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The Kwajalein hourglass

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The Kwajalein hourglass
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Members of the 2017 KHS senior class dance together during the June 2 Commencement Ceremony at the Multi-Purpose Room on Kwajalein. Jordan VinsonRTS OPTICS PRO SENIORS GRADUATE USAG-KA PROFILES TALKS ENGINEERING P 5 FROM KHS IN STYLE P 2 CLAUDE NELJI P 4THIS WEEK

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2 U.S. Army photos by Jordan Vinson, Jessica Dambruch ROI COMMUNITY BIDS FAREWELL TO FRIEND, NEIGHBOR KHS SENIORS TURN TASSELS 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 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 necThe 2017 class of Kwajalein Jr./Sr. High School turned their tassels last week. The seniors completed their high school requirements and were given their diplomas to begin the next phases of their lives, pursuing college careers or other profes sional endeavors. Hundreds of residents of Kwajalein and Ebeye joined the 15 graduates for the June 2 commencement ceremony at the KHS Multi-Purpose Room. In a speech, 2017 KHS Valedictorian DeVante Floor told the crowd that his years in the Kwajalein Schools systems Rikatak Program were transformative. The Gonzaga University-bound 18-year-old placed an emphasis on the gratitude he and his Rikatak peers have for being able to participate in the garrison school program and for being able to rely on a strong support network that straddles both Kwajalein and Ebeye. I want to thank everyone for the blessings and advantages they have given me, as well as my Rikatak peers, the greater opportunity for higher education and a successful future, Floor said. Nevertheless, it has come with many adversities. These challenges include adapting into a different lifestyle, cul ture, language and peoplebut at the same time, learning to valedictorian of an American college preparatory high school is [for me] beyond the measures of astonishment and honor. Now we stand here today on stage amongst our Kwaj family. We made it together, but we each made it differently. And I am beyond proud of all the accomplishments, endeavors and challenges we all faced together as individuals, as well as a class. Fellow Rikatak senior Leah Lokeijak, who took to the microphone toward the end of the ceremony, echoed Floors sentiments. She applauded KHS Teacher Ric Fullerton for his longtime support of the Rikatak Program. The 28-year resident week, would have a lasting impact on the lives of the seniors for years to come, Lokeijak said. The Rikatak students would like to thank Mr. [Ric] Ful lerton for his years of service and dedication to the program, Lokeijak said. For every goal set, we were one step closer to tonight. We know that we would not be here without his help and guidance. Kommol tata. The seniors also took a few moments during the commence ment ceremony to extend special thanks to a select band of teachers and parents, whose support and guidance had been crucial to their growth inside and outside the school system. Those individuals were Doug Hepler, Jennifer Newberry, Jane Christy, Barbara Bicanich, Jamie Bowers and Mark and Tarah Yurovchak. Kwajaleins private organizations, local businesses and supporters elsewhere expressed gratitude for the seniors years of hard work in the Kwajalein Schools system. Scholarships for LEFT: Valedictorian DeVante Floor approaches the KHS Multi-Purpose Room stage during the start of the 2017 KHS Commencement several live performances by seniors during the ceremony.

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3 the graduates came from an array of organizations, from MIT Lincoln Laboratory and the Yokwe Yuk Womens Club, to the Marshall Islands National Olympic Committee, the Kwajalein Range Services Quality of Life Committee and the Kwajalein Sports Association. Awarding the seniors their high school diplomas were USAGKA Commander Col. Michael Larsen and KRS Community Ser vices Deputy Project Manager Brian Arrington. Diplomas in hand, the 15 graduates looked out to the audience, turned their tassels andin Kwajalein traditiondanced their way out of the MP Room in celebration. jumps down the stage at the end of the ceremony. KHS teacher Ric Fullerton presents senior Jaycie Reed the Lind say Davis Kindness Scholarship.

