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Off Track: Best Buffets in Las Vegas

From the Travel Channel website

Las Vegas isn’t just about the gambling and free drinks; it’s also about food, glorious food … more specifically, the buffets.

We’re not talking soggy corn on the cob and lifeless hunks of mystery meat swimming in gooey gravy buffets.

Vegas has some of the best buffet spreads in the country, each boasting an array of foods that’ll take you on a culinary tour of the world. You can indulge in everything from freshly sliced Kobe beef, nigiri sushi and duck braised with Riesling, to American staples like pizza, barbecue ribs and, yes, even (crisp!) corn on the cob.

The only gamble here is whether to go back for that third plate and risk being wheeled out of the dining room after slipping into a food coma.

With so many buffets to choose from, how do you narrow it down to the best of the best? Follow our hungry lead:

Guard First to Get Army Mobile Pay System

From the NGAUS Washington Report

Army National Guard soldiers will be first to receive the Army’s new smartphone-friendly pay and personnel-management system when it rolls out early next year.

The Integrated Personnel and Pay System will give soldiers more visibility of their personnel records, Col. Gregory Johnson, the IPPS-A’s chief of functional management, told That level of transparency is long overdue, he added.

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Wonder if the Air Force is planning a similar app?

Seniors, Take Steps to Reduce Your Risk of Falling

From the Health Day website

One in four Americans 65 and older falls each year, with some ending up in hospitals or even dying. But new research suggests that it’s possible to avoid some of these serious injuries.

When seniors who are at risk of falling have a prevention plan, they’re less likely to suffer a tumble-related hospitalization, the study found.

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Check Six: Avionics Maintenance NCO – 35+ years ago

Hawaii Air National Guard photograph | click to enlarge

This undated photograph shows Melvyn Taira who served in the Avionics area for many years. Based on the uniform and his master sergeant rank, this photograph was taken in the early eighties during the F-4C Phantom II era. Mel retired as a chief master sergeant.

Belgian Air Force mechanic opens fire by mistake, blows up another F-16

From the Air Force Times website

Scramble Magazine photograph

A mechanic with the Belgian Air Force was servicing an aircraft when he accidentally opened fire on another F-16 jet fighter sitting on the tarmac, destroying it, local media reported this week.

The incident occurred on Belgium’s Florennes Air Force Base Thursday, according to multiple media reports.

Scramble, a Dutch aviation magazine, posted pictures of what appears to be the burned out aircraft Friday. The Belgian Air Force confirmed the aircraft was burned to a husk, but did not confirm how the fire was started.

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5 Ways to Protect Yourself from A Stroke

From the Everyday Health website

Some risk factors for stroke, including your age and family history, can’t be changed.

But there are still many steps you can take to prevent stroke, including getting enough exercise, maintaining a healthy diet, and keeping other risk factors under control.

There are several easy, common-sense ways to prevent a stroke and improve your overall health.

Taps: Benjamin Lara

Benjamin Lara, 85, of Pearl City, Hawaii, died in Kapolei on September 1, 2018. He was born in Honolulu.

Ben served many years in the maintenance complex of the 154th Wing.

Private Services

Retiree News extends heartfelt sympathy to Ben’s family and friends

Check Six: Field Maintenance NCOs

Hawaii Air National Guard photograph | click to enlarge

This undated photograph show two NCOs from the then-Field Maintenance Branch of the 154th Consolidated Maintenance Squadron. Moses Felipe and Kenneth Camara both served as full-time technicians, and retired after long careers.

2018’s States Most Vulnerable to Identity Theft & Fraud

From the WalletHub website

In recent years, many Americans’ personal information has become compromised by big data breaches. In 2018 alone, prominent companies like Adidas, Best Buy, Delta, Kmart, Macy’s and Sears have fallen victim to cybercriminals. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center’s most recent Data Breach Report, between January 1, 2005 and August 31, 2018, there have been 9,395 breaches. That accounts for over 1.1 billion records compromised.

Read on for our findings, tips for protecting your personal information and a full description of our methodology.

10 Amazing Facts About Your Heart

From the Everyday Health website

Your heart isn’t only your most critical muscle — it’s what keeps you alive, after all — but also one of the hardest working. It ticks 24-7 and except for the times when you’re relaxing or sleeping, it rarely gets a break.

Find fascinating facts about your heart that might inspire you to give it a little more TLC every day.

As Seen in Midweek: Galen Yoshimoto

Galen Yoshimoto, Gwen Murashige, Susan Li, Nicholas Sekiya, Mari Yokoi and Judy Sekiya | Tony Grillo photograph

midweek logoParty 4 A Purpose

Honolulu Professionals Foundation welcomed guest to its 10th annual fundraiser, Party 4 A Purpose, at Pomaika‘i Ballrooms. Proceeds supported local organizations Alaka‘ina Foundation and YO! (Youth Outreach), a program operated by Waikīkī Health and Hale Kipa.

Galen Yoshimoto served in the Hawaii Air National Guard in both the 154th Wing and the 201st Combat Communications Group. He enlisted in a aircraft maintenance position and later was commissioned. His last assignment was the Director of Personnel for the 154th Wing.

With 80,000 Flu Deaths Last Season, Experts Urge Vaccination

From the Health Day website

Influenza killed an estimated 80,000 Americans during last winter’s flu season, making it the deadliest season in more than four decades, U.S. health officials reported Thursday.

A particularly virulent flu strain, H3N2, rampaged across the United States during the 2017-2018 season, causing a record number of deaths and hospitalizations, the data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows.

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General Election Day 2018

“America is a country which produces citizens
who will cross the ocean to fight for democracy,
but won’t cross the road to vote”

This year’s general election is on Tuesday November 6, 2018. The State of Hawaii offers voters two early voting opportunities: mail in ballots and early voting locations. Learn more at the Office of Elections website. If not, you can vote on election day at your designated precinct.


The State’s earlier “Get Out to Vote” campaign says it all.

Citizen-Soldier Website Coverage of the Lava Mission

Lava fountains from fissure 8 – shown from June 12, 2018 – build a cinder-and-spatter cone around the fissure’s vent, with the highest part of the cone rising approximately 125 feet high. Image courtesy United States Geological Survey, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

On May 3 of this year, the Hawaiian volcano Kilauea began to once again make its power known. Rivers of crimson bubbling magma began to flow down from its summit, molten rock erupted hundreds of feet into the air, dark clouds of ash billowed 5 miles into the sky and toxic gas that cut down much of what was living nearby spewed from its peak.

Continue reading – good video

Thanks to Jeffrey Hickman for sharing the link to this Citizen-Solider article