don't bring it with you, you won't find it here", should be the motto
of every little Marshall Islands atoll, low-lying Micronesian coral reefs
spread like sea shells in a galaxy of South Pacific. Well, not actually
"south" South Pacific, the Marshall Islands are more near-equator, half-way
between Hawaii and Borneo, both in their geographic location, and in their
after WWII, the USArmy began establishing bases in the Marshall Islands,
known more famously perhaps for the nuclear testing program at Bikini Atoll.
Kwajalein Atoll became the eyes and ears of the military in the Australian
hemisphere, currently the most highly developed installation of it's kind
in the world. The two huge antennaes nick - named "Altair" and "Tradex"
rotate and gimbel on circular rails, tracking near - earth orbit objects
with millimeter precision.
As a result,
Kwajalein has become the splash-down and intercept launch site for the
THAAD missile program, a current spin-off of Reagan-era Star Wars "Bright
Pebbles" strategic planning.
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Every so often,
the TV crawler announces a launch from Vandenberg AFB in CA, and the civilian
employees walk from their homes for the free light-show, standing in the
dark at North Point, looking out over the native worker bedroom community
of Ebeye, a few miles to the north.
incoming ICBM warheads streak across the sky to thump into the waters of
houses about 1,500 civilian employees, under USAKA domain, working in two
separate entities, KLS and IRE, KLS being the logistic support group, and
IRE being the missile group.
Boeing are the two main contractors, with Boeing likely to win the next
five year base support contract as the THAAD program ramps up.
come and go.The Army presence is very subdued, entirely administrative,
but there is a "bit" of beaurocracy.Expatriate tax-status, the jobs are
low - paying by Stateside, but the percs many people consider more than
make up for it.
for example, no expenses of eny kind, all housing, utilities and transportation
are included.(For single-status, even the food is free!)
There is no
commute, in fact, there are no cars, everyone uses bicycles to get around.
And for recreation,
there's an endless bonanza, swimming pools, reef snorkeling, low - cost
boat and dive rental, golf, bowling, large playing fields, tennis, handball
courts, a complete wood and ceramic shop, and library.
free first-run movie play at the Richardson outdoor theatre, it's quite
a sight all the bicycles with their flash lights like fireflies between
the lanes of palm trees in the moonlight.
who arrive in Kwajalein either get right back on the plane, or end up staying
for two or three years, some people have worked here for forty years, if
you can imagine! The family housing is better than the married trailers
which are better than the single barracks, and for kids it's "da kin"
is a return to the 50's, to Tom Sawyer days, no crime, no hectic pace,
So how do you
being the way people are, sooner or later they decide that civilization
has more benefits overall than near-paradise, and PCS.
So jobs constantly
become available, and once on Kwajalein, spouses can find good paying "on-island"
support jobs also.
Submit a resume
tailored for independent initiative, team-playing and technical problem-solving
to HR at Raytheon Range Systems Group, MA, or Boeing Theatre Missile Defense
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