The Kwajalein hourglass

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The Kwajalein hourglass
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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 USAG-KA Commander Col. Michael Larsen addresses medical evacuations and medical referrals during a community meeting he arranged March 10 at the MP Room. U.S. Army photo by Jordan Vinson USAG-KA HOLDS SPECIAL MEDEVAC TOWN HALL U.S Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll Commander, Col. Mi chael Larsen, called a community meeting last week on Kwa jalein to clarify the garrisons medical evacuation policies and procedures. About 150 Kwajalein residents attended the March 10 meeting at the Kwajalein Jr./Sr. High School Multipurpose Room for a 50-minute question-and-answer session with the commander. Larsen opened the discussion by stating that his main objec tive was to inform the community and clarify any misunder standings about the garrisons Medical Evacuation and Medi cal Referral process. I thought it was important to nip it in the bud and make sure you hear it straight from me, he said at the start of the referrals, who is entitled to either, and how the chief medical OFF-ISLAND MEDICAL ASSISTANCE: TWO METHODS There are two ways of getting off the garrison to seek medi cal treatment, Larsen told the crowd: medical evacuations and medical referrals. Medical evacuations occur when a patient is experiencing a risk of loss of life, limb or permanent eyesight. USAG-KA executes three or four medevacs a yeareach cost ing the government about $150,000-$200,000, he said. All medical situations that do not meet that life-or-death cri teria fall into the medical referral category. Those situations that warrant a medical referralmeaning a patient is sent to a medical provider in Honolulu for necessary treatment that is not available on island. This can range from serious broken bone injuries or burns to ear, nose and throat specialist assis tance and an array of surgical procedures. The garrison exe cutes many more medical referrals than medevacs each year, Larsen said. HOW THE MEDEVAC PROCESS WORKS decision that the patient is in a life-or-death situation and needs to undergo a medevac as soon as possible. The CMO is the only individual who makes the decision not USAG-KA, not KRS and not the patient. It is the medi cally trained CMO who makes that call. Before making the medevac decision, the CMO consults ment applicable to the patients medical situation. Those medical specialists, located at hospitals in Honolulu or elsewhere, must take the time to review the details of the case and be willing to accept the patient for transport to their particular hospital. 2. When the CMO makes the call, we launch, Larsen said. We launch the process to get a medevac here as quickly as pos sible. 3. There are, at all times, two U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) airplanes (C-17s or C-130s) stationed in the Pa Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. If at least one of those planes is not performing a medevac at the time USAG-KA calls with medical personnel who provide life support and medical NOTE: This isnt applicable to Space Fence contractors whose agreements are different than what is in place be tween USAG-KA and KRS. Employees are encouraged to speak with their supervisors to understand the medical evacuation requirements as applicable to their contract. 4. If neither TRANSCOM planes are available, USAG-KA goes an alternative route, calling a company named International SOS, which performs medevacs throughout the world. 5. The patient is placed on the plane. It takes about 24-48 hours, on average, (but has taken as up to 96 hours, based on the availability of the CCAT Team) between the time the CMO makes the determination, and the time the medevac plane arrives on Kwajalein. The clock does not start until the CMO says execute and the accepting physician off is land has agreed to take the patient. SEE MEDICAL, PAGE 6


3 Stevedores communicate with a member of the Papa Mau crew during docking procedures at Echo Pier, March 1. MOVE IT THE STEVEDORES That gate just beyond Kwajaleins Dock Secu rity Checkpoint leads to Echo Pier, the manmade isthmus jutting out from the Kwajalein garrison into the waters of the Marshall Islands. Each day hundreds of people move through that gate to commute to work and school, but todays ma jor players arrived before most of them. Its an On March 1, 23 employees grabbed their hard hats and gathered on the pocked asphalt before sel, Papa Mau. Some call it the barge, a mega raft of thousands of pounds of supplies and sundries that await processing and distribution before theyre stockpiled by the people of Kwaj. Ac cording to Amy LaCost, Marine Operations Man ager, supplies used to come to Kwajalein from Hawaii each month on a barge that was towed by a tug boat. Now, we receive supplies by ship approximately every two weeks, weather per mitting. The term barge day has stuck. Theres no voodoo involved in