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The Kwajalein Hourglass Friday, July 25, 2008 C u s t o m e r s s h o p a t M a c y Â’ s W e s t o n t h e l a s t d a y o f o p e r a t i o n M o n d a y Customers shop at MacyÂ’s West on the last day of operation Monday. F o r m o r e s e e P a g e 6 For more, see Page 6. ( P h o t o b y D a n A d l e r ) (Photo by Dan Adler)


Friday, July 25, 2008 The Kwajalein Hourglass 2 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 T h e K w a j a l e i n H o u r g l a s s The Kwajalein Hourglass of cial views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, Department of Defense, Department of the Army or USAKA. It is published Fridays 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:1,500 E-mail: Of cer......Col. Stevenson ReedPublic Affairs Of cer ...............Vanessa PeedenMedia Manager...............................Dan Adler commentary Patience is a must-have virtue on Kwajalein The Hourglass recently received a Thumbs Down that we decided not to print. The reason for not printing it is that the department which received the criticism is extremely understaffed and really doing the best it can under very dif cult circumstances. But it points out something that has always bugged me for the 16 years I’ve been on this island. Why is it that on this remote, tiny piece of land in the middle of the vast Paci c Ocean, we can’t cut each other a little slack? There’s always been one truth about Kwaj — if you don’t possess the virtue of patience, this is probably not the place for you to be. Since I stepped off the plane 16 years ago, it’s always been that way. It’s everything from the bakery running out of lids for the coffee cups to having to eat off paper plates at Caf Paci c when the dishwasher breaks. If Surfway doesn’t have potato chips or pretzels, some people act like it’s the end of the world as we know it. I’ve heard lots of complaints about the prices of food at Surfway. I remember how someone complained that a bottle of steak sauce costs $5 here. But guess what, the last time I was in California, I checked the price of that same steak sauce and it was $5. At least out here, I don’t have to spend $4 for a gallon of gasoline to go buy that $5 sauce. I’ve even heard complaints now about the slow service at the AAFES Food Court. Well, I have to say that sometimes, it is a little slow. But it’s a new operation with new people and it’s going to take a while to iron out the kinks. I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen some pretty slow service at ‘fast’ food places in the states too. In my department, I know what folks say when the TV wigs out, or programming changes at the last minute, or one or more channels loses the signal. But you know, there’s also plenty of people in the states who have cable they’re paying for that goes out every two minutes or so. Nothing is perfect anywhere you go. We need to ‘feel each other’s pain’ as it were. Especially now with the transition going on. We all know how understaffed most departments are right now. How can it be that those of us who work in the trenches and know what it’s like trying to do more with less in our own departments won’t cut anybody else a break? I’m just as guilty of it as anybody else. I’ve fumed as I’ve tried to ride my bike without spilling hot coffee out of a cup with no lid. I’ve eaten off paper plates at the Caf Paci c. I’ve waited days for repair people to come to my quarters to x something. And yes, I’ve complained about it. But maybe we could start trying to put ourselves in the other guys shoes and realize that we’re all under a great deal of stress and a tough workload. Most of us really do a good job under dif cult conditions. I think most of us care about doing a good job and even though we don’t always succeed for one reason or another, we always try. So when it takes a while for the guy to show up to x your air-conditioner or an IT tech to x your computer, remember, they might be waiting for somebody from your department to x something of theirs. If you’re contemplating writing a Thumbs Down about a department, just think — maybe somebody in that department is thinking about writing a Thumbs Down about your department. Nobody’s perfect that I know of. In the words of Rodney King, “Can’t we all just get along?” Life out here would be a lot more pleasant if we did. THUMBS DOWNTo the person who left the Surfway shopping cart behind the Sands Bachelor Quarters. The TV and Entertainment Guide and the Hourglass are published on Fridays and can be found in the gray boxes at the post of ce and the Dock Security Checkpoint.CorrectionThe letter to the editor by Dennis Baker in the July 18 issue contained CDC which the Hourglass mistook for Child Development Center. It should have been Chugach Development Corporation. The Hourglass regrets the error.


The Kwajalein Hourglass Friday, July 25, 2008 3 By Dan AdlerMedia ManagerWhen Sgt. Maj. Patrick Kutac and his wife of 16 years, Karen rst heard they had been assigned to Kwajalein, they were a little in the dark. “Karen asked where it was and I thought it was fairly close to Hawaii,” said Kutac. “I was only off by 2,000 miles”. Kutac said Karen got on the Internet and looked up Kwajalein and also read The Hourglass online. She would get excited about something in the paper and would want him to read it too. Kutac continued, “When we first got here, we all thought it was awesome. Everything so far has given me a very good impression.” Apparently it has made a good impression on Kutac’s 11 year old daughter, Ashley too. “She’s thrilled,” Kutac said. “She goes to the beach every day and can’t wait to make new friends when school starts.” Sgt. Maj. Kutac assumed his duties as Senior Enlisted Advisor on Kwajalein July 3. As an introduction to the Kwajalein community, The Hourglass asked him some questions about his role on Kwajalein: Q: Why was it deemed necessary to have a Sergeant Major on Kwajalein? A: It was deemed necessary to have a Sergeant Major on Kwajalein due to the fact that the U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll commander is a brigade command position. Everywhere else in the Army, you will nd his senior advisor is a Command Sergeant Major. This has never been the practice on Kwajalein and after Col. [Stevenson] Reed illustrated the need to Army senior leaders to ful ll this position with a Sergeant Major, it was approved and I was chosen for the assignment. Q: Aren’t Sgt. Majors usually dealing with enlisted troops in a large command? A: No longer are the days that Sergeant Majors only deal with enlisted Soldiers in Battalion and higher commands. Sergeant Majors ll many types of positions, including nominative positions. As a matter of fact, the Army has changed so dramatically in the past several years that it is becoming rare that you won’t nd military leaders working side by side with Department of the Army or Department of Defense civilians and contractors. This holds true whether Army units are stateside or deployed defending the Global War on Terrorism.Q: Are you to be a ‘chief’ evaluator? A: I am not an evaluator, nor is Col. [Stevenson] Reed. My job is to assist and advise the evaluators and contractors on how to take care of personnel and maintain a quality living standard with the resources provided. Q: Will you be sensitive to civilian worker concerns and what can you do about them? A: Again, when speaking about civilian worker concerns, there is no line that makes one organization better than the other. We are here as a team to accomplish a continuously changing mission, so I have to be concerned with the legitimate needs of the Kwajalein community regardless if they are military or civilian.Q: As you may know, morale on island is low. Do you have any ideas to improve it? A: Actually, I do not know morale is low on this island. Actually, everyone I have met thus far in my two weeks has been very courteous, motivated and a pleasure to meet. I am aware of the continued transition taking place at this time, but as far as improving it, I can’t say at this given time what I can or can’t improve. I’ve been here only for a short time now and I’m still trying to assess the community areas and get around to the various agencies.Q: Will Mrs. Kutac be engaged with the civilian families on island or is her function to deal mainly with military families? A: My wife has always been engaged with both civilian and military families. You will nd she is a very caring person who is excited to be stationed here. Q: Do you plan to keep the community informed with town hall meetings or columns in The Hourglass?A: Yes, I do intend to hold town hall meetings. Possibly myself or Col. [Frederick] Clarke will write periodic columns for the paper. I rmly believe it is important to keep people informed of changes and how those changes will or will not affect their lives and their jobs. I also feel it is important to address rumors and to keep the ‘rumor mill’ down. Most importantly, I want the community to have trust in us and know we will tell them the truth about what is happening.Q: What do you see the future of Kwajalein being? A: Where do I see Kwajalein in the future? This is a question I cannot fairly answer at this time. I do know the footprint of Kwaj is changing. I know that Kwaj is becoming more technologically advanced in the coming years and that missions that used to be completed here will be remoted from Huntsville, Ala. I know this will have an effect on jobs and families and I also know it is important to keep families informed and to continue focusing on the quality of life here. Change is not always a bad thing — it’s how you implement change and take care of people at the same time while not sacri cing the ability to continue the mission.Sgt. Maj. Kutac answers questions concerningworkforce, information sharing, Kwaj futureSgt. Maj. Patrick Kutac


