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On 22-23 November 2004 the heads of civil protection and civil emergency planning organizations from NATO and partner countries met for their semi-annual highlevel discussions within NATOs Senior Civil Emergency Planning Committee. Chaired by the NATO Assistant Secretary General for Operations, Ambassador Adam Kobieracki, the discussions focused on lessons learned from NATOs support to Greece during the Olympic Games and on further measures to be taken at national and NATO-level to improve civil preparedness for possible terrorist attacks. Improving contingency plans Allies and partners agreed to review and update the Civil Emergency Planning Action Plan for the Improvement of Civil Preparedness f or Possible Terrorist Attacks with Chemical, Biological and Radiological W eapons. This Action Plan had first been launched in November 2001 in r esponse to the terrorist attacks on the U nited States. It addresses key issues re ga r ding the protection of civilian populations against terrorist attacks. NA TO civil emergency planning officials also agreed to propose a new document for civil emergency planning for the years 2005-2006 to Fo r eign Ministers when they meet in December in Brussels. The Senior Civil Emergency Planning Committee (SCEPC) is the senior advisory body to the North Atlantic Council on matters concerning protection of the civilian population and the use of civil resources in support of Alliance objectives. The SCEPC oversees the work of eight specialised planning boards r epresenting all areas of relevant civilian planning activity (e.g. transport, civil protection, critical infrastructure protection, medical, communications, supply) and the activities of the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) at NATO Headquarters. The SCEPC meets several times a month in permanent session (with r epresentatives from Allied and Partner delegations at NATO HQ) and twice a y ear in plenary session (Heads of Civil Emergency Planning organisations from capitals). (Information from NATO News release) At 0800, on 15 November the newcomers orientation program started for personnel that arrived between 1 August and 12 November. The daylong event at the Mass Briefing Facility included briefings from the Component Commander, Brig.Gen. Tttelmann and the Wing Commanders. The mandatory program will be held quarterly for new military and NATO civilian personnel. V olume 20, No. 22 NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen 3 December 2004 Next NATO Skywatch: 17 December Submissions due by: 9 December Also in this issue:The legend of Saint Nicholas.See page 6.Thanksgiving celebrated at IDH.See page 4. 1Lt. Thomas Dreher explains the control towers tasking to one of the gr oups of new personnel. The groups also visited the fire brigade, hangar I and an E-3A. Photo MSgt. Marc BoggessT op civil emergency planning officials meet at NATO Newcomer's orientation program


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Te xt and photos Maureen Geraets-Head On 9 Nov 04, Maj.Gen.Gary W interberger, NAEW&CF Force Commander (left) and Brig.Gen. Lothar Amme, NAPMA General Manager (third from left), had an official meeting at the Hungarian Ministry of Defense in Budapest with Lt.Gen. Zoltan Szenes, Chief of Defence (second from right), and Mr. Mihaly Zambori, Deputy Secretary of State for Economy. January 2006 is the target date for the Hungarians to become official NA TO AW A CS members and they st r essed the importance of joining the NA TO AW A CS program. During a press conference, Brig.Gen. Amme said, I r ecommend to use the achieved results as a basis and framework for potential developments. I am looking forward to have you on board in the near futureŽ. He added that now all the homework has been finalized, it is to the NAPMO nations to decide about the future. 