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Off Track: Where to eat in 2019’s Most Popular Destinations

From the Kayak website

For most travelers, where you eat on vacation is almost as important as where you go or stay. But figuring out the right restaurant for you can be tricky (especially if you’re traveling in a group where everyone has #opinions). Luckily, OpenTable can help you figure out the perfect restaurant, no matter the occasion.

For our 2019 Travel Hacker Guide, we’ve teamed up with OpenTable to find some of diners’ top-rated restaurants for over 40 destinations. By crunching the numbers on over 1.5 billion annual KAYAK searches, we’ve uncovered the year’s top travel trends from popular destinations to wallet-friendly trips. New this year, we introduced OpenTable restaurant recommendations on our destinations pages, so you have what you need to plan the perfect trip.

And if you needed one more reason to make your restaurant reservations while planning your getaway, thanks to our new program, you can now use OpenTable’s Dining Points towards hotel discounts on KAYAK. Win-win-win.

See where OpenTable diners are saying you should eat out in 2019’s most popular cities:

Must-Have Features to Get in Your Next New Car

From the Consumer Reports website

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Today’s car buyers are presented with a dizzying array of jargon and acronyms describing options, packaged features, and dealer-installed accessories to choose from. There is great temptation to grab them all, but the costs quickly add up.

Consumer Reports receives questions all the time from car shoppers asking what they should be looking for in today’s models. Frequently, they have some vague notions about what is available, but they’re not clear on what’s worth the added expense.

To help these new-car shoppers who haven’t checked out the market in some time, CR’s experts have assembled a list of key features they should consider getting, including safety and convenience items. Just as important: We have flagged the items that can be skipped.

Safety-related items are ranked in order of importance by CR’s car-safety experts.

Thanks to Gordon Lau for another article submitted to Retiree News.

Check Six: Kahului Airport – 40+ years ago

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Memories. No jetways, you walked out to the plane and went up the stairs.  

Ka Ho‘okele Explorers Program Visit the 154th Wing

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More about the Ka Ho‘okele “The Navigator” Explorers Program

DoD wants to sharply cut commissary budget as overall defense budget increases

From the Military Times website

The commissary budget will take a 21 percent cut in fiscal 2020, if the Defense Department’s budget request is approved by Congress.

Defense officials are asking for $995 million in taxpayer funding to operate the 236 commissary stores worldwide, down from $1.27 billion in fiscal 2019, according to DoD budget documents released Tuesday.

The Defense Commissary Agency’s budget reduction “is tied to a series of DoD internally directed cuts that began in fiscal 2016,” said DoD spokeswoman Air Force Lt. Col. Carla Gleason. Since that time, she said, the commissary agency has been taking steps, to “reduce its operating costs to meet anticipated topline funding, while still maintaining customer service levels and congressionally mandated patron savings levels.”

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Thanks to Gordon Lau for emailing this article to Retiree News

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Update on yesterday’s post. Check Six: 169 AC&WS Celebration

Randy Tom emailed that he believes the photograph is from 1984. The squadron did move into the Hawaii Regional Operations Control Center (HIROCC) on June 29, 1984. This photograph could have been taken at the conclusion of annual training.

Earlier Retiree News post on the 169 AC&WS

More Photographs. Thanks to those who sent in old and new photographs to Retiree News. For the older photographs, it usually takes a little longer to post them because we need to identify those in the photographs.

If you have any old or new photographs of current and retired Guardmembers, please scan them to JPEGs and email them to Retiree News at Any photographs posted receive a lot of views on Retiree News.

Check Six: 169 AC&WS Celebration

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This undated photograph show Lt Col Donald O’Day, commander of the then-169th Aircarft Control & Warning Squadron. The inscription on the cake is July 14, but the year can not be made out.

Don retired over 20 years ago after a long technician career.

These surprising spending truths could upend your retirement

From the CNBC website

There’s one key message you’ve inevitably heard when it comes to planning for retirement: Save, save, save.

Now it turns out that how you spend money during your golden years could have as much — if not more — of an impact on how well you live, according to research from J.P. Morgan Asset Management.

That conclusion comes from the firm’s analysis of more than 5 million Chase accounts.

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Alex Trebek’s Diagnosis Highlights Struggle of Catching and Treating Pancreatic Cancer

From the CNBC website

The statistics for pancreatic cancer are dire: Only 9 percent of all patients survive longer than five years after their diagnosis. Notoriously hard to detect and treat, it’s the third-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.

But experts say research is being done to improve both detection and the treatment approaches — providing a potential glimmer of hope for a disease that is diagnosed in nearly 57,000 people each year in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society.

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Taps: George Joy Update

Edward Richardson, the retired Adjutant General, asked this information about George Joy’s services be posted.

Services will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the Mililani Memorial Park, Mauka Chapel. Services will begin at 5:00 pm following visitation.

Burial will be on Monday, April 1, 2019 at the Hawai‘i State Veterans Cemetery.

