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KWAJ TEACHER PALLET TREE CONTEST BOLSTERS BAND PROGRAMS P 2 ARTISTS WIN BIG MONEY P 6 BRINGS COMMUNITY TOGETHER P 4 LIGHT UP THE NIGHT THIS WEEK The Kwajalein Jr./High School Concert Band, under the direction of Kyle Miller, performs onstage at the Dayve Davis MP Room during the Dec. 8 Holiday Band Concert. Jessica Dambruch


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 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 COMMANDERS CORNER HOW MILLER MAKES THE MUSIC onducting wand poised in the hushed air of the Multipur pose Room, Band Di rector Kyle Miller surveyed the student musicians on stage during holiday concerts Dec. 6 and 8. He saw seasoned upperclassmen, novice clari netists and eager young brass players. The bands watched for their cue, waited and breathed, as one. When you pick up an in strument you have to tell yourself to breathe in a spe interview with the Hourglass, Dec. 10. Breathing, breathing in enough and controlling it on the way out is really im Kyle Miller studied music at the University of Minnesota. Though he began as an engi neering major, he picked up a saxophone and never looked back. The music department was too rewarding, he said. Today, Miller helps Kwaj kids learn to appreciate and pro duce music. He adds new di mensions to the school pro grams that thrived under the direction of former director Dick Shields. Every adult that I talk to, that has kids that are about to start the program will say I was in band all through school. I had a blast. I want said. Or theyll say, I started band, and then I quit later on, and I really wish I would have Under Millers leadership, the bands have grown in resonance and number. In a few years, his recruiting ef forts at the elementary school will give him the diverse in strumentation he needs to introduce new compositions to the repertory. He will have a strong low brass line and a concert ensemble of 50. He hopes his students will al ways keep music with them. Nobody ever tells me, I tried band and I quit, and Nobody ever says that. They either have had a great expe rience, or they wish they had The only trick to music training is to continue; the future holds possibilities for musicians who stick by their horn. Theres the blaz ing summer brass of Drum Corps International, local and professional ensembles and the videogame orches tras at MAGFestnot to mention just playing for fun. Band training also helps se cure scholarships to colleges and universities. Miller helps students realize that these potential futures can come about as result of putting in dedicated practice now. The impact of local music education is not reserved for the classroom. Not long ago, students from Majuros As sumption High School per formed with the Kwajalein band program as an honor band performance oppor tunity. Kwaj ensembles also year for the Veterans Day, Me morial Day and Tree Lighting events on Kwaj and the Lib eration Day event on Ebeye. The local startup cost to play is the price of a studentgrade instrument and sup plies. After an introduction graders attend weekly sec tional practice and full band rehearsals. Upon entering ju nior and senior high school, LEFT: The Fifth Grade Band demonstrates its musical skills during the holiday concert on Dec. 8. RIGHT: Diamond Calep prepares to play Fantasy on Coventry Carol, as arranged by Jerry Brubaker. C U.S. Army Photos by Jessica Dambruch


3 FAR LEFT: Carson Enes, one of four clarinet players in the woodwind section of the Fifth Grade Band, plays for the crowd. LEFT: Kyle Miller directs the Concert Band during their holiday concert Dec. 10. ent with the embouchure, the facial muscles, to get a good sound. Its pretty important to have those things covered, and I appreciate having kids that are willing to step up and When Miller looks into the future of his ensembles, he is excited for the upcoming school year, he said. Next years eighth grade class is going to have four to ing into the high school. The sound they put out is really But there are always things that would help, such as any renovation to available prac tice spaces, like higher ceil ings. Miller also wants to partner with musicians at a distance to open a dialogue for his bands. I would really like to have the kids Skype with a com poser or with another en semble somewhere else and exchange ideas and play for each other. Sometimes we forget that these composers are still living and that we can If youre a musician who has strayed, keep practicing, Miller said. If youre a new musician, stick with the pro gram. On the other side of those hours of practice there are richer sounds and a life long return. I would like these kids to be able to say, I was in it all the way through school and musicians have one scheduled rehearsal each school day. Thats a huge thing for a sixth grader to have band ev The growth in seventh grade here, is as much, or more, as what they did in the last two And you dont have to start in ice students are also welcome to join the band program. Music is for everybody. Anybody who wants to partic he said. He works with novices indi vidually and recommends 20 minutes of practice per day, like homework, for beginners. After that, musicians learn to own preparation time outside of rehearsal before the big concerts. Proud parents watched the elementary school class per form Dec. 6. Two nights later, the Multipurpose Room was packed for performances by the Stage Band, Junior Band and Concert Band as they performed Christmas classics and popular compositions like Miller stressed that music is a valuable skill. He wants to bust up the boundary between the perceived return of other activities, such as sports, ver Id like to dispel that old have to choose between sports and music. Both things give value to kids in different When musicians train, they are also learning a foreign language they will speak for the rest of their lives, Miller said. Youre learning the staff lines, the symbolsnot only to determine what notes to play but how to play them and interpreting what you see on the page through the brain and out through the ty complicated process. Dick Shields, the former band director, looks back fondly on his experience and agrees with Miller. I really think the rigor of music study helps to nurture Shields. It was also great fun, which is also very important Sometimes that fun starts as bravery. Lately, the high school concert band pro gressed through works by modern composers Frank Ticheli and David Holsinger, both of whom are writers who lean on heavy brass to power their scores. Thanks to some gutsy high school musicians, Miller employed French horns and bass clari nets this year. And for two clarinet play ers to switch to a brass instru said. Its completely differ Trombonist Cameron Jones provides an important voice in the Concert Band brass section.


