The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 23.12.1976, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 23.12.1976, Blaðsíða 1
White Falcon Volume XXXII Number 51 Keflavik. Iceland December 23, 1976 Twas the Night Before Christinas . . . 'Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse, When down through the chimney all covered with soot, Came the "Spirit Of Fire"—an ugly galoot. His eyes glowed like embers, his features were stern, As he looked all around for something to burn. What he saw made him grumble, his anger grew higher, For there wasn't a thing that would start a good fire. No door had been blocked by the big Christmas tree; It stood in the corner leaving passageways free. The lights that glowed brightly for Betty and Tim, Had been hung with precaution so none touched a limb. All wiring was new, not a break could be seen, And wet sand at its base kept the tree nice and green. The tree had been trimmed by a mother insistent That the ornaments used be fire resistant. And mother had known the things to avoid, Like cotton and paper and plain celluloid. Rock wool, metal icicles and trinkets of glass, Gave life to the tree; it really had class. And would you believe it, right next to the tree Was a suitable box for holding debris. A place to throw wrappings of paper and string. From all of the gifts that Santa might bring. The ugly galoot was so mad he could bust, As he climbed up the chimney in utter disgust. For the folks in this home had paid close attention. To all the rules of good "Fire Prevention." News briefs Telephone transactions Beginning Monday, no telephone busi- ness will be conducted at Building 839, according to Commander D. J. Monarch, Public Works officer. All applications for the installation of telephones must be made at the Hous- ing Office, Building 937 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. until noon Friday. This action, the commander suggests, can be easily accomplished when accept- ing quarters at the Housing Office. When paying final bills, arrangements can be made by calling 4500 in the morn- ing and then picking up the bill at Building 937 between 2 and 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday—this will facilitate payment at the bank the same day. Turner Gate hours The Turner (take-off) Gate will close at 1:30 p.m. Christmas Eve and will re- open at 11 a.m. Tuesday. It will again close at 1:30 p.m. New Year's Eve and reopen at 11 a.m. Jan. 4. NATO Base personnel living off the Agreed Area may still take off $30 worth of Christmas toys for every child, 14 years of age or younger, through the Turner Gate. This amount will not be deducted from the monthly take off privilege. Deadline for this privilege is Jan. 8. Exam time changed The Navy E-3 and Military Leadership exams for E-4 and E-5 will be held at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 4 at the Midnight Sun Club instead of 7:30 a.m. as previously announced. Candidates are required to be in Uniform of the Day and must have in their possession a valid ID card on the day of the exam. All recommendations and requirements for the exams must be in the Personnel Office no later than 4 p.m. Monday. Military flights... It was reported in last week's White Falcon that military travelers on E and M flights must wear a uni- form. Military personnel may wear civil- ian clothing when taking E and M flights provided that their orders, leave authorization, or the foreign clearance guide requires the wearing of civilian clothing at the point which travelers are scheduled to em- bark or disembark. On C-141 flights, military person- nel must be in appropriate uniform. FROM ALL OF US TO YOU 'Woodpecker' wins COMNAVICE Sailor of the Quarter award Personnelman Seaman Graham D. Hughes of Patrol Squadron FORTY-NINE was se- lected Commander Naval Forces Iceland Sailor of the Quarter for the period PNSN Graham D. Hughes ending Dec. 31, 1976. His selection was announced early be- cause of VP-49's scheduled departure from Keflavik next week. The board, in selecting the service- man for the honor, considered such fac- tors as self-improvement efforts, parti- cipation in military and community pro- grams, creativity and adaptability, and personal appearance and military bear- ing. Seaman Hughes reported to VP-49 di- rectly from Personnelman "A" school and was assigned the job of originating and handling the squadron's temporary addi- tional duty orders, a billet normally assigned to an E-5 or E-6. Not only did he perform his job in an exemplary man- ner but also found time to further his college education in night school and actively participate in a Naval Station Bible study group called "The Naviga- tors." In the letter of recommendation for- warded to COMNAVICE by the commanding officer of VP-49, Seaman Hughes was de- scribed as the essence of the "New Navy's" young professional. He performs his duties zealously and with a level of competency and maturity well beyond his 21 years. He uses his off-duty time to further his own educational development and through his extra military activi- ties makes himself an asset to the com- munity-at-large, as well as the Navy. Seaman Hughes, who calls Alexandria, VA, his home, will depart with VP-49 on Wednesday, heading for Jacksonville, FL. A holiday message... As the holiday season nears, and out thoughts turn to the ever-constant sym- bols of joy and peace which surround us at this time, Mrs. Bernstein and I would like to extend our personal wishes for happiness to each member of the Defense Force family. While some of us will have the oppor- tunity of traveling home for the holi- days , others may find it strange facing this traditional season in a foreign land. Let us look at it as an opportu- nity to add to our own traditions through the colorful ones of Iceland and for families here to experience an even closer sharing and to extend their hos- pitality to those who are alone. Once again we face a season of re- newed hope in the deepest darkness of the year. With this in mind then, we wish to extend to each of you and your loved ones a sincere wish for a Holy Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year. Karl J. Bernstein, Rear Admiral, USN Commander, Iceland Defense Force Short notes Christmas services Protestant services: Christmas Eve—Candlelight service at 7 p.m. (Free nursery available at the Chapel annex.) Christmas Day—Service at 11 a.m. (Free nursery available at the Chapel annex.) Sunday—Regular services Catholic services: Christmas Eve—Mass at 11:30 p.m. Christmas Day—Masses at 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sunday—Regular masses at 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Fleet Reserve The Branch-Unit Social meeting, orig- inally scheduled for Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., has been canceled because of the holiday season. The next General Membership meeting will be held Jan. 11, 1977 in the Branch Home (Bldg. T-184) at 7:30 p.m. Christmas program There will be a Protestant Sunday School Christmas program at 7 p.m. Sun- day at the Chapel (free nursery avail- able.) The Protestant Chapel family will have a holiday pot luck dinner at the' Glacier Hut Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The evening will include fellowship and pinatas and a cookie monsters' pro- gram for the children. New arrival Michael Nathaniel Robinson was born on Dec. 17 at 8:38 p.m. His parents are Pamela and Sgt. William Robinson. Sgt. Robinson is attached to 57th F.I.S. flight simulator shop. Advancement Chief Aviation Anti-Submarine Warfare Operator Michael N. Canter advanced to his present rate Dec. 16 at Commander Fleet Air Keflavik. Captain A.W. Howard Jr., CFK chief of staff, swore him in. Reenlistment Storekeeper First Class Gary S. Sutton signed for six years Dec. 15. He is attached to the Supply Department.

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