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USAKA (United States Army Kwajalein Atoll) Commander Colonel Joseph Gaines is leaving his post at the end of the month, after two years in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI). During an exit briefing held Tuesday at the Cabinet Conference room, Colonel Gaines bade farewell to President Christopher J. Loeak and members of Cabinet.
The U.S. Army ship, the Great Bridge, was called into action on a search and rescue mission Wednesday and towed a disabled boat carrying 101 people back to Ebeye, reported the U.S. Army at Kwajalein (USAKA) Public Affairs.
Adrift in high seas and only using remaining batteries to power their radio, the Enin Meto, contacted Harbor Control to request rescue of their vessel. The 80-foot vessel was traveling from Lib to Ebeye with 90 adults and 11 children when its engines failed and it lost power.
The U.S. Department of State turned its eyes toward the Marshall Islands and Kwajalein in general during a recent trip to the area by an official from the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Frankie Reed, the deputy assistant secretary for this region, along with U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of the Marshall Islands Martha Campbell, joined Iroij Senator Michael Kabua for a five-island whirlwind tour of Kwajalein Atoll.
On July 24, a first and a last occurred. Lt. Col. John Eggert became the first to be designated as Director of Reagan Test Site (RTS) and Lt. Col. Harold Buhl, Jr., became the last to be designated as Commander of RTS. Buhl turned leadership of the range over to Eggert at the Change of Responsibility ceremony. Because the position will no longer oversee troops, the site now has a director rather than a commander.
The event was attended by visiting dignitaries, including the Honorable John Silk, Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bob MacCallum, the Charge' d' Affairs at the U.S. Embassy on Majuro and George Snyder, director, Sensors Integration and Test & Evaluation Directorate (SITE), U.S. Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (SMDC/ARSTRAT).
The first NASA spacecraft to image and map the dynamic interactions taking place where the hot solar wind slams into the cold expanse of space is ready for launch Oct. 19. The two-year mission will begin from the Kwajalein Atoll, a part of the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean.
NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer, or IBEX, launch is set for 1:48 p.m. EDT. Today's launch window extends from 1:44 to 1:52 p.m. EDT. "Wheels-up" for Orbital Sciences L-1011 carrier aircraft from the Kwajalein Atoll runway to carry Pegasus to the "drop zone" is scheduled for 12:50 p.m.
SpaceX Falcon Flight Ends Prematurely During Ascent
KWAJALEIN: Falcon 1 Launch Set for August 2 and IBEX in October
Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) has scheduled the launch of the Falcon 1 Flight 3 mission for Saturday, August 2. The launch window will open at 4:00 p.m. (PDT) / 7:00 p.m. (EDT) and remain open for five hours. If launch is delayed for any reason, SpaceX has range availability to resume countdown through August 5. Lift-off of the vehicle will occur from SpaceX's Falcon 1 launch site at the Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands, about 2500 miles southwest of Hawaii. Falcon 1 launch facilities are situated on Omelek Island, part of the Reagan Test Site (RTS) at United States Army Kwajalein Atoll (USAKA) in the Central Pacific.
Orbital Sciences Corporation announced today that the Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) satellite has arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), CA following the completion of its manufacturing, integration and testing activities at Orbital’s facilities in Dulles, VA. The satellite arrived at VAFB on Monday, July 28 to begin the integration process with the Pegasus launch vehicle that will launch it into orbit, which is currently scheduled to take place in early October.
The company-built Interstellar Boundary Explorer Spacecraft will be launched aboard Pegasus Rocket from Kwajalein Atoll, in the Marshall Islands, near the Equator.
COL Stevenson L. Reed, Commander of U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll (USAKA) for the past two years, relinquished command to COL Frederick S. Clarke on July 31, 2008. USAKA and the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site, located in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), has been an integral part of ballistic-missile testing and space operations for more than forty years.
Marshall Islands President Litokwa Tomeing and delegation were scheduled travel to Kwajalein this week to attend the Change of Command Ceremony.
Marshall Islands government officials were notified earlier this month of an aerial bombing practice at Kwajalein Atoll planned for this week.
Air crews flying two-B-52 aircraft from the 36th Operations Group, Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, are scheduled to conduct ordinance delivery procedures at the U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll (USAKA) Reagan Test Site on Wednesday, with a back up date of May 16.
By 2010, many Kwajalein missile range operations will be distributed to Huntsville, Alabama, reducing the on-island footprint. Radio and television spots by Col. Stevenson Reed, USAKA commander, announcing the transition plan, were followed-up last week with two town hall meetings at the military facility in the Marshall Islands.
A question was posed on whether the footprint reduction would mean less use of the Marshallese islands on the Atoll. The USAKA representative said that most of the islands are in mid-atoll corridor and cannot be inhabited while missions are ongoing. "Some of the areas require clean up before they can be returned to the RMI people for inhabitation," he said.
RMI Relations Specialist Christi Bowman of the U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll/RTS provided news of the recent induction ceremony of Marshallese recruits from Ebeye, Kwajalein. The following article, originally published in the Kwajalein Hourglass, was written by Tamara Ward:
Sept. 1 marked a life-changing moment for six Marshallese men as they officially finished the Recruit Indoctrination Program by being inducted into the United States Army. William Boutu, Willie Beio, Benny DeBrum, Paul Lemari, Henty Maika, and Aless Lanwi were the young men who successfully completed the military training program.
