The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 30.01.1976, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 30.01.1976, Blaðsíða 1
White Falcon Volume XXXII. Number 4 Keflavk, Iceland January 30, 1976 Offic«r Hoits Auto inspections scheduled Price hike planned Commissaries threatened Pentagon officials are marching back to capitol hill with a plan that would eliminate three hundred million dollars in annual subsidies for military com- missaries. This eventually would raise prices for commissary customers. Cangress recoiled from the Pentagon's original proposal last year after a tor- rent of mail from servicemen, their wives and retired military people who buy from the commissary at reduced prices. Subsidy phase out The Armed Services operate 419 com- IBTE accredits Defense Force fcThe Defense Force recently has re- ived, for the first time, accrediting by the Icelandic Board of Trade and Edu- cation to enter into apprenticeship agreements, according to Mr. Gudni Jonsson, Civilian Personnel Office. For the first time, persons working for the Defense Force can enter into an apprenticeship and earn their journey- man's license. The first apprentice is Mr. Magnus E. Halldorsson who works in the transporta- tion division and has apprenticed for his Automotive Mechanic Journeyman li- cense. The apprenticeship period is four years. Approximately eight months of each year is spent on actual on-the-job training under the supervision of li- censed Master Journeyman Johann Balduns, General Foreman of the Transportation Maintanance Division. The remaining four months is spent in formal training •ses in an Icelandic trade school, t the end of the four year training od, the apprentice receives his Ice- landic government certificate upon passing his final examinations. As a Journeyman Automotive Mechanic, Mr. Halldorsson's future job opportuni- ties will increase, stated Jonsson. He will receive a trade license which is valid in Iceland and honored throughout Scandinavia and other foreign countries. Jcnsson added that the Defense Force may later enter into apprenticeship a- greements in other trades, as mutually agraed upon with the Icelandic author- ities concerned. missaries in the United States and ab- road. They do about 2.5 billion dollars a year in business, selling groceries and other necessities at cut rates. Under the commissary system^ the Pen- tagon helps keep down prices by paying the salaries of the 25 thousand civil- ians and 25 hundred military personnel who work in the commissaries. It is this subsidy the Pentagon wants to end. Its new proposal would phase out the subsidy over three years, in- stead ofi the two-year transition recom- mended in 1975. Thirteen percent savings Pentagon Comptroller Terence McClary Bays there-kas never been any intention to shut down the commissaries. And, he notes, that even after eliminating the subsidies, the commissary patron still would be saving 12 or 13 pereent over supermarket prices. He said that cur- rently the differential is about 23 per- cent. Officials say the price break, after the end of the subsidy, would come prin- cipally from mass wholesale buying of foodstuffs and other goods to be sold in commissaries. Commissaries criticized The military commissary--system dates back to 1825. It has come under in- creasing criticism since military pay scales have been raised in recent years to levels comparable to salaries in the civilian sector. Defenders of the system say it is needed by enlisted families who have trouble making ends meet in the high" cost areas and by military retirees liv- ing on pensions. However, senior and middle grade of- ficers earning salaries in the 20 thou- sand dollar-and-up range are also entit- led to buy cut-rate groceries and other items in the commissaries. Metro commissaries to close The General Accounting Office took the position last May that '"commissary stores are not justified at military in- stallations in metropolitan areas of the United States. This decision was on the basis that enough commercial food stores sell food at reasonable prices. Pentagon officials say they now are studying the list of commissaries to de- termine which can be closed. The Icelandic State Automobile In- spection Service, in coordination with the Naval Station Security Department, will be conducting the annual safety in- spection of all JO- licensed vehicles, required by Icelandic Law, from Feb. 2 through Mar. 19. The annual military re-registration of these vehicles will be accomplished by Security Department personnel at the