Friday, July 25, 2008 The Kwajalein Hourglass 4 Diving Prinz EugenWorld War II cruiser has colorful past, is popular site for Kwajalein scuba divingship. However, in talking with a number of other Kwajalein residents and visitors over the past two years, I’ve discovered that there are a lot of misconceptions circulating about the history of the Prinz Eugen And one question I hear repeatedly is, “How did a German cruiser that fought in the Atlantic in World War Two, end up here at Kwajalein Atoll?” A year and a half ago, while I was writing an article on the shipwreck for a publication in the U.S., I found the answers to that question. The history of the ship is interesting. The Prinz Eugen was built at the Germania shipyards in Kiel. Construction started on April 23, 1936, and the cruiser was launched on Aug. 22, 1938. Commissioned on Aug. 1,1940, the Prinz Eugen was an Admiral Hipper-class heavy cruiser. It was not, as some people mistakenly believe, a sister ship The Prinz Eugen after test Baker at Bikini atoll. By Dan FarnhamContributorPART ONE Just about any diver who has spent any amount of time on Kwajalein has dived on the Prinz Eugen shipwreck at least once. It’s not as if it’s hard to nd lying in the shallows next to Carlson Island, with part of the wreck jutting prominently out of the water, it is easily visible from just about anywhere on Kwajalein where there is a clear view across the lagoon. I’ve been here for just over two and a half years, and I’ve dived on the wreck several times. Of the many shipwrecks I’ve seen since I’ve been here, the Prinz Eugen is my favorite because there is so much to see, and also because of the history behind the


The Kwajalein Hourglass Friday, July 25, 2008 North Atlantic in May 1941 to make combined attacks on Allied shipping, code-named ‘Operation Rheinbung’. The two ships departed from Gotenhafen on May 18, and entered Korsfjord, near Bergen, in the morning of May 21 for refueling. The Prinz Eugen and Bismarck departed that night under the cover of darkness. For the next two days, as the British frantically searched for the two ships, the Prinz Eugen and Bismarck steamed for the Denmark Strait and the opening into the North Atlantic shipping lanes and the vital British supply lines. On May 23, at 7:22 p.m., the two ships were sighted by HMS Suffolk which radioed a position report and shadowed the German ships, while keeping enough distance from them so as to not appear too inviting a target for gun re. On May 24, at 5:37a.m., the British battleship, Prince of Wales sighted the German squadron, and at 5:43 a.m., another British Battleship, Hood radioed an interception report. The stage was set for the Battle of the Denmark Strait, at that to the more famous Bismarck The Eugen’s main armament were eight 8-inch guns, housed two-apiece in four turrets, and its combat displacement was just over 19,000 tons. By contrast, the Bismarck’s main armament consisted of eight 15” guns, and it had a combat displacement of approximately 51,000 tons. The Prinz Eugen was named after ‘The Liberator of Vienna’, Prince Eugene of Savoy, who had been an 18th Century of cer of the Holy Roman Empire. Like most of the major German eet units in WWII, the Prinz Eugen was never allowed to ful ll her potential because of Adolf Hitler’s reluctance and lack of enthusiasm for surface ship operations. Hitler had an expressed fear of ship sinkings and the loss of prestige for the Reich that would come with it. The Prinz Eugen is mostly noted for its sortie with the Bismarck into the See PRINZ EUGEN, Page 105 Photos courtesy of Dan Farnham


Friday, July 25, 2008 The Kwajalein Hourglass 6Macy’s West becomes historyThenandNow Article and photos By Dan AdlerInterim ManagerMacy’s West ceased operation at 1 p.m., Monday, and another Kwajalein landmark and tradition followed the Yokwe Yuk Club, Ten-Ten Store and Macy’s into Kwajalein history. “I’m sad,” said Bess Buchanan. “Macy’s West was a xture for so long. The employees were always pleasant and nice to deal with. But we have to look to the future and see what AAFES brings.” LeAnn Parker, a Kwaj resident for 2 years, said, “I have mixed feelings. It’s sad, but it’s also exciting to see something else coming. I’m not as nostalgic as some of the people who have been here a long time.” Beau Wong, a resident of three years, shrugged when asked how he felt about Macy’s West closing. “Changes are made,” he said. “I’m looking forward to AAFES.” Three-year Kwaj resident Bill Craft said he’s just waiting to see what happens when AAFES takes over. Gus Garcia has been on Kwajalein for 10 months. “It’s exciting to get new inventory,” he said. “I hope the employees get to keep their jobs though.”Right, customers shop at Macy’s West in 1995. A customer shops on the last day of operation for Macy’s West Monday.