4 LIGHTING UP THE NIGHT Kwajenuity collided with holiday spirits to pro duce glowing results for the Fifth Annual Light up the Night event on Kwajalein. The community met in the High School Multi-Purpose Room Dec. 10 for an evening of festivities and domicile decoration tours. The event was sponsored by Quality of Life in conjunction with Community Activities, National Honor Society, Student Council and Spartan Expresso. Equipped with goodie bags, kids of all ages traveled from game stations to snack stands while teens, couples and parents queued up at Spartan Expresso for free beverages while they waited their turns to tour the is land and vote for the most festive holiday decorations. During the tour, folks enjoyed a 30-second dramatic dents. Rope lights twisted up tree trunks; glowing in tryways glimmered with lighted festoons. Laser lights cast dancing glitter on surrounding palm trees. of the 2016 competition are as follows. First place: the Yurovchak family. Second place: the Premo family. Third place: the Nienow family. \ Sincerest apologies to the Bailey family, who were inadvertently left off the ballot. The elves silhouette workshop was original and delightful. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: The Premo home glows during the competition; the party continues down the street as young attendees take in the sights on the tour; Bethany Arsenault, right, helps her daughter Reagan consider a future as the smallest reindeer on Santas sleigh team; Dorina, Aaron and Oliver Enes sport their Christmas gear; reindeer games are popular pastime for teens and kids at the the Night event. U.S. Army photos by Jessica Dambruch


5 Paupers Marathon runners Holly Maness, left, Ted Shultz, middle, and Patrick LEFT: Dave Casbarra sports his Paupers Marathon medal after completing his during a transition stage in the Paupers team division. RUNNERS TAKE ON 26.2 LONG MILES DURING ANNUAL KWAJ MARATHON The Kwajalein Running Club conducted the 35th Annual Paupers Marathon and Relay Dec. 12 and timed it to occur the same time as the famed Honolulu Marathon some 2,200 miles away. First across the line was Eric England in 3 hours, 57 minutes, 34 seconds. For the ladies, it was Christi Cardillo at 5 hours, 19 minutes, 22 seconds. This was Cardillos sixth comple tion of the Paupers Marathon; it was Englands second. Seven runners signed up to attempt the ished. Notably, two members who had signed up on teams developed overnight enthusiasm and ended up running the whole 26.2 miles, David Casbarra and Ted Shultz for taking the wards deserves an honorable mention, as he ended up running an unorthodox half mara thon-plus. Recruited to anchor a team, he ar rived mid-event, expecting to run anchor but found his teammates had all decided overnight to start at 3 a.m. and were all still out on the course. Edwards entered the course loop back wards, found them in various places and gra ciously ran with them as moral support for a total of more than 3.5 hours. Full Marathon Finishers: 1. Eric England:57:34 2. Christi Cardillo:19:22 3. David Casbarra:29:05 (1st Marathon ever) 4. Holly Maness:51:22 5. Ted Shultz:51:22 6. Christina Barnes:58:00 (1st Marathon ever) 7. Laura Lawson:58:00 (1st Marathon ever) 8. Mereille Bishop:39:05 9. Lynn Leines:39:05 Half Marathoner Finishers: 1. Holly Botes:11:24 2. Steve Beggs:33:35 Teams: 1. Liam Beguhn, Dominic Leines, Ryan Hess, Zach Hill and Julia Sholar:52:37 2. Shana Darrah, Dan Laverty, and Gina Hin ton:13:07. Courtesy of Linn Ezell and Christi Cardillo


