The Kwajalein hourglass

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The Kwajalein hourglass
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2 Garrison Commander .......Col. James DeOre Jr. Garrison CSM .................. Sgt. Maj. Todd Shirley Communications Manager ........... Jordan Vinson Communications Specialist ... Jessica Dambruch SMDC COMMANDER RECOGNIZES USAG-KA TROOPS, CIVIL SERVANTS Lt. Gen. James Dick inson, commanding general of U.S. Army Space and Missile De fense Command, spent time on U.S. Army Gar rison-Kwajalein Atoll this week to recognize the achievements of the garrisons civil ser vants and active duty service members for outstanding service to the Command in their respective work ar eas. Awards were pre sented during a town hall meeting with the Kwajalein community Wednesday, Feb. 21. 1 3 5 7 2 4 6 8 1) Jake Hansen 2) Gary Kohler 3) Lt. Ryan Brocksmith 4) Capt. Craig Behler 5) Theodore Tyson III 6) Michele Beaton, left, Diana Aadland and Mischel Niedringhaus 7) Michael Sakaio 8) Michele Beaton was additionally recognized for 25 years of service to the U.S. government.


3 GSES STEM FESTIVAL SEEKS SCIENTISTS Calling all scientists! George Seitz Elementary School wants members of the Kwajalein science and engineering commu nity to participate in an upcoming STEM Festival. The event is open to elementary school students and will take place from 8:30-11:30 a.m. March 15. Any member of the local science community is invited to join the fair to share their technical expertise and love of science with the garrisons school-aged science enthusiasts. The main goal is to generate excitement for learning STEM topics and awareness about STEM careers, particularly all the interesting work people do here on Kwaj, said event coordi nator Heather Miller. As she plans the event she is inspired by the talent and knowledge of the Kwaj community. Some kids dont even realize what their parents do at work. We have a lot of expertise, and I want to bring that to the school. Interdisciplinary STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum in public education has led to greater creative opportunities for students to study and learn about science by overlapping traditional study with technical and hands-on learning opportunities. Exposure to STEM events in schools can also encourage students to plan future careers tal science and haptic and virtual reality technology. At Kwa jaleins STEM Festival, students can expect to learn more about the unique role that science plays in the daily mission of U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll. Miller, who taught life science courses in middle and high schools for 12 years, encourages anyone with an interest in science or math and a passion for learning to share their ex pertise with students on March 15. activities and chances for kids to learn with their classmates, says Miller. She encourages great ideas. Practical science demonstrations involving machinery, safety, equipment and biology are also welcome. Reach out to Heather Miller at 5-5642 and heathershaw for more information. Garrett Day and Brian Arrington Jr. are among the students in the Kwajalein Jr.-Sr. High School Robotics Club, a Kwaj STEM initiative that conducts outreach with elementary students. U.S. Army photos by Jessica Dambruch PREP YOUR SURVIVAL KIT Say a USAG-KA-wide disaster strikes, one that cuts off residents access to electricity, water, shopping and communications. Will you and your family be ready? Read on to learn about the sundry items to go out and grab in order to complete your own survival kit. In the event of a crippling event, such as a destructive ty phoon, youll be glad you did. First grab a large travel bag or suitcase and then cram it with these items. This is what youll want to bring along to the evacuation shelter in the event of a disaster. 1) A one-gallon jug of water for each member of your household 2) A one-day supply of non-perishable food to cover every person in your household 3) Manual can opener 4) Eating utensils, plates, cups and so on 5) Sensible clothing 6) Rain gear, such as ponchos 7) One blanket for each family member 8) First-aid kit 9) Short-term supply of all required prescription medi cations taken by members of the household 10) Short-term supply of common over-the-counter medications and medical supplies 11) Personal hygiene items like travel-sized shampoos, soaps, toothpaste, sanitizer and toilet paper 12) Battery powered radio 13) Flashlight 14) Fresh batteries 15) Entertainment items for kidsbooks and small toys 16) Plastic bags to protect items from water 17) Pet food In addition to preparing a go bag to take along to the evacuation shelter, you should also prepare a post-di saster supply kit. This should be packed in a water-tight container and left inside your living quarters. It could be a game changer during the post-disaster phase after residents clear out of evacuation shelters. Heres what youll need. 1) A three-day supply of freshwater for each person in your household. *At least one gallon per person per day cover all family members 3) Hats 4) Sunscreen 5) Insect repellant 6) Baby wipes 7) Towels 9) Propane or charcoal for grill 10) Short-term supply of all required prescription medi cations taken by members of the household 11) Short-term supply of common over-the-counter medications 12) Pet food


