The Kwajalein hourglass

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The Kwajalein hourglass
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SMDC HISTORY COLD STORAGE SWIMMERS TRAIN REMEMBERING NIKE II P 4 CREW HIGHLIGHTED P 3 FOR BIG LEAGUES P 5THIS WEEK The Cold Storage Warehouse gang gathers for a group photo at the chilly storage facility Tuesday, July 25, on Kwajalein. Jordan Vinson


2 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. James DeOre Jr. Garrison CSM.......Sgt. Maj. Angela Rawlings Managing Editor ..................... Jordan Vinson Associate Editor .............. Jessica Dambruch Media Services Specialist........Cari DellingerThe 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 necStarting this August, Zamperini Dining Facility patrons will begin to see a lot of changes at the cafeteria Whats in the works? A new All American Bar and Deli station Available every day for lunch and Sunday/Monday dinners Will feature a daily grilled feature sandwich and appetizer, along with a full assortment of toppings Will feature hot dogs, burgers, etc. as standard items daily A new daily breakfast menu and layout Available every day Will feature four different main line protein items (Canadian bacon, sausage patties, bacon, ham steak, for instance) every breakfast session Will feature a station-based serving arrangement, requiring a change in New eggs-to-order and omelet station for Sunday/Monday brunch them to the grill master New salad bar menu Lots more More frequent sliced steak offerings Implementation of the militarys Go For Green program, featuring easyto-understand nutritional value placards for each food item Displays at the facility entrance, put in place to inform patrons of the days menu items These improvements are exciting. How ever, in order for us to be able to create and manage this varied menu every day we emphasize to our patrons: It's All You Can Eat. Not All You Can Take. Starting in August, ZDF servers will begin portioning out the main line protein items, providing a maximum of two main proteins or one main protein and a sandwich per meal. An av erage main protein portion is 5-8 ounces. Portioning will occur for both dine-in and take-out patrons; take-out patrons will, of course, not be able to return to the line for second portions. All other food items (the salad bar, for instance) will remain on a self-serve basis. Without properly portioning out the protein items, we will not be able to sustain this new, varied menu. Please be patient as we implement these changes. Living in a remote location can be challenging when it comes to healthcare. Here at Kwajalein Hospital, we provide the basic diagnostic tools for health care. Our mammography program is one of these assets. The Kwajalein Hospital mammography program is Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and American College mography program is audited every year by the FDA to insure that all aspects of quality assurances, credentials and continuing education are being met. MAMMOGRAMS AVAILABLE ON KWAJ tion is performing 200 mammograms every two years. With such a small population base, this can be challenging. The American Cancer Society states a mamcould develop into cancer years before physical symptoms are noticed. The ACA recommends the following guidelines for both women at average risk for breast cancer and all women without personal histories of breast cancer. Women between ages 40 and 44 have the option to start screening with a mammogram every year. Women 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year. Women 55 and older can switch to a mammogram every other year, or they can choose to continue yearly mammograms. Screenings should continue as long as a woman is in good health and is expect ed to live 10 more years or longer. All women should be familiar with how their breasts normally look and feel, and should report any unusual changes, such as thickening, pain, skin changes or discharge to a health care provider right away. If you havent had a mammogram during the last year, call the Kwajalein Hospital at 5-3522 to schedule your next examination.


