Korea and World War III - Almost

By Jerald Drobesh, US AIR FORCE  |  2018-07-05

McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Recently there has been high tension and talks of a possible confrontation and even a nuclear war with North Korea.  But this is not the first time we have been in this position with them. 

In the early 1970s, as a Captain in the US Air Force, I was assigned to Kunsan Air Force Base on the west coast of South Korea. This was an old US Air Force Base from the Korean War days, in the 1950s. At that time, I was the Air Force Chief of Aircraft Maintenance at the base, and part of my job was to prepare our assigned F-4 Fighter/Bombers for emergency launch with nuclear weapons, if the situation required it.

The F-4 twin jet Fighter/ Bomber was, at the time, was one of the fastest and best aircraft ever built.  My job required that I have a Top Secret Security Clearance, because I was required to brief the Wing Commander on the status of all our assigned aircraft, and sit in on all Top Secret briefings about the status of the North Korean armed forces and their preparations for War.  I remember well, as if it was yesterday. It was one of the most important briefings I had ever attended.  It was the early 1970s, and by the time the briefing was over, I knew that we could be at war at any minute.  

The North Korean forces, according to the briefing, were moving their fighters, bombers, tanks, military equipment, and soldiers up close to the border between North and South Korea. This would put them just minutes flying time from our aircraft at Kunsan AFB. This had never happened before and I remember thinking, at the time, that our base may not exist after the next few days, or sooner. 

That night I walked down to the flight line where our F-4 Fighter/Bombers were stationed and ready for war. My job was to check with the airmen assigned to repair and prepare the aircraft, and to have them all ready for launch if the orders were given by Headquarters. We were an inch away from World War III and I could feel it in the air. 

That night, I talked to my maintenance airmen assigned to the aircraft. They didn’t know, at the time, how close we were to war and I couldn’t tell them.  There wasn’t a need at that time for them to know, but they were ready. All the F-4 aircraft that were flyable were loaded with bombs and ready for immediate takeoff to their assigned targets.  I remember thinking that night on the flightline that this could be it.   

I enjoyed my job and all the assigned men were great to work with.  Being that I once flew jets myself in the Air Force, I knew how the pilots must have felt - that they may never see their families again - if we went to war.  This was the real world and possibly the end of our beautiful planet as we knew it.  I had a difficult time sleeping that night.  It’s hard to tell someone who hasn’t been stationed on the front lines with nuclear weapons involved what it feels like.  But that’s what we were trained for - and we all knew what was at stake.  

Fortunately, we all survived or I wouldn’t be writing this article.  For some reason the North Koreans began to remove their jets, tanks, equipment, and troops back from the border, and I never heard why.  At that time, Chinese and Russian troops were supporting the North Korean communist troops and maybe their leaders realized that once a nuclear war started in Korea that it could speed to their countries and it wouldn’t stop until everything was gone.    

We may never know what happened, but events in today’s news are a reminder to me of that time when I was there, and I saw how close we came. I believe that cooler heads in China, Russia, and North Korea prevailed.  They knew we had a very large number of nuclear weapons and would use them if threatened, but China and Russia had them as well.  

I believe the fact that we did have nuclear weapons and advanced aircraft to deliver them was possibly the reason why we didn’t go to war.  What’s interesting to me is that at that time, and even now, the world didn’t know how close we came to World War III, but I was there!        

May GOD continue to bless this beautiful planet and let’s do everything we can to keep it special and alive!                         

Former Captain Jerald Drobesh US AIR FORCE stationed at Mather Air Force Base in the 1970s before retirement. Now living in Rancho Cordova, CA.

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Advanced Home Health and Hospice Announces Excelin Home Health Partnership

By Advanced Home Health and Hospice  |  2018-07-05

Angela Sehr

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Advanced Home Health and Hospice (“Advanced”) is excited to announce that it is joining with Excelin Home Health (“Excelin”), and its family of affiliated Texas home health agencies. By joining forces with Excelin, Advanced is expanding its footprint from Sacramento, San Diego and North Bay California to Houston and South-Central Texas.