Retiree News extends heartfelt sympathy to George’s family and friends.

George Joy served as a fighter pilot with the 199th Fighter Squadron. He flew F-86 Sabres, and F-201 Delta Daggers. He was part of the 199th Fighter Squadron’s Palace Alert deployment during the Vietnam War.

Special thanks to Grant Suzuki, George’s brother-in-law, for submitting this photograph.

Air Defense Mission Breaks Ground on New Facility

From the 154th Wing website

Representatives from Pacific Air Forces, 154th Wing, 15th Wing, Air Force Civil Engineer Center, and the United States Army Corps of Engineers participate in a ground-breaking ceremony for the new F-22 Aerospace Control Alert (ACA) Facility on Feb 14, 2019 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. The blessing was performed by Kahu Kelekona Bishaw and included seven ground-breaking o’o sticks used in traditional Hawaiian ceremonies. (Hawaii Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Robert Cabuco)

Team Hickam ushered in a new era of air defense during a ground-breaking ceremony for the new F-22 Aerospace Control Alert [ACA] Facility on February 14, 2019 at Joint Base Pearl-Harbor Hickam, Hawaii.

Representatives from Pacific Air Forces, 154th Wing and 15th Wing, Air Force Civil Engineer Center, and the United States Army Corps of Engineers gathered for a traditional Hawaiian blessing performed by Kahu Kelekona Bishaw. Included were seven ground-breaking o’o sticks used in traditional Hawaiian ceremonies.

“The milo wood bowl and the o’o sticks keeps us connected to the aina (land),” said Bishaw, “In old Hawaii, the o’o stick was the multi-purpose tool for farmers. It was used to dig, harvest and to protect.”

The current building was built in 1958 and it will be torn down once the new facility comes online. The new facility will continue to support the ACA mission which is carried out by pilots, maintainers, and weapons crews. They are on call 24/7, ready to respond at a moments notice against air threats to the Hawaiian Islands.

“The new alert shack has been a long time coming,” said Brig. Gen. Gregory S. Woodrow, Commander, 154th Wing. “The old alert shack hasn’t been updated much from 1958. We owe it to our service members to build something worthy for the mission Team Hickam is going to perform.”

Team Hickam consists of Hawaii Air National Guardsmen and active-duty service-members. This unit is one of several ACA sites around the country, which provides a national network of combat aircraft capable of activating at any time under any weather condition in response to airborne threats to national airspace.

Hopefully, retired pilots and maintainers who worked in the old alert facility will be invited to the facility blessing.

How to Create Retirement Experiences on a Budget

From the U.S. News & World Report website

The retirement years often lead to a new lifestyle. “Retirement offers that time and flexibility to find meaning in ways you might not have thought of before,” says Scot Landborg, a partner and senior wealth advisor at Sterling Wealth Partners, based in Orange County, California. You’ll likely discover a long list of options to fill your post-work days.

Whether it’s touring new museums, meeting friends at restaurants for dinner or exploring nature reserves, the activities you pursue can quickly eat into your retirement income. Taking a careful look at what’s important to you, as well as the funds available, can help you map out a meaningful retirement without overspending.

Here’s how to create retirement experiences on a budget:

Sleep Apnea May Be Linked with Alzheimer’s Marker

From the Health Day website

It isn’t clear, however, if sleep apnea causes the buildup of “tau” protein tangles in the brain that are a marker for Alzheimer’s, or if the increased tau helps cause the apnea, the researchers said.

“Since tau accumulation is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease, an increase in tau raises concern that sleep apnea could make [people] with sleep apnea more vulnerable to Alzheimer’s,” said lead researcher Dr. Diego Carvalho, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

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Taps: Miles Nakamura

Miles Tadashi Nakamura, 63, formerly from Kapolei, HI passed peacefully, amidst family members, on January 5, 2019 at Porter Hospice, in Colorado.

Survived by his mother, Anne Nakamura, wife, Lucille, and sons, Kekoaalii, Dustin, Keli, and Alika. Daughter Nicole (Jayson) Hariuchi. Other survivors include siblings, Dianne (Frank) Tabata, Ashley (Adele), and Jerry (Nancy) Nakamura. Step-children: Dani Katrice Ekahilani (Santo II) Ruiz, and Darice Elualani (Edward) Apo; 16 Grandchildren and 2 Great-grandchildren.

Miles was stationed at Hickam AFB with the 154th Wing and retired from Hawaii Air National Guard in 2015 after 36 years of service. As an aircraft mechanic, he crewed on multiple airframes, such as C-130s and C-17s. He and Lucille were also foster parents with the Department of Human Services for 14 years.

Services will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Bishop Memorial Chapel of the Kamehameha Schools. Visitation 1-2 pm; Services 2-3 PM. Burial at National Memorial Cemetery, Punchbowl, on Monday, March 18, 2019 at 1PM. Casual attire.

Retiree News extends heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends.