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Check Six – 1980s: Melvin Chang

Hawaii Air National Guard photograph

This undated show Melvin Chang, who served in the Munitions Branch of the 154th Consolidated Aircraft MAintenance Squadron. Melvin was a technician and retired after many years of service. He smiled a lot.

Congressional Staffers Visit Hickam AFB

Off the Hawaii Air National Guard Facebook page

U.S. Staff delegation members of the House Appropriations Committee recently spent face to face time with Team Hickam’s Total Force Airmen to learn more about the inner working of Joint Base Pearl Harbor- Hickam (JBPH-H) and several other military installations on Oahu. 

An immersive tour of the 203rd Air Refueling Squadron showcased how tanker gas extends the reach of local and transient aircraft, making global reach possible for the Total Force. 

More photographs by TSgt Anthony Nelson

Check Six: January 1965 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 January 1965 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue. This issue includes the following stories:

* Royal Guard marches in the Presidential Inaugural Parade.

* Promotions: including George Kuroda, Lawrence Sugihara

Review the entire January 1965 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue

8 ways exercise changes your brain

From the WebMD website

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117th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Change of Command Ceremony

Off the 117th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Facebook page

The 117th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment invites you to witness the virtual Change of Command Ceremony on Sunday, February 6, 2022 at 11am. 117th MPAD honors the outgoing Commander CPT Shao Yu L. Lee and the incoming Commander CPT Thomas A. Moriyasu Jr.

Due to COVID mitigation efforts, physical participation and attendance is limited. This event will be live streamed through Facebook Live and does not authorize any person for physical participation. 


Air Force maintainers are getting new ‘janitor grey’ coveralls

From the Task and Purpose website

A leaked Air Force PowerPoint gave airmen a sneak peek of the coveralls that aircraft maintainers will be able to wear to and from the base. (Facebook / Air Force amn/nco/snco).

A leaked Air Force PowerPoint slide gave airmen a sneak peek of the coveralls that aircraft maintainers will be able to wear to and from the base, on the flight line, and in other areas where previously they could not.

The slide comes seven months after the Air Force officially announced the policy change for coveralls in June 2021. Before then, maintainers and other airmen who worked in messy jobs (such as fuels, firefighting, munitions and engineering), would often have to drive onto base in their camouflage utility uniform, change into their coveralls when they arrived, then change back into camouflage on their way out. But soon, they can save time by wearing these standardized coveralls almost all over the place.

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In the fashion world, styles appear, disappear and reappear. This photograph show Hawaii Air National Guard maintenance personnel in coveralls in the early 1950. Coveralls were in use from the 1940s through the early 1950s when the transitioned to fatigues.

Hawaii Air National Guard photograph

Check Six – 1976–1987: The F-4C Phantom Era

Hawaii Air National Guard photograph

The 199th Fighter Squadron flew the McDonnell Douglas F-4C Phantom II from 1976–1987. The F-4C was a workhorse tactical fighter-bomber during the Vietnam War. It could also be used as an effective interceptor as the 154th Tactical Fighter Group continued its 24/7 alert mission.

This undated photograph shows the pilot and the weapon systems officer (WSO). The photograph was taken early in the F-4C era because the stars, signifying aircraft kills are still on the intake panel. This aircraft has the name of a Hawaiian bird – ‘Alae‘ula – painted on the side of the cockpit. This was an project of Kurt Johnson, who gave each aircraft the name of a Hawaiian bird.

Check Six: January 1973 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 January 1973 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue. This issue includes the following stories:

* Promotions suspended

* New Douglas C-54 Spymaster arrives

* Commander’s review of 1972

Review the entire January 1973 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue

Extra 10 Minutes of Daily Activity Could Save Lives

From the WebMD website

If everyone between 40 and 85 years of age were active just 10 minutes more a day, it could save more than 110,000 U.S. lives a year, a large study reports.

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Taps: Louis W. “Bob/Bobby” Perry Jr.

Louis W. “Bob/Bobby” Perry Jr. went home to our Lord Jesus Christ on December 23, 2021. He was born on May 30, 1935, to Louis and Laura Perry (deceased). Bobby spent his early years living in the Panui area of Honolulu, and moved to Kailua. He graduated from St. Louis High School, class of 1953.

