The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 23.04.1976, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 23.04.1976, Blaðsíða 1
White Falcon Volume XXXII Number 16 Kef lav*. Iceland April 23, 1976 Evad ers sought The military services have told the states that computer tapes containing 1975 military payroll information will be made available to state income tax officials. . State officials will be able to use Ithe information to see which servicemen should be paying state income taxes this year, and go after those who don't. Unlike federal income taxes, state taxes are not withheld from military pay. State tax officials say that be- cause of this and the lack of infor- mation given to the states by the mili- tary, tax compliance by the serviceman has been poor and there's little they I can do. | In addition to the computer tapes, the tax officials are also pushing a bill currently in the U.S. Senate that would authorize the withholding of these taxes from Military pay. The bill al- ready has passed the House. A government commission last year urged that Congress adopt withholding procedures for the military. The com- mission also recommended allowing the states to garnish the military pay of service members found to owe state in- come taxes. Department of Defense officials say a "withholding alternative" is awaiting approval from Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. The alternative is believed to be a form of allotment that will enable a service member to have a portion of his pay sent to his home state to cover his taxes. Although the deadline for filing most state income taxes was April 15, Naval Station Legal Officer, Lieutenant Edward Studzinski advises personnel who have not paid their state taxes to submit them. Tax forms for many states are available at the Naval Station Legal Office, bldg. 752. "It is better to have a late penalty fine for state taxes than to have more drastic legal action- taken," commented Lt. Studzinski. The statute of limitations offers no relief— it does not even begin running until you do file. This means that when you do get out of the service in 1985. for example, you can still be prosecuted and billed for 1975 state income taxes. Sixty days sell back Under provisions of the r'i/6 Depart- ment of Defense Appropriations Act which went into effect February 9, 1976, mili- tary personnel may receive payment for no more than 60 days unused accrued leave per military career. Leave sold back prior to February 10, 1976, how- ever, does not count toward the 60 day total. At the end of an enlistment, indivi- ' duals either may sell back their unused leave or carry it over into their next enlistment. Under current law, no com- bination of sell-back and carry-over is possible. Currently, the payment for unused ac- crued leave for enlisted personnel is computed utilizing basic pay plus 70 cents per day Basic Allowance for Sub- sistence (BAS), with E-5s and above (with dependents) also being eligible to receive $1.25 per day Basic Allowance for Ouarters (BAQ). "{1946 rates). Congress is considering leg- islation which would make all enlisted personnel eligible to receive BAQ at time of leave settlement, would increase the BAQ/BAS rates to those in effect at time of discharge and would make it pos- sible for an individual to combine leave sell-back and carry-over as long as the total leave sold back does not exceed 60 days. The bill, which was passed by the House in December, must be passed by the Senate and signed by the President be- fore the new provisions will become ef- fective. AIR FORCE CHAPLAIN (CAPTAIN) RICHARD HIGGINS dedicates the new chapel at Rock- ville. The guests of honor at the ceremonies on Tuesday included Rear Admiral Harold G. Rich, Commander Iceland Defense Force, Captain John R. Farrell, Naval Station commanding officer, Colonel William Lindeman, Commander Air Forces Iceland and Lieutenant Colonel James Young, Commander 932nd AC&W Squadron at Rockville. The Rockville chapel was moved to its present location in October 1975, in order to provide a larger area for worship services for personnel assigned to the site. The work of moving and refurbishing the present facility was accomplished primari- ly during off time by Rockville volunteers. Duty Preference Cards make a difference The majority of Navy men and women would be delighted to choose their own duty assignment, yet more than 35 per cent do nothing about making their pref- erence known to the one person who can help them — their detailer. Completing ar Enlisted Duty Prefer- ence Card (DPC) is the surest way of guaranteeing that your detailer knows where you want to be assigned when your projected rotation date (PRD) arrives. According to EWCM Lionel V. Duke, master chief of the detailers' command, the "dream sheet" is very important. Detailers must assume that a person who hasn't filed one doesn't care where he is assigned. Some Navy people have the miscon- ceived notion that they need not file an updated DPC if they were recently trans- ferred. "Nothing could be further from the truth," said EWCM Duke. "There are many