The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 10.09.1976, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 10.09.1976, Blaðsíða 1
White Falcon Volume XXXII Number 36 Keflavik, Iceland September 10, 1976 2-waA ggggcjjg Team work 76 begins today An important maritime exercise will begin today, according to Admiral Isaac C. Kidd, Supreme Allied Commander Atlan- tic, headquartered in Norfolk, Va. Named "Team Work 76," the exercise will involve more than 200 ships, about 30 submarines and approximately 300 air- craft from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, the Federal Republic of Germany, the Nether- lands, Norway, Portugal, the United Kingdom and the United States. Units from the French Navy will also partici- pate. The exercise will begin in the Atlan- tic, English Cnannel and the Baltic Sea areas, and include a substantial com- bined amphibious landing in Norway. Team Work 76 is one in a series of important NATO maritime exercises sched- uled every four years. This year's exercise, taking place over a major portion of the 12-million square-mile area of the Atlantic command of NATO, will involve about 80,000 per- sonnel and all three major NATO com- mands—Allied Command Atlantic, Allied Command Channel and the Allied Command Europe. The primary objectives of Team Work 76 will be to exercise forces and to test plans designed to provide for the defense of Western Europe. The deployment of reinforcements by sea and the movement of vital supplies from North America to Europe by means of a high-speed convoy, for the first time NORAD chief to visit local AF commands General Daniel "Chappie" James Jr. will arrive in Iceland Friday for a three-day visit. During the three days, General James plans to tour the Air Force facilities, including Rockville and Hofn. The general is Commander in Chief North American Air defense Command (NORAD)/Air Force Aerospace Defense Com- mand ' (ADCOM), Colorado Springs, Colo. Saturday, at 3:30 p.m. General James will present the Air Force Outstanding Unit.Award to Air Forces Iceland. The award will be presented to AFI for the period July 1, 1973 through June 30, 1975. Colonel William LIndeman, Commander Air Forces Iceland, will accept the a- ward on behalf of all the units invol- ved. The presentation will occur during ceremonies to be held at the Naval Sta- tion, Hangar 830. General James will be the guest speaker at the AFI "Dining Out", which will commemorate the Air Forces 29th an- niversary also on Friday. The evening is scheduled to open with a "no-host" hour at 6. Dinner will fol- low at 7. During the evening, Colonel Lindeman will present an Air Force sword to Air Forces Iceland. Marine Inspector General tests M.B. performance Brigadier General H. L. Coffman, In- spector General of the Marine Corps, visited Keflavik Wednesday on an offi- cial inspection tour. The general, representing the Comman- dant of the Marine Corps, Washington, D. C, came to Iceland on the first stop in a series of inspections which in- clude Scotland, his next stop. During the inspection tour of the Marine Barracks and outlying posts, the inspection party, composed of eight high-ranking officers and one sergeant major, observed Marine personnel for ap- pearance, drill, administrative proced- ure, physical fitness and essential sub- jects testing. The inspection group also noted over- all morale and attitude portrayal. in a major exercise, will be a signifi- cant part of Team Work 76, because the timely reinforcement and resupply of Europe is essential for the defense of the alliance. This series was announced earlier tnis year by General Alexander M. Haig, Jr., Supreme Allied Commander Europe. Team Work 76 is held during the same period of time as the autumn forge se- ries and is related to it. One of the primary tasks of the Al- lied Command Atlantic and the Allied Command Channel is to ensure jointly that in times of crisis or armed con- flict , Europe is reinforced and resup- plied. The Allied Command Channel, un- der Admiral Sir John Treacher, is one of the three major NATO commands. His head- quarters is in Northwood, England. Team Work 76 will involve NATO's mar- itime forces exercising in surface, sub- surface and air operations, convoy, minesweeping and amphibious operations supported and directed by Alliance Head- quarters staffs in Norfolk, Virginia; Casteau, Belgium; Kolsaas, Norway; Northwood, England; and subordinate headquarters. Other basic objectives of the two- week-long exercise include: To improve the ability of the com- mands and nations to support each other logistically. To evaluate further opportunities for increased standardization of doctrines and procedures, equipment and armaments of NATO forces. To exercise communications and proce- dures for command and control of various NATO forces at sea, on land, and in the air. The exercise will be concluded Sept. 23. Capt. John R. Farrell Capt. Jack T. Weir Capt. Farrell to be relieved as GO Captain John R. Farrell, USN, Comman- der, U. S. Naval Forces Iceland Command- ing Officer, U. S. Naval Station Kefla- vik, Iceland, will be relieved by Cap- tain Jack T. Weir, USN, at 2 p.m. Tues- day in Hangar 831. United States Ambassador to Iceland James J. Blake is scheduled to be the guest speaker. Capt. Farrell, who assumed command of Naval Forces Iceland and the Naval Sta- tion in October 1974, has been ordered to the Chief of Naval Material in Wash- ington, D. C. During his two year