The Kwajalein hourglass

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The Kwajalein hourglass
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2The Kwajalein Hourglass Saturday, December 31, 2016 / Volume 57 Number 53 THE KWAJALEIN HOURGLASS U.S. Government, Department of Defense, Department 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: usarmy.bucholz.311-sig-cmd.mbx.hourglass@mail.milGarrison Commander.....Col. Michael Larsen Garrison CSM.......Sgt. Maj. Angela Rawlings Public Affairs Of cer............Nikki L. Maxwell Managing Editor .....................Jordan Vinson Associate Editor ..............Jessica Dambruch Media Services Intern........Colleen FurgesonThe Kwajalein Hourglass is named for the insignia of the U.S. Army 7th Infantry Division, which liberated the island from the forces of Imperial Japan on Feb. 4, 1944. The Kwajalein Hourglass is an authorized publication for military personnel, federal employees, contractor workers and their families assigned to U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll. Contents of the Hourglass are not necessarily of cial views of, or endorsed by, the JEPTAS STRUT STUFF ON CHRISTMAS U.S. Army photos by Jessica Dambruch It was not a silent night


3The Kwajalein HourglassSaturday, December 31, 2016 / Volume 57 Number 53 1. Former resident Humberto Jones, Jr. organized an Eagle Scout project, giving more than 1,000 holiday gifts to Ebeye children. Pictured: he is thanked by Iroijlaplap Imata Kabua. 2. Beloved Roi resident Jim Bennett passed away, leaving many friends and loved ones behind to commemorate his life. 3. The George Seitz Elementary School Art Show was a hit. Featured on the cover Jan. 23 was then-second grader Limalani Lelet’s “Taco Mermaid.” 4. Rachael Harris’ school supply project hooked up scores of Ebeye kids with backpacks and other school essentials. 5. Kwaj folks put their musical mettle forward during the annual Kaleidoscope of Music. Pictured: a “Beatles Medley” by a large swathe of multiple performers. 1 2 2 2 3 4 4 5


4The Kwajalein Hourglass Saturday, December 31, 2016 / Volume 57 Number 53 1. Operation Flintlock Veterans Clyde Hansen, left, and Bill Mancke, right, visited Kwajalein Atoll. Pictured is their visit with Madeline Balos, a Marshallese survivor of the U.S. incursion against the Japanese on the atoll in 1945. 2. Kwajalein Atoll residents celebrated the 72nd Memorial Day celebration. 3. An ongoing drought taxed the islandsÂ’ non-potable water reserves and strained freshwater supplies. Pictured: Liquid Systems staff Dale Pauline and Eric Nystrom check water levels at the Wastewater Plant. 4. USAG-KA Commander Col. Mike Larsen held one of his quarterly town hall meetings on Roi. 5. A Minuteman III ICBM took a glory trip to the atoll in one of several tests this year. 6. Kwajalein lost four dear friends in February. Pictured from left: Timothy Thomas, Julian John, Michael Rubon and Jas Joel. They are missed. 1 2 3 3 4 5 6 6 6 6


5The Kwajalein HourglassSaturday, December 31, 2016 / Volume 57 Number 53 1. SMDC Commander Lt. Gen. David Mann inspected the Space Fence construction site. 2. Atoll residents enjoyed a partial solar eclipse that occurred in the Paci c Region March 9. 3. The Turbo Turtles once again won the annual Kwaj Inner-Tube Water Polo Championship. 4. The NOAA Okeanos Explorer Ship and crew visited Kwajalein during a respite from its deep water research mission. 5. Kwaj Basketball championships wrapped up. Pictured is the Jr. High title winner, Hoopla. 6. Another Minuteman III test shot re-entered the atmosphere near Gagan. 7. The annual Yokwe Yuk WomenÂ’s Club basket auction raised cash to support schooling in Micronesia. 8. KRS employees celebrated their 10-year work anniversaries on Kwajalein. 1 2 3 4 2 3 4 5 6 8 7