4 Featured in the lower right corner of the above photo is a whitecheek sur tographed at the November Buoy coral head just off Kwajalein last weekend. mon at Kwajalein Atoll and in the great er Marshall Islands. It is also found in some regions of the eastern Indian Ocean, namely the Cocos-Keeling Is the Ryukyu Islands and the Great Bar rier Reef, to French Polynesia and the its name from the white blotch under its eyes, a thick touch of pearl mascara contrasting with its nearly all-black body. However, this species is more cidentally, another common name for the species is the golden rim surgeon iridescent blue along its underside, its mouth and in small lines running on One tidbit few people reading this will know is that the whitecheek sur scuba diving may be older than you. Though rather small in size, they can live to around 34 years in some cases. inhabit hard substrate areas of sea ward reefs and in sheltered lagoon waters, avoiding the surge zone of the ocean surface above. They feed most ly on algae, which as the photo above shows is plentiful, and they rule their individual territorial zones. Though a territorial species, the whitecheek nogamous partner and also within vember Buoy coral head, for instance, gether among the rich forest of hard and soft corals at the coral head. vember Buoy coral head, as seen in this Feb. 19 photo. Courtesy of Jordan Vinson


5 RESIDENTIAL PHONE AND INTERNET SERVICE UPDATE Studies show that many students are real-life situations can result in costly mistakes and overwhelming debt. Students in Mary Browns computer and technology courses participated in a Kwajalein High School pilot of the H&R Block Budget Challenge during the months of October, November, and December. The online simulation repli cated real-world budgeting and personal on-time, investing in a 401k, managing student and auto loans, taking quizzes and more, students earned points and competed against others in the U.S. for scholarships. Abigail Bishop proved she knows her dollars and cents by ranking 316th out of over 15,000 other students across the U.S. Abigail was in the 99.1 percentile. Fellow KHS senior students Celie Burn ley ranked 954 and Aidan Alejandro ranked 1599. An incredible feat with tough competition! Eighth graders Morgan Dethlefsen and Kim ORourke both scored above 80 per nance concepts, these students and oth ers will continue to learn how to manage their money in preparation for adulthood. Out of the 1,560 teams that participat ed in the H&R Block Budget Challenge across the United States, the Kwajalein Spartan Team came in 456th. KWAJ YOUTH TACKLE FINANCIAL SKILLS Residential Phone Service Residential on-post phone service may terminate March 1. NETCOM has approved on-post residential emergency 911 calling for residents of U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll. Beginning March 1 residents will be able to make emergency calls from any phone in the garrison. It is anticipated that an emergency phone tree plan will be initiated to alert island residents in the event of a family emergency. SMDC, NETCOM and IMCOM are cur rently compiling a list of mission-essen tial personnel who will be entitled to long-distance calling privileges for work purposes. Those calling privileges are for work-related calls only and will re quire a work PIN number. Residential Internet Service Residential internet has been extend ed until March 31 after which the Joint Venture will be the provider. The Joint Venture transition plan will begin tak ing customer information throughout the month of March to be ready to pro vide service April 1. There is no expected gap in residential internet service at this time. Prior to the anticipated break in onpost telecommunications services, Kwa jalein residents are encouraged to in form off-island relatives of the proper telephone channels to convey emergen cy information to garrison residents. Emergency Contact Numbers The Provost Marshal: (805) 3554445 American Red Cross: (877) 2727337. Detailed calling instructions and con tact information for the American RedCross are also listed on the AFN Roller channel. Preparation Reminder Phone and internet service may be in terrupted for a period of time. For safety and security, garrison residents should plan in advance to communicate with physicians regarding advance needs for prescription medication and personal health supplies. Residents are encouraged to con or distance learning higher education sites that may be impacted by a break in communications service. Residents have to use residential internet for VoIP local or long distance calling Pricing for VoIP Hardware and Service Plans A limited supply of VoIP hardware should be available for purchase at AAFES Feb. 28. The end price for phone and internet service for gar rison residents is as of yet unknown. ON-ISLAND RESIDENTIAL PHONE SERVICE MAY BE TERMINATED WEDNESDAY, FEB. 28. RESIDENTIAL INTERNET SERVICE IS BEING BRIDGED FOR CONTINUED SERVICE MARCH 1. The information in this update is current as of Friday, Feb. 23.


