The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 30.05.1980, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 30.05.1980, Blaðsíða 1
Keflavik, Iceland Volume 23, Number 21 May 30, 1980 * Naws briefs American Express increases loan interest Effective Monday, the interest rate on loans at the Keflavik Mil- itary Banking Facility will be raised from 12 percent per annum to 15 percent annum. McMullen becomes Tac Vice Commander Langley AFB, Va. (TACPS)--Maj. Gen. Thomas H. McMullen has been nominated for the grade of Lieu- tenant General and will be reas- signed as the Tactical Air Command (TAC) Vice Commander July 1. General McMullen is now serving as Deputy Chief of Staff for Sys- tems, Air Force Systems Command, Andrews AFB, Md. He replaces Lt. Gen. Phillip C. Gast, who will be reassigned to the position of Di- rector of Operations, Organiza- tion of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. General McMullen has spent several years in TAC. Youth Center offers two classes The Youth Center is taking reg- istrations now for a Pre-School "Gymnastic class to be held at the Youth Center, and classes will be- gin Monday, June 16. Children two through five years old are eligi- ble to participate in the program. Also the Youth Center is offer- ing Art classes for youth ages three years through sixth grade. A qualified teacher possessing a degree in elementary art will be teaching the course. For more information on either of these classes, call the Youth Center at 7508/7822. Episcopal service is postponed The Episcopal Church service is postponed to Tuesday 6:30 p.m. at the Base Chapel. All interested personnel are invited to attend this service. Father Bailey from RAF Kinloss, England will be on the NATO Base June 3-5. Also Episcoplaians and interested personnel are invited to attend a farewell dinner for Father ' Bailey in the Officers' Club at 7:30 p.m. This will be Father Bailey's last visit to the NATO Base. Det 14 aids injured seaman Last Monday evening Det. 14 alert crew (Capt. Dale Cook, Air Comman- der; Capt. Michael Hales, Co-pilot; Staff Sgt. Dennis Wayman, Flight En- gineer) was called upon to remove an injured seaman, Sigurdur Gudmund- sson, from a 100 foot Icelandic fishing vessel. The maintenance personnel (Senior Master Sgt. Edward Winkelseth, Staff Sgt. Richard Lechot, Airman First Class Loretta Hill, Staff Sgt. John Henehan) prepared the rescue heli- copter, "Jolly Green Giant," for im- mediate launch. The 15 foot seas hampered the search in locating the ship and also in the hoist proce- dures which followed. The unstable ship movements caused the hoist cable to become en- tangled with the ship's masts and antennas resulting in cable failure. The pararescue/recovery specialists (Sgt. William Orsborn and Master Sgt. Gregory M. Lepley) kept the pa- tient's condition stable aboard the fishing vessel. A second helicopter was launched to make a successful pickup of the injured fisherman by hoisting him from the fishing vessel into the helicopter. The patient was delivered to a waiting ambulance in Reykjavik and took him to an Icelandic hospital. The crew of the second helicopter was Capt. Emerson Dyer, Aircraft Commander; Lt. Gene Winterrowd, Co- pilot; Staff Sgt. David Luke, Flight Engineer; and Staff Sgt. Duane Hack- ney, Pararescue/recovery team spe- cialist with Airman First Class Gregory Reed, a Pararescue/recovery team specialist. The professionalism displayed by the aircrews ability to perform such a rescue mission and the maintenance crew's ability to rapidly prepare two rescue helicopters, shows the pride that the personnel from Det 14 take in carrying out Rescue's motto "That others may live." Det. 14 is credited with saving a fellow human being's life who had a severe head injury. "JOLLY GREEN GIANT" is positioning itself over the Icelandic fishing ves- sel shortly before lowering two pararescue/recovery specialists to the vessel's deck.


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