The Kwajalein hourglass

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The Kwajalein hourglass
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2 THE KWAJALEIN HOURGLASS Contents of the Hourglass are not necessarily Garrison Commander .......Col. James DeOre Jr. Garrison CSM .................. Sgt. Maj. Todd Shirley Communications Manager ........... Jordan Vinson Communications Specialist ... Jessica Dambruch STORM LEADS TO RECORD RAINFALL On May 2, U.S. Army Garrison Kwajalein Atoll received a weather alert from Joel Martin, acting site manager and chief meteorologist for Reagan Test Site weather center regarding a possible tropical storm developing west or northwest of Kwajalein Atoll. In the report, Martin referred to the potential storm as Invest 96W. An Invest is an area of disturbed weather that the Joint Ty phoon Warning Center wants to monitor for potential tropi cal cyclone development. According to the report, some westwind threats were possible within the next 48-72 hours, and the JTWC was monitoring Kwajaleins radar, weather balloon, surface data and high-resolution satellite. Later that evening, the rain began and didnt stop all night. puddles as the population of Kwajalein began their day com muting to work and school wearing ponchos and rain gear. By ed roadways and causing some minor roof leaks in buildings around the island. As water accumulated, USAG-KA issued a Roller channel. Lagoon road, the main route running through the middle of the island, was one of the worst affected by the continued at 10 a.m. Scheduled incoming military and commer possible break in the storm. An hour later, USAG-KA Emergency Alternate routes were offered to travelers, and the community was reminded to avoid driving a vehicle or bicycle through any Capt. Brian Stevens, director of USAG-KA Emergency Services. The intensity of the storm continued into the afternoon, lead ing DES to request that personnel working on the south end of the island leave the area and proceed to the north end of Kwaja lein, before all roads were impassable and closed for safety. Once barricades are in place, the only vehicles allowed adding that travelers should never attempt to go around bar Heavy rains made areas of Kwajalein unsafe for travel May 3. A record 10.97 inches of rainfall led USAG-KA Command to close several thoroughfares and portions of Lagoon Road. A utility road near the Kwjalein Yacht Club is partially submerged by water (courtesy of David Seelye). Courtesy of David Seelye


3 EMERGENCY DREDGING AND FILLING ACTIVITY An emergency cleanout of the storm water drainage out fall pipe at Camp Hamilton occurred on 3 May to facilitate Due to the sand/sediment disturbance in the area, the poten between the Kwajalein Power Plant and Coral Sands until 10 ricades in any situation. USAG-KA Command Sergeant Major Todd Shirley said he is very proud of the actions of Public Works and DES personnel throughout the weather event. I know of several people and groups working Wednesday I appreciate and thank everyone who was proactive to help us prepare for this extreme weather, and volunteering to help According to Martin, Kwajalein received 12.05 inches of rain fall during the entire month of April 2018. The storm on May 3 set a new local record for the month of May, with 10.97 inches within a 24 hour period. That amount beat the old May record of 8.35 inches set in In his follow-up weather report, Martin explained that a shear line (the name for old mid-latitude frontal boundar ies) pushed down into the tropical region of Kwajalein Atoll. The shear line is made up of a chain of small circulations that stretched from Kwajalein all the way eastward past Hawaii. hunter, has spent most of his career tracking weather in the Pa cal storm, it still had some power behind it. It was impressive for a start-up storm, but tropical storms like to be perfectly straight up and down, and the upper level Martin. We (Kwajalein) were lucky because we didnt have heavy wind and waves to go with the heavy rain. We got wind gusts around 30 knots, but we were watching winds at Illegani As a reminder for all residents of USAG-KA, please review your emergency preparedness plan with your family and coworkers, and be aware of designated shelter locations listed in the phonebook to be prepared for future weather situa tions. May (Thursday). Contact 5-1134. Ekar wor juon emergency nan karreoik baib in bedkat eo ilo Camp Hamilton, im ear komman ilo May 3 raan nan bareinwot kajjeon jolok bedkat ko ilo Airport eo im ijoko rebaake Airport eo. Kin menin, emaron kar wor ajeded in Ciguatera baijin ilo bok ko turin Camp Hamilton. Jouj im jab enwod eek ko lojet ikotan Power Plant im Coral Sands nan raan in Taije (Thurs 1 2 3 4 Pictures of the rain poured in from the Kwajalein community: 1) A lone pedestrian wades through deep water near the Kwajalein Yacht Club (courtesy of Michael Mitchell). 2) The rain is no problem for two fowl near this back road at Camp Hamilton (courtesy


