Selective Service System announcement as of 8-21-2018

U.S. embassies and consulates overseas assist the Selective Service System with its registration program abroad. At this time, the Selective Service System online registration site is temporarily unavailable for overseas registrants.  For security reasons, overseas registrants should complete the form below and mail it to the Selective Service System at the following address: Selective Service ...
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Ambassador Karen B. Stewart -July 4, 2018 Remarks

Thank you, MC.  Madame President, First Gentleman, Speaker Kedi, Ministers, Senators, Iroij and religious leaders, Justices, members of the Diplomatic Corps, friends of the U.S. Embassy and fellow Americans, welcome.   A special warm welcome to our guests from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Berry and Coast Guard District 14.  This new Cutter based ...
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Request for Quotations: Repair and Repainting of Perimeter Fence & Security Grills

June 28, 2018 To: Prospective Quoters Subject: Request for Quotations Number 19RM2818-Q-0003 Enclosed is a Request for Quotations (RFQ) and attachments for the Repair and Repainting of Perimeter Fence & Security Grills. If you would like to submit a quotation, follow the instructions in Section J of the RFQ, complete the required portions of the ...
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PRE-SOLICITATION NOTICE

REPAIR and REPAINTING OF PERIMETER FENCE & SECURITY GRILLS (RFQ No. 19RM2818-Q-0003) This solicitation is not ready to be issued as of this date.  The Embassy of the United States of America in Majuro, Marshall Islands, will launch the solicitation at the U.S. Embassy Majuro website.  This solicitation is for the REPAIR and REPAINTING OF ...
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Request for Quotations Gardening and Lawn/Grounds Maintenance Contract

For Immediate Release May 31, 2018 U.S. EMBASSY MAJURO Request for Quotations Gardening and Lawn/Grounds Maintenance Contract The U.S. Embassy in Majuro has a requirement for a Gardening and Lawn/Grounds Maintenance Contract for the U.S. Embassy Chancery grounds, Chief of Mission residence and Deputy Chief of Mission residence. This announcement constitutes as the only solicitation. ...
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Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Majuro

Location: Majuro Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands  Event: The U.S. National Weather Service in Guam has issued the following special weather statement about volcanic haze spreading across the Marshall Islands and into Micronesia: The latest NOAA hysplit model run executed by WFO Guam projects haze produced by Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii to spread southwestward over the ...
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Interior Announces $247,405 in Funding Support for Power Utilities and Lineman Training in the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands

Office of the Assistant Secretary Insular and International Affairs WASHINGTON (May 18, 2018) – Doug Domenech, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular and International Affairs has announced $230,000 to support the 2018 Pacific Lineman Training program for linesmen from American Samoa, Guam, Ebeye, Majuro, Palau, Pohnpei, and Yap.  An additional $17,405 will support participation ...
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U.S. State Department Announces 2018 Young Pacific Leaders Grant Recipients

WASHINGTON – Twelve winners have been announced for the  U. S. Department of State’s 2018 Young Pacific Leaders (YPL) Small Grants Program . The selected teams, representing 11 different Pacific countries, will receive up to $13,750 in grant-funding to implement projects in the region related to the program’s core themes of education, environment and resource management, civic leadership, and economic and social development. In addition to funding, YPL grantees attended a ...
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SOLICITATION OF INTEREST AND QUALIFICATION TO BID

The Embassy of the United States of America is seeking solicitation of interest and qualification to bid for the following services located at Mejen Weto, Ocean Side, Majuro. Gardening Services (including furnishing all labor, material, equipment and services, for the U.S. Embassy Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands) Letters of Interest will be accepted starting ...
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Climate Ready Course in Majuro

Ambassador Stewart opened the USAID-funded Climate Ready Project Management Course that was held at Majuro’s USP campus.  The course was attended by a cross-section of government officials, NGOs, and private sector leaders.  This is the fourth training course organized by USAID, through its Ready Project, in partnership with the University of the South Pacific’s Pacific ...
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Micronesian Islands Forum

Ambassador Stewart traveled last week to Saipan, which hosted the three-day 23rd Micronesian Islands Forum.  RMI President Hilda Heine spoke at the event. Also in attendance were President Peter Christian of FSM, Palau’s President Tommy Remengesau, Guam Governor Eddie Calvo, and Northern Marianas Governor Ralph Torres.  Department of Interior Assistant Secretary Doug Domenech also participated ...
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Pre solicitation Notice Gardening Services

PRE-SOLICITATION NOTICE Gardening Services for U.S. Embassy – Majuro (RFP No. 19RM2818-Q-0002) This solicitation is not ready to be issued as of this date.  The Embassy of the United States of America in Majuro, Marshall Islands, will launch the solicitation at the U.S. Embassy Majuro website.  This solicitation is for the Gardening Services of U.S. ...
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Temporary Closure of Embassy Consular Services

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy, located at Mejen Weto, Oceanside, will be closed for routine Non-Immigrant Visa and American Citizens Services appointments from April 3, 2018 through April 13, 2018.  Emergency U.S. citizen services will continue during that time. The Consular Section will re-open for routine appointments on April 16th. For questions, please ...
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Important notice: U.S. Citizens

Effective April 2, 2018, the passport execution fee will increase from $25 to $35 for U.S. passport applicants using the DS-11 form, including first-time applicants over age 16, children under age 16, and applicants who reapply after reporting their previous passport lost or stolen. Accordingly, the total passport fee for such applicants will increase by ...
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VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: 2018-03

OPEN TO: All Interested Applicants / All Sources The “Open To” category listed above refers to applicants who are eligible to apply for this position.  The “Open To” category should not be confused with a “hiring preference” which is explained later in this vacancy announcement.   POSITION: Political/Economic Assistant OPENING DATE: March 21, 2018 CLOSING ...
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DEATH: Disposition of Remains Report

DATE: September 21, 2017 TO: Department of State – CA/OCS/ACS/EAP FROM: American Embassy, Majuro TAGS: CASC SUBJECT: DEATH: Disposition of Remains Report REF: 7 FAM 260 Part I. Name of Country Marshall Islands Part II. U.S. Embassy Information U.S. Embassy, Majuro Address: Mejen Weto, Long Island, Majuro 96960 Phone: (692) 247-4011 Fax: (692) 247-4012 State Department Country Specific Information State Department Travel Information Register ...
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Primary Elections Begin This Month

Primary Elections Begin This Month – Register and request your absentee ballots for all 2018 elections now at FVAP.gov< http://FVAP.gov > This year the entire House of Representatives and a third of the U.S. Senate are up for election. Don’t miss your opportunity to vote in your state’s primary election as it will determine who is ...
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Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Majuro

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Majuro (February 14, 2018) Location: Majuro Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands    Event: The U.S. National Weather Service in Guam has issued a high surf warning in effect now for north-facing reefs and a high surf advisory now in effect for east-facing reefs.  Major inundation is possible inside the ...
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Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Majuro

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Majuro (February 3, 2018) Location: Majuro Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands Event: The U.S. National Weather Service in Guam has issued a high surf advisory that major inundation is possible inside the lagoon this evening through Tuesday night. Surf along north facing shores will rise today and reach hazardous ...
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Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Majuro

Location: Majuro Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands Event: The U.S. National Weather Service in Guam has issued a warning that major inundation is possible inside the lagoon Saturday evening through Tuesday night.   Forecasted combined sea levels are as follows: Tonight: 5-8 ft Saturday: 6-9 ft Saturday night through Monday: 9-11 ft. Tuesday: 8-10 ft. ...
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Deputy Mission Director to the Pacific Islands Clay Epperson Visit to Majuro

U.S. Government Official Visits Projects Advancing Environmental Resilience in Marshall Islands January 25-26, Majuro — United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Deputy Mission Director to the Pacific Islands Clay Epperson completed a two-day visit to the Republic of Marshall Islands, meeting with key partners and touring project sites where USAID is helping the country ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting in 2018 U.S. Elections.

