The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 09.12.1977, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 09.12.1977, Blaðsíða 1
White Fa^ Volume 33 Number 49 Keflavik, Iceland December 9, 1977 Make fire safety first Plan preholiday fire prevention With the approach of the holiday sea- son, it is now time to start that pre- holiday fire prevention planning. Don't let "fire" mar the season's festivities by careless acts. During this period many additional hazards are introduced into the homes, clubs and other places of public assem- blance. These are brought about by the use of flammable decorative materials, large gatherings of people, careless smoking habits, overloading of elec- trical wiring and other conditions in- herent to the prevailing spirit of fire. While these hazards are well recog- nized by fire prevention personnel, they are not always apparent, thought of or taken seriously by people who create the condition. Make fire safety first on "your" Christmas list, so you may enjoy the Short stateside visit customs duties defined An individual who goes on leave or limited duty assignment to the United States is considered a nonresident for US Customs declaration. In this capacity, an individual may import duty free: Personal effects (e.g. wearing apparel and toilet arti- cles) for one's own use, not intended as a gift for sale to another person; 300 cigarettes or 50 cigars or three pounds of smoking tobacco or propor- tionate amounts of each; not more than one quart of alcoholic beverage for personal consumption and $100 worth of articles for use as bonafide gifts to other persons. To claim these exemptions, an in- dividual must be out of the continental United States for at least 72 hours and must not have used this exemption in the past six months. Other merchandise returned to CONUS under these conditions will be subject to customs duties, federal and state taxes as applicable. For more information, contact the Military Customs Office at T-790 or call 4639. rest of your Christmas gifts. Sound planning will ensure the achievement of a happier holiday sea- son. To assist in making this holiday season "fire free", attention should be given to the following hints: At home 1. Stand the Christmas tree in water outside.until just before Christmas; before erecting the tree, saw off the trunk at an angle at least one inch above the original cut. Place the freshly cut trunk in a container of water and keep the level above the cut the entire time the tree Is indoors. Support the tree well and don't locate it near sources of heat (radiators, stoves, etc.) or where it will block the way out of a room or the apartment. 2. The lighting you use should be strictly electric. Be sure to check lighting sets for fixed cables, loose connections and broken sockets, and don't plug too many extensions into one circuit. Look for the U/L label of approval. 3. Candles should be avoided; how- ever, if you do use candles, make cer- tain that your candle is situated well away from combustibles and don't use combustible candle holders. 4. The gifts, the real attention getter in the end, and their wrappings are not to be overlooked in the fire safety rules. Toys which are operated by alcohol, kerosene or gasoline are dangerous for children and should be supervised by adults when used. Again look for the U/L label. Dispose of gift wrappings promptly—either fold them neatly together or place in metal trash container as soon as possible. 5. And last, but not least, have your fire escape plan up-to-date. Dis- cuss with all members of the family what to do in case they wake up in the middle of the night and learn that there is a fire in the house. Rehearse your plan. Does your smoke detector work? Test it. Remember the fire phone number is 17. Places of public assembly 1. Noncombustible decorations should be selected. 2. Custodians should be very care- ful not to block emergency exits and exit ways; make certain exit doors are unlocked and in good operating condi- tion. 3. Evergreens should be kept in- doors for the least amount of time. The Naval Station Fire Department wishes to take this opportunity to ex- tend to everyone a most sincere happy and fire free holiday season. That others may live Detachment 14's primary mission twice within 10 days "That others may live" is the Aero- space Rescue and Recovery Service motto which sums up the primary mission of De- tachment 14. Twice in the last 10 days, Det. 14 has had the opportunity to live up to this ideal and help ease the suffering of others. Working in close cooperation with the U.S. Navy and the Icelandic Lifesaying Association, Det. 14 aided in an effort to save Mrs. Delores A. Blake, the late wife of the American Ambassador to Ice- land James J. Blake and a two-year-old Icelandic girl. Upon being notified last week that VP-16 plays Santa Claus to Norwegians stationed in the Loran Six hundred miles to the northeast of Iceland, in the region of perpetual darkness above the Arctic Circle, lies the volcanic island of Jan Mayan. It is a desolate island except for the small Norwegian crew who operates and maintains the Loran (long range naviga- tion) Station there. These men seldom receive mail or other communication from other global parts, but last week Patrol Squadron 16 "Eagles" helped to close this gap. Crew 2, commanded by Lieutenant Jim VanSickle, flew to Jan Mayan, finally making a delivery of more than 130 pounds of mail. The aircraft was manuevered among high mountains and radio towers, through areas of turbulence and up the length of the island at an altitude of only 200 feet. The mail, protected in heavy plastic containers, was then dropped to an anxious group of Norwegians when the aircraft accomplished a sharp turn to avoid a 1,400 ft. ridgeline and headed back out to sea. As Crew 2 began the journey home, a successful drop was confirmed by the grateful Loran crew over the aircraft's radios. Mrs. Blake was critically ill in a Rey- kjavik hospital and would require an emergency medevac to the United States, the detachment launched an HH-3E "Jolly Green Giant" helicopter to meet a wait- ing ambulance at the Reykjavik Airport. Upon its return to Keflavik, the helicopter landed next to the Opera- tions Control hangar. A waiting P-3C Orion completed the mercy mission to Andrews Air Force Base, Washington, DC. The detachment also responded Monday to a call for assistance from the ILA. An Isafjordur girl was suffering from acute leukemia and needed immediate evacuation to Reykjavik to save her life. Despite low ceilings and high winds enroute, the helicopter crew was able to pick up the little girl and a woman with a broken leg at the Isafjordur Hospital and speed them to waiting am- bulances at the Reykjavik Airport. Sixteen individuals have been saved by Det. 14 efforts this year, with the detachment having been involved in rescuing 128 persons since its arrival in October 1971. Father Joseph C. Martin to visit base Gives views on alcoholism and the cure Father Joseph C. Martin of "Chalktalk" and "Guidelines" fame is scheduled to arrive at Naval Station, Keflavik Monday. His visit will be sponsored by the Commanding Officer, Naval Station, Kef- lavik in conjunction with the Alcohol Rehabilitation Drydock located in Bldg. 636. Having been involved in alcoholism programs since 1959, Father Martin worked full time with permission of his ecclesi- astical superiors as a lecturer and edu- cator in the Division of Alcoholism Con- trol, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, State of Maryland from October 1970 until September 1973. He has served as an alcoholism con- sultant since the fall of 1970. Father Martin is a graduate of Rutgers Summer School on Alcohol Studies and has served as a consultant for the United States armed forces. Father Martin made the film "Chalk- talk on Alcoholism" for the U.S. Navy in February 1972. It has since become a primary educational vehicle on alcoholism for most branches of the federal govern- ment, especially the armed services. It is also used by industry—American Tele- phone and Telegraph and Standard Oil of California and the Mayo Clinic—as well as other medical facilities, hospitals, rehabilitation centers and state alco- holism programs. While at Keflavik, Father Martin will give a presentation for all interested personnel at Andrews Theater at 10 a.m. Thursday. This presentation should be of interest to all military and civilian personnel, both supervisory and nonsuper- visory, and to dependents as well. Per- sonnel from all NATO base commands are urged to attend. He will also speak to management and supervisory personnel at the NavSta con- ference room Tuesday at 10 a.m. In addition, he will address the Dispensary staff at 3 p.m. Wednesday. *<">'* ,«::¦ ^

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