The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 12.11.1976, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 12.11.1976, Blaðsíða 1
White Falcon Volume XXXII Number 45 Kellavik, Iceland November 12. 1976 Marine Corps marks 201st year; stages gala, day-long festivities Wednesday marked the 201st anniversa- ry of the United States Marine Corps. To celebrate this occasion, the of- ficers and men of Marine Barracks, Kef- lavik engaged themselves in activities to commemorate those who have served faithfully for 201 years. The day-long events began at 10 a.m. at the Naval Station Chapel when all the Marine Barracks members attended a memo- rial service, paying tribute to those Marines who have served in the past through loyal and dedicated service, and have contributed to the professionalism that the Corps now epitomizes. Afterwards, an afternoon of intramur- dancing to the music of "Dark Star". Remarks were given by the guest of honor, the Honorable James J. Blake, United States Ambassador to Iceland, Major Norman B. Centers, commanding of- ficer of the Marine Barracks and Ser- geant Major Jimmy L. Belin. A highlight included a performance by the Marine silent drill team, displaying its skill and precision. The official ceremony concluded with the traditional cutting of the birthday cake—with the first piece going to the guest of honor, the second piece to the oldest Marine present, SgtMaj Belin and the third piece to the youngest Marine al rivalry followed at the base gym during which time a spirit of comrade- ship and friendly competition prevailed. The festivities culminated Wednesday night with the Marine Corps Ball, held at the Officers' Club. The evening in- cluded a hosted cocktail hour, the tra- ditional Marine Corps Birthday ceremony and cake-cutting, followed by dinner and present, Private Special gues Admiral Karl J Iceland Defense Weir, Commander Commanding Offic vik, Pall Asg. the Icelandic Honorable Judge David Christie Jr. ts attending were Rear Bernstein, Commander Force, Captain Jack T. Naval Forces Iceland/ er, Naval Station Kefla- Tryggvason, Chairman of Defense Council and the Thorgeir Thorsteinsson. iAF officer receives mail surprise Not everyone can open a letter in the mail and expect to receive a master's degree. But not so in the case of Lieutenant Colonel Robert Ross, Assis- ant Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans, J-3, at the Headquarters, Iceland Defense Force. Recently, the native of Charleston, SC received his Master of Arts in Administration from Chapman College, 57th Maintenance, AFI Supply win Baker awards The first presentation of the Lieu- tenant Generll Royal N. Baker Awards was recently made to five Aerospace Defense Command units during formal ceremonies in Colorado Springs, CO. Air Forces J eland units were recipients of two of e five awards and were selected from among many units throughout the command: The Air Forces Iceland units dis- tinguished, were AFI Supply and the Main- tenance Section of the 57th Fighter In- terceptor Squadron. Major Edward Martens, AFI Supply, accepted the award for his unit, and Captain William Weeks accepted the tro- phy for the 57th FIS Mantenance unit. Colonel William E. Lindeman, Comman- der Air Forces Iceland, praised members of both units for their hard work and dedication during a formal gathering last week. Orange, CA by mail. Because the local agencies are not authorized to present the degree, Rear Admiral Karl J. Bernstein, Commander Iceland Defense Force, formally made the honor to LtCol Ross Nov. 1. Before reporting for duty in Iceland in July 1975, LtCol Ross had only a few semester hours left to complete his de- gree. Upon arriving, he enrolled in la- bor economics and business law through the University of Maryland. Completion of these courses gave him the required curriculm which he needed to obtain his master's degree. His long studying hours began at Chapman College Resident Educational Center at Fort Lee, VA, his previous duty station, in June 1974. The military career man says, "There is considerable work in management and operations research techniques that were included in the course which have direct application to my present position." LtCol Ross is accompanied on his Kef- lavik