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V olume 20, No. 15 NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen 27 August 2004 Next NATO Skywatch: 10 September Submissions due by: 2 September Also in this issue:Communications Centre Nearly finished with transition. See page 3. Changes of Command F OB Aktion, Logistics Wing and Information Te c hnology Wing. See page 6.By SMSgt. Johan Hijmenberg St Mawganƒ My memory goes back ten years when I explored f or six weeks the southwest of England with my family. Cornwall with its coastline is a marvellous area for camping. We also passed by Royal Air Force Base St Mawgan, the home of the RAF Search & Rescue Force. With its extensive facilities the unit is an ideal base to host visiting squadrons from around the world, including soon an E-3A and sixty Component members who will join Exercise Collective Training in late September. Like the other 1,200 exercise participants, the Component members will be accommodated on baseƒ in tents. Last year NATO Defence Ministers approved a historic reform of NATOs command structure and plans for a robust rapidly deployable NATO R esponse Force (NRF), a robust rapid r eaction fighting force that can be q uickly deployed anywhere in the wo r ld. The role of the NRF is to provide an integrated and fully interoperable sea, land and air capability, under one command, wherever the North Atlantic Council requires, to prevent conflict or threat from escalating into a wider dispute. The NATO Airborne Early Wa rn ing & Control Force has a permanent place in the NRF. Collective Training (CT) is one of the RAFs biggest exercises. It simulates a mid intensity conflict, with forces deploying in support of a NRF mission and operating from a deployable operating base (DOB). The aim of the ex ercise is to train personnel in the establishing and operation of a DOB capable of supporting sustained air operations. The exercise will replicate the conditions and demands that personnel may encounter on deployed operations. To this end, many of those involved are accommodated in a t ent city to add an extra level of realism to ev ents. The 150 tents are based on hardcore pavement 400 by 200 metres. A deployed catering group will prepare f our meals a day in their field kitchen. A recreation area is also planned. Tr ucks with showers and restrooms complete the camp. Exercise CT is a training opportunity and will be conducted alongside elements of the RAF, well practiced in expeditionary operations. During CT all elements come to ge therŽ, says Squadron Leader (Sqn Ldr) Sean Ward from RAF Waddington. W ith almost no local support we practise living and working out of a DOB. For several years now we have gone through this level of training. The advantage is that we all gain the same e xperience. The tent city is an ideal ex ample of what people can expect when deployed. When we can do it at St Mawgan, we can do it anywhere!Ž Besides the personnel training, CT also provides a unique opportunity to ev aluate and validate DOB-level plans, procedures, equipment and manpower modules. Similarly, CT provides the means of exercising the complete range of assets required for an expeditionary DOB in a collective manner. The NATO and RAF AWACS aircraft are not the only aircraft that to participate. Sqn Ldr Ward: Tornado GR-4s from Lossiemouth, Tornado F-3s from Leeming and Nimrods from Kinloss will be also be operating from St Mawgan alongside our E-3s. On the gr ound, a number of Survive to Operate tasks will be demonstrated. These are essential to enable the continued operation of the deployed aircraft in a potentially hostile, austere environment. Additionally training such as ground defence, collective protection, explosive ordnance device disposal and post-attack recovery will be performed.Ž Because this deployment is a totally new concept for the E-3A Component it was agreed that preparatory training w ould be essential for all those members of the E-3A Component and NAEW&CF Command who would be participating in CT. At the beginning of September a two-day training package based on the RAFs Individual Deployment Training Course will be provided and executed by RAF Waddington. Exercise Collective TrainingWh at ? ......In tents?(PIO Archive)


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By Capt. Martin Seidel Call Centre, good morning, may I help you?Ž … This welcome belongs to the women and men serving for you in the modern Communications Centre of the NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen. The most known and used phone number on this base is most probably ex t ension 88, used to get in contact with the rest of the world. This number belongs to the Communications Centre, part of the Communications Branch in the IT-Wing, which works for y our help and support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week without interruption since the beginning of our airbase. What you probably dont know is that the Communications Centre is offering more service than connecting phone calls. In former times it was separated in a Switchboard area (like on the old photo) and a Distribution Centre for T eletype Messages. If you enter the Communications Centre today, you will see an operation room filled with PCs and servers used to communicate with the outside