The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 16.07.1976, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 16.07.1976, Blaðsíða 1
White Falcon Volume XXXII Number 28 Keflavik, Iceland July 16. 1976 TO BUILD UPON THE ESPIRIT DE CORPS, is the goal of Major Norman B. Centers, new Marine Barracks commanding officer. TO HONOR THEIR NEW COMMANDING OFFICER, the Marines pass command held at the Marine Barracks Monday. review at the change of BOTH MARINE BARRACKS commanding officers pause before Major D.J. O'Connor (left) relinguishes his command to Major Norman B. Centers (right). NATO Base Marine Barracks has new CO Major Norman B. Centers relieved Major D.J. O'Connor as Marine Barracks commanding officer in a change of com- mand ceremony Monday at the Marine Barracks parade ground. The new commanding officer comes to Keflavik from the Inspector and Instruc- tor Staff, Corpus Christi, Tex. Maj. O'Connor, outgoing commanding officer, will report to the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico, Va. First Lieutenant Scott Borderud, AF officers have DOR change Officers selected for promotion to temporary major last September will have their projected dates of rank changed from calendar year 1975 to calendar year 1976. The change is being made for two rea- sons. First, as in many actions being taken in personnel today, the Air Force is aligning the promotion system with the provisions of the Defense Officer Personnel Management Act (DOPMA) in an- ticipation of DOPMA passage. Second, the promotion point to major has moved from 11 to 12 years service. ¦This has lengthened the time between the 'projected date of rank of major and the effective date of promotion. The change will more closely align dates of rank with the actual dates of promotion. Af- fected officers are expected to be pro- moted between July 1976 and June 1977. Personnel officials say changing these dates of rank will not affect seniority or promotion eligibility. Of- ficers are considered for promotion as a year group (in this case, the 1965 year group). Thus, officers with the new ¥>!*> dates of rank will be considered for promotion to lieutenant colonel at the same time they would have been con- sidered with 1975 dates of rank. No similar action is required on of- ficers awaiting promotion to lieutenant colonel and colonel since actual promo- tion dates of rank are closely aligned. Marine Guard Officer, presented the colors to Maj. Centers. The Marines then passed in review in honor of their new commanding officer. In a brief message, Maj. Centers stated that he was honored to become the Marine Barracks commanding officer. Re- ferring to Marine traditions, Maj. Centers declared his pride in being a Marine and urged all Marines to be like- wise proud of their Marine heritage. Rear Admiral Harold G. Rich, Command- er Iceland Defense Force, was the guest of honor. About 100 dignitaries and other guests attended the change of command ceremony. A reception followed at the Officers' Club. "I want to establish a better rapport and a better understanding between the Marine Corps and the Navy and with the other services here," Maj. Centers stated in an interview. Maj. Centers will also make improve- ments on the quality of physical secu- rity for the Naval Station and the dis- cipline as well as the espirit de corps of the Marine Barracks. The" Marine Barracks commanding of- ficer, a 22-year Marine veteran, joined the Marines as a private, declining a civil engineering scholarship upon entering the Corps. He served in the infantry as an en- listed for the first 11 years and still has an infantry officer designation. In 1964 Maj . Centers was selected for the infantry as one out of four can- didates from 2,700 applicants. While in the Marines, he has complet- ed an associate's degree in off-duty ed- ucation before his selection to the Marine Corps Warrant Officer Program. Formerly, he instructed at the Marine Corps Education and Development Command, Quantico, Va. During his career, he has had two tours in reconnaissance. At one command he was regimental and brigade assistant S-3. In addition, he has served aboard the USS Essex. Maj. Centers has commanded three in- fantry organizations and one reconnais- sance company. From 1966 until 197C Maj. Centers was stationed in Vietnam. He is qualified in jump, ranger and demolitions. Maj. Centers and his wife, Lou, have two children, Brian and Kristen. In his spare time, he enjoys sailing, scuba diving, sky diving and camping. He calls Sarasota, Fla., his home. While stationed here, he wants to visit different parts of Europe and travel in Iceland. GUNNAR 0SKARSS0N, a watchstander at the LORAN (Long Range Air and Navigation) Monitor Site, Keflavik, reads and tabulates dats presented on a recorder unit. Operation at the LORAN Monitor Site was transferred June 30 to Icelandic personnel working for the Post and Telecommunication Administration. (photos by J03 Lynn Grooms) COAST GUARD LCDR David Clements, former commanding officer of the LORAN Station, explains the meaning of the recorder graphs to Sigurdur Thorkelsson, director of the Post and Telecommunication Administration. U. S. Coast Guard personnel, pre- viously responsible for monitoring the transmission signals received at the LORAN Monitor Site, have assisted with the training of eight Icelandic electronic tech- nicians during the past year.

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