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Commentary: The F-22 Imperative

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From the Defense News website

Comments by David Deptula and Douglas Birkey, Mitchell Institute

The loss of an F-22 Raptor during a training flight on May 15 serves as a wake-up call regarding the size of the Raptor inventory.

Tunnel vision over a decade ago related to counterinsurgency operations in Afghanistan and Iraq saw the nation buy too few F-22s, with just 187 purchased versus the 381 official military requirement. Now, with those wars largely in the rear-view mirror and a new National Defense Strategy, the capability attributes afforded by the F-22 are more important than ever.

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Coming Off COVID-19 Operations Duty

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Off the Hawaii Air National Guard Facebook page

After supporting state authorities in the effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Airmen and Soldiers from various task forces are returning to their island of residence, Oahu. While these volunteers are now wrapping up their support operations, many are still active and continuing to serve their community on a daily basis.

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The Joint Services Transcript

From the website

The Joint Services Transcript (JST) provides a description of military schooling and work history in civilian language. It serves as a counseling tool for academic and career counselors in advising service members and veterans. It serves as an aid in preparing resumes and explaining Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, National Guard and Navy work experience to civilian employers. It also saves time and money by awarding academic credits, which means less tuition to pay and less time spent in the classroom.

The JST is accepted by more than 2,300 colleges and universities.

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Capitol Connection Newsletter: June 2020 Issue

The Governor’s office issue a monthly newsletter dealing with current issues affecting the State of Hawai‘i. This month’s issue has a lot of information about the going coronavirus pandemic.

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Check Six: May 2007 Kūkā‘ilimoku

The May 2007 issue of the 154th Wing’s newsletter, the Kūkā‘ilimoku, featured these stories and more.

+ 204th AS continues to fly record number of sorties

+ 2008 Military Appreciation Package

+ Launa Ole 2008

+ May Promotions

Read more of the May 2007 Kūkā‘ilimoku


Newly Commissioned, Awaiting Pilot Training

Off the Hawaii Air National Guard Recruiting & Retention Facebook page

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For this week’s “Take the Oath Tuesday,” I’d like to introduce one of Hawaii Air National Guard’s current member but NEWEST Commissioned Officer, 2nd Lieutenant Stephanie Navarro! Lt Navarro transferred to the HIANG from the Florida Air National Guard in 2018 as a Cyber Transport Systems Administrator. 

As an enlisted member in the HIANG, she submitted an Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) package and was selected to become a KC-135 Pilot. Despite this pandemic, Lt Navarro managed to complete Officer Training School (OTS) and was appointed as a 2LT on Friday, 22 May from Maxwell-Gunter AFB, Alabama. 

Currently, she awaits to attend UPT, the next phase of her training. As her Recruiter, TSgt Sharon Pasion witnessed Lt Navarro’s continued commitment to her State and her Country as a true testament and dedication to the HIANG and Air Force. 

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What Retirees Must Know About Telehealth

From the Kiplinger website

When the deadly coronavirus began tearing through the country this past spring, tens of thousands of people with the virus’s signature symptoms — high fever, dry cough, extreme tiredness and labored breathing — overwhelmed many hospitals. Healthier patients who wanted testing or treatment for other illnesses had to be kept out of doctors’ offices and emergency rooms to stop the virus from spreading.

The health care industry needed a solution fast, and technology provided one. Using video chat services like Zoom and Skype, smartphones or ordinary telephones, patients could still get medical care while practicing social distancing.

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COVID-19 Daily News Digest Update May 28, 2020

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

COVID-19 Daily News Digest Update May 28, 2020

There is a large amount of speculation regarding COVID-19, please rely on OFFICIAL sources for accurate information. We added a long term post on the maroon bar above titled “COVID-19 Information.” The post includes links to the Hawaii Department of Health, the CDC and the FEMA websites.

Check Six: Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum Receives 4 HIANG Aircraft – 11 years ago

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FAQs About Coronavirus and Long-Term Care Insurance

From the U.S. News & World Report website

The coronavirus pandemic has focused a lot of attention on nursing homes and long-term care. Some nursing homes have been hot spots for outbreaks, and all long-term care facilities have had to increase protections for their residents, who are at the greatest risk from the pandemic. Meanwhile, some home-care providers are charging extra to work during this challenging time.

The situation highlights the importance of having a plan to pay for potential long-term care expenses, which can give you more options if you end up needing care yourself. But it’s also made it more difficult to qualify for long-term care insurance, especially as you get older or have had a positive COVID-19 test. And if your aging parents already have a long-term care policy and are receiving care now, you may be wondering if any changes to their care from the pandemic will affect their insurance payouts.

Here are answers to frequently asked questions about long-term care insurance and the coronavirus:


If You Hate Reading Glasses, Here Are Other Options

From the nextavenue website

It can be the bane of existence for those at midlife: the need to have reading glasses at the ready, particularly in darkened conditions like a dimly lit restaurant with a menu that lists dishes in type too small to decipher.

“Usually at around (age) 43 to 45, patients start noticing that they need to hold things farther out and they need more light,” says Dr. Daniel Durrie, clinical professor of ophthalmology at the University of Kansas Medical Center, and founder of Durrie Vision in Overland Park, Kan.

At the heart of this universal condition, known as presbyopia, is the lens in the eye. Our lenses naturally stiffen as we age, making it more difficult for them to change shape to focus on things close up. The stiffening is caused by “disulfide bonds” building up in the lens.

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Check Six: First Fight of the YF4H-1 Prototype – 62 years ago

From the This Day in Aviation website

Robert C. Little with McDonnell YF4H-1 Phantom II, Bu. No. 142260, the second prototype. (McDonnell Douglas Corporation)

27 May 1958: At Lambert Field, St. Louis, Missouri, McDonnell Aircraft Corporation’s Chief Test Pilot (and future company president) Robert C. Little made the first flight of the YF4H-1 prototype. The twin-engine Mach 2+ airplane was the first pre-production model of a new U.S. Navy fleet defense interceptor that would be developed into the legendary F-4 Phantom II fighter bomber.

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Can a Pulse Oximeter Save Your Life if You Have COVID-19?

From the Everyday Health website

Some people with the novel coronavirus have alarmingly low levels of blood oxygen, and they don’t even have a clue that their lives are in danger. They don’t appear to have any major trouble breathing, so they don’t realize how dire their situation may be.

The phenomenon has been raising concern among doctors, because these individuals typically need emergency medical attention to survive.

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