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As Seen in MidWeek: Keith Tamashiro

Brig. Gen. Keith Tamashiro, Shane Philpot, Lisa Piette-Edwards, Stephen Dawson and Allen Keller

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Celebrating the Military Family

Armed Services YMCA of Honolulu recently presented its Celebrating the Military Family breakfast at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikīkī Beach Resort.


Keith Tamashiro retired on December 31, 2017 after a long career in the United States Army and the Hawaii Army National Guard.

USAF Deploys All Three Bomber Variants to Guam

From the Air Force Magazine website

A B-52 Stratofortress bomber lands at Andersen AFB, Guam, Jan. 16, 2018. The Stratofortress is one of six B-52H from Barksdale AFB, La., deploying to Andersen in support of US Pacific Command’s Continuous Bomber Presence mission. USAF photo by TSgt. Richard P. Ebensberger.

Six B-52s and about 300 airmen are deploying to Andersen AFB, Guam, to take over the continuous bomber presence mission in the Pacific. The B-52s, from Barksdale AFB, La., will replace six B-1B Lancers from Ellsworth AFB, S.D., as they wrap up their deployment later this month, according to a Pacific Air Forces release. Additionally, three B-2 Spirits deployed to Guam last week to support the Pacific deterrence mission.

With a B-52 touching down at Andersen on Jan. 16, according to a PACAF photograph accompanying the announcement, all three bomber variants are at the base for the first time since August 2016 and for just the second time in USAF history.

While at Andersen, the B-52s will provide a “credible, strategic power projection platform,” according to a Pacific Air Forces release. During their deployment, the Ellsworth B-1s flew multiple deterrence flights to the Korean Peninsula, along with participating in training exercises with Australia, South Korea, and Japan.

Since 2004, the Air Force has kept a constant deployment of strategic bombers at Andersen.

WWII Hero Bob Dole Gets Congressional Gold Medal

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From the Alston & Bird LLP website

Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole knew the art of the deal before President Donald Trump published the 1987 book of the same name.

The two shared a stage under the Capitol dome Wednesday as Dole, 94, accepted Congress’ highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, for his World War II service and decades of work in the House and Senate. Trump, meanwhile, was mired in a pitched budget battle that threatened to end in a government shutdown at week’s end.

The president nonetheless saluted Dole as “a patriot” and gave tribute to Dole’s struggle as a veteran who worked his way back from a grievous shoulder wound he suffered in Italy.

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Check Six: Operation Desert Storm – 27 years ago

From the website

F-16A, F-15C and F-15E aircraft fly over Kuwaiti oil fires set by the retreating Iraqi army during Desert Storm. U.S. Air Force photo

Nowadays when people think of Iraq, they think of the war that began in 2003, ISIS and the long fight against terrorism. But the U.S. military’s first major conflict with the country came more than a decade before that — more than 25 years ago, in fact.

Operation Desert Storm began Jan. 17, 1991, after Iraqi forces who had invaded neighboring Kuwait refused to withdraw. The conflict is now commonly known as the Gulf War.

Here are six important facts you should know about it.

Army vet sues VA over scalpel left in body after surgery

From the Army Times website

An X-ray shows the 5-inch scalpel handle in the man’s abdomen. Credit: Courtesy of Faxon Law Group

An Army veteran who says someone left a scalpel inside him after surgery is suing a Veterans Affairs hospital.

Bridgeport resident Glenford Turner says the scalpel was only discovered years later, after he suffered from long-term abdominal pain. He sued the VA in U.S. District Court last week, seeking unspecified compensatory damages.

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The Health and Brain Benefits of Vitamin B6

From the everyday Health website

Our bodies use B vitamins to convert the food we eat into the energy we need to function. Together the complex of eight B vitamins are important for metabolism, brain and liver function, growth, and building blood cells, as well as for maintaining healthy hair, skin, and vision.

More specifically, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) — one of the eight — plays key roles in keeping the brain and nervous system functioning properly, says Sonya Angelone, RDN, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “Vitamin B6 is involved in production of hemoglobin, the protein in blood that carries oxygen throughout the body.”

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Congratulations to BG Moses Kaoiwi, Jr.

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MG Arthur “Joe” Logan hosted a ceremony promotion at Washington Place yesterday afternoon. Governor David Y. Ige and Mrs. Joni Kaoiwi pinned on the general’s stars.

More photographs on the Adjutant General’s Facebook page

Great photographs by TSgt Andrew Jackson. Super job by MAJ Jeffrey Hickman who served as the master of ceremonies.

