The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 21.07.1978, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 21.07.1978, Blaðsíða 1
White^&akon Volume 34, Number 29 Keflavik, Iceland July 21, 1978 * IDF MEMBERS HONORED The Iceland Defense Force Military Personnel of the Quarter from April to June are scheduled to be honored in a ceremony at the IDF headquarters today. They are: Air Force Staff Sergeant Larry J. Norwood and Senior Airman James L. Gagne, Marine Lance Corporal Ronald J. Gray, Navy Data Systems Technician Third Class Michael A. Morris and Builder Third Class Nicholas R. Smith. Marine Sergeant John M. Sternad will not be a- vailable for the ceremony due to his transfer to Commanding General, Landing Force Training Center Atlantic, Little Creek, VA. The five Defense Force members pre- sent for the ceremony will receive a certificate, plaque, and authorization for a priority one on the Naval Station Environmental and Morale Flights. Rear Admiral Karl J. Bernstein, Commander Iceland Defense Force, will make the pre- sentations in his headquarters at 2 p.m. LARRY J. NORWOOD SSgt. Larry J. Norwood, Air Force Non- commissioned Officer of the Quarter, has been attached to Operating Location AA Detachment 1, 20th Air Defense Squadron since April, as an Administration Spe- cialist. "As the chief of admin, my job is basically management," he explained. "I draft and type correspondence, prepare Airman Performance Reports, Officer Eval- uation Reports, maintain files and li- braries, and perform general housekeeping in the office." Along with his primary job, SSgt. Nor- wood performs many additional duties, in- cluding postal clerk, classified custo- dian, intro monitor and information NCO, among others. In his off-duty time the Norwich, NY, native enjoys being outdoors, and he is an active fisherman, hunter and camper. He recently went on a fishing trip here with his co-workers. SSgt. Norwood has been working toward a degree in business administration/man- agement, and he now has 26 credit hours. In addition, he is currently working on (Story and Photos by J02 Judy Johns) BU3 Nicholas R. the Quarter. Smith, IDF Sailor of the Air Force NCO Academy course nine. After finishing his one-year tour here, SSgt. Norwood will go to a follow- on assignment at Dover AFB, DE, where he will be joined by his wife, Bonnie, and their son, Billy. JAMES L. GAGNE Airman of the Quarter, SrA James L. Gagne, has been assigned to the 932nd Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron since October, where he works at the site power plant. As an Electrical Power Production Spe- cialist, he assists in maintaining the operational readiness of the power plant equipment. His duties at work include monitoring the electrical distribution systems, and operating the diesel genera- tors which provide electrical power to the radar site in the event of a power failure or sustained high winds. While stationed at his last command, MacDill AFB, FL, SrA Gagne earned an associate degree in liberal arts from St. Leo College, Tampa, FL. Expressing his belief that education is important, he plans to continue his formal educa- tion. A native of Lincoln, NH, SrA Gagne enjoys cold weather and snow skiing. An- other sport he likes is soccer, which he played in high school. Commenting on his philosophy of life, he said, "I like to be happy. I've en- joyed my tour here so far because it's a mellow place. People get along really well here at the site." JOHN M. STERNAD Sergeant John M. Sternad, Marine Non- commissioned Officer of the Quarter, was attached to the Marine Barracks for one year. He was transferred last month to his new assignment at Little Creek, VA. As Sergeant of the Guard, Sgt. Ster- nad was responsible for the men assigned to his section. Some of his duties in- cluded: Inspecting his men before and during their guard watches, ensuring they were prepared for personnel, locker, bunk and room inspection, providing his men with professional and personal guidance, and giving training lectures. Sgt. Sternad, a reconnaissance marine, was active in sports to maintain himself DS3 Michael A. Morris, cer of the Quarter. IDF Petty Offi- SrA James L. Gagne, IDF Airman of the Quarter. (photo by PHAN Kirk Fasking) LCpl. Ronald J. the Quarter. Gray, IDF Marine of in good physical condition. He was a member of the Marine Barracks intramural Softball and volleyball , teams, and he spent off-duty time lifting weights, jogging, swimming and bowling. The Jersey City, NJ, native also en- joyed reading adventure stories and lis- tening to music in his spare time. RONALD J. GRAY Marine of the Quarter, Ronald J. Gray, has been assigned to the Marine Barracks since March, where he is the bookkeeper for the Marine Club. Prior to his assign- ment here, LCpl. Gray attended accounting school at Quantico, VA, and he finished second in his class. His responsibilities as the club book- keeper include maintenance of the account books and associated paperwork. Due to a shortage of personnel at the Marine Bar- racks, LCpl. Gray has also performed as a cook, cashier, receiving and storeroom clerk. "I like my job a lot; the people here are good to work with. I try to take things one step at a time. I came up here with a good attitude, which I think has helped me to get where I am now," he said. A native of Alexandria, MN, LCpl. Gray is interested in sports, and plans on playing for the Marine Barracks intramural football and basketball teams. He also enjoys swimming and weighlifting. An associate degree in accounting is the education goal LCpl. Gray has set for himself. He earned six credit hours SSgt. Larry J. Norwood, IDF Air Force Noncommissioned Officer of the Quarter. while stationed in Virginia, and he plans on taking college level courses here. MICHAEL A. MORRIS DS3 Michael A. Morris, Petty Officer of the Quarter,.has been attached to the Naval Facility (NavFac) since March. He is assigned to the Electronics/Engineer- ing Division as a computer peripheral equipment repairman. "I perform preventive maintenance on the computers and associated equipment, which ensures the operational readiness of the systems," he explained. In addition to his regular job, DS3 Morris also stands a technician-on-call watch. This watch, which is normally stood by a more senior person, provides on-call assistance to the Oceanographic Watch Officer. The native of Hialeah, FL, is an ac- tive member of NavFac's intramural rac- quetball, volleyball and Softball teams. With aspirations for a religious career, DS3 Morris is enrolled in cor- respondence courses with Bible Baptist College, Springfield, MO. He is also involved with the Keflavik Fundamental Baptist Church, and he teaches adult Bible study. NICHOLAS R. SMITH Sailor of the Quarter, Nicholas R. Smith, who was promoted to Builder Third Class July 16, has been attached to Naval Security Group Activity (NSGA) since November. As the only builder assigned to NSGA, BU3 Smith has worked on his own, using his experience as a craftsman to com- plete a backlog of work requests through- out the command. The native of Sidney, NY, has been a- ble to utilize his associate degree in commercial art, which he received from Mohawk Valley Community College, Utica, NY, to plan and design projects, in ad- dition to performing the actual con- struction. "As a builder I have the opportunity to use my abilities and learn something new from each job. I hope to build my own home someday, and I'll be able to do that from the training I've gotten in the Navy," he commented. BU3 Smith spent many off-duty hours working on the decorating committee for the annual NSGA Ball. He is also a member of the NSGA BEQ Advisory Board, the Command Resource Study Group, and the intramural volleyball and softball teams.

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