4 1 2 3 CREATIVE JOURNEYS AT KHS ART GALLERY Kwajaleins high school opened its doors to the garrison April 28 for a Kwajalein Jr.-Sr. High School art show, featuring pieces created by students in grades seven through 12. The Spartan Expresso brew crew was on hand to ply exhibit guests with caf feine and sweets before ushering the loose crowd toward tables festooned with Day of the Dead skull renditions, self-portraits, utilitarian pottery pieces 1) A visitor to the student gallery checks out a wall of colorful student work. 2) Original student artwork. 3) Kwajalein Schools' Art Teacher Jane Christy is the creative mastermind behind the KHS Spring Art Show. U.S. Army photos by Jordan Vinson 1) Mike Sakaio and Palepa Smith play during Masina McCol lum's annual hula dance review, April 39. 2) Heather Ardrey and Mallory Masciarelli wait in the wings to perform at the MP Room. 3) Bearing leafy green leis, the wahine, the adult women's dance team, perform for the Kwajalein community at the hula review. U.S. Army photos by Jessica Dambruch WE GOT YOUR GOOD SIDE. Check out the Kwajalein Hourglass Flickr and the next episode of the Kwaj Current TV Show on channel 29-1. and paintings of faraway lands. Longtime Kwajalein Schools Art Teacher Jane Christy took a moment to sum up the experience. This year our theme is journey, and as you can see around the room we have [depictions of] travels from everywhere Its amazing art that my kids made, and KHS Junior Kaya Sylvesters self-por trait was one of several that stood out to guests. She took a moment to explain the meaning behind the painting. Basically, Ive always wanted to look up so I can look forward. Because said, explaining that the painting but tresses anticipation for the future with a representation of candor, aka saying what you mean and being yourself. The painting depicts a glowing ter added. So that people can know that when I talk I let my personality


5 1 3 4 5 KWAJ GETS CRAFTY AT ART GUILD FAIR Ryan Brocksmith is Kwaj-ready for Halloween with carved and painted coconut jack o'lanterns. 2 More than gathered at Kwajalein Jr.-Sr. High School April 30 for the 2018 rainstorm during the event, vendors spent the afternoon with a steady stream of shoppers in search of the treasures of Kwaj. The annual shopping opportunity is also a showcase of Kwa industrial artists bedecked tables with bright colored beads, works of original art, collectibles, t-shirts, wooden crafts and upcoming painting classes around the island. riety of fun gift and home dcor items available for sale, includ ing painted driftwood and holiday ornaments made from sea shells and found objects. To sweeten the afternoon, Girl Scout Troop 801 shared cookie samples with customers and offered boxes for a donation. One table stood out with an eerie display of bright orange jack olantern coconuts. said artisan Ryan Brocksmith of his project. More information about upcoming art class opportunities will 1) James Corder and Scott Hill talk art classes with Kwajalein Art Guild President Debbie Carr at the 2018 Arts and Crafts Fair. 2) Rita Pyne discusses original jewelry design with patrons in the MP Room. 3) From left, Veronica Moos, Meg Ardrey and Kwajalein Girl Scout Troop Cookie Manager Stephanie Sandige ening services at the 2018 Spring Kwajalein Art Guild Craft Fair. 5) Meredith Egge checks out a table of jewelry at the MP Room. 6) Nikki Maxwell crafts necklaces, bracelets and wearable art. 6 U.S. Army photos by Jessica Dambruch


