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Check Six: Training at Kaneohe MCAS – 30+ years ago

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This photograph show Keith Kunichika, and Kenneth “Eagle” Wicks next to a F-4C Phantom II. Judging from the mountain silhouette in the background, this photograph was taken at the then Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station (Kaneohe MCAS). The then 154th Composite Group flew out of the Marine base several times over the years.

Off Track: An Eater’s Guide to Kansas City

From the Samantha Brown website

Kansas City is an under-appreciated destination. There’s incredible jazz, beautiful parks (fact: Swope Park is twice the size of Central Park!), and of course, great food. Did you know KC has more barbecue restaurants per capita than any other US city? Yep, just one of the reasons this is a great stop for eaters.

Here’s where to eat next time you’re in Kansas City.

10 Tips for Managing Time in Retirement

From the U.S. News & World Report website

A major benefit of retirement is that you no longer have to punch a time clock. But this can be a mixed blessing. Without the structure of job and family, you might begin to feel disoriented. Perhaps you can’t remember what day of the week it is, or you suddenly realize that a whole year has passed and you have nothing to show for it.

Just because you’re retired doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have some kind of schedule. Remember to build in time for your favorite activities, including hobbies, volunteer work, visiting grandchildren or whatever else you want to accomplish in retirement.

Here are ten tips to manage time without feeling like you are back on the clock.

Check Six: Eagle Ice Co. – 30 years ago

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This undated photograph was taken at one of the then 154th Group’s Open House/Family Days. As a reference, the Group flew F-15A/B Eagle from 1987-2009. But it was probably taken in the late 1980s before the uniform change to BDUs.

From left to right: we believe this is Gary Hema, unknown, Ronald Izutsu and Kelly Ann Sunaoka.

A long time ago…

Most Tricare Fees Could Change Again in January

From the website

Tricare’s out of pocket flat rate care fees, deductibles and, for working age retirees, enrollment fees could change January 1, 2019 a newly released policy update notes.

The changes would not impact Tricare for Life users.

If you use other Tricare plans, you should keep reading

Thanks to Gordon Lau for sharing this article with Retiree News

Stress-Related Disorders Linked to Autoimmune Diseases, Study Finds

From the Everyday Health website

Can surviving trauma put you at increased risk for developing certain diseases? People affected by stress-related problems, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), acute stress reaction, and adjustment disorder, may be at higher risk of developing 41 different kinds of autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritispsoriasisCrohn’s disease, and celiac disease, according to a new study published June 19, 2018 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Check Six: HIANG Flew F-86s in the 1950s


7 Steps to Pay off Debt in Retirement

From the U.S. News & World Report website

If you’ve entered retirement with a mortgage, credit card balance or car loan, it may seem tough to tackle the debt on a fixed income. The advantage you have is time: You can use free hours to improve your financial situation. Work up a plan and follow it to wipe out debt.

Here are some steps you can take to pay off loans and enjoy the remainder of your retirement days debt-free.

Understand Medicare Coverage for Cataract Surgery

Cataracts often come with age and can affect your vision. In fact, by age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. New eyeglasses, brighter lighting, anti-glare sunglasses, or magnifying lenses may help your symptoms. If not, you may need surgery.

If you have cataracts and need cataract surgery, Medicare can help. And after surgery, Medicare helps pay for cataract glasses, contact lenses, or intraocular lenses you get from an ophthalmologist.

Find out more about Medicare cataract surgery coverage at And check out the National Eye Institute to learn more about cataracts and eye health.

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Check Six: Electric Shop – 30+ years ago

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This undated photograph shows some members of the 154th Wing’s Electric Shop. Shown are (L-R): David Helmic, August Bernardino, Robin ItoKevin Shiraki, and Herbert Takeuchi, the shop chief.

Retiree News believes the photograph is from the late 1980s, at the start of the F-15 Eagle era.

Special thanks to Gerald Gono, who was a member of the shop, for his assistance identifying some members.

Senators tell OPM to drop federal retirement cuts

From the Military Times website

A group of 26 senators called for the Office of Personnel Management to drop its pursuit of retirement benefit cuts for current and future federal retirees in a June 13 letter to OPM Director Jeff Pon.

“Together, the proposals you have made would cut $143 billion over 10 years from federal employee retirement programs, while offering nothing to employees in their place. We fear that these cuts are motivated by an ongoing effort to balance the budget on the backs of federal workers rather than an effort to provide a comprehensive approach to modernizing federal employee compensation,” the senators wrote.

OPM sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan in early May, requesting that Congress pass legislation to eliminate annuity supplements, alter the calculation of annuities, increase federal employee retirement contributions and reduce or eliminate cost-of-living adjustments for federal retirees.

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‘I proudly served my country’: Advocates unveil new Veteran’s Creed

From the Military Times website

In an effort to promote public service and camaraderie among former servicemembers, advocates unveiled a new “Veteran’s Creed” on Thursday designed to provide a familiar mantra as they navigate civilian life.

The eight-point creed is backed by a host of well-known veterans groups — among them the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and Wounded Warrior Project — and is set to be heavily promoted at events and conventions throughout the summer.

And the eight points are:

James S. Shigekane, Wing Vice Commander

Colonel James S. Shigekane became the Vice Commander of the 154th Wing on October 1, 2018.  He replaced Colonel Kurt Shigeta who retired.

Colonel Shigekane received his commission from the United States Air Force Academy in May 1992.  He completed pilot training at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi in 1993 and has served in a variety of operational and diplomatic assignments to include Commander, Cadet Squadron One, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado, the 62nd Airlift Wing Chief of Safety, Commander, 10th Airlift Squadron, and Deputy Operations Group Commander, McChord Air Force Base, Washington, and was the U.S. Air Attaché to the Kingdom of Belgium, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, and the European Union.

Prior to his current assignment, Colonel Shigekane served as the Director of Safety, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.  Colonel Shigekane served over 25 years on Active Duty prior to entering the Air National Guard.

Colonel Shigekane’s full bio

JTF 5-0 Update 18.06.20