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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - February 28, 1968, Darmstadt, HessePage 8 the stars and stripes wednesday february 28, 1968 this is the Way some airmen get to and for porn the office. Gunnery secret revealed 14th Cav s 3rd so tells All by Peter Kuhrt staff writer bad Hersfeldt Germany is when the tankers of the 3rd so 14th army Cav regt became the new Usa eur champions in the annual Grafen Woehr qualification tests last fall envious competitors were sure the cavalrymen had a secret. They figured it must take something extra for a unit to qualify 41 out of 44 tanks an to tie the All time Usa eur record with a 93 per cent the Case of the 3rd so which is based at Mcpheeter Barracks Here the secret was a Little More Effort and a Littlemore Sharpness and gtd. The abbreviation stands for Athree legged contraption tentatively called tank gunnery train ing device which May Well be come a household word in a Morin future years. The Story of the gtd anyhow it helped the 3rd so tankers win top honors began Las summer when its i co headed by 1st it. Bruce Makas visited German bund Estehr tank Bat Talion at nearby demonstrated this de vice to us at their miniature Range said Makas and we were so impressed we asked to borrow one of with the tripod Rig Standar Issue in the German army a gunner can practice his skills i much the same Way As he would sitting in the Turret but at fraction of the Cost. The portable device employ the same sight vision Block and tracking mechanism As used Ina t a n k but substitutes a .22 Caliper Rifle for the main can be set up at any indoor Small bore Range and is eve suitable for nighttime infrared target gunner May practice dry firing with the Aid of painted landscape Complete with tank targets troop concentrations arid other suitable targets shown at various distances. Wit the Aid of a slide projector duplicating the sight calibration on the Board the tank commander or instructor can Check the Progress and prowess of the trainee. It gets a Little More exciting on the Range spec. 5 Harold Jones trains on a three legged contraption that made the tankers of the 3rd so 14th army Cav Usa eur s champs last year. Army Williford when the gunner actually fir pc his gun the mounted Rifle a stationary or moving targets Down the indoor Range finding himself subjected to same pres sures and similar conditions Asin the tank. The simulation Here is so realistic said s. Sgt. Harvey Gotham no in charge of train ing that the Man who can put a .22-caliber Bullet through a 22-caliber Hole at 20 meters can do the same with a 105mm round at 1,500 the difference being that a.22-caliber Bullet costs about one cent As compared to $47.83 for a135mm target practice tracer tit or $55 for the regular combat round heat High explosive antitank. The Cost Factor is stressed in suggestion report to Usa eur recommending adoption of the gtd throughout the command it pointed out that during Tan commander s qualification test i last october the 3rd so used"1,232 rounds of 105mm less than authorized. Amounting to a savings of $59,242. The report said that if the de vice was utilized by All usar eur tank units in familiarization courses and tests the Sav Ings would come to More than$2.6 million annually. It. Col. James r. Anderson,3rd so commander said his men have successfully demonstrate the training device to it. Gen. Andrew j. Boyle v corps com Mander and it. Gen. John a. Heintges Deputy commander in chief for seventh army. Our men Are sold on it he said and there s no reason Why it should t work for other tank units if and when the army decides to adopt colonel said the Squadron is in the process of setting up six Man team with Makas As executive officer to demonstrate the device to other 3rd army div tankers. Glider pilots sought from world War ii new York up a retired air Force officer who flew a glider behind enemy lines during world War ii appealed for help in locating fellow combat Glide pilots. Frank j. Moore a retired lieu tenant colonel now a civil Engi Neer said he had been Able to reach Only about 400 of the 4,000 men eligible to join the National world War ii combat glider pilots association. Moore National commander of the organization said he wat try ing to reach them for a first annual convention and reunion. The Only requirement for membership he said is that the glider Pilot must have graduated from the air Force flying school and be qualified to Wear the Silver wings of a Pilot with the glider superimposed on Moore asked pilots to write Himat 56-47 196th st., fresh Meadow Flushing . 11365. Usa eur Cranks up fast fix9 for vehicles Heidelberg special an Soldier knows a deadline vehicle in t Worth a Nickel to the Mission. He Usa eur and seventh that fact army Corn army is aware ofas is every other Mand so Usa eur official shave come up with a plan geared to provide fast fixing of an immobilized vehicle. The result is a Brand new speedy parts re placement program to improve operational readiness condition for certain critical combat vehicles in the command. The program has been name fast fix. The army chief of staff and department of the army Are vitally interested in How the fast fix idea develops in the most important bracket re sults. So Are Usa eur and seventh army units because their operations Are studded with the five combat equipment item which will be directly affected. Gens. Being reassigned stripes sunday Magazine Washington is trans fers of maj. Gens. William h. Craig and Raymond b. Martin and Brig Gen. Livingston Taylor on assignments in Europe an South Korea were announced by the , director of military assistance at the european co Dis going to 6th army has Presidio of san Francisco calif., in late july and Marlin chief of the joint military assistance advisory group in Korea ingoing to the european come in late , Deputy chief of staff for operations for the North american air defense come at ent fab Colorado Springs,colo., is going to the Maag in Korea in May. Fast fix will keep the follow ing he five items in operational readiness the m60 series tank m39a2 series 5-ton truck Multi fuel heavy equipment transporter and trailer xm523 2i/2-ton truck Multi fuelm35a1and a2, and the command and reconnaissance vehicle m114series. These vehicles Are considered the army s most critical overseas drive now in full swing Stuttgart Germany is the 1968 overseas combined Federal Campaign will continue through out the european theater during the month of March As the 21 agencies make their annual unified Appeal for voluntary together Are the american red Cross the eight International service agencies and 12 National health agencies. Personnel Are reminded that they May specify pm a contributor s card the agencies to which their do nations and pledges should be directed with under la Natch funds to be added a necessary to help each group reach its Campaign goal. Combat equipment the major features of the system is an expedited plan for Supply of repair parts sup port. The prime objective is the rapid Supply transport and placement of the needed part on the vehicle. In addition project officers have been appointed atall Levels in the Usa eur sys tem to Monitor Supply and maintenance actions relating to the i i the plan applies to All repair parts needed to make these vehicles operationally ready in the shortest time whether it be a tank Turret or a two cent of its importance fast fix will employ a particular set of requisitioning and packaging codes to assure that parts needed will be Given High est priority requiring repair parts will prepare requests following existing procedures but with modifications pertaining to codes of identification delivery Date and in particular priority. Supply support activities will fill the requests from their stocks. If the parts Are not Avail Able the activities will prepare requisitions again with modifications. And so on up the line All the Way to conus depots or the manufacturer if purpose is to identify the requisition and the package part itself so they will receive special attention and priority handling

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