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Volume 22, No. 5 NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen 17 March 2006 Next NATO Skywatch: 31 March Submissions due by: 23 March Also in this issue:20 Years of computer viruses See page 3. 2006 Bookmark design contest See page 6. Text and photo Capt. Robert A. Firman Under the auspices of the Alliances Mediterranean Dialogue Program, the NATO E-3A Component sent one of its AWACS aircraft to Israel from 20 to 23February for an orientation visit requested by the Israeli Air Force. Led by Maj. Gen. Axel Tttelmann, commander of the NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force, the delegation met with their Israeli counterparts for two days of briefings and tours. The multi-national NATO crew also conducted an orientation flight on the AWACS for a number of Israeli Air Force officers. The commander of the Israeli Air Forces Air Division, Brig. Gen. Johanan Locker, met Maj. Gen. Tttelmann and the rest of the crew upon their arrival at Lod Air Force Base in Tel Aviv and hosted much of the visit. According to Gen. Tttelmann, the visit was important because the Mediterranean Dialogue is, in fact, about more than just talking. Its about cooperation and understanding. The best way to achieve these goals is to meet with each other face to face and to share knowledge as well as build relationships.Ž The visit ended with a guided tour to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and Jerusalem. Representing NATO, Gen Tttelmann laid a wreath at the Holocaust Memorial in a private ceremony with the NATO crew and representatives of the Israeli Air Force, including Gen Locker. This was the second time AWACS has visited Israel under the Mediterranean Dialogue program. Also, last December a delegation of Israeli officers toured the E-3A Component and NATO AWACS Force Command, which is located at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers in Europe (SHAPE) in Casteau, Belgium. According to Gen Tttelmann, the visit was an excellent experience: I cannot say enough about how impressed I was with the professionalism and hospitality we experienced in Tel Aviv,Ž Gen Tttelmann said. Even when plans changed or we encountered problems, they demonstrated great flexibility.Ž NATO AWACS makes orientation visit to Israel Maj. Gen. Axel Tttelmann lays a wreath on behalf of NATO at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, Israel on 22 February. Component survey team sent to Africa ahead of upcoming NRF exercise Text and photos SMSgt. Johan Hijmenberg A demonstration of the expeditionary concept of the new NATO Response Force, Exercise Steadfast Jaguar, is slated for June at the Island of Sal, Cape Verde with approximately 6,000 soldiers. This exercise should bring the NRF one step closer to full operational capability. Allied Command for Operations is scheduled to declare the NRF FOCŽ in October. The NRF is designed to be a permanently available, multinational joint force maintained at very high readiness. It consists of land, air and sea components as well as various specialist functions, for a grand total of over 20,000 troops. It will be able to deploy after five days notice and sustain itself for operations for 30 days and more if re-supplied. In preparation for Exercise Steadfast Jaguar (SJ) a Component site survey team visited Cape Verde from 20 to 24February to check the infrastructure for operations, logistics, communications, security and medical support. Airfield and site surveys are on-the-spot analyses of airfields under consideration for use in support of NATO AWACS and TCA operations. Its an instrument to find out if airfields can be used for the tasked mission, identifying existing infrastructure and facilities. It also determines the limiting factors and shortfalls, and what types of support are required. The Cape Verde Islands are located in the mid-Atlantic Ocean some 450 kilometres off the west coast of Senegal, Africa. The archipelago includes 10 islands and 5 islets, divided into the windward and leeward groups. The island of Sal, very dry and level, belongs to the windward group. Its an arid island, and although volcanic in origin, constant erosion throughout its history has made it almost flat. From north to south its almost 30 km long but does not exceed more than 12 km in width. The International Airport of Sal is the main gateway to the whole Archipelago and the home base for the AWACS detachment for the June exercise. See SURVEY TEAM on page 4


