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 An extension to the current residential phone service has been approved. Current res idential phone service will remain as is until such time as an alternative to local on-island calling and long distance calling is available. Way ahead: Joint Venture internet service will replace long distance calling through the use of customer provided VOIP or WiFi call ing equipment. We are currently looking for a solution to the on-island or local calling ser vice. One option is to provide that service to the residents through a contracted provider similar to the Joint Venture internet service. Key and essential or on-call residents will services in quarters. For more information regarding key and essential authorization contact USAG-KA DPTMS at 5-1403. (As of March 9.) LETTER FROM THE COMMANDER March 8, 2018 Dear Team Kwajalein Atoll, Thank you for your support as we over come the challenges of changing the largest contract force on the atoll. We have talked about this mammoth under taking for several years but only recently With your help, we made a great deal of of where we are. Some sage words from my mom that I often recall are: This too shall pass, and of course it will. It is very exciting to see what the com bination of years of experience execut ing missions on Kwajalein Atoll, coupled with a new set of skills and talents, will mean for us. There is a plethora of op portunity and potential for continued greatness. What I am most thankful for in this area is the almost legendary ability of the Kwajalein community to incorporate new team members. That is something I am sure we can all get behind. Remem ber to welcome our new teammates. our country. Thank you to everyone for the strong attendance at the town hall meeting held by Lt. Gen. James Dickinson, the com manding general of United States Space and Missile Defense Command. Dickinsons tour re-enforced his knowledge of our concerns and was an enlightening and powerful reminder of the contributions you all make daily. Thank you also to everyone who helped make Dickinsons visit to the atoll a suc cess. A highlight for Dickinson was his tour of the USAV Worthy. It was a tour both he and I greatly enjoyed. A big thank you to the crew. We have more special guests arriving next week. Dr. Christine Altendorf and Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Schmidt, the director and command sergeant ma jor of United States Army Installation (IMCOM) will be with us for most of the week. They are responsible for all instal and South Korea. Dr. Altendorf and Schmidt are also our advocates. They are intimately involved in supporting our community. If you have the opportunity, please chat with them when you see them. It is their de sire to hear from you. We remain, as ever, in a constant state of change. Please bear with us as we es tablish solutions to our challenges. We some service delivery, including resi dential internet. That solution is being developed here on the island right now. Low cost, high bandwidth is the goal but I have not yet seen the data. We will follow up as soon as possible and keep the community informed. We still search for a hardwired solution to on-island calling. We do not have an an swer yet, but we are investigating sev eral options. There are many concerns. However, maintaining our communica tion services is a priority. I encourage everyone to extend their hand in friendship to our new team members. There are lots of new faces on the island and there will be new experi ences for us to share together. Welcome them and integrate them into the team. We will only be stronger for the experi ence. Sincerely, COL Jim DeOre


3 1) Mark Nickless, USAG-KA MWRs new golf course manager, takes a moments break from the heat. 2) Richie Kilinek works the areator. 3) Nickless works with Peter Aron to grade and sand part of the green to improve grass coverage. 4) IAP Roads, Grounds and Custodial Supervisor Bill Hadley, left, and Nickless talk turf as they explore options to develop the top notch potential of the golf course. MWR GOLFER CHARTS NEW COURSE AT FAIRWAYS 1 2 3 4 Take a walk with Mark Nickless and youll learn a thing or two. Kwajaleins newest renaissance man is also our new golf course manager. These days Mark Nickless spends his days out in the sun on the greenbut with IAP personnel about landscaping. If hes not there, Nickless is aerating the ground, treating the grass, leveling the turf or training the members of his MWR crew in the proper care of the spacious green he sees in his minds eye. One might say Nickless is a down-to-earth guy. He spends much of his time focused on agronomy with his hands in the soil, but hes focused on the future. As Nickless coaxes the grounds of the Kwajalein Golf Course and Country Club