The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 05.08.1977, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 05.08.1977, Blaðsíða 1
Whi^ Falcon Volume 33 Number 31 Keflavik. Iceland August 5. 1977 All BEQs to see new operation change Advisory Committee solves complaints at lowest level A new instruction has been issued by the Naval Station that standardizes the operation of all base BEQs (COMNAVICE/NAVSTAKEFINST 11101.IF). It also incorpo- rates several important changes that directly affect all BEQ residents. An important concern emphasized throughout the instruction, above everything else, is the maintenance of dignity, welfare, personal privacy and security for all residents. The instruction sets a policy of more individual responsibility for all occu- pants. Residents are now tasked with the care and maintenance of their rooms to the extent they will be held finan- cially accountable for the overall con- dition and the contents of the room. The BEQ instruction reemphasizes the billeting management organization and outlines the responsibilities for the key management positions. A Billeting Officer, who is directly responsible to the Supply Officer, is assigned the prime coordination for all BEQ manage- ment and operations. Included in the management chain are the billeting supervisor, the supplies/ inventory/OPTAR petty officer, the bachelor enlisted quarters section su- pervisor, the BEQ manager, the BEQ bil- leting desk staff and the civilian cus- todial force. Enclosure (2) of the instruction dis- cusses the BEQ Advisory Committee which is comprised of representatives from all departments and tenant commands. The committee's purpose is to field all com- plaints from BEQ residents and then try to solve problems at the lowest possible level. All BEQ occupants are given the opportunity to express their feelings through their representatives. To help ensure that all rooms and government-owned furnishings are main- tained in such condition to provide all occupants with decent and satisfying living conditions, the BEQ instruction provides for regularly scheduled inspec- tions. It was pointed out, however, that the inspections not degenerate into valueless harassment for the inspectors or the residents. Standard operating procedures were also established for space/room assign- ments. The billeting officer was tasked with the assignment of rooms and ensur- ing that individual departments and com- mands are housed in the same general area. Among the other highlights of the BEQ instruction are: **No room assignments can be changed unless approved in advance by the BEQ Section Supervisor. **A11 room occupants must post their name, rate, unit/activity on the outside of their doors. **Upon checkin, persons will be re- quired to read and sign a custody card which lists all furnishings. They will also receive copies of "BEQ Standard Operating Procedures" and "BEQ Occupant Regulations". **Each occupant will be issued four sheets, one pillow, two pillow covers and a blanket once adequate supplies be- come available. Individuals will then be responsible for cleaning their own linen. ** No plumbing, electrical or carpen- try work may be done without first ob- taining approval from Commanding Officer, U.S. Naval Station. Once approved, cer- tain standards must be followed to help ensure uniformity. ** Quiet hours shall be observed from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. on Friday and Saturday (and other days preceding holidays). **No cooking is allowed in BEQ rooms. Popcorn poppers and coffee pots may be used for their designed purpose and are the only electric cooking appliances permitted. **Pornographic, lewd, obscene, immod'- est and indecent photographs, pinups and other displays are prohibited. **Lockers shall be kept locked at all times when not in use. **No animals or pets are allowed in the BEQs. **Furniture will not be removed or exchanged from or between lounges. **The burning of candles or any other article with an exposed flame is for- bidden. **Nonmilitary personnel under the age of 20 will not be permitted in a BEQ ex- cept as an employee of the Iceland De- fense Force. **Visiting hours for guests in an in- dividual's room are 10 a.m. to midnight daily. Guests are permitted in public lounges at all times except for the small lounges between BEQ 761 rooms, or when a unit with an assigned lounge changes the hours. **0nly masking tape will be allowed for placement of items on the wall or ceiling. **Windows will not be covered with any material (foil, paper or paint). All BEQ residents are encouraged to paint or touch-up their rooms once per- mission is obtained from the billeting officer. Guidance will be provided by the billeting staff on how to best com- plete the job. The changes incorporated in the new instruction are intended to benefit the resident and help ensure that his "home away from home will be as comfortable as possible. The BEQ instruction emphasiz- es, however, that each individual must share the responsibility for keeping all the rooms and structures in good shape. Because of this cooperation between the command and the individual, all will be able to reap the benefits of the major renovation work now being done to all BEQs. Hobby Center slated to open in April 78 for residence About a third of the construction has been completed on the new Hobby Center, according to Dick Larue, construction representative. The $1,022,000 project, which is scheduled for occupancy in April 1978, will feature about 60 parking spaces for patron use. The single story concrete structure will house the Arts and Crafts Shop, Woodworking Shop and the Photo Hobby Shop. In addition, a Hobby Sales Store and a display/waiting area will also be highlighted. Arts and Crafts will entail 2,000 square feet, complete with four kilns for ceramics finishing. In the 1,300 square foot Woodworking Shop, a sawdust collector will maintain a constant vacuum for patron conveni- ence. Principal tools will include two lathes, a sander, grinder, drill press, two table saws, a planer and shaper. Also It will have a band saw, a joiner, two radial saws and a panel saw. The Photo Hobby Shop will consist of a developing room, darkroom and a photofinishing area. Flourescent lighting will be fea- tured throughout the entire center as well as emergency lighting. Marriage Encounter Program To strengthen the family life Air Force Chaplain (Brigadier Gener- al) Thoralf Thiele, who has long been associated with family enrichment pro- grams, arrived at Keflavik last week to conduct a Marriage Encounter Pro- gram, sponsored by the NATO Base Cha- pel. Chaplain Thielen, a Roman Catholic priest, directs the theological field education and pastoral ministry pro- gram at the Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, OH. He is also a marriage consultant throughout the United States. July 29, the team couple, Alice and Joe Morris of Ft. Worth, TX, along with the coordinating couple, Ray and Eileen Andrieu, departed the NATO Base for the weekend at the Lutheran Re- treat Center, Skalholt. They, along with Chaplain Thielen, began the encounter series for new couples which lasted until late Sun- day afternoon. The Marriage En- counter Program involved both Catho- lic and Protestant couples in a sharing and learning dialogue. Marriage Encounter began under the direction of Gabriel Calvo, a priest in Spain in 1958, who realized that the quality of family life was decided by a quality of married life. He stated, "I began to realize I would have to go to the heart of the family, the couple. In many families I could see a characteristic, something special they have which was lacking in other families." "I tried to discover what these qualities were, and I conclude, in time, that the unique quality was the confidence and trust these couples had in each other." In 1967, Marriage Encounter was in- troduced in the United States, and this experience of "confrontation with each other" has indeed enriched family life in the states. At Keflavik, the chapel hopes that this program will continue to strengthen family life. COLONEL JAKE C. DAVIS, new Iceland De- fense Force chief of staff, assumed his duties recently. 57th FIS attends NORAD load race at Tyndall AFB Five 57th Fighter Interceptor Squad- ron members are participating in the North American Defense (NORAD) Weapons Load Competition at Tyndall AFB, FL, which began Wednesday, continuing until Aug. 13. Competing among an estimated 25 un- its, the F-4, F-101 and F-106 aircraft will be included in the competition with awards to be given to the first place F-4 load crew and the second place F-4 load crew. The 57th FIS weapons load crew is as follows: Staff Sergeant Al Lopez, A-man and load crew chief; Airman First Class Joe Peavy, B-man; Senior Airman Tim Masterson, C-man; Airman First Class Dan Jackson, D-man and Technical Sergeant Jerry Merriman, alternate crew member.

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