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Check Six: New NGB Senior Enlisted Leader Named – 10 years ago

From the dvids website

Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Denise Jelinski-Hall, the new senior enlisted leader assigned to the Office of the Chief, National Guard Bureau, is seen at the 2009 Joint Senior Leadership Conference at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, November 19, 2009, moments after Air Force General Craig McKinley announced her appointment.

The third senior enlisted leader to the CNGB, Jelinski-Hall is the first Air Guard member and the first woman to fill the role.

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4 Strategies to Cut Your Taxes in Retirement

From the Kiplinger website

Many people — some with retirement plans already in place — have no idea what their spending will look like in retirement.

Why is this important? Because if you don’t know how much you’re planning to spend in retirement, you don’t know how much income you’ll need to cover those expenses. And if you don’t know those two key pieces of information, any retirement plan that you have isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on. It’s impossible to aim if you don’t know where the target is.

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The Value of Pet Ownership for Older Adults

From the U.S. News & World Report website

October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals sponsors this event to promote the adoption of dogs from local shelters. Approximately 3.3 million dogs enter shelters every year.

Owning a pet seems like a good idea, especially for isolated seniors. Let’s go one better: Owning a dog may help you maintain a healthy heart, especially if that pet is a dog, according to a new study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings: Innovations, Quality & Outcomes. “In general, people who owned any pet were more likely to report more physical activity, better diet and blood sugar at ideal level,” says Andrea Maugeri, a study researcher. “The greatest benefits from having a pet were for those who owned a dog, independent of their age, sex and education level.”

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Check Six: AMS Graduation – 16 years ago

L-R: Sean Lockerman, Troy Unebasami, “Kula” Cummings, Regina Komine, Matthew Masuyama, “Kalei” Hoopai, Dane Minami – Personnel photograph used with permission

On April 18, 2003, the Air National Guard’s Academy of Military Science graduated 114 lieutenants in AMS Class 0-2003-3. The class had 28 women and 86 men – 91 ANG members, and 23 Air Force Reserve members. Twenty five were headed to pilot training, six to navigator training, and 83 would serve as support officers.

Seven class members were Hawaii Air National Guard members, the most from Hawaii in AMS history. Dane Minami provided the photograph above showing the Hawaii Seven the day before graduation. 

It has been 16 years and Retiree News wanted to update the status of these seven officers.

How to Reduce Taxable RMDs and Improve Your Retirement Income Plan at the Same Time

From the Kiplinger website

Adding annuity payments to your IRA withdrawals could save on taxes and help ensure a stable cash flow throughout your retirement. With that in mind, here’s a QLAC strategy to consider.

A reporter called me to ask whether investing in a QLAC would reduce a retiree’s RMDs and the tax that must be paid on them. (Regulations demand that you begin taking these required minimum distributions — and pay taxes on them — from your 401(k) or IRA beginning at age 70½.)

The short answer is yes.

The complete answer is, think about the QLAC decision as part of a broader consideration of your retirement finances.

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Parkinson’s: New treatment approach shows promise in brain cells

From the Medical News Today website

Off the Medical News Today website

New research shows that an innovative strategy for treating Parkinson’s disease has proven successful in neurons derived from people living with the condition.

Dr. Dimitri Krainc, chair of neurology and director of the Center for Neurogenetics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL, is the last and corresponding author of the study, which appears in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative condition affecting more than 1 million people in the United States and 4 million adults or more across the world.

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Check Six: Hawai‘i Then and Now: Portraits of O‘ahu’s Past

From the Honolulu Magazine website

Time tinkers with our perspective. That’s partly why looking at vintage photos of familiar places fascinates us, hinting of what has been and what may lie ahead. We visited the Hawai‘i State Archives, the Hawai‘i State Library and the Bishop Museum Archives. We pored through our own images from the past, including a cache of old photos kindly donated by a former Honolulu resident. (More about her later.) We sought uncommon photos that gave us enough specific clues that we could return to shoot the same place in 2018.

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Google Is Slurping Up Health Data—and It Looks Totally Legal

From the Wired Magazine website

Tech giants can access all of your personal medical details under existing health privacy laws. The question is how else that data might get used.

Last week, when Google gobbled up Fitbit in a $2.1 billion acquisition, the talk was mostly about what the company would do with all that wrist-jingling and power-walking data. It’s no secret that Google’s parent, Alphabet—along with fellow giants Apple and Facebook—is on an aggressive hunt for health data. But it turns out there’s a cheaper way to get access to it: Teaming up with health care providers.

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When Caring For A Sick Spouse Shakes a Marriage To The Core

From the Kaiser Health News website

For a dozen years, Larry Bocchiere, 68, didn’t find it especially difficult to care for his wife, Deborah, who struggled with breathing problems. But as her illness took a downward turn, he became overwhelmed by stress.