Air Force selects locations for two Air National Guard F-35 bases

From the Daily Star Journal website

The Air Force has selected Truax Field Air National Guard Base, Wisconsin, and Dannelly Field, Alabama, as the preferred locations for the next two Air National Guard F-35A bases.

“Selecting Truax Field and Dannelly Field will increase Air National Guard F-35A units providing fifth generation air power around the world,” Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson said. “As F-35As arrive at these locations, we will use the existing aircraft at these fields to replace the aging F-16s at other Air National Guard units.”

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Truax Field is the home to the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing

Dannelly Field is the home of the Alabama Air National Guard’s 187th Fighter Wing

Cancer Care Gets Personal

From the National Institute of Health website

Last year more than 1.7 million people were diagnosed with cancer in the United States. Cancer can be difficult to treat because each tumor is unique. Scientists are now gaining a better understanding of the changes that lead to cancer—and figuring out how to target them for personalized treatments.

“Cancer treatment is changing at a very fast pace,” says Dr. Patricia M. LoRusso, an NIH-funded cancer treatment expert at Yale Cancer Center. “What somebody got a year ago may not necessarily be the same treatment recommended for another person today.”

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Taps: Roberta Satsuki Hironaka

Roberta Satsuki Hironaka, 87, of Honolulu, passed away on December 17, 2017. She was born in Eleele, Kauai on December 14, 1930.

She retired in 1990 as an Executive Secretary for the Hawaii National Guard, after serving for many years working for the Federal Government at Pearl Harbor, Fort Shafter, and ending her career at Fort Ruger. After retirement, she worked for the U.H. Law School as secretarial help for over 10 years and also was voluntarily involved with the Diamond Head Theater for many years helping to run the box office.

Roberta are survived by their children, Mark (Raquel), Derek (Marlene), Brad and Robyn (Dr. Mike) Kurosawa; six grand- children and three great-grand- children. Roberta is also survived by her brother, Fumio Hidano.

Celebration of life services for Albert and Roberta (this is a joint funeral) will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Diamond Head Mortuary; visitation to begin at 10 a.m., service at 11 a.m., with inurnment to follow 2 p.m. at Diamond Head Memorial Park. Arrangements Provided By: Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary

Roberta was the secretary at United States Property and Fiscal Office (USPFO) for many years.

Check Six: Team Spirit 80 – 38 years ago

Many types of mobile radio equipment were deployed to multiple locations throughout Korea to support the Air Force communications mission. This AN/TSC-60(V2) mobile van was located a Osan AB as one link in the communications chain.

The AN/TSC-60 series of HF Communications Central facilities were utilized by the Air Force to satisfy requirements for point-to-point and ground-to-air HF communications. They were used to establish long haul communications to a DOD communication system entry point or rear main operating base.

Reports indicated that it was very cold when the photograph was taken, but the snow started the next day. Brrr…

What is a ‘death clean’ and why should you do it?

From the MarketWatch website

The phrase “death cleaning” may sound jarring to unaccustomed ears, but the concept makes sense. It’s about getting rid of excess rather than leaving a mess for your heirs to sort out.

“Death cleaning” is the literal translation of the Swedish word dostadning, which means a decluttering process that begins as people age. It’s popularized in the new book “The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning” by Margareta Magnusson.

Magnusson focuses on jettisoning stuff, but most older people’s finances could use a good death cleaning as well. Simplifying and organizing our financial lives can make things easier for us while we’re alive and for our survivors when we’re not.

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Science Says Fitness Trackers Don’t Work. Wear One Anyway

From the Wired Magazine website

Personal Technology is getting a bad rap these days. It keeps getting more addictive: Notifications keep us glued to our phones. Autoplaying episodes lure us into Netflix binges. Social awareness cues—like the “seen-by” list on Instagram Stories—enslave us to obsessive, ouroboric usage patterns. (Blink twice if you’ve ever closed Instagram, only to re-open it reflexively.) Our devices, apps, and platforms, experts increasingly warn, have been engineered to capture our attention and ingrain habits that are (it seems self-evident) less than healthy.

Unless, that is, you’re talking about fitness trackers. For years, the problem with Fitbits, Garmins, Apple Watches, and their ilk has been that they aren’t addictive enough. About one third of people who buy fitness trackers stop using them within six months, and more than half eventually abandon them altogether.

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Attention Golfers: HNGA Tournament is right around the corner

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