The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 04.02.1977, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 04.02.1977, Blaðsíða 1
White Falcon Volume XXXIII Number 5 Kellavik, Iceland February 4, 1977 Vice President Mondale visits Keflavik during refueling Vice President Walter Mondale visited briefly with Icelandic and U.S. offi- cials Saturday evening (Jan. 29) during a refueling stopover at the Keflavik In- ternational Airport. On hand to greet the Vice President when he stepped off Air Force Two were Iceland's Prime Minister Geir Hall- grimsson; U.S. Ambassador to Iceland James J. Blake; Rear Admiral Karl J. PLEASANT VISIT—Vice President Mondale talks with Prime Minister Geir Hall- grimsson (right) while enroute to the press holding area. Ambassador Blake (center) was also present during the conference, (photo by J01 Jim Miller) Blackie Lewis retires - 45 years in government A special retirement/awards ceremony last week honored Mr. Roland J. Lewis for his nearly 45 years of government service — 12 of which were spent in Iceland. Captain Jack T. Weir, Commander Naval Forces Iceland/Commanding Officer, U.S. *Javal Station, hosted the ceremonies fon Jan. 20. The captain presented the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award to Mr. Lewis, who is better known by his nickname "Blackie". Mr. Lewis was also awarded a Naval Station Sustained Superior Service Award that was accompanied by a cash award of $300. Blackie Lewis arrived at the naval station in November 1964. After four years, he was promoted to a Fuels Divi- sion Director. The citation accompanying the Superi- or Civilian Service Award stated that Mr. Lewis' "...extraordinary devotion to duty has earned several outstanding per- formance ratings. His dedication, ini- tiative and inventiveness combined with very strong personality traits have kept him in the forefront of his occupational {roup over a lifetime career of almost 45 years with the U.S. Government. "During his service...Mr. Lewis has contributed significantly toward improv- ing the image of the Naval Station...the Iceland Defense Force and the U.S. Gov- ernment in Iceland. He has earned re- spect and fostered good will in the Ice- landic community which will benefit Na- val Station, Keflavik, for many years after his departure." The award was presented on behalf of Admiral I.C. Kidd Jr., Commander in Chief U.S. Atlantic Fleet. Blackie Lewis departed Keflavik on Jan. 21 to begin his retirement in Springfield, VA with his daughter. He will then head south to a "warmer" cli- mate. Security Dept. issues vehicle waiver According to the Naval Security De- partment, vehicle owners may waive and abandon all right, title and interest to any private motor vehicle. This action has been effected to e- liminate the problems of abandoned ve- hicles. No waiver is required, however, for a private vehicle which is intended for shipment or-transfer to another Defense Force member provided that the Security Department is notified of its continued presence beyond the owner's departure. The Security Department may require evidence of the above intention or other proof of ownership by either power of attorney or proper shipping documents. Bernstein, Commander Iceland Defense Force/Commander Fleet Air Keflavik and other distinguished officials. After greeting the officials at the foot of the plane steps, Vice President Mondale was escorted to a special lounge within the airport terminal. He talked with his hosts for about 20 minutes and then stopped for a short press confer- ence with the Icelandic press. The Vice President was asked about his discussion with the Prime Minister. He stated that he primarily wanted to reenforce President Jimmy Carter's vows to maintain a strong and lasting rela- tionship with the United States' NATO allies. Vice President Mondale also expressed a strong desire to return to Iceland and have more time to visit the countryside which he had been reading about. The Vice President arrived in Iceland after talks with French President Valery Giscard D'Estalng. He was enroute, over the Polar route, to Japan which was the last stop of his 10-day tour of Western Europe and Japan. Vice President Mondale is now back in the nation's capitol and it has been re- ported that he and the President are more than satisfied with the results of the whirlwind tour and visits with some of Europe's leaders. Vice President Mondale and his staff were in Iceland for a little more than an hour. Air Force Two took off at ap- proximately 8:30 p.m. VIP VISIT—Vice President Mondale dis- cusses the results of his conference with members of Iceland's press corps. He reaffirmed the U.S. desire to main- tain a strong relationship with Iceland, our NATO ally, (photo by Jul Jim Miller) AFI holds NCO course; relates to promotions Who says that the Air Force members stationed in Iceland are too far remov- ed from the "real" Air Force? Certain- ly not the senior non-commissioned of- ficers assigned to Air Forces Iceland who voluntarily pooled their talents to instruct a newly required Air Force NCO orientation course. Effective with promotions on or af- ter June 1, 1976, all enlisted Air Force .members promoted to E-4/senior airman, must complete the course within 12 months of their promotion date to qual- ify for subsequent appointment to NCO status (E-4/Sgt). The first class graduated recently in ceremonies conducted by Colonel William E. Lindeman, Air Forces Ice- land Commander. According to an AFI spokesman, or- ganizing the 18 hour course was not an easy endeavor; however, several ssenior NCOs volunteered their time and tal- ents to get the course off the ground. Their experience and background were significant factors towards guarantee- ing success. The course covers such areas as the role and responsibility of the NCO; Air Force organization and mission; manage- ment; leadership; communication as well as other facets concerning Air Force NCOs . The course is designed to help the new Senior Airmen develop and enhance their capabilities as future NCOs . With the example, talent and leader- ship of the senior NCO instructors, the phase I, NCO orientation course being conducted at Air Forces Iceland should be a resounding success, the spokesman added. VP-45 chief receives associate's degree Chief Anti-Submarine Warfare Techni- cion Raymond Chute became Patrol Squad- ron FORTY-FIVE's newest college gradu- ate with the presentation of his diploma by Commander Stephen F. Loftus, VP-45 Commanding Officer. Chief Chute earned his associate of arts degree in general education from the Pensacola Junior Col- lege. He began his off duty studies several years ago while stationed at the Naval Air Rework Facility in Pensacola, FL. Chief Chute, while pursuing his college studies, applied for and was subsequent- ly selected for the former Associate De- gree Completion Program (ADCOP). This program would have provided orders for him to attend college. Unfortunately, the program was cancelled before Chief Chute received his orders. Undaunted, he continued with his off duty studies. To earn his associate of arts degree, the Chief needed a minimum of 60 credit hours, distributed in the areas of biological science, physical science, social science, humanities, ma- thematics and English. The Navy Campus for Achievement (NCFA) helped Chief Chute by arranging all administrative procedures as well as tuition aid. The Navy paid for 75 percent of the tuition cost and fees for Chief Chute's degree. Chief Chute recommends highly the services provided by the NCFA and will be glad to pass the word to anyone on how the program has grown and improved over the years. The NCFA is a manage- ment system for all off-duty education programs. Through a network of profes- sional education advisors at various naval installations, the NCFA assists naval personnel in identifying and at- taining their educational and vocational goals. At Keflavik, the NCFA offers several collegiate programs which in- clude Servicemen's Opportunity College, Contract for Degree and Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support. Contact the Naval Station Keflavik Edu- cational Services Office at 7795, Bldg. 752 for further details.

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