bringing the pends on precision, communication and team work: three different crews speaking multiple languages, out in the hot sun. Its a tough gig, especially when your work is inherently dan gerous. The Papa Mau was built in in 2003. Its stoked The vessel is one link in the maritime network of global trade and resupply. In 2010, containers accounted for more than half the worlds sea borne trade. Kwajalein depends on container vessels for the transport of equipment, vehicles and items that cannot be shipped through the U.S. Postal Service or the ATI, like corn chips. Today Papa Mau carries 40-footlong intermodal containers. These boxes can transition from one vehicle to the next, from ship or train to truck. It will be two days before she leaves port. All of hours. At this mornings nothing green about the stevedores except for their neon safety vests. These are guys who move mountains at work. Several have been do ing this for years. Each day, whether it is spent unloading the optional prayer. Everyone is here: the Ship ping and Receiving depart personnel from Heavy Equip ment and Packing and Crating, and many others from various sections of the Supply Depart ment. They are led by James Cord er, the supervisor for KRS Shipping and Receiving, and Michael Peoples, Kwajaleins Chief Stevedore. Together they orchestrate the days opera tions. with an unwavering stare, like its the challenge of a moun tain range or an undiscovered country. In the late 80s, when Bruce Springsteens Tunnel of Love was at the top of the charts, Peoples was the new kid in the mega ports of West Palm Beach, Florida. I was like these guys, he says, of his ste vedore crew. But in a list of the top 20 most dangerous jobs, deck walker. The word stevedore is de rived from Portuguese. It means, quite literally, to schlep, or to move. Other useful words today include Peoples favorite, "kia." In Marshallese, it means get here now. He uses it to mo the stevedores are Marshallese. James Corder, who super vises the safety meeting, is a Kwaj kid. His brain has been wired since infancy to make U.S. Army photo by Jessica Dambruch


4 his tongue report in two languages. He is attentive as team lead ers repeat their roles and safety rules aloud, in Marshallese and English, to calibrate everyones thinking for the day. This is im ive as breathing. It helps in training the new men and keeps ev eryone alert on really hot days. Dont grab a line until the box is shoulder height. Stand 10 feet away. Be vigilant. Listen. Hydrate. The meeting breaks up as the Papa Mau draws closer. Robin Riddle stands by with a clipboard. She will spend the day item accounted for. Next to her is Tammy Bowman, the supervisor for Packing and Crating, She stares me down. Make sure you stand in the shade, she advises. Shes right. Sunlight has already burnt off the cool morning air. Large orange coolers, stacked in a patch of shade, are full of the water and Gatorade that will fuel everyone until they clock out this evening. Its time to work. The day's operations commence in a patois of For a moment Peoples is a brilliant green speck against the containers to roll along the pavement as stevedores hustle to hoist lines. The Papa Mau crew poke their heads up over the side to gesture. They must communicate with these men from Kwa jalein, who seem like busy ants on the pier. But Peoples voice is ten times bigger than he is, and he gets himself heard. Mission is moored to the massive cleats. The sun climbs higher. Soon the air has an aftertaste of warm tar. The engine roar of the Papa Mau lulls to a purr. She stretches the shadow of her gangplank down to the pier. Once the vessel is secured, its up to Corder to board and speak with the chief mate and captain to ensure everyone agrees to whats being moved, both on and off the vessel. Af ter that, he ascends a series of ladders that take him up above hardhat and give you whiplash. Achieving this vantage point is important. From here Corder surveys the entire operation, both inside the vessel and on the ground, and can direct crews via radio. Up here we are like birds of prey, watching everything below us shimmer. We pause long enough to survey lagoonside Kwa jalein. The world is made of blue air. I always knew I wanted to come back here, he says. He re turned to the atoll ten years after Y2K, to work alongside his brothers. I can see where the wonder in his voice comes from, in all directions. Far below, on the pier, an empty terminal trailer waits to be est part of this work is trying to accommodate everything on island that requires his workers and their expertise. Some days are better than others, but the guys make it happen. Its the whole entire crew that communicates gets things in motion, says Corder. Now his attention is focused on the switching between three channels to communicate with each other. James Corder communicates with teams and surveys the joint logistical action from the Papa Mau's top deck. The Papa Mau crane operator gradually brings balance to an one is full of cheese.