world. Other tasks performed by the Communications Centre are: € Operating the Allied Information Flow System (AIFS) system, which is connected to NATO Teletype Network (TARE). € Gateway for electronic teletype messages for 13 other NATO Headquarters in Germany like Kalkar, Bad Bergzabern, Messtetten, Mnster, but also in Brunssum (NL), Szczecin (PL) and Kabul (Afghanistan). €N on-secure fax server. € Secure fax server. € Large file transfer, transferring electronic information from the BASS network into the CBASS network and vice versa. € Monitoring communications lines to FO Bs/FOL, Force Command, and N AMSA. € Intermediate between Integrated Command & Control (ICC) network and local Classified CBASS network. € Component helpdesk (ext. 3355) f or after duty assistance for any problems (e.g. power and heating problems, communications and ADP r elated issues). Thirteen civilian and ten military operators, do all this in a 12-hours shift system, supported by three System Administrators. This multinational team, lead by a German NCO, is undergoing a constant training, for a smooth and effective service.Family Run & 24 Hr Challenge 27 August 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 o wn and do not necessarily reflect the official views of, or endorsement by, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. 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 F or 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. Robert A. Firman Editor SMSgt. Johan Hijmenberg V olume 20, No. 1527 August 2004 The NATO E-3A Component will hold its annual Oktoberfest on 25 and 26September in Hangar 2. In good tradition the German NCO Association DUKŽ will set-up and r un the event that hosts about 3,500 guests every year. Ta ke this opportunity to bring y our family, friends and/or neighbours to this unique event. Delicious Bavarian food and beer brewed especially for this happening await you starting at 18 00 on Saturday, 25 September and 1030 on Sunday, 26September. The program on Saturday will be the official draught of the first keg and live music/show until 0300. On Sunday we start out with the traditional Frhschoppenand special kids entertainment around noon. Ti ck ets will be 8 each, valid for both days. Each E-3A Component ID card holder, who is allowed to sponsor guests according to the Component Directive 70-111, can ge t up to five tickets. Each E-3A Component ID card holder, who cannot sponsor guests, can buy her/himself a ticket and for her/his spouse as well. Tickets will be on sale at the Frisbee Club. Please print names, ID numbers and guest names clearly when purchasing tickets. So don't be shy, jump into those Lederhosen and have some fun! Hope to see you out there! By Capt. Joe Abbott, Te rr y Fox Committee ChairmanThis years Terry Fox Campaign 2004Ž, fundraising for Cancer R esearch, began on 3 August with donation jars at all the NATEX outlets. The last ev ents of the campaign are the Terry Fox 24hr Challenge, and the Annual Terry Fox Family Fun Run. Te rr y Fox 24hr Challenge is an event where 5 intrepid runners, lead by MCpl Michel Boivin, will run a 24Hr relay st arting at 1300 on Saturday, 11 September and will finishing during the F amily Fun Run on 12 September. Last year they ran over 250-km. The Canadian community, on the runners behalf, will be colleting fundraising pledges. Last year the International Community pledged over 7 ,000. This year when we ask for your pledge just remember its fundraising to find a cure for cancer. Annual Terry Fox Family Fun Run is a fun, non-competitive, 8.5km run/walk or bicycle that starts from the Canadian Forces Support Unit Europe, Selfkant Kaserne, Niederheid. The run winds through bicycle/walking paths around Burg Trips and will be accessible to run, walk (suitable for big wheeled strollers) and ride. R egistration fee is 5 per person or 1 2.50 per family. You can start anytime between 0900 and 1400. There will be refreshments along the r oute and BBQ throughout the day. So come on out, bring the family and get some exercise. The run is open to ev eryone, military or civilian. The best part of all is that all donations go to cancer research. The world is closer than ever to f inding a cure for cancer, and with your continued participation and support, Cancer Can Be Beaten. This year, make it a point to come out and participate. Nationality does not matter. Everyone understands the cause. All proceeds go directly to cancer re search. So...bring your family and friends, a will to succeed like Terrys, and remember, Terry ran 42kilometres ev ery day for cancer research. How far will you go? Communications Centre nearly finished with transition 2004: An operation room.Photo Wiel Borghans19 8 4: A switchboard area.Photo Wouter Langen


