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Check Six – Late 1970s: Medical Support Staff

Hawaii Air National Guard photograph

This undated photograph shows Lester Nagamine and Albert Farm, Both were support specialists with the 154th Tactical Hospital for many years.

Lester’s brother is Chaplain Robert Nagamine.

Thanks to Alan Yoneshige for identification help.

Military Retirees, Disabled Veterans to See Largest Pay Raise in Decades for 2022

From the Military.com website

Military retirees and veterans receiving disability payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will see their paychecks go up by 5.9% for 2022, triggered by inflation and an annual adjustment to the federal Cost of Living Allowance (COLA). 

That annual adjustment has averaged around 1.5% for the last 10 years. 

The adjustment rate was announced Wednesday by the Social Security Administration. The VA is required by law to alter disability payment rates by that amount. While military retirement is not legally required to follow suit, the change is traditionally the same.

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Check Six: October 1963 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 September 1963 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue. This issue includes the following stories:

* New tail flashes for the F-102s

* Royal Guard activation ceremony coming

* Samuel Pacarro saves a life

* Promotions: including Kurt Johnson – name misspelled in the article

Review the entire October 1963 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue

Tai Chi Equal to ‘Regular’ Exercise in Trimming Your Tummy

From the Health Day website

Could exercise that uses slow movements and breathing, like tai chi, do as much for trimming belly fat in older adults as aerobic exercise?

It might. A new study found that individuals aged 50 and up who practiced tai chi for 12 weeks lost about as much waist circumference as older adults who did conventional exercise (such as aerobics and strength training).

Though tai chi is considered a suitable activity for older people, including those who are not active, there previously has been little evidence of its health benefits, said study author Parco Siu. He is head of the division of kinesiology at the University of Hong Kong School of Public Health.

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Check Six – 1952: Hawaii National Guard Softball

Hawaii Air National Guard photograph

This photograph the Hawaii Air National Guard softball team who finished second in the HNG tournament.

Sports competition has been part of the Hawaii National Guard (HNG). Sports played include softball, basketball, volleyball, and golf. There were tennis tournaments in the later years. The 150th Aircraft Control & Warning Squadron ran a fishing tournament for many years until the unit was deactivated.

Q&A: TRICARE For Life Expert Discusses How You Get Coverage

From the TRICARE website

Oct. 1, 2021, marked the 20th anniversary of TRICARE For Life (TFL). Congress created TFL as Medicare-wraparound coverage in 2001 in order to extend TRICARE coverage to Medicare-eligible military retirees and their family members. Prior to the establishment of TFL, military retirees and their family members lost their TRICARE coverage when they became eligible for Medicare. Today, there are about 2.1 million beneficiaries using TFL, according to the Department of Defense.

So, how do you qualify for TFL? We recently caught up with Anne Breslin, the TFL program manager at the Defense Health Agency, to ask about who is eligible for TFL. If you want to learn more about TFL, check out the Q&As below.

Veterans Benefits Guide now available in both print and digital formats

From the Star and Stripes website

VBA partnered with Stars and Stripes to create a special edition insert for the publication called “The Veterans Benefits Guide.” The print and digital publication, which highlights VA benefits and services available for transitioning service members and their families, is available now.

The digital version of the Veterans Benefits Guide is available here: Veterans Benefits Guide | Stars and Stripes.

What you can expect

The Veterans Benefits Guide answers most of the commonly asked questions for a variety of benefits and services, including:

– Compensation
– Life insurance
– Pension and fiduciary services
– Education and training programs
– Economic development and employment
– Home loan guaranty programs and housing assistance
– Mental health resources

It also features a welcome message from Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Benefits, Mike Frueh, explaining why he believes all service members, Veterans, caregivers, survivors and their families should learn about what VBA has to offer and why they should take advantage of it.

In addition, the articles include links to helpful resources, such as program eligibility information, yearly benefit program reports, application directions, VBA contact information and much more.

4 Ways Exercise Helps Fight Aging

From the Time Magazine website

Everyone knows that exercise is good for you. But it’s not just beneficial for the young, healthy and already fit. It’s also one of the best defenses against the toughest aspects of aging.

