The Kwajalein hourglass

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The Kwajalein hourglass
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FIRE DEPARTMENT KIDS DUKE IT OUT EDUCATES YOUNGSTERS P 4 IN RICHARSON RAVINE P 2-3 AGAINST BREAST CANCER P 3 KWAJALEIN RUNS THIS WEEK Kwaj resident Carmen Beguhn tries on a Kwajalein Fire Department protective suit during Fire Prevention Week activities at George Seitz Elementary School Oct. 15. Jordan Vinson


2 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 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 KIDS DUKE IT OUT IN RICHARDSON RAVINE Kwajalein children and parents kicked off the Halloween season on Kwaj with the annual Shaving Cream Social Oct. 15. Its one of the quirkiest and oldest traditions on the island, dating back further than the Christmas tree lighting held each December. Attended by hundreds, the event is an annual Com munity Activities favorite for kids and their parents. Armed with cans of shaving cream and eye protection, groups of kids burst out of the starting gate and went to war on one another, covering each other from head-to-toe in intervals of 15 minutes. Each age group got a go at it in Richardson Ra slather their friends with shaving cream, others harried the life guards and smeared it on themselves. Shaving cream beards and hair-dos abounded. Midori Hobbs, entertainment coordinator, and Cliff Pryor, pools and beaches coordinator, coordinated the annual event for the youngsters. Courtesy of Karen Brady


3 ABOVE: More than 100 residents ready themselves for the third annual Breast Cancer Awareness Run on Kwaj Oct. 17. LEFT: Always stylish, Tom Sandifer shows his support for the disease. KWAJ RUNS FOR BREAST CANCER RESEARCH More than 100 Kwajalein residents banded together Oct. 17 for the island communitys third annual Breast Cancer Awareness Run. Beginning across from the hospital, the pink-clad partici afternoon temperatures. The favorable conditions did little to and jogged a mile with their support vehicles bringing up the rear of the pack. Amy Sandifer, who helped organize the event with help from coworkers Joy McAndrews and Christine Dejongh-Lewis, said events like these mean a lot to breast cancer survivors and the worldwide community devoted to developing a cure for the disease. The reason that we are so supportive of this cause is that one in eight women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer survivors on this island, and many of us have had family mem bers and friends that have been effects by this disease. w w w l i c k r c o m / k w a j a l e i n h o u r g l a s s D O N L O A D A N D S H A R E H G P H O T O S A T U.S. Army photos by Jordan Vinson Courtesy of Karen Brady U.S. Army photos by Jordan Vinson


4 U.S. Army photos by Jordan Vinson KFD BRINGS FIRE PREVENTION KNOW-HOW TO COMMUNITY Kwajalein Fire Department staff took to the streets last week to educate the younger residents of the community on tem technicians met with scores of children at George Seitz El for both fun and education. ness at a young age, offering brief lectures on how to spot un dren took the opportunity to try on staff members 60-pound


5 U.S. Army photos by Jordan Vinson SENIORS TAG STREET The Kwajalein Jr./Sr. High Schools senior class took part in one of the Kwajiest school traditions available to them the annual senior street painting. their parents, the seniors transformed a section of Lagoon Road Some chose a streamlined design, while others leaned more toward a complicated, ornate appeal. joyed taking part in a long-time Kwaj tradition that will stay with them for years to come. THIS WEEK IN KWAJALEIN HOURGLASS HISTORY


6 HEALTH AND WELFARE BENEFITS OPEN ENROLLMENTNOV. 3-17 FOR KRS-----CMSI-----BAI EMPLOYEES Enroll online at Enrollment packets have been mailed to KRS/BAI eligible employees. Contact your CS STAFF HOST HEALTH FAIR KRS Community Services staff hosted the annual Kwajalein Recreation Center gym. Residents took the opportunity to peruse nearly two-dozen tables manned by representatives from organizations active of healthy activities residents can participate in year-round. rollment opportunity (see ad below), and there was also an assortment of medical information available courtesy of Kwa jalein Hospital staff.


