The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 25.11.1977, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 25.11.1977, Blaðsíða 1
Whitefi^Fakon Volume 33 Number 47 Keflavik, Iceland Spanish speaking Navy man November 25, 1977 Airman brings down aircraft Air Force Consecutive long tours Consecutive long tours in different overseas theaters have been approved, the change is effective immediately. Previously only reassignments within the same theater, such as Pacific Air Forces, could be approved if personnel were already stationed there. Now, assignments can be made from one theater, such as Pacific Air Forces, to ^another theater, such as United States kir Forces Europe. Personnel officials say the change will result in a savings in permanent change of station money and reduction in personnel turbulence. Each intertheater consecutive overseas tour will eliminate one PCS move for some Air Force family. intertheater approved For instance, a member making a family move from PACAF to USAFE can be replaced in PACAF by a person from the continental U.S. The member leaving a stateside base may be replaced by a member returning from overseas, making a total of three moves. Under previous assignment policies, both overseas members would have re- turned to the states. They would have been replaced overseas by two other members from the states, making a total of four moves. The change will be incorporated in the next revision of AFR 39-11, "Airman Assignments," and AFR 36-20, "Officer Assignments." Further information on this policy change is available at local consolid- ated base personnel offices. Christmas 'early outs' available Navy personnel whose expiration of Active Obligated Service (EAOS) occurs between Dec. 19 and Jan. 2, may be separated or transferred for separation beginning Dec. 12^ under the provisions of the Christmas "Early Out" program. Reservations required Details on "Early Outs" during the Christmas and New Year holiday periods are in Bureau of Naval Personnel Manual 3840240.4J.(4). Waivers of these provisions will not be authorized. Con tact the Personnel Office for details. CalE home for Christmas Reservations for overseas commercial telephone calls will begin Nov. 28. This will enable the Naval Station Tele- phone Office to register times and dates of calls with the Icelandic Post and Telegraph. In the past, many people have been disappointed when not being able to make calls during the Christmas season be- cause of heavy traffic experienced by the commercial overseas exchange. Reservations will commence at the start of business Nov. 28. The tele- phone number for booking these calls is 4600. Reservations will be required for Dec. 24, 25, 26 and 31 and also for Jan. 1. College entrance test slated SAT test The second Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) will be administered Jan. 28, at the A. T. Mahan High School. Registration applications and fees for this test must be in the states by Dec. 20. Individuals taking this test must report at the school on Jan. 28, at 8 a.m. with their admission ticket and two number two pencils in hand. Graduate Management test The Graduate Management Admission Test is scheduled for Jan. 28. Any in- dividual who would like to take this test should write Graduate Management Admission Test, Educational Testing Service, Box 966-R, Princeton, N.J., 08540. If there are further questions regarding testing please con- tact the High School Counselor at 7625. October 9, 1977, Airman Apprentice Silvester Delrosario was planning to sleep late, it was his day off. He worked swing shifts at the Operations Department in the Passenger Service section. His plans were interrupted, however, when he received a telephone call from his department. He had to go to work. But today he wouldn't be working for the Navy. Today he was to become an air- craft controlman at the Keflavik air- port. The control tower at the airport had received a message that four Peruvian AM26 aircraft and one C-130'aircraft would be landing. Not an unusual occurance, except that four of the planes didn't have anyone on board that could speak English. Silvester, having spent much of his early life in the Dominican Republic, could speak fluent Spanish so the problem seemed to be solved. There was just one little de- tail that remained. Silvester had never even been inside of an aircraft control tower before and didn't know the first thing about landing an aircraft. Silvester had a lot to learn and only a short time to learn it. The planes, originally scheduled to land at 11 a.m., didn't arrive until 3:30 p.m. This gave 'Production orien concept ado The 57th Fighter Interceptor Squadron is implementing a new maintenance con- cept called "Production Oriented Main- tenance Organization" (POMO). The new system is a move away from the "Special- ist" concept of aircraft maintenance to- wards the "crew chief" concept. The POMO Concept was undertaken primarily to improve, the utilization of maintenance personnel on the flightline by qualify- ing them to perform tasks other