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Off Track: Risk Management Made Easy

Risk Management is:

Risk Evaluation
– Risk Mitigation
– Execution

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Retirees, Get Your Financial Life in Order

From the Kiplinger website

Keys to organize your finances to protect yourself from bogus claims of unpaid debt and scammers.

The new year can be an opportunity to form some good habits—maybe adding a daily walk or cutting out desserts. If you’re in this mindset, add organizing your financial life to your list of resolutions.

For older adults, gaining a sense of control over finances is particularly important, says Susan Devaney, a professional who specializes in helping older adults move from their longtime homes and resettle elsewhere. Scammers regularly target seniors with bogus claims of unpaid bills, so having an organized system to doublecheck your finances can help to protect you, she says. It’s also useful to have documentation if you’ve forgotten whether you paid a bill and need to review your records.

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HIANG Members Support the Great Aloha Run

Off the Hawaii Air National Guard Facebook page

Hawaii Air National Guard photograph

When you have a team of Airmen who are excited to get together before sunrise, you can always bet that they’ve set out to do great things! This past weekend, HIANG Airmen manned a hydration booth during The Great Aloha Run. While the primary focus was to hand out water to the thousands of participants, half-of-the-fun was all about cheering on the thousands of runners who pushed themselves throughout the event! This annual run is about fitness, community and service, which we find to be incredibly inspiring!

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Bluetooth-Related Flaws Threaten Dozens of Medical Devices

From the Wired Magazine website

Bluetooth is used in everything from speakers to implanted pacemakers, which means that Bluetooth-related vulnerabilities can affect a dizzying array of devices. In the latest instance, a newly discovered round of 12 Bluetooth bugs potentially exposes more than 480 devices to attack, including fitness trackers, smart locks, and dozens of medical tools and implants.

Researchers from Singapore University of Technology and Design began developing techniques for analyzing Wi-Fi security in January 2019, and later realized they could apply those same methods to assess Bluetooth as well. By September they had found their first bug in certain implementations of Bluetooth Low Energy, the version of the protocol designed for devices with limited resources and power. Within weeks, they had found 11 more.

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Off Track: Pilots Earning Their Pay

HIANG Hosts 2019 Launa‘ole Awards Update

Launa‘ole – a Hawaiian phrase meaning “beyond comparison” or “without peer.” It describes our vision for the Hawaii Air National Guard to be a professional fore that is second to none, or simply the best.

Earlier we posted the recipients of the 2019 Launa‘ole Awards. We worked with retired Col Erik Wong at Hq, Hawaii Air National Guard to get a list of all the nominees.

We believe that it is important to recognize nominees in addition to the recipients. Supervisors and commanders should be commended for taking the time to nominate a member of their unit. 

Review the complete list of nominees

Cybersecurity New Year’s Resolution #3: Test your phishing awareness

From the SecureMac website

Off the website article

This January, we’re giving you four ways to stay digitally safe in the coming year. We’re calling these “cybersecurity New Year’s resolutions”, but really, these are best practices that you can implement at any time. And if you’re already doing some or even all of these things, take a moment to share these suggestions with a family member, friend, or coworker: It could make a real difference to them in the year to come.

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COVID-19 Update from the Department of Health

As of February 20, 2020

The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) is continuing to actively gather facts and interview individuals about a husband and wife who travelled together from Japan to Hawaii (Jan. 28-Feb.7) and after returning home to Japan, tested positive for COVID-19. DOH was notified by the Japan Ministry of Health that the husband remains hospitalized and the wife has recovered.  The airlines and lodging facilities where they stayed on Oahu and Maui are reaching out to employees, staff and guests to keep them informed. DOH immediately began to identify possible close contacts and determine health risk.

To date, no individuals with prolonged close contact have been identified in Hawaii. Casual contacts who are not at risk have been interviewed and are not in need of monitoring based on current federal guidelines. All persons identified are either low or no risk under these guidelines, and no one is required to be monitored under public health supervision related to this situation.  Work to track possible close contacts is ongoing, and DOH is working closely with state, federal, and international partners.

