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Volume 22, No. 10 NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen 2 June 2006 Next NATO Skywatch: 19 June Submissions due by: 8 June Also in this issue:Law Day at base school See page 3. Sports Day 8 June Find info on page 6. Airbus A380:highlight of ILA 2006 At the International Aerospace Exhibition ILA 2006 in Berlin between 16 and 21 May the Airbus A380 was the highlight of the show. With an innovative, all-new design, powered by the latest generation of lar ge engines, the aircraft provides more payload, more range, shorter take-off and faster climb. It was the highlight in the air as well as on the ground. The interior of the Airbus A380 combines the capacity increase needed by the market with the most spacious and most efficient cabin in the sky. In this prototype model, plastic barrels took over the role of passengers. Almost 1,200 hours have been flown in more than 350 test flights. More than 20 airports, large and small, have already welcomed the A380. To date, 16 customers worldwide have placed 159 firm orders for this largest airliner. Only a few people, including some E-3A Component members, received an invitation to visit the aircraft. See related story on page 4 Text and photos SMSgt. Johan Hijmenberg


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Rally arrives in Moscow All roads in Russia do ultimately lead to Moscow … and the NATO-Russia Rally was no exception. The Moscow leg of the Rally began on the evening of 17 May with a friendly hockey game organised by the Czech Embassy. A joint NRC team (composed of Allied and Russian players) faced off the USSR legends. The main event on 18 May was hosted by the famous Moscow State Institute of International Relations. Students (a few hundred of them) were joined by diplomats, NATO officials, as well as Russian MFA and MOD officials, commentators and experts to discuss The future of NATO-Russia relationsŽ. Lively and open discussion As was the case at other Rally stops, participants displayed their expertise, put a lot of passion into their interventions and showed that frank exchanges of views do not only happen behind the closed doors of the formal NATO-Russia Council meetings. Various new and original ideas were offered as to how to improve the quality of the partnership. Around midday the audience got a chance to put their questions directly to the Secretary General of NATO, Mr. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer. Speaking through the video-link from NATO HQ in Brussels, the Secretary General presented his vision of the partnership and answered many questions posed by students. The story of the NATO-Russia Rally is simple: the bridge is now built.Ž he said, We have that strategic partnership. And we are now taking steps to reinforce it, so it can bear more of the weight of international securityŽ. The Rally is a series of public events held in nine cities across the Russian Federation from 11 to 26 May. The aim is to give the Russian public a chance to hear more about, and to debate, cooperation between the Alliance and Russia in the framework of the NATO-Russia Council. On 12 May, by invitation of SNRPO Lt. Col. Luis Trindade, the Portuguese Consul-General in Dsseldorf, Dr. Srgio dos Reis e Sousa, visited the Portuguese Contingent at NATO Airbase Geilenkirchen. Dr. Srgio Sousa was welcomed by Component Commander Brig. Gen. Stephen D. Schmidt, and then visited the Training Wing and the Portuguese National Support Unit. The briefings presented illustrated the daily work at the E-3A Component and the Consul-General recognised the professionalism and attitude shown by all. He was very pleased and supportive of the efforts made by the men and women on base. 2 June 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. 102 June 2006 Visit of the Portuguese Consul-General in DŸsseldorf Photo MSgt. Mark Boggess Students get first-hand experience in legal system Text and photo Capt Robert A. Firman Two young Component members went on trial recently facing charges ranging from criminal mischief to attempted murder stemming from an alleged break-in and assault in a local bakery. The story took an unusual twist when the defence team alleged that the accuser was, in fact, a witch. The event certainly would have drawn headlines across the region had the trial been real. In this case, however, the trial was run by the base school marking Law Day, an annual event promoted by the American Bar Association and designed to give students a look at the U.S. legal system. According to Maj. Kyle Jacobson, chief of the legal office in the 470th Air Base Squadron here, the event is often hosted on U.S. Air Force bases, but this was the first time it has been done here. Basically, the goal is to spread understanding of how the legal system works. The goal of the system itself is equal justice under the law and lawyers and other legal professionals are encouraged to go into their communities and explain what can be a very complicated system,Ž Maj. Jacobson said. Dr. Terry Emerson, principal of the school, explained that this program gave kids an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the legal system. He also served as the judge during the trial. The legal office hosted several sessions in advance to discuss how a trial works. Then the students had the chance to actually conduct a trial and play the various roles. They really had a great time in the process,Ž Dr. Emerson added. And the whole legal staff did a great job putting this together.Ž This case pitted famous characters against each other in an unconventional follow-up to the story of Hansel and Gretel. Although they survived their encounter with the witch, the children could not escape the long arm of the law. In the end, although Hansel was acquitted of any wrongdoing, the jury of her peers ruled that Gretel was guilty of criminal mischief for destroying several gingerbread houses. A shocked public watched as she was led off by the bailiff to begin serving her sentence. She claimed the destruction was an accident, but the jury of students obviously didnt believe her. I suppose now we have the opportunity to appeal the verdict,Ž Maj. Jacobson concluded. According to Dr. Emerson, the students are looking forward to next years Law Day. Perhaps Gretel will again have the chance to clear her name. Judge Terry Emerson (Principal of the James van Dierendonck elementary school) presides over the trial of Hansel and Gretel.


Text and photos SMSgt. Johan Hijmenberg The International Aerospace Exhibition ILA 2006 closed its gates on 21 May. For six days, 1,000 exhibitors from more than forty countries came to the southern section of BerlinSchnefeld Airport to display their latest aircraft and a wide range of products, systems and processes representing every area of this high-tech industry. The ILA Berlin Air Show is the most important European aerospace marketing platform in Germany. With no doubt the Airbus A380 was the highlight of this years trade show and daily flight display. The static and flying display featured 340 aircraft, including the European Eurofighter, the cargo aircraft Antonov An-124 and Boeing C-17, the utility amphibian Beriev Be-200, the MiG-29 OVT with thrust vector control, the NATO helicopter NH90, the Global Hawk high-altitude unmanned aerial reconnaissance aircraft, as well as the NATO E-3A, which attracted the interest of the 250,000 visitors. Thousands and thousands of people waited for hours in line to obtain a glimpse of the interior of the NATO AWACS. A mixed crew from the operational flying squadrons assisted by three maintenance crew chiefs under the lead of deployment commander Maj. Peter Leufen explained to them the ins-and-outs of the surveillance aircraft. On the last three days the aircraft also performed a flying display. Together with fighter aircraft from the German Air Force, aircraft commander Lt. Col. Thomas Regner and his crew gained great interest from the crowd on the ground with their fly-by. Some 4,100 media representatives from 70 countries provided comprehensive coverage of the main technical themes and the attractions for the public. Quite a lot of them found their way to the crew and aircraft of the NATO E-3A Component. Also on the first three days, many highranking delegations visited the AWACS display, including the Chief of Staff of the German Air Force Lt. Gen. KlausPeter Stieglitz, former E-3A Component Commander. The first official appearance in Germany by the Airbus A380 has been eagerly awaited. The aircraft has a passenger capacity of 555 to 853, making it not only the worlds largest but also its most modern long-haul aircraft, and with its commercial introduction it will be setting new standards in aviation, as well as giving a boost to employment in a number of sectors and countries. Many new technologies and materials have been developed and used in this aircraft. Unlike the E-3A, the A380 was not open to visitors. Only some lucky ones were invited. Airbus was also represented by its ultramodern A340-600, which has been designed for long-haul routes up to 15,000 kilometres. Powered by the latest Rolls-Royce Trent engines the worlds longest commercial aircraft, with a length of 75.30 metres, makes its way through the sky. But not only modern aircraft found their way to ILA 2006. Among the historical aircraft the replica Me 262 was really something special. This forerunner of all combat jets and the first jet aircraft to go into mass production made its first appearance at an international air show. Although production of the Messerschmitt 262 exceeded 1,400 there are no longer any airworthy examples in existence and a completely new replica was built in the USA. The aircraft is recognised as the fastest fighter of WWII, with the highest performance characteristics, and was also the first jet-powered fighter and fighter-bomber to go into service anywhere in the world. Its development represented a major technological advance in aircraft construction. The ILA is widely considered to be the worlds oldest air show. It was initially held in 1909 in Frankfurt/Main as the first independent air show, and subsequently took place in Berlin in the years leading up to WWII. In the midfifties the venue moved to Hanover, until it returned to its original location in Berlin/Brandenburg in 1992. Since then it has been held every two years at Berlin-Schnefeld Airport, which has now been designated as the future Berlin Brandenburg International Airport. 4NATOSkywatch 2 June 2006 Thousands of people visit E-3A MSgt. Manfred Endres explains the AWACS mission to the visitors. People accepted the inconvenience of waiting in line for quite a while to have a look at the interior of the NATO AWACS aircraft. Among them were Max and Bernfried Kissler from Berlin, We had to wait in line for 35 minutes, but it was all worthwhile. It was great that all of you took the time to answer the many questions.Ž As the E-3A taxis out for its flying display, German Radio reporter Thomas Grnke interviews Deployment Commander Maj. Peter Leufen inside a Spanish Air Force CASA C-295. Media representatives from 70 countries attended the event; many of them found their way to the E-3A. The fly-by conducted by the E-3A attracted great interest from the spectators.