By Jos Huntjens and MSgt Jim Creager The E-3A Component was tasked at the end of June to support the NATO Summit in Istanbul. Aircraft and 129Component personnel deployed to Forward Operating Base (FOB) Konya, Turkey. The mission enforced a no-fly zone over the Turkish city of Istanbul and provided security for the Summit. To fulfill the operations support came from many areas including Aircraft Maintenance, Electronic Maintenance, Supply Squadron and Software Support Centre. Mission Crews from Squadron 2 were augmented with Squadron 1 personnel. The first group left Geilenkirchen with the TCA on W ednesday morning, June 23, with a brief stop in Istanbul to deliver personnel and a pallet of cargo. After delivering the TCA took off for Konya. When we arrived at the FOB several days of rain showers had just ended and the weather started to clear. Our Tu r kish colleagues gave everybody a cordial welcome. After exchanging gr eetings, the job of downloading the equipment and supplies needed to perform our assigned mission began. Everyone had to clear customs with the usual problems associated in coordination of personnel lists. Waiting outside the dormitories we heard the TC A start its engines to return to Geilenkirchen. The Turkish Chief Master Sergeant Kubilay Dulgar assigned us to our room and we all we nt off to settle in and prepare for work. The first E-3A landed that evening with the rest followed over the next couple of days. By Friday we had all E-3As cocked and ready, standing by f or the Istanbul area coverage, which st arted Saturday morning. Chief Master Sergeant Cengiz Ercan, the r esident nightshift flight line supervisor, kept everyone happy with daily midnight offerings of watermelon and fresh cherries. Saturday morning, 24-hour coverage operation started. One of the most popular activities during off time during the NATO Summ it was the European Soccer Championship going on in Po r tugal. Most evenings the t elevisions of the Morale and We lfare Area were tuned in to the tournament and surrounded by anxious supporters rooting on their nations team. The air was alive with electricity whenever Portugal, Germany or Holland were playing in their respectively q ualification rounds. It must be noted that there was only one true Dutch fan present, w earing an orange shirt, and one true German fan, outfitted in the National German soccer team shirt, but their efforts helped little. T uesday afternoon, a small BBQ was organized by Maintenance and Ops members to mark the accomplishments of the MOB and FOB personnel. Steaks, shish-ka-bobs as w ell as an assortment of vegetables, salads and drinks were offered. Many thanks to our Turkish cooks. Col. Jos v an Dam thanked everybody for their outstanding support and invited us to st art with the BBQ. MSgt. Darryn Fo rr est of the Electronics Maintenance Squadron said, In all my five years at Geilenkirchen this was my first trip to Ko ny a. Had I known it was so nice I w ould have tried to come a long time ago.Ž Many old friendships were renewed and new friendships were made during the deployment. Following the end of our mission Tuesday morning first of the five E-3As departed for GK. The re st w ould follow the next day with a TCA scheduled to pick up personnel and equipment. Due to unforeseen circumstances the TCA didnt arrive. All personnel were quickly assigned to the E-3As for return to Geilenkirchen. After a warm goodbye to our hospitable Turkish Colleagues we boarded the E-3As. At noon the first t ook off. The flight was a little bumpy but everyone was eager to return to his or her families. One person of the mission crew on the flight back to Geilenkirchen mentioned that he hoped we would be landing on time because he lived alone and had no f ood supplies stocked at home. Im s till wondering today if that person managed to do some shopping, went to the Star chef, or maybe he had to wa it till the next morning for a meal. After a short 4-hour flight we landed back at MOB Geilenkirchen. Overall, no major discrepancies occurred. The personnel of the Logistics Wing successfully supported all scheduled missions. Based on the pre-mission tasking the overall mission goal was 90% orbit coverage. That goal w as easily surpassed with an excellent 99.996%. Only 17 minutes of onst ation time were lost due to a te c hnical problem, which was solved in-flight by the efforts of the mission crews. Col.Van Dam had this to say, This deployment was ex ecuted in support of a real wo r ld mission: contributing to the security of a number of major NATOev ents in Turkey. Thanks to a great team-effort of all deployed to FOB Konya, but also those in the Combined Air Operations Centre, at the MOB and in Force Command the mission was executed ve ry successfully. It is good to be part of a team that can work together like this!Ž F OB Konya commander, Major Oguz Caglar, echoed Col. Van Dams sentiments with his words, The E-3A Component was tasked to contribute to another 'high visibility event-Euro 2004' as well. Although the Summit itself was only one and one-half days, the deployment period covered a whole w eek with 24-hour coverage for several days. Aside from regular and routine deployments it was another opportunity f or FOB Konya personnel to test their skills to the limit. The test proved to be successful and the end result was also a big success thanks to that well-known t eamwork from all parties. One should certainly be proud to be a part of this gr eat team. Well done! 4N AT O Skywatch 27 August 2004 Istanbul SummitAW ACS provides securityTo fulfill the operations, support came from many maintenance areas.Photos courtesy Jos HuntjensF OB Morale Welfare & Activities were excellent. Thanks to Saban Donmez (left) and Osman Malcok. At t he end of the deployment shish-ka-bobs were offered to the detachment, prepared by ch ief cook Y unus Yilmaz.