3 December 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 Maureen Geraets-Head V olume 20, No. 223 December 2004 NATO NewsExercise Allied Warrior 04 tests NATO Response Force The procedures for deploying and commanding the NATO Response Force (NRF) on crisis management missions we re te st ed in exercise Allied Warrior 0 4, 8 to 24 November. Over 900 participants from 16 NATO countries t ook part in the exercise, which was held in Amersfoort, Ede and Harskamp in the Netherlands and in Verona and N aples in Italy. Putting concepts to the test This command-post exercise allowed headquarters staff to practise the procedures for mounting and commanding a Response Force deployment in response to a mock crisis scenario under a United Nations Chapter VII mandate. During the ex ercise, the rapid deployment of a headquarters and the command and control of assigned NRF forces in theatre were rehearsed. The scenario included the threat of an asymmetrical attack with nuclear, b iological and chemical (NBC) weapons, which required the integration of the support of NATOs Multinational Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Defence Battalion and the NBC-Joint Assessment Team. Allied Warrior 04 also provided an opportunity to validate the 1 German/ Ne t herlands Corps as the Combined Joint Force Land Com ponentCommand f or the new NATO Response Force ro t ation, starting in January 2005. A key capability The NATO Response Force reached its initial operational capability of 17,000 troops in October this year. This high r eadiness and technologically advanced fo r ce is a first for NATO. It combines elite land, air and sea units into a single fo r ce that can be deployed anywhere in the world in five days and sustain itself fo r up to a month on a wide range of missions.Flight Safety BriefingThe Annual Canadian Flight Safety Briefing will take place on 6 December at 0925 at the Officers Club. The briefing will by presented by the Canadian Directorate of Flight Safety and all members of the Component are welcome to attend. V isit of the Inspector General Netherlands Armed Forces On 17 November, Lt.Gen. Ad van Baal (left), Inspector General of the Netherlands Armed Forces visited the E-3A Component. Col. Jelle Zijlstra, Senior National Representative for the Netherlands, presented a briefing about the E-3A Component and discussed topics of interest to Dutch military stationed in an international environment. The General toured a NATO E-3A and visited the flightand mission simulators. He also met with Dutch military personnel during an informal luncheon at the Dutch National Support Unit.Photo Andrea HohenforstHungarians one step closer to NATO AWACS partnershipMaj.Gen. Gary Winterberger, Brig.Gen. Lothar Amme, Lt.Gen. Zoltan Szenes and Mr. Mihaly Zambori during the press conference with the assistance of a Hungarian interpreter. Vi ew of Budapest and the Danube river.


Te xt Amn Daniel Houben Photos Andrea Hohenforst and MSgt. Marc Boggess T oday, Thanksgiving is celebrated by the Americans with a traditional turkey dinner with sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. For many Americans it is an important holiday; it is so important that they dont work on the Friday, so they can drive to their families in case they live far away. Even today, families ge t together, including grandparents, aunts, uncles, nephews and nieces to meet for the traditional dinner. 4N AT O Skywatch 3 December 2004 On 24 November the International Dining Hall celebrated Thanksgiving on base. SMSgt. Brian Wright, chief Food Services Branch, and his personnel we re r eady to serve dinner to some 650 guests. The planning for this traditional Thanksgiving meal event started months ago. Fifteen cooks and service personnel started preparing three days in advance to offer Component personnel and their families the best. Not only did the cooks prepare 350kg of turkey but they also cooked beef Wellington, glazed sweet potatoes and baked pumpkin pies. The dining hall was also decorated in an appropriate harvest style. Stefan K oenings from the Logistic Wing said: I have never had such a good turkey and corn bread! Compliments to the dining hall personnel!ŽThanksgiving Thanksgiving dinner at the IDH Three days of preparation to feed 650 guests The History The Thanksgiving celebration goes back to the times of the pilgrims of the New World. During the pilgrims first extreme winter in 1620, they had nearly nothing to eat and many died from hunger, so they asked the natives for help. The Indian tribes showed them how to cultivate corn and native plants and the next year they had a rich harvest. The pilgrims then decided to celebrate a harvest festival together with the Indian tribes. Governor William Bradford was the one who declared the fourth Thursday of November as Thanksgiving Day. Guido Schever is inserting the trays of beef W ellington into the oven. Dieter Brandt serves the guests so they can taste the results of three days of hard work. Plates with the seafood starter being stacked by Jos Meys. The 2004 decoration; children could pick their favourite fruit and chocolate.


