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Vo lume 20, No. 4 NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen 27 February 2004 Next NATO Skywatch: 19 March Submissions due by: 11 March Also in this issue:Traffic Mind the rules. See page 3. Magic Viking Turn to page 4 fo r a photo impression.Until next year!The final blow-out of this years carnival season started last Thursday, 19 February, at the Frisbee Club with Old Womens Thu rsday (Altweiberdonnerstag), which is also called Fat Thursday (Fettdonnerstag). The name is connected with the custom of using up the provisions before Lent. The people used animal fat to bake their cakes and the usual day to do that was Fat Thursday. But there was no cooking required of the women at the Frisbee Club last week. According to a Germanic fertility custom, on Old Wo mens Thursday they have control. In groups they stride around through streets, pubs and ƒ the E-3A Component. The men neede d to be careful because if they wear a tie, the women are likely to cut them off … a Germanic custom, too.Photo SMSgt. Johan Hijmenberg

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2N AT O Skywatch 27 February 2004 Choose your favorite new BMW or choose from our selection of 600 used quality cars. Fr eude am Fahren W elcome to K OHL automobile Alsdorf Luisenstr. 79 T el. 0 24 04 / 9 08 70 info@kohl.bmw-net.de www.kohl.de MŸhlenweg K urt-Koblitz-RingLuisenstra§e B 57 B 221 Fir st House in Towne xclusive single, double and triple rooms, rooms with kitchenette, dignified furnitures, shower/WC, minibar, cable-color-TV, direct dial telephone, balcony l av ish buffet in our CAFE l aundry for our guests only 4 luxurious apartmenthouses in quiet area for families with children, modern styled furnitures, 2bedrooms, living room, bathroom, complete kitchen with microwave,cable-colorTV, direct dial telephone. Theodor Heuss Ring 15phone: (+49-2451) 627-0 52511 Geilenkirchenfax: (+49-2451) 627300 e-mail:office@cityhotel-geilenkirchen.de home page:www.cityhotel-geilenkirchen.de www.hotel-geilenkirchen.com Hotel-RestaurantJ abuschAm Markt 3 GeilenkirchenPhone +49 (0)2451 2725 The Terrace CafŽ in the of the city S i n c e 1 7 9 5 menu in english language g erman and international dishes large variety of cake and ice lunch and dinner daily changing menu nice,comfortable hotel-rooms a four person appartmenta fully equipped guesthousef or guests w ho like to stay longer Heating oillow price top service Bischoff & Leeuw oHGBerliner Ring 15-17 52511 Geilenkirchen 02451 68001 VERTRETUNG DERESSOAG CULPECKInsurance Broker GmbHA specialist in NATO insurance f or 40 yearsHaihover Stra§e 11 Opposite Geilenkirchen Railway Station Before renewing your insurance c heck with us! Low premiums with low deductibles. Call in or(between 09.00-16.00 hrs)telephone:(02451) 2983culpeck-gk@t-online.de AXA GENERALI ADAC ALL TYPES OF INSURANCE AV AILABLE

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By IMP A ccording to E-3A Component Directive 05-127, the German road traffic code applies to traffic on the premises of NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen. In addition, the ru les and regulations laid down in that directive will apply. Due to the in increasing number of traffic violations on NAB Geilenkirchen, the International Military Police will perform stricter traffic controls. Below you will find the most frequent traffic violations. Speeding Wi thin the boundaries of NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen the general speed limit is 35 km/h. Only on NATO Av enue between 1st Street and 7th St re et and between Gate 162/Civil Guard and the West Gate the speed limit is 50 km/h. All speed limits are clearly posted. The IMP enforces the speed limit. St op signs All vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles, etc. must stop at a posted stop sign. If there is no white line on the roadway at the intersection, you have to stop ri ght next to the stop sign. When there is a white line o the road, you have to st op immediately before this line. Dont forget: all wheels must be at a st andstill! Use of seatbelts All drivers and passengers (also those sitting in the rear) must wear their seatbelts. Children up to twelve y ears of age and smaller than 150 cm must sit in a childs safety seat. This special child seat must be an officially approved seat and be marked with an orange coloured label or sticker marked ECE Norm R 44 or according to U .S. Specifications. Childrens safety seats must normally be on the rear seat. However, they must be installed on the front seat if this is required by the manufacturers instructions and if a 3-point seatbelt marked ECE Norm R 14 or ECE Norm R 16 is used. A child ov er twelve years of age or taller than 1 50 cm may use the normal seatbelt. One-way streets It is strictly prohibited to drive in the opposite direction along a one-way st re et. This also applies to bicycle ri ders. Pa rk ing regulations Generally, parking is only permitted in designated parking areas/lots. You are prohibited to park on curbs marked with yellow or white, in front of fire hydrants, in driveways, on grass, unpaved surfaces or seeded areas, in front of building entrances, in reserved parking slots, or in any other way that negatively affects safety or creates a traffic hazard. Furthermore, you are not allowed to take more than one parking space, to park on roads or to impede the flow of traffic. Hit and run There has been an increase in the number of alleged hit and run cases r eported to the International Military Po lice. All personnel are reminded that it is everyones responsibility to ensure that the operator of a vehicle that caused damage to another vehicle or a fi x ed object is aware of that fact. It is not enough to leave a note on the damaged vehicle with your personal information. According to the rules on N AB Geilenkirchen, everybody involved in any kind of traffic accident, even if y ou think it is not so important or the damage is only minor, has to report this incident immediately to the IMP. If you witness a traffic accident, r eport it to the IMP (ext. 4819), even if the driver said that he/she would do so. Your statement could be important. Dont forget: a hit and run accident could also happen to your o wn car. E-3A Component Directive 05-127, N AB Geilenkirchen Traffic Regulation specifies a 12 month suspension of base driving privileges for Hit and R un.Ž Use of mobile phones during driving The use of mobile phones while driving a vehicle in Germany is strictly prohibited. This prohibition applies to all vehicle operators, including bicycle ri ders. You are only exempted from this if you are using a permanently installed free speaking device or a headset. Cutting corners If you are turning left or right into another road or driving around a long curve, remember that other vehicles may be coming towards you. If you cut the corner, you may feel that you are making life easier for yourself, but you are also possibly endangering other r oad users. Remember that such behaviour could also earn you penalty points.  Afghanistan priority no. 1 for NATOŽ Speaking after a briefing by Acting UN Special Representative in Afghanistan Jean-Franois Arnault, NA TO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer reiterated the Alliances commitment to Afghanistan. Arnault visited NATO Headquarters on 14 January. He briefed the North Atlantic Council, the Alliances principal decision-making body, on the situation in the country. The Council was meeting in a special session to discuss Afghanistan together with the non-NATO countries that contribute forces to the Alliance-led peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan. In August last year, NATO took over command of ISAF, the international fo rc e responsible for providing security in and around the Afghan capital, Ka bul. In the first week of January, the Alliance expanded its role by taking on security tasks also beyond the capital, in the area of Kunduz. This is the first st age of the planned expansion of the mission to other parts of the country. Arnault described the recent positive developments, particularly the adoption of the constitution by the loya jirga, as having created a new momentumŽ for peace in the country. He called for the further expansion of the Provincial Reconstruction T eams, saying that this was one of the best ways of bolstering the authority of the government. Security would be a particularly crucial factor as preparations for the upcoming elections begin, he added. De Hoop Scheffer said that Afghanistan remains the no. 1 priority f or the Alliance,Ž and that the plan for the expansion of the mission is now being finalized. Defence Ministers discuss operations and capabilities NA TO Defence Ministers met 6F ebruary in Munich for informal ta lks on the Alliances operations and transformation, including the e xpansion of NATOs mission in Afghanistan. Informal meetings traditionally have no fixed agenda and no formal decisions are taken; they allow Ministers to freely discuss key issues on the Alliances agenda. The meeting in Munich provided an opportunity for Ministers to prepare the ground for decisions to be taken in the run-up to the upcoming Summit meeting of NATO Heads of State and Government in Istanbul this June. In particular, ministers discussed plans f or an expansion of the NATO-led peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan. P ositive indications were given with regard to es t ablishing more Provincial Re construction Teams in different parts of the country. Ag reement on strategic sealift capability On 12 February nine nations signed an agreement with the NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency (NAMSA) to provide NATO with st rategic sealift capability for rapidly deployable forces. In addition to the lead nation Norway, the other nations are Canada, Denmark, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom. There is a shortfall in strategic sealift in the Alliance. As a consequence, a High Level Group on Strategic Sealift w as established at the Prague Summit in 2002. The nations agreed to increase their multinational efforts to r educe the strategic sealift shortfalls fo r rapidly deployable forces by using a combination of fulltime charter and multinational assured-access contracts. The nine nations have agreed to acquire a multinational capability package consisting of three rollon/roll-off (Ro/Ro) ships on assured access, 1-2 Danish Ro/Ro ships on fulltime charter, residual capacity of f our United Kingdom Ro/Ro ships and a Norwegian Ro/Ro ship on ad hoc basis. The nations will pursue an incremental approach, using 2004 as a trial year with the aim of developing further capacity for subsequent years. To ensure effective use of the overall st rategic sealift capability, the nations will use the services of the Sealift Coordination Centre (SCC). The SCC w as established on permanent basis at the Eindhoven Airbase, the Netherlands, on 1 September 2003 and is based on an agreement between the Netherlands, Norway and United Kingdom. Several more nations are using the centre and are in the process of joining the agreement.  I am extremely pleased with the arrangement and that the additional capability package will be a valuable st ep in eliminating NATOs shortfall in strategic sealift,Ž said the Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment, Marshall S. Billingslea. (Information from NATO news releases) 27 February 2004 NATOSkywatch 3 NA TO Skywatch is an authorized, unofficial commercial enterprise newspaper published under exclusive written agreement with the NAEW & CF E-3A Component by Pollaert Mediacenter, Po st bus1234, 6040 KE Roermond, +31 (475) 370 280. Opinions expressed by contributors are their ow n and do not necessarily reflect the official views of, or endorsement by, the North Atlantic Treaty Or g an iza ti on. The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts or supplements, does not constitutean endorsement by NATO of the products or services advertised. Submissions are due seven days before publication and may be edited for style and space. Send articles and classified advertisements to the NAEWF E-3A Component Public Information Office (PIO), Postfach 433007, D-52511 Geilenkirchen, or base distribution Mail Stop 33. Call PIO at (02451) 632480 or fax (02451) 7936 or e-mail pio@e3a.nato.int. Fo r paid advertisements call Hub Durlinger Media at +31 (46) 452-9292 or fax +31 (46) 452-9285. Articles may be reproduced after permission has been obtained from the editor, provided mention is made of NATO Skywatch. Commander Brig. Gen. Axel R. Tttelmann Chief, Public Information Office Capt. Jonathan Riley Editor SMSgt. Johan Hijmenberg Vo lume 20, No. 427 February 2004 OopsPlease note that in the article Computer system shifts from bulky mainframe to agile servers on page 3 in the last issue of the NATO Skywatch the branch chief, Maj. Louis Hausoul, is not a U.S. citizen. Of course, as we all know, he is a true-born Belgian. Pay attention to traffic rules

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27 February 2004 NATOSkywatch 5 Belgium largest antique centreapprox.70 vendors under one roof,12,000 m2 Special for NATO personnelLouisXV&XVI Renaissance Art Deco etc.French, Belgian, English, German, Dutch, Tchech antiqueY our address f or antiques daily new stockA lso simple straight-line furniture S aturday and Sunday closed or call us for an appointment Industrial area: Mi ddenweg 10 Hamont (Belgium) Phone:+32 (0)11 446 195 / 446 190 info@slegers-antiques.com www.slegers-antiques.com Op en:Monday-Friday 08.30-17.00 hrs.Direction:highway Maastricht-Eindhoven E25-A2, exit 37/Budel,direction Hamont,follow through Hamont,direction Industrial areaEv en though it's a onehour drive,you won't be disappointed!import export Alona en peter dekkers like to welcome youRumpenerstraat 49, 6443 CC Brunssum Phone +31 (0)45 564 01 58Kitchen open: Wednesday, Thursday, Fr iday and Saturday: 17.00 22.00 hrs Sunday: 16.00 22.00 hrs Skywatch is the only authorized NATO AWACS Base Newspaper, published by Pollaert Mediacenter, Postbus 1234, 6040 KE Roermond.To place an advertisement in contact Phone +31 (0)46 4529292 € Fax +31 (0)46 4529285 Hub Durlinger media G lobal Antiques CentreG rathemerweg 47a, Kelpen The Netherlands K elpen is situated between Weert and Roermond Te lephone +31 (0)495 651239 F ax +31 (0)495 651993 I nternet: www.global-antiques.com e-mail: global @ global-antiques.comWe offer you the finest furniture, clocks and lamps from F rance, Belgium and Germany. Pr ofessionally restored antiques on display in showroom of 3,500m2. O pen daily between 0900 and 1800 hrs, Sunday closed. THESOURCEFOREXCLUSIVEANTIQUES INTHENETHERLANDS Steegh InsuranceAFNORTH's concessionaire for the past twenty years!F or all your insurance needs!Agent for AXA and ZŸrich-Agrippina Opening hours: Monday-Friday 0930-1230 and 1330-1630 hrs. Location: Building H-603, AFNORTH ext. 2492 Phone: +31 (0)45 5262492, Fax: +31 (0)45 5273410 E-mail: afnorth@steegh.nl Headoffice Venlo: phone +31 (0)77 3544444 Y our Volvo starts at Auto Kallen O f ficial Volvo Military Sales agent Canadian US & European specs Parts & Workshop F riendly English and German speaking staff Rijksweg Zuid 320 Geleen Phone +31 (0)46 4238686 www.autokallen.nl r.vossen@autokallen.nl EBI'S FINETEMPORARYHOUSINGEBI'S FINETEMPORARYHOUSINGC entrally located, less than four miles from the base G uesthouses priced within your budget S everal houses to choose from M ulti system American/European TV & VCR N ew modern appliances P ets accepted, no extra chargeFo r reservations/information please call CMS Leo Kuhn at Geilenkirchen base ext. 2483 Tr audl Schleicher at Geil enkirchen base ext. 4489 or Fam. Schleicher at 02451-5235. Since more than 15 years,Chrysler Jeep Service station with experienced,Chrysler trained personnel.Payment without VAT.Authorized Chrysler and Jeep service partner of Chrysler Deutschland GmbH.Autohaus GoertzKuhlerthang 1 52525 Heinsberg-Schafhausen Phone: +49 (0)24 52 / 616 05