6 O PALLET TREE O PALLET TREE Tracy McConnell Information Services Mission Support Dept. Group Division, second place Holly Maness and John Osterson Group Division, third place Teigen Family Solo Division, second place Phaylina Tagans Solo Division, third place Evelyn Smith No two holiday trees are alike. When Quality of Life funded resources for a special do-it-yourself community arts project to help adorn the streets of Kwajalein and Roi-Namur with Christ mas cheer, it was the beginning of a very creative holiday season. The secret ingredient? Wooden ship ping pallets, cut into the form of Christ mas trees to be decorated by families, individuals and teams, strategically planted around the island. The goal? To win the popular online vote for cash prize money. During the open construction period, Kwaj has witnessed the creation of trees of every possible persuasion: traditional tinsel trees, trees made of debris found along the shorelines, trees engineered to rotate via the power of the wind and trees bearing slogans, movie characters and blinking Christmas lights. And the votes are in! Congratulations to the following winners of the 2016 Pal let Holiday Tree Decorating Contest. Heads up: the results from the RoiNamur contest will be posted after vot ing concludes this weekend! U.S. Army Photos by Jessica Dambruch


7 LEFT TO RIGHT: Jimmy Severson, Sharon Rice, David Rice, Michael Lowry, Dan Tibbles, Alex Divinsky and Ken Cleland celebrate U.S. Army photo by Jessica Dambruch KWAJALEIN SCUBA CLUB CELEBRATES STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS Kwajalein dive professionals, old and new, gathered Dec. 12 as the Kwajalein Scuba Club celebrated the achievements at the Kwajalein Yacht Club. The occasion marks only the third time within 40 years that Professional Asso ciation of Diving Instructors leadership has ventured to Kwajalein to conduct the rigorous instructors examination. For all of involved, this was a mon umental and life changing series of dent of the Kwajalein Scuba Club. The students went through four months of rigorous development and training, culminating in a 10-day instruc tors development course, taught by vis iting PADI Course Director Bob Ross. The IDC tested and assessed the instructor candidates ability to conduct all PADI core courses. The students are now able to organize and present information, conduct skill development sessions and control open water dives. Basically, they get really good at dem onstrating skills while watching out for After completing the IDC, the PADI Regional Manager, Michael Janssen, conducted an instructors examination. The exam is a two-day evaluative pro gram that tests an instructor candidates teaching ability, dive theory knowledge, skill level, understanding of the PADI System and attitude and professional ism. At the conclusion of the examina tion, the students earned the credential of PADI dive instructor. Though the the testing process was long and arduous, many graduates said they cannot wait to return to the water. U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll Facebook page. For command information questions, please contact Public Affairs at 54848.


8 Courtesy of Sam Engelhard LEFT: Zackios Kuli is all smiles during a holiday reindeer game at the Community Activities Christmas party Dec. 9. RIGHT: The traditionally styled gingerbread cottage and resident snowman. Richey Kilinek, Peter Aron and Harold Butuna pose for a photo during the CA holiday party Dec. 9 at the ARC. U.S. Army photo by Jessica Dambruch Courtesy of Kim Yarnes Courtesy of Kim Yarnes U.S. Army photo by Jessica Dambruch


9 THUMBS UP! HERO OF THE WEEK THUMBS UP Theyre the folks who connect us with all the goodies we need year-round. But during this time of year, they turn the intensity up to 11. Its no easy feat processing multiple semi-trailers of mail each week. Give these guys and the rest of the staff (not pictured) a pat on the back. Carmel Shearer USAG-KAs Hero of the Week is Kwa jalein Fire Departments Assistant Fire Chief Carmel Shearer. Assigned to the training division of Kwajaleins Fire and Emergency Services, Shearer is instru mental in ensuring her team is physically aid and lifesaving skills to different com with required and career advancement courses. Shearer is passionate about her job, and her personality can best be de scribed as motivating. aid classes, Shearer enjoys educating the community. Shes got her hand in every thing from KFDs Fire Prevention Week and 4H Club events, to babysitting class We get some positive feedback, and Shearer. And I totally enjoy the interop erability between departmentshospi and Berry Aviation with the quarterly aircraft drills, and Community Activi ties with water safety classes. Motivating and mentoring is contagious, and I like Originally from Pennsylvania, Shearer came to Kwajalein in 2013, after retiring from the Kennedy Space Center, where naut rescue team member. Shearer is a sports enthusiast who enjoys scuba div free time. Shes proud to note her golf handicap has dropped from 54, when to 22 today. her beloved and very active Irish water spaniel. U.S. Army Photo by Cari Dellinger U.S. Army Photos by Jessica Dambruch


