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Volume 21, No. 8 NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen 22 April 2005 Next NATO Skywatch: 10 May Submissions due by: 28 April Also in this issue:Enjoy an asparagus tourSee page 3.Developing Close Air Support trainingSee page 3. The American Military Cemetery of the Netherlands, commonly called Margraten Cemetery, is a U.S. national cemetery. It is located just outside Margraten and about 15 miles south-east of Schinnen. There are 8,302 U.S. soldiers buried at the Cemetery. The site covers 651/2acres, and was one of the first battlefield cemeteries to be used for the temporary interment of U.S. soldiers in this area during World War II. In observance practiced since 1945, the Margraten US Military Cemetery Memorial Day Service will begin on 29May at 1500 hrs. U.S. and Dutch government and military officials are providing guest speakers for this Memorial Day service. An important part of this observance is the laying of wreaths on behalf of U.S. and Dutch organizations honoring the sacrifices of American service members in World War II. This Memorial Day ceremony is open to the public. Seating is based on a firstcome-first-served basis. Arriving early is highly recommended. The easy way to reach Margraten is to take the A-76 toward Maastricht, and then take the N-278 toward Cadier en Keer/Vaals (or Aachen). You will see blue signs with American Cemetery as you come closer to the cemetery. A different route to the cemetery is through Valkenburg, Sibbe, Margraten and then to the American cemetery. This route can be very confusing to someone not used to the area, so experienced travellers suggest that visitors take N-278 toward Cadier en Keer/Vaals. The blue signs with American Cemetery appear the closer you get to the cemetery. For more details contact the American Battle Monuments Commission at 0031-43-458-1208, or on NAB Geilenkirchen contact Capt. Dion Mack ext. 3061 or Capt. Trish Luiken ext. 4492.Margraten: A Place to Remember NRF exercise Noble Javelin 05NRF exercise Noble Javelin 05See related article on page 4 Fighter allocator Capt. Jose PereiraGarcia (left) and weapons controller TSgt. Jordy Ward control Spanish F-18s and Dutch F-16s.Photo La Provincia, Adolfo Marrero

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Make a tripAsparagus tour with the Selfkant train The Selfkantbahn in the Heinsberg region has a special culinary offer: An asparagus tour with the Selfkant-train. Dates are 1, 5, 8, 22, 26, 28, 29 May, and 5 and 12 June. The trip starts with a more than 100-year old train at one of the destination stations, either Geilenkirchen-Gillrath (at the B-56) or Gangelt-Schierwaldenrath station. Once on the go, you will get a welcoming drink in the buffet carriage. The asparagus menu will be served at the restaurant Zur Selfkantbahn at the railway station in Schierwaldenrath. You will get asparagus soup, asparagus with new potatoes and pork fillet or ham. The asparagus is of course from the Heinsberg asparagus region, freshly served. Tickets are 25, 14 for children up to the age of 15. Tickets are available from the Heinsberg Tourist Service, phone 02452 131415 or at the train station Gangelt-Schierwaldenrath 02454 6699 and at the restaurant Zur Selfkantbahn 02454 6962. Heinsberg Region goes on art tour On 1 May between 1100 and 1800, open house will be held at the art studios and galleries in the Heinsberg region. The main attraction is in Kreismuseum Heinsberg with early graphics from Pablo Picasso. All information on this art tour is available from the Heinsberg Tourist Service or check www.kunsstour-hs.de. 22 April 2005 NATOSkywatch 3 NATO Skywatch is an authorized, unofficial commercial enterprise newspaper published under exclusive written agreement with the NAEW & CF E-3A Component by Pollaert Mediacenter, Postbus1234, 6040 KE Roermond, +31 (475) 370 280. Opinions expressed by contributors are their own 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 pio@e3a.nato.int. For 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 Volume 21, No. 822 April 2005 In MemoriamIt is with deep sadness that the Italian Senior National Representative, Col. Alberto Pierotti, announces the sudden death of CMSgt Massimo Abbate who tragically died in a car accident on 12 April 2005. CMSgt. Massimo Abbate joined the Component on 6 August 2001, serving as Crypto Custodian at the COMSEC Branch until 23 September 2004, when he returned to Italy to take up his new post as Crypto Custodian at the CAOC 5 in Poggio Renatico, Ferrara Italy. A valued colleague and dear friend, he was known for his dedication to his work and for his willingness to provide assistance wherever possible. His enthusiasm and competency set an example, and fostered motivation throughout the Component. He was much liked and respected by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. His funeral took place on Friday, 15 April at his hometown of Bacoli, Italy. He leaves behind his wife Julia Moller. The Italian community and the E-3A Component wishes to extend its sincere condolences to his wife and their families for the sad loss. Alberto Pierotti Colonel ITAF Senior National Representative, Italy Note: For all Component members who wish to pay their last respects to Massimo, a memorial service will be held in the St Marien Church, Gillrath on Sunday, 24 April 2005, at 1130. Component