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6NATOSkywatch 2 June 2006 8 June marks the occurrence of our annual Component Sports Day. Since the early 1980s when Sports Day began, we have experienced a handful of reported injuries (13) and a myriad of sprains, strains, and sore muscles. Just as the Sports Day has changed and matured over the years, many of the people participating have also changed and matured over the years. With this in mind, we can still combat injuries and strains. Mature and not so mature Sports Day participants can benefit from a few simple guidelines: €Hydration … begin to hydrate the day before the event and continue to drink plenty of water during Sports Day. €Eating … have a few good meals the day before the event and eat during Sports Day to keep your strength up. €Field Conditions … due to the renovation of the soccer field, we will be holding many sporting events on the grass area across from the track (e.g. by the grassy knoll). While this area is not soccer stadium perfect, it is satisfactory enough for our events. Use care and caution during the games though. €Alcohol … typically in the afternoon, alcohol starts to flow. Please dont drink alcohol and participate, and definitely do not drink alcohol and drive home. Plan accordingly. €The Sports Department is introducing some new fitness routines on Sports Day. If you have not been very active, check out so me of the low-impact/low-stress exercise routines that will be demonstrated. Certified instructors will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. Sports Day is a time to get out, physically challenge yourself and others, have fun, play some silly games (with even more silly people), and enjoy some of the international camaraderie that the Component offers. Please do this with safety and injury prevention in mind. By SMSgt. Robbie B. Bogard Logistics Change of Command ceremony The Change of Command ceremony for the Logistics Wing Commander/US Senior National Representative will take place on Friday, 30 June at 1100 in Hangar II. All E-3A Component personnel are cordially invited to attend the ceremony, and supervisors of those willing to do so are kindly requested to release personnel, work schedule permitting. All attendees must be in place at Hangar II no later than 1045. People & Robbers of Cardemon Town The Alliance Players proudly presents a musical comedy for children. Cardemon Town is a wonderfully nice place to live. Most of the people there are very friendly and helpful. In fact its almost perfect, except for one thing: The Three Robbers. Living in a shack outside of town, Casper, Jasper and Jonathan steal everything they can get their hands on. The citizens of Cardemon Town are fed up, but they dont know how to stop them, until one night when the Robbers plan goes terribly wrong... Performance is at the Alliance Theatre JFC HQ Brunssum on Thursday, 15 June at 1900; Friday, 16 June at 1900; Saturday, 17 June at 1400 and 1900; Sunday, 18 June at 1400. Tickets are available at the door, or at the NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen Family Support Centre (POC Shannon Thompson); adults 6, children 10 yrs and under 4. Please, contact Annia Wyndham at or 0049 2452 976726 for more information. Jogging Cross results In the morning of 17 May the yearly E-3A Component Jogging Cross was held near the New Gym. Congratulations to all who participated! Name FirstnameCat.Off. SymTimePlace CohnenClausCNSGE27.341 BristolRandyBTW29.472 GulpenRalfBPECR30.233 RathFrankCNSGE31.284 RitzHerbertBLWSGK31.455 RuytersHarryDLWPC32.526 JanssenHayCSWCG33.437 PonssenUliCLWAM34.348 SoerensenHeidiE34.569 SimonJimCPECR35.4210 SimonAngelaE35.4210 HgerMarcoANSGE35.5312 OttoQuintenANSGE36.1013 VirtJosefCLWSGK36.4414 TravisNelsAOWP3C37.1615 RickmanJohnBLWIM37.4316 The runners are ready to cover the seven kilometres distance. Photo MSgt. Mark Boggess


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8NATOSkywatch 2 June 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 Club/Frisbee Club. Members from both clubs are eligible to attend. Regular prices brunch members 9.20, guests 11.50; lunch members 6.10, guests 7.65; children 412 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. 4Family brunch at the Officers Club. Frisbee Club closed. 11Lunch at the Frisbee Club. Officers Club closed 18Italian brunch at the Officers Club. Frisbee Club closed. 25Brunch 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, A la Carte menu served; Monday + Wednesday a vegetarian special is 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. 2Gourmet Night! Watch out for special flier! 5Closed due to Component Holiday. 8Closed due to Component Sports Day. 15-16Closed due to Component Holiday. 19-22Salad lunch-time specials. Special notes: The Officers Club has rooms available for your conferences, meetings, presentations or Commanders Calls. 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 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! Monday nights Steak Night in the Frisbee Grill during normal restaurant times; open for steak dinners only, normal sized steak 6 and large steak 8. 