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Volume 22, No. 17 NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen 22 September 2006 Next NATO Skywatch: 6 October Submissions due by: 28 September Also in this issue:NATO negotiates to purchase transport aircraft See page 3. Photo impression FOB Trapani celebration See page 4. By Mrs. Maureen Geraets-Head Forward Operating Base Trapani celebrated its 20th anniversary on 9September 06. To mark the anniversary the Force Commander, Maj.Gen. Axel Tttelmann, E-3A Component Commander Brig.Gen. Stephen Schmidt, E-3D Component Commander Group Capt. Andy Fryer, E-3A Component senior national representatives, military and dependants of FOB Trapani and invited guests gathered on the flight line. We have been praying for some clouds so it would not be too hot during the ceremonyŽ, said Capt. Salvatore di Fato, FOB operations officer, while he watched the black clouds gathering over the flightline But maybe weve prayed too much,Ž he said. A dynamic tune by Fanfara dei Bersaglieri di Borgo, a group of horn blowers, opened the festivities while running onto the flight line, which was coated with a bright red glow from the many Ferraris on display. The dark clouds passed with a few sprinkles of rain and the official ceremonies began. In his speech Brig.Gen. Schmidt said, FOB Trapanis long relationship with NATO AWACS officially began in March 1986 when the first E-3A aircraft landed here. Since those days, FOB Trapani has launched more than 4,300 sorties, accumulating more than 20,000 hours of safe flying operations. Defending against terrorism, while improving NATOs response capability worldwide means Trapanis role remains critical for all our future AWACS operationsŽ. Lt.Col. Antonio Eramo, FOB Trapani commander, said in his address to the guests that the FOB has played a very important role from the strategic position where it is located. He thanked the 37th Wing for giving daily support to the FOB. This support is vital to accomplish the FOBs tasks. Eramo continued, A special thanks from the bottom of my heart to all FOB personnel for organizing such a big event with sacrifices and effort, like they always do. I am proud of you all.Ž The informal part of the anniversary gave visitors the opportunity to tour the NATO E-3A, the USAF KC-135 tanker aircraft and see the Training Cargo Aircraft. They also watched as a helicopter circled over their heads and a spectacular fly-by including some loops from an Italian F-16. Many had their pictures taken either in front or inside of one of the many Ferraris from Ferrari Club Ribera. Anniversary celebrated with Italian flair 20 years FOB Trapani By LWEP Staff The 25th anniversary celebration of the Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory (PMEL) took place on 7 September. NAMSA guests included Rear Admiral (Ret.) Mrs. Linda Bird, Director of Logistic Communications, and Calibration Program Manager Mr. Carlo CostaRamos, Calibration Branch Chief Mr. Jose Caballero-Gomez, Chief of Laboratory Mr. John Roberts, Mr. Robert Pierre from the same laboratory, and AWACS program, Mr. Detlef Wirth. After the PMEL facilities walk-through, the group went to the flightline to visit an E-3A aircraft. Chief of Maintenance Lt.Col. Hugo Otterpohl presented a briefing about the Logistic Wing. Lt. Denis Guillaume, BEAF, weapons controller, explained the purpose and function of the mission and Mr.Daniel Verhoeven, avionics shop, gave detailed explanations of the cockpit. The celebration finished at the Officers Club by a ceremony and Mr. Wirth had the pleasure to present again the key he also presented on 3 August 1981 to Mr. Bob Kuzee, the first calibration technician here at the base. Continues on page 3 25th anniversary of the Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory Last August, Mr. David Hazlehurst had the privilege to calibrate the 75,000th equipment item, an IFF model ANUPM137A used by Radar shop. Photo MSgt. Mark Boggess FOB Trapani military in formation during the 20th anniversary ceremony. Photo 2Lt. Jolene Bottor


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22 September 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 2Lt. Jolene Bottor Editor Mrs. Maureen Geraets-Head Volume 22, No. 1722 September 2006 On 12 September, the Letter of Intent (LOI) has been publicly released by 13 NATO Allies to launch contract negotiations for the purchase of C-17 transport aircraft. On behalf of these nations, the NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency (NAMSA) has begun negotiations with Boeing and the development of a formal Weapons System Partnership among the nations. This follows six months of intense negotiations among Allies. In addition to the LOI, the 13 nations have developed a plan to create NATO Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC) based at Ramstein Air Force Base. Initially comprised of 3 to 4 C-17s, the SAC will be flown by multinational aircrews (pilots and loadmasters) and a multinational military structure will be created to command and control the aircraft. Discussions are underway with NATOs NAEW&C Force Command, the unit