VOTING IN 2018 U.S. ELECTIONS Your vote counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters?  All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election ...
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Statement from Ambassador Stewart: International Human Rights Day

As former Acting Assistant Secretary for the Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, International Human Rights Day holds special significance for me.  I was pleased to see the various activities in the Marshall Islands during the 16 Days of Activism, some of which I participated in personally, and which the Embassy ...
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Advisory Message from the Social Security Administration in Manila.

Please be advised that the Social Security Administration – Manila will be closed tomorrow, December 13, 2017 for an offsite event/activity. Regular Operations will resume on Thursday, December 14, 2017. Kindly send/forward inquiries to  FBU.Manila@ssa.gov <mailto: FBU.Manila@ssa.gov
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FVAP Announces Changes to Legacy Electronic Transmission Service for 2018

Beginning January 1, 2018, the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) will provide an email-to-fax conversion service for voters who have difficulty sending election materials to States that do not accept emailed documents. Voters in States that allow for email submission of registration requests, and return of voted ballots, should send those materials directly to their election ...
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STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON: International Human Rights Day

Sixty-nine years ago today, in the aftermath of World War II, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to recognize and elevate the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all individuals, and that these rights are the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world. For those who ...
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Notice of Funding Opportunity: 2018 U.S. Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Large Grants Competition

Ambassador Karen B. Stewart is pleased to announce The Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Grant (AFCP) for 2018.  This is an annual competition which supports projects in the categories of Cultural sites; Objects and collections of objects from a museum, site, archive, or similar institution; and forms of cultural expression. Grants may range between US$ $200,000 to $979,000 with an ...
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2017 – 2018 South Pacific Tropical Cyclone Season Travel Alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to the South Pacific region about the ongoing threat of tropical cyclones affecting the area.  While tropical cyclones in the South Pacific may occur throughout the year, the current South Pacific Tropical Cyclone Season begins onNovember 1, 2017, and ends April 30, 2018.  U.S. citizens ...
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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Young Pacific Leaders Conference 2018 Applications due November 3, 2017! The fifth Young Pacific Leaders Conference in Honolulu, Hawai‘i will take place January 16-18, 2018, through a partnership between  the East-West Center’s Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP) and the U.S. Department of State .  This comprehensive conference will provide emerging Pacific leaders, ages 25-35, with new skills and knowledge to advance the region’s economic ...
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Music and Clean Water for RMI

California-based band, Culture Crew ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSsTiKeg7T4 ), Hawaii-based reggae-star Big Pati ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVTlz19Dmig) , and California-based NGO Let It Flow ( http://letitflow.org/ ) are here in the Marshall Islands to share their music and talk about the importance of clean water.  Let It Flow will also donate 200 long-use water filters.  The group started in Majuro and will ...
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United States Committed to Advancing Gender Equality in the Pacific Islands

U.S. Embassy Suva Deputy Chief of Mission Michael Goldman represented the United States at the 6th Meeting of Pacific Ministers for Women, where he highlighted U.S. support for gender equality in the Pacific and recognized the Pacific Community (SPC) for its ongoing gender work in the region.  The United States applauds the commitment that the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Traveling to Philippines

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid all non-essential travel to the city of Marawi, Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago including the southern Sulu Sea, and to exercise extreme caution when traveling to other regions of Mindanao, due to terrorist threats, insurgent activities, and kidnappings. Similar threats also occurred throughout the Philippines in 2017. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: World Caution

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated March ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens

Important Notice Regarding Social Security: Starting October 1, 2017, if you reside in the Republic of the Marshall Islands and have questions regarding services provided by the Social Security Administration (SSA), you must contact the SSA Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) located in Manila. For more information on their services and how to contact them, please ...
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CDC Visits Ebeye and Majuro

Marcus Gappney and Eric Cahill from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) team, and Ray Miner from Miner & Associates, working with the University of Hawaii, traveled from the U.S. to Ebeye and Majuro.  The visit is related to a new Cooperative Agreement, signed in July 2017, for a ...
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EAP Small Environmental Grant 2017

Regional Environment Office Grant Application Package Please complete the attached grant application, answering all questions in full. This is the initial announcement of this funding opportunity, Regional Environment, Science, Technology, and Health (ESTH) Grants for Pacific Island States Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 19.124 Application Deadline: July 17, 2017 Project Description  The U.S. Department ...
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Notice regarding change to Consular services appointment Calendar.

Starting Tuesday, July 11, 2017 all routine consular services provided at the Embassy of the United States of America in Majuro, the Republic of the Marshall Islands will be conducted on Tuesdays (if a public holiday falls on a Tuesday, appointments will be moved to Wednesday).  Non-immigrant visa appointment slots will be available at 8:30am ...
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Consular Notice: U.S. Embassy American Citizen Services.

The Embassy’s American Citizen Services section will be on Kwajalein to process passport applications and other American Citizens Services. (Bldg 730, Rm 135 (conference room 2) at the following times: 12 July: 0900-1200 and 1300-1700 13 July: 0900-1200 and 1300-1700 If you are applying for new passports, please bring your passport photos with you. 
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Travel Alert – Hurricane and Typhoon Season 2017

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the Hurricane and Typhoon Seasons in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane and Typhoon Season will last through November 2017, though most tropical cyclones typically develop between May and October.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends that those ...
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NORTH KOREA TRAVEL WARNING

1.The Department of State strongly warns U.S. citizens not to travel to North Korea/the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). U.S. citizens in the DPRK are at serious risk of arrest and long-term detention under North Korea’s system of law enforcement. This system imposes unduly harsh sentences for actions that would not be considered crimes ...
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European Travel Alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe.  This Travel Alert expires on September 1, 2017.  Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have the ability to ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September ...
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All Interested Marshallese Owned Companies

To:            All Interested Marshallese Owned  Companies What:      Information Exchange For Potential Prime  Contract Bidders. When:      TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2017 at 6:00 – 8:00 pm Where:    U.S. ARMY GARRISON – KWAJALEIN ATOLL U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command / Army Forces Strategic Command would like to invite representatives of Marshallese-owned companies that are interested in ...
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Upcoming Repairs to Fiber Optic Cable Could Disrupt Internet and Telephone Service

United States Embassy Majuro Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Upcoming Repairs to Fiber Optic Cable Could Disrupt Internet and Telephone Service  December 22, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Majuro informs U.S. citizens living in Pohnpei (Federated States of Micronesia), the Kwajalein Atoll (Marshall Islands), the Majuro Atoll (Marshall Islands) and throughout the Republic of the ...
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IRS Implementing Significant Changes to Individual Taxpayer Identification Number Program

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is implementing significant changes to the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) program under the PATH Act of 2015 .  The new law means that any ITIN not used on a federal tax return at least once in the last three years will no longer be valid as of January 1, 2017 for use on ...
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EUROPEAN TRAVEL ALERT

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season.  U.S. citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals, events, and outdoor markets.  This Travel Alert expires on February 20, 2017. Credible information indicates the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or Da’esh), ...
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Upcoming Repairs to Fiber Optic Cable Could Disrupt Internet and Telephone Service

United States Embassy Majuro Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Upcoming Repairs to Fiber Optic Cable Could Disrupt Internet and Telephone Service October 28, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Majuro informs U.S. citizens living in Pohnpei (Federated States of Micronesia), the Kwajalein Atoll (Marshall Islands), the Majuro Atoll (Marshall Islands) and throughout the Republic of the ...
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Upcoming Repairs to Fiber Optic Cable Could Disrupt Internet and Telephone Service