3 LEFT: Stanley Korab and Jibas Kenibar inspect orders bound for Surfway at the Cold Storage Warehouse Tuesday, July 25. MIDDLE: There is a place on Kwajalein where long parkas and thick, black beanies are standard issue. A place where small chandeliers of ice grow above thermom eter displays showing numbers like -13 F. Its a place where all your bananas, yogurt, milk, eggs and TV dinners come from. And without it, youd be eating nothing but canned beans and jerky. Welcome to Cold Storage, says Nikki Ellis, the Cold Storage Warehouse supervisor. The only person in the facility wearing a T-shirt, Ellis gives me a tour of one of the most vital links in the distribution chain assembled on and off the garrison to supply residents with cold and frozen food items. It all comes from here, Ellis says Tuesday, leading me through a door that opens up into the dark, icy warehouse. from pallet to pallet carrying stacks of stapled carbon paper order forms in their hands. They inspect the contents of boxes brimming with onions, lettuce and avocados and pull on manual forklifts. It seems to be a busy day. Its produce day. We get fresh fruits and [get] it to us, and we sort it every week. Over the loud din of the refrigerator fan units overhead, the men inside look over the order forms in their hands, head into the inner, colder recesses of the warehouse to prep the next pallet for delivery somewhere on the garrison. The next order of frozen or chilled items could be going to any number of places: the Zamperini Dining Facility, Meck, Caf Roi, Roi Surfway and ships at sea like the Coast Guards Sequoia. Yep, even the Coast Guardsmen need milk with their cereal. But because its Tuesday, most of the sorted pallets are heading to Surfway. tomatoes, one of the order forms sticks out. Its an order submitted to Cold Stor age by Surfway Assistant Manager Joann Hermon. Ready for shipment, the pallet has been stationed next to a small entrance opening up into the early-after noon Marshall Islands heat, and in a few minutes, a warehouse crewmember will pick up the pallet and take it down to the supermarkets loading dock for the Tuesday evening rush. A Cold Storage Warehouse lead since November 2016, Tom Barragan says working at the focal point of cold foods distribution on U.S. Army GarrisonKwajalein Atoll is both rewarding and enjoyable. Ive been doing this type of work for about 40 years, Barragan says. And its just really fun. Otherwise, if I didnt like this I would have gotten out of it years ago. Its a very rewarding job to know that were making sure that everybody gets fresh, edible food. Dressed like I just got off a sailboat, I know Im not in the right clothing. But I want Ellis to take me into the other areas of the warehouse. Going through door after door, the ambient temperature inside the warehouse units becomes increasingly colder. The 38 F sorting platform where the crew is still assembling deliverable pallets now seems much warmer than it was before. We pass crates of Go-Gurt and small mountains of eggs, 30-pound buckets of mulch-sized bags of cake batter to bake a cake as big as Ebeye. Entering the coldest place on the garrison, I feel little part of me beginning to die. Under the dull green glow of the lights overhead, the thermometer reads 7 below zero, and its the deep est cold Ive experienced in nearly a decade. I manage to snap a few photos of Ellis standing proudly in her T-shirt, all smiles, in front of a small snow bank growing out of the corner of the room. I last another two minutes before my ears Surrounded by the heat of the doldrums in the steamy Marshall Islands, Im still having a hard time understanding how these people do their jobs in such an environment. As I begin the thermal transition from subarctic temperatures, to the refrigerator-friendly it bluntly enough: You get used to it.


4 SMDC HISTORY: NIKE II STUDY DEMONSTRATES INTERCEPT FEASIBILITY In October 2017, the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command will celebrate its 60th anniversary marking the Oct. 3, 1957, creation of its predecessor, the Redstone Anti-Missile zation established with a ballistic missile defense and space mission. Before there could be a RAMMSO, however, there was the Nike II study. Begun in March 1955, the Nike II study would determine the feasibility of a defense against strategic ballistic missiles. In the early years of the Cold War, the U.S. Army developed missile systems to address the evolving threat -bombof traditional antiaircraft weapons. The missile system, the Nike-Ajax was designed to counter the threat to the U.S. mainland posed by Soviet bombers. By 1958, there would be almost 200 Nike-Ajax