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V olume 20, No. 17 NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen 24 September 2004 Next NATO Skywatch: 8 October Submissions due by: 30 September Also in this issue:Te xt and photo SMSgt. Vicky Cerino, HQ Nebraska Air National Guard The cooperative spirit of the Olympics is alive year-round at the North Atlantic Treaty Organizations Air Base in Geilenkirchen, Germany. This is the home of the Aircrew Training Squadron (ATS) for the E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) mission. The ATS is NATOs only training squadron for the E-3A. Every AWACS mission begins with ATS. The squadron provides basic and upgrade training to the crews, all who ultimately work in the operational squadrons at the E-3A Main Operating Base in Geilenkirchen, and four Forward Operating Bases in Tr apani (Italy), Aktion (Greece), Konya (Turkey), as well as Forward Operating Location in rland, Norway.  The doors to success for mission operations open through ATŽ, said Lt. Col. Scott Forest, squadron commander. Everyone who is part of the E-3A aircrew team comes through here. We ta ke pride in that. We gain the t alent of those from 13 nations, train them on the basics, and how to work to ge ther as a crew.Ž Since its beginnings in 1981 as the Tr aining Centre, the redesignated Aircrew Training Squadron has trained military and civilian personnel from 13 NA TO nations in E-3A aircrew operations. It uses flight and mission simulators to train an estimated 250aircrews a year for NATOs E-3A Airborne Early Warning and Control For ce. Once trained, they join NATO colleagues in Operations Wing from 12 ot her countries who fly to provide airborne early warning and control of airspace for NATO and alliancedesignated countries. We monitor radar and look for all and any airborne fl ying aircraft to track and identify who they are and what is the extent of their capabilities. We cant see everything, though the goal is to be able to see and track everythingŽ, said Forest. With radar and sensors, we pick up then r elay information to command and control on the ground and in the air.Ž On the second Monday of every month, 20 to 25 students enter the squadron for basic or upgrade training in one of 17different crew positions. The average student spends four to six months in training, Forest said. S tudents arrive at the school with va r ying degrees of knowledge and e xperience. Some are right out of flight school, some have never been exposed to any flying and others have never seen an E-3A AWACS aircraft. Training A TS keeps cooperative spirit of Olympics alive year-round, trains, shapes crews for AWACS missionbegins with academics, then moves into simulator training and finally the fl ying phase. The squadron flies a combination of training and operational NATO missions and conducts 15 to 20 simulator training sessions a month as well. Students come here to get all the knowledge and experience they need to be part of the teamŽ, said Lt. Col. Forest. Some of our students are sometimes learning in their second or third language. Its a pleasure to watch them grow and become an aircrew. All the high-tech equipment we have means nothing if we dont have a team that works together effectively. Its an immense challengeŽ, Lt. Col. Forest said. The commander said hes fo r tunate to have talented instructors in the squadron. Im extremely impressed. They are diverse and have gr eat depth of experience. Some have been here 15 yearsŽ, said Lt. Col Forest. The workload of the squadron is high in an effort to help alleviate shortages of aircrew, Forest said. Thats part of what this process is about.Ž One of the c hallenges during Forests first year as commander was dramatically increasing flying in April, May and June to overcome a shortage of missions last winter. In order to get the squadron back on schedule following a combination of bad weather, a NATO operations evaluation, and aircraft equipment upgrades, the unit surged its training 140 percent during the three months. The highlight for the squadron during his first year was to receive the Allied Command Operations (ACO) 2004 Hoyt S. Vanderberg Award. The award, signed by U.S. Marine Corp Gen. James Jones, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, recognizes the best flying training unit in NATO and ACO and ATSs exemplary military service to NATO and ACO. Again, the t alented people made it happenŽ, said Lt. Col. Forest. T ool box of skills One of the unique aspects about the school is students go through educational blocks at their own pace. Individuals graduate every w eek. See ATS on page 7 Instructor pilot Capt. Dimitri Pasqualetti discusses training in the Cockpit Procedures Trainer with (left to right, clockwise) Capt. Kev Meakin, Capt. Mehmet Eravsar, Capt. Stefano Marra and CMSgt. Sgt. Jon Miller.5-Star TentsDeployment Training with the RAF. See page 3.R oarrrTiger, Tiger, Tiger. See page 4.