developing Close Air Support trainingBy Capt. Cameron Lowdon and Capt Jason Morris, Training Wing Training Development Definition of Close Air Support: Air action against hostile targets which are in close proximity to friendly forces and which require detailed integration of each air mission with the fire and movement of those forcesŽ Quoted from the Joint Forward Air Control Training and Standards Unit. For the E-3A Component, supporting the NATO Response Force in the future will require coverage of a broad spectrum of missions, including the capability to coordinate Close Air Support (CAS). Since this is a relatively new mission for the Component, efforts to enhance training for this capability are underway. As part of an on-going effort to integrate specific CAS training into the training program, the Training Wing sent two personnel to observe a course at the Joint Forward Air Control Training and Standards Unit (JFACTSU) at RAF Leeming/UK. Capt. Cameron Lowdon and Capt. Jason Morris of Training and Development joined the group for the first week of a four-week course attended by nine British Army and two Norwegian Army personnel. The course certifies students as Limited Combat Ready Forward Air Controllers specialists in coordinating CAS. Recent conflicts have highlighted the requirement for smooth coordination to achieve a successful ground force campaign, and CAS can play an important role by coordinating and integrating air operations to hit enemy forces and avoid hitting friendly forces. Noting this battlefield tactic, Lt. Col. Mark Russell, Training Wing Training Development Division Chief, initiated sending the two captains to the course. The Forward Air Control unit at RAF Leeming is one of the pre-eminent FAC Training establishments in Europe, holding seven courses annually to instruct British and NATO personnel. Often they are requested to support various FAC/CAS training exercises throughout the year with their controllers or their two on-staff BAE Hawk pilots, who are experts in CAS procedures. The ability to control a fast air-attack aircraft from a spot in the hills to attack a target in close proximity to friendly troops is critical. Known as putting warheads on foreheads, learning how to work with ground-based FACs will be essential to future NATO AWACS operations, especially those related to the NRF. The first three days of the course involved ground training and various simulator rides, preparing each student for the upcoming time in the field controlling live airplanes. Topics covered included Basic Map Reading; Air Power Doctrine; Air Command, Control and Communications; and use of GPS receivers and laser designators the basic information required by all students to continue on the course. Capt. Morris and Capt. Lowdon were then able to see the real effect of CAS from both ends of the spectrum. One day they visited the OP (Observation Post) as the students directed British Hawks into various real targets in the North Yorkshire Moors. They were also able to see the pointy end of the stick, observing from the back seat of a Hawk as it was controlled in a Low Level CAS mission against various pre-defined targets. Both of these opportunities showed, even in an exercise setting, just how difficult it is for both FAC and pilot to successfully hit a target. To be successful, a CAS mission requires complex coordination. The aircraft would start at an Initial Point and, prior to starting the target run, the FAC would pass target information the pilot needs before he attacks. Upon leaving the IP on an initial heading given by the FAC, the pilot listens to additional information given by the controller about the target. This may include where the target sits on a hill, what identifying features the pilot may see on his in-bound route, and where the target sits in relation to one of these identifiable features. The FAC will tell the pilot where to look to see the target, and then confirm they are both looking at the same target. Then the FAC clears the pilot to drop his ordinance. From IP to weapons release may be as little as 60 seconds, but the pilot can only see the target itself for a period as short as ten seconds. E-3A aircrew can play a critical role in this process. In addition to providing threat calls, the E-3A can be tasked to have control of all the assets the FAC will need. Proper coordination between the FAC and the on-scene E-3A will be essential to ensure mission success. The opportunity to see a course such as this should prove valuable to future Fighter Allocators and Weapons Controllers within the Component. Development of CAS training at the Component will continue and as the Component prepares to support the NATO Response Force, air-to-ground operations training like this will become ever more important. Vacancy announcementApplications are invited for the following post: Analyst (Audit), Post Number OSC BIB 0050, Advertisement Number 05006, NATO Grade A-2, assigned to the Central Region Audit Section B, Geilenkirchen, ACO Audit and Inspection Branch, J8 Budget and Finance Division, SHAPE. This post is due to be filled as soon as possible. Closing date: 11 May 2005. For further details, please visit the Component Information Portal (WISE) under Headquarters, PEC, Recruitment/Services Section or review the advertisement posted in Building 8. Note: Only applications of qualified personnel will be considered.