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By Col. Angel Burgos, IWC The year 2006 marks a major milestone in computer technology: 20years of known computer viruses. It was January 1986 when the first computer virus was detected: it was a boot-sector virus that infected only 5.25Ž 360k floppy disks. The virus was named Brain and, believe it or not, as unlikely as it may seem in hindsight, Brain spread all around the globe without the aid of the World Wide Web or e-mail. Step by step, viruses have kept pace with the evolution of technology. Viruses as famous as Lehigh (the first memory-resident virus), Tequila (stealth and polymorphism), or Michelangelo (ready to activate every March 6th), added new virus functionalities while spawning a huge and new anti-virus software industry. Boot sector viruses, which required that a user execute an infected file, began to wane in the mid-nineties, but as the Internet and e-mail gained popularity, so did a new virus the macro virus. In 1996, Concept the first cross-platform virus, became the most common virus in the world, infecting Word documents in both PC and Mac platforms. Concept also added social engineering to the viral soap, tempting the users to open files with subject lines that ranged from friendly to salacious. Throughout the nineties, virus infections were still measured in weeks and months. That all changed on Fridays in March 1999 when the term Zeroday vulnerability was coined to describe the release and rapid infection of the Melissa virus. Like Concept, Melissa was a macro virus, but with the new particularity of sending itself automatically to the users listed in the e-mail address book. Melissa has been credited with spreading faster than any other virus before, infecting hundreds of thousands of computers in a few hours. The next generation virus was directed to attack servers and infrastructure, so Code-red took advantage of a security vulnerability in Microsoft to spread itself around the world, then came Ninda, Slammer, and more recently Sober worms all of which propagate themselves without end-user assistance and exploit vulnerabilities of network shares, web servers, users e-mail, etc. The latest of the viral hit parade is Nyxm.E a mass-mailing worm considered moderate to high risk virus that comes with a destructive payload set to execute every third of the month. Computers no longer have a monopoly on viruses. PDAs, Cell phones, MP3 players, etc. are all at risk, as are any future devices plugged into the network. After 20 years of viruses if we have learnt anything, it is that for every technology advance, there is a cadre of miscreants waiting to show the world how much havoc they can wreak. 17 March 2006 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 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. Stephen D. Schmidt Chief, Public Information Office Capt. Robert A. Firman Editor SMSgt. Johan Hijmenberg Volume 22, No. 517 March 2006 Greek community celebrates Independence The Greek Contingent will celebrate the Hellenic Independence Day on Monday, 20 March. A Te Deum will take place at Bases Chapel at 1415 followed by a reception at the Officers Club at 1500. Approximately two hundred people are invited to honour with their presence the commemoration of the day. Among them the Greek National Military Representative at SHAPE, the Greek Consul General in Kln, the Orthodox Bishops in Bonn and Aachen, representatives from the diplomatic and military Greek authorities in Germany, the GreekGerman communities in AachenHeinsberg areas as well as the Component authorities, Senior National Representatives and Component members. 20 Years of computer viruses Developing better, lighter body armour A team of scientists from the Czech Republic, Russia, Slovakia and Ukraine are beginning work on a NATO Science for Peace project on Light Weight and Transparent ArmoursŽ, which aims to develop a new generation of body armour material. This new material will be lighter (about 80 kg/m2) and thinner (25-35 mm), while providing the same level of protection as material currently being produced (80 mm). Breaking the bullet The team intends to develop a technology for the production of an ultra-hard surface layer for such armour (monocrystalline sapphire or high alumina glass), which would shatter the bullet, and absorb the majority of the impact energy. The rest of the bullets impact energy will be absorbed by a sequence of underlying plastic and glass layers. The thickness, sequence, and materials of these layers will be the object of the studies in this project. By optimising this technology, the team also aim at achieving mass production of this material with an end-user price that will be acceptable for consumers. Joint effort The producer and supplier of the sapphire will be the Institute for Single Crystals in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Saint Gobain Advanced Ceramics in Turnov, Czech Republic will carry out the completion and production of the underlying layers. The