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As Seen in Midweek: Miles Moriyama

Jason Haruki, Blake Parsons, Kevin Doyle, Phyllis Rollins, Jon Blumhardt and Miles Moriyama. Anthony Consillio photograph

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Ellison Onizuka Day Of Exploration

Boy Scouts of America Aloha Council welcomed the community to its second annual Ellison Onizuka Day of Exploration at Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall.


Miles Moriyama is a Traditional Guardmember who served as the 1st Sergeant of the 154th Aircraft Generation Squadron. He retired as a senior master sergeant in 2003.

Miles was a member of Boy Scout Troop 227 (Kaneohe) and became an Eagle Scout in 1978.

Miles continues as the Vice President of Pyramid Insurance Centre, Ltd. in Kapalama. He has been an agent for over 30 years with many National Guardmembers as clients.


What you don’t know about Medicare can cost you

From the CNBC website

Though Medicare is an essential part of retirement, pre-retirees continue to have misconceptions on how the federal program works.

More than 7 out of 10 participants said that they wish they better understood Medicare coverage.

“Health care costs are the biggest expense in retirement and should be a major factor when estimating retirement expenses, since they are often costly and unexpected.”

Here are three major facts that even affluent pre-retirees are getting wrong about Medicare.

Check Six: July 20, 1948 – 70 years ago

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More information about the Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star. The two-seat trainer version was the Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star or T-Bird.

Another HIANG Retiree Sighted

Another retiree attending TSgt Peni Sabagala‘s retirement ceremony was Robert Joy. During his HIANG career, Rob served in the 154th Maintenance Group and the 154th Misson Support Flight.

Another smiling retiree

Fill Out and Submit Your VA Form 40-10007 NOW

– US Air Force photograph

When a retiree or veteran passes, the family often has difficulties finding necessary military documents. Some of these documents are required validate eligibility for burial in a State or national veterans cemetery. The document search sometimes delays planning of funeral services.

In talking to Col (Ret) Ronald Han, Director of the State Office of Veterans Services, he provided information about the VA Form 40-10007, Application for Pre-Need Determination of Eligibility for Burial in a VA National Cemetery.

The fillable PDF form is linked below and the instructions for filling in the form is on the second page. Complete the application form and attach copies of your qualifying documents – DD Form 214, NGB Form 22, 20 year certificate – and submit. The form and documents can be submitted by email, mail or fax; the specifics are on the form.

After the Department of Veterans Affairs completes their review, you will receive an eligibility certification for internment on VA letterhead. Families pass this letter of authorization to the mortuary staff as they plan the retiree or veteran’s services.

VA Form 40-10007

KC-46 Program Finishes Tests Required for First Delivery

From the Air Force Magazine website

A KC-46A tanker takes off from Boeing Field, Seattle, on June 4. The program on July 6 finished the testing required before first delivery. Air Force photo

The KC-46 Pegasus program in early July finished the flight testing required for the first delivery of the aircraft in October, the service and Boeing announced Friday.  On July 6, Boeing and the Air Force finished all of the test points for the KC-46’s Remote Vision System, which controls the refueling boom, along with receiver certifications for the F-16 and C-17. Lastly, the KC-46 in June finished testing for receiving fuel from the KC-135. These tests were the minimum required for the long-delayed delivery of the first KC-46.

“With this milestone complete, the test program demonstrated a level of maturity that positions Boeing to deliver, and the Air Force to accept, an aircraft by the end of October 2018,” Air Force Service Acquisition Executive Will Roper said in a release. The test program is now moving on to the follow-on receiver testing and certifications that are required for operational testing, slated to begin next year, the release states.

Hawaii Had a Russian Adjutant General

From the Images of Old Hawaii website

He became a US citizen and took the name Sam Johnson. Johnson had no use whatever for “anything humdrum” and would do almost anything to get into the thick of things.

He made way to Honolulu in 1893 via the merchant marine and service in the Argentine Army (wounded, with decorations). Entered service as a private in the Hawaiian National Guard, rising to Brigadier General and Hawai‘i’s third Adjutant General.