6The Kwajalein Hourglass Saturday, December 31, 2016 / Volume 57 Number 53 1. Scientists linked Missile Burger consumption to romance; April Fools. 2. Musicians rocked out during the annual Spring Break Music Fest. 3. The USAG-KA Mentorship Program launched April 11. 4. USAG-KA celebrated Month of the Military Child, inviting CDC kids to tour the garrison headquarters building. 5. Ebeye residents performed the legendary Jobwa Stick Dance at the Richardson Theater before heading to the 2016 Festival of Paci c Arts in Guam. 6. Athletes took on the annual RustMan Triathlon. 7. Kwajalein anglers hauled in a 1,522-pound yellow n tuna; April Fools. 8. Automotive Department employee Billy Piamon passed away in April, leaving family and friends behind to commemorate his life. 9. Department of Public Works installed a new traf c light at Lagoon Road and Fourth Street on Kwaj; April Fools. 1 2 3 4 5 3 5 6 6 8 7 9


7The Kwajalein HourglassSaturday, December 31, 2016 / Volume 57 Number 53 1. U.S. Ambassador to the RMI Thomas Armbruster met with Enniburr residents during his nal visit to the island before nishing his tour in the RMI. 2. The Hourglass celebrated Bike Month. 3. Athletes battled for titles in the softball championships. Pictured below: Kwajalein celebrates their defeat over Old, Fat and Lazy. 4. A natural history documentary crew lmed the nurse sharks at the Kwaj Small Boat Marina for a PBS special scheduled to air in early 2017. 5. RTS Operations NonCommissioned OIC Master Sgt. Kenneth Green and other vital RTS staff departed Kwaj. 6. Former residents David Sholar, left, and Humberto Jones, Jr., right, reached the rank of Eagle Scout. 7. Roi residents rid the island of rubbish for Earth Day. 8. Patrick Ward told Hourglass readers of his trip to Wotho Atoll and the villagers he met there. 9. Chugach employee Lorance Loeak passed away in May, leaving many friends and family members behind to celebrate his life. 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9


8The Kwajalein Hourglass Saturday, December 31, 2016 / Volume 57 Number 53 1 2 3 4 1. Friends and coworkers commemorated the life of Akino Lippwe in a May 26 memorial ceremony at Bucholz Army Air eld. 2. Graduating senior Allison Hibberts is pictured in the Multi-purpose Room June 3 during the Kwajalein High School graduation ceremony. 3. Bryna OÂ’Neill, Emily Goglia and Karley Willocks of the New York based USO Show Troupe performed June 16 in a review of patriotic and classic rock music at Emon Beach. 4. The crew of the Indonesian Naval ship KRI Diponegoro played a friendly soccer match against Kwaj residents, June 20, prior to the crewÂ’s departure for the 2016 RIMPAC naval exercises at Hawaii. Pictured below: Kwaj residents tour the vessel during its stay in port at Kwaj. 5. On June 20, Kwaj residents completed a 3.25-mile swim from Emon Beach to Enubuj (Carlson). 6. The Kwajalein community gathered for a Memorial Day Celebration May 30 to honor the 1.2 million American men and women who have fallen in battle in the defense of their country and their fellow citizens. 7. Batman put crime ghting on hold to read with young library patrons during the Grace Sherwood Library Super Summer Reading Program. 8. Meck team member Evengle Tawoj passed away in June, leaving many friends and family members behind. 1 1 5 6 7 8 4