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Te xt and photos Capt. Robert A. Firman A large aircraft lands on a concrete strip and a couple dozen troops get off and get to work. Unloading equipment and gear from pallets is the first order of business as teams prepare to assemble a small tent city and begin a range of military operations. With nothing avail able at the airfield besides a concrete strip, everything needed to survive and operate has to be carried in. Sounds like Afghanistan or other remote places, and certainly no place for a NATO AW A CS crew … until now. A team of 47 Component members f aced this scenario at Royal Air Fo r ce Station Waddington on 8 and 9 September, spending two days in training with the Royal Air Force R egiment, an infantry unit of the RAF t asked with air base defence. Preparing fo r Collective Training, a two-week encampment and exercise with the RAF at the end of September and early October, they took the first step toward conducting NATO E-3A deployed operations in austere environments. Through two days, Regiment instructors put the Component team through IDT, or Individual Deployment Tr aining, required for all RAF members before deploying. This training is important as NATO transformation in the wake of the Cold War, and in response to the global threat of terrorism, all but guarantees future operations out of area, or outside the borders of NATOs member countries. The ongoing mission in Afghanistan offers an example of how NATO has already begun to put these new concepts of operation into practice. A key element of this transformation is the NATO Response Force (NRF), which is gearing up to provide a wide range of military capabilities available on short notice. As NATOs only st anding, multinational flying unit, the E-3A Component will also be a key player in these operations. Anticipating a close relationship with the NRF, especially after it becomes fully operational in October 2006, the Component has begun preparing to support future operations in undeveloped or austere environments. This will be a big change and will take a lot of work, planning and training to do. The deployment commander and deputy commander of Squadron 2, Lt. Col. Matt Phillips, considers this training for the inevitable. Although Id be the first guy in line signing up f or the five-star hotel, the reality is we dont know where well be operating in the future and we need people to be r eady for unanticipated circumstances,Ž said Lt. Col. Phillips. We can expect to be involved supporting the NRF when and wherever it goes, and we need to be just as deployable with ready-to-go skill sets.Ž Those deployment skills range from the very basic to the more complex, but the IDT lessons began at the basic level. Regiment instructors demonstrated tent building, use of individual protective equipment, field communications, and discussed force protection. According to the Operations Wing Exercise Branch Chief, Maj. Roland Lapointe, This is great training because it gives people the confidence that they actually can function in this kind of environment. Its also a great way for us to work with our British partners because well certainly be doing this with the E-3D Component in the future.Ž Adapting to the field environment ta k es more than building tents and packing the right gear, however. It also requires lots of administrative support, especially with NATO civilian employees playing a critical role in E-3A operations. Mrs. Anne Sault, the acting ch ief of the Civilian Personnel Section, sees lots of important questions that need to be answered. We simply cannot operate anywhere without integrating our civilian force,Ž Mrs. Sault said. This is a big change in how we do business and NATO as a whole is looking at how to change r ules to adapt to these requirements.Ž On a personal level, operating in the f ield presents additional challenges to the civilian force. Frankly, its very different. Its cold and not very comfortable. But its a good experience and it shows that we (civilians) are r eally a part of the team,Ž Mrs. Sault added. Despite the difficulties of the e xperience, exercises like Collective Tr aining are critical to successful future operations. From the Logistics Wing, CMSgt. Brian Roberts points out that these forward operations are not like previous deployments for the E-3A Component. W e ve always deployed to places like our Forward Operating Bases where we have logistical support built in,Ž Chief R oberts said. Now were going to operate with limited equipment and try to integrate into other locations, places that AWACS dont usually fly. We need to figure out how to be selfsufficient. With no ready access to home base, good training will make the difference.Ž At the end of the day, Component members at IDT expressed their appreciation to the RAF for the training session. The deployment commander, Lt. Col. Phillips added, Our partners in the RAF put on an excellent program for us. Y ou have to crawl before you can walk and we have more work to do, but this initial training has put us on the right track. Were very grateful for their support and professional training. And the food was actually really good, too!Ž The Component advance team departs today, 24 September, for Collective Training at Royal Air Force St ation St. Mawgan. 24 September 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 s tbus1234, 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. 1724 September 2004 5-Star TentsDeployment Training with the RAF Component members work together to construct a field tent during Individual Deployment Training on 8 and 9 September at Royal Air Force S tation Waddington. During two days of training, RAF instructors demonstrated essential field survival and operational skills.


