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‘Candy Bomber’ during Berlin Airlift glides into milestone birthday

From the Air Force Times website

Retired Air Force Col. Gail S. Halvorsen changed the course of history with just two pieces of gum. Now has made a bit of his own history. Halvorsen turned 100 years old this month.

For all that has been written and documented, and all the awards that have been given, the infamous “Candy Bomber” or “Uncle Wiggly Wings” — as the children of Berlin called him — Halvorsen’s story never gets old.

Born Oct. 10, 1920, in Salt Lake City, Halvorsen spent most of his childhood in rural Idaho and in Garland, Utah.

As a boy, he loved airplanes and dreamed of flying them one day.

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Is 5G Available for You? Here’s How to Find Out

From the Wired Magazine website

Apple has announced its very first 5G iPhone, shortly after Google recently launched its own $500 5G phone. If you’ve been holding off on making the switch to 5G, now might be the time you start thinking about it. However, 5G phones can be more expensive than the alternatives, so before you take the leap, here’s how you can find out whether or not you can even make use of 5G.

Everything you need to know about stroke

From the Medical News Today website

Stroke occurs due to a decrease or blockage in the brain’s blood supply. A person experiencing a stroke needs immediate emergency treatment.

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. In fact, nearly 800,000 people have a stroke each year. That equates to around one person every 40 seconds.

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Check Six: October 2006 Kūkā‘ilimoku

The Kūkā‘ilimoku is the official e-newsletter of the 154th Wing, Hawai’i Air National Guard. The first issue came in September 1957 and continues as a monthly newsletter today. 

Today we feature the October 2006 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue. This issue includes the following stories:

* 201st Combat Communications Group in Southwest Asia

* Joint Force teams up in Afghanistan

* 50 years of air Defense celebrated

* Edwin “Skip” Vincent pinned to brigadier general

* CCMSGt Denise Jelinski-Hall selected as the HIANG Command Chief

* Sentry Aloha: Eagles vs Falcons

* CMSgt Ed Essman and MSgt Jason Vierra receive 15 ABW Quarterly Awards

* Promotions: including Willie Rafael to SMSgt Carl Leota to MSgt

Review the entire October 2006 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue

The Ultimate Guide to Cleaning and Disinfecting Surfaces in COVID-19 Times

From the Everyday Health website

Health experts agree that the most important measures for preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus as the U.S. grapples with rising COVID-19 rates are social distancing, mask wearing, and practicing good handhygiene.

That said, disinfecting high-touch objects and surfaces — doorknobs, kitchen countertops, and the like — is another best practice to stop the spread of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses like the flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As the 2020-21 flu season begins, you may feel increasingly motivated to go on the offensive against germs.

Experts offer the answers to these and other urgent questions here.

USAA Bank Fined $85 Million by Federal Regulators for ‘Violations of Law’

From the website

USAA Federal Savings Bank must pay the U.S. government an $85 million fine after regulators found failures in the company’s compliance risk management and information technology risk programs.

The decision, announced October 14, was made by the Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC), a U.S. Treasury bureau tasked by law with overseeing banks.

USAA Federal Savings Bank is part of USAA, which has about 13 million military and veteran-affiliated members.

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Office Depot and OfficeMax Are Giving a 3-Day Veterans Day 2020 Military Discount

A special Office Depot and OfficeMax Veterans Day discount will give qualifying shoppers a big discount off qualifying purchases over a three-day window in November.

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Is Lockheed Building the Air Force’s Secret Fighter?

From the Defense One website

Is Lockheed Martin building a secret new fighter jet that U.S. Air Force officials revealed last month?

Company executives dropped some not-so-subtle hints about the company’s growing backlog of classified military work, including one project that requires erecting a new building at its secretive Skunk Works facility in Palmdale, California. They also pointed to revenue growth within the company’s Aeronautics division, which includes the Advanced Development Programs shop that created the fabled U-2 and SR-71 spy planes and F-117 stealth attack jet.

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Related: All 17 Aircraft Designed By The Secretive Skunk Works

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Check Six: October 1960 Kūkā‘ilimoku

The Kūkā‘ilimoku is the official e-newsletter of the 154th Wing, Hawai’i Air National Guard. The first issue came in September 1957 and continues as a monthly newsletter today. 

Today we feature the October 1960 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue. This issue includes the following stories:

* F-102 Delta Daggers arriving soon

* Promotions: including Kenneth Iinuma to A1C

Other familiar names in this issue: Libert Yap and James Lota

VA Plans to Outsource All Compensation and Pension Exams

From the website

The Department of Veterans Affairs is eliminating its in-house compensation and pension exam program and will outsource all of the exams, which are crucial to determining whether veterans are eligible for VA benefits.

In a letter to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie on Tuesday, Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va., said the plan was developed with no notice to Congress. She’s concerned the move could slow work to reduce a backlog of compensation and pension exams, commonly referred to as C&P exams, and she’s worried about the VA’s ability to oversee the contractors. Luria also criticized the department for cutting federal jobs during a pandemic.

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HING Supports Set Up and Staffing the City’s COVID-19 Testing Sites

Hawaii National Guard photography

Off the Hawaii Adjutant General’s Facebook page

Every morning at 6:30AM Monday thru Saturday a dedicated crew of personnel including members of the Honolulu Fire Department, Honolulu Police Department, Hawaii Army National Guard, and Kahu Malama Nurses gather at the Neal S Blaisdell Center for their morning briefing before heading out to set up and staff the City’s COVID-19 testing sites.

The goal of this current testing effort which runs through November 30th is to provide free testing to residents, Visitor Industry Workers as well as vulnerable homeless individuals who do not have good access to COVID-19 testing.

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President OKs 2 Laws Aimed at Helping Veteran Mental Health and Reducing Suicide

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christine Groening)

From the website

President Trump on Saturday signed two major pieces of legislation to address the problem of suicide, including bills designating “988” as the three-digit phone number for the national suicide hotline and providing government grants to localities and nonprofits that serve veterans with mental health issues.

The president signed the Cmdr. John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act, which will require the Department of Veterans Affairs to hire additional suicide prevention coordinators and give it leeway to award grants to organizations that focus on veterans’ mental health issues.

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Thanks to Gordon Lau for sharing this article

Check Six: October 1968 Kūkā‘ilimoku

The Kūkā‘ilimoku is the official e-newsletter of the 154th Wing, Hawaii Air National Guard. The first issue came in September 1957 and continues as a monthly newsletter today. 

Today we feature the October 1968 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue. This issue includes the following stories:

* 154th Supply Squadron NORS Free for three years

* George Sasano is 1968 All-Hawaii Karate Grand Champion

* Promotions – including Wright Upchurch

* 199th Fighter Squadron News

* 154th USAF Dispensary 100% qualified

Review the entire October 1968 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue