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Check Six: Three Air Guard Generals – 8 years ago

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This photograph show three Hawaiian Air National Guard generals – Joseph Kim, Stanley “Ossum” Osserman, and Edwin “Skip” Vincent. This photograph was taken on January 29, 2010, just prior to the start of General Vincent’s retirement ceremony at the Missing Man Formation in front of the Hickam Officers’ Club.

Why Do I Sweat in My Sleep?

From the Huffington Post website

Are you waking up after perspiring in the middle of the night? Finding your sheets or pajamas soaked in the morning? Don’t sweat it. You’re not the only one.

“Night sweats are a common symptom that we see a lot in the primary care setting,” said Lindy Chavez, a family medicine nurse practitioner at Dignity Health Medical Group in Camarillo, California.

Untreated, excessive sweating can be frustrating. But experts say that there are some underlying causes of sweating excessively in the night, many of which can be dealt with.

Here are a few reasons why you may be sweating at night, plus what you can do about them.

Air Force wants to house three F-35 squadrons at rebuilt Tyndall, move Raptors permanently

From the Military Times website

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Nearly two months after Hurricane Michael devastated Tyndall Air Force Base in Northern Florida, the Air Force on Friday said it wants to rebuild the installation — so it can station three squadrons of F-35 fighters there.

But the change in plans, if approved, would mean operational F-22 Raptors from the 95th Fighter Squadron would not return to Tyndall.

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154 LRS Airmen Support the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program

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Airmen from the Hawai’i Air National Guard’s (HIANG) 154th Logistic Readiness Squadron (LRS), volunteered at The Salvation Army Angel Tree located in Pearlridge Mall (Uptown), on December 3, 2018. The logistics airmen volunteered from 9:00 am to 6:00 PM working in shifts, covering 9 hours on Monday.

The Angel Tree program runs every holiday season to provide underprivileged children and seniors with gifts for Christmas. Last year, The Salvation Army provided over 20,000 gifts to keiki and kupuna. With the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree, you can brighten up the holidays for someone in need in your community.

LRS personnel supporting this volunteer event were:

* First Shift

SSgt Troy Egloria (POL) petroleum, oil & lubricant ground refueler
TSgt Andrew Acosta (POL)
TSgt Jeremiah Kamikawa (POL)
SSgt Jasmin May-Taparra, customer service liaison
MSgt George Demesillo, training manager & unit deployment manager

* Second Shift

TSgt Rodolfo Fabro, (POL)
SrA Christopher Dela Cruz, (POL)
MSgt Ashley Mooney, supply customer service NCOIC
SMSgt Cindy Jackson, operation compliance NCO
Ms. Jennifer Smith, Lockheed Martin LRS Representative

* Third shift

MSgt Brandon Mooney, logistics planner
SMSgt Margaret Soon, (POL) superintendent
Sgt Pataray Dillan, (POL)
SrA Kathryn Bayudan, customer service liaison

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For more information about the Salvation Army Angel Tree program, visit: http://hawaii.salvationarmy.org/hawaii/angeltree. The Salvation Army Angel Tree program accepts gifts and donations for children, adults and families in need.

The 13 Best Retirement Cruises for Seniors

From the Reader’s Digest

With onboard activities, nearly unlimited amounts of food, and gorgeous ports, cruising is a very popular and convenient choice for seniors. Whether it’s checking an adventure off a bucket list or relaxing on a deck chair, below are some of the best choices for retirees.

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5 Smart Money Moves for 2019

From the Consumer Reports website

A few simple steps can increase your savings, protect you from fraud, and help you prosper.

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Taps: Wallace “Wally” Takasane

Wallace Haruichi Takasane, 80, of Honolulu, Hawaii passed away on November 20, 2018. He was born in Honolulu, and was the first of four children to Jiro and Kikue Takasane. Wallace graduated from Kaimuki High School.

He then joined and proudly served in the United States Air Force from December 1956 to February 1961 and attained the rank of Master Sergeant. Wallace retired in 1994 from the Hawaii Air National Guard after serving 32 years as an aircraft mechanic.

He lived in Honolulu with his wife, Georgia Takasane. Wallace enjoyed fishing, bowling, and golf. He will be deeply missed and his memory will be forever cherished.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Diamond Head Mortuary on December 13, 2018. Visitation will be 5:30 pm with services to begin at 6:30 pm. Inurnment private.