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 1700-1900. Every Friday at lunchtime: BBQ on the terrace! Large-screen TV available during normal Frisbee Club operating hours to watch the World Cup Football Championship Games! 4Closed, official Holiday. 5Closed, official Holiday. 6Bingo and Skat. 8Closed, Component Sports Day! 15Closed, official Holiday. 16Closed, Down Day. 17-18Closed. 19Summer specials commence. No A la Carte menu during lunchtime. 20Bingo. Sentry Club (SWPJ/4997) 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. Various new pizzas (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 at 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. Take advantage of the Sentry Club off-sale 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 (e.g. tables, benches, beer wagons) must be ordered from the supplier. Visit the Souvenir Shop, various 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) 8Component Sports Day. 13, 20, 22, 27 & 29 Softball League International Library (SWPL/4956) Monday-Friday operating hours 1100-1600. International Pre-school (SWPS/4957) 5School closed due to Holiday. 12-13Registration for the new School Year 2006/2007 and summer programme 06. First come, first served. Registration as of 0800 at the Pre-school Office. 15-16School closed due to Holidays. 19Last day of school for Preschoolers. 21Graduation ceremony for Pre-Kindergarten class. There are no more places available for the current school year. For more information, please call the Pre-school, ext. 4957. 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 Monday-Friday 08151300. Trip to Happy Mosel Cycle, skate or hike along the beautiful Mosel River! Join the IYA on Sunday, 11 June, 0730 to 2100, to discover the unique landscape of the river bends, historic towns surrounded by tall cliffs with vineyards, romantic villages and medieval castles. On both sides of the famous Mosel River roads will be closed to motor vehicle traffic and restricted to cyclists, skaters and pedestrians. Booths will be set up, where you can buy local specialties, wine, refreshments and souvenirs. There will be live music and other performances. You can go at your own pace … all age groups are participating, from kids to senior citizens. Point of departure and return is the parking lot outside the Main Gate. Cost is 22 per person. The high-standard bus is equipped with a special trailer for your bikes. Kayaking trip to the River Lesse Join the IYA to enjoy kayaking down a 21 km stretch of the Belgian River Lesse on Saturday, 15 July, 0730-2000. On your way through the beautiful countryside you will pass castles, majestic rocks and two rapids. Children aged 12 and younger have to be accompanied by an adult. Point of departure and return is the parking lot outside the Main Gate. Cost is 22 per person. MWA INFORMATION June Autos 07/2003 Mercedes Benz E240 Avantgarde, 2.6 V6, 177 HP, 6-speed, 1st owner, blue met., 92,000 km, beige leather, navigation, alarm-system, Aut. climate control, Sound System Harman Kardon, split rear seats, sport suspension, ABS, CBS, ESP, BAS, alloys with new tires, winter tires etc., dealer service/maintained (latest service 5 Apr 06), excellent condition, Euro specs, 26,995 (Negotiable). Call ext. 2451 or 02452 964161. Dec 2001 BMW 325Ti Compact 3d, 192 PS, 45,000Km only. Has BMW sport seats Monza (partly leather), Maple wood interior (Myrte), A/C automatic, Metallic Black, BMW sport suspension, BMW radio with single CD, 17Ž Alloy wheels, extra set winter tires and other accessories, BMW garage maintained, first owner, no smoking. Price 12,990 (Tax free). Call Harm Siegers on ext. 3697 or home 02456-3973 or E-mail: 1990 Ford Mustang LX Convertible 5.0 V-8 (225 HP), 95,200 miles, 1st owner, 5-speed manual, bright red exterior, white leather articulated seats, black roof, A/C (new condenser), elec. seat adjusters, power steering (new pump). elec. windows, speed control, P225/60VR-15 tires (2 extra new tires), new cooler, new mufflers, JVC KD-G402 CD receiver with MP3 and RDS, 4,500 obo. Call Asger Petersen at ext. 3028 or 0171-3149986 or 02456-504116. 1999 Black metallic BMW M5, 400 hp, 200,000km, fully dealer maintained, new brake discs and summer tyres, most extras including navigation, telephone, TV, winter tyres, leather, etc etc. Price 14,000 o.n.o. Contact Rick at Brunssum CLD ext. 2013 or 02163 8899947. Mercedes Benz CLK 320 Elegance, 12/99, HP 218, blue met., alarm system, aut. climate control, split rear seats, elec. and pneumatic front seats, seat heating, xenon lights, park distance control, winter tyres on alloys, dealer services, excellent cond. Asking 17,500 obo. Call Mario on ext. 3839 or home 02454 2687. Motorcycle 2001 Ducati 996, Ferracci C/F exhaust, light flywheel, FIM chip, JHP air filter, new Michelin Pilots, Pitbull stands, inc. all takeoffs, 11k miles, US spec, $9,000. Call Jim on 0177-3822841. SKYWATCHCLASSIFIED Skywatch Classifieds are free to all NATO personnel. Advertisements must be printed or typed, and include your name, office symbol and duty extension. The editor will not accept advertisements for services that generate a regular income, or for housing other than vacation rentals. Submissions for the next NATO Skywatch are due to PIO, Mail Stop 33, e-mail:, before noon Thursday, 8 June.


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