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6N AT O Skywatch 27 February 2004 Te xt and photo Thijs Olijve The E-3A Component Sports Department hosted 12 teams on 14 F ebruary for the 12th International Vo lleyball Tournament. Competitors came from throughout the local area in The Netherlands and Germany and f eatured the Turkish Stars as the sole r epresentation from the component. All teams were co-ed, meaning two ladies were required to be on the court throughout the entire game. They played in three groups of four teams in the first round. The winners competed against each other in the final round, and the other teams played for the re maining places. After the last whistle was blown, trophies were awarded to the teams. During the day a delicious soup was served, provided by the International Dining Hall and at the end of the day, all players went to the Sentry Club to socialize together and enjoy pizza and drinks. Congratulations to all the teams who participated and special thanks to the v olunteer referee, Robert Masorti, who did an excellent job. We hope to see y ou all back in February 2005. Final Standings 1VTC Kem pen 2M eug en Dreug 3 Eagles Unlimited 4 Misch Masch 5 Trivoc 6VVS 7Schmett erlinge Haaren 8N aat en Zaat 9Turki sh Stars 10Furos 11T ouch Down 12SV Ma rathonV olleyball tournament The winning team. The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF), one of the most important art fairs in the world, will take place from 5 to 14 March (daily, 1100-1900; 14March, 11 00-1800) at the Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre (MECC). Every year some 65,000 to 70,000 collectors of museums, art professionals and art lovers from all ov er the world come to the Maastricht art fair, attracted by the unparalleled q uality, variety and depth of the works of art for sale. The fair distinguishes itself by the extraordinary range of works of art it offers. TEFAF is also special because of the vetting process, which is second to none. Each piece is scrutinised for authenticity, quality and condition, by a team of more than 130 international e xperts covering all specialities. The accuracy of the description is verified, and the provenance checked against the Art Loss Register. Collectors from around the globe will find museumq uality pieces they can purchase with absolute confidence. Admission: Adults 30 incl. one catalogue, double ticket 42,50 incl. one catalogue, children 5-12 years 5, under 5 years (accompanied) free. Dogs, cameras, umbrellas, large bags and backpacks are not allowed into the f air. Its also forbidden to bring objects of art and antiques for valuation.TEFAF at MaastrichtPhoto courtesy TEFAFMaastricht International Golf Association newsThe International Golf Association (IGA) will hold its annual general membership meeting on 11 March at 1600 in the Frisbee Club. The purpose of this meeting is to introduce new and current members to the new Executive Committee and to provide members with all the information theyll need for the start of the upcoming season, which commences on 1 April. As a reminder, current membership cards expire on 31 Ma rch. To kick this season off, the IGA is offering old and new members a 20 discount for early registration. Fees remain unchanged from last year at 300, but if you sign up to play this year between now and 12 March, y our membership fee will be reduced to 280. Registration forms are av ailable at the Sentry Clubs IGA board, or from any committee member. Wa rm er weather and longer days are just around the corner, so knock the rust off those old irons and get ready to join the IGA for another fun f illed golf season.International Golf Association newsThe International Golf Association (IGA) will hold its annual general membership meeting on 11 March at 1600 in the Frisbee Club. The purpose of this meeting is to introduce new and current members to the new Executive Committee and to provide members with all the information theyll need for the start of the upcoming season, which commences on 1 April. As a reminder, current membership cards expire on 31 Ma rch. To kick this season off, the IGA is offering old and new members a 20 discount for early registration. Fees remain unchanged from last year at 300, but if you sign up to play this year between now and 12 March, y our membership fee will be reduced to 280. Registration forms are av ailable at the Sentry Clubs IGA board, or from any committee member. Wa rm er weather and longer days are just around the corner, so knock the rust off those old irons and get ready to join the IGA for another fun f illed golf season.