6 (intact) shall not be accumulated for recycling for longer than six months (180 days.) Ekkar nan Standard ko an USAKA Environmental: Lead-acid bat tery ko emoj air jerbal aikuj la bel kon date (allon, raan, iio). Lead-acid battery ko emoj air jerbal (intact/ejelok jorraan ie/ emaron recycle), ejjjab aijuj bed aitok lak jen jiljino allon (180 raan) nan an maron recycle. must sign-up and pick-up a mo dem at Building 806, DynCorp Help Desk. Questions, call 5-3000. Community Bank needs your coins! Community Bank is very low on coin money right now due to a delay in their coin shipment. The bank is asking customers to exchange their coins for paper bills. Coin wrappers are available free at the bank for customers to roll their money for exchange. LUNCH DINNER Sunday Prime Ribs Cornish Hens Mashed Potatoes Thursday Lemon Baked Fish Swiss Steak Buttered Potatoes May 12 Herbed Cornish Hens Swedish Meatballs Oven Potatoes Thursday Salisbury Steak Fried Rice Buttered Noodles Friday Chicken Fajitas Spanish Rice Refried Beans Friday Cantonese Spare Ribs Baked Trout Mashed Potatoes Monday Braised Beef Cubes Fried Tilapia Basmati Rice Wednesday Beef and Broccoli Fried Rice Oriental Stir Fry Monday Breaded Pork Chop Yankee Pot Roast Mashed Potatoes Sunday Chicken Parmesan Baked Fish Steamed Broccoli Tuesday Parmesan Baked Fish Oven Potatoes Steamed Rice Wednesday Chicken Broccoli Alfredo Beef Stew White Rice Tuesday Orange Chicken Fried Rice Fried Cabbage May 12 Grilled Ribeye Steak Fried Shrimp Baked Potatoes Captain Louis S. Zamperini Cafeteria *MENU CURRENT AS OF MAY 4 Triathlon Monday, May 7! Checkin for athletes is 4 p.m. at Emon to register or volunteer as race time Staff, please contact Bob and Jane Sholar, H: 5-1815. This is a child friendly event and not a sprint triathlon for adults. The Optometrist, Dr. Chris Yama moto visit Kwajalein's patients May 13-24. Call Hospital for eye exam appointment at 5-2223/52224. hospital. Please call 5-5362 to schedule an appointment. We of fer support to any resident, em ployee or dependent. Contestants in the Biggest Loser competition are continuing to make tremendous changes! Win nie the Pooh continues to lead the men with 7.31% loss and behind the women, Betty Boop has 5.88 % loss and Mulan has 5.63%. frustrated or unsure of how to communicate with your teen ager? Join other parents for a 6 week parenting group. 08 May thru 12 June, meet every Tues day from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Call pation. HELP WANTED To research and apply for govern ment employment opportunities on U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll and worldwide, visit www. Staff Environmental Technician (Remediation) on USAG-KA. Please forward email or resume to COMMUNITY NOTICES 30th Annual Ballroom Dinner Dance. Sunday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the MP Room. Hosted by the talented Kwajalein HS Stage Band. Evening includes catered dinner and dancing with live music provided by the band. Tickets are $45. Proceeds fund the KHS band program. Contact Kyle Miller for tickets: 5-1167 or Cinco de Mayo Bash by MWR. Sat urday, May 5 at the Ocean View Club with live performances by Ballistic Love and the Atomic Playboys. Music starts around 9 p.m. Adults only. MWR Cinco de Mayo in the Grace Sherwood Library (Building and snacks start around 5:30 p.m. Movie starts around 6 p.m. Luncheon. Sunday, May 6 at 12:30 pm. in the REB. All ladies are invited to join us for a deli previous year, some fun activities and goodies to take home. Invite a friend and join us on Questions, call Charissa at 5-1899. E-Wareness: Recycling of LeadAcid Batteries. Per USAKA Envi ronmental Standards: Spent leadacid batteries shall be labeled by date. Spent lead-acid batteries EOD OPERATIONS FRIDAY, MAY 11 EOD will be conducting operations at UXO site "Shark Pit" from approximately 9-11 a.m. Friday, May 11. The area will be off limits until the operations are complete. NEED A CHEESEBURGER IN PARADISE? AAFES Food Court and American Eatery have new hours. FOOD COURT AMERICAN EATERY Ferdinand (PG-13) Saturday, May 5 6 p.m. in Library (#805) Coco (PG) Sunday, May 6 7:30 p.m. in CRC Rm. #6 12 Strong (R) Monday, May 7 7:30 p.m. in CRC Room #6 Thor Ragnarok (PG-13) Saturday, May 5 7 p.m. at Tradewinds Theater Justice League (PG-13) Sunday, May 6 7 p.m. at Tradewinds Theater KWAJALEIN MOVIES ROI MOVIES