9The Kwajalein HourglassSaturday, December 31, 2016 / Volume 57 Number 53 1. USAG-KA Command staff treated more than 100 Ebeye residents, including young Jobwa Stick Dance group members and their families, to a June 25 carnival. 2. Kwaj residents sported their best red, white and blue beach gear for an Independence Day celebration at Emon Beach. 3. Roi-Namur angler Joe Coleman participated in a Kwajalein shing tournament held in honor of longtime resident Les Saulibio. Pictured: Coleman shows off the strawberry grouper he caught June 10. 4. During the week of July 14, USAG-KA Command staff escorted visiting Army Installation Management Commander Lt. Gen. Kenneth Dahl on a tour of the island. 5. Deputy Project Manager for Logistics, Alan Stone, recognized Great Bridge Chief Engineer Mike Custer in a retirement ceremony on July 28. 6. The Roi Housing Department ladies won the modi ed division of the 2016 Roi Coconut Cup for the second year in a row. 7. Lauren Traweek returned a Japanese ag to Katsutaro Kuroda, a Japanese WWII veteran, during a June 2 Returning Ceremony in Miyako City, Japan. The ag is a WWII-era banner recovered years ago from a Japanese wreck by a former Kwajalein resident. 8. Heavy equipment operator and Chugach employee Anderson Timius passed away, leaving many friends and families behind. 9. Roi resident Art Bennis photographed a nascent funnel cloud beginning to take shape just off the northeast coast of Namur. Heavy winds took down several trees on Kwaj. 10. Kwajalein and Roi-Namur folks participated in hands-on safety education events on each island. Pictured: Carmel Shearer walks attendees through a battery of safe lifting practices. 1 2 2 3 4 5 6 7 10 9 9 8


10The Kwajalein Hourglass Saturday, December 31, 2016 / Volume 57 Number 53 1. U.S. Navy Seabee Melissa Osipchack congratulated Eniburr resident Betwin Erakdvik, one of 12 Marshallese citizens who completed the Seabee Apprentice program and worked alongside the Seabees to complete numerous infrastructure projects for his community. 2. The Space Fence Power Plant Annex topping out ceremony took place Aug. 1 after the last steel beam was raised in place at the highest point of the building project. 3. Crewmembers of the KRI Diponegoro performed traditional Indonesian dances in a ne arts performance Aug. 13 at the CRC Gymnasium. 4. Kwaj residents took a sailing trip to Mejatto to donate clothing items and music equipment to villagers and perform the islandÂ’s rst-ever surf rock concert. 5. Dr. David Brown, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Development Test and Evaluation and Director of the Test Resource Management Center, and staff made a special visit to the Reagan Test Site. 6. Kwajalein residents congratulated Small Boat Marina Lead Mechanic Bobby Gulibert and Mechanic McGuyver Loeak after they earned special certi cations from Yamaha Motors. 7. The Hourglass interviewed Survey Technician Charlie Wilkins, of the NOAA Okeanos Explorer, about his role and life on the ship. 8. Nealson Neptali and Suewellyn Johannes completed the 2016 MIT Lincoln Labs RMI Intern Training Program August 12 at the Reagan Test Site. Joining them in the featured photo are leaders from RTS, MIT Lincoln Labs and USAG-KA. 9. A team of Army scuba divers and anthropologists concluded a 10-day mission to survey WWII aircraft wrecks in lagoon waters off Kwajalein during the week of Aug. 27. 1 2 3 4 3 5 6 7 8 9


11The Kwajalein HourglassSaturday, December 31, 2016 / Volume 57 Number 53 1. Olympic Swimmer Colleen Furgeson returned home from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after winning her 50M Freestyle Heat. 2. A reworks display by Hawaii Pyrotechnics, Inc. lit the night sky on Memorial Day. 3. Construction at the Space Fence project site continued apace. Pictured: Nan, Inc. employees Michael Lynch, Sean OÂ’Malley, Brian Lakin and Aaron Pahia pause for a photo at the construction site. 4. Kwajalein Scuba Club members recovered enough parts to build a functioning Kwaj condition cruiser during a harbor clean-up dive event. 5. Karen Stewart, United States Ambassador to the Marshall Islands, met with local RMI leaders, RTS personnel and the USAG-KA Command team during a three-day visit to Kwajalein Atoll. 6. The Hawaii Pyrotechnics crew staged hundreds of shells on a barge off Emon Beach in preparation for the Memorial Day Celebration. 7. Canvasback Missions, Inc. Anesthesiologist Victor Ryckman prepared patients for surgery on Ebeye. The California-based charitable healthcare goup visited Kwajalein Atoll Sept. 9-22 to provide dental care and ophthalmological surgery to residents of Ebeye. 8. Automotive Department team member Autrey Anej passed away in July, leaving family and friends behind. 9. Kwaj kids and staff at the Grace Sherwood Library celebrated Roald Dahl Day. 1 2 3 4 7 7 4 5 6 8 9