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Text and photos SMSgt. Johan HijmenbergA historic exercise combined an E-3A Component crew with additional maintenance personnel from 1 to 15April on the Canary Islands. For the first time the opportunity was provided for an operational deployment far from their home bases by NATO Response Force (NRF) components to practise the concept and procedures for planning and mounting an operation using the NRF concept.NATO has created a permanently available, multinational joint force at very high readiness … the NRF … consisting of land, air and sea components, as well as various specialist functions. When fully operational in October 2006 it will consist of over 20,000 troops and it will be able to start to deploy after five days notice and sustain itself for operations for 30 days and more if resupplied. With this force, the Alliance is giving itself the means to respond swiftly to various types of crises across the globe, as and where decided by the North Atlantic Council. Three thousand personnel from sixteen NATO nations participated in exercise Noble Javelin 05 (NJ05). Around 400 of these troops belonged to the air component, which operated out of Gando Air Base on Gran Canaria. Spanish F-18s and C-295s, Dutch F-16s, an E-3D AWACS from RAF Waddington and an E-3A AWACS from Geilenkirchen could be found on the platforms at Gando Air Base that is situated 20 kilometres south of Las Palmas and surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. In 1492, Christopher Columbus spent several days in Gando Bay on his discovery voyage to the Americas. NJ05 provided the opportunity to practise the deployment of a robust operational liaison and reconnaissance team, train the move of a Deployable Joint Task Force Headquarters from a sea-based platform, on the HMS Invincible, to a land-based one on Fuerteventura, another of the Canary Islands. The exercise aimed to train as we fight and to accomplish a specific operation within a real-time constrained environment. Units deployed troops and equipment by aircraft and ship to the Canaries. At Gando Air Base around 110 Italian Air Force personnel created a Deployable Operating Base. The commander and his staff, almost 30persons, are trained in commanding and controlling major air operations; they belong to Air Force Operational Command in Poggio Renatico, Italy. They operated out of a mobile command and control structure, taking care to coordinate the joint activity of the multinational forces that were deployed at Gando AB. To manage some of the command and control functions a Command Reporting Post was also deployed on the same airbase, manned by Italian air defence controllers belonging to the Airspace Brigade in Rome. A range of missions The NATO Response Force, which is driven by the underlying principle first force in, first force out, has various missions: €to deploy as a stand-alone force for Article 5 (collective defence) or nonArticle 5 crisis response operations such as evacuation operations, disaster consequence management (including chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear events), humanitarian crisis situations, and counter-terrorism operations. €to deploy as an initial entry force facilitating the arrival of larger follow-up forces. €to deploy as a demonstrative force to show NATOs determination and solidarity to deter crises (quick-response operations to support diplomacy as required). Four prototype rotations have already been activated. They have been used to test the concept and fine-tune the practices of the force. Although not ready for the full spectrum of operations, NRF 3 and NRF 4 have already reached initial operational capability and could conduct many of the mission types envisioned in the NRF military concept. At present, NRF 4 is in place under the command of Joint Force Command, Naples, Italy. The principle of rotation applies to the NRF. After a six-month training programme, the force is certified to the highest standards, especially with regard to capability and interoperability. It is then put on-call for six months. The units that constitute this joint force are either land, air or naval forces, or have some special function, such as the multinational Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence Battalion. These force components are then replaced by a fresh set of units that will constitute a new prototype. They follow a similar training programme and are put on-call for the same period of time before being replaced by other forces once they have completed the training cycle. All NATO member countries fully support this rotational system, which brings major benefits for the troops involved, for instance by providing special training experience and integration, in a force that has the highest standards of readiness. For the NRF, the focus is more on quality than it is on quantity. 4NATOSkywatch 22 April 2005 First force in, first force outThe Deployable Operating Base consists of 3 operational shelters 40 feet NATO extendable and is able to produce and execute an air tasking order for 200 daily air operations. Gando Bay was used as a training area for Special Forces. For an NRF exercise such as Noble Javelin 05 the interest from the media is huge. E-3A deployment commander Lt. Col. Dieter Meissner explains the AWACS mission while a cameraman tries to get the best footage of a Dutch F16 off the shoulder of a colleague.