7 Corals have a symbiotic relationship with microscopic algae called zooxanthellae that live in their tissues. These algae are the corals primary food source and give them their color.HEALTHY CORAL When the symbiotic relationship becomes stressed due to increased ocean temperature or pollution, the algae leave the coral's tissue. STRESSED CORAL BLEACHED CORALWithout the algae, the coral loses its major source of food, turns white or very pale, and is more susceptible to disease. WHAT CAUSES BLEACHING? Change in ocean temperatureIncreased ocean temperature caused by climate change is the leading cause of coral bleaching. Runo and pollution Storm generated precipitation can rapidly dilute ocean water and runo can carry pollutants these can bleach near-shore corals. Overexposure to sunlightWhen temperatures are high, high solar irradiance contributes to bleaching in shallow-water corals. Extreme low tidesExposure to the air during extreme low tides can cause bleaching in shallow corals. Coral and algae depend on each other to survive. If stressed, algae leaves the coral. Coral is left bleached and vulnerable.1 2 3NOAAs Coral Reef Conservation Program Have you ever wondered how a coral becomes bleached? ATOLL IN EARLY STAGES OF ANOTHER CORAL BLEACHING EPISODE The coral colonies in the waters of Kwajalein Atoll are suffering their fourth major bleaching episode in as little as seven years, says Kwaja who keeps a close eye on the state of local corals and other marine life around the atoll, Johnson has sounded the alarm during the previous three ning stages, swathes of stony corals (and some anemones) in waters around Kwajalein are suc cumbing to the ravages of increased water tem peratures. Stressed, the symbiotic algae on which the corals depend for sustenance is leaving their coral hosts, voiding the corals of their color and their food and oxygen sources. Some of these colonies have not yet lost all their symbiotic algae, but the trend is in that again, not all kinds of coral on the reef are affect ed by the warmer water, but it seems that more and more are with each event. Some bleached corals and anemones have recovered from previ ous episodes, but many have not; I expect we will lose more coral cover this time around. Courtesy of Scott Johnson


8 DARPA TO TRANSFER SPACE DEBRIS TELESCOPE TO AIR FORCE WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2016 The Defense Advanced Re op an advanced telescope that already is revolutionizing space situational awareness and helping prevent potential collisions with satellites or planet Earth. At an event tomorrow in New Mexico, DARPA will formally transition its Space Surveillance Telescope, or SST, from an agency-led design and construction program to ownership nounced plans to operate the telescope jointly with the Austra Space is congested with tens of thousands of manmade ob jects as well as micro-meteors, asteroids and other natural sat ellites, Lindsay Millard wrote in a post on the DARPA website. [And] space is contested by a range of manmade threats that may have adverse effects on satellites. First Light Today, deep space telescopes dont give a comprehensive picture of all objects in orbit around the Earth, Millard wrote. view and cant reliably detect and track faint objects, including small objects in geosynchronous orbits -about 22,000 miles above the earth. Millard says that hundreds of thousands more pieces of debris and asteroids may be too faint to track with current sensors. years later, then-Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Austra lian Defense Minister David Johnston signed a memorandum Sands Missile Range in New Mexico to Harold E. Holt Naval vantage point for testing, and a place to demonstrate SSTs en hanced algorithms and camera. Wide Field of View NASA is already leveraging SSTs ability to see very faint ob press release. 2015 and hopes for 10 million in 2016, SST has become the most cluding four that carry a risk of hitting Earth, DARPA says. list stretching back decades of game-changing space situational On Oct. 18, DARPA will transfer ownership of the telescope to be operated and maintained by the Australian government. The SST will be a dedicated sensor in the U.S. Space Surveil At White Sands rector of strategic plans, programs, requirements and analysis Sally Pearson, director of general surveillance and control for Lincoln Laboratory, the federally funded research and develop ment center leading the team that built SST. cal accomplishments and, more importantly, the collaboration ble, Millard wrote, noting that the SST will enable much faster small space objects. SST has increased space situational awareness from only a few large objects at a time to a view with 10,000 objects at a time, each as small as a softball, DARPA says. The telescope also can search an area larger than the continental United States in seconds and survey the entire geosynchronous belt one night. Australia, where it will provide key space situational awareness By Cheryl Pellerin, DoD News, Defense Media Activity


