The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 13.05.1977, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 13.05.1977, Blaðsíða 1
WhiteJ^FaJam Volume XXXIII Number 19 Ketlavik. Iceland May 13. 1977 AF NCO of/ the Quarter SSgt. John J. Darcey Jr. relaxes during a work day in Air Forces Iceland Security Police, (photo by PH2 Ron Pearce) (story by J02 Judy Johns) AIRMAN OF THE QUARTER—A1C Thomas E. MARINE NCO OF THE QUARTER—Sgt. Roman Scheetz Gatica (photos by PH2 Rene' Pearce) IDF honors 6 servicemembers For six servicemembers of the Iceland Defense Force, Wednesday was not just another day. At 2 p.m. they were honored by Rear Admiral Karl J. Bernstein, Com- mander Iceland Defense Force, for being selected Servicemembers of the Quarter. They are: CT03 Mark D. Traxler, Petty Officer of the Quarter; MSSN Jon I. Little, Sailor of the Quarter; Sgt. Roman Gatica, Marine NCO of the Quarter; LCpl. William A. Hart, Marine of the Quarter; SSgt. John J. Darcey Jr., Air Force NCO of the Quarter; and A1C Thomas E. Scheetz, Airman of the Quarter. Each one received a letter of commen- dation, a personalized Iceland shaped plaque and an authorization for a pri- ority three on the Environmental and Morale flights to Europe. Attached to Naval Security Group Activity, Mark Traxler is a crytologic technician (communications branch) third class. "My job is to operate the cryto gear that provides protection for classified incoming and outgoing message traffic," stated Petty Officer Traxler. Since he arrived in Iceland in Sep- tember 1976, CT03 Traxler has spent time seeing the country and photographing it. "I wish I had brought my car so I could get off base more often," he said. He has also visited England and plans to go there again. Petty Officer Traxler is a reading tutor for students at the A. T. Mahan Elementary School. He has also played on the NSGA volleyball team. The Sailor of the Quarter is Mess Management Specialist Seaman Jon I. Little, who is an inflight cook at the Naval Station Food Services Division. "As the inflight cook, I prepare box lunches, frozen TV dinners and snacks for the Marines on guard duty, squadron pilots, crews and flight passengers. It's a good job, but I'd like to get more into actual cooking," said MSSN Little. Jon enjoys sports, especially bowling. Looking forward to the reopening of the Arctic Bowl, he said, "I could go bowling everyday if I had the chance." Taking college courses has occupied some of Jon's time. He has completed an accounting course and also a course in basic Icelandic. "It's the best duty station I've had so far," states Sergeant Roman Gatica, the Marine NCO of the Quarter. As one of the three cooks at the Ma- rine Enlisted 'Klub,' Sgt. Gatica pre-_ pares sandwiches and meals for the many patrons of the 'Klub'. Roman was re- cently complimented during a Headquarters Marine Corps Area Auditor's Inspection on his ability to make an ordinary hamburger taste extraordinary. "I'm interested in getting into restaurant management and I've learned a lot from my experience as a Marine Corps cook," he said. In his off-duty time Roman enjoys sports, and he plans to study business management in the near future. Lance Corporal William A. Hart, the Marine of the Quarter, has been attached to the Marine Barracks since July 1976. He is a service record book clerk. This job consists of maintaining officer and enlisted service records, correspondence and office files. "I like my job. I went to the General Admin School, but my knowledge of keeping service records came from on the job training," said LCpl. Hart. To prepare for the physical fitness test which is given monthly, LCpl. Hart spends much time in physical training. He uses the weight machines at the gym, jogs, swims and plays basketball. "My tour in Iceland has been inter- esting. I enjoy getting away from the base and seeing different places. By working hard and going to the gym the months have gone by quickly," said LCpl. Hart. The Air Force NCO of the Quarter is Staff Sergeant John J. Darcey Jr., a security policeman for Air Forces Ice- land Security. Since being assigned to AFI in August 1976, SSgt. Darcey has been an assistant flight chief of the Security Police day shift. "The Security Alert Team provides protection for Air Force resources here in Iceland, primarily our aircraft," said SSgt. Darcey. "I've really enjoyed my job and my tour in Iceland. I've gotten involved, which is the name of the game. I like to keep busy which makes time pass quickly." Being involved with people is a job which SSgt. Darcey enjoys. He is an active member of the AFI Enlisted Advi- sory Council and he is an instructor in the NCO Orientation Course. "For a short tour, Iceland is one of the best the Air Force offers," he said. "But I do miss my family." He and his wife, Charlotte, have two daughters, Mi- chelle and Valerie. Airman First Class Thomas E. Scheetz is a material facilities specialist at the Air Forces Iceland Supply receiving warehouse. He is the Airman of the Quarter. "I process incoming shipments and record materials received on tfie UNIVAC 1050 remote unit. This is to provide (continued on page 2) MARINE OF THE QUARTER-Lrnl. William A. PETTY OFFICER OF THE QUARTER—CT03 Mark Hart D. Traxler SAILOR OF THE QUARTER MSSN Jon I. Little prepares box lunches at the Enlisted Dining Facility.

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