tour by his wife, Karen and sons, James and Andy. During his 20 years in the Air Force, LtCol Ross has been stationed at Langley AFB, VA; Okinawa; Sawyer AFB, MI; Stewart AFB, NY; Clark AB, PA; Perrin AFB, TX; ENT AFB, CO; and Ft. Lee, VA. He is also a graduate of the Air Com- mand and Staff College, Industrial Col- lege of the Armed Forces and the Citadel, SC, with a bachelor of Arts in liberal arts. A DETACHMENT 14 HH-3E Sikorsky "Jolly Green Giant" helicopter hovers aloft in a successful rescue mission Saturday during which time three Icelandic hikers were saved from a ravine on an ice flow. IDF SAR teams airlift 3 injured hikers from Thosmork valley Search and rescue teams from the Ice- land Defense Force were credited for saving the lives of three Icelandic hikers. They were seriously injured Saturday in a ravine on an ice flow in Eyjafjallajokull in the Thosmork valley, about 80 miles east of Keflavik. The rescue mission began at 2 p.m. Saturday when the Iceland Defense Force received a call from llannes Hafstein, Director of the Icelandic Lifesaving Association, requesting assistance in evacuating the injured persons. After receiving confirmation, a De- tachment 14 1IH-3E Sikorsky "Jolly Green Giant" helicopter was airborne at 3:12, followed by an HC-130N Hercules tanker at 3:30 to provide refueling for the helicopter, and also supplying advance communication and reconnaissance. The Hercules tanker located and es- tablished contact with the ground party at the scene at 3:56. The rescue heli- copter arrived on the scene at 4:05 and located the ground party and the victims at the 1500-foot level of the ice flow, surrounded by rugged terrain and a series of jagged ice ravines. Because of the rugged terrain, the rescue helicopter landed at a nearby valley, offloaded unnecessary weights and then flew back to the site. Hovering above the party, with ice cliffs on the front and left side, and a 60-30 degree downslope on the right side, the helicopter lowered a parares- cueman. With the help of the ground party, he placed the injured persons in stokes litters and a forest penetrator (a type of seat). The victims were hoisted on board the helicopter, and, after a brief stop to pick up the offloaded cargo, took off for Reykjavik where the victims were transferred to waiting ambulances. The Hercules tanker, airborne through out the whole mission, refueled the hel- icopter on its way to Reykjavik from the mission site. The tanker returned to the NATO base at 5:50 and the helicopter re- turned at 6:10. Members of the Hercules tanker crew were as follows: Captain Ted Schindler, pilot; Captain Mike Bachman, co-pilot; Master Sergeant Tom O'Brien, flight en- gineer; Staff Sergeant Earl Richard, loadmaster; Technical Sergeant Pat Car- rothers, radio operator; and Staff Ser- geant Ervin Petty and Airman Tim Wil- liams, pararescuenen. The rescue helicopter's crew in- cluded: Captain Steve Black, pilot; Major Doug Johnson, co-pilot: Sergeant Rick Graves, flight mechanic; Lieutenant Commander Charles Tate, flight surgeon; and Senior Airman Ed King, Airman First Class Andy Moser, and Airman First Class Mark Zitzow, pararescuemen. The rescue makes it the 109th, 110th, and Lllth credited saves for Det. 14. Backing up is more dangerous than you think STOP'. Before you throw your car into reverse and tromp on the throttle, do yourself a favor and THINK! A Is your rear window cleared? * Can you see through your rear view mirror? * Have you carefully checked to see that someone behind you is not also backing out of his parking spot? * Do your back up lights work? * Have you checked for any immovable objects in your path? * Do you require a spotter because your car has many blind spots, and is your spotter in position outside of the vehicle? If you can answer yes to all of the above auestions, you can now safely back out from the parking lot. Do your backing in a slow and careful manner and you can avoid the cause of the most common traffic accident this time of year—improper backing. Thirteen of the last 19 government vehicle accidents resulted from improper backing. Don't become a statistic— THINK! Frosty windows are a no-no What you can't see You CAN hit!

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