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4 Claude Nelji, the Construc newest service order supervisor, pauses for a photo in the Kwaj Construction Shop Satur day, June 3. of Ebeye, May 25, 2017. The local community used the cerea three-classroom school facility. Class Jesse Koehn, from Mathis, from Southampton, Virginia, set column formproject at the Ebeye school.USAG-KA PROFILESCLAUDE NELJI Claude Nelji is Chugach's newest service order supervisor. he tracks an array of departmental activities, from materials purchases and deliveries to HAZMAT and safety record keeping for the Public Works Department's Construction Shop. He's the point man for assigning labor crews to tackle work orders across the island, and he coordinates with facility managers to ensure those work orders are completed to those managers' requirements. With his hands at the helm of the second-largest government property account on the island, Nelji carries a considerable amount of responsibility. He didn't reach his current position by accident, said Con struction Shop Superintendent Don Ryan. recently promoted to his new position after department managers noticed the integrity, hard work and dependability he injected into the team, especially when his supervisors were off to enabling his department to move forward with its mission, Ryan said. "Nelji has dedicated himself to becoming the next supervi sor and has proven to me and my boss that he has the knowledge of the duties, the moxie to lead the workforce without fear of repercussions and the computer skills to keep up with the work," Ryan stated." Each time one of our supervisors would go on leave, the amount of service orders dropped dramatically, and the crews' moral increased. The crews worked harder and produced more work, all of which is the sign of Nelji being a great leader." Nelji's promotion is also special in that he's only one of a handful of RMI supervisors on the garrison, Ryan said: "It's a big deal. Promotions like this can happen." U.S. Army photo by Jordan Vinson Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1 is forward de ployed to execute construction, humanitarian and foreign assistance, special operations combat service support and mand. Here are some shots of the battalion at work. SEABEESAT WORK U.S. Navy photos by Builder Constructionman Shyann Waters

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5 USAG-KA PROFILESCLAUDE NELJI U.S. Army photo by Jessica Dambruch As the manager of Kwajaleins Optics Lab, Stephanie Davis supervises a key aspect of mission support operations for the Reagan Test Site: the network of high-powered optical equipment and technical photographers who document missile range tests. Davis talks to the Kwajalein Hourglass about her experiences and thoughts on chartHOURGLASS INTERVIEWS How did you arrive at a career in Optics? I went to college for aeronautical engineering. I had expoin the Air Force. Before working on Kwajalein I was in ground control for [unmanned aerial vehicles]. Optics is here to support the mission by maintaining and upgrading equipment and recording and processing photographic and video data of mission shots from our Super RADOT tracking mounts on Gagan, Kwajalein, Roi-Namur and Legan 11 people in our shop right now. status as a role model. Youre an engineer. Do you think of yourself as a female role model? Youre always aware theres a uniqueness to being female in other passengers in career discussions when they discovered I was an engineer. Theres still a little bit of that. I have been very fortunate. How would you advise future engineers and scientists as they plan careers? many opportunities in the Department of Defense and private ine. You can move from aircraft structures to systems engineering. It is a limitless area and also very practical. You learn and apply in a tangible way that is very satisfying, as an engineer. There is a great structure to explore and develop critical think ing, to learn troubleshooting. You can manage projects and also work in small teams. It is very technical and pragmatic. I was involved with Society of Women Engineers in college and meeting like-minded people. Many colleges have chapters. Whats your favorite movie about outer space? it was going for realism. Everyone has a favorite scientist. Who is yours? Maria Mitchell, a scientist and astronomer from far back in the 1800s. I think its important that we recognize and have gratitude for these kinds of people, these pioneers. We see great mission shots on Facebook. What do Optics operators' cameras do that our cameras cant? Well, SR1 (pictured above) is bigger. It can see much farther than any other video [camera] would. It uses high-frame rates and captures more data. There are several sensors on the tracking mount that are used as part of the ranges effort to track and document incoming vehicles, the position of reentry and other data. We occasionally take video of stars and satellites to calibrate our sensors and corroborate our location data with MIT Lincoln Laboratory. The only pictures we take are the documentary photography of the incoming missiles. Everything on the RADOT mount is video. What challenges do these sensors pose for your Optics team? Maintenance! The technicians must keep them corrosion free. These sensors fog up just like regular cameras. We do have climate control in the dome but sometimes have to turn it off up to a day before a mission or launch to ensure the camera is ready. Any other big concerns for your technicians, on the job? What safety rules do you have to follow? The most dangerous part of our work is traveling to job sites. We always travel together, and all of our technicians must be In the next 15-25 years, what can we expect from the future of Optics? going to see more precise and faster sensors and new ways to take pictures. What challenges do you look forward to? With my new position the challenge is to be a good leader for this team[to do] as well as my boss did before me. For me it is satisfying to have a dual role where I can also manage others. I want to be a good leader for them. Optics Manager Stephanie Davis pauses near a mission map at SR1, June 7. LEFT: The eye of SR1, open to and vehicles that travel through it. U.S. Army photo by Optics