10 Part I Preparation for Christmas in the Republic of the Marshall Islands begins in October, when singing groups, called jebta (chapters, in Marshallese; alternate spelling: jepta), are called together. These groups are mostly gathered around the land owner on whose land they live, although on Ebeye there are also island chapters, made up of people from Ailinglaplap, Jaluit or Kapinmeto the western and northern islands of Lae, Ujae, Bi kini, Wotho, Rongelap, Eniwetok and Ujelang. Kapinmeto means Everyone is involved in the singing groups, with old people and small children included in the same jebta. On Ebeye, the groups may have as many as 40 or 50 members. ed by the iroij (chief), alap (landowner) or appointed director. Some of the songs are new and original each year; some have new words for old tunes. 20 or 30 years ago, all the songs were new every Christmas, and there were no traditional Marshal lese Christmas songs. Americans would have a hard time recognizing written Mar shallese music. There is no clef, no staff in fact, there are no notes. Instead, the four-part harmony is written in a number sys tem: Do=l and 8, Re=2, Mi=3, and so on. The singers sight-read. All through November and December, the jebta rehearse al most every evening, meeting from about 9 p.m. until as late as 2 or 3 a.m., at any available location. Rehearsals dont much resemble an American choir practice. It is common to see some members sleeping, others convers ing, and children playing noisily, while some people study the numbers and others learn from the better sight-readers. The cacophony doesnt seem to disturb the director or those con centrating on the music. Selection of the songs is carried on in great secrecy, but re hearsals are not. In fact, there is exciting competition, and it is considered special fun when two groups can hear each other while rehearsing. Each group is eager to have the best songs, and the more verses, the better. Often one jebta learns 10 songs. Early in the rehearsal schedule, the jebta appoints a commit tee to decide upon and purchase material for uniforms, dresses and shirts, all made of the same fabric. Often, a jebta will have three or four uniforms. Part II Each jebta decides earlyusually in Octoberupon a theme for THIS WEEK IN KWAJALEIN HOURGLASS HISTORY CHRISTMAS IN RMI OFFERS UNIQUE EXPERIENCE By the Rev. Elden Buck, as told to Pat Cataldo This column, which details the history of Christmas traditions in the Mar shall Islands, originally ran in December 2003. Americans who observe a Marshallese Christmas celebration gather memories to last a life time. It is an occasion of excitement and gaiety, of surprises and de lights, and of generouseven lavishgift-giving, in which the whole community enthusiastically participates. The Rev. Elden Buck, who shared his knowledge of Marshallese customs in this reprinted article, was the Protestant chaplain at Kwa jalein from 1968 until 1981. Before that, he and his wife, Alice, served years. its presentation in church on Christmas Day. The themes frequently seem to have little to do with Christmas. In fact, they may be on a brought around to a spiritual Yuletide application. Scripture verses are often repeated in unison, and verses of scrip ture and prayers are included in each chapters presentation. A member is assigned to oversee the building of props to carry out the theme. The props can be elaborate and inventive, with mov ing parts, break-aways, small explosive devices and many surprises for the audience. For example, a group might bring in a large cross, march around it singing, and, at a given signal, pull a wire that causes the cross to split into halves, from which a Christmas tree rises to the ceiling. While all of the plans and props are being made, another com mittee decides what gifts the chapter will bring to the church and collects money for the cash gift. On Ebeye, it isnt unusual for a chapters cash gift to the church to reach $800 or $1,000, in addi sugar and rice, cases of soya or laundry soap, bolts of material and island handicraft. The group also decides what small presents they will throw to the audience during their performance. On the outer islands, chapters give gifts centered around food. During the Sundays of Advent, chapters sing following morning worship service, as a hint of what they will perform on Christmas Day. On Ebeye, one chapter or weto (section of property) is chosen each Sunday in December to sing at the church. On its Sunday, the group cleans up, decorates, and prepares food for after the service. This is also the day the groups gift to the pastor is presented. Sometime during the two weeks before Christmas, each group dresses in its uniforms and goes out, seldom before midnight, to sing and present gifts to the iroij, pastor, missionary and other vil lage or island dignitaries. One Sundayusually the last Sunday before Christmasis church. It is a sort of dress rehearsal for the main performance on Christmas. But the big surprises in the presentations will be kept secret until Christmas Day. The groups have a uniform for singing


