The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 10.06.1977, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 10.06.1977, Blaðsíða 1
WJuteWatewi Volume XXXIII Number 23- Keflavik. Iceland 'C '977 NSGA fetes HI site by CTA1 Dan Hilton A ground-breaking ceremony was conducted at the NSGA Rockville H-l Site, Building 2586, Tuesday. Among the dignitaries in attendance were: RADM Karl J. Bernstein, Commander Iceland Defense Force; Capt. A. W. Howard, IDF Chief of Staff; Cdr Gerry L. Preston, Naval Security Group Activity, Keflavik, Commanding Officer; LCdr. J. B. Mossman, ROICC; and rapt. R. L. Spaulding, Commanding Officer, NAVCOMMSTA, Keflavik. Iceland Prime Contractor representatives also attended. The early planning stages for con- struction of an addition to the pre- sent NSGA Keflavik site started in 1973, and budget approval was in Fiscal Year 76. The building, when completed, will house the present NSGA facilities lo- cated at Hafnir, Hangar 831 and BEQ 744. The mission of NSGA Keflavik is to operate a high frequency direction finding facility and provide communi- cations related support, including communications relay, communication security and communications manpower assistance to Navy and other Department of Defense elements within the area. The building will be completed and ready for occupancy May 5, 1978. Expected completion for the entire project will be April 30, 1979. ¦BMflRM DETACHMENT 14 participated in the annual Icelandic Sailors' Day celebra- tion by demonstrating a typical rescue pickup in Keflavik harbor Satur- day. Det. 14 nabs sailing crowds by 2ndU. Robert D. Pierce Detachment 14, 39th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Wing Demonstrated typical water pickups Saturday and Sunday as part of the annual Icelandic Sailors' Day celebration in Keflavik, Gindavik and Hafnarfjordur harbors. The first stop for the Jolly Green Giant helicopter was Keflavik harbor. The Jolly Green crewmembers demonstra- ted a water pickup, deploying two rescue specialists in the water next to the dummy survivor. The pickup was effected, using a rescue hoist on the helicopter. Some 2,000 people were on hand Saturday afternoon to watch the demon- stration. Sunday afternoon Detachment 14 flew to Grindavik and Hafnafjordur harbors. Before equally enthusiastic crowds, demonstrating the assigned rescue helicopter capability. READYING THE BOWLING ALLEY for patron service is an "all hands' (see related pictures on page 3) effort. DIGNITARIES TURN OVER the first shovelful of dirt at the NSGA Rock- ville site, (photo by JOSN Stan Halstead) AFR 715 saves baby The crew of Air Force Rescue 715 of Detachment 14 medevaced a severely de- formed baby and its mother from Akranes to Reykjavik recently. The Icelandic Lifesaving Association notified Operations Control May 28 about a medevac. That morning a baby was born with severe birth defects—it had no stomach muscles or skin covering the lower part of the stomach. Officials determined that an incubator was needed to transport the baby to medical facilities in Reykjavik. Det. 14 responded by launching the AFR 715 crew, carrying an incubator on the emergency flight. AFR 715 flew to Akranes, and landed on the town's soccer field. The crew of Air Force Rescue 715 in- cluded: First Lieutenant Richard V. McGirr, aircraft commander; Captain William S. Kemerling, copilot; Staff Sergeant Clinton R. Solt, flight mechan- ic; Sergeant Gregory R. Frandsen and Senior Airman Edward J. King, rescue specialists. The medical team consisted of Lieu- tenant Commander John A. Bigbee, flight surgeon and Lieutenant junior grade Carol Sanders, flight nurse. Crewmembers onloaded the baby and its mother. The flight then took off for Reykjavik, landing eight minutes later. Baby and mother were offloaded; and, because of Det. 14's fast response, the baby was saved. $1.800 «cholar«hip awarded Stipends serve seniors Receiving the largest scholarship at the twentieth A. T. Mahan High School commencement exercises Saturday after- noon, Donna Jacobson was awarded $1,800 by the Keflavik Bowling Association. She also was the recipient of a $200 scholarship from the Filipino-American Club. Other scholarship winners include: Luke Johnson, who received honors from the Fleet Reserve Association, Wind- breaker Club and Top of the Rock Club. Karen Belin was given a $250 scholar- ship by the Midnight Sundowner Square Dance Club. Sonja Hocketstaller was awarded $750 from the Officers' Wives Club. She also received $100 from the Women of the Commissary. Kathy Spaulding received $300 from the Parent-Teacher Organization, and Karen Belin was given $400 by the PTO. The Honorable James J. Blake, United States Ambassador to Iceland, delivered the commencement address. In his remarks, he said, "...You are a part of this world, and the only question is how you will come to grips with its problems, its opportunities, its risks and its inevitable disappoint- ments." "You are not the same people you were four years ago. You've changed in the way you dress, the way you talk, what you think about, what you read—I sus- pect, even in what you worry about." "You're beginning to develop (and) to project the personality that is going to mark you for the rest of your life. You're also beginning to develop and project the character that will distinguish you as individuals for the rest of your life." "The character you have now is that of a young adult—your high school ex- perience has helped to form it, and so, too, as a simple process of turning out to be four years old." "...Life begins every day, and it consists of what you have done..." DONNA JACOCSON receives a scholarship from Tony Cercena, Fil-Am Club presi- dent.

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