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154th Wing Family Day 2018

From the 154th Wing Facebook page

This past Sunday we celebrated Hawaii Air National Guard Family Day. Mahalo to all the ohana, friends, and the dedicated volunteers who came together to make Family Day an overwhelming success. Let’s do it again gang!

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Who Are the Biggest Targets for Identity Theft?

This article is from the LifeLock website – no endorsement is implied or made.

Identity theft is a growing crime in the United States. Who’s most at risk? That’s hard to say. Reliable statistics on identity theft targets are few. So, we’ve identified four groups that may have a higher risk of ID theft. We’ve ordered them chronologically, starting at birth and ending in old age.

Who is vulnerable to identity theft? Here’s what our list of identity theft targets looks like:


Mega social media users

High-income earners

The elderly

Do you fall into one of these groups?

If so, it’s smart to take steps to help protect against identity theft. But even if you don’t fall into these categories, these tips are still applicable to everyone to help protect against ID theft.

FAQs About Passing an IRA to Your Heirs

From the Kiplinger Magazine website

How to best leave IRA assets to heirs has long been a popular topic among Kiplinger’s Retirement Report readers. And the response to our recent cover story, “How Heirs Can Maximize an IRA”, left no doubt that the topic has staying power.

The story, which looked at the rules that spouse and nonspouse heirs need to know to make the most of an inherited IRA, generated a number of questions from readers.

Here, we share answers to some of the common queries

Hawaii F-22s Use Real-World Lessons, Any Available Red Air to Prepare for High-End Fight

From the Airman Magazine website

Airmen from the Hawaii Raptors conduct an end of runway inspection of several F-22 Raptors as they return from a six-month deployment to the Central Command area of responsibility, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, April 8, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/released)

The F-22s based here are one of the smaller Raptor contingents in the Air Force, tasked with responding to homeland threats and being the tip of the spear for any engagements in the Pacific. And, the Raptors face that mission with limited support.

To stay sharp and be ready for any operation in a contested region, the pilots are getting creative and drawing on recent real-world combat experience.

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Army Does Away with Age-Specific Scoring in New Combat Fitness Test

From the website

If you’re an infantry platoon sergeant, it doesn’t matter if you’re 25 or 55; all will be held to the same fitness standards with the future Army Combat Fitness Test. The new test does away with age-specific standards and sets requirements based on job demands instead, Army officials said.

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Specifics about the new combat fitness test

Check Six: July 11, 1958 – 60 years ago

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click on photograph to enlarge – believe this is a photo of a “R” vice an “A” model

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Peni Sabagala Retires

Beau and Peni, and Micah

A retirement ceremony for TSgt Epigene “Peni” Sabagala was held on Saturday , July 7, 2018 at the 154th Wing Dining Facility.

Exerepts from the ceremony program:

TSgt Epigene “Peni” Sabagala was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in Tripler Army Medical Center. She is a military brat, her father retired from the United States Air Force in 1992.

A month prior to her high school graduation she enlisted in the Hawaii Air National Guard. Her military career began when she departed for Basic Military Training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. After successfully  completing BMT, she attend the Information Management Apprentice course at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi.

Returning from training, Peni would serve in various assignments as an information manager in the 154th Wing Plans Office, the 154th Operations Support Squadron and the then-154th Mission Support Flight.

In July 2002, Peni retraining into the 154th Misson Support Flight Base Training Office as the formal schools technician. She completed her career is the now-154th Force Support Squadron.

While retiring militarily, Peni will continue in her technician position as a Title 5 employee.

Peni is married to MSgt Beau Sabagala and they have three children, AIC Micah (154th Security Forces Squadron), Kaianne, and Nicholas.

Happy retirement to an outstanding HIANG member. Thank you for your service!

Check Six: The historic bond between the military and whiskey

From the Military Times website

The United States Army turned a ripe 243 years old today (June 14, 2018),a festive occasion made all the more exceptional because of another special designation occurring on the same day.

