The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 10.02.1978, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 10.02.1978, Blaðsíða 1
Receives medal Canadian serviceman honored by Queen Elizabeth by JOT B. A. Cornfeld Last year marked the Silver Anniver- sary of Queen Elizabeth's succession to the throne. To commemorate this 25th year, a one-time Silver Jubilee Medal was struck and presented to the most outstanding officers and enlisted per- sonnel of the British Commonwealth Forces. One such man—Canadian Air Element Major Robert C. Vinnedge, a man whose main interest is men, not medals, was honored with the award recently. Of 5,500 Regular (Canadian) Force members to receive the medal (a 1:14 ratio), the 40-year-old Ft. St. James, British Columbia, native was selected primarily on merit of past service, I Keflavik notes Fil-Am to host party An evening of fun and fellowship awaits those who have purchased tickets for • the Filipino- American Association of Keflavik Valentine's Party tomorrow at the Glacier House. Cocktail hour starts at 6 p.m. with a buffet style dinner following at 7 p.m. Dancing music will be provided from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The dinner menu will consist of lumpia (Filipino egg roll), pansit (egg noodles) beef steamboat round, fried chicken, sweet and sour pork, Filipino fried rice, salad and Valentine cake. As in the past prizes will be awarded¦ Semi-formal dress will be appropriate for the evening. No tickets will be sold at the door. Management classes Two management instructors are cur- rently visiting Keflavik. Senior Chief Aviation Electrician's Mate W. M. Morrissey, Naval Air Station Brunswick, MA and Chief Aviation Machin- ist's Mate C. E. Peterson, Naval Air Station Norfolk, VA, presently conduct the Commander Naval Air Atlantic manage- ment skills course. The course is designed to provide in- formation, stimulus and challenge for development of leadership management skills at the middle management level. Individual classes for first class, chief and junior officer personnel are running one week each for a three-week period which began last week. MSgt. receives Medal Master Sergeant Richard B. Branch, Air Forces Iceland¦ Transportation division, received the Air Force Com- mendation Medal, for his outstanding performance while attached to the 4787th Material Squadron at Duluth, MN, International Airport. He also received $200 for his sug- gestion which he made to Dodge Motor Inc. for suggesting a better way to fix a wheel bearing. MSgt. Branch was presented this second award also by Major Larry W. Curl, AFI Executive Officer. SMSgt. Earns degree Air Forces Iceland Security Police Superintendent Senior Master Sergeant James D. Owen was presented an asso- ciate in applied science degree last week from the Community College of the Air Force. Colonel Leon W. Babcock Jr., Com- mander Air Forces Iceland, made the presentation. A native of Lewisburg, TN, SMSgt Owen is a 23-year Air Force veteran. £3 * with length of service and prestige of current appointment as secondary fac- tors, according to the Canadian Armed Forces Personnel Newsletter (10/1977). Measuring one and a fourth inches, the sterling silver piece portrays the queen on one side and a maple leaf and the dates of her reign (1952-1977) on the reverse. The medal is extended on a white ribbon with red and blue verti- cal stripes. As the Canadian Forces liaison offi- cer at Fleet Air Keflavik, Major Vinnedge is also the NATO plans offi- cer. Although Iceland is his first overseas assignment and ComFairKef is his first foreign command, he explained that he has had "a lot of exposure on exercises with foreign services." Since his commissioning in 1963 after being graduated from the two-year Air Navigation School at Winnipeg, Manitoba, he has almost continually worked in Maritime Command Aviation. His one ex- ception was a tour with Maritime Intel- ligence at Halifax. The quiet, reserved major has been in Iceland for nearly two years. He feels that his job "gets better every day." "It's enjoyable to note the closeness of operation and the people in it," he said. The major, once an enlisted man, has not let his promotions get in the way of what he likes best: "I enjoy working with the men, being close to them. Having been one (an enlisted) has been a real boon," he explained. He feels that people should do the best with what they've got and try to make it better. In comparing any diffi- culties in working with a foreign ser- vice, he said, "You must recognize the service with which you're working and remain within its guidelines." The major hopes to continue working in NATO areas. When he leaves Iceland in May, he will be attending the Command Staff College in Toronto, Ontario. In the meantime, he plans to continue being involved in the Boy Scout group committee and Kiwanis, and generally enjoying Iceland with his family. Volume 34 Number 6 Keflavik, Iceland February 10,1978 Supply celebrates 183 years Navy Supply Corps personnel will celebrate their 183rd year in the Navy at the traditional annual Supply Corps Birthday Ball Feb. 17 at the Top of the Rock. Although the present day Supply Corps was