Cover story, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: “In death, Marine returns to island where he survived battle”

Link to cached, digital version: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:qANNVmICzJQJ:archive.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/in-death-marine-returns-to-island-where-he-survived-battle-b99437393z1-291225981.html+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us Feb. 9, 2015, Roi-Namur, Marshall Islands — Under a cluster of coconut palms on a tiny coral island more than 6,400 miles from Milwaukee, Lynne Rivera and Paula Smith honored their father’s final wish. Frank Pokrop had been a sniper in the 4th Marine Division during World War II. Trudging…

Magazine Feature: “Bicycles in Paradise”

Link to online version: http://bicycletimesmag.com/feature-bikes-in-paradise/ On a tiny flyspeck of land, in the middle of the massive Western Pacific, isn’t where you would expect to find a rich and thriving bicycle culture. The U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll, located on the remnants of an ancient volcano in the western archipelago of the Marshall Islands, is home to…

Global Strike Command Launches Threat Cloud at Reagan Test Site

Feb. 11, 2017 Kwajalein Hourglass The Air Force Global Strike Command lobbed up a cluster of mock warheads aboard a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile Thursday night. Completing its 4,200-mile journey from the mid-California coast in roughly 30 minutes, the ICBM’s payload bowled into the atmosphere east of Kwajalein Atoll shortly after 8 p.m., deploying…

Keeping the Radars Humming

Feb. 4, 2017 Kwajalein Hourglass When a foreign nation launches a satellite into orbit, the Department of Defense puts eyes on it quickly, turning to the historic nest of radars at the Kiernan Re-entry Measurement System Site on Roi-Namur. In such a scenario, ALTAIR—a heavy hitter in U.S. space surveillance missions—pivots and tilts in a…

Marshall Islands Mourn Passing of Leroij Seagull Kabua

Feb. 4, 2017 Kwajalein Hourglass Leroij Seagull Kabua passed away Jan. 24, leaving tens of thousands of Marshallese in mourning. Younger sister to Iroijlaplap Imata Kabua, the paramount chief of the Ralik Chain of the Marshalls, she was one of the highest-ranking traditional leaders in the western Marshalls. Scores of traditional chiefs, Kabua family members,…

Marshall Islands Cast Votes for New RMI President

Thousands of Marshall Islands citizens came in droves Monday to the Island Community Center on Ebeye to cast their ballots in the Republic of the Marshall Islands 2015 local and national elections. While many came to the polls from their homes on Ebeye, others travelled down the east reef causeway from Gugeegue, North Loi and…

Atoll Rallies Against West Winds

Kwajalein Atoll and the rest of the Marshall Islands were battered by one of the worst El Niño-related weather episodes in recent history. A ferocious pack of westerly winds swooped through the region during the morning of Oct. 7, holding the islands hostage for nearly 24 hours. Pumping in sustained gusts of up to 43…

Navy Divers Train for Underwater ICBM Scoring System Repair

Navy Seabees Magazine, Aug. 2015. Link to digital version: http://seabeemagazine.navylive.dodlive.mil/2015/08/19/navy-divers-conduct-training-dives-off-roi-island/ A crew of divers from the Navy’s Underwater Construction Team 2, headquartered in Port Hueneme, California, executed important training dives off U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll last week. The 10 men of Team 2’s Construction Dive Detachment Bravo worked off USAG-KA vessels for several weeks to prepare…