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Check Six: SFC Gualdarama’s promotion – 8 years ago

Off the 117th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Facebook page

117th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment soldiers gather around Sgt. 1st Class Theresa Gualdarama making their “G” faces in celebration of her promotion here February 7, 2012. (U.S. Army photo) — with Nevada J Smith, Melina M. Juan, Katie Gray, Stephanie Hika, Theresa Gualdarama, Gavin Ching, Ryan Sheldon, Robert Souza III, soua, Stephanie Olina Usita and Jeff Hickman.

Afterburner: Winter 2019/Spring 2020

Afterburner Masthead

The Fall/Winter 2019-2020 edition of the Afterburner, Newsletter for Department of the Air Force Retired Personnel, is now available online.

The newsletter can be viewed by visiting the Air Force Retiree Services website.  To do so, copy or type the following address into a new browser window:

https://www.retirees.af.mil/Library/Afterburner/

Scroll down and the new edition is under the banner for 2019. An archive of current and past issues are on the same webpage.


In this issue, there is a short article that answers a question asked by many retirees.

Q: Is my retiree identification card compliant with the REAL ID Act? 

A: Currently, all forms of military identifications issued with a bar code from the DEERS/RAPIDS programs are REAL ID Act compliant, allowing access to commercial aircraft and government buildings as they do now. 

The short article goes on to say:

Also, in Spring/Summer 2020, the Department of Defense will roll out the next generation of military retiree ID cards. This new ID will reflect a color photo of the card holder instead of the current gray-scale version, along with new security enhancements to protect a person’s identity. 

Replacing current retiree ID cards is not required. Because there is no mandate to replace current IDs in circulation, replacements will be based on normal attrition to avoid burdening retirees, their family members and ID card issuance facilities. 

Restructuring and Realignment of Military Medical Treatment Facilities

From the Health.mil website

The Department of Defense announced, February 19, plans to restructure 50 military hospitals and clinics to better support wartime readiness of military personnel and to improve clinical training for medical forces who deploy in support of combat operations around the world.

The decision includes Tripler Army Medical Center. Tripler will be considered for recapitalization of the aging platform with the final location and capability dependent on further analysis of Hawaii market capabilities and military demand.

The Military Health System (MHS) is the most comprehensive military medical enterprise in the world. Its goal is to ensure a medically ready force to execute the National Defense Strategy, and a ready medical force to support our armed forces throughout the world.

This report summarizes the Department’s decisions to align Military Treatment Facilities (MTFs) to increase the readiness of our operational and medical forces. (See section 703(d)(1) of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 (Public Law 114–328)). These decisions have been reviewed and accepted by the Secretary of Defense, and reflect the Department’s underlying principle to improve the readiness of our force, while ensuring all beneficiaries have access to high-quality medical care.

The decisions in this report were based on an initial screening of 343 MTFs identified as providing healthcare services in the United States. The report contains analysis that is independent of other initiatives that will have an impact on manpower. From the 343 MTFs initially assessed, 77 were identified for further assessment.

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Singapore 2020 Ends, Raptors Headed Home

Off the Hawaii Air National Guard Facebook page

U.S. Air Force photograph

That’s a wrap on Singapore 2020! What an incredible two weeks we spent participating in Asia’s largest aviation event. With the incredible support from the Hawaii Raptors, the F-22 Raptor Demo Team were able to fly 8 demonstrations that allowed us to showcase the F-22’s capabilities to the world.

As we get ready to head back to the U.S., we can’t wait to begin our home tour starting at the end of March. We’ve got some incredible shows lined up and look forward to meeting as many of you as possible. We’ll see you soon Raptor Nation!

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After 2020, Some Retirees Won't Be Able to Increase Their Social Security Benefits as Much

From the Motley Fool website

Many retirees rely on Social Security in their later years. Since these benefits are designed to replace only about 40% of pre-retirement income, the amount you receive isn’t always high. You can, however, find ways to increase it.

One of the easiest and most effective ways to boost your Social Security benefit is by waiting to claim it as long as possible. While you could start getting checks at 62, this would reduce the amount you get. If you wait until age 70, on the other hand, you max out your monthly income.

Unfortunately, after 2020, new retirees won’t be able to grow their incomes as much by waiting as they could this year and in prior years. Here’s why.

As always with Motley Fool articles, the last paragraph, “The $16,728 Social Security bonus most retirees completely overlook” is a lead-in advertisement.

Thanks to Gordon Lau for sharing this information