Operation Roi Recovery assesses damages to Roi-Namur infrastructure in Kwajalein Atoll
1 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Garrison – Kwajalein Atoll Commander Col. Drew Morgan, center right, welcomes Roi-Namur evacuees to Kwajalein Island on Jan. 21. Roi-Namur is a four-hour boat trip from Kwajalein. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by James Brantley) VIEW ORIGINAL
Operation Roi Recovery assesses damages to Roi-Namur infrastructure in Kwajalein Atoll
2 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A Kwaj resident shows her support for the displaced individuals from Roi-Namur, who are affectionately called Roi Rats. (Photo Credit: Mike Brantley) VIEW ORIGINAL
Operation Roi Recovery assesses damages to Roi-Namur infrastructure in Kwajalein Atoll
3 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The Roi-Namur church steeple rests on the coral-strewn grounds on the opposite side of the Tradewinds Theater, background, from where it once stood. The steeple is the only part of the church that is recognizable. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo) VIEW ORIGINAL
Operation Roi Recovery assesses damages to Roi-Namur infrastructure in Kwajalein Atoll
4 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A hot meal was welcomed by the 80 displaced Roi-Namur residents on Jan. 21. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by James Brantley) VIEW ORIGINAL
Operation Roi Recovery assesses damages to Roi-Namur infrastructure in Kwajalein Atoll
5 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Roi-Namur residents depart the catamaran after their four-hour journey to Kwajalein on Jan. 21. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by James Brantley) VIEW ORIGINAL

ROI-NAMUR, Marshall Islands — A series of weather-driven waves Jan. 20, 2024 resulted in significant flooding of the island of Roi-Namur. The island is the second-largest island of the Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll supports the U.S. Space and Missile Defense Command’s Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site. The test site serves as a space and missile defense test range for the Department of Defense.

USAG–KA personnel evacuated 80 of the approximately 120 personnel who call Roi-Namur home. Sixty people remain to assess damage and restore basic services while continuing the water and fuel runs that sustain the island of Enniburr, the island south of Roi-Namur where the Marshallese workforce resides.

“Clearing the runway on Roi-Namur and assessing its safety is our top priority now that we have evacuated personnel not required for the initial response efforts,” said Col. Drew Morgan, USAG–KA garrison commander. “Once the runway is open, we can move people and equipment back and forth to start the recovery process.”

Operation Roi Recovery assesses damages to Roi-Namur infrastructure in Kwajalein Atoll
1 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – An aerial photo the morning of Jan. 21 shows extensive flooding in the central portion of Roi-Namur, which is the second-largest island of the Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Jessica Dambruch) VIEW ORIGINAL
Operation Roi Recovery assesses damages to Roi-Namur infrastructure in Kwajalein Atoll
2 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Containers were tossed across Roi-Namur by the storm surge. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo) VIEW ORIGINAL
Operation Roi Recovery assesses damages to Roi-Namur infrastructure in Kwajalein Atoll
3 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The Café Roi dining facility was heavily flooded in the storm. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo) VIEW ORIGINAL
Operation Roi Recovery assesses damages to Roi-Namur infrastructure in Kwajalein Atoll
4 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The Machine Maintenance Shop on Roi-Namur was flooded and rendered inoperable. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo) VIEW ORIGINAL
Operation Roi Recovery assesses damages to Roi-Namur infrastructure in Kwajalein Atoll
5 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Kwajalein Emergency Management Technicians await the arrival of the catamaran bringing 80 Roi-Namur residents displaced to Kwajalein after a night of flooding waves. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by James Brantley) VIEW ORIGINAL

The efforts of the garrison and multiple mission partners, which is named Operation Roi Recovery, could take months to complete. Aerial photos show extensive damage to Roi-Namur’s infrastructure, and multiple areas on the island are under water.

Flooding from the waves damaged much of the unaccompanied personnel housing. The dining facility, Outrigger Bar and Grill, the chapel and the Tradewinds Theater were moderately to severely damaged. The automotive complex remains under water.

“Roi-Namur represents the tip of Kwajalein’s spear,” Morgan said. “Roi residents are a special part of the Team Kwaj family. The workforce and community have mounted an impressive support response. I am very proud to be part of Team Kwaj.”