The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 21.04.1978, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 21.04.1978, Blaðsíða 1
Pay Commission recommends changes to President Recommendations of the President's Commission on Military Compensation were presented to President Jimmy Carter last week. The President said he would give the recommendations careful study but would make no legislative requests based on the study until January 1979. Secretary of Defense Harold Brown said, " The report...leaves no doubt that the present compensation system can be improved—improved in ways which are likely to increase the return on the taxpayer's dollar, improve our ability to manage the Armed Forces, and enhance overall equity for service members." Secretary Brown has ordered a review by military departments of the commission's recommendations and will propose legislation after a study of the their review. "I emphasize that such legislation not only will take account of improve- ments for the future, but will also safeguard the legitimate expectations of past and present members of the Armed Forces," he said. The recommendations include, as one of the major provisions, a new non- contributory retirement plan that would do away with lifetime pensions at the end of 20 years of military service. Under the proposal, eligibility for retirement annuities could begin after as little as 10 i years of service. However, members serving 10 - 19 years would not receive their first retire- ment check until they reached the age of 62. Those who stay in for 20 - 29 years would begin receiving payments at age 60, and for those completing 30 or more years retirement pay would begin at age 55. Other recommendations of the pay commission include extension of health care, exchange and commissary benefits to former service members after 15 years of service, a deferred compensation trust fund separate from the retirement system and a section which would prohibit retired military personnel from receiving military retirement pay and civil service salary at the same time. In the proposed retirement plan, military annuities and civil.service annuities would be coordinated. Under the new system, members who are separated involuntarily after five years of service and with less than 30 years would receive severance pay. Those persons who had served 10 or more years would also be eligible for a retirement annuity. A service member who has begun his second enlistment, or (in the case of officers) continued past an initial term of obligated service, or has entered the fifth year of service would be permitted to retire under under the old rules if the new system is enacted. All others would come under the new system. The commission decided against recom- mending the substitution of a salary for basic pay and allowances and recommended an annual increase in regular military compensation equal to the average per cent increase given to civil service employees, as is now the practice. The commission also voted to extend travel-related entitlements to junior enlisted service members. White Keflavik, Iceland Volume 34, Number 16 April 21, 1978 Parent-teachers distribute PTO Carnival proceeds Money was the name of the game last week as the A. T. Mahan Parent-Teacher Organization voted to spend $5,863.48 of the 1977 PTO Carnival proceeds to benefit the schools. After extended discussion concerning separate items requested by the schools, the general membership voted to accept the recommendations of finance committee members Mrs. Dea Cole, PTO treasurer Jack Collins, Mrs. Phyllis Kidder and Alton Treadway. Chief among the $2,303.20 allotted to the upper school was complete or partial funding of several special events, in- cluding this year's junior-senior prom, the spring band tour, the National Honor Society reception and the 1978 gradua- tion reception. The home economics de- partment was granted $575 for equipment and supplies while lesser sums were voted for the science and mathematics departments. At the lower school, the major por- tion of the $1,325 went for carpeting in the old 'part of the building and for floor cushions. Other items approved were phonics and reading booklets and music awards. Each teacher on the A. T. Mahan faculty also will receive $15 to be spent as the teacher chooses for stu- dent benefit. Two $400 scholarships will also be awarded this year to graduating seniors. Attendance voting resulted in the up- per school parents edging out the lower school at this meeting. First prize of $15 went to the junior class and third prize of $5 was awarded to the senior class. Miss Skebeck's sixth grade class captured the $10 second prize. Rabbi to conduct Jewish Passover on base April 28 The Keflavik Jewish community is slated to have its annual Seder on April 28 at 8 p-m. at the Officers' Club. This service will be followed by Sab- bath services April 29 at the Chapel at 10 a.m. Rabbi John Rosenblatt, Naval Station Norfolk, VA, will officiate at these fsrvices. Passover is the name of one of the three principal religious feasts