4N AT O Skywatch 24 September 2004 Te xt and photo A1C Stefan Krckel Have you ever thought of buying a motorbike faster than nearly any Po rs c he? The current market offers a lot of them. However the legendary brand MZ located in Zschopau Hohndorf offers a unique new model. MSgt. Burghard Jepsen, a world c hampion in Airbrush painting, individualised 5 MZ 1000 S motorcycles. The machines were painted with the logos of five different Ti ge r Squadrons, though every machine is an individual item. Therefore they now have an appropriate appearance for their power. The tiger bikes provide 11 7horsepower to accelerate the driver within 3,4 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h. To give everyone the same opportunity of purchasing these limited editions, they are sold on Ebay Germany within the 38th calendar w eek. However, commercial profit does not fit the real tiger spirit, so the profits go to charity. Motorcycles with tiger spiritBy A1C Stefan Krckel On Monday 30 August four Squadron One members left on a six-hour car drive to the Tiger Meet held at Schleswig, northern Germany. The rest of the crew arrived on Wednesday, September 1 by E-3A aircraft. Just after the arrival, the Squadron members attended a well-organized checkin procedure hosted by the AG 51 squadron. A minor problem came up months ahead and had to be dealt with. As not ev ery airfield can support the E-3A, the missions had to be flown out of Skydstrup in Denmark. However, to attend the Tiger Meet, the crew had to be stationed at Schleswig to be actual part of the exercise. A solution had to be found for a quick and easy transport. The Tiger Meet is about team spirit so a non-bureaucratic way was guaranteed. The MI-24 helicopters of the 231 Squadron, of the Czech Republic Air Fo r ce, and the German Bolkow 105 Army Communications and R ecognition Squadron 300 and 100 fl ew the E-3A crew to Schleswig and back. The arrival day was very special for Squadron One. They became the full member of the NATO Tiger Association. Because most of the members are f ighter squadrons it is a tremendous honour to the Squadron. Particularly fo r Maj. Georges Deneffe. He, as a fo r mer Component member and thriving Squadron Tiger, did not want to miss this historic event. When he made the application in 2002 for his Squadron to receive full member st atus, nobody would have thought that it was possible. He was told that no non-fighter Squadron has a chance. The MZ 1000 motorcycle is painted with the Squadron logo of the Belgium Tiger Squadron 31me escadrille. T iger, T iger, This well-painted aircraft is a Mirage 2000 of the EC5/330 Arme de lair Francaise, which was established in 1957 with the purpose of evaluating the armament of the Fr ench Air Force. After eight years of evaluation and training squadron, they finally got a fighter status. Photo Capt. Gnther PeddeW inning the first prize for the best painted aircraft was this MI-24 belonging to the 231st Squadron of the Czech Republic Air Force. Only a full member of NATO since 2001 they already achieved the Silver Trophy for the best participant in NATO Tiger Meet in Beja 2002. Their support was important to the E-3A crew. Without their support they would have had long drives and less sleeping hours.Photo Capt. Gnther Pedde


24 September 2004 NATOSkywatch 5 By Tiger Squadron After 3 days in captivity, Dutch the Tiger, was released from his cell. This is a tale of Dutch the Tiger, the mascot of Flying Squadron 1 and his miraculous escape from captivity. On the morning of 27 August while observing the Components operations during Operation Distinguished Games, Dutch the Tiger w as kidnapped from his resting place in the FOB Aktion Operations room. During a crew shift changeover, the dastardly villains of the Flying Chickens (Squadron 3) raced in under cover of night and abducted our beloved tiger. They scurried away in g lee at their mischievous behaviour. In their wake, they left a simple note, which said: If you want to see your tiger again do what we say, stay calm, no police, no authorities.