The Kwajalein hourglass

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The Kwajalein hourglass
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KWAJ MILITARY KIDS ECHO PIER PROJECT TRADEX RADAR TECHS CELEBRATED THIS APRILP 4 SETS SAIL P 2 TALK SHOP ON ROI P 3 THIS WEEK TRADEX radar technicians Hesbon Jokas, left, and Jerry Samuel pause at the radar on Roi-Namur in early April 2017. 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 EBEYE TB CLINIC SCREENS OVER 4,000 A team of medical professionals and community volun teers is working to screen 5,600 Ebeye residents in a nineweek health clinic led by the Center for Disease Control, World Health Organization and Republic of the Marshall Islands. The team screened 4,322 Ebeye residents, 75 percent of its target goal, as of April 9, according to a report by CDC Project Coordinator R. Brostrom and Ebeye Hospital Chief of Staff J. Nasa. The initiative began in February 2016. The clinic will increase the capacities of the Ebeye TB Pro gram to identify and treat residents with TB and other noncommunicable diseases in each of Ebeyes wetos, or neigh borhood districts. Transportation support from local police, additional clinical staff and extended hours of operation on multiple weekdays have added helpful support in reaching residents. To date, the screenings have led to treatment of seven cas es of leprosy, or Hansens disease. Other diagnoses include 352 cases of high blood pressure and 362 new cases of dia betes. A group of 35 residents, including four children iden for TB, the report said. Four wetos have exceeded the 80 percent screenings rate, but community workers are going door to door to contact volunteers who help their wetos reach 90 percent screenings. Courtesy of the CDC and Ebeye Hospital A health care worker administers a skin test to a young resident of Ebeye during the nineweek Ebeye TB Clinic. ECHO PIER SAFETY UPDATE The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is notifying the public regarding upcoming construction activi ties at Echo Pier. The repair and modernization of the pier will soon be active and noticeable to the community. Work activities on Echo Pier will include demolition of the current stevedore warehouse and other structures on the pier, partial demolition and reconstruction of most sections, pile driving, upgrading utilities as well as new warehouses and other structures. The contractor for this work is San Juan Con struction, Inc. Much of this work will cause increased noise levels and There will be periods of night and weekend work as well. The pier will remain open throughout constructionfrequency of to continue through the summer of 2020. Safety of the public as well as contractor and garrison person nel is a number one priority. The public is advised to stay out of all construction areas, be aware of new or changing signage the area surrounding the pier and along dedicated haul routes from the pier along 6th Street to Ocean Road, to 9th Street and down Lagoon Road to the Concrete Plant. maintain safe conditions during construction. The community is asked to have heightened awareness and adherence to the following: All normal pier restrictions and island speed limits and restrictions and changes in pedestrian walkways when accessing the ferries and catamarans. Extra caution when crossing or traveling along 6th Street near the housing units and at the intersection of 9th Street and Lagoon Road. Be cautious of heavy equipment, vehicles with trailers and trucks which have limited visibility and may swing wide in turns. Thank you for your patience during this critical rehabilitation. at 5-0769 or email:


3 U.S. Army photos by Jordan Vinson TRADEX radar technicians, Hesbon Jokas, left, and Jerry Samuel pause last week for photos in front of the radar they maintain on a daily basis. USAG-KA PROFILES: HESBON JOKAS and JERRY SAMUEL Meet Hesbon Jokas and Jerry Samuel. They are two members of a small group of Marshallese citizens employed by Kwajalein Range Services to keep the Kiernan Re-entry Measurement System site on target in its mis sion to monitor space around the Earth for satellites, debris and foreign missile launches. Both Jokas and Samuel work at the TRADEX radar complex on Namur. They transitioned into their current roles from other jobs with the KRS team and both have been working on island since the 1990s. Samuel has worked at the radar since 2009, when he was hired by TRADEX Antenna Lead Conrad Nakasone. Jokas was brought in to join the team in 2015. As radar technicians, they busy themselves with constant maintenance and troubleshoot ing jobs on the radar antenna and radar re ceiver system with the goal to keep the sensor continually pirouetting on its axes and track ing targets in orbit. They tend to the radars water, air and oil tors used to physically steer the massive dish. They chip and paint the radar structure to prevent corrosion in the atolls harsh saline winds, and they do a lot of welding and piping work as crews make improvements to the ra dar system during preventative maintenance projects. Samuel, a Third Island native whom TRA DEX Sensor Manager Jeff Jones calls a master welder and fabricator, has been integral to the radar teams performance during the last eight years, Jones says. Hes the best welder on this island. Bar none, Jones says. Thats his claim to fame. And hes a great fabricator. Both Jokas, a relative newcomer whom Jones describes as a jack of all trades who will help out anybody, and Samuel have recently stepped into new, more technical roles. Now, either can be called upon to work the radars transmitter system during space surveillance operations. That makes them a crucial pool of support TRADEX managers can rely on when Jokas, an Utrik Atoll native, said the new role has been a rewarding challenge, and he has enjoyed getting up to speed. I've been learning a lot," he says. "There are lots of new things. If new things come through, we have to learn how to do it. Its a great job.


