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COVID-19 Daily News Digest Update August 7, 2020

Attached is today’s COVID-19 Daily News Update issued by Hawaii State Department of Health.

Because of today’s report of two deaths and 201 new positives, there are several changes to the State’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Daily News Digest Update August 7, 2020

Purple Heart Day 2020

During the American Revolutionary War, the Badge for Military Merit decorated six known soldiers. Purple Heart Day on August 7 commemorates the creation of the oldest American military decoration for military merit, the Purple Heart and honors the men and women who are of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

Created by General George Washington in 1782 to be presented to soldiers for “any singularly meritorious action”, the decoration was a purple, heart-shaped piece of silk bound with a thin edge of silver and the word Merit embroidered in silver across the face.

It is unknown who designed the Badge of Merit. It is also unknown how many soldiers may have received the honor symbolizing the courage and devotion of an American Patriot. According to The Badge of Military Merit by Professor Ray Raymond, The “Book of Merit” where the names of possible recipients and their deeds were recorded has long been missing. According to the Badge of Military Merit by Professor Ray Raymond,

Until Washington’s 200th birthday, the Purple Heart remained a Revolutionary War footnote. Through the efforts of General Douglas MacArthur, the U.S. War Department created the Order of the Purple Heart. Today the medal bears a bust of George Washington and his coat of arms.

Task Force Maui Soldiers and Airmen Redeploy

Hawaii National Guard photograph

Off the 117th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Facebook page

Hawaii National Guard Airmen and Soldiers board a C-17 to return home after serving with Task Force Maui providing civil support to the County of Maui during COVID-19 operations, Kihei, Hawaii, August 4, 2020. These troops will reunite with their families and others will soon take their place. The Guard is actively rotating and right-sizing its troops across the neighbor-islands in order to continue missions. Be on the look out for fresh faces!

See more photographs by SSG Tinisha Mellein

Great job by these Hawaii Guardmembers!

Check Six: August 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 a monthly newsletter today. 

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

* Medical Unit News

* Promotions – include T/Sgt David Rodrigues, future HIANG Commander

* Operations Face Lift – some familiar names

Review the entire August 1958 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue

Advocates Seek More Leeway in New Tricare Select Fee Plan

From the Army Times website

Military advocacy groups are calling for changes that give working-age retirees a longer grace period if they fail to set up a way to pay new fees for Tricare Select set to kick in January 1.

As it is, if the retirees fail to set up their payments by January. 1, they’ll be kicked out of the health care program, and will have 90 days to apply for reinstatement.

Many advocacy organizations are hearing complaints about the new fees from angry members who may not have realized fees were coming, said Karen Ruedisueli, director of health affairs for the Military Officers Association of America. “Some of the angriest are the recent retirees who served almost their entire careers while our nation was at war and endured multiple combat deployments, only to face fee increases as they’re about to retire,” she said. 

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Check Six: August 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 a monthly newsletter today. 

Today we feature the August 1966 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue. This issue includes the following stories:

* Hawaii Air National Guard Participates in Blood Drive

Review the entire August 1966 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue – one page issue

Prescription Pill Identifier

From the WebMD website

Having trouble identifying your pills? Enter the shape, color, or imprint of your prescription or OTC drug. The pill finder on this WebMD website will display picture that you can compare to your pill. Great reference!

Checkout this WebMD page

Newest Edition of the Homeowner’s Handbook Is Available for Download

From the Sea Grant College Program website

The fourth edition of the Homeowner’s Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards is available now! Learn how you can prepare for natural hazards including tsunami, hurricane, earthquake, flood, volcano, and climate change.

What’s new in this fourth edition: Evacuation Planning, Retrofit Options, Resilience, Adaptation, and Sustainability

Download the handbook

Check Six: Last Check on Taxiway Mike

Hawaii Air National Guard photograph

This undated photograph shows a Hawaii Air National Guard McDonnell Douglas F-4C Phantom on Taxiway Mike. Aircraft leaving on training flights get an engine running last check at the end of Taxiway Mike prior to takeoff.

Check Six: August 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 a monthly newsletter today. 