The Kwajalein Hourglass Friday, July 25, 2008 7 Bill Craft looks over some bargain items. Akino Lippwe does some last minute shopping. Not much is left on the nal day of operation. Cashier Jolynn Jibba rings up some of the last MacyÂ’s West customers Monday. Gus Garcia, left, and Doug Thompson check out some Kwaj posters.


Friday, July 25, 2008 The Kwajalein Hourglass 8 By Fred McNickle Kwajalein Range Services Public Works managerChugach employee Kadede Loran returned to Kwajalein July 22 after completing a rigorous three-month course required to become a certi ed re ghter. Kadede, a KRS/Chugach employee, working in the Kwajalein Fire Department as a Fire Inspector/Extinguisher Technician since February 2004 was selected in April by Chugach to participate in the RMI training initiative designed to provide education and training to employees exhibiting the skills, attitude and drive to ll critical positions on Kwajalein. Kadede spent a total of 100 days in San Angelo, Tx. at Goodfellow Air Force Base attending the DoD Fire Protection Course offered by the U.S. Air Force. The course (Fire Protection Apprentice Course) is intense and covers basic skills including: • Fire protection fundamentals, organization and safety • Fire behavior, re alarm and communications • Building construction and fire prevention • Emergency medical care, responder skills and emergency care plans • Structural re ghting principles • Personal protective equipment • Forcible entry, ropes, knots, and rescue practices • Rescue activities and vehicle extrication • Ladder and ventilation practices • Structural re ground operations • Water supplies • Handling of hazardous materials to the awareness and operational levels • Airport re ghter • Aircraft and airport familiarization • Aircraft response and re ghting principles • Aircraft rescue re ghting and live re training Kadede excelled in the training exhibiting his dedication and hard work ethic shown in his earlier position. He completed the course and maintained an average of 92.7 percent throughout the training. It should also be noted that more than 50 percent of those in his class either washed out or were sent back to a lower level of training. With his successful completion of this rigorous training course he was awarded DoD certi cations in the following areas: • Fire ghter I and II• Hazmat Awareness and Operations• Airport Fire ghterMaking the gradeKadede Loran passes three-month firefighting course at Goodfellow Air Force Base in Texas• Telecommunicator 1 and 2, • First Aid First Responder and CPR. Kadede’s successful completion of this training is a noteworthy accomplishment that he should be very proud of and sets the example for all RMI employees who desire to advance their careers on Kwajalein. Fire Chief Steve Scruton credited Assistant Chief Mike Diehl who researched training courses and got Loran in the one at Goodfellow, and Romeo Alfred and KRS/Chugach Human Resources for making it possible for Loran to attend the course. “He [Loran] beat out a lot of younger guys who were straight out of boot camp or high school. It wasn’t one of those fun TDYs. He studied and worked hard to pass that course,” Scruton said. Romeo Alfred thanked all of those who worked in a collective effort on Loran’s behalf. “I hope programs like this will be endorsed in the future,” said Alfred.KRS/Chugach and all of those involved send their hearty congratulations to Kadede for a job well done. Kadede Loran, left, and Fire Chief Steve ScrutonPhotos by Dan AdlerA luncheon is given in Kadede Loran’s, center, honor Thursday at the re station.


The Kwajalein Hourglass Friday, July 25, 2008 9See AAFES, Page 16 Kwaj Post Office establishing ‘official’ mail distribution center on Sept. 1By Dan Adler Media ManagerKwajalein Post Office will no longer provide post of ce boxes for company mail as of Sept. 1. “Due to our recent postal inspection this past April, U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll has been given a directive by the United States Postal Service to establish an ‘official’ mail distribution center,” said Karla Long, Kwajalein Postal Manager. “Official mail is company mail, nothing personal, and companies should not have a post of ce box.” As it stands now, Kwajalein Range Services has several post of ce boxes for various departments. Other companies on island have boxes for their mail as well. Under the new distribution center, all company mail would be processed in the post of ce. The company to which the mail is addressed would be required to send a mail ‘orderly’ to pick up the company mail. Each company could have no more than three designated mail orderlies. It would be up to the company to distribute the mail to their departments as needed. It will be the responsibility of the mail orderlies to check with the post of ce on a daily basis (during working hours) for their company mail. “This will eliminate the need for the post of ce to have several different pick up persons,” said Long. Mail not picked up within 15 days will be returned to the sender as unclaimed. All company mail must be addressed to the company and the department within the company in order to be processed by the post of ce. If mail is to go to a particular person in a department, that person’s name should follow the department name in the address. If mail is addressed to a particular person and doesn’t follow the guidelines, the mail might be rerouted to a pesonal box as per DoD regulations. Mail will not be refused or returned to sender unless it is unidenti able. Examples of how mail should be addressed are: Kwajalein Range Services ATTN: Finance APO AP 96555 HQ, USAKA Command ATTN: Community Activities (Mr. John Doe) APO AP 96555 In another issue, it has been reported that the Social Security Administration has informed some Kwajalein residents that the zip code for Kwaj is not an authentic U.S. Postal Service zip code. Some residents are having trouble getting Medicare cards or other SSA materials mailed to them. Postal Manager Long is contacting the postal inspectors to inquire into the problem. AAFES news release As the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) marks 113 years of service and support to America’s military, the command’s mission remains basically the same: provide quality goods and services at competitively low prices and generate earnings to support Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs. Established July 25, 1895, when the War Department issued General Order number 46 directing post commanders to establish an exchange at every post where practicable, AAFES continues to deliver a comprehensive and customer–focused bene t to troops and their families at installations throughout America, Europe, the Paci c and Middle East. In addition to its agship main base and post exchange facilities (aka PXs and BXs), modern AAFES operations now include convenience stores, car care centers, military clothing sales stores, fast food restaurants, retail concession services such as ower shops and gift stores, vending, telecommunications support and a wide variety of personal services through more than 3,100 facilities in 30 countries, ve US territories and 49 states. The scope of current operations goes well beyond the conventional offerings the War Department might have envisioned in the late 1800’s as AAFES celebrates 113th birthday todayAAFES even operates bakeries, water bottling activities and provides 24,000 meals a day to troops’ sons and daughters at 92 Department of Defense Schools in nine countries. Just like the merchants who supplied provisions to America’s troops in the late 19th century, AAFES associates continue to live and work alongside those they serve. In fact, more than 350 AAFES associates are currently deployed to Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, actively delivering a slice of Americana to troops through 85 BX/PX operations, 75 phone centers and 197 fast food restaurants scattered throughout the Middle East. Closer to home, the largest and most senior exchange service is focused on energizing outreach efforts to communicate the value, bene t and capabilities it brings to the military community. Recognizing the pivotal role National Guard and Reserve troops are playing as they transition from a strategic force to an operational force, AAFES is speci cally reaching out to “Citizen Soldiers’” families to ensure they understand the value of their exchange bene t not only downrange, but also on the installation, online or over the phone. “AAFES’ commitment to America’s troops has never