5 We can see nearly 40 feet down into the mottled red guts of the Papa Mau, where a crane is sinking the two-bri dled strong back, or Stinis container spreader, even deeper into the hold. There it will latch onto a container be fore the crane lifts it out. Other vessels have an open design, and cranes can lift from the top. But Papa Mau has two long portside arms and a hold divided into rebar cells just large enough to ac commodate one container each. With a ship like this, containers wont be stacked higher than the cells, but all of this makes extraction tricky. Three stevedores in hardhats are poised nearby like hawks on a tele phone wire. They eyeball the heavy metal Stinis, ensure it picks up the right container. tainerat a 45-degree angleand the beast swings ever so gently in the This is not good. James Corder isnt laughing. On the ground, the green dot of Mi chael Peoples shakes his head. The light ones are the most dan gerous. [The angle] means someone packed it incorrectly, he says, later. Chips in one end, beer in the other, or something. The danger is if the contain er gets stuck in the cell. Then we have to Loading the containers is out of the stevedores control. But they can com municate with the crane operators to that causes container drift. Other obsta cles, like the vessel tilting due to heav ily loaded containers, can cause actions to shift. When that happens, the vessel must be counterbalanced to safely dis tory of the container must be recalcu lated due to the position of the vessels cranes. This happens as the guys on the ground wait for the container, wait for the vessel, and wait until the container is ten feet above them before grabbing a taglinewhich they have just managed to do, for this container. For a moment the men on the pier re semble parade walkers manning a large awkwardly angled container backward and bring it down into the empty shell of a long yellow terminal trailer. The driver executes the tightest three-point turn in history and makes an exit. An other empty tractor trailer is revving to drive in. The whole operation is seamless. It goes off without a hitch despite the winds and swaying vessel. No injuries, no surprises. The ground crew relax es, visibly, but only for a moment. Most of the island never sees this, says Corder, of the manpower ma chine at work below our boots. Then he pauses. The guys that work this Im so proud of them, actually. Im learning from them. I ask Corder how many more con tainers there are before everyone goes home. Fifty-two, he laughs. Their day has just begun. Its a quicker climb back down the ladder. On the ground, everyone is restless. The entire operation has been shut down due to the wind. Its over 25 miles per hour. The harbor cant wind advisory. So now, we wait, shrugs Peoples. The air hangs heavy around us. A deck hand from the Papa Mau descends with a bucket of red to spot paint the hull. This work is invisible to the commu nity. But in a few days, the shops will re stock their supply, and island residents will talk about brands that didnt come in, idly chat about new soaps. Maybe on the next barge, well say, balefully, glad to see new merch on the AAFES shelves. We pay homage to the next distant ship ment. But for now, we all wait. Several of the men, uncomplaining in 90 degree heat, seek refuge from the red glow of the sun on the container hull in a small square of shade. Theyll stay there long enough for the weather to let them schlep another container down, to move another mountain for Kwajalein. Stevedores at Echo Pier moore the Papa Mau. The day's work has just begun for Chief Stevedore Michael Peoples, center, and his


6 "MEDICAL, FROM PAGE 2 SEE MEDICAL, PAGE 7 HOW THE MEDICAL REFERRAL PROCESS WORKS 1. If a patient has a medical situation that is not a life-or-death ceive urgent care, the patient may receive a medical referral For this decision to be made, the patients case is brought before a panel of doctors at the hospital. Though the panel of individual doctors provide their input on whether the patient should receive a medical referral, it is the CMO who has the overriding authority over whether the patient is sent to Ho nolulu. tient must be declared medically stable by Kwajalein Hospital staff. Why? If an unstable patient is placed on a United or an board to treat the patient. More harm can be caused by rushing an unstable patient off-island than by keeping the patient at Kwajalein Hospital until he or she is stable. In order to declare a patient stable to depart on a United nicate with the United MEDIF staff prior to placing a medi United of the patients medical condition and equipment MEDIF team approves or denies the commercial transport based upon the medical information that they receive. This process takes between 24-48 hours to complete. Note that patients who purchase their own tickets to trav el the same day on United without disclosing their medi the right to refuse service to any passenger who appears to need medical attention unless previously coordinated. In order to be declared stable and permitted to board a the patients symptoms remain at stable levels. During this timeframe, there is communication between the CMO at Kwajalein Hospital and medical staff at the Honolulubased hospital that will receive the patient. There is also communication between the CMO at Kwajalein Hospital and medical staff at United, as previously mentioned, to support the MEDIF process. All parties work together to make the call that the patient is considered stable and en support the patient. 