United States Embassy Majuro Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Upcoming Repairs to Fiber Optic Cable Could Disrupt Internet and Telephone Service October 14, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Majuro informs U.S. citizens living in Pohnpei (Federated States of Micronesia), the Kwajalein Atoll (Marshall Islands), the Majuro Atoll (Marshall Islands) and throughout the Republic of the ...
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Fish 2.0 to Hold Workshop for Pacific Islands Seafood Businesses—Apply Now

Three-day program in Fiji provides business-building advice, help in applying for global competition; workshop applications due October 5   CARMEL, CA, September 26, 2016—Fish 2.0 will hold a free three-day business development workshop for Pacific Islands seafood businesses in Suva, Fiji, November 8–10, 2016. Participants will receive expert advice on communicating about their business, training ...
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Temporary Closure of Embassy Consular Services

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy, located at Mejen Weto, Oceanside, will be closed for routine Non-Immigrant Visa and American Citizens Services appointments from October 18th through October 27th.  Emergency U.S. citizen services will continue during that time.  The Consular Section will re-open for routine appointments on November 1st.  For questions, please contact the ...
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CDC Travel Notice for RMI Regarding Zika Virus

The U.S. Embassy Majuro informs U.S. citizens that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) has issued a travel notice for the Republic of the Marshall Islands regarding the Zika virus .  There is evidence that Zika is linked to birth defects in the fetuses of infected pregnant women and Guillain-Barré syndrome in infected individuals of any ...
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Victim-Centered Counter-Trafficking Training of Trainers

U.S. Ambassador Thomas H. Armbruster’s closing remarks I want to begin by thanking everyone who is present and everyone who participated in this incredibly important Training of Trainers for Service Providers on Human Trafficking Workshop. I would especially like to thank the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, and the International ...
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Fourth Year in a row for Coach Tom Newell

This year is the fourth in a row Coach Tom Newell, former coach of the NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks, visits to the Marshall Islands. Coach Tom is touring the schools, talking about nutrition, sports and how good health habits lead to better ability to learn in class. He also meet with Majuro Business community and government ...
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ASVAB Enlistment test

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the Honolulu MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station) testing section will be offering the ASVAB Enlistment test in Majuro on January 24, 25 and 27, 2017 at the International Convention Center (ICC). Pre-registration starts at noon and the ASVAB begins at 1 pm. For more information, please contact the US ...
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Della Mae visit the Marshall Islands

Della Mae Live in Majuro! Embassy Majuro welcomed Nashville-based bluegrass band Della Mae with traditional Marshallese songs and dances performed by Youth to Youth in Health.  Band members spent the week holding music workshops with local youth around town.  Their visit will culminate Saturday night with a free all ages concert in Delap Park at 7 ...
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Change of Command at USAG-KA

The U.S. Army Garrison – Kwajalein Atoll held a change of command ceremony on Wednesday, where Col. Nestor Sadler formally transferred authority and responsibility to the garrison’s new commander, Col. Michael Larsen.  Ambassador Armbruster spoke at the event which was attended by Lt. Gen. David Mann, commander of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense ...
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34th General Assembly of the Association of Pacific Islands Legislatures (APIL)

US-RMI Relationship The bottom line, for me, is I remain an optimist about the future of the RMI. Before going into the challenges, we should note that this is a region at peace, where democracy functions, and where we can concentrate on health, education and economic development, rather than insecurity from terrorism and regional conflict. ...
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U.S. Government Awards Grants to Help Marshall Islands Adapt to Climate Change

Majuro, the Marshall Island –The U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Pacific American Climate Fund (PACAM) has awarded grants to the Namdrik Atoll Development Association (NADA) and Aquaculture Technologies of the Marshall Islands (ATMI) to help island communities adapt to the negative impacts of climate change and improve their livelihoods. The USAID grant to Namdrik ...
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Memorial Day

Thank you.  It’s an honor and privilege to be with you here today.  Today we recognize Marshallese Traditional Leaders, Senators Ricklon and Kabua, the Sam Family, Mr. Lanny Kabua, Acting Mayor Card Subille, COL Sadler and Monica, and all those serving and their families. Command SGT Maj and Mrs Gooden, Michael Woundi of the American ...
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Ambassadors Garden Prize

This year again the Ambassadors to the Marshall Islands toured the schools who took part to the Ambassadors Garden Prize 2015: Assumption School was voted the most improved and best school participation, with kids from all grades taking part in the effort. The garden had doubled in size since last year. Marshall Islands High School ...
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JEMFAC held in San Fransisco April 14, 2015

The United States hosted the mid-year Joint Economic Management and Fiscal Accountability Committee meeting in San Francisco on April 17. The meeting focused on education, health and infrastructure projects, in particular reviewing priorities identified by Foreign Minister deBrum and Assistant Secretary of the Interior Esther Kia’aina during her recent trip to the Marshalls. Specific resolutions ...
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JEMFAC Meeting

The United States hosted the mid-year Joint Economic Management and Fiscal Accountability Committee meeting in the San Francisco on April 17.  The meeting focused on education, health and infrastructure projects, in particular reviewing priorities identified by Foreign Minister deBrum and Assistant Secretary of the Interior Esther Kia’aina during her recent trip to the Marshalls.  Specific ...
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Assistant Secretary Kai’aina’s visit

Assistant Secretary of the Interior Esther Kia’aina visited the RMI in March to discuss a full range of issues.  President Loeak and his Cabinet discussed the resettlement of Rongelap Atoll and Compact Impact.  A/S Kia’aina also has a strong concern about climate change and sea level rise and would like to see the RMI become a model ...
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Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day in the Marshall Islands: Today the Embassy and CMI rededicated the Sgt. Solomon Sam Sports center to honor fallen RMI soldiers like Sgt. Sam and to pay tribute to Marshallese Scouts in WWII, victims and survivors of cold war nuclear testing and veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq. Throughout these conflicts the RMI has ...
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Coach Tom Newell is back

Two weeks of sports diplomacy kick-off with Coach Tom Newell, former coach of the NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks, who began his third visit to the Marshall Islands January 4, meeting with the Marshall Islands Basketball Federation (MBIF) to discuss the broad range of sports development in the RMI. He pivoted to lunch with the members of ...
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USDA Extends Agriculture Microloan Program to Pacific Island Nation

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today entered into an agreement with the Republic of Marshall Islands to extend the popular USDA microloan program to farmers and ranchers of this island nation. “Access to low-interest microloans will offer producers of Majuro new opportunities to grow their businesses to meet their family’s financial needs, increase local ...
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OpenStreetMap Presentation to Cover How to Contribute to Marshall Islands Web Map

Nobody knows an area better than the locals. That’s the idea behind OpenStreetMap, a crowd-sourced web map built through the contributions of users much like Wikipedia. And in far-flung places like the Marshall Islands, where the big internet company web maps are often incomplete, OpenStreetMap offers a chance for citizens to collaboratively develop quality maps ...
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Coral Relocation Project

U.S. Embassy joined RMI EPA and College of the Marshall Islands (CMI) team on Friday November 27 for the Coral Relocation project phase II. After moving the coral from the dredging site associated with the airport runway extension to a protected area during phase I, the coral now needs to be “planted” in cement forms ...
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International Day for Tolerance

On November 16th the world community will observe the 19th International Day for Tolerance.  While we are reminded of the security and human rights implications of intolerance (which often takes the form of stigma and discrimination), this day also provides an opportunity to highlight the vital contribution of tolerance and acceptance to achieving important public ...
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Veterans Day Ceremony in Kwajalein