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22 April 2005 NATOSkywatch 5 Welcome to Asparagus Gala 2005Like every year, we present our guests a menu with selected asparagus specialties.Each morning, our asparagus are being cut fresh at the local farms and we serve them freshly prepared. Guaranteed! Am Freibad 10 52538 Gangelt Tel. +49(0)2454-1414 Fax +49 (0)2454 939301 www.Haus-Hamacher.de www.freizeitregion-west.de English spoken! Karin's GuesthouseLocated less than 10minutes from BaseFor more information or reservation call: +49 (0)2451-72015 or +49 (0)178 414 0855Offering a number of apartments suitable to accommodate single or family personnel GK-GillrathModern appliances Complete kitchen dishwasher/microwave Multi-channel Satelite System DVD-player MGM-channel Internet ready telephone line ISDN/DSL Free Internet Washer and dryer Pets are welcome Your own private backyard right next to the woods Our camping site is for families with young children,but also if you are looking for relaxation and the country-side.We let luxury holiday caravans, completely equipped.The holiday caravans have a terrace with garden furniture. Kerkveldweg 1 €Landgraaf €+31 (0)45 532 17 47 €www.campingdewatertoren.nl The camping site is located at the bach-Palenberg border and at 10km distance from NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen and JFC HQ Brunssum. New Life Christian Power House of Prayer Pastors Peter D. and V. Frances Nunn Weekly services Sunday Worship: 1:00 pm Wednesday Intercessory Prayer: 6:30 pm (second & fourth Wednesdays) Wednesday Bible Study: 7:30 pm (second & fourth Wednesdays) Wednesday Service: 7:00 pm Non-Denominational Multi-Cultural (first & third Wednesdays) Location Across from Treebeek Education Center Horizonstraat 73 6446 SC TreebeekBrunssum The Netherlands Phone +31 (0)45 5234818 Fax+31 (0)45 5234819 e-mail cphop @ yahoo.com Available MinistriesMen's MinistryWomen's MinistryChoirPraise &WorshipChildren's ChurchNurseryNew Member ClassDeacon TrainingFamily & Marriage ClassesMissionary MinistryTeen Ministry "When its' all said and done, God still stands" AnimalHotelAbdissenboschFor 25 yearsthe addresswhere your petfeelsathomeNew cat-place where your catcan move freely. Roomyoutside place, playgrounds, centralheated. Gr ooming salon, also Do-It-Yourselfwash salon for pets. Opening hours: Monday-Saturday0800-1200 and 1600-1900. Sundaysand holidaysclosed f or bringing in or picking-up. Vogelzankweg 230 NL-6374 AN Landgraaf phone +31 (0)45 5317217 www.dierenhotelabdissenbosch.nl(also in English) DAYCARE Heating oillow price top service Bischoff & Leeuw oHGBerliner Ring 15-17 52511 Geilenkirchen 02451 68001 VERTRETUNG DERESSOAG TAX FREE DISCOUNT UP TO 68%For people with an exclusive taste!LARGE SALE AT PERSIAN CARPETS HOUSE NOUAMISt. Pieterstraat 45 Kerkrade Phone +31 (0)45 546 57 93Your visit is worth the effort!Open: Monday/Saturday 1000-1900 hrs Sunday 1100-1700 hrs Mercedes or Japanese car owners!!Call me before you sell, junk or give away. Also if you need parts. phone +49 (0)6563 1564 www.klink-cars.de TAX-FREETAX-FREE USA PARTSSTORESpecialised in repairs and maintenance of USCars and all foreign types of cars.Most USA parts available.Authorized warrenty repairs shop for Haefland 30 € Brunssum € k.peeters@wxs.nl € www.autopride.nl Phone +31 (0)45 525 07 87 € Fax +31 (0)45 527 36 63

