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Off Track: The Best Loco Moco in Hawaiʻi in 2022

From the Hawaii Magazine website

Photograph from this Hawaii Magazine article

White rice topped with a hamburger patty, sunny eggs and smothered in brown gravy — and you have the loco moco. It’s a humble dish that is about as iconic as they come in Hawaiʻi. From mom-and-pop shops to local chain restaurants, you can always find a place and a reason to dig into a hearty loco moco. Like many of our Readers’ Choice categories, who makes the best sparks much debate. Here’s how our readers ranked the best in our 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards.  

Billionaire Philanthropist Warren Buffett Reflects on His National Guard Service

From the Military.com website

Long before becoming the “Oracle of Omaha,” Warren Buffett enlisted in the Nebraska Army National Guard in 1951 after graduating from Columbia University, where he served as a pay specialist.

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When to Get a Second Opinion

From the U.S. News & World Report website

Two heads are better than one.’ ‘Expertise matters.’ Both of these phrases ring true in the realm of medical second opinions. Whether you’re faced with a major new diagnosis, biopsy result, looming surgery or a cutting-edge cancer treatment, you want to move forward with as much peace of mind as possible.

When you see a doctor, second opinions can add certainty and confirm that you’re on the right course of care. Second opinions also sometimes bring up newer treatment options that may provide better outcomes. And most critically, second opinions can reveal a misdiagnosis or medical error that could have delayed vital treatments, led to unnecessary surgery or caused serious side effects from unwarranted medications.

Here’s when to seek out a second opinion, where to find highly expert sources and how this input can inform your important health care decisions.

Savvy Senior: What is AFib, and when do heart palpitations become a concern?

From the Savvy Senior website

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR: What can you tell me about atrial fibrillation? Every so often, I’ve noticed my heart starts beating rapidly for no particular reason. Is this something I should be worried about?

Heart palpitations can be harmless if they are brief and infrequent. But if you’re experiencing an erratic heart rhythm, you need to get checked out by a doctor for atrial fibrillation, or AFib.

AFib — which is marked by rapid, fluttering beats — can lead to serious complications such as stroke and heart failure, when the weakened heart can’t pump enough blood to the rest of the body.

Learn more

Check Six – F-4 Era: 4-Ship Returning from a Training Mission

Hawaii Air National Guard photograph

This undated photograph show a McDonnell Douglas F-4C 4-ship returning to Hickam AFB after a training mission. A 4-ship Phantom low level flyover was common before landing. Miss the view and the sound.

What Is a Social Security Statement? And Why You Should Be Checking It

From the U.S. News & World Report website

The Social Security Administration no longer mails paper Social Security statements to most people under age 60. Younger workers who want to check their earnings history or taxes paid need to create a my Social Security account to obtain their statement online.

Here’s why you should view your Social Security benefit statement:

  • Find out how much you will get when you retire.
  • See what happens if you become disabled.
  • Take note of how much your family will receive if you die.
  • Check your earnings record.
  • Verify your Social Security and Medicare contributions.

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Check Six: May 1964 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 May 1964 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue. This issue includes the following stories:

* New Clothing Allowance System

* Employers Day

* 154th Fighter Group participates in Armed Forces Day Displays

* Promotions: including Mamoru Minami, Raymond Lum

Review the entire May 1964 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue

Reasons You’re Always Cold

From the WebMD website

Wondering why you feel chilly? Anemia might be a cause. This condition happens when you don’t have enough healthy red blood cells to bring your body all the oxygen it needs.

Other reasons, learn more

Check Six – 1980s: Lunch Break

Hawaii Air National Guard photograph

This undated photograph show Organizational Maintenance members eating lunch near the flightline. The dining hall back then was on the second floor on the ocean side of the fighter hanger (Building 3400. Seating was extremely limited. Many members picked up their lunches and returned to their work areas to eat. Rainy days were challenging

End-of-life Planning Can Help Ease Family Burdens

From the nextavenue website

It may seem morbid to some, but Sandra Freeman has her funeral all planned out. Following her eventual cremation, family and friends will share stories and enjoy food with her favorite artist Nancy Wilson playing in the background.

The retired 70-year-old Minneapolis resident is in good health, but quoting her father, she jokes, “None of us is getting out of here alive.”

