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Check Six – 2010: Flight Testing for C-17 Formation Flight System (FFS)

Photograph from the Edwards AFB History Office

On September 24, 2010, the 418th Flight Test Squadron concluded flight testing to evaluate medications on the C-17 Globemaster III formation flight system (FFS). The system enabled pilots to monitor and fly the large transport information with other C-17s at the same altitude and distance in any weather condition. The FFS testing took about two weeks to complete at Edwards AFB, California.

6 essential estate planning documents every adult needs

From the MarketWatch website

Many people might think that estate planning isn’t for them.

They don’t have wealth like Bill Gates or Jeff Bezos, they don’t think of their belongings as an “estate.” And they might not even have much in the way of assets save an insurance policy, a retirement account or two, and maybe a house.

But no matter how much or how little you possess, there are six estate planning documents that every adult should have.

More Evidence That Limiting Red and Processed Meat May Be Good for Your Heart

From the Everyday Health website

Cutting back on red meat in your diet may maintain healthy blood flow to your heart. A review published in July 2021 in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition found that the risk of developing ischemic heart disease rises 9 percent with every additional 50 grams (g), or 1.8 ounces (oz), of red meat people eat each day, and the risk climbs 18 percent with each extra 50 g of processed meat.

Researchers examined data pooled from 13 previously published studies that had a total of more than 1.4 million participants without heart disease, including more than 32,000 people who later went on to develop ischemic heart disease.

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Retirees to Pay More for Tricare Enrollment While Pharmacy Copays Rise for All in 2022

From the website

U.S. Air Force photograph from this article

Military families and retirees who use retail pharmacies or the Tricare mail-order delivery system for their medications will see an increase in copayments in 2022, according to a notice to be published Tuesday in the Federal Register.

Likewise, military retirees still considered to be working age — those under age 65 who are not old enough for Medicare and Tricare for Life — can expect to pay more in health care enrollment fees, although the exact amount of the bump has yet to be determined.

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Check Six – 1967: Col Robin Olds last combat mission

23 September 1967 Colonel Robin Olds, USAF, in the cockpit of McDonnell F-4C-21-MC Phantom II, 63-7668, on his last flight out of Ubon-Rachitani RTAFB as Wing Commander, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing,

This was his 152nd combat mission of the Vietnam War.

Robin Olds (July 14, 1922 – June 14, 2007) was an American fighter pilot and general officer in the United States Air Force. He was a “triple ace“, with a combined total of 17 victories in World War II and the Vietnam War. He retired in 1973 as a brigadier general, after 30 years of service.

The son of Army Air Forces Major General Robert Olds, educated at West Point, and the product of an upbringing in the early years of the United States Army Air Corps, Olds epitomized the youthful World War II fighter pilot. He remained in the service as it became the United States Air Force, despite often being at odds with its leadership, and was one of its pioneer jet pilots. Rising to the command of two fighter wings, Olds is regarded among aviation historians, and his peers, as the best wing commander of the Vietnam War, for both his air-fighting skills, and his reputation as a combat leader.

Olds was promoted to brigadier general after returning from Vietnam but did not hold another major command. The remainder of his career was spent in non-operational positions, as Commandant of Cadets at the United States Air Force Academy and as an official in the Air Force Inspector General‘s Office. His inability to rise higher as a general officer is attributed to both his maverick views and his penchant for drinking.

Olds had a highly publicized career and life, including marriage to Hollywood actress Ella Raines. As a young man he was also recognized for his athletic prowess in both high school and college, being named an All-American as a lineman in college football.

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Webmaster Comments: Sites of Interest

Retiree News receives emails requesting information about organizations who support the military, especially retirees.

The Air Force Retiree Services website provides a list of websites which might assist retirees seeking information.

This page from the Air Force Retiree Services website:

The following is a list of internet sites that may be of interest to members of the Air Force retiree community. New sites are added if and when a determination is made that the information contained may prove beneficial to the intended Air Force retiree audience; however, the appearance of and hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the U.S. Air Force of these web sites or the information, products or services contained therein. 

Air Force officials do not exercise any editorial control over information found at web sites not officially affiliated with the U.S. Air Force. To visit a respective Web site, just click on the organization/agency name.