Friday, July 25, 2008 The Kwajalein Hourglass 10PRINZ EUGEN, from Page 5 Anti-aircraft guns near the Prinz Eugen’s superstucture are coral-encrusted.point just minutes away. At 5:52am, the Hood and Prince of Wales opened re. On the Hood, Vice-Admiral Holland had misidenti ed the lead ship as the Bismarck when in fact it was the Prinz Eugen and ordered the Hood to re against ‘the ship on the left.’ It wasn’t until two minutes into the battle that the mistake was realized. However, on the Prince of Wales Captain Leach had correctly identi ed which ship was the Bismarck and concentrated his re accordingly. At 5:54 a.m., Admiral Holland ordered the gunners on the Hood to shift re to ‘the ship on the right.’ This order was apparently never executed, as the Hood continued to re at the Prinz Eugen until the moment the Hood was sunk. During this same minute, Captain Lindemann on the Bismarck gave the order to re, and at 5:55 a.m. the German ships opened re for the rst time since the start of the battle. At 5:56 a.m., Prinz Eugen scored a hit on Hood which started a re amidships aft. At almost the same moment, the Bismarck was hit by re from the Prince of Wales The hit impacted on the bow and ruptured a fuel storage bunker and as she steamed, Bismarck was leaving an oil trail. At 5:57a.m., Bismarck scored its rst hit on Hood Prinz Eugen was still ring on Hood At that point, Bismarck was hit by Prince of Wales for the second time. At 5:58 a.m., Bismarck took a third hit from Prince of Wales. Prinz Eugen red a nal salvo at Hood and then shifted re to the Prince of Wales At 5:59 a.m., Prinz Eugen continued ring at the Prince of Wales while both Prince of Wales and Hood continued to engage Bismarck The Bismarck continued to concentrate its re at Hood At that point in the battle, British Admiral Holland on the Hood ordered a 20-degree course change for the Hood and Prince of Wales At 6 a.m., as both ships executed the turn, Hood received a fatal hit from Bismarck and exploded. A 15-inch shell from Bismarck’s fth salvo against the Hood penetrated the light upper armor and touched off a 4-inch powder magazine, which in turn touched off a 15-inch magazine. The resulting explosion broke the Hood in half. The Prince of Wales had to change course quickly to avoid the remains of the Hood .By 6:10 a.m., the Battle of the Denmark Strait was over. The Hood was gone, having sunk in only three minutes after the explosion, leaving behind only three survivors out of a crew of 1,500. The Prince of Wales badly damaged by gun re from both the Prinz Eugen and the Bismarck had laid down a smokescreen and managed to escape from the ght. Bismarck headed for port, but British ships followed the oil trail she was leaving and would catch her for another ght.Editor’s note: This concludes part one of Dan Farnham’s article on the Prinz Eugen. Part two will be printed in the Aug. 1 issue of the Hourglass.


The Kwajalein Hourglass Friday, July 25, 2008 11Wednesday is rainiest day at Kwajalein since 2005, brings drought relief to AtollDesegregation order reflects American values By Gerry J. GilmoreAmerican Forces Press ServicePresident Harry S. Truman’s 1948 executive order that desegregated the U.S. military was a de nitive statement of equality that declared all servicemembers must be judged by individual merit instead of their racial background, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Wednesday. “No aspect of black Americans’ quest for justice and equality under the law has been nobler than what has been called, “the ght for the right to ght,” Gates said at the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the integration of the armed forces held in the Capitol Rotunda. “Our commemoration today of the racial integration of the armed forces makes us re ect on how far we have come toward living up to our founding ideals and yet how much remains to be done,” Gates said. The Defense Department began breaking down the barriers of race at the conclusion of World War II in 1945, Gates said. As in past wars, African-American troops had served in World War II with honor and distinction, he noted. However, African-American troops had to ght and live separately from all-white units. America’s sons and daughters fought in World War II to preserve freedom and human dignity for the world’s people, Gates said. Yet, African-Americans who’d served with distinction in that war, he noted, “returned to face segregation and harassment at home,” as so-called Jim Crow segregation laws in place across the South relegated African-Americans to second-class-citizen status. Truman’s Executive Order 9981, signed July 26, 1948, was an important statement and an important step, Gates said. However, he said, Truman’s directive “had to overcome stiff institutional resistance, as deeply entrenched attitudes were hard to change.” For example, “segregated units remained the norm and integrated units the exception,” Gates noted, for several years after the integration order was issued. The start of the Korean War in June 1950 prompted the need to put hundreds of thousands of Americans into uniform after the U.S. military had demobilized following the end of World War II. “With the sudden outbreak of war in Korea, the urgent demands of the battlefield trumped the old habit of Jim Crow,” Gates said. See DESEGREGATION, Page 12 Mark BradfordATSC/RTS Chief MeteorologistWednesday, July 23, 2008 was the rainiest day at Kwajalein since Halloween 2005. La Nina conditions had caused dry weather here this year and we were 5.69” inches below normal rainfall as of Tuesday morning. A large area of showers began to develop near Kwajalein Tuesday night and heavy showers began at 9:10 p.m., Tuesday evening. Between then and 12:48 p.m., Wednesday afternoon, when showers nally ended, we accumulated 4.64 inches of rain. During the overnight hours Wednesday, the central Marshall Islands received widespread heavy showers with embedded thunderstorms. Four wind burst events accompanied the showers here, the rst occurred between 10:30 and 10:40 p.m., Tuesday, with a peak wind gust of 34 knots. It was followed by short events at 7:15 a.m., 9 a.m., and a long burst between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., Wednesday morning. The last wind burst had wind gusts up to 45 knots at 10:46 a.m.. The strong winds felled a few coconut trees, knocked down palm fronds, broke limbs on various small trees, and blew over garbage cans and dumpsters. The rains caused localized ooding with lagoon road covered near the helicopter hangar. By Thursday morning the catchment areas of the Kwajalein runway See RAIN, Page 12Very strong storms like this one in 1954 are unusual for Kwajalein.