9 COUNSELING OPPORTUNITIES ABOUND Hello and Welcome to Kwajalein. As the EAP representative I want your transition to the Island Lifestyle here on Kwajalein to be all you wanted and expected it to be. I also want you to know about the EAP program and that we are here to serve you and your family. EAP is counseling for personal concerns you may have. The only difference between EAP counseling and Mental Health Counseling (Psychotherapy) is EAP is designed to help employ ees and their families using brief therapy (8 to 10 sessions) to deal with any stress, family concerns or mental health issues you or someone in your family might have. EAP is not designed for long term counseling as one might expect at a counseling center back home. There is no cost to you, the employee. What is EAP? families on Kwajalein and Roi-Namur. This service is available to all civilians, contractors, Active Duty Military Personnel and their families and the RMI employee workforce. EAP can help you in many ways, including the following focus areas: Depression and Anxiety Anger or Rage Separation or Divorce Grieving a loss or death Smoking cessation ADHD EAP is also available to conduct on-site training to meet spe What does it cost? EAP is not an insurance plan. There will never be a co-pay or deductible or charges billed to your insurance. EAP is paid ployee or resident on Kwajalein. How can I sign up for Counseling at EAP? in. The receptionist will help you with any paperwork and then BUILDING 602 For everyone's safety, pedestrians, bicycles, and vehicles in the 602 construction area is pro hibited until further notice. This warning applies to both business and non-business hours. It shall remain in effect until construction is complete. 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. SST uses the most steeply curved primary telescope mirror ever made, for example, and the mirror lets the telescope col any other space surveillance telescope. To hold the mirror, DARPA says that SST uses an innovative Mersenne-Schmidt design, which allows for a much more com pact construction than traditional telescopes. SST is the largest telescope ever to use the design, making it the worlds quickest and most nimble large telescope. Even SSTs camera includes advances, DARPA says. The SST or CCD, to provide clear imagery across the telescopes wide cant record images from such highly curved mirrors without distortion. The camera also has the worlds fastest telescope camera shutter and takes thousands of pictures a night. And DARPA re cently upgraded the camera, faint-object detection algorithms and search speed to make it even more effective. Eye on the Sky SSTs eye on the sky sees objects around Earth and in the solar system and universe beyond. them as DARPA pushes the technological envelope on space situational awareness with our Hallmark and OrbitOutlook programs. al awareness information from the southern hemisphere an area of the geosynchronous belt that now is sparsely ob servedto the U.S. Space Surveillance Network. The telescope also will continue to give NASA and the sci and potentially hazardous near-Earth asteroids. adopt the novel capabilities made possible by such work.


10 WEEKLY WEATHER OUTLOOK CURRENT CONDITIONS: Last Tuesday evening brought an impressive lightning show over the island of Kwaja lein. Along with it was nearly one inch of rainfall into above our monthly norm. This activity was associated with a disturbance within the Inter Tropical Conver gence Zone (ITCZ) that developed very near Kwajalein. were not supportive of long-term convective activity. This disturbance had fallen apart by Thursday morning easterly trade winds have re-established themselves over the RMI. WEATHER TRENDS: Indicators are showing the sur face convergence to strengthen along the ITCZ over should have some wider spread shower coverage de south direction remaining around 10-15 knots. There is enough support in the upper levels for convective activ from these thunderstorms may support brief periods of stronger gusts, where the direction will be dependent on where the bigger storms are with respect to Kwajalein. CAUTION-OUTLOOK: Climate indicators and obser vations are showing development of a possible La Nia peratures had cooled to just below average but then paused in August and beginning of September. The Cli mate Prediction Center (CPC) lowered the probability of a La Nia event at that time. Now it appears sea surfaces temperatures are cooling again and some of the trends in the global atmosphere are starting to look more like a La Nia event. Octobers advisory from the CPC raised the probability of having a La Nia event back to 70 percent. During La Nia, the trend in the RMI is for the northern islands to have above average precipitation going into early 2017, with southern islands having below-normal precipitation. Perhaps October is the start of our above average precipitation we would expect with the begin ning of a La Nia event. LUNCH DINNER Sunday Chick. w/ salsa Thursday Hot Sicilian hoagies Jerk chicken October 29 Lasagna Vegetarian medley Garlic bread Thursday Fajitas Friday Chicken adobo Fish du jour Wild rice Friday Sloppy Joes Citrus roast pork Roasted potatoes Monday BBQ pork ribs Blackened chicken Lyonnaise potatoes Wednesday Mashed potatoes Monday Fish du jour Mashed potatoes Sunday Chicken saltimbocca Tuesday Pork adobo Parslied potatoes Wednesday Steak night BBQ chicken Scalloped potatoes Tuesday Fried chicken Chili cheese dogs Boiled potatoes October 29 Chicken nuggets Veggie baked beans Captain Louis S. Zamperini Dining Facility *MENU CURRENT AS OF OCT. 21


