he became commander of the 106th Mission Support Group, part of the 106th Rescue Wing, located in Westhampton Beach on Long Island. In 2000, Tom was promoted to colonel and served until his retirement several years later.

After retirement, Tom has taken to trips on cruise ship with a group of friends.

Great catching up with Tom.

The US Government Is Still Installing Russian Software on Its PCs

From the Defense One website

Congressional concern is climbing—not for the first time—about government agencies using an anti-virus tool made by the respected but Russia-based security firm Kaspersky Lab. The dustup is a case study in why securing government systems is devilishly complicated.

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Air Force gives House classified report on restarting F-22 program

From the Washington Examiner website

The Air Force has provided the House a classified report on restarting the F-22 Raptor fighter jet program, congressional staff said Tuesday.

The House Armed Services Committee received the report two days ago, but staff said it was still being reviewed.

House lawmakers ordered the report last year to determine what it would take and how much it might cost to begin producing the high-tech, fifth generation aircraft again.

Congress voted in 2009 to stop purchasing the F-22 stealth fighters after just 187 were made, hundreds less than the Air Force had planned.

Armed Services, under its chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry, has been considering whether the additional aircraft might still be built for the service to fill U.S. air power needs.

Check Six: SSgt Mark Peleholani – 26 years ago

Staff Sgt. Mark Peleholani, a propulsion technician in the 199th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Hawaii Air National Guard, inspects an aircraft engine.

This 1991 photograph was recently found during an internet search. The accompanying caption states that Mark is a member of the fighter squadron, although the engine shop is within the 154th Maintenance Group.

Why Can’t I Sleep? 8 Top Reasons for Insomnia

From the nextavenue website

Instead of counting sheep, try tallying the many things that can cause insomnia, such as sleeping pills, nighttime noshing, stress and hormonal changes.

If it’s been years since you slept like a baby, you’re not alone: An estimated 25 to 30 percent of American adults suffer from insomnia. The figures are even greater for people over 65. Men start out with a higher rate of sleep issues, but women catch up to them by around age 50.

Here are eight reasons you’re having trouble reaching, or staying in, the Land of Nod and what you can do about it:

Long-Term Care Insurers Steering Through Tough Times

From the Kiplinger Magazine website

As the future of LTC insurance grows uncertain, make sure you check up on the stability of your insurer.

Most consumers shopping for long-term care insurance worry about whether they’re healthy enough to qualify for coverage—and whether they can afford it. But the recent failure of two long-term-care insurers highlights a third concern: Will the insurer still be around when you make a claim, perhaps 20 or 30 years down the road?

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Taps: Haruo Shigezawa

Retiree News sadly reports the passing of Brig. Gen. Haruo Shigezawa.

Stephen Lum sent the following information about the general:

Maui-born Brig. Gen. Haruo Shigezawa, last assignment was at the deputy commander of the State Area Command, Hawaii Army National Guard. The 29th Infantry Brigade 1968 call-up veteran served a one tour in Vietnam. His prior assignment to be appointed deputy was a commander of the Headquarters Installation Command which became 103rd Troop Command.

He had just attended the Hawaii National Guard ceremonies honoring those who serve during the Vietnam era last month.

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

Retiree Update: Denise Jelinski-Hall

A follow on to yesterday’s post about Rex Jones. Joining Rex and Tracey on their European trip was retired Chief Master Sergeant Denise Jelinski-Hall and her husband, Gary Hall.

Denise Jelinski-Hall served as the Senior Enlisted Leader for MG Robert Lee from December 2006 through January 2006. She then became the National Guard’s Senior Enlisted Leader, serving with General Craig R. McKinley, Chief, National Guard Bureau.

The Chief’s Facebook Page

Off Track: Summer Solstice 2017

The summer solstice (or estival solstice), also known as midsummer, occurs when a planet’s rotational axis, in either northern or southern hemispheres, is most inclined toward the star that it orbits. Earth’s maximum axial tilt toward the Sun is 23° 26′. This happens twice each year (once in each hemisphere), at which times the Sun reaches its highest position in the sky as seen from the north or the south pole.

The summer solstice occurs during the hemisphere’s summer. This is the northern solstice in the northern hemisphere and the southern solstice in the southern hemisphere. Depending on the shift of the calendar, the summer solstice occurs some time between June 20 and June 22 in the northern hemisphere and between December 20 and December 23 each year in the southern hemisphere. The same dates in the opposite hemisphere are referred to as the winter solstice.

The summer solstice marks the onset of summer, at the time of the longest day. Summer solstice 2017 in northern hemisphere is this afternoon at 6:24 pm Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time.

Webmaster Comments: In 1970, “In the Summertime” is the debut single by British skittle band Mungo Jerry. Written and composed by its lead singer, Ray Dorset, it celebrates the carefree days of summer. In 1970, it reached number one in charts around the world, including seven weeks in the UK Singles Chart, two weeks on one of the Canadian charts, and number three on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the US. It became one of the best-selling singles of all-time, eventually selling more than 30 million copies.

Can never think it’s summer until hearing (and now watching the video)In the Summertime

4 Financial Fears About Retirement, And How to Overcome Them

senior living 1Saving for retirement is inevitably a guessing game. No one knows how long they will live or how healthy they will stay, which means no one knows just how much to save.

Because of all these future unknowns, it’s not uncommon to develop a healthy – for the most part – fear about retirement. Whether it’s fear that the money won’t last, that Social Security won’t be there or that one’s health will deteriorate, concerns can drive savers into unnecessary or unsafe investment vehicles.

On the other hand, fear can also lead to avoiding risk altogether.

“You might have someone come in, totally risk averse,” says Greg Stevens, a financial planner at Cabot Wealth Management in Salem, Massachusetts. “It’s just as detrimental as being too aggressive,” since one’s savings will struggle to grow large enough without enough equity exposure.

Understanding where the fear comes from and how to attack it, can put savers at ease. Here are some of America’s biggest retirement fears and how to avoid them.

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Retiree Update: Rex Jones

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Rex Earl Jones III served in the Department’s Human Resources Office for several years as the State Equal Employment Manager (SEEM). He moved to another Federal position in Colorado in October 2009. Rex and his wife Tracey are living back in Wisconsin.

He recently sent these photographs of their European trip with his Aloha.