Ambassador Armbruster addressed veterans, families and friends at the U.S. Army Garrison Kwajalein Atoll today and joined Acting Commander Jenifer Peterson in laying a wreath at the flagpole. The Ambassador said “As on all Veterans Days, we can only thank, appreciate and tip our hats to the veterans. We can never repay the debt in full, ...
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Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation

Ambassador Thomas Armbruster is pleased to announce The Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Grant (AFCP) for 2015.  This is an annual competition which supports projects in the categories of Cultural sites;Objects and collections of objects from a museum, site, archive, or similar institution; and forms of cultural expression. Grants may range between US $10,000 – ...
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Tuna Treaty Negotiations

The United States and the Pacific island states are committed to ensuring the health of Pacific tuna stocks. U.S. and Pacific island party negotiators agreed on an arrangement to extend the Tuna Treaty through 2015 at negotiations held October 2-4 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Under the arrangement, the U.S. fleet will have access to 8,300 fishing ...
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1st National Climate Change Dialogue

Iokwe!  “Wa kuk wa jimor.”  I know that is sometimes translated as “We’re all in the same boat,” but if I understand my Marshallese teachers correctly, it is more like we are all responsible for this boat.  We are not passively riding along together, we are making sure the boat is sea worthy, traveling the ...
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Waan Aelõñ in Majel receives the Ambassadors’ Cultural Preservation Award

“Kapeel in meto”, translates to mean, “The skill of the ocean…”, this is what a $31,000 grant to Waan Aelõñ in Majel (WAM) will help preserve.  The money comes from the U.S. Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation and was one of only forty seven such grants around the world this year.  Embassy Majuro congratulates the ...
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Trio Chicago and Friends will be visiting the Marshall Islands for the United States of America Independence Day Celebrations

U.S. Embassy Majuro is pleased to announce the visit in Majuro of the music ensemble Trio Chicago & Friends for the 2014 U.S. Independence Day Celebrations. Trio Chicago & Friends is an American music ensemble praised for its annual tours to remote parts of the globe as cultural ambassadors. The group has been consistently recognized ...
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U.S. Conducts Successful Missile Intercept Test in Pacific

The U.S. military today successfully intercepted an intermediate-range ballistic missile test target launched from the U.S. Army’s Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, according to a Defense Department news release issued today. The Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Air Force 30th Space Wing, the Joint Functional Component Command, Integrated ...
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2014 Interior Department Scholarships Awarded to Outstanding High School Students to Study this Summer in the States

The U.S. Department of the Interior and The Junior Statesmen Foundation proudly announce the winners of scholarships to the 2014 Junior Statesmen Summer School. The scholarships, funded by the Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs, cover all tuition costs and round trip transportation to the JSA Summer Schools in the USA, and the ...
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Project Selection Notice: USDA Rural Development has approved a grant of $1,000,000

May 12, 2014 Program: High Energy Cost Grant     State: Marshall Islands County: n/a Government Representative: President Christopher Loeak     Recipient: Marshalls Energy Company, Inc.     Recipient Contact: David Paul, General Manager Mailing Address: 1440 Lagoon Drive, Majuro, MH 96960 Telephone: Email Address: (692) 625-3397 Project Description: Rural Development grant funds will ...
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USDA Announces Funding to Help Reduce Energy Costs in Rural Areas

USDA Deputy Under Secretary Doug O’Brien today awarded grants to help reduce energy costs for residents in remote rural areas where the expense of producing electricity is extremely high. The funds are being provided through USDA’s High Energy Cost Grant program. “These grants will help residents and business owners finance energy efficiency and power generation ...
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Ambassadors First Schools Garden Tour

The US, Republic of China Taiwan, and Japanese Ambassadors judged  several gardens across Majuro on Wednesday, selecting winning gardens among various categories in the First Annual Ambassador’s School Garden Prize. One memorable comment from the gardeners was, “We’re doing this for our families, our community, and our nation.” The gardens were all remarkable achievements, each with a ...
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The Pacific-American Climate Fund Launched in Majuro

The U.S. Government on April 2 launched the five-year Pacific-American Climate Fund in Majuro, on the heels of earlier roll-outs in Suva and Port Moresby. The US$24-million grant program will provide grants to qualifying civil society organizations (CSOs) to implement climate change adaptation activities in twelve countries in the Pacific.  Marshall Ferrin, Mission Director for ...
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World Water Day 2014

The Marshall Islands and Embassy Majuro marked World Water Day this Saturday on March 22.  With the 2013 drought still very much in everyone’s mind no one needs to tell the RMI how important, and precious, water is.  This Saturday there was a walk from the College of the Marshall Islands to Delap Park.  Later ...
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High Surf Advisory

Please be aware that NOAA Guam has issued a high surf advisory for Majuro that remains in effect for east-facing reefs. Hazardous surf of 10 to 12 feet will persist along east facing shores through Saturday. The advisory goes on to state that coastal inundation of 1 to 2 feet are possible along east facing shores ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting in 2014

Your vote counts! Did you know that many recent U.S. elections have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by military and overseas voters?  All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadline. ...
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The U.S. Embassy today turned over two security wands to the Police Commissioner

The U.S. Embassy today turned over two security wands to the Police Commissioner to detect contraband including drugs, weapons, and explosives.  This security assistance comes from the U.S. Army Garrison Kwajalein Atoll (USAGKA) and follows small arms training from USAGKA earlier this year.  The U.S. and the Marshall Islands are partners in regional security and ...
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Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller attends the 2014 Remembrance Day commemoration of the Castle Bravo nucle

Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller represented the United States at the Remembrance Day commemoration of the Castle Bravo nuclear test on March 1, 1954. This year was the 60th anniversary of the test, and it was fitting that the Under Secretary attended the event which was covered by the international ...
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United States Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus visited the Marshall Islands

His first stop was Majuro.  After a long series of flights starting in Washington, D.C., “SecNav” arrived after a five hour flight from Honolulu.  This visit gave him an opportunity to reinforce the maritime relationship between the United States and the Marshall Islands and to express his thanks for the continued friendship and cooperation between ...
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Wareden Message – Super Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda

On November 8, 2013 Super Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Yolanda, slammed into the central Philippines, affecting an estimated 10 million people, particularly in the city of Tacloban and the remote areas of Leyte and Eastern Samar provinces. Most of us have received phone calls, emails and messages from concerned family members and friends, wanting ...
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Drought Response Updates

Ever since President Obama declared a drought in the Marshall Islands on June 14, 2013, international partners, including the U.S., have been working with the RMI government to make the Marshalls more resilient to drought.  The Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance is doing a survey this week of the food situation on each atoll affected ...
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U.S. Embassy at the Majuro Career Fair 2013

Friday the 13th, career day at the ICC for high school seniors as well as Majuro’s two colleges will hopefully bring some good luck to the students who attended.  The U.S. Embassy was represented by Ambassador Armbruster and Pol/Econ Officer Jeff Shelden.  The embassy team answered questions about our sponsorship of the event, the life ...
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Secretary Jewell Remarks at PIF

Remarks at Pacific Islands Forum Post-Forum Dialogue Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell September 6, 2013   As prepared for delivery Thank you very much for the warm welcome, President Loeak.  It is a pleasure to be here in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. I am honored to be the first Secretary of the ...
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Drought Response on Aur Atoll Demonstrates the Strengths and Weakness of Drought Relief

The inconsistent availability of air support provided by the sole Air Marshall Islands aircraft means air access (the “air bridge”) to all drought affected areas has been challenging as the government of the RMI has been reluctant to allow air operations into the country other than Air Marshall Islands.  Nevertheless, IOM with support from USAID/OFDA ...
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U.S. PIF Delegation Announcement Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will lead the U.S. government delegation to the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Post Forum Dialogue on September 6 in Majuro, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, to highlight and build upon our historic relations with the peoples and nations of the Pacific. Secretary Jewell’s participation in ...
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A Quick Lesson in American Citizen Services

