European Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Oct 15 1967, Page 7

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European Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - October 15, 1967, Darmstadt, HesseSunday october 15, 1967 the stars and stripes Page 7 for Bear s b is on a Wing and a the newtf41 Turbofan engine will Power the single engine a7d tactical attack air Craft. The air Force a7o is a heavily armoured single place Jet aircraft an will carry 15,000 pounds of ordnance. Plan trains cos in 40 weeks Washington special the . Continental army come has started a program to train the army s Young soldiers to be noncommissioned officers within40 weeks. At con arc s infantry non commissioned officer candidate school an accelerated curriculum will transform a raw recruit into a Leader of men. The final 21 of the 40 weeks of this military transition is Bro Ken into two phases the first 12 weeks will be taken up by an intense academic program the second phase is a period of eight to nine weeks of practical experience at one of the command s training go into the Field for seasoning As squad leaders an assistant platoon sergeants. The course is being conduct Dat it. Benning a. It is a course born out of Attlein Southeast Asia and whose announced purpose is simple intent Complex in execution ". To qualify selected in Fantry advanced individual train ing graduates to be fire team and Rifle squad leaders in United states army units in through weeks of design an planning one major item with stood All obstacles for the course s eventual opening the Continental army come has placed the stress on Quality. And it was this emphasis on the merits of the Soldier rather than sheer numerical value that led the command to insert tremendous personal incentives in to the program. All candidates will be p r of moved to Grade of e4 at time of entry into the program. Upon successful completion of formal training the candidate will be promoted to Grade e5. Further More up to 5 per cent of the outstanding graduates of each class May be promoted to e6. Navy panel finds safety lags behind the times by Fred s. Hoffma Nap military writer Washington a Anavy panel formed after a disastrous aircraft Carrier fire has found Many safety measures lag behind the times and Tempo of operations. Adm. James s. Russell head of the panel suggested a num Ber of improvements even be fore his group s final report is forwarded later this month to Navy chiefs sources report. The improvements include in stalling additional fire fighting and damage control equipments Well As changes in its design and location aboard the also proposed that safety instructions be spelled out clearly in booklets for the Russell panel was created in August soon after 131 Navy div died in a fire that almost gutted the Carrier Forresta standing off North Vietnam. Russell came out of retirement temporarily to handle the Job. War tests sources familiar with the group s preliminary findings said the panel concluded that Man safety measures on the carriers were based on the experience of world War ii. These Days carriers Are on station longer than formerly and conduct More sustained operations. The safety precautions have not kept up with the Pace of operations and the times source said the Russell group found. The panel Leader has told his superiors he was impressed with the level of experience of commanding officers and com Mand pilots that key officer were Well chosen and that the deck Crews were Well motivated even though they work As much As 15 hours a Day. In response to inquiries the Navy said there Are some areas where improved techniques and operations can be inaugurated at the local level. These Center primarily around a revitalization of dam age control techniques weapons handling and storage and train ing of said the Russell group which visited the carriers Constellation intrepid Coral sea and Oriskany Fel Thore was a tendency toward haste by crewmen under pres sure particularly when As Hap pens off North Vietnam there Are frequent aircraft takeoffs and landings 12 hours a Day every Day of the week. This kind of pressure it Wassail results in attempted Short cuts with resultant increase chances of accidents. It was said Normal dangers Are magnified by the tremendous amount of ammunition being handled in connection with preparations for air strikes. It was found that in som cases safety devices tend to get rusted worn or Forrestal disaster july 29 was the third Carrier fire of North Vietnam since the pre Vious autumn. Last oct. 26, the Oriskany suffered 44 deaths and seven men died aboard the car Rier Franklin d. Roosevelt about a week said Russell found the Best safety practices on his inspection were aboard the Oris Kany which has returned to action after undergoing months of repair. 5 branches to remain in army Washington is army Hief of staff Gen. Harold k. Ohnson has decided not to make any major changes in the mis Sions role or the officer career patterns or training in the five army technical branches signal transportation ordnance chemical and quartermaster rps. In announcing Johnson s Deci Sion recently the army also said he chemical corps will be re aimed As a Branch the logistic officer program will be continued and improved and the technical Branch officer career adders will be developed to in clude More schools and training to provide what the army Calls More direction and scope for their professional advancement. Study All these decisions Are base Don results of the Stock study of the technical branches. Another important outcome of he study is Johnson s decision that maintenance and suppl positions in table of organization and equipment toe and table of distribution and allowances Tda units will become Branc immaterial in the future and May be filled by officers of the technical branches were possible and where the assignments will contribute to the career develop ment of technical Branch officers. Converting toe and Tda sup ply and maintenance positions from the battalion s4 level onus to the highest staff level will expose technical Branch officers to a broader utilization in tac tical units to enhance their assignment education and promo Tion Opportunity maj. Gen. Wil son m. Hawkins director of officer personnel at the Pentagon explained. A stateside service veterans guided on Home sales Washington special veterans who sell their Homes and permit the buyer to assume their i loan should get a re lease of liability from the vet Erans administration. The a warns that those Whoso not get such a release re main liable in Case of subsequent foreclosure. A will Issue a release provided the new buyer is approved As a Good credit risk. The Vasa id however that a release from liability does not restore the Veteran s eligibility for an other i loan. Eligibility is restored Only when the a is no longer liable to the Lender on the guaranty and if the Veteran is forced to sell his Hom through no fault of his own a reasons of health employment Etc has his property taken Bra government Agency for Public use suffers property destruction by a natural while still in service mus dispose of his Home because of military Transfer. Army to train More soldiers As jumpers Washington is the army will train More paratrooper officers and enlisted Menthis fiscal year than it has turned out since 1945 when airborne instruction was at its Peak. Training figures released bythe Pentagon show that 31,168 paratroopers will earn their jump wings at it. Benning ga., by next june. It. Benning Isth army s main Parachute school. This compares with 23,-879 in fiscal 1967 just ended and the previous year s Peak of30,714. No problems most of the new jumpers willbe enlisted men and the army said it expects no trouble in obtaining volunteers for the elite group. Step up in airborne trainings a part of the increases that Are seen everywhere else in the army today because of the Viet Nam War and the need of re placements. In the Case of air borne the army now has two brigades in Vietnam the 173rd and one from the 101st airborne div. Two other brigades of the screaming eagles Are also due to leave it. Campbell ky., for Vietnam some time in the future. This move will leave the 82ndairborne div at it. Bragg n.c., As the Only airborne unit in . Strategic reserves

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