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Volume 23, No. 10NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen 25 May 2007 Next NATO Skywatch: 29 June Submissions due by: 21 June Norwegians run in Vienna See page 8 By Heidi Soerensen, PIO In this issue of NATO Skywatch, we will continue to look back at the Component’s heritage by running the third original article from the past. Browsing through the large collection of past issues shows numerous articles and photos about the E-3A, but only very few articles were printed about the Trainer Cargo Aircraft (TCA). With this story, we would like to highlight the TCA Squadron and increase your knowledge of this valuable part of the Component, including past and present missions. This original article is from 14 February 1992 and describes the very rst humanitarian mission in the Components history executed by the TCA! Continued on page 8 By Col. J.N. Zijlstra Many Component members, both military and civilian, have been focused on TACEVAL preparation since last July. We have conducted and participated in multiple exercises and deployments, with our deploying personnel going through intensive ICCS/IDT training, having their IPE and personal equipment inspected in processing lines, and setting up/conducting operations in both austere and forward operating base conditions. To support these events, we energized our battle staff, deployment/wing control centers, deployment managers and other deployment-support personnel to ensure the Component had the resources and personnel to perform these missions. Thanks to all MOB and FOB Trapani personnel who played a part in making the TACEVAL a complete success. You should rightfully be proud that the Component received an overall SATISFACTORY rating in each of the evaluation areas: Operations, Support, and Force Protection. The TACEVAL certi es the Component’s ability to successfully conduct deployed operations – these results have demonstrated this capability to our NATO brethren. This would not have been possible without the combined efforts of all participating MOB and FOB Trapani personnel. Congratulations and great work! By SMSgt J. Hijmenberg Although the names of the “enemies” were made up, the more than 200 Component members who participated in the TACEVAL from 9-18 May felt like they were in places called Nuraghia, Etnaland and Zaraland. In order to get into the right mindset, everyone was told to play as if it were real. Coordination skills were essential. The ADVON crew arrived at our Forward Operation Base (FOB) Trapani via TCA’s on 9 May while the rest of the Component members landed by E-3A’s and TCA on 11 May. The last days before the employment phase started were lled with brie ngs and last reminders about how to handle certain situations. The Component members and the members of FOB Trapani had to manage intruders, suspicious packages, anti-NATO demonstrations and more. Exericise Magic Venture earlier this year was an excellent training opportunity to prepare everyone for this tactical evaluation. Approximately 80 evaluators, serving with CC-Air HQ Ramstein – TACEVAL Division, evaluated the Component’s operational readiness. Under the lead of Division Head Col. Sylvain Faulcher, they tested three main areas: operations, logistics and force protection. “TACEVAL is not an exercise”, he briefed the detachment at the beginning of the ‘drill’, “Act as if you were in an actual mission. Do as you would within real national and NATO constraints.” The exercise was conducted in four phases: planning and activation, deployment, execution and redeployment. During the rst two phases several tests were already evaluated. Simulator missions had to be own by the aircrew and people were selected to show their re ghting and shooting skills. The NATO Response Force criteria had to be followed from the SHAPE Tactical Evaluation Manual to assess the Component’s capability as a tactical air unit and the required military combat readiness. Taceval results are in!! Loading crew veri ed the secure packing of the pallets.Photos by SMSgt. J. Hijmenberg A historical journey through the E-3A Component’s past


NATO Skywatch is an authorized, unof cial commercial enterprise newspaper published under exclusive written agreement with the NAEW & CF E-3A Component by Pollaert Mediacenter, Postbus 1234, 6040 KE Roermond, +31 (475) 370 280. Opinions expressed by contributors are their own and do not necessarily re ect the of cial views of, or endorsement by, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts or supplements, does not constitute an 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 classi ed advertisements to the NAEWF E-3A Component Public Information Of ce (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. 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 Of ce Capt. Richard Komurek Editor SMSgt. Johan Hijmenberg Mrs. Petra von Schwerin-Bode Volume 23, No. 10 25 May 2007 25 May 2007 NATO Skywatch 3 2007 marks another milestone in the records of the E-3A Component. As we all know, we are heading for a tremendous 25th anniversary party in June. Earlier this year, there was an historical event of a different kind in the Air eld Services Squadron. 