For a dozen years, Larry Bocchiere, 68, didn’t find it especially difficult to care for his wife, Deborah, who struggled with breathing problems. But as her illness took a downward turn, he became overwhelmed by stress.

“I was constantly on guard for any change in her breathing. If she moved during the night, I’d jump up and see if something was wrong,” he said recently in a phone conversation.  “It’s the kind of alertness to threat that a combat soldier feels. I don’t think I got a good night’s sleep for five years. I gained 150 pounds.”

As her chronic obstructive pulmonary disease worsened and heart failure set in, Deborah was taking 24 medications each day and rushing to the hospital every few weeks for emergency treatments.

“Toward the end, I couldn’t stay in the same room with her for too long because I couldn’t stand to watch her being so sick,” Bocchiere said. His wife died in 2013.

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Check Six: The Royal Guard in 1964 – 55 years ago

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser recently posted this photograph as part of their “Back in the Day” daily series of old photographs. The photograph was originally published on November 17, 1964 and the caption was:

The Royal Guard of monarchy days stands inspection outside Iolani Palace on the first anniversary of the resurrection of the Guard by members of the Hawaii Air National Guard. Governor John A. Burns, front, reviews the troops. The uniforms are the same as those worn in monarchy days, and all commands are given in Hawaiian.

The reviewing party is led by Governor John A. Burns, followed by Kapena Moku Theodore Hussey, Maj Gen Robert Stevenson, Brig Gen Valentine Siefermann. Royal Guard members in line (L-R) are: Anthony BissenGeorge WelaPaul KealohaCalvin MannLester Ing, and Samuel Saffery.

Colonel Walter “Papa” Judd, a Hawaii Air National Guard member, organized the current Royal Guard in 1962. The unit made its first public appearance on November 16, 1963 at Iolani Palace to commemorate King David Kalakaua’s birthday. The unit has posted the guard at the palace every year since.

More about Governor Burns
More about General Stevenson
More about General Siefermann
More about Papa Judd

Thanks to Randall Lum for identification of the Royal Guard members.

What to Know if You Get Sick or Injured on a Cruise

From the nextavenue website

Royal Caribbean’s gargantuan Oasis of the Seas boasts four outdoor pools and an 82-foot zip line and made quite a splash shortly after its 2014 refurbishment when it added the first Tiffany & Co. boutique at sea.

But in January 2019, the cruise ship, which bills itself one of the world’s largest, produced less cheerful news: Hundreds of passengers fell ill from the highly contagious norovirus stomach flu.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 561 passengers and 31 crew members were treated for the ultra-contagious gastrointestinal illness on a cruise out of Port Canaveral, Fla. That’s more than the total number of passengers who fell ill from the norovirus on every cruise that set sail in 2018, the CDC said.

It could have been worse. As miserable as norovirus is, passengers sometimes face more serious crises at sea. In fact, most cruise ships have morgues on board as well as medical centers. Last year, 189 deaths were reported on cruises, according to CDC data provided to Kaiser Health News.

POW/MIA flag to fly at federal sites year round

From the Military Times website

Prominent federal buildings and national war memorials will now fly the iconic POW/MIA flag alongside the American flag throughout the year thanks to legislation signed into law Thursday.

The proposal, passed without objection in the House last month and the Senate earlier this year, is designed to help highlight the continued sacrifice of military families whose loved ones are still unaccounted for overseas, estimated at about 82,000 individuals. President Donald Trump finalized the measure on Thursday night.

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Check Six: Fort DeRussy

From the Images of Old Hawaii website

The Artillery District of Honolulu was established in 1909 and consisted of Forts Ruger, DeRussy, Kamehameha and Armstrong.  The District was renamed Headquarters Coast Defenses of Oahu sometime between 1911 – 1913.

Battery Randolph within Fort DeRussy was built between 1909 and 1911 and gained international, national, state and local significance at a time when British, French, Russian, German and even the Japanese had ships in the Pacific, and were expressing interest in Hawai‘i.

The Army mission in Hawai‘i was defined as “the defense of Pearl Harbor Naval Base against damage from naval or aerial bombardment or by enemy sympathizers and attack by enemy expeditionary force or forces, supported or unsupported by an enemy fleet or fleets.”

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Estate planning: 6 steps to ensure your family is financially ready for when you die

From the USA Today website

When Vivian Young and her then-husband took their first vacation without the kids, the need for estate planning struck them like a jolt.

“I started thinking about worst-case scenarios,” says Young, now 64, of Los Angeles.

Worried about who would take care of the children if something were to happen to them, they found an attorney who quickly drew up a will.

Over the years, Young’s estate plan evolved when her life changed, such as when she divorced and when her children turned 18. Putting off planning can be tempting, she admits, “but there are consequences.”

More than half of Americans will learn those consequences first hand, as only 42 percent have a will or other estate planning documents, according to a 2017 study. Among parents of children under 18, only 36 percent have created a will.

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