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…

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,…

SMDC Commander Briefs Kwajalein Community

Jordan Vinson, for the U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll’s Kwajalein Hourglass Lt. Gen. James Dickinson, the newly appointed command­ing general of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Com­mand, made his first visit to the Reagan Test Site on U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll this week. It was an opportunity for the former U.S. Strategic Command chief…

YOUR NIGHT SKY IN THE RMI – ANDROMEDA GALAXY

JAN. 7, 2017 / JORDAN VINSON Did you know you can see another galaxy with the naked eye from the Marshall Is­lands during this time of the year? It’s the Andromeda Galaxy, aka M31. At 2. 5 million light years away it’s the most distant object visible to the unaided eye, especially during times of…

Ebeye Local Government Briefs U.S. Ambassador on Progress

Jordan Vinson, for the U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll’s Kwajalein Hourglass Karen Stewart, the United States’ new­est ambassador to the Marshall Islands, flew to Kwajalein Atoll this week to meet local RMI leaders and the U.S. Army Gar­rison-Kwajalein Atoll Command team. During a three-day visit away from the U.S. embassy in Majuro, Stewart joined Matthew Mathews,…

MARINE, SEAMAN RETURN TO ATOLL 72 YEARS AFTER INVASION

FEB. 6, 2016 / JORDAN VINSON Marine Veteran Bill Mancke and Navy Veteran Clyde Hansen and their families joined the family of the late Marine Frank Pokrop and the USAG-KA community on Kwajalein Atoll to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of Operation Flintlock, Jan. 27-Feb. 1. On a whirlwind tour of the islands, both Mancke and…

IN LOVING MEMORY OF JIM BENNETT

JAN. 16, 2016 / JORDAN VINSON He was a dear friend, with a bushy gray mustache, a low, warm, cavernous voice and a stupendous sense of humor. He was a father, grandfather, husband and brother, a sweetheart of a man and one of the kindest, most generous and funniest Roi Rats to grace the small…