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November 26th 2017
Published: November 26th 2017
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Overnight stop over in Hawaii. Early morning flight to Marshall Islands. Sunrise over Diamond Head.
My two years working at the American Consulate in Guangzhou, China is complete. I am off to new adventures at a new location. I am now working at the US Army Missile Test Range on the island of Kwajalein in The Republic of the Marshall Islands. My living arrangements on Kwajalein compared to Guangzhou has been greatly reduced. I have a small kitchenette, living room, bedroom and bath. The total square footage I now have is about the size of the living room that I had. But all is good! Fantastic meals are provided at the cafeteria, and there is a Subway and Burger King available for those times one wishes to have an alternate meal.

My new job title is Custodial Lead. It keeps me very busy 5+ days a week. Inspecting cleaning done by the local Marshall Island work force, training and supervising. My biggest challenge at this time is to remember all the employee names I have the honor of working with. The names are slowly starting to sink in! My present responsibility is insuring 106 hotel rooms in two buildings are ready for occupancy on a daily basics.

There are certain areas and facilities on
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We had a 45min. stop over at the Marshall Islands capital of Majuro on the way to Kwajalein.
the island that we are requested not to take photos of and post on line. However, I will get what photos i can to show what the island is like in all its best forms.

he Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site, commonly referred to as the Reagan Test Site (formerly Kwajalein Missile Range), is a missile test range in Marshall Islands (Pacific Ocean). It covers about 750,000 square miles (1,900,000 km2) and includes rocket launch sites at the Kwajalein Atoll (on multiple islands), Wake Island, and Aur Atoll. It primarily functions as a test facility for U.S. missile defense and space research programs. The Reagan Test Site is under the command of the US Army Kwajalein Atoll, or USAKA

The facility is part of the Defense Major Range and Test Facility Base. They provide range instrumentation, missile launch facilities, mission control center, range safety, meteorological support, and support space operations. The site hosts a suite of unique instrumentation, located on eight islands throughout the Kwajalein Atoll. This instrumentation includes a comprehensive suite of precision metric and signature radars, optical sensors, telemetry receiving stations, and impact scoring assets. RTS provides both mobile and fixed ground and flight safety
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Where in the world is Karl now??
instrumentation. The Pentagon lease for the islands of the Kwajalein Atoll extends through 2066.

Equipment installed at the test site includes various tracking radars, stationary and mobile telemetry, optical recording equipment and a secure fiberoptic data network via the HANTRU-1 undersea cable. The Reagan Test Site also serves as a tracking station for manned space flight and NASA research projects.

Launch activities at the test site include ballistic missile tests, ABM interception tests, meteorological sounding rockets, and a commercial spaceport for SpaceX at Omelek Island.


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Looking toward the ocean at sun rise from the front door of my apartment.
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A nice rainbow after a mid morning rain.
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Looking east just before sunset and almost a full moon.
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Moon rise! Large full moon, but a bit cloudy and I could not get the full affect desired.
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Red in the evening is sailors delight. Looking east at sunset.
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One of many places on the island to learn about the local culture.
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There is two movie theaters on the island.
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My current ride. Its borrowed until I find out if the company taking over the contract hires me or not. If they do, Ill purchase a bicycle at that time.
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Sign post near the airport showing the direction of cities and distances from Kwajalein.
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The US and Marshallese flags blowing from winds coming from the east.
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A cross looking east across the Pacific Ocean near the airport.
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Here’s the island chapel, near the airport. The inside seating is open to the outside weather.
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A view from inside Kwajalein's church.
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The church's beautiful stained glass. This is the only window in the church as the sides are open to the outside environment.
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Although vehicle with 4 or more wheels must stop at all intersections, bicycles only have to yield.
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On Dec. 30, 2017 the housing/custodial dept. had a late holiday party. Karl got roped into doing a bit of grilling.
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A group photo during our holiday party of almost everyone in the housing / custodian dept.
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During my travels around the island I kept seeing my shadow. So one day I decided to take some shadow photos. This is one of many that I liked the best.


1st January 2018
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Great blog Karl. I can see you put quite a bit of effort into these. I hope you have a great time!
1st January 2018

Happy Nuw Year
Hello Karl Great to hear from you and your new location on this world. What a place to start a new year. Geri and I are starting this new year in good physical shape and excited for the adventure to begin , We wish you HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!
13th April 2018

good to here from you
Glad to hear you are doing well! Good to hear from you. email us so I can update you on life in Wisconsin. Sandi

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