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By SMSgt. Johan Hijmenberg JOTM 04, or JTIDS … Joint Tactical Information Distribution System … Operators Tactics Meet, was conducted from 14 to 23 September on NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen. The exercise enabled participating units to verify Link 16 interoperability in a controlled tactical scenario, which allows players to practise Link 16 switch actions, react to injects, and analyse problems and issues that arise. JOTM04 marked the first purely operator-oriented live combined joint ex ercise sponsored by NAEW&C Force Command and based solely on the integration of Link16 in a complex t actical modern war-fighting environment.  An AWACS aircraft has several links av ailable to exchange data. Link 16 is the most capable data link in NATOŽ, says Capt. Helmut Franke of Operations W ing Test and Evaluation Division. Y ou can compare Link 16 with a wireless Internet communication line. Digital data are exchanged between friendly air, ground and naval r esources, using a secure frequency.Ž Link 16 has been developed to meet the information exchange re qu irements of all tactical units. It supports the exchange of surveillance data, electronic warfare data, mission t asking data, weapons assignments and control data. Numerous platforms are or will be equipped with Link 16, such as airborne surveillance and intelligence systems, fighter and bomber aircraft, helicopters, ground based air defence systems, ships and army units. The use of Link 16 via satellite is possible too. The intention of JOTM 04 was to st andardize and harmonize Link 16 operating techniques and to validate and update tactical documentation in a closely controlled environment. As the Link 16 driving force on the E-3A Component, Capt. Franke had been involved in the exercise planning since December 2003 This is highly appreciated by JOTM 04 exercise director Cdr Andreas Kernchen, Tactics & Training, NAEW&C Force Command.  This years JOTM couldnt have taken place without Capt. Frankes effortsŽ, he says. In 2000 the first JOTM was conducted at RAF Waddington. The result was the production of a Link 16 Standard Operating Procedures document, which formed the initial basis for commonality in Link 16 operations. The event in 2000 was mostly air-relatedŽ, says Cdr Kernchen. In recent years, more and more platforms are using Link 16. As the NA EW&CF E-3A/D AWACS aircraft … which possess Link 16 capability … have increasingly come to be regarded as Link 16 experts, they were asked for support. During these testing trials, problems of understanding and interoperability were observed.Ž These results prompted the g eneration of another JOTM, which w as decided in November last year during the multinational Airborne Early Wa r ning Commanders Conference. See JOTMon page 4 V olume 20, No. 18 NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen 8 October 2004 Next NATO Skywatch: 22 October Submissions due by: 14 October Also in this issue:Driving advice for neutral roadSee page 3.Halloween celebration 2004F ind out more on page 6. NATO in AfghanistanDuring a short ceremony in August the Canadian Lieutenant General Rick Hillier handed over command of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to the French Lieutenant General Jean-Louis Py, the Commander of Eurocorps, whose headquarters is based in Strasbourg, France, a multinational unit made up of detachments from five framewo rk nations: Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg and Spain. See AFGHANISTAN on page 4 ISAF soldiers wave to Afghan children.Photo ISAF/Sgt. Andreas StendlJOTM integrates Link 16 The crews efforts and interest, coupled with their high level of knowledge of Link 16, promoted the success of JOTM 04.Photo MSgt. Mark Boggess


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By Capt. Robert A. Firman Even though the operations tempo f or NATO has risen dramatically in recent years, the performance of the E-3A Componenthas risen to meet the challenge. Creating the bulk of the Ops tempo increase has been the dramatic increase insupport toHigh Visibility Events, or HVEs, since the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001. One of the highest visibility events in Component history Operation Distinguished Games … continued ve ry r ecently, as jets and crews from the NATO E-3A Component have been fl ying to secure Greek airspace for the Pa ralympics.However, even while the operation continued, the close of the Olympic Games marked the beginning of praise from the highest levels of NA TO f or the E-3A Component's performance. In a September letter from Gen. James L. Jones, Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, to Force Commander Maj. Gen. Gary A. W interberger, Gen. Jones described the operation as a great success... serving as a milestone in the history of our Alliance.