The Kwajalein hourglass

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The Kwajalein hourglass
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COMMAND DELIVERS UNDERDOGS WIN CHRISTMAS SPIRIT TO ENNIBURR P 4-5 VOLLEYBALL TITLES P 9 ESCORTS SCUBA SANTA P 6-7 PARADE OF LIGHTS THIS WEEK The 2016 Scuba Santa squad gathers for a group photo following the participants arrival at Emon Beach Sunday, Dec. 18. 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 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 e use our experience of popular technology and media to mark the passage of time. I remember folks promising high speed internet will get here soon, said Neil Dye, of Kwajalein, be fore internet connections were installed on island. Back then, I wasnt the DJ. I was the designated driver. dialup internet connections and then Wi-Fi hotspots. In-home high-speed internet became accessible only two years ago. And according to some Kwaj residents, that was when things began to change. But what things? How we measure meaningful experience shared with others is a matter of opinion. Recently, I spoke with some local Kwajalein digital immigrants, residents who predate the arrival of internet connections on the garrison, to learn what they most remember about life back then. The World Wide Web made online educational resources avail able to students, who only before had access to a limited supply of local print and video media to use for research. And before get ting their hands on free video messaging applications and social media, residents communicated with family members in America the old fashioned way, ringing up sizeable long-distance phone charges. I ran up phone bills going to college when every phone call cost money, said Floyd Corder. movie in at the Richardson, added Julie Savage. sions to attend social events or head to the Rich. But before online binge-watching, Kwaj had Tape Escape, the Silver City video and DVD rental service that ended years ago. Doug Hepler remem bers the service as a mainstay of Kwaj home entertainment. Ma sina McCollum remembers residents coordinated with off-island connections to ship in primetime TV shows on VHS cassette to share with local friends. There was a checklist of people that went along with each video tape so you would know who to pass the tape to next, McCollum said. participation in recreational sports leagues, back when the popu lation of Kwaj was nearly double what it is now. She also reminisc es about enrichment courses for adults and children. We used to have community education that offered language classes, cooking classes, sailing classes, sign language, sewing and other things. Classes were often full within a few days of registration, she said. Some things, such as planning an annual leave, were easier with a live helper, as Bruce Premo discovered. tract of about three people on Roi that we would set down with to make plane and hotel reservations and help plan our trips, said high speed internet, but I would not say it saves me time. I did like the convenience and help the travel group provided. Ironically, some things dont change: Kwaj residents are still eager to shop for new cool toys. McCollum and Kim Yarnes both agree that there were more patio sales before the Internet. Our sale pages were double the space in the Hourglass before Kwaj Swap and Shop hit Facebook, said Yarnes. Facebook is now a main means to spread news about social gatherings, and even the arrival of fresh produce. The internet signaled the end of large catalog ordering parties as a big event where families like the Premos could bond with friends and hunt for gifts together. For me, good sales catalog books were very valuable before high speed internet, said Bruce Premo. This was especially true for the boat owner. I had a multiyear catalog set from West Ma rine and anticipated each years new release with excitement on new products. It was almost like the Sears Christmas catalog that would come out each year with toys for kids. Retread Andrea Lenox values her longtime Kwaj friendships among the most valuable she has ever had. Because we were more isolated from the people at home, we families in our daily lives, said Lenox. She believes that since we are now able to remain connected to friends abroad with such ease, that we have simply adapted how we socialize. But Yarnes, McCollum, Dye and Laura Pasquarella-Swain also remember peo ple gathering in greater numbers to socialize at dinner parties on the beach, the ARC, Rois beach shacks and the Outrigger Club and hope this will continue. The internet has been great to have, said Dye. But sometimes I miss the more personal interaction that we once had out here. Reconnect with friends over the holidays! Additional open bowling is scheduled for Dec. 29, 2-9 p.m., and for a more scenic outing, visit Cocktails on the Coast, Jan. 2. Cocktails, beer and wine will be available for sale at an Emon Beach cash bar from noon until sunset. W KWAJALEIN BEFORE THE NET


3 ROI RATS TAKE TOP HONORS IN PALLET TREE CONTEST First Place: Group Category Dock Security Checkpoint Second Place: Group Category Automotive Third Place: Group Category Roi Air Terminal Security First Place: Individual Category Kunio Rubon Second Place: Individual Category Shelley Easter Third Place: Individual Category Rachel Shidler U.S. Army photos by Laura Pasquarella-Swain and Jessica Dambruch


4 CHRISTMAS RUN TO ENNIBURR DELIVERING SPIRIT AND GIFTS The Christmas spirit was in the air for the small community of Enniburr this son Kwajalein Atoll command team de bags to the children of Third Island. Marshallese volunteers pulled carts car rying large boxes of wrapped toys and shoes, while young volunteers tested out several donated bicycles by riding them ahead of the group to the Third Island School on the far side of the island. Small children hung back shyly near their homes, observing the makeshift parade, later deciding to join in and follow to see what all the fuss was about. emerged featuring a receiving line of waving hands and smiling faces. Hun the path leading to the school, and they all wanted to say shake hands with each member of the group bringing them gifts. Above the singing you could hear the words, Miss Angela, Miss Angela. The main cheerleader behind this community outreach effort was Com mand Sgt. Maj. Angela Rawlings. She said it all begun about one year ago, when she and Col. Mike Larsen made their sporting equipment to the school. After seeing how many children lived on the island, I decided to organize a Toy Drive and started gathering gifts for them this summer, Rawlings said. children, and there is not enough fund ing or resources for all the children to at tend school on the island. These children are so wonderful, Rawlings said. They live in such harsh and isolated conditions. I just wanted to make sure they all received something special for Christmas. The children lined up according to their gender and age group to receive a toy from the Command team members. There was also a special line for toddlers and infants, where parents with smaller children received plush toys and baby care items. Each child received an age-appropriate gift and some useful personal care items in the gift bags. Some of the kids tore their presents open right away, while others were seen sitting quietly with their pres ent still wrapped, hugging it close to them as if waiting for the right moment. This was priceless and a feeling that U.S. Army photos by Nikki Maxwell CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP LEFT: Col. Mike Larsen and Command Sgt. Maj. Angela Rawlings join Enniburr residents during the U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll Command teams Christmas gift run, spearheaded by Rawlings, co-workers, friends and family. Maj. John Osterson hands out gifts to a group of young boys. School Dec. 14 to greet the USAG-KA Command team. can never be replaced or forgotten, should always give back. Following the mass distribution of the gifts, the children gathered together again and sang traditional Christmas carols for the visitors. Then Larson and Rawlings presented bikes to some chil dren for their academic achievements. According to the Republic of the Mar this was the largest toy and gift drive


5 LEFT: Deputy Garrison Commander Jenifer Peterson aka Ms. Clausis escorted to Enniburr Elementary School by Third Island children Dec. 14. BELOW, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Children enjoy dolls and other gifts donated to the cause. An Enniburr girl hugs the newest member of her family. Command Sgt. Maj. Angela Rawlings hands out gifts to school-age girls at the Enniburr Elementary School. the island has ever received. The com munity relations effort involved many logistical hurdles, but they were over come successfully, making this a holiday to remember for the children and their grateful parents. This warms my heart and makes me so happy, said one mother as her two sons smiled and ripped wrapping paper off their gifts to discover new matchbox this before. It is so nice! A special thank you goes to all the wonderful people who took time to give and bring a smile to those beautiful chil dren, Rawlings said. Alone we can do little, but together we can do so much. Lt. Col. Humberto Jones, Yvonne Braham and friends and family. Rawlings hopes that others will con sider donating their time and talents to people less fortunate than themselves. She said one of her favorite quotes is by Mark Twain: Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear, and the blind can see.


