The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 17.06.1977, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 17.06.1977, Blaðsíða 1
Volume 33 Number 24 Kef lav ik, Iceland June 17. 1977 Fil-Am Ass'n installs officers at annual festivities Following many weeks of meticulous planning, the Filipino-American Asso- ciation of Keflavik formally inducted its new officers during a gala dinner Saturday evening. Captain Jack T. Weir, Commander Naval Forces Iceland/Commanding Officer U. S. Naval Station was guest speaker for the affair and was also host for the induc- tion ceremonies. Newly inducted officers included: Tony Cercena, president; Hector Fur- agganan, vice-president; Jim Labitan, second vice-president; Merlie Mendoza, secretary; Jenny Reyes, treasurer; Ted Bautista, business manager; Ed Ventura and Tony Gaviola, public affairs offi- cers; Angelo Baylon, Chit Layug, Ted Mendoza, auditors; Rey Franco, Ben Cacao, Lou Evangelista, Ed Reyes, ad- visory board; and Jimmy Castilla, John Cajive, sergeants-at-arms. Another highlight of the evening's affair was the presentation of the Joint Service Commendation Medal to Chief Mess Management Specialist Teodoro P. Mendoza, for his "...perfor- mance of...duties while...Flag Mess Supervisor...to the Flag Mess of the Supreme Allied Command Atlantic from July 1969 to February 1976." The formal dinner-dance began at 6 p.m. with cocktails. A buffet style dinner consisting of lumpla, pansit, lechon, fried chicken, steamboat round, fried rice, garden salad and desserts, was served. Following the dinner Capt. Weir addressed the attendees. Capt. Weir began his talk by re- miniscing about his tour of duty in the Philippines and then switched to a topic he claimed to be his most favorite, the young enlisted men and women in the service today. YOUNG AND OLD ALIKE join in the (photos by JOSN Stan Hal stead) Fil-Am dinner events (top and right). The captain noted that the young service members today are much more educated than sailors of the past and this demands much more leadership quality. He reemphasized that the men and women of today's Navy must be treated as people and not inanimate cogs in a big wheel. Capt. Weir read the oath of office for the newly-elected officers and then commended all the persons responsible for the planning of the Fil-Am dinner. He then called Chief Mendoza to the dias and presented the Joint Service Commendation Medal. Chief Mendoza was cited for his "...outstanding performance of duty and diligent application of in- genuity and initiative. As the Chief in Charge of the galley for "Sea Link II" Chief Mendoza was an invaluable asset, demonstrating superior qualities of foresightedness and leadership. "Through his professional knowledge, enthusiastic efforts and tact he has gained the trust, respect and admira- tions of his supervisors, fellow workers and all personnel with whom he came in contact during the pursuit of his du- ties." The third part of the program fea- tured the Fil-Am dance group, performing several well-known Philippine folk dances. The highlight of these dances was one called "Pandanggo Sa Haw"—the candlelight dance. It featured four ladies who danced with lighted candles on top of their heads and one candle in each hand. The evening was capped by an enter- tainment group which provided dancing music for all to enjoy and by the offer of more food. The evening had been heralded by many as one filled with "something for every- one." It proved to be just that. New Commander: In change of command ceremonies, Lieutenant Colonel Richard J. Slowey will relieve Lieutenant Colonel William M. Foy as the 57th Fighter Interceptor Squadron commander today at 2 p.m. at Hangar 830. LtCol. Foy will become Air Forces Iceland vice-commander and director of operations. The incoming 57th FIS commander en- tered the Air Force as an aviation cadet at Harlingen Air Force Base, TX. He was commissioned a second lieuten- ant, and received his navigator wings in July 1959. Following advanced navigation train- ing, he was assigned to the 456th Strategic Wing, Beale AFB, CA as a B-52 crewmember and flight instructor. In 1964, LtCol Slowey attended the Squadron Officers' School where he was designated a distinguished graduate. Returning to Beale AFB, he served as the wing electronic warfare officer until his entry into pilot training. The colonel then received his pilot wings and the Air Training Command Commander's Trophy at Craig AFB, AL in 1966. In 1967 he was assigned to duty as an F-102 interceptor pilot with the 317th Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Elmendorf AFB, AK. From 1970 through 1972 LtCol. Slowey served a tour of duty as an F-4 flight commander with the 480th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Phu Cat, Republic of Vietnam. Upon completion of his combat tour, the colonel attended the Armed Forces Staff College at Norfolk, VA. Other professional military education includes the Air University Professional Personnel Management Program and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Assigned to Headquarters North Ameri- can Air Defense Command/Aerospace De- fense Command until 1976, his duties there included Executive Officer to the Deputy Chief of Staff/Comptroller and Chief, Officer Assignment Division with LtCol. Richard J. Slowey heads the 57th Fighter Interceptor Squadron LtCol. Richard J. Slowey the Deputy Chief of Staff/Personnel. Before coming to Keflavik, LtCol. Slowey served as operations officer for the 46th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Peterson AFB, CO. LtCol. Slowey has logged more than 2,600 hours of flying time, including 240 combat hours in the F-4. The new 57th FIS commander was born at Scranton, PA. He holds a bachelor of arts degree (with honors) in philosophy and poli- tical science from the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. His decorations include the Dis- tinguished Flying Cross with two oak leaf clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal with eight oak leaf clusters and the Air Force Com- mendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster. LtCol. Slowey is married to the former Frankie D. Watts of Biloxi, MS. They have four children: Elizabeth, Theresa, Joseph and Peter. Annual Navy NRS--for sea services There are a number of charity or- ganizations that provide much needed assistance to people throughout the world. But, there is only one that provides help to Navy and Marine Corps men and women and their families—the Navy Relief Society. The annual fund drive for the Naval Station began Wednesday (June 15) and persons will have until Monday July 4 to voluntarily contribute to this worthwhile organization. Society fund drive begins; donations desired Throughout its existence, the society has provided $5.3 million to help more than 75,000 individals and families. In- cluded in this amount was more than $3 million in direct relief loans, $1.3 million in education loans and $471,000 in gratuities. NRS offers emergency aid The Navy Relief Society offers emergency assistance to Navy and Marine Corps active duty and retired personnel, their dependents and their surviving widows and children. In addition to direct financial assis- tance, the society, through its volun- tary workers, provides other forms of assistance. Navy Relief has provided layettes to families with newborn ba- bies; has offered counseling services; has provided registered nurses who visit homes with either newborn infants or with elderly persons who need con- stant medical attention and has sponsored programs such as "Live Better for Less", "Helping Hands", "Toys for Tots" and "Motor Corps". Additionally, society workers operate Thrift Shops at almost all naval instal- lations and children's waiting rooms within naval medical facilities. Persons who contribute to the Navy Relief fund campaign may find it in- teresting to note that all their money goes directly to help those in need. None of the money is used for salary or office facilities. The mission of Navy Relief hasn't changed since the society was founded more than 70 years ago—"the Navy and Marine Corps take care of their own."

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