Ž Gen. Jones went on to say thatOperation Distinguished Games represents a transformational mission involving land, maritime, air and special operations assets under a single NATO Commander for the very fi rs t time.This operation has set the st andard for future NATO involvement in any complex high visibility event.Ž After his August visit to the Component Forward Operating Base at Aktion, Greece, Gen. Jones said, I was particularly impressed by the professionalism of the personnel I met during the visit...Ž I left Aktion with a better understanding of the AWACS contribution to Operation Distinguished Games and of the future c hallenges the N AEW ForceCommand is facing.Ž What Gen. Jones praised at Aktion w as accomplished by more than 280 Component personnel whoensured 2 4-hour coverage of Greek airspace through 28 days of flying.One of the many Component members who supported the mission was Lt. Col. Michael Therianos, Squadron 1 Commander and the Detachment Commander for the Olympics. Lt. Col. Therianos echoed Gen. Jones' praise for the AWACS support to the operation and offered a look at what the General found so impressive.  This was my first deployment as a detachment commander of something this big; we had six crews, five jets, and more than 280 people involved. Wo r king with our partners in the E-3D (British)andE-3F (French) Components, we maintained 24-hour coverage overGreece,Ž Therianos said. In fact,here's how well it went. Between the three Components, we covered 520 hours of continuous st ation coverage. That's phenomenal and, as far as I know, unmatched.Ž Achieving this full-time coverage was thanks in part to a proactive alert plan put together by the E-3A Component.  As we looked at the plan, wefelt we neededa backup availableand put to ge ther a plan to have one jet and one crew on alert status so they could fill in immediately if there were mechanical or other problems withthe flying schedule.As it turned out, the second day of the alert was the first time we used it,Ž Lt. Col. Therianos said. During the 7 days on which we scheduled an alert, the alert crews from the E-3A Component f illed in once for the British and once f or theFrench, keeping the perfect r ecord intact. But no aircraft can get off the gr ound without an extensivesupport network.Lt Col Therianos praised the entire team that helped execute this mission. The Component personnel did an outstanding job all across the board … from the cooks to the crew c hiefs, from the media folks to the med techs, they were all great.Ž In addition to the first-class performance of the entire support t eam from Geilenkirchen, Lt. Col. Therianos had specific praise for the Forward Operating Base at Aktion and the new commander, Col. Charilaos Lamprou. Col. Lamprou and his staff did ev erything in their power to support us during the deployment. They dida f antastic job, and I'm very pleased with the experience,Ž Lt. Col. Therianos said. In the end, Lt. Col. Therianos considered that two events were special highlights throughout the deployment.Probably the biggest highlight of the Games for me was the visit by SACEUR to FOB Aktion.That w as a great opportunity to showcase the E-3A Component and our team and he was obviously extremely pleased with what the Component brought to the operation.Of course, the most important highlight is that this is the first time we've fully integrated the three Components (NATO, British and French E-3s), and to ge ther we accomplished something no one has done before. That's historic,Ž Lt. Col. Therianos concluded. The deployed personnel for the fi rs t part of Distinguished Games r epresented all of the Wings within the Component and each of the three squadrons in the Operations Wing. 8 October 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 Assistant editor Maureen Geraets-Head V olume 20, No. 188 October 2004 SACEUR praises E-3A Component for Operation Distinguished Games By International Military Police Earlier this year it was pointed out that a number of Component personnel are simply ignoring the traffic rules on NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen. It seems some people are also ignoring the traffic rules outside the Base. Especially on the Neutral Road, between Hohenbusch, Germany and Schinveld, The Netherlands. The E-3A Component has received complaints from local residents about speeding, especially on the L272/Neutral Road, by clearly identified E-3A Component and JFC HQ Brunssum members. As almost 50 per cent of NAB Geilenkirchen personnel use this 'neutral