project was awarded on 14November 2005 and is expected to be completed in spring 2009. NATOs Science for Peace programme supports international collaboration between scientists in order to contribute to security by applying cutting-edge science to problem solving. NATO and Russia tackle terror at sea On 17 February, NATO and Russia completed the first part of training aimed at preparing the Russian Navy to take part in NATOs naval counter-terrorist operation in the Mediterranean, Active Endeavour. The training included many firsts, including the first use of secure communications between NATO and Russian warships. It was also the first time that a team of NATO trainers was deployed aboard a Russian warship. Paving the way The training took place on board the Russian cruiser, the Moskva, and included selected personnel from the Pytliviy and Smetliviy, which have been earmarked to join NATO ships in Operation Active Endeavour. In addition to classroom training, the Moskva and two NATO ships from Operation Active Endeavour … the SPS Navarra and the HMS Nottingham conducted joint manoeuvres at sea. This included practicing the boarding and inspecting of a suspect vessel and transferring its cargo. The Commander of the Training Team, Captain Sjoerd Both, NLN, praised the training as very successful, saying that it demonstrated that Russian participation in Active Endeavour by late summer or early autumn was a realistic aim. Further training will take place in the coming months. Operation Active Endeavour has evolved out of NATOs response to the terrorist attacks against the United States of 11 September 2001. It aims to detect, deter and protect against terrorist activity in the Mediterranean. The Russian cruiser Moskva (middle) trains with the NATO ships SPS Navarra and HMS Nottingham last month in the Ionian Sea. With this deployment the Russian Federation Navy has entered an active phase of preparation for eventual participation on Operation Active Endeavour. Photo Gary Davies, RN


SURVEY TEAMContinued from front page Besides the AWACS aircraft its foreseen that other air units will participate in SJ. Also for training purposes, Component crews can expect to work with sea and land components. As Capt. Mario Rocher, Sqn. 1 Fighter Allocator explains: We can support the Navy by providing them a data communication Link 11, which contains a Recognized Air and Surface picture. In this way, both sides can practice and train the procedures. This is a good opportunity because we dont have the chance to train with the Navy in this kind of big scale exercise very often.Ž Another training opportunity he expects in Search and Rescue operations in which the AWACS crew is a coordination focal point between the different Air and Navy units involved. Also AWACS involvement has been requested for Close Air Support missions. Capt. Rocher: When Army units are in a scrape with enemy troops they can request for assistance. Because we fly in high altitude we receive that request and put it forward to the Air Operations Centre. They decide to task fighter aircraft or helicopters to help them out and if necessary we direct the aircraft/helicopter to the target.Ž But during the site survey Capt. Rocher has different responsibilities. He has to judge if the airfield of Sal can be used, as seen from an operational perspective. Its important that lines of communication are available. Do we have secure phone and fax facilities? Can we receive the Air Tasking Order messages, essential for our operations? It tells us how and where to fly as well as what to do. Also this week we coordinated with the local agencies, like the Air Traffic Control. We have to bring together where we can fly during the exercise in June, which frequencies we can use and what are the local control procedures„only to mention a few items that we have to check.Ž The survey also considers types of fuel and oil, aircraft starting units, the availability of oxygen, and what parking area is suitable for the E-3A. Further, it considers how many E-3As can be safely parked without towing, and if towing is available, how many E3As can be parked. While colleagues from Maintenance are busy finding the answers to these and many other questions, Flight Surgeon Maj. Michael Hinrichs follows his own checklist. Our main objective isŽ, he says, to treat the personnel on deployment in the same way as in the Geilenkirchen Clinic. That means we need facilities, which provide a treatment room, a storage area for medicines, and a room to handle minor injuries. We also need the possibility to get X-Ray or a laboratory. First we look for facilities on a military base. If that is not possible, like here on Sal, we look for an off-base location.