The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 02.12.1977, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 02.12.1977, Blaðsíða 1
Better serv with a 20 Savings and checking accounts have increased approximately 20 per cent over the last year, indicating better service has been provided to base personnel at the American Express Military Banking Facility, Commander B. E. Maxon, comp- troller and bank liaison office, states. Just over one year ago, Captain Jack T. Weir, Commander Naval Forces Iceland/ Commanding Officer, Naval Station, Kef- lavik; CDR Maxon and Ralph Hutchinson, bank manager, conducted a basewide sur- vey about the services provided by the military banking facility. As a result of the survey, operating hours were changed and posting equipment was installed to provide an easier ac- cess to accounts and to enable the bank staff to answer customer problems more readily. A night depository safe is soon to be installed to further help base needs. Treasury Dept. releases control The United States Treasury Depart- ment has relinquished its responsibili- ties for overseas military banking fa- cilities , and a new Department of De- fense contract has recently been signed between military banking facilities throughout the world and DoD. Reportedly in the first year, DoD's goals include reducing customer waiting lines, increasing service hours (where this can be done without boosting costs), and lessening account statement posting and delivery times. ices improve base personnel per cent increase in savings All of these goals are being studied by your bank management and Naval Sta- tion representatives. With the signing of the contracts also comes various changes to the charges now levied at military banks to bring them in line with the economics of the military banking industry over- seas. Charges for writing checks against insufficient funds is now $7.50 per check on military banking accounts.and $10 per check on stateside accounts. This closely parallels charges by stateside banks. Savings accounts are now charged 25 cents per withdrawal in excess of two per calendar month. Money orders will cost 50 cents in the future for the first $100 and 25 cents for each additional $100 or fraction thereof. Less than $300 stateside balance Local account holders who presenu checks from stateside banks that exceed the balance of their local checking or savings account—but not by more than $300—will be charged 25 cents per $100 for the entire amount of the check. Persons who present stateside checks but do not have an account locally will be charged 25 cents per $100 and the check will not be cashed if it is more 's banking , checking than $300. No charge will be made for checks deposited to either local checking or savings accounts. Maintenance charges on checking ac- counts held locally remain unaffected, being 40 cents per month and 10 cents per check presented against the ac- count. These charges are waived if the customer has his paycheck sent direct- ly to fhe bank or if the balance of the account remains over $300 through- out the statement month. Further information on the bank's services or charges may be obtained at the American Express Bank at 4270 or from CDR Maxon at 6110. Volume 33 Number 48 Keflavik, Iceland December 2, 1977 18-month contract in Keflavik Joan E. Gibbons-USO Director TO CELEBRATE Thanksgiving, a family begins their special meal at the En- listed Dining Facility (above). INVITED GUESTS anticipate a Thanksgiv- ing dinner at the home of Captain M. C. Clegg and his wife, Mary Ellen (below), (photo by PH2 Ernest A. Myette) December brings to Iceland with December is the month of maximum snowfall and minimum sunlight. During this period, two major patterns occur: Fair and cold under the influence of a strong Greenland high cell or stormy with temperatures near freezing under the influence of a strong low pressure center, moving from the southwest. The average temperature falls to near freezing, 33.1 degrees, a drop of 3.2 degrees from November. Prevailing winds continue to pre- dominate from the northeast quadrant, 34.5 per cent and the southwest quad- rant, 30.8 per cent with a mean wind speed of 13.9 knots. The peak gust was 73 knots from the westsouthwest. colder weather little sunlight Chill Index II becomes the standard condition with frequent occurrences of Chill Index III and the slight possi- bility of Chill Index IV. Overall, the precipitation amounts for December make it the second wettest month, however, more than one fourth of this total falls as snow. E.ain or drizzle may be expected on 56 per cent of the days, while snow is recorded on 58.5 per cent of the days. Snowfall reaches its annual mean of 17.3 inches and blowing snow becomes very common. The winter solstice occurs about Dec. 22 when only four hours and 12 minutes of daylight may be expected. Describing herself as a world tra- veler, new USO director Joan E. Gibbons will lead the Keflavik USO operation on an 18-month contract. The former elementary school teacher and social worker lists a particular in- terest in recreation work and working with people. Within the past two months since coming to Keflavik she has journeyed to Gullfoss, Geyser and Krusivik on USO tours. In the recreation field, she worked as a Department of the Army Special Services program director at Stuttgart, Germany. She also served three and a half years with the American Red Cross in South Korea. At one time, she was employed as recreation director at the Oakland Naval Hospital, Oakland, CA. Calling Arroyo Grande, (Big Ditch) CA her home, she holds a California teaching certificate. She graduated from San Jose State University, San Jose, CA with a bachelor of science in marketing. In addition, she earned a bachelor of arts in liberal studies from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA. An avid square dancer, she enjoys swimming, reading, recreational First lighting of a candle will be to celebrate the holiday : Monday will mark the first night of Hannukah which is traditionally cele- brated by lighting the first candles of the holiday. An additional candle is added to the menorah every day until the eighth night. The holiday is also marktd by the giving of small gifts to children, the eating of potato pancakes (latkes) or donuts, and playing the dreydel (tops) game. This holiday marks the 2141st an- niversary of the reopening of the Temple in Jerusalem after its desecra- tion in the year 168 B.C. Antiochus games and bicycling. During her career, she has tra- veled to central Europe, the Far East, Japan, Thailand and Hong Kong. On her own, she visited Hawaii three times and toured Mexico. Hannukah sought to tie Judea to his polyglot empire by imposing upon it the rule of a politically favored minority backed by a military garrison. Angered by their loss of freedom and the crass violation of their holiest site, the Jews allied around Judah Maccabee and recaptured Jerusalem in the year 165 B.C. On the third anniversary of its desecration the Temple was reopened for Divine service. It soon became customary to "proclaim the miracle" by lighting the Hannukah lamp, a tradition which lasted to this day. REHEARSING for their "South Pacific" performances, Ice and Fire Theater Group cast members prepare for shows at the Officers' Club to- morrow night and Top of the Rock Dec. 9 and 11.

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