road' either to come to work or to go home, this road carries a lot of traffic, especially during the rush hours. Many JFC HQ Brunssum personnel also use this road to reach the NATO Air Base for duty business, or for lunch or shopping purposes. In August 2003, a fatal traffic accident occurred on this road. It resulted in the death of a local Dutch civilian and the serious injury of a Component member when they met in a head-collision. This accident occurred because one of these persons w as speeding. As a result of this accident the local authorities have made the following changes: €T he speed limit has been reduced to 50 km/h and the appropriate traffic signs have been installed. €A 'STOP' sign has been installed at the junction of 'West Gate Road' and 'L272/Neutral Road'. €R eflective posts have been installed on the German side. €A ll road markings on the road have been repainted. These measures have been carried out for the benefit of everyone's safety. The German and Dutch police have been asked by the International Military Police to use radar speed guns to c heck for violations on this road. Both police agencies have promised to do so. Everybody using this road knows how narrow it is. Please obey the local traffic rules and pay special attention when driving on this road. Drive Safely! 50Speeding hazard between Hohenbusch and SchinveldGen. James L. Jones at FOB Aktion talking to crews and supporting personnel. Photo Maureen Geraets-Head  This operation has set the standard for future NATO involvement in any complex high visibility eventŽ


4N AT O Skywatch 8 October 2004 Continued from front page The ceremony, which took place in front of the soldiers who work in the ISAF headquarters at Kabul, was presided over by General Gerhard Back, Commander of the NATO Joint Force Command (JFC) at Brunssum, and was witnessed by Mr Hikmet Cetin, the NA TO Senior Civilian Representative. Support for the presidential electionsThe NATO Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, announced end of July the decision by the North Atlantic Council to approve detailed military advice on ISAF support for the presidential elections, scheduled for to morrow, 9 October. This decision f ollows the declaration by NATO Heads of State and Government at the Istanbul Summit and implements NATO's decision to assist the Afghan authorities in providing security during the election period, within means and capabilities. As requested by President Karzai, Afghan authorities will retain primary r esponsibility for security throughout the election process. ISAF support for the presidential elections will be configured to provide additional fo r ces at two levels in theatre. A first level will be located at the NA TO -led Provincial Reconstruction T eams (PRTs). Augmentation of PRTs will be matched to the local security situation, as determined by lead nations, in consultation with COMISAF. Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs) are teams composed of international civilian and military personnel working to f acilitate the development of a secure environment and reconstruction in Afghanistan's provinces. A second level in theatre will consist of one battalion provided by Spain and one battalion provided by Italy, with supporting elements. The Spanish battalion will provide the ISAF Quick R eaction Force and the Italian battalion will provide the in-theatre Operational Re serve Force. The Italian battalion is an element of NRF 3. These additional forces deployed to Afghanistan in September and will remain for about 8 weeks to cover the election period. NA TO r emains committed to assist the Afghan authorities in the conduct of successful elections, as a crucial milestone in the democratic development and peaceful evolution of Afghanistan. First mission outside the Euro-Atlantic areaThrough its leadership of the International Security Assistance Fo rc e (ISAF), NATO is helping establish the conditions in which Afghanistan can enjoy a representative government and self-sustaining peace and security. NA TO t ook over command and coordination of ISAF in August 2003. This is the first mission outside the EuroAtlantic area in NATOs history. Initially re st r icted to providing security in and around Kabul, the Alliance is now in the process of expanding the mission to cover other parts of the country. ISAFs main task is to assist the Afghan Transitional Authority in Kabul in the maintenance of security so that the Transitional Authority and United N ations personnel can operate in a secure environment. ISAF supports the Afghan Transitional Au thority in expanding its authority to the rest of the country, and in providing a safe and secure environment conducive to