The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 07.05.1976, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 07.05.1976, Blaðsíða 1
I (White Falcon Volume XXXII. Number 18 Keflbv*. Iceland May 7, 1976 » # Aimed Forces Week 1976 Traditionally, Armed Forces Day is the third Saturday in May, but this year in recognition of the Bicenten- nial anniversary, Armed Forces Day has been extended into a week-long observance, May 8-15. The theme for Armed Forces Week is "Honor America." Three of the military services are older than the Nation. When the American Revolution began, the Con- tinental Congress had to create armed forces: the Army was established on June 14, 1775. the Navy on Oct. 13, 1775 and the Marine Corps on Nov. 10, 1775. It was not until the aftermath of another war 172 years later that the Air Force was established. Throughout 200 years of American history, men and women of the Armed Forces have protected our heritage of freedom with courage and devotion. Today more than two million men and women in the military service stand ready, as always, to defend freedom. "As we begin the observance of Arm»d Forces Week let us pause for a few minutes to reflect upon the mean- ing of the uniform you wear. It 1s my firm belief that the men and women 1n uniform are the true people of peace. It 1s you who are making the personal sacrifices for this great country of ours 1n order to provide- for its defense. During the past.200 years there have been times when the •uniform was not too popular even with our own countrymen, yet, you con- tinued to serve them. Armed Forces Week occurs this year when Americ-ii military people are . fighting nowhere, but remain as ready as ever to confront those who would challenge our freedom. For the period of May 8-15, 1976, let us Honor America, let us honor ourselves." J. William Mlddendorf II Secretary of the Navy Blasting in progress Rock blasting will be in progress for the next several weeks in the new hous- ing area, under construction near the Bunker Hill/Coral Sea Enlisted Housing Area. Parents should warn their children to stay out of this area, because of the rock blasting and because heavy equip- ment traffic and open excavation work continues, Children should not play in construc- tion areas at any time, but the next few weeks in the Bunker Hill/Coral Sea area will be particularly dangerous. 'Working khaki* okayed If you're a Navyman wondering what to do with your working khaki and service dress white uniforms this year, the an- swer is—go ahead and wear them. Regu- lations announced last week extended the authorization for both the khakis and whites. Also approved, was a modifica- tion of the winter working blue uniform. If worn with tie and ribbons, it will be designated winter blue, and will be authorized for leave and liberty. In addition to these specific uniform announcements, a new procedure for re- view of upcoming uniform changes has been established. Moving-z Military members may pay higher taxes Military personnel may have to begin paying taxes on their permanent change of station (PCS) moving costs that are now paid by the individual ser- vices unless officials are successful in their attempt to reverse an Internal Revenue Service ruling. Moving costs are not. now considered as income and therefore not taxable. -However, begin- ning this summer unless the ruling can be changed, moving costs will be in- cluded in the W-2 Form. For the average military member mak-' ing a normal PCS move from one location to another it may not have much effect. The costs will be reported as income and then the member can deduct those expen- ses when paying taxes. However, there are several conditions which could prove very costly to a member who is attending school in PCS status for less than 39 weeks, making a PCS move of less than 50 miles or moving dependents during a short tour. The Tax Reform Act of 1969 stated that moving expenses were not deduct- ible under those conditions but the IRS declared a moratorium which exempted service members. There is currently legislation before Congress to correct the problem but it is not expected to be acted upon before the current morator- ium runs out on June 30. If legislation is not passed and the moratorium is not extended the military services will be forced to include the moving costs in this year's W-2 Forms. In an extreme example, a member re- turning from overseas to a career course in PCS status and then PCS to another state-side installation will have to pay over $1,000 in taxes. The tax would be the result of the move from overseas to the course of less than 39 weeks. Such a move is not deductible. The cost of the move, over $4,000, will be included in the W-2 as income for which state and federal taxes must be paid. In another example, if a PCS move is from Washington, D.C. to a neighboring facility less than 50 miles away the costs are not deductible and taxes must be paid. Stereo purchases limited A limit on the