3. When the patient is declared stable, they will be placed It is always about what is best for the patient, Larsen said. It does not matter who the patient isa contractor, a govern ment employee or uniformed Soldierthey get on the very Kwajalein. Additionally, in many past cases, ATI has not allowed patients to board if they are not able to walk for themselves even if they are considered medically stable. ATI is only used for contractors when United is unavailable for the timeframe requested. DISCUSSION money or expenses never becomes a factor in the decisionmaking process, whether its a medical evacuation or a medical referral. There were some concerns that medical decisions were be ing made that were money-based. Not true, Larsen said. It is never a best business practice [type of decision]. Not true. False. If someone told you that, theyre wrong. It is never. It is always about whats best for the patient. Always. how that service is paid for depends on the individuals em ployer and insurance policy. Simply put, not every individual on the garrison has the same insurance. Medevacs are paid for by the command who sponsors the patient. Lockheed Martin is required by the Space Fence contract to hold a medevac insur ance policy that covers its employees, so that the Air Force does not pay individually for each medevac. KRS employees do not have medevac insurance. If an employee is medevaced, the cost is paid for by IMCOM, SMDC or NETCOM, depending on which command the employee works for. Larsen also pointed out that visitors on a 480 USAG-KA guest pass may not have any type of medevac coverage within their in surance policies and that this could be a costly situation follow ing an emergency. Determining the details of medevac cost re imbursements is the responsibility of the guest and the guests points of insurance, Larsen never swayed away from the over riding message that, whatever the coverageeven if a patient has no insurance whatsoevertheyll be placed on a medevac makes the call. At the end of the day, if its a life-or-death scenario, were al ways going to make sure that person gets off, he said. Many residents, who likely seldom wrestle with thoughts of how medevac procedures work on the installation, were glad to hear the process formally explained. Kwaj resident Jim Bishop said the commanders explanation cleared up his misunder standing of how the process works. even though I knew it was a provided servicethat there is a medevacs for USAG-KA], Bishop stood up and said. So, explain that explanation. The commander also reminded those in the MP Room that, even though a medical situation may seem serious to the patient and his or her family, there are levels of severity that trained medical staff consult in terms of how to respond to a patients situation. A heart attack, for instance, does not always auto matically constitute a life-or-death situation requiring a medical should not be discussed in a public forum, he added. Some people may say, Hey, I had a heart attack. That should mean I need to get off the island immediately, Larsen said. Well, if you talk to a medical professional, youll understand that there are different types of heart attacks. All heart attacks medical decision on whether or not youre in a life-threatening scenario or not, thats how its made. Its made by a profession ala professional, medically-trained CMO.


7 "MEDICAL, FROM PAGE 6 Polo League referees and scorekeepers squad talk shop during half-time of the 2017 league championship, March 14; champion held Sunday, March 12, followed a Disney theme. cal equipment like CT scan machines and reminded the com deployment that only basic medical services are available on is land. Most documentation provided to new island residents, for instance, clearly states there are no advanced medical imaging capabilities like CT scan machines and MRI machines at Kwaja lein Hospital. The commander did state some of those advanced machines will be housed in the new garrison medical facility planned for construction on Kwajalein in coming years. How ever, he also said the current system of medevacs and medical referrals has worked for decades, and he highlighted the skills of the physicians, nurses and administrators doing the legwork at the hospital. staff that works at the hospital, he said. Thats a fact. Those people always have our best interests in mind. Always. And to those garrison residents who do not feel at ease liv ing more than 2,000 miles from Honolulu-based specialist assumed when one decides to relocate to Kwajalein Atoll. The medical screeningpart of every new hire processhelps to identify patients who might be at risk if they were to reside on Kwajalein. Still, some risk exists. Everyone who comes to this place knows that theyre com ing to a remote and isolated location, he said. But we care about you and your families, and will always put your health For those residents who would like to seek more information on the issue, Larsen encouraged them to reach out through all channels of communication. They may call the Commanders land residents, especially those with more complicated medi cal histories, should seek more detailed medical consultation while off island on annual home leave. U.S. Army photos by Jordan Vinson U.S. Army photos by Jessica Dambruch