Exercise not only improves heart and lung health, but research shows that even modest physical activity is good for the brain, bones, muscles and mood. Numerous studies have found that lifelong exercise may keep people healthier for longer; delay the onset of 40 chronic conditions or diseases; stave off cognitive decline; reduce the risk of falls; alleviate depression, stress and anxiety; and may even help people live longer.

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Check Six – 1982: MSgt Benny Goo Retires

Hawaii Air National Guard photograph

MSgt. Benjamin “Benny” M. R. Goo, Chief of the Aircrew Training Division, retired after 33 years of military service In October 1982. Goo began his military career in 1944 when he was drafted into the Army and sent to training at Camp Hood, Texas. He trained for 17 weeks as an infantry soldier. Following then went to Europe to the 3rd Army commanded by George S. Patton.

After fighting as far as Prague, Czechoslovakia, Goo was assigned as the First Sergeant for the 2913th Disciplinary Training Center in Westburg, Germany.

The Disciplinary Training Center was a jail for general court martial prisoners and war criminals. MSgt. Goo says he recalls his roommate at the time was the man in charge of hangin the more unfortunate residents of the Center.

This article continues on page 7 of the October 3, 1982 issue of the Kūkā‘ilimoku


Benny passed on November 3, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was 95 years old. His son, Charles Gooserved as a technician with the 297th Air Traffic Control Squadron. After retirement, Chuck relocated to Thailand, where he continues to live today.

Is a Medicare Advantage Plan Right for You?

From the Kiplinger website

You’ve probably seen the commercials with Joe Namath touting all the extra benefits from a Medicare Advantage plan. Rides to doctor’s appointments! Meals delivered to your home! Dental, hearing and vision, all covered at no additional cost! The extra benefits are real, but so are the trade-offs.

More than 60 million Americans were enrolled in either original Medicare or its alternative — a Medicare Advantage plan — in 2020, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, and this is the time of year when those same Americans can change their annual coverage. Medicare open enrollment runs from October 15 to December 7. During this window, enrollees age 65 and older can switch between original Medicare and Medicare Advantage, or stick with the latter but select a different plan. The new coverage begins January 1.

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Check Six: October 1979 Kūkā‘ilimoku

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 a monthly newsletter today. 

Today we feature the October 1979 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue. This issue includes the following stories:

* New Drill Pay Rates

* 154th CAM Squadron News & Views

* Sports News

Review the entire October 1979 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue

What to know about shingles and chickenpox

From the Medical News Today website

Shingles is a viral infection resulting from the same virus that causes chickenpox. After recovering from chickenpox, the virus stays dormant in a person’s body. It can then reactivate later, causing shingles. It is not possible for a person to get shingles if they have never had chickenpox.

Shingles is a viral infection resulting from the same virus that causes chickenpox. After recovering from chickenpox, the virus stays dormant in a person’s body. It can then reactivate later, causing shingles. It is not possible for a person to get shingles if they have never had chickenpox.

Chickenpox is a highly contagious virus that infected more than 4 million people every year nationally before the release of the chickenpox vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now report 92% fewer cases of chickenpox due to the development of the varicella-zoster virus (VZV) vaccine.

After recovery, the virus can hibernate in the body’s nerve cells, where it may remain dormant for years because the body cannot remove it without damaging the nerves. When the virus reactivates, instead of a chickenpox infection, it may cause a shingles outbreak.

In this article, we discuss the relationship between shingles, chickenpox, and the VZV vaccine. We also explore ways to avoid virus transmission.

pūpūkahi: Fall 2021

The pūpūkahi is the State of Hawaii Department of Defense monthly newsletter. Printed versions of the pūpūkahi have been the “command information” newsletter for decades, however, it was suspended in 2009 due to budget cuts. It is now a digital e-newsletter posted quarterly.

Click here to read the Fall 2021 digital pūpūkahi

Kudos to State Public Affairs Office (MAJ (R) Jeffrey Hickman, MSgt Andrew Jackson, and the Hawaii Army and Air National Guard contributors for another GREAT issue.

Retirees, Plan for the Tax Hit From Savings Bonds

From the Kiplinger website

The federal tax consequences for Series EE and I U.S. savings bonds are anything but straightforward. Although the interest on these bonds is fully exempt from state and local taxes, the federal tax treatment varies depending on who owns the bonds and, in some cases, how they are used.

Here are four common scenarios that retirees may encounter for how and when the bond interest is taxed.