Friday, July 25, 2008 The Kwajalein Hourglass 12RAIN from Page 11 “Before the start of the Korean War,” he said, “50 percent of African-Americans in the Marine Corps -about 750 men -served as stewards.” At the end of the Korean War in 1953, Gates said, there were 17,000 African-American Marines, and only 3 percent served as stewards. “By 1954, the Korean War was over, the last of the segregated units were dissolved, and the momentum for equality and civil rights was carrying over into American society as a whole,” Gates said. In the ensuing decades after Truman’s directive took DESEGREGATION from Page 11 effect, “black and white Americans trained, served, and fought together with honor and distinction,” Gates said. Today’s integrated U.S. military continues to “put merit and integrity above all,” Gates said, noting there’s still more to achieve. “My hope and expectation is that, in the years ahead, more African-Americans will staff the armed forces at the highest levels,” Gates said. “We must make sure the American military continues to be a great engine of progress and equality.” were still holding water. The break in the drought has been presaged by an unusual number of thunderstorms this month. Since the 4th of July we have had ve thunderstorm days and had lightning on several additional days. Kwajalein averages only 10 thunderstorm days per year with most of them occurring in September, October, and November. Oct. 30/31, 2005 was the last date that we had more than four inches of rain in a 24 hour period. In that case, a very intense thunderstorm dropped 3.25 inches of rain in 90 minutes and the total 24 hour storm rainfall was 4.05 inches. As strong as Wednesday’s storm was, it didn’t approach record levels. The maximum single day rainfall for July at Kwajalein is 5.68 inches recorded in 1983. The most rainfall ever recorded here in a single day was 17.15 inches in December 1972. While Kwajalein has experienced much stronger winds during tropical cyclones, sustained winds over 30 knots with gusts to 45 knots are impressive for a wet season shower system. Range operation scheduled for ThursdayA range operation is scheduled for Thursday. Backup days for the operation are scheduled through Aug. 6. The mid-atoll corridor will be closed from 4 p.m. (local) July 22 through mission completion. Both the east and west reefs within the mid-atoll corridor are closed. A broad ocean caution area will be in effect from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. (local), Thursday. The broad ocean caution area extends east of Omelek. If backup days are required, the broad ocean caution is in effect each backup day. Questions regarding the above safety requirements for this mission should be directed to USAKA Command Safety Directorate, Kwajalein Range Safety Of cer at 51910. Kwajalein Atoll: Reference the mid-atoll caution map. No surface vessels shall be permitted in this area during the identi ed caution times (starting T-4 days, until released by the Range Safety Of cer) without prior approval from the Command Safety Directorate. The area closure is indicated by the “red ag system”. Broad ocean area caution BOA SURFACE AREAS : Caution Area Coordinates : Kwajalein Atoll: Mid-Atoll Corridor Lagoon Caution AreaJuon ien kokemelmol missile enaj koman ilo ran in Saturday 2 August 2008. Ne ejab dedelok jerbal in kokomelmol kein ilo ran in ba kake, renaj jerbali manlok nan 6 August 2008. Ene ko ilo iolap in aelon in renaj kilok jen 4 awa elkin raelep ilo 29 July 2008 nan ne enaj dedelok aer jerbal in kokomelmol kein. Aolep ene ko relik kab reiar iloan Aelon in rej kilok. Malo eo im enaj kauwotota ej malo eo tulik turearlok in OMelek. Ne ewor am kajitok jouj im call e lok Kwajalein Range opija ro ilo 5-1361LATITUDE LONGITUDE 9.100N 167.570E 9.350N 170.000E 9.700N 177.250E 9.700N 179.200E 8.100N 179.200E 8.100N 177.250E 8.750N 170.000E 8,990N 167.570E


The Kwajalein Hourglass Friday, July 25, 2008Seventeen servicemembers die in Global War on Terror Do you have news you would like to share about your club, private organization or work department? Do you have an interesting story and photos of a vacation trip? How about a scuba dive with great photos you took? Have you got a good sh story? The Hourglass welcomes submissions of news articles written by members of the community. You can submit articles to the USAKA Public Affairs Of cer, Vanessa Peeden, at vanessa.peeden 13Nine Soldiers died of wounds suffered when their outpost was attacked by small arms re and rocket propelled grenades from enemy forces in Wanat, Afghanistan on July 13. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503d Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy. Killed were: 1st Lt. Jonathan P. Brostrom 24, of Hawaii; Sgt. Israel Garcia 24, of Long Beach, Calif.; Cpl. Jonathan R. Ayers 24, of Snellville, Ga.; Cpl. Jason M. Bogar 25, of Seattle, Wash ; Cpl. Jason D. Hovater 24, of Clinton, Tenn; Cpl. Matthew B. Phillips 27, of Jasper, Ga.; Cpl. Pruitt A. Rainey 22, of Haw River, N.C.; Cpl. Gunnar W. Zwilling 20, of Florissant, Mo and Pfc. Sergio S. Abad 21, of Morgan eld, Ky. Lance Cpl. Jeffery S. Stevenson 20, of Newton, N.J., died July 13 from a non-hostile incident in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to the 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif. Aviation Boatswain Mate Third Class Petty officer Daniel R. Verbeke 25, of Exton, Penn., died July 14 in Paoli, Penn. of complications from injuries he suffered in a ight deck accident in December 2005 while serving aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, CVN-71. Staff Sgt. Jeremy D. Vrooman 28, of Sioux Falls, S.D., died July 15 in Baghdad, Iraq of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated while his unit was conducting combat operations in KnÂ’an, Iraq. He was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Vilseck, Germany. Staff Sgt. Danny P. Dupre 28, of Lockport, La., died July 15 from wounds sustained while supporting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. Staff Sgt. David W. Textor 27, of Roanoke, Va., died July 15 in Mosul, Iraq of injuries suffered from a vehicle incident. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Lewis, Wash. Tech. Sgt. Jackie L. Larsen 37, of Tacoma, Wash., died of natural causes July 17 at Balad Air Base, Iraq. She was assigned to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, Beale Air Force Base, Calif. 1st Lt. Jason D. Mann 29, of Woodlynne, N.J., died July 17 from a non-hostile incident in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. 1st Lt. Nick A. Dewhirst 25, of Onalaska, Wis., died Sunday in the Qalandar District of the Khost Province, Afghanistan of wounds suffered when his convoy came under attack by individuals using rocket propelled grenades and small arms re. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.