6 WEEKLY WEATHER OUTLOOK WEATHER DISCUSSION: The current pattern is a typical dry sea son trade wind pattern. Surface trade winds are expected to be 1520 knots from the northeast for next several days. Stray to isolated showers coverage through the weekend. Showers will be the short duration, fast moving variety. In the middle next week we may see an increase in showers south of Kwajalein, but for now it appears Kwaja lein will stay on the dry side. So far in February we have received 3.94 inches of rainfall, 158 per cent of normal. The National Weather Service in Guam issued new drought statements for our RMI neighbors to the north and northeast, such as Wotje and Utirik. These atolls did not receive the same ben ered to be in a moderate severity of drought. SATURDAY/SUNDAY/MONDAY FORECAST: Isolated show ers and winds NE at 15-20 knots. MID-WEEK FORECAST: Isolated showers and winds NE at 1520 knots. Possibly scattered showers Wednesday and Thursday but Have something the USAG-KA commander needs to know? Your voice is valued. Call the Commanders Hotline at 51098. As of March 1, 2018 residential phone service on USAG-KA will no longer include the ability to make or receive overseas phone calls. In the event of an emergency, family members can reach USAG-KA residents 24/7 by calling the USAG-KA Provost Marshal Desk at (805) gency and notify the Kwajalein or Roi-Namur resident as soon as pos sible. This service is for emergency calls only and is not to be used for casual phone calls. Another option is the American Red Cross Emergency Communi cations Center, which assists active duty military, reservists, retirees, civilians employed by or under contract to the DoD and stationed OCONUS, and their family residing with them. Red Cross emergency 7337. The caller must have the following information ready for the operator: Personal Information: Full legal name of service member, DoD civilian or government contract employee Rank and Branch of service (if applicable) Full social security number, date of birth and military mailing address If deployed, information about deployed unit and home base unit Emergency details: Name and contact details for the immediate family member experiencing the emergency (parent, spouse, child/grandchild, grandparent, etc.) Nature of the emergency funeral home, etc.) OFF-ISLAND EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION OPTIONS THE USAG-KA SIREN WARNING SYSTEM PENDING DISASTER Two short blasts repeated intervals FIRE RECALL One minute-long blast EVACUATE TO SHELTERS One three-minute warble ALL CLEAR One 20-second blast KPD RECALL One 10-second blast, 10-second pause, 10-sec ond blast, 10-second pause, repeated once.