11 THIS WEEK IN KWAJALEIN HOURGLASS HISTORY On Christmas Eve, the pastor and one or two church elders are expected to visit each chapter, to sample the whole program, make suggestions as to propriety and see that the dances are not too lively. At this time, the chapters draw straws for order of appearance. singing. On outer islands, this is done on foot by lantern light. On Ebeye, it is often done from the backs of trucks. Part III On Christmas Day, the celebration begins after all the jebta have gathered at the church to hear the Christmas story read from the scripture and to offer their special thanks in prayer and worship. The celebration goes on until all the chapters have per formed. On Ebeye, this can mean a 12-14-hour observance, or even a second day. Each jebta leader begins by bringing into the church his groups gifts of food and supplies and the props for its presentation. The jebta, gathered out of sight at some distance, begins singing its marching song and slowly approaches the church. This proces sion is actually a sort of dance, including intricate over-under and serpentine patterns. The leader, and sometimes the whole group, The entrance march ends with the group in singing position sometimes facing the audience, but more often facing the pulpit and the presentation begins. Between songs, there are speeches by the iroij (chief), the alap (landowner) and any other dignitary accompanying the group. Each jebta has some member of an iroij family as its sponsor. The climax comes when the theme is explained, and the props all onlookers. Should a prop not work or a jebta make an obvious mistake in harmony or words (all singing is done from memory), there is much laughter, clapping and friendly name-calling from the audience. will become obvious. There is no giving in secret. The group cash. They dont go around just once, but again and again, each time placing more money. For this reason, small change is at a premium on Ebeye at Christmas time. An individuals gift might be $10, but he will want it broken into small denomina tions, so he can give again and again. During this same time, the singers throw gifts to the audi ence, including bars of soap, boxes of matches, gum, thread, candy, pieces of material, rolls of pandanus and so forth, while the women lavishly spray cologne and perfume over on-look ers. Gifts are seldom thrown to anyone in particular, although it is not unusual for a woman to be wearing several dresses and remove the top one to give to a friend or leader. A chapter deliberately works toward hypnotic excitement in the giving song and march, increasing its singing volume while clowning outrageously. The greater this excitement, the more likely it is that members of the audience will jump up, join the circle, and add more cash to that of the performing group. At the close of the day, the pastor leads a brief worship ser vice. The altar area is jammed to the ceiling with food. It re mains there for several days until leaders gather to divide ita process that can also take several days. The pastor and church leaders divide the money among themselves, the iroij and school teachers, traditionally return ing some of the food to the chapter. After Christmas Midnight of the 25th does not signal the end of Christmas for the Marshallese. The chapters continue meeting, often until the middle of January, to sing and visit those village leaders they missed before Christmasand especially to make plans for the great feast and party each chapter holds. Almost always, these parties include a gift exchange, for which names are drawn. No $10 limit herevery expensive presents are given. For example, a man or boy might receive three shirts, two pairs of pants, a pair of shoes, a new razor, several writing tablets, a box of laundry soap, a bag of sugar and a $20 bill. With the jebta parties, the long holiday season ends. Christmas in the Marshall Islands is a thanksgiving festival, celebrated joyously to commemorate the coming of Christ. Courtesy of Jordan Vinson


12 NEW SMDC DEPUTY COMMANDER APPROVED CHANGING MILITARY FAMILIES REQUIRE MORE FLEXIBLE SUPPORT, ARMY SECRETARY SAYS REDSTONE ARSENAL, Alabama The Secretary of the Army has approved James B. Johnson Jr. as the new deputy to the commander U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command. Johnson, who has been the acting depu ty to the commander since September, will be the commands most senior civilian, providing leadership for the Armys space and missile defense programs, acquisition, personnel and resource management. Johnson served as the director of the USASMDC/ARSTRAT Future Warfare Center since April 2015. In this posi tion, he outlined general program policy to support the Future Warfare Centers primary roles in bringing space and mis sile defense capabilities and concepts to Warfare Center are the Capabilities De velopment and Integration Directorate, the Training and Doctrine Command Ca pability Managers for Space and Missile Defense, and the Directorate for Training and Doctrine. From May 24, 2010, to March 2015, Johnson served as director of the U.S. Army Test, Measurement, and Diagnos tic Equipment Activity. From July 15, 2008 to May 2010, he served as director of the Developmental Test Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. On Jan. 7, 2007, Johnson was appoint ed to the Senior Executive Service. His prior assignments include director of the U.S. Army Redstone Technical Test Cen ter (RTTC), Developmental Test Com mand, as well as multiple assignments in the Missile Defense Agency, GroundBased Midcourse Defense Joint Program Test Operations; deputy product manag er of the Test, Training and Exercise Ca Test Products Division in TTEC. SMDC/ARSTRAT Press Release By C. Todd Lopez, Army News Service WASHINGTON Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning believes the Army needs to change how it provides support to Sol diers and their families. Speaking at the Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C. Thursday before rep resentatives and members of the Blue Star Families, an organization founded in 2009 that performs one of the largest surveys of military families and directs them to sources of support, Fanning noted the number of military families with stay-at-home spouses is shrinking. The Army needs to recognize that more military spouses are working a reality where its no longer expected that married Soldiers will have a stayat-home spouse who takes care of the family and homestead and does volun The Army must invest more in pro grams that support families, Fanning said, in recognition that a growing number of military spouses will want to pursue their own career paths, in dependent of their serving partners. Additionally, in order to remain a com petitive career option, the Army must be able to attract men and women who have career-oriented spouses. Fewer Americans will choose to join the Army if progressing in their careers We need to work on employment op portunities for spouses that arent in the do more to make career paths for dualmilitary families workable. All too often, it works for a little while, and then one of the two has to make a decision to get out to support the other one. We need to Fanning suggested that it might also be time to rethink career paths in the military to offer more support for fami lies. For instance, it might be possible, he said, for the Army to extend the num ber of years it takes for Soldiers to chart Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning delivers opening remarks to representatives and members of the Blue Star Families at Brookings in Washington, D.C., Dec. was to mark the release of lies annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey, one of the most critical tools to understanding the issues facing service members, veterans, and military family members. See FAMILIES, page 13 U.S. Army photo U.S. Army photo James B. Johnson Jr.