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

* Recruiter Richard Saunders Shows Off New Recruiting Van

* Load Crew Competition

* 154th Supply Squadron Happenings

Review the entire August 1974 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue

HIANG Digital Resource Pocket Book

Off the Hawaii Air National Guard Facebook page

It’s no surprise that a lot of information has been coming out these days. With so many changes going on and opportunities to receive help within the HIANG network, we built a tool that can help bring you closer to the many available resources for Airmen and their family members.

The HIANG Digital Resource Pocket Book is a living document, which directs members toward Family Services, Financial Benefits, Legal Support, Metal Health avenues and Medical Guidance.

This pocket book can be accessed from any place that has an internet connection and will be continually updated with new information as new opportunities and resources come our way.

We believe that knowledge and awareness is key to success, so feel free to explore the many resources that are awaiting for you! They’re just a few taps away!

Check out the HIANG Digital Resource Pocket Book

203 ARS Tanker Locates Missing Mariners

From the Anderson AFB Facebook page

Guardsmen from the 203rd Air Refueling Squadron, Hawaii Air National Guard (ANG) along with members of the 171st Air Refueling Wing, Pennsylvania National Guard, deployed here, were the first to locate three missing mariners during a search and rescue mission in the Federated States of Micronesia southwest of Guam.

On July 29, three mariners aboard a 23-foot white and blue skiff departed Puluwat Atoll intending to travel approximately 21 nautical miles to Pulap, Chuuk. However, they never made it to their destination and were reported missing.

“Joint Rescue Sub-Center Guam received notification of an overdue skiff last seen in the vicinity of Chuuk and requested our assistance,” said Air Force Maj. Shaun McRoberts, 506th Air Expeditionary Aerial Refueling Squadron assistant director of operations. “Once notified, we began immediately working a plan to launch crews to locate the missing vessel.”

Hawaii Air National Guardsmen Lt. Col. Jason Palmeira-Yen, Maj. Byron Kamikawa, Tech. Sgt. Shane Williams along with Pennsylvania Air National Guardsmen Tech. Sgt. Rodney Joseph and Senior Airman Jeremy Williams took off from Andersen AFB in their KC-135 Stratotanker destined to locate the missing vessel.

After almost three hours into their mission and flying at about 1,500 feet, the crew located the mariners on the tiny island of Pikelot, Yap.

“We were toward the end of our search pattern,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jason Palmeira-Yen, the KC-135 pilot. “We turned to avoid some rain showers and that’s when we looked down and saw an island, so we decide to check it out and that’s when we saw SOS and a boat right next to it on the beach. From there we called in the Australian Navy because they had two helicopters nearby that could assist and land on the island.”

The Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Canberra (L02) was also in the region and agreed to divert and provide search sorties with embarked helicopters while the FSS Independence departed from Yap to assist.

A helicopter crew from HMAS Canberra delivered supplies to the stranded mariners while a U.S. Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules from Air Station Barbers Point, Hawaii airdropped a radio and message block informing them the FSS Independence was en-route to rescue and return them home.

“Partnerships” said U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Christopher Chase, Coast Guard Sector Guam, commander. “This is what made this search and rescue case successful. Through coordination with multiple response organizations, we were able to save three members of our community and bring them back home to their families.”

At 12 a.m., August 3 (HST), the Independence arrived on scene, launched a small boat crew and rescued the mariners.

Great job by these Air Guardmembers!

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154 SFS Completes Defender Games

Hawaii Air National Guard photograph

Off the Hawaii Air National Guard Facebook page

After a long two weeks of intensive training and obstacles, the 154th Security Forces Squadron’s ‘Defender Games’ have come to a close. Participants completed a series of mental and physical challenges to make sure they’re fit to defend and protect our assets under any given circumstance. They ruck-marched, they fired weapons, they practiced combative techniques, but most of all, they reaffirmed their commitment to stay ready for anything that comes their way (and it looks like they had a great time while doing it). Congrats to all who passed the many challenges of the Defender Games and walked away as a stronger individuals and a stronger team!

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Check Six: August 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 a monthly newsletter today. 

Today we feature the August 1982 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue. This issue includes the following stories:

* Cope Canine

* National Safety Awards to HIANG Units

* CAMS News & Views – lots of familiar names

* Promotions – lots of familiar names

* SSgt Vicki Ah Quin Receives Community College of the Air Force Degree

Review the entire the August 1982 Kūkā‘ilimoku issue