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 WORK HARD, PLAY HARDER SAYS FMWR EVENTS COORDINATOR Activities for the whole Family!Its all Sun & Games! U.S. Army GarrisonKwajalein Atolls Family & Morale, Wel fare and Recreation Event Coordinator Donna Pickard is ready to help Kwajalein residents work hard and play harder with some great ideas. I love learning new things and bringing people together, said Pickard in a recent interview with the Kwajalein Hour glass. It doesnt take much to have fun. All you need is good people and creative thinking. Pickard's passion for adventure and warm weather led her to depart her native Philadelphia in search of the sun. "I never wanted to rake, shovel or scrape anything ever again," said Pickard of the move. Before arriving on Kwajalein, the event coordinator traveled to 28 countries and 45 states. She also lived and worked in Hawaii for 25 years and acclimated to the quirks of island life. Pickard looks forward to helping island residents make the most of their experience in the atoll with new activities and events. She also plans to build volunteer opportunities at the Grace Sherwood Library. Pickard hopes customers will enjoy the Memorial Day Beach Bash Tuesday, May 29 at Emon Beach from 3-6 p.m. The theme is "all sun and games." "Well have everything," said Pickard. "There will be paddle boats, freestyle dancing, a slip and slide and bounce houses. Its going to be great. What does Pickard have in store for the Kwaj community? I love games, she said. Id like to open the library to com munity game nights and even get photo tours going for Kwaj residents to practice taking great photos of their beautiful is land home. Pickard said her life philosophy guides a great part of her work here on Kwajalein. "You can't take life too seriously," said Pickard. "You have to live it and make room to have fun. Love where you live and love your job." For more information about the latest events, activities and island rentals, contact USAG-KA FMWR at 5-3331. U.S. Army photo by Jessica Dambruch Follow U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll FMWR on Facebook to receive the latest updates on class schedules, community athletics, rentals, regis tration, events and fun activities.


3 On Monday morning at about 10 a.m., a packed crowd faced the east wall of the Island Memorial Chapel. A curtain fell to reveal the communi tys memorial to the servicemen whose 50 years agoa 15 by 5-foot com memorative stained glass memorial window. The window's construction was funded by private donations from the USAKA community. The Beginning In early 1993 Lt. Col. Steven Thomas asked Capt. Joe Snodgrass, who dabbles in stained glass, about making a window in the chapel for the commemoration. A Commemorative Window Commit tee headed by Snodgrass formed and de glass window that represented the bat tles of Kwajalein Atoll. Kwajalein Resi dent Bill Thygerson proposed a kneeling soldier and Snodgrass wife, Jeanne, sug gested using real dog tags in the window. Assisted by Jackie Siple, local artist Malyn England sketched the concept. Del England wrote the inscription. Beverly Field adapted the sketch into a full-scale stained glass pattern. Realizing that the scope of the proj ect exceeded his expertise, Snodgrass sought a professional artist and found Larry Koscho, who restored the windows in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace, the oldest building in Honolulu. With a design and an artist, the proj ect was almost ready to go but it lacked funding. Johnson Controls World Ser vices had offered to donate the funds for the window. However, a legal ruling pro hibited the donation because of the con tract rebid. The committee began solicit ing funds in August and by mid-January 1994 had reached its goal. Dog Tags The committee was also successful in its quest for dog tags. Richard Allen Sax 4th Marine Division, donated his dog tag. Unable to attend the commemoration, Saxon sent his dog tag to atoll friends Bill and Theresa Williamson. James E. Reaves donated a second tag. The father of resident Ann Brown, Reaves water demolition team in the 4th Marine Division that cleared the approaches to Roi and other islands. Reaves was trans ferred to Kwajalein during the battle and was injured in an underwater explosion. A third dog tag bears the name Johnny G. Ballew (#3, 56 09 44). Conrad Naskone found the tag at Roi-Namur in 1991. De spite extensive research no one has been Ballew. The dog tags were soldered onto the window after its installation. The Window In less than three months Koscho and his assistant Randy Bennett devoted over 1,000 hours to construct the windows four stained glass panels in Honolulu. The panels arrived on Kwajalein with out a scratch. Koscho and Bennett, with the assistance of JCWS personnel, in stalled the panels in late January. The window was covered until the unveiling. 