8 Four times a day (5:30 a.m., Noon, 6 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.), the RTS Weather Station releases public forecasts that explain the expected weather for the upcoming forecast period (today and tonight for the morning and noon fore casts, tonight and tomorrow for the eve ning and overnight forecasts), as well as the general weather pattern for the days ahead. If you have looked at one of these, you probably noticed that precipitation threats are expressed using a variety of descriptors. The precipitation descriptors used by RTS Weather forecasters describe the overall shower coverage level for the current forecast period. The descrip tors include none, stray, isolated, widely scattered, scattered and numerousall in order of increasing shower coverage. Each descriptor is linked to a range of percentages, which themselves can be thought of as both the average percent age of the atoll area covered by showers during the forecast period, as well as the chance any one point on the atoll will see a measureable amount of precipitation (0.01 inches or greater) during the fore cast period. The latter interpretation of these percentages is what is referred to as the probability of precipitation in RTS Weather public forecasts. NONE. As mentioned above, the none descriptor is used when the fore caster is positive that there will be no shower activity whatsoever during the forecast period. None will rarely be seen in a RTS Weather public forecast, due to a combination of uncertainty (weather models are much less reliable continents) and the overall rainy nature of the near equatorial tropics. STRAY. Stray or few are commonly used when a forecaster thinks that the atoll will see dry conditions. These terms are used when the forecaster believes there will be less than 10 percent cover age and chance for precipitation. Basi cally, this means the atoll is more than likely to be dry for that forecast period, except for a random weak shower here and there (which is almost constantly a possibility). ISOLATED. The next descriptor, iso the atoll has at least a slight chance for rain. It is associated with a 10-19-per cent coverage and chance for precipita tion. On a day with isolated showers, youre more than likely to stay dry if you have outdoor activities planned, but be prepared for a quick shower to dampen things a bit. Isolated shower conditions may often be some of the better days to view rainbows, as the sky wont be too cluttered with clouds that might prevent sunlight from directly interacting with raindrops in a shower. WIDELY SCATTERED. On a day with widely scattered showers (20-29 per cent coverage and chance for precipita tion), you can still expect to be dry most of the day, but it may be wise to start thinking about packing a rain coat if youre going to work or running errands. Additionally, once coverage reaches the widely scattered level, showers usually start to become stronger and may pro duce heavier downpours than what is anticipated on a stray or isolated day. SCATTERED. Scattered showers (30-49 percent coverage and chance for precipitation) is the most common used descriptor during the wet season, and is commonly seen with a mention of light ning. While lightning potential is not di rectly related to overall shower coverage (it has more to do with how strong each individual shower is), the amount of at mospheric forcing needed to generate scattered level shower coverage is often similar to the amount of forcing needed to grow and sustain showers that can produce lightning. When a forecast calls for scattered showers (especially 40 per cent scattered), its a safe bet that you should probably bring an umbrella or a raincoat to any outdoor activities. NUMEROUS. Finally, the numerous descriptor (50 percent and greater cov erage and chance for precipitation) ba sically means that you can expect rain at some point during the forecast period. Typically, numerous will only be used by a forecaster when a strong wave in the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) or a tropical disturbance or depression is in the vicinity. Those cases involve very ly picked up by weather models, meaning less uncertainty for the forecaster. That increasing the area covered by showers. Expect heavy rain and possibly strong winds and lightning threats on days with numerous showers. Similar descriptors are used to con vey the forecast for cloud cover. RTS Weather Station forecasters assign cloud cover descriptors based on the percentage of the sky expected to be covered by clouds. These descriptors change slightly depending on if they are for a daytime or nighttime forecast. For daytime, the descriptors used are clear (0 percent covered), mostly sunny (125 percent covered), partly sunny (2675 percent covered), mostly cloudy (7699 percent covered), and overcast (100 percent covered). For nighttime, the descriptors used are clear (0 percent covered), mostly clear (1-25percent covered), partly cloudy (26-75 percent covered), mostly cloudy (76-99 percent covered), and overcast (100 percent covered). U.S. Army photo by Jordan Vinson RAINCOAT OR SUNGLASSES? U.S. Army photos by Jordan Vinson