No, not Flag Day — National Bourbon Day, one of the many nectars as critical to the military’s sustained success as 5.56 ammunition and marriage annulments.

Not all whiskey, of course, is bourbon, but those variants produced in America happen to be, and since we’ve decided to delve into whiskey’s deep-seated relationship with American patriots, the adjacent existence of dark drink and duty to country must be recognized.

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Is Coconut Oil Good for the Heart?

From the Everyday Health website

Books, magazines, and advertisements sing the praises of coconut oil, claiming that it has heart benefits and contains healthy fat that can even help with weight loss. But that’s not necessarily true, according to a review published in March 2017 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Taps: Rex Koga – Update

1985 Koga family photograph – Jason, Yvonne, Rex and Jan

Rex Y. Koga, 79, of Kailua, died in Honolulu on Thursday. June 21, 2018. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by his wife, Yvonne, children MSgt (Ret) Jan, SMSgt Jason, and Roxanne, and 8 grandchildren.

Rex enlisted in the Hawaii Air National Guard in 1957 after graduating from high school. He served 41 years and retired in 1994 as a Chief Master Sergeant.

Visitation: 9:30 a.m. Services: 10:30 a.m. on Friday August 24 at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Burial: 1 p.m. at Hawaii State Veteran Cemetery.

Check Six: 154th Composite Group – 26+ years ago

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This undated photograph shows the F-86 Sabre static display in side the “supply gate” of the then-154th Composite Group. The 154th Wing was designated the 154th Composite Group from 1978 to 1992.

It’s too bad the statics are gone and the 154th Wing compound is locked down.

Brigadier General Robert B. Maguire

Brigadier General Robert B. Maguire, 93, former Commander of the Hawaii Air National Guard and retired pilot and executive with Hawaiian Airlines passed away on June 13, 2018. Bob was born on December 5, 1924, in Glendale, California.

He earned his wings at age 19, flying from Brooks Field, Texas. With combat assignments unavailable he flew stateside in B-26, B-24, and B-17s. In 1947 he found his chance to move to Hawaii, where he joined the Hawaii Air National Guard (HANG) to fly P-47 fighters.

In 1950 the Korean War began and he took employment as a pilot with Hawaiian Airlines. Though his HANG unit would not see action in Korea, Bob found adventurous flying for a year starting in 1952 with C.A.T., a Chinese airline.

In 1959 he became Chief Pilot for Hawaiian Airlines and became a jet pilot when HANG transitioned to F-86s, and later to F-102s. In 1966, as Director of Flying (later V.P. Operations) at Hawaiian, he ferried the state’s first inter-island jet, a DC-9, to Honolulu and managed the airline’s transition to jets.

In 1969 as a sideline he hired pilots for the movie Tora! Tora! Tora! and of course joined in the flying.

Three years later he was promoted to Brigadier General and became Commander of HANG, a position he kept until retiring in 1976.

He and his wife loved traveling, golf, and tennis. Bob was a member of the Outrigger Canoe Club, Kaneohe Yacht Club, The Order of Daedalians, C.A.T. Association, and Quiet Birdmen.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Judy, daughters Diana, Cory, Maka, and Meagan, seven grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. He was predeceased by daughter, Kelly.

In accordance with his wishes, a private scattering of ashes was held. In lieu of flowers and gifts, please consider making a contribution to the Pacific Aviation Museum.

Taps: Robert “Bob” Maguire – Update

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Off Track: Grilling Over Charcoal Is Objectively, Scientifically Better Than Grilling Over Gas

From the Wired Magazine website

It’s a beautiful day. The family’s in attendance, side dishes and beer in tow. Your sister-in-law brought a trunk full of Super Soakers. It’s BBQ time. Time to kick back in the yard and fire up the … stove?

Hmm, that doesn’t sound terribly exciting, does it? But that’s basically what you’re doing when you cook out on a gas grill, which is powered by the same largely flavorless fuel as your kitchen stove.

True fact: Cooking on a gas grill is more convenient than cooking with charcoal.

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