Over forty-five new and returning teachers from World Teach, Dartmouth, and Coop gathered under the embassy patio for drinks, pizza and few words from Embassy staff.  Ambassador Armbruster extended a warm welcome to all of the new and returning teachers, and greeted them with a quiz on Marshall Islands trivia, complete with prizes for the ...
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Canvasback Ophthalmology Team Gets to Work

What do you do when hundreds of blind people crowd into the Majuro Hospital outpatient clinic?  The Canvasback Missions Ophthalmology team gets right to work!   Led by Jacque Spence, co-founder of the mission and Jeffrey Ing, MD., the team is making a tremendous impact at the Majuro Hospital.  By the end of the mission, the ...
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Rongelap Atoll Moi Farming Funded by DOI

Fish for dinner!  On Friday, July 26th, Department of the Interior, Office of Insular Affairs officially awarded to the Rongelap Atoll Local Government $150,000 in grant funding through the FY 2013 OIA Technical Assistance Program to support Rongelap’s Community Based Fish Feed Mill Project.  This is a unique project and utilizes the natural advantages of ...
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Students Respond to Climate Change through Skits

Assumption High School hosted five American high school seniors, as well as two teachers, from Maryknoll Catholic School in Honolulu, Hawaii.  The American students were in the RMI for three weeks volunteering their time tutoring incoming Assumption High School students. The Assumption students, all incoming freshman, eagerly signed up for the chance, hoping to be ...
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The Last Pacific Partnership Delivery

After dozens of activities, United States Ambassador Thomas H. Armbruster delivered the final thirteen boxes of Pacific Partnership humanitarian supplies.  The boxes, delivered on July 24, contained backpacks donated by the Church of Latter Day Saints for the Ministry of Education.  The book bags have some special prizes from the Embassy and will go to ...
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NOAA Workshop Increases RMI Preparedness

The Marshall Islands welcomed Charles Guard and Reggie White of the National Oceans and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to lead the Annual National Weather Service Tropical Cyclone, Disaster Preparedness, and Climate Workshop.  Participants of the workshop included 22 Marshallese counterparts representing multiple government ministries. The NOAA workshop, which covered a multitude of topics, came at an ...
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NDAA/WUTMI Address Trafficking Concerns

The Marshall Islands is taking steps that could move the country away from the U.S. Department of States’s Trafficking in Persons “watch list.”  A three day workshop in Majuro entitled “The National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) Pacific Regional Response to Human Trafficking” took place from June 28-July 1, wrapping-up with an address by Ambassador Armbruster ...
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Youth-to-Youth Impresses the Crowds!

In two well-attended performances on July 5th and 6th,  Youth-to-Youth in Health peer educators entertained as well as educated audiences who came to see the latest offering from this established and accomplished local NGO that addresses youth issues.   Before the inaugural performance on July 5th, Ambassador Armbruster and Pacific Partnership Commodore Wallace Lovely gave opening ...
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U.S. Navy Partners with RMI and U.S. Agencies in Drought Relief Workshop

On July 8th, Casten Nemra, Chief Secretary and chairman of the RMI’s National Disaster Committee, made it plain in his opening comments to workshop participants that everyone was here today to learn from their experiences so far with the RMI’s Drought Emergency, and to hear recommendations for the road forward.  All comments were welcome, he ...
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Pacific Partnership 2013 Commences in the RMI

The opening ceremony of the Pacific Partnership 13 Mission to the Marshall Islands took place on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at the Delap Park.  The ceremony kicked off  two weeks of humanitarian and infrastructure projects and activities that are will take place on Majuro and Ebeye.  Commanding Officer Commander Michael Harris of the USS Pearl ...
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Pacific Women Climate Leaders Visitor Program

Pacific Women Climate Leaders August 18-28, 2013 Washington, D.C., and additional cities Deadline June 20, 2013 The U.S. State Department Office of Global Women’s Issues and Office of International Visitors are pleased to announce a special opportunity for a ten-day voluntary visitor program to promote women’s leadership roles in addressing climate change, increasing energy access ...
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RMI Student to Attend USCG Academy

On June 12, Embassy Majuro Military Liaison Officer Tom Mau presented an official U.S. Coast Guard Academy Certificate of Appointment to James Francis “Vinny” Myazoe II.  Also present at the brief ceremony were RMI President Christopher Loeak , several Cabinet Ministers, and U.S. Ambassador Armbruster, who joined in congratulating Vinny on his appointment to the ...
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Youth-to-Youth in Health Summer Workshop Commences

On June 10, 2013, Ambassador Armbruster and Information Assistant Erin Jacobs attended the opening of Youth-to-Youth-in Health’s (YTYIH) annual summer workshop for its peer educator training.  YTYIH is a local NGO that employs youth educators to work with other Marshall Islands youth, addressing important issues facing Marshall Islands youth today, including substance abuse, reproductive health, ...
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Ready to Roll!

Baptist High students Philomena Brechtefeld and Drago Dujmovic get ready to go to Stanford University in California while Marshall Islands High student Selina Leem prepares to go to Princeton in New Jersey under the Junior Statesman of America program.  The three week course will help prepare them for college and to be future leaders.  Philomena ...
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RMI Celebrates World Oceans Day

The Marshall Islands celebrated World Oceans day on Saturday June 8th with a cleanup effort that focused on Uliga Village, Majuro.   RMI local youth group JOJIKUM and participants were out bright and early to help clean up the beaches and lagoon. Ambassador Armbruster and Embassy staff member Yetta Aliven helped clean out the lagoon by ...
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RMI Celebrates International Day for Biodiversity

The Republic of the Marshall Islands marked the International Day for Biodiversity on May 24.  The theme was “Water for Life,” a timely theme with the RMI experiencing drought.  Speakers urged a national awareness effort and reminded the audience that biodiversity is vital to the RMI’s future and quality of life.  Minister Tony DeBrum noted ...
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RMI Students Participate in Leadership Program

On May 6, Ambassador Armbruster and General Services Officer Fred Reichard presented airplane e-tickets and itineraries to Malia Nii and Nicodemus Lajidrik, the two RMI participants attending the upcoming Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders program later this month.  The SUSI program provides groups of undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding ...
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Local NGO Produces Unique Embassy Coins

On May 2, Ambassador Armbruster and Information Assistant Erin Jacobs visited Waan Aelon in Majel (WAM) where staff are hard at work producing the first-ever U.S. Embassy Majuro “Coins.”  These coins—styled after the “Challenge coins” used by many organizations, especially the military—will be given away by U.S. Embassy staff members as tokens of appreciation and ...
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RMI Contributes to NASA Research

The RMI is contributing to scientific research in the upper atmosphere.  NASA’s Dr. Joyce Winterton, Senior Advisor for Education and Leadership, spoke to College of the Marshall Islands students on April 22 about NASA’s sounding rocket program.  An upcoming launch on Kwajalein Atoll will study “space weather” in the ionosphere.  The launch is part of ...
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Pacific Partnership 2013 Commodore Visits Majuro

On April 16 and 17, U.S. Navy Captain Wallace Lovely led a small delegation to Majuro to prepare for the upcoming Pacific Partnership 2013, a humanitarian assistance mission that will visit the RMI and other Pacific Island countries later this year.  These missions include sailors from a number of countries and helps to improve the ...
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Majuro Science Fair a Success

The first-ever Majuro wide Science Fair featured projects from the College of the Marshall Islands, Majuro Middle School and the Co-op School.  Some 20 entries were submitted from area schools. Every team had an opportunity to explain their entry to the judges.  During the award ceremony for the Embassy co-sponsored event, Ambassador Armbruster said he ...
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Enhancing Coastal Management in the Marshall Islands