free and fair elections, the spread of the rule of law, and the reconstruction of the country. ISAF has been helping, through its presence, in creating a secure environment, developing Afghan security structures, identifying r econstruction needs, as well as training and building up future Afghan security forces. Who is in charge?NA TO s principal decision-making body, the North Atlantic Council, provides the political direction and co-ordination for the mission. Based on the political guidance from the Council, strategic command and control s exercised by NATO's top operational headquarters, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers in Europe (SHAPE) in Mons, Belgium. (Information from NATO and SHAPE news releases)NATO in AfghanistanJOTMContinued from front page During this years JOTM air, ground and naval units from seven different NA TO nations and NATO-assigned units participated in the exercise. F or the exercise eight missions we re scheduled, but one of these w as cancelled due to bad weather. Each day a mission scenario was flown. The main objectives were to verify and also develop tactical procedures for g eneration of a commonly agreed Link 16 doctrinal NATO document and to ensure sound tactical employment of Link 16 in the context of modern wa rf are, including lessons learned from r ecent operations in a combined joint environment. Last but not least, a further objective was the promotion of mutual understanding, confidence and cooperation throughout the Link 16 community. Cdr Kernchen: JOTM has become a necessity, because in the past divergences were observed with regard to how units implemented Link 16 and how tactics evolved. With JOTM 04 we w anted to verify the tactical interoperability of Link 16 within a combined joint … army, navy and air … operation. The exercise has proven that the system works. However, Link 16 is a complex system that requires a vast amount of coordination between units, commands, ƒ and during peacetime, especially with the nations involved.  The crews efforts and interest, coupled with their high level of knowledge of Link16, promoted the success of JOTM 04. The feedback that we r eceived from the crews is positive. We also observed that the participants g ained mutual understanding of Link 16 implementation within the units involved. It has become clear that in view of the jointness … the participation of Ground-Based Air Defence units and naval units in concert with air assets, including fighter aircraft … in exercises of this kind, this responsibility is unlikely to be in the hands of the E-3 community in future. Coming generations might see Allied Command Transformation taking over this type of exercise in order to give it the right level of responsibility.Ž Component soccer team wins Nations Cup'An E-3A Component soccer team coached by Werner Schumm, the CSA Social Manager, won the big Tr ophy at the Joint Force Command HQ Brunssum Nations Cup at a small field soccer tournament. This international NATO soccer t ournament was played for the 24 th time this year and was under the patronage of General Back, Commander JFC HQ Brunssum. This extraordinarily big success must be rated very highly, because there were strong teams from the national delegations of Belgium, U nited Kingdom, Germany, Poland, Norway and Denmark in the group. The NATO E-3A Component team managed to stay undefeated and w on this tournament with five wins, one draw, and only one goal against their own team. Congratulations! Proudly the undefeated team pose for t he photographer; standing from the left: A1C Robin Mller, Mr. Marek Mojzesz, TSgt. Michael Zaunbrecher, Mr. Werner Schumm; sitting from the left: Mr. John Prada, Maj. Andy Kreis, Lt. Col. Roberto Ronzio.Photo courtesy Mr. Werner SchummAn Airborne Early Warning E-2C Hawkeye aircraft from the Fr ench Navy supported JOTM 04. Photo Andrea HohenforstJOTM 04 exercise director Cdr Andreas Kernchen (left) in consultation with a crewmember.Photo MSgt. Mark Boggess Hopefully for these Afghan children a peaceful future is their outlook.Photo ISAF/Sgt. Andreas Stendl


