The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 23.09.1977, Blaðsíða 3

The White Falcon - 23.09.1977, Blaðsíða 3
September 23, 1977 White Falcon Page 3 Hispanic Week - USO style *# WITH A BREAKING PINATA, a race for goodies be- gins for the children who vie for the most in their hands or pock- ets or both. The USO spon- sored the event together with its Mexican dinner last week. It.' *nII9Hb "" ¦ \ I Military News Around the world AIR FORCE Airman preference sheet changed New selection priorities and a revamped airman assignment preference sheet are scheduled later this year for enlisted personnel volunteering for overseas assignment. Airmen volunteers for overseas will be selected in order of their time on station, rather than the date they last returned from an overseas assign- ment. The preference change means personnel completing overseas assignments or con- trolled three and four-year tours stateside may receive higher selection priorities for overseas areas or countries of their choice. Officials encourage volunteers to contact their consolidated base personnel office to determine how the system will work in their particular case. The new Air Force form 392, Airman Assignment Preference Statement, will offer eight ways for listing assignment preferences and a volunteer status for each choice. For example, an individual will be able to volunteer for an extended long tour in the United Kingdom or Germany, a normal long tour in Japan and a normal short tour in Korea at the same time. On the old form, enlisted personnel were limited to one overall volunteer status which applied to all countries listed. NAVAL FACILITY STUDENTS receive instruction in a noontime Los Angeles Com- munity College Overseas management supervision course. OTCS Franklin R. Harwood is the instructor, (photo by PH3 Vic Caffaro) Off-duty education Ohio mayor joins Air Force The mayor of Liberty Center, gj,. has resigned to enlist in the A? Force for training as a weapons mechanic. Craig Myers was elected mayor of Liberty Center in 1975 at age 18 NAVY and was acclaimed the youngest mayor in the United States. He signed up for the Air Force in April under the delayed enlistment program and begins basic training this month. CHAMPUS certificates expire Navy people who use the benefits of the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services (CHAMPUS) will have to obtain new eligibility certificates in order "to use the program after Oct. 1, 1977, the start of the new fiscal year. The certificates are for outpatient deductible services, where the user must pay an initial amount each fiscal year before CHAMPUS assistance is available for outpatient expenses, $50 for indiv- iduals or $100 for a family of two or more. Command CHAMPUS benefits counselors can provide further information. More states to deduct tax Military personnel who are residents of Maine, Minnesota and Oregon will have state income taxes withheld from their paychecks by those states begining Nov. 1, 1977. ttaine and Minnesota previously exempted military pay but recently revised their tax laws. Oregon has accepted a new agreement with the treasury department for withholding state income taxes from military pay. (j.l. Dill enClSl New program explained Information now is available on the educational benefit program which re- placed the G.I. bill. Navy people who joined the service on or after Jan. 1, 1977, are affected by this program. Basically, the post-Vietnam era veterans educational assistance (VEA) program allows Navy men and women on active duty to plan financial aid for education while in the service or after they are discharged. They must contribute $50 - $75 per month for at least 12 months. The Veterans Adminis- tration then will match the service- member's contribution on a $2 for $1 basis. Between the two, wavy people could have up to $8,100 (the maximum amount allowed) banked for their education. The VEA replaces the G.I. bill, which did not require contributions by servicemembers, yet guaranteed comparable educational benefits. NavFac tops the list by J. N. Miettinen Self-improvement is the keyword today and everyday at Naval Facility Keflavik. The NavFac's particular brand of self- improvement is in advanced adult educa- tion. Basewide, according to Sandi Lang, NATO base education specialist, 11 per cent of the enlisted personnel stationed in Iceland are involved in off-hours educational programs, either Los Angeles Community College or University of Mary- land Overseas. But, at NavFac, that percentage is more than double; 27 people out of 119 assigned to the Naval Facility, or 22 per cent of its enlisted personnel are taking college courses. That is the highest percentage of any tenant com- mand and particularly exceptional when considering that more than 70 of the 119 people are on a rotating watch bill with limited off-time. Currently, Senior Enlisted Advisor OTCS Franklin R. Harwood teaches a LACC0 course in management supervision NavFac presents two awards OTC Gary L. Peterson, Naval Facility Keflavik training chief petty officer, was presented a fourth Good Conduct medal by Commander Harry W. Benter during a command inspection recently, CT03 Allen J. LaBott Jr., a special intelligence communications operator, received his first Good Conduct medal during the Inspection. CT03 LaBott will leave NavFac in October for Guam, with his wife, OT2 Vickie L. LaBott. at NavFac during the lunch hour. Eleven people participate in the class five days a week for eight weeks and will earn three credit hours by mid-October. OTC Barry Millard, one of the stu- dents, states that the course is "thought provoking," and he has enjoyed having the opportunity to take It, a sentiment echoed by his classmates. At NavFac, self-improvement is a popular pastime these days. (continued from page 1) 202 next month The Navy Exchange officer also stated there will be special bargains at the gas station. For example, any au- thorized patron who comes in for gas and fills the tank has a possibility of get- ting that tank of gas free. If, after filling their gas tank, patrons end with the three digits of the gas pump all the same (i.e. 9.99) they will get that tank free. A very special "Candlelight Dinner'-' will be held at the enlisted dining facility on Sunday, Oct. 16 and will feature steamship round, Icelandic fish and chicken. All NATO Base personnel are invited to attend between 3 and 6:30 p.m. A wine bar will also be featured. As the date for the Navy's birthday gets closer, so will the festive plans for this occasion become more final. All base personnel should begin making plans now to attend any or all of the activities and help the Navy celebrate its 202 years.

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