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BG Logan’s ‘Ōlelo Community Media Interview

Off the Hawaii Adjutant General’s Facebook page

Olelo Community Media‘s Island Focus is a monthly half-hour television series produced by ‘Ōlelo Community Media as a community service. The show features exclusive interviews with members of our government, business, education, and community sectors and talk about their passions, what’s new, and what impact they’ve made.

This interview was recorded at the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park and features BG Stephen F. Logan, Deputy Adjutant General, State of Hawaii Department of Defense.

Check Six: October 2010 Kūkā‘ilimoku

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Travis Turbeville

The Kūkā‘ilimoku is the official e-newsletter of the 154th Wing, Hawai’i Air National Guard. The first issue came in September 1957 and continues as an e-newsletter today. 

Today we feature the October 2010 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue. This issue includes the following stories:

* F-22 Raptor Conversion Continues

* Prepping for the new Air Force fitness test

* Promotions: including Gordon Kai, Jerry Pagaduan

* Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) Graduates

Review the entire October 2010 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue

The New Social Security Statements: Reasons to Check Yours Out

From the nextavenue website

For years, the Social Security Administration has done a pretty crummy job telling Americans how much they’ll likely receive in Social Security benefits. But I’m glad to say that the agency just replaced its text-heavy, four-page Social Security Statement with a redesigned, more useful, more visual, two-page version.

As a result, I strongly urge you to visit the Social Security website to see the vital, clear information for your retirement security. To do so, you’ll want to either visit your “my Social Security Account” on the site or set one up. Otherwise, you can only see your Statement when it comes in the mail once you turn 60. (Only 63 million Americans have my Social Security Accounts, though 176 million workers pay taxes into the Social Security program.)

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Sample Your Social Security Statement – Form SSA-7005-SM-OL (11/21)

Medical Myths: All About Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – COPD

From the Medical News Today website

Diego Sabogal graphic from Medical News Today

COPD is an umbrella term for a collection of progressive respiratory conditions, all of which cause breathing difficulties.

Two of the most common forms of COPD are chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

The most prevalent symptoms of COPD are shortness of breath and a cough. Over time, even everyday activities, such as getting dressed, can become challenging.

In this article, we cover some of the most common myths associated with COPD. To ensure we provide accurate information, we have recruited two experts.

Taps: Alfredo (Doric) Remata

Alfredo (Doric) Remata passed away on November 25, 2021. He was a full-time supply technician with the 150th Aircraft Control & Warning Squadron (150 AC&WS), and later with the 298th Air Traffic Control Flight (298 ATCF).

Services are pending.

Retiree News extends heartfelt sympathy to his/her family and friends.

Thanks to Stan Dela Cruz for sharing this information with Retiree News.

Taps: Haruyoshi “Haru” Watanabe

Haruyoshi “Haru” Watanabe, 96, of Waimea, Hawai‘i passed away on September 30, 2021. Haru was a full time technician of the 150th Aircraft Control & Warning Squadron in the motor pool section. 

Private services were held.

Retiree News extends heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends.

Thanks to Stan Dela Cruz for sharing this information with Retiree News.

Estate Tax Exemption Amount Goes Up for 2022

From the Kiplinger website

The Estate Tax is a tax on your right to transfer property at your death. It consists of an accounting of everything you own or have certain interests in at the date of death. The fair market value of these items is used, not necessarily what you paid for them or what their values were when you acquired them. The total of all of these items is your “Gross Estate.” The includible property may consist of cash and securities, real estate, insurance, trusts, annuities, business interests and other assets.

The federal estate tax exemption is going up again for 2022. The amount is adjusted each year for inflation, so that’s not a surprise. But it’s still a big deal when the new exemption is announced each year because there’s a lot at stake for certain high-income Americans.

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154th Maintenance Group Adopts a Highway

Off the Hawaii Air National Guard Facebook page

Hawaii Air National Guard photograph

What’s a great way to give back to the community? Adopt a highway! The 154th Maintenance Group and other members of the Hawai‘i Air National Guard did just that, as they adopted a portion of the H-2 Freeway.