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Earlier Retiree News Post: Adjutants General: BG Samuel Johnson

High Blood Pressure Threatens Aging Brain

From the Health Day website

Here’s yet another reason to get your blood pressure under control: High blood pressure later in life may contribute to blood vessel blockages and tangles linked to Alzheimer’s disease, new research suggests.

Tracking nearly 1,300 older people until they died, scientists found markedly higher risks of one or more brain lesions among those with high systolic blood pressure readings.

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Do your homework before moving into a retirement community

From the CNBC website

Retirees hoping to spend their golden years in an idyllic retirement community should slow down before signing over their savings.

Continuing care retirement communities, or CCRCs, give retirees the opportunity to age in one location, moving from independent living to assisted living and eventually skilled nursing care.

The arrangements are convenient and often luxurious, but some older Americans may overlook the financial due diligence they need to undertake before committing to a facility.

Learn more

Old Friends Still Serving

MSgt Beau Sabagala, Maj Love Williamson, CMSgt Richard Costa

This photograph was taken at TSgt Peni Sabagala‘s retirement ceremony on July 7, 2018.

Beau and Peni will celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary later this year. They met when Peni started a temp hire position at the Military Personnel Flight (MPF) in 2002. They were married the following year. Two great individuals and a super couple.

Love Williamson enlisted in the Hawaii Air National Guard in 1997 as a member of the 154th Security Forces Squadron. She was later commissioned in the early 2000s. She served in the MPF and later at HQ, Hawaii Air National Guard. She recently transferred to the Air Force Reserve and is on a tour at United States Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM).

Chief Costa enlisted in 1986. In the HIANG, he served in the maintenance complex and later became a member of the MPF. He is currently assigned to HQ, Hawaii Air National Guard.

Retirement complications: Beware of hidden taxes when the career ends

From the USA Today website

Your taxes in retirement may be a lot more complicated than taxes while you’re working.

Social Security checks may or may not be taxed, depending on your income. You’ll pay federal income taxes on most retirement plan withdrawals, but additional state taxes depend on where you live. Tax rates on investments can vary as well.

Here’s what to expect when you hit retirement age:

15 Habits You Never Knew Were Aging Your Brain

From the Reader’s Digest website

From the walk you skipped this morning to the snacks you’ll have before bedtime, your daily choices may have a big impact on your risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Here are the top ways you’re speeding the decline of your mind.

Taps: Johanna Kehaulani Thoene

Johanna Kehaulani Thoene, 62, of Keaau died June 3 at Hawaii Care Choices Pohai Malama Care Center. Born in Honolulu, she was a housekeeper for Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, member of Malia Puka O Kalani Catholic Church and U.S. Air Force and Hawaii Air National Guard veteran.

Celebration of life at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 21 at Kaiona Beach Park in Waimanalo, Oahu. Lunch to follow.

Hilo celebration of life 10 a.m. Saturday, July 28, at Moku Ola (Coconut Island). Lunch to follow. Casual attire.

Survived by husband, Henry Thoene Sr. of Keaau; sons, Henry (Kahaunani) Thoene Jr. of Waimanalo, Matthew (Tatiana) Thoene of Pahoa and John (Lina) Thoene of Molokai; brother, John (Annette) Chang Jr. of Kaneohe, Oahu; sisters, Pearl (Paul Cagle) Chang of Tennessee and Johnnie (Dennis Kaubisch) Dano of Texas; six grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Retiree News extends heartfelt sympathy to her family and friends.

Special thanks to Harvey Motomura for sending this “complete” obituary which appeared in the Hawaii Tribune Herald.

Buildings 301 & 304 Demolished

Over the years, many Hawaii Army National Guard members performed duty in the Diamond Head Crater complex. With the HIARNG’s move to Kalaeloa, Building 303 (the old Property and Fiscal Office – PFO) is now part of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency facilities. Others like Buildings 301 and 304 were demolished, and the land will be restored to it’s natural state.

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There is a lot of history and memories in those buildings.