The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 02.07.1976, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 02.07.1976, Blaðsíða 1
< White Falcon Volume XXXII Number 26 Keflevik, Iceland July 2, 1976 Hofn to celebrate with rededication to democracy ^^n *Wb "We hold these truths to be self- evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness..." That familiar declaration was signed 200 years ago Sunday. It will be signed once again this July 4 by the men of the 667th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron at Hofn, in what may be one of the most significant and lasting dis- plays of patriotism observed here for the Bicentennial. To those original lines, the men at Hofn will add their own proclamation: "Be it known to all who join this organization that on this Fourth day of July in the year One Thousand Nine Hun- dred and Seventy-Six, the undersigned members of the 667th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron, do hereby affirm these truths, declared on the Fourth day of July in the year One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy-Six, to remain self- evident. Be it known further, the undersigned do pledge their loyalty to these truths, so long as they do live." Hofn First Sergeant Bill Northener said all personnel assigned to the site will have the opportunity to sign the document at noon, July 4. He expects most of the 111 men will sign it. It will be mounted on a plaque and hung in the site dining hall. Other weekend activities at Hofn will .nclude a marathon Softball game begin- [.ng at midnight Saturday with E-6 and ove against E-5 and below. Starting pitchers will be the oldest, Msgt Don Dunn, and the youngest, Airman Jeff Bechtel, on the site. The game will run through midnight Sunday. Grilled ham- burgers and hot dogs will be served the first two hours of the game. There also will be an egg throw, tug- of-war, three-legged races, football and Softball distance and accuracy contests, a fly-casting contest, and a beauty con- test with prizes going to the best tal- ent, best evening gown, "Miss Congenial- ity," and "Miss Hofn 1976." A picnic Sunday afternoon will fea- ture grilled steaks, barbequed chicken, potato salad, corn-on-the-cob and cole slaw. The senior enlisted men will pro- vide free ice cream. At the H-l site in Rockville, the 932 ACW Squadron will hold a picnic Saturday for personnel assigned to the site, k The Naval Facility plans a similar Pfternoon, with their second annual July 4 picnic for NavFac personnel and their families. In addition to plenty of food and drink, their will be Softball games, golf and activities for all ages. NATO Base events slated '...Whose unity of purpose transcends all differences.' See stories on Page 3... The quick action of a twelve-year- old girl is credited with saving four lives in a fire Wednesday. Vandals last week badly damaged a NATO Base bus in a senseless flurry of crime. A $50 reward has been off- ered for the apprehension and con- viction of offenders. Details behind these stories are on page 3. by TSgt. Ralph H. Bazan Born of a desire to control their in- dividual destinies and to cast off the shackles of political oppression, those early Americans set the tempo for sculpting a lasting monument to freedom. History reveals that democracy was invented by the ancient Greeks, and though successful it provided little if any benefit for other than the wealthy and powerful citizens. By contrast, our colonial leaders envisioned a truly liberal and practical form of demo- cratic government. While the writers of the Constitution held a number of truths to be self evi- dent, it remained for the general popu- lation to consider their validity, and to what extent they would defend those truths against all enemies. Through crisis after crisis, both foreign and domestic, Americans have unfailingly continued to support the doctrines upon which this country was founded. The United States has enjoyed unprecedented growth, but more importantly, she has matured in conscience and intellect during these past two centuries. We've come to recognize the fundamental dig- nity and worth of all human beings and are proud that we have secured justice and greater equality of opportunity for our citizens. Notwithstanding this significant progress we are committed to furthering the social order and preserv- ing world peace. Tabloids abound with descriptions of the chaotic state of world affairs. They seem bent on impressing us with the inevitable decrease of American influ- ence abroad and our eventual collapse from within. The conjurers of such dis- mal forecasts are not unique to this age, however, for there were earlier prophets of gloom who have attempted to darken the spirit of liberty throughout our history. They were proven fallible as America emerged victorious from chal- lenge after challenge. This generation, too, will absorb and discard the un- wholesome effects of internal social conflict and external political and economic pressure. However far we may advance in these endeavors, Aiiiericans can ill afford over confidence brought on by the heady ef- fects of cultural, or technological suc- cesses. We are compelled to periodical- ly examine and reevaluate national priorities in terms of the general wel- fare. Responsible citizens realize this is a shared task between our elected of- ficials and their constituency. Just as an architect cannot single-handedly erect a worthy structure, so too, the nation looks to its people for a mandate and sense of direction. Our founding fathers with their providential fore- sight, clearly intended that government shall be responsive to the will of the people, and the people should make known their collective frame of mind. To ponder the phrase appearing on all U. S. coinage, helps us understand America's great integrity__E PLURIBUS UNUM..."One out of many". This is the core of our durability; a nation of sovereign states and individuals, whose unity of purpose transcends all their differences. Surely, herein lies the Foundations of Our Heritage. The Bicentennial will be celebrated on the NATO Base this weekend with trad- itional flair, and some localized sur- prises that should be fun and exciting for all ages. There will be cartoons for the child- ren, dinners for all ages, clowns and a marching brass band. Sports events high- light the three day week-end, and an ex- citing holiday atmosphere will prevail in the main area of celebration, across the street from the youth center, where there will be games, concessions, rides and contests. • The Sunday afternoon parade, which officially opens the Bicentennial week- end, will feature the splendor of march music, color guards, marching units, and the ingenuity of several floats from various departments and commands on the NATO Base. The Reykjavik Sport Parachute Club is scheduled to make two separate jumps Sunday afternoon. The membership of this club comprises both U. S. and Icelandic parachute enthusiasts who are involved with rescue operations. In a more solemn moment, which will recall our heritage and restate our pur- pose and place in our country's struc- ture, a joint-service re-enlistment is planned for Sunday afternoon. Sunday evening the community will re- ga^her at hangar 885 for more food and entertainment, featuring popular vocal- ist Wilma Reading and the United States band, Flight, for your dancing pleasure. At midnight, the sky outside hangar 885 will erupt with a spectacular fireworks display to cap the Bicentennial festival Monday has been established as the foul weather day. In the event of rain, activities scheduled for outdoors Sun- day will be moved to Monday. Events for Monday will be rescheduled for the fol- lowing weekend. Schedule changes will be announced on American Forces Radio before noon on Sunday. Here is a day by day, detailed sched- ule of events for the July 4 weekend: SATURDAY 10 a.m. - Track and Field Meet begins at base gym with shot put. 11:15 - High jump competition at gym. 1 p.m. - Track events: 50 yard dash on taxiway in front of bank. 1:15 - One mile run for men under 30 on taxiway 1:25 - Weightmen's 50 yard dash, on the taxiway. 1:30 - Children's Cartoon Carnival at Andrews Theater. 1:40 - 440 yard dash finals on taxi- way. 2:20 - 60 yard low hurdles for men under 30 on taxiway. 2:30 - 60 yard low hurdles for men over 30 on taxiway. 2:40 - 880 yard run for men under 30 on the taxiway. 2:50 - 880 yard run for men over 30 on the taxiway. 3:00 - 440 yard relay (4x110) final on the taxiway. (continued on Page 3)

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