Ž The valiant members of Flying Squadron 1 launched an initial r econnaissance mission to recover their mascot. While squadron personnel searched the FOB facilities, their fearless leader, Tiger 1 Lt Col Moose Therianos, and his entourage inspected the incoming aircraft and v ehicles to insure the Lions of Flying Squadron 2 were not guilty of committing such a heinous crime against a fellow feline. Once ex onerated, the members of Flying Squadron 2 were released. This left the blame squarely on the Chickens. This dastardly deed could not go unpunished. In the early hours of 30 August, a special operations t eam (names withheld to protect operational capability) was inserted into enemy territory. They stealthily slipped past the sleeping guard (imagine his surprise!) and retrieved the jail cell in which Dutch was held. They quickly brought the cell to the st eps of the soon to depart aircraft being flown by Flying Squadron 1. Armed with the Hammer of Justice, Ti g er 1 struck a mighty blow and liberated Dutch from his prison. The reunion was joyful and Dutch w as able to depart Greece in time to r eport for duty at the upcoming NATO Tig er Meet 04. Un fo rt unately for the chickens, there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth, as the thief was relieved of his captive. For any who would continue in their nefarious ways, the moral of this story is simple. Dont grab a tiger by the tail unless y ou have a plan for dealing with his teeth!LIBERATED!!! T iger... ...RoarrrWi th the spirit of a Tiger, nobody could dissuade him from trying to become a member. Although he left the Component in May, not a soul could keep him away from joining this historical event. Top Tiger Georges sacrificed his holiday especially to meet his former Squadron again. Once a Tiger, always a TigerŽ, roars Maj. Deneffe. Lt. Gen. (retired) Gerhard John, fo r mer fighter pilot inspector of the German Air Force, and Schleswig Air Base commander Col. Helmar Storm w elcomed the more than 50 aircraft of 13 nations. Gen. John attended Ti g er Meets from their beginning and highlighted the importance of this ex ercise. Political alliances are needed to achieve political goalsŽ, he says,  and for sure, this exercise is the best opportunity.Ž The flying Squadrons run common ex ercises together. During the Tiger meet 2004 a total of 240 sorties were fl o wn. Squadron 1 controlled COMAO, CSAR with a live evacuation of a simulated downed aircrew, and TASMO ev ents as well as they had voice tell with ground installations and ships. They therefore improve not only the multinational team spirit; they also discuss new ideas, share experiences and develop interoperability. But the Ti g er Meet is more than an exercise. Attending several leisure time activities, the crews can also get to know each ot her more personally. Friendship is something between individuals, it is something very emotional, it has to do with trust, reliability and sacrificeŽ, says Gen. John. In 1959 when the relationship between the two biggest nuclear powers, United States of America and Russia, was close to a war, the German airspace was totally ov ercrowded. About 15 different types of fighter aircraft covered the airspace. T ensions did also exist between Fr ance and the USA. On this background a Squadron Meet was organized to counteract this development. The three participating Squadrons, aircrews of USAFE 79 TFS, RAF 74th Sqn and French aircrews of the Escadron de Chasse 1/12 all had a Tiger in their crest. From this time onwards the Tiger Meet was born. It has still the intention to strengthen solidarity today as well as in the past. Establishing relationships on a professional level, exchanging e xperiences according to the military operations of NATO was also an issue at the Tiger Meet 2004. The Tiger Meet does therefore establish friendships, makes the aircrews better and safer. But not ev erything is about work. There are also sport games and international activities to add to the experience of this Meet. The Tornado aircraft belongs to the panthers of the Tactical Reconnaissance Wing Immelmann 51 Squadron stationed at Jagel.Photo A1C Stefan KrckelDutch the Tiger in safe hands again.Photo courtesy Tiger Squadron


6N AT O Skywatch 24 September 2004 Catwoman, 24-25 September. Action, starring Halle Berry and Sharon Stone. Rated PG-13, 97 min. King Arthur, 30 September2 October. Action, starring Keira Knightley. Rated PG-13, 130 min. 7-9 October. No Movie. The Chronicles of Riddick, 1 4-16 October. Action, starring Vin Diesel, Judi Dench. Ra t ed PG-13, 155 Minutes. Component Holidays 2005Please find below the official 2005 E-3A Component holiday schedule, including an E-3A Component Commanders Stand Down-Day (1).New Years Day1 January, Saturday Carnival Monday7 February, Monday Good Friday25 March, Friday Easter Sunday27 March, Sunday Easter Monday28 March, Monday Labour Day1 May, Sunday Ascension Day5 May, Thursday Whit Sunday15 May, Sunday Whit Monday16 May, Monday Corpus Christi26 May, Thursday German Unity Day3 October, Monday All Saints Day1 November, Tuesday Christmas Day25 December, Sunday Boxing Day26 December, MondayAny questions should be directed to Personnel Division, ext. 2300. E-3ACD 05-105 will be updated accordingly. T ops in Blue performs Musicology'Get ready for a fantastic night of free entertainment. Tops in