The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 30.07.1976, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 30.07.1976, Blaðsíða 1
White Falcon Volume XXXII Number 30 Keflavik, Iceland July 30, 1976 KSMHj /' flR '"-'' ^B *' Eft 1 COL. WILLIAM E. LINDEMAN, commander Air Forces Iceland, presents LtCol. Robert D. Goertz, former commander of the 57th FIS, with the Meritorious Service Medal (Second Oak Leaf Cluster) at the ceremony Tuesday. The new 57th FIS CO LtCol. William M. Foy and Guideon Bearer, TSgt. Ed Jenkins look on. CUTTING THE CAKE (above left) is LtCol. Robert D. Goertz and LtCol. William A. Foy, the old and new Black Knights' commander. (RIGHT) LtCol. Foy receives the 57th FIS Guideon from Col. Lindeman. New Academy application for Marines W Enlisted Marines, age 17-21, will soon find it easier to apply for an ap- pointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. Each year, the Secretary of the Navy is authorized to appoint 85 regular and 85 reserve enlisted Marine and Navy ap- plicants to the Naval Academy. Few Marines are aware of this opportunity, and fewer still take advantage of it. A new Marine Corps order 1531.20 will remedy that by simplifying application procedures and reducing the associated paperwork. In addition to information on eligi- bility, scholastic requirements and in- structions for applying, the order now has sample formats for the application letter and commanding officer's en- dorsement. In the past, applicants had to obtain and process the proper Navy forms on their own. To encourage more Marines to take advantage of the Naval Academy route to a commission and to increase their chances of selection, headquarters sug- gests they also apply to the Naval Pre- paratory School. Interested "Marines should contact their unit career plan- ner. FY-77 Navy officers to be frocked ^t The Secretary of the Navy has author- Hl:ed the frocking of all Navy officers selected for promotion by the FY-77 boards, provided they serve in a billet requiring an officer of the grade to which they have been selected. Frocking allows an officer not yet officially promoted to assume the rank and title of the grade to which select- ed, and to wear the uniform. It does not, however, permit them to collect pay and allowances of the higher grade, nor authorize increased disciplinary powers under article 15 of the UCMJ. This policy, outlined in ALNAV 041/76 sent to the fleet on July 14. applies to officers of all grades in the Navy, in- cluding warrant officers selected for limited duty officer appointments, ex- cept those officers occupying student billets who are assigned to duty under instruction. It does not apply, however, to enlisted members who have been selected for officer appointments. Appropriate commanders who so desire, are permitted to frock FY-77 Navy selec- tees who are assigned to the office of the Secretary of the Defense, joint, combined or other non-Navy activities under the same rules that apply to Navy commanding officers. Once frocked, the officers will con- tinue to use the title and wear the un- iform of the grade to which selected un- til actually promoted. Change of command Black Knights hold ceremony The 57th Fighter Interceptor Squad- ron (the Black Knights) underwent a change of command Tuesday as Lieutenant Colonel William M. Foy relieved Lieuten- ant Colonel Robert D. Goertz at a cere- mony in Hangar 860. Guests of honor at the ceremony in- cluded Colonel Harold Knutty, Iceland Defense Force chief of staff and Colonel William E. Lindeman, commander Air Forces Iceland. Nearly 200 57th FIS per- sonnel were present as well as 120 guests. The invocation and benediction were given by Chaplain (Capt.) Dick Higgins. The Guideon Bearer was Technical Ser- geant Ed. Jenkins. LtCol. Goertz received the Meritori- ous Service Medal (second oak leaf clus- ter) at the ceremony Tuesday. The cita- tion read in part: "...(He) distinguish- ed himself by exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstand- ing service to the United States." It continued: "...the leadership, exemplary foresight, and ceaseless effort consist- ently demonstrated by LtCol. Goertz re- sulted in significant contributions to the effectiveness and success of Air Forces Iceland...." The 57th Fighter Interceptor Squad- ron serves the Iceland Defense Force (NATO) in both air defense and ground attack roles. The two F-4 "Phantoms" and their crews are on alert status 24 hours a day to provide immediate pro- tection. They can be airborne within minutes of a "scramble" order and on their way to intercept and identify un- known aircraft hundreds of miles from Keflavik. They have the capability to assist the distressed, escort the un- authorized or destroy the hostile. The new commanding officer of the Black Knights, LtCol. Foy, was was born in Ypsilanti, Mich. He attend- ed the University of Michigan and grad- uated with a BGE in Mathematics in 1955 and