Friday, July 25, 2008 The Kwajalein HourglassReligious 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 12:30 p.m., in Roi chapel. Protestant Sunday 8 and 10:45 a.m., on Kwaj and Roi-Namur service at 4 p.m.Sunday school for all ages is at 9:15 a.m. Baptist 9:40 a.m., Sunday, in elementary school music room. Latter-day Saints 10 a.m., Sunday, in Corlett Recreation Center, Room 3. Jewish services Last Friday of the month in the Religious Education Building. Times will vary. Contact the Chaplain’s office for more information. HELP WANTED KRS and CMSI job listings for On-Island positions will be available at the Kwajalein, Roi-Namur and Ebeye Dock Security Check Point bulletin boards, the bulletin board outside of DVD Depot, the Roi-Namur Terminal/Post Of ce bulletin board and at Human Resources in Building 700. Job listings for Contract positions are available at and on the bulletin board outside of DVD Depot and on the Roi-Namur Terminal/Post Of ce bulletin board. Full job descriptions and requirements for Contract positions are located online at NEED EXTRA money? KRS employment applications are continually accepted for all Community Services Departments and the Human Resources Temporary Pool for Casual Positions such as: Sport of cials, scorekeepers, delivery drivers, lifeguards, medical of ce receptionists, temporary of ce support, etc. Questions? Call 54916. U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll OFFICE AUTOMATION ASSISTANTS, GS0326-6. Temporary position not to exceed two years. The employee provides clerical support to ensure ef cient of ce operations. The employee accomplishes various duties to provide essential of ce automation support and production. The employee performs a variety of assignments using the advanced functions of various database software packages. The employee prepares varied documents with complex formats using the advanced functions of word processing, desktop publishing, and other software types. The employee performs systems maintenance functions for electronic mail systems. The employee performs a variety of assignments using the advanced functions of one or more spreadsheet software packages. The employee performs a variety of secretarial and other clerical and administrative functions, using judgment to answer recurring questions and resolve problems. Apply at https://cpolwap VETS’ HALL BARTENDER AND BAR BACK. Call Brianne, 53074 or 52279. AIRSCAN PACIFIC MECHANICS HELPERS for Aviation Maintenance Department. Must be able to lift 70 pounds, pass a drug test, possess or be able to obtain a driver’s license and be able to read, write and understand English. Applications will be taken at the AirScan administration of ce in Building 902. No phone calls. FOUNDWRISTWATCH near SpaceX bicycles in front of Jabro TDY building. Call 53910. GIVEAWAYFREE SLEEPER/SOFA, beige and light green pattern, will help move. Call Rick, 52201. PATIO SALESSATURDAY, 8 a.m.-noon and MONDAY, 8 a.m.noon, Quarters 223-B. Fishing gear, household goods, toys, clothing, furniture, shelving, carpets and plants. MONDAY, 6:30-9:30 a.m., Quarters 407-A. Multi-person sale. Clothing, housewares, books, CDs, Buckminster and Friends cartoons and decorative items. No early birds. Rain cancels. MONDAY, 8-10 a.m., Trailer 592. DVD bookcase, computer desk (giveaway), clothes, books and computer cables. MONDAY, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Trailer 721. Yard equipment, household goods, computer desk and equipment and technical books. Mission activities will cancel. MONDAY, 8 a.m.-?, outside of the hospital, end of Reef bachelor Quarters. PCS sale. Fishing gear. Rain cancels. FOR SALEDOC LAUSCH surf prescriptions, hollow carbon s-core 6’2 surfboard with ns stomp pad, like new, $500; full set of kite gear, 16M Naish X2, 12M RRD, two sets bar and line, harness and liquid force board, all in great condition, $1,800. Call 56057, or email PRE-PCS SALE. Makita table saw and compound miter, saw, electric lawnmower and weed eater, 100-foot extension cord, storage sheds, three rolls of bamboo fencing, aquariums, 75-gallon and 30-gallon, HDTV antenna with ampli er and home-brew supplies. Call 53832, after 5 p.m. 2002 TROPHY 25-foot boat, looks and runs great, twin Mercury 150-horsepower saltwater series motors, hard top, outriggers; VHF, GPS/ depth nder, marine head, sink, transom shower, wash down, aft cabin type storage or sleeping area, on newly sand-blasted/painted trailer, boathouse 310, $40,000. Call Corinne or Gary, 54507, evenings. HEWLETT PACKARD 882 color printer with ink cartridges, $20 and three-person futon, $50. Call 54778 and leave a message. PCS SALE. Boat, 21-foot, berglass hull, bimini top, 225-horsepower outboard, 50-gallon fuel tank, radio, safety equipment, trailer and house, $8,400; boat, 27-foot berglass Crown Line cabin cruiser, 350 merc, stern drive, 15horsepower kicker, trailer and house. $22,000 and Bose 901 speakers with Bose EQ, $300. Call 59662. MICROWAVE OVEN, $50; ocean kayak, $150; bicycle rack, $20; hammock, $20; cabana umbrella with crank, $25; bunk bed with drawers/desk, $300; loft – full/twin, $75; blender, $15; Morgan Out island sailboat, with boathouse and mooring, $5,000 or best offer and 22-foot Boston Whaler with trailer, $17,000. Too much to list. Call 54991. WHITE MINI-BLINDS (six) for 400-series housing, $20 each. Call 52161, after 4 p.m. GE NAUTILUS portable dishwasher, great condition, $125 and butcher block top kitchen cart, $25. Call 54676. FISHING SUPPLIES (hooks, heads, skirts, leader, crimps, and more), $400 or best offer; wet suit, 5mm woman’s small, $15 and plastic shelving unit, $20. Call 54519. COLLAPSIBLE two-drawer mobile kitchenette, Sunday Smoked ham Meat/cheese pizza Szechuan beef Grill: Brunch station openLunchMonday Beef tips in Burgundy Whole roast chicken Ham Marco Polo Grill: Brunch station openWednesday Stuffed cabbage Chicken pot pie Pasta a la pesto Grill: Tuna melt Thursday Fried chicken Short rib stew Red beans in broth Grill: N/AAug. 1 Roast turkey Beef/broccoli stir-fry Sage stuf ng Grill: Hot dogsCaf PacificDinnerSaturdayGrilled minute steak Chicken stew Grilled salmonSundaySpaghetti Veal Alfredo Baked mahi mahi MondaySalisbury steak Spicy tofu Spicy veggiesTuesdaySweet-and-sour pork Chicken hekka Korean beef steakThursdayRoast pork Chicken enchiladas Texas-style chiliWednesdayTop round of beef Lemon herb chicken Noodles RomanoffTonightStir-fry to order Charsiu spareribs Chicken nuggetsSaturday Swedish meatballs Fish sandwich Parsleid noodles Grill: Hot dogsTuesday Chicken/sherry sauce Broccoli/rice casserole Beef/peapod stir-fry Grill: Sloppy Joes 14


