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10 Tips for Managing Time in Retirement

From the U.S. News & World Report

A major benefit of retirement is that you no longer have to punch a time clock. But this can be a mixed blessing. Without the structure of job and family, you might begin to feel disoriented. Perhaps you can’t remember what day of the week it is, or you suddenly realize that a whole year has passed and you have nothing to show for it.

Just because you’re retired doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have some kind of schedule. Remember to build in time for your favorite activities, including hobbies, volunteer work, visiting grandchildren or whatever else you want to accomplish in retirement.

Here are ten tips to manage time without feeling like you are back on the clock.

Print Out Your VA Welcome Kit

From the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website

Whether you’re just getting out of the service or you’ve been a civilian for years now, the VA Welcome Kit can help guide you to the benefits and services you’ve earned.

Based on where you are in life, your VA benefits and services can support you in different ways. Keep your welcome kit handy so you can turn to it throughout your life—like when it’s time to go to school, get a job, buy a house, get health care, retire, or make plans for your care as you age.

Feel free to share this guide with friends or family members who need help with their benefits too. Download your VA Welcome Kit and print out copies for yourself and others:

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Last reviewed on December 4, 2018

Check Six: Flightline Coffee Delivery – 60+ years ago

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Before the Hawaii Air National Guard moved to its current campus in 1960, the operated in Area 65 on Hickam Field. The 199th Fighter Squadron flew the F-47N Thunderbolt (1947–1954) and the F-86E Sabre (1954–1958). coffee was delivered to the flightline maintenance crews. Love the looks of the truck!

CBO Suggests Raising Tricare Fees, Cutting Veteran Benefits to Slash Deficit

From the website

With the federal deficit expected to top $1 trillion this year, the Congressional Budget Office in December published a list of options for reducing the imbalance over the next 10 years, including three suggestions on Tricare and six that address veterans benefits.

In its Options for Reducing the Deficit: 2019 to 2028, the CBO laid out 121 opportunities for curtailing spending and raising revenue. These include raising Tricare enrollment fees for military retirees, instituting enrollment fees for Tricare for Life and reducing veterans benefits.

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Stress, Sadness Really Can Break Your Heart

From the MedMD website

The loss of a spouse. The loss of a pet.

Researchers have confirmed in recent years what people long suspected: Extreme stress can literally break your heart. And as they learn more about the relatively rare condition, they are finding that it’s not only caused by the loss of a loved one. Medical treatments, job loss, and other major life stressors have been linked to the condition.

The syndrome, known medically as takotsubo cardiomyopathy, mainly affects women. While the medical literature on broken heart syndrome is sparse, more cases are coming to light, with additional information about how it happens and how long-term the risks are.

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Check Six: HIANG Commander Briefing – 9 years ago

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On April 14, 2010, Brig Gen Darryll Wong, the then-Commander, Hawaii Air National Guard, hosted a update briefing for all former HIANG commanders. In the photograph, is Allen Mizumoto and Clinton “Church” Churchill.

2020 Budget May Include New F-15s

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How a Government Shutdown Impacts Pay, Benefits

From the website

When the nation slips into a government shutdown, military members are among those to feel the pinch.

How does a shutdown impact military and retiree pay and benefits or payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs?

Although each shutdown situation may be slightly different, guidance issued by the Defense Department tends to be similar with each incident. In January 2018 the DoD issued specific guidance as another shutdown loomed. Here is what they said then: 

Check Six: January 15, 2009 – 10 years ago

From the This Day in Aviation website

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15 January 2009: At 3:25 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, U.S. Airways Flight 1549 departed from Runway 4 at LaGuardia International Airport (LGA) enroute to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) with a stop at Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT). On board were 150 passengers and 5 crewmembers. The pilot-in-command was Captain Chesley Burnett Sullenberger III, and the co-pilot was First Officer Jeffrey B. Skiles.

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Watch the video recreation of the events here     

Check Six: Hap Arnold “Father of the Air Force” Passes – 69 years ago

From the Air Force Times website

Henry Harley “Hap” Arnold (June 25, 1886 – January 15, 1950) was an American general officer holding the grades of General of the Army and General of the Air Force. Arnold was an aviation pioneer, Chief of the Air Corps (1938–1941), Commanding General of the U.S. Army Air Forces, the only U.S. Air Force general to hold five-star rank, and the only officer to hold a five-star rank in two different U.S. military services. Arnold was also the founder of Project RAND, which evolved into one of the world’s largest non-profit global policy think tanks, the RAND Corporation, and one of the founders of Pan American World Airways. (Wikipeida)

Doctrinaire officers might not have thought to look on campus for help winning wars, but for Henry “Hap” Arnold the leap was logical. As one of the world’s first licensed pilots, trained at the Wright brothers’ own flying school and mindful that might requires science, technology, and solid design and planning, Arnold conceived a vision of America as an air power and, simultaneously balancing immediate needs with the necessity of peering into the future, nurtured a tiny, feeble armed service into an aerial armada capable of winning a world war.

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Earlier Retiree News post on Hap Arnold 

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Taps: Eddie Eiji Tanno

Eddie Eiji Tanno, of Honolulu, passed away on 11/1/18. he was born in Okayama, Japan and was the eldest son of the late Kenneth ‘Speedy’ and Teruko Tanno.

He graduated from Farrington High School and served in the Hawaii National Guard. He worked at Edwards Enterprise and later retired from Kuakini Medical Center.

He is survived by sister Lynette (James) Ikemoto, brother Douglas (Lori), sister Noreen, 6 nieces and nephews, and 4 grandnephews/niece. Services to be held at Oahu Mortuary on Saturday, 1/19/18, casual attire. Visitation 9am, service to follow at 10am. Arrangements Provided By: Oahu Mortuary

Retiree News extends heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends.

Kūkā‘ilimoku: January 2019

Kukailimoku masthead

The Kūkā‘ilimoku is the official e-newsletter of the 154th Wing, Hawaii Air National Guard. This 65-page issue is a review of 2018 with great stories and photographs.

January 2019 Issue of the Kūkā‘ilimoku

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

1st Lt Justin Leong, Public Affairs Officer
MSgt Misti Bicoy

TSgt Alison Bruce-Maldonado
SSgt James Ro

SrA Orlando Corpuz
SrA John Linzmeier
SrA Robert Cabuco
Amn Debra Kwan

154th Wing Public Affairs Office
360 Mamala Bay Drive
JBPHH, Hawaii 96853

Phone: (808) 789-0419

How Credit Card Skimming Works – and How to Avoid It

From the LifeLock website

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If you’re lucky, you’ve never encountered a card skimmer. These small, illegal devices fit on top of real card readers at self-service sale terminals. They’re designed to blend in with the rest of the machine, so they can be tough to spot.

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