Embassy Science Fellow, Michael Donovan, is collaborating with the Republic of the Marshall Islands Environmental Protection Authority (RMIEPA) where he is expanding capacity in surveying and mapping. Donovan is applying geospatial technologies to bolster RMIEPA’s environmental monitoring. His work aims to assist the Authority in its mission to ensure environmental sustainability and regulated coastal development. ...
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Expedition Prepares for UXO Disposal in Mili and Maloelap Atolls

A multi-agency team led by Len Austin, deputy director of Golden West Humanitarian Foundation, surveyed Mili and Maloelap Atolls to prepare for the safe disposal of unexploded ordnance (UXO). The expedition identified unexploded ordnance that will be removed to safeguard the residents in the most inhabited areas of those atolls. Sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, ...
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U.S. and R.M.I. Sign Amendment to the Shiprider Agreement

Pacific marine resources now have additional protection.  On March 19, Ambassador Thomas Armbruster and Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Foreign Minister Phillip Muller signed an amendment to the 2008 U.S.-RMI Agreement Concerning Cooperation in Maritime Surveillance and Interdiction Activities.  Under the amended agreement, RMI law enforcement officials can now be embarked as shipriders aboard ...
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CDC Providing Immunization Assistance to RMI

The CDC Project Officer for the Marshall Island’s National Immunization Program, Mimi Larzelere, and the Guam-based Public Health Advisor assigned to the Marshall Islands, Mary Huynh, have been meeting with Immunization program officials this week to provide technical assistance to program staff.  The National Immunization Program receives $1 million dollars in US funding to implement ...
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New Tobolar Ship Inaugurated

The Marshall Islands inaugurated a new vessel for Tobolar on Friday, February 28, 2013 at the Uliga Dock.  The Tobolar ship is a donation of the Government of the Republic of China (ROC) Taiwan that will be used to transport coconut oil from the outer islands for processing in Majuro.  Coconut oil is one of ...
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RMI Students Perform West Side Story

The students from Marshall Islands High School, Assumption School and the Co-op School have been very busy the past seven weeks rehearsing and preparing for this year’s performance of Leonard Bernstein’s spectacular Broadway musical “West Side Story.” Dances have been choreographed and rehearsed, lines have been learned, songs have been sung, videos have been made, ...
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Nuclear Remembrance Day Remarks by Ambassador Armbruster

Yokwe.  Mr. President, Ministers, Senators, traditional and religious leaders, local government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, distinguished citizens of Bikini, Enewetak, Rongelap and Utrik, and honored guests – thank you for the opportunity to speak with you today. Fifty-nine years ago, the United States conducted tests of nuclear weapons, critical for global safety and ...
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Embassy Science Fellow to Support RMI EPA

Michael Donovan, an expert in urban planning with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), arrived on February 26 in Majuro as part of the Embassy Science Fellows program.  Michael will be supporting the RMI Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) in its efforts to monitor coastal change through using geospatial analysis, including Geographic Information Systems ...
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Embassy Staff Learn Readiness for WMDs

Don’t worry—aliens have not landed!  On February 14, Embassy first-responders participated in an all-day weapons of mass destruction (WMD) training, culminating with a simulated “emergency situation” wherein the Embassy was the site of a WMD attack.  During this enactment, Embassy first responders donned their full first-responder outfits to treat the “victims” of the attack…attracting the ...
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Majuro Atoll Celebrates Majuro Day

On February 14, 2013 Ambassador Armbruster attended the opening ceremony for Majuro Day celebrations.  Performers rendered the national anthem in sign language and Marshall Islands President Christopher Loeak was the keynote speaker as the Majuro Day holiday kicked off.  There was dancing (in the rain), good food, and sports to celebrate the commemoration of the ...
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RMI Students Participate in Lively Debates

Education Week is underway in the Marshall Islands!  Five debate teams took on the important question of whether poverty alleviation should take precedence over environmental stewardship.  It was a hard fought debate with students noting the need for a clean environment to attract tourists and create jobs and to have a sustainable future based on ...
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Kwajalein Commemoration Day 69th Anniversary

Ambassador Armbruster joined hundreds of Kwajalein Atoll residents on Ebeye Island to mark the 69thanniversary of the liberation of Kwajalein Atoll from the Japanese in World War Two. The ceremony included US Army-Garrison Kwajalein Atoll officers, Ebeye Mayor Lemari, and Minister for Assistance Tony DeBrum who delivered the keynote address and said that the US-Marshall ...
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U.S. Funding Goes Toward Education

Ambassador Armbruster presented the RMI government with a check for over $8 million this week to go towards, education, health, environmental and food security programs.  On Ejit Island, school children welcomed the opening of new classrooms and restrooms funded through Compact of Free Association allocations.  The new classrooms will allow the Ejit school to have ...
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Flying Doctors of America Mission a Huge Success

Demand for the Flying Doctors of America has been tremendous, and the doctors, surgeons, dentists, and mental health care professionals have provided hundreds of surgeries, medical exams, and services on remote outer islands and in Majuro.  Ambassador Armbruster traveled with the team to Arno Atoll, and helped hand out over 190 pairs of prescription eyeglasses ...
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RMI Celebrates World Wetlands Day

The 2nd of February each year is designated as World Wetlands Day. This day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands (known as the Ramsar Convention) on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar. The 2013 World Wetlands Day theme is “Wetlands and Water Management,” reflecting how the wise ...
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One Laptop per Child Program Launched

On January 30, 2013, hundreds of students and educators joined Minister of Education Dr. Hilda Heine at a morning ceremony to officially launch the One Laptop per Child program in the Marshall Islands.  Delap Elementary School on Majuro will be the first school in the RMI to receive and begin using the laptops for its ...
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Exciting Signs of the Times!

The Marshall Islands Ministry of Education, Gallaudet Regional Center of the Pacific, and the Pacific and Hawaii Deaf-Blind Project are all working together to further educational opportunities for deaf and blind children.  The RMI has one of the highest incidences of deafness in the region.  Majuro has some 70 deaf students.  Two new Deaf World ...
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Flying Doctors Arrive in the Marshall Islands

The Flying Doctors have landed!  Atlanta-based NGO “Flying Doctors” are fanning out across the Marshall Islands to perform surgeries, dental procedures, and health awareness clinics.  Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Interior, the Flying Doctors work with their Marshallese partners to prioritize needs and address health emergencies during their stay.  The 22 ...
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RMI Government Reaffirms Partnership with U.S. Army Garrison Kwajalein Atoll

General Formica, SGT Major Turner, President Loeak and Ambassador Armbruster unveiled the Louis Zamperini plaque dedicating the cafeteria at the U.S. Army Garrison Kwajalein Atoll in Zamperini’s honor. Louis Zamperini, now 96, is a former Olympic athlete, Airman in the Pacific, and survivor of weeks at sea in a raft after his plane was shot ...
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Ambassador Armbruster Speech at the Dedication of Zamperini Dining Facility at USAG-KA

MR. ZAMPERINI, AS THIS IS BEING VIDEOTAPED, I’M HAPPY TO REPORT TO YOU THAT THERE IS A GREAT CROWD OF AMERICAN PATRIOTS AND VERY DISTINGUISHED MARSHALLESE VISITORS AND FRIENDS WHO ARE ALL VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS DEDICATION. MR. PRESIDENT, MINISTERS, GENERAL FORMICA, COL. BOEHME, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,  WE’RE HERE TO CELEBRATE AN AMERICAN HERO.  LOUIS ...
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USAG-KA Dining Facility to be Dedicated to Zamperini

