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Unions Seek Bargaining Rights for National Guard Members

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Maj. Gen. Francis Evon, the adjutant general of the Connecticut National Guard, visits soldiers providing security support at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, Connecticut, Jan. 17, 2021. (Staff Sgt. Steven Tucker/U.S. Air National Guard photo)

Labor unions filed a lawsuit Monday seeking collective bargaining rights for Connecticut National Guard members on active state duty ordered by the governor, saying they should be entitled to organize the same way as civilian state employees.

A 1978 federal law makes it a criminal felony for members of the armed forces, including the National Guard, to join or attempt to form a labor organization. But the statute only applies to service members when they are on active federal duty ordered by U.S. military officials, according to the Veterans Legal Services Clinic at Yale Law School.

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Check Six: November 1989 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 November 1989 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue. This issue includes the following stories:

* New 154th Mission Support Flight commander

* 154th Composite Group Change of Command scheduled

* RMS Round-Up

* CAMS News & Views

* Promotions: including Joseph Holiday, Michael Fisher, Nancy Vendiola

* Sports News

Review the entire the November 1989 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue

Federal Benefits Open Season

From the TRICARE website

If you’re a TRICARE for Life beneficiary, you don’t have to take any action during #TRICAREOpenSeason. You may be eligible to purchase a #FEDVIP dental or vision plan. Learn more:

Check Six – 1980s: Mel Taira and his crew

Hawaii Air National Guard photograph – click to enlarge

This undated photograph shows Melvyn Taira and some members of his avionics shop. In the photograph are (L-R): George Matsumoto, Melvyn Taira, Val Nakahara, Lawrence Lum, Eric Wada, unknown, Ronald Ota.

They were part of the large maintenance team that kept the aircraft flying over the years.

Check Six: November 1997 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 an e-newsletter today. 

Today we feature the November 1997 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue. This issue includes the following stories:

* Annual influenza immunization time

* HNGEA News

* 154th Logistic Support Flight News

* Promotions: including Samuel Wong, Kent Billings, Kelly Machado

Review the entire the November 1997 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue

An RMD Deadline is Looming – And Missing It Could Cost You Big Bucks

From the Kiplinger website

There’s still time to withdraw your required minimum distribution (RMD) from your traditional IRA, 401(k) or other retirement account (except a Roth IRA) before the end of the year…but you better hurry! The 2020 RMD suspension for was for one year only, so don’t think you can skip it again in 2021. And if you don’t take enough out of your retirement plans this year, you could be hit with a 50% penalty from the IRS on the amount not distributed as required.

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Many People May Be Eating Their Way to Dementia

From the Health Day website

Eating lots of fruits, veggies, beans and other foods with inflammation-cooling properties may lower your odds of developing dementia as you age.

But, if your diet is loaded with pro-inflammatory foods, you may be up to three times more likely to experience memory loss and issues with language, problem-solving and other thinking skills as you age, new research suggests.

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Check Six: November 2010 Kūkā‘ilimoku

Kukailimoku masthead

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 November 2010 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue. This issue includes the following stories:

* Governor Lingle and MG Lee’s farewell ceremony

* Squadron command changes

* Paddling club ends season

* Sports News

* HIANG Ohana Day coming in December

Review the entire November 2010 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue

Aging baby boomers raise the risk of a long-term-care crisis in the U.S.

From the CNBC website

It is easy to feel pessimistic — even apocalyptic — about the looming challenge of long-term care for the nearly 71 million baby boomers heading into their golden years.

Consider a few numbers:

* There are currently 14 million people receiving some form of long-term care. That number will double by 2050, according to estimates from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

* About 70% of people over age 65 will need some form of long-term care before they die, per an analysis by the Urban Institute.

* The average annual cost of a private room in a nursing home was $102,000 in 2019, according to a survey by insurance company Genworth.

* Research by the Insured Retirement Institute found that 45% of boomers have no retirement savings and more than a quarter of those who do have less than $100,000.

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Someone Needs to Know Where Your Money Is

From the Kiplinger website

A few weeks ago, I received a call at 8:30 a.m. from a stressed-out woman in Florida. Her brother, a retired Delta Air Lines pilot, was in a coma. Bills needed to be paid, but no one in the family, including his wife, had any information about his savings, investments, debt or other finances.

