The Kwajalein hourglass

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The Kwajalein hourglass
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THE ATOMIC PLAYBOYS TOWN HALL MEETINGS BRING FACE MELTING SURF ROCK P 4, 8 OFFER COMMUNITIES FORUMS P 2-5 FEATURE BANNED BOOKS P 11 LIBRARY STAFF THIS WEEK Roi rat Bridget Rankin, middle, shares a photo with USAG-KA Command Sgt. Maj. Angela Rawlings and Commander Col. Michael Larsen after the Roi town hall meeting last week at the Trade Winds Theater. Nikki Maxwell


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 em ployees, contractor workers and their families assigned to U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll. Contents of the Hourglass are not nec U.S. Government, Department of Defense, De partment of the Army or USAG-KA. It is published Saturdays in accordance with Army Regulation 360-1 and using a network printer by Kwajalein Range Services editorial staff. Phone: Defense Switching Network 254-2114; Local phone: 52114 Printed circulation: 650 Email: Garrison Commander.....Col. Michael Larsen Garrison CSM.......Sgt. Maj. Angela Rawlings Managing Editor ..................... Jordan Vinson Associate Editor .............. Jessica Dambruch Media Services Intern........Colleen Furgeson Media Services Intern.....................Erin Waite EMPLOYMENT, ENVIRONMENT, FOOD PROJECTS DISCUSSED DURING RECENT TOWN HALLS The U.S. Army Garrison -Kwajalein Atoll command team held their quarterly Town Halls for the U.S. and Marshallese workforce and residents, Sept. 22 and 23. The entire USAG-KA community was invited to attend the meetings and bring their questions, comments, concerns and suggestions for the group to discuss. The topics ranged from environmen tal concerns to dairy supplies. Here is a summary of those discussions. Kwaj RMI Workforce Town Hall Col. Michael Larsen made opening re marks to the Marshallese workforce on Kwajalein, Sept. 22 at the Island Memo rial Chapel, recalling some events from Our community faced the challenges of a major storm last October, and we came together to overcome it and take care of each other. Weve also shared many celebrations along the way, Lars en said. Several questions were raised by em ployees regarding employment condi related issues. Those questions were either answered in the town hall discus sion or forwarded to company human resources departments to answer indi vidual concerns. A question raised involved DCCB bid sale items and if Marshallese workers could take a look at items before they go on sale. Larsen explained that that Com pact of Free Association requires the excess property, the rest would then be available for employee purchase. But he had some good news. Some items, including mattresses for beds and desks for school children were donated to Enniburr (Third Island) and are being delivered, Larsen said. There will be more deliveries as soon as trans portation is available. Then the commander spoke about the Mission program and the volunteers cur rently in Kwajalein Atoll providing medi cal and dental services. They are doing awesome things for the Marshallese peo ple, and some of them come back every year to help, Larsen said. The issue regarding sponsorship poli cy for Halloween events was raised, spe participants this year. More information will be published in next weeks issue of the Hourglass regarding the process for Ebeye children to come to Kwaj to par ticipate in Halloween activities. Larsen concluded the meeting by say ing how proud he is to be the USAG-KA commander. I am also proud to serve in the RMI and the very special relationship be tween us, Larsen said. Our two nations are stronger because of our partnership. Kwaj Residents Town Hall The Kwajalein Resident Town Hall opened with a State of the Garrison cess at Surfway and the Zamperini Din ing Facility, Yuk Club project status, new hospital clinic project status, and the plan to purchase additional B-Boats for Kwaj and Roi. ronmentally conscious resident regard How do we get rid of Styrofoam here on Kwaj? We try hard to recycle here and be responsible, Larsen answered. We will U.S. Army photos by Nikki Maxwell and Kim Yarnes