13 HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY a successful career. We have these pole years, and you noted. In fact, in many of the services to really excel you have to hit that year early. There is no reason we cant, for example, stretch things out a little bit more to give people more time ... for de velopmental opportunities and to make decisions for their family that doesnt take them off the track to get them to Fostering such stability in family life would go a long way toward helping Soldiers cope with deployments and the stress of being separated from fam ily for extended periods, he said. BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SHIFT The Army must also continue to ad vance its approach to behavioral health, Fanning said. Currently, behavioral health assistance must be initiated by Soldiers, meaning the burden is on the Soldier to proactively seek help after a deployment. That behavioral health paradigm needs to change, Fanning said. We should expect, [and] you should So youre going to have to go through it Special Operations Command has already implemented successful mea sures to provide behavioral health ser vices to all its Soldiers immediately upon returning from deployment. Fanning said these efforts are worth replicating elsewhere. We need to move FAMILIES, from page 12 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 W 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 photo James B. Johnson Jr. Always dive with a buddy. Never dive alone. Wait at least 12 hours before Wait 18-24 hours after doing multiple dives. Divers Alert Network (DAN) recommends refraining from strenuous work at least 24 hours before AND after diving. Keep your gear up-to-date and serviced regularly. DAN recommends that regulators get overhauled at least once a year. Each diver should have their own computer. On any given dive, both div ers in the buddy pair should follow the most conservative computer. Do not ascend greater than 60 feet per minute. Even if not required, always make a safety stop at 15 feet for at least 3 minutes. Start the dive day with the Avoid making multiple deep dives on the same day. DIVE SAFETY TIPS!


14 WEEKLY WEATHER OUTLOOK WEATHER TRENDS: The headlines coming into this weekend are the winds and sea state. Surface wind speeds are averag are expecting the surface wind speeds to increase to 25 knots sustained Friday and Saturday then fall back to around 20 kots wave heights to 12 feet by Saturday. The end of the week high winds coincide with king tides. Sea surface levels are already 5 inches above normal due to a weak La Nia. Given a combina tion of these conditions, wave run-up models for the ocean-fac ing shorelines are predicting sea level heights of 8.7 feet above mean lower-low water for northeasterly facing reefs on Kwaja lein Atoll. For reference, the shore level is generally around 9.8 ft the mean lower-low water point. We were surprised by nearly a 3 inches rainfall on the Dec. 11. This rainfall brought our totals for the month to average levels. Going into next week, the Intertropical Convergence The ITCZ will be situated across the mid-RMI region, but close enough to Kwajalein were periods of shower activity will ex ist next week. We continue to believe rainfall will remain near monthly averages. IMPACT: Inundation events of low lying coastal areas in the Ratak chain (Majuro) are likely. The Ralik chain (Kwajalein), ation. With similar forecasted conditions, Kwajalein atoll has experienced damage in the past to the causeway linking Ebeye and Gugueegue. However, the conditions being forecasted have also typically resulted in no reported problems. For Kwajalein and Roi-Namur island assets, we are expecting a marginal risk peak tides. We are NOT expecting destructive inundation events, such as those which occurred in December 2008 on Roi-Namur. We will be issuing a High Surf Advisory statement to the public on our TV Roller. If anything changes, we will issue updates as necessary. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our duty forecast by phone at 53347 or by email. Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Contact Information Capt. David Rice SHARP Victim Advocate Work: 805 355 2139 Home: 805 355 3565 USAG-KA SHARP Pager: 805 355 3243/3242/3241/0100 USAG-KA SHARP VA Local Help Line: 805 355 2758 DOD SAFE Helpline: 877 995 5247 COMMANDERS HOTLINE HAVE SOMETHING THE USAG-KA COMMANDER SHOULD KNOW ABOUT? CALL THE COMMANDERS HOTLINE AT 51098 TODAY! LUNCH DINNER Sunday Chicken w/ salsa Spinach quiche Nacho beef Thursday Sicilian hoagie Jerk chicken Beef w/ red beans December 24 Chicken adobo Lumpia (egg rolls) Coconut ginger rice Thursday Fajitas Refried beans Chefs choice Friday Fish du jour Super bird sandwich Onion rings Friday Sloppy Joes Citrus roast pork Roasted potatoes Monday BBQ pork ribs Blackened chicken Lyonnaise potatoes Wednesday Meatloaf Mashed potatoes Garlic roast chicken Monday Roast beef Fish du jour Mashed potatoes Sunday Chicken saltimbocca Beef stew Chefs choice Tuesday Cantonese pork Chicken stir-fry Sesame noodles Wednesday Steak night BBQ chicken Scalloped potatoes Tuesday Lasagna Vegetarian Medley Garlic bread December 24 Minute steak w/ gravy Chicken nuggets Mashed potatoes Captain Louis S. Zamperini Dining Facility *MENU CURRENT AS OF DEC. 14


