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Kaufman takes command of 154th Maintenance Squadron

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Lt Col Henry Kaufman became the commander of the 154th Maintenance Squadron (154 MXS) during a change of command ceremony held August 6, 2017. Colonel Joseph Harris, commander, 154th Maintenance Group officiated the ceremony held at at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Kaufman takes command from Lt Col Zachary Chang.

As the commander of the 154 MXS, Kaufman is responsible for the maintenance of the 154th Wing’s F-22 Raptor, KC-135 Stratotanker, and C-17 Globemaster III aircraft, in partnership with active duty counterparts from the 15th Wing.

Kaufman is a Traditional Guardmember who works for the Federal government.

Hawaii Air National Guard photos by Senior Airman Orlando Corpuz

If a Nuclear Bomb Explodes Nearby, Never, Ever Get in a Car

From the website

The first thing you’d see if a nuclear bomb exploded nearby is a flood of light so bright, you may think the sun blew up.

Wincing from temporary blindness, you’d scan the horizon and see an orange fireball. The gurgling flames would rise and darken into a purple-hued column of black smoke, which would turn in on itself. As a toadstool-like mushroom took shape, the deafening shock front of the blast would rip through the area — and possibly knock you off your feet.

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VA staffing new White House VA Hotline Principally with Veterans

Last week, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced that the two-month pilot phase of the new White House VA Hotline that began in June has demonstrated that Veterans calling the hotline respond best when their calls are answered by fellow Veterans and others with first-hand experience on their issues.

As a result, VA announced that it will target highly qualified Veterans to staff the hotline going forward, instead of contracting the service to a third-party vendor, and is hiring additional VA personnel to complete the planned move to a 24-hour operation.

“The message we’ve heard loud and clear is Veterans want to talk to other Veterans to help them solve problems and get VA services,” said VA Secretary David J. Shulkin. “We’re taking steps to answer that call.”

This decision will delay the full-time stand-up of the 24-hour service by two months, to no later than October 15, in order to ensure the hiring and training processes are complete.

Until that time, the hotline’s current pilot program service is available to receive calls from Veterans from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

Brig Gen Osserman receives AF Distinguished Service Medal

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During the August UTA weekend, Brig Gen Ryan Okuhara presented Brig Gen Stanley Osserman, Retired, his Air Force Distinguished Service Medal.

Although Osserman retired in 2014, his medal nomination package became victim to personnel system. Through the hard work of several staff members, the package was revived and approved.

Among the retirees present were Kathleen Berg, Braden “Mongo” Sakai and his wife Momi, Erik Wong and Galen Yoshimoto.

Great photos by TSgt Andrew Jackson

Can Artificial Sweeteners Affect Your Diabetes Risk?

From the everyday Health website

Those stevia and sucralose packets may help sweeten your coffee without adding to your carb count, but could they be sneakily hurting your health as well? A new review, published in July 2017 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, suggests they might be.

Researchers at the University of Manitoba looked at 37 studies on artificial sweeteners published between 1979 and 2016, which included more than 400,000 participants combined.

The results?

New Registered Readers 17.08.14

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After you compete this short registration process, you get a notification email every time there is a new posting. The email has a quick teaser of the posting, along with tags that indicate how the posting relates to special topics/areas. There is a direct link to the website (Read more of this post)

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How Peter Thiel’s Secretive Data Company Pushed Into Policing

From the Wired Magazine website

When Sergeant Lee DeBrabander marked a case confidential in the Long Beach drug squad’s Palantir data analysis system in November 2014, he expected key details to remain hidden from unauthorized users’ eyes. In police work, this can be crucial—a matter of life and death, even. It often involves protecting vulnerable witnesses, keeping upcoming operations hush hush, or protecting a fellow police officer who’s working undercover.

You’ll be hearing more about Palantir as this story breaks nationally. “As police used Palantir more and more widely, the likelihood of screwups and misuse multiplied,” and it can affect you and your family.