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6NATOSkywatch 22 April 2005 IDH, Officers, Frisbee and Sentry Clubs now on the BASS LAN System. Menu information under Public Folders/Base Support Wing/Services Squadron/Clubs or IDH. Also, check out the Services Squadron web page for programme information and upcoming events. E-3A Component Clubs Sunday brunch will alternate between Officers/Frisbee Clubs. Members from both clubs are eligible to attend. Regular prices for brunch: members 9.20, guests 10.70; lunch: members 6.10, guests 7.65; children 4-12 years half price. Reservations should be made NLT 1200 on the Friday before; Club cards are required. For additional information, please contact the Officers Club, ext. 4990, or the Frisbee Club, ext. 4994. 1Family brunch at the Officers Club; Frisbee Club closed. 8 Mothers Day brunch at both clubs; special price of 12 for members and 13,30 for guests; watch for special fliers. 15Whit Sunday lunch at the Frisbee Club; Officers Club closed. 22Family brunch at the Officers Club; Frisbee Club closed. 29Sunday brunch at the Frisbee Club; Officers Club closed. Officers Club (SWPO/4990) Operating hours: bar MondayFriday 1100-2300; restaurant Monday…Friday 1130-1330, Sunday 1100-1400 (alternating with the Frisbee Club). Reservations are required for Sunday brunch by 1200 on the Friday before. Club cards required when using the Frisbee Club (ext. 4994). Lunch at the Officers Club: Monday-Thursday la carte menu served; Monday + Wednesday a vegetarian special also available; Friday Buffet Style lunch. Throughout the month Membership Appreciation; one time each month for each Officers Club member, buy one drink of your choice and get an equivalent drink of your choice free of charge; Club cards required. Tuesdays 1700-1800 Happy Hour, free snacks available; Fridays 1600-1800 Happy Hour, free snacks available. 5, 16 + 26 Officers Club closed due to Component Holidays. 9-12Asparagus 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 Frisbee Club Events. During Frisbee 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 the Frisbee Club. Cancellations for Officers Club events will be accepted up to two days prior to the event on ext. 4990. After this time, a cancellation fee of 5 per person must be charged for non-excused absences. ALSO: Visit the Officers Club Web Page on the Component Information Portal, through Base Support Wing, Services Squadron, Clubs, for the latest information. Sentry Club (SWPJ/4997) As well as the daily special, the Sentry Club will now offer a weekend special comprising soup and a main course. The weekend special will be advertised in the Sentry Club and on the Component Web page. The Sentry Club is also able to support conferences and meetings with coffee, soft drinks, Brtchen or muffins. The off sale operation can also provide Warsteiner Beer in 30 and 50ltr containers, various soft drinks in 1 ltr bottles, and tables, benches and other items to help in organising your party. Please order in advance. Additional information on any of the above can be obtained from the Sentry Club Manager, ext. 4996. Frisbee Club (SWPN/4994) Make a reservation today at the Frisbee Grill and enjoy the cosy atmosphere and good food! Remember the Frisbee Club is open for breakfast and dinner to all Frisbee and Officers Club members (club cards required). Throughout March Happy Hour Monday-Thursday 1700-1800; Friday 1700-1900 with free snacks. Every Monday Night Steak Night in the Frisbee Grill during normal restaurant times; during May, Frisbee Grill open Mondays for steak dinners only. Normal-sized steak 6 and large steak 8. 3SKAT … card game. 5, 16 + 26 Frisbee Club closed due to Component Holidays. 10BINGO 12International Wives Club Italian Night. 17DOKO … card game. 24BINGO 25Indian Curry Night (restaurant closed). Sports Department (SWPT/4946) Throughout May, Outdoor Soccer League on Mondays and Wednesdays. 2Summer schedule begins in the Old Gym, New Gym and MultiPurpose Room. Swimming Pool opens. 4Coaches meeting for Component Sports Day … 0900 in the Officers Club Conference Room. 18Jogging Cross for Component members only. Various categories available. 