Boston University with a MA in In- ternational Relations in 1975. LtCol. Foy served in the Michigan Air National Guard from 1956 to 1959. He. was an instructor pilot at Perrin AFB, Tex. from 1959 until 1963 and attended Squadron Officer School during this tour. LtCol. Foy served at Clark AB, in the Phillipines in 1963 as Staff Of- ficer with Headquarters 13th AF and in 1964 as an instructor pilot with the 509th FIS at Clark. In 1965 he returned to the CONUS as a student at the Univer- sity of Omaha. He was then assigned to Richards-Gebaur AFB, Mo. as an inter- ceptor pilot with the 326th FIS and 71st FIS from 1965 through 1966 and as Qual- ity Control Officer and Maintenance Con- trol Officer, 328th Fighter Wing from 1967 through 1968. In 1969, LtCol. Foy served in Southeast Asia as an F-4 pilot at Danang AB, RVN. In 1970 he attended the Armed Forces Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala. From 1970 until 1974, LtCol. Foy served as Chief, Tactical Evaluation Branch, Headquarters 5th Allied Tactical Air Force, NATO, Vicenza, Italy. From 1974 until 1975 he was Operations Of- ficer, 95th FITS, Tyndall and 4756th FMS, also at Tyndall AFB. LtCol. Foy has. over 4100 hours of flying time with 242 hours in combat. His primary aircraft flown are the T-33, F-86, F-102, F-106 and F-4. His decorations include the Distin- guished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with Seven Oak Leaf Clusters, the Joint Ser- vice Commendation Medal, and the Air Force Commendation Medal. LtCol. Foy is married to the former Doris C. Muller of Trenton, N.J. They have five children: Bruce, Alicia, Eric, William and Amy. His parents, William E. and Mae B. Foy, reside in Ypsilanti, Mich. The former commander of the Black Knights, LtCol. Goertz, has been as- signed as Director of Operations at the Fairchild Survival School, Fairchild Air Force Base, Spokanne, Wash. The 57th FIS "Black Knights" were activated as fighter training unit on in January 1941 at Hamilton Field, Cali- fornia. . First equipped with P-40 "War- hawks", the re-equipped with P-39 "Air- cobras" and deployed to Alaska in June 1942 to provide air defense for the ter- ritory. They returned to the Continen- tal United States in December of that year, transitioned into the P-51 "Mus- tang", and resumed training fighter pi- lots until deactivation in April 1944. The "Black Knights" were reactivated at Presque Isle, Maine in March 1953; and by November they and their F-89 "Scorpions" were defending Iceland from air attack as a part of the NATO shield and as the only fighter squadron in the Military Air Transport Command. In 1962 the squadron converted to F- 102 "Delta Daggers" and was integrated into the Air Defense Command. During the eleven years the F-102s were in Ice- land, the "Black Knights" compiled an impressive record of over 1,000 inter- cepts of Soviet military aircraft. In 1973 the 57th became the first squadron in the Aerospace Defense Com- mand to be equipped with the F-4 "Phan- tom II". The conversion to the more ad- vanced F-4 aircraft increased the mis- sion capabilities of the 57th FIS, which has the motto: "If We Didn't Get 'Em, They Didn't Come Our Way." arrives in Kef, Patrol Squadron Forty-Nine (VP-49) relieved Patrol Squadron Five Tuesday. The nine P-3C aircraft and over 350 personnel arrived for a five month de- ployment. The squadron, known as the "Woodpeckers," is home based in Jackson- ville, Fla. VP-49 aircraft have ranged from the Northern Hemisphere to the Western Pacific, the Eastern Atlantic and the Mediterrenean. The squadron has amassed over 107,000 hours of accident free fly- ing. Originally designated Patrol Squadron Ninteen in 1944, it became VP-49 in September 1948. The original squadron consisted of 12 men and no planes. The squadron participated in recovery operations during various flights of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo Programs. Operational deployments have taken VP-49 to Bermuda, Argentina, Newfoundland, Adak, Alaska and Sangley Point, RP. This is the sixth deployment of VP-49 to Iceland. The Commanding Officer of VP-49 is Commander William C. Bloh. The com- mander has served in the Navy since 1958. He is from Giddings, Tex. He was designated a Naval Aviator in 1959. He has been assigned to Training Squadron Twenty-Nine, the USS Salisbury Sound at Whidbey Island, Wash, and the USS Randolph. In 1968, he attended the Armed Forces Staff College and reported to Patrol Squadron Twenty-Six. Cdr. Bloh served in Washington, D.C. at the Bureau of Naval Personnel and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations as head of Support Training and Unified Activi- ties Staff Section. Upon completion of this tour, he was assigned to Commander Sea Based ASW Wing Atlantic. He became the executive officer of VP-49 in August 1975 and on July 16 this year, he became the commanding officer.

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