The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 29.10.1976, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 29.10.1976, Blaðsíða 1
<( White Falcon Volume XXXII Number 43 Keflavik, Iceland October 29. 1976 Enlisted clothing allowance revised •^ A revised monthly clothing mainte- nance allowance for enlisted personnel went into effect Oct. 1, according to the Naval Station Disbursing Office. The new monthly basic allowances for E-l-E-6 are $5.10 for men and $4.20 for women. The new standard rates are $7.20 for men and $6.30 for women. Before the changes went into effect, the rates were $6.30 for men and $7.20 for women (basic), and $9 for men and $10.20 for women (standard). The maintenance allowances are broken down into two categories: the basic al- lowance paid from the seventh to the 36th month of service, and the standard allowance, paid after the 36th month of service. The new monthly rates for E-7 is $7.20 for men and $6.30 for women (standard), and $8.70 for men and women (special). Previous rates were $9 for men and $10.20 for women (standard) and $10.20 for men and women (special). Special rates take effect after com- pleting 36 months as E-7. The reductions, reflected in new rates, are based on the Department of Defense revised estimates of the wearout period for required items, and the with- drawal of financial support for required seabag items not worn exposed on the person, such as underwear, lingerie, towels, etc. Rockville expands photo lab capability, flexibility A new photo lab recently opened at the Rockville site, featuring broad based instruction and a capability to provide color developing and printing. The former small, existing lab was renovated into a compact, but complete, photo facility, emphasizing flexibility and quality. Color slide and print developing, basic and advanced camera theory, photo lab procedures and black and white de- veloping are among the services availa- ble. In addition, the lab can also use a highly professional color print develop- ing technique known as 'Cibachrome'. The Cibachrome process is a relatively simple process, but requires special chemicals and paper, which results in color prints, far superior to those de- veloped with ordinary techniques and materials, according to lab spokesmen. The Rockville Photo Lab is the only photo facility to offer the Cibachrome process in Iceland, and one of the few Air Force Hobby Photo Labs (military or civilian.) A color photography course, offered through Los Angeles Community College Overseas, began Monday at the Rockville Photo Lab. NavSta P.O. offers mailing tips for faster service To ensure that your letters and cards will arrive home in time for Christmas and to help lower the work load on the Post Office Clerks, the Base Post Office announces the following mailing sugges- Ice & Fire schedules November performances The Ice and Fire Theater Group will present a dinner theater, 6 Rms Riv Vu, Nov. 13 at the Officers' Club and Nov. 17 and 18 at the Top of the Rock. 6 Rms Riv Vu, produced by special ar- rangement with Samuel French, Inc., is a comedy in two acts about a man and a wo- man, previously total strangers, who ac- cidentally become locked in a vacant apartment. The two learn a lot about each other, as well as about themselves, in the humorous process of regaining their freedom. Starring in the play are Pat Welsch, Ice and Fire president, and Terry Huber, A. T. Mahan Elementary teacher. Both have past theater experience. Other members of the cast include Kathy and Jim Fogarty, Kathy Dowd, Mike Hammons, Debby Flack and Don Draper. The play will be directed by Joe Sands. Tickets for the three performances will be available soon at the Officers' Club and Top of the Rock. tions: (1) Separate all cards and letters according to size. (2) Check to see that all envelopes are facing the same direction with the address up. (3) Group letters and cards by cit- ies and states. If there are more than five letters and cards for the same city or state, take a piece of paper and write the city or state on it and at- tach it to the front of the group, then tie or place a rubber band around each group separately. (4) If there are not enough to make separate city or state ties, please mark on the paper "Mixed". (5) If letters and cards are going locally, please put them in numerical sequence by box numbers, and mark "Lo- cal" on the paper and secure them with a rubber band. There is a box located in the Post Office Lobby just for local mail. Following the above suggestions may take a few minutes, but it will save Post Office personnel a few hours, doing the same thing. The Post Office urges patrons to use their full and correct return address on all mail including Zip Code. All mail, posted at the Base Post Of- fice, must have U.S. postage stamps on it or it will be returned to sender. For further information, call the Base Post Office at 7981 or 2203. 