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Check Six: 199 FS Pilots – 25 years ago

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A retiree emailed Retiree News this photograph of 199th Fighter Squadron pilots. In the photograph (L-R) are: Christopher “Frenchy” Faurot, Braden “Mongo” Sakai, Wade “Ninja” Oganeku, Adrian “Kila” Kinimaka, Jeffrey “Sumo” Namihara, Garro “Rojo” Johnson, Glen “Knockers ” Nakamura.

We contacted “Mongo”, the retired 154th Wing commander, for some comments and identification assistance.

The picture is from our Cope Thunder Exercise in Alaska in 1994….we were about to jump in our jets for the flight home from this exercise.  I remember this day very well as Sumo was mad at me for taking the lead back home because his jet broke. He later got it fixed about 30 minutes after we took off and led the second cell of jets home. In my defense…he briefed if a jet broke that I will take my 4 ship ahead of his and when his jet broke…he was trying to change his the plan, but, I wanted to get home bad 🙂

These young men – and they were all young 25 years ago – were some of the outstanding pilots in the 199th Fighter Squadron during the F-15 Eagle era. A great time and good memories.


203 ARS Boomer in His Work Desk

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The No. 1 question Americans ask most about retirement

From the MarketWatch website

In honor of April, which is financial literacy month, Google unveiled the 10 questions that Americans ask most about retirement. The question Americans ask the search engine most often about retirement: “How much do I need to retire?”

10 most-asked retirement questions, past year:

1. How much do I need to retire?

2. How to retire early

3. When can I retire?

4. What is the retirement age?

5. How much to save for retirement?

6. How to save for retirement

7. How to retire at 50

8. How to retire

9. What is full retirement age for Social Security?

10. Where to retire

Answering the question of how much you need to retire is complicated. For years, many experts threw out $1 million as a figure we should all aim for. And according to a survey by personal finance site Nerdwallet, half of Americans think that $1 million will be enough to live on in retirement.

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Off Track: Masu’s Massive Plate Lunch

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Bob Sigall writes a weekly column in the Honolulu Star Advertiser titled Rearview Mirror. His articles appear every Friday and cover different topics of Hawaii’s past.

Recently, he wrote a article about one of Honolulu’s legendary plate lunch places – Masu’s Massive Plate Lunch. Masu’s began in 1988 on Kamaile St. and moved to the corner of Liliha and Kaukini streets in 1992. Masu’s closed in 2007.

The photograph above shows Masu’s menu for November 1996. Note the food on each plate and the cost – $6.80.

While younger foodies will rave about current restaurants and food trucks – what ever happen to lunch wagons? – but more mature eaters will always have a place in their stomach for Masu’s.

Read Bob Sigall’s article

Vitamin and mineral supplements won’t help you live longer, could cause harm, study says

From the USA Today website

Getting the right amount of vitamins and minerals can lower your risk of an early death, but they should come from food instead of supplements, a study published Tuesday suggests.

Researchers from Tufts University say they found no association between the use of dietary supplements and a lower risk of death.

The study analyzed data from a larger health and nutrition survey conducted from 1999 to 2010. More than 30,000 participants ages 20 and older answered questions about dietary supplement use.

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The Best Countertop and Immersion Blenders for Every Budget

From the Health Day website

There’s no denying that blenders are a great addition to any kitchen. Their ability to quickly mix, mash, and chop makes for an easy and efficient cooking experience. They can also be integral to healthy eating. After all, blenders are ideal for preparing nutritious soups, juices, and smoothies.

With so many models on the market, you can find a good blender for any budget. Of course, the volume of options can also be overwhelming.

Here are a few factors to consider as you contemplate your purchase:

All products and services featured here are chosen for their potential to inspire and enable your wellness. Everyday Health may earn an affiliate commission on items you purchase.