The Kwajalein Hourglass Friday, July 25, 2008 THE MANDATORY ISLAND ORIENTATION SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY HAS BEEN CANCELLED. THE NEXT ORIENTATION WILL TAKE PLACE IN AUGUST. The Small Arms Range will be in operation from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday. Observe the hazard area between the red ags.great for bachelor quarters, $30; Apex DVD player and seven-speaker surround sound system, good condition,$100; womanÂ’s bicycle, less than one year old, paid $300, will sell for $80; snorkeling mask, new, never used; and Hawaiian sling, will only sell as combo, $40. Call 52910 and leave a message. DISHWASHER, $50 and Navy blue carpets for 400 series house ( ve), $30 each. Call Gina or David, 53990. GUITAR, 12-STRING Larrivee, J-09, jumbo solid rosewood and spruce, near mint condition, see Acoustic Guitar Magazine, March 2008, for information, $900 or best offer. Call 51061, after 6 p.m. VHF/FM MARINE RADIO and charger, $120; pots and pans, $25; drinking glasses, Kitchen Aid, heavy-duty, $150; Simac gelato/ice cream maker, $100; Cuisinart DLC-7, $100; computer desk and chair, $25; shoe rack, $10; shelving, assorted, rollerblades, womanÂ’s size 9, $15.00 and digital phone, $30. Call 52935. JVC REAR PROJECTION 48-inch TV, $550; Olympus digital camera with underwater housing, $250; menÂ’s rashguards size mediumextra-large, new, $20: Cabrinha harness/impact vest, new, $30 and extreme water scooters, new, $100. Call 52813 and leave a message. GRADY-WHITE 240 off shore boat with Yamaha 150horsepower outboard motors, 150-gallon fuel tank, stereo, VHF, and dual-axle trailer, cabin with lots of storage space, lots of spare parts including two Yamaha engines, located on Boat Lot 4, $35,000 and two Penn 130 reels. Call 59335 or 59081. COMMUNITY NOTICESCOOL SUMMER NIGHTS dance will be 7-10 p.m., Saturday, at the Youth Center. Open to Grades 712. Questions? Call 53796. THE INSANE GECKO POSSE will play at 8 p.m., Sunday, at the VetsÂ’ Hall for Stephanie Smith and Kristen FrunkÂ’s PCS party. Wear your best toga. TRY YOUR HAND at Frisbee golf July 19Aug. 18. Check out discs from the Hobby Shop. The course starts at the Gear Locker. RED PIN BOWLING will be held 1-4 p.,m., Aug. 3, at the Bowling Center. Questions? Call 53331. THE KWAJALEIN GOLF ASSOCIATION will hold a Backwards Fun Tournament Aug. 4. It will be a 10 a.m. shotgun start. Registration begins at 9 a.m.. Be at the course by 9:30 a.m. Format is ninehole scramble with course played in reverse. Five players per team. $25 for KGA members, $35 for non-members. Call Larry Cavender, 52406, or email BINGO NIGHT will be Aug. 7, at the Pacific Club. Card sales begin at 5:30 p.m., Bingo play begins at 6:30 p.m. Blackout at 57 numbers with a $1,100 prize. Windfall completion at 29 numbers with a $2,000 prize. Must be 21 to enter and play, bring identi cation. FAMILIES THAT HAVE withdrawn their children from the Child Development Center and/or School Age Services before and after school programs must visit the Central Registration of ce to reenroll for services prior to attending. Registration for the Before and After school program must take place not later than Aug. 16. The SAS before and after school program will begin on Aug. 19. For more information please contact Micah Johnson at 52158. THE MOBILE KITCHEN will hold an intimate evening Aug. 16 at Emon Beach featuring live piano music. Menu to include avocado and shrimp terrine, cranberry freeze salad, baguettes, garlic herb-crusted prime rib, oven-roasted potato, green beans almandine, chocolate fondue with fruit and cake, beer, wine. Cost is $30 for meal-card holders and $35 for non meal-card holder. For payment, see Anna Choban at the Food Service Of ce, Building 805, next to the Bowling Center. EMPTY PROPANE tanks can be returned to the 816 Essential Store for refund. Hours are: 9 a.m.1 p.m., Mondays and 2-6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. 15 THE KWAJALEIN ART GUILD is looking for island artists and crafters who would be willing to share their talents (drawing, painting, candle making and scrap booking) with the community. Call Kathy, 54613.THE VETERINARY CLINIC and Physical Therapy of ce have moved. The Vet Clinic is at Quarters 424-A and Physical Therapy is at Quarters 424-D. The phone numbers are the same. THE 816 MINI-STORE is open 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Mondays, and 2-6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.HOUSING RESIDENTS are reminded that IAW SPI 2600 R2 states: Existing bamboo/cane fence structures are grandfathered structures as of the approval date of this instruction. However, they must meet local building standards and IBC codes and regulations to keep their grandfathered status. Upon housing assignment, termination, or relocation, the owner must remove the grandfathered structure. The structure cannot be sold, traded or transferred to another individual for the purpose of relocation to another housing unit. If the owner moves to other family housing, they may request approval to reinstall the fence structure at their new quarters by gaining approval of a building permit.HOUSING AND TRAILER occupants are reminded that before placing any plants in the ground a landscape application and an approved dig permit application must be submitted to the Logistics Housing Of ce in Building 908. Requests will be reviewed and requestor will be noti ed of approval or disapproval. Species of plants must be indicated on the application. For copies of the Residential Yard Care and Landscaping SPI 2601, go to KARDS or email HOUSING AND TRAILER occupants are reminded that before leaving island for more than 14 days, arrangements must be made for grass to be mowed and trimmed in their absence. Failure to make these arrangements could result in a $75 Public Works service fee if the lawn care is not performed after two seven-day notices. For more information, e-mail R e d P i n B o w l i n g w i l l b e 1 4 p m Red Pin Bowling will be 1-4 p.m., A u g 3 a t t h e B o w l i n g C e n t e r Aug. 3, at the Bowling Center. Q u e s t i o n s ? C a l l 5 3 3 3 1 Questions? Call 53331