HQ HIANG Holiday Party 2018

The Headquarters, Hawaii Air National Guard held its annual Holiday Party. Hosted by the HIANG Commander, Brig Gen Ryan Okahara, invitees included current, former and retired members of the HIANG staff. Several cadets from the current Youth Challenge Academy class assisted with the setup and serving the food.

Check out the photographs – some old friends were there.

How to know when it’s time to give up the car keys

From the Dallas News website

Deciding when to turn in the car keys is a difficult choice. Seniors justifiably want to be independent, and those who love them recognize that at a certain stage, their safety is at risk.

The road to the decision to give up driving has lots of detours, and families will go through different stages as they assess their loved ones’ abilities to stay behind the wheel.

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Who’s at Risk and What to Know

From the U.S. News & World Report website

What do snoring, daytime sleepiness and mood changes have in common? They’re all signs of obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA – a common but grossly under-recognized sleep disorder.

What Is OSA? OSA is a potentially serious sleep disorder that causes breathing to stop and start repeatedly, sometimes hundreds of times during the night. Normally, throat muscles hold the airway open, allowing you to breathe during sleep. During an apnea episode the airway collapses, causing the diaphragm and chest wall muscles to work harder to open it. Breathing usually resumes with a loud snore, gasp or body jerk, and you may wake up and feel a sensation of choking. These episodes can interfere with sound sleep and reduce the flow of oxygen to vital organs, contributing to daytime sleepiness, fatigue and depressed mood. But that’s not all.

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Hawaii National Guard Unit Crests: Hiki No

A silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Per fess enhanced Argent and Azure in chief a representation of Diamond Head Sable issuant from base overall a Hawaiian warrior holding in dexter hand a spear palewise of the last wearing a feather cloak Or charged with crescents of the third and a feather helmet Gules a border of the like. Attached below the shield a silver scroll inscribed “HIKI NO” in Blue letters.

Scarlet is the color for Artillery organizations. Participation by the unit in the Hawaiian Rebellion of 1895 is indicated by the Diamond Head, where one important engagement occurred. The Hawaiian warrior commemorates the ancient warrior, King Kamehameha I, who founded the Hawaiian Kingdom.

The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 227th Engineer Battalion on 27 July 1962. It was re-designated for the 487th Artillery and amended to change the color of the border on 1 March 1966. The insignia was re-designated for the 487th Field Artillery Regiment on 24 July 1972.


This information was taken from the program for the Wahiawa Armory Memorialization Ceremony. The ceremony recognized COL (Ret) Francis “Miki” A. I. Bowers and the renaming the armory in his honor. The event took place on May 4, 2014.

Previous Retiree News post on Francis “Miki” A. I. Bowers

New Apple Discount Gives Military, Veterans 10 Percent Off

From the Military.com website

A new Apple discount announced this week gives veterans, military members and their immediate families 10 percent off iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches and accessories through a recently released online portal.

In the past, military members could receive up to a 6 percent discount on products through the company’s federal government purchase program. And some Apple products are sold through the base exchange system, where shoppers don’t have to pay sales tax.

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CoQ10: Miracle Supplement or Waste of Money?

From the Everyday Health website

The antioxidant coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is found in most living things and is used by our cells to process energy and function properly. Naturally occurring CoQ10 decreases as we age, and according to the National Institutes of Health, several diseases and genetic disorders are associated with, but not necessarily caused by, low levels of CoQ10, including heart disease and some cancers.

CoQ10 is available as a supplement, but whether or not the supplement improves heart function or other health outcomes is somewhat controversial.

Here’s what you should know about this nutrient — both in its natural and supplement form.

Alfred Preis: The Architect Who Designed the Arizona Memorial

From the Images of Old Hawaii website

U.S. Navy photograph

The USS Arizona Memorial, located at Pearl Harbor, marks the resting place of 1,102 of the 1,177 sailors killed on the USS Arizona during the Attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 by Japanese imperial forces and commemorates the events of that day.

The memorial, which was dedicated in 1962 and spans the sunken hull of the battleship Arizona, without touching it. The memorial visually floats above the water like an out stretched white sail hovering above the waters of the harbor.

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Check Six: The Arizona Memorial Dedication – 55 years ago