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6N AT O Skywatch 8 October 2004 Halloween 2004Back by popular demand...By MWA Halloween is an American tradition that has made its way to Europe in the last few years. In the past, the Americans on Base have provided T ri ck or TreatŽ festivities for the ch ildren. Services Squadrons Morale and Welfare Activities have now ex t ended this tradition to include a Halloween party at the Frisbee Club f or adults on Friday 29 October from 1 900 to 0300. This event takes the form of an action-packed, costume party when the club will be transformed into a dark and spooky bat cave. Bloodcurdling entertainment will be av ailable throughout the evening with live music, voodoo dancers, body painting by Malu Wilz from Aachen, and a fortuneteller who will peer into her magic ball. The Frisbee Club r esident vampires will run the bar and provide a ghoulish buffet from 1900 until 2300 consisting of items such as gr isly Wurst topped with lashings of blood, a Devils hotpot, Shredded Mummies with fried fingers, etc. This is an open event for all Component personnel, with no entrance fee. Tickets for food and drinks will be available at the cashiers desk. Additionally, in order to help with the problems experienced in hiring a taxi at the end of the evening, Services Squadron will provide a shuttle bus service throughout the late evening/early morning hours to ta ke guests home to local areas such as Teveren, Gillrath, Niederheid and Geilenkirchen. So, theres no excuseƒ come and join in the fun! Of course, costume is not mandatory but it w ould be fun and we recommend and encourage it! Hope to see you there! CSA Hail and Farewell'By Mark L. Beauchamp, CSA Vice Chairman On 15 September the E-3A Component Commander Brig. Gen. Axel R. Tttelmann joined over 150members of the Component Civilian Staff Association (CSA) and other invited guests in the combined CSA Quarterly Hail and Farewell/Barbeque. As part of the new CSA quarterly meeting concept, Brig. Gen. Tttelmann presented the E-3A Component Certificate of Appreciation to Mr. Franz Tellers on the occasion of his retirement. Mr Tellers was employed by the E-3A Component from 1 October 1981 until his retirement on 31 August 2004. He served in the Logistics Wing as an Aerospace Ground Equipment (AGE) Specialist supporting the full range of A GE equipment, and he deployed on numerous occasions during his career in support of operations. Another part of the festivities was r ecognition of Mrs. MaureenGeraetsHead, who has served NATO faithfully fo r 25 years and currently works in the Public Information Office. At this meeting, newly hired civilians we re also welcomed to the Com ponent by their colleagues. The new CSA q uarterly meeting concept provides the opportunity to have coordinated r ecognition of personnel as they retire and reach 25years of service with NA T O. This December, the CSA will also include these elements within the Annual General Membership meeting. By Mr. Theo Collijn Mrs. Rommie Vreuls celebrated her 25th anniversary on 1 October with NATO. She joined the Organization in 1979 and w as appointed as secretary Systems Engineering Division, at NAPMA, Brunssum, The Netherlands. In July 1981, she transferred to the E-3A Component to become the secretary to the Commander of Airfield Services Squadron of the Base Support Wing. With the implementation of the new Peacetime Establishment on 1October 2003, she was assigned as assistant to the Administration Division Publications Services Department. The E-3A Component Commander has awarded to Mrs. Vreuls the Certificate of Appreciation in r ecognition of 25 years of faithful service to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The Base Support Wing Commander, Col. Reinhard Mack, presented this certificate during a small office ceremony on 1 October. E-3A Component commander Brig. Gen. Axel R. Tttelmann wishes Mr. Franz Tellers success with his retirement. Mr. Peter De Coster, Chairman CSA, presents a dinner voucher to Mrs. Maureen Geraets-Head.Photo MSgt. Mark BoggessMrs. Rommie Vreuls receives the 25 years NATO certificate of appreciation from Col. R einhard Mack, Base Support Wing Commander. Photo MSgt. Mark BoggessInternational W omen's ClubBy Karen Dale On 16 September the ladies of Canada hosted the new seasons first meeting of the International Womens Club (IWC) at the Frisbee Club. It was w onderful to see so many ladies on our first night, and to welcome old and new. The evening started with a delicious Thanksgiving turkey dinner and then we we re entertained by the very t alented Lou Muzzillo, who really got ev eryone into the party mood with music from around the world that we could all sing and dance to. Delicious home-made brownies and coffee fo r tified everyone for the Famous Canadians quiz, and the suspense of the door prize draw. Well done to the Canadian ladies for working so hard to make a great evening for everyone. Thanks also must go to the Frisbee Club staff who work with the hosting ladies every month to make sure the night is a success. The next date for your diary is Thursday 21 October when the Dutch and Belgian ladies will be entertaining us. Last year was a 70s night, the previous one had traditional games. Whatever they have in store for us, it is guaranteed to be great fun. Doors open at 1830 for a 1900 start. The IWC is a great opportunity for meeting your friends each month (without husbands nearby talking about work), meeting ladies from ot her countries and experiencing a little about their culture. Membership is only 40 for the whole year or 10 f or an evening if you wish to come to just one or two meetings throughout the year, or bring a guest. See you on 21 October, dont forget!Foggy Fields BazaarThe American Women of Geilenkirchen will be hosting the annual Foggy Fields Bazaar in Hangar 4 on Friday 12 (0900-1800), Saturday 13 (1000-1700) and Sunday 14 November (1100-1600). The event is open to all NATO and U.S. ID cardholders. There will be over 100 booths filled with items such as Polish pottery, Turkish rugs, handcrafted items, jewellery, chocolate, and much more. Just in time to do your Holiday shopping.IYAThe IYA is looking for instructors for T aekwondo, Judo, Trampoline and Tu mbling. If you are interested, or if y ou would like to offer an additional sports, music or crafts course, please call ext. 4954. F all Break programme Fr om 11 to 15 October the IYA is organising a session for children aged 6 yrs and older with activities from 0930 to 1630. 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. Call ext. 4954 for more information.25 years with NATO


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8N AT O Skywatch 8 October 2004 Autos1 999 Volvo S70 Sedan fully loaded and in ex cellent condition, 5 cylinder 240 horsepower turbo engine, 5-speed transmission, leather interior, A/C, in-dash CD player, intrunk CD changer, fog lights, theft protection system,heated seats, heated mirrors, one o wner (44,5000 miles driven) and dealer serviced.Colour blue/green with light tan interior.Asking $16,000, 1 3,270, obo. Please call Steve at 02452-24293. SKYWATCHCLASSIFIED 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. 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 Friday 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. 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. 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) 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. 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.Thrift Shop (SWPG/4919) T uesdays+Thursdays operating hours 1000-1400. MWA INFORMATIONOctober OktoberfestCheers! E-3A Component commander Brig. Gen. Axel R. Tttelmann joins with Mayor of Geilenkirchen Mr. Franz Beemelmanns, Base Support Wing commander Col. Reinhard Mack, and the organizing German NCO Association, in drinking to a successful 23rd Oktoberfest on 25September. After the draw off of the first Oktoberfest beer barrel the feast was officially opened at a full Hangar 2, which was converted into a Bavarian Metropolis for this event. As in previous years, the benefits of th is years event will go to charities.Photo Georg Schmitz 7-9 Oct. No Movie. The Chronicles of Riddick, 1 4-16 Oct. Action, starring Vin Diesel, Judi Dench. Rated PG-13, 155minutes. Notebook, 21-23 Oct. R omance, st arring James Garner and Gena Ro w lands. Rated PG-13, 121minutes. Dodgeball, 28-30 Oct. Comedy, st arring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn. Ra t ed PG-13, 96minutes. V illage, 4-6 Nov. Thriller, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Sigourney Weaver and Adrien Brody. Rated PG-13, 10 9m inutes. 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, 14 October. 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.


8 October 2004 NATOSkywatch 9 MORE THAN 40 YEARS ALFA ROMEO DEALEREdisonstraat 23 | Landgraaf Industrial zone"Strijthagen" (near Mondo Verde and Snowworld) Phone +31 (0)45 5321088CA RS WITH A HEART€N o BTW and BPM € Special discount on Alfa Romeo and Fiat Cars Also your address for Fiat and their service www.kozole.nlThe New Alfa R omeo Sportswagonbreathtakingly beautifulThe New Alfa R omeo Sportswagonbreathtakingly beautiful Krefelder Str.674, 41066 Mnchengladbach 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. Friendly English & German speaking staff! Huge selection of quality used cars. Bonsels & Weitz... your friendly dealer only a short drive away. 50 We celebrate! 50 years Haus HamacherWe invite you to celebrate with us!2 6 November,daily from 1700 hours on:Big rustic buffet,all you can eat 12,Beer to this buffet at 1954-price ( 0,30 for 0,3 ltr) Live musicStarting 1 OctoberOriginal LšwenbrŠu Bavarian SchmankerlOPENDAILYAT11.00 HRS.Am Freibad 10 52538 Gangelt Tel. +49(0)2454-1414 Fax +49 (0)2454 93901 English spoken! Reservation highly recommended 1954 2004 Heating oillow price top service Bischoff & Leeuw oHGBerliner Ring 15-17 52511 Geilenkirchen 02451 68001 VERTRETUNG DERESSOAG


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