2nd Lt. Christoph Kalt successfully completed his on-job-training at Frisbee TOWER and Frisbee RADAR, thus acquiring the rst ATC (Air Traf c Control)-license ever in Geilenkirchen. But let us take a closer look From the very rst day of our Component’s existence, all ATCof cers were so-called “licensed“ controllers coming from various German Air Force bases. With their arrival at Geilenkirchen, they had to achieve a “facility rating” for our aerodrome, taking into consideration the various aspects and peculiarities of ETNG (i.e. ICAO location indicator of Geilenkirchen Air Base). In 2005, ETNG became an of cial ATC-Training Base of the German Armed Forces. Due to the exceptional geographical location of the E-3A Component, with one runwayend literally on the Dutch border, along with its multinational aircraft crews and its unique organizational structures, training represented, and still represents, a very special challenge for every individual also in ATC. In 2004, 2nd Lt. Kalt started his ATC-career by attending a special course in aeronautical English in Frstenfeldbruck, Bavaria. His next step lead him to the Technical Air Force School in Kaufbeuren, Bavaria, where he passed the mandatory 14 months basic ATC-training in theory and simulations and where he was rewarded with a “Student’s License.” Geilenkirchen nally received his life traf c assignment in 2006. It was 2nd Lt. Kalt’s goal to prove that he was able to transfer his knowledge from school into real world scenarios and solve complex air traf c situations. 1st Lt. Dirk Nass, Tower Watch Supervisor, ATC Instructor/Evaluator and pro ciency checker, took on the responsibility for 2nd Lt. Kalts Radarand Tower-training. During this winter, 2nd Lt. Kalt received his “Ready Report“ for the nal test and in February 2007, he was handed over the desired ATC-license, after a demanding three-day checkout. Congratulations!!! Both instructor, 1st Lt. Nass, and former student, 2nd Lt. Kalt, would like to take this opportunity to express their gratitude for the extraordinary support received from our pilots and air crews, who were willing to perform with highly-appreciated professionalism, and sometimes, with even admirable patience, all kinds of training procedures.For the rst time everBase Support Wing By 1Lt. J. Braselmann Photo by A. HohenforstBy Maj. Gary Jackson, Force Command Air Commodore Hodgson On 7 March 2007, at the SHAPE Club, Major General Tttelmann, invited guests and members of Force Command gathered to bid adieu to Air Commodore Peter Hodgson as he retired from the Royal Air Force after more than 36 years of service. Air Commodore Hodgson had served as the Deputy Force Commander and the Chief of Staff at Force Command from March 2004 until his retirement. During his tenure the Force faced many challenges. In step with NATO, Force Command continued its own transformation process to better prepare for new roles, such as NRF and an out-of-area deployment capability, which places greater demands on our people and resources. The Air Commodore was also at the centre of the struggle to bring the NATO Mid-Term Modernization programme online. It was also under his guidance that Force Command conducted a long-term NE-3A and TCA eets sustainability analysis and personnel/ C2 structural reviews at both the operational and tactical levels. Major General Tttelmann passed his thanks for Air Commodore Hodgson’s unconditional dedication to the Force, for his total achievements and the total professionalism and leadership that he had demonstrated during a time of great change. Upon their retirement to York in the UK, the Force Commander, and everyone at Force Command, wished both the Air Commodore and his wife Gail all the very best during the next phase of their lives. Air Commodore Whittingham On 19 March 2007, Air Commodore Dai Whittingham began his appointment as the Deputy Force Commander. Air Commodore Whittingham comes to Force Command with a varied and yet very relevant background. Earlier in his career, the Air Commodore was a fastair Phantom pilot. Notable however, is that he is also a quali ed E-3D pilot, has commanded an E-3D Squadron and served as the Component Commander at Waddington from July 2000 until August 2002. Most recently, Air Commodore Whittingham was the Air Of cer ISTAR at HQ Strike Command (now called Air Command). He understands the AWACS community and is no stranger to the challenges Force Command will face during these days of transformation and change. Of his return to the community, Air Commodore Whittingham said: “I am delighted to rejoin the NATO AWACS family in this special anniversary year. I look forward to working closely with the GK team in meeting today’s operational challenges and in preparing to face the operational environment of the future.”Change of Command at Force Command Photo by CWO Alda Van Zwieten


4 NATO Skywatch 25 May 2007 Text and photo Lt. Col. Michael P. Kleiman, PIO After serving with the German Air Force for 31 plus years, Senior Master Sgt. Eugen Toelle looks forward to his future, which includes retiring in August and devoting more time to family, friends and hobbies, but before thinking about tomorrow's plans, he remains rmly focused on the present and enriched by the past. During his initial seven years in the military, Sergeant Toelle, a native of Warburg, Germany, worked as a radar operator at a site near, at that time, the border of East Germany. Contemplating a job change, he investigated an assignment with the new NATO E-3A Component in Geilenkirchen, and following a few weeks of leave, returned to a noti cation of change of station to the AWACS unit with a report date of January 1983. He has been here ever since. After his arrival at the air base, Sergeant Toelle participated in six months of training to learn the radar system employed in the E-3A aircraft. Following duty in the Operation