15 COMMUNITY CLASSIFIEDS Friday American pot roast Mac and cheese Roast chicken Sunday Cornish hens Hamburger steak Au gratin potatoes Thursday Roast beef sandwich Roasted turkey December 24 Kalua pork Fish sandwich Veggie fried rice Thursday Fried chicken Roast pork Mashed potatoes Friday Salmon cakes Cuban sandwich Potatoes OBrien Monday Hot dogs Hamburgers Pork sandwich Wednesday Turkey and cheese sand. Stir-fry vegetables Wild rice Sunday Enchilada casserole Santa fe chicken Borrocho beans Monday BBQ chicken BBQ spare ribs Corn on the cob Tuesday Herb pork loin Caribbean seafood curry Islanders rice Wednesday Grilled steak night Huli huli chicken Baked potatoes Tuesday Jamaican patties Dry-rub roast beef Eggs migas December 24 Hamburgers Chili dogs Beef tamales LUNCH DINNER Caf Roi *MENU CURRENT AS OF DEC. 14 HELP WANTED Visit USAJOBS.GOV to search and ap ply for USAG-KA vacancies and other federal positions. KRS and Chugach listings for onIsland jobs are posted at: Kwaja lein, Roi-Namur and Ebeye Dock Security Checkpoint locations; Human Resources in Bldg 700 and tractor Information>KRS>Human Resources>Job Opportunities. List ings for off-island contract positions are available at LOST AND FOUND one blue personal size cooler. Left Dec. 2 at Emon Beach Pavilion. Please call if found, 5-1725. FOR SALE Osprey, 21-foot catamaran sailboat. $7,000. Includes 5hp motor, solar power, VHF radio, stereo, shower, mast (new as of May, 2013), all ex tras (misc supplies and tools). Needs some repairs (starboard center beam and trailer). Call DJ on Roi: 5-6313 daytime, 5-6056 evening. COMMUNITY NOTICES Burger King will re-open for business starting on Saturday, Dec. 17. Jingle Bell Fun Run. 5:30 p.m., Dec. 17. Emon Beach Main Pavilion. Bring also provided) and get jingled up be fore heading out for an easy 2-mile run through housing. Scuba Santa Arrives. 6:30 p.m., Dec. 18 at Emon Beach. On Monday, Dec. 19, the following fa cilities will experience an eight-hour power outage starting at 8 a.m.: 510 Fiberglass Wetwell; 746 Sewage Lift Station; 1880 Emon Beach Pavilion. That same day, the following facilities will experience a brief power outage while connecting and disconnecting a temporary generator: 622 Bargain Bazaar/Morgue; 628 Exchange Laun dry; 634 Tennis Court; 638 Bank of Marshall Islands. Marshallese Cultural Society Decem ber Meeting. 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 20, at the Marshallese Cultural Cen will take place at this meeting Every one is welcome to attend Kwajalein Atoll International Sport ing. 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 21, at to attend! Questions? Contact Trudy, 55987. Package Delivery Service. Automo tive services is offering a package now through Dec. 23. A delivery sled and elves will be available during all package window hours of operation. Take your boxes to the van, count them with driver, provide your quar ters number and well do the rest. Someone must be home to sign for and accept the package delivery. Kwajalein Yacht Clubs monthly meeting is on Friday Dec. 30, 6:30pm at the Yacht Club. Meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. ATTENTION COMMERCIAL ACTIVI TIES VENDORS. Commercial Ac tivities licenses will expire Dec. 31, 2016. If you are a current vendor you should have received a reminder let ter and a 2017 application by email. If you would like to become a vendor please contact Community Activities at 5-3331 to receive a 2017 Vendor Application and a letter that explains the process. Vets Hall New Years Eve 1st Annual Ball Drop. Ring in the New Year at the annual midnight ball drop and cham pagne toast! Dance the new year in listening to the hits DJ Gus Garcia will be spinning. If you have a request for that special song let Gus know early so he can get it in the lineup. Doors open 7p.m., with music starting at 9 p.m. There will be a shuttle running all night starting at 7:45 p.m. Bus will stop at Surfway, Oceanview, Country Club, Vets Hall and Space Fence so park your bike and ride safely to and from the celebrations! 2017 Adult Basketball Registration December 27 January 6. Basketball registration will begin for the 2017 season. Registration fee is $100 per team. The season will run from Janu ary 18 March 3. A&B Leagues. Team slots are limited, so register fast! Questions? Email or call Derek at 5-1275 or 5-3331. Want to learn how to dance? Come join us Wednesdays CRC Room 6 and Saturdays at CRC room 1 both times at 7:30-9 p.m. We will be teaching swing, blues, Latin, and everything ballroom. Beginners always wel come. For questions contact Josh H 52423 W 57266. Pools and Beaches Winter 2016 Hours (Dec. 20 Jan. 2). Millican Family Pool: 1-6 p.m. Weekdays and Sunday; 9 a.m. 3 p.m. Monday; Closed Thursdays and Christmas Day. Emon Beach: 12:30 3:30 p.m. Tues. Sun.; Noon 4 p.m. Sun. Mon. (beach not guarded Christmas Day). Adult Pool: Open 24/7 (buddy swim recommended). Remember this holiday season rules for electric safety. Dont over load outlets or extension cords. It could damage the electrical system electrical cords are tucked away, neat & tidy. Pets might chew on electrical cords, and Santa might trip and fall! Never yank an electrical cord from the wall. Pulling on a cord can dam age the appliance, the plug or the outlet. E-Talk: Did you know, AAFES Ex change offers a 5 discount for every AAFES reusable bag used by custom ers? Safely Speaking: Holiday Safety Tips. Use only outdoor Christmas lights for exterior displays connected to a ground fault circuit protected (GFCI) receptacle. Examine light strings for loose bulbs, corrosion or worn wires. Avoid overloading wall sockets and extension cords. Christmas Tree Safety. A 6 tree will use about 1 gal. of water every two days. Check the water level every day. Use only UL approved lights and no more than 3 strands linked together Have a Fire Safe Holiday Season. As smart. Make sure you keep the tree watered. If a dry tree comes into con out your home. This video shows the difference between a dry and watered tree: com/watch?v=AZk4vIXCnc8 RELIGIOUS HOLIDAY SERVICES SCHEDULE Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 10 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 25, at the Community Activities Building Protestant/ Interdenominational: 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 24, at the main chapel 8:15 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 25, at the small chapel 11 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 25, at the main chapel Catholic 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 24, at the main chapel 9:15 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 25, at the main chapel


