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Check Six: January 15, 2009 – 10 years ago

From the This Day in Aviation website

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15 January 2009: At 3:25 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, U.S. Airways Flight 1549 departed from Runway 4 at LaGuardia International Airport (LGA) enroute to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) with a stop at Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT). On board were 150 passengers and 5 crewmembers. The pilot-in-command was Captain Chesley Burnett Sullenberger III, and the co-pilot was First Officer Jeffrey B. Skiles.

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Watch the video recreation of the events here     

Check Six: Hap Arnold “Father of the Air Force” Passes – 69 years ago

From the Air Force Times website

Henry Harley “Hap” Arnold (June 25, 1886 – January 15, 1950) was an American general officer holding the grades of General of the Army and General of the Air Force. Arnold was an aviation pioneer, Chief of the Air Corps (1938–1941), Commanding General of the U.S. Army Air Forces, the only U.S. Air Force general to hold five-star rank, and the only officer to hold a five-star rank in two different U.S. military services. Arnold was also the founder of Project RAND, which evolved into one of the world’s largest non-profit global policy think tanks, the RAND Corporation, and one of the founders of Pan American World Airways. (Wikipeida)

Doctrinaire officers might not have thought to look on campus for help winning wars, but for Henry “Hap” Arnold the leap was logical. As one of the world’s first licensed pilots, trained at the Wright brothers’ own flying school and mindful that might requires science, technology, and solid design and planning, Arnold conceived a vision of America as an air power and, simultaneously balancing immediate needs with the necessity of peering into the future, nurtured a tiny, feeble armed service into an aerial armada capable of winning a world war.

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Earlier Retiree News post on Hap Arnold 

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Taps: Eddie Eiji Tanno

Eddie Eiji Tanno, of Honolulu, passed away on 11/1/18. he was born in Okayama, Japan and was the eldest son of the late Kenneth ‘Speedy’ and Teruko Tanno.

He graduated from Farrington High School and served in the Hawaii National Guard. He worked at Edwards Enterprise and later retired from Kuakini Medical Center.

He is survived by sister Lynette (James) Ikemoto, brother Douglas (Lori), sister Noreen, 6 nieces and nephews, and 4 grandnephews/niece. Services to be held at Oahu Mortuary on Saturday, 1/19/18, casual attire. Visitation 9am, service to follow at 10am. Arrangements Provided By: Oahu Mortuary

Retiree News extends heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends.

Kūkā‘ilimoku: January 2019

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The Kūkā‘ilimoku is the official e-newsletter of the 154th Wing, Hawaii Air National Guard. This 65-page issue is a review of 2018 with great stories and photographs.

January 2019 Issue of the Kūkā‘ilimoku

The 154th Wing Public Affairs Office staff continues to produce a world-class publication. The staff includes:

1st Lt Justin Leong, Public Affairs Officer
MSgt Misti Bicoy

TSgt Alison Bruce-Maldonado
SSgt James Ro

SrA Orlando Corpuz
SrA John Linzmeier
SrA Robert Cabuco
Amn Debra Kwan

154th Wing Public Affairs Office
360 Mamala Bay Drive
JBPHH, Hawaii 96853

Phone: (808) 789-0419

How Credit Card Skimming Works – and How to Avoid It

From the LifeLock website

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If you’re lucky, you’ve never encountered a card skimmer. These small, illegal devices fit on top of real card readers at self-service sale terminals. They’re designed to blend in with the rest of the machine, so they can be tough to spot.

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Committee to Study Health Effects of Malaria Drugs Taken by US Troops

From the website

A National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine committee will conduct a review of the long-term health effects of an anti-malarial drug taken by U.S. troops that has been linked to brain damage and psychiatric disorders.

The committee on January 28 will launch an 18-month study of mefloquine, also known by its brand name, Lariam, and other malaria medications used by military personnel, Peace Corps volunteers and State Department employees over the past several decades.

U.S. troops have taken a variety of medications, including mefloquine, malarone, doxycycline and chloroquine, to prevent malaria in countries where it is prevalent, such as Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Off Track: America’s 50 Best Steakhouses

From the MSN website

From grand Las Vegas carnivore temples helmed by world-famous chefs to old-school Middle-American chophouses where a rib-eye is preceded by a visit to the salad bar, from clubby Chicago dining rooms loaded with mahogany and brass to New York institutions with now-household names, America has no shortage of great steakhouses. These are the 50 best.