Wing’s Squadron One for seven to eight years, he completed instructor quali cation for surveillance operator and joined the Training Centre (later renamed Training Wing) in that role. A few years later, Sergeant Toelle also became a surveillance operator evaluator. Currently, he teaches basic quali cation training for surveillance operator to between 15 and 25 students per class. “During my 24 plus years serving with the Component, it has been a great experience to meet people from many countries working on the same team. It has been a unique way of life,” said Sergeant Toelle. “As an instructor, my job is to give the students an encouraging environment to learn.” Although his teaching role keeps him on the ground most days, he occasionally participates in training missions to maintain currency. Re ecting on the highlights of 31 plus years of military service, Sergeant Toelle listed the following three events: becoming a member of the NATO E-3A Component; the Berlin Wall coming down along with the collapse of the Warsaw Pact (several former members have since joined the NATO team); and meeting his wife during the rst two years of his assignment here. In addition, he shared his 94 deployments (1,000 plus days) to the Component’s Forward Operating Base in Konya, Turkey, provided many memorable moments. "It has been a great ride. I still want the Component to continue with its high standards, as well as have only safe landings," said Sergeant Toelle. German Air Force SMSgt. Eugen Toelle points to the NATO E-3A Component's Forward Operating Base at Konya, Turkey. He has completed 94 trips to this location during his 31 plus years of military service. Training instructor leaves a legacy of service and sacri ce This aircraft landed at Geilenkirchen Air Base Do you know what it is? SEE PAGE 12 Photo by A1C Florian Hueftle 25th Anniversary Celebration16 & 17 June 2007 Tickets on SaleTickets are available in the clubs (Sentry, Frisbee, Of cers Club) or via internet or Free entrance for children under 14 years


6 NATO Skywatch 25 May 2007 Today we have heard about the sad death of a good friend and colleague Tony Clark. Tony arrived at the component during the summer of 1982 as a mechanic in the Jet shop. He came with excellent credentials from the RAF having recently worked at (among several other bases), RAF Larbruch and JHQ Rheindahlen. This softly spoken gentleman from the Isle of Man U.K. was always the rst to don his coveralls when work came up leading the young shift at the time with a father-like attitude. This earned him the respect of colleagues and military supervisors in the eighties, which ultimately enhanced his position within the Component. He became shift leader and was then promoted to Aircraft Quality Assurance leaving behind the physical side of the environment in Logistic Wing. This just meant that Tony had a new challenge. Anyone who has ever worked or been on deployment with Tony will tell of his quiet sense of humor, dedication and painstaking attention to detail. Whenever a problem needed tending to or advice was required Tony was always consulted. Make no mistake; we have lost one of the best! Our sincere condolences go out to Maria and their daughters. Tony will be sadly missed. Jet Shop Geilenkirchen As a friend and colleague of Tony Clark, I had the privilege of writing the of cial memoriam. I’m compelled to try to offer more personal re ection in the following brief comments. We all know the loss of Tony is immense on different levels; his knowledge of the E-3A/707 airframe is unmatched. We all know of his life’s work, his dedication to serving his country, and NATO combined, stretching over 47 years of sel ess service. However his abrupt and unexpected death has shaken many at a deeper level of course. His family and many friends in the Netherlands, his family in Great Britain, and our NATO family here are all deeply troubled by the passing of this noble, wonderful human being. There really are no words to describe his kind and generous heart, the pleasing feeling he gave everyone, his calm professional manner. Suf ce to say it was a privilege to be in his presence, he made you feel relaxed and optimistic, much like the refreshing feeling you get from the warm sun in the morning. It was an honour to have known him. Mark BeauchampTony’s PoemAs we sit here and remember our dear Tony Clarke of QC fame Individual memories and ones that we remember the same, Our english gentleman, our colleague and loyal, true friend Whose time among us, too short, has sadly come to an end. Every day without fail he came to work from far away As for sick leave he rarely missed a day. He loved to travel and take part in TDYs All over the globe ying through many skies. An exceptional man who had much pride in his work You never heard him complain or ever try to shirk. His diplomacy, knowledge and manner fair and right Whether to Force Commander or cleaner, Tony was always polite Always the neatest and best-dressed man in QC But our Tony was color blind, so how could that be? His dear wife Maria we have to thank for her care Even his TDY clothes she would carefully prepare! Dear Tony was very active in his private life too In band and choir Tony always shone through. He was modest bout his talents didn't perform for QC But now we know he is playing and singing for the Almighty. Though Tony liked to work at his desk, solve problems of all compilations He mastered the emails and weight and balance calculations But best of all he enjoyed his hands on' inspection Thanks to Tony