7 May 12 Chicken and Rice Soup Baked Pork Chops Oven Potatoes May 12 Cream of Broccoli Soup Steamed Rice Pepper Steak Friday Roast Pork Cantonese Spareribs Parslied Noodles Sunday Cheeseburger Soup Roast Turkey Pork Adobo Thursday Chicken Chili Soup Lemon Baked Fish Buttered Potatoes Thursday Fried Chicken Night French Onion Soup Salisbury Steak Friday Chicken Tortilla Soup Beef Fajitas Spanish Rice Monday Baked Chicken Steamed Rice Wednesday Chicken Gumbo Soup BBQ Chicken Sunday Vegetable Soup Chicken Parmesan Baked Salmon Monday Chicken Noodle Soup Breaded Pork Chops Yankee Pot Roast Tuesday Taco Tuesday Cream of Potato Soup Parmesan Baked Fish Wednesday Steak Night Grilled Pork Chops White Rice Tuesday Beef Noodle Soup Oragne Chicken Beef Lo Mein LUNCH DINNER Caf Roi *MENU CURRENT AS OF MAY 4 WEEKLY WEATHER LOOKOUT RECORD RAIN. We recorded a record one-day rainfall for the month of May, with 10.97 inches of rain on Thursday, May 3. That amount beat the old May record of 8.35 inches set in 1980. However, we were still short of the all-time Kwajalein one-day rainfall record of 17.15 inches set in 1972. CHANGING WEATHER PATTERN. The tropical atmosphere produced the heavy rain event in the south atoll. A shear line, the fancy name for old mid-latitude frontal boundaries, pushed down into our tropical region. The shear line is made up of a chain of small circulations that stretched from over us all the way eastward past Hawaii. One of those small counterclockwise circulations started to gain energy and intensify just south of the atoll as it moved northwest. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center for potential tropical cyclone development. JTWC and our team of RTS meteorologists monitored high-resolution satellite, our S-band weather radar, weather balloons, and surface wind and weather sensors we have positioned throughout the atoll. We were fortunate that upper-level winds slowed development of Invest 96W and prevented the system from organizing more quickly. Had it organized, we would have faced higher winds and possible west winds and swells, in addition to the record rains. OUTLOOK. The week ahead looks much improved. A new circu lation, Invest 97W, has developed further west of 96W and pulls much of the rainfall and energy westward as it consolidates. The old shear-line boundary may still become active and give us a few waves of heavier showers, but in general the week ahead looks partly sunny to mostly cloudy with average rainfall and SATURDAY/SUNDAY/MONDAY FORECAST: Partly to mostly cloudy at times and isolated showers likely. A few periods of heavier showers cannot be ruled out. Stray thunderstorms re with gusts generally below 30 knots. MID-WEEK FORECAST: Partly to mostly cloudy and isolated We are in a transition season and weak closed circulations can suddenly build to produce the kind of threat we had this past week. It is important to know procedures in the event of westissues. Our real rainy season is still ahead! Our weather team will keep the TV Weather Roller updated and is always available at 5-3347 if you need additional information.


8 AG-KA Facebook page and YouTube channel. For command information questions, please contact Public Affairs at 54848. VISIT USAG-KA ONLINE. THE NUMBER OF CASES OF INAPPROPRIATE VE HICLE USE HAS STEADILY INCREASED ACROSS THE GARRISON and USAG-KA wants all personnel to be aware of the proper and legitimate use of ve hicles to prevent waste of resources and abuse of privileges. Other than the MWR rental vehicles, use only. Use of work vehicles to travel between your home and place of employment, to trans port non-personnel, to run personal errands, to to retail establishments, dining facilities, the gym, the bank, or the food court is prohibited. Transpor tation of personnel or dependents to or from the airport is also prohibited, unless the traveler is on hol in a work vehicle is also prohibited. Personnel who misuse vehicles may be subject to adverse personnel action by their employer or adverse ad ministrative action by the Command.