The company will continue its patient-centric, outcome-focused approach to providing quality home health care. The company will continue to provide skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, medical social work, home health aides, and hospice services in the comfort of patients’ homes. Building on its strong reputation in home infusion, wound care, cardiovascular care, and home rehabilitation programs, the company will continue to expand its clinical capabilities and strive to remain the home health and hospice provider of choice. As a best-in-class post-acute care provider, the company is focused on leveraging technology and innovative approaches in its relentless pursuit of delivering exceptional patient care and outcomes.

Angela Sehr, RN and founder of Advanced, will remain a key shareholder and will continue as a leader within the organization, providing inspiration, innovation, strategic leadership, and guidance for the agencies.

“I am very pleased to partner with Excelin, Corinthian Capital, and Palomar Capital Management. They share our values and vision.  They have shown a genuine focus on and appreciation for the importance of quality patient care. They have also demonstrated a deep understanding of the rewards and challenges of caring for patients in their homes. I believe they will be outstanding, value-added partners. I cannot be happier than to be partnering with them going forward,” said Angela Sehr.  The closing is subject to regulatory approval.

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PLACER COUNTY, CA (MPG) - A Placer County Jury found Phillip Ingram, 64, of Auburn guilty today of two counts of Second Degree Murder in relation to the death of Jared Gaches and Trevor Keller, both 15, from Auburn.  Ingram was accused of being impaired by the sleep aid Ambien in the afternoon of April 3, 2016.  The evidence presented at trial showed that Ingram, while driving on Dry Creek Road in Auburn, struck a vehicle and continued driving onto Highway 49 and eventually veered off the road hitting and killing the two teenage boys.  There was also evidence presented of Ingram’s prior conviction for driving under the influence in April of 2000.  This, along with other evidence, demonstrated Ingram’s knowledge of and disregard for the danger of driving while impaired which justified the Second Degree Murder charges and conviction.

The jury disregarded Ingram’s claim that he accidently took the Ambien thinking it was his blood pressure medication, he claimed he was in a parasomnia state and had no recollection of what had occurred. Deputy District Attorney Robert Lopez argued that Ingram’s claims at trial were nothing more than an attempt to create a defense to avoid responsibility for the murder of the two teenage boys.  Lopez appreciated the jury’s verdicts and their ability see through the defendant’s attempt to excuse his behavior.  Lopez added that while many people realize the dangers of drinking alcohol and driving, they too often forget that driving on prescription medication, like the Ambien in this case, can have the same tragic results.  Mr. Ingram’s failure to respect this fact cost two families, and our community, two loved and wonderful children.

The Defendant is being held without bail pending sentencing.  He is scheduled to be sentenced by the Honorable Charles Wachob on August 24, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in Department 42 of the Placer County Superior Court.  The defendant is facing 15 years to life for each murder count.

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PLACER COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Auburn Knights of Columbus Council # 6149 are sponsoring a Cancer Benefit Bus Trip to Feather Falls Casino in Orville July 21, 2018 .

All proceeds will go to assist the Letcher Family with their medical expenses . Son John Paul had a mass in his chest and Cancer Cells in his Bone Marrow, which have completely disappeared after 3.5 years of Chemotherapy and Radiation treatment . His brother Samuel 19 months at the time had a Tumor removed from his brain, he is improving .

Coffee, Tea, Juice, Water, and refreshments will be served going and returning .

For a donation of $ 40.00, you will receive $ 12.00 & $ 3.00 food credit at the Casino, you will also receive 6 Raffle tickets for great prizes on the bus, more tickets will be available for purchase on the bus .

For non Gamblers or those who can not make the trip, we will also accept Donations of any amount .

To reserve your seat or more info please contact Manuel F. Ferreira at : 530-885-9226 or 530-210-7554


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Mayor Powers Joins Auburn Senior Retirement Community in Celebrating WWII Vet's 100th Birthday

By Solstice Senior Living  |  2018-07-03

Bergman with a “caveman steak” from Longhorn Meat Company and a 7-ounce lobster tail.

PLACER COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Mayor Bridget Powers along with 100 Solstice Senior Living at Auburn residents, family members and staff came together on June 19  to celebrate resident Roy Bergman’s 100th birthday. Bergman is a World War II veteran and has been a resident at the senior living community for more than five years. After a 30-year career with San Bernardino County Fire, Bergman retired as a captain.

