Appreciation & Recognition Archive

01/09/92 - William Patton 02/01/07 - Intel 02/13/89 - Phillip R. Harris
03/07/83 - J. R. Stitts 03/11/83 - Christel K. Dunn 07/07/89 - R. E. Milligan
07/07/89 - Fred Leth-Steensen 07/26/1989 - Philip R. Harris 07/31/89 - Robert D. Hammond
08/03/84 - Chuck Lesniak, Jr. 08/13/82 - Jim M. Sumter 08/13/82 - Glen Eicher
09/27/88 - Joseph G. Girlando Jr. 10/04/82 - James Harper 10/04/88 - Fred Leth-Steensen
10/19/82 - Charles Dry 10/27/88 - Joseph G. Girlando Jr. 11/06/86 - Gregory Taylor
11/17/81 - Richard D. Fitzer 11/19/86 - H. L. Atkinson 11/21/91 - John A. Como
12/03/91 - Dale Tyler Appreciation - ERIS-FTV Mission Appreciation - Frank F. Cataldo
Appreciation - Clifford V. Farthing Highlights from Reviews 03/26/10 - SD 70M Locomotive Electrical Troubleshooting

Shift 4, F23, Colorado Springs, CO, Garden of the Gods, Shift 4

Shift 4 personnel, shown above, my shift, was the fasted production team ever recorded by Intel worldwide. Nightly
production of more than 7.0 WIP turns is common for this team. There are approximately 5 personnel missing from the
photo, including myself.  The photo was taken the last week of July 2007, during my vacation period.  The Colorado
Springs F23 plant stop production the spring of 2008 and closed.  Good luck to Shift-4 personnel in the future!


You are one of the unsung heroes of Kwaj. My hat is off to you my good friend.
You have a lot to be proud of. We both did I
duty and did it well.
Chase Pollman

YUP, you are indeed a Kwaj hero - mighty happy to know you and be your friend.
Joseph Huard


Kwajalein Missile Range



A little known island atoll 2500 miles SW of Hawaii in the Marshall Islands called Kwajalein, has probably been more responsible for our peace and survival than any other place in America or the world.  Here is where our enemies observed firsthand how accurate and potentially deadly our ballistic missiles and missile systems were, and are today or could be if we ever had to use them.  The Russians kept a spy ship we called, "Brand X," near Kwajalein monitoring our missile tests as we did and do to them with our own spy ships.  Ironically, I found myself five years later on a mission that I was a part of for a brief period serving aboard the Navy's brand new high tech spy ship on her maiden voyage in early 1982.  That ship has since been retired after millions of dollars of upgrade and many years of vital intelligence gathering service for our country.

Today, in honor of President Reagan, KMR is called the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site.

From the Kwajalein Hourglass Newspaper dated November 21, 2020

U.S. successfully conducts SM-3 Block IIA Intercept Test against an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Target

FORT BELVOIR, Virginia The U.S. Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy Sailors aboard the USS John Finn, an Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System-equipped destroyer, intercepted and destroyed a threat-representative Intercontinental Ballistic Missile target with a Standard Missile-3 Block IIA missile during a flight test demonstration in the broad ocean area northeast of Hawaii, Nov. 16, 2020.

At approximately 7:50 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time, (12:50 a.m., Nov. 17, Eastern Standard Time), the ICBM-representative target was launched from the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site, located on Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, toward the broad ocean area northeast of Hawaii. In this developmental test, the destroyer used engage-on-remote capabilities through the Command and Control Battle Management Communications network as part of a defense of Hawaii scenario. After receiving tracking data from the C2BMC system, the destroyer launched a SM-3 Block IIA guided missile which destroyed the target.

This was an incredible accomplishment and critical milestone for the Aegis BMD SM-3 Block IIA program, said MDA Director, Vice Adm. Jon Hill.

A Tribute
Most of the people who were at the beginning of this extraordinary effort are dead and gone.  It should be for them that this incredible feat be commemorated including the great rocket man, Von Braun, and so many others who passed through the pages of Kwajalein Missile Range and Redstone Arsenal many of them spending a lifetime of work in achieving what was then considered the impossible a ballistic missile knocking out another ballistic missile.  They are the true unsung heroes of Kwajalein Missile Range and the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama where our missile systems were developed and tested.  I am proud to say that I was a small part of that effort for a brief period during my younger days in the beautiful South Pacific in the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.  It has been said many times that there was more intelligence per square feet on Kwajalein than anywhere else in the world.  Thank God for that!

Looking Back

When I was on Kwajalein from 1975-1977, almost two years, everything was free game to pluck, to collect, buy, sell, and ship home at Uncle Sam's expense on US Air Force AIR MAC C-141 cargo planes via cheap SAM (Space Available Mail) flights almost halfway around the world.  I shipped many items home including Japanese glass balls and two gorgeous giant prized coconut crabs taxidermy by an expert Hawaiian specially boxed and crated for shipment.  I even shipped home a brass propeller I found buried in the sand in 25 feet of water that weighed over 250 pounds.  We dove for sharks jaws, all kinds of fish, coral, giant clams, coconut crabs, sea shells of all species, the coveted black coral in deep water and ship artifacts, anything you could take off many of the old sunken Japanese wrecks scattered around the harbor.  So much left that island and the surrounding atoll for so many years.  When I look back on those days, and what an awesome time I had, I realize how far we have come in 45 years that we do not even throw any kind of trash overboard anymore.  Now it is all off limits.  The good old days are truly gone forever and no doubt for the best.

From the Kwajalein Hourglass Newspaper dated November 21, 2020

Protected species on Kwajalein Atoll include the following:

All sharks, turtles and marine mammals

                All corals and sponges.

                All giant clams

                All coconut crabs

                Finger Conchs

                Scorpion Conchs

                Black-lip pearl oysters

                Trochus and Lambis Snails

                Humphead Wrasse and Bumphead Parrotfish

                Giant Grouper and Coral Trout

Do not purchase, harvest, collect, or transport protected species. Contact the post office for direction before attempting to ship any biological specimen, including driftwood, crushed coral sand and shells.



Email Messages of Recognition

Kwaj Community Website - I am sure you get this message a lot, but I just want to reiterate how much it means to have the obituary notice, now that we have come to the place in life where obits are standard orders of business. Back in our younger days, having someone die was an 'event'. Now it is just part of life. Thank you for making us aware of these events in such a way that makes it more palatable. Your website means more to us than you will ever know. Thank you for bringing this to our hearts.  Stephenia
Kwaj Community Website - Thank you for this wonderful website you�ve constructed.  I�ve been on it for hours and have just scratched the surface.  It�s great to have a place to view the wonderful memories we all have of our time in paradise.  Chuck
Kwaj Community Website - From the results that I have received after searching the Web, I believe you have simply created, captured, and presented to all, the most comprehensive, ever-evolving website for the Post-WWII real-life experiences that the fortunate folks who have been a part of what we all call "Kwaj". "The Rock" is a place that influenced us all and simply forced us into making life-long friendships...and that isn't a bad thing.  Ed

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