As part of their commitment to ‘mālama ka ‘āina (care for the land), over one hundred HIANG Airmen and their ‘ohana volunteered for the Adopt-A-Highway event to clean up the debris alongside the freeway.

The event, coordinated by Master Sgt. Gary Won and Tech. Sgt. Rodrigo Ramos lasted three hours and hauled away over thirty bags of debris. “We are always looking at ways to give back and serve our community,” says Won. “With opportunities like this, we come together to strengthen teamwork and our commitment to serve.”

Mahalo to our MXG for your service before self and your commitment to keeping our ‘āina clean!

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Changes Coming to TRICARE Retail Network Pharmacies

From the TRICARE website

U.S. Air Force photograph from this article

There are changes coming soon to the TRICARE retail pharmacy network. Starting December 15, 2021, CVS Pharmacy will join the TRICARE network. At the same time, Walmart, Sam’s Club, and some community pharmacies will leave the network.
 
Express Scripts is the TRICARE pharmacy contractor. They manage the TRICARE retail pharmacy network under a contract with the Department of Defense. Express Scripts reached a new agreement that adds CVS Pharmacy to the network of pharmacies.
 
“Beneficiaries will continue to have many convenient and nearby in-network options,” said U.S. Public Health Service Cmdr. Teisha Robertson, a pharmacist with the Defense Health Agency’s Pharmacy Operations Division. “Express Scripts’ partnership with CVS Pharmacy ensures most beneficiaries have a network pharmacy located near their home or work.”

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Check Six: November 1965 Kūkā‘ilimoku

The Kūkā‘ilimoku is the official e-newsletter of the 154th Wing, Hawaii Air National Guard. The first issue came in September 1957 and continues as an e-newsletter today. 

Today we feature the November 1965 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue. This issue includes the following stories:

* Maj. John Carroll passes the Hawaii Bar examination

* New pilot trainees: Michael Tice, Patrick Ward, Lee Muller, John McClellan

* Promotions: including James Ishihara, Ken Matsumoto, Roy Kawamura

Review the entire November 1965 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue

How many is too many eggs?

From the Medical News Today website

There is no specific number of eggs that a person should eat as part of a healthy diet. Experts once considered eggs to be an unhealthy food source in terms of high cholesterol and heart problem concerns. The fact that egg yolk contains a high level of cholesterol was the primary cause of this belief.

There is no specific number of eggs that a person should eat as part of a healthy diet. Experts once considered eggs to be an unhealthy food source in terms of high cholesterol and heart problem concerns. The fact that egg yolk contains a high level of cholesterol was the primary cause of this belief.

Healthcare professionals once thought that consuming cholesterol could significantly increase the levels of cholesterol in the body, which can increase the risk of heart disease.

However, research has since shown that eggs do not increase the risk of heart disease.

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Check Six: The 199th Fighter Squadron’s First Fighters

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Check Six: November 1973 Kūkā‘ilimoku

The Kūkā‘ilimoku is the official e-newsletter of the 154th Wing, Hawaii Air National Guard. The first issue came in September 1957 and continues as an e-newsletter today. 

Today we feature the November 1973 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue. This issue includes the following stories:

* Everybody Knows Accountants Can’t Cook

* Radar’s Column

* Recruiting and Retention, High school recruiting

* USAF name tags now a required item

Review the entire November 1973 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue

7 things you probably didn’t know about Thanksgiving and the military

Photograph from the article

From the Task and Purpose website

Original article written by Lisette Voytko, posted November 22, 2016.

One hundred and fifty eight Thanksgivings. That’s how many our country has celebrated since the holiday’s national recognition. During that time, our armed forces have fought in numerous wars and conflicts, and many service members have spent Thanksgiving Day deployed in foreign countries or behind enemy lines.

And despite huge nutritional and logistical challenges, the spirit of Thanksgiving has been alive and well in the armed forces for over a century.

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