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The Kwajalein Hourglass yy A d i v e r c h e c k s o u t t h e u n d e r w a t e r w o r l d d u r i n g K w a j a l e i n S c u b a C l u b Â’ s d i v i n g t r i p o n A diver checks out the underwater world during Kwajalein Scuba ClubÂ’s diving trip on S u n d a y F o r m o r e s e e P a g e 6 Sunday. For more, see Page 6. ( P h o t o b y L e o n a r d G r a n d b o i s ) (Photo by Leonard Grandbois)


Saturday, July 14, 2007 The Kwajalein Hourglass 2How to spend $716 million without even trying The Kwajalein Hourglass is named for the insignia of the U.S. Army 7th Infantry Division, which liberated the island from the forces of Imperial Japan on Feb. 4, 1944. The Kwajalein Hourglass is an authorized publication for military personnel, federal employees, contractor workers and their families assigned to U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll. Contents of The Hourglass are not necessarily of cial views of, T h e K w a j a l e i n H o u r g l a s s The Kwajalein Hourglass or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, Department of Defense, Department of the Army or USAKA. It is published Saturdays in accordance with Army Regulation 360-1 and using a network printer by Kwajalein Range Services editorial staff. P.O. Box 23, APO AP 96555 Phone: Defense Switching Network 254-3539; Local phone: 53539 Printed circulation:1,500E-mail: Of cer......Col. Stevenson ReedPublic Affairs Of cer (acting)........Tamara WardEditor......................................Nell Drumheller Graphics Designer..........................Dan Adler Reporter..............................................JJ Klein Distribution..................................C.J. KememUSAKA Person of the Week I wrote a commentary in the June 30 issue of The Hourglass in which I said that if the government quits squandering money, we might have enough of it to pay for universal health care in the United States. Like 99 percent of taxpayers, I have no real idea where our tax money goes once the government gets its hands on it. The only thing I’m sure of is that historically, it would seem a great portion of it is carelessly wasted. Two separate news reports, one in the Washington Post by Glenn Kessler and another by the Post on the CBS News Web site, tell us where at least $716 million of our money is supposed to be going. You can determine whether it’s being spent wisely, I guess. According to the article by Kessler, $592 million is the current estimate to build the new American Embassy complex in Iraq. It’s supposed to be the largest embassy in the world when nished and house well over 1,000 employees. Here’s where it gets a little irritating. The main contractor building a huge base for the 1,200 security guards who would be protecting the embassy is — are you ready — a Kuwaiti-owned company. Aside from the obvious security concerns, this company is currently under investigation by our Justice Department for labor abuses, according to the article. Sometimes it seems that letting the government pick contractors is like letting a ve year old pick health food. At least the construction has gone swimmingly — well, Rici JibonSee HOW TO SPEND, Page 12 commentary unless you count the ceremony when cooks tried out the kitchen for the rst meal at the huge, new guard base. It seems they got terrible electric shocks from stoves, ovens and light switches — right before the wiring melted and almost caught re. Of course, most of the appliances didn’t work after that. Further inspections found serious re hazards in the dining hall wiring and in other buildings on the base. The wiring is apparently not heavy enough to carry the load. Substandard wiring was used throughout the base and will have to be replaced. All 10 of the power generators leaked due to lack of corrosion resistance and proper sealing. There were strange noxious fumes and other uid leaks in the buildings. And, according to the article, the contractor was not actually following the building plans Well, who needs plans, right? The work was halted and the guard base can’t be inhabited until repairs are made to make it To everyone who failed to nd a garbage can and left their trash on the beach July 4. Clean up crews lled ve large trash bags of waste that was on the beach the next day. Emon Beach is not a trash can. Pick up after yourself. Rici Jibon has been working in Food Service for a number of years. Jibon’s attendance and work performance is exemplarly. She can always be found working diligently at her assigned tasks and is very conscientious of her work performance, insuring that her areas are always well maintained during her shift.


The Kwajalein Hourglass Saturday, July 14, 2007 3 New Kwajalein Range Services president puts emphasis on mission support, safety C h a n g e s a h e a d Changes ahead By Nell DrumhellerEditorDave Norwood became the president of Kwajalein Range Services on July 6. “I’ve been on the KRS project for about two years, and out of those two years I’ve spent probably a total of four months on Kwajalein,” Norwood said. “So I have some experience on the island. As a matter of fact, I brought my wife out for one week last November. She’s not here yet, but we’re both excited about it. We think this is a great place to live and to work, and we’re looking forward to having a good time here.” His wife, Jenny, will join him the end of July. Norwood has worked for Bechtel, a parent company to KRS, since 2003. The bulk of his professional career though, is as an of cer with the U.S. Army. He is a 1974 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy. Norwood is a registered professional engineer with more than 30 years of progressive responsibility. He retired from the Army as a Colonel, in 2001. Since joining Bechtel he’s worked in Iraq and Huntsville, Ala. His vision of the KRS future is clear. “First of all, there’s no doubt in my mind that USAKA/RTS is going to continue,” he said. “That mission will be important to our nation for many years to come.” How does KRS t into the USAKA/RTS plan? “What KRS needs to do is continue to shape our contract support to match what USAKA/RTS needs. And right now it’s beginning to look like distributed operations are going to be a major part of the way USAKA is going to do business; they’re changing their business model with this,” Norwood said. “Distributed operations means that a lot of what we do or have done in the past on Kwajalein is going to be done in other locations.” Norwood sees ber optics as the link that will connect the USAKA/RTS of today with the USAKA/RTS of the future. “The ber optic cable is going to make distributed operations a reality. So we’re going to be shifting some of our operations back to CONUS [continental United States] as USAKA moves its mission back to CONUS,” he said. “We’re still going to have, here, the responsibility for maintaining the infrastructure. The sensors, the optics, the telemetry, all those things that feed that data into operations are still going remain here. So we’re going to be here, maintaining and operating those systems.” But before the ber optics cable comes to Kwajalein’s shores, business will go on as usual. Norwood said that supporting the USAKA/RTS mission is primary. “What’s important to me is that we do that safely,” he said of KRS supporting the Army customer. “There’s not a thing that we do on this island that is so important that it’s worth risking life or limb of anybody. We’ve got to do it securely; obviously because it is a national site for missile defense operations, everything we do here that touches that needs to be done in such a manner that is secure. And we need to do business ethically. From a business perspective that’s very important to me is that everything we do, we do the right thing, and that our client can always trust us to do the right thing.” He described the USAKA/RTS mission as missile testing and working with emerging technologies. He added, “Everything we do here should be focused so that USAKA is successful in their programs and the operations they conduct here.” But there’s more to KRS than supporting the technical side of the mission. “Underlying that, we run a community here. We’re responsible that there’s a community infrastructure here that provides an acceptable quality of life for all of the people who live and work here. And then undergirding all of that, is that we provide logistics. We provide a logistics operation that supports everything from the mission, through the community side of the house and so those are the things that we need to be focused on as far as KRS goes in terms of being able to do our job.” In the future, that slice of KRS life will stay the same. “We are still, therefore, going to be running a community, [ensuring] an acceptable quality of life, and we are still going to be running all of the logistics functions to undergird all of that. So what I see over the next ve years is a change in the way we do the same mission that we are doing today, mainly in a geographical sense, but also the ber optic cable is going to make the way we do that business a lot different.” A more immediate change in the Kwajalein community is scheduled next year. “We’re going to change retail services; we’re bringing AAFES to the island. AAFES is going to be able to bring services to the island in a way that we can’t. They will be able to do that and leverage the capability of AAFES, not just AAFES Paci c; but AAFES worldwide and use that leverage to bring a broader range of goods, a different price structure for goods, it’ll be a signi cant impact on the quality of life here. This has been Col. Reed’s [USAKA commander] vision and he should be commended for the depth of the vision he had and the initiative he had in bringing it.” Norwood sees some challenges in his tenure. “Probably you could say the greatest asset of RTS is that it is in the middle of the Paci c Ocean, on the equator, 2,000 miles from anywhere. It’s just an ideal site for ballistic missile testing, for space operations, for testing emerging technologies. However, you could also say that one of the great disadvantages of Kwajalein is; Kwajalein is in the middle of the Paci c Ocean and 2,000 miles from anywhere,” he said. “Sometimes recruiting and retaining a workforce that See NEW PRESIDENT, Page 5


Saturday, July 14, 2007 The Kwajalein HourglassSee JUDGE, Page 12 4Magistrate judge sought for U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll In memoriam Former Kwajalein residents, Jayne, Robert Gray pass away six days apart after 64 years together On June 22, Jayne Lillian Gray, 85, died at Life Care Center of Reno, Nev. Six days later, two months before their 64th wedding anniversary, and just like the night they first met at the United Services Organization, 86-year-old Robert Lawrence Gray, Jr., escorted her home to ask for another dance. While she played hard to get and said no the rst time, this time we think she said yes. Robert Lawrence Gray Jr., born March 10, 1921 in New Boston, Ohio was the youngest son of a steelworker. He turned girl’s heads as he walked the school halls, a pack of cigarettes in the sleeve of his T-shirt. Jayne Lillian Gray was born in Woodbury, New Jersey, Feb. 20, 1923. She had star-like beauty, a quick laugh and an impenetrable desire to enjoy life. Jayne — a ‘Rosie the Riveter,’ met Robert — a handsome young submariner serving in the Paci c at a USO function during World War II. They married shortly thereafter and began a life together lled with fun, love and adventure. After the war, Robert transferred to the Air Force where they explored the world together living in places such as Libya, Germany, Hawaii and Kwajalein, each place chosen with an emphasis on where their children could learn the most about the world around them. Bob and his family lived on Kwajalein from 1965-1972 where Bob was the communications manager for Kentron and Jayne was an administrative assistant with Global. Wherever they were and whatever they were doing, t was “the best place they had ever been”. Bob and Jayne nally settled in Hawaii where they developed the American Overseas Employees Association, a rm that provided resources to many Kwaj people who wanted to continue working overseas. All along the way they shared their lives Jayne Lillian Gray and Robert Lawrence Gray, Jr.with hundreds of people who remember them to this day with love and admiration. Jayne was fond of reading, and enjoyed her favorite soap opera As the World Turns Bob’s passions were shing, gardening and could always be counted on to bring a beautiful ower or two to the ladies in the of ce. Dancing was their greatest pleasure together, often not letting a week pass without putting their dance shoes on. But most of all they loved each other. Seven years ago, they both became ill with progressive dementia. Fortunately, they were able to continue to live together and dance whenever the music moved them. They are survived by their children, Barbie J. Jarman, Dr. John F. Gray (Shelly), Robert Lawrence Gray III (Wendi), their six grandchildren Jimmy and Jeramy Jarman, Leah Gray (Guichu), Lindsey Gray, Keegan and Noah Gray, and their three great-grandchildren Zachary, Jacob, and Cole Jarman. They were wonderful parents and grandparents and will always be loved and deeply missed. A private Memorial Service to celebrate their lives was held at the residence of Dr. John F. Gray on July 1. In the company of their family, they were surrendered to the Paci c Ocean off the coast of their beloved Hawaii where their life together began. Public noticeCandidates sought for appointment to part-time U.S. Magistrate Judge, District of Hawaii, Kwajalein Missile Range The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of a part-time United States magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii at Kwajalein Missile Range. The duties of the position are demanding and wide-ranging, and include: (l) the conduct of most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases; (2) the trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases; (3) the conduct of various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings on delegation from the judges of the district court; (4) the trial and disposition of civil cases upon consent of the litigants. The basic authority of a U.S. magistrate judge is speci ed in 28 U.S.C. Section 636. To be quali ed for appointment an applicant must: (1) Be, and have been for at least ve years, a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Territory of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or the Virgin Islands of the United States, and have been engaged in the active practice of law for a period of at least five years (with some substitutes authorized), or have a degree from a college or university of recognized standing, with a minimum of five years of progressively responsible administrative experience in public service or business; (2) Be competent to perform all the duties of the of ce; be of good moral


The Kwajalein Hourglass Saturday, July 14, 2007 5 Twenty nine servicemembers die in Global War on Terror The following 29 U.S. servicemembers have died in the Global War on Terror. Lance Cpl. Angel R. Ramirez 28, of Brooklyn, N.Y., died Feb. 21 at Marine Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., after being medically evacuated following a non-hostile incident in Al Qaim, Iraq, on Dec. 21, 2006. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif. The incident is currently under investigation. Two Marines died July 1 from a non-hostile boat accident in the Euphrates River just off the shore of Al Anbar province. They were both assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. The accident is under investigation. Killed were: Lance Cpl. William C. Chambers 20, of Ringgold, Ga. and Lance Cpl. Jeremy L. Tinnel 20, of Mechanicsville, Va. Pfc. Steven A. Davis 23, of Woodbridge, Va., died July 4 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with grenades. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo. Pfc. Andrew T. Engstrom 22, of Slaton, Texas, died July 4 in Taji, Iraq, from injuries suffered in a non-combat related incident. His death is under investigation. Engstrom was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Chief Warrant Of cer Scott A.M. Oswell 33, of Washington, died July 4 in Mosul, Iraq, of wounds suffered when his helicopter struck a power line. He was assigned to the 4th Squadron, 6th U.S. Air Cavalry, Fort Lewis, Wash. Pfc. Joseph A. Miracle 22, of Ortonville, Mich., died July 5 of wounds sustained from enemy small arms fire and indirect re in the Watapor Valley of Kunar Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2d Battalion, 503d Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 173d Airborne Brigade, Vicenza, Italy. Spc. Michelle R. Ring 24, of Martin, Tenn., died July 5 of wounds sustained from enemy mortar re in Baghdad. She was assigned to the 92d Military Police Battalion, Fort Benning, Ga. Two Soldiers died July 5 when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device in Baghdad. They were assigned to 96th Civil Affairs Battalion, 95th Civil Affairs Brigade, Fort Bragg, N.C.. Killed were: Maj. James M. Ahearn 43, of Calif. and Sgt. Keith A. Kline 24, of Oak Harbor, Ohio. Spc. Christopher S. Honaker 23, of Cleveland, N.C., died July 5 of wounds sustained from enemy small arms re and indirect re in the Watapor Valley of Kunar Province. He was assigned to 2d Battalion, 503d Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 173d Airborne Brigade, Vicenza.Spc. Anthony M.K. Vinnedge 24, of Okeana, Ohio, died July 5 at the Radwaniyah Palace Complex, Iraq, of injuries suffered from a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation.Two Marines died July 5 from wounds suffered while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province. Killed were: Cpl. Jeremy D. Allbaugh 21, of Luther, Okia. and Lance Cpl. Steven A. Stacy 23, of Coos Bay, Ore. Spc. Jeremy L. Stacey 23, of Bismarck, Ark., died July 5 in Baghdad of wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Bliss, Texas. Three Sailors died July 6 as a result of enemy action while conducting combat operations in the vicinity of Baghdad. The three Sailors were assigned to an East Coast-based SEAL team. Killed were: Petty Of cer First Class Jason Dale Lewis 30, of Brook eld, Conn.; Petty Of cer First Class Robert Richard McRill 42, of Lake Placid, Fla. and Petty Of cer First Class Steven Phillip Daugherty 28, of Barstow, Calif. Sgt. Thomas P. McGee 23, of Hawthorne, Calif., died July 6 of wounds sustained when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device in Wazi Khwa, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 546th Military Police Company, 385th Military Police Battalion, Fort Stewart. Col. Jon M. Lockey 44, of Fredericksburg, Va., died July 6 in Baghdad of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation. Sgt. Eric A. Lill 28, of Chicago, died July 6 in Rustamiyah, Iraq of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle during combat operations in Baghdad. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Carson. Two Soldiers died July 6 in Iraq of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle. Killed were: Sgt. Gene L. Lamie 25, of Homerville, Ga. who was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart and Pfc. Le Ron A. Wilson 18, of Queens, N.Y. who was assigned to the 26th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart. Two Soldiers died July 6 in Muhammad Sath, Iraq of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device. Killed were: Cpl. Kory D. Wiens 20, of Independence, Ore. He was assigned to the 94th Mine Dog Detachment, 5th Engineer Battalion, 1st Engineer Brigade, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. and Pfc. Bruce C. Salazar Jr ., 24, of Tracy, Calif. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart. Spc. Roberto J. Causor Jr. 21, of San Jose, Calif., died July 7 in Samarra, Iraq, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device and small arms re. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. Pfc. Jason E. Dore 25, of Moscow, Maine, died Sunday in Baghdad of wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood. Master Sgt. Randy J. Gillespie 44, of Coaldale, Colo., died Monday, in Herat, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered during small arms re outside of Camp Stone. He was assigned to the 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Capt. Maria I. Ortiz 40, of Bayamon, P.R., died Tuesday in Baghdad of wounds suffered from enemy indirect re. She was assigned to the Kirk U.S. Army Health Clinic, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. has the skills and the core competencies that we need to do our job can be a challenge. So I look at that as one of the things we need to focus on, is making sure that we continue to recruit and maintain the workforce that we need to do the job that we’ve been asked to do.” Another challenge is brought about by Mother Nature, and Norwood’s background as a civil engineer is a good t. “The other thing, because we are where we are, it’s a very corrosive environment. It can be very harsh. That takes a toll on equipment and infrastructure. Another challenge would be to make sure we are doing everything possible to preserve the infrastructure that we have and the equipment we have. And I’m talking about everything here from the housing to the sensors.”NEW PRESIDENT from Page 3


Saturday, July 14, 2007 The Kwajalein Hourglass 6 By Nell DrumhellerEditor Sunday morning was blustery. The winds whistled across the atoll, shaking loose anything that wasn’t tightened down. At 7:30 a.m. the sky was threatening to dump bucketloads of water on anyone foolish enough to venture out of doors. Of course if the intent was to get wet, then the weather was ready to cooperate. And for the nearly 60 members of the Kwajalein Scuba Club, getting wet was the plan. This was the rst club-organized boat dive in two years. “In the past, KSC has had about two dives per year,” James “J.B.” Scott, KSC vice president and this trip’s organizer said. “We are planning to have another dive before the windy season starts. I would like to see us put on 2-3 dives every year for the club. It’s a constructive way to spend the club money and the whole purpose of this club is to do dive things for the membership.” Though there were wind and small craft advisories for Kwajalein, the Double Eagle chugged its way to Eller Island for the rst dive of the day. “The boat was rocking pretty good and we took quite a bit of spray over the bow,” explained Lisa Shier, a participant. “Most people took cover in the passenger module at the stern of the boat. I never felt that the boat was uncomfortable or unsafe The captain Windy weather doesn’t deter Scuba Club members from dive trip Sundaydid a great job of getting us to really nice dive sites.” The second dive was at Mann Island. “We had planned a second dive at Legan, but we went to Mann instead because it is a much bigger island and there was a more protected spot there,” Shier said. Scott said the locations were chosen for a reason. “The dives took place at islands out of Bboat range that the majority of the club members would never be able to dive on their own. Because the islands were less dived, the surrounding water was more pristine and provided a good opportunity for the dive club, especially the newest members who don’t have a lot of div Nearly 60 members of the Kwajalein Scuba Club braved less than ideal weather aboard the Double Eagle for Sunday’s dive trip. (Photo by Leonard Grandbois)


The Kwajalein Hourglass Saturday, July 14, 2007 7 ing experience.B ec a use I wa s a d iv e ma ste r for th e trip, I on ly d i d t h e secon d d ive, a t Mann. I h a d n e v e r do v e the r e b e f ore an d I f oun d it to b e an int erestin g enou g h place that I plan to g o b ac k on m y private b oat. T h ere was a 60f oot d eep san d s h e lf wi th sc a tte r ed co ra l A t sh a llo w er d ept h s, t h ere were surge c h anne l s an d san dy areas at d ept h s o f 20 – 40 f eet. T h ere was a g reat variet y of c l ams, an d some very nice corals.” S hi e r wa s e x c i ted a bout so m e of th e t h in g s s h e saw in t h e water, “ I ’ m a h u g e f an o f tri d acna c l ams, an d I rea ll y l i k e d seeing t h e great variety of colors.” Ro n G am ble coo r d ina ted the divemasters for the trip. A divemaster has advanced open water and rescue diver certi cation; can assist dive instructors; teach and certify divers, and is typically a seasoned diver. “KSC takes at least one working divemaster for every fteen divers,” Gamble said of the safety precautions for the trip. “We make certain that there is sun protection, plenty of water, a well stocked rst aid kit, rst aid oxygen kits, and various diver recovery aids that can assist injured or tired divers. These would include a downwind ring buoy, a ‘ otation torpedo’ to help tow a person and a motorized dingy or small boat. The divemasters assist divers on and off the boat ramp and maintain a watch for any problems that might arise. Two divemasters also do a preliminary short dive at each site to check the depth and currents before the other divers can enter the water. Careful roll calls are repeatedly made to make certain we know who goes in the water and that everyone is back on the boat.” One diver said roll call was taken as the boat was loaded, unloaded and before and after each dive. When planning the trip, Gamble said, “The only safety concern was that we needed to be certain to find areas sufficiently sheltered from the wind and waves so that it was safe getting on and off the boat ramp. The divemasters and Marine Department boat crew worked together to change the dive sites to make this happen.” Gamble added, “There was no minimum level of training or experience required [to participate in the dive] as we only dive in areas that are safe for new divers. We had one diver with us who obtained his basic open water diver certi cation at 9:45 p.m. on the night before the trip.”KSC members dive a lot, using as many as 1,200 tanks a month. Planning a trip to get them to new areas offered a change of pace, according to Scott. “The main point considered in choosing the dive location was that it was out of B-boat range and not dived very often. The last two trips by KSC were to Bigej, Illegini and Lone Palm. Bigej is within B-boat range and was not considered for this trip,” he said. “This time we picked Meck and Kwadack as the primary locations because it’s usually dif cult to dive the east reef due to winds, sea condition, currents, etc. and we were hoping for the doldrums to make things smooth and divable. As it turned out, that didn’t happen, so we had to revert to plan B, which was to dive Eller and Legan Islands on the west reef, where we could shelter in the lee of the islands and be protected. The dive at Eller went very smoothly, but the wind had picked up another knot, to 45, and we felt that Legan was just too small an island to provide the protection we needed for the second dive. It was decided that we dive Mann Island instead; it is one of the longest islands in the atoll and provided a very good lee-side shelter for the boat and divers.” The weather at the beginning of the second dive was still rough, but it improved. “When I came up from the second dive, the weather has completely calmed down. The difference just 45 minutes made was astounding,” Shier said. “The Marine Department boat crew provided outstanding support and ensured a safe trip,” Gamble said. “Capt. Chris LeBlanc and his crew were great. Also, the entire group of 56 divers and snorkelers were patient, cooperative and helpful. It was a great trip.” “The people participating in this dive trip were out to have fun and not let the small things ruin the trip,” Scott said. “The weather wasn’t great; the Port-O-Potty almost self-destructed and had to be jerry-rigged. But through all of that, no one complained or grumbled. Everyone seemed to have a great time. And I personally got to meet some new people and put faces with the names. It was a great opportunity to make new friends and socialize.”“The weather wasn’t great; the Port-OPotty almost self-destructed and had to be jerry-rigged. But through all of that, no one complained or grumbled. Everyone seemed to have a great time.” James Scott Scuba Club members assess the weather and sea conditions before diving Sunday. (Photo by James Polan)


Saturday, July 14, 2007 The Kwajalein Hourglass 8 Religious Services Catholic Saturday Mass, 5:30 p.m., in the small chapel. Sunday Mass, 9:15 a.m., in the main chapel. Mass on Roi is at noon, in Roi chapel. Protestant 8 and 10:45 a.m., Sunday and Roi-Namur service at 4 p.m.Sunday school for all ages is at 9:15 a.m. Latter-day Saints 10 a.m., Sunday, in Corlett Recreation Center, Room 3. Baptist 9:40 a.m., Sunday, in elementary school music room. Church of Christ 10 a.m., Sunday, in Quarters 442-A. Monday Beef and broccoli Pasta spirals Loco moco Grill: Brunch station openLunchTuesday Chicken fricassee Sliced sirloin roast Seafood Newburg Grill: Ham/cheese sandwichWednesday Chinese pork Roast chicken Misoyaki mahi mahi Grill: French dipThursday Chili Barbecued ribs Cornmeal-fried cat sh Grill: Phili beef wrap Friday Braised steaks Caribbean pork stew Onion rings Grill: Cheese sandwichJuly 21 Hamburger steak Chicken stir-fry Macaroni and cheese Grill: Chicken wrapCaf Roi DinnerSundayChicken thighs/bacon Flank steak Shrimp Thai noodlesMondayFried chicken Smoked briskit Pulled porkTuesdayBeef tortellini Spinach lasagna Fettuccini marinaraWednesdayPrime rib Chicken Kiev Mozzarella sticksFridayFlank steak Herb mahi mahi Lemon chickenThursdayChicken with basil Pork with cucumber Swee-sour shTonightSweet/sour pork Hunan chicken Kal bi barbecued ribsSundayRoasted lamb Peach/lemon chicken Eggs Florentine Grill: Brunch station open Monday Beef tips in Burgundy Whole roasted chicken Pork curry Grill: Brunch station openLunchTuesday Chicken cordon bleu Broiled ono Ham/cheese casserole Grill: Sloppy JoesThursday Fried chicken Short rib stew Red beans in broth Grill: Turkey Caesar wrap Friday Roasted Iowa chop Sesame ginger/tofu Breaded red snapper Grill: Coney Island dogJuly 21 Corned beef/cabbage Irish lamb stew Garlic herb pastaGrill: Ham/cheese stackerCaf Pacific DinnerSundaySpaghetti Veal Alfredo Baked mahi mahiMondaySweet/sour pork Chicken hekka Korean beef steakTuesdayBarbecued chicken Salisbury steak Spicy tofu/vegetablesWednesdayTop round of beef Lemon herb chicken Honey lime salmonFridayPancake supper Smoked beef briskit Beer-battered codThursdayFajitas to order Cajun roast pork Chorizo enchiladasTonightChicken-fried chicken Parker ranch stew Vegetarian beans HELP WANTEDSunday Carved smoked ham Crab Benedict Szechuan beef Grill: Brunch station openWednesday Stuffed cabbage Stuffed peppers Turkey and dumplings Grill: Cheese sandwich KRS has the following job openings. For contract hire positions, call Dennis Lovin, 256-890-8710. For all others, call Carolyn Veirup, 51300. Full job descriptions and requirements for contract openings are located online at Job descriptions for other openings are located at Human Resources, Building 700. NEED EXTRA money? KRS employment applications are continually accepted for all Community Services departments and the Human Resources temporary pool for casual positions. Some examples of these positions are: sport of cials, scorekeepers, delivery drivers, lifeguards, catering/dining room workers, medical of ce receptionists, temporry of ce support, etc. For more information, call the KRS HR Of ce at 54916. ON ISLAND HIRES AC&R TECHNICIANS I, full-time, Kwaj Ops., HR Reqs. K050009 and K050010 ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT I, full-time position, ALCOR, HR Req. K050122 ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT I, full-time position, elementary school, HR Req. K050121 AUTO BODY TECHNICIAN I, full-time position, Automotive, HR Req. K050069 BEAUTICIAN, casual position, HR Req. K031351 BINGO CALLER, casual position, HR Req. K031423 CARPENTER III, full-time, Kwaj Ops., HR Req. K050047 CASHIER, full-time, Roi Gimbel’s, HR Req. K050086. Enniburr residents, please apply with Annemarie Jones DELIVERY WORKER, two part-time postions, Surfway, HR Reqs. K050141 and K050142. GENERAL MAINTENANCE I, full-time, Kwaj Ops., HR Req. K050044 GRAPHICS DESIGNER/ILLUSTRATOR. Temporary, casual position with exible hours. Must have proven graphic design skills and experience. HR Req. K050083 HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATORS II, full-time, Kwaj Ops., HR Reqs. K050038 and K050039 INCINERATOR OPERATOR III, full-time position, Solid Waste Mgmt., HR Req. K050112 INCINERATOR OPERATOR III, full-time position, Meck Operations, HR Req. K050144 MAINTENANCE HELPER, three casual positions, Food Services, HR Req. K050100, K050131 and K050132 MECHANIC I, full-time position, Automotive Services, HR Req. K050124 MECHANIC – SCOOTER SHOP II, full-time position, Automotive. HR Req. K031360 PLUMBER/PIPEFITTER II, full-time, Utilities, HR Req. K050040 PRODUCTION CONTROL CLERK, full-time position, Automotive. HR Req. K031250 PRODUCTION CONTROL CLERK II, Full-time position, Heavy Equipment-Kwajalein Ops. HR Req. K050070 RECREATION SPECIALIST I, casual position, Community Activities/Hobby Shop, HR Req. K050127 RECREATION AIDE I, casual position, Community Activities, HR Req. K050134 RECREATION AIDE II, two casual positions, Community Activities, HR Req. K050133 and K050135 RECREATION AIDE II, Library, casual position, Community Activities, HR Req. K050143 REGISTERED NURSE, casual position, HR-K050085 SAFETY TECHNICIAN II, full-time, Kwaj Ops., HR Req. K050046 SHEETMETAL WORKER II, full-time, Kwaj Ops., HR Req. K050011 SPORTS OFFICIAL, Casual position, Recreation Activities, HR Req. K050120 SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS, Education Department, HR. Req. K031285 TOOL ROOM ATTENDANT I, full-time position, Roi Operations, HR Req. K050137 TEMPORARY ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT. Temporary positions on a casual basis. Must have proven administrative skills in Microsoft of ce applications (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) WAREHOUSEMEN LEAD, PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, full-time position, HR Req. K050138. CONTRACT HIRES (A) accompanied (U) unaccompanied Even numbered requisitions=CMSI: odd numbered requisitions=KRS AC &R TECHNICIAN II, HR Req. 031378 U


The Kwajalein Hourglass Saturday, July 14, 2007 9 BUYER II, HR Req. 031837 Richmond, Calif. U CALIBRATION TECHNICIAN III, HR Reqs. 031865 and 031913 U CAPTAIN, 100T, HR. Req. 031392. U CARPENTER II, III, IV; HR. Reqs. 031348, 031346, 031350 and 031442 U CDC/SAS ASSISTANT DIRECTOR/INSTRUCTOR LEAD HR Req. 031847 U CERTIFIED TEACHER, HR Reqs. 031747, 0313813 and 031929 U CHIEF ENGINEER, HR. Req. 031438. U COMMUNICATIONS TECHNICIAN II, III, HR Reqs. 031941, 031803, 031883 and 031885 U CONTRACTS PURCHASES SPECIALIST, HR. Req. 031851 U CYS TECHNOLOGY LAB LEAD, HR Req. 031851 U DATABASE ADMINISTRATOR III, HR Req. 031767 A DESIGNER/PLANNER IV, HR Req. 031308 U DRAFTER II, HR Req. 031396 U DRAFTSMAN III HR Req. 031873 U DRIVER II, HR. Req. 031905 Honolulu ELECTRICIAN II, HR Req. 031224 U ELECTRICIAN III, HR Reqs. 031224, 031210, 031330, 031332, 031370, 031372, 031408, 031412 and 031452 U ELECTRICIAN IV, HR Reqs. 031302, 031304, 031380 and 031414 U ELECTRICIAN LEAD, HR Req. 031448 U ELECTRONICS TECHNICIAN I, II, III, HR Reqs. 031719, 031743, 031383 and 031593 U ELEMENTARY SCHOOL GUIDANCE COUNSELOR HR Req. 031907 A ENGINEER, HR Req. 031436 U FACILITIES ENGINEER IV, HR Req. 031240 A FIELD ENGINEER HR Req. 031729 U FIELD ENGINEER II, HR Req. 031753 A FIRE INSPECTOR, HR Req. 031426 U FIRE SYSTEMS TECHNICIAN III, HR Req. 031428 U FIREFIGHTER, HR Reqs. 031268, 031270, 031312, 031316, 031318, 031368, 031430 and 031450 U FIREFIGHTER/EMT, HR Reqs. 031278 and 031388 U HARDWARE ENGINEER II, III, HR Reqs. 031733 and 031897 A HOMEWORK CENTER LEAD, HR Req. 031835 U HOUSING INSPECT/EST/MAINT SPECIALIST, HR Req. 030390 U HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGER, HR Req. 031873 U IT PROJECT PLANNER II HR Req. 031887 A KWAJALEIN POWER PLANT, MECHANICAL LEAD HR Req. 031374 A LEAD FIRE INSPECTOR, HR Req. 031424 U LEAD WELDER, HR Req. 031198 U MAINTENANCE SPECIALIST, MECK HR Req. 031386 U MANAGEMENT & STANDARDS ANALYST III HR Req. 031290 U MANAGER, ENGINEERING & PLANNING, HR Req. 031262 A MASONRY III, HR Req. 031336 U MATERIAL DISPOSAL SPECIALIST HR Req. 031911 U MECHANIC III, IV, HR Reqs. 031418, 031432, 031246 and 031434 U MECK POWER PLANT MECHANIC III, HR Req. 031286 MISSION PLANNER III, HUNTSVILLE, HR Req. 031757MISSION TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, HR Req. 031799 A MMW OPERATIONS DIRECTOR, HR Req. 031945 U NETWORK ENGINEER III–MO, HR Req. 031227 A OPERATOR, SPACE SURVEILLANCE, HR Req. 031697 U PAINTER III, HR Req. 031366 U PHYSICIAN, SURGEON, HR Req. 031449 A PLANT TECHNICIAN II, III, HR Reqs. 031947 and 031949 U PLUMBER PIPEFITTER III HR Req. 031354 U PRODUCTION CONTROL CLERK III, HR Req. 031420 U PROGRAMMER/ ANALYST-PAYROLL SUPPORT, HR Req. 031349 U PROGRAMMER/ ANALYST-SUPPLY and MAINT, HR Req. 031841 A PROJECT CONTROLS ENGINEER III, HR Req. 031252 U PROJECT PLANNER II, HR Req. 031296 A PROJECT PLANNER III, HR Req. 031843 A PROPERTY SPECIALIST I, HR Req. 031875 U PUBLIC INTERNET SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR, HR Req. 031763 U RADAR TECHNICIAN II, III, HR Req. 031717 U RADIO/TV BROADCASTER/OPERATOR HR Req. 031839 U REGISTERED NURSE, HR Req. 031871 U REPORTER, HR Req. 031933 U RMI EMPLOYEE RELATIONS MANAGER HR Req. 031899 A ROI-NAMUR POWER PLANT, ELECTRICIAN II, HR Req. 031220 U SAFETY ENGINEER, HR Req. 031891 A SECURITY SPECIALIST, III. HR Req. 031893 A SENIOR DOCUMENT CONTROLLER, HR Req. 031985 U SERVER ADMINISTRATOR III HR Req. 031819 A SHEET METAL WORKER III, HR Reqs. 031446 and 031422 U SIX SIGMA BLACK BELT, HR Req. 031817 A SOFTWARE ENGINEER IV, HR Req. 031751 A SPACE SURVEILLANCE OPERATOR, HR Reqs. 031619, 031915 and 031903 U SR FLIGHT SAFETY RF FIELD ENGINEER, HR Req. 031627 U SR PROJECT CONTROLS SUPERVISOR, HR Req. 031745 A STYLIST, HR Req. 031823 U SUPERVISOR, HAZARDOUS WASTE, HR Req. 031400 A SUPERVISOR, CONFIGURATION AND DATA MANAGEMENT, HR Req. 031821 A SUPERVISOR, BODY SHOP/LT VEH MAINT, HR Req. 031196 A SUPERVISOR, PURCHASING HR Req. 031923 Richmond, Calif. SUPERVISOR SECURITY, HR Req. 031937 U SYSTEMS ENGINEER III and IV, HR. Reqs. 031909, 031939, 031797 and 031749 A WAREHOUSEMEN LEAD, HR Reqs. 031360, 031398 and 031416 U WELDER IV, HR Req. 031444 U RTS WEATHERATSC, RTS Weather Station, has an immediate opening for an electronics technician. Training and experience in radar maintenance and repair is critical; work with weather radars is preferred. ATSC maintenance technicians: Survey, install, maintain and repair a wide variety of scienti c instrumentation and communications systems. Background in telemetry, analog and digital circuitry, PC and LINUX/UNIX operating systems highly desired. Unaccompanied position. ATSC is an equal opportunity employer offering a highly competitive salary and bene ts package. For information, call 51508.The University of Maryland ADJUNCT INSTRUCTORS to teach an eight-week term in the near future. If you have a master’s degree and would like to know more about this unique opportunity, call Jane, 52800 or email U.S. Army Kwajalein AtollPUBLIC AFFAIRS SPECIALIST, GS-1035-12, announcement SCBK07105582. Serves as Public Affairs Of cer for USAKA. Plans, organizes and conducts a comprehensive and coordinated public affairs program of command information, public information, and community relations. Serves as a senior command spokesperson. Through articles, speeches and community involvement activities, assures public recognition and understanding of the command’s mission and goals. Develops command public affairs policies, issues directives, explains PAO policies and procedures, assesses results and determines effectiveness of programs and activities. Closing date is July 30. To apply visit http: // or for more information call Bennie Kirk at 54417. WANTEDTHREE-WHEEL bike for older relative for three weeks starting Thursday. Call 58856. CHILD’S WAGON to buy. Call 52276.HOUSE-SITTING SITUATION for visiting mother and sister Aug. 4-17. Both are responsible adults good with pets and plants. Call James, 51578, home or 53002, work.SCUBA AIR TANKS, two 80-cubic foot or one 80-cubic foot and one 95-cubic foot and 19 cubic-foot pony bottle. Call 55959, home, or 53667, work. LAPTOP COMPUTER in good working condition and


Saturday, July 14, 2007 The Kwajalein Hourglass 10 Kwaj Bingo will be Thursday at the Yokwe Yuk Club. Card sales begin at 5:30 p.m., Bingo play begins at 6:30 p.m. Blackout at 49 numbers with a $650 jackpot prize. Windfall completion at 26 numbers with an $900 prize. Bring your Kbadge to play. Must be 21 to enter and play. Youth Center stuff 7 9 p m 7-9 p.m., t o n i g h t tonight, X B o x g a m e X-Box game n i g h t a t t h e night at the Y o u t h C e n t e r Youth Center. 