batteries deployed around urban, military and industrial locations. The next generation missile system, the Nike-Hercules increased the capabilities of the Nike system. While the NikeAjax was limited to one target at a time, the Nike-Hercules was designed for a potential massed air attack. The objec1,000 miles per hour, at an altitude of 60,000 feet, and a horizontal range of 500 yards. The Nike Hercules had both a greater range than its predecessor and also carried a nuclear warhead three times greater than the Ajax. Following three years of development and testing, the to Nike-Hercules in 1958. Even as preparations were on-going for the Nike-Hercules, the Army Ordnance Corps began to look further into the future. In March 1955, the Army Bal listic Missile Agency contracted with Bell Laboratories and Douglas Aircraft Com pany (now McDonnell-Douglas) to conduct an 18-month study on an "anti-aircraft defense system for the Zone of the Interior to defend against future target threats in the 1960-1970 time period." While the primary emphasis was initially placed on super air breathing targets, the task included "ballistic targets and the desire to defend against Ballistic Missile (ICBM)." Under these parameters, the target spectrum ranged from "the maximum speed of the airbreathing ramjet out to ICBM speed of 24,000 feet/second, and at altitudes far beyond 100,000 feet." By June 1955, however, intelligence reports predicted that the Soviet Union would soon have an ICBM capability. Thus with increased concerns over the ICBM threat, the NIKE II feasibility study placed primary emphasis upon this area. The $1.65 million contract was designed to cover not only the system study, but also "exploratory hardware development" in radar and missile tech


5 Five swimmers from Kwajalein have been training to swim at two separate FINA World Championships this summer. Colleen Furgeson, Annie Hepler and Phillip Kinono travelled to Budapest, Hungary to swim at the 17th FINA World Championships. The competition began July 23, with each athlete planing to swim in two events. The three swimmers swam for years on the Kwajalein Swim Team and have represented the Marshall Islands in international meets. Hepler represented the Marshall Islands in the 2012 Olympics, and Furgeson did so in the 2016 Olympics. Both women have participat ed in other FINA World Championships. Kinono traveled to Guam for an inter national competition and has recently rejoined the Marshall Islands Swim Fed eration (MISF) to compete again. As for the island communitys younger competitors, Kayla Hepler and Daniel Ranis have been training this year to attend the sixth FINA Junior Swimming Championships in Indianapolis in late August. Both swimmers are lifelong residents of Kwajalein and have been swimming since grade school. Each swimmer will be allowed to swim two events. Each athlete maintains a serious workout regimen for months in order to prepare both physically and mentally for competition. They don't prepare all alone, however: The swimmers support group includes their parents, coaches and fellow athletes. Everyone works together to make sure that the competitors are healthy and strong enough to compete at the international level. Good luck KWAJ SWIMMERS TRAIN FOR BIG LEAGUEScessful development of a NIKE II System." An additional $1.8 million was added to the contract in March 1956 to expedite this exploratory development. cember 1955, the Bell Labs team provided some initial recommendations, such as interchangeable nose cones to address the wide scope of the threat, summed up by historian Donald Baucom in his Origins of SDI, 1944-1983: "These included such things as determining the optimum point in the tailing the role required of an effective ABM command and control system that tinguishing decoys from warheads." One critical factor in the development of an effective anti-missile system then was "a long-range, high-data-rate acquisition radar." Could any communications network and computer system make the necessary calculations in such a timely manner as to guide a defensive missile to intercept an ICBM traveling at 24,000 feet per second? Scientists generally considered this feat impossible and compared the proposed endeavor as "tantamount to hitting a bullet with a bullet." simulation room used to test the NIKEAjax and -Hercules for ICBM intercepts. They then conducted 50,000 intercept simulations incorporating varying threat parameters and intercept altitudes. These analog computer simulations "convincingly demonstrated that ICBMs could be accurately intercepted when the guidance was properly scaled to the high-speed target." In October 1956, the results of the NIKE II were reported to the Pentagon. The report, which included many specided in favor of the development of an anti-missile system and projected that be obtained in late 1962. DOWNLOAD AND SHARE HG PHOTOS AT