'Trick or Treat* hours announced Tomorrow, from 5 to 8 p.m., has been designated as the "Trick or Treat" pe- riod in the family housing areas. Parents are requested to closely mon- itor small children to ensure their safety. Children should wear costumes and other clothing which would increase their visibility as much as possible. Drivers must be doubly alert and cau- tious during the trick or treat hours, and vehicular traffic in the family housing areas should be minimized. Dependent children residing off the Agreed Area will be authorized to take their trick or treat candy from the Agreed Area through Njardvik gate. Use of customs forms is not necessary, how- ever, this pertains to Halloween candy exclusively, and on this particular oc- casion only. TO FIND PROBLEM AREAS, Lieutenant Commander B. E. Maxon, Naval ler, and Bank Manager Ralph Hutchinson review survey results. Station Cotnptrol- Base banking services to improve American Express Bank customers on the NATO base soon will begin seeing an improvement in service, according to Bank Manager Ralph Hutchinson. Most of the proposed improvements are the result of a questionnaire distribut- ed to more than 2,000 bank customers in mid-September, Lieutenant Commander B. E. Maxon, Naval Station Comptroller and command bank liaison officer says. The questionnaire, drafted by Hutch- inson and authorized for distribution by Naval Station Commanding Officer, Cap- tain Jack T. Weir, is an effort to iden- tify discrepancies in banking service. Hutchinson and LCdr. Maxon reviewed the results of the questionnaire and found a number of service areas which need improvement. All of the identified discrepancies have been discussed with Capt. Weir, and possible solutions have been reviewed, LCdr. Maxon said. Inadequate or inconvenient bank hours was the major problem identified by the questionnaire. According to LCdr. Maxon the Treasury Department limits the num- ber of hours a bank may offer customer service. The American Express Internat- ional Banking Corp., however, can auth- orize changes in the schedule of bank customer service hours within the pre- scribed limit. The NATO base bank presently is open to customers Monday through Friday, 9:30 In Iceland since 1953 Following World War II the United States continued to maintain American military personnel overseas to satisfy its international commitments. To provide banking services on its installations, the U.S. Treasury Depart- ment invited the American Express Inter- national Banking Corporation to estab- lish an overseas Military Banking Facil- ity in Keflavik. The American Express Banking Facility was established in Iceland in 1953 and it always has been the only bank on base. In fact, it is the only overseas bank in Iceland. The U.S. Treasury and Defense Depart- ments control and regulate all military banking activities including policy, services, charges, length of opening hours and interest rates. The decision to establish a Military Banking Facility does not necessarily depend on its pro- fitability, but rather on the need demonstrated for the service. Due to the restricted nature of their operations, Military Banking Facilities often operate at a loss which is re- imbursed by the Treasury to the partici- pating financial institution. Military Banking Facilities are therefore primar- ily to serve the banking needs of mili- tary and Department of Defense personnel and their dependents. Accordingly, only personnel with an authorized Department of Defense identification card may use the facility. a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; 1:30 to 2 p.m.(clubs only); and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. The bank manager wishes to obtain the views of customers on those hours so he can ask for the best banking hour changes from his management. Two options he believes his corporate management will accept are in a box on page 2. Bank customers are requested to clip this out and send pre- ferred choices to the Disbursing Officer Code 123, Naval Station. Bank account statement errors or late or non-receipt of statements was the second largest problem, according to the questionnaire returns. Hutchinson has fought this problem for the past year with little success. He attributes the problem to the remote location of ac- counting machines and computers. The bank's accounting machines are in London and the computer is in Frankfurt. The bank's corporation management has agreed to provide accounting machines in the Keflavik branch so remote accounting and statement preparation functions can be eliminated. To cut down on the long check cashing lines on paydays, the Naval Station Comptroller has opened a pay line in Hangar 831 to supplement service offer- red at Naval Station disbursing and re- mote sites. Additional long-term consideration is being given to such options as moving the bank to new quarters, opening a drive-in teller line, installing a night deposit window, and employing a mobile disbursing van on pay days. In the existing facility, there is no additional space for teller lines and the rope aisles have proven to be the only improvement possible. Thirty percent of the questionnaire responses indicated customers are un- aware of services offered by the bank: Checking Accounts are free to all members who arrange for their pay- check to be sent directly to the bank from their military disbursing office, or if a continuous balance of $300 is maintained throughout the month. If neither of these options is elected, service charges of 40c per month plus 10c per check are levied. Personalized checks are available in a wide range of designs. Checks which may be written exclusively in kronur are available on request. These checks are acceptable throughout Iceland. Savings Accounts are charge free and offer interest at 5% per annum, com- pounded monthly. Members also can ar- range for a fixed amount to be transfer- red monthly from checking to savings accounts under the bank's automatic sav- ings plan. Personal Signature Loans are avail- able, with an interest rate based on 1% of the outstanding monthly balance. The Treasury Department, however, imposes (continued en peg* 2)

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