9 Kwajalein Range Services wants your feedback on how our programs are go ing. Take part in ongoing surveys to voice your opinion on everything from the Kwa jalein Hourglass and Mongolian Night at Caf Roi, to the Hobby Shop and the Small Boat Marina. Click on the "We Want Your Feedback" icon on the USAG-KA Web in tranet home page and type away. Kudos to Community Services! "The beach bar at Emon was awesome! The drinks were so good and it was great that the kids were able to get smoothies, too! Please do it again!" Kudos to Retail Services! "Surfway staff are very friendly and helpful. Keep up the good work!" Kudos to Medical Services! "The hospital late and blankets ready when everyone arrived. Thank you!" Q. How are fried products prepared at the dining facilities? A. When we deep-fry items, we use canola oil. New oil is used every time we fry products in the kitchen, primarily because it makes for a better product. Q. My eggs weren't cooked all the way through. What can be done about this? A. When you place your order, ask the grill cook to make them well-done or cooked hard. Oth erwise they will be cooked soft per the major ity preference. Our grill cooks are always happy to accommodate individual preferences on the items they prepare. Q. Are private individuals or organizations allowed to purchase food items or servic es in support of recognition efforts? A. Absolutely! We encourage the individual/ within the community. A good example of this is the recent initiative to give donuts to students who get A's on their report cards. The donuts were purchased by a private party who felt a little community support and incentive given to the students would help them to develop better study habits and produce better grades. I ran into Miss Carmen Be guhn (age 11) and her mother Jill last week, right after Carmen's new haircut. Her mother told me she thought Carmen was just going to get a trim, but Carmen decided that she wanted to donate her hair dren going through medi cal treatment causing hair loss. Carmen is a beauti ful young lady with a very generous heart. -Nikki Maxwell THUMBS UP Q. Can you please explain what is involved with the RMI legislation regarding plastics? A. The RMI legislation, which took effect on Feb. 1, prohibits the importa tion, manufacturing, sale or distribution of Styrofoam cups and plates, dis posable plastic cups and plates, and plastic shopping bags. To comply with facilities are providing biodegradable to-go containers for their respective patrons. Q. What are the consequences of violating 'no smoking' rules in the BQs? Who do I contact if someone is smoking in or within 50 feet of my BQ? MEMORIAL FOR BOB GREENE Please join the garrison community to celebrate the life memorial service on Monday, March 20 at 7 p.m. in Kwajalein's Chapel. Courtesy of Steve Munson Courtesy of Carrie Aljure


10 WEEKLY WEATHER OUTLOOK 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 Commander's Hotline Have something the USAG-KA commander should know about? Call the Commander's Hotline at 51098 today! REPORTING SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY -Date and time activity occurred -Where and what type of activity occurred -Physical description of the people involved -Description of modes of transportation -Describe what you saw or heard -Provide pictures if you took any WHO TO REPORT TO Local law Enforcement and Security *911 *5-4445/4443 *usarmy.bucholz.311-sgcmd.mbx.usag-pmo@mail WEATHER DISCUSSION: Shower activity picked up a little this past week where we received about average amounts of rain fall. Trade wind convergence, which is main cause of showers, has been on-again/off-again within the ITCZ. We are expecting sparse shower coverage into the weekend, then some increase for Monday and Tuesday. Wind speeds will remain below ad visory levels. cluding the Marshall Islands. The weak La Nina recently transi tioned to an ENSO-neutral state. The odds of an El Nino devel oping in the latter half of 2017 are increasing. In general during this time of year, movement towards an El Nino state typically means higher rainfall amounts for RMI. Thus the 3-month out look for Kwajalein is average to above average precipitation. Partly cloudy and dry Saturday and Sunday. Widely scattered showers for Monday. Brisk ENE winds Saturday at 16-19 kts moderating to 12-16 kts Sunday and Monday. Widely scattered showers Tuesday. Isolated remainder of the