4 MILITARY RECOGNIZES DOD CHILDREN DURING MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD During the Month of the Military Child, the U.S. Army joins the Department of Defense in the recognition of the commit tary children. This year marks the 31st anniversary of the Department of Defense designating April as Month of the Military Child, rec ognizing that the strength of the nation is built on the readiness and resilience of every member of the all-volunteer Army, members and, in this case, the children of military service members and Depart ment of the Army civilians. The Army remains fully committed to helping Families become and stay strong by offering a variety of programs and ser vices through U.S. Army Installation Man agement Command. This years theme, Military Kids: At Home Across the World, will help our na tion understand how important our mili tary children are, no matter where they are stationed. Throughout the month of April, Army organizations will provide a variety of fun and exciting events such as family fun nights, parades, festivals, and military children. Month of the Military Child activities will differ across DOD and the Army, but all share a common goal: to celebrate and recognize the contributions of military children. Special events include the Young Lives, Big Stories contest, where military chil dren are invited to share their experienc es and win prizes, and Operation Mega phone, where military teens join with others in a worldwide lock-in scheduled for April 28 and 29. As the nation prepares for the future, the Army recognizes that children will continue to experience and work through the challenges of reintegration, reloca tions, deployments, and, if needed, care for their wounded soldier parent. Through specialized programs and trained staff, the Army will continue to anticipate and address the evolving needs of soldiers and families to ensure they are healthy, ready, and self-reliant. There are more than 133,000 children and youth registered in 69 child and youth services programs. The Army re mains committed to these military family members to honor the service and sacri of the Military Child is one way the Army can recognize, applaud, and celebrate the resilience of military children and youth and their role in ensuring a ready force now and into the future. Name: Claudia Bellerice Age: 12 Barnes Branch: U.S. Army Name: Rachelle Kilgore Age: 12 Parent: CW4 Billy Kilgore Branch: U.S. Army Name: Jordan Rice Age: 17 Parent: Captain David Rice Branch: U.S. Army Name: Erik Lacaria Age: 4 Parent: Major Dan Lacaria Branch: U.S. Army Age: 21 Parent: CW4 Billy Kilgore Branch: U.S. Army Name: Mason Kilgore Age: 5 Parent: CW4 Billy Kilgore Branch: U.S. Army U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll Facebook page. For command information questions, please contact Public Affairs at 54848. Courtesy of Kwajalein families Name: Allison Tomeing Rawlings Age: 18 months Parent: CSM Angela Rawlings Branch: U.S. Army Name: Amira Burnside Age: 13 Parent: Debra Clark-Burnside Branch: U.S. Navy Veteran


5 On behalf of the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, I would like to express my deep appreciation and grat itude for the assistance and hard work by you and your staff during the coronation ceremony of Iroijlaplap Kotak Loeak and the funeral service of the late Leroij Seagull Kabua James. In this regard, I would like to personally recognize individuals from the teams that were essential during both events. For offering automotive support on land, assisting with the transportation of people and luggage: Ken Cleland, Jally Neamon, Joseph Konanta, Aitti Almen Conducting special boat runs: Tracy Hampson, Richard Broomell, L. Mikel Hodges, Derek Glasscock, Rudimch Langidrik Providing lodging: David Shimaoka, Buddy Edwin Host Nation Relations: Michael Sakaio Provost Marshall: SFC Wayne Joyce Security: Don Muse, Yoshi Kemem, Monica Perry, Angel Bolton Entry/Exit: Conrad Timothy, Cassidy Namwe, Kevin Gingerich, Jay Samu els, Gabe Fujiwara, Neijib Anjain, Neili Yotama, Hiram Airam DSC: Jeff Hardee, Joshua MacDonald, Michael Francis, Oldines, Langinbelik, Mathan Jacob, Jeffrey Batlok, Harry Anitak, To masi Rokobili, John Laginbelik, Robert Hudson, Noda Loeak, Jason Jitenburo, Tomasi Rokobili, Kevin Sikes, Jon Nugent, Elissa Keen It goes without saying that the invaluable support and assis tance extended was instrumental in the successful outcome of both events. Each of the individuals named herin have played a major role and Government recognizes their services. I thank you for your cooperation and trust that both the Min more closely in the months and years ahead. Sincerely, Bruce Kijiner Secretary of Foreign Affairs Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Raymond Downen secures a sign to the wall of a project site classroom at a U.S. Navy Seabee Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1, April 7. SEABEES CORNER R MI THANKS USAG-KA FOR CORONATION SUPPORT Members of NMCB 1 distribute gifts donated to students of Ebeye public schools, from the U.S. Coast Guard and the USCG Sequoia, April 4. U.S. Navy photos by Builder Constructionman Shyann Waters


6 WEEKLY WEATHER OUTLOOK Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Contact Information CW3 Dave Casbarra SHARP Victim Advocate Work: 805 355 3421 Home: 805 355 1731 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 NAME THAT BOAT! 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: We have received 1.52 inches of precipitation this past seven days which is one half-inch above average. However, this weeks U.S. drought analysis issued by NOAA still gives Kwajalein moderate short term drought conditions. The Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) will be active for the upcoming week. This east-west oriented feature will be located along Majuros latitude during the weekend, so weather radar will continue to show showers south of the atoll. Some indicators show the ITCZ creeping northward by next midweek, bringing increased chances of heavier show ers. We anticipate weekly precipitation amounts will be av erage to above average. SATURDAY/SUNDAY/MONDAY FORECAST: Partly sunny with isolated to widely scattered winds east-northeast at 1419 knots. MID-WEEK FORECAST: Widely scattered to scattered show ers Tuesday through Thursday. Winds east-northeast and east-southeast at 13-17 knots. LUNCH DINNER Sunday Roasted Turkey Honey Baked Ham Mussels and Shrimp Thursday BBQ Pork Ribs Turkey Wrap Roasted Potatoes April 22 Spaghetti Fried Chicken Garlic Toast Thursday Mongolian BBQ Garlic Marinated Chicken Vegetables Friday Beef or Chicken Tacos Enchiladas Refried Beans Friday Chicken Curry Boiled Potatoes Fish Du Jour Monday Herb Baked Chicken Egg Casserole Au Gratin Potatoes Wednesday Roasted Chicken Tuna Casserole Vegetables Monday Chicken Cacciatore Manicotti Pasta Carbonara Sunday Meatloaf Fried Chicken Roasted Potatoes Tuesday Grilled Chicken w/Herbs Beef Pot Pie Three Cheese Macaroni Wednesday Picante Chicken Vegetarian Pasta Baked Potato Tuesday Chicken Wings Monte Christo Sandwich Vegetarian Saute April 22 Oriental Pork Steak Beef Broccoli Stir-Fry Fried Rice Captain Louis S. Zamperini Dining Facility *MENU CURRENT AS OF APRIL 13 USAG-KA wants your help in naming the ten new B-Boats arriving on Kwajalein and Roi-Namur throughout 2017. The names must be no more than 15 characters in length, including spaces, and no more than two words. Submit your B-Boat name ideas to by June 1 with your full name and contact phone number. Finalists will be selected by Col. Mike Larsen and published in The Kwa jalein Hourglass before the 'christening' of the vessels.