3 look into alternative food containers and work with KRS and AAFES to reduce that waste. The topic of the recent dairy shortage was raised. The audience asked if there was a backup plan in case of another milk shortage and whether there will be an increase of dairy orders to help carry the island population through to the next delivery. We have powdered milk in stock for consumers to purchase, said KRS Depu ty Site Manager Chris Baker. There will be more cheese in the next few contain ers, and we are working to solve the de mand issues. We look at a 10-week pro cess from the time the food is ordered, so there are many steps involved. A question was raised regarding de velopment of a bike safety campaign to help educate the youth on Kwajalein and discourage them from riding dis tracted and in groups spread out on the street. Larsen said that message would be shared with community. Community Services Manager Kim Yarnes added that a bike safety rodeo is scheduled for Oct. 19 to encourage safe riding, teach bicycle maintenance and accident prevention. Roi RMI Workforce Town Hall During opening remarks to the Mar shallese workforce on Roi-Namur, Sept. 23, Larsen touched on the importance of maintaining check cashing services for the employees through the Bank of the Marshall Islands. A few questions were raised by em ployees regarding employment condi related issues. Those questions were either answered in the town hall discus sion on Roi or forwarded to company hu man resources departments to answer individual concerns. An employee asked about the laun dromat at the Dock Security Checkpoint, Kwajalein AAFES General Manager Holly Elliott said, We will bring parts from Kwaj next week to makes repairs. Switching topics, an employee thanked the garrison "for a shipment of desks and mattresses that were delivered recently. We know there is a second shipment coming and want to thank USAG-KA and all the people involved in that," he said. Larsen responded, Mike Savage and his Space Fence team were behind all of that and wanted the surplus items to be delivered to you and your families on Third Island. Roi Resident Town Hall The next meeting was with the RoiNamur U.S. resident workforce. Topics included scheduled installation of digital cable services, use of public facilities for private parties and status of facility im provements on Roi. The digital TV service equipment is on the barge and will be installed in midOctober, Larsen said. One resident asked if the Trade Winds Theater could be made available for private functions and movie showings. Yarnes said they would look into reserva tions on evenings when scheduled Com munity Activities movies are not playing. A resident asked about pending facili pensary and Roi operations. The resident also addressed a safety concern at the en trance to Caf Roi. Both issues are being addressed by the Department of Public Works and are priorities to the command. We are some distance away, but we are all part of the same garrison, Larsen said in closing. Thank you for all you do for our nation and the RMI.


4 THE ATOMIC PLAYBOYS MAKE WAVES IN DARK SURF ROCK Luminous in their glowing Ray-Bans Kwajalein's The Atomic Playboys deliv ered face melting surf rock to an enthu siastic audience at the Vets Hall Okto berfest celebration on Sunday Sept. 25. These local musicians bring a new, dark American popular music. If you are new to surf rock, know that tures of world, folk, rock and jazz form the bedrock of a rich soundscape that emerges in the years following World War II. Punctuated by innovations in technology and music performance, together these elements form the sig nature styling of 1960s surf rock. Start your playlist with the Del-Tones Misir lou, based on an Egyptian melody. Next add the Beach Boys, Bruce & Terry and The Razorblades. Listen to the sweet vocals, and catchy harmonies; it's good stuff. The tunes are appropriate to any beach scene, anywhere. Many of us are still titillated by the friendly tropical escape packaged for our radiosbut that escape often lacks the resonance of authenticity. And Kwajalein demands something more. Beach life in the atoll requires immer sion in its powerful history and environ ment. Everyone here experiences that, but our artists internalize it, and pro duce within it something they can share. That kind of creative work requires some major cojones Cue the Atomic Playboys. SURF ROCK 101 lationship with ocean water. At the next Atomic Playboys concert, you should lis ten, quite literally, for waves. "The signature sound echoes with a lot of reverb, says Chicago native and bandleader Mike Symanski. He is the bands only surfer. It sounds wet. If you mute the strings and rake the pick across, it can sound like dripping water. If it was played with distortion, it could be heavy metal. It was back in 2011, on his third Kwa jalein tour, that Symanski joined forces with fellow eclectic guitarist Jordan Vin son and they began a search for their fu ture bandmates. Bassist Rick Broomell and drummer Christian Boles both added a voracious energy to the band's evolving sound. The jazz sensibilities of drummer Justin Smith round out their cumbia, world music, psych rock, south ern rock, viking metal and Spanish clas sical guitar. We call it dark surf rock, says Jordan Vinson. We add more of an aggressive edge to surf rock. The drastic change that the Internet has brought to music, both in terms of music marketing and creation, has made it possible for emerging bands to listen more widely and readily to new sounds than ever before. Today's surf rock musi cians are engaged in generating a musi cal tapestry that spans over sixty years. For them, its a veritable golden age. Theres such a greater ability [now] for more bands to pursue, not making as much money, but making good music, Symanski says. No Lyrics, No Problem The Atomic Playboys are unique in that none of their songs include vocals except for the ones they make up on their own during practice. To date, the Playboys have dismissed suggestions to include lyrics in their songs, or to write songs that require a vocalist. consistently." Instrumental rock simply does not re quire a vocalist to present a canned narra tive any more than surfers or sailors need a commentator to explain their desire to penetrate the sea. Broomell says that the spare emptiness in their compositions, reminiscent of classical and jazz, is a space reserved for the audience to actively listen. It also imbues the music with a staying As soon as you add any reference to politics, economics, or a car, youve dated yourself, adds Broomell. The band is energized by the chance to See (ATOMIC PLAYBOYS) page 8 U.S. Army photos by Jessica Dambruch