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6 US-RMI delegates to the 2017 Joint Committee Meeting disKwajalein. USAG-KA hosted several meetings at the end of May: the Community Relations Council, the Joint Labor Relations Board and the Joint Committee Meeting. These meetings are mandated by the Compact of Free Association between the United time USAG-KA hosted all three meetings. The Community Relations Council focuses on issues of mutual interest to both USAG-KA and local Marshallese communities within Kwajalein Atoll. The Joint Labor Relations Board considers issues of labor relations arising out of the operation of the defense sites and to recommend actions as appropriate. And the Joint Committee Meeting is a forum that assesses is of which cannot be resolved locally through the CRC or JLRB. be built on the garrison; the upcoming garrison logistics contract renewal; humanitarian assistance projects for the RMI; U.S. Coast Guard engagement and infrastructure projects led by the U.S. Navy Seabees Navy Mobile Construction Battalion 1. During the 2017 Joint Committee Meeting, U.S. Ambassador to the Marshall Islands Karen Stewart led the way for the U.S. delegation, while RMI Ambassador to the U.S. Gerald Zackios represented the Marshall Islands. Delegates from the U.S inCourtesy of USAG-KA Command StaffUSAG-KA HOSTS MAJOR HOST NATION MEETINGSsile Defense Command, USAG-KA, the 14th Coast Guard Dis trict, the Honolulu Military Entrance Processing Station, the 30th Naval Construction Regiment and the U.S. Department of the Interior. Delegates from the Marshall Islands included local and national Kwajalein Atoll political leaders and personnel with the RMI Environmental Protection Authority, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Maritime Administration and the nations Postal Service. U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll Facebook page.www.facebook.com/usarmykwajaleinatollFor command information questions, please contact Public Affairs at 54848.

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7 Lead is a highly toxic metal that may cause a range of health problems, especially in young children. When lead is absorbed into the body, it can cause damage to the brain and other vital organs. It may also lead to behavioral problems or learning disabilities. Painted surfaces prior to 1980 may contain lead-based paint. As the paint deteriorates, paint chips and dust is created. Children may become lead poisoned by putting their hands or other lead-contaminated objects into their mouth ing paint. What can you do to prevent your childrens exposure to lead-based paints? paper towel. Carefully pick up and remove any loose paint chips with a paper towel. Maintain a gap between furniture and painted walls. Courtesy of Sandra Garrison and Bridget RankinSUMMER READING PROGRAM KICKOFFWednesday, June 14, 10 a.m. Grace Sherwood Library Get ready to rumble in the Summer Reading Program jungle! Embark on a reading safari with us.

