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Check Six: April 1958 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 an e-newsletter today. 

Today we feature the April 1958 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue. This issue includes the following stories:

* General News: lots of familiar names

* Promotions: including Harold K. Kepaa, Theodore T.C. Wong

Review the entire April 1958 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue

Now vaccinated, older adults emerge from COVID hibernation

From the Associated Press website

Bill Griffin waited more than a year for this moment: Newly vaccinated, he embraced his 3-year-old granddaughter for the first time since the pandemic began.

“She came running right over. I picked her up and gave her a hug. It was amazing,” the 70-year-old said after the reunion last weekend. 

Spring has arrived with sunshine and warmer weather, and many older adults who have been vaccinated, like Griffin, are emerging from COVID-19-imposed hibernation.

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Check Six – 2011: Old Friends at the Retirement Luncheon

Retiree News photograph

The Hawai‘i State Department of Defense once held Awards and Retirement luncheons twice a year. These luncheons recognized retiring Federal and state employees. Current employees who achieved 10, 20, 30 or more years of longevity received service awards. Luncheons were held at the Hale Koa Hotel.

This photograph shows Lennard Knutson and Gary Teed at the September 9, 2011 luncheon. Both were members of the 154th Civil Engineering Squadron. Lenny served as the squadron’s Readiness Manager. Gary served as the unit commander and the base civil engineer.

Here’s how to tell if your Facebook account was one of the half billion that were breached

From the CNN website

Over the weekend, cybersecurity experts revealed that about half a billion Facebook users’ personal information was breached — a treasure trove of data the includes full names, birthdays, phone numbers and their location. 

Facebook said that massive leak stems from an issue in 2019, which has since been fixed. Still, there’s no clawing back that data. More than 30 million accounts in the United States were affected and the company isn’t making it easy to find out if your data was included in the breach.

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Check Six: April 1966 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 April 1966 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue. This issue includes the following stories:

* 154th Fighter Group moving business

* HANG Recreational Facility planned

* Capt Daniel Au becomes the Deputy Commander for Material, 154th Fighter Group

* Pilots award the Combat Readiness Medal: many familiar names

Review the entire April 1966 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue

How Your Brain Works: Myths and Facts

From the WebMD website

Amazing. Your brain is one of the largest and most complex organs in the human body. Take the test and learn more

VAPIHCS Director’s Veterans Message – April 9

To date VAPIHCS has vaccinated more than 11K Veterans and VA Employees.

We will fully implement the SAVE LIVES Act almost one month ahead of schedule. We can offer vaccinations to all Veterans, spouses, caregivers and CHAMPVA recipients. 

VAPIHCS will be hosting a mass COVID Vaccine distribution events.

Call to secure an appointment: 1-800-214-1306 press 0

Upcoming Vaccine Events​

* Spark Matsunaga Medical Center – ACC Vaccine Clinic starting April 12  Mon/ Weds/ Fri

* Keehi Lagoon Memorial:  April 10, April 22, April 27, April 28​

* Hawaii Neighbor islands CBOCs: (Kona– April  10, Kauai-April 17, Hilo- April 24 , Maui-TBD)​

Walk-ins are available until 3 p.m. on a first come, first serve basis

One Team, One Ohana!


Adam M. Robinson, Jr., MD, MBA, CPE
Director, VA Pacific Islands Health Care System
VADM, MC, USN, (RET)
36th Surgeon General, USN

Check Six – 1990: 201 CCG Logistics Staff

Retiree News photograph

Since the mid-1980s, the 201st Combat Communications Group conducted a service dress uniform check. This annual check, usually during the December UTA, insured members had a complete uniform that fit properly.

This photograph was taken on December 1990 UTA weekend. In the photograph (L-R) are: Bacilio “BJ” Juarez, David Gilbert (front), Glenn Kageno, Charles Victorino, Richard Yasunaga.

29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Change of Command Ceremony

Link to the Brigade Facebook page

Check Six: April 1974 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 an e-newsletter today. 

Today we feature the April 1974 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue. This issue includes the following stories:

* Flight Safety Awards

* Supply Squadron News

Review the entire April 1974 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue

DCCA Provides Condominium Related Information

From the Department of Commerce and Consumers Affairs website

Check out some helpful resources for condo owners at http://cca.hawaii.gov/reb/

Check Six – 2011: Hawaiian Nights in Kandahar

A Retiree News follower send in this photogrpah found on the internet. We asked Jeff Hickman for information and comments about the photograph.

This photograph shows one of the 117th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment’s famous SPAM nights while deployed to Afghanistan in 2011. The unit was located at Kandahar Airfield and ran a media center.

The Hawai‘i Army National Guard unit would find people from Hawai‘i all around the base and then invite them to a local meal in our facility. They would find people with stickers on their vehicles, by their patches, on the sand volleyball courts and also just hearing a “local” accent around the boardwalk or PX. 

Top Row: CPT Jeff Hickman, and unknown ukulele swinger.

Bottom Row: CPL Gavin Ching, unknown guest, Commander of the 117th MPAD MAJ Melina Juan, 1SG Stephanie Hika, and then three unknown guests.

Sharing local food in a far away location is always great for morale and new friendships.

6 ‘Retirement Killers’ to Avoid at All Costs

From the Kiplinger website

If you’re starting to wonder if you’ll ever have enough money saved to retire, you aren’t alone.

According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute’s 2020 Retirement Confidence Survey, only 30% of respondents said they were “very confident” they would have enough money for a comfortable retirement. And 61% said preparing for retirement makes them feel stressed.

I get it – planning for retirement can be challenging, even if you start early, have help and earn a good living.

But when I see those numbers, it also reminds me of all the things I’ve seen folks get really wrong – actions that, at the very least, can throw a retirement off track and, in some cases, have potentially irreversible consequences. 

I call them “retirement killers.” Here are just a few:

Check Six: April 1982 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 April 1982 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue. This issue includes the following stories:

* 199th Fighter Squadron returns from Red Flag 82-3

* CAMS News & Views: lots of familiar names

* TSgt Samuel Wong awarded an Air Force Commendation Medal

* Sports News

Review the entire April 1982 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue