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The Kwajalein Hourglass Saturday, July 21, 2007 L t C o l H a r o l d B u h l a c c e p t s t h e a c q u i s i t i o n a g f r o m C o l S t e v e n s o n R e e d U S A r m y Lt. Col. Harold Buhl accepts the acquisition ag from Col. Stevenson Reed, U. S. Army K w a j a l e i n A t o l l c o m m a n d e r d u r i n g t h e R o n a l d R e a g a n 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 Kwajalein Atoll commander during the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site c h a n g e o f c o m m a n d c e r e m o n y F r i d a y F o r m o r e s e e P a g e 3 change of command ceremony Friday. For more, see Page 3. ( P h o t o b y N e l l D r u m h e l l e r ) (Photo by Nell Drumheller)


Saturday, July 21, 2007 The Kwajalein Hourglass 2It was better when we knew it was real 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 Barry Bonds is now just a few homers shy of breaking Henry Aaron’s home run record and it makes me think of times long past. I’ve said before that some of the fondest memories I have of time spent with my father are the baseball games he would take me to when I was a youngster in the late ’50s and through the ’60s. Yeah, a long time ago. We went to Sportsman’s Park on Grand Avenue in St. Louis, paid $1 each for general admission seats, and watched the Cardinals play America’s game. In the mid-sixties, the new Busch Stadium was built on the riverfront. It was a nice stadium, but it never had the same ‘feel’ as Sportsman’s Park. Of course the ticket prices got ridiculously high. I’ve always felt privileged to have seen Cardinal players the likes of Stan Musial, Bob Gibson, Orlando Cepeda, Curt Flood, Bill White, Tim McCarver, Julian Javier, Dick Groat, Roger Maris (after his Yankee days) and the amazing Lou Brock, among others. Visiting players such as Roberto Clemente, Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey and Pedro FerrerSee BETTER, Page 12 commentary Pedro Ferrer is a delight to work with and has been with food service for three years. His outstanding culinary and leadership abilities have lent to the ongoing success of Caf Paci c by providing delicious eye-appealing entrees to our island community of course Aaron came to town. Even though they were arch rivals, we marveled at their baseball skills. When the Yankees came to St. Louis for the 1964 World Series, I saw Whitey Ford, Jim Bouton, Elston Howard, Joe Pepitone and the great Mickey Mantle play in person. The Cardinals won that Series as my dad and I sat together, and it will always be one of the biggest thrills of my life. There was the Red Sox World Series in 1966, the Detroit Tigers Series in 1968 — so many games, so many magic moments and so many great ball players, I can’t even remember all of them. And during all those games and all the great hitting and pitching I saw, I never once wondered whether I was actually seeing natural ability or ‘performance enhancing’ drugs. Sure, pitchers threw a ‘spitter’ or ‘Vaseline ball’ now and then, but heck, that was an art form, not cheating. That was as much a part of the game as chewing tobacco and sliding hard into a base with sharpened spikes ashing to intimidate in elders and break up double plays. It was how the game was played then — tough and all out. One of the sayings many people of my generation had drummed into our heads was that ‘cheaters never win.’ These days, it seems the saying has been changed to ‘you can’t win without cheating.’ It’s a sad thing that players like Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds, among others, will always be under that dark steroid cloud. I don’t think Bonds will ever be accepted as the legitimate home run record holder by the majority of baseball fans. That will always belong to Aaron. The possibility actually exists that Bonds might not be voted into the Hall of Fame. It will be interesting to see To submit a letter to the editor: Keep letters to less than 300 words, and keep com ments to the issues. No personal attacks will be printed. Letters must be signed. However, names will be withheld if requested. We will edit for Associated Press style, grammar and punctuation and if you exceed the word limit, will be edited for space. Limit one letter every 30 days. Send your letter to: The Hour glass, P.O. Box 23, Local; or hourglass


The Kwajalein Hourglass Saturday, July 21, 2007 3 Buhl is new RTS commander By Nell DrumhellerEditorLt. Col. Justin Hirniak relinquished command of the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site Friday to Lt. Col. Harold Buhl. “I asked him to be a leader and lead people and make this a better place. And that’s exactly what he’s done,” Michael C. Schexnayder, deputy to the commander for Research, Development and Acquisition at the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, said of Hirniak. Schexnayder was guest speaker at the ceremony which was held in the Island Memorial Chapel. He welcomed Buhl and advised him, “Your job is to leave this place better than you found it. Simple. And when you leave set the condition for the future,” he said, insisting that Buhl must require those who follow him to do the same. “We’re committed to helping this place survive, because I think it is important,” he continued. “The Army has supplied us with a superstar,” Col. Stevenson Reed, commander, U.S. Army Kwajalein said of Buhl. Buhl has a bachelor of science degree in physics and atmospheric science from Drexel University, Philadelphia and a master of science degree in industrial engineering from the Speed Engineering School at the University of Louisville. Reed told Buhl, “Listen to the voices of experience that you have down at RTS. They will serve you well.” The USAKA commander concluded, “Eyes forward, secure the high ground.” Hirniak took a few minutes to thank those who attended the ceremony as well as those who have worked with him during his two years on Kwajalein. “I can’t say thanks enough,” Hirniak said. “My hat’s off to everyone here.” He continued, “It’s going to get busy. There’s a lot of work to do. And it’s because of you showing up to work everyday, doing that coordination and dealing with the hard and challenging problems that we’re viable and we’re relevant into the future in test and evaluation community as well as the space operations side of the house.” Hirniak said that during his two years as RTS commander that there was never an issue put in front of him where there those that work with and support RTS hadn’t already figured out a solution.” “I am very humble in this great honor,” Buhl said. What makes it tremendous is the team.” The new RTS commander continued, “We have a great future, it’s bright and it’s full of challenges, and full of opportunities. You’ve developed a track record here of great success. “The world is a dangerous place. And in this dangerous world we have a critical mission in helping to ensure those blessings of liberty; through the Army, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the U.S. of America. So it’s a daunting challenge. My solemn promise to you is that I won’t See BUHL, Page 6Hirniak led, improved RTS, departs after two years Patricia and Reagan Buhl listen to Lt. Col. Justin Hirniak at the change of command ceremony Friday. Buhl is the wife of the incoming commander. (Photo by Lee Craker)Spurs are traditional accessories for members of the calvary. (Photo by Lee Craker)


Saturday, July 21, 2007 The Kwajalein Hourglass 4 General claims NATO doesn't deliver critical capabilities By Jim GarmoneAmerican Forces Press ServiceNATO countries have still not manned the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan to promised levels, the commander of the force said in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday. U.S. Army Gen. Dan K. McNeill said he does not have promised critical capabilities. “NATO has not manned this force to the level it said it would man it,” he said. The general said the command is short on “helicopters, maneuver troops, aeromedical evacuation, some medical, and some intelligence apparatus.” When NATO assumed control of security operations in Afghanistan, the United States provided a “bridging force” with these assets until NATO forces could arrive. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates later extended the stay of the bridging force for six months. “We would be in a lot -a lot -more dif cult position without the bridging force,” McNeill said. “In the meantime, there are ve to Arizona National Guard Soldiers patrol Nuristan Province, Afghanistan, June 19. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Isaac A. Graham) seven countries that could contribute more helicopters but, to date, have not done so. We have proposed that perhaps if we are not going to get helicopters from member nations that they should put money up and we could hire local indigenous helicopters, not to move NATO Soldiers, but cargo,” he said. To an extent that is already happening with U.S. funding in Regional Command East, but the same capability is needed in Regional Command South. In addition, the general said he is short four battalions of maneuver troops. The British have said they will place a battalion in the south by the end of the year, but this doesn’t help the situation today. “We’re an interim force here to be sure,” he said. “We’re here to buy the Afghan national security forces the space and time needed to take responsibility for their own nation.” One bedrock tenet of counterinsurgency warfare is that indigenous troops are the best forces to use, McNeill said, adding that the Afghan forces show mixed success. “We’re a long way from having an effective police force here,” he said. “By my reckoning that’s at least two years away.” He said the Afghan National Army is much better, but it is smaller and has to control a larger population and larger land mass than in Iraq. That is where the International Security Assistance Force comes in. Until the Afghan army grows in strength and capabilities, NATO and its allies must help secure the nation, McNeill said. He stressed that NATO nations must come through with the forces needed. The general said national caveats that some forces work under also hamstring the international force. National governments place restrictions on how their forces can be used in Afghanistan. For example, some forces cannot be used for offensive operations. “In effect, caveats do not allow us in this headquarters to make the most ef cient and effective application of the force,” McNeill said.


The Kwajalein Hourglass Saturday, July 21, 2007 5 Fourteen servicemembers die in Global War on Terror Recall issued after battery packs reportedly explodeKwajalein Range Services Environmental, Safety and Health releaseThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the rm named below, announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. Name of Product: Milwaukee Power Plus, Chicago Pneumatic, and Extractor 14.4 and 18 volt 2.4 Ah NiCd battery packs Units: Approximately 1,000,000 Manufacturer/importer: Milwaukee Electric Tool Co., of Brook eld, Wis. Hazard: If a vent on the battery cell is damaged or compromised during use, the battery can explode and pose a laceration hazard to consumers. Incidents/Injuries: Milwaukee Electric Tool Co. has received 35 reports of incidents, including 11 injuries from battery packs exploding while in use. Injuries include minor cuts, bruises and some hearing loss. Description: The recalled batteries are used to power drills, saws, radios, ashlights, wrenches and Extractor windshield glass removers. The recall includes 14.4 and 18 volt 2.4 Ah NiCd Milwaukee Power Plus, Chicago Pneumatic, and Extractor battery packs manufactured between July 1999 and February 2004. The brand name can be found on a label on most battery packs. However, some 14.4 Volt 2.4Ah packs did not have “Power Plus” on the label. The battery packs were sold both with tool kits and as individual battery packs. Battery packs manufactured after February 2004 are not included in this recall. The following 14 U.S. servicemembers have died in the Global War on Terror. 1st Sgt. Jeffrey R. McKinney 40, of Garland, Texas, died July 11 in Adhamiyah, Iraq of injuries suffered from a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany. The incident is under investigation. Sgt. Courtney T. Johnson 26, of Garner, N.C., died July 11 in Besmaya, Iraq of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with indirect re. He was assigned to the 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Ga. Sgt. Allen A. Greka 29, of Alpena, Mich., died July 13 of wounds sustained from a land mine detonation during a dismounted patrol in Jisr Diyala, Iraq. He was assigned to the 3d Battalion, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 3d Brigade Combat Team, 3d Infantry Division at Fort Benning. Pfc. Christopher D. Kube 18, of Sterling Heights, Mich., died July 14 in Baghdad, Iraq of wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo. Spc. Robert D. Varga 24, of Monroe City, Mo., died Sunday in Baghdad of injuries suffered from a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the 984th Military Police Company, 759th Military Police Battalion, Fort Carson. The incident is under investigation. Pfc. Benjamin B. Bartlett Jr ., 25, of Manchester, Ga., died Sunday in Mosul, Iraq of wounds suffered from a rocket-propelled grenade. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Bliss, Texas. Sgt. John R. Massey 29, of Judsonia, Ark., died Sunday in Balad, Iraq of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle during combat operations July 14 in Baghdad. He was assigned to C Battery, 142nd Fires Brigade, Arkansas Army National Guard, Ozark, Ark. Spc. Eric M. Holke 31, of Crestline, Calif., died Sunday in Tallil, Iraq of wounds sustained from a non-combat related incident. His death is under investigation. Holke was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 160th Infantry, California Army National Guard, Fullerton, Calif. Lance Cpl. Shawn V. Starkovich 20, of Arlington, Wash., died Monday in Al Anbar province, Iraq. His death is under investigation. Starkovich was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif. Two Sailors died Tuesday as a result of enemy action while conducting combat operations in Salah Ad Din Province, Iraq. The two sailors were assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Eleven, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash. Killed were: Chief Petty Of cer Patrick L. Wade 38, of Key West, Fla. and Petty Of cer First Class Jeffrey L. Chaney 35, of Omaha, Neb. Sgt. Nathan S. Barnes 23, of American Fork, Utah, died Tuesday in Rushdi Mullah, Iraq of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked by insurgents using small arms re. He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y. Two Soldiers died Tuesday in Baghdad of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle. They were assigned to the 401st Military Police Company, 92nd Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas. Killed were: Pfc. Ron J. Joshua Jr ., 19, of Austin, Texas and Pfc. Brandon K. Bobb 20, of Orlando, Fla.


Saturday, July 21, 2007 The Kwajalein Hourglass 6 let you down. The warrior ethos says, mission first, will not quit. And together we will meet these challenges.” Buhl, with his wife Patricia and children Reagan and Matthew have been on island for less than a week. Buhl said of his first impression of Kwajalein, “It’s a world class operation and strategic capability combined with a great location. But most of all, a great team of people.” Buhl described how he sees the future, “Over the next few years, RTS will change to bring its unique and superior capabilities in line with the needs of the nation. The world is in a near continuous state of change. RTS needs to be on the leading edge of that change.” Prior to his assignment with USAKA, Buhl was the chief of Materiel Systems for the U.S. Army Armor Center, Fort Knox, Ky. He was commissioned an Armor Officer in 1988. Following the Armor Officer Basic Course, he served as a cavalry scout platoon leader in the First Squadron, First Cavalry, First Regiment of Dragoons, Katterbach, West Germany, with service on the former Intra-German and Czechoslovakian Borders, and in Southwest Asia during Operations Desert Shield and Storm. Following graduation from the Armor Officer Advanced Course in 1994, he commanded Company D, First Battalion, 72d Armor Regiment, Tongduchon, South Korea, with service in the Kumhwa, Chorwon and Western Corridors. After serving as an active component advisor to the Third Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Springfield, BUHL, from Page 3Col. Stevenson Reed, U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll commnder, presided over the change of command ceremony Friday when Lt. Col. Harold Buhl became the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Site commander. (Photo by Lee Craker) Reagan Buhl quickly made friends after arriving on Kwajalein last week. Her father, Lt. Col. Harold Buhl is the new RTS commander. (Photo by Nell Drumheller)


The Kwajalein Hourglass Saturday, July 21, 2007 7 Ashland City, and Gallatin, Tenn., he was accessed into the Acquisition Corps. After Acquisition Training in 1999, Buhl was branch chief for operational requirements on the Combined US – UK Future Scout and Cavalry System. Following graduation from the Command and General Staff College, he served as assistant project Lt. Col. Harold Buhl cuts the ceremonial cake with his sword at Friday's reception welcoming him and his family (wife Patricia is laughing in the background) to Kwajalein. (Photo by Lee Craker) Renee Hirniak, right, and Patricia Buhl give Matthew Buhl a quick snuggle in the reception line at the change of command ceremony Friday. Hirniak and her husband Lt. Col. Justin Hirniak, with their children Jake and Caroline departed Kwajalein after the ceremony that made Buhl's husband, Lt. Col. Harold Buhl the new commander of the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site. Lt. Col. Hirniak served as commander for two years. (Photo by Lee Craker)manager and executive officer in the Missile Defense Agency, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Project Office, Huntsville, Ala. Buhl’s military training and experience prepared him for this assignment and its challenges. He plans to “sustain the operational success and momentum of RTS while looking for greater opportunity to match RTS capabilities with national needs.” Prior to moving to Kwajalein, Buhl had learned about USAKA from people he met, “There are a lot of people with first-hand experience and knowledge of Kwajalein with whom I have had the privilege of working. The quality and skills of these people is as much a testament of Kwajalein as the superior installation and operational capability,” he said. “We are all one team,” he said, describing the Kwajalein workforce. “The history of contractors and Army with families has tremendous success in great and noble projects and endeavors. RTS is part of that history of teamwork accomplishing great things.” Buhl, echoing Reed said, “Secure the high ground,” adding, “I and my family look forward to a great tour, and great success for the team and the range.”Hirniak, his wife Renee and children Jake and Caroline departed the same day for their new assignment in Missouri. Michael C. Schexnayder, deputy to the commander for Research, Development and Acquisition at the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, speaks at the change of command cermeony. (Photo by Nell Drumheller)


Saturday, July 21, 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 Roasted turkey Italian roast beef Eggs Benedict Grill: Brunch station openLunchTuesday Breaded pork cutlet Pasta/chicken/sausage Fried clam strips Grill: Tuna meltWednesday Pork roast Herbed ono Charsiu roast duck Grill: Teriyaki burgerThursday Chicken/sour cream beef bourgnignone Citrus snapper Grill: Sloppy Joes Friday Baked ricotta penne Maple-glazed pork loin Lemon garlic cod Grill: Cheese sandwichJuly 28 Beef brisket Southwest chicken Honey baked beans Grill: Corn dogsCaf Roi DinnerSundayRoast sirloin Thai chicken stir-fry Baked codMondaySpaghetti pesto Marinara meatballs Chicken ParmesanTuesdayHuli huli chicken Hawaiian steak Sweet salmonWednesdayBeef tenderloin Chicken picatta Pasta a la pestoFridayGarlic/Rosemary lamb Greek lemon chicken Greek gyro barThursdayBaked meatloaf Blackened mahi mahi Szechuan chickenTonightStir-fried chicken Chinese pepper steak Sauted snapperSundayCountry-fried chicken Heuvos rancheros Grilled ham steak Grill: Brunch station open Monday Hamburger steak Peking duck Bacon/cheese quiche Grill: Brunch station openLunchTuesday Beef lasagna Mushroom lasagna Turkey stir-fry Grill: Teriyaki chickenThursday Mambo pork roast Jerk chicken wings Jamaica meat pie Grill: Tuna melt Friday Beef Stroganoff Tandouri chicken Snapper Veracruz Grill: Cheese steak wrapJuly 28 Italian meatloaf Meat/veggie pizza Macaroni and cheeseGrill: Ham/pepper JackCaf Pacific DinnerSundayBraised short ribs Chicken divan Vegetarian tofuMondayBeef pot pie Hawaiian ham steak Oriental veggie stir-fryTuesdaySwiss steak Chicken nuggets Vegetarian lentilsWednesdayPrime rib Roast herb chicken Vegetable chow funFridaySpaghetti Eggplant Parmesan Chicken AlfredoThursdayBreaded pork chops Chicken curry Red beans in brothTonightGrilled minute steak Chicken stew Pasta medley HELP WANTEDSunday London broil Salmon coquettes Pork pimento Grill: Brunch station openWednesday Fried chicken Barbecued spareribs Cornmeal fried cat sh Grill: Cheese dogs 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, temporary 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, elementary school, HR Req. K050121 AUTO BODY TECHNICIAN I, full-time position, Automotive, HR Req. K050069 BEAUTICIAN, casual position, HR Req. K031351 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 CHILD AND YOUTH SERVICES CENTRAL REGISTRATION COORDINATOR, full time, HR Req. K050149 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 OPERATOR II, full-time, Meck Operations, HR Req. K050150 HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR II, full-time, Kwaj Ops., HR Reqs. K050038 INCINERATOR OPERATOR III, full-time position, Solid Waste Mgmt., HR Req. K050112 INCINERATOR OPERATOR III, full-time position, Meck Operations, HR Req. K050144 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 RECREATION AIDE I, casual position, Community Activities, HR Req. K050134 RECREATION AIDE II, Library, casual position, Community Activities, HR Req. K050143 SAFETY TECHNICIAN II, full-time, Kwaj Ops., HR Req. K050046 SHEETMETAL WORKER II, full-time, Kwaj Ops., HR Req. K050011 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 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


The Kwajalein Hourglass Saturday, July 21, 2007 9 DRAFTER II, HR Req. 031396 U DRAFTSMAN III HR Req. 031873 U DRIVER II, HR. Req. 031905 Honolulu ELECTRICIAN II, HR Req. 031224 UELECTRICIAN 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 WEATHER ATSC, 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 MarylandADJUNCT INSTRUCTORS to teach an eightweek 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 Army Kwajalein AtollPUBLIC AFFAIRS SPECIALIST, GS-1035-12, announcement SCBK07105582. Serves as Public Affairs Officer 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 or for more information, call Bennie Kirk at 54417. WANTEDCHILD’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 80cubic 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 patio loveseat, to purchase. Call Cris, 52935. LOST 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. SMALL CREAM-colored shag carpet on Lagoon Road. Call 52400. FOLDING KNIFE, single stainless steel blade, 3-inch black plastic handle with clip, made in Taiwan, in area of Small Boat Marina. Call 52557 or 57279. FOUNDEARRING at Yacht Club on Tuesday. Call 52275. PATIO SALESMONDAY, 6:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Trailer 578. Household items, clothing, vacuum cleaner and G-Shock solar watch. MONDAY, 7-10 a.m., Dome 190. Household items, children’s toys, some baby clothes, breast pump, fertility monitor, step/play piano, Graco stroller, baby backpacks and baby shoes. No early birds. MONDAY, 7-11 a.m. Quarters 480-A. Clothing, shoes, handbags, kitchen and electronic items. MONDAY, 7:30-10:30 a.m., Dome 167 MONDAY, 8-11 a.m., Quarters 226-A (inside). PCS sale. MONDAY, 8-12 a.m., Quarters 490-A (in back). PCS sale. FOR SALELARGE BOOKCASES, microwave, CD tower, La-Z-Boy recliner, Mr. Coffee four-cup coffee maker, water skis, ironing board, bowl of shells for candlemaking, wet suit and Weber smoker. Call 54434. HP HIGH POWER NOTEBOOK COMPUTER: 17inch WSXGA+ screen, T7200 2.0GHz Core2Duo,


Saturday, July 21, 2007 The Kwajalein Hourglass 101GB RAM, GeForce 7600 w/512M Dedicated Video RAM, HDMI Output, 120GB SATA Drive (two hard drive bays), DVD burner, gigabit ethernet, 56k modem, WinXP MCE 2005, WinVista Home Premium upgrade, $1,400. Call 51545. X-BOX WITH six games, three controllers and one remote, $225. Call 52200. PET CRATE, extra-large, 700 series, $350 or best offer. Call Walt, 52129. HUFFY BIKE, 26-inch, $15; three plastic patio chairs, $5 each; set of bed risers, $10 and menÂ’s large scuba fins, $20; Call Mary, 51298. BOAT HOUSE and hard top boat shelter, 30-feet by 16-feet, on Lot 305. Call Dennis, 52047 or 51195. MARTIN DC-1E acoustic electric with hardcase, $900; Steinberger Spirit with gigbag, $250, telescope Celestron 6-inch f/5 Newtonian on CG-4 Mount, with motor drive, webcam, and carry case, $350.00. Call 53329. KING-SIZE MATTRESS pad, one set of king sheets fitted, flat, two king pillow cases, two standard cases, one king bedspread oatmeal color, two king pillows, and two regular pillows, $75 for all. Call 54168 or 55176. SEVEN-PIECE sectional couch (L group), $650; black leather rocker/recliner, $350; large aluminum and glass outdoor table and 10 chairs, $350; many brown Q-Bits modular furniture pieces including computer desk and end tables; large area rug and many plants. Call 54455. 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; 16-inch oscillating floor fan, $20 and plumeria, $20. Call 50225. TOSHIBA GIGABEAT MP3/4 player, $225; nylon anchor line -inch by 250 feet with eye splice, $130; low cut booties, size 11, $10; K2 inline skates menÂ’s size 9-10, $50 and ash diffuser and LCD screen shade for Canon A 610/20/30 waterproof housing, $10. Call 55959, home, or 53667, work. KING-SIZE slate blue print comforter/ruf e/pillow shams and cases/sheet set, $25; shower rod, $4 each 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 20-inch, 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. Unless otherwise designated, all Bachelor Quarters are non-smoking buildings. USAKA Reg. 210-50 5E 4 and 5 states that smoking is prohibited in rooms that are designated as non-smoking and in all common areas. This includes exterior stairwells, balconies, laundry rooms and within 50 feet from the entrance of all buildings. When a smoking complaint is received by the Housing Of ce or hotline call, the resident will be noti ed and a record of the complaint will be made. If a second complaint is received, the Housing Of ce is authorized to enter the resident's room without further notice in order to investigate. If a smoking complaint is received but a room number is not known, the Housing Of ce will post a warning letter on each room of the oor or wing in question. If the Housing Of ce determines that a resident is in violation of the policy, the resident will be reassigned to a smoking Bachelor Quarters and forced to move at his/her expense. Further action may apply. Questions? Contact Housing Hazardous Material Utilization and Management (Design for Six Sigma Project): A Six Sigma team designed a process to automate HazMat approvals, minimize assortment of HazMat on island, place controls on warehouse requisitions to ensure safe use of materials, and reutilize waste (i.e. paint) through a free issue warehouse to minimize shipment costs. This resulted in $111,847 for 2006.Buildings and Grounds requests that all lawnmower users return the mowers to their original sign-out location by the end of the sign-out day (Saturdays exempt). It is the responsibility of the original requestor that the lawn mower be returned to the original drop-off site. M A N D A T O R Y M MANDATORY M O N T H L Y I S L A N D ONTHLY ISLAND O r i e n t a t i o n w i l l Orientation will b e h e l d a t 1 2 : 4 5 p m W e d n e s d a y I n C o m m u n i t y be held at 12:45 p.m., Wednesday, In Community A c t i v i t i e s C e n t e r R o o m 6 I t i s r e q u i r e d f o r a l l Activities Center Room 6. It is required for all n e w i s l a n d a r r i v a l s T h e i s l a n d o r i e n t a t i o n i s n o t new island arrivals. The island orientation is not r e c o m m e n d e d f o r f a m i l y m e m b e r s u n d e r 1 0 recommended for family members under 10. Q u e s t i o n s ? C a l l 5 1 1 3 4 Questions? Call 51134.


The Kwajalein Hourglass Saturday, July 21, 2007 11 T h e S m a l l B o a t M a r i n a i s h a p p y t o a n n o u n c e t h a t The Small Boat Marina is happy to announce that S h a g g y Shaggy t h e the p o n t o o n b o a t i s b a c k i n s e r v i c e pontoon boat, is back in service. S h a g g y Shaggy h o l d s 1 0 p e o p l e a n d i s holds 10 people and is e x c e l l e n t f o r f a m i l i e s o r l a r g e g r o u p s w a n t i n g t o e x p l o r e t h e l a g o o n excellent for families or large groups wanting to explore the lagoon a n d h a v e a s h a d y c o m f o r t a b l e o u t i n g S i g n u p a t t h e M a r i n a and have a shady, comfortable outing. Sign up at the Marina. Ten-Ten store will be closed Thursday and Friday for inventory. Normal hours of operation will resume July 28th. Surfway will extend business hours on Thursday and Friday. Hours of operation will be: 10a.m. -12:30 p.m. and 1:30 8 p.m. SHAGGY IS BACK CHILD AND YOUTH SERVICES B A S K E T B A L L C L I N I C S BASKETBALL CLINICS First session (Grades kindergarten-3), 3:30-5 p.m., July 31-Aug. 4, in Corlett Recreation Center Gym. Second session (Grades 4-6), 3:30-5:30 p.m., Aug. 7-11,in Corlett Recreation Center Gym. Register by contacting Central Registration, 52158. Questions? Call Jason, 53796.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. 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.CUSTOM BLINDS for 400-series house, all rooms, available Aug. 3, $40 for entire set and 16inches by 16-inches blue outdoor padded mats, convenient for toddlers playing, $40 for set of 16. Call 54427.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.TWO BERBER CARPETS with padding, neutral color, $75 each or $140 for both; ve decorative wrought iron end tables, $50; computer desk with hutch, $25, Ogio golf stand bag, $45; bedding ensemble: full sheet set, queen sheet set, queen duvet cover, queen quilt, two standard pillow shams and more, $125 for all. Call 51596. COMMUNITY NOTICESALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS meets at 7 p.m., Wednesdays and 6 p.m., Sundays in the Religious Education Building, second floor, in Room 213 or 216. For more information about AA on Kwajalein, call 52338. 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. PROPERTY MANAGEMENT ANNOUNCEMENT In accordance with the KRS Government Property Control Manual (CDRL AP23): A Request for Disposition Form (1046-A) must be completed. Property custodians may now run an R,RJRRFD report from KEAMS and select the e-mail option, which will arrive in an Microsoft Word format for easy modification. This report will generate a 1046-A form from KEAMS which must be validated with a stamp by a POSR before DCCB will accept items for disposal. Questions? Contact the Property Management Office, 53412. KWAJALEIN YACHT CLUBÂ’S monthly meeting will be at 6:30 p.m., July 28. It will be an Asian theme. Bring a side dish or dessert to share. Questions? Call Denise, 51192 or 51700.


Saturday, July 21, 2007 The Kwajalein Hourglass 12 Weather courtesy of RTS WeatherSunday: Mostly sunny, 20 percent showers. Winds: ENE at 5-10 knots. Monday: Partly cloudy, 40 percent showers. Winds: E-ESE at 6-12 knots. Tuesday: Mostly sunny, 20 percent showers Winds: ENE-ESE at 5-10 knots. Wednesday: Partly sunny, 30 percent showers Winds: ENE-E at 6-12 knots. Thursday: Partly cloudy, 30 percent showers. Winds: ENE at 6-12 knots. Friday: Mostly sunny, 20 percent showers. Winds: ENE at 6-12 knots. July 28: Partly sunny, 30 percent showers. Winds: ENE-E at 5-10 knots. Annual total: 32.49 inches Annual deviation: -11.90 inchesCall 54700 for updated forecasts or visit Sun  Moon  Tides Sunday 6:39 a.m./7: 12 p.m. 11:48 a.m./11:55 p.m. 8:29 a.m., 2.9’ 2:32 a.m., 1.0’ 9:21 p.m., 2.9’ 2:48 p.m., 0.7’ Monday 6:39 a.m./7:12 p.m. 12:32 p.m./ 9:15 a.m., 2.4’ 3:33 a.m., 1.3’ 10:32 p.m., 2.8’ 3:34 p.m., 1.0’ Tuesday 6:39 a.m./7:12 p.m. 1:18 p.m./12:33 a.m. 10:44 a.m., 2.1’ 5:17 a.m., 1.4’ 4:53 p.m., 1.1’ Wednesday 6:39 a.m./7:12 p.m. 2:06 p.m./1:13 a.m. 12:11 a.m., 2.8’ 7:21 a.m., 1.2’ 1 p.m., 2.0’ 6:38 p.m., 1.1’ Thursday 6:40 a.m./7:11 p.m. 2:57 p.m. /1:58 a.m. 1:34 a.m., 3.1’ 8:29 a.m., 0.8’ 2:19 p.m., 2.3’ 7:53 p.m., 0.8’ Friday 6:40 a.m./7:11 p.m. 3:51 p.m./2:46 a.m. 2:29 a.m., 3.5’ 9:12 a.m., 0.3’ 3:06 p.m., 2.6’ 8:45 p.m., 0.5’ Saturday 6:40 a.m./7:11 p.m. 4:57 p.m. /1:58 a.m. 3:12 a.m., 3.9’ 9:47 a.m., 0.0’ 3:43 a.m., 3.0’ 9:27 a.m., 0.1’Magistrate judge sought for U.S. Army Kwajalein AtollThe Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of a part-time U.S. magistrate judge for the District of Hawaii at Kwajalein Missile Range. The current annual salary of the position is $3,824. The term of of ce is four years. A full public notice for the magistrate judge position is posted at the U.S. Post Of ce on Kwajalein and at the of ce of the Clerk of the U.S. District Court at 300 Ala Moana Blvd., Rm. C-338, Honolulu, Hawaii. The notice is also available on the court’s Internet Web site at Interested persons may contact the Clerk of the U.S. District Court for additional information at (808) 541-1330. 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 By Order of the Court Sue Beitia, Clerkif he is. Some people say athletes can’t really be blamed for using steroids and other ‘help’ these days. They make big money for performing and winning and if they don’t cheat to gain the edge, they might lose their chance of making the big money to someone who is cheating. So who’s really to blame? Coaches, managers and team owners certainly share a major portion of blame. Even parents of young athletes share the blame in many cases. I mean, when a sophomore high school boy stands 6-feet, six inches, weighs 300 pounds of muscle, benchpresses 400 pounds and he’s the smallest guy on the football team, how hard is it to know something’s up? When an aging baseball player like Bonds, no matter how good he is, bulks up with 40 pounds of muscle and starts cranking out 50 plus home runs per season, it’s time to ask questions. If you’ve ever watched professional or college football, seen the immense size of those guys and the abuse their bodies take, yet they do it week after week, don’t you wonder how they can keep going and play through injuries without some kind of ‘help’? The answer has got to be that they can’t. When young, in-the-prime-of-life athletes die of heart attacks or have career-ending physical problems they shouldn’t have at their ages, go into rages and sometimes commit suicide, why aren’t red ags up? But everybody is doing it they say. From high school sports to professional sports, athletes are getting a ‘boost.’ The great Green Bay Packer’s coach Vince Lombardi said, “Winning isn’t everything — it’s the only thing.” That’s even more true now than when he said it in the ’60s because it’s more about money now than merely the pride of winning and being the best. If you think that just applies to professional sports, you’re sadly mistaken. College basketball and football are two of the biggest money makers in the sports world. There’s almost more pressure on college athletes to win than on professionals. The fans, managers, coaches, owners and parents push athletes, no matter how young, to win — win at all costs. If that’s the prevailing attitude, how can athletes be blamed for doing what they think they have to do? Fans like me say they deplore the cheating and the use of drugs. But we cheer winners and boo losers. Fans want winning teams and if the players are cheating by using steroids, well, fans just conveniently overlook it — as long as it’s their team doing the winning. Maybe the fans are most to blame for accepting it. After all, to a true sports’ fan, very few things in life can compare to your team winning the state championship, the national championship, the World Series or the Superbowl. Having been a Cardinals fan all my life, I’ve been fortunate to see ‘my’ team win several championships. It brings a truly euphoric joy. Winning is like a drug in itself. Looking back to times gone by and re ecting on the way things are in sports now, I think the reason those games my father and I watched together are so important to me is not just because I was with my dad, but because those games represented baseball at its best. Teams and players won or lost with their natural abilities. They played the game with what God gave them, not what came out of a chemistry set. The game was ‘pure’ then. It was an honest game. We knew what we saw on the eld wasn’t in uenced by any performance enhancing drugs. Who knows, maybe the guys back then would have used steroids had they been available, but I’d like to think those hard-nosed, old-time ballplayers I saw would have had too much pride in themselves to use them. I’m grateful I was able to witness that era in baseball. Of course, old fuds like me always say things were better in ‘their day.’ But it really was better when we knew it was for real.BETTER from Page 5