which flies the NATO AWACS, to determine the appropriate military organizational structure. Because of the urgent operational need for strategic airlift, the SAC nations intend to conclude contract negotiations this year, and have the goal of receiving the first C-17 by the middle or end of next year. Plans are already underway to identify pilots for training at US Air Force facilities. Additional planes are called for to be delivered every six months. Thus the initial operating capability is planned for third quarter, 2007 with full operating capability in 2009. The concept behind the SAC is similar to the SALIS (Strategic Airlift Interim Solution) arrangement, which involves the chartering of An-124 aircraft. The 13 NATO nations will fly the planes based on sovereign national requirements. While these national requirements will often be related to NATO operations, they may also be exclusively of a national character, or for UN, EU, or other international purposes, like humanitarian airlift and disaster relief. The SAC planes will be configured in the same way as the C-17s flown by the US Air Force and the UK Royal Air Force. The air crews will be trained to the same basic standards, including air-to-air refueling and night vision operations. Membership in the airlift fleet remains open to other nations, and some additional nations are considering joining. LOI nations are: Republic of Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Kingdom of Denmark, Republic of Estonia, Republic of Italy, Republic of Latvia, Republic of Lithuania, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Republic of Poland, Romania, The Slovak Republic, Republic of Slovenia, The United States of America. Courtesy NATO news NATO moves to acquire C-17 strategic airlift aircraft Turkish National Day Celebration On 8 September, the Turkish contingent on base organized the third annual celebration for National Day (Foundation of Turkish Republic). The celebration was open to all the nations of the Component and more than 2,500 guests participated in the event. The celebration kicked off at 1500 and lasted until 0200. The free Dner Kebap was delicious and enjoyed by everybody. Also part of this event was a promotion ceremony. Col. Reinhard Mack and Lt.Col. Deniz Kartepe pinned on the promotion ranks to Maj. Hakan Karahan, Maj. Volkan Yar, Maj. Murat etinkaya, SMSgt. Kemal iek, SMSgt. Ilker Erdogdu. Many thanks goes out to all those people who made this event happen and especially to the bands Dig-It, Altšn ocuklar, Raw and the D.J. Photo courtesy Turkish NSU ^ By A1C Andr Scheibel In January 1984, Capt. Ullrich Mellin was assigned to the NATO E-3A Component where he spent his first 13years in Flying Squadron One, taking responsibility as surveillance controller. He retrained as a passive controller in 1996 and one year later he moved to Force Command. He returned to Flying Squadron One in 2000 and spent his last 6 years there as a passive controller. Capt. Mellin served the German Air Force for 35 years of which 23 years were at the NATO E-3A Component. On 13September he finished his last flight and received the honor of a hose down in presence of Squadron One commander, Lt.Col. Matthew Phillips, men and women of Squadron One, family and long time friends. Good-bye Capt. Mellin! Good-bye Capt. Mellin! Photo MSgt. Mark Boggess AWACS PMELContinued from front page NATO decided in the mid-1970s to buy and operate an airborne early warning radar system. The NATO AWACS was established in January 1980. To create all the offices and workshops needed to operate the E-3A, it had been decided to copy the structure of the U.S. AWACS. Unfortunately, when this was done, the Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory (PMEL) was missed, as the PMEL supporting Tinker Air Force Base, was not located on that base. To solve the problem, NAPMA requested in 1979 the NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency (NAMSA), located at Capellen, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, to create the AWACS-PMEL. PMEL is responsible to the chief of Maintenance through the Electronic Maintenance Squadron commander to coordinate PMEL requirements generated by the various shops. Technicians were sent to Geilenkirchen with the task to perform the calibration and repair of all Test Measurement Diagnostic Equipment (TMDE) on base including the FOBs and FOL and to provide technical assistance where required. For the last ten years, 3,500 items have been calibrated annually. Technicians calibrate mechanical, electrical and electronic equipment, from simple tire pressure gauges to more complex equipment like IFF Transponder Interrogator and Pressure Temperature Test Set. Equipment is coming from 45 workshops, including the FOBs and FOL and offices from all over the base. The PMEL obtains its traceability for the Secondary Reference Laboratory at NAMSA Capellen (Luxembourg). For items beyond local capabilities, arrangements will be made with NAMSA, the calibration laboratory W84 of the German Air Force and civilian contractors. The PMEL will continue to provide dedicated support for many years to come.


4NATOSkywatch 22 September 2006 FOB Trapani historyThe NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force Forward Operating Base (FOB) is located at Trapani Birgi airport, home of the 37th Wing. It was activated on 1 January 1986 and it began its activities on 11 March of that year when the first E-3A landed at Trapani. The FOB mission is to provide technical, operational and logistic support to the NATO AWACS fleet and E-3A Component crews, deploying from home base Geilenkirchen, Germany. During its 20 years of activity, the FOB has provided support to countless air operations such as Anchor Guard, Deliberate Forge and in particular those related to the former Yugoslavia and Kosovo crisis. In the last period, beside the normal training and operational activity of the E-3A Component, the FOB has provided support to several high visibility events such as the NATO Prague summit, Practica di Mare summit, Distinguished Games, Jupiter I e Jupiter II Nuntio Vobis and Augusta summit. FOB personnel coming from the Italian Air Force are directly assigned to the E-3A Component and is organized as a maintenance, operations, admin and IT section. FOB Trapani Anniversary impressionsPhotos 2Lt. Jolene Bottor


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6NATOSkywatch 22 September 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 program 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 11.50. 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. 1Both Clubs closed. (Official Holiday). 8Family Brunch at the Officers Club. Frisbee Club closed 15Brunch at the Frisbee Club. Officers Club closed. 22Lunch at the Frisbee Club. Officers Club closed. 29Family Brunch at the Officers Club. Frisbee 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 and 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. Exceptions: 2 and 3 October: Club closed due to Component Holidays. 4 and 5 October: Restaurant closed due to Official Function. SPECIALS: From 16 to 19 October 2006: Mussel Specialties during lunch-time! Friday 13 October 2006: Gourmet Night … See special flyer! Special Notes: The Officers Club has rooms available for your conferences, meetings, presentations, lunches 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 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). Every Monday night: Country Line Dance, at 1930. 10Bingo Green lounge 1900-22.30 10Skat Main bar 1800-2300 19International Wives Club Canadian Night 24Bingo Green lounge 1900-2230 31Halloween Party, See special flyer doors open at 1900 Every Monday through Thursday Happy hour from 1700 until 1800. Every Friday Happy hour from 1700 until 1900 including snacks. Every Monday night Steak Night normal Restaurant times. Steak Dinner only. Normal steak 6 large steak 8. Due to the popularity of the Monday Steak Night, we will give it a try on Friday nights too. (Reservations required). Special closure: Saturday 30 September through Tuesday 3 October 2006. (Holidays) Sentry Club (SWPJ/4997) As of 1 July 2006 the Sentry Club Main Bar is closed at 2000, Monday through Friday. Last Call will be 1930. Last Pizza Order at 1930 MondayFriday 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 pizzas is available now, i.e. Pizza GyrosŽ, Pizza BologneseŽ, Pizza CalzoneŽ and Pizza SpinachŽ). We also will add some new toppings. As soon as the preparations are finished, the details will be advertised on our Component information web page. We will also offer little rolls made from pizza dough with herb butter or garlic mayonnaise. Take advantage of our new Salad Bar. Various types of freshly prepared salads available at a reasonable price. Do you need support for conferences or meetings? The Sentry Club can assist with coffee, soft drinks, half rolls or freshly prepared muffins. For more information, please contact the Sentry Club management. Need supplies for a party? The Sentry Club is your stop for 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) 4Start of Winter Schedule Old Gym, New Gym & Multipurpose Room 13Volleyball League/Tournament Deadline Registration 14European Handball Tournament International Invitational Tournament 16Start of Fitness Classes. Separate info will follow. 