27 August 2004 NATOSkywatch 5


The Biking Viking!By Jo DeRemer On13 August (Vikings arent supers titious) the Change of Command of the Information Technology Wing (IW) t ook place at Hangar II, followed by a r eception at the Officers Club. However, unlike previous change of command ceremonies, this one was unique for two reasons. Firs t, it was the first time in the history of the E-3A Component that a Wing Commanders post changed nationality, in this case from Norway to Spain. Therefore, the audience witnessed not one but three changes of command. Attending the ceremonies were Force Commander Maj. Gen. Gary A. W interberger, Secretary General of the German Armed Forces Reserve Association, Maj. Gen. (ret) Servatius Maassen, E-3A Component Commander Brig. Gen. Axel R. Tttelmann, and the Norwegian Airforce representative Brig. Gen. Aspen Amundsen. The ceremonies commenced with Brig. Gen. Tttelmann, presiding over the IW change of command in which Col. Roy H. Olsen of the Royal Norwegian Air Force relinquished command of the Wing to Col. ngel Burgos of the Spanish Air Force. This was followed by the change of command for the Norwegian contingent in which Brig. Gen. Aspen Amundsen, Chief of the Air Staff at C HOD Norway, presided as Col. Olsen handed over command of the Norwegian contingent to the new Norwegian Senior National R epresentative (SNR), Lt. Col. Espen Slyngstad. Last, but certainly not least, Col. Fe rn ando Perez-Nicolas, Deputy Spanish National Military R epresentative (NMR) at SHAPE, officiated as Col. Burgos put on his second hat as the new Spanish SNR, accepting command of the Spanish contingent from the outgoing SNR, Lt. Col. Juan Ramn del Rio Nieto. Wi th the ceremonies and speeches completed, invited guests then proceeded to the Officers Club for r efreshments generously provided by King Harald V of Norway. It was here that the second unique aspect of this ch ange of command ceremony was witnessed. While most outgoing commanders prefer to quietly slip away into the sunset, Col. Olsen had other ideas. After about an hour of socializing with guests, he did indeed slip away but only to reappear a fe w minutes later in his cycling gear. He then explained to the surprised guests that, during Christmas last year (presumably mellowed by one or two Aquavit), he had come up with the idea to cycle back to Norway at the end of his tour. As Col. Olsen put it, it seemed like a much better idea then than it does now!Ž Unfortunately, other commitments in Norway meant that he now only had a four day window f or his trip and he was therefore forced to adjust his plans and cycle only as far as Kiel, completing the rest of the trip to Oslo by ferry and train. Then, to the tune of Always Look on the Bright Side of LifeŽ, Col. Olsen w ent outside, climbed onto his bicycle, and, with a parting push from Brig. Gen. Amundsen and a round of applause from the guests, he set off on his journey to Kiel. U pdate: At the time of writing (17 A ugust), Col. Olsen has reached Kiel safely and is currently on the ferry to Norway. Po stscript: The new IW Commander, Col. Burgos, wishes to make it clear that this method of departure will NOT become an IW tradition!W elcome Col. MillerBy A1C Stefan Krckel Hangar 2 was on August 11 the destination for many Component members. Col. Douglas W. Freeman re linquished command of the Logistics W ing to Col. Scott A. Miller. As the new Director of Logistics of the 19th Air Fo r ce Col. Freeman is assigned to R andolph Air Force Base, Texas. Among many guests, Force commander Maj. Gen. Gary A. Winterberger, E-3A Component commander Brig. Gen. Axel R. Tttelmann, and the Mayor of Geilenkirchen, Mr Franz Beemelmanns, also attended the change of command ceremony. During his speech Gen. Tttelmann re fe rr ed to the excellent ratings the Logistics Wing achieved under the leadership of Col. Freeman during the operational evaluation. Your contributions to successfully improve the effectiveness of your wing and to make our aircraft technically safe for f light have been vital to the success of the Logistics Wing and this Component.Ž The new commander, Col. Miller, was involved in the US Air Force from his date of birth in 1959, since he was born on Johnson Airbase in Japan. Col. Miller r eceived his commission through the Re serve Officers Training Corps program at Texas A&M in May 1981 and graduated from Webster University in 1987 with a Masters Degree in Management. F or much of his career, which began in April 1982 at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi, Col. Miller has worked as an aircraft maintenance officer. During his welcome speech Col. Miller re fe rr ed to his two basic principles, which he says will form the basis of his work in the Logistics Wing. My two basic values are honesty and prideŽ, he said. With these two traits as a primary guide, I know that together we can do gr eat things for the ComponentŽ. Te xt and photo A1C Stefan Krckel On 6 August a change of command t ook place at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Aktion. After 21 months of successful leadership Col. Dimitrios Va xe v anakis handed over the command to Col. Charilaos Lamprou. E-3A Component commander Brig. Gen. Axel R. Tttelmann delivered the introductory speech. During Col. Va xe v anakis time of command the operations tempo at Aktion has been ve ry demanding, but he kept a strong f ocus on the morale and welfare of the personnel assigned to the FOB.Ž During his farewell speech Col. Va xe v anakis referred to the outstanding wo rk and cooperation of the employees of the FOB: The experiences here have been unique, the people beyond compare.