Blue, the premiere entertainment showcase of the United States Air Force, will perform at Sport Hal Rumpen in Brunssum, The Netherlands, on 6 and 7October at 1900... and the performance is open to everyone. The highly acclaimed 2004 edition of T ops in Blue entitled Musicology is an intricate mixture of sounds of America. Through the creative use of todays te c hnology, Tops in Blue will present a fun-filled, action-packed performance showcasing hits with their own special spin. Bigger and better than ever, the 2004 Tops in Blue team is entertaining wo r ldwide audiences with music and fun for the entire family. In this years show, Tops in Blue creates their very own musical formula. They take the swing of The Brian Selzer Orchestra and the groove of Peaches and Herb, the harmonies of the Tavares and energy of Madonna, adding the country of Martina McBride, the emotion of Whitney and a pinch of Hammer-time, shake we ll, then pour it into a stage setting of incredible lighting and choreography and then savour through all your senses to get a small taste of this years T ops in Blue extravaganza. The worldr enowned Air Forces Expeditionary Entertainers will satisfy all musical ta st es with a musical mixture thats sure to entertain. This years Tops in Blue team is indeed a reflection of the Best of the Best. Like never before, this group of talented and dynamic Air Force members displays the pride, patriotism and dedication felt by all Air Force personnel around the world. The show is guaranteed to touch the hearts of ev eryone and will remind each of us of what we stand for. Dont miss this powerful and absolutely unforgettable show! F or more information contact TSgt. T ammy Cope, Chief of Recreational Services, on ext. 4952. No federal endorsement of sponsors intended. Te xt and photo A1C Stefan Krckel On Thursday, 9 September, an E-3A software evaluation flight took off from NATO Airbase Geilenkirchen. The flight was like most others, except f or a strange coincidence for part of the crew. T actical director Lt. Col. Hans-Ulrich Mller, surveillance controller 1Lt Dirk Mller and passive detection controller Capt. Michael Mller (from left to right) flew together with one obvious similarity: Mller. Since Thursday, the Mllers had never flown together, perhaps because of the possible confusion. However, as working in NATO is about teamwork, the three Mllers managed to overcome any problems and enjoy a successful flight. The MŸller trio V acancy announcementApplications are invited for the f ollowing post: Principal Assistant (item MGMT), A GK LSM 1100, advertisement number 04057, Stock Control Section, Materiel Management Branch, Supply Squadron, Logistics Wing. This post is due to be filled as soon as possible. Closing date: 14 Oct 2004. 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. No t e: Only applications of qualified personnel will be considered.T exas CollegeCentral Texas College JFC HQ Brunssum/Treebeek is offering the f ollowing vocational-technical courses next term: Early Childhood (Family and the Community), Criminal Justice (Police Systems and Practices). All are 3c r edit hours, are classroom classes, and lead to an Associates in Applied science degree. Term II registration is from 11 to 22 October; class dates are25 October 17 December. Contact the CTC field representative at the Treebeek Education Centre to enrol, and for more information on these and other available programs, at DSN 364-6005 CIV 455-63-6005, k; Visit the CTC website at Das Paradies und die Peri'The Heerlen Oratorium Association Chorus, of which four Component members are singing members, supported by 6 soloists, the Limburg Opera Chorus and the Limburg Symphony Orchestra will perform R obert Schumanns beautiful Oratorio Das Paradies und die Peri on Friday, 1O ctober at 2000 in the Kerkrade Theatre, NL. Ti ck ets can be obtained from Mr. Henk Goeyenbier, ext. 3134 for 20 (10% reduction included) until 28September or at any Parkstad Limburg Theatre box office. Ski Club By Mr. JPL Jacobsen The ski season kick-off meeting will be held at Snowworld (Witte Wereld 1 via Hofstraat Landgraaf, NL) on Thursday, 30 September from 1830 to 21 00. We will present our plans and listen to your requests and concerns f or the coming season. The highlight will be the presentation of our fa v ourite ski resort, the Salsburger Sports Amade, by Mr. Siegi Baumgartner, the manager of Siegi T ours in St. Veit and a long time friend of our ski club. During the meeting we will take up membership and requests for the Christmas and New Years trips. If you are interested in any of those y ou have to come forward now. The fe w remaining rooms will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. All