The Kwajalein hourglass

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The Kwajalein hourglass
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Kwajalein hourglass
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U.S. Army photo by Jessica Dambruch 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: usarmy.bucholz.311-sig-cmd.mbx.hourglass@mail.milGarrison Commander...Col. James DeOre Jr. Garrison CSM ............ Sgt. Maj. Todd Shirley Managing Editor ..................... Jordan Vinson Associate Editor .............. Jessica Dambruch Media Services Specialist ...... Cari Dellinger Media Services Intern .......... Allison HomuthThe 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 necAlele Museum Director Melvin Majmeto, right, joins Marshallese Cultural Society President Jordan Vinson at the Marshallese Cultural Center last week. Melvin Majmeto, director of the Alele Museum in Majuro, made a visit to the Marshallese Cultural Center on Kwajalein last week. As part of his trip to Kwajalein for the RMI Trade Fair, Majmeto sought a partnership with Kwajalein's Marshallese Cultural Society in everything from historical artifact and photo exchanges between the two centers, to opportunities for Alele Museum speakers to visit the Marshallese Cultural Center for speaking events on Marshallese history and cultural heritage. Having joined the museum as director last year, Majmeto formerly the mayor of Wotho Atollis focused primarily on recuperating all of the museum's artifacts, photo prints and records that have been damaged over the years, he said. Setting up a new artifact display center at the Alele Museum and then collaborating with other museums and organizations, especially the Marshallese Cultural Society, is high on his list of priorities as museum director, he said. To that end, Majmeto and Marshallese Cultural Society President Jordan Vinson are set to meet next month in Majuro to discuss a photo exhibit and artifact ex Kwajalein and Majuro. For more information about the Alele Museum, visit Saturday, Dec. 2 5:45 p.m. Santa arrives at the atoll terminal and starts the parade toward downtown. 6 p.m. Tree Lighting Ceremony entertainment begins with live music and food and merchan dise sales. 7 p.m. Kwaj lights the tree! 7:15 p.m. Hot Tamales performance starts. Sunday, Dec. 3 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Santa visits Grace Sherwood Library. Enjoy a visit with Santa, holiday crafts and more. Don't forget your cameras, parents! Check next week's Hourglass for a full listing of the rest of the holiday events coming in the month of December. THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY HOURS for Thursday Nov. 23, Friday Nov. 24 and Saturday Nov. 25 are listed on the USAG-KA-web intranet Facebook page: www.facebook. com/usarmykwajaleinatoll/


spotted pins in competition, Schmus stated. The bogey golfer is given a handicap based on an average of scores that have recorded. If you were a betting golfer, you could come out here and play with your 20 handicap against a player with a 6 handicap and have a chance of beating the lower handicapper, echoed MacThe USGA course rating and handicap systems were develthe early 1980s. The systems provide a means of checks and balances to prevent highly-skilled players from absolutely destroy ing nascent newbies on the links. But they also grant the golfer along with him to whichever USGA-endorsed course he chooses to play on. A Roi bogey golfer, for instance, whose individual handicap index is determined by an average of a sample of golf rounds he has played on Roi, can play the Turtle Bay Palmer peting on an even keel vary littleno matter how good his comRATED JUST IN TIME A USGA-sanctioned team is to assess every USGA course ev on Kwaj and Roi were three years overdue. But thanks to fundable assess the courses, golf on Kwaj and Roi would no longer have been supported by the USGA Handicap System. And play ers would have had to say goodbye to their handicap indexes. 2017. Schmus, MacDonald and Church all volunteer their time with the Hawaii State Golf Association to provide course rating data to the USGA on courses throughout the state of Hawaii and on U.S. military bases overseas in nations like Japan. worked on Kwajalein in the 1980s as an active duty Army pilot and later as a civilian contractor pilot. such a small place, as you know. U.S. Army photos by Jordan Vinson Not all golfers are created equal. sport that it is, golf has lent itself well to statisticians who have taken a data-driven approach to levelling the fairway for all who wish to playno matter how many Titleists one might slice. COURSE RATING It all begins with the U.S. Golf Association course rating, said Hawaii State Golf Association Team Chief Zeke Schmus Nov. 17 raters Susan Church and Joe MacDonald were sent out from Oahu to Kwajalein Atoll for three days last week to assess the courses on Kwaj and Roi and determine their course ratings via the USGA Course Rating System. Church and MacDonald recorded a wide array of measurements fairway width, green speed, the number and placement of obstacles like trees, water hazards, bunkers and so on. Pointing at numbers and grids scratched onto his clipboard, this case, a USGA computer system does all the heavy numbers crunching. We have a computer program, and we plug about 100, 150 have here to a number. Then we just punch a button, and it spits out two things. One product is a course rating, which for an 18-hole course might be something like 69.6. An average 18-hole golf course usually has a par of 72. So a course with a rating of 69.6 means it is slightly easier than par. A scratch golfer would be expected to shoot a 70 with a handicap of zero, Schmus stated. The other product the team computes is a slope rating, which is a measure par for the courseaka bogey players. sulted in a higher course and slope rating. In other words, the before. The ratings for Kwaj are now 68.1 and 121, respectively. tion, with the USGA determining it is an easier course to play than when it was last assessed 13 years ago. Those ratings are now 68.4 and 113, respectively. Overall, neither Holmberg Fairways nor the Roi Golf Course others. Greens are the size of postage stamps but are surrounded by few bunkers. High wind speeds can be a menace, but neither course has much in elevation change, and so on, Schmus said. USGA HANDICAP SYSTEM Why are the course and slope ratings so important? They are tically all North American amateur golfers use to play against the higher the handicap a bogey player will have on it, which results in more strokes subtracted from his total score. When playing competitively, less-skilled players with higher handicap than their more-skilled competitors. Hawaii State Golf Association volunteers visit USAG-KA to update USGA course ratings for the golf courses on Kwaj and Roi Nov. 14-17. From left: Joe MacDonald, Susan Church and Zeke Schmus. KRS Community Activities' Derek Finch joins the team at right.


