Let’s get the geography lesson out of the way. If you haven’t already exercised your Google muscles, read on. I’m working on the US Army Garrison Kwajalein Atoll on Kwajalein Island, part of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) in the North Pacific. Easy, peasy, right? Now don’t click back to that Youtube video of the cat in the shark suit riding the Roomba (which you totally need to see, but wait until I’m done here. It won’t be long.)
So let me break it down….the Republic of the Marshall Islands are about 2100 miles west of Hawaii in the North Pacific Ocean.
Then within Marshall Islands, there are several atolls, or which are either a ring-shaped coral reef or a string of closely spaced small coral islands, enclosing or nearly enclosing a shallow lagoon. Kwajalein Atoll is the world’s largest coral atoll surrounding the world’s largest lagoon. Can you find it?
Then within Kwajalein Atoll are several islands, Kwajalein Island being one of them. This is where I am.
The U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll (USAKA) is home to the Reagan Test Site. Eleven of the 100 islands comprising the Atoll are leased by the United States from the RMI government. Radar, optics, telemetry, and communications equipment on eight islands provide instrumentation for ballistic missile and missile interceptor testing and space operations support.
So there you have it. Now you can check this out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLt5rBfNucc