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6N AT O Skywatch 3 December 2004 By Amn Daniel Houben Dont be surprised when you see a bishop in your village the next few daysƒ it is Saint Nicolas. The night of 5December is one of the nicest for the children in many countries. Around 5December, families in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany will sit together in their living rooms, singing traditional St. Nicholas songs. U ntil, suddenly somebody knocks on the door. All kids run with excitement to the door, to expect a man at the door, dressed like a bishop holding a golden shepherds staff. And, most important, he brings lots of presents ƒ but only for the good ones. Before Saint Nicholas hands out the presents, he mentions the naughty things the children did in the last year thats all written down in his large golden book. St. Nicholas is accompanied by Black Peters and the Peters carry big bags filled with presents. St. Nicholas cant carry them all; there are too many children that ge t presents. Some weeks before the birthday of St Nicholas, on 6 December, he and his helpers arrive by steamboat from Spain. From the arrival until his birthday the children put their shoes in front of the fireplace and hope that Nicholas and his helpers bring some sweets, or may be a small gift. In this time period they sing special Nicholas songs. The legend of St. Nicholas goes back to the 4th century. Nicholas was the bishop of Myra, a city in Turkey. There he was known as a very helpful and peaceful man. It is said that he helped three men who were sentenced to decapitation by saying that he would be decapitated in their place, but nobody would harm him and the men were freed. Another time he helped three young women who wanted to be married, but their fa ther hadnt enough money. Legend has it, that every night Nicholas threw a little bag of gold into the chimney, so that each day one of the girls could marry. According to some sources, St .N icholas died on 6 December in 343 B.C. It is unclear why, but his relics were ta k en to Bari, Italy in 1087. According to the Dutch tradition he came from Spain. Possibly it has something to do with the fact that he is the patron of sailors. It could also explain why he is always accompanied by Black Peters, because the Moors dominated Spain f or several hundred years. The other e xplanation for the Black Peter is the f act that they he had to come down the c himney so often that the soot colored them black. The legend of St. Nicholas is the cause of giving gifts to children on 6 December. Every year he visits the c hildren together with his Peters to punish the naughty ones and to give presents to the good ones. The worst punishment is to be taken to Spain by Black Peter in his big bag, used for the presents, sweets, chocolate. Instead of presents the naughty ones can get the r od, too. Most children believe in the e xistence of St. Nicholas until the age of six or seven. The parents always put something in their kids shoes, often with a special St. Nicholas rhyme. The kids look forward for it every morning. Then, on the eve of his feast day he visits all children. After knocking on the door he gives presents to the kids. And if St. Nicholas has too much work, Peter will ring the doorbell and leave a basket full of presents on the steps.Early in the morning when they have visited ev eryone, St. Nicholas and Black Peter go back to Spain to come back the next y ear. The legend of Saint NicholasGet to know a century old customChristmas moonlight family steam train ride Santa Claus and his elf are already planning to join the traditional International Youth Activities` Moonlight Ride for international Component children and their parents on the historic Selfkant steam train. On Friday, 10 December, at 1900 we will get on the train at Gillrath Station, and travel to Schierwaldenrath in the re st ored antique wagons built between 1 889 and 1956. There will be one short st op on the way, though, when our two special passengers arrive in a carriage drawn by a horse. Santa and his elf will w elcome all the children and present them with a bag of Christmas goodies on the journey to Schierwaldenrath. There everybody has the opportunity to enjoy refreshments in a heated tent listening to Christmas songs, before re turning to Gillrath. Tickets at 6 per child and 9,50 per adult include BrtchenŽ with coffee, Glhwein, hot chocolate or a soft drink at Schierwaldenrath, plus Christmas goodies for children, and can be purchased at the IYA Office. Christmas party On Wednesday, 15 