Commander's HotlineHave something the USAG-KA commander should know about?Call the Commander's Hotline at 51098 today! WEEKLY WEATHER OUTLOOK 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: Last week we discussed the Madden-Julian Oscillation being in a phase that favors above av erage precipitation in our region. That turned out to be true for Micronesia but not for the Marshalls. The MJO is progress ing eastward where our region will become located on the backside of this phenomena, or favored for below average precipitation. For the month of July we have received 5.42 inches of rainfall, which is 66 percent of normal levels. Dur ing 2017, we sit right at historical average rainfall amounts. Looking into the details of the computer weather models, the Intertropical Convergence Zone is moderately active but remains south of our area. A week wave near the dateline comes through the area Monday. SATURDAY/SUNDAY/MONDAY FORECAST: Isolated showers Saturday and Sunday. Scattered showers Monday. Winds ENE-E at 12-16 knots Saturday and Sunday, ENE-SE at 10-15 knots Monday. MID-WEEK FORECAST: Scattered showers linger into Tuesday with wind E-SE at 8-12 knots. Trade winds return midweek. Expect lower than normal precipitation.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 SundayBoneless chicken Nacho beef Eggs benedictThursdayJamaican jerk chicken Beef stew Mac and cheeseAug. 5Oriental curried steak Chicken adobo LumpiaThursdayFajitas Enchiladas Mexican riceFridayFish du jour Corned beef/cabbage Soda breadFridaySloppy Joes Fish du jour Vegetarian spaghettiMondayBBQ short ribs Blackened chicken Spinach quicheWednesdayBaked meatloaf Garlic roast chicken Potatoes O'BrienMondayChicken spaghetti casserole Garlic toast Boiled potatoesSundayChicken saltimbocca Wild rice Franconia potatoesTuesdayCantonese pork Sticken chicken Oriental fried riceWednesdaySteak night BBQ chicken Brown riceTuesdayChicken picatta Meat lasagna Garlic breadAug. 5Hamburger steak Chicken pot pie Brown rice pilaf Captain Louis S. Zamperini Dining Facility *MENU CURRENT AS OF JULY 286


Aug. 5Patty melt Roast pork CouscousAug. 5Roast chicken Beef stew Green bean casseroleFridayBavarian fest Bratwurst Braised cabbage Sunday Roast pork loin Baked chicken Thursday Cheese quesadilla Mashed potatoes Hamburger steakThursdayFried chicken Roast pork loin Mashed potatoesFridayFish sandwich Apple glazed chicken Succotash Monday Garlic roast beef Roasted potatoes Wednesday Grilled cheese Roast pork Rice pilafSundaySouthwestern chicken Beef tamales Fiesta riceMondayChicken marsala Stuffed peppers Pasta puttanescaTuesdayGrilled pork chops Turkey ala king BiscuitsWednesdayGrilled steaks Baked potatoes Tuesday Sloppy Joes Honey mustard chicken Cheesy potaotes LUNCH DINNERCaf Roi *MENU CURRENT AS OF JULY 28 COMMUNITY CLASSIFIEDS Zeus Blvd for the safety of our operations and personnel. The removal of these obstructions will take place over the next 30 days. These removal operations may crethe area. Please avoid any risk in these hazardous work areas by keeping a safe distance, respecting safety barriers/signs, and following the direction of the on-site safety personnel.7 HELP WANTED Visit USAJOBS.GOV to search and apply 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; Human Resources in Bldg. 700 and on the Kwaj-web site under Con tractor Information>KRS> Human Resources>Job Opportunities. Listings for off-island contract positions are available at COMMUNITY NOTICES Bocce Ball Summer Fun Tournament. Registration: July 25-Aug. 4, Tournament Play: Aug. 8-11 (dates may vary depending on number of teams). Cost: $20 per team. Twoperson teams. Questions? Email 5-1275. Kwajalein Yacht Clubs monthly meeting is Saturday July 29, 6:30pm at the Yacht Club. Social Hour begins at 5:30pm, Meeting starts at 6:30pm. Ursula LaBrie 5-1951 Vets Hall will be closed Sunday July 30 in support of Patrick Sieben Band at Emon Beach. Questions? call Jan Abrams 5-4440. Merbabes Swim Class. Friday, August 4, 12:30pm 1:00pm. Come enjoy an American Red Cross Parent/Child Swim Lesson. Class is for children ages 6 months 3 years. All participants must be accompanied by an adult in the water. The purpose of this class is to develop a comfort level in and around the water. Swim diapers are required for children who are not potty-trained. Cost is FREE! For questions, contact Cliff at 5-2848. Please join us for Quizzo on Friday, 4 August 2017 at The Vet's Hall at 7:30pm. Special