12The Kwajalein Hourglass Saturday, December 31, 2016 / Volume 57 Number 53 1. Roi rat Bridget Rankin, pictured with Command Sgt. Angela Rawlings and Col. Mike Larsen, attended her last USAG-KA town hall meeting before PCSÂ’ing. Dairy shortages, employee concerns and garrison security were among topics discussed. 2. Ebeye guests, artisans and performers treated the atoll community to cultural demonstrations and performances at the annual Manit Day Celebration Oct. 3 at KwajaleinÂ’s Marshallese Cultural Center. 3. Minneapolis-based band Jackson and the Roosters performed three concerts on their rst visit to the Marshall Islands, sponsored by Quality of Life. 4. Carmen Beguhn (pictured) and friends tried on re ghting gear and learned about re safety during the annual Fire Prevention Week events on Kwaj. 5. Commercial Diver Jonathan Ross, of Honolulu-based Sea Engineering, joined fellow divers in a major coral relocation project at Echo Pier in October preceding the future overhaul of the pier. 6. RiÂ’katak students performed for teachers and classmates at George Seitz Elementary SchoolÂ’s Manit Day Celebration. 7. Kwaj kids enjoyed the annual Shaving Cream Social Oct. 15 in Richardson Ravine. 8. Roi lost a dear friend when Amanda Aron passed away in October, leaving many coworkers and loved ones behind. 9. Seniors emblazoned their personal logos on the street outside Kwajalein High School. 10. Staff and volunteers with the Kwajalein Hospital, FCE Bene ts, Community Activities and more engaged the community in the 2016 Health and Wellness Fair. 1 2 3 4 5 7 6 8 9 10


13The Kwajalein HourglassSaturday, December 31, 2016 / Volume 57 Number 53 1. Tom Hoog carved a snappy jack-o-lantern at the Outrigger during Roi-NamurÂ’s pumpkin carving event. 2. Harold Pennamon supervised the installation of the downtown water tower beacon on Nov. 6 on Kwajalein. 3. Vietnam veterans Billy Abston and Ross Gilchrist joined Gold Star family members, USAG-KA staff and RMI leadership during the Kwajalein Veter1. KRS Dining Services employee Joshua Bokin worked to prepare Thanksgiving Dinner at the Zamperini Dining Facility. 2. Santa Claus made a big entrance on Kwajalein for the 49th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. 3. Kwajalein High School Director of Bands Kyle Miller conducted the bands of George Seitz Elementary School and Kwajalein Jr./Sr. High School in December holiday concerts. 4. The Kwajalein Scuba Club sent Scuba Santa and the Grinch to visit Emon Beach Dec. 18. The show was followed by the Kwajalein Yacht Club Parade of Lights. ans Day Ceremony at the Island Memorial Chapel. 4. Workers from the Marine Department launched the Catamaran Pvt. Sorenson into sea trials, having recently completed a new paint job on the vessel. 5. Roi Rat Bryan Stigler passed away in November, leaving behind his brother, Ray, and friends on Roi and family back home. He will be missed. 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 5