6 SCUBA SANTA, FESTIVE BOATS ENTERTAIN EMON CROWDS Jolly ol Saint Nick returned to Kwaj Sunday, this time traveling via B-boat to Emon Beach. Hundreds of children and adults clustered together at the waters edge to greet Mr. Kringle and help his elf assistants to shore. The crew even brought along their own Christmas tree. After the soggy Santa had a chance to re gain his land legs and greet the droves of excited kids at the beach, the annual Parade of Lights kicked off. Organized and performed by Kwajalein Yacht Club members and friends, the parade con sisted of personal yachts and a small boat dressed up in Christmas lights. Here are some highlights of another very Kwaj holiday night at Emon Beach. U.S. Army photos by Jordan Vinson CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP RIGHT: Caleb Baker, right, and Oliver Enes scan the water for Scuba Santa. Santa and his gang of elves emerge from the lagoon. Bruce Premos yacht Moonshine cuts through the water during the Parade of Lights. Scuba Santa regales the kids.


7 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 CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP: Scuba Santa wishes a Kwaj child a merry Christmas. Tom Lesters yacht Genevieve motors down the line during the Parade of Lights. Santa saunters out of the warm lagoon water to greet the children gathered at Emon beach. Sunday. Kwaj resident Jon Sok, right, and visitor Mike Lowry haul the Christmas tree from the waters edge to the Kwajalein Scuba Club shack at the north end of the beach.


8 RUNNING WITH BELLS ON HAPPIEST PLACE ON ISLAND GETS MERRIER U.S. Army photos by Jordan Vinson and Kim Yarnes U.S. Army photos by Colleen Furgeson A few dozen Kwajalein runners tapped into the athletic side of the holiday spirit Dec. 17, during the annual Jingle Bell Run. Organized by Kwajalein Running Club volunteers and Community Activities staff, the leisurely group run around the north end of the island invited garrison residents to don their reindeer antlers and jingle bells and work up a light sweat with with holiday feasting and partying, the idea of going out and doing a few laps was a no-brainer for these residents. Kwajalein Hobby Shop staff opened up the happiest place ple came by to sample a sweet suite of sweets and savory pot luck dishes, while Hobby Shop employees Laura Alves, Evelyn by Shop regulars mixed and mingled with several new island residents who came, along with family members, to visit the of the facility and checked out the array of holiday themed projects in the works at the shop. CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP: Christi Cardillo and friends; Dan goes up to collect her major award. It was not a leg lamp. ABOVE: Hobby Shop hosts greet visitors Dec. 15. From left: Evelyn Smith, Alison Sok and Laura Alves. BELOW: Dan and Caroline Eggers enjoy hot cider and sweets. U.S. Army photos by Colleen Furgeson


9 HAPPIEST PLACE ON ISLAND GETS MERRIER UNDERDOGS TAKE CHAMP COCONUTS The 2016 Kwajalein Volleyball Season came to an exciting end Dec. 15 and 16 during championship matches that pitted rivals in four different leagues its respective championship this year. In some cases, such as the Blacksmiths, one of the teams few wins earned all season came during the playoffs. Talk about a Cinderella story. The underdog teams featured here are the squads that bested their rivals, surprised fans and earned the right to take home a coveted coconut trophy. A LEAGUE WIN LOSS Spartans 8 1 Thats What She Set 7 2 Mon Kubok 2 7 Corder Pounder 1 8 B League WIN LOSS Dazed and Confused 6 2 A Motley Crew 6 2 Wolf Pak 4 4 Sets on the Beach 2 6 Sideout 2 6 High School League WIN LOSS Posers 9 0 Wildcats 5 4 Ohana Koa 4 5 Freshmen 0 9 Jr. High League WIN LOSS Nation White 7 2 Attackers 6 3 Serves Up 4 5 Blacksmiths 1 8 U.S. Army photos by Colleen Furgeson A League champs: Thats What She Set 2016 Kwajalein Volleyball League Final Standings B League champs: Wolf Pak High School League champs: Wildcats Jr. High League champs: Blacksmiths WOW!


