European Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Feb 20 1968, Page 8

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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - February 20, 1968, Darmstadt, HessePage 8 the stars and stripes tuesday february 20, by army chief of staff Youthful troops in Europe praised Washington is army chief of staff Gen. Harold k. Johnson has told the Senate armed services committee he is proud of the initiative and performances of the Young army officers and enlisted men in Europe. Since the fall of 1966, army unit sin Europe began to be filled with a High percentage of Young inexperienced soldiers with lieutenants taking Over the companies batteries and troop units that had lost experienced Ujj it la Bdl j.1ciu , . Building Sites s okd by army Washington is the army is going ahead with plans to spend More than $7 million of improve ments to a dependent school in we Bruecken Germany and military construction elsewhere in Ger Many and at shape Bel Gium. This follows the recent action by the defense department lifting the bar. On some new construction. The dependent school project amounts to about $687,000, Pentagon official say. Administrative maintenance and communications facilities for shape will amount to about $1.1million and the balance will be used to build communications storage and maintenance facilities. Officers and noncommissioned officers during the summer Johnson said. To make up for the withdrawn skills and experience commanders in Europe had to restructure their training and revert to fundamentals so that these Young officers and men could learn together As they progressed through the various phases of unit training the general explained. What they. Lacked in experience they have made up for with their inquisitive aggressive attitude As they tackled jobs normally assigned to More senior leaders. Lieutenants with Little service have had to do their Best to become As qualified and As resourceful As seasoned captains. Privates first class and specialists fourth class have had to step into the shoes of staff sergeants and sergeants first class. If a Soldier wanted More responsibility his officers gave him As much As he could Preston Bri % Wiesbaden special apart of boy scout week three representatives from the trans Atlantic Council boy scouts of America this week made their annual report to Gen. Maurice a. Preston commander of us afe and also president of the transatlantic Council. A Banner year in scouting was reported with More than 32,584 boys and 11,000 adult Volunteer leaders participating in the various programs during 1967 i military communities throughout Farr cub scout representative explained his age group activities of the year to Preston. On scout activities meet the deadline Bien Hoa special Mem Bers of the 3rd transportation so transported 518,000 pounds of munitions containers from Bien Hoa to new port docks in Sai gon in less than 30 hours to meet a deadline set by the Saigon traffic management office. He was followed by Eagle scout Baird Black of troop 13 who told of the 11-12 and 13-year-old age group scouting program con ducted in 1967.explorer scout Doug Flagon representing Post 104 of Birken Feld air station briefed Preston on the methods of recruiting Fortis age group in scouting Active is a program of challenging activities of Educa Tion and physical fitness. We at tempt to recruit All High school Lakenheath quartet wins Crew honors Lakenheath England Spe Cial a four Man team Here has been named 48th tactical fighter Wing weapons Load Crew of the the awards were . Steven d. Kyle Load chief and airmen . Joseph w. Lar sen Robert f. Johnson an Nativida r. J. Rios or. Boys into our programs so Allwill be engaged in worthwhile activities and be a credit to our military communities Flagon reported. Preston listened attentively tothe report and said that he was proud of the record the scouts had attained during last year. Prior to his assignment to Europe Preston was Active in scouting in the Pacific area a president of the far East coun cil of boy plaque was presented to the general As a measure of appreciation for his encouragement and support of the scouting program in Europe. Signal unit gets new co Karlsruhe Germany is it. Col. Jimmy c. Sutton has assumed command of 72nd sign Alan 516th signal group from it. Col. Theodore d. Franzek who has been assigned to Strat com Headquarters. 2 ships launched by Navy Washington is two warships the nuclear powered attack submarine be Gall and the destroyer escort Lang were launched by the Navy saturday the submarine was launch Dat Groton conn., with mrs. Rav c. Needham wife of the Nav inspector general As sponsor. The be Gall is the second Nav snip to Bear the name of a Small fish found in the North Atlantic the first saw combat in world War n and was later loaned to Turkey. The new submarine is 292 fee Long with a beam of 31 feet and a Standard displacement of 4 000tons, is armed with Antisubmarine rockets and four 21-Inchtorpedo tubes. She is due to be commissioned in March 1969. The destroyer escort was sponsored by mrs. E. P. Holmes wife of the commander in chief Atlan tic and Atlantic Fleet and supreme Allied commander at lactic. The launching took place at san Pedro Calif. The Lang is the second Nav ship to Bear the name of Seaman John Lang who served in the War of 1812 the first Lang was stricken from the Navy registering 1945. The new ship is 415 feet Longwith a beam of 44 feet and a full Load displacement of 3,400tons. She will be armed with one 5-Inch 54 Caliper gun Antisubmarine rockets and Antisubmarine torpedo launchers. The Lang is scheduled to be commissioned in june 1969. No. 1 for 1968 another new store

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