week. Winds remain ENE at 12-17 knots. LUNCH DINNER Sunday Sauteed beef tips Pork chops Cheese quiche Thursday BBQ pork ribs Turkey wraps Roasted potatoes March 25 Spaghetti Garlic Toast Chef's choice Thursday Mongolian BBQ Garlic marinated chick. Chef's choice Friday Taco bar Refried beans Rice Friday Chicken curry Mashed potatoes Fish du jour Monday Cacciatore chicken Egg casserole Augratin potatoes Wednesday Honey mustard chicken Tuna casserole Chef's choice Monday Manicotti Pasta carbonara Vegetarian medley Sunday Meatloaf Fried chicken Roasted potatoes Tuesday Grilled chicken Beef pot pie Three cheese macaroni Wednesday Steak Night Picante chicken Vegetarian pasta Tuesday Chicken wings Monte Cristo sandwich Vegetarian saute March 25 Oriental pork steak Beef broccoli stir-fry Parslied potatoes Captain Louis S. Zamperini Dining Facility *MENU CURRENT AS OF MARCH 16


11 COMMUNITY CLASSIFIEDS 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: Kwajalein, Roi-Namur and Ebeye Dock Secu in Bldg 700 and on the Kwaj-web site under Contractor Information>KRS> Human Resources>Job Opportuni ties. Listings for off-island contract positions are available at www.krsjv. com. COMMUNITY NOTICES Roi Shoppettee will be closed Mon days and Thursdays until further notice. We are very sorry for the in convenience. We will resume regular hours as soon as possible. CYS Youth Sports Soccer Registra tion: March 14April 5. Season Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 11. $25 per player. Open to all registered CYS youth grades K-6. To register call 52158. Call 5-3796 with questions. Vets Hall St. Patty's Party. Saturday, March 18 at 8:30 p.m. Its time for the wearin of the green! Put on your shamrocks, get ready to show your Irish pride and come dance to the sounds of BALLISTIC LOVE. American Red Cross Lifeguard Review Class. Sunday, March 19. 8 a.m. p.m. $50 course fee. Current American Red for registration. Call Cliff at 5-2848 to register. Spring Craft/Vendor Fair. Monday, March 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Vendors are welcome to reserve tables to sell or tions should submit applications by March 18. Email kwajartguild@gmail. com for an application. Kwajalein Running Clubs 2017 Run ning of The Green. 5 p.m., March 20. 2.5-mile course begins and ends at bowling alley. Wear your green if you want. Questions? Call Bob & Jane at 5-1815. Elementary Art Shows. K-3rd grade, March 21. 4th-6th grade, March 23. Both shows run 5-6:30 p.m. in the El ementary Art Room (Room 14, across the street from Family Pool). Super hero and supervillain costumes are welcome. 2017 Spring Bowling League Regis tration March 21-31. League games will be Tuesday nights from April 4-June 6. Team slots are limited. $70 with shoe rental, $60 without shoe rental. Adults only. Email Derek Finch or call 5-1275 to register. The Kwajalein Hospital Business Of March 21 to May 16 only for billing questions. Payments can be made at closed on Saturdays unless scheduled. Patients with appointments should check in at the front desk. Kwajalein Atoll International Sport Club. Food and beverages will be served at 6:30 p.m. Meeting starts at 7 p.m. All anglers are welcome to at tend. Questions? Contact Bill, 5-2693. Kwajalein Yacht Clubs monthly meet ing. 6:30 p.m., March 25. Show up ear ly for social hour, and please bring a side dish. POC: Ursula LaBrie 5-1951. The Family Pool will be closed on Monday, March 27 until 2:30 p.m. for the KST Swim Meet. New Military Haircut Hours. Effective April 1, Thursdays and Fridays from 4-6 p.m., salon time will be reserved for military haircuts only. Musicians wanted for Spring Break Music Fest at Emon Beach, April 2. Contact Julie Savage before March 26 between 1 and 8 p.m. at 5-4536. Calling All Singers. IMC Interdenomi national Congregation is gathering a choir to sing at the Sunrise Church Service Easter morning, Sunday, April 16, at Emon Beach. Practices begin soon. Email heather.ardrey@gmail. com for more information. This is a reminder for Island Ori entation, which will is held the last Wednesday of each month in Build ing 365, CAC room 6 from 12:30-3:30 resentative in your stead, please call ES&H at 5-1134/5-9817 so we can notify the other presenters to adjust his/her time slots. Small Boat Marina now operates on Summer hours schedule. Boats avail able from 1:15 p.m.-6 p.m. Fridays for all rentals. Boat rental reservations for Saturday-Monday can be made 8 a.m.-12:45 p.m. or 1:15 p.m.-6 p.m. Walk-up rentals available 1:15 p.m.-6 p.m. Fridays and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Satur day-Monday, if available. Call 3550 to report any leaky faucets/ taps. Safely Speaking: What is a pinch point? A pinch point is a place where two objects come together and there is a possibility that a person, or part of a person, could get caught between the two objects. Injuries from pinch points can be as minor as a blister or as severe as amputation or death. E-Talk: No Fishing Areas. Signs post Roi-Namur, and Illeginni Harbors. Questions? Call Environmental at 5-1134. March 25 Chicken fajita wrap Parker ranch stew Scalloped potatoes March 25 Oven broiled mahi mahi Breaded chick. sand. Cheese tortellini Friday Breakfast at Night Eggs to order Pancakes Sunday BBQ pork spare ribs Chicken ala king Eggs a la lucio Thursday Vegetable quesadilla Glazed pork loin Parsley potatoes 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 Italian meatballs Sausage and peppers Pasta marinara Monday Swiss beef steak Pork adobo Brown rice Tuesday Beef machaca Enchilada casserole Spanish rice Wednesday Carved roast beef Thai coconut chicken Baked potatoes Tuesday Ham and swiss sand. Da kine la moco spam Stir-fry noodles LUNCH DINNER Caf Roi *MENU CURRENT AS OF MARCH 16