In two recent meetings with workers, the U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll commander spoke about changes coming to the facility which hosts the Space and Missile Defense Command's missile range. During a town hall meeting on May 3, 2007, with hundreds of Marshallese workers, Col. Stevenson Reed said the U.S. government is not planning on departing Kwajalein in the near future, and plans to be in the RMI beyond 2016. He was referring to the end of the current Land Use Agreement with Kwajalein landowners.
The Colonel said he briefed the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Senators from Kwajalein two weeks before on the status of fiber optics and how it would affect the range. The project, due to be operational by 2009, is a 10 to 15 year lease. “That tells you we plan on investing in it for that long."
A citizen of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) was killed in a job-related accident yesterday at the Marine Department Dry Dock on Kwajalein.
Danny Lajouj, 33, an employee of Chugach Development Corporation, a sub-contractor of Kwajalein Range Services (KRS), was working as a painter in the starboard ballast tank of the LCU Manassas when the explosion occurred at approximately 12:10 p.m., Friday, February 24.
Marshallese basketball teams, except for Job Corps, will boycott the 2004 season at Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, because of what they feel represents harrassment by local law enforcement officials. The Marshallese teams are from Ebeye, which is located just a few miles north of the U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll base and home to over 10,000 Marshall Islanders. The teams say only Americans have been allowed to drink at games, while Marshallese and their sponsors have been ticketed. It was reported in the April 2 issue that team players met with traditional leaders and announced the boycott at the manager's meeting last week. >>more Kwaj news>>
Jim and Carol Todd sailed to Marshalls on the Morning Wings, spent 1 1/2 on Majuro
Event raises more than $10,000 for Enniburr Children’s Christmas Fund.
Thunderstorms and higher than normal temps recorded by Aeromet as Kwaj gets ready for the "wet" season.
Historical information is being lost as sites deteriorate and elderly Marshallese and veterans with first-hand stories pass away.
Ambassador met with officials and toured Ebeye, where she met Iroij Michael Kabua.
The US army based at the Kwajalein missile testing range in the Marshall Islands has said it intends to turn to local business to provide supplies. Kwajalein commander, Colonel Jerry Brown, told the Majuro Chamber of Commerce that some people might be skeptical because of past promises that were not delivered on.
With the official opening of the Ebeye Computer Center on Feb. 11, The Workforce Investment Act
board helped the island jump into the 21st century. But the board doesn’t just fund modern projects,
said John M. Silk, Republic of the Marshall Islands Resources and Development minister. “Our primary objective is to really get people to help themselves, whether it is sustaining themselves by being fishermen or by doing handicrafts,” he said.
The US General Accounting Office has rejected Raytheon's bid protests filed last fall in response to the U.S Army and Missle Defense Command's award of the logistics and engineering contracts on Kwajalein. The GAO denied the bids on January 14.
Today, Raytheon informed its employees that USAKA had announced the phase-in/phase-out end date for midnight on 28 February. Effective 0001hours, 1 March KRS will assume full performance responsibility.
US Army Space & Missile Defense confirmed yesterday that Northrop Grumman and a Raytheon - Teledyne Brown Engineering team both filed separate protests with the General Accounting Office over the support services contract at Kwajalein Atoll/Reagan Test Site which was awarded to the Bechtel-Lockheed Martin team.
In posts and discussion on the Yokwe Online website, Marshallese employees reported that as of October 11, 2002, they had received notice from the Raytheon Company Site Manager saying that KRS work orders have been frozen.
According to Manager John Wallace, "Raytheon and Northrup Grumman have filed a protest on the U.S Army and Missle Defense Command award of the logistics and engineering contracts on kwajalein. Raytheon does not protest lightly and initially decided not to protest even though we believe that the procurement process was fundamentally flawed. As the long-time, highly awarded incumbent, we have alot invested in this program, and a strong desire to see that the Army does the right thing at Kwajalein."
Synopsis of July 30, 2002
article by Hourglass Feature Writer, KW Hillis
The construction is the first phase in an effort to bring the Gugeegue campus up to the standards required by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, said Dr. Wayne Schmidt, newly installed CMI president, during a whirlwind visit to Ebeye and the campus last week.
All academic programs were suspended at the end of the spring 2002 semester so CMI could fix major problems including deteriorating facilities, lack of an institutional policy manual and holes in the full-time faculty. “I’m here to inspect it to make sure that we’re keeping track of our plans and moving ahead,” Schmidt explained to Iroijlaplap Michael Kabua at his Ebeye Club, Mon-la-Mike, Friday morning. Kabua owns the land the college occupies.
Two Minuteman III reentry vehicles, as seen from Gagan, streaked across the Kwajalein night sky Wednesday for GT-177. "It was picture perfect and the optics we received was great."
Development includes upgrades to capabilities at Vandenberg Air Force Base and the Reagan Test Site at Kwajalein Atoll as tests become more complex.
100 percent track of NFLs, or new foreign launches and the most intense mission tempo in the history of Kwajalein..
Tuesday will mark the end of one era and the beginning of another. Col. Curtis L. Wrenn Jr., USAKA commander, will officially turn the installation over to Col. Jerry Brown in a change of command ceremony at the MP room Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Lt. Joseph M. Cosumano Jr.,commanding general of USAKA’s major command, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, will be in attendance.