She believed he has approximately $800,000 in investments. All he ever told them was that “he put his money with an adviser who specializes in working with Delta pilots.” After calling several financial advisers, they had yet to find any money.

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Natural Ways to Calm Your Anxiety

From the WebMD website

We all get anxious sometimes. Here are a few ways you can try to manage it without a prescription:

East-West Center Board Names Suzanne Vares-Lum as Institution’s Next President

The East-West Center Board of Governors has selected Ms. Suzanne Puanani Vares-Lum to be the institution’s next president. The appointment concludes an extensive search to succeed outgoing president Dr. Richard R. Vuylsteke at the beginning of the new year. 

A former Major General in the US Army, Vares-Lum, who goes by Suzy, is the first woman and first Native Hawaiian to lead the Center since it was founded in 1960.

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Two 292nd Combat Communications Squadron Airmen Win 2021 Information Dominance Awards

Off the Hawaii Air National Guard Facebook page

Congratulations to the top-performing Airmen from the 292nd Combat Communications Squadron, who are recipients of the 2021 Information Dominance Awards!

Senior Airman Edilito Ranchez took home the AF Outstanding Cyber Systems Airman Award at the National Guard Bureau level. Additionally, Tech. Sgt. Christopher Brun was selected to receive the AF Outstanding Cyber Systems NCO Award at 254th Combat Communications Group level.

Both Airmen were distinguished amongst their peers for overwhelming achievements that directly impacted their organization, community and several national initiatives over this past year.

“I am regularly impressed by these two Airmen,” said Lt. Col. Todd Curtright. “Tech. Sgt. Brun just returned from a lengthy TDY to Italy, where he supported some of our most important allies in NATO, including Polish service members, during a personnel recovery exercise. Newly promoted Senior Airman Ranchez came off active orders doing great work for the County of Maui as a contact tracer with the joint task force to join the European Deterrence Initiative, where he also supported our NATO allies, bolstering the security and capacity of our partners.”

Ranchez helped support the state’s COVID-19 relief efforts and coordinated lifesaving contact tracing data for thousands of commuters throughout the Hawaiian Islands, and helped with the distribution effort of personal protective equipment. He also played a role in the Air Force’s largest airlift mission of evacuating 74 thousand Afghan evacuees. In addition, Ranchez helped provide for the care of more than 50 unaccompanied minors, providing much-needed relief during a dire situation. 

As a client systems specialist, Ranchez’s expertise is critical to virtually all ANG functions, as he provides support for information technology used to carry out the mission daily. 

“I was not expecting to win at the Air National Guard level,” said Ranchez, “this was only possible with all the support of my peers and proper training from my supervisor.”

Brun is a cyber transport systems specialist and has worked full-time in the 292nd CBCS for most of his military career. Since joining the HIANG in 2013, Brun has applied his skills toward a job in a local university and has shared his expertise with apprentice Airmen. 

“It was an honor to get put in for the award,” said Brun, “as we work hard every day and knowing that it gets noticed, it’s surprising to hear that I won at the level that I won at the group level.”

He has served in a deployed environment and has enhanced the security of network systems with his robust set of cyber competencies. 

“Having them recognized at this level is a wonderful validation of the amazing things they do every time they put on the uniform,” said Curtright. “I’m very thankful to their supervisors for putting such strong packages together.”

The Pentagon needs to take the Oklahoma National Guard vaccine revolt seriously

From the Task and Purpose website

National Guard photo by Sgt. Anthony Jones

By refusing to abide by the Defense Department’s mandate that all service members get vaccinated for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the governor of Oklahoma and the head of the state’s National Guard have endangered the lives of countless troops and prolonged this miserable pandemic.
Yet Pentagon leaders do not seem to appreciate that this act of defiance is extremely dangerous, especially if other states follow suit.
Army Brig. Gen. Thomas Mancino, the Oklahoma National Guard’s newly installed adjutant general, recently issued a memo at the behest of Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt that exempts Oklahoma National troops from the Defense Department’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

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