“I want to share my 100th birthday with all my friends here – staff and residents – as a way of saying thank you,” Bergman said. “I am thankful for what I have today and for Solstice Senior Living at Auburn. I appreciate the friendships that I’ve made and the kindness that I have received since living here.”

In honor of Bergman’s 100th birthday, local family-owned butcher shop Longhorn Meat Company donated lunch – over 30 pounds of meat – for the event. Local band 6 String Daisy also provided live entertainment for the community event.

“We are so thankful that the community has come together to celebrate Roy’s 100th birthday,” said Executive Director Gennaro John Faiola. “It’s important for us as a senior living community to give residents like Roy a memorable celebration for big milestones in their lives.” 

Solstice Senior Living at Auburn is located at 3250 Blue Oaks Drive, Auburn, CA 95602. Visit www.solsticeatauburn.com for more information.


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PLACER COUNTY, CA (MPG) - The Placer County Public Health Officer and Placer County Air Pollution Control District are issuing a joint air quality advisory to notify the public of the potential of poor air quality conditions due to smoke from the County Fire currently burning in Napa and Yolo counties, along with smoke from other fires in the state. This advisory will be active from today, Tuesday, July 3 through Wednesday, July 4, 2018.

Areas of smoke may affect Placer County from the foothills up into the Lake Tahoe area, dependent upon wind direction, until the fire is extinguished. Smoke contains very tiny particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs. While all people may experience varying degrees of symptoms, the more sensitive individuals — such as young, aged and those with respiratory conditions — are at greatest risk of experiencing more aggravated symptoms. Symptoms may include but are not limited to coughing, watery and itchy eyes, scratchy throat and difficulty in breathing.

If you can see or smell smoke, avoid all unnecessary outdoor activities, especially if you are in an area where visibility is greatly reduced.

Here are recommended ways to reduce your smoke exposure:

  • Stay indoors with the windows and doors closed; if possible run the air conditioner on the “recirculation” setting
  • Limit outdoor exertion and physical activity
  • Leave the smoke-impacted areas until conditions improve, if possible
  • Reduce unnecessary driving. If traveling through smoke-impacted areas, be sure that your vehicle’s ventilation system is on recirculate
  • Avoid the use of non‐HEPA paper face mask filters, which are not capable of filtering out extra fine particulates

Anyone experiencing questionable or severe symptoms should contact their doctor if they have any questions.

Keep in mind that air quality can change rapidly at different times during the day due to wind shifts; therefore, it is important to monitor the smoke throughout the day in your area and make outdoor plans accordingly.

Information on air quality and smoke can be found at www.placerair.org  or www.sparetheair.com. The Spare the Air website is a useful site to monitor current air quality values. Additional statewide information on smoke can be found at the California Smoke Blog at www.californiasmokeinfo.blogspot.com.

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, in consultation with Sacramento County Public Health Officer, Dr. Olivia Kasirye, is advising residents to take precautions and minimize outdoor activities during the afternoon of Monday, July 2 and on Tuesday, July 3 due to smoke being transported into Sacramento County from the County Fire burning in Yolo County and Napa County.

If you smell or see smoke, take the following actions:

  • Everyone should minimize outdoor activities if you can see or smell smoke, even if you’re healthy
  • Children, the elderly and people with respiratory or heart conditions should be particularly careful to avoid exposure
  • Stay indoors with doors and windows closed as much as possible
  • Asthmatics should follow their asthma management plan
  • Contact your doctor if you have symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms you believe to be caused by smoke
  • Those with heart disease should especially limit their smoke exposure since PM can cause heart attacks

"The smoke from wildfires can pose a health risk for anyone, but is especially harmful for older adults, young children, and those with existing health conditions,” said Sacramento County Public Health Officer, Dr. Olivia Kasirye. “If you see or smell smoke limit outdoor activities,” she added.

Check current conditions for the Sacramento region at www.SpareTheAir.com/wildfire.cfm.

To know what you’re breathing, download the free Sacramento Region Air Quality app or sign up for Air Alert emails at www.SpareTheAir.com.

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