The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 10.07.1965, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 10.07.1965, Blaðsíða 1
AFWL's Eighth Ranked Sea Service Newspaper - 1964 THE WHITE ^ all© (Dim U.S. NAVAL STATION, Volume IV, Number 26 PERSONNEL AND GUESTS—IDF personnel, officers, and honored guests listen to the Hail and Bless speeches given by the incoming and outgoing CO's during Change-of-Command ceremonies, July 6, in Hangar 831. (Photo by Chambers, PHAN) Capt E. E. Pierre, Jr., Installed As CO; Cdr R. C. James Assumes XO's Duties Captain Emile Eugene Pierre, Jr., relieved Commander Richard C. James as Com- mander, U.S. Naval Forces Iceland and Commanding Officer, U.S. Naval Station, Keflavik, during a formal Change-of-Command ceremony held at Hangar 831, July 6. Distinguished guests who witnessed the ceremony included American Charge d'Affaires Valdemar Johnson, RAdm Ralph Weymouth, Commander Iceland Defense Force, and other key military officers, as well as prominent Icelanders. The ceremony began at 10 a.m. LCdr Normand A. Ricard, CHC, Naval Station Catho- lic Chaplain, delivered the invoc-,5>_ ation, then Commander James in- troduced Captain Pierre, who read his orders and assumed command. Following a few remarks by Admiral Weymouth, the benedic- tion was given by LCdr Robert C. Blade, CHC, Naval Station Pro- testant Chaplain. KEFLAVIK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, ICELAND Saturday, July 10, 1965 Military Guests Military guests who attended the ceremony included Col. Da- niel P. McLean, USAF, Chief ¦of Staff, Iceland Defense Force; Capt Richard A. H. Sampson, USN, Chief of Staff, Barrier Forces Atlantic; Col. Alan G. Long, USAF, Commander Air Forces Iceland; Capt. Toria J. Bratten, Jr., USN, Commanding Officer, Naval Communications Station, Iceland, and Maj. Walt- er E. Kiracofe, USMC, Command- ing Officer, Marine Barracks. Icelandic Guests Icelandic guests included Mr. Hordur Helgason, Chairman of the Iceland Defense Committee; Mr. Hordur Bjarnason, State Archi- tect and Icelandic representative on the Defense Committee; Mr. Sveinn Jonsson, Mayor of Kefla- vik and Judge Alfred Gislason, Chief Judge of Keflavik. Guests from the U. S. Infor- mation Agency in Reykjavik were Public Affairs Officer Don Torrey and Information Officer Reuben Monson. Commander James Commander James has served as commanding officer of the Naval Station and commander of Naval Forces Iceland since May 1, 1965. He assumed command up- on the death of Capt. Robert R. Sparks, former commanding officer. The commander has resumed duties as executive officer of the Naval Station and chief staff of- ficer of Naval Forces Iceland. Captain Pierre, a naval aviator, served as an Anti-Submarine Warfare assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington before taking over his present duties. Entering Service He entered the Navy as an avi- ation cadet in July 1942 and, a year later, was commissioned an ensign upon completion of flight training at Corpus Christi, Texas. After flight training he served as a patrol plane pilot with Patrol Bombing Squadron 101 in the southwest Pacific. In February 1945, he was ordered to Pensa- cola and Jackonville, Fla., for seven months of advanced avia- tion training. Following pilot training in Florida, he served for two years as executive officer of the Naval Officer Procurement Office in At- lanta, Ga., then was assigned staff duty with Commander Hawaiian Sea Frontier at Pearl Harbor Hawaii. Flight Instructor Later he served as primary flight instuctor at the Naval Air Station, Whiting Field, Fla., and as flight officer and patrol plane commander of Patrol Squadron 19. In September 1953, he was as- signed to the staff of Commander Fleet Air Wing, Alameda in Ala- meda, Calif. The following year he was ordered to the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Va. After completing his studies in Norfolk, he served on the Naval War College in Newport, R. I., for two years, then attended the Combat Information Center (CIC) School at Glynco, Ga. Other duties include: CIC offi- cer of the attack carrier Franklin D. Roosevelt; executive and com- manding officer of Patrol Squa- dron 2; Air Weapons System Analysis staff, office of CNO, and commanding officer of Patrol Squadron 31. Immediate Family Captain Pierre, whose official address is Sunnyvale, Calif., is married to the former Betty Jean Weeks of Jacksonville, Fla. They have two sons, Emile E. Ill, 18, Vance A., 12, and a daughter, Claudette T., 16. ::: .v;. .;:¦:>:¦;..::::'::: i. ifli^iiSmii;^i^>^mm¥lMmiWSM^^^ "t"y^p^ SWOOSH-VROOM!