11 Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Capt. David Rice SHARP Victim Advocate DOD Friday Greek Night Pastitsio Lentils Sunday Eggs benedict Hot apples w/ cinn. Thursday Fish sandwich Cottage pie October 29 Cheese steak wraps Roasted pork loin Mac and cheese Thursday Fried chicken Swedish meatballs Noodles Friday Chicken enchilada cass. Pinto beans Monday Breaded pork chop Chicken supreme Mashed potatoes Wednesday Meatball subs Bombay chicken Sunday Roast pork Pasta w/ vegetables Monday Roasted chicken Short rib jardmiere Tuesday Chick. in peanut sauce Wednesday Grilled steak Baked potatoes Tuesday Pizza Baked ziti Cheesy garlic bread October 29 Sausage and peppers Fresh bread LUNCH DINNER Caf Roi *MENU CURRENT AS OF OCT. 21 COMMUNITY CLASSIFIEDS HELP WANTED Visit USAJOBS.GOV to search and apply for USAG-KA vacancies and other federal positions. KRS and Chugach listings for on-Island jobs are posted at: Kwajalein, Roi-Namur and Ebeye Dock Security Checkpoint locations; in Bldg 700 and on the Kwaj-web site un der Contractor Information>KRS>Human Resources>Job Opportunities. Listings for off-island contract positions are available at Job Opportunity at KRS. Position: KRS High School Diploma or equivalent. Expe rience: Minimum of 2 years of progressive cess facilitator /documentation admin istrator or related to IT or Cybersecurity. Ability to obtain CAC Card & Network Ac cess. Please submit your application to the LOST page with info regarding JBL Eon speak ers. Lost between fuel pier and downtown COMMUNITY NOTICES available. Come to the hospital Tuesday, are necessary. The Optometrist, Dr. Chris Yamamoto, will be on Kwajalein and will see patients Hospital for eye exam appointment at safety glasses at 5-8855. Meet. Adult Volleyball Open Play Clinic. Tuesday, Oct. 25 6-7 p.m. at the CRC Gym. Come out and learn basic skills, the rules of the game and brush up on the fundamentals. This is a team to play on! will start at 7 p.m. All anglers welcome to Vets Hall Sixth Annual Halloween Party! fright. Costume contests, cash prizes, and undead entertainment by Ballistic Love. Kwajalein Yacht Clubs monthly meeting is The Veterinary Clinic is closed until Nov. 2. any animal related emergencies. Street and 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! nonmembers. Contact Deb Crawford at for a sched ule of all events. Contact Carmel Shearer at if youre interested in volunteering. Religious Education Building. spired and created by craft and art people right here on Kwaj! Vendor applications available at the library. Nov-Dec 2016 Lifeguard Class Announce Classes on Saturdays and Mondays. Cost: $150 (includes book, pocket mask, and questions and registration: Contact Kim be at least 15 years old. The next Kwaj B-boat course is scheduled up a registration package and pay at the Small Boat marina prior to the course. Vets Hall Holiday Parties. HO! HO! HO! The holidays are coming dont ya know! Time to start thinks about your holiday party. yours early. Contact Community Activities to complete your reservations now and ensure equip ment availability. Reservations are already will be teaching swing, blues, and every thing ballroom. Beginners always wel The following are easy ways to save en ergy: Turn off all lights when not in use. Use bulbs of lower wattage. Use natural sunlight when possible. Keep bulbs and Safely Speaking: The GHS is an acronym for The Globally Harmonized System of Employees must be trained on the new la beling and pictograms. E-Talk: Oil/water separators are de vices used to separate oils and greases (and sometimes solids) from a variety of wastewater discharges. They are typically installed in industrial and maintenance areas and receive oily wastewater gener ated during processes such as aircraft and vehicle maintenance and washing. uses a pre-determined list of medical and dental providers in Honolulu, Hawaii, on a ers who have different insurance plans, including Aetna International, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna International, GEHA, Maritime, Tricare and others. It is the pa tient's responsibility to verify and validate that their personal insurance plan is ac cepted by the Honolulu medical or dental service provider. It is also the patient's re sponsibility to obtain an estimate for their portion of the cost of their care. The hospi tal's medical referral coordinator arranges appointments based on the local medical or dental provider's requests. If you have found a particular preferred provider who accepts your insurance, please feel free to provide that name to our Medical Referral Coordinator, who will add them to the ap proved provider list. Thanks in advance for your assistance. COMMANDERS HOTLINE CALL 51098


12 USAG-KA SPORTS ----------------------RESULTS LAST WEEK--------------------Oct. 12 Oct. 13 Oct. 14 Oct. 15 ---------------------------------RECORDS-----------------------------------Mens League Win Loss Tie Womens League Win Loss Tie HEROES OF THE WEEK USAG-KAS heroes of the week are Charlie The duo and their teams are responsible for assembling the complicated network of power generators, underground power lines, trans formers and distribution points used supply the hard work, the radar would never get the juice it needs to perform its mission. pensive Schneider Electric hardware inside the electricity supply chain, stretching from the new power plant to the radar site, is now essentially complete. transformer which will feed the Space Fence radar system the juice it needs to The GHS is an acronym trained on the new labeling and pictograms. The array of new symbols are pictured below. U.S. Army photo by Jordan Vinson