of the Hebrew religion. The chief elements of the festival are given in chapters 11 and 12 of the Book of Exodus, which contains an account of the last of the plaques sent by God to free the Isra- elites from Egyptian slavery, namely that of the first-born. Passover was a memorial celebration, as recorded in scripture: "This day shall be a memorial feast for you, which all your generations shall cell brate with pilgrimage to the Lord, as a perpetual institution" (Ex. 12:14). It directed to God and was a sacrifi- cial meal (cf. Dt. 16:1-8; 2 Kgs. 23:22-23). Contact Rochelle Wheeler at 4162 evenings or Al Adelman at 4288 days so that arrangements may be made. Family Services Flea market taking shape More than 50 different entries are planned for the Family Services Flea Market to be held April 29 in Hangar 885. Supplying food and drink will be such organizations as the Filipino-Am- erican Association, Naval Security Group Activity Wives, La Leche League, Base ursery, Officers' Wives Club, Explorer uts, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. The Base Nursery, Windbreaker Wives Club, Youth Center, A. T. Mahan Schools 4| and the Officers' Wives Club will par- ticipate in a general classification. Rides for children will be a special feature, and will be sponsored by the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance De- partment Avionics Division. Individuals are scheduled to sell tropical fish, custom-made jewelry, crochet work, macrame, plant holders, plants and general Items—everything from a pin to a pylon. Ripple named Naval Station 1977 'Sailor of the Year' Last week Torpedoman's Mate First Class John L. Ripple was selected as the Fleet Air Keflavik/Naval Station Kefla- vik Sailor of the Year. Based on this nomination, TM1 Ripple will be a candidate for the Commander Naval Air Force, U. S. Atlantic Fleet, Shore Sailor of the Year. The Sailor of the Year selectee re- ceived the following additional recogni- tion: An engraved plaque, a dinner for two at the Windbreaker Club, a 96-hour liberty and a priority one in the En- vironmental, Morale and Leave Program. In addition to these special honors, he also was presented with a $100 savings bond by the Officers' Wives Club. TM1 Ripple has served as the alcohol treatment specialist for all Navy and Marine Corps personnel and their de- pendents since October 1976. As the first ATS assigned to the Naval Station, he developed an alcohol abuse/alcoholism education program and an identification, screening and out- patient rehabilitation process within a two-month period. His short-term, live-in rehabilita- tion program was effected June 3, 1977 when the Naval Station Alcohol Re- habilitation Drydock was opened. SUPERIOR SUCCESS CITED TM1 Ripple accomplished these pro- grams with a "can do" attitude even in the absence of a Counseling and Assistance Center director from August through December 1977. While undergoing cross-training at Naval Air Station Miramar, CA, P01 Ripple was the first ATS to be invited to attend the advanced counselor course, also conducted at this loca- tion. TM1 Ripple completed this ad- vanced course in January 1977. While at the Alcohol Training Unit, San Diego, CA, his graduating class selected him as honor man. Having earned 49 semester hours of college credits through off-duty study, Petty Officer Ripple also completed an Icelandic literature course offered by the University of Maryland. He attended the University of Cali- fornia at San Diego 1977 Summer School of Alcohol Studies. In a further effort to keep abreast of new alcholism treatment developments, TM1 Ripple attended the 1977 National Council on Alcoholism Forum in San Diego, CA. He went to this conference at his own expense while on leave. An active member of the Northern Lights Masonic Club, P01 Ripple was elected president of this organization. TM1 Ripple serves as an advisor and assistant to the leaders of the base Girl Scout Troop. Petty Officer Ripple is accompanied on his two-year tour at Keflavik by his wife, Sue, and their daughter, Mary Beth. The 16-year Navy veteran is a native of Pasadena, TX, and was selected as the Commander Naval Forces Iceland Petty Officer of the Quarter for the period ending June 25, 1977. His division officer, Lieutenant junior grade Anne Lynch, states in his original nomination for Sailor of the Year that "Dedication to duty is a popular military phrase applied to many individuals. It is an intangible concept that is best defined by en- countering an individual such as TM1 Ripple. He has contributed much to the military personnel and dependents of Keflavik. I feel he is highly de- serving of the recognition of his con- tributions by representing the U. S. Naval Station as its Sailor of the Year...." TM1 JOHN L. RIPPLE—is congratulated by Captain Jack T. Weir, Naval Station Commanding Officer, after he was named "Sailor of the Year" for Naval Station Keflavik. TM1 Ripple is attached to the Naval Station Counseling and Assistance Center, Alcohol Rehabilitation Drydock.

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