into their future splendor, hes shaping the future of USAG-KA golf. As part of MWRs work on the garrison, the Coun try Club and golf course will receive a redesign and facelift to make the facilities more accessible and en joyable for island residents. Nickless is an integral picked his profession as part of a zombie apocalypse survival plan. Nickless is multilingual and has traveled the globe to work with new golfers and pros who want to hone their skills. He can work with anyone, Nickless says, who is willing to be moved to learn a new skill. Its all about the thinking, said Nickless. In or der to pick up something new, you really have to be moving. Its a kinesthetic skill. Its all about main taining practice. Coming soon to the golf course, Nickless hopes to develop a driving range with late hours to give the community a chance to do some more practice. Soon hell add classes and workshops to his to-do list to The vision to transform the green is already in progress. Now the community needs more golfers to enjoy the space. Interested to meet Nickless and work on your golf skills? This weekend, Nickless invites golf enthusi asts and novices down to the course March 11 and tune skills. Workshops will begin at 5 p.m. and a cash bar will be available during the event. U.S. Army photos by Jessica Dambruch LETTER FROM THE COMMANDER


4 TURBO TURTLES WIN 1) Masina McCollum charges after Bill Williamson during the 2018 championship game. 2) Its an all-out splash battle as Turbo Turtle and Chargoggagoggmancha duke it out in the deep end. 3) Brian Charlton, left, makes a lunge for the ball. 4) Go Turbo Turtle or go home: The 2018 victors proudly display their 2018 trophy. 1 2 3 4 The Family Pool was the place to be Saturday, March 3, as the Turbo Turtles blasted through the 2018 Water Polo Championship game to defeat Chargog gagoggmancha. The green team plowed through the competition and took home the 2018 co of 43-30 points. To compound their success, the team has additional bragging rights: Two of its workhorse teammates were top scor ers during 2018. Bruce Premo literally towers over the season with a stagger ing 133 points and team lead Bill Wil liamson, with 84 points. Following the game, the team gathered for a group photo with all of the trophies theyve won for past seasons. U.S. Army photos by Jessica Dambruch


5 FUNDS AT YYWC AUCTION 1) Master of Ceremonies Tim Roberge, left, and YYWC Basket Auction Chair Kiersta Bailey encourage Kwaj residents to donate during the evenings live auction. 2) Thanks Kwajalein Atoll Commander Col. James DeOre and Debbie DeOre enjoy a night on the town with the community. 4) Grant Day scans the basket auction to check out the bidding competition in the Kwajalein Jr.-Sr. High School MP Room. 1 2 3 4 The Kwajalein community showed its generosity at the Annual Yokwe Yuk Womens Club Basket Auction fundraiser event in the Kwajalein Jr.-Sr. High School MP Room March 4. More than $40,000 in proceeds was raised during the course of the nights activities is used to fund education grants for schools in the Republic of the Mar shall Islands and throughout the Feder ated States of Micronesia. The funds are used by the schools to purchase printers, curriculum, building materials and elec tronics to support school improvements and classroom learning. During the evening there were several opportunities for residents to enjoy giv ing. After paying a visit to the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) cash bar and dining on appetizers and desserts donated by the islands cooks and chefs, the chance to win some of the $17,000 in swag and merchandise donated by individuals and the islands private or ganizations. Many residents kept a close watch on gift baskets and other items entered into the popular silent basket auction. YYWC Basket Auction Chair Ki ersta Bailey and Master of Ceremonies Tim Roberge took the stage to cajole residents into a friendly bidding war with their neighbors in a live auction for dinners, snacks, arts and crafts and other prizes. Residents who attended last year saw a familiar object onstage. Wilson, the Castaway was donated back to the auc tion by last years winner, Christa Wing with Kwaj resident Jonathan Bradley. As the magical evening came to an end, Bailey thanked all those in attendance. The success of the night was all due to the volunteers and residents who gave of their time and energy to make the event come together, said Bailey. It takes a community to make this happen, said Bailey. It was great to see our community come together. I feel nothing but gratitude to our community for everyones help. U.S. Army photos by Jessica Dambruch