On January 16, 2013, United States Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll (USAG-KA) will host a ceremony to dedicate and rename the current USAG-KA dining facility as the Captain Louis S. Zamperini Dining Facility. Commanding General of the Space and Missile Defense Command, Lieutenant General Richard Formica, will conduct the distinguished ceremony.  Invited guests include the President of ...
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U.S. Representatives Attend Rousing Nitijela Opening Ceremony

RMI President Christopher Loeak delivered an inspiring call to action in his State of the Nation address, highlighting accomplishments and challenges related to public sector reforms (taxes, public sector employment and State-Owned Enterprises), education, health, fisheries, alternative energy, and climate change.   Ambassador Armbruster, Deputy Chief of Mission Doug Carey, U.S. Army Garrison Kwajalein Atoll (USAG-KA) ...
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Former NBA Coach Visits the RMI

On January 3, Coach Tom Newell arrived in Majuro to begin his 10 day trip to the Marshall Islands as part of the State Department’s Sports Diplomacy program. On his first day in Majuro, Coach Newell met with the RMI President and the RMI National Olympic Committee and Basketball Federation, sharing his plans to conduct ...
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RMI High School Students Address Corruption

As part of this year’s 16 Days of Activism activities, Ambassador Armbruster served on a panel of judges evaluating entries submitted for an Anti-corruption Essay contest.  The essay contest was organized by Women United Together Marshall Islands (WUTMI) in conjunction with the RMI Auditor General’s office, and other members of the judging panel included representatives ...
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U.S. Team Visits Bikini

As the site of nuclear testing in the 1950’s, the Bikini Atoll continues to be studied today by scientists like Terry Hamilton from Lawrence Livermore Laboratories. Dr. Hamilton is a radioecologist, interested in seeing how levels of cesium-137 and strontium-90 in soil and plant samples can be lowered to allow people to resettle on islands ...
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Ambassador Visits Whole Body Count Facility

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory continues to operate a Whole Body Count program in Majuro to determine the amount of radiation in a person, whether for those people exposed to residual fallout contamination in the environment, or simply interested in having a check.  The Marshall Islands Whole Body Counting Program is the largest per-capita national radiological ...
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U.S. Scientists Assist Freely Associated States to Combat Invasive Species

On November 29, representatives from the Regional Invasive Species Council (RISC) of Micronesia presented to the Micronesian Chief Executives’ Summit in Majuro on the importance of combating invasive species.  RISC of Micronesia is a Guam-based organization that has representatives in Guam, the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Saipan, ...
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Sashimi Headed for Los Angeles and New York

Ambassador Armbruster and Political/Economic officer Andrew Zvirzdin met with Base Manager Jin Liang and toured the Marshall Islands Fishing Venture (MIFV) tuna processing plant on November 28.  With a fleet of approximately 40 long-line fishing vessels, MIFV exports several tons of fresh and frozen yellow fin tuna to the United States every month.  The processing ...
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Ambassador Interviewed by V7Emon

Majuro Radio host Fred Pedro interviewed Ambassador Armbruster on December 4 and asked about everything from the legacy of 1950’s era nuclear testing to U.S. contingency plans should the “fiscal cliff” become a reality.  The Ambassador was upbeat about U.S.-RMI relations, especially given the renewed focus of the United States on the Pacific region.  He ...
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The Ocean Unites Us

RMI President Loeak opened the 18th Micronesian Executives’ Summit promoting economic development, environmental stewardship, and unity among the 22,000 islands that make up the region. While the individual islands may appear as “specks” from space, the President said, collectively they constitute an area the size of the continental United States. All of the nations have close ...
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U.S. Works with Pacific Islands to Conserve Fisheries Resources

The United States has a long history of cooperation and collaboration with the Pacific Island States to protect and conserve these resources for current and future generations.  The fisheries for tuna in the Western and Central Pacific are the largest and most valuable in the world.  Our Shiprider program – which allows fisheries enforcement officials ...
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Embassy Staff Join March to Take a Stand

On November 26, Ambassador Armbruster and other U.S. Embassy Majuro staff took part in the March to Take a Stand walkathon sponsored by Women United Together Marshall Islands (WUTMI) and the College of the Marshall Islands (CMI) during the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women.  The march was part of the 16 Days of Activism ...
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RMI Sea Patrol Christens the LOMOR II

The Marshall Islands Sea Patrol has a new vessel for its fleet: the LOMOR II.  Marshallese for “saved,” it’s  a 46-foot fiberglass boat designed to monitor Majuro lagoon, serve as a faster and more economical alternative to the larger, Australian-funded LOMOR, and to conduct inspections and rapid response operations within a 200-mile radius of Majuro ...
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Coral Restoration Underway at Majuro Airport

Ambassador A. and Political Officer Andrew Zvirzdin took the plunge with mariculture expert Provan Crump as work began to restore coral removed for airport construction.  The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has ongoing safety improvements underway at the airport that have required dredging just offshore.  Mr. Crump has been contracted to restore coral in areas where ...
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USAKA Hosts Marshallese Trade Fair

For nine years, U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll (USAKA) has hosted the Marshallese Trade Fair, with this year’s fair taking place on November 19th.   The trade fair is an occasion for vendors all across the Marshall Islands to converge on Kwajalein and offer their unique handicrafts and fresh produce and fish to the Kwajalein community. Island ...
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Majuro Tuna Plant Exports World-Wide

Although some of the Pacific tuna produced here ends up on dinner plates as far away as Algeria, 70% of the tuna processed at the Pan Pacific Foods plant in Majuro is marketed in the United States, particularly under the Bumblebee brand.  For more and more seafood consumers, sustainability is a selling point.  The Marine ...
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Global Project to Provide Laptops to RMI Students

The RMI Ministry of Education is using Compact funds to purchase one thousand special laptop computers through the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Project, an exciting initiative that will revolutionize education in the RMI.  The laptops will go to eight public elementary schools in the RMI, three schools in Majuro and five schools in the ...
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Ambassador Visits Ebeye Residents

On November 10, Ambassador Thomas Armbruster and the Commander of the U.S. Army installation on Kwajalein Atoll, Colonel Shannon Boehm, met with traditional leadership and residents on Ebeye Island.  The Ambassador and Ebeye residents shared several ideas on how best to improve the education and health of the Ebeye community, and also discussed ways the ...
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Ambassador Speaks on Veteran’s Day

Ambassador Armbruster spoke at the Kwajalein Veterans Memorial Ceremony on Veterans Day.  In his remarks, the Ambassador emphasized the unique role USAKA plays in preserving American freedom today and commended Marshallese citizens for their important contributions to the U.S. armed forces.   Also participatingwere Boy and Girl Scouts, the American Legion Post (giving the 21-gun ...
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Ambassador Visits USCG Cutter Sequoia

On November 11, Ambassador Armbruster visited the Coast Guard Cutter Sequoia at the US Army Base Kwajalein Atoll.  The Sequoia is a buoy tender that has participated in the “Ship Rider” program, allowing law enforcement officials from the Marshall Islands to use the Sequoia as a platform for maritime enforcement.  The Sequoia was successful in ...
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Embassy Hosts Global Entrepreneurship Week Events

As part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week initiative held around the world with support from the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Embassy and the College of the Marshall Islands hosted an entrepreneurship panel on November 13 at the College of the Marshall Islands.  The panel featured local business representatives who discussed the challenges and ...
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U.S. Engineering Mission Tours Aur Atoll

Engineers and planners from the United States Army and Navy joined representative from the RMI government and the U.S. Embassy in Majuro on a visit to Aur atoll on November 7 as part of a planning exercise for the upcoming “Pacific Partnership” exercise in 2013.  Minister Hilda Heine – the senator from Aur – escorted ...
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Ambassador Armbruster Joins in Dedicating New Enewa Elementary School

