CHILLING WITH THE COLD STORAGE CREW

July 29, 2017 / JORDAN VINSON There is a place on Kwajalein where long parkas and thick, black beanies are standard issue. A place where small chandeliers of ice grow above thermometer displays showing numbers like -13 F. It’s a place where all your bananas, yogurt, milk, eggs and TV dinners come from. And without…

YOUR NIGHT SKY IN THE RMI: THE GALACTIC CLUSTER

JULY 22, 2017 / JORDAN VINSON It is summer time in the Marshalls, and that means great views of the Milky Way’s galactic core. To check it out, look south-southeast after sundown and fix on Scorpius, a large, popular constellation that looks like a scorpion— or, if you will, a giant fishhook. Look leftward a…

USAG-KA PROFILES: CLAUDE NELJI

JUNE 6, 2017 / JORDAN VINSON Claude Nelji is Chugach’s newest service order supervisor. In an office hugging the lagoon near the Small Boat Marina, he tracks an array of departmental activities, from materials purchases and deliveries to HAZMAT and safety record keeping for the Public Works Department’s Construction Shop. He’s the point man for…

USAG-KA PROFILES: JOE RUBON

April 29, 2017 / JORDAN VINSON Meet Joe Rubon. He is one of half a dozen Marshallese citizens whom Kwajalein Range Services hired in recent years to keep the Kiernan Re-entry Measurement System site on target in its mission to monitor space around the Earth for satellites, debris and foreign missile launches. Rubon works at…

THE STORY OF JEBRO – A MARSHALLESE FOLKLORE TALE

APRIL 22, 2017 / JORDAN VINSON Like many Pacific islanders, folklore and spoken tales were extremely important tools around which traditional Marshal­lese communities organized themselves, set ethical norms and taught younger generations about how to live as Marshallese. Many Marshallese mythological tales sprouted purely out of the creative minds of those who told them, such…

USAG-KA PROFILES: HESBON JOKAS AND JERRY SAMUEL

APRIL 15, 2017 / JORDAN VINSON Meet Hesbon Jokas and Jerry Samuel. They are two members of a small group of Marshallese citizens employed by Kwajalein Range Services to keep the Kiernan Re-entry Measurement System site on target in its mis­sion to monitor space around the Earth for satellites, debris and foreign missile launches. Both…

AT THE CONTROLS – FLYING THE LAKOTAS

MARCH 11, 2017 / JORDAN VINSON Cocooned in a small, cozy cockpit washed in late morning sunlight, Maj. John Osterson and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Billy Kilgore flick a few switches at a control panel. The Army Lakota UH-72A the two men are piloting comes alive. Motors switch on, turbines turn and a dozen gauge…

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…

Magazine Feature: “Bicycles in Paradise”

Link to online version: http://bicycletimesmag.com/feature-bikes-in-paradise/ Jordan Vinson, for Bicycle Times 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…