officially begun in 1795, navies throughout history have depen- ded on specialized personnel to supply their ships and men with the necessary items required for the long periods away from port. In the United States Navy in the early 17th century, "clerks" were modeled after those in the British Navy. Essentially civilians, their pay depended upon a mark-up of items sold aboard ship. Then came pursers who received war- rant officer status, $40 a month and two daily rations. Now supply personnel are in all grades, and their range of service ex- tends to all areas of naval activities. Wherever a Supply type finds himself, the main thrust of the Supply Corps remains now, as it always has been, the outfitting and support of a strong United States Navy---In the air and at sea. Cocktails will begin at 6:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7:15. The menu will include tossed salad, steam- boat round, baked or mashed potatoes, peas, carrots and corn, cake and ice cream. Together with the traditional cake- cutting by the youngest and the oldest supply personnel, the history of the Supply Corps will be presented in a skit. Musical entertainment for dancing will be furnished. Janice Brown and Fern Arendell are in charge of arrangements. Each lady who attends will receive a corsage courtesy of Supply Corps Wives and Women in Supply, who are in charge of the annual ball. Stateside weather still delaying local mail A large volume of backlogged mail at the Fleet Post Office at New York is the result of the severe weather conditions in the northeastern United States and the closure of John F. Kennedy Inter- national Airport the weekend of Jan. 20. According to message from Commander U. S. Atlantic Fleet on Feb. 1 and 2, there were approximately 142,000 Navy letters plus 200 bags of letters and flats to be worked for outgoing dispatch to the Atlantic Fleet commands. An es- timated 97,250 pounds of incoming mail was to be processed by the United States Postal Service Gateway, NY. The USPS has taken action to relieve the mail congestion at the New York Gateway. The Air Mail Facility at Kennedy hired 75 temporary employees, and regu- lar USPS employees were asked to volun- teer for overtime work. FPO New York also assigned senior postal clerks to annex 179 personnel at JFK for 92 hours per week to expedite the movement of incoming/outgoing mail. Since Jan. 28, USPS has expended more than 5,000 hours of overtime, moving backlogged mail, and every effort is being made to correct the situation. Earlier this week, however, severe snowstorms in the northeast interrupted commercial flights and other delays could result. Auto inspection Auto inspections will continue through March 16 at the Car Wash. Just a reminder that auto inspect- ions are a must for all "J" and "JO" vehicles here on the NATO base. Auto inspections are scheduled as follows: Mon---JO-5562—JO-5688 Tue. — JO-5689—JO-5815 Wed. —JO-5816—JO-5942 Thu. —JO-5943—JO-6069 If your vehicle tag starts with the letters "JO" or"J" you can have your car inspected at the car wash located behind Public Works. This is mandatory for all vehicles with "J" or "JO" numbers. There are re- quirements that must be made before you bring your car for inspection. 1. Vehicle must be ready for in- spection. 2. Have a valid headlight inspect- ion. 3. Have vehicle registration (Ice- landic and Military) and Insur- ance papers . The following days are left for stragglers and reinspections: March 20, 21 and 22. Defense Force members will be able to get their cars inspected from 1:15 to 4:30 p.m. at Bldg. 507, Naval Sta- tion Car Wash. HANK THOMPSON and the Brazos Valley Boys are scheduled to perform on the NATO base in March (see story on Page 3). AFI Comptroller division highly rated Air Forces Iceland Comptroller Divi- sion Accounting Section has won an award in the Air Defense Command Fiscal Year 1977 Quality Assurance Program. The Quality Assurance Program is a complex system of performance standards which the Air Force Accounting and Finance Center uses to rate all Air Force ac- counting and finance offices. After being notified of their winning entry in October 1977, Captain Tom Ross, AFI Comptroller, and his accounting sec- tion received the award from Colonel Leon W. Babcock Jr., Commander Air Forces Iceland. Accounting section personnel attending the ceremony included: Staff Sergeant Bob White, Staff Sergeant Tom Magner, Senior Airman Tim Johnson, Staff Sergeant Sally Pitre, Master Sergeant Harry Truslow and Staff Sergeant Marty Noble. The award recognizes the excellence with which AFI exceeded command and Air Force standards in submitting accurate and timely reports to HQ ADCOM and the Air Force Accounting and Finance Center. Under the Quality Assurance Program, Reports Control Symbol (RCS) reports are rated in both accuracy and timeliness of submission on a scale of 1.00 to 2.00. The ADCOM and Air Force standard superior performance on this scale is 1.25. The AFI accounting section ex- ceeded this standard by attaining a perfect record of 1.00, bringing AFI from last place in ADCOM for fiscal year 1976 to first place for fiscal year 1977.

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