Guest Host John Wolff will present a spectrum of trivia questions! Questions? Contact Neil Dye or Mike Woundy 5-4440 The tennis courts on Kwaj have been reopened for use. Thank you for your patience while we repaired them. Child and Youth Services (CYS) Volunteers Needed. CYS provides before and after school programming at the Child Development Center, School Age Center, Teen Center, and Youth Sports. Sign-up at CDC Central Registration, BLDG 358. Questions? Con tact Mamo Wase at leimamo.k.wase. Safely Speaking: We must remember that the weight we can lift above shoulder height is much less than the weight we can lift below shoulder height. And the risk of injury to your back and shoulders is much higher than that of lifting from the ground. Safely Speaking 2: Boating Safety Tips: Keep an eye out for changing weather conditions. Use your common sense! Make sure that your crew Check boat for all required safety equipment. DO NOT OVERLOAD THE BOAT! Leave your alcohol behind. Take a boating course. E-Talk: A Hazardous Waste Collection Area is a designated location where a generator (i.e., Kwaj Ops, Utilities, Amec, San Juan, Nan, etc.) accumu lates as much as 55 gallons of haz ardous waste in containers at or near any point of generation (i.e., shops, project site). Save Energy! You Have the Power to Conserve! Fill your dryer, but dont pack it too tightly. Clean the lint screen after each load. Keep your dryers outside exhaust pipe clean. Use your dryers automatic dry cycle rather than a timed cycle. Separate loads into heavy and light items, since lightweight items take less dry ing time than heavy ones. REGISTRATION NOTICES CYS Youth Sports: Flag Football Season Registration Open: Aug 3 Aug 30 Season Dates: Sept 7 Oct 19 Cost is $25.00 per player Open to all CYS Youth Kindergarten-Grade 6 To register, visit Amy Hansen at Central Registration, Building 358 or 5-2158 CYS Start Smart Program: Golf Sea-Recreational diving at USAG-KA will be limited to 50 feet, due to mission support activities, during this time period: Aug. 1-4. Questions and concerns should be directed to the Marine Department manager. George Seitz Elementary School Kindergarten Registration 2017-2018 The George Seitz Elementary School Kindergarten Registration for the 2017-2018 Elementary School Year has resumed Registration continues now through August 10th Registration Packets may be picked up at the Elpm 4:30 p Children eligible for Kindergarten must turn 5 before September 1, 2017. son Registration Open: Aug 3 Aug 30 Season Dates: Sept 13 Oct 18 (Wednesdays) Cost is $25.00 per player Open to Ages 4 7 To register visit Amy Hansen at Central Registration, Building 358 or 5-2158 Effective immediately the Calibration Lab has new hours of operation for TMDE equipment drop-off and pick-up. Delinquent items can be dropped-off at any time. The new hours are: Tuesday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesday 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday 1-4:30 p.m.


8 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. ss DOWNLOAD AND SHARE HG PHOT OS AT Check out USAG-KAs new website for garrison and community news, links to each directorate and other helpful information. Have thoughts or suggestions? Send We will discuss how to safely move and carry loads over the shoulder. We must remember that the weight we can lift above shoulder height is much less than the weight we can lift below shoulder height. And the risk of injury to your back and shoulders is much higher than that of lifting from the ground. Remember there is also more of a risk of the load falling on you should the load slip or become unbalanced. Above shoulder lifting Always try to lower the load or raise yourself up to the load to keep the load between the shoul ders and waist. 1. Before lifting from heights try to position the load so that it is below shoulder height. 2. Pivot the load off the shelf and let it lower to a lower position so that the overhead lift is changed to a shoulder lift. 3. Keep the heaviest part of the load closest to you. 4. Keep the proper curvature of the spine, and do not twist with the load. 5. If you are moving an item to an overhead position get an edges in place and slide the load to its position. Mak ing it so you do not have to take the entire weight of the load. 6. Plan for an escape route just in case you lose control of the lift. Should you lose your grip use your escape route and allow the item to fall. Do not risk injury to save the load. THUMBS UP to John Mohr for his quick response to a choking incident during a social function on Saturday, 22 June. Me and my family thank you for your timely action. Gus AljureTHUMBS UP