210900-1800 First International Invitational Outdoor Co-ed Volleyball Tournament at Volleyball Courts at the New Gym. 28+29 Seventh International Invitational Mixed Slow-Pitch Softball Tournament and PreSeason Softball Tournament on the Softball Fields (Home Run Derby). International Pre-school (SWPS/4957) 5, 16 + 26 No school due to Component Holidays. No slots are available for the current school year. 13 and 14 June starting at 0800, registration for the new 2005/2006 school year … first come, first served! For additional information, please call the Pre-school on ext. 4957. International Library (SWPL/4956) Monday-Friday operating hours 1100-1600. The NewsBank subscription has been extended. Click on to Newsbank through the usafelibraries.org page. http://www.usafelibraries.org.11.php where the AIR FORCE TIMES will be available. This paper will no longer be available in a printed version at the International Library. Also check out the military periodicals database and the Armed Forces and Government News database on Newsbank as well. Thrift Shop (SWPG/4919) Tuesdays + 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 Mon-Fri 0815-1300. IYA Summer Break Program Between 20 June and 19 August the IYA is organizing weekly sessions for children aged 6+ with activities from 0930 to 1630. The children can be dropped off at 0800, and picked up no later than 1730. The programme includes fun games, swimming, arts & crafts, sports, scavenger hunts, free play, special projects, and movies, but will also depend on the weather. Cost is 36 per child, including lunch on Friday, plus the cost of the field trip. The 3rd child only pays half price, and additional children are free. Slots are limited. A detailed list of field trips and prices are available at the IYA Office. Registration will begin on 2 May. Mothers Day Trip to Keukenhof, Scheveningen Beach and Gouda, The Netherlands Join the IYA to enjoy famous Keukenhof Park with its colourful gardens and pavilions filled with tulips, daffodils and hyacinths on Sunday, 8 May, 0800…2000. In the afternoon we will travel on to Scheveningen, a popular Dutch seaside resort, and then visit the beautiful cheese city of Gouda with its historic buildings and picturesque canals. Point of departure and return is the parking lot outside the Front Gate. Cost is 19 for ages 12+, 14 per child aged 4-11 yearsand 8.50 per child aged 0-3 years. Trip to Walibi Amusement Park in Wavre, Belgium On 26 May, 0800-2000, the IYA is sponsoring a family trip to Walibi Belgium, an exciting amusement park boasting roller coasters, merry-go-rounds, a large variety of big and small rides, shows, and many more attractions. Point of departure and return is the parking lot outside the Front Gate. Cost is 27.50 for ages 3 and up, and 8.50 per child aged 0…2 years. MWA INFORMATIONMay AutosLandrover Rover 618 Si Automatic 85 Kw (115 HP), 1850 ccm, dark green, radio cassette player, on board navigation system, non smokers car, no accidents, first registered 30 Dec 96, second owner, 139,600 km, new engine May 2002 (39,600 km with new engine) Asking price 4,850 obo. Please contact Mrs. Lffelmacher, ext. 2131. SAAB 9000CS-Limited edt. LPT 1996 US specs, 99,000 miles, black, PW, CC, Clima-ACC, Alarm, 170HP. Very good mechanical condition. Asking 3,595 obo. Contact P. Christensen ext. 3726 or 0031653413790. Suzuki GS 650G, 54KW, 1982, rebuild engine 2004, GE TV 02/06, only 53,000 km, 1,300 obo. Heiner Hoben, ext. 4959 or home 02451-46349. Volvo XC70-AWD, 1999, 60,000 miles, dark green metallic, loaded, US Specs, $12,595 or Euro equivalent. Call Mike 0031 45 525 5761 after 1800.MiscellaneousTV, Hitachi C29-F200B, 29-inch multisystem, $175 or Euro equivalent. DVD home theatre system, Panasonic SC-HT 80, 5 DVD changer, region 2, can be chipped, $200 or Euro equiv. Pioneer DVD home theatre system, region 1 and 2, $250 or Euro equiv. Call Mike 0031 45 525 5761 after 1800. 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: pio@e3a.nato.int, before noon Thursday, 28April.