1944 Pieces of Glass Made of 1,944 pieces of glass, 12 pounds of solder and 300 yards of lead stripping, the window weighs almost 800 pounds. Laminated windshield glass mounted on the outside protects the panels from the salty air. The window depicts a kneeling soldier with dog tags in hand against a radiant the United States and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Throughout the win dow are the hourglass unit emblems for the 7th Infantry Division and the number four in a red diamond, emblem of the 4th Marine Division. Also in the background The scroll at the bottom of the window reads In memoriam to those gallant freedom at Kwajalein, 50th Anniversary, February 1944. Snodgrass presented the upper half of a duplicate inscription panel to Reaves at the unveiling ceremo ny Monday. Bill and Theresa Williamson accepted the lower portion of the panel for Saxon. The commemorative window is locat ed in the east wall of the Island Memo ria Chapel where it catches the morning light. The chapel, an historic site, is one of the oldest structures on the island of Kwajalein. It was constructed in 1944 from salvaged material. At night, ceiling lights illuminate the window to provide a memorial residents and visitors can see 24-hours a day. This Memorial Day weekend The Kwajalein Hourglass honors members of the armed services and pays special tribute to those who fell in the line of duty on Kwajalein Atoll. Originally published on February 12, 1994, this news story covered the island's newest war memorial designed to honor these brave men: the stained glass window in the Island Memorial Chapel. Today we are pleased to share that story as written by former Associate Editor Jane Toma. *Editor's Notes: When this article was written, U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll (USAG-KA) was known as U.S. Army-Kwajalein Atoll (USA KA). The Bill Williamson referenced is the same Bill Williamson who PCS'd in April 2018 and 24 years later, the stained glass window still casts its colored light on Kwajalein Atoll and those who visit the Island Memorial Chapel. MILITARY MEMORIAL WINDOW BRINGS CROWDS TO IMC CHAPEL U.S. Army photo by Kim Warner


4 SEND US YOUR ANNOUNCEMENTS. Need to send an announcement to the Kwajalein community? Send your message to and to appear in the Kwa jalein Hourglass and on the AFN roller channel. For more information, please call 5-2114. 50 YEARS LATER: THE USS SCORPION May 22, 2018 marked the 50th anni versary of the loss of the U.S. Navy nu clear-powered attack submarine, USS Scorpion (SSN-589). She sank in some 10,000 feet of wa ter in the northeast Atlantic Ocean, car rying her 99 crewmen to their deaths. Officially, the Navy statedand contin ues to insistthat the Scorpion sank for reasons unknown." Faulty welds on seawater; piping to the reactor cooling system; corroded hull plates; exploding batteries; defec tive escape hatch seals; malfunction ing trash dispensers and a sudden loss of ballast control have all been men tioned as possible causes for the loss of the submarine. Only five years prior, on April 10, 1963, the Navy suffered the loss of an other submarine, the nuclear-powered USS Thresher, which sank off Boston in 8,800 feet of water during post-over haul diving tests. A court of inquiry blamed faulty sil ver braze welds on saltwater cooling pipes in the reactor room, which they believed caused uncontrollable flood ing and the loss of the Thresher and 129 men. One evening in July 1985, I discussed the Scorpion with an old friend, retired Rear Admiral Horton Smith, USNR, a former submariner. When I suggested that the submarine might have suf fered a piping failure similar to the one that likely led to the loss of the Thresh er, Admiral Smith shook his head sadly. Youre wrong, Doug," he said. "She caught a Russian fish. Fish is Navy slang for a torpedo. Smith refused to talk further that eve ning about the Scorpion. He would never discuss it again. In 2007, military reporter and au thor Ed Offley caused a sensation with the publication of his book, "Scorpion Down." Offley spent several years in terviewing former