Ž As well he pointed to the gr eat improvements at the FOB that we re achieved during the Tactical Evaluation in the beginning of the year. F OB Aktion is currently hosting AW A CS aircraft for the surveillance of the Olympic Games, a unique business f or the employees of the FOB and its new commander. Even though the new tasks Col. Lamprou has to face are c hallenging, he looks into the future. I want to assure you that this cooperation under my command will continue in order to enhance the operational capabilities of the NATOs Airborne Early Warning and Control For ce.Ž The 45-year-old Col. Lamprou w as born in Kiato Korinthias. Having completed his military education at the Hellenic Airforce Academy as a pilot, he served several years as a fighter and instructor pilot. Concluding his speech, Col. Lamprou said: I am convinced that together we will prove once more that this base can get the job done in an efficient manner.Ž 6N AT O Skywatch 27 August 2004 Changes of Command Wi th an encourage push from Brig. Gen. Aspen Amundsen, Col. Roy H. Olsen starts his bike tour to Norway.Photo courtesy Lt. Col. Espen SlyngstadCol. ngel Burgos during his welcome speech.Photo Andrea Hohenforst The arriving, Col. Scott A. Miller (left), and leaving, Col. Douglas W. Freeman, Logistics Wing commander during the change of command ceremony.Photo Andrea Hohenforst Col. Charilaos Lamprou new FOB Aktion Commander


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Te xt and photos SMSgt. Vicky Cerino, HQ Nebraska Air National Guard For 44 of 52 weeks during the year, United States Air National Guard aerial refuelling units representing 20 different states, are contracted guests at the North Atlantic Treaty Organizations (NATO) Air Base at Geilenkirchen (GK), Germany. Most recently, 31 members of the Nebraska Air National Guards 155th Air R efuelling Wing, based in Lincoln, Nebraska, spent an 11-day rotation at the base providing aerial refuelling for the NATO E-3A Airborne Warning and Control Systems training mission. Since 1981, instructors have trained military and civilian personnel from NA TO nations in E-3A aircrew, maintenance and software. The Tr aining Wing and Aircrew Training Squadron have a dual role of providing basic and upgrade aircrew training, as well as operational tasking. F or more than 14 years, through a NATO contract with the National Guard Bureau, the Air Guard has been deploying aerial refuelling units to provide E-3A crews with aerial r efuelling during training missions. The Guard also has supported NATO summits, exercises, and tactical missions, said Maj. Steve Lippert, Liaison Officer Air National Guard. Maj. Lippert works for the National Guard Bureau, which is the command fo r the Air National Guard and Army N ational Guard. Both are reserve branches of the U.S. Air Force and the U .S. Army, respectively. Typically the Air Guard deploys packages of two KC1 35R Stratotankers with a small group of pilots, boom operators, maintenance, supply and other support personnel. Deployments to Germany are so highly sought after by units that once the two-year contracts are negotiated between the Bureau and NATO, units must make a bid on deployments, which normally are each two weeks in duration. Maj. Lippert, who is serving a f our-year tour at Geilenkirchen to ensure the smooth deployment and r edeployment of Guard air refuelling units year-round, said his job is a c hallenging, yet rewarding one. Each unit arrives from a different state with unique needs. Our first priority is to train AWACS E-3A crews. NATO can do their mission alone, but the Guards t ankers have played a tremendous role r elieving their burden not only in training, but also in tactical missions.Ž Deployments improve combat r eadiness by offering the experience of working in a foreign environment, which include obstacles they dont encounter at their home bases, as well as serving international customers, Maj. Lippert said. To date, the Air Guard has offloaded about 7 million pounds of fuel in support of AWACS, he said. One of the accomplishments noted during his three years here (he arrived just two weeks before 11 September, 2001) has been to overcome the re st r ictions on nighttime air refuelling. Altitude and quiet hours made it difficult to meet the requirements. Soon after my arrival at the base, I was approached about forward deploying a t anker to one of the forward operating bases for night air refuelling. In no time, I w as building packages and sending one jet during each twow eek rotation f or night air r efuelling.Ž Royal Netherlands Air Fo r ce Col. Jos van Dam, Deputy E-3A Component commander, said the Air Guard is vital to providing training of E-3 crews. Without the dedicated support, Im convinced we w ould not be able to get our people combatr eady. There are not enough t ankers without the Guard. The Guard is vital for the training effort here to get crews current and keep them current. They also support real-world missions from time-to-time. The flexibility is very much appreciated.Ž Through working together in the NA TO environment, each learns much about the other. Maj. Lippert: This is a unique working environment with NA TO and the many different nationalities I work with. They like the Air National Guard and the support we provide. Each time the contract is r enewed, they want to make sure we continue serving and supporting their operation. When they get to know us on a more personal level, theyre surprised how short our units time is here at GK (Geilenkirchen) and that when we go home; we have different jobs to go back to. They also are amazed how quickly our cohesiveness becomes when we are TDY.