17Table Tennis start registration 21Volleyball Presentation Tournament New Gym 24Volleyball League first game day Start of Season, New Gym 26Volleyball League 1715, New Gym 27Table Tennis Tournament deadline registration 31Volleyball League 1715, New Gym International Library (SWPL/4956) The new operating hours are 1100-1500, Monday through Friday. A fifth computer is now available for Internet … use of our patrons. Also, VCR tapes are on sale now for only 1 each. International Pre-School (SWPS/4957) 2Down day … No School 3NATO Holiday … No School 9-13Fall Break … No School 31Halloween parties at 1100 and 1500. Halloween Parties will be celebrated without parents and are for the children only. Three-day children get an extra day off school on that Tuesday! Registration for the new school year 2006/2007 continues. Afternoon slots are still available, however, there is a waiting list for the morning programs. For more information please call the PreSchool at ext. 4957. Thrift Shop (SWPG/4919) Tuesdays and Thursdays Operating Hours: 1000-1400. International Youth Activities (SWPY/4954/5) Further information and registration at the IYA Office in Bldg 95, x 4955, office hours: Monday-Friday, 0815-1300. II YA Fall Break Programme From 23 to 27 October the IYA is organizing a session for children aged 6 and older with activities from 0930 to 1630. The children can be dropped off at 0800, and picked up no later than 1730. The program offers fun games, arts & crafts, sports, free play, special projects and movies. Cost is 63 for one child, 126 for two children, and 57,50 for three or more children, including field trip to Toverland Indoor Amusement Park on Tuesday and lunch on Friday. I YA Trip to Toverland Indoor and Outdoor Amusement Park On 24 October the IYA is offering a trip for ages 6 and older to Toverland, a large amusement park boasting an amazing variety of small and big rides and beautiful playgrounds both indoors and outdoors. The bus departs at 0830, and gets back at about 1730. Cost is 27 per child, chaperones go free. IYA Scrapbook Club On Sunday, 8 October, 14301800, LaVonne Milne invites you to join other scrapbookers at the IYA Arts & Crafts Room to share ideas and meet people. Bring your photos and supplies. Tools are available. New to scrapbooking? Let us help you get started. The fee of 9 includes light snacks, drinks, make-n-takes and door prizes. MWA INFORMATION October For sale Ducati Monster 750, 1999, 27000 km, new chain set, rear tire German Specs, USAREUR registration, garage parked, dealer maintained. Asking 3,990. Info Gerry Van Tol, ext. 3114 or 024456-896 Honda Nighthawk 4 cyl … 750 cc, 1992, 22000 km, US specs, NL registration, dealer maintained 2,790. Info Gerry Van Tol, ext. 3114 or 02456-896. Thank You I would like to publicly thank the Good Samaritan from base who provided first aid to my son who was in a car accident on the B56 at Stahe-Niederbusch on 27 August 2006. Words cannot express the how much I appreciate you helping him out of the car and providing the initial first aid. I would like to thank you personally if you feel comfortable. Please do not hesitate to call me, Peter Wolter at ext. 3329. 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, 28 September.


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