skiers, and would like to be skiers, affiliated to RHQ AFNORTH, E-3A Component, Niederheid or Schinnen, including family members and relatives, are invited to the meeting and are eligible for membership. F or more information, check the Ski Club at the WISE Component Information Portal or send an e-mail re q uesting to be included in the Ski Club Information mailing list. Point of Contact: Mr. JPL Jacobsen, E-3A Component ext. 3040, jjacobsen@e3a.nato.intIYA T ripsTr ip to Toverland Indoor and Outdoor Amusement ParkOn 13 October the IYA is offering a trip for ages 6 yrs and older to To ve r land, a large amusement park boasting an amazing variety of small and big rides and beautiful playgrounds, both indoors and outdoors. The bus departs at 0830, and ge ts back at about 1730. Cost is 26 per child, no charge for chaperones.Tr ip to Seven MountainsThe IYA is offering a family trip to Seven Mountains on Sunday, 3O ctober, 1000-2000. We will travel to the former capital Bonn, from where a cruise boat will take us to the beautiful to wn of Knigswinter. On the market place in the old town the local winegrowers are celebrating the annual W inzerfest with music, wine booths and traditional food. If desired, you can also visit the Drachenfels with its r emnants of a 12th century castle, with spectacular view of the Rhein valley, ta ke the historic train up and/or down the hill or hike. Point of departure and re turn is the parking lot outside the Fr ont Gate. The cost is 14 f or ages 14 yrs and up, 1 2,50 for ages 4-13 yrs, and 9 for ages 3 yrs and under. Registration and further information at the IYA office in Bldg 95, ext. 4954/5, opening hours Monday-Friday 0815-1300. 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.


24 September 2004 NATOSkywatch 7ATSContinued from front page Maj. Michael Collacutt, Canadian Air Force, is a student training for the position of tactical director. Hes responsible for management, command and control decisions on the E-3A. What he does might be compared to what the president of a company does. This is his second time stationed at GK. His job as tactical director is to direct and coordinate activities onboard the AWACS aircraft. Im like a traffic cop directing and redirecting information to provide battle commanders informationŽ, Maj. Collacutt said. Im responsible for ev erything that happens. Its fun. I have a tool box of skills that I reach into and pull what I need to make an operation work.Ž He said the environment at the training squadron is unique. We work with a broad spectrum of language and knowledge backgrounds. Some s tudents have never flown before or seen an AWACS aircraft. Its a difficult thing to do, but its tailored at each individuals own pace to allow f or different learning styles and capabilities. But were moving in the same direction.Ž Like his fellow students, Maj. Collacutt will ultimately regularly deploy for one to two weeks to each of the four FOBs. You work at different bases to learn how to operate. You need to learn how to do a mission before you go into battle.Ž E-3A Component commander Brig. Gen. Axel R. Tttelmann hands out the 2004 Hoyt S. Vanderberg Award to Tr aining Wing commander Col. Alberto Pierotti.Photo MSgt. Mark Boggess By SMSgt. Johan HijmenbergA grand celebration was the Athens 2004 Olympic and now the Paralympic Games. The g ames broke many records. R epresentatives of 202 countries took part athletes, officials and judges. While AW A CS aircraft secured the airspace four billion viewers all over the word watched the Games. They all saw Greece, inside and outside the stadiums. In the Gymnastics Hall the Tr ampoline competition took place as well. One of the judges was TSgt. Frank Balu Schneising, who works on base at Aeronautical Information Service.Fr om 19 to 26 August he stayed in the Olympic Village at Athens. Ž An unforgettable experienceŽ, says TSgt. Schneising. Its hard to describe that for one week you can be a part of such an enormous event.Ž Nine judges evaluate the trampoline competition. These are: Chair of Judges P anel, Assistant to the Chair of Judges P anel, two judges for the difficulty level and five judges for Execution. To be a part of this exclusive club TSgt. Schneising had to go through several competitions. In Germany only 80 persons have a valid license to judge trampoline contests of that importance. The German gymnastics organization held several examinations during competitions. I reached second place. Lu c ky for me the person who got the fi rs t place was not able to join the Olympic Games.