Ž NATO guidelines define what facilities are needed. Also it defines the amount of medical personnel to bring. Maj. Hinrichs: If the host nation cant provide us with adequate personnel than we have to bring personnel from Geilenkirchen also.Ž But its not only checking on the spot. What should be done when someone has a life-threatening situation? During the site survey we have a look at the emergency system. Is an ambulance available? If not military then perhaps we can use one from local civilian sources. As we operate from an island, is medical evacuation by air, fixed wing or helicopter available, if required? Also we look to the availability of a dentist and pharmacy. Do we receive support from the local side or do we have to bring the necessary medicines ourselves?Ž Communications are essential to fulfil the operations. Without communications the detachment cannot receive the information needed. Thats why a strong team of communication specialists joins the survey team. Their expertise includes a wide area of telephone lines, like data circuits, secure lines, Internet speed connections, radios, and more. Also the availability of VHF/ UHF transmitter antennas for communication with the aircraft and with Main Operating Base Geilenkirchen is checked. Additionally everything that has to deal with classified information material is looked after. As NATO classified information has to be secured the deployment personnel have to work in a safe environment too. Of course the personnel are vitalŽ, says SMSgt. Leon Lux from the Security Squadron, but its crucial that all NATO equipment is secured also. In case of security there are no compromises. We are doing the inspection based on our directives.Ž The June deployment is a special one for the Security Squadron. The main difference is that Cape Verde doesnt belong to NATOŽ, explains SMSgt. Lux. For the survey it means there is a stronger look at security aspects. What about terrorism or industrial espionage? For protective security it means also that we cant receive support from host nation allied guards. We have to do the security by ourselves or we have to receive assistance from other NATO forces. So, how many personnel do we have to bring in, also guard dogs, and NBC protective clothing?Ž As the other members of the survey team the Security Squadron has three days to gather the information. Mr. Jim Weber, Plans, Deployment and Exercises Branch (OW4X), has already been busy with the site survey for a long time. The Branch is responsible for conducting surveys in support of exercises and real-world deployments in regard to logistics and base support requirements. To properly prepare the survey team, he researched local conditions such as required and recommended deployment items, force protection, safety and site survey rules of engagement. Concerning accommodations, first we look at on-base facilities. Of course it has to be NATO Standard. When suitable accommodations are not available we go off-base.Ž During the site survey he looks at what is necessary for the actual deployment in June. Mr. Weber: We look at what is necessary, in our field of expertise, to fulfil the flying operations. And thats a wide area: Pre-deployment preparation such as cargo and personnel processing, coordination with Headquarters and host nation officials as well as with local agencies to include all Component Wings for exercise Steadfast Jaguar.Ž OW4X provides all ground support to include flight meals, accommodations and transport requirements. Also infrastructure, including office space and cargo storage is another item. Mr Weber: In addition we are authorized Component paying agents and act as the Deployment Commanders on-scene procurement officer for unexpected exercise costs.Ž Finally they are responsible for redeployment of all personnel and cargo to include closeout of any contracts and return of host nation equipment and facilities. Maj. Gian-Mario Marras from Operations Wing Training Branch is team leader. He is also the point of contact to the other units that attend this reconnaissance week. It is important that we receive sufficient support from the host nation. Our local POC, Lt. Col. Alex Baptista from the Cape Verde Defence Forces, did a great job during this site survey putting all disciplines in contact with their available counterparts here on Sal Island.Ž Besides the Sal International Airport a diversion airfield had to be checked. Maj. Marras: On the Wednesday a small group flew to Praja, Santiago Island, to see if Praia International Airport was suitable as a diversion airfield. Runway and taxiway characteristics, aircraft parking space and the basic logistic capabilities were considered.