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8N AT O Skywatch 27 February 2004 IDH, Officers and Frisbee Clubs now on t he BASS LAN System. Menu information under Public Folders/Base Support Wing/Services Squadron/Clubs or IDH. Also, check out the Services Squadron web page for programme information and upcoming events. E-3A Component Clubs Sunday brunch will alternate between Officers/Frisbee Clubs. Members from both clubs are eligible to attend. Regular prices: Brunch … members, 9.20; guests, 10 .70; lunch members 6.10, guests 7. 65. Children 412 ye ars/half price. Reservations should be made NLT 1200 on the F riday before. Club cards are re qu ired. For additional information, please contact the Officers Club, ext. 4990, or the F risbee Club, ext. 4994. 7 Sunday brunch at the Frisbee Club. Officers Club closed. 14Family brunch at the Officers Club. Frisbee Club closed. 21 Tr aditional Sunday lunch at the Fr isbee Club. Officers Club closed. 28Austrian brunch at the Officers Club. Frisbee Club closed. Officers Club (SWPO/4990) Operating hours bar MondayF riday 1100-2300; restaurant Monday-Friday 1130-1330; Sunday 1100-1400 (alternating with the Frisbee Club). Reservations are required for Sunday brunch by 1200 on the F riday before. Club cards required when using the Frisbee Club. L unch at the Officers Club Monday-Thursday A la Carte menu served. Monday and W ednesday a vegetarian special is also available. Friday, buffet styl e lunch. Throughout March membership appreciation. One time each month for each Officers Club member, buy one drink of your c hoice and get an equivalent drink of your choice free of charge. Club cards required. T uesdays 1700-1800, Happy Hour free snacks available. Fr idays 1600-1800, Happy Hour free snacks available. 15 R educed lunch hour re st aurant closes at 1300 due to Greek National reception. 19 F ondue night, 1800-2100 wa tch for special flier r eservations required. 22-25Italian specialities during lunchtime. Special notes: Officers Club participation in Frisbee Club ev ents, during Frisbee Club opening hours, Officers Club members are eligible to use the F risbee Club for breakfast, dinner and Sunday brunch (on an alternating basis between the Frisbee and Officers Clubs). Club cards re qu ired when Officers Club members are using the Frisbee Club. Cancellations for Officers Club ev ents will be accepted up to two days prior to the event at e xt. 4990. After this time, a cancellation fee of 5 per person must be charged for non-excused absences. Frisbee Club (SWPN/4994) Make a reservation today at the F risbee Grill and enjoy good food and the cosy atmosphere! Re member the Frisbee Club is open for breakfast and dinner to all Frisbee and Officers Club members. Mondays … Thursdays 1 700-1800, Happy Hour. Fridays 1 700-1900 Happy Hour, free snacks available. 2 SKAT. 2+16BINGO. 12 Original Indonesian dinner buffet. No A la Carte and re st aurant closed. Reservations re q uired. Book early … seating is limited. 15 -19Greek week during lunchtime. 18 Int. Wives Club … Greek Night. Sentry Club (SWPJ/4997) Effective 1 March, the Sentry Club will offer a daily special which will be advertised on the notice board at beginning of the serving line. A daily soup and variety of self-made salads are also av ailable. Visit the Sentry Club souvenir shop … there are many new items. Rec onstruction work in the old Sports Bar is now finished. This r oom is now available for small parties, meetings, etc. Sports Department (SWPT/4946) Throughout March indoor soccer and basketball leagues. 9 Coaches meeting for outdoor soccer league at 1400 in the Sentry Club Sports Bar. 16 S t. Patricks Fun run. Open for Component members and their fa milies. International Pre-school (SWPS/4957) 1 Back to school. 19 Pa re nt-Teacher conferences (no r egular school for children). Throughout March registration f or the 2003/2004 school year continues. Places are still available f or both programmes. Office hours: Mondays, Tuesdays and W ednesdays 1500-1630; Thursdays 0800-1200. Information and r egistration, ext. 4957, during office hours only. International Library (SWPL/4956) Operating hours Mondays-Fridays: 11 00-1600. Come and check out something from the new audiobook selection. A new collection has just arrived. A new collection of books is also available for c hildren of all ages. The video collection has also been enlarged to include videos for children and adults. Thrift Shop (SWPG/4919) Operating hours Tuesdays and Thursdays: 1000-1400. 