A 165-Million-Year Journey

Jordan Vinson, for the Kwajalein Hourglass If you recently moved to Kwajalein Atoll, you now live and work amid one of the planet’s largest lagoons, encircled by one of the planet’s largest coral atolls. Lying at the heart of the Ralik Chain (the western, or “sunset,” chain) of the Marshall Islands, Kwajalein Atoll sits at…

Nature Shot: Sea Cucumbers

Jordan Vinson, for the U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll’s Kwajalein Hourglass Captured in these photos is a common friend of the reefs of the Marshall Islands, the sea cucumber species Actinopyga mauritiana. These cute, cuddly echinoderms are found throughout the Pacific and Indian Oceans, from Madagascar and the Red Sea to Polynesia and Micronesia. They are…

Fixed Wingin’ It: A Look Inside the Fixed Wing Operations of USAG-KA

Jordan Vinson, for the U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll’s Kwajalein Hourglass Berry Aviation’s flight operations crew on U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll is the team dedicated to the critical job of shuttling commuter employees and cargo between the islands of Kwajalein and Roi-Namur. Berry Aviation Site Manager Steve Simpson took a few moments with the Kwajalein Hourglass…

Reagan Test Site Role Highlighted at Space and Missile Defense Symposium

Jordan Vinson, for the U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll’s Kwajalein Hourglass The annual Space and Missile Defense Symposium took place last week in Huntsville, Alabama, hosting thousands of service members and professionals working in the fields of space, missile defense and cybersecurity. Held Aug. 7-9 at the Von Braun Center in “Rocket City,” the conference featured…

On the Island of “the Forgotten,” ARPA Planted a Seed Called TRADEX

Jordan Vinson, for the U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll’s Kwajalein Hourglass The roots to Roi-Namur’s critical role in American military radar applications lie with TRADEX. Here’s the story. In the late 1950s, the Navy was ready to begin mothballing the naval base at Kwajalein. The last round of nuclear weapons testing in the Marshall Islands, Hardtack…

SMDC Tech Center Director Discusses Exciting Future on the Range

Jordan Vinson, for U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command U.S. ARMY GARRISON KWAJALEIN ATOLL, Republic of the Marshall Islands — In a brief address and question-and-answer session last month, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command’s Technical Center director highlighted a host of recent Reagan Test Site mission…

HOURGLASS INTERVIEWS Ambassador Hideyuki Mitsuoka

Interview by Jordan Vinson, for the U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll’s Kwajalein Hourglass Japanese Ambassador to the RMI Hideyuki Mitsuoka was on U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll last week to work on bilateral issues involving Japan and the RMI and to also visit with Japanese citizens who flew to Kwajalein Atoll to honor the Japanese service members…

NASA, Physicists, Students Launch Spectrographs From Reagan Test Site

Jordan Vinson, for the U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll’s Kwajalein Hourglass NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility and astronomers, physicists and students from Pennsylvania State University and the University of Colorado-Boulder joined forces to launch a pair of custom-built spectrograph telescope payloads into the thermosphere from Roi-Namur earlier this month. The Penn State team’s Water Recovery X-Ray Rocket…

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 Jordan Vinson, For the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel 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…