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8 during a visit to Carlos, delivering donated toys and school supplies to island children. group photo in front of an RMI barge loaded with a wide array of equipment to be transported from the garrison to Marshallese Tyrone Jr., Carlos, Tyrone. Courtesy of USAG-KA Command Staff Courtesy of Thompson Tarwoj

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9 COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES JUNE-JULY EVENTS/HOURSRoi Karaoke Night Saturday, June 10, 8 p.m. at the Roi Out rigger. Be a star for the night and sing your heart out! Armed Forces Entertainment Concerts 4 The People Tour featuring Rebel Souljahz, Eli-Mac and Shar Carillo. The hottest Hawaiian music is going down on Kwaj! Three groups performing two more shows! Its going to be mayjah! This is free entertainment open to the community. Sponsored by Armed Forces Entertainment. Saturday, June 10, 7 p.m., High School MP Room Sunday, June 11, 7 p.m., Rich Theater Lunch Time at the Lanes Monday, June 12, 19 and 26, 11 a.m. p.m. at the Bowling Alley. Bring your lunch and come on out for some midday bowling! $2 for shoes, $2 per game. All ages welcome, 14 and younger requires adult supervision. Food and beverages permitted. Summer Reading Program Kickoff Wednesday, June 14, 10 a.m. at Grace Sherwood Library. Get ready to rumble in the Summer Reading Program jungle! Embark on a reading safari with us. SOS Triathlon Challenge Survivors of Summer! Registration: June 13. Challenge runs July 1-30. Participants can swim, bike, and run to the ultimate goal of completing Ironman distances over a four week period of time. Prizes awarded for challenge completion. Cost is free. For questions and registration, call 53331. Live Comedy Shows Four comedians and lots of laughs! Check out comedians Tony V, Dewey Bratcher, Atif Myers and Steve Scarfo. Open to adult audiences only. Sponsored by Quality of Life. Friday, June 16, 7 p.m., Roi Outrigger Saturday, June 17, 8 p.m., Ocean View Club Sunday, June 18, 8 p.m., Vets Hall Karaoke Night Sunday June 18, 8 p.m. at the Ocean View Club. Be a start for the night and sing your heart out! World's Largest Swim Lesson Thursday, June 22, 10 a.m. at the Family Pool. Cliff Pryor and Dayna Hepler will lead Kwaj kids in a 30-minute swim lesson to coincide with swim lessons happening all over the world the same day! Birthday Bash Saturday, June 25, 8 p.m. at the Ocean View. Sign up for complimentary bever ages if your birthday is in June. Stop by up. Please present K-badge. Must be 21 years or older. Tea Social Thursday, June 29 at Roi's C-Building. Decaffeinated teas and desserts, games, offered for a social gathering. Smells Like Fish Live Saturday, July 1, 8 p.m. at the Outrigger. Smells Like Fish will jam and kick of the 4th of July weekend! Red, White, and Blue Night Monday, July 3, 7 p.m. at the Roi Golf Shack. The entire golf course will be lit up in red white and blue! Flags will be out a certain holes and extra games for prizes. One club only for all folks! 4TH of July Celebration Tuesday, July 4, Emon Beach. Perfor mance by Ballistic Love, Beach Bar, crafts, display. Roi Bike Parade Tuesday, July 4, 12:30 p.m. at Roi Main Street. Decorate your own bikes for a 4th of July parade of bikes starting at 12:30 p.m. The parade will start from the North side of Perimeter Road (Cardiac Corner) and end at the Roi pool for the pool party! SUMMER HOURS OF OPERATION Pools and Beaches Hours Summer hours start Monday June 12 Family Pool Sunday 1-6 p.m. Monday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday 1-6 p.m. Thursday CLOSED Friday and Saturday 1-6 p.m. Emon Beach Tuesday-Saturday 12:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday Noon-4 p.m. ARC/Ivey 24 Hours CRC: Tuesday-Saturday 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. After hours in gym through Security desk until midnight Golf Course Sunrise to Sundown Tennis Courts Sunrise 10 p.m. Kwaj Small Boat Marina Summer Hours Fridays Noon-6:30 p.m. Saturday Monday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Pavilion Rentals Interested in renting a pavilion at Emon Beach, Camp Hamilton, or Coral Sands? Call 53331 or 52848 to reserve a pavilion for your next party. Pavilion reservations are updated daily on the Pavilion Hotline. Call 52945 for information on which pavilions are booked. Non-booked