5 HERO OF THE WEEK HEALTH AND WELFARE BENEFITS OPEN ENROLLMENTNOV. 3-17 FOR KRS-----CMSI-----BAI EMPLOYEES USAG-KAs hero of the week is school counselor, Masina McCollum. Masina has lived on Kwaj for 19 years. All throughout high school, she helped her moth er teach hula, and now she teaches as well. She met and has three beautiful triplets who are 11-years old. island. Not only does she contribute to the Elementary school, but she is also the advisor of a group called Jim jera for the high school girls. Masina is the co-founder of Kwajalein Sports Association with her best friend, Tarah Yurovchak, which started through their love of in the pool. On her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Kwajalein Range Services wants your feedback on how the garrisons Community Services pro grams are going. Take part in ongoing surveys to voice your opinion on everything from the Kwaja lein Hourglass and Mongolian Night at Caf Roi, to the golf courses and the Self Help shops. Click on the We Want Your Feedback icon on the USAG-KA-Web Intranet home page and type away. 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19 RoiPresentation at TRADEX Conf. Rm. 4-5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18 KwajPresentation at CRC Room 1 4-6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19 KwajHealth Fair at CRC Gym 5-6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19 KwajPresentation at CRC Room 1 8:30-9:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 20 KwajPresentation at CRC Room 1 Enrollment packets will be mailed to KRS/BAI eligible employees Oct. 20. Con OPEN TO THE WHOLE COMMUNITY! U.S. Army Photo by Colleen Furgeson Check out USAG-KAs new website for garrison and community news, links to each directorate and other helpful information. Have thoughts or suggestions? Send


6 CLEANING UP CARLOS U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atol l environmental cleanup contractor BKSS will be conducting contaminated soil remediation at the former power plant site on Ennylabegan (also known as Carlos) Island. Site investigations show die sel fuel contamination in soil and groundwater related to the operations of the aboveground storage tanks (FN 6006) that supplied the power plant for telem etry stations on Carlos. The contamination levels exceed Risk Based Cleanup Lev els in soil with minor impacts to groundwater. The cleanup will include in-situ re mediation of approximately 300 cubic yards of diesel contaminated soil through enhanced bioremediation. The soil will be treated in place at Carlos through ap plication of nutrients and oxygen releasing compounds that will be applied at the surface or subsurface, as appropriate. If areas are determined to be resistant to in-situ treatment they may be excavated to be treated via land farm on Carlos or Kwajalein. If transported to Kwajalein, the excavated soil will be put into contain ers and transported via LCM to the existing landfarm on Kwajalein Island. Every attempt will be made to minimize impacts to residents on both islands; however, we appreciate your cooperation in avoiding areas with equipment and workers. Proposed work hours will be from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you have questions please contact Derek Miller, DPW, CMR 701, Building 730, 96555-9998. Come learn about Health and Wellness booths presented Hospital and Medical Services, EAP, Fire Prevention, ES&H, Kwajalein, Running Club, Kwajalein Swim Team, Kwajalein Sports Association, Outrigger Canoe Club, Bike Rodeo OPEN TO THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY Flu Shots and Health Screenings Health Education Bike Inspections