7 1 0 p m 7-10 p.m., S u n d a y Sunday, 8 0 Â’ s d a n c e 80Â’s dance p a r t y a t t h e party at the Y o u t h C e n t e r Youth Center. patio loveseat, to purchase. Call Cris, 52935. LOST TOOL BAG dropped from a maintenance vehicle in high school area. Call the Electric Shop, 51502. KODAK DIGITAL camera in black zip case, June 16, onboard the 5:20 p.m. Barry Aviation plane from Kwajalein to Roi. Reward offered. Call 51582. RAZOR SCOOTER, pink color. Call 52885 or return to Quarters 122-A. GIVEAWAYCOMPUTER MONITORS, View Sonic, E771 and E773 plus a Yamatta CD recorder, model CRW8824. Call Cris, 52935 or 59021. PATIO SALESMONDAY, 7-11 a.m., Quarters 134-F. PCS sale. MONDAY, 8-10 a.m., Quarters 467-B. MONDAY, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Quarters 408B (in the back). FOR SALEMICROWAVE, $50 and Kwaj-condition bikes, $20-30. Call 59154. LARGE BOOKCASES, microwave, CD tower, La-ZBoy recliner, Mr. Coffee four-cup coffee maker, water skis, ironing board, bowl of shells for candlemaking, wet suit and Weber smoker. Call 54434. SNORKEL VESTS, $2-4; tan plastic chair, $3; folding stadium chair, $4; pink 9-feet by 12-feet carpet, $7; two beige carpets, 5-feet by 8-feet, $10 each; 16inch oscillating oor fan, $20 and plumeria, $20. Call 50225. TWO LEXAR 1GB jump drives, new in package, $12 each. Call 55959, home, or 53667, work. KING-SIZE comforter/ruf e/pillow shams and cases/ sheet set, $25; deluxe coffee grinder, $7; two shower rods, $4 each; three square pillow set, $9 and spices in rack, $4. Call 52319. BIKES (FIVE) available Tuesday: Three adult Huffys, $20-25, one childÂ’s chopper-style, $20, one childÂ’s 20inch, almost new, $25; Panasonic microwave,$40; TV antenna, available Monday, $40. Call 52529. MENÂ’S SHORTS, various colors and styles, some new and some used, sizes 40, 42 and 38; threespeed Sun bike, good condition, $75 or best offer. Call 59390 and leave a message. SONY SURROUND SOUND stereo system with speakers and stereo components, $175; 32-inch TV with remotes, $150; 6-feet long by 5-feet high entertainment center, $75; queen-size pillow-top mattress with box spring, almost new condition, $600. Call Mike, 55987. OGIO GOLF STAND bag, blue and black, like new; $45; Spiegel bedding ensemble, neutral/light oral/sage gingham print, includes one full sheet set (print), one queen sheet set (solid, cream), queen duvet cover (print), queen quilt (print), two standard decorative cream pillow shams and more, $125 for all. Call 51596. FLASH DIFFUSER and LCD screen shade for the Canon A 610/20/30 waterproof housing, $10; student violin, music stand, electronic tuner with metronome and instruction books, $120 and Marshallese dictionary, grammar and audio tapes, $30. Call 55959. FOLDING CHAIRS modern, swivel back, chrome legs, black polymer, match yellow chairs sold at Ruth CarrÂ’s PCS sale, two chairs, $25 each and Marlboro neon sign store window display, $100. Call 55995. AMANA RADAR range microwave/convection oven, white, $75. Call 54168. CANON 30D digital SLR, two lenses, 18-55 and 28200 mm, polarizing ler, 4GB memory, and camera bag, paid $1,900, will sell for $1,500. Call 53766. CUSTOM BLINDS for 400-series house, all rooms, available Aug. 3, $40 for entire set and 16-inches by 16-inches blue outdoor padded mats, convenient for toddlers playing, $40 for set of 16. Call 54427.KWAJ-CONDITION burley, $15; hammock, $25; white bathroom cabinet, $10; ironing board, $10; wooden blinds, $8; four bikes at various prices and large solid wood computer armoire, $150 and creative memories scrapbooking supplies, all new and in original packaging. Call Mary, 51298.TOSHIBA GIGABEAT 60GB MES60V MP3/4 player. new, never used, $225; twisted nylon anchor line inch by 250 feet with eye splice, new, on reel in shrink wrap, $130; Henderson Gold Core low cut booties, size 11, $10 and K2 inline skates, new condition, menÂ’s size 9-10, $50. Call 55959, home, or 5366, work. SURFBOARD, 8-feet, 2-inches, mini-longboard, Blue brand, two years old, $350. Call 52276. BERBER CARPETS with padding, neutral color, one is 14-feet by 8-inches by 12-feet and one is 13-feet, 3-inches by 10-feet, 8-inches, ts two-bedroom 400 series housing living room and master bedroom, $75 Attention Roi residents: Catholic Mass will now be held on Roi on a regular basis at noon, Sundays, in the Roi Chapel.


The Kwajalein Hourglass Saturday, July 14, 2007 11 SIX SIGMA DEFINITION: Sigma The Greek letter s (sigma) refers to the standard deviation of a population. Sigma, or standard deviation, is used as a scaling factor to convert upper and lower speci cation limits to Z. Therefore, a process with three standard deviations between its mean and a spec limit would have a Z value of three and commonly would be referred to as a three sigma process. Change of Command T h e The C o m m a n d e r Commander, U S A r m y U.S. Army K w a j a l e i n A t o l l Kwajalein Atoll, i n v i t e s t h e invites the c o m m u n i t y t o t h e community to the 1 0 a m F r i d a y a t R i c h a r d s o n T h e a t e r 10 a.m., Friday, at Richardson Theater. L t C o l J u s t i n A H i r n i a k w i l l b e Lt. Col. Justin A. Hirniak will be r e l i n q u i s h i n g c o m m a n d o f R o n a l d R e a g o n relinquishing command of Ronald Reagon B a l l i s t i c M i s s i l e D e f e n s e T e s t S i t e Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site t o L t C o l H a r o l d A B u h l to Lt. Col. Harold A. Buhl. each or $140 for both; ve decorative wrought iron end tables, $50 and computer desk with hutch, $25. Call 51596. ONE-HALF INTEREST in 36-foot Bayliner, Reunion, $20,000; 15-horsepower Honda four-stroke outboard, $1,200; Japanese glass shing oats; Boston whaler, 17-foot, $10,000 and one-half interest in Japanese shing boat, project boat, $10,000. Call Dennis, 51850, work, or 54489, home. COMMUNITY NOTICESALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS will have a special open meeting to raise community awareness at 6 p.m., Sunday, in the Religious Education Building upstairs library. Everyone is welcome. Questions? Call 52338. SAY GOODBYE to Pam and Kelly Sites at 8 p.m., Sunday, at the Yuk Club. This will be their last weekend on Kwaj before PCSing. Enjoy the last few goods times with them while you can and enjoy some good tunes. Questions? Call the Yuk Club, 53419. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS meets at 7 p.m., Wednesdays and 6 p.m., Sundays in the Religious Education Building, second oor, in Room 213 or 216. For more information about AA on Kwajalein, call 52338. YOUTH CENTER ACTIVITIES. GuyÂ’s night will be 7-9 p.m., Tuesday; Youth Cooking Club Mexican Dinner night will be at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, in the CYS house; girlÂ’s tness night will be at 6 p.m., Thursday and the career readiness eld trip to the police station, re department and hospital starts at 1 p.m., July 21. THE SMALL ARMS RANGE will be in operation 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday. Avoid the hazard area. Questions? Call 54448. WHY NOT take the rst step in discovering the beautiful waters of Kwajalein Atoll and getting your boating license? The next boating orientation class is scheduled for 6-8:30 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, in Community Activity Center Room 1. Cost for the class is $20, payable in advance, at Small Boat Marina or Community Activities. Questions? Call Small Boat Marina, 53643.THE AMERICAN LEGION Post 44 will meet at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, at the VetsÂ’ Hall. The meeting will discuss newly elected of cers, committee members, functions, upcoming events, renovation updates and other items of interest. Join in the fellowship at this meeting. THE FAMILY and adult pools