Air Force Association (AFA)

Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA)

Air Force Women Officers Associated (AFWOA)

America Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

American Veterans (AMVETS)

Disabled American Veterans (DAV)

Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS)

Gold Star Wives of America, Inc 

Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)

Military Order of the Purple Heart

National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS)

National Military Families Association (NMFA) 

Non Commissioned Officers Association of the United States of America (NCOA)

Reserve Officers Association (ROA)

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) 

Check Six: The Evolution of the Army Uniform

From the Department of Defense website

Since the U.S. Army’s founding on June 14, 1775, its uniforms have evolved to match military tactics and technology – with warfighters constantly equipped with gear that increases survivability, mobility and lethality.

Scroll the interactive display to see how the uniform has changed over time.

What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease?

From the Medical News Today website

Image from the Sinai Health website

Dementia describes a set of symptoms that broadly affect a person’s cognitive functioning. Depending on the type and cause, dementia can affect someone’s:

* memory

* thinking and focus

* problem solving abilities

* language use

* visual perception

Alzheimer’s disease is a specific type of dementia. It involves progressive damage to brain cells, resulting in a loss of memory and a decline in other aspects of thinking.

This article looks at the types of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease more specifically, and the symptoms and treatment options associated with both.

Taps: Leonard Tam

Leonard K.H. Tam, 77, of Kaneohe, died in Kaneohe on August 24, 2021. He was born in Hawaii. Private service held.

This obituary is probably for the Leonard Tam who served in the 154th Wing for many years. t

The Honolulu Star Advertiser has chosen not to list more than basic information in their obituaries.  Unless the family buys a “family placed obituary”, there is no information about survivors, where the individual worked or where services are scheduled. See:

Check Six – 2009: Last 2 F-15 Eagles Leave for the Boneyard

On September 22, 2009, the 154th Wing hosted ceremony to honor the last two McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagles leaving the Hawai‘i Air National Guard flightline. They were aircraft 77-074 and 76-032. Maj. Kristoff “JAG” Sills and Lt. Col. Mark “Odie” Ladtkow had the honor of flying the HIANG’s last two F-15As to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona where they will be retired. The 199th Fighter Squadron had flown F-15 Eagles since 1987.

Inheriting an individual retirement account? Here’s how to avoid a tax bomb

From the CNBC website

An inherited Individual Retirement Account (IRA) is an account that is opened when an individual inherits an IRA or employer-sponsored retirement plan after the original owner dies. The individual inheriting the IRA (the beneficiary) may be anyone—a spouse, relative, or unrelated party or entity (estate or trust). An inherited IRA is also known as a “beneficiary IRA.”

While inheriting money is typically a good thing, newer individual retirement account rules may leave some heirs with a smaller windfall.

Thanks to the Secure Act of 2019, certain heirs now have less time to take IRA withdrawals. The law stopped the so-called stretch IRA, which allowed non-spouse beneficiaries to “stretch” distributions over their lifetime.

The new law, applying to IRAs inherited on Jan. 1, 2020, or after, requires some heirs to deplete accounts within 10 years and they may owe levies on distributions, known as the “10-year rule.” 

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Check Six: September 1980 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 1980 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue. This issue includes the following stories:

* NGB Generals visit the Hawaii Air National Guard

* New C-7 Caribou on it’s way

* 154th Resource Management Squadron news

* CAM Sq. News and Views: lots of familiar names

* Sports News

Review the entire the September 1980 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue

Heart Palpitations

From the WebMD website

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Heart palpitations every now and then are common and usually harmless, but occasionally they can be a sign of a health emergency. When you should seek medical attention right away!

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204th Airlift Squadron Continues to Train for Contingency Rescue Operations

Off the Hawaii Air National Guard Facebook page

U.S. Air Force photograph

It takes world-class training to recover astronauts who are stranded in the middle of the ocean; and is why the 204th Airlift Squadron Pueos spent the past week teaming up with our rescue counterparts from the 129th Rescue Wing to execute a ‘Full Mission Profile’ out of Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif.

The training entailed a series of airdrops, flown by 204th Airlift Squadron C-17 operators, and an academic conference that helped further their Tactics, Techniques and Procedures that could be applied toward a contingency rescue operation for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

Key personnel from NASA’s Human Space flight contingency programs in Johnson Space Center, Texas, attended to help administer the academics, develop best practices, facilitate the FMP and report the progress achieved for operations to come.

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