same time as the inspection in a one stop operation in building #T-550 near the Navy Exchange Gas Station. All JO-licensed vehicles except those displaying a white 1976 Icelandic in- spection decal must' complete this in- spection and re-registration on the dates scheduled. FEB. 2--- JO ----1-1806 FEB. 3---- JO -1842-2601 4--- -2616-3048 5---- -3059-3396 6--- 10-- -3398-3732 -4062-4368 11--- -4371-4583 12-- -4585-4803 13--- -4806-5001 16— -5002-5188 17--- -5189-5365 18— -5369-5521 19--- -5522-5647 20— -5649-5755 23--- -5756-5839 24— -5841-5928 25--- -5929-6011 26— -6012-6091 27--- -6093-6162 MAR. 1--- -6163-6240 MAR. 2---- -6244-6301 3--- -6308-6370 4---- -6371-6431 5--- -6432-6489 8---- -6490-6559 9--- -6561-6623 10--- -6624-6684 11-- -6685-6744 12--- -6745-6850 15--- -6851-6901 16— -6903-6954 17-- -6955-7009 18--- -7010-7084- 19— -7085-7098 and stragglers and reins spections. Between 3:15 and 4:30 p.m. on the scheduled day, the owner will present his automobile and the necessary docu- ments to the State Automobile Inspection representatives at building //T-550. Necessary documents include a 1975 Icelandic Registration Certificate, proof of 1976 paid-up Icelandic Liabili- ty Insurance for those cars inspected on or after March 1, and a valid driver's license with Icelandic stamp. Personnel having cars inspected prior to March 1 are encouraged to have their 1976 insur- ance policies but this is not required. If documents are in order, the State Automobile Inspection Representatives will inspect the vehicle. The Security Department has translated copies of the Icelandic Vehicle Inspection Code avail- able at building #T-790. Upon successful completion of the in- spection, the inspection officials will issue a white decal to indicate the auto has passed the inspection. A green de- cal indicates that the inspection has uncovered some minor discrepancies which must be corrected before the vehicle can pass inspection. A discrepancy list, date for completion of repairs and a re- scheduled inspection date will be provi^ ded. A red decal will be issued if the inspection uncovers major discrepancies. This decal allows the owner of the ve- hicle to move it to a repair facility where repairs can be accomplished. The vehicle cannot be driven again until re- quired repairs are completed and the ve- hicle is reinspected. After the Icelandic inspection, the vehicles will proceed next for military registration. Documents necessary for this registration include the valid driver's license with Icelandic Stamp and the 1976 Icelandic Registration Cer- tificate. If documents are in order, including the white 1976 inspection decal, the ve- hicle will be given a numbered station decal. Those vehicles receiving a green or red inspection decal will not be re- registered until discrepancies have been corrected. All JO-licensed vehicles except those displaying a white 1976 Icelandic In- spection decal must complete this in- spection and re-registration at building #T-550 on the dates scheduled. The Ice- landic Traffic Act requires that owners unable to meet the scheduled inspection date, notify the Icelandic Chief of Poi- lice in writing, and cite ample reason for the delay. Owners failing to bring their vehicles for inspection are sub- ject to a fine up to 2,000 Kronur and vehicles may be impounded. Vehicles which have been recently in- spected and issued a white 1976 Iceland- ic inspection decal need not report for inspection. These vehicles need only be presented at the Security Department in building //T-790 for military re-regis- tration between 9 a.m. and noon. E4/E5 info error The "For Your Information" fact sheet, and other recently published government materials, erroneously grouped the E-4 /E-5 military leadership examinations with advancement eligibility require- ments which do not have to be met three months prior to the February 1976 ad- vancement exams. Time-in-service and service-in-pay grade are the only exceptions to the three-month deadline. Individuals have until May 1, 1976, to satisfy these re- quirements for the February 1976, ad- vancement cycle. THE YEAR OF THE DRAGONS draws to a close. Commander A.C. Gross, the "Mad Fox" skipper of VP-5, met here with Commander James McNulla, the "Dragon" skipper of VP-56, during a recent indoctrination tour which signals the beginning of the PATRON changeover. The VP-5 will soon relieve VP-56 as the Keflavik PATRON. Both squadrons are based in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by PHAN Bob Grier)

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