than those of their primary Air Force Spec- iality Code (AFSC) and to place the em- phasis for sortie production at a lower level. Essentially, this is changing a man- agement concept that has been in effect for about 20 years. Approximately a year ago, two Tactical Air Command wings started this system on a much larger scale. Although other Fighter Inter- ceptor Squadrons have implemented POMO, the 57th FIS is the first F-4 squadron to go into the program. The 57th FIS will begin the POMO pro- gram on Dec. 1. Under the existing system, six maintenance functions report directly to the Deputy Commander for Maintenance. They are quality control, maintenance control, organizational maintenance, field maintenance, avion- ics maintenance and munitions mainten- ance. Under the new system, organizational maintenance has been redesignated air- craft generation branch (AGB) and field maintenance, avionics maintenance and munitions have been consolidated into the component repair branch (CRB). The major change is that AGB will pick up the majority of specialists from the field maintenance, avionics and wea- pons branches. These specialists will work directly with the crew chiefs in a team effort. They will be checked out in crew chief functions such as pre- flight, launch, recovery and postflight. At the same time, the crew chiefs will be cross-trained to perform some types of specialist functions. The specialists who do not transfer to the AGB will receive cross utilization training (CUT) into other shop functions within the CRB. Under POMO, fewer specialists are re- quired to complete a repair. When an aircraft problem occurs, a specialist in the appropriate area may, in some cases, be required to determine the cause of the malfunction. Then any mem- ber of AGB will effect repairs, after which the job may be inspected by a specialist. For example, an engine may Silvester an extra 4?i hours to familarize himself with the terminology and procedures. Then at 3:30 Silvester had a chance to test his brief aircraft controller training. A call came to Keflavik control stating that the aircraft were 12 miles out. A few minutes later, another call, eight miles away. Could Silvester do it? Another call, this time the aircraft were only five miles away. Before anyone in the tower had a chance to spot the craft they were re- ported right over the airport. Where were they? They couldn't be seen, the clouds were begining to roll in. Then all of a sudden a speck was seen in the clearing. It was the lead plane. The pilot could speak English so the regular aircontroller brought him in. Now it was Silvesters turn. The other four pilots couldn't speak English. One-by-one Silvester cleared them to land, making sure that what the air*- controlmen told him was exactly what he translated to the pilot. The planes all made it down safely. The job was over, and Silvester was ready to go home. Silvester, still nervous and shaking a little, put the microphone down, put on his coat and said, "Man, I'm glad that's over." ted maintenance' pted by 57th be removed, repaired, inspected and re- installed by cross-training personnel. Instead of requiring four or five spec- ialists, only one is needed. Chief Master Sergeant James A. Ray Jr., 57th Aircraft Maintenace Superin- tendent , and POMO program contact, said the biggest problem will be getting per- sonnel familiar with the program, task qualified and cross-trained into other areas. The Air Force is presently conducting a survey to determine what additional promotion considerations should be given to individuals who have given extra effort to cross train and are designated a program asset. Supervisors/managers will also re- ceive added consideration because pro- gram effectiveness will weigh heavily on personnel involvement in the program. Mail delays expected Keflavik personnel may experience some delay in receiving mail during the Christmas season according to recent information received from the Chief of Naval Operations and the Fleet Post Office. The reason for the delay is that many business firms are going to use air freight because of the on-going East Coast Longshoreman's strike whicu is affecting ocean shipping. This means that there will be less room on com- mercial aircraft for mail. Consequently mail to Iceland will have to be diverted to MAC flights causing some delays in receiving parcels, newspapers, magazines, and bulk mail. Priority mail and first class letter mail should continue to ar- rive on a daily basis. NATO Base personnel are encouraged to inform their correspondents of the situa- tion in order to expidite mail movement to Iceland. Mail to Alaska and Hawaii Any mail going to military installa- tion in Alaska and Hawaii can no longer use FPO addresses and zip codes. Mail to these locations must now use the geogra- phical location with new zip codes. Complete addresses to be used are con- tained in Chief on Naval Operations mes- sage 141750Z of November 1977. You may also call the Post Office at 7981.

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