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10 WEEKLY WEATHER OUTLOOK Commander's HotlineHave 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 anyWHO TO REPORT TO Local law Enforcement and Security *911 *5-4445/4443 *usarmy.bucholz.311-sgcmd.mbx.usag-pmo@mail WEATHER DISCUSSION: It feels like weve had more rainfall this past week but climatologically the precipitation we received is still below normal. We now need 0.25 inches of rainfall per day to keep up. We received 1.53 inches of rainfall through June 8, which is 73 percent of normal. However, we still see signs of transition from dry to wet season patterns. A series of disturbances will pass through our area over the this article prints. The second disturbance will pass by Monday into Tuesday. As on June 7, there may be a few rumbles of thunder with these showers. Be on the lookout for our Lightning Safety Awareness article in an upcoming Kwajalein Hourglass. Next week we return to steady northeast trades. SATURDAY/SUNDAY/MONDAY FORECAST: Occasional showers Saturday and winds east-southeast at 7-12 knots. Widely scattered showers Sunday, winds northeast at 7-12 knots. Scattered showers Monday, winds east-southeast at 7-12 knots. MID-WEEK FORECAST: Scattered showers Tuesday, then widely scattered remainder of the week.Winds east-northeast at 7-14 knots.Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Contact InformationCW3 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 2758DOD SAFE Helpline: 877 995 5247 LUNCH DINNER SundaySauteed Beef Tips Pork Chops Brown RiceThursdayJalapeno Beef Stew Baked Pasta Franconia PotatoesJune 17Spaghetti Kwaj Fried Chicken Cheesy Corn CasseroleThursdayMongolian BBQ Sweet & Sour Pork Fried RiceFridayTaco Bar Chimichangas Mexican RiceFridayFish Du Jour Bean Supreme in Broth Steamed PotatoesMondayHerb Baked Chicken Cajun Spareribs Egg CasseroleWednesdayRoast Chicken Kalua Pork & Cabbage Lemon RiceMondayCacciatore Chicken Manicotti Pasta CarbonaraSundayBaked Meatloaf Oven Fried Chicken Mashed PotatoesTuesdayGrilled Chicken Beef Pot Pie Brown Rice PilafWednesdaySteak Night Herb Roast Pork Chops Baked PotatoesTuesdayBuffalo Chicken Wings Orange Pork Vegetarian PastaJune 17Oriental Pork Steak Beef Broccoli Oriental Fried Rice Captain Louis S. Zamperini Dining Facility *MENU CURRENT AS OF JUNE 8