December, 1500 to 17 30, the IYA is offering a Christmas Pa r ty for all international Component ch ildren at the E-3A Component Officers Club. Children under the age of 6 have to be accompanied by an adult, parents of older children are also ve ry w elcome to attend. Play seasonal g ames, win a prize at the wheel of fo r tune, enjoy seasonal refreshments, and meet Santa … he even has a little gift for you. Bring your camera: ch ildren and families can have their photo taken with Santa at no cost. During the party the winners of this y ear`s Christmas Colouring Contest will receive their awards. There is no f ee. Please call ext. 4954/5 to sign up. Children enrolled in the December IYA Afternoon Club are automatically r egistered. W anted: Teachers for Instructional Classes The 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. Ad vent Break Programme Fr om 20 to 23 December the IYA is organising a four-day session for ch ildren aged 6 and older with activities from 0930 to 1630 The children can be dropped off at 0800, and collected no later than 1730 The programme offers fun games, arts & crafts, sports, free play, special projects and movies. Cost is 56 for one child, 112 f or two children, and 1 40 for three or more children, including field trip to Kinderstad Indoor Play park and Taurus Adventure World, Europes biggest laser arena, on Wednesday and lunch on Thursday. Tr ip to Kinderstad Indoor Playpark and Taurus Laser Arena On 22 December the IYA is offering a trip for ages 6 and older to Kinderstad Indoor Play park and Taurus Adventure Wo r ld, Europes biggest laser arena, which offers a thrilling adventure in fi ve mazes divided over three levels in an open arena packed with high tech g adgets. The bus departs at 0900 and ge ts back at about 1730. Cost is 26 per child with no cost for chaperones. IYA New Years Special Day Program On 3 January, 0800 to 1730, the IYA is offering a Special Day Program full of fun activities for ages 6 and older. Cost is 1 0,50, including lunch. 3-4 Dec: Bourne Supremacy. Thriller, PG-13. Starring Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Brian Cox, Joan Allen, Karl Urban. The retired assassin who has been going by the name of Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) and his girlfriend, Marie (Franka Potente), have been living peacefully in India. When a R ussian agent (Karl Urban) frames Bourne for the murder of two CIA operatives, the agency attempts to capture him. 9-11 Dec: Harold & Kumar. Comedy, R. Starring John Cho, K al Penn, Malin Akerman. Tw o twenty-something stoner r oommates … one a Korean American investment banker; the ot her an Indian American medical school candidate … go through a life c hanging journey, as they spend a night roaming the state of New Jersey in search of White Castle hamburgers. Astra CinemaEuro only at ticket window. Doors open at 1900 for a 1930 show time, except as noted. A dults pay just 4, children 2. Sunday is matinee only. International Youth ActivitiesFurther information and registration at the IYA office in Building 95, ext. 4955. Office hours: Monday to Friday, 0815 to 1300. The historic Selfkant steam train.Photo PIO archive


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8N AT O Skywatch 3 December 2004 HOLIDAY OPERATING HOURS CHRISTMAS 2004 DINING OFFICERS CLUB: 2 4-26 DecCLOSED 2 7-28 DecCLOSED. Frisbee Club open for both Officers and Frisbee Club members. 29-30 DecLimited operation 1100-1800 (normal lunch operating hours) f or both OfficersClub and Frisbee Club members. 31 DecOpen for New Years Eve Ball (Tickets required). 0 1-02 JanCLOSED 03 JanNormal operation FRISBEE CLUB: 2 4-26 DecCLOSED 2 7-28 DecLimited operation 1000-1800 for both Frisbee and Officers Club members.(Restaurant closed after lunch). 29-30 DecCLOSED. Officers Club open for both Frisbee and Officers Club members. 31 DecOpen for New Years Eve Party (Tickets required). 