7 Courtesy of Anej family U.S. Army photo by Erin Waite AREA SAFETY AND CLOSURE NOTICES Area 2 Area 2 is open for recreational activities as authorized The following activities are not authorized per 385-9: Swimming Snorkeling Fishing Skiing Board Sailing Kayaks/Small Day Sailors Building 602 For everyone's safety, pedestrians, bicycles, and unauthorized traf prohibited until further notice. This warning applies to both business and non-business hours. It shall remain in effect until construction is complete. Workers in the area should wear a safety vest at all times. Pedestrians walking down marine road should stay to the lagoon side of the street. On 6th street, pedestrians should always use sidewalks. BANNED BOOK WEEK The end of September is Banned Books Week, and Grace Sherwood Li brary is raising awareness and defend ing the right to read. Community Activities members as sembled a display in celebration of liter ary freedom of speech. Previously banned novels, ranging from classics like Black Beauty and Frankenstein to religious texts like The Holy Bible, are exhibited with a note explaining why they had been banned. Fabricated burnt book pages are hanging from the ceiling in front of the librarys display in reference to book burnings that used to be held in cer tain communities after a book had been banned. Literature that was considered evil and corrupt was brought to a bon the singed pages as a statement about choices that books afford. Why is Banned Books Week so important? This is an important time for libraries to be able to educate their patrons and the public to the importance of individ ual rights to freely access information, and to encourage people to read. Books that have subjects that some peo ple might object to are important because they expose people to new ideas, says ex hibit creator and Community Activities Administrative Assistant Alison Sok. Challenging ourselves in literature opens our minds to different worlds and perspectives, different ways of thinking, and different situations that we may not be aware of," she said. "Thats why its so important that these banned books are available. So we can have access to these ideas.


8 USE YOUR STREP SMARTS It happens like this. a bar. Want a sip of my drink? If you like, you can exchange diver and or the names of you and your buddies. Were all in this environment together. And while were all here to enjoy work and share life experiences and supplies, when the going gets tough and you be come ill, we sure dont want to have what youre having. In the Marshall Islands so many things What do you get if you have strep on Friday? Saturday night fever. rounded by many exciting species of germs. Lets be realistic about keeping them at bay. a no-brainer. The trick is to contain the bacteria, and to deter it from collecting or contacting surfaces we use. Become more diligent about practicing good hy giene. Launder clothing regularly and wash your hands after events like din ing and sneezing. Encourage children to keep their hands away from their faces, and do your best to contain sneezes, coughs and mucous with tissues and hand sanitizer. Additionally, try to avoid may be ill. Do not share utensils or drink from the same glasses. such as coughing, sneezing, a rash, red eyes, or a sore throat dont panic. son ailments, including the legendary Kwaj Crud caused by environmental symptoms might signal the onset of strep throat. You will be keenly aware of this if your discomfort is accompa nied by headaches, nausea, swollen lymph nodes, extreme pain in swallow ing, vomiting, and a fever of at least 101 or higher. Strep is no fun, but a simple swab test at the Kwajalein Clinic can verify wheth er a basic sore throat may be caused by strep bacteria. If the diagnosis reveals that you have strep or have been ex posed to strep bacteria, a round of anti biotics are available. Medicine is civilization, said explorer Liv Heyerdahl, when she witnessed an 1930s. Take antibiotics seriouslyand actually take them. These should be taken consistently as directed, along with a 24-hour homestay from work or school to keep others from becom ing ill. By sticking to the antibiotics regimin, youll be doing the communi ty a great service, and also drastically reducing the chance that your sore throat may strike you down with sinus and tonsil infections. seasonand then go wash our hands. share their music with Roi resi dents at upcoming shows. Vinson doesnt blink as he I want to slap them in the face with music theyre not used to! round themselves with these repetitive playlistsTom Pet ty, Bob Dylan. Every once in a while youve got to get out and experience something new. At that next concert, listen out for the gorgeous overture reverb and rapid cadence. The playful staccato from the lead guitar recalls ominous pre cipitation reaching a desolate landscape. Tres Hombres has a texture like the thrumming energy of high tide. Roman tic Dinners" is aggressive; the guys unanimously agree it is the perfect song for a dinner date. These Playboys also have a wicked and purposeful sense name might seem indecently decadent, it was not carelessly chosen. The namesake directly references a quotation from Vice Admiral William Blandy, who supervised the bomb tests at Bikini Atoll. It has frequently been used by other ensembles across Europe and America. "The name," says Vinson. "Were in a geographic area where its suitable to use the name. Kwajalein was a resup ply and logistical hub. Its not used in a derogatory or insen sitive way at all. We have com plete respect for the Ronge lapese and people of Bikini. Its Degas once said, Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. The band acknowledges that the name might still tweak new listeners, but extends it as an invitation for us to consider the legacy of the nuclear age and our own love affair with the ocean. For The Atomic Playboys, life in the atoll sounds like surf rock that sounds like water. we all escaped the radio. ATOMIC PLAYBOYS from page 4