To assemble our ranking of the best steakhouses in America, we started by compiling a list of more than 200 of America’s leading steakhouses. We excluded chains with more than a handful of locations, like Capital Grille, Fleming’s, and Smith & Wollensky, as those deserve their own ranking (along with less-expensive steakhouse chains). Ethnic steakhouses, like Brazilian churrascarias, were also left out since they form a category of their own.

We then judged them according to strict criteria: Is the meat sourced reputably and USDA Choice or Prime? Is it dry-aged, and if not, is it as high-quality as can be? Is it served at the proper doneness without fail and with a touch of ceremony? Is it revered by locals and out-of-towners alike? We also considered the overall steakhouse experience. No matter the setting, the service must be top-notch, the attention to detail should be spot-on, and diners should feel compelled to sit back in their chair after their meal, pleasantly stuffed and content in the knowledge that they just ate one heck of a steak.

And the best are:

You only live once: 5 ways to avoid retirement FOMO

From the MarketWatch website

In your various social media feeds, you see your friends and acquaintances visiting family, traveling to exotic locals, eating tantalizing food, driving their new car, attending a coveted cultural event, enjoying their new retirement home.

It is human to succumb to FOMO — the fear of missing out. Here are five ways you can keep FOMO and its financial repercussions at bay.

What to Consider When Aging in Place Looks Uncertain

From the nextavenue website

Seven steps stand between me and aging in place.

For almost eight years, they presented no problem. But after Achilles tendon surgery last September, they were a huge problem. Things got better for me until early April, when I strained the calf muscle on my “good” leg while protecting the leg with the new tendon. Then, the steps became, once again, a huge problem.

“You need a plan for what’s next for you,” my son said as we drove to the Injury Clinic after he had helped me creep down those steps and get into a wheelchair he’d rented.

I live in an apartment I treasure, a place I found by accident the day after I moved to San Francisco eight years ago. Also, because I am not brand new to this expensive city, my rent is well below market value. Many times, I have vowed I will never leave.

Yet now I am pondering moving.

Check Six: Kathleen Berg Promoted to Brigadier General – 14 years ago

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This photograph shows Steven Kamaura, Kathleen Berg, and Stanley Gomes at the Hawaii State Capitol. On August 29, 2005, Kathleen Berg was promoted. to brigadier general, a first in the Hawaii Air National Guard.

Actual pinning ceremony was in the Governor’s Ceremonial Room in the Governor’s Office. Attending were Stephen Berg, the general’s husband, a retired HIANG officer who served with the then-169th Aircraft Control & Warning Squadron. Several of the general’s family members flew in from Illinois for attend the ceremony.

This photograph was taken at the reception that followed. Both Steven and Stan were chief master sergeants assigned to Hq, Hawaii Air National Guard and worked with the general for several years.


10 Ways to Improve Your Retirement Finances in 2019

From the U.S. News & World Report website

Savers have an opportunity to contribute more money to retirement accounts in 2019. Participating in a retirement account can qualify you for tax breaks, make you eligible for valuable employer contributions and allow you to capture stock market gains. The new year is also a good time to take steps to reduce investment costs and fees that erode your returns.

Consider these ways to better prepare for retirement in the new year.

How Much Sleep Do You Really Need Each Night?

From the Everyday Health website

Sure, you’re eating your vegetables and fruits and squeezing in exercise at least 20 minutes a day, but are you getting enough sleep, too? The National Sleep Foundation’s latest sleep recommendations, published March 2015 in the journal Sleep Health, may make you want to think twice about skimping on essential shut-eye.

Sleep is key to your physical health and emotional vitality, but just how many hours of sleep you need depends on your age and stage of development.

Check Six: Two Retired Aircraft Maintainers – 15 years ago

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This photograph show Paul Kealoha and Calvin Yoshimoto in the crowd for the pinning of Peter “Skipper” Pawling to brigadier general. It was November 6, 2004 and the ceremony was held in Building 3400, the old fighter hanger.

In the back row are the four chaplains assigned to the Hawaii Air National Guard at that time – can you name them?