naval personnel who had served on the Scorpion pri or to her last cruise, as well as mem bers of the ships and submarines who searched for the doomed submarine after it was declared missing. Most of the interviewees, sworn to secrecy by the Navy years ago, spoke to Offley only under the condition of ano nymity. Offley concluded that the Scor pion was sunk by the Sovietstorpe doed by one of their Echo-class nuclear submarinesand that the sinking was in retaliation for the loss of their own sub K-129, which sank with 98 crew men in 15,000 feet of water northeast of Hawaii on March 10, 1968. The Soviets believed that the K-129 was sunk by the sian vessel was a member of the Cold War Golf-class, which were armed with three R-21 ballistic missiles, each carry ing a one-megaton warhead. Rather than go to war over the lost submarines, Offley believes that both the American and Soviet governments, realizing their awesome responsibil ity in this matter, mutually agreed to forever conceal the facts about the sinking of the K-129 and the Scorpion. Neither government has ever agreed to discuss the matter. It is doubtful that the whole truth will ever be known. However, it is essential that we do not lose sight of the human side of this subject. We must not focus solely on technical matters related to the sinking like torpedo hits and piping failures. We must not obsess over facts such as water depth, speeds and acoustic signatures. Rather, we should remember first and foremost the lives lost: Young men who served their country during a very dangerous time, fifty years ago. If we refuse to forget their sacrifice, then they are not really gone. They deserve to be honored and remembered. By Dr. Doug Hepler 1) USS Scorpion, photographed August 22, 1960 in the waters off Connecticut. 2) In this 1986 Woods Hole Institute photograph the USS Scorpion stem section is visible with a broken hull and collapsed telescope. Public domain photographs 1 2


5 1) Jane Christy presents awards to students for out standing achievement at the 2018 Kwajalein Jr.-Sr. High School Awards Ceremony May 19 in the MP Room. 2) Stormy weather results in amazing cloud forms and gigantic rainbows over Kwajalein during the week of May 22. 3) Maegan Aljure and Hannah Finley of Kwajalein Girl Scout Troop 801 present the Buddy Bench project to the students of George Seitz Elementary School. 4) Girl Scouts and family mem bers roast marshmallows May 19 at the Kwajalein Girl Scout Troop 801 awards ceremony. 5) Meg Ar drey enjoys a king-sized s'more at Emon Beach. 6) Mr. Thomas Webber, director of SMDCs Technical Center, hosted a special town hall May 16 on Kwa jalein. In a brief address and question-and-answer session at the Kwajalein Jr.-Sr. High School MP Room, Webber highlighted a host of recent Reagan Test Site mission achievements and advised the crowd to prepare for a busy mission season. Need to send an announcement to the Kwajalein community? Send your message to and to appear in the Kwa jalein Hourglass and on the AFN roller channel. For more information, please call 5-2114. DOWNLOAD. SHARE. REPEAT. DOWNLOAD AND SHARE HG PHOTOS AT Want to see more of USAG-KA? Download the complete photographer's reel from our Kwajalein Hourglass Flickr 1 2 3 4 5 6 U.S. Army photos by Jordan Vinson, Jessica Dambruch and Jarett Nicols


6 Security and Access Control will conduct a small arms range Fri day, June 8 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at 5-4403 with questions. Kids stressing you out? Feeling frustrated or unsure of how to communicate with your teen ager? Join other parents for a 6-week parenting group. May 8-June 12, every Tuesday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Call 5-5362 to con Facility Manager Evacuation Co ordinator Training convenes the month at 10 am. in Fire Station Training Room, Bldg. 904. Classes are limited to 15 people. Kwajalein Bowling Center hours of operation are Saturdays and Sundays, 1-9 p.m., and Monday from noon to 9 p.m. hospital. Please call 5-5362 to schedule an appointment. We of fer support to any resident, em ployee or dependent. Smoking Cessation program reg ularly offered. Ask a physician or contact Mary Beth at 5-5362. E-Wareness: Leaks From Vehicles. It is the drivers responsibility to ensure that the vehicle is not leak sation from the air conditioning unit. If any other leakage occurs, call 911 to report the leak. Ensure that vehicles undergo routine Pre ventative Maintenance, Checks, and Services as scheduled. E-Wareness: Ej an ri-kator eo eddo non lolorjake bwe wa eo enjab leak jabdewot oil ijelak in drennin air condition eo jen wa eo. Ne elon jabdwot leak/lutok in oil jen wa eo, kiir lok 911 non report e lutok eo ako ne ejjab ekwe kiir tok Dyncorp Environ HELP WANTED To research and apply for govern ment employment opportunities on U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll and worldwide, visit www. KFS, LLC has an opening for a Staff Environmental Technician (Remediation) on USAG-KA. Please forward email or resume to COMMUNITY NOTICES Support the Sophomore Class and get an airbrush tattoo at the Memorial Day Celebration on Tuesday, May 29 at Emon Beach. A large variety of small to large tattoos will be available for a sug gested $2-5 donation. The next Island Orientation for new hires will be held on Wednes day, May 30 at 12:30 p.m. in Cor lett Recreation Center (CRC) Rm 6. Please send an email to LOG or call Asia Williams @ 5-5169 to register. FMWR Hobby Shop and Wood shop Notice. USAG-KA FMWR now offers one-year member ships at the following rates: in dividual, $150; family, $250. If you have an existing cubby or the Hobby Shop or Woodshop, please come in and claim them by May 31. All unclaimed projects and materials will be disposed of after June 1. Questions, call Hobby Shop Manager at 5-1700. Free Bargain Bazaar Donation Pickup. Tuesday, May 29, 12-2 p.m.; Tuesday, June 5 and 12, 5-7 p.m. Got a large load of items to donate? Bargain Bazaar volun teers will bring a truck to your house or BQ and take the items to the Bargain Bazaar for you. Contact Alexie McElhoe to sched ule pickups at 5-2630; e-mail:; Facebook: Alexie McElhoe. mental ilo 5-1134. Lale bwe wa ko ren check-up aolep ien mokta jen kojerbali ekkar nan Preventative Maintenance, im Service sched ule eo. New Residential Internet us ers must sign-up and pick-up a modem at Building 702. Please call the DynCorp Help Desk with questions at 5-9000. Championship Swimmers in Training! Kwajaleins champion team swimmers will use the adult pool for workouts a few days per week in preparation for the Oceania Championships June 23 under supervision by trained FINA coaches. Workout times are: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 6-7:30 p.m.; and Mondays, 7:30-9 a.m. Adults are encouraged to swim at their regu lar time. Amnesty Boxes. Anyone in pos session of ammunition or pyro technics, please deposit into one of the designated amnesty boxes located on Kwajalein or Roi at the Kwaj Small Boat Marina, Kwaj Air Terminal (Bldg. 902) and Roi Air Terminal. If items are too large in size/quantity or if you have any Game Night (R) Saturday, May 26 at 7:30 p.m. CRC Room 6 Love Simon (PG-13) Sunday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m. CRC Room 6 Fifty Shades Freed (R) Monday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m. CRC Room 6 Peter Rabbit (PG) Saturday, May 26 at 7:30 p.m. Tradewinds Theater Annihilation (R) Sunday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m. Tradewinds Theater KWAJALEIN MOVIES ROI MOVIES LUNCH DINNER Sunday Roast Turkey Cornish Hen Mashed Potatoes Thursday Roast Pork Lemon Baked Fish Brown Rice June 2 Swedish Meatballs Fried Pork Chops Oven Glow Potatoes Thursday Salisbury Steak Chicken Quarters Fried Rice Friday Chicken Fajitas Beef Fajitas Spansh Corn Friday Teriyaki Spareribs Baked Trout Garlic Potatoes Monday Braised Beef Cubes Baked Chicken Basmati Rice Wednesday BBQ Chicken Mac and Cheese Corn on the Cob Monday Breaded Pork Chop Lemon Fish Mashed Potatoes Sunday Chicken Parmesan Baked Salmon Brown Rice Tuesday Chinese Chicken Parmesan Baked Fish Oven Glow Potatoes Wednesday Chicken Fajitas Baked Pork Chops White Rice Tuesday Orange Chicken Beef and Broccoli Fried Rice June 2 Grilled Ribeye Steak Fried Shrimp Baked Potatoes Captain Louis S. Zamperini Cafeteria *MENU CURRENT AS OF MAY 25 PASSPORT SERVICES MAY 30-31 safety concerns notify EOD at 5-1433/1550 to arrange for col lection. Do not leave items out side of box. These boxes are not UXO collection points. For UXO, notify EOD DO NOT TOUCH! THE THREE Rs of UXO. Remem ber the 3 Rs: Recognize an item as possible Unexploded Ordnance (UXO); Retreat from the area of the UXO Report suspected UXO immediately by notifying EOD (5-1433) or CPS (5-4445). Pro vide the following information: Location (building #, GPS, land marks.). Size (compared to com mon items football, scuba cyl inder) Treat UXO like you would treat dangerous sea creatures. Look but do not touch. Have oversize trash items that waste receptacle? The Solid Waste Crew is here to help! Be sure to put those items by the side of the road for safe pick-up. CLEAN SWEEP II


