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Marshall Islands

I live and worked on Kwajalein Atoll, on the island of Roi-Namur, located half way between Hawaii and Australia. Roi-Namur has a total area of about one square mile. I'm presently on my third tour here. (2003-05, 2007-10, 2011-??)

The island of Kwajalein is the southern most island of the atoll, much larger than Roi-Namur. Kwajalein is called "downtown" by us Roi Rats and trips there for shopping or medical needs are 50 miles away... but we commute by air.

Kwajalein atoll consists of a group of 90 coral islets and islands that surround the third largest lagoon in the world. The TOTAL land area of the atoll is 6.2 square miles and the atoll is 78 miles in length. The islands of Kwajalein (largest) and Roi-Namur (second largest) were the first of the Marshall Islands captured by U.S. troops in WWII, during operation Flintlock in January 1944. Today the atoll serves as a seaport, air stop and U.S. military missile testing range.
Always a great sunrise
Always a great sunrise
Where are the Marshall Islands?
Where are the Marshall Islands?
Sunrise Tradex
Sunrise Tradex
Scuba Club Party 2009 *Gallery*
gallery: Scuba Club Party 2009 *Gallery*
Tidal Surge Event - December 2008 *Gallery*
gallery: Tidal Surge Event - December 2008 *Gallery*
Under Water *Gallery*
gallery: Under Water *Gallery*
Exhaust pipe art from WWII aircraft
Exhaust pipe art from WWII aircraft
KVZI  10 watts of sheer power!
KVZI 10 watts of sheer power!
Awesome sunsets too
Awesome sunsets too
ALTAIR radar
ALTAIR radar
Train wheels
Train wheels
Roi Rat pelt
Roi Rat pelt
Japanese gun from WWII
Japanese gun from WWII
Japanese gun from WWII
Japanese gun from WWII
Japanse Airport Command Center
Japanse Airport Command Center
SPAM - its an island thing!
SPAM - its an island thing!
Storm Watch
Storm Watch
Shopping for lumber at Home Depot
Shopping for lumber at "Home Depot"
The girls on island love sports!
The girls on island love sports!
WWII aerial photo of Roi-Namur
WWII aerial photo of Roi-Namur
Airport Parking on Kwaj
Airport Parking on Kwaj
Roi-Namur from the air looking south
Roi-Namur from the air looking south
Crock pot on the beach
Crock pot on the beach
Where did I park?
Where did I park?
Night volleyball game
Night volleyball game
Bird pile... which means fish below!
Bird pile... which means fish below!
Lots of Mahi Mahi
Lots of Mahi Mahi
ALTAIR Radar antenna in motion
ALTAIR Radar antenna in motion
Chester the rat
Chester the rat
Golfball stuck in plywood building
Golfball stuck in plywood building
High tide sunset
High tide sunset
Fisheye moon
Fisheye moon
Namur Beach
Namur Beach
Old Crane
Old Crane
Second Tri at anchor
"Second Tri" at anchor
Green Turtle
Green Turtle
Canoe
Canoe
Another stunning sunrise!
Another stunning sunrise!
Dancer
Dancer
Fire Dancer
Fire Dancer
Dancers meeting audience
Dancers meeting audience
Pool table
Pool table
Black Noddy's
Black Noddy's
Lagoon at sunrise
Lagoon at sunrise
Lagoon at sunrise 2
Lagoon at sunrise 2
Japanese Ruins from WWII
Japanese Ruins from WWII
Ms. Mona
Ms. Mona
Thai sun chilis
Thai sun chilis
Orchid
Orchid
unknown
unknown
Crown of thorn
Crown of thorn
Frangipani
Frangipani
Japanese Pillbox from WWII
Japanese Pillbox from WWII
Japanese Rifle Pit from WWII
Japanese Rifle Pit from WWII
Sunsets!
Sunsets!
WWII 40 mm anti-aircraft round
WWII 40 mm anti-aircraft round
Riding my bike
Riding my bike
Net Fishing
Net Fishing
Tern
Tern
Gabby's Place
Gabby's Place
Gabby's 2
Gabby's 2
Kat
"Kat"
Stars just after sunset
Stars just after sunset
Coconut crab borrowing cat food
Coconut crab "borrowing" cat food
Sunset at Gabby's
Sunset at Gabby's
Never get tired of these!
Never get tired of these!
Venus, Jupiter and the Moon
Venus, Jupiter and the Moon
Chapel before...
Chapel before...
Baby Fairy Tern 1 a.k.a. Squirt
Baby Fairy Tern 1 a.k.a. "Squirt"
Baby Fairy Tern 2
Baby Fairy Tern 2
Solar Eclipse
Solar Eclipse
Solar Eclipse through many clouds
Solar Eclipse through many clouds
Ahhhhhhh
Ahhhhhhh
Low tide
Low tide
Rust eat bikes - forks gave out
Rust eat bikes - forks gave out
ALTAIR in motion
ALTAIR in motion
North Shore
North Shore
WWII Bomb unearthed
WWII Bomb unearthed
Water tank removal / replacement work
Water tank removal / replacement work
Island Wildlife
Island Wildlife
Morning coffee view
Morning coffee view
BBQ Grills
BBQ Grills
Beach shack erosion
Beach shack erosion
Erosion on the beach
Erosion on the beach
Opus at anchor
Opus at anchor
Beach shack 1
Beach shack 1
Beach shack 2
Beach shack 2
Enniburr Island
Enniburr Island
Beach Shower
Beach Shower
Beach shack 3
Beach shack 3
Beach shack 4
Beach shack 4
Aloe flower
Aloe flower
Sampaguita flower
Sampaguita flower
Fly swatter
Fly swatter
Fly swatter 2
Fly swatter 2
Stinger
Stinger
Hermit crabs
Hermit crabs
Booby
Booby
Rotary
Rotary
Breakfast with JR
"Breakfast with JR"