Ž Its only possible to judge when you have yourself the experience. Until my 26th birthday I practiced the trampoline myselfŽ, he says. Twenty y ears he trained the double backs, the ball-outs, codys and baranis, to mention only a few of the acrobatic performances on a net from 4.25 long and 2.14 metres wide, which is made of durable nylon that is stabilized with 1 52 springs on an iron framework. His best results came in 1991 with a second place in the German Championship, and in 1992, a fourth place at the European Championship. The judges look to two performance levels from the 16 men, and 16 women athletes. The judges on difficulty evaluate the level of difficulty of the routine. The judges on execution evaluate the quality of the execution of the routine. They then proceed to make deductions from the highest score determined by the Chair of Judges Panel. Although the trampoline population is small and everyone knows one another, it isnt hard to be objective. No it isntŽ, says TSgt. Schneising. Like the athletes the judges keep to the Olympic Spirit. No foul plays. Thats why a representative of all judges swear the Olympic oath during the openings ceremony.Ž Proud is perhaps not the right word, but certainly he was very pleased to join the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. He was also extremely proud of the German gold winner of the womens trampoline final, Anna Dogonadze.  When I was posted at Mainz, south we st Germany, I trained her the until the 2000 Sydney Olympics. And when f our years later she manages to win a gold medal at Athens its an enormous gr eat feeling.Ž Besides Dogonadze another former trainee from TSgt. Schneising had results. Henrik Stehlik r eached third place at the mens final. And what now Balu? Peking is coming up in four years. Would be nice to be t here too.Ž2004 Athens OlympicsAW ACS members not only above' the city, on the ground as well T Sgt. Frank Schneising back in Aeronautical Information Service after his appearance at 2004 Athens Olympics.Photo MSgt. Mark Boggess


8N AT O Skywatch 24 September 2004 IDH, Officers, Frisbee and Sentry Clubs now on the BASS LAN System. Menu information under Public Folders/Base Support W ing/Services Squadron/Clubs or IDH. Also, check out the Services Squadron web page for programme information and upcoming ev ents. E-3A Component ClubsSunday brunch will alternate between Officers/Frisbee Clubs. Members from both clubs are eligible to attend. Regular prices brunch: Members 9.20, guests 1 0.70; 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. F or additional information, please contact the Officers Club, ext. 4990, or the Frisbee Club, ext. 4994. 3T raditional Sunday lunch at the Frisbee Club. Officers Club closed. 10 J AZZ brunch at the Officers Club. Frisbee Cub closed. Special price of 1 1/12.50 per person. Watch for special flier. 17 Sunday brunch at the Frisbee Club. Officers Club closed. 24 Family brunch at the Officers Club. Frisbee Club closed. 31 Tr aditional Sunday lunch at the Fr isbee Club. Officers Club closed.Officers Club (SWPO/4990) Operating hours bar MondayFr iday1100-2300; restaurant Monday-Friday 1130-1330; Sundays 1100-1400 (alternating with the Frisbee Club). Reservations are required for Sunday brunch by 1200 on the Fr iday before. Club cards required when using the Frisbee 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 October membership appreciation. One time each month for each Officers 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. 2C SA dinner dance with fashion show. Open to all Component Members and their guests. W atch for special flier. 16 Tu r kish night. Watch for special f lier. 1 8-21Bavarian specials 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 F risbee Club Events: During F risbee 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 Frisbee and Officers Clubs). Club cards required when Officers Club members are using th e Frisbee Club. Cancellations for Officers Club ev ents will be accepted up to two days prior to the event on 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 the cosy atmosphere and good food. R emember the Frisbee Club is open for breakfast and dinner to all Frisbee and Officers Club members. 5S KAT and Bingo. 6 Indonesian night with traditional Indonesian food. Re st aurant closed. 1 1-15North Sea specials, to include mussels, available during lunchtime. 19 Bingo. 21 IWC Belgian-Dutch evening. 29Halloween night Club open 1 900-0200. Open to all Component members and guests. Watch for special flier. 