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Check Six: Roy Matsumura’s Retirement – 24 years ago

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This photograph is from the retirement party for Roy Matsumura after the June 1994 drill weekend.

After serving in the Air Force, Roy returned to Hawaii and joined the 201st Combat Communications Group. During his Hawaii Air National Guard career, he served in staff positions, and later became the 202nd Combat Communications Flight commander. When he retired, he was the Group’s Director of Logistics.

A soft spoken leader

8 Factors Retirees Should Consider Before Getting a Reverse Mortgage

From the U.S. News & World Report website

During your retirement years, the list of expenses you’ll face can be daunting. For those who have paid off their home or only have a small mortgage, a reverse mortgage may be a way to help cover retirement expenses. A reverse mortgage allows you to borrow against the equity you’ve built up in your home. By doing so, you can supplement your income and remain in your current home. If you are thinking about this strategy for retirement, you’ll want to know exactly how a reverse mortgage works and evaluate whether it could be beneficial for your retirement years.

Consider these factors before getting a reverse mortgage in retirement:

Air Force considering ‘indefinite’ enlistments for senior NCOs

From the Air Force Times website

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth Wright on Friday suggested the service move to a so-called “indefinite enlistment” system that automatically keeps senior enlisted airmen in until they decide it‘s time to leave.

Wright, speaking at the Airlift/Tanker Association Symposium in Orlando, Florida, said that shifting the re-enlistment process could be a way to reduce paperwork and administrative tasks that unnecessarily keep airmen busy, according to a release posted on the Air Force’s website Monday.

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Thanks to Gordon Lau for sharing this article with Retiree News

Taps: R. Lee Ermey – Full Metal Jacket

From the website

R. Lee Ermey, a former Marine who made a career in Hollywood playing hard-nosed military men like Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket,” has died.

Ermey’s longtime manager Bill Rogin says he died Sunday morning from pneumonia-related complications. He was 74.

The Kansas native was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his memorable performance in “Full Metal Jacket,” in which he immortalized lines such as: “What is your major malfunction?”

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Be sure to watch the two videos in this article. Better yet, download “Full Metal Jacket”, especially those of you too young to remember this 1987 movie. R. Lee Emery became a legend, appearing in only 40 minutes of this two hour movie.

RSO Notes: April 2018

RSO Notes is a periodic e-newsletter of the Army G-1, Retirement Services Office.

Read the RSO Note 2018-2



Once a Soldier, always a Soldier . . . a Soldier for Life!

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Thanks for MSG Lelanya Watson for sharing this information.

Building Social Bonds – Connections That Promote Well-Being

From the National Institute of Health website

Strong, healthy relationships are important throughout your life. Your social ties with family members, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and others impact your mental, emotional, and even physical well-being.

“We can’t underestimate the power of a relationship in helping to promote well-being,” says NIH psychologist and relationship expert Dr. Valerie Maholmes. Studies have found that having a variety of social relationships may help reduce stress and heart-related risks. Strong social ties are even linked to a longer life. On the other hand, loneliness and social isolation are linked to poorer health, depression, and increased risk of early death.

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Taps: Georgiana Beckley Ahia Pang Downey

Georgiana Beckley Ahia Pang Downey, 97, of Waimea, formerly of Alewa Heights, Oahu, died December 1, 2017, at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, she was a Hawaii Air National Guard retiree and member of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church.

Visitation 9:15-10:15 a.m. Friday (April 20, 2018) at Borthwick Mortuary Maunakea Chapel on Oahu. Celebration of life service at 10:15 a.m. Casual attire; no flowers. Luncheon to follow.

Survived by sister, Julia Ahia Cooley of Sun City Center, Fla.; daughters, Darlene Pang Montgomery of Waimea and Beckley Georgiana Pang; seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Special Thanks to Harvey Motomura, who sent in this obituary that appeared in the Hawaii Tribune Herald.

Check Six: 2Lt Cyrus Lung – 22 years ago

During the December 1996 UTA weekend, newly commissioned 2nd Lt Cyrus Lung assumed command of the 154th Security Policy Squadron. He recently returned from the ANG Academy of Military Science (AMS) where he received his commission. Prior to commissioning, he served in the 154th Civil Engineer Squadron.

Cyrus served as the commander for several years as a Traditional Guardmember. In civilian life, he worked as a engineer with the City & County of Honolulu. After retiring from the City, he took a full time position with the 154th Civil Engineer Squadron.

Caring for elderly parents can put a dent in your budget

From the CNBC website

If you think you might end up caring for Mom or Dad in their twilight years, be aware of an issue that catches many caregivers off-guard: The big hit to your own pocketbook.

More than two-thirds of caregivers (68 percent) report providing financial support related to their role, according to Northwestern Mutual’s 2018 C.A.R.E. Study. A third spend at least 20 percent of their own monthly budget on caregiving-related expenses such as medicine and medical supplies ($273), food ($159) and personal-care items ($151).

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Taps: MSgt Peter Kali

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MSgt Peter Kali, a loadmaster with the 204th Airlift Squadron, passed away on Friday.

Special thanks to Gordon Lau for relaying this sad information.

The photograph is from MAJ Jeff Hickman‘s Facebook page.

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

Off Track: 5 things I love about the Hawaii plate lunch

From the Hawaii Magazine website

The owner of Rainbow Drive-In reminisces about what makes the plate lunch so iconic.

Jim Gusukuma sits at a picnic table near Rainbow Drive-In, his board shorts still damp from his morning surf in nearby Waikiki. A line of customers is already at the takeout window, ordering plates of fried rice, loco mocos and buttermilk pancakes.

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What It Was Like to Finally Write My Will

From The New York Times website

Still, preparing for an eventual demise — at least by drawing up a will — is a good idea. A will smooths the way for your heirs to inherit whatever you’re going to give them, saving time and money. Wills can also help you avoid tax pitfalls and feuding heirs. (Remember: The conflict at the heart of Dickens’s “Bleak House” is a generations-long lawsuit over an inheritance. No spoilers, but the case did not end well for anyone involved, over several generations, except the lawyers.)

Wills provide control over more than money. For people whose children are still minors, the will names guardians. If you haven’t written these decisions down, the government will make money and custodial decisions itself. You’ll be beyond caring by then, but why not do what you can ahead of time to see that the assets get distributed as you’d like?

So! Let’s talk about writing a will.

4 Tax Breaks If You’re Caring for a Parent

From the nextavenue website

Over 17 million people in the United States are actively taking care of their elderly parents, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Providing that care can be vital, and it also can be expensive: A study by the Urban Institute found that out-of-pocket expenses can run $140,000 on average in families in which an elderly person has long-term care needs.

However, a few tax breaks might help. These aren’t the only ones that might be available to you, so consult with a qualified certified public accountant or financial planner for other options.

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