14The Kwajalein Hourglass Saturday, December 31, 2016 / Volume 57 Number 53 WEEKLY WEATHER OUTLOOK WEATHER TRENDS: Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Contact InformationCapt. 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 2758DOD SAFE Helpline: 877 995 5247 COMMANDER’S HOTLINEHAVE SOMETHING THE USAG-KA COMMANDER SHOULD KNOW ABOUT?CALL THE COMMANDER’S HOTLINE AT 51098 TODAY! LUNCH DINNERSundayRoasted Pork Deep Fried Fish Black Eyed Peas W/HamThursdayBBQ Pork Sandwich Chicken Bechamel Roasted PotatoesJanuary 7Italian Sausage Sandwich Spaghetti Ala Caprese Garlic BreadThursdayHuli Huli Chicken Augratin Potatoes Chef’s ChoiceFridayCoconut Chicken Fish Du Jour Chef’s ChoiceFridayHamburger Steak Mediterranean Chicken Parslied PotatoesMondaySauteed Citrus Chicken Breakfast Pizza Herb Roast PotatoesWednesdayBeef Stroganoff Chicken Caesar Wrap Parslied Noodles MondayBeef Tacos Refried Beans Spanish RiceSundayFrench Dip Sandwich Kwaj Fried Chicken Garlic Mashed PotatoesTuesdayBBQ Chicken Three Bean Chili Onion RingsWednesdaySteak Night Crispy Garlic Chicken Chef’s ChoiceTuesdaySweet & Sour Pork Chicken Chopsuey Fried RiceJanuary 7Herb Baked Chicken Shepherd’s Pie Three Cheese MacaroniCaptain Louis S. Zamperini Dining Facility *MENU CURRENT AS OF Dec. 28 The George Seitz Elementary caroling squad swing by USAG-KA Command Headquarters last week to deliver Command sta some jolly tunes to kick o their Christmas vacation in style. U.S. Army Photo by Nikki Maxwell


15The Kwajalein HourglassSaturday, December 31, 2016 / Volume 57 Number 53 COMMUNITY CLASSIFIEDS FridayBratwurst and Sauerkraut Pork Schnitzel Spaetzel Sunday Roast Pork Loin Baked Chicken Chef’s Choice Thursday Cheese Quesadilla Hamburger Steak Macaroni and CheeseJanuary 7Mushroom Swiss Burger Roast Pork CouscousThursday Fried Chicken Meatloaf Mashed Potatoes FridayFish Sandwich Apple Glazed Chicken Succotash Monday Chicken with Bacon Egg Muf ns Roasted Potatoes Wednesday Grilled Cheese Pork Pimento Egg Foo YoungSunday Chicken Patty Corn Dogs Onion Rings Monday Chicken Marsala Stuffed Peppers Cheese Tortellini Tuesday Pork Chop Turkey ala King Mashed Potatoes Wednesday Grilled Steaks Fish Florentine Baked Potatoes Tuesday Honey Mustard Chicken Cheesy Potatoes Vegetable QuicheJanuary 7 Roast Chicken Beef Stew Mashed Potatoes LUNCH DINNERCaf Roi *MENU CURRENT AS OF Dec. 28 HELP WANTED COMMUNITY NOTICES THUMBS UP to the nice folks at Surfway and the Post Of ce who have repeatedly re-arranged their schedules to accommodate changes in the ATI and assure that we have some Holiday Cheer in time for the big day. Your efforts and going the extra mile is appreciated! THUMBS UP and thanks to all of the volunteer “ELVES” who assisted me with the 13th Annual “Stray Dog” Christmas Party. From Elves who signed up to bring food and drinks, baked, set-up, helped arrange furniture, cleaned the ARC (before and after), who donated to the cause, and set up the Christmas music that we could all enjoy – THANK YOU and Happy New Year! —Sabrina MummaTHUMBS UP to the Automotive staff whose “delivery elves” make the season brighter for everyone to get their packages home from the Post Of ce. That’s a Kwaj tradition that we can all get behind. Thanks Guys! THUMBS UP


16The Kwajalein Hourglass Saturday, December 31, 2016 / Volume 57 Number 53 THIS WEEK IN KWAJALEIN HOURGLASS HISTORY