will be closed for intake pipe cleaning until July 21. Questions? Call Mandy, 52847.DODGEBALL RETURNS. Put your co-ed team together. Register at Community Activities. Cost is $20 per team. Deadline is July 21. For more information, call John, 53331. FAMILY BOWLING NIGHT is 6-9 p.m., July 22, at the Bowling Center. To reserve a lane, call 53320. MANDATORY MONTHLY ISLAND Orientation will be held at 12:45 p.m., July 25, In Community Activities Center Room 6. It is required for all new island arrivals. The island orientation is not recommended for family members under 10. Questions? Call 51134. CELEBRATE the end of July at 8 p.m., July 29, at the Roi Outrigger end-of-July party. The Durty Rascals will provide music. A FRIENDLY REMINDER to all boat captains. Small Boat Marina boat deposits will be lost if weekend reservations are not cancelled by 1 p.m., the day prior to the scheduled reservation. Unfavorable weather and extenuating circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Saturday, July 14, 2007 The Kwajalein Hourglass 12HOW TO SPEND, from Page 2 Weather courtesy of RTS WeatherSunday: Mostly sunny, 20 percent showers. Winds: ENE at 8-12 knots. Monday: Partly sunny, 30 percent showers. Winds: NE at 6-12 knots. Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, 70 percent showers Winds: ESE at 5-10 knots. Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, 40 percent showers Winds: E at 5-10 knots. Thursday: Mostly sunny, 20 percent showers. Winds: ENE at 6-12 knots. Friday: Partly sunny, 20 percent showers. Winds: ENE at 6-12 knots. July 21: Partly sunny, 30 percent showers. Winds: ENE at 6-12 knots. Annual total: 32.20 inches Annual deviation: -9.87 inchesCall 54700 for updated forecasts or visit Sun  Moon  Tides Sunday 6:39 a.m./7: 12 p.m. 6:58 a.m./7:56 p.m. 4:40 a.m., 4.7’ 11:11 a.m., 0.6’ 5:08 p.m., 3.4’ 10:55 p.m., 0.3’ Monday 6:39 a.m./7:12 p.m. 7:54 a.m./8:43 p.m. 5:17 a.m., 4.7’ 11:45 a.m., 06’ 5:43 p.m., 3.5’ 11:31p.m., 0.3’ Tuesday 6:39 a.m./7:12 p.m. 8:47 a.m./9:26 p.m. 5:52 a.m., 4.6’ 12:17 a.m., 0.5’ 6:16 p.m., 3.5’ Wednesday 6:39 a.m./7:12 p.m. 9:35 a.m./10:05 p.m. 6:24 a.m., 4.4’ 12:06 a.m., 0.1’ 6:48 p.m., 3.5’ 12:48 p.m., 0.3’ Thursday 6:39 a.m./7:12 p.m. 10:20 a.m. /10:42 p.m. 6:55 a.m., 4.1’ 12:40 a.m., 0.1’ 7:20 p.m., 3.4’ 1:17 p.m., 0.1’ Friday 6:39 a.m./7:12 p.m. 11:04 a.m./11:18 p.m. 7:24 a.m., 3.7’ 1:13 a.m., 0.3’ 7:54 p.m., 3.2’ 1:45 p.m., 0.2’ Saturday 6:39 a.m./7:12 p.m. 11:48 a.m. /11:55 p.m. 7:55 a.m., 3.3’ 1:49 a.m., 0.7’ 8:32 a.m., 3.1’ 2:15 a.m., 0.4’ safe enough to occupy. An inspection by the State Department’s Overseas Building Operations cited numerous examples of ‘poor quality construction’ and ‘life safety issues.’ An American company contracted to run the embassy complex when it is completed has refused to do so unless it is released from all liability if anyone is injured by faulty construction. Since the guard base was not completed properly and on time, the 1,200 security guards were apparently living in tents instead of secure, new air-conditioned accommodations. To help alleviate the housing problem for the guards, 252 prefabricated three-bedroom trailers were brought in to the base. There was one tiny problem with the trailers though. They were manufactured by a Saudi-owned company that used toxic chemicals when building them. The fumes were so bad the trailers couldn’t be lived in. How much do you gure those 252 trailers cost? The guard base itself was esti-mated to run $22 million out of the $592 million total cost. I suppose that estimate will go up a tad when all the necessary repairs are made. Of course, without a proper base that can provide security and protection for the guards, construction workers and embassy personnel, there will be an inde nite delay in completing the rest of the complex, although it is supposed to be ready in the fall. As one State Department of cial said, these problems don’t bode well for the whole project. I wonder how many more millions of dollars all of this will add to the cost of the construction? Well, what’s $592 million (or a little more) anyway? That’s walking around money to our government folks. Now, according to the second Post report, the Department of Homeland Security gave a contract to a company in May of 2003 for a $2 million dollar project to help DHS get its intelligence computer operations up and running. Somehow, during the course of the work, DHS paid out $30 million instead of the original $2 million. When DHS lawyers found out, they complained the project was grossly beyond estimates and that the contract should be rebid. For some reason, according to the article, DHS delayed for a year, divided the contract into ve separate contracts, and then asked for bids. Now, who do you suppose won all ve of those contracts? That’s right, the original company By then, the $2 million project had ballooned into a $124 million money pit. How could this happen? According to the article, DHS simply waived all of the rules designed to protect taxpayer money. So there you have it. How to spend $716 million without really trying or even knowing what you’re getting for it. And that’s just two examples of the thousands of government contracts being paid for with taxpayer money. Senator Everett Dirksen was famously supposed to have said in the ’60s, “A billion here, a billion there, and soon it adds up to real money.” Never in the history of our country has that been more tragically true. character; be emotionally stable and mature; be committed to equal justice under the law; be in good health; be patient and courteous; and be capable of deliberation and decisiveness; (3) Be less than seventy years old; (4) Not be related to a judge of the district court; and (5) Reside on Kwajalein. A merit selection panel composed of attorneys and other members of the community will review all applicants and recommend to the judges of the district court in con dence the ve persons it considers best quali ed. The court will make the appointment following an FBI full eld investigation and an IRS tax check of the applicant selected by the court for appointment. An af rmative effort will be made to give due consideration to all quali ed applicants, including women and members of minority groups. The current annual salary of the position is $3,824. The term of of ce is four years. For more information, contact the Clerk of the U.S. District Court or the Chairperson of the Selection Panel. Applications must be submitted only by applicants personally and must be received no later than Aug. 24 and should be addressed to: MERIT SELECTION PANEL FOR KWAJALEIN MAGISTRATE U.S. DISTRICT COURT 300 ALA MOANA BLVD., RM. C-338 HONOLULU, HI 96850 All applications will be kept con dential, unless the applicant consents to disclosure, and all applications will be examined only by members of the merit selection panel and the judges of the district court. The panel’s deliberations will remain con dential. By Order of the Court. Sue Beitia, clerkJUDGE, from Page 4