tour in Iceland, Capt. Farrell has maintained constant efforts to improve both the service and appearance of the Naval Station. His concern for the welfare and total sup- UJ5. Ambassador takes post Ambassador James J. Blake arrived in Keflavik last week to take up his duties as U.S. Ambassador to Iceland. Mr. Blake has been a career officer in the U.S. Foreign Service since 1947. Before President Ford appointed him to the Reykjavik Embassy, Mr. Blake had been Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of State's Bureau of African Affairs since 1974. Born March 5, 1922 in New York city, Mr. Blake received his B.A. degree in 1946 from Queen's College and his M.A. degree in 1963 from George Washington University. He served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946. He was an instructor at Peru State Teachers College in Nebraska in 1946-1947. In 1947, Mr. Blake joined the Foreign Service and was assigned to Brussels as a Commercial - Consular Officer. From 1953 to 1957, he was an International Economist at the Department of State, prior to becoming an Economic Officer in Calcutta in 1957. He attended the In- dustrial College of the Armed Forces in 1960-1961, and he served as a Foreign Affairs Officer at the Department of Defense from 1961 to 1963 Mr. Blake became the Deputy Director of the Office of North African Affairs in 1963, and was named Director of the Office of North African Affairs in 1965. He served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Tripoli from 1966 to 1969. From 1969 to 1974 he was Country Director of North African Affairs. The Ambassador is married to former Dolores Quaid and they have four child- ren. Their youngest son, Robert, ar- rived with them while the other children are studying in universities in the United States. Fire Department inspection continues. The following family quarters on the Naval Station will be inspected for fire hazards by a fire department inspector on the dates and times specified: Today: Wednesday: 9:30-11:30 a.m.—All quarters in 9:30-11:30 a.m.—All quarters in building 951-3. building 963-1. 1-3 p.m.—All quarters in build- 1-3 p.m.—All quarters in build- ings 952-1 and 952-2. ing 963-2. 3-5 p.m.—All quarters in build- 3-5 p.m.—Buildings 665, 2310, ing 953-1. 2495, 2496, 2497, 3005, 300b and 3007. Monday: 9:30-11:30 a.m.—All quarters in Thursday: building 953-2. 9:30-11:30 a.m.—All quarters in 1-3 p.m.—All quarters in build- building 928-1. ings 960-1 and 960-2. 1-3 p.m.—All quarters in build- 3-5 p.m.—All quarters in build- ing 928-2. ings 961-1A, IB and 2. 3-5 p.m.—All quarters in build- ing 929-1. Tuesday: 9:30-11:30 a.m.—All quarters in Friday: buildings 961-3, 4A and 4B. 9:30-11:30 a.m.—All quarters in 1-3 p.m.—All quarters in build- building 929-2. ing 962-1. 1-3 p.m.—All quarters in build- 3-5 p.m.—All quarters in build- ing 930-1. ing 962-2. 3-5 p.m.—All quarters in build- ing 930-2. port for tenant activities has resulted in mutual support and praise from tenant commanders. Capt. Farrell is readily identified with the Patrol Aviation Community, hav- ing been a part of it for more than 20 years. Prior to assuming command in Kefla- vik, he had served as program manager for the P3C Orion in the Naval Air Sys- tems Command, where he had responsibili- ty for development and procurement of the entire electrical and electronic navigation package in the most recent modification. He was awarded the Legion of Merit for his work. He also served as executive officer and commanding officer of Patrol Squad- ron 5 at NAS Jacksonville, Fla. Capt. Weir arrived in Iceland Sept. 1 from duty in the office of the Chief of Naval Operations where he was Head of the Plans and Programs Branch, Ocean Surveillance Division. Capt. Weir, also a veteran of Patrol Aviation, began his Naval career in 1954 when he was commissioned an ensign upon graduation from Central Michigan Univer- sity. He was designated a Naval Aviator in 1956 and subsequently served with Pa- trol Squadron 46. He was executive of- ficer and subsequently commanding offi- cer of Patrol Squadron 40. Capt. Weir is accompanied in Iceland by Mrs. Weir, who is the former Sally Jean Bliss, and their daughter Shannon Jean, 7. They have two sons, John, 20, and Jeffery, 17, in the United States. USO associate director bids Keflavik farewell Miss Julia L. Tower, USO associate director, will leave Monday to head for her new job as associate director, USO Guam. Miss Tower has been with the Kef- lavik USO since December 1974 and has involved herself with making life hap- pier for military personnel and their dependents at Keflavik. As part of her job, Julia has camped all over Iceland, gone on the "Newcomers Tours" with the USO and has played "Ronald McDonald" for the USO. Her hobbies include paddle ball, camping, pottery, drawing and other handicrafts as well as being the Fourth of July clown. Julia has taken Icelandic language lessons and made many Icelandic friends. She also has helped in the Youth Cen- ter's summer camps at Hvitarbakki. With a degree in elementary educa- tion, Julia has taught on an Indian Re- servation in N. Dakota. From there she went to Guam to teach for three years and worked part-time for the USO. After leaving Guam, she traveled a- round the world for two years, doing such things as hiking 450 miles in the Himalaya Mountains and arriving in Isra- el the day before the Yom Kippur War of 1973.

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