0 1-02 JanCLOSED 03 JanNormal operation SENTRY CLUB: 2 4-26 DecCLOSED 2 7-30 DecNormal operation 31 Dec-02 JanCLOSED 03 JanNormal operation INTERNATIONAL DINING HALL: 20-23 DecNormal operating hours 2 4-26 Dec0730-0930 Breakfast, 11 00-1330 Lunch 2 7-30 DecNormal operating hours 31 Dec-02 Jan0730-0930 Breakfast, 11 00-1330 Lunch 03 JanNormal operation RECREATION SPORTS DEPARTMENT: 2 4-26 DecCLOSED 2 7-30 Declimited operation 0800-2000 31 Dec-02 JanCLOSED 03 JanNormal operation SAUNA: 24 Dec-02 JanCLOSED 03 JanNormal operation IYA: 20-23 DecIYA Advent Break Program 08001730 24 Dec-02 JanCLOSED 03 JanIYA New Years Day 0800-1730 Special Program 04 JanNormal operation PRE-SCHOOL: 20 Dec-03 JanCLOSED 04 JanNormal operation LIBRARY: 20 Dec-02 JanCLOSED 03 JanNormal operation THRIFT SHOP: 16 DecNormal operation 17 Dec-10 JanCLOSED 11 JanNormal operation MISCELLANEOUS BILLETING OFFICE: 2 4-26 DecCLOSED 2 7-30 Dec0900-1200 31 Dec-02 JanCLOSED 03 JanNormal operation VA T/Disbursing Office (Building 80): 23 DecNormal operation 0800-1200 CLOSED 1300-1700 2 4-26 DecCLOSED 27 DecNormal operation 28 Dec-02 JanCLOSED 03 JanNormal operation NATEX GROCERY/GETRANKE MARKT/ RETAIL/CASUAL MODE/BIKE SHOP/ 4 SEASONS, VIDEO: 24 Dec0900-1600 25-26 DecCLOSED 31 Dec0900-1600 1 JanCLOSED PUMPS 24 Dec0800-1600 25-26 DecCLOSED 31 Dec0800-1600 1 JanCLOSED G ARAGE 2 4-26 DecCLOSED 31 DecCLOSED 1 JanCLOSED All other dates over the holiday period, the NATEX will be open normal operating hours. PLEASE NOTE: Dinner will not be served during the Christmas holiday period. Ground Feeding: Cold boxed dinners are available but these must be ordered one day in advance and prior to 11 00, paid for in advance (preferably the day before) and collected by 1400. Y ep, its that time of the year again. The season when, theoretically at least, we should feel a warm glow of peace and goodwill to all (wo)men. In reality, its more likely that tempers are becoming frayed as the stress of Christmas preparations and their negative effect on your bank balance turn your normally peaceful household into a proverbial hornets nest. Still, things could be worse … you could have been born a turkey. So on the assumption that money is a little tighter than usual at this time of the year, here are a couple of suggestions of where you can eat, drink and be merry without taking out a second mortgage. First up is Das Kleine Steakhaus on the market in Heinsberg. I had lunch there with friends in the summer and dinner with my husband more recently, and on both occasions I was very impressed with the price versus q uality ratio. The owner offers a special lunch/dinner menu which represents ex cellent value for money. The lunch menu is available Monday thru Saturday, from 1130 to 1500, and starts from as little as 5,90 for a schnitzel with French fries and salad … and believe it or not, this price also includes soup and dessert of the day! The same menu is available on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 1800, but the soup and dessert are replaced with r olls and herb butter. There are a choice of 23 dishes in all, including vegetarian and fish dishes, and the most expensive c hoice will cost you a mere 8.90 for a mixed grill with baked potato and salad or, for the pescatarians among you, salmon steak with shrimp sauce, rice and salad. The la carte menu is ex t ensive and also competitively priced, with starters from 2,90, main courses from 7 ,90 and desserts from 2,80. Over the border now to Brunssum and Het Rembrandthuis on St .G r egoriuslaan 1a. This would be a gr eat place for the office Christmas party, not least because of the price … a mere 25 a head for all you can eat and drink! The novelty here though is that you have to cook the food yourself on one of several large grills and pour yo ur own drinks. The only waitress service provided is to clear away dirty plates, glasses, etc. and generally keep the food trays replenished. All the raw f ood is laid out on trays on one side of the room, the grills are along the back w all, and on the other side are the accompaniments … soups, salads, potatoes, pasta, sauces, desserts and so on. You choose what you want, slap it on a grill and toss it around until its cooked to your liking. Then you add y our side dishes and head back to your t able to eat. You can go back as many times as you like and eat as much as y ou like, its that simple. Theres a ch oice of 15 sorts of meat, four sorts of f ish and a vegetarian dish. To wash it all down, you have a choice of beer, wine or soft drinks … again its unlimited consumption. OK, so as far as the wine is concerned it wouldnt be out of place in a salad dressing, but after the first g lass it does get easier to swallow and at this price, what do you expect? Also, be warned that smoking is permitted … at least it was the last time I was there … and it can become rather warm in there with all those open grills so bear this in mind. You can find details of opening times, location, etc. on their w ebsite: but there is no English language version so youll need a Dutch speaker standing by. Thats your lot from me for this year, so Ill take the opportunity of wishing y ou all a safe and happy holiday season. 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