10 U.S. Army photo illustration Courtesy of Megan Noble U.S. Army photos by Jessica Dambruch Courtesy of KRS HOusing Services Roi Community Activities Roi Power Plant Kwajalein Housing Services Chugach Kwajalein Community Activities Kwaj military and DoD civilians


11 U.S. Army photo by Jessica Dambruch Courtesy of Wagma Komak U.S. Army photo by Jessica Dambruch Courtesy of Ron Sylvester Courtesy of Leah Taylor Courtesy of Leah Taylor Great Bridge crew KRS Huntsville Procurement team Domestic assistants on Kwaj Huntsville Human Resources


12 AEGIS TEST KILLS MEDIUM-RANGE BALLISTIC MISSILE IN MDA TEST HAPPY HOLIDAYS Kwajalein Emon Lifeguard CRC Bowling Center Golf Course Country Club Hobby Shop Library Family Pool Small Boat Marina Surfway Surfside Salon Sunrise Bakery Ocean View Club Post Office AAFES Express AAFES Pxtra Food Court American Eatery Community Bank Theaters Dec. 25 Buddy system Closed Closed Sunrise to sunset Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed *Check facility *Check facility Closed Closed Closed *Check facility *Check facility Closed Closed Dec. 26 Noon-4 p.m. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Sunrise to sunset Normal hours 1-6 p.m. Closed 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 1-6 p.m. Normal hours 10 a.m.-6 p.m. *Check facility *Check facility Closed 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. *Check facility *Check facility Closed Normal hours Dec. 27 12:30-3:30 p.m. Closed Closed Sunrise to sunset Closed Closed Closed 1-6 p.m. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. 1-7 p.m. Closed *Check facility *Check facility Normal hours Normal hours Normal hours *Check facility *Check facility Closed Normal hours HOLIDAY HOURS Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed *Check facility Normal hours Opens at noon Closed Opens at 5:30 p.m. Opens at 5:30 p.m. Closed *Check facility Normal hours 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Noon-2 p.m. 5:30-9 p.m. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Closed *Check facility Roi-Namur AAFES Express Small Boat Marina Third Island Store Outrigger Snack Bar Outrigger Bar Post Office Salon HAWAII, DEC. 14The Missile Defense Agency and sailors aboard USS John missile target, demonstrating the Sea Based Terminal endo-atmospheric defensive capability and meeting the tests primary objective. The test was conducted off the coast of Hawaii just after midnight on Dec. 14. This test demonstrated the capabilities MDA and the Navy are delivering to our the Aegis Weapon System continue to prove that they are critical components of our nations multilayered, robust ballistic missile defense system. The SM-6 missile uses an explosive warhead to defeat ballistic missile threats, dif fering from other missile defense interceptors, such as the Standard Missile-3, which use non-explosive hit-to-kill technology. etry and other data obtained during the test. Aegis BMD is the naval component of the Ballistic Missile Defense System. The MDA and the U.S. Navy cooperatively manage the Aegis BMD program. Additional information about all elements of the BMDS can be found at https://www.mda. mil/system/system.html MDA News Release Third Island Store will be open Dec. 28. 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 P H O T O S A T


13 RANGE OPERATION NOTICE A special joint Reagan Test Site -Kris Kringle Test Site range operation is scheduled for Christmas Eve at Kwajalein Atoll. In connection with this operation, caution areas and TAKECOVER requirements exist for all children on the islands of Kwajalein, Ebeye, Enniburr and other islands north of Ebeye. Unless specifically authorized, all boys and girls must take take shelter UNDER THE COVERS when directed by their parents or remain out of the living room caution area be spective roofs. Direct all concerns or questions to the RTS-KKTS Safety Directorate by sending letters to the North Pole, addressed to Santa. Design: Jordan Vinson, w/ NASA photo An intercontinental ballistic santa launches from the Kris Kringle Test Site at the North Pole during a run-through of a joint KKTS-RTS operation schedule to impact Kwajalein Atoll Dec. 24. 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