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22 April 2005 NATOSkywatch 7 First House in Townexclusive single, double and triple rooms, rooms with kitchenette, dignified furnitures, shower/WC, minibar, cable-color-TV, direct dial telephone, balcony lavish buffet in our CafŽ Fleur laundry for our guests only 12 luxurious apartmenthouses in quiet area for families with children, modern styled furnitures, 2bedrooms, living room, bathroom, complete kitchen with microwave,cable-colorTV, direct dial wireless lan telephone. Theodor Heuss Ring 15phone: (+49-2451) 627-0 52511 Geilenkirchenfax: (+49-2451) 627300 e-mail:office@cityhotel-geilenkirchen.de home page:www.cityhotel-geilenkirchen.de www.hotel-geilenkirchen.com Our bistro CafŽ Fleur is daily open from 7:00 to 24:00 hr Kuhlerthang 1 52525 Heinsberg-Schafhausen Phone: +49 (0)24 52 / 616 05 Since more than 17 years,Chrysler Jeep Service station with experienced,Chrysler trained personnel.Authorized Chrysler and Jeep service partner of Chrysler Deutschland GmbH. Autohaus Goertz TAX FREETAX FREEDODGE CULPECKInsurance Broker GmbHA specialist in NATO insurance for 40 years Haihover Stra§e 11 Opposite Geilenkirchen Railway Station Before renewing your insurance check with us! Low premiums with low deductibles. Call in or(between 09.00-16.00 hrs)telephone:(02451) 2983culpeck-gk@t-online.de AXA GENERALI ADAC ALL TYPES OF INSURANCE AVAILABLE We can replace or repair your damaged vehicle glass anywhere you choose.Whatever vehicle you drive,we can help. Atany time,any place and we lookafter all the paperwork for you. HARFZTEFUAGRKHKARNEDWMEMBEROF HWKD†SSELDORF AUTOGLASS SPECIALIZEDToarrangeanappointmentwithone ofourfitters,call(LandLineonly)0800/08000041 www.autoglas-schimura.de 02163 / 57 70 75WindshieldRepair&Replacement InsuranceClaimsWelcome Fast&FreeMobileService! GEILENKIRCHEN Konrad Adenauer Stra§e 216 Phone +49 (0)2451 482660SPEED SUNThe Sun-Center Tanned have more funA nice spring-tan makes your outfit even look better! A nice spring-tan makes your outfit even look better!Open: Monday-Friday 8-22 hrs Saturday 8-21 hrs Sunday (& Hol.) 9-18 hrs NO SUBSCRIPTIONS NO APPOINTMENTS PLENTY OF PARKING AVAILABLE HAPPY HOUR MONDAY/TUESDAY 8-10/16-22 HRS WEDNESDAY 13-15 HRS CHINESE EASTERN SPECIALITY RESTAURANTEASTERNDELIGHT Rimburgerweg 2A Brunssum Phone + 31 (0)45 525 47 70 E-mail eastern@planet.nl Experience the taste from the East Weekend & Dutch public holiday "all you can eat buffet" starting at 1730 hrsopen daily 1130 to 2230 hrs lunch specials on weekdaysFarewell,Business meeting, Birthday party are welcome BODY REPAIRMelchiorstraat 5, 6461 HZ Kerkrade Phone +31 (0)45 5452865 Fax +31 (0)45 5455978 Kerkrade @ CARe-schadeservice.nl www.care-schadeservice.nl Your car our

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8NATOSkywatch 22 April 2005 This special rate can only be activated at HEKO-Telecom Stadtpassage Konrad-Adenauer-Str. in Geilenkirchen, Call: 0 24 51-30 03 or HEKO-Telecom An FŸrthenrode 53, 52511 Geilenkirchen, Call: 0 24 51-6 60 66 Good to know: E-Plus NATO Airbase Rate Savings for NATO Dependants and Personnel Basic monthly fee1Price per minute2Domestic and E-Plus to E-Plus3Other domestic mobile telephone networks City4or Partner & Family5SMS per message sent Comfort mailbox Discounts on Telephone chargesAll prices in ; value-added-tax not included XL14,57 including 35% discount M 10,09 including 35% discount 0,09 0,220,17 0,30 0,04 0,16free-of-charge from 3% to 8% The E-Plus Professional