Ž F or Lt. Col. Steve Burke, Deployment Commander for Nebraskas 155th, this is the second time hes been deployed to GK. The deployments going well. We r e taking off on time and taking care of our customers. I like the opportunity to work with international f olks and NATO operations and flying in the different air traffic system,Ž said Burke, who in his civilian life works for Lockheed Martin Corporation as a civilian contractor exercise planner. The flight to Germany across the Atlantic also was the Nebraska units fi rs t overseas deployment using the newly-installed Global Air Traffic Management (GATM) system. Along with improved accuracy in avionics, the equipment enables communication with air traffic controllers through data link and satellite. The 155th is the first K C-135R Stratotanker aircraft in the Air Guard, and second unit in the Air Force, to have its aircraft modified with the system. Coming over on the oceanic it wo rk ed extremely well … as advertisedŽ, Burke added. It greatly reduced our wo r kload. In the past, we had to give position reports with high frequency (HF) radio to air traffic controllers every 10 degrees latitude and we dont have to listen to all the static on the HF.Ž Though the demands of Maj. Lipperts, who is a member of the W ashington Air National Guard, job are many, he said he enjoys his job as liaison with the Air Guard tanker units and NATO. Burnout and task saturation is common with this job, but its mostly self-inflicted as I drive for perfection. I have to be a jack of all trades, but also am able to seek out the help of many t alented people on base. Ultimately, I r emind myself that I live in Europe and v acation is always at my doorstep.Ž Air Guard members whove had the privilege and opportunity to serve NA TO also enjoy experiencing European culture. Maj. Lippert said he and his f amily have enjoyed Germany very much and say they have made friends f or life with people from all over the wo r ld. There may be only a few drawbacks of living in Germany. My wife has learned she cannot keep the house as clean as Germans do. And I think all grandmothers (Oma's) are ex cellent bakers whose goals are to make you fat.Ž 8N AT O Skywatch 27 August 2004ANG refuelling to NATO surpasses 7 million pounds of fuel N ebraska Air National Guard aircrew members discusses flight plans for an upcoming aerial refuelling mission with Maj. Steve Lippert, Liaison Officer Air National Guard. From left to right are: boom operator TSgt. Andrew Thimgan, Maj. Steve Lippert, aircraft commander/pilot Maj. Mark McMahon and aircraft commander/pilot Capt. Ben West.ANG refuelling to NATO surpasses 7 million pounds of fuel


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10NATOSkywatch 27 August 2004 Yoga Experience a new way of getting in shape while learning about your body its needs, its strengths and limitations. Develop mindfulness while taking care of your body and mind. We offer the fo llowing classes under the experienced instruction of Mrs. Claudia Russell, r egistered Yoga Alliance Teacher, at the IYA Multi-purpose Room in building 95: Lunch time yoga multi level, W ednesdays, 1130 to 1230; Hatha yoga level I, Thursdays, 1000 to 1130; Hatha yo ga level II, Tuesdays, 1730 to 1900, f or this class you need some basic e xperience, including feeling comfortable with sun salutation, basic back and forward bends, deep relaxation, alternate nostril breathing and deep three part breathing. Classes are starting in September. Dress in comfortable workout clothes, and bring socks, a blanket, a pillow and a towel. Cost is 20 for a fourclass package or 32 for an eight-class package. The first class is free. No prior registration necessary. Fu rt her information at the IYA Office in Building 95, ext. 4955, office hours Monday to Friday, 0815 to 1300. V olkshochschule Language Courses The fall session of the Volkshochschule language courses begins the week of 20 September. Classes will be held in Bldg 141. Basic prices: regular courses 33,60 for 12 evenings, intensive courses 67,20 for 24 mornings/evenings. Registration in class. Please call ext. 4954 for further information. The following courses are offered: German, room 118 Basic Level I, beginners intensive courses, book 1, lesson 1 Mon & Wed, 0830-1000, instructor Annemie Schindler; Mon & Wed, 1900-2030, instructor Christine Mertens; Tue & Thu, 1730-1900, instructor Christine Mertens. Advanced intensive courses, book 1 Mon & Wed, 1000-1130, instructor Annemie Schindler, starting with lesson 7; Tue & Thu, 1900-2030, instructor Christine Mertens, starting with lesson 6. Basic Level II, intensive courses, Book2, Tue & Thu, 1000-1130, instructor Annemie Schindler, starting with lesson 1; Mon & Wed, 1730-1900, instructor Christine Mertens, starting with lesson 1. Certificate level, intensive courses, book 3, Tue & Thu, 0830-1000, instructor Annemie Schindler, starting with lesson 1; this course directly prepares you for the Zertifikat Deutsch, an internationally acknowledged degree. You will have the opportunity to ta ke this exam. English, r oom 109: Basic Level I, beginners intensive course, book 1, lesson 1, Tue & Thu, 0830-1000, instructor Karen Branco. Intermediate conversation class intensive course, Tue & Thu, 100011 30, instructor Karen Branco. Improve y our communication skills, grammar and vocabulary, texts will be provided. Advanced conversation class intensive course, Mon & Wed, 1000-1130, instructor Karen Branco. Increase your f luency by discussing current topics and interesting texts. Italian, R oom 109: Basic Level I, beginners. Wed, 17301 900, instructor Giovanna Montanaro. Basic Level II, Mon, 1730-1900, instructor Giovanna Montanaro. Spanish, Room 1 09: Basic Level I, beginners intensive courses, book 1, lesson 1, Mon & Wed 0830-1000, Tue & Thu 1900-2030, instructor Maria Mercedes Fernandez R amos. V acancy announcementsApplications are invited for the f ollowing posts: Senior Technician (Systems), post number AGK IUH 0460, advertisement number 04051, NATO Grade B-4, assigned to the Systems & Help Desk Function, Management & Facility Support