14 WEEKLY WEATHER OUTLOOK WEATHER TRENDS: A surface wave came across the north ern RMI Thursday bringing us some needed rain. Our rainfall lightning was observed in the area with Thursdays storms. Northeasterly trade winds will increase in the wake of this wave. We are expecting wind speeds to be near Small Craft Advisory levels again for Christmas weekend. Fast moving widely scattered showers will be in the area for the weekend. Appears next week will have an increase in shower coverage, but still scattered in nature. increase to nearly Typhoon strength and impact the Phillipines on Christmas day, then move into the South China Sea. Caution-outlook: Intra-seasonal climate drivers remain weak to neutral. We are still expecting rainfall to follow clima tological averages for December into January. 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 SPECIAL CHRISTMAS DINNER! Thursday BBQ pork ribs Turkey wraps Vegetable saute December 31 Spaghetti Garlic toast Chefs choice Thursday Mongolian BBQ Garlic marinated chick. Chefs choice Friday Taco bar Refried beans Rice Friday Chicken fried steak Mashed potatoes Fish du jour Monday Cacciatore chicken Egg casserole Augratin potatoes Wednesday Honey mustard chicken Tuna casserole Chefs choice Monday Mancotti Pasta carbonara Vegetarian medley Sunday *Limited menu Tuesday Grilled chicken Beef pot pie Three cheese macaroni Wednesday Steak Night Picante chicken Vegetarian pasta Tuesday Chicken wings Patty melts Roasted potatoes December 31 Oriental pork steak Broccoli stir-fry Parsley potatoes Captain Louis S. Zamperini Dining Facility *MENU CURRENT AS OF DEC. 23 From Dec. 23, 1988 Kwajalein Hourglass