Ž The main purpose of the weeks visit is to verify that the airfield is suitable for E-3A operations. We have to provide to our commander all elements, including shortfalls and limiting factorsŽ, explains Maj. Marras. A shortfall is a deficiency that can be solved within the E-3A Components capability. On the other hand, a limiting factor is beyond Components capability to correct. Limiting factors are critical because if they are not fixed they can become a showstopper. And that means that E-3A operations are not possible from that designated airfield, so a no-go.Ž Sal was discovered in 1640 and was first known as Llana or Plana, meaning flat. It was given its present name when a lagoon in a crater of an extinct volcano was discovered and in this place, after the rains, salt was produced. After this discovery Sal began to grow in importance and, in fact, salt became its main export right up until the middle of last century. With the recognition that a fuelling point for flights to South America was necessary, the International Airport was built in 1939. As a result quite a large internal migration took place. This factor made possible the construction of the tourist complexes, which for the last 25 years have been growing. Particularly in Santa Maria, the region where the old salt pits were. The main attraction of this area are the magnificent beaches and sea, and the excellent conditions for practising water sports like diving, and kiteand windsurfing. The Island of Sal SMSgt. Leon Lux (left), Security Squadron and Mr. Jim Weber, Plans, Deployment and Exercise Branch, review their respective site survey check lists at the passengers terminal of Sal International Airport. 4NATOSkywatch 17 March 2006


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6NATOSkywatch 17 March 2006 PIO Archive Bikers of all nations unite! By Jos Lafleur Now that the biker season is about to start, we Bikers are looking for biker freaks to start a military and civilian, all nations, BIKER CLUB here at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen. All kind of bikers are welcome. We, NATO Members and their friends, are looking for nice and friendly bikers to join us on day trips, with or without BBQ at the end of the day (everyone bring their own food), at different locations; weekend trips or even longer are also in the planning if there is interest. Also there will be some breakfast brunch rides on Sunday mornings to Brggen or Mnchen Gladbach. There will be a trip on 15 and 16April, the so-called BeneluxTrophy over 325 km or 250 km that starts from Heerlen Camping in den Hof. Another tour will be EuroTour, which starts from Heerlen Camping in den Hof on 24 May and will go on until 28 May. The next ride starts at Maastricht and will be a day trip through the province of Limburg on 12 August. From 8 until 10 September a drive to the Mosel is on the program. In addition there will be biker meetings organized all year by other Clubs in and around the area that we all may join for an entry fee. Interested? Call for more information Jos Lafleur at ext. 3632 or at home 02456-501068. Vacancy announcement Applications are invited for the following post: Senior Assistant (Legal), AGK CLO 0020, Advertisement Number 06003, NATO Grade B-4, assigned to the Legal Office, E-3A Component Headquarters. This post is due to be filled as soon as possible. Closing date: 5 April 2006. Senior Guard / Shift Leader, AGK SSP 0510, Advertisement Number 06004, NATO grade C-4 assigned to the Civil Guard Section, Military Police & Civil Guard Branch, Security Squadron, Base Support Wing. This post is due to be filled as soon as possible. Closing date: 12 Apr 2006. 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. International Golf Association Warrant Officer Steve Jikinosky, IGA President Attention all avid golfers. Your International Golf Association (IGA) Committee has been working hard over these past few months, in order to prepare for this years season. We would like to invite all golfers, of all levels, to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) scheduled for next week Thursday, 23 March at the Frisbee Club, which starts at 1600. Take advantage by signing up for the earlier bird membership and receive a 20 discount. See you all at the meeting andƒ remember your short game! 2006 Bookmark Design Contest USAFE Libraries are sponsoring a Bookmark Contest in April to celebrate National Library Week. All kids, aged 3-12, are invited to design a bookmark that expresses the Theme of National Library Week Change your World @ Your Library. Bookmarks will be judged on originality and design. Winners in each grade category will have their original artwork featured on thousands of bookmarks distributed by USAFE libraries during 2006. Winners will also have their bookmarks posted on the website, and one overall winner will receive an iPot Shuffle. You can obtain an Entry Form either from web page (as of mid March) or directly from the International Library in building 96, which is where the completed forms are to be turned in before 30 April. Splash, the Geilenkirchen and JFC Brunssum ORCAS International Swim Team participated in the European Forces Swim League (EFSL) Championship in Riccione, Italy from 18 to 19 February. According to head coach Kris Chodakowshi, the ORCAS did superbly competing with 19 teams, and Im proud of each and every one of the kids on the International ORCA Swim Team! Not only did swimmers earn medals, seventy five percent improved upon their time or had their best time ever.