amount of stereo gear that can be purchased at the Stereo Shop went into effect this week. The limit was imposed to protect the Icelandic economy because the equipment sold in the Stereo Shop is not subject to Icelandic duty. From now on, tuners and amplifiers can only be sold to military members of the Defense Force and adult non-depend- ents accompaning the Defense Force pos- essing both a valid military ID card and current ration card in their own name at the time of the sale. Both cards must be shown at the time of purchase. In the event that a person not eligi- ble to purchase a tuner or amplifier, such as a dependant wife, wishes to do so, she must get special permission from the Naval Station Legal Officer. Permis- sion must also be obtained by a military member to purchase more than one tuner or amplifier. The ration card of a person purchas- ing a tuner, amplifier or tuner-amp combination will be marked with a stamp device. Military inspection slated The Commanding Officer of the Naval Station, Captain John R. Farrell, will hold a personnel inspection of all Naval Station personnel at 9 a.m. next Friday in Hangar 885, southeast bay. Uniform will be Service Dress Blues with rib- bons. No peacoats or overcoats will be worn. CHAMPUS lifts prohibition on counseling payments As the result of an out-of-court set- tlement the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services ( CHAMPUS ) will develop specific stand- ards which must be met by individuals other than medical doctors or clinical psychologists to qualify for CHAMPUS support of marriage or family counsel- ing. While the standards are being de- veloped, CHAMPUS has lifted prohibition on payments for the services of pastor- al, family, child and marital counse- lors . The new standards are expected to be developed in 90 days. This out-of-court settlement resulted from a legal action brought against De- partment of Defense last year by the A- merican Association of Marriage and Family Counselors. The settlement was approved on March 25, 1976, by Judge Joseph C. Waddy of the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The association instituted legal action last year after DOD deleted services of pas- toral, family, child and marital coun- selors as CHAMPUS benefits. A temporary court injunction had ordered CHAMPUS to continue sharing the cost for marriage and family counseling from these sources until the matter could be settled. CHAMPUS will not share the cost of marriage or family counseling by any af- fected counselor who does not meet the new standards, after they are adopted. DOD officials view this as a vital step in assuring high quality counseling for all CHAMPUS beneficiaries. CHAMPUS will also establish a pro- cedure to provide for reviewing those claims for marriage and family counsel- ing where there are questions of neces- sity for or appropriateness of the coun- seling services. Mental health care professionals from outside of DOD will assist in conducting the reviews. All counseling by marriage and family counselors who are not physicians or clinical psychologists will require a medical determination and referral. A survey of marriage and family counseling services available at mili- tary installations will be conducted to identify those areas where qualified counselors are located. The 1976/77 Defense Appropriations Act requires that a beneficiary obtain a nonavailability statement (DD Form 1251) before CHAMPUS will share the cost of marriage or family counseling from civilian sources which was being contested in court. CHAMPUS beneficiaries who desire mar- riage or family counseling should call HM1 Charles Lesher at 3216. He can pro- vide details of all requirements which must be met before CHAMPUS can share the cost of such counseling. Also, informa- tion is available from CHAMPUS, Denver, Colo. 80240 Tickets on sale for AF dinner The sale of tickets for the Air Forces Iceland Officer/Enlisted "Dining Out" on May 29 at the Officers' Club will continue through May 21. The dining out will begin with a social hour at 6 p.m. followed by a dinner featuring Veal Cordon Bleu at 7 p.m. Appropriate dress for the occasion is winter mess dress, formal military uni- form, tuxedo or gown. Only Air Force personnel may purchase tickets. However, guests may be invited from other services. Only 250 people can attend the dining out and tickets are expected to be ex-' hausted early. The cost of the dinner is $6 per person. Tickets can be purchased from: Captain Greenaway bldg. 869A Ext. 7428 Captain Mace bldg. 885 4315 Captain Sniteman bldg. 827 7192 MSgt. Young bldg. 2040 5142 ICELANDIC REPRESENTATIVES of the International Plastic Modelers Society meet with RADM Harold (>. Rich, Commander Iceland Defense Force to present him a copy of the first Issue of ismo, the Icelandic plastic modeler magazine. From left RADM Rich, Baldur Sveinsson, Eythor Arnarson and Gudmundur Runar Jonsson.

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