7 June 2 Roast Turkey Grilled Pork Chops Mashed Potatoes June 2 Ham Steak Hawaiian Jerk Chicken Mac and Cheese Friday Shrimp Curry Mac and Cheese Yellow Squash Sunday Roast Beef BBQ Chicken Mashed Potatoes Thursday Chicken Chili Soup Sweet and Sour Pork Lemon Salmon Thursday Fried Chicken Night BBQ Meatballs Mashed Potatoes Friday Chicken Rice Soup Swedish Meatballs Oven Glow Potatoes Monday Chicken Noodle Soup Salisbury Steak Baked Chicken Wednesday Chicken Gumbo Soup BBQ Chicken Mac and Cheese Sunday Meat & Veggie Pizza Cheeseburger Soup Chicken Parmesan Monday Breaded Pork Chops Lemon Baked Fish Fried Rice Tuesday Taco Tuesday Chicken Nuggets Mexican Rice Wednesday Steak Night Baked Potato Bar Corn Bread Tuesday Beef Noodle Soup Orange Chicken Steamed Potatoes LUNCH DINNER Caf Roi *MENU CURRENT AS OF MAY 25 WEEKLY WEATHER LOOKOUT WEATHER DISCUSSION. The ITCZ has redeveloped along 6N and brisk trade winds are now present across the RMI. The Mad den Julian Oscillation (MJO) is in a phase favoring suppression of showers in our area. There will be little change in the posi tion of the ITCZ for the upcoming seven days. Trade wind speeds will likely increase Saturday through Monday to 17-22 knots. Showers coverage will remain isolated and rapidly pass, result ing in normal to below normal precipitation. The MJO will evolve transitioning our area from an area heavy rain is suppressed to where it is supported in about 7-10 days from now. Haziness in our area has prompted questions if it is related to volcano ash and gas debris from Hawaii. We have analyzed trajectories of air particles since the event started in early March from the surface to 30,000 feet. The trajectories remain east of the dateline in this time frame. Dew points have been high. We believe the haze is nothing more than common salt fog or a spares amount of water vapor being observed by airborne salt particles near the ground. Winds ENE at 17-22 knots with isolated showers and partly sunny skies. MID-WEEK FORECAST: Winds ENE at 15-20 knots and show er coverage increasing to widely scattered. KWAJALEIN ROI-NAMUR MONDAY, MAY 28 TUESDAY, MAY 29 MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND HOURS OF OPERATION MIND THE STOP SIGNS! Always avoid the caution areas surrounding the ends of the runways on both Kwajalein and Roi-Namur when aircraft are approaching or taking off. Pedestri ans, cyclists and drivers must always make a full stop at the stop signs posted near the ends of the runways.


8 MUSIC JAM KWAJALEIN YACHT CLUB 6 P.M. MONDAY, MAY 28 Musicians, singers and spectators are welcome for a fun evening of live musical performances, courtesy of the Kwajalein Yacht Club. A hot grill will be available all night. Grab your grillables, your cooler and a friend. Let the island's musicians serenade you under the stars. Beginning the USAG-KA BACHELOR QUARTERS INSPECTIONS Graduation is almost here! The community is invited to attend the Kwajalein Jr.-Sr. High School Class of 2018 Baccalaureate Ceremony and dessert reception at the Island Memorial Chapel at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 27. Congratulations to all of the graduates! You are cordially invited to celebrate. The Kwajalein community is invited to the U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll Memorial Day Ceremony 10 a.m., Monday, May 28 In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony will convene inside the Island Memorial Chapel U.S. ARMY GARRISON-KWAJALEIN ATOLL MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE Monthly residential internet bills Customers not paid by the 28th are subject to service disruption. Customers desiring to reinstate service after nonpayment disrup tion are subject to a $15 late fee and the balance owing on the account must be paid in full. Customers re questing to voluntarily suspend their service will be charged a re connection fee of $75 unless they are deployed or on TDY for more than 30 days. Payments are accepted in build ing 702 on Kwajalein 1 p.m. 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and the on Roi Namur during normal busi ness hours. For technical questions call 5-9000 and for billing questions call 5-0843. In order to service our cus online payments are coming soon. RESIDENTIAL INTERNET BILLING REMINDER USAG-KA UPDATES DOWNLOAD AND SHARE HG PHOTOS AT