Ž Staff coach Jess Sutton said, This ends our season that began in August 2005, and all the kids did great. We stress beating their own time because winning isnt everything, but improving is the goal.Ž Staff coach Yutona Siikavaara added, We brought 41swimmers to compete with the other teams. These kids met the qualifying times and swam superbly at the Championships. Approximately half of the youngsters on the team qualified and this reflect their superb dedication and hard work throughout the year!Ž Yves Aubuchon, ORCAS President, stated, Children win points for the team and win a ribbon for placing 1st to 6th in the competition. The 1st through 3rd place winners received a gold, silver or bronze medal. We had 15 kids win 1st thru 6th place and out of those five won 1st thru 3rd place. The gold medal winners are Jamie Tomaszewski and Matteo Borsi, the silver medals are Jamie Tomaszewski, Marie-Pier Aubuchon and Matteo Borsi, and the bronze medals Alexia Bouchard, Marie-Alix DeMeyer and Matteo Borsi. Ž He concluded by saying Im so proud of each and every one on the ORCA International Swim Team members for their hard work and dedication throughout the year and appreciate all the superb volunteer work by their parents to make this happen!Ž Gert Koelstra, ORCAS Vice President, added, The Spring Training Session began already on 14 March at the JFC Brunssum Pool. The cost for new swimmers is 70 and you can try us out. ORCAS has 83 members, but 1/3 are anticipating leaving due to a parent getting a new assignment so if there isnt room in March, there should be On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! plenty of room in August. Stay tuned!Ž For more information contact Millie Huard, 02454.937576 or Jean-Pol De Meyer at 0031 45 5748659 and/or visit website.


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8NATOSkywatch 17 March 2006 IDH, Officers, Frisbee and Sentry Clubs now on the BASS LAN System. Menu information under Public Folders/Base Support Wing/Services Squadron/Clubs or IDH. Also, check out the Services Squadron web page for programme information and upcoming events. E-3A Component Clubs: Sunday Brunch will alternate between Officers/Frisbee Clubs. Members from both clubs are eligible to attend. Regular prices:Brunch: Members / 9.20, Guests / 10.70. Lunch: Members / 6.10, Guests / 7.65. Children 4-12 years /half price. Reservations should be made NLT 1200 on the Friday before. lub cards are required. For additional information, please contact the Officers Club, ext. 4990, or the Frisbee Club, ext. 4994. 19 Sunday Brunch at the Officers Club. IDH operation at the Frisbee Club. 26 IDH operation 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-ThursdayA la carte menu served. Monday and Wednesday A vegetarian special also available. Friday Buffet Style Lunch. Throughout the month Membership Appreciation. One time each month for each Officers Clubmember, 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. 17 Mongolian BBQ from 1800 until 2100. Reservations required. 24 Viking Night. See special flyer! Special Notes: The Officers Club has rooms available for your conferences, meetings, presentations or Commanders Call. Make your reservations now. For members living on base … if you like to watch TV and/or have a drink during the weekends while the club is closed … collect the key for the Officers Club Casual Bar at the Pass /Visitors Office, Main Gate. 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 5.00 per person must be charged for non-excused absences. Visit the Officers Club Web Page on the Component Information Portal, through Base Support Wing, Services Squadron, Clubs, for the latest information. 