10 HELP WANTED Visit USAJOBS.GOV to search and apply for USAG-KA vacancies and other federal positions. KRS and Chugach listings for on-Island Namur and Ebeye Dock Security Check point locations; outside the United 700 and on the Kwaj-web site under Contractor Information>KRS>Human Resources>Job Opportunities. Listings for off-island contract positions are available at COMMUNITY NOTICES Anthonys Pizza is currently located at the American Eatery (at Dock Se curity Check Point). It was temporar ily moved due to construction at main Food Court. Call 5-1605 to order a pizza for pick-up or delivery. KRS Technical Writer II (Full-time). years of progressive Technical Writer related to IT or Cybersecurity. Ability to obtain CAC Card & Network Access. Please submit your application to the If you are suffering from a cold or virus, please refrain from using the gym until you are feeling better. Wipe down the equipment after use for prevention of many of the transmissible bacteria and viruses that can linger on the equip ment. Christian Women's Fellowship Lun the REB (Bldg. 671). The Family Pool will be closed on Mon Swim Meet. Kwajalein Running Club will conduct the 39th Annual Columbus Day Run about starting at Namo Weto Youth Center at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. Distance options are 6.52 and 13.04 miles. Pre-registration by Oct. 8 is required. Custom wick-away type running shirts are available as a regis tration option. All residents and visi tors are welcome, walkers too! Get en try forms on Mini-Mall bulletin board Special Guest Host Cliff Pryor will be checking the depths of our trivia pools Mike Woundy or Neil Dye. Food Court Construction Ongoing. Aug. 23 Oct. 22 Customers are re quested to stay clear of the work areas. We apologize for the inconvenience. Jackson & the Roosters Live Perfor Life-sponsored band at one of their upcoming performances. Saturday, welcome, bring a chair; Sunday, Oct. 9, Kwajalein Fire Station Fire Preven tion Week Open House. Friday, Oct. 14, Lagoon Road. Open to everyone. Enjoy a smoke Detector! Learn how to use a nets, and much more! The Optometrist, Dr. Chris Yamamoto, will be on Kwajalein and will see pa tients on Oct. 21 through Nov 3. Please call the Hospital for eye exam appoint prescription safety glasses at 5-8855. 2016 Shaving Cream Social Saturday Oct. 15 at the Richardson Ravine. PreSchool must be accompanied by an pant will receive one free can of shaving cream. Participants are encouraged to wear goggles. No gel, menthol, or mint creams allowed. Adult Volleyball Season Registration Oct. 11 21. Season runs from Nov. 1 Dec. 16. $100 team fee. A League and B League. Limited team slots available so register fast! Holiday Timber Tree Lot. Friday, Nov. 4. Lagoon. Come pick your blank pallet tree form and paint at the Holiday Timber Tree Lot. Decorate it on your own or with a group, place it around the island by Dec. 2 and enter to win! Vets Hall Holiday Parties. HO! HO! HO! The holidays are coming dont ya know! Time to start thinks about your holiday Compressed Gases. The gas cylinder label means gases under pressure. Be aware of the types of hazards that the various gases themselves have. Be sure to read the labels, warnings and SDS. tion. Prevent storm water pollution and protect surrounding waters by practicing good housekeeping, spill prevention, and sediment and erosion control at your shop or work-site. COMMUNITY CLASSIFIEDS LUNCH DINNER Sunday Thursday Vegetable Saute October 8 Thursday Friday Friday Monday Egg Casserole Wednesday Monday Pizza Pasta Carbonara Sunday Roasted Potatoes Tuesday Wednesday Vegetarian Pasta Baked Potatoes Tuesday Vegetable Saute October 8 Oriental Pork Steak Captain Louis S. Zamperini Dining Facility *MENU CURRENT AS OF SEPT. 28


