The Marshall Islands , a chain of 24 atolls and coral islands in the South Pacific containing only 66 square miles of land, sent a new ambassador to the United States who was educated in the U.S. and has worked at the embassy since 2007. On September 9, 2011, Charles Rudolph Paul presented his credentials to President Barack Obama as the Marshall Islands’ third, and youngest serving Ambassador to the United States. The U.S. used two atolls in the Marshalls, Bikini and Enewetak, for nuclear bomb testing in the 1950s and 1960s. Many Marshallese now live in Hawaii and Arkansas.
Martha L. Campbell was sworn in as the US Ambassador to the Republic of Marshall Islands on August 21, 2009. After the US signed the Compact of Free Association, Martha Campbell actually opened the first diplomatic post in Majuro in the Marshall Islands in 1987.