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11 COMMUNITY CLASSIFIEDS COMMUNITY CLASSIFIEDSHELP WANTEDVisit USAJOBS.GOV to search and apply for USAG-KA vacan cies and other federal posi tions. KRS and Chugach listings for on-Island jobs are posted at: Kwajalein, Roi-Namur and Eb eye Dock Security Checkpoint locations; outside the United sources in Bldg. 700 and on the Kwaj-web site under Contractor Information>KRS> Human Resources>Job Opportunities. Listings for off-island contract positions are available at www. krsjv.com.COMMUNITY NOTICES2017 Bi-Annual Golf Greens Fees and Locker Registration. June 1-30. Annual and Bi-Annual greens fees and locker registration now available for the golf course. Sign up now in 2017. For questions or registration information, please call Community Activities at 53331. Lunch Time at the Lanes. Monday, June 12, 19 and 26, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Bowling Alley. Bring your lunch and come on out for some midday bowling! $2 for shoes, $2 per game. All ages welcome, 14 and younger requires adult supervision. Food and beverages permitted. George Seitz Elementary School Kindergarten Registration. Reg istration for the 2017-2018 Elementary School Year has begun. Registration packets may be picked up at the Elementary will be closed June 23-July 11. Registration will resume July 12-Aug. 10. Children eligible for June 17Chicken Fajita Wrap Parker Ranch Stew Sweet CornJune 17Mahi-Mahi Breaded Chicken Sandwich Cheese Tortellini AlfredoFridayQuiche Bacon and Sausage Country Potatoes Sunday Pork Sparerib Chicken Ala King Biscuits Thursday Glazed Pork Loin Parsley Potatoes Onion RingsThursdayFried Chicken Stuffed Peppers Mashed PotatoesFridayTuna Melt Country Meatloaf Mac & Cheese Monday Lemon Baked Chicken Baked Fish Egg & Cheese Sandwich Wednesday Chicken Parmesan Roast Pepper Steak Mashed PotatoesSundayChicken Alfredo Roast Vegetables Garlic BreadMondaySwiss Beef Steak Pork Adobo Brown RiceTuesdayBeef Tacos Enchilada Casserole Spanish RiceWednesdayThai-Style Chicken Coconut Chicken Baked Potato Bar Tuesday Pastrami Sandwich Spam Fried Rice Stir Fry Noodles LUNCH DINNERCaf Roi *MENU CURRENT AS OF JUNE 8 Sept. 1. Questions? Call 53601. E-Talk: KRS Environmental Services. KRS activities comply with USAG-KAs environmental standards to minimize or prevent negative environmental impacts. Safely Speaking: Protect yourself and your family from lead poisoning in the workplace and at home. Use wet mops or wet paper towels to clean up dust or paint chips. These materials are not dangerous unless they are damaged.Republic of the Marshall Islands Department of Motor Vehicle will visit USAG-KA at Kwajalein to process RMI drivers license renewals and new issues on this date and times: Monday, 12 June, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Building 901 If you would like to renew or get a new RMI drivers Cost of both renewals and new issue is $20. Questions, at 53620/3600. RMI DRIVER'S LICENSES Its important to have the latest, most accurate information relating to disaster plans, evacuation plans, locations of storm sheltersboth on Kwajalein and Roi-Namur. Its easy to ensure you and your friends and family know what to do in event of an emergency. 1) Visit the USAG-KA-Web intranet site. 2) In the Web Links list at left, click on Phonebook. 3) Peruse all the information you need in the Community Safety Information section. RESIDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO MAINTAIN UP-TO-DATE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS INSTRUCTIONS

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12 UNITED CHECK-IN TIMES ATI CHECK-IN TIMESMonday, United 1553:30-4:45 p.m. Tuesday, United 15411-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, United 1552:30-3:45 p.m. Thursday, United 15411:30 a.m.-Noon. Friday, United 1553:30-4:45 p.m. Saturday, United 15411-11:30 a.m. Early departures7:45-8:15 a.m. All other departures 8-8:30 a.m. www.lickr.com/kwajaleinhourglass DOWNLOAD AND SHARE HG PHOTOS AT A FAREWELL THANK YOUMy plan upon arriving on Kwaj back in 1989 was to stay two years; there are myriad reasons why I remained. Major among them was my enjoyment of the students that have graced the halls of Kwajalein Junior/Senior High School. Kwaj High is the only place I have taught where students, upon exiting a class at periods end, say things like: Thank you! Great class. See you tomorrow, Mr. F. Moreover, I spent 99 percent of my time teaching, which is something a lot of my stateside colleagues cannot say. In fact, said colleagues often respond with stares of disbelief when I describe Kwajs teaching and living conditions. To my colleagues, former and current, thank you for your intellect, your professionalism, your sense of humor, your comradery, your patience and your support. To the friends and acdiving, playing music, sharing conversation over a meal at the Zamperini Dining Facility and so on, thank you for being a part of my life mosaic. Lastly, to the people of the RMI, thank you for entrusting me with your childrens care and for the kindness and generosity that is a mainstay of your culture. To all, thank you for an interesting, challenging, rewarding and enjoyable 28 years. Sincerely, Ricardo Ric Fullerton Ric Fullerton prepares for world travel at the culmination of his teaching career at Kwajalein Jr./Sr. High School. U.S. Army photo by Jessica Dambruch