—Spectators look skyward as the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels perform their world-renowned aerial acrobatics. The air show was presented at the Naval Station Tuesday afternoon near Hangar 885. (Photo by Lang, PH3) Blue Angels Make Debut; Perform Feats Over Kef The U.S. Navy's precision flying team, the Blue Angels, made their debut at the Naval Station Tuesday afternoon under clear and sunny skies. A throng of spectators assembled around Hangar 885 as well as around facilities in and around the airfield to wit- ness the air show. CAPT EMILE E. PIERRE, JR.—Takes command of the Naval Station during Tuesday's Change- of-Command ceremony. (Photo by Greenman, SN) CAKE CUTTING—Captain Pierre cuts the cake with his sword while his wife, Betty, waits for a slice. The event took place at the Officers' Club, July 6, im- mediately following Change-of-Command ceremonies at Hangar 831. (Photo by Weese, AN) Prior to the Angels arrival, two escort aircraft, one a Grumman F-9F "Cougar" and the other, a modified version of the Northrup F-5A "Freedom Fightei-," landed at the airport. Then, tiny flecks appeared streaking across the sky above. It was the start of the high and low flying antics of this dare- devil team. The Navy's Blue Angels went through barrel-loops, rolls, 360- degree turns and a Fleur-de-lis breakup in their supersonic Grum- man F-11A "Tigers." At the closing of the show, the team landed in a diamond forma- tion, And, after the planes' en- gines cooled, onlookers were per- mitted to take snapshots, get autographs and talk to the Blue Angel pilots. Before the aerial acrobats put on the show, they were refueled in the air by A3D "Skywarriors" approximately 150 miles off- shore of Iceland. The A3D's came up from Argentia for the refuel- ing operation. The Navy's flying precision team had just completed a tour of Europe which began with the Paris Air Show, June 20, and ended at Yoevilton, England, July 5. After a brief rest, the Blue Angels will be off again on their next scheduled performance the 11th of July at Ottumwa, Iowa. Discontinued Service Due to the summer vacation of the local printers, the White Falcon will discontinue its nor- mal publication for the next four weeks. Look for the smaller editions and mimeo- graphed copy which will be put out each week to fill in this interim gap. Next regular issue of the White Falcon can be seen August 13. In This Issue Capt Pierre Talks ----- Pg. 2 Iceland-American Society Pg. 3 Entertainments..... Pgs. 4-5 Sports................Pg. 6 Base Sheepherding .... Pg. 7 Cash For Suggestions . . Pg. 8 Baldwin Attains Navy Post The Honorable Robert H. B. Baldwin assumed the duties of Under Secretary of the Navy July 2, succeeding the Honorable Ken- neth E. Belieu. Prior to receiving his new post, Under Secretary Baldwin served as Special Consultant to the Sec- retary and the Under Secretary of the Navy since April 19, 1965. The former Naval officer from East Orange, N. J., was appoint- ed a midshipman in the U. S. Naval Reserve in October, 1942, and attended Midshipman School at Northwestern University in September, 1944. There he served as an instructor in navigation and later in the administrative de- partment. His next duty was on the USS Mission Bay (CVE-59) and m November 1945 reported aboard the USS Solomons (CVE-67) as gunnery officer. On March 19, 1946, the Honor- able Mr. Baldwin was released from active service as Lieutenant and resigned his Naval Reserve commission on May 11, 1955. Mr. Baldwin resides in New Vernon, N. J. with his wife, the former Geraldine Gay Williams, and five children.

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