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Check Six: Field Maintenance NCOs

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This undated photograph show two NCOs from the then-Field Maintenance Branch of the 154th Consolidated Maintenance Squadron. Moses Felipe and Kenneth Camara both served as full-time technicians, and retired after long careers.

2018’s States Most Vulnerable to Identity Theft & Fraud

From the WalletHub website

In recent years, many Americans’ personal information has become compromised by big data breaches. In 2018 alone, prominent companies like Adidas, Best Buy, Delta, Kmart, Macy’s and Sears have fallen victim to cybercriminals. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center’s most recent Data Breach Report, between January 1, 2005 and August 31, 2018, there have been 9,395 breaches. That accounts for over 1.1 billion records compromised.

Read on for our findings, tips for protecting your personal information and a full description of our methodology.

10 Amazing Facts About Your Heart

From the Everyday Health website

Your heart isn’t only your most critical muscle — it’s what keeps you alive, after all — but also one of the hardest working. It ticks 24-7 and except for the times when you’re relaxing or sleeping, it rarely gets a break.

Find fascinating facts about your heart that might inspire you to give it a little more TLC every day.

As Seen in Midweek: Galen Yoshimoto

Galen Yoshimoto, Gwen Murashige, Susan Li, Nicholas Sekiya, Mari Yokoi and Judy Sekiya | Tony Grillo photograph

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Honolulu Professionals Foundation welcomed guest to its 10th annual fundraiser, Party 4 A Purpose, at Pomaika‘i Ballrooms. Proceeds supported local organizations Alaka‘ina Foundation and YO! (Youth Outreach), a program operated by Waikīkī Health and Hale Kipa.


Galen Yoshimoto served in the Hawaii Air National Guard in both the 154th Wing and the 201st Combat Communications Group. He enlisted in a aircraft maintenance position and later was commissioned. His last assignment was the Director of Personnel for the 154th Wing.

With 80,000 Flu Deaths Last Season, Experts Urge Vaccination

From the Health Day website

Influenza killed an estimated 80,000 Americans during last winter’s flu season, making it the deadliest season in more than four decades, U.S. health officials reported Thursday.

A particularly virulent flu strain, H3N2, rampaged across the United States during the 2017-2018 season, causing a record number of deaths and hospitalizations, the data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows.

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General Election Day 2018

“America is a country which produces citizens
who will cross the ocean to fight for democracy,
but won’t cross the road to vote”

This year’s general election is on Tuesday November 6, 2018. The State of Hawaii offers voters two early voting opportunities: mail in ballots and early voting locations. Learn more at the Office of Elections website. If not, you can vote on election day at your designated precinct.

BUT YOU NEED TO VOTE!

The State’s earlier “Get Out to Vote” campaign says it all.

Citizen-Soldier Website Coverage of the Lava Mission

Lava fountains from fissure 8 – shown from June 12, 2018 – build a cinder-and-spatter cone around the fissure’s vent, with the highest part of the cone rising approximately 125 feet high. Image courtesy United States Geological Survey, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

On May 3 of this year, the Hawaiian volcano Kilauea began to once again make its power known. Rivers of crimson bubbling magma began to flow down from its summit, molten rock erupted hundreds of feet into the air, dark clouds of ash billowed 5 miles into the sky and toxic gas that cut down much of what was living nearby spewed from its peak.

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Thanks to Jeffrey Hickman for sharing the link to this Citizen-Solider article

Identifying the Unique Challenges of Solo Agers

From the nextavenue website

Health care professionals and companies tend to lump the older population into four segments: ages 55 to 64, 65 to 74, 75 to 84, and 85 and older. It’s assumed that people in these age brackets deal with, or eventually could deal with, similar concerns relating to health, housing, transportation, caregiving and safety. But those concerns are further magnified for those who do not have a support system, and that number may be higher than you imagine.

The Unique Differences of Solo Agers are

What You’ll Pay for Medicare Premiums in 2019

From the Kiplinger Magazine website

Premium increases are minor for most higher-income beneficiaries—those with adjusted gross income plus tax-exempt interest income of more than $85,000 if single or $170,000 if married filing jointly. These beneficiaries already pay a high-income surcharge, but a new surcharge tier will kick in for 2019 for people with the highest incomes. Overall, monthly premiums for higher-income beneficiaries will range from $189.60 to $460.50 per person, depending on income.

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pūpūkahi: Summer 2018

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The pūpūkahi is the State of Hawaii Department of Defense monthly newsletter. Printed versions of the pūpūkahi have been the “command information” newsletter for decades, however, it was suspended in 2009 due to budget cuts.

Click here to read the Summer 2018 digital pūpūkahi


Congratulation to MAJ Jeffrey Hickman who is now the Military Public Affairs Officer for the State Department of Defense. 

Slideshow: A Visual Guide to Cataracts

From the WebMD website

A cataract is a progressive, painless clouding of the natural, internal lens of the eye. Cataracts block light, making it difficult to see clearly. Over an extended period of time, cataracts can cause blindness. They’re often related to growing older, but sometimes they can develop in younger people

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Vitamin D Supplements Won’t Build Bone Health in Older Adults

From the Everyday Health website

Vitamin D supplements have long been touted as a way to improve bone health and possibly ward off the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis in older adults.

But a new study contends that claims of benefits from supplements of the “sunshine vitamin” fall flat.

A review of previously published studies found that taking either high or low doses of vitamin D supplements didn’t prevent fractures or falls, or improve bone density.

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Off Track: Where to find lunch under $10 in Downtown Honolulu: Slideshow

From the Hawaii Business News website

Looking for a lunch option that won’t break the bank, but is a step above your national fast food and pizza chains?

While affordable lunch spots are becoming increasingly hard to find on Oahu, there are still some places left where you can satisfy your afternoon hanger without feeling like you got robbed. From poke to chicken katsu to burrito bowls, there are some great options for Oahu’s business crowd looking for a bite to eat.

Here’s a sampling of places where you can find a decent — even delicious — meal for under 10 bucks in Downtown Honolulu. We’ve included the operating hours as well, so you know where to go on those days when your hunger had to wait until after 2 p.m.

And the restaurants are:

Your Lifetime Health Checkup Roadmap

From the New York Times website

Many of the leading killers of Americans are chronic diseases that can be prevented with healthy habits like a good diet and plenty of exercise. But there’s a key part of prevention that should not be overlooked: At every stage of your adult life, you should undergo routine screening exams to catch any health problems so you can try to nip them in the bud. Read on for the lowdown on the routine but potentially lifesaving tests and preventive procedures that you need at every stage of your adult life.

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