6 AFN 99.9 THE WAVE March 1, 2018, the USAG-KA Public Af St. Patricks Day Celebration March 17, 7 p.m. at the Ocean View Club presented by USAG-KA MWR Get your green on at the USAG-KA MWR St. Patricks Day Celebration at the Ocean View Club. All adults are invited to attend. Enjoy a selection of refreshing green beers and some festive activities! Check out the AFN Roller Channel and next weeks Hourglass for details. IMCOM TO REDESIGN USAG-KA CLUBS U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll enjoyed a recent visit from United States Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM), Interior Designer Yunyong Mun. The designer visited the atoll last week to meet with personnel with USAGKA Command, MWR (Morale, Welfare and Recreation) and Community Ac tivities to tour amd assess the garrisons clubs. In the future, island residents will be able to enjoy Muns work at the Ocean View Club and the Kwajalein Country Club, the two club facilities the designer is currently focusing on. Her visit precedes a visit from other IMCOM staff to continue discussion of the project. You can do so much with little, said Mun. She emphasized that an impor tant part of the project will be to make the spaces multifunctional for island residents to enjoy various kinds of events. She said this goal can be accom plished economically. Those improvements are: expanded interior spaces for both the Ocean View Club; fresh colorful paint, new lighting and ceiling fans for the interiors of both clubs; completely new interior bar area for the Ocean View Club and a new outdoor bar on the patio at the Ocean View Club; and upgraded bath rooms at both facilities. Kwajalein needs a nightlife, said Mun. I am not a lighting designer, but light is so important in this process. It creates an atmosphere. The designer described how improvements made to the islands spaces will also depend upon budgeting and materials. The salty air on the atoll poses its own challenges for re-envisioning the spaces, said Mun. Her previous design work can be seen on Army bases throughout the Asiamented, something that she describes as deeply satisfying. Speaking of her visit, Mun enjoyed her brief stay on the atoll and found the area appealing. It has a beauty, a peace thats all its own, Mun said. More information on the exciting redesign of Kwajaleins Clubs will be found in future editions of the Kwajalein Hourglass. Interior Designe r Yunyong Mun share ideas for the Kwajalein clubs redesign project. U.S. Army photo by Jessica Dambruch


7 U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll Volunteer Recognition Event Kwajalein Jr.-Sr. High School MP Room Saturday, March 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m. is scheduled for March 31, 2018 at the Kwajalein High School MP Room from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Re as individuals and in group categories. Everyone is invited to attend and show their appreciation teers to improve our community. GSES STEM Festival March 15. Calling all Science, Technology, En gineering and Math professionals and enthusiasts to set up displays or demonstrations. To participate please contact Heather Miller at 5-5642 or heathershawmiller@ National Honor Society Decades Diner. 5:308:30 p.m. March 18. Pods will be sold 4-6 p.m. March 6 and March 13 in front of the Shopette. Questions? Email Kel lie Reed at Calling all junior and senior high school students to join us for Youth Fellowship! Middle School Youth Fellowship will meet at 3:30 p.m. in the elementary school gym on March 5 and 19. High School Youth Fellowship will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the REB on March 12 and 26. Contact Wes or Cher Kirk or Alex Coleman for more information. Please join us for Catholic Holy Week and Easter Services in the main sanctuary of the Island Me morial Chapel. All are welcome! Palm Sunday Mass, Sunday, March 25 at 9:15 a.m. Mass of the Lords Last Supper, Thursday, March 29 at 7 p.m. Adoration of the Cross, Friday, March 30 at 7 p.m. Easter Vigil, Saturday, March 31 at 7 p.m. Easter Morning Mass, Sunday, April 1 at 9:15 a.m. 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 a.m. Easter Service on Sunday, April 1 in the main chapel. Health Workshop: Smoking Cessation. Please contact EAP at 5-5362 to enroll in group as it will be built based on interest. Not comfortable with a group setting, individual sessions pro vided during the workday. Calling all Singers! IMC Com 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. tion. Contact Diane Peters at (805) 355-0939 for more information. San Juan Construction is current ly 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. Space Fence is hiring for multiple on-island positions. Please inquire with COMMUNITY NOTICES 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 six weeks through 18 years old. Cen tral Registration Building 358. Were open from 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Phone: 5-2158. Christian Womens Fellowship March Luncheon. Bring a friend and join us from 12:30-2 p.m,. at the REB Sunday, March 11 for lunch and our special keynote speaker: missionary Katie Sud erno! Questions, call Charissa at 5-1889. Kwajalein Scuba Club March Meeting. Wednesday, March 14 at 7 p.m. at the Emon Beach AFrame pavilion. New divers wel come! 