The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 28.07.1978, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 28.07.1978, Blaðsíða 1
Satellite antenna invades base BEING CONSTRUCTED is the Interim Terminal Satellite's 58 foot shell. It's a large job and is soon to be completed. (Photo by JOSA Paula Ritrovato) White Volume 34, Number ZO Falcon Keflavik, Iceland July 28, 1978 150,000 Active Navy to be screened for asbestos hazard As many as 150,000 active duty Navy and 70,000 civilian personnel will be included in an expanded medical surveil- lance program of people who may have been exposed to airborne asbestos. In recent years, it has been dis<- covered inhalation of airborne asbestos fibers can lead to serious health problems. The program is made up of two phases. In phase one, active duty uniformed and civilian employees who might have been exposed to asbestos will be identified through a questionnaire. During phase two, those who may have been exposed will be interviewed and receive a medical exam. The initial phase of the new program is underway. Physical exams required as a result of phase one already have begun for Navy civilian employees. Distri- bution of the questionnaire for military personnel will begin in Sept. with medical exams to begin shortly there^ after. The 20 Navy ratings with the highest potential risk of exposure to airborne asbestos will receive the questionnaires and be interviewed. Those ratings are: CM, MM, BU, BT, MR, HT, CE, EN, MT, ML, AS, UT, EM, AMS, AME, SH, TM, OM, GM, and EO. Those who are identified for continued medical surveillance will be monitored for the duration of their Federal service. After they leave Federal service, they will be counseled on the need for continued surveillance by private physicians. 57th names wife of the year The 57th FIS has nominated Sandra Jean Dutter as their choice for Air Forces Iceland Wife of the Year. Mrs. Dutter arrived in Keflavik with her husband, Technical Sergeant Paul J. Dutter and their four children in May 1977. They live on base and are active members of the Protestant Chapel Commun- ity . Mrs Dutter is currently the, Social Chairman of the Protestant Wonraen of the Chapel, (PW0C) the Treasurer of the Windbreaker Wives Club and the man- ager of the Base Mini-Mart. Mrs Dutter has planned and assisted in community relations projects such as the International function of the PW0C where they met 52 women from Reykjavik June 5 at the Top of the Rock. She improves life for service members by helping with the Chili suppers at the USO, made the curtains at "The Wall" coffee house or by baking cookies for the people stationed in Hofn. This is all in addition to her job in the Navy Exchange and her family responsibilities. Mrs Dutter will be recognized in a ceremony where time and place is to be announced. Air Force to review pap smears error affects 32,000 tests The Air Force plans to re-examine some 32,000 pap smears as one of several pre- cautions taken because a contractor mis- classified a portion of pap smears taken during June-September 1977. The contractor was serving approxi- mately 74 stateside and 20 overseas Air Force bases during the time in question. A team of Air Force medical special- ists will begin reexamining the slides July 17 at Brooks AFB, Te? The team will notify bases involved of slides showing results significantly different from those reported by the contractor. Base medical personnel will telephone the woman and suggest appropriate action. Local officials will also advise the screening team within 48 hours that the woman has been notified, or provide in- formation about her current location, if known. Air Force officials said the review of the slides should be completed by the end of September. The contractor involved was Automated Medical Services of Ohio, Inc. (A>'S0), Mansfield, Ohio. The contract expired in September 1977. In addition to the slides, the Air Force will use other available AMS0 re- cords to attempt to locate women whose pap smears the contractor examined before June 1977. Those women will be advised to consult a physician about the possible necessity for another examination if they have not had a subsequent pap smear at a medical facility other than those under AMS0 contract. By JOSA Pau There seems to be a weird massive golfball-like object growing here on base near the water tower along Inter- national Highway. No, it's not a new radar invention, museum or experimental laboratory. This is an Interim Satellite Terminal, an Army procured MSC-46, in simpler terms a terminal containing an antenna which sends and receives communications from a satellite. Messages will ter- minate from Ft. Detrick MD and be re- ceived by our 1ST here via satellite. The project was advised by the Joint Chiefs of Staff to help improve commun- ications here in Naval Station Kef- lavik. The antenna will aid in tele- phone and data communications but will not aid television in any way. The structure you see is made of hundreds of large triangles which are lifted by crane and bolted together to form a huge sphere. This serves as a protective shell for the satellite an- tenna which will be installed inside. When finished, the sphere will be completely enclosed and have a 58 foot diameter. The 40 foot antenna will then be assembled piece by piece inside the shell and be positioned in the mid- dle of the concrete base. The shell's individual triangles are made of a tough fiberglass cloth with a white vinyl coating. The triangle's frame is made of aluminum. This may not sound too sturdy to withstand harsh weather but the ball structure and ma- la Ritrovato terials do offer much protection. Other ISTs built in the United States and around the world have withstood winds up to 100 mph and the structure will officially stand winds up to 150 mph. The project is under the guidance and supervision of the United States Naval Communications Station (COMSTA) who will operate and maintain the site when the 1ST is completed. Other personnel from all services are involved in the evolution of this project. — The 436 Dover AFB detachment, a sub- ordinate of Military Airlift Command (MAC) flew the project here from Hawaii. It took four C-5A aircraft, two to carry the antenna and another two to carry the sphere. Men from the United States Army Com- munication Electronics Installation (CEI) Batallion, Co. B, Ft. Huachuca, AZ arrived July 5 and started construc- tion July 12. Other organizations involved in con- struction are the US Army Satellite Communications Agency, Ft. Mammoth, NJ, Hughes Aircraft Corp. (the building of the satellite system), and local sup- port is being provided by R0ICC and NAVSTA Public Works. "While a completion date of the 1ST project is not yet firm, a calculated November "78" date is in view," said Heinz G. Strobel the engineering pro- ject officer and Captain J.D. Lawrence, head of COMSTA. TO BE INSTALLED in its huge golfball-like shelter (upper left) is the Interim Satellite Terminal Antenna which will aid in NAVSTA Keflavik communications. Miss Iceland to visit tomorrow Miss Iceland, Halldora Bjork Jonsdottir, will be ar- riving to tour the base tomor- row afternoon. She will then attend an evening dinner at the Top of the Rock. The Youth Center disco dance will be visited by Miss Iceland that evening. Miss Iceland will compete in the Miss Scandinavia beauty pageant this October and Miss Universe in 1979.

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