By the time Ebeye Public Elementary and Middle School students had convened for morning classes Nov. 20 the air had wrapped Eb eye in a sticky, humid embrace. Warm silver sunlight poured into the lakes that early thunderstorms had made of the nighttime streets. It was a gray Monday. As the students settled into their classes, they never suspected that Kwajalein Girl Scout Troop 801 would deliver a surprise to brighten their day. Stephanie Sandige, scouts and parent volunteers hopped a morning ferry to Ebeye where they rendez voused with school administrators Ricky Raymond and Deo Keju. The team spent the morning and after noon visiting classrooms from kindergarten through eighth grade to deliver handcrafted party packs to students and teachers. Our journey this year focuses on the importance of community, said Sandige of the project. We just facilitate the effort. The girls get the credit for the idea. The Daisies devised the creative service project as a fun activity to share with other kids. Preparation for the event began in late October at a special meeting in the Commu nity Activities Center. The scouts chose gifts from a treasure pile of games, puzzles, snacks, treats and small toys purchased with proceeds from fundraising activities and loaded them into parcels for each grade level. The kits can be used to celebrate everything from birthdays to awards for good schoolwork. On the trip, the scouts expressed enthusiasm for the surprises they were delivering and saw the impact of their handiwork. The happiness payoff was immedi as each scout stepped forward to present their colorfully wrapped boxes to teachers. Kommol tata! the students shouted as they took photos with the visiting scouts. All day the troop saw signs that acts of kindness and service to others bring joy. A special thank you came from the youngest studentschildren who were only beginning to learn the meaning of sharing. Outside of their classroom in the shade of a large tree, a kindergarten class gathered to sing the scouts a friendship song in Marshallese and English to honor their good deeds. U.S. Army photos by Jessica Dambruch Schools. 3) Daisy Troop Leader Stephanie Sandige delivers gifts for a 1 3 4


U.S. Army photos by Jessica Dambruch Nov. 18. 3) Senior Girl Scouts investigate the treats situation as they Karen Read, Nikki Delisio, Stephanie Sandige and Justin Pace pause 1 3 4


WEEKLY WEATHER OUTLOOK LUNCH DINNER SundayChicken Fried Steak Roasted Chicken Mashed PotatoesThursdayCorned Beef Brisket Fried Fish w/Tartar Cabbage and ApplesDec. 2Spicy Asian Spareribs Curried Chicken ThursdayBeef Stew Herbed Pork Loin Brown Rice PilafFridayJerk Chicken Beef Burgundy Hopping JohnFridaySalmon w/Dijon Cream Teriyaki Chicken Roasted Red PotatoesMondayCajun Chicken Roast Beef RatatouilleWednesdaySweet & Sour Chicken Kalua Pork Snow Peas & PeppersMondayOven Fried Chicken Baked Meatloaf Roasted ZucchiniSundayFajita Bar Spanish Rice Refried BeansTuesdayChicken Fried Steak Manicotti Honey Ginger CarrotsWednesdaySteak Night BBQ Chicken Baked Potato BarTuesdayBaked Fish Oreganata Chicken Parmesan Dec. 2Roasted Turkey Spaghetti Captain Louis S. Zamperini Dining Facility *MENU CURRENT AS OF NOV. 23WEATHER DISCUSSION: In the past few days we have experi enced suppressed shower activity. Going into the holiday week end Friday is expected to be a nice day with isolated showers. Saturday shower coverage will increase to widely scattered with possible scattered showers Sunday. Winds will generally be at ENE-ESE at 7-12 knots into Sunday. The sub-tropical high around 25 north latitude is strengthening, increasing trade wind velocities. Expecting ENE trade winds to start increasing Monday and be near 20 knots by Tuesday. Kwajalein will be near our Small Craft Advisory conditions by Tuesday evening into Wednesday. Ocean waves could be near 8-10 feet but this occurring at neap tides and not expecting any shoreline impacts. Thursday and Friday trade winds will sub side and showers may return. SATURDAY/SUNDAY/MONDAY FORECAST: Shower cover age increases each day, isolated Friday, widely scattered Sat urday, scattered for Sunday and back to isolated, for Monday. Winds ENE-ESE at 7-12 knots. Monday winds increase to 15-20 knots by the evening. MID-WEEK FORECAST: Stray showers with northeasterly trade winds sustained around 20 knots for Tuesday and Wednesday. Winds subside Thursday and Friday with return of showers. 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 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


