The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 08.10.1965, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 08.10.1965, Blaðsíða 1
AFWL's Eighth Ranked Sea Service Newspaper - 1964 THE WHITE U.S. NAVAL STATION, KEFLAVIK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, ICELAND Volume IV, Number 37 Friday, October 8, 1965 Gen. Burke Speaks Out At Dining-In American servicemen are fight- ing in Viet Nam today to help put an end to aggressive action which could toss the world into another full-scale war, Brig. Gen. Archie Burke told a group of Air Force officers here last week. The general, commander of the Goose Air Defense Sector, gave his "simple answer" to a wide- spread question of why the United States has military forces fight- ing in an undeclared war half-a- world away, during a speech be- fore an Air Forces Iceland Dining- In at the Officers Club last Thursday evening. Recalling bits of history which added to the causes of World War II, General Burke stated, "I hear people say, 'Why are we in Viet Nam?' I think the answer is 'fairly simple. We are there because less than 25 years ago another aggressor marched almost unhampered down the same trail all the way to Singapore while we stood by unable to impede his progress. Eager Opportunists "That trail goes all the way to the Philippines and Australia and New Guinea and New Zealand. "Surely we remember well enough that people of opposing interests marched unopposed through Ethi- opia and blitzkrieged through Austria and Hungary and the lowlands while our bedmates of opportunity ripped through Poland and the high countries and mur- dered in cold blood the elite of the (Continued on page 2.) Sixteen Enlisted RockvilEe Men Sew On Stripes As of Oct. 1, 1965, 16 air- men of-the 932d AC&W Squadron will sew on a new set of stripes. Four men were promoted to Staff Sergeant and twelve men to Air- man First Class. Lt. Col. Frank J. Pietryka, Com- mander of the 932d, presented a copy of the promotion orders, a new set of stripes, and a letter of congratulations to the newly promoted men at a ceremony in his office on Sept. 28. Airmen First Class Boyd J. Cameron, Owen L. Dart, James E. Harrell and William R. Lee were all promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant. Airmen Second Class Robert E. Evans, Michael P. Homka, Richard H. Leonard, Donald E. Morgan, Virgil B. Slone, Marcus C. Van- arcken, Ralph E. Viehbeck, James Wade, Fred Wittman, Porter L. Hough and Edward C. Callan were all promoted to Airman First Class. Fourteen percent of the as- signed Airmen First Class were promoted to Staff Sergeant and twenty-seven percent of the Air- man Second Class assigned were promoted to Airman First Class. COMMAND INSPECTION—VAdm Charles T. Booth will arrive at Keflavik Oct. 12 to take charge of the command inspection being held this coming week. Admiral Booth is Commander Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. VAdm Booth In Kef; Here For inspection VAdm Charles T. Booth, Commander Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet will arrive at Keflavik International Airport, Oct. 12, to take charge of the Command Inspection of the U.S. Naval Station, and to conduct a Personnel In- spection. Admiral Booth was bom January 10, 1901 in Penacock, N.H. He was commissioned Ensign, June 4, 1931, after graduation from the U.S. Naval^ Academy, and was designated Naval Aviator, Jan. 1933. He was awarded the Navy Cross for extra- ordinary heroism in North Africa during the Second World War. Positions Held Since the war the Admiral has served in a number of positions, including Assistant Flight Officer at Anacostia, D.C. and at Patuxent River, Md. He has been Executive Officer of the USS Princeton, Commander of Composite Squad- ron Four, Director of Electronic Tests, at the Naval Air Test Cen- ter, Patuxent River. Admiral Booth graduated from the Naval War College in June, 1954 and assumed command of the USS Badoeng Strait. He was the first Commanding Officer of the new USS Ranger. In Feb. 1958, he was designated Chief of Staff and Aide to Commander Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. Coordinator And Manager Prior to his present assignment, he was Commander of Carrier Di- vision Five, and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Development). In this latter post he was respons- ible for coordinating and manag- ing the entire Navy's research, development, test and evaluation program. Admiral Booth is married to the former Miss Peggy Maltman of Baltimore, Md. The Booths have three children; Lt Peter B. Booth, a Naval Aviator; Peggy (Mrs. William E.) Ramsey; and Ltjg Thomas Blake Booth, sta- tioned with the Mine Forces. -----------------1 m i----------------- BreakfastDate Set by Clergy A Communion Breakfast will be held for all the men of the Cath- olic Faith Sunday, Oct 17. The breakfast will be served in the CPO Club following the 12:15 Mass. The invitation is extended to all___enlisted, officer and civi- lian. This breakfast will enable the new men to become familiar with the Catholic activities on base, to meet their new Chaplain, and to meet other men of the same Faith. Anyone planning to attend who has not yet indicated his intention should notify Chaplain Wishard or the Chapel yoeman at ext. 2111 4 Air Forces Iceland Officers Earn Commendation Awards Four officers assigned to Air Forces Iceland were pre- sented with Air Force Commendation awards last week during a Dining-In ceremony at the Officers' Club. The presentations to Lt. Col. Joe H. Joiner, Lt. Col. Frank J. Pietryka, Maj. Thomas F. King and 1st Lt. James P. McCrea, were made by Brig. Gen. Archie Burke, com- mander of the Goose Air Defense*^--------------------------------------- Sector and guest speaker at the dinner. Colonel Joiner Colonel Joiner's award was the first oak leaf cluster to his Com- mendation Medal for service as a "wearer of three hats" at Tyndall AFB, Fla. From mid-July 1961 through April 1965 he was assist- ant operations officer for the 4756 Air Defense Group; executive of- ficer and commander of the 4756 Air Defense Sq.; and commander of the 4756 Combat Crew Train- ing Sq. He was cited for out- standing professional skill and de- dication to duty that contributed "immeasurably to the accomplish- ment of the air defense and train- ing missions of the 73rd Air Divi- sion and 4756 Air Defense Wing." He is the present commander of the 57th Fighter Interceptor Sq. Colonel Pietryka Colonel Pietryka, commander of the 932nd Aircraft Control and Warning Sq. at Rockville, also re- ceived the first oak leaf cluster to his initial award. He was prais- ed for meritorious services as Chief Ground Environment Branch and Assistant Chief, Operation and Training Division of the Washing- ton Air Defense Sector from Aug. 13, 1963 through July 15, 1965. The sound application of his ex- ceptional knowledge enabled his organization to perform its mis- sion in a highly effective manner, according to the citation accom- panying the award. Major King Major King received the Air Force Commendation Medal for service as Training Requirements Officer, Weapons Systems Divi- sion, Directorate of Personnel Plans and Programs, and as Chief Management Information Division and Data Control Division Direc- torate of Personnel System, De- puty Chief of Staff/Personnel, Hq ADC, Ent AFB, Colo., from Apr. 8, 1962 to May 3, 1965. Now director of personnel for Air Forces Iceland, Major King was said to have displayed outstanding ability in managing over 400 training programs, many of which produced timely trained personnel resources during the Cuban Crisis, despite critical personnel short- ages and numerous problems in organizational and weapons sys- tems changes. Lt. McCrea Because of his managerial abilities he was elected to head two newly organized division- level offices, both dealing with the technical areas of personnel (Continued from page 2.) New Insurance Bill Passed; Covers Active Duty Personnel The President has signed a new bill which automatically covers every active duty member of the uniformed services ordered to duty for a period of more than 30 days, with $10,000 Serviceman's Group Life Insurance, effective Sept. 29, 1965. The premium cost of approximately $2 will be automatically deducted from each serviceman's pay. Any amount of the insured sum^ will be payable to the beneficiary or beneficiaries designated by the member in writing prior to his death. Beneficiaries Designated If no beneficiary is designated, payment will be made in the fol- lowing order of priority: 1.) Wid- ow or widower, 2.) child or child- ren, 3.) parents, 4.) executor or administrator of members estate, or 5.) other next of kin entitled under law. Members may elect settlement of insurance either in a lump sum or in 36 equal monthly install- ments. If serviceman does not elect a settlement option or lump sum, the beneficiary may elect either. Any serviceman who does not want the $10,000 coverage under the Serviceman's Group Life In- surance may elect in writing to be insured in the amount of $5,000, or not to be insured at all. Disbursing Procedures Disbursing procedures for pay checkage and standardized proce- dures for designation of benefi- ciary, election of settlement option, electing the lesser $5,000 insur- ance, or electing not to be insured by SGLI will be distributed as soon as possible. In the interim, de- signation of beneficiary or elec- tion of options duly signed may be made by a serviceman in any format acceptable for filing in the serviceman's local service re- cord. Before canceling any previous insurance plans already in force a service member should seek counseling and give it much seri- ous thought. This same mature reflection should also be given be- fore electing a reduced amount of SGLI or deciding against it al- together.

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