He started his military career on June 2, 1952, when he enlisted in the Hawai‘i Army National Guard, 613th Ordinance Company. He attained the rank as Sergeant in 1956. Louis was commissioned as second Lieutenant, Ordinance in 1961, Captain in 1968, Major in 1973 and Colonel 0-6 in December of 1979.  

In 1987, Col. Perry’s final tour of duty was at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio Texas, as the Army National Guard advisor to the Commander of Fifth United States Army, where he served until his retirement, in 1990.

Louis joined the Honolulu Police Department in 1961. He worked in the HPD Department of Traffic Investigation and retired as a Sergeant in the Community Relations Department of HPD in August 1986.

Louis was a loving and caring husband and father to his wife Marie (deceased) and his two sons, facing the challenges of military life, they were his strength to do well. Louis had a personality that spread the sunshine of Aloha to everyone he met during his journey in daily life, and his achievements. He enjoyed golf, travel, and especially Cruises around the world. Louis was loved by all and spent the “Winter of His Life” with his wife, Olivia. “ARMY STRONG” was his LIFE’S MOTTO. 

He is survived by his wife Olivia, sons Michael (Debbie) Perry of FL, Steven (Margaret) Perry, Grandchildren, Katie, Joey, Jason, brother Robert F. Perry of OH, brother-in-law George Yamasaki Sr., many cousins, nieces and nephews. 

Stepchildren: Lance (Caron) Aquino, Maurice (Kalsie) Aquino, Maile (Dale) Gouvea, Lindsey (Lance) Hussey, of NV, Grandchildren 13, Great-grandchildren 3.

Celebration of Life will be held at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary on Monday January 31, 2022, from 8:30 am-10:30 am. Service will be held at 9:00 am. Burial will be at the Hawai‘i State Veterans Cemetery, Kāne‘ohe. Honors will be at 11:00 am, at the Veterans Cemetery Committal Area.

Retiree News extends heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends.

Check Six – 2017: Keith Tamashiro Retires

Hawaii Army National Guard photograph

Brig. Gen. Keith Tamashiro retired on October 1, 2017 after 33 years of service. He joined the Hawaii Army National Guard after serving four years on active duty.

Three Hawaii State legislators attended his retirement ceremony. In the photograph (L-R): Marcus Oshiro, Michelle Kidani, Brig Gen Tamashiro, and Donovan Dela Cruz. State Representative Oshiro had just resigned after serving 23 years as a legislator. He was just appointed as the Chair of the Labor Relations Board. State Senators Kidani and Dela Cruz continue their service in the legisature.

Keith Tamashiro continues as a Supervisor in the First-To-Work Program, Department of Human Services, State of Hawaii. This position is responsible for managing the Honolulu office and the welfare program helping people gain employment and educational skills.

What Assets Should Be Included in Your Trust?

From the Kiplinger website

One of the largest financial planning misconceptions people hold is that having a will ensures their property will transfer quickly to their heirs. The truth is, whether you have a will or not, your assets will go through the probate process when you die.

Probate can be a rather lengthy and costly process for your heirs. The procedure can extend from a couple of months for a simple estate, to a couple of years for a more complex estate. For most people, ensuring their property is preserved and passed on at the lowest possible cost is essential to a comprehensive estate plan.

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Check Six: January 1981 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 January 1981 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue. This issue includes the following stories:

* 162nd Tactical Fighter Group in Hawaii

* 150th Aircraft Control & Warning Squadron Fishing Tournament

* 154th Resource Management Squadron news

* Sports News

Review the entire the January 1981 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue

What to know about exercises for anxiety

From the Medical News Today website

Exercises for anxiety relief may help a person manage certain anxiety symptoms, such as muscle tension, increased heart rate, and rapid breathing. Breathing exercises help foster deep, even breaths that promote diaphragmatic breathing. These exercises may reduce anxiety and help a person relax by restoring a typical breathing pattern.

Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health problems in the United States, affecting about 40 million individuals. Although doctors can successfully treat these conditions, only 4 in 10 people with anxiety seek treatment.

Anxiety can trigger a cascade of stress hormones during the so-called fight-or-flight response. During a panic or anxiety attack, people may take rapid, shallow breaths, affecting the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide. A person may also experience a pounding heartbeat and feelings of impending doom, contributing to more anxiety.

This article looks at anxiety reduction exercises and how they may help individuals cope.