The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 27.08.1965, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 27.08.1965, Blaðsíða 1
President Johnson Signs New Pay Bill Pay Scale — Page 3 'Shorttimers' Gain Highest Pay Boost President Johnson signed the 1 billion dollar military- pay raise bill Saturday Aug. 21, and the increase will be- come effective Sept. 1. The pay boost will provide raises up to 33 per cent for a corporal or a Navy petty officer third class with less than two years service. Enlisted men with more than two years of service will receive a flat'^7 11 per cent increase and officers and warrant officers pay will be hiked six per cent. The President noted that al- though the increase was more than twice the amount he had ori- ginally recommended, he said, "In this critical period, however, in the light of the alternative avail- able to me, I have concluded that the public interest will be best served by signing the bill." Other provisions in the bill pro- vide for raising the reenlistment bonus up to four times the present bonus for men reupping the first time in critical rates. Combat pay was also raised 10 dollars and re- tirement pay was increased to coincide with the cost of living index. Congress also recommended that military pay be brought up to date every year with a president- ial study and have the military compensation structure overhauled every four years. Sen. Richard Russell of Georgia, chairman of the Armed Services Committee said, "This is an en- listed man's bill." He told news- men, "This is the first time I have been on this committee that the enlisted man's increase is larger across the board than it is for officers." Fleet Weather Facility Has New Commander Cdr Charles R. Hall took over command of the Fleet Weather Facility from Cdr Richards S. Downey in a change of command ceremony held Aug. 17 at the NCO club. Commander Hall is reporting from the USS Hornet where he served as Air Operations Officer. He began his Navy career in 1943 and has served with the Pacific Fleet most of the time. ®~ Commander Hall was born in Los Angeles and now makes his home in Sunnyvale, Calif., with his wife and six children. He said he was surprised to receive orders to Iceland since he has served most of his time in the Pacifc but he welcomes the change and is anticipating a rewarding tour of duty as officer in charge of the Fleet Weather Facility. Postgraduate School Commander Downey will be leaving for the USN Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., for duty as an instructor of Meteoro- logy. He has served for 26 months in Keflavik and doubled as a Physics teacher at A.T. Mahan School. Commander Downey was also president of the Keflavik branch of the Catholic Holy Name Society. Attending Ceremony The change of command cere- monies were attended by RAdm Ralph Weymouth, commander Iceland Defense Force; Capt Emile E. Pierre, commander, Na- val Forces Iceland; Major W.E. Kiracofe, commanding officer Marine Barracks; Colonel Alan G. Long, commander Air Forces Ice- land; and Mr. Borgpor Jonsson, Meteorologist in Charge of the Icelandic Weather Bureau. Also attending were several other base dignitaries and the officers and men of the Fleet Weather Facility. LAST INSPECTION—Cdr Richard S. Downey passes through the ranks of his men for the last time as his successor, Cdr Charles R. Hall, follows. Commander Downey was the Officer in Charge of the Fleet Weather Facility. AFWL's Eighth Ranked Sea Service Newspaper - 1964 THE WHITES U.S. NAVAL STATION, KEFLAVIK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, ICELAND Volume IV, Number 31 Friday, August 27, 1965 RETURNS TO KEFLAVIK—The USS Edisto sits at anchor off the town of Keflavik after her recent visit to pick up scientists who are studying the East Greenland current. USS Edisto Makes Third Trip To Keflavik; Takes Scientists To Explore Arctic Current The USS Edisto, AGB-2, was back in Keflavik last week for the third time this year. This "Wind" Class Icebreaker was here in the spring in connection with the evacuation of the Arctic Research Laboratory Ice Station Number 2, or as it was better known, ARLIS II. On this trip it picked up some scientists in Keflavik and took them up north to conduct oceanographic experiments in the East Greenland Current. The group, under the direction of Mr. Gsell of the U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office, includes some men from the Uni-'^ versity of Washington at Seattle, two men fram the Office of Naval Research, men from the Naval Oceanographic Office, and one University of Massa- from the chusetts. Study Current The principle purpose of the trip is to study the characteristics VP-56 Yields Patrol Duties; VP-21 Begins Flights Aug. 20 [Patrol Squadron 21, (VP-21, Det. 13), arrived Aug. 19, reliev- ing VP-56 of its duties officially Aug. 20. Commanding officer of the squadron is Cdr W. W. McCue who is with the main detachment in Rota, Spain. Detachment 13 offi- cer-in-charge is Cdr J. W. Orrill, who was assigned to VP-21 in July 1964, and is the squadron's executive officer. In Keflavik Before This is not the first time VjP-21 has been in Keflavik. In April 1958 the squadron was deployed here for one month of operational exercises, followed in March 1960, for a five-month period. And in September 1964, it participated in another exercise at Keflavik. Commissioned Aug. 1, 1943, as Patrol Bombing Squadron 111 dur- ing World War II, VP-21 re- cently celebrated its 22nd anni- versary. "Neptune" Aircraft The squadron flies the newest modification of the >P2V "Nep- tune" aircraft, the "Truculent Turtle," which for years held the world's-non-stop, non-refuel dis- ance record by flying from Perth, Australia to Columbus, Ohio. A crew of 12, composed of offi- cers (pilot, co-pilot, navigator, and tactial coordinator) and eight en- listed men—each a highly skilled technician, fly the "Neptune." The aircraft cruises at 180 knots, has a top speed of 350 knots and has an endurance in excess of 12 hours flying time. Although VP-21 has had many interesting and varied deploy- ments throughout the world in its history, one of the highlights of a deployment to Sigonella, Sicily included being in a television documentary entitled "Red Ships Off Our Shores," which was shown in the U.S. Another event came in May 1963, when the squadron was as- signed to carry out an important mission of contingency support for Astronaut Gordon Cooper during his orbital flight. Accident-Free Flying Last month the squadron re- ceived a commendation from Com- mander, Naval Air Force, Atlantic Fleet VAdm Charles T. Booth, III, citing its outstanding a- chievement in completing eight years of accident-free operation. Total hours to this time were 73,962. of the East Greenland Current from Jan Mayen north to Spits- bergen. They will be mapping pre- viously uncharted areas on the ocean bottom, collecting samples ¦^'of water, and measuring the flow of the current in various areas. The ship crosses the current along a line of longitude, stopping at various intervals for what is called a "station.' While the ship is halted, the scientists take sam- ples of water, record the con- tour of the ocean bottom, and in some cases, retrieve samples from the ocean bottom. The Keeps Ports Free operation is expected to last'about four weeks, however, the mission is on a "not to inter- fere" basis with the primary job of the Edisto, which is to keep the ports in Greenland free of ice. So at any point the ship could be called away from the research work, and get to work as an ice- breaker, freeing ice-bound harbors. The Edisto is commanded by Cdr John L. Wash, who replaced Cdr Norval E. Nickerson about a month ago. At the completion of the operation, the scientists will depart either at Thule, Green- land, or at Keflavik. In This Issue Veterans Benefits .... pg. 2 AFI Picnic .......... pg. 3 Labor Day Festival .... pg. 3 Akureyri Feature . . pgs. 4-6 Sports ................ pg. 7 Movie Schedule........ pg. 8

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