7 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 on-Island jobs are posted at: Kwajalein, Roi-Namur and Ebeye Dock Security Checkpoint locations; man Resources in Bldg. 700 and on the Kwaj-web site under Con tractor Information>KRS> Human Resources>Job Opportunities. List ings for off-island contract positions are available at FOR SALE Gemini Catamaran 105MC, half own ership. Need to remain available to assist an elderly mother if her health changes. The boat is in the process than is invested. All offers considered. Questions, contact Ross 53290 (H) or 53405 (W). WANTED Comfortable full size sofa and/or other furniture. Please call 58287 to discuss. COMMUNITY NOTICES The Kwajalein Hospital Business Of now through 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. May ARC Lifeguard Class. Registration is open April 12-22 with class dates April 26May 22. Cost is $150 and in cludes online class, book, pocket mask after the prerequisite skills session on April 26. Participants must be at least 15 years old. Questions? Contact Cliff Pryor at 52848. Easter Egg Hunt. 4 p.m., Sunday, April 16, at the Rich Theater. Join us for this egg-stravaganza. Kids up to 6th grade are welcome. Bring your camera for an Easter Bunny Photo Op follow ing the hunt. Please be on timethis event will start promptly at 4 p.m. You dont want your little ones to miss out on the fun! May Learn To Swim Class. Registra tion is open April 18-29 with ses sion dates May 3-26. Cost is $50 and participants must be at least 4 years old. Questions? Contact Cliff Pryor at 52848. School Advisory Council (SAC) Public Meeting. 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 19, at the Elementary School (Coconut Room # 29). Agenda will be posted April 12 at: https://www.plusport Questions? Call 53601. Earth Day Beach Clean-Up. 8:3010:30 a.m., Monday, April 24, at the trash bags provided. Bring water bot tle and sunscreen. Rain or Shine. Save the Slippers on April 24. The Kwajalein Art Guild asks that you de Day Clean-up in the big blue recycling bins provided along the beach. It does not matter what condition. They will be used in a future upcycling project. Kwajalein Running Club, partnering with KRS Community Activities, will host the 38th Annual RustMan Triath lon on Monday, April 24. This is a 1K lagoon swim, 42K bike and 10K run. Pre-registration by Thursday, April 20 is required to be a contestant. In formation packs and entry forms are available in pouches on the mini-mall bulletin board, or at Qtrs. 473-A on Palm Rd. Volunteers are also being so licited for race-time staff jobs. Ques tions? Call Bob and Jane (H) 51815 or Ursula and Tim (H) 51951. Psychologist/EAP Notice. A TDY Psy chologist/Employee Assistance Pro gram (EAP) Director will be on island April 27. Questions or EAP needs? Contact the Hospital Front Desk at 52223 or come to the Emergency Room (ER) if it is critically important. Dart League. 7 p.m., Fridays, start ing April 28. Sponsored by the Vet's Hall. Teams of two will play Cricket champs. Register by April 15. Reg istered teams will meet April 21 to go over the rules. Must be 21 to play. Questions? Contact Jan Abrams or Joe Heiman at 58203. Jr./Sr. High School Art Show and Spar tan Espresso. 4:30-6:30 p.m., Satur day, April 29, in the MP Room. Super hero and supervillain costumes are welcome! Kwajalein Yacht Clubs Monthly Meet ing. 6:30 p.m., Saturday, April 29, at Important Medical Information There has been a voluntary recall of a few lots of EpiPen & EpiPen Jr. If you have an EpiPen or an EpiPen Jr., please call the pharmacy at 53406 with the Lot number and the Expira tion number (located on side of package). If you have to leave a message, please leave your return phone number. April 22 Meat Lasagna Spaghetti Marinara Cheesy Garlic Bread April 22 Asian Style Pork Roast Teriyaki Chicken Potato Wedges Friday Fish and Chips Corned Beef Cabbage Toad in a Hole Sunday Baked Ham Roast Turkey Shrimp Alfredo Thursday Char Siu Pork Sandwich Beef Stir-Fry Veggie Fried Rice Thursday Fried Chicken Beef Pot Pie Mashed Potatoes Friday Tuna Casserole Yankee Pot Roast Vegetable Medley Monday Beef Fajitas Chicken with Orange Sauce Fiesta Rice Wednesday Beef Stew Chicken Chimichangas Italian Greens Sunday BBQ Pork Ribs Chicken Wings Baked Beans Monday Jambalaya Cajun Roast Pork Mashed Potatoes Tuesday