16 RESULTS LAST WEEK DECEMBER 6 Posers def. Freshman 25-10/25-11 Wildcats def. Ohana Koa 22-25/25-17/15-3 Dazed/Confused def. SOTB 17-25/25-11/16-14 A Motley Crew def. Sideout 26-24/25-16 DECEMBER 7 Nation White def. Attackers 25-17/25-27/15-7 Serves Up def. Blacksmiths 25-19/25-17 Thats What She Set def. Mon Kubok 25-10/25-15 Spartans I def. Corder Pounder 25-14/25-21 DECEMBER 8 Dazed/Confused def. Motley Crew 25-19/25-16 Wolf Pack def. Sideout 25-17/19-25/15-10 DECEMBER 9 Nation White def. Blacksmiths 25-20/20-25/15-6 Attackers def. Serves Up 25-14/25-22 Spartans I def. Thats What She Set 25-11/25-15 Sets on the Beach def. Sideout 25-17/26-24 A LEAGUE RECORDS Win Loss Spartans I 8 1 Thats What She Set 7 2 Mon Kubok 2 7 Corder Pounder 1 8 B LEAGUE RECORDS Win Loss Dazed and Confused 6 2 A Motley Crew 6 2 Wolf Pack 4 4 Sets on the Beach 2 6 Sideout 2 6 HIGH SCHOOL RECORDS Win Loss Posers 9 0 Wildcats 5 4 Ohana Koa 4 5 Freshmen 0 9 HIGH SCHOOL RECORDS Win Loss Nation White 7 2 Serves Up 4 5 Attackers 6 3 Blacksmiths 1 8 USAG-KA SPORTS HOLIDAY SAFETY TIPS The holiday season is in full effect, and for most of us its a time that we all look forward to as it means attending parties, relaxing and spending time with the people we love most. It is meant to be a time of joy and celebration. By simply following a few helpful tips you can ensure that your holidays will be safe, merry and bright! Home Safety Use only outdoor Christmas lights for exterior displays connected to a ground fault circuit protected (GFCI) receptacle. Examine light strings for loose bulbs, corrosion or worn wires. Avoid overloading wall sockets and extension cords. Christmas Tree Safety A 6-feet tree will use about one gallon of water every two days. Check the water level every day. Use only UL approved lights and no more than three strands linked together. Safe Holiday Toys Avoid giving toys with small parts to young children. Read and follow operating or assembly instructions carefully. the product meets the national safety standards set by the American Society for Testing and Materials. Explain and demonstrate the safe operation of a toy. Traveling Safety If you are traveling abroad for the holidays be prepared for the changing winter conditions, and take extra pre cautions when driving on icy roads. Food Safety Wash your hands thoroughly and often: before, during and after food preparation. Use a food thermometer to make sure the meat, poultry Refrigerate leftovers within two hours.