Friday, July 25, 2008 The Kwajalein Hourglass Sun  Moon  Tides Sun rise/set Moon rise/set High Tide Low TideSaturday 6:29 a.m./7:03 p.m. 12:07 a.m./12:55 p.m. 9:03 a.m., 2.9’ 3:08 a.m., 0.8’ 10:07 p.m., 3.3’ 3:21 p.m., 0.5’ Sunday 6:29 a.m./7:03 p.m. 12:57 a.m./1:54 p.m. 10:31 a.m., 2.4’ 4:44 a.m., 1.0’ 11:45 p.m., 3.3’ 4:40 p.m., 0.8’ Monday 6:29 a.m./7:03 p.m. 1:52 a.m./2:57 p.m. 12:38 a.m., 2.3’ 6:48 a.m., 0.9’ 6:25 p.m., 0.8’ Tuesday 6:29 a.m./7:03 p.m. 2:53 a.m./4:02 p.m. 1:19 a.m., 3.6’ 8:15 a.m., 0.4’ 2:11 p.m., 2.5’ 7:51 p.m., 0.5’ Wednesday 6:29 a.m./7:03 p.m. 3:58 a.m./5:06 p.m. 2:27 a.m., 4.0’ 9:11 a.m., 0.1’ 3:09 p.m., 2.9’ 8:52 p.m., 0.1’ Thurs 6:29 a.m./7:03 p.m 5:03 a.m./6:06 p.m. 3:19 a.m., 4.5’ 9:55 a.m., 0.5’ 3:54 p.m., 3.3’ 9:41 p.m., 0.2’ Aug. 1 6:29 a.m./7:03 p.m. 6:06 a.m./7:01p.m. 4:04 a.m., 4.8’ 10:34 a.m., 0.8’ 4:33 p.m., 3.7’ 10:23 p.m., 0.5’ Weather courtesy of RTS WeatherSaturday: Mostly sunny, 10 per cent showers. Winds: E at 8-13 knots. Sunday: Mostly sunny, 10 per cent showers. Winds: E at 8-13 knots. Monday: Partly cloudy, 20 per cent showers. Winds: E at 5-10 knots. Tuesday: Mostly sunny, 10 per cent showers. Winds: ENE at 8-13 knots. Wednesday: Mostly sunny, 10 per cent showers. Winds: E 8-13 knots. Thursday: Partly cloudy, 30 per cent showers. Winds: E at 5-10 knots. Aug. 1: Partly cloudy, 30 per cent showers. Winds: E at 5-10 knots. Annual total: 43.67 inches Annual deviation: -2.04 inchesCall 54700 for updated forecasts or visit AAFES from Page 2 T h e C o m m a n d i n g G e n e r a l The Commanding General, U S A r m y S p a c e a n d U.S. Army Space and M i s s i l e D e f e n s e C o m m a n d / Missile Defense Command/ U S A r m y F o r c e s S t r a t e g i c U.S. Army Forces Strategic C o m m a n d i n v i t e s y o u t o a t t e n d Command, invites you to attend t h e U S A r m y K w a j a l e i n A t o l l the U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll C h a n g e o f C o m m a n d c e r e m o n y Change of Command ceremony a t 1 p m T h u r s d a y J u l y 3 1 at 1 p.m., Thursday, July 31, a t w h i c h t i m e at which time C o l S t e v e n s o n L R e e d Col. Stevenson L. Reed w i l l r e l i n q u i s h c o m m a n d t o will relinquish command to C o l F r e d e r i c k S C l a r k e Col. Frederick S. Clarke. L o c a t i o n i s t h e f i x e d w i n g h a n g a r Location is the fixed wing hangar. D r e s s i s d u t y u n i f o r m f o r m i l i t a r y Dress is duty uniform for military a n d c a s u a l f o r c i v i l i a n s and casual for civilians. R e c e p t i o n f o l l o w s i m m e d i a t e l y Reception follows immediately .COL. STEVENSON L. REED COL.. FREDERICK S. CLARKE been stronger,” said Kwajalein General Manager, Kris Kovas, “Whether at their home station, deployed overseas, providing support in the wake of a natural disaster, or even in the hospital, AAFES is there.” Since its establishment in 1895, AAFES has been involved in 14 major contingencies (to include the Spanish-American War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, the Balkans and Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom) and several dozen humanitarian and disaster relief contingencies. AAFES is a joint command of the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, and is directed by a Board of Directors who is responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and the Air Force through the Service Chiefs of Staff. AAFES has the dual mission of providing authorized patrons with articles of merchandise and services and of generating non-appropriated fund earnings as a supplemental source of funding for military Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs. To nd out more about AAFES’ history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our Web site at