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Cold vs Flu: How Do They Differ?

From the Walgreens website

It can be tricky to know if you’re suffering from a cold or the flu.

Colds and flu viruses cause a lot of the same symptoms, but flu symptoms tend to be more intense and come on more suddenly.

Still, telling the difference between a cold and the flu isn’t always so cut and dried.

Kūkā‘ilimoku: January 2020

The Kūkā‘ilimoku is the official e-newsletter of the 154th Wing, Hawaii Air National Guard. This 28-page issue includes the following stories:

* Veterans Day Ceremony
* Command Chief Transition
* Historic Tanker Honored at the Air Force Academy

Review the entire January issue here: January 2020 of the Kūkā‘ilimoku

The 154th Wing Public Affairs Office staff continues to produce a world-class publication. The staff includes:

Capt Justin Leong, Public Affairs Officer
MSgt Misti Bicoy

TSgt Alison Bruce-Maldonado
TSgt Tabitha Hurst
SSgt James Ro

SrA Orlando Corpuz
SrA Robert Cabuco
SrA John Linzmeier


154th Wing Public Affairs Office
360 Mamala Bay Drive
JBPHH, Hawaii 96853
Phone: (808) 789-0419
Email: 154wg.pa@us.af.mil

Check Six: C-141 Starlifter – 50+ years ago

More about the Lockheed C-141 Starlifter

Hawaii Air National Guard to Create Space Control Squadron

From the U.S. News & World Report website

Pacific Missile Range Facility – Photograph off the internet

The Hawaii Air National Guard will start selecting candidates in April for one of four space control squadrons in the country in the Air National Guard, military officials said.

The state Air Guard would select 88 military members for the 293rd Space Control Squadron based at the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports.

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Check Six: Hq HIANG Retirees Dinner

Recently some retired members of the Hq, Hawaii Air National Guard staff had a reunion dinner. Clarence Fukumoto usually organizes these get-togethers and those attending enjoy “catching up” with everyone. 

Personal photograph used with permission

Back Row: Jerry MatsudaMelvin HondaNelson JonesJames IwamuraDelbert DandurantStanley OssermanClarence FukumotoVivian TsutsumiNorberto BaysaNorman KawamotoGeorge Stibbard

Front Row: Rose BaysaLois MatsudaBetty OssermanMay AgcaoiliSandy MurayamaAnn MiyahiraSherri Kawamoto

Special thanks for Clarence for organizing this event and sending the photograph. to Retiree News.

6 Ways the SECURE Act May Impact Your Retirement

From the nextavenue website

The new Setting Every Community Up For Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, just signed by President Trump, is the broadest piece of retirement legislation passed in 13 years. Ultimately, the law focuses on retirement planning in three key areas: 1) modifying required minimum distribution (RMD) (rules for retirement plans; 2) expanding retirement plan access and 3) increasing lifetime income options in retirement plans.

The most immediate impact of the bill will be felt by those nearing or in retirement. If you’re a saver or investor in your 50s or 60s, there are six ways the SECURE Act may affect you:

Earlier Retiree News post on the SECURE Act

Retirees should read both posts because the SECURE Act will affect all of you. For those with financial advisors, it’s time to contact them for a review of your financial plan – if they haven’t contacted you already.

These 7 Social Security myths just aren’t true, no matter how often you hear them

From the MarketWatch website

With a system as complex as Social Security, it’s inevitable that misinformation (or simply a misunderstanding of the facts) will spread. It’s hard to understand what’s true and what’s not, and often, our brains prefer the version of events that feel intuitively more simple to understand.

And of course, Social Security is anything but simple to understand.

People tend to repeat some of these not-quite-true tidbits and downright falsehoods so often that they’ve reached mythical status and are often accepted without question.

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Off Track: The best things we ate in Hawaii this year

From the Frolic Hawaii website

Collectively, the Frolic team eats a LOT across Hawaii. As 2019 concludes, here’s a look at the dishes that stayed on our brains and kept us coming back for more. 

And the nine dishes are:

New Shingles Vaccine Shingrix Found 97% Effective Against Condition

From the Medical Daily website

Higher-than-expected demand for the new and “remarkable” shingles vaccine Shingrix from GlaxoSmithKline has been so pervasive throughout the United States, the vaccine is now in short supply but only temporarily.

GlaxoSmithKline said it will significantly increase the number of available doses for the rest of the year and into 2020. The high demand for Shingrix is due to its efficacy.

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The FDA Announces Two More Antacid Recalls Due to Cancer Risk

From the Wired Magazine website

That burning feeling in your chest after you eat a heavy meal could be heartburn. Or it could be worry over the drugs you’ve taken to treat that heartburn. Among the top medical stories of 2019 was the discovery of contaminants in common medicines, and ranitidine—best known as Zantac—took up a large share of those headlines. A cancer-causing substance known as NDMA has been repeatedly found in one of the most popular antacid drugs in the United States.

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Check Six: Navy Aviation in Hawaii – 80 years ago

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Here’s what you need to know about your 2020 Medicare costs

From the CNBC website

The maze that is Medicare includes some higher costs for 2020 that beneficiaries might want to factor into their health-care budgets.

For the program’s 61 million beneficiaries — most of whom are 65 or older — certain costs are adjusted by the government from year to year and can affect premiums, deductibles and other cost-sharing aspects of Medicare. While each of the changes don’t necessarily involve huge dollar amounts, experts say it’s important to plan for how any increases will affect your household spending.

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Digital Heart-Health Trends You Should Know About

From the Everyday Health website

Monitoring heart health isn’t limited to using medical equipment found in the doctor’s office anymore. Digital health tools, such as the Apple Watch 4, smartphone apps, wearables, and “smart” blood pressure monitors, now provide people with the power to manage their health and well-being.

Monitoring heart health isn’t limited to using medical equipment found in the doctor’s office anymore. Digital health tools, such as the Apple Watch 4, smartphone apps, wearables, and “smart” blood pressure monitors, now provide people with the power to manage their health and well-being.

Everyday Health researched the digital landscape to bring you our picks for the most promising and helpful technologies that can help with the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease.

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As Seen in Midweek: MG Suzanne Vares-Lum

Scott Sey, Adm. Tom Fargo, Maj. Gen. Suzanne Vares-Lum, Lt. Gov. Josh Green, Connie Lau and Robin Campanian
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Hawai‘i Military Affairs Council

The Hawai‘i Military Affairs Council presented a holiday party December 16 in the Ka Nu‘u Ho‘oulu Conference Center at Bank of Hawai‘i.

– Lawrence Tabudlo photograph


The Military Affairs Council; was established om 1985 as a part of the Chamber of Commerce Hawai‘i. It advocates on behalf of Hawai‘i’s military, as a major economic driver for the state. The MAC works to support Hawai‘i’s location as a strategic U.S. headquarters in the Asia-Pacific region. Comprised of business, labor and community leaders, as well as retired U.S. military leaders, the organization aims to bridge the military and the community, support the needs of Hawaii based military commands, and attract public-private ventures with the military.