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Free Admission: Pacific Aviation Museum

From the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor Twitter feed

Happy Birthday @USNationalGuard! We’re celebrating by offering FREE admission all weekend (Saturday 12/16 & Sunday 12/17). Entrance fees are waived for National Guard active-duty, retirees, and dependents at all #PearlHarbor Historic Sites. – at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

Check Six: Hq 201 CCG – 31 years ago

In the 1980s, the Hawaii Air National Guard purchased CPT word processors for the unit support functions. The CPT system used two 8-inch floppy diskette drives and were used for several years before the first computers – Zenith Z-100s – arrived.

This 1986 photograph has Katherine Asato and Roberta Akana working on their CPT machine. Both Kathy and Robbie retired after long fulltime careers.

Five Reasons to Celebrate Coffee

From the everyday Health website

If you’re like me, you look forward to that java jump-start each morning. Until then I clatter around the kitchen in a morning fog and chuckle about “being out of it.” That fog is a sign of caffeine withdrawal and addic­tion. Is it OK to be so coffee dependent?

For years, doctors told us that coffee wasn’t good for us and tried to get us to quit or switch to decaf. However, recent research tells us to fill up our cups!

And, check out these benefits of the hot stuff:

DFAS Quarterly Newsletter: December 2017

Review the 4th Quarter Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) Newsletter for your information and planning.

Ensure you read it, as there are changes that are noted in the Directors article regarding SBP premiums.

4Qtr DFAS Newsletter

Thanks to MSG Lelanya Watson, who forwarded this information to Retiree News.

Check Six: Franco Harris Visits – 12 years ago

On March 20, 2005, National Football League Hall of Fame member Franco Harris visited the 154th Wing. He was the guest of MG Robert G.F. Lee, the Adjutant General. Just before leaving the Wing campus, he graciously agreed to a photograph with some members of the 154th Mission Support Group.

In the photograph (L-R): Arthur “Kaipo” Sing, Carol Togami, Franco Harris, Glenda Buis, Mark Claiborne.

VA Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) for 2018

From the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website

Compensation rates are in two categories, depending on the date of the veteran’s death.

If the veteran’s death was on or after January 1, 1993:
effective 12/1/17 the Basic Monthly Rate = $1,283.11 (38 U.S.C. 1311(a)(1))

Additional Allowances:

a. Add $272.46 if at the time of the veteran’s death, the veteran was in receipt of or entitled to receive compensation for a service-connected disability rated totally disabling (including a rating based on individual unemployability) for a continuous period of at least 8 years immediately preceding death AND the surviving spouse was married to the veteran for those same 8 years. (38 U.S.C. 1311(a)(2))

b. Add the following allowance for each dependent child under age 18: *

Effective 12/1/17 $317.87 per child (38 U.S.C. 1311(b))

c. If the surviving spouse is entitled to A&A, add $317.87. (38 U.S.C. 1311(c))

d. If the surviving spouse is entitled to Housebound, add $148.91 (38 U.S.C. 1311(d))

e. If the surviving spouse has one or more children under the age 18 on the award, add the 2-year transitional benefit of $270.00 (NO CHANGE EFFECTIVE 12/01/2017) (38 U.S.C. 1311(f)(4)

**DIC apportionment rates approved by the Under Secretary for Benefits under 38 CFR 3.461(b) will be the additional allowance received for each child.

If the veteran’s death was before January 1, 1993:
go to for the rate charts.

Thanks to MSG Lelanya Watson, who forwarded this information to Retiree News.

The Wired Guide to Digital Security

From the Wired Magazine website

In an age of nonstop breaches and hacks, getting a handle on your own digital security matters more than ever. But everyone has their own threat model—a set of concerns unique to themselves. The average smartphone user doesn’t need to know what a Faraday cage is; an NSA contractor probably already has a good grasp of security basics. (Or … do they?)

In this guide, we’ve included a few ways to improve your online security posture


Happy 381st Birthday to the National Guard

Laura Soares becomes the HING’s First Female AGR Colonel

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Congratulations to the Hawaii National Guard’s newest colonel, Laura Soares!

On December 5, 2017, MG Arthur “Joe” Logan administering the oath of office in a small private ceremony in his office. Her promotion is retroactive to September 25, 2017. Colonel Soares is the first Active Guard Reserve (AGR) colonel is the Hawaii National Guard.

Colonel Soares has served in many positions in her Hawaii Army National Guard career. She is currently the Human Resources Officer (federal) for the Hawaii National Guard.


10 Superfoods for Heart Health

From the everyday Health website

Although superfoods have been around for a long time, it’s only recently that researchers have documented their benefits for those with high cholesterol or heart disease. Elisabetta Politi, RD, CDE, nutrition director at the Duke Diet and Fitness Center in Durham, North Carolina, says, “Nutrition is an evolving science, and it’s really good to keep our minds open.”

Certain superfoods are great for keeping your heart healthy while others are not. Some can help lower cholesterol, reduce inflammation, and slow the formation of plaque — to prevent heart disease. But some, taken in large doses, can actually aggravate a heart condition or interact with heart medication.

Find out which superfoods are good for your heart and which to view with caution.

Considering long-term care coverage? Here’s a reality check

From the CNBC website

As more people are thinking about long-term care planning for their elder years, the industry is responding with ever more options.

However, complete coverage may be out of reach for most people. Younger generations are taking notice, whether to encourage their parents to prepare for possible late-life infirmities or to make preparations for themselves earlier in their own lives.

Consider these things

Check Six: Hickam Field 1935 – 82 years ago

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In 1934, the Army Air Corps saw the need for another airfield in Hawaii when Luke Field on Ford Island became too congested for both air operations and operation of the Hawaiian Air Depot. 2,225 acres (9.00 km2) of land and fishponds adjacent to John Rodgers Airport and Fort Kamehameha were purchased by the War Department from the Bishop, Damon and Queen Emma estates for a new air depot and air base at a cost of $1,095,543.78. (Wikipedia)

The new airfield was dedicated on 31 May 1935 and named in honor of Lt Col Horace Meek Hickam, a distinguished aviation pioneer who was killed in an aircraft accident the previous November 5 when his Curtiss A-12 Shrike, 33-250, hit an obstruction during night landing practice on the unlighted field at Fort Crockett in Galveston, Texas and overturned. (Wikipedia)

The base is known for its Art Deco design including the front gate pictured above.

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AAA finds most senior drivers lack simple devices for improving safety

From the CBS News website

Almost 90 percent of senior citizens fail to make simple adjustments to their vehicles to improve safety while driving and extend their time behind the wheel, according to a new report from the American Automobile Association (AAA).

The organizations’s Foundation for Traffic Safety said drivers who are 65 and older are more than twice as likely to be killed when in a car crash compared to younger motorists. However, a survey of senior drivers found that the overwhelming majority did not take advantage of inexpensive adjustments and vehicle features that can significantly improve safety.

AAA looked at a dozen vehicle modifications that it says can keep seniors safer on roads. It recommends the following inexpensive devices for senior drivers:

Older Adults: 4 Things to Consider When Care Planning

From the U.S. News & World Report website

As a clinical social worker and care coordinator at Montefiore Health System’s Center for the Aging Brain, I’ve learned that older adults face similar barriers when it comes to navigating health care. Many predict that by the year 2030, the amount of older American’s will double and account for a significant amount of our population. As this population continues to grow, it’s important that caregivers are aware of some common issues faced by older adults to ensure their loved ones receive the best care.

Here are things to consider when planning for care.