November 8, 2012–The whole community turned out to dedicate Enewa Elementary School on Ailinglaplap atoll, one of two new U.S.-funded schools on the island.   Ambassador Armbruster joined Minister of Education Hilda Heine in dedicating the school that will provide island children with the skills they need to succeed.  The U.S. is also working on providing ...
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Embassy Hosts U.S. Election 2012 “Open House”

The U.S. Embassy in Majuro hosted an interactive “Election Open House” November 7 to view the 2012 Election results and discuss American politics.  Guests included Marshall Islands government officials, Majuro high school students, and local American citizens.  Andrew Zvirzdin, the Embassy’s Political Officer, served as MC, leading several activities with the Embassy guests, including a ...
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IOM Warehouse: Ready to Assist in a Disaster

On October 30, Ambassador Armbruster met with representatives from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to discuss their program in the Marshall Islands.   In support of the USG disaster response and reconstruction responsibilities under the compact, IOM maintains a small operational staff in Majuro to manage a warehouse of prepositioned emergency relief supplies and develop ...
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DOE Medical Facility: A Small Office with a Big Heart

On October 22, 2012, Ambassador Armbruster and Embassy Majuro IMO/GSO/RSO Officer Fred Reichard visited the Department of Energy Medical Facility on Majuro Atoll.  Since the 1950s, the Department of Energy has had a presence in the Marshall Islands, attending to patients affected by a nuclear test conducted in 1954.  Originating from the atolls of Rongelap ...
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Presentation of Commander’s Coin to Jefferson Bobo

On October 25, 2012, U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant Brian Sattler presented a Commander’s coin from Coast Guard Rear Admiral James Rendon, Director of the Joint Interagency Task Force West, to Jefferson Bobo, currently the only Marshallese graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.  Mr. Bobo now works for the government of the Republic of Marshall ...
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Ambassador Armbruster and Co-Op Students Discuss Presidential Visits

Ambassador Armbruster visited the Majuro Co-op School on October 23 and met with the 11th grade Current Events class.  As the two U.S. Presidential candidates prepared for their final debate on foreign policy, Ambassador Armbruster discussed the impact of Presidential visits overseas.  The Ambassador recounted visits by President Bush to Finland in 1989, President Clinton ...
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Mariculture Farm Promotes Sustainable Economic Development

The Embassy’s Political/Economic officer met with Provan Crump, the Manager of the Marshall Islands Mariculture Farm (MIMF) on September 12 to discuss aquaculture in the RMI.  MIMF , a subsidiary of the U.S. company Oceans, Reefs and Aquariums (ORA), has developed a successful export industry selling Aquacultured giant clams and coral to aquarium enthusiasts in the ...
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Embassy Float a Success at Fourth Annual Bob Festival

October 15, 2012— The U.S. Embassy Majuro participated for the first time in the fourth annual Bob (Pandanus) Festival parade on Saturday, October 13, earning 2ndplace honors for its float entry.  Embassy staff joined RMI government dignitaries, NGOs, schools, and others at the old weather station to take part in the float parade, traditional Marshallese ...
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Unique Fashion Show Celebrates Marshallese Style

October 12, 2012—Last night the Marshall Islands Resort’s poolside area was lit up by an exciting and unique fashion show that celebrated Marshallese fashion through the ages.  The fashion show was the highlight of the farewell dinner closing-out this week’s Ministers of Tourism Conference that was held in Majuro, hosted by the Marshall Islands Visitors ...
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Fulfilling Pledge on Unexploded Ordnance

On August 31st at the Pacific Island Forum, Secretary Clinton announced that the US is seeking over $5 million to reduce the number of unexploded bombs, shells and other ordnance left over from World War Two.  The Secretary said it is a “crucial matter for security and prosperity.  Decaying ordnance leak chemicals that pollute water ...
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6th Annual Jaki Ed Exhibition and Auction a Huge Success

On September 27, 2012, the Sixth Annual Jaki ed Auction and Exhibition was held at the Marshall Islands Resort’s Melele Room.  Several embassy staff, including Ambassador Armbruster and Department of Interior representative Al Fowler, took part in the exciting auction.  Jaki ed are finely woven mats that Marshallese traditionally used as clothing.  This year, in large ...
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RMI Celebrates Manit Day (Culture Day) 2012

On September 28, 2012 the people of the Republic of the Marshall Islands celebrated the Manit Day.  Manit Day is an annual holiday that commemorates Marshallese traditions and culture.  Activities include singing performances, sports games, weaving competitions, and traditional canoe races.  There are also food booths set up showcasing Marshallese and international cuisine.  This year, ...
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U.S. Coast Guard Conducts Training on Majuro

A U.S. Coast Guard Mobile Training Team conducted an intensive two-week Advanced Boarding Officer course on Majuro for Marshallese maritime law enforcement officers. During a closing ceremony at the RMI Sea Patrol Headquarters on September 27th, Ambassador Thomas Armbruster and RMI Acting President Tony deBrum presented certificates to the Marshallese graduates and thanked the Coast ...
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Basing of First U.S. Space Fence Facility Announced

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – The Air Force will base a Space Fence radar site on Kwajalein Island in the Republic of the Marshall Islands with Initial Operations Capability (IOC) planned for fiscal year 2017. The Fence will provide a critical Space Surveillance Network capability needed to give warfighters the ability to maintain a ...
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NOAA National Weather Service Expert Visits the RMI

NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) expert, Charles “Chip” Guard, visits the RMI this week to conduct a tropical cyclone, disaster preparedness and climate workshop with RMI officials.  Chip is a weather expert from the Weather Forecast Office on Guam, who has been studying Pacific weather patterns and helping Pacific Island governments prepare for rough weather ...
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The Legacy of U.S. Nuclear Testing and Radiation Exposure in the Marshall Islands

Background The United States conducted 67 nuclear explosive tests in the Marshall Islands between 1946 and 1958.  In 1962, the United States halted atmospheric nuclear explosive tests, like those conducted in the Marshall Islands, and ended all nuclear explosive testing in 1992.  President Barack Obama announced in Prague in 2009 that the long-term goal of ...
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Twelve New RMI Recruits Join the U.S. Army

Ambassador Armbruster joined U.S. Army Captain Quinlan to welcome twelve new Marshallese recruits into the U.S. Army on September 11, 2012.  The new recruits were sworn into the U.S. military at a small ceremony at the RRE Hotel in Majuro attended by friends, family and Marshallese veterans of U.S. Armed Forces.  The induction ceremony occurred ...
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Ambassador Armbruster Presents Credentials to President Loeak

President Loeak Welcomes Ambassador: On September 6, Ambassador Armbruster presented his credentials to President Christopher Loeak in a brief ceremony with several Cabinet members in attendance.  President Loeak warmly welcomed the Ambassador and expressed his hope that the RMI would work closely with the Embassy to deal with critical issues facing the country.  The Ambassador ...
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Secretary Clinton meets President Loeak at the Pacific Islands Forum

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton attended the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Post Forum Dialogue in Raratonga, Cook Islands on August 31st, where she met with Pacific Island leaders, including RMI President Loeak.  Secretary Clinton’s attendance at the PIF was the first ever by a U.S. Secretary of State, and her participation highlights the United ...
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U.S. Team Supports Deaf Students in the Marshall Islands

On Tuesday September 4, Ambassador Armbruster met with representatives from Gallaudet University who are in the Marshall Islands as part of a regular program to provide resources and assistance to deaf students.  The group includes Lisa Jacobs, the Director for Regional and National Outreach at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.; Judith Coryell, the Director of ...
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