The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 13.05.1961, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 13.05.1961, Blaðsíða 1
Buy Ydur Share Df America! Buy BdndsTdday alctn Ydur Investment Is Safest In Savings Bonds Volume XI, Number 18 Headquarters, Air Forces Iceland, Keflavik Airport, Iceland—A MATS Unit Saturday, May 13, 1961 tfctejjhi An underground government nerve center designed to with- stand a nearby hydrogen bomb blast goes into construction June 1 near Dallas, at Denton, Tex. It is designed to serve as the nation's capitol if Washington and other regional centers should be knocked out in a war. Civil Defense officials say the center would accommodate 200 persons on a day-to-day basis or 800 during a 30-day emergency. * * * The Strategic Air Command re- ports that it has converted to career status 36 per cent of its officers scheduled for release dur- ing fiscal year 1961. The 36 per cent figure is for the first three quarters of FY 1961. During the third quarter alone, the officer retention rate in SAC zoomed to 72 per cent. The 1961 figures represent sig- nificant gains over the 24 per cent officer retention ratio posted by SAC in fiscal year 1960. SAC's director of personnel, Maj. Gen. William K. Martin, said he felt "that the major fact- or in a junior officer's decision to assume career status is the at- titude established by his super- iors." Fermented seal flippers is a local delicacy at Hopedale, Labra- dor, the U. S. Navy reports, quot- ing an Air Force major as source of the information. On the surface, the dish would not seem likely to win a "Hen- nessy" food service trophy, but those who have tried it say it's good, that it tastes something like beef heart. All Air Force, Navy, Marine and Army combat pilots who hold five or more victories are invited to attend the charter meeting of the Association of Fighter Aces at Pensacola, Fla., June 6-11. Presentations will be made at the Pensacola Naval Air Station June 9 honoring the aces of WW I, WWII and the Korean War by Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker. * * * Twenty-three Strategic Air Air Command bases will host 174 cadets of the Air Force Academy's Class of 1962 this summer during Operation "Third Lieutenant." The operation's objective is threefold: (1) To. introduce the cadets to the everyday problems of company grade officers; (2) To let them see "first hand" the coordination and supervision used in routine operations and (3) to provide the cadets with an under- standing of the details involved in accomplishing the SAC mis- sion. <S>- Heart with three Oak Leaf Clus- ters. When he leaves Iceland Col. See, Graduate, Page 3. SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENT Lt. Col. Elam W. Wright, Jr., is congratulated by Col. Myron F. Barlow, AFI chief of staff, for winning t Scholastic Achievement Award from the University of Maryland. Col. Wright has completed 13 courses through the university and has maintained a straight "A" average. IDF Army Officer Wins BA Degree, 13 A's, After 24-year Endeavor; Next Step Will Be Staff College The winding 24-year road to higher education for Lt. Col. Elam W. Wright Jr. will reach an important mile- stone on May 27. On that day at Heidelberg, Germany, he will receive his BA degree from the University of Maryland. Col. Wright attended the Uni- versity of Texas from 1937 to 1940, earning his tuition by work- ing at many jobs including tutor- ing in history and Spanish and instructing in horsemanship. Enlisting in the 56th Cavalry Brigade of the Texas National Guard in 1936, he entered Federal service as a platon sergeant in 1940 and graduated from OCS in 1943. He resumed work toward his BA degree with an off-duty course in geopolitics at Loyola College, Baltimore, in 1948. Col. Wright came to Iceland in March, 1959, with the 2d Batta- lion Combat Team, which left in March, 1960. He is now chief of staff, J-3 plans, in Headquarters Iceland Defense Force. While at Keflavik Airport Col. Wright completed his degree re- quirements—with several hours to spare—by taking 13 courses ran- ging from Russian history and foreign policy to public speaking and Shakespeare. Col. Wright was on the dean's list for his two years' work with the University of Maryland, main- taining a straight "A" average in all 13 courses. He served in North Africa and Italy in World War II. Among his many decorations are the Dis- tinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Lone Sitka Spruce Planted As New Keflavik Forest' A Sitka spruce was planted last week to replace the only tree that "used to be" on Keflavik Airport proper. The 13-year-old tree takes the place of the taller Icelandic spruce which was mysteriously cut down during the winter. It had been covered with target cloth on a wooden frame as protection against wind burn. The new "Keflavik Forest" in the grassed area at the terminal was furnished through the court- esy of Mr. Hakon Bjarnason, di- rector of the Icelandic Reforesta- tion Program. In the four-to-five-foot range, the new tree is about a third of the height of the 20-year-old tree it replaces. The Sitka spruce was planted by a Civil Engineering roads and grounds crew under Mr. Palmi Arngrimsson, base agronomist, who also planted the Icelandic spruce in 1957. Keflavik Gets 192 Promotion Slots In June One hundred and ninety-two Keflavik Airport men will don an additional stripe June 1, including three techs Who will become masters, and three staffs who will move up to tech. In addition, Keflavik Air-** port will submit the names of four techs and three staffs to MATS Headquarters for promotion con- sideration under the Exceptional- ly Well Qualified program. Keflavik will also promote 7 men to staff, 53 to A1C, and 126 to A2C. All promotions will be effective June 1. The base quota was announced last week after MATS received a whopping total of 4,981 slots in the Air Force-wide picture. Strat- egic Air Command received the most with 15,621, while Air De- fense Command was second with 6,730. MATS received the third highest quota. During the last cycle of pro- motion to tech and master, Kefla- vik Airport received two quotas for each slot. The MATS breakdown shows a total of 186 master allocations, 262 techs, and 395 staffs. Consolidated Personnel Admini- stration expects the promotion board to meet here around May 15, to consider qualifications of those eligible for upgrading. There are 135 men eligible for promotion to master, 74 to tech, and 156 fo staff at Keflavik. Members of the promotion board are Maj. W. P. Griffith, presi- dent; SMSgt Art J. Langelier, member; CMSgt James Mundell, Jr., member; SMSgt Frank J. Malinak, alternate; SMSgt J. E. Patterson, alternate; SMSgt Ric- hard M. Smith, member; CMSgt J. D. Kubilus, member; and MSgt Jerry M. Parnell, recorder. Air Force has announced a tot- al of 44,625 slots during the June cycle. Story Deadline Extended The deadline for entries in the USAF Short Story Contest at Keflavik Airport has been extend- ed to May 26. Local prizes are $30, $20 and $15. Winning entries will be forwarded for judging in the MATS and USAF contests. "FOREST" REPLACED A Sitka spruce is now the only tree on Keflavik Airlport, replacing the Icelandic spruce which was destroyed while covered for winter protection. Sigtryggur Mariusson, Finnur Thorsteinsson and Palmi Arngrimsson, base agronomist, of Civil Engineering roads and grounds, are shown planting the new tree last week. (U.S. Air Force Photo by A1C Billy N. Thurman.) U.S. AIR FORCE — AEROSPACE POWER FOR PEACE

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