7 Be a part of the GSES STEM Fes tival! Calling all Science, Technol ogy, Engineering and Math pro fessionals and enthusiasts to set up displays or demonstrations at our STEM Careers Expo March 15. Have a great STEM presenta tion and hands-on activity? Ask about becoming one of our STEM Specialty Session presenters! To participate please contact Heath er Miller at 5-5642 or heather Calling all Singers! IMC Com munity Choir rehearsals will be gin soon for the Sunrise Church Service Easter morning (Sun day, April 1) at Emon Beach. All singers are welcome. Practices will begin soon. For information email Heather at: Small Boat Marina Boat Licens ing Course. Tuesday, March 6 and Thursday, March 8. CRC Room 1 from 6:30 8:30 p.m. All at tendees must pre-register for the class at the Small Boat Marina. Questions, call 53643. Are you new to Kwaj? Do you have kids? Come see us at CYS! Were here to help you and your family! CYS offers services for children ages 6 weeks through 18 years. Central Registration Building 358. Were open from 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Phone: 5-2158. Island Memorial Chapel Interde nominational Service will have a Good Friday Service on Friday, March 30 at 6:15 p.m. in the REB. Everyone is welcome to attend. Island Memorial Chapel Inter denominational Service invites you to attend the Easter Sunrise Service on Sunday, April 1 at 6:30 a.m. on Emon beach. Breakfast will be serviced following ser vices. There will be an 11:00am Easter Service on Sunday, April 1 in the main chapel. HELP WANTED To research and apply for govern ment employment opportunities on U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll and worldwide, visit www. Job Opportunities are available at RTS Weather Station. For full de tails and to apply see http://www. req.#42. San Juan Construction is cur rently hiring for multiple projects on Kwajalein. If your contract is ending and you are interested in continued work on Kwajalein, please see our website at www. for op portunities and to apply or call Tim Hughes, Corporate Recruiter at 970-497-8238. COMMUNITY NOTICES Boys and Girls Club of America Variety Show. Sunday, Feb. 25 7-8 p.m. in the High School MP Room. The Boys and Girls Club of America is preparing to host the annual VARIETY SHOW! All are welcome for a fun and enjoyable night of skits, musical acts, and dances! Questions please contact Michael Hillman at 53796. 2018 YYWC Annual Silent and Live Auction Fundraising Event and Cocktail Party. March 4, 7 p.m. in the MP Room. Tickets are $25. Each ticket includes two drinks (cocktails, beer, wine, soda) and fabulous food by some of Kwajaleins best cooks and cation grants for Marshallese and Micronesian schools! Donations of goods, services and events are needed and appreciated! Con tribute as a business or vendor, on your own, or get together with family or friends to create a basket for auction. Contact Amy Spock at 5-0899 or Kiersta Bailey at ren 5-4692. Island Wide Clean-up. Please de posit household and unwanted yard materials and debris (ex cluding vegetation), curbside for pick-up by Solid Waste and Grounds personnel onbut not beforeMonday, Feb. 26 and Tuesday, Feb. 27 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. SIGN UP FOR A HEALTH WORKSHOP! Mindfulness in the Work place. Learn to become more present and connect ed to your day to day tasks. Group will provide strategies to improve communication with coworkers and supervi sors, learn time management resolution as well as discuss steps to let liberate your highest potential. Meet in the Hospital Conference Room on Wednesday for six weeks starting Feb. 21 through March 28. Call 5-5362 by tendance, leave message if call not answered. Smoking Cessation. Please contact EAP at 5-5362 to en roll in group as it will be built based on interest. Not com fortable with a group setting, individual sessions provided during the workday. UNITED CHECK-IN TIMES ATI 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. Early departures 7:45-8:15 a.m. All other departures 8-8:30 a.m. Yuk Theater Kwajalein 24 February (Double Feature) Daddys Home 2 (PG-13 Murder on the Orient Express (PG-13) 25 February Thank You For Your Service (R) 26 February Three Billboards (R) Tradewinds Theater Roi Namur 24 February Roman J. Israel (PG-13) 25 February The Shape of Water (R) Adult Recreational Center 28 February Three Billboards (R) All features begin at 7:30 p.m. MOVIE SCHEDULE DOWNLOAD A ND SHARE HG PHOTOS AT BASE THEATER PROTOCOL Want to submit a message or the Kwajalein Hourglass? Send your messages and announcement text to kwajafnroller@dyn-intl. com and kwajaleinhour


8 By Sharon Watkins-Lang SMDC Command Historian U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command began January with a celebration of a new beginning with the 60th anniversary of Explorer I. In this date in history, the command will look at the beginning of an end. On this date, Feb. 15, 1976, the U.S. Army Safeguard Command initiated Operation Rocking Force. The project involved a team of personnel. In addition to the military police company at the Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex near Grand Forks, North Dakota, the team included personnel from the U.S. Army Ballistic Missile Defense Systems Command, U.S. Army Forces Command Soldiers from Fort Ri ley, Kansas, and Fort Carson, Colorado and airmen from Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. This operation addressed the removal and disposal of all of the Safeguard missile warhead sections, including all clas removed from each missile or group of missiles, closely moni tored helicopter convoys ferried the equipment to the waiting cargo planes to be transported to various Army depots across the country. According to the original planning documents, this mission would take approximately 14 weeks to complete, or about half of the time designated for the complete removal of the missiles In fact, Operation Rocking Force was completed in 10 weeks. The coordination was extremely successful and realized a cost savings. This helicopter and C-141 operation was conducted in a timely and truly outstanding manager by all Army and Air Force personnel involved, said Maj. Gen Bennett Lewis, com mander, Armament Materiel Command. Coordination be tween Air Force and Mickelsen Safeguard Complex personnel and FORSCOM operating units permitted positioning and depositioning of mission essential equipment and personnel on Military Airlift Command aircraft and afforded completion of airlifts on a an accelerated schedule. pleted on April 29. By early May, all support personnel and equipment had returned to their home stations. At the end of Operation Rocking Force, the MP company was terminated with the personnel assigned to asset protection roles. The next phase began soon thereafter with the removal and storage of the propulsion and control assemblies of the Sprint and Spartan missiles, followed by the 1st and 2nd stage re moval. Per guidance from Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, the entire Sprint and Spartan inventory was to be retained. A total of 149 missiles would be placed in storage marking the end of the Safeguard era.