The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 16.01.1976, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 16.01.1976, Blaðsíða 1
White Falcon Volume XXXII. Number 2 KetlBvk. Iceland January JB, 1976 FY7T designated New Fiscal Year system set The new Fiscal Year will no longer begin July 1, effective this year. FY77 will begin Oct. 1, 1976 and each succes- sive Fiscal Year will begin Oct. 1 in- stead of July 1. The three-month period from the end kOf FY76, June 30, and the beginning of JY77, Oct. 1, has been designated FY7T. According to the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 (Public Law 93-344), the change is de- signed to aid Congress by allowing three additional months for a thorough inves- tigation prior to approval of the annual appropriation bills. The designation FY7T may appear on articles and references concerned with budget and finance but, according to Commander Thomas Weissinger, Naval Sta- tion Comptroller, the change will have little impact on the majority of mili- tary personnel. Congress is authorized, under Public Law 93-344, to establish an office for budgetary considerations. This office effectively increases the Congressional staff to permit a more efficient review of annual appropriation bills. Even though the Fiscal Year will be- gin in October instead of July, budget submissions and field traffic will still adhere to the same deadlines as in pre- vious years. D.C. votes Feb. 3 If you are from the District of Col- umbia, February 3 is an important date to remember. The District has announced that it will hold elections on that date to fill seats on the Neighborhood Advis- sory Commission. District residents will have an opportunity to choose one member to represent their neighborhood on the commission. The commission was estab- lished by voter referendum in 1974 to advise the city council of neighborhood concerns. Service members on active duty and their dependents can request absentee ballots by mailing a completed federal post card application to the District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics, District Building, Washington, D.C. 20004. HEW ARRIVAL--A C-117D arrived Wednesday to join tiie Naval Station air fleet. The plane, a replacement for "ol' to-be-scrapped 096," was flown in from Quantico, Va. The crew for the flight included LCdr. Gary Woy, LCdr. Doug Sherrod, Lt. Jim Lifgren, ADR1 Clyde Swasey and AT2 Keith Wilson. (Photo uy PH2 Ron Litaker) Special billets for AF E-9s Specially selected, highly qualified and motivated Chief Master Sergeants will begin filling specially designated E-9 positions when the "chiefs' group" opens operations in February or March. A new unit within the senior NCO as- signment section at the Air Force Mili- tary Personnel Center, the "chiefs' group" will assign hand-picked E-9s against approximately five percent of the Chief Master Sergeant jobs which re- quire special qualifications. The new function was developed as part of the response to the Chief of Staff's challenge to broaden the man- agerial responsibilities and authorities of senior noncommissioned officers. Major commands will identify jobs in the CONUS and overseas which they want to be filled through the new system. Recommendations will be reviewed by MPC officials, and 200 to 300 will be selec- ted for the initial operation. Each position will be specially se- lected on the basis of level of diffi- culty, executive ability necessary, as well as skill and knowledge required, according to AFMPC officials. They say the jobs will be filled through a highly competitive comparison of information. The new program will provide Air Force MPC assignment managers with a comprehensive file on each active duty Chief Master Sergeant, including selec- tees to that grade. The file will con- tain, as a minimum, the NCO's most re- cent performance reports and a complete printout of critical personnel data. In addition, affected NCOs are strongly encouraged to provide brief summaries of personal, educational and professional qualifications, experience and desires and any other information they may deem appropriate. This utili- zation folder will reflect the assign- ment history and personal aspirations of each Chief Master Sergeant in much more detail than is currently available. With this data, and that provided by major commands on positions requiring special qualifications, assignment man- agers will have all the factual informa- tion necessary to assign individuals to specific jobs matching their capabili- ties. Personnel officials say that quality control features are built into the pro- gram and the whole process will be care- fully monitored to evaluate its effect- iveness . COMNAVICE picks Military Members of the Quarter The COMNAVICE Military members of the quarter have been selected. PNSN Suzanne Roberts of NAVFAC has earned the honor of Sailor of the Quarter. The Petty Officer of the Quarter hon- ors have been awarded to RM2 David W. Thomas of NAVCOMMSTA. Thomas is the first recipient of the newly-instituted Petty Officer of the Quarter award. A COMNAVICE certificate will be awar- ded to the Military Members of the Quar- ter. Other benefits, in accordance with COMICEDEFOR instruction 1650.1G, which will be presented to the members will be a Letter of Commendation from Commander Iceland Defense Force, a Priority Three on station aircraft for Environmental and Morale flights, and such honors as determined by the unit commanding offi- cers. An additional benefit will ap- pear when the members compete for advan- cement—the honor includes a full point on the multiple used to compute a sel- ectees advancement possibilities. Sailor of the Quarter Roberts is from Baton Rouge, La., and has been assigned to the NAVFAC Admin Office for the past six months. Petty Officer of the Quarter Thomas is from Oklahoma and has been with NAV- COMMSTA since May last year. RM2 Thomas is a Receiver Supervisor. NSGA survey conducted today Naval Security Group Activity (NSGA) conducted their Human Resources survey yesterday and today. The survey, correctly titled the Human Resources Management Survey is es- sentially the same survey taken by Naval Station personnel in September 1975. All personnel from E-l up took the test to express their feelings about the command, barracks life, leadership, group pressures, chain of command, etc. The NSGA survey is the first in a series to be taken by the Naval Station tenant commands. Patrol Squadron 56 cites Arctic aviators By Lt. (j.g.) Pat Crandall About 160 miles north of the NATO base lies a latitude parallel labeled 66° 40' on the charts but more commonly is referred to as the Arctic Circle. Beyond this another 250 miles, where the sun is for- bidden in winter, is a tiny island known to the Norwegians as Jan Mayan. Remote as the island is, its significance to aircraft naviga- tion is not lost, as it provides radio navigation signals known as LORAN. The island is a demilitarized installation manned entirely by Norwegian civilians. The crews of Patrol Squadron 56 know the island well. Twice a month their skipper, Commander James E. McNulla, is asked to send one of his P-3C aircraft up to Jan Mayan to deliver mail to the handful of men who work there. Since the island is ice-covered, the lone landing strip is used for emergencies only. Due to this, the mail must be dropped from the Orion aircraft as it passes overhead. It is not an easy drop as evidenced by the rugged mountains that line the approach to the field. Volunteers for the flight are not hard to find—due to the singular distinction that befalls all travelers above that 66° 40' latitude. The Royal Order of the Blue Nose is a cherished tradition of all sailors and VP-56 is no exception. Every neophyte on the flight to Jan Mayan has visible proof of his accomplishment upon his return— a greasepencil-blue proboscis. A certificate of initiation is also presented that will serve as a reminder to that time when he ventured where few have gone, beyond the Arctic Circle. f ¦ jj^^ P 1 'jS ^r- ^*> VBSSS ^^%Sf^^^™*^ % I Bike | r^ A02 Ken Adams gets the traditional "blue nose" treatment.

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