The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 07.07.1978, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 07.07.1978, Blaðsíða 1
Col. Wagoner to assume AFI command today Colonel Paul D. Wagoner will relieve Colonel Leon W. Babcock Jr. as Commander Air Forces Iceland today at 1:30 p.m. in Hangar 830. The incoming commander was born at Rochester, IN July 26, 1934. He entered the Air Force August 12, 1954 and re- ceived his commission as a second lieu- tenant December 6, 1955 through Officer Candidate School. Colonel Wagoner re- ceived his bachelor's degree in business administration and management from Park College, Kansas City, MO in 1972. He completed Squadron Officers' School in 1961, Armed Forces Staff College in 1967 and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 1973. Colonel Wagoner is a command pilot with more than 4,800 flying hours with 101 combat missions and 163 combat hours, flying in Vietnam. The colonel served with Headquarters North American Defense Command (NORAD) Operations and Aerospace Defense Command (ADCOM) Inspector General from 1970 to 1975. His military decorations include the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Air Medal with five oak leaf clusters and the bronze star. Colonel Wagoner and his wife, Peggy Anne, have two sons and one daughter. Colonel Babcock has been the Air For- ces Iceland commander since June 27, 1977. Wednesday he will go to his next assignment as Executive to Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters Allied Pow- ers Europe (SHAPE), Belgium. Previous- ly, Colonel Babcock was the Vice Command- er of the 25th Air Division of the Aero- space Defense Command. Major General William C. Burrows, Vice Commander in Chief of the Aerospace Defense Command, arrived yesterday to visit Air Forces Iceland units. General Burrows will preside at the change of command, departing at approximately 5 p.m. today. White'iFalcofi Volume 34, Number 17 Keflavik, Iceland July 7, 1978 TO COMMEMORATE the new Retail Store, Navy Exchange Officer Lieutenant R. A. Brown accepts a plaque from Captain Jack T. Weir, Commanding Officer Naval Station Keflavik. J. C. Grimsley, merchandising manager, assists (above). OPENING DAY CUSTOMERS line up at the shoe section cash register station, (below). (Falcon staff photos) illlUllilllll Navy Relief drive record Naval Station Keflavik wrapped up the 1978 Navy Relief Fund drive last week with the final total collected reaching just over $7,300.00 The final figure was $2,000 more than the total amounts collected in the 1975, 76 and 77 Navy Relief Fund drives combined. The success of this year's campaign was attributed to the AFRTS radio-a-thon cash prize ticket drawingst and the generosity of the Naval Station residents. NX Grand Opening success Sales topped about $71,000 Tuesday at the Navy Exchange Retail Store Grand Opening. An estimated 2,500 patrons shopped and browsed through the new facility. The new location, which cost approxi- mately $790,00, features close to 18,000 square feet of display and sales areas. According to the Navy Exchange Offi- cer Lieutenant R. A. Brown, the Sound Waves stereo section seemed to draw the largest number of patrons. Lt. Brown commented, "We were over- whelmed with the number of people who turned out.... "From every indication, it was very well received." Visual merchandising specialists Morris Foreman and Bill Faragle from the Navy Resale System Office, Brook- lyn, NY assisted in preparing the new store. Captain Jack T. Weir, Commanding Of- ficer Naval Station Keflavik, cut the ribbon a NAVRESO scissors plaque to Lt. Brown. Special guests included included Pall A. Tryggvason, Icelandic chairman of the Defense Council, and Jon H. Jonsson, general manager Keflavik Con- tractor in charge of construction for the new store. Other honorees attending were Colonel Leon W. Babcock Jr., Commander Air Forces Iceland, Colonel J. C. Davis, Iceland Defense Force Chief of Staff, Traustl Bjornsson, Retail Store mana- ger, and J. C. Grimsley, merchandising manager. Continued on Page 2 New US Naval Facility CO Commander Richard T. Porter will re- lieve Commander Harry W. Benter Tuesday as Commanding Officer of U. S. Naval Facility Keflavik, Iceland. Cdr. Benter will be departing for Washington, DC to the Joint Chiefs of Staff (J-5 direc- torate) . Having served at Naval Air Station Cubi Point in the Philippines, where he was Officer-in-Charge of Fleet Support Unit Western Pacific, Cdr. Porter will be NavFac Keflavik's seventh commanding officer. The guest speaker at the change of command ceremony will be Rear Admiral Fran McKee, Assistant Chief of Naval Personnel for Human Resource Manage- ment. The choice of RADM McKee as speaker for the change of command is especially appropriate for this acti- vity, which has a large number of fe- male officer and enlisted personnel. In August 1969, the admiral was one of the first two women ever selec- ted to attend the regular curriculum at the Naval War College. More signi- ficantly, in February 1976, she became the first woman line officer selected for flag rank. RADM McKee reported to Washington, DC in June 1978 after completing a tour as Director of Naval Educational Development at the Naval Educational and Training Command, Pensacola, FL. Cdr Richard T. Porter RADM Fran McKee

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