tree, form and paint! Decorate it on your own or with a group. Place your trees around the island and enter to win prizes! Call Community Activities AAFES Food Court will be closed to the public from Nov. 28 through Nov. 30. Weather permitting, KRS will inside the Food Court during that time. The Food Court will re-open to American Eatery at the Dock Security, hours 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Santa's Arrival and the 50th Annual ing Ceremony (live entertainment, Please contact Community Activities Christian Women's Fellowship Holip.m. at the REB. Please join CWF for a special holiday event! Enjoy lunch, decorate holiday cookies and bring one small wrapped gift for a white elephant gift exchange. Contact Chabrary. Enjoy a visit with Santa, holiday 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 Dock Security Checkpoint locations; man Resources in Bldg. 700 and on the Kwaj-web site under Contractor Information>KRS> Human ings for off-island contract positions are available at LOST AND FOUND with two items in it by the WWII sign Call Alan at 55074 to identify and claim your items. COMMUNITY NOTICES rating Contest. Saturday, Nov. 25, 3-6 crafts and more! Parents, please bring tact Community Activities at 53331. day, December 1, Roi Outrigger, 7 p.m. 8 p.m. The Hot Tamales are a 5 piece acoustic-electric rock band playing the music of yesterday and today with a very spicy edge! The Vets Hall will be closed Saturday, Be sure to join us Sunday, Dec. 3 to enjoy the fabulous sounds of The Hot Tamales. Doors open at 7 p.m., show Abrams at 54440. SAFETY/ENVIRONMENTAL lation No. 190-5 3.9.b. Carrying passengers on bicycles is prohibited ex cept when carrying a young child or infant secured in an infant pouch or permanent seat. ing the JSA remember to think ahead and try to keep the steps as simple as possible so as not to overbear the end user of the JSA. The more complicat ed the JSA the less of a chance it will Dec. 2Chicken Fajita Wrap Parker Ranch Stew Sweet CornDec. 2Grilled Mahi-Mahi Breaded Chicken Sand. Tortellini AlfredoFridayQuiche Bacon & Sausage Pancakes Sunday BBQ Pork Sparerib Chicken Ala King Sweet Potatoes Thursday Vegetable Quesadilla Glazed Pork Loin Parsley PotatoesThursdayFried Chicken Stuffed Cabbage/Peppers Mashed PotatoesFridayTuna Melt Country Meatloaf Mac & Cheese Monday Lemon Baked Chicken Baked Fish Couscous Wednesday Chicken Parmesan Roast Pepper Steak Mashed PotatoesSundaySpaghetti Chicken Alfredo Roast VegetablesMondaySwiss Beef Steak Pork Adobo Brown RiceTuesdayBeef Tacos Enchilada Casserole Spanish RiceWednesdayRoast Beef Coconut Chicken Baked Potato Bar Tuesday Grilled Pastrami Sand. Spam Fried Rice Stir-Fry Noodles LUNCH DINNERCaf Roi *MENU CURRENT AS OF NOV. 23 Interested in a position with DynCorp International LLC (DI)? Please apply at https://jobforms.extranet. Contact Michael Thomas locally with any Questions. After normal work hours 5-2486 or michael.thomas@ expresses a commitment to conducting operations in a manner that protects human health and the environment. UXO REMINDER. Remember the 3 Rs Recognize an item as possible Unex ploded Ordnance (UXO) Retreat from the area of the UXO. Report suspected UXO immediately by notifying EOD (5-1433) or CPS (5-4445). Provide (building #, GPS, landmarks, etc). Size (compared to common items football, scuba cylinder, etc). Treat UXO like you would treat dangerous sea a detailed refresher please attend the Wednesday of every month. Anyone in possession of ammunition or pyrotechnics, please deposit into one of the designated amnesty boxes located on Kwajalein or Roi., at Bldg. 902, the Kwaj Air Terminal, Bld. 8035, the Roi Air Terminal and at the Kwaj Small Boat Marina. If items are too any safety concerns notify EOD at 5-1433/1550 to arrange for collection. Do not leave items outside of box. These boxes are not UXO collection points. For UXO, notify EOD. REMEMBERDO NOT TOUCH! Military Mail Addressed To & From 1. APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 090-092 2. APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIP 093 3. APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 094-098 4. APO/FPO/DPO AA ZIP 340 5. APO/FPO/DPO AP ZIPs 962-966USPS RECOMMENDED HOLIDAY MAILING DATESTo ensure timely delivery of holiday wishes by Dec. 25, the U.S. Postal Service recommends that cards and packages be sent to and from military APO/FPO/DPO addresses overseas no later than the dates listed below. Parcel Airlift Mail Dec. 4 Space Available Nov. 27 USPS Retail Ground Nov. 6 First-Class Mail Letters and Cards Dec. 11 Dec. 4 Dec. 11 Dec. 11 Dec. 11 Priority Mail Express Military Service Dec. 16 N/A Dec. 16 Dec. 16 Dec. 16