16 Fi rs t day the Thrift Shop will accept summer clothes/items. International Youth Activities (SWPY/4954/5) F or registration and further information contact the IYA Office in Bldg. 95 or ext. 4954/5. Opening hours: Mondays-Fridays, 0815-1300. Baseball season The 2004 baseball season will soon be here with the following leagues offered to all international Component children: T-Ball for ages 4-6, Machine Pitch for ages 7-9, Majors for ages 10-12, Juniors for ages 13-15. The programme continually builds up baseball skills. Our youngest players hit the ball from a TŽ. At the next level, a machine pitches the ball, and in major and junior leagues the players fi nally pitch themselves. We are especially hoping European ch ildren will take the unique opportunity to play these traditionally North American sports together with the Canadian and American children here in our international community. F ee for the season is 45 per ch ild, including T-shirt, ball cap and participation award. R egistration possible until 26March. IYA Spring soccer season This year the IYA is introducing a spring soccer season for international boys and girls between 5 and 14 years. Children and t eenagers of all nationalities are invited to learn to play this sport together in our international community. The season full of fun-filled and exciting games and tournaments will run from April to June. Fee for the season is 25 per player. R egistration until 26 March. V olunteers wanted for IYA baseball and Spring soccer season As usual, the IYA can only offer its sports programmes with the dedicated help of volunteers. Call ext. 4955 to get further information, and to sign up as coach, assistant coach, referee or umpire for any of our leagues. W anted: Guitar teacher Can you play the guitar, and w ould you like to instruct y ouths and adults? If yes, please do not hesitate to call ext. 4954. Crafts workshop: Traditional Spanish paste art Learn to create beautiful flower bouquets with traditional Spanish paste art. The IYA is offering a wo rk shop under the instruction of Maria Fernandez on Fridays, 5, 12 and 19 March from 0900 to 11 00. Classes are held at the IYA Arts & Crafts Section. Fee f or the six-hour course is 18 plus 10 for ma terial. MWA INFORMATIONMarch Autos for sale2001 Honda Accord 1.8i, black, AC, 19k km, asking 14 ,1 00. Ext. 4916 or (evenings) 02451-929667. Fo rd Orion 1.4i Solar, 09/92, in very good cond. 1 28.000 km, NL-registered, APK-inspected till 4 Nov. 2004. Extras: original sunroof, power locks, hitch, Grundig RDS-radio/cassette player. Price: 7 50. Info Richard Damhuis, SOC, ext. 2464. SKYWATCHCLASSIFIED 26-27 February: Lord of the Rings Return of the King. Action/adventure, starring Elijah W ood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen,Liv T yler, Sean Astin, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee. Rated PG-13, 210 minutes. 4-6 March: Last Samurai. Action/adventure, starring Tom Cruise, Timothy Spall, Ken Watanabe, Billy Connolly, Tony Goldwyn, Hiroyuki Sanada. Ra t ed R, 154minutes. The 15th Annual Spring Breezes Bazaarw ill be held in Hangar 4: 27 February, 1 0001 900, 28 February, 1000-1700, 29February, 1100-1600. The Bazaar is open to all U.S. and NATO ID-card holders and their guests. More than 100 booths and vendors from around the world will be selling fabulous items such as pottery, Turkish rugs, clocks, jewellery, wine, cheese, chocolate, antiques, oil paintings, Norwegian sweaters, Italian leather, glassware and much more! Many of your old favourites as well as many new vendors will be attending. Kids w ill have an opportunity to win fabulousprizesin the colouring contest. The drawing will be held at 14 00 on 29 February. The Bazaar is hosted by the American Women of Geilenkirchen and all profits support programs in the military community. We hope to see you there!Spring Bazaar Skywatch Classifieds are free to all NATO personnel. Advertisements must be printed or typed, and include your name, office symbol and duty extension. The editor will not accept advertisements for services that generate a regular income, or for housing other than vacation rentals. Submissions for the next NATO Skywatch are due to PIO, Mail Stop 33, e-mail: pio@e3a.nato.int, before noon Thursday, 11 March. Astra CinemaEuro only at ticket window. Doors open at 1900 for a 1930 show time, except as noted. Adults pay just 4, children 2. Sunday is matinee only.