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: Christian Womens Fellowship Prayer Quilt Ministry is looking for quilters! Meets Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. in the REB. We are accepting donations of fabric (long pieces) for lap quilts. Con for more information. KRS Safety is now located at Fa cility 1017. Contact phone num bers remain the same. Lifeguard Classes. Session Dates: April 8-9, 15-16, 2018. Classes Dates: Tuesday, March 20 Pre requisite LG Skills Tests 5-7 p.m.; Sunday, April 8 8 a.m. 5 p.m.; Monday, April 9 8 a.m. 5 p.m.; Sunday, April 15 8 a.m. 5p.m.; Monday, April 16 8 a.m. 5 p.m. Cost: $150 (includes online class, tion fees). Registration: Tuesday, March 6 Saturday, March 17. Course fee due Saturday, March 24. For questions and registration, contact Cliff at 5-2848. Partici pants must be at least 15 years old. Seeking donations for the Book Fair! Please donate gently used or new books (children, teen and adult), puzzles or games for the Book Fair to be held at George Seitz Elementary School Wednes day, April 11 and Thursday, April 12. Donations can be dropped off now through April 6. Yuk Theater Kwajalein March 11 Downsizing (R) March 12 Father Figure (R) Tradewinds Theater Roi Namur March 10 Girls Trip (R) March 11 Thank You For Your Service (R) All features begin at 7:30 p.m. MOVIE SCHEDULE


8 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. SCHOOL ADVISORY COMMITTEE March 21, 2018 at 7 p.m. George Seitz Elementary School Coconut Room ORGANIZATION REPRESENTATIVES Alutiiq Representative Yoshi Kemem USACE Representative Mike Howe KRS Representative (Mission) Jim Bishop DI Representative Veronica Moos MIT Representative Stacey ORourke RiKatak Family Representative Eric Corder PTO Representative Kiersta Bailey Teacher Represented Kyle Miller USAG-KA Representative Brad Reed RTS Representative Gary Kohler Education Services Representative Julia Sektnan julia.m.sektnan.civ@ School Administration Susan Davis Heres a handy map to all 17 AFN TV channels available to USAG-KA residents. 14-1: Local Roller (LOCAL) / Roi, channel ? 14-2: Local Weather (LOCAL) / Roi, channel ? 14-3: AFN News (LIVE) / Roi, channel ? 17-1: AFN Sports (LIVE) (HD) / Roi channel ? 20-2: DTS (LIVE) / Roi, channel ? 20-4: AFN Movie (LIVE / Roi, channel ? 23-2: AFN Spectrum (LIVE) / Roi, channel ? 23-3: AFN Family (LIVE) / Roi, channel ? 23-4: AFN Sports 2 (LIVE) / Roi, channel ? 29-1: Kwajalein TV (LOCAL) / Roi, channel ? There are eight AFN channels that we receive via satellite from the AFN Headquarters in California. They are in bold type above. Those eight channels are broadcast live. Five of those channels (Prime Atlantic, Spectrum, Movie, Fam nels so as to align prime time programming with the evening hours locally on Kwajalein Atoll. Its the exact same content only delayed. Those delayed channels are in italic type above. The other off-island live channel is a separate, special channel: AFN DTS (Direct to Sailor), which exists in its own category. It is on 20-2. It is underlined above. Finally, there are also three local channels: Kwajalein TV, the new local access channel; the roller channel; and the weather channel. They are listed in normal type above. -----------------AFN provides programming schedules for the eight live chan nels coming in from AFN-California and also for the one DTS gamming schedules are? Go straight to the source to get the most accurate, real-time programming for these channels at www. *Note, AFN does not provide scheduling informa tion for the locally delayed channels or the local channels. Be sure to click Current Time Zone at the top right of the my homepage, and select the Kwajalein Atoll time zone in the dropdown box. In the AFN TV menu at left, click on Schedules, and youre all set. Just select the date youre looking for by hitting the calendar icon at the top right of the screen, and all program ming for all channels are presented. The one exception is the AFN DTS (Direct to Sailor) channel. age. Click DTS SCHEDULES under the AFN TV heading at the left of the page. Under the DTS heading (not the AFN head searching for.In the Excel spreadsheet that opens, make sure you There is your programming for the entire week. Understand into consideration. For example, midnight on Kwajalein is 5 a.m. on the spreadsheet. If you have questions, call AFN Kwajalein at 53743 or 52114. GUIDE TO AFN TELEVISION CONTENT ON USAG-KA