The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 05.02.1965, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 05.02.1965, Blaðsíða 1
THE WHITE IFaiIL©cDim U.S. NAVAL STATION, KEFLAVIK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, ICELAND Volume IV, Number 5 _________________________Friday, February 5, 1965 RETURNING FROM 200TH BARRIER—Robert H. Henderson, AMEC, of VW-11 checks the flight engineer's control panel as he prepares to land after completing his 200th Barrier. Of these 200 Barriers, Chief Henderson has flown 193 of them with VW-11. (Photo by Terry Lang, PHAN, of the Naval Station Photo Lab.) VW-11 Chief Marks 200 th Barrier Flight The 200th Barrier Force flight, representing a total of 2,400 hours flying time over the North At- lantic, was completed last week by R. H. Henderson, AMEC, of VW-11. A veteran of 17 years naval service, Chief Henderson is a flight engineer with the VW squadron. He flew all but seven of the 200 flights with his pre- sent crew—Crew 11. New CPO Club Holds Grand Opening; Admiral And Mrs. Weymouth Attend Event The new Chief Petty Officers' (CPO) Club of the U.S. Naval Station, Keflavik, opened its doors Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. with honorary guests, chiefs and their wives at- tending the grand opening. RAdm Ralph Weymouth, com- mander of Iceland Defense Force, and Capt Robert R. Sparks, com- manding officer of U.S. Naval Station, accompanied by their wives, were present for the festi- vities. G. W. Howell, AMCS, mess treasurer of the Chief Petty Of- ficers' Mess (OPEN), presented Captain Sparks with a symbolic turnkey to unlock the club's doors. Requests for a newly renovated club with better dining facilities were petitioned back in April 1963. This was due to the large influx of chiefs arriving here for duty with their wives and de- pendents. In 1963, there were approxim- ately 20 chief's wives to the pre- sent 80 wives and about 160 children. The old club's dining room seated only 16 people com- pared to 84 accommodations at the new club. All remodeling work on the new club was and is being done by the chiefs and their wives under the supervision of M. E. Litherland, SWC. The revamped club, capable of seating 300 people, features a new 400 square-foot, hard maple dance floor, a large stage with separate dressing rooms, a cocktail lounge —the Calcutta Room—on the sec- ond floor. Still in the process of being added are a nursery, lounge and a modern stag bar. Also, the club plans to install two projectors and build a cinemascope screen. Chief Henderson completed the Flight Engineer course at Patu- xent River, Md., before reporting to VW-11 in May 1961. A native of Worcester, Mass., the chief is married to the former Miss Jeanette A. Kalalas and cur- rently resides on board USNS Argentia with his family. The Hendersons have four children: Susan, Linda, Robert and Adam. Defense Cost Cut 300 Million; Navy Budget Up 600 Million The Fiscal Year 1966 budget submitted to Congress by- President Johnson calls for $49 billion in defense spending; $2.2 billion less than FY64, and $300 million less than the current year. The President stated that this country is able to reduce its defense expenditures in 1966*^ because the buildup of our forces which started in 1961 is nearly complete; the vigorous cost reduc- tion program of the Department of Defense is producing large sav- ings, and less effective and less economical forces are being re- tired or reduced as promptly as possible. The budget requests $48.5 bil- lion in new obligational authority, more than a billion dollars less than requested for the current year. The total obligational au- thority for FY66 is $51.7 billion. The new budget allocates $12.4 billion to the Army, an increase of $400 million over the current bud- get; $15.3 billion to the Navy, up $600 million, and $18.9 billion to the Air Force, a reduction of $500 million. Funds requested for strategic retaliatory forces during the next fiscal year total $4.5 billion, $800 million less than for the current period. Remaining the same as last year's budget is an expenditure of $1.8 billion for continental air and missile defense forces and $700 million for defense family housing. The largest single increase in the defense mission's portion of the budget is $19 billion, up $900 million over FY65, for general purpose forces. The budget asks for $1.6 billion, an increase of $100 million, for airlift and sealift forces. In line with President Johnson's wish to keep U.S. military forces the most modern in the world, $5.4 billion, up $300 million, is being requested for research and development. For the general support mission $14.6 billion is being requested, an increase of $300 million over the current year. Defense funds are also being re- quested for military retirements, the Military Assistance Program (MAP) and Civil Defense. (AFPS) The members of the CPO Club, which includes 32 civilians, hope to increase club patronage by stepping up entertainment and catering to organized parties. The present club's schedule calls for four parties during the first week of operation: two for VW-11, one for Hangar Line Di- vision of Aircraft Maintenance Department and one for Naval Communications Station. Besides catering to organized parties from different depart- ments and groups on base, the club features dance-band music every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights. On St. Patrick's Day, the club will feaure from the United States, Jimmy Case and his Cherokees, a country and western singing group. ATTENDING FESTIVITIES—(left to right) Admiral and Mrs. Ralph Weymouth and Captain and Mrs. Robert R. Sparks enter the opened doors of the newly remodeled CPO Club. Greeting the honored guests is M. E. Litherland, SWC, supervisor of the club's revamping. McNamara To Ask Congress To Strengthen Joint Staff Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara will present recom- mendations to Congress to strengthen the Joint Staff, Presi- dent Johnson disclosed in his de- fense message to Congress. Defense objectives are three- fold: (1) increase of the Joint Staff authorized strength from 400 to 800 officers, (2) an exten- sion of individual member tours beyond three years, and (3) gen- eral or admiral rank for the Joint Staff director. The present Joint Staff Director is Lieutenant General David A. Burchinal, USAF. He heads Joint Staff Divisions J-l (Personnel), J-3 (Operations), J-4 (Logis- tics), J-5 (Plans and Policy) and J-6 (Communications-Electronics). President Johnson said the Commander-inChief and the Sec- retary of Defense must continue to receive the best professional military advice available. "The importance of a strong line of command running from the Commander-in-Chief to the Sec- retary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff to the unified and specified commanders in the field has been repeatedly demonstrated during recent years," President Johnson said. The Department of Defense stand is that the present statutory limit of 400 officers is unrealistic due to expanded Joint Staff re- sponsibilities. Defense also feels a proportion- ate increase of officers recalled to Joint Staff duty within three years is justified. An increase in the present limit of 30 to 60 is recommended. General or admiral rank for the director is a logical corollary to the recent designation of the J-3, J-4 and J-5 billets as lieutenant generals or vice admirals, Defense contends. (AFPS) II. S. Military Forces See Numerical Decrease In December Strength As of Dec. 31, 1964, the armed forces' numerical strength was 2,659,767. This showed a decrease from the preceding month, based on preliminary Department of De- fense figures. Listed separately, the Army had a strength of 964, 983, in Decem- ber, compared with 970,803 in November; Navy strength was 665,289 in December, down from 669,009 the previous month; Ma- rine Corps personnel totaled 188,632, slightly lower than No- vember's 189,632 and the Air Force had 841,000 on active duty in December, compared with 846,640 in November. The figures represent fulltime regular and reserve personnel on continuous active duty, and offi- cer candidates, including military and air academy cadets and naval academy midshipmen. Reenlistment Time FOUR MORE — John Hollman, SKI, of the Comptroller Depart- ment, is "re-upped" by Capt Robert R. Sparks Jan. 22. (Photo by Terry Lang, PHAN, of the Naval Station Photo Lab.)

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