situations that could arise immedi- ately after transfer that would cause a detailer to take a second look at an in- dividual's DPC." Such situations include: a reduction in the command's manning requirements; a requirement for transfer imposed by the Fleet Readiness Improvement Program or a change in a billet's Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC). "Some people erroneously think that detailers pay little attention to DPCs," stated EWCM Duke. "On the contrary, de- tailers rely heavily on the information they contain." The master chief added that most de- tailers don't have the time or oppor- tunity to talk with each of their con- stituents personally even though they must determine where a person would like to be stationed based on the information on the DPC. However, manning require- ments sometimes prevent detailers from assigning individuals the duty they choose, so they try to assign them to locations near their choice. "If a priority billet must be fill- ed," said EWCM Duke, "we have to put a qualified person in it even if it's not where he wants to go. However, if there are two qualified persons available transfer, and one has filed a duty pref- erence card and the other hasn't, here again, we have to assume the one who hasn't filed doesn't have a preference." That special duty assignment you've always wanted may be as close as your PRD. To fill it nut, just call your command career counselor for an appoint- nent eight to 12 months prior to your PRD. CONSTRUCTION NEARS COMPLETION on the new $3.5 million BOQ. The construction began in November 1974 and is scheduled to be finished in June. The BOQ will house 103 persons in rooms with private baths and kitchenettes The building is made of reinforced concrete with a steel roof on wooden trusses. USO President visits Iceland The President of USO, General Michel S. Davidson (USA, Ret.), and his wife arrived in Iceland yesterday to get an overview of Iceland's USO needs and be- come acquainted with the local commun- ity. During his visit, Gen. Davidson toured various facilities — visiting the Rock- ville radar site and Grindavik as well as the NATO Base. He met with Rear Admiral Harold G. Rich, Commander Iceland Defense Force and Captain John R. Farrell, commanding officer of the Naval Station, as well as members of the staff at the USO and recreation facility staff members. Social activities for Gen. Davidson and his wife included a tea at the USO and a social gathering at the home ol RAdm. Rich. The USO President is touring several USO Centers overseas on a trip to Ger- many where he will be the guest of honor for German-American week which will be celebrated May 8 in Stuttgart. The Gen- eral and his wife are traveling as the guests of the Mercedes-Benz Company. They depart for Luxembourg tonight. Term V starts The Navy Campus for Achievement Term V for the University of Maryland and Los Angeles Community College Overseas (LACCO) will start May 3 and continue through the first day of classes, May 17. The University of Maryland will be offering freshman English Composition for the first time this academic year. There will be two classes— one Monday and Wednesday and one Tuesday and Thurs- day. University of Maryland resident professor, Dr. Randal Freisinger, will be instructing. A selection of intro- ductory and upper-level sociology and psychology courses will also be offered with both resident and local lecturers. LACCO is offering a wide variety of courses this term. While continuing the certificate programs in administration justice, accounting, finance, advanced electronics, management and real estate, they are also offering meterology, a three semester hour natural science course which is transferable to most four-year colleges as a basic science credit. Also on the schedule are courses of general interest: Automobile Tune- up and Carburation, Black and White Photo- graphy and Basic Business Data Proces- sing. There will be a noon hour Super- vision for Managers class offering cur- rent information for military super- visory personnel. Information brochures containing course and registration details are in circulation to all commands and are available at the NCFA Office, bldg. 752. Contrary to local rumor, Navy Tuition Aid is available under the limitation of assistance for one course per in- dividual. For more information, stop by or cal the NCFA Office 6226 or 7795. The G.I. Bill continues There is some controversy over who is entitled to receive GI Bill education benefits. The Department of Defense has offered some clarification of the el- igibility rules. DOD Officials said "that under a bill passed by the house, educacional ben- efits would not be available to persons entering military service after December 31, 1975." However, the senate has not. acted on this legislation. Official 3 dn not expect the senate to pass 9 b'JJ that would deny benefits to persons in military service at the time legislative action is completed. CI Bil1 benefits will continue for all qualified serv.ee- men until Congress acts to end them.

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