Preparation is a lesson hard learned. Freeman says she has lost many loved ones over the years, only a small fraction of whom had planned for their death. In one instance, an aunt struggled to access bank accounts and insurance policies following the death of her husband, who left few instructions on where to access things.

At 27, Freeman’s sister unexpectedly passed with no directive for her young child beyond a verbal promise that her sister should raise her child. Freeman finds many are reluctant to discuss, let alone plan for, their inevitable fate.

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Check Six: May 1972 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 May 1972 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue. This issue includes the following stories:

* 154th Supply Squadron host Eskimo students

* HANG Airman of the Year

* Sports News

* 199th Fighter Squadron, C Flight members

Review the entire May 1972 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue

Common questions about the shingles vaccine

From the Medical News Today website

Shingles is an uncomfortable condition caused by the same virus responsible for chickenpox. The shingles vaccine is a safe and effective tool that can help prevent the condition in eligible adults. 

The varicella-zoster virus (VZV) is a DNA virus that belongs to the herpesvirus group. After a person recovers from chickenpox, the VZV can remain dormant or inactive in the body for many years, then reactivate and cause shingles. Also known as herpes zoster, the condition can result in an itchy, painful, blistering rash that lasts for 3–5 weeks.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend the Shingrix vaccine for older adults. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved it for individuals aged 18 years and older who have an increased risk of shingles. This vaccine can help provide effective protection against shingles, as well as potential complications of the condition. 

Read on to learn more about who should get Shingrix, when, and more.

Commissary sidewalk sales offer savings during Military Appreciation Month

May 14, 2022. The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) is proud to deliver commissary benefits to the men and women who served our nation and the eligible family members who supported them. To celebrate Military Appreciation Month in May, most DeCA commissaries will hold sidewalk sales to thank you for your service.

Sidewalk sales will typically be:

– Held over three to four days (one to two days at some locations).
– Designed to offer extra savings to customers.
– Located on sidewalks immediately outside DeCA stores, weather permitting.

While DeCA strives to deliver the best in service and savings for customers every day, Military Appreciation Month offers a special opportunity to help military community members save even more on a broad selection of quality products while highlighting our appreciation for their incredible bravery and commitment.

“We can never thank our military enough for their dedicated service,” said Bonita Moffett, DeCA’s director of sales. “However, at DeCA, we can ensure we do our best to deliver a commissary benefit with the quality and savings they deserve.”

“We can never thank our military enough for their dedicated service,” said Bonita Moffett, DeCA’s director of sales. “However, at DeCA, we can ensure we do our best to deliver a commissary benefit with the quality and savings they deserve.”

Types of products available during the Sidewalk sale include:

– Snacks, such as nuts, chips and candy;
– Cold cereals;
– Beverages, including flavored water, juices and energy drinks;
– International foods;
– Baking and canned goods;
– Pet food;
-Non-food items, such as paper towels, toilet paper, wipes and cleaning products;
– Baby products;
– Health and beauty products.

To locate Sidewalk Sales at commissaries in your area, visit the DeCA Sidewalk Sales schedule. Use the commissary store locator for additional information available on individual commissary websites. Customers are encouraged to use these resources or contact store management for more details or updates. Likewise, overseas customers are encouraged to contact their local stores to explore specific promotions at their stores.

Sidewalk Sales are also available to disabled Veterans and authorized caregivers who recently became eligible to shop at commissaries (effective January 1, 2020, the Purple Heart and Disabled Veterans Equal Access Act of 2018 authorized the Department of Defense to expand access to commissary shopping privileges).

Since this law took effect, commissary shopping privileges were extended to:

– Veterans with any service-connected disabilities documented by VA;
– Veterans who are Purple Heart recipients;
– Veterans who are former prisoners of war;
– Individuals assessed, approved and designated as primary family caregivers of eligible Veterans under VA’s Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers.

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The Sidewalk Sale at the Hickam Commissary will be on May 27-29, 2022. Unfortunately this press release was released on May 14. The Sidewalk Sales at the Pearl Harbor and Schofield commissaries were on May 13-15, 2022.

Check Six – F-4 Era: Water Entry Training

Hawaii Air National Guard photograph

This undated photograph shows Fred Takara and another member of the Parachute Shop conducting water entry training with an unidentified aircrew member. This was part of the ground training all aircrew members received. Not really the way you would want to spend time in the water.