Division, Information Technology Wing. This post is due to be filled as soon as possible. Closing date: 3 Sep 2004. Senior Clerk (Admin) Part -T ime (50%), AGK OES 0020, advertisement number 04041, NATO Grade B-2, assigned to the Test & Evaluation Division, Operations W ing. This post is due to be filled as soon as possible. Closing date: 8 Sep 2004. Senior Scientific Assistant (Meteorology), post numbers AGK SAM 0140 AGK SAM 0160, advertisement numbers 04023, 0 4024 & 04053, NATO Grade B-4, assigned to the Meteorology Branch, Airfield Services Squadron, Base Support Wing. The first two (2) posts are due to be filled as soon as possible, the third post will become v acant on 31 August 2005. Closing date: 6 Sep 2004. Assistant Analyst/Programmer, post number AGK IMT 0060, advertisement number 04050, NATO Grade B-5, assigned to the Test Management Function, Management & Facility Support Division, Information Technology W ing. This post is due to be filled as soon as possible after 28February 2005. Closing date: 2 Sep 2004. Assistant Analyst/Programmer, post number AGK IOP 0350, advertisement number 04046, NA TO gr ade B-5 assigned to the Operational Programming Division, Information Technology Wing. This post is due to be filled as soon as possible. Closing date: 2 Sep 2004. Due to a change in the Job Description it is deemed necessary to r e-advertise this post. Therefore, applications are again invited for the post listed above: Senior Administrator (Fiscal), post number AGK CBF 0010, advertisement number 03044, NA TO gr ade A-3. This post is assigned to the Fiscal and Accounting Branch, Budget and F inanceDivision, Component Headquarters, N AEW&CF E-3A Component. This post is due to be filled as soon as possible. Closing date: 20 Sep 2004. No t e: Only applications of qualified personnel will be considered. F or further details, please visit the Component Information Portal (WISE) under Headquarters, PEC, R ecruitment/Services Section or re view the advertisement posted in Building 8.International Youth ActivitiesBy NSTU F or the first time in its history, the Turkish community on the E-3A Component celebrated the anniversary of the foundation of the Turkish Republic with an open-airconcert, which was held at the swimming pool area on 13 A ugust with the participation of component members and their dependents. E-3A Component commander Brig. Gen. Axel R. Tttelmann also attended the event. Tw o bands played rock during the concert. One of them was Altin Cocuklar (Golden Boys) who played Tu r kish rock music and the other was DIGIT, a German band who played popular rock music. The concert started at 1500 and, despite the heavy rain, continued until midnight. The Turkish community celebrated the 81st anniversary of the foundation of their Republic after an independence war against imperial powers in 1923. A similar event is planned next year to celebrate this national day. Great rock at swimming pool Aachen awaits youEvery year, when Aachen is painted in warm colours by the late summer sun, its time again to open the European arts and crafts market. Designers and crafts persons from all ov er Europe come together to present their craft under bright canopies on 4 and 5 September around the cathedral and town hall. This year is the 28th in a ro w that around 600 exhibitors packed their tools and products and travelled to Aa c hen. They use the European arts and crafts market as an international meeting place, where the newest trends in craft and design are presented and discussed. As well new trends in design and materials can be seen. The success of the market is proved by the greeting ŒSee you next year in Aa c hen", spoken in different languages on the day of departure.Photo Andrea Hohenforst Photo courtesy NSTU


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12NATOSkywatch 27 August 2004 IDH, Officers, Frisbee and Sentry Clubs now on the 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 4-12 years/ half price. Reservations should be made NLT 1200 on the Friday before. Club cards are required. For additional information, please contact the Officers Club, ext. 4990, or the Frisbee Club, ext. 4994. 5F amily brunch at the Officers Club. Frisbee Club closed. 12 Sunday brunch at the Frisbee Club. Officers Club closed. 19 Spanish style brunch at the Officers Club. Frisbee Club closed. 26Oktoberfest … No brunch. Officers Club (SWPO/4990) Operating hours bar: MondayFr iday 1100-2300; restaurant: Monday-Friday 1130-1330, Sunday 11 00-1400 (alternating with the F risbee Club). Reservations are re q uired for Sunday brunch by 1 200 on the Friday before. Club cards required when using the F risbee Club (ext 4994). L unch at the Officers Club: Monday-Thursday (A la carte menu served), Monday + W ednesday a vegetarian special also available, Friday buffet s tyle lunch. Throughout September 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. 10 Mongolian BBQ, reservations requ ired. 20-23Mussel specialities during lunchtime. Special notes: The Officers Club has rooms available for your conferences, meetings, presentations or Commanders Call. Make your reservations now. Officers Club participation in Fr isbee Club events: During Fr isbee Club opening hours, Officers Club members are eligible to utilise the Frisbee Club for breakfast, dinner and Sunday brunch (on an alternating basis between the Fr isbee and Officers Clubs). Club cards required 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 on ext. 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 the cosy atmosphere and good food! R emember the Frisbee Club is open for breakfast and dinner to all Frisbee and Officers Club members. 7 Bingo begins again. SKAT tournament. 8 Indonesian buffet 1800-2100 with traditional Indonesian f ood, restaurant closed. 