Rates Always Get the Lowest Rate S 6,90 including 20% discount0,26 0,39 This offer is only valid with the simultaneous signing of an E-Plus Service Mobile Telephone contract for the Professional S, M or XL Rate plans, with a minimum term of 24 months and a basic monthly fee of 6,90 to 14,57 Domestic call prices (excluding special telephone numbers) from 0,04 /min. to 0,39 /min. Professional S charges: the first minute is always charged in full; after that the actual seconds are charged; Profession al M charges: calls are charged at a 10-second cycle; Professional XL charges: to the actual second, minimum 0,01 per call. The E-Plus Automatic Rate is only valid for the Professional S, M and XL Rate plans. The Automatic Rate does not apply to GPRS data transmission costs. 1_ Minimum term 24 months. 2_ Professional S charges: the first minute is always charged in full; after that the actual seconds are charged; Professional M: calls are charged at a 10-second cycle; Prof essional XL: to the actual second, minimum 0,01 per call. 3_ Valid for calls within Germany to landlines and E-Plus to E-Plus, excluding special telephone numbers. 4_ Calls within Germany to a chosen German area code, excluding special telephone numbers. 5_ Calls within Germany to five chosen German landline telephone numbers, excluding special telephone numbers. 6_ If not already assigned and technically available. Free-of-charge one time only upon signing a new contract. The E-Plus Professional Rates All the Advantages at a Glance1 With "Automatic Rate" get the lowest Professional Rate automatically*: monthly, free-of-charge, retroactively 1 One price around the clock 1 City calls for only 4 cents/min.4,51 Free calls to your own comfort mailbox 1 Free installation 1 Choose your personal telephone number free-of-charge61 Free call-forwarding to domestic landlines and from E-Plus to E-Plus Varius other mobile phone models as of 1, Mobile phone price upon request. GUESTHOUSESAPARTMENTS FOR RENTOur housesare exclusive equipped. New layout. Bestlocation in GK. Singles& Families. With washer/dryer, color TV(AFN/CNN), video and lawn furniture. Allhousesare equipped with dishwasher. Petsallowed. Welcome gift. For information/reservation call:PETRAPetra Goertz phone0177 8808882 or02451 64957 www.petra-guesthouse.de Kuhlerthang 1 52525 Heinsberg-Schafhausen Phone: +49 (0)24 52 / 616 05 Your Hyundai dealer in HeinsbergWe are the right place for your new cars and of course all kinds of repair works.Autohaus Goertz TAX FREETAX FREE EBI'SFINETEMPORARYHOUSINGEBI'SFINETEMPORARYHOUSINGCentrally located, less than four miles from the base Guesthouses priced within your budget Several houses to choose from Multi system American/European TV & VCR New modern appliances Pets accepted, no extra chargeFor reservations/information please call Traudl Schleicher at G eilenkirchen base ext. 4489 or Fam. Schleicher at 02451-5235. LIVEINSTYLE...How to find us: From Geilenkirchen/Brunssum take the motorway E314 direction Antwerpes, exit Maasmechelen or from Aachen over the Holland border direction Antwerpes, 1200m after the Belgium custom, exit Maasmechelen. Rijksweg 477 € 3630 Maasmechelen BELGIUM € Tel. 0032/89/76 19 23 www.meubelhof.be ...with our selected collection of solid Belgian style and oak furniture. Please come and see for yourself! BedroomsSuitesDining room corner unitsWall unitsLampsClocksOccasional furniture A large variety of clocks at the b b b b e e e e s s s s t t t t p p p p r r r r i i i i c c c c e e e e ! !