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 the month Happy Hour: Monday-Thursday: 17001800. Friday with free snacks : 17001900. Monday Nights: Steak Night in the Frisbee Grill during normal restaurant times. Open for steak dinners only. Normal sized steak 6,00 and large steak 8,00. Important Notice: Until 31 March the Frisbee Club will be the main operating facility for the International Dining Hall / Star Chef. Frisbee Club members who would like to enjoy an a la carteŽ lunch may use the Officers Club during this period. Sentry Club (SWPJ/4997): 23-24 March: John the ClockmanŽ will be at the Sentry Club Q & Q Room FiorettoŽ Pralines (700 g) now available in the Souvenir Shop priced 5,50 per bag. In addition to the daily special, the Sentry Club will also offer a weekend special which will include a soup or dessert as well as the main course. The weekend special will be advertised in the Sentry Club and also on the Component information web page. A variety of new pizza (Pizza Gyros, Pizza Bolognese, Pizza Calzone and Pizza Spinach) and new toppings will be available soon. Little rolls made from pizza dough with herb butter or garlic mayonnaise will also be available. Once the preparations have been completed, details will be advertised on the Component web page. Try out our new Salad Bar. Various types of fresh salads available for a reasonable price. Do you need support for conferences or meetings? The Sentry Club can assist with coffee, soft drinks, half brtchen or freshly prepared muffins. For more information, please contact the Sentry Club management. T ake advantage of the Sentry Club offsale operation. We can provide Warsteiner Beer in 30 ltr and 50 ltr containers, various soft drinks in 1 ltr bottles and tables, benches and other items to help in organising your party. Please be sure to order in advance as certain items (eg. tables, benches, beer wagons, etc.) must be ordered from the supplier. Visit the Souvenir Shop … a variety of nice new items have arrived! Additional information on any of the above can be obtained from the Sentry Club Manager, ext. 4996. Sports Department (SWPT/4946) Throughout the month Indoor Soccer League on Mondays and Wednesdays, 1715 in the New Gym. 25 International Invitational Indoor Soccer Tournament 1000-1800 31 Deadline registration for Racquetball tournament. International Library (SWPL)/4956 Monday-Friday Operating Hours : 1100-1600. In 2006 more DVDs will be available from the USAF Library Services Centre, but unfortunately VHS services are being phased out. The CD for the 2005 US tax season is now available at the Library. International Pre-school (SWPS/4957): 31 Parent-Teacher Conferences … NO regular school for children There are no more places available for the current school year. Registration for the new school year 2006-2007 will be on Monday, 12 June 2006 as of 0800. First come, first served! For more information, please call the Pre-School, Ext. 4957. Thrift Shop (SWPG)/4919 Tuesdays and Thursdays Operating Hours: 1000-1400. International Youth Activities (SWPY)/4954/5 Registration and further information at the IYA Office in Bldg 95, ext. 4954/5, opening hours: Monday-Friday 08151300. MWA INFORMATION March Autos Jaguar XJR, 8 cylinders, supercharged 267 KW, 1st registration June 2000, 1st owner; silver metallic, sun-roof, 95,000 km, excellent condition, dealer service/ maintained, Euro Specs, 16,500. Call ext. 2452 or 02451-5917. 1998 Hyundai Starex, 160.000 km, regularly dealer maintained, ABS, power-steering, central locking, radio, trailer connection, two zone air condition, additional 4 new winter tires, excellent family car: 7 seats, flexible seat configuration, asking 4,500. Contact: Hermann on ext. 3020 or 02451/64497. SKYWATCHCLASSIFIED Clock Dont forget to set your clocks one hour forward on Sunday, 26 March Registration for Kindergarten The James Van Dierendonck Elementary School is having their annual Kindergarten registration on Tuesday, 2 May and Wednesday, 3 May for school year 2006-2007. All parents of children eligible to register (age 5 by 31 October 2006) are asked to attend the Kindergarten Registration in building 93 of the Elementary School (main office building). The times for registration are 09001200 on both days. If you have a child who will turn 5 years old before 31October 2006, please contact the school office as soon as possible and ask for Sandy or Lisa. Parents need to bring Childs birth certificate, Copy of sponsors orders, Childs Social Security Number, Name and phone # of emergency contact person for School Year 06-07, and Childs immunization record. German Post Office & Lotto/Toto Service now open With immediate effect, the long-awaited German Post Office on base has opened its doors. A full-range post office service including Post Bank/Telekom along with a Lotto/Toto operation is available for use by all Component personnel and their families. Operating hours are Mondays-Fridays from 1000 until 1600. The Post Office is operated by Mrs Benzkirch, ext. 4089, and falls under the Management of Services Squadron. 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, 23 March.


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