Off Track: 32 New Cars to Avoid

From the Forbes website

Today’s new cars just aren’t what they used to be, and we mean that positively. That’s because it’s become increasingly difficult to find a true and terrifically bad car, truck, or crossover sitting on a dealer’s showroom floor. Gone are the days of monumental mechanical calamities, finger-sized fit-and-finish gaps, uneven trim, and overall shoddy workmanship. While no vehicle is perfect, the average model today performs at a higher level, is safer, offers more amenities, is built better, and is much more durable than at any time in motoring history.

And yet the proverbial cream still rises to the top. Some models lead while other lag with regard to their designs, measurable performance attributes, and the degree to which their buyers are ultimately satisfied. Some are plagued by questionable reliability and/or poor resale values, while others are saddled with dated designs and/or technology. Certainly, with the average vehicle selling for $33,871 (according to Kelley Blue Book), astute car buyers should ensure they’re getting the most for their hard-earned money.

And these cars are

163d Security Forces Squadron Trains in Hawaii

Off the Hawaii Air National Guard Facebook page

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It’s always great to train with our partnered units. Members of the 163rd Security Forces Squadron, from March AFB, Calif., just completed a combatives instructor’s course with several members of our 154th Security Forces Squadron. These certified instructors are now ready to teach a series of ground-fighting skills to other Airmen. The intensive training covered a series of movements from mixed martial arts, to include Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muey Thai.

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Oldest units in the military muster together after 382 years

From the U.S. Army website

The First Muster – Salem, Massachusetts, 1636

Salem, Massachusetts – Every April, in a coastal city north of Boston, the Salem Muster is commemorated. For the ceremony this year, the overcast mild day was welcomed, as in the past, the unpredictable New England weather has gone from snowy or rainy to hot and sunny.

Members of the oldest military units in the nation, the 101st Engineers, the 101st Field Artillery, the 181st Infantry, and the 182nd Infantry gathered for the 382nd Salem Muster on Salem Common, April. 13, 2019, just as the same units did in 1637.

Onlookers gather in Salem Commons for the event while the four oldest units in the National Guard and organized militias “muster,” just like the earliest militias in the United States military did during the first muster in 1637.

In 2013, President Barack Obama signed legislation sponsored by Massachusetts Congressman John Tierney designating Salem as the birthplace of the National Guard.

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Air Force Magazine: April 2019

Air Force Magazine is published monthly by the Air Force Association.

Want to buy beer or wine at your commissary? You may have to wait for the libation deliberation

From the Military Times website

Commissary officials will likely change, expand and test the assortments of beer and wine in the first 12 stores that currently sell it, before making any decisions about which stores will see the libations next.

But while there might be more of a selection, that doesn’t mean the amounts will dramatically increase. As one industry source put it, there’s only so much shelf space available in commissary stores, and they’re not going to take out baby food and diapers to make room for beer and wine.

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The Basics About Age-Related Macular Degeneration

From the nextavenue website

Learn about the different types of AMD and how they’re treated

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) causes deterioration of the macula, the part of the eye that provides sharp, clear, straight-ahead vision. As many as 11 million people in the United States have some form of AMD, and that number is expected to increase to nearly 22 million by 2050, according to the BrightFocus Foundation, a nonprofit that supports research to end AMD, glaucoma and Alzheimer’s disease.

AMD can be passed from generation to generation, according to Dr. Steve Charles, a clinical professor of ophthalmology at the University of Tennessee and founder of the Charles Retina Institute.

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2019 DOD Retirement & Service Award Luncheon

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The State Department of Defense recently hosted its annual Retirement & Service Award Luncheon. It was held at the Hawaii Okinawa Center Legacy Ballroom in Waipio. Maj Gen Arthur “Joe” Logan, The Adjutant General, presented retirement bowls and service award certificates.

View the list of retireesnot all attended the luncheon.

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Congratulations to all the new retirees – Happy Trails

How to Apply for a Veteran ID Card

From the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website

A Veteran ID Card (VIC) is a form of photo ID you can use to get discounts offered to Veterans at many restaurants, hotels, stores, and other businesses. Find out if you’re eligible for a Veteran ID Card—and how to apply.

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