ww DOWN OAD AND SHARE HG PHOTOS AT NOVEMBER 13 Spartans I def. Don't Mess w/da OGs 25-19/25-22 Good Golly Missed Volley def. We Dig The Beach 25-13/16-25/16-14 Corder Pounder def. The Future 25-9/25/16 NOVEMBER 14 Serve's Up def. Ace Family 25-16/25-23 Ohana Koa def. Net Ninjas 25-7/25-14 No Name def. Block You Like a Hurricane 25-14/25-12 Spartans II def. Wolf Pak 25-23/17-25/15-10 NOVEMBER 15 Block n' Roll def. 2 Legit 2 Hit 17-25/25-17/15-12 Corder def. Sideout 26-27/25-22/15-13 Corder Pounder def. The Future 25-17/25-20 Don't Mess w/da OGs def. We Dig Up The Beach 25-22/25-22 NOVEMBER 16 Senior Wildcats def. Net Ninjas 25-17/25-14 Wolf Pak def. Block You Like a Hurricane 25-11/25-17 No Name def. A Motley Crew 27-25/25-19 Spartans II def. Block Party 22-25/25-17/15-12 NOVEMBER 17 2 Legit 2 Hit def. Corder 25-23/21-25/15-12 We Dig the Beach def. The Future 25-22/25-12 Spartans I def. Don't Mess w/da OGs 25-23/16-25/15-12 Good Golly Missed Volley def. Corder Pounder 25-27/30-28/18-16A LEAGUE RECORDS Win Loss Corder 6 1 Good Golly 5 1 Spartans 4 1 Dig the Beach 2 4 OG'S 1 5 Future 0 6SCHOOL LEAGUE RECORDS Win Loss Senior 3 0 Block n'Roll 3 1 Ace Family 2 1 2 Legit 2 2 Corder 2 2 Ohana 1 2 Serve's Up 1 2 Net Ninjas 1 3 Sideout 1 3B LEAGUE RECORDS Win Loss Spartans II 4 0 Block Party 3 1 Wolf Pak 2 3 Motley Crew 2 3 No Name 2 2 Hurricane 0 4USAG-KA SPORTSVOLLEYBALLUNITED CHECK-IN TIMESATI 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. departure times. SIMPLY SAFE YThe holidays are the peak season for vited into homes during the holidays mestic hazards. According to the U.S. Fire Adminis tration, meals are best with a pinch of enjoyable, safe holiday season in the kitchen. (Dont) Burn, Baby, Burn Thaw everything. When a frying pan of hot oil meets icy turkey or veggies it will splatter. Also, to avoid exactly the wrong kind of excitement, always use a fryer out of doors. Turn pot handles towards the back of the stove to avoid burning yourself. Keep kids and pets at least three feet away from cooking area and watch for them to dart behind the chef. Over-Watch Whether you are boiling potatoes or for pots to boil over or splatter. When your attention begins to drift, avoid carbonizing your food by using a timer to Just For Kids Even if you are not old enough to use the oven yet, you can help your family stay safe in the kitchen. smoke and warn your family or an Double check that your family has lights in case your home loses power before dinner is done. Only You Can Prevent Food Fires catching spills or hazardous conditions before they occur. Keep food preparation areas clear clothes and plastic lids. Keep a large pan lid or baking sheet handy in case you need to smother a sweep up spills as they occur and your clean-up is halfway done before Prepare your meal, enjoy your holiday and eat the food! Also, if the Kwajalein Fire Department does have to pay you a visit, save them a slice of pumpkin pie. RESULTS LAST WEEK