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 that will be advertised on t he notice board at the beginning of the serving line and on the Component Information web page. A daily soup and a variety of tasty, self-made salads are also av ailable. The Sentry Club souvenir shop now has many new items st op by and see what is av ailable. The reconstruction work to the old Sports Bar is now finished and the new room is now available for small parties, meetings, etc. Ta ke advantage of our off sale operation. We can provide Wa rs t einer Beer in 30 litre and 50 litre containers, different types of soft drinks in 1-litre bottles and tables, benches and ot her items to help you arrange y our party. Additional information on any of t he above can be obtained from the Sentry Club Manager, ext. 4996.Sports Department (SWPT/4946) 4 Deadline to register for v olleyball league. S tart of table tennis tournament and the winter schedule for the Ne w Gym, Old Gym and the Multi-Purpose room. 9P r e-season volleyball t ournament, volleyball league then continues throughout October on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 18 T able tennis tournament (finals). 29Deadline to register for squash t ournament.International Pre-school (SWPS/4957) 1 1-15Fall Break: no school. 18 Back to school. 29Halloween parties; morning class 1100, afternoon class 1 500. Registration for the new school y ear continues. Afternoon slots av ailable only. A waiting list is av ailable for the morning programme. F or more information about any of the above, please contact the Pre-school on ext. 4957.International Library (SWPL/4956) Monday-Friday operating hours 11 00-1600. Visit the International Library and browse through all the Ne w York Times bestsellers books, which are available to be checked out. New titles arrive frequently and if you cant find what youre looking for, ask the friendly librarians, and, if it is available in the Library but has already been checked out, they will hold it f or you as soon as it is returned. Books in German, French, Italian, Greek, Turkish, Dutch, Danish and Norwegian languages are also available at the Library. Headed back to school? We may be able to help adult learning with our CLEP, DANTE, and Embry Riddle materials. Additionally, for t he younger 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 People, Consumer R eports, PC World, Smart Computing, Muscle & Fitness, and many more.Thrift Shop (SWPG/4919) T uesdays+Thursdays operating 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. 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 following classes under the experienced instruction of Mrs. Claudia R ussell, registered Yoga Alliance T eacher, at the IYA Multi-purpose Room in Building 95: Lunch time yo ga multi level, Wednesdays, 11 30 to 1230; Hatha yoga level I, Thursdays, 1000 to 1130. Hatha yoga level II, Tuesdays, 17 30 to 1900. For this class you need some basic experience, including feeling comfortable with sun salutation, basic back and forward bends, deep r elaxation, alternate nostril breathing and deep three part breathing. Dress in comfortable wo rk out clothes, and bring socks, a blanket, a pillow and a to w el. Cost is 20 for a fourclass package or 32 for an eight-class package. The first class is free. No prior r egistration necessary. F all Break programme Fr om 11 to 15 October the IYA is organising a session for ch ildren aged 6 yrs and older with activities from 0930 to 16 30. The children can be dropped off at 0800, and picked up no later than 1730. The programme offers fun games, arts & crafts, sports, free play, special projects and movies. Cost is 62 for one child, 124 f or two children, and 1 55 for three or more children, including a field trip to To ve r land Indoor Amusement Pa rk on Wednesday and lunch on Friday. MWA INFORMATIONOctober Autos 1 999 Audi A3 Attraction, 101 HP, colour moroblue perleffekt, inside v elour, 5-speed transmission, power st eering, new gear-box, automatic sunroof, fog-lights, seat package, central locking + remote key, radio c horus, theft protection, dealer served and very good condition from a first o wner (130,000 kms), asking 9,900. Please call Sahika Demir at ext. 3154 or 02451 952979. Miscellaneous 220V chest freezer, paid 250, sell 85 obo; clothes wardrobes, 2 w ooden, 1 metal, 45/ 65/ 75 obo; mens and womens bicycle with accessories, 50 only; large tall handcrafted perfect metal stand for y ellow bag/trash bags, 15 obo; r ecliner armchair, bought for 300, sell 50; soft plush comfortable velvet armchair, paid 200, now 25; 220V appliances + much more like CDs, LPs, leather jackets, knick-knacks, etc. Call 02456-504817. If not home leave message. F inal Fantasy 11, pre-installed on a Playstation 2 hard-drive of 40Gigabyte, NTSC system. New, best offer. Call Renate Schmitz at ext. 4915 or 0031/45/5323711 after 1700. SKYWATCHCLASSIFIED 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, 30 September.


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