Volume XXXII Number 30
July 30, 1976
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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'
(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
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-
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
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
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
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
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-
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
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
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
In 1968, he attended the Armed Forces
Staff College and reported to Patrol
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.