13 Fr om this date, both a la carte and buffet line available at lunchtime again. 15 CSA BBQ. 16 IWC night at the Frisbee Club. 20-24Bavarian specialities during lunchtime. Monday-Thursday Happy Hour 1 700-1800; every Friday Happy Hour 1700-1900 with free snacks. Sentry Club (SWPJ/4997) The Sentry Club now offers a daily special, which will be advertised on the notice board at the beginning of the serving line and on the Component Information w eb page. A daily soup and a v ariety of tasty, self-made salads are also available. The Sentry Club souvenir shop now has many new items … st op by and see what is av ailable. Summertime beer garden now av ailable where you can enjoy your drinks and meal outside in the sunshine. Also try one of the special Bavarian style beers now available … Erdinger Weizen, Erdinger Weizen KristallŽ or the very popular Knig Ludwig Dark BeerŽ. Additional information on any of the above can be obtained from the Sentry Club Manager, e xt. 4996. Sports Department (SWPT/4946) 17 Deadline to register for back classes, the upcoming table t ennis tournament and to be included in the Winter Schedule for the New/Old Gyms and Multi-Purpose Room. 21 Coaches meeting for volleyball, 1 400 in the Q+Q Room. 24 Beginners back classes begin, 11 00-1200. 27 Advanced back classes begin, 1 530-1630. 30Swimming pool closes. International Pre-school (SWPS/4957) 1W elcome back to school! 22Open House at 1800, parents are invited to join this event to meet staff and tour the school f acility. General information about school events, calendar and curriculum will be discussed. Registration for the New School Y ear continues. Afternoon slots av ailable only! For more information, please call the Preschool at ext. 4957. International Library (SWPL/4956) Monday-Friday operating hours 11 00-1600. Vi sit the International Library and browse through all the New York Times bestsellers books, which are available to be c hecked out. New titles arrive frequently and if you cant find what youre looking for, ask the friendly librarians, and, if it is av ailable in the Library but has already been checked out, they will hold it for you as soon as it is returned. Books in German, French, Italian, Greek, Turkish, Dutch, Danish and Norwegian languages are also av ailable at the Library. Headed back to school? We may be able to help adult learning with our CLEP D ANTE, and Embry Riddle materials. Additionally, for the y ounger patrons, we have many selections to help in all areas of learning including math, history and even books to help provide ideas for science projects. There is also an area where you can just sit, relax and enjoy the gr eat atmosphere in the Library by browsing through the many newspapers and magazines. We have many titles available, to include, PeopleŽ, Consumer ReportsŽ, PC WorldŽ, Smart ComputingŽ, Muscle & FitnessŽ and many more. Thrift Shop (SWPG/4919) T uesdays + Thursdaysoperating hours 1000-1400. International Youth Activities (SWPY/4954/5) Registration and further information at the IYA Office in Bldg 95, ext. 4954/5, opening hours Monday-Friday 0815-1300. Tr ip to Kinderdijk Windmills and Delft On Saturday, 18 September, 0800-2000, join the IYA on a visit to 19historic windmills lining a typical Dutch canal at Kinderdijk one of the most f amous tourist sights in Holland. A boat ride along the canal and visiting the interior of one of the windmills will be included. After Kinderdijk, the bus will travel to the beautiful old town of Delft with its medieval houses and tree-shadowed canals. Point of departure and re turn is the parking lot outside the Front Gate. Cost is 15 per child aged 4 and up and per adult, children aged 0-3 are 9. MWA INFORMATIONSeptember Autos Nissan Micra Miami, 1997, 1000 cc, hp 54, TUV 04/2006, three doors, air-condition, power-steering, central locking, airbag, theft protection, new front-tires and brakes, c hianti-red (mineral), very good condition (non-smokers), excellent second car, economic performance, dealer served. Price 3,500.ono. Please call Artur Wrthmann, mil. ext. 3867 or 02451-43502. Fo rd Explorer XLT, 1993, leather, first owner, American Specs, 140.000 miles, good condition, 3,300. For more info call ext. 4992. SKYWATCHCLASSIFIED Shrek 2, 27-29 August and 2-4 September. Family/Comedy, starring Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy. Rated PG, 93 min. I, Robot, 9-11 September. Thriller/Sci-Fi, starring Will Smith. Rated PG-13, 11 0 minutes. Aquarelles expoThe artist Clemy Van HoorenZijlstra exhibits her works at the Brikke Oave, Lindeplein 5a in Brunssum. She started her drawing and aquarelle training with Jan Creusen followed by oil painting classed by Jean Veihoff. A bout 10 years ago, Clemy initiated the painters guild Aqua Sitt under the enthusiastic lead of Roel de Kleine. Exhibition opening hours: Monday through Friday: 1000-1200, 14001 500 and 1900-2100. Closed W ednesday night. On Sunday from 1 400 to 1700 the artist herself will be there. Free entrance.Motorcycle course254th BSB Schinnen offers the motorcycle safety foundation courses for both beginners and experienced riders. A requirement for all US personnel who has a USAFE drivers license. This class is the only one in the area and is open to all US personnel. Courses are scheduled for the basic riders course, a two-day course, starting at 1300 on 12 September until 14September, 13 00. The experienced riders course, a one-day course, will be held on 15 September. Both courses are held at t he JFC Headquarters Brunssum sports f ield parking lot. For reservationsand information call Mr. Vermeulen, 254th BSB Schinnen, at 0031 46 443 7655. 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:, before noon Thursday, 2 September. 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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