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[[underline]] Page 2 GODMAN FIELD BEACON Monday, January 28, 1946 [[/underline]] GODMAN FIELD BEACON [[image: drawing of airplane in clouds]] COLONEL BENJAMIN O. DAVIS, JR. Commanding Officer Capt. William M. Womack....Personnel Services Officer [[double underline]] THE STAFF Cpl. Rufus Wells....Editor Sgt. Otis M. Smith....Associate Editor Sgt. Gilbert Baker...Staff Photographer Cpl. Greeley Hall....Staff Artist [[/double underline]] Lt. Willard W. Savoy Public Relations Officer Published on Mondays by and for military personnel of Godman Field, Kentucky, the BEACON is reviewed for policy compliance before each printing by the Public Relations Officer. Views expressed, however, are not necessarily those of the War Department or Army Air Forces. The BEACON receives Camp Newspaper Service material. Re-publication of credited matter prohibited without permission of CNS, 205 E. 42d St., N. Y. C. 17. Items of local origin may be reprinted without further clearance. [[/double underline]] NOW Is the Time For All . . . This business of waiting around for a discharge is tiring, nerve-wracking and mentally disrupting. It's tough to be eligible, to be so near and yet so far from the good civilian life. There is a tendency to "goof off", to forget or neglect to perform certain duties at this stage of the game. We are all guilty of this to a greater or lesser degee, and it's a perfectly natural feeling. Now, while you sweat out your release and scan "orders" for your name, now is the time to look over your skills and abilities and see what you have to offer the civil world. Your government has any number of things it will give to assist you in re-establishing yourself. You can get credit for time spent in GI schools, counseling on opportunities in various fields and other service. Textbooks are available at the base I&E office for those who will drop by and pick them up. Now is the time to take self inventory and decide what your place will be in the new life. ————★——— Of Morale And Men . . . Never before in the history of Godman Field has one announcement or disclosure had the far-reaching effect on morale of enlisted personnel here as did the TWX dated January 18. Hastily typed copies appeared on unofficial bulletin boards, GI's gathered in small groups discussing the probable date of their departure. Sections heads began computing points and length of service in an effort to determine who (if anyone) would be left to carry on duties of the department. Telephones jangled in offices as friends consulted friends on their eligibility, for one hectic day everybody was happy. The terrific impact of the news is now a thing of the past but Godman Field personnel will long remember their reactions on being "eligible." SPOTLITE By Hall [[image: drawing of man in Army sergeant's uniform]] S/SGT. JOSEPH AARON JANUARY OF LEAVENWORTH KANSAS GRADUATED FROM LEAVENWORTH HI-SCHOOL WHERE HE HELD THE RANK OF CAPTAIN IN THE ROTC A GRADUATE OF FORT LOGAN ADMINISTRATION SCHOOL IN 1944. [[image: Drawing of man in uniform]] WAS CHIEF CLERK OF THE NOW INACTIVATED 387TH AIR SERVICE GROUP [[image: drawing of man with dollar signs above head]] NOW SERVING AS A CLERK IN GODMAN FIELD BASE FINANCE OFFICE. [[image: drawing of man speaking]] HE'S A STAFF BUT SHOULD BE "FIRST" . . . AFTER ALL IT'S "JANUARY" GH —GREELEY HALL [[image: Drawing of quizzical man with question mark in thought balloon]] By Camp Newspaper Service the inquiring line Q. My wife is "expecting" in January. Will I get point credit for the baby? A. No. Only points calculated as of September 2, 1945, count. Q. My home is in Oregon, but I was inducted in Texas. When I get out I hope to live in Massachusetts. Must I return to my home state or place of induction in order to cash in on the GI Bill of Rights? A. No. The GI Bill is a federal law, and your state of residence has nothing to do with applying for benefits under it. Q. They're levying all assessment to put through a new highway in front of my home. This is OK, since it will increase the value of my property, but, being in the Army, I don't have the dough. Can this assessment be paid by a loan under the GI Bill? A. Yes. After your discharge. Q. I married an Australian girl in Melbourne and she should be reaching my home in Detroit before very long. Does her marriage to me make her an American citizen? A. No. She will have to be naturalized to acquire U S citizenship. This can be done only after she reaches the States. ————★——— California Editor Lauds BEACON In an air mail letter addressed to the BEACON editorial staff, LeRoy S Hart, veteran newspaperman and managing editor of the Los Angeles SENTINEL, commended those responsible for producing "an interesting little sheet, well-written and chockful of newsy items." Mr. Hart does a regular news broadcast for the SENTINEL, largest weekly on the West Coast.
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