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Vol. 1—No. 23 U. S. Navy Pre-Flight School, Chapel Hill, N. C. Saturday, February 27, 1943 Picnic Scheduled For Officers There will be an officers’ picnic and calling party next Wednesday iit the Chapel Hill Country Club, starting at 1730, Lieut. Frank L, Gillespie, USNR, assistant welfare iind recreation officer, announced last week. Family members are invited, i^nd the affair will be informal so officers may come in sport clothes slacks if they desire. Southern fi’ied chicken with fixings, soft <*rinks and other refreshments will be on hand, and music will be pro vided by the Pre-Flight orchestra. The country club is located within five minutes walking dis tance of Alexander Hall, going ’^orth on Raleigh Road and turn- right on Country Club Road. Prices involved are $1.00 per $1.50 per couple, and $2.00 per family (parents and children). Officers are urged to use this op portunity for getting better ac quainted with each other. It is suggested that all tickets be pur chased in the Chaplain’s office (Room 113, Alexander Hall) as soon as possible. Number of College Cadets Decreases Examination of figures prepared under the direction of Lieut. Comdr. Howard L. Hamilton, USNR, academic coordinator, *hows that the previous academic Pi'eparation of the cadets has fallen markedly since the first ^oup came aboard last summer. While only 14.8% of the First attalion were non-college men, 66.6% of the 18th Battalion which I eported here recently, had no col- training whatsoever. Those ''"ithout any college training in ’^•athematics increased from 36.7 % to 78.4%. This trend means a more diffi- ^‘ult task for Pre-Flight instruc- responsible for training the cadets in sciences basic to flying ’Modern combat planes. Dignitaries Don Gloves SQUARING OFF, North Carolina Representative Willie Lee Lumpkin (left), of Franklin County, prepares to lay low Lieutenant Governor Reginald Harris (right)—under the careful supervision of Referee Josephus Daniels, former Secretary of the Navy. It was all in good fun, however, as the dignitaries squared off for an impromptu bout while inspecting the boxing program here last week. At full strength, some 140 members of the North Carolina Legislature, Governor J. M. Broughton, and the Council of State spent Thursday a week ago touring the Pre-Flight base as the honorary 20th battalion. Carolina General Assembly Expresses Appreciation for Visit In a joint resolution passed Feb. 24, the General Assembly of North Carolina , officially expressed appreciation to Comdr. John P. Graff, USN (Ret.), commanding officer of the U. S. Navy Pre-Flight School, Chapel Hill, N. C., for the hospitality extended to its members during their visit here on Thursday, Feb. 18. The resolution also commended the Commanding Officer and his staff for the “fine service they are performing in the training of Naval Aviation Cadets.” Complete text of the resolution (H. R. No. 620) is reprinted below: H. R. No. 620. A JOINT RESOLUTION EXPRESSING APPRECIATION TO COMMANDER JOHN P. GRAFF, USN (RET) AND HONORABLE JOHN W. UMSTEAD, JUNIOR, FOR ARRANGING THE VISIT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO THE NAVAL PRE-FLIGHT SCHOOL IN CHAPEL HILL. Be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives con curring: ^ . 1. Section 1. The General Assembly of North Carolina does hereby See GENERAL ASSEMBLY, page U Navy Plan Offers Good Uniforms At Fair Prices Acting in response to a growing number of complaints of excessive charges, poor service and inferior quality, the Bureau of Supplies and Accounts has developed and placed into operation the Naval Officers’ Uniform Plan establish ing a standard of comparison for all Naval officers and prospective Naval officers to use, it was dis closed in an Executive Memoran dum issued here this week. Quoting information received from the Bureau of Supplies and Accounts, the plan was described as devised “for the protection of Naval officers... to make available to Naval officers a standard uni form of high quality and reason able cost.” Included in the plan are ready made service blues, raincoat-over- coats, and overcoats for commis sioned and chief petty officers, as well as winter working uniforms for flying officers, braid, insignia. See UNIFORMS, page i Navy Adds Fishing Kits to Life Rafts Future Navy airmen forced down at sea will have a better chance for surviving until rescued, as the result of the development of an emergency fishing kit by the Life Saving Board of the Navy and Coast Guard. The kits, containing fishing lines, bait and sinkers, will pro vide full directions on how to “live off the sea,” and thereby help solve the food supply problem for American fighting men adrift in lifeboats and floats. The newly designed fishing kit is now being added to the standard equipment of lifeboats and rafts on all Navy and merchant ships of 3,000 tons or more, and will likewise be carried on rafts used by airplane pilots.

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