15 COMMUNITY CLASSIFIEDS Friday Breakfast at Night Eggs to order Pancakes Sunday SPECIAL CHRISTMAS DINNER! Thursday Vegetable quesadillas Glazed pork loin Parsley potatoes December 31 Chicken fajita wrap Parker ranch stew Corn on the cob Thursday Fried chicken Stuffed cabbage Mashed potatoes Friday Tuna melts Country meatloaf Mac and cheese Monday Lemon baked chicken Egg and cheese sand. Wednesday Chicken parmesan Roast pepper steak Mashed potatoes Sunday Spaghetti Rice Chefs choice Monday Swiss beef steak Pork adobo Brown rice stir-fry Tuesday Chicken enchilada casserole Refried beans Spanish rice Wednesday Carved roast beef Thai-style coconut chick. Baked potatoes Tuesday Ham and swiss sandwich Roast turkey December 31 Corned beef/cabbage Pulled BBQ pork Roasted potatoes LUNCH DINNER Caf Roi *MENU CURRENT AS OF DEC. 23 HELP WANTED federal positions. KRS and Chugach listings for onIsland jobs are posted at: Kwaja lein, Roi-Namur and Ebeye Dock Security Checkpoint locations; on the Kwaj-web site under Con tractor Information>KRS>Human Resources>Job Opportunities. List ings for off-island contract positions are available at LOST/FOUND Found pair of clear prescrip tion glasses on elementary School grounds. They can be claimed at the FOR SALE power, VHF radio, stereo, shower, some repairs (starboard center beam COMMUNITY NOTICES Kwaj Hospital will be providing Emer 31st of December. The Roi Dispensary will continue normal operating hours on these dates. Both clinics will be ob Holidays! Reminder: Island Orientation, is held 365, CAC room 6. If you cannot attend Kwajalein Yacht Clubs monthly meet Kwajalein Running Club will lead the New Years Eve midnight run/walk starts and ends at Emon Main Pavil ion, the party hub. Pre-registration is required, but of course the roads are public. DJ Neil Dye will be back! This is 473-A or Mini-Mall bulletin board. 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 be spinning. If you have a request for 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! ATTENTION COMMERCIAL ACTIVI TIES VENDORS. Commercial Activities you are a current vendor you should have received a reminder letter and a like to become a vendor please con tact Community Activities at 5-3331 and a letter that explains the process. Beach Bar: Cocktails on the Coast. Cosponsored by Community Activ ties Rain date: Tues., Jan. 3. Come out to Emon Beach and ce ebrate the New Year with frozen drinks and beach classics from noon to sundown. Beer and wine are also available. Cash sales only. 3. A&B Leagues. Team slots are lim Want to learn how to dance? Come join us Wednesdays CRC Room 6 and Saturdays at CRC room 1 both times at blues, Latin, and everything ballroom. Beginners always welcome. For ques Pool: 1-6 p.m. Weekdays and Sunday; days and Christmas Day. Emon Beach: Beginning Jan. 1 the Island Sponsor ship program will be experiencing changeover in managing person nel. To ensure timely completion of sponsorship requests, please ensure that you submit all forms regarding the following sponsorship related forms two weeks in advance wher Exchange -Badging or Rebadging Re have any questions please contact the almost here! Registration Dates: Jan. ber of team slots available so register 17. Team slots are limited so register shoe rental. To register, call or email Remember this holiday season rules for electric safety. Dont overload out lets or extension cords. It could dam age the electrical system or even cause tucked away, neat & tidy. Pets might chew on electrical cords, and Santa might trip and fall! Never yank an elec trical cord from the wall. Pulling on a cord can damage the appliance, the plug or the outlet. E-Talk: The KRS Environmental Policy expresses a commitment to conduct ing operations in a manner that pro tects human health and the environ ment. Safely Speaking: Hand protection is not simply putting some gloves on; it is may put our hands at risk; or using tools rather than hands to complete the job. If a glove is the last option for safely completing the task; ensure you are using the right glove for the job. 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 Twas the night before Christmas, the atoll was dark, Not a creature was stirring, not even a shark. The stockings were hung on the bookcase with care, In lieu of a chimney, which just wasnt there. While visions of Toyland danced in their heads. Mama in her muumuu and I in my cap, Had just settled down for a long winters nap, When out on the reef there arose such a clatter, I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter. I drew back the curtain to see what was popping. The moonlight aglitter on white coral sand Looked almost like snow in this tropical land. When what to my wondering eyes did appear But an outrigger canoe and eight tiny reindeer. With a little old driver so lively and quick I knew in a moment it must be Saint Nick. More rapid than Spartan his coursers they came And he whistled and shouted and called them by name. Now Dasher, now Dancer, now Prancer and Vixen, On Comet, on Cupid, on Donner, on Blitzen, Fly over the palm and pandanus tree, To each trailer and house thats waiting for me. And then in a twinkling I heard on the roof The prancing and pawing of each tiny hoof. Before I could move to turn myself round Old Santa appeared in the room with a bound. His holiday clothes really brightened the scene An aloha shirt in bright silky green With red plaid bermudasa colorful set Sandals he wore instead of his boots, And he puffed on a pipe made of monkey pod roots. A jaunty straw hat he wore perched on his head, And his rosy red cheeks had a tanned look instead. He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, He smiled, then he turned and gave me a bow, And disappeared quickly, I dont know quite how. Then through the window I managed to view And I heard him exclaim as I took a last look, Merry Christmas to all, and to all Yokwe Yuk. KWAJ HOLIDAY THROWBACKS By: Anonymous From Dec. 24, 1992 Kwajalein Hourglass From Dec. 23, 1976 Kwajalein Hourglass