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27 February 2004 NATOSkywatch 9 Starting 24 February 2004 we invite you for our traditional fish meals with a variety of fish specialtiesW e'll be closed for renovation from 1 to 15 March; we regret any inconvenience Am Freibad 10 52538 Gangelt Tel. +49(0)2454-1414 Fax +49 (0)2454 939301 www.Haus-Hamacher.de www.freizeitregion-west.de E n g lis h s p o k e n Kuhlerthang 1 52525 Heinsberg-Schafhausen Phone: +49 (0)24 52 / 616 05 We are the right place for your new cars and of course all kinds of repair works.T AX FREEAutohaus GoertzY our Hyundai dealer in Heinsberg AnimalHotelAbdissenboschFo r 25 yearsthe addresswhere your petfeelsathomeNew cat-place where your catcan move freely. R oomyoutside place, playgrounds, centralheated. Grooming salon, also Do-It-Yourselfwash salon for pets. Opening hours: Monday-Saturday0800-1200 and 1600-1900. Su ndaysand holidaysclosed for brin ging in or picking-up. Vo ge lzankweg 230 NL-6374 AN Landgraaf phone +31 (0)45 5317217 DA Y CARE TAX-FREETAX-FREEUSA PARTSSTORESpecialised in repairs and maintenance of USCars and all foreign types of cars. Most USA parts available.Au t horized warrenty repairs shop forGM €Chrysler €FordHaefland 30 NL 6441 PA Brunssum E-mail k.peeters@wxs.nl Phone 0031 (45) 5250787 Fax 0031 (45) 5273663 ASK FOR SPECIALS ASK FOR SPECIALS Fr iedrich-Krupp-Str. 7-9 52511 Geilenkirchen-Niederheid (Industrial zone An FŸrthenrode') Phone +49 (0)2451 72700 More than 35 years of BMW experience Paintshop C ar damage overhaul and rental car To t al car service, purchase and saleWe are also open on Saturdays Krefelder Str.674, 41066 Mšnchengladbach sales:+49 (0) 2161 9 69 99-73 f ax:+49 (0) 2161 9 69 99-80 service:+49 (0) 2161 9 69 99-21YOUR OFFICIAL MILITARY SALES AGENT Y our approved Volvo dealer for Mšnchengladbach, JHQ and Erkelenz. Rhd & Lhd at NATO Forces discount prices, all specifications. Full Volvo showroom & workshop facilities. F riendly English & German speaking staff! H uge selection of quality used cars. Bonsels & Weitz... your friendly dealer only a short drive away. CHINESE EASTERN SPECIALITY RESTAURANTEASTERNDELIGHT Rimburgerweg 2A Brunssum Phone + 31 (0)45 525 47 70 E-mail eastern@planet.nlExperience the taste from the East W eekend & Dutch public holiday "all you can eat buffet" starting at 1730 hrsopen daily 1130 to 2230 hrs lunch specials on weekdaysFarewell,Business meeting, Birthday party are welcome The best prices on clocks china cabinetsand furniture We are located opposite theAfnorth International School also for clock repairs also deliveries to the us for special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries HQ AFNORTH AFNORTH SCHOOL SHOP 2000 EUROCLOCKS VENWEG Venweg 5, 6445 XS Brunssum Phone +31 (0)45 5644050 Fax +31 (0)45 5270620 Special offers on China-cabinets Original Schwarzwalder Cuckooclocks more than 30 different models grand fathers clocks

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