This cancel just arrived. What is happening in Kwajalein? Does any one know? This is a Marshall Islands Postal Authority (MIPSA) with USPS below it. Which is confusing because it appears that the MIPA is under the the auspices of the United States Postal Service.
Additionally, prior to the Marshall Islands postal independence the Kwaj post office was operated by the USPS as a branch of the Honolulu Post Office. After the Marshalls Postal Independence the US Army Post Office took responsibility for both this and the Roi-Nam Post Office thought they are staffed by a US contractor. The Marshall Islands Postal Service have never operatd Post Offices at either place. So now w see a standard Marshall Islands Postal authority cancel with the name Kwajalein. This suggests that they are set to control the Kwaj Post Office sometime in the future.
Questions abound- What degree of control does the USPS have over the MIPA…the mixed use of both names on cancels implies that the USPS has some control in MIPS land and the military authorities are comfortable enough with the MIPS to allow them to run the Kwaj Post Office. What other reason could there be. Maybe all of this is just speculation.
It is up to the reader to help get the answers here. My thanks to Eric Baxendale, editor of the US Pacific Islands Bulletin for pointing out these facts.