Fried Pork Chop Chicken Curry Mashed Potatoes Wednesday Roast Beef Herb Baked Fish Corn on the Cob Tuesday French Dip Sandwich Grilled Chicken Breast Ranch Style Beans LUNCH DINNER Caf Roi *MENU CURRENT AS OF APRIL 13 OCEAN ROAD CONSTRUCTION CLOSURE On April 15, USAG-KA Public Works will close half of Lagoon Road at the intersection of 9th street to repair the broken cul vert bridge. The project will be completed in two phases, at East, ocean side, and West, lagoon side, with an estimat ed 28 day window between each phase for necessary cur ing time. Please use extreme caution around this area as it will be congested during con ished, Ocean Road will reopen roadway, and stop all heavy and the airport. For questions, contact Tom Lester at 54971. the Yacht Club. Social Hour begins at 5:30 p.m.; Meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. and Dinner at 7 p.m. Please bring a side dish. Questions? Contact Ursula LaBrie at 51951. Do your part to conserve energy to day and turn off electrical devices and lights when not in use. Safely Speaking: Pedestrians and ve hicles do not mix well. Keep vehicles on designated roadways and do not use sidewalks or walking paths as shortcuts. E-Talk: Grease Management: Never pour grease down sinks, toilets, or any drains. Instead pour grease into a can, allow it to harden and dispose of it in the trash after it has cooled. If you discover potentially dangerous items in the water, on land, or at the shoreline, such as UXO, gas cylinders or drums, do not touch or move the to initiate appropriate response by trained individuals. Please stay safe. Holy Week Schedule Catholic Congregation Holy Saturday, April 15 at 7 p.m. Easter Fire, Procession with Candle, Blessing of Easter Water, Baptisms, Eucharist Easter Sunday, April 16 at 9:15 p.m. Renewal of Baptismal Promises, Blessing of Easter Water, Eucharist IMC Congregation Easter Sunday, at April 16, 6:30 a.m. Easter Sunday Worship at Pavilion #1 on Emon Beach, followed by Brunch Easter Sunday, April 16 at 11 a.m. Easter Sunday Worship Main Chapel Latter Day Saints Congregation Sunday, April 16, 10 a.m. Worship Service in CRC Room #3


8 U.S. Army photo by Cari Dellinger USAG-KA SPORTS SOFTBALL MARCH 31 Coed Blue def. Alumni 7-0 Kwajalein def. Spartans I 10-9 Goats def. OFU 6-4-3 9-8 APRIL 4 Heavy Cargo def. Mon Kubok 22-16 Bakai'Arma def. Automotive Banjo 8-8 Lollygaggers def. Jab Pere 8-4 APRIL 6 Trouble Makers def. T-Shooters 24-13 Bakai'Arma def. Mon Kubok 8-5 Tropic Blunder def. RF Hazards 12-11 COED LEAGUE RECORDS Win Loss Jab Pere 1 3 Lollygaggers 4 0 Tropical Blunder 2 2 RF Hazards 1 3 B LEAGUE RECORDS Win Loss Mon Kubok 1 5 Bakai'Arma 4 1 Heavy Cargo 3 2 Trouble Shooters 1 4 Trouble Makers 5 0 Automotive Bonjo 1 3 A LEAGUE RECORDS Win Loss Goats 3 3 OFU 6-4-3 4 2 Kwajalein 4 2 Spartan Men 1 5 WOMENS LEAGUE RECORDS Win Loss Alumni 2 2 Scrubs 1 2 Spartan Women 4 0 Coed Blue 2 2 Coed White 0 3 UNITED CHECK-IN TIMES Monday, United 155 3:30-4:45 p.m. Tuesday, United 154 11-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, United 155 2:30-3:45 p.m. Thursday, United 154 11:30 a.m.-Noon. Friday, United 155 3:30-4:45 p.m. Saturday, United 154 11-11:30 a.m. ATI CHECK-IN TIMES Early departures 7:45-8:15 a.m. All other departures 8-8:30 a.m. USAG-KAs Hero of the Week is Nikki Delisio, Kwajaleins Doctor of Physical Therapy. Delisio examines approximately 40 patients per week and provides treatment plans that restore mobility and reduce pain. and provides care for hospital patients. Delisio is passionate about her job. Ive always enjoyed helping peo ple and improving their quality of life, she said. As a physical thera pist, you really have to know the movement and function of the human body and it takes a lot of dedication from me and the patient to achieve their treatment goals. I love the outcome of my job, when a patient feels better and can return to their daily routine. of medical expertise. She is currently a stroke judge during swim meets for the Kwajalein Swim Team, where she served as president for two sea sons. In her free time, Delisio volunteers at the YYWC Micronesian Shop, and is a troop leader for Kwajaleins Girl Scout Troop #801. She also en joys spending time with her husband Chris and two daughters, Tessa and now training to compete in the 38th Annual RustMan Triathlon. HERO OF THE WEEK