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Off Track: 12 Little Known Facts about Left Handers

From the everyday Health website

There’s no denying it. Left-handers are the odd ones out.

Sure, lefties make up about 10 percent of the population — but, frankly, it seems like society has forgotten about them. Just condsider all of the right-handed gadgets, awkwardly designed desks, and cooking tools that fit comfortably only in your right hand.

What causes someone to become a southpaw? Scientists aren’t exactly sure, but research points to a complex collaboration between genes and environment. While no exact set of “leftie genes” have been discovered, people who dominantly use their left hands do have more left-handed family members. And researchers have found different brain wirings in righties vs. lefties.

But no matter what it is that drives someone to use their antipodal paw, science has also uncovered a particular set of personality traits that left-handed people tend to have. So for all of you lefties, leftie-loving righties, and ambidextrous folks out there — it’s time to brush up on your left-handed knowledge and help put an end to leftie discrimination once and for all.

4 Necessities of a Happy Retirement

From the U.S. News & World Report website

Many people worry about whether they will have enough money to live in retirement. It can be difficult to determine exactly how much you need to save to live the retirement you desire. But money is not the only thing you need to retire well.

Here are four things more essential to retirement than having lots of money

Kūkā‘ilimoku: August 2017

Kukailimoku masthead

The 32-page August issue of the Kūkā‘ilimoku, the newsletter of the 154th Wing features:

+ Lifting bosses
+ 292 CBCS
+ Shield Heraldry
+ Plus more!

August 2017 Kūkā‘ilimoku

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

2d Lt Justin Leong
MSgt Betty Squatrito-Martin
MSgt Misti Bicoy

TSgt Alison Bruce-Maldonado
SSgt James Ro

SrA Orlando Corpuz
A1C Robert Cabuco

To Help Ward Off Alzheimer’s, Think Before You Eat

From the Kaiser Health News website

Diets designed to boost brain health, targeted largely at older adults, are a new, noteworthy development in the field of nutrition.

The latest version is the Canadian Brain Health Food Guide, created by scientists in Toronto. Another, the MIND diet, comes from experts at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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4 Financial Milestones to Reach Before You Retire

From the Motley Fool website

Retirement is a period to look forward to for a countless number of working Americans, but it can be a financially stressful time, as well. No matter when you choose to retire,

Here are a few money-related milestones you should aim to hit first

As always with Motley Fool articles, the last paragraph, “The $16,122 Social Security bonus most retirees completely overlook” is a lead in advertisement.

Check Six: F-4 Era Aircrews – 40+ years ago

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Retiree News sent this photograph to Richard Hasting to confirm individuals and other information. The photograph shows (L-R) Les Obrien, Gerald Sada, Lawrence Cabrinha, Dick Hastings and Tai Hong. His comments:

That’s Les Obrien on the left. He was one of our Air Force Adviser for Weapon Systems Officers (WSOs). He left around 1980. The picture looks like it was taken at the alert pad but I don’t know why. Les would not be on alert. (because he was an active duty officer)

The then 154th Composite Group flew the F-4C Phantom II from 1976 to 1987. This photograph was taken somewhere between 1976 and 1980. We suspect it is closer to 1976 because Gerry Sada appears to have a “Deuce” patch on his right shoulder.

Senators’ Face Fight to Increase TRICARE Fees

From the website

The Congressional Budget Office, in estimating the impact of key provisions in House and Senate defense authorization bills for fiscal 2018, also spotlights the higher out-of-pocket costs that military folks would face if various Senate-devised personnel initiatives survive negotiations with the House to shape a final bill.

On health care, for example, Senators propose that TRICARE beneficiaries face higher co-pays for drug prescriptions not filled on base. Also, with removal of simple “grandfathering” language, current retirees, and currently-serving members who eventually retire, would see higher TRICARE fees and deductibles.

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