11 COMMANDERS HOTLINE HAVE SOMETHING THE USAG-KA COMMANDER SHOULD KNOW ABOUT? CALL THE COMMANDERS HOTLINE AT 51098 TODAY! WEEKLY WEATHER OUTLOOK WEATHER TRENDS from the 2015 El Nino, our rainfall production has been below normal in September. We are 3.59 inches below normal for the month through Wednesday, 28 September. We would expect about three days this month, each with over an inch of rain. So far, only Saturday, Sept. 10, with 1.14 inches, exceeded that 1-inch mark. However, We have had at least a trace of rainfall Weather satellite imagery watchers have noticed the full Inter tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) has descended over Kwaja lein Atoll. The ITCZ is a convergence of northeast and south east surface winds that establishes long-lasting convection patterns. That, coupled with a series of high-altitude cyclonic circulations that have transited from east to west, north of the Atoll provided the more frequent waves of showers. OUTLOOK: We will see the ITCZ continue very active over the Marshall Islands. We'll see more clouds than blue skies. Tropi cal upper-tropospheric closed cyclonic circulations will also continue to transit from east to west north of the atoll. As a result, we expect frequent periods of more intense shower ac tivity as a continuing series of waves transits the atoll. We will continue to experience increased winds, mostly from north east to southeast, over the next week with fewer periods of doldrums. Many of the heavier showers will be in the periods between midnight and sunrise. Upper levels remain favorable for occasional lightning threats. Remember to take lightning precautions when you hear thunder or get our warnings. None bursts, which are generally needed for tropical cyclone forma tion. Consequently, we see no tropical cyclone threats develop ing for the atoll at this time. DOES YOUR TO-GO BOX LOOK LIKE THIS? Patrons are expected to follow the portion control guidelines as written in DI 1019 that authorize the following food items. 2 portions, main entre 2 portions, starch 1 portion, vegetable side 1 portion, salad 1 portion, soup If patrons continue to ignore the guidelines, take-out privileges could be revoked. Friday Eggs to Order Pancakes Sunday Pork Sparerib Thursday Parsley Potatoes October 8 Thursday Friday Monday Wednesday Sunday Monday Pork Adobo Brown Rice Stir-Fry Tuesday Wednesday Baked Potato Bar Tuesday October 8 Oxtail Stew Broccoli Casserole LUNCH DINNER Caf Roi *MENU CURRENT AS OF SEPT. 28


12 When we are exposed to loud noises over long periods of time, we are at increased risk of losing our ability to hear. The tiny cells in our inner ear that are most likely to be damaged are those that allow us to hear noises in the frequency range of the human voice. How to reduce sound levels Sound is additive. Reducing the number of noise sources will reduce exposure to noise. Sound, wanted or unwanted, can damage hearing. Turning up the radio to drown out unwant ed noise increases ones exposure to noise. Sound levels can sometimes be reduced by installing sound absorption materi als or by reducing the amount of vibration of equipment. Hearing Protection If we cannot prevent exposure to sound, we can reduce expo sure by the use of hearing protection. To determine the best type of hearing protection for any particular application, it is best to The sound levels, which can be measured using a sound level meter The duration of time spent in noisy environments The degree to which sound levels vary in the work environ ment Proper Use of Hearing Protection Hearing protection should not cause you discomfort. If it does, ask if there are other options that you can try. If foam ear plugs are used, they should be inserted correctly into the ear. This is done by squeezing the earplug so that its compressed fully, then opening the ear canal by pulling on the top part of the ear with the opposite hand, and carefully sliding the foam earplug into the ear. It is important to hold the earplug in place for 15 seconds, so that it expands properly inside the ear canal. Earmuffs are easy to use, but may not offer the same level of protection as most ear plugs. Always check the Noise Reduc tion Rating of the earmuff or ear plug to ensure you have the right level of protection. Thought Provoking Questions What are the primary sources of noise in your work area? What actions can be taken to reduce the level of noise in your work area? and it is effective? USAG-KA SPORTS ----------------------RESULTS LAST WEEK--------------------Sept. 21 Sept. 22 Sept. 23 Bako tied KFC 2-2 Sept. 24 ---------------------------------RECORDS-----------------------------------Mens League Win Loss Tie KFC 2 0 2 Womens League Win Loss Tie