12 HEROES OF THE WEEK HERO OF THE WEEK USAG-KAs Hero of the Week is former San Juan Construction Project Manager Larry Cotton. Cotton lived and worked on the garrison for more than 16 years before retiring Friday, March 17. During his long tenure on Kwaj, Cotton worked on a wide array of construction and logistics projects that the garrison and the Reagan Test Site depend on regularly. "I've worked on almost all of them," he said in his small of with San Juan as an electrician and worked up to superintendent and project manager. And we've had some decent jobs out here." tower construction projects, to building sewer outfall systems, the Air Force Space Fence facility and the Building 602 project, Cotton has been involved in a sprawling cross section of the gar rison's infrastructure improvements throughout the years. The soft-spoken Oklahoma native did more than work, though, during his time on the island. From 2003 to 2009 he raised his daughter Danielle on Kwaj and shared a house with she and his wife Tammie. He befriended hundreds of people, and he made many fans in the Kwajalein-based San Juan workforce, all evi denced by the teary-eyed speeches given by both his Marshal lese and American employees during recent retirement parties thrown for Cotton. Cotton will miss, most of all, those people he met and befriend ed here. The memories he shares with them will travel with him into his sunset years, he said: "It's the people. I love the Marshal lese, and I've got some good friends, expats. It's just been a good time." Asked what he plans on doing in his free time back home in Oklahoma City with his wife Tammie, he said, categorically: "Nothing. I'm going to be taking it easy." U.S. Army photo by Jordan Vinson Construction project manager retired Friday, completing more than 16 years of work on USAG-KA. In continuation of our boating safety tips, we will discuss different types of seas and how one should best han dle them. A bow trimmed too low will cause the boat to plow through the water and plunge into and under oncoming waves, giving everyone a wet ride while taking on dan gerous amounts of water. A bow trimmed too high may provide a drier ride, but the boat will pound and be very uncomfort able. The stern, already a vulnerable area, will be even lower in the water than nor mal. Engine trim should be adjusted so the props don't cavitate as the boat pitches, rolls, or makes sharp maneuvers through breaking waves. Generally, this means the outboard or outdrives should be in the full down position. Prevent list: Canting from side to side, or listing, reduces stability and is very dangerous. Vessels equipped with adjustable trim tabs or planes and engine trim provide the operator with options for improving the boat's ride and perfor mance in heavy seas. As a general rule, trim tabs should be set so the vessel rides as level as possible. Lower center of gravity Passengers and heavy objects should be moved to the center of the vessel to lower the center of gravity and increase stability. Gas cans, ice chests, and heavy gear need to be secured to prevent loose items from tumbling about and causing injury. In heavy weather, there's enough cans. Even a well-trimmed boat can get into trouble if it isn't operated at a proper speed for the conditions. Almost everyone tries to go too fast. Pounding is hard on the vessel and crew and should be avoid ed. Pounding through waves can strip the dash is only held in place only by the instrument wiring. Heavy-weather boat ing is displacement boating. Don't even think about getting up on plane. Never go or cause the props to clear the water. Too much speed can result in the bow plung ing under waves as the vessel pitches over the crest into a trough. Seaworthy boats didn't slow down and let the bow rise with each wave. The bigger the chop, the slower the speed. Operating in head seas requires constant tending of the helm and throttle to allow the boat to ride up and down with each wave. Slow down and angle into and through each crest, then resume course and speed up. If your prop comes out of the water as you pitch over a crest, throttle back to avoid racing the engine. In choppy seas over four feet, you will just barely make headway when meeting the seas on your bow. For more information on trim or other boating safety tips please speak with the small boat marina. Reference: Lutrell, Chuck (Staying Safe in Heavy Weather) ( ring/2012/september/staying-safe-in-heavy-weath er.asp)