Force Command were put in the right direction. Dear Tony we miss you so much its really causing us pain Your happy smile, your englishness and positive refrain We hope to see you again one day on that eternal TDY You'll prepare the way for us and show us how to y. God Bless you and let you rest in peace. With lots of love and affection, Denise Richardson In memoriam With deep regret the Component announces the sudden passing of Mr. Anthony ‘Tony’ Clarke on Wednesday, 9 May 2007, at the age of 64. After serving more than two decades in the British Royal Air Force, Mr. Clarke began his remarkable record with the E-3A Component in 1982, working in the Propulsion Section. In 1988 he became a Quality Assurance Inspector on the Logistics Wing Staff. Those who had the privilege of knowing and working with Tony considered him a truly accomplished professional. His strong work ethic and dedication to the airworthiness of the eet is renowned throughout the E-3/707 community worldwide. His lifelong experience and profound knowledge of the E-3A aircraft made him a vital member of the Logistics Wing and the E-3A Component. Mr. Clarke was well known for his friendly, helpful, receptive attitude and his kind words towards all he came into contact with. Those who regularly depended on his sage advice appreciated his gentle nature and his wise character. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. The Component extends its most sincere condolences to his wife, Maria, his two daughters, Maria and Audrey and his grandson, Noah.Dedications to Anthony Clarke Norwegian 25th Anniversary Raf eWin a cruise on "The world's most beautiful voyage." A cruise is the rst prize in the Norwegian 25th anniversary raf e and involves a one-week trek along the coast of Norway for two persons, including full board with the Norwegian Costal Voyage (Hurtigruten). The prize also includes free ights from Dsseldorf Norway Dsseldorf. The total value of the trip is approximately 4500. The Norwegian Costal Voyage is a unique blend of cruising holiday and arctic adventure. The voyage weaves its way along the cost, meandering through thousands of island and skerries on a breathtaking journey from Bergen to Kirkenes. See for more information. Raf e tickets are sold by Norwegian Component members, the Norwegian NSU and also during the 25th anniversary celebration, 16-17 June. Drawing occurs 17 June in Hangar 1. You do not need to be present to win. Contact 2nd Lt. Bengt Bergan, OW1V, extension 4125, for more details.


8 NATO Skywatch 25 May 2007 A historical journeyContinued from front page The destination was Russia, which was another major milestone in those last days of the Cold War. The crew on this unique mission experienced many challenges including the restriction to land only in daylight, all data was in another measurement system and temperatures were minus 30 degrees centigrade. Despite all of that, the eight people on the TCA returned to Geilenkirchen with a warm and positive feeling, satis ed to be part of a program to help other people with a new start. Today, the TCA continues to successfully navigate in an everchanging environment. But let us start the historical TCA journey from the beginning. The rst TCA landed at the E-3A Component on 10 October 1988, the second followed in April 1989 and the third TCA landed in December the same year. The rst three TCAs were originally built by Boeing from1968 through 1969 and delivered to Sabena World Airlines, where the TCA spent its rst twenty years as a commercial airliner. Since 1988, the TCA has successfully own more than 28,000 hours all over the world. Thanks to a modi cation period in 1998-2001, two TCAs were replaced and the third was upgraded, and thus, the aircraft continues to play an important role in NATO worldwide operations. The primary mission of the TCA is the same as it was in 1988: combined training and cargo missions with the overall purpose of supporting the E-3A. This means they support the E-3A pilot training program, transport spare parts or extra crewmembers, support exercises, verify landing strips before the arrival of a deployed E-3A and much more. “The TCA is in the background all over the world. Wherever the E-3A is deployed, there has been a TCA. We are the “ re brigade in the air for the E-3A,” says TCA Flight Engineer CMSgt Steve Hammond with a hint at the friendly competition between the ying squadrons. “The fastest spare parts provider in the world!” A normal workday in the TCA squadron is very unpredictable and they are always prepared for shortnotice ights. Turnaround time (time between landing and the next take off) can be down to 20 minutes and therefore it is not unusual to y four or even ve missions in one day. In addition to the rst humanitarian ight to Russia in 1992, the TCA was the rst ever NATO marked aircraft and indeed the rst Component aircraft that landed in Sarajevo in 1996 in support of the peacekeeping efforts in the former Yugoslavia. On that historic mission the TCA transported humanitarian aid, which included, among other things, ve tons of baby food and 600 cuddly toys to children in need. In 1999 the TCA continued to play an invaluable key role in saving lives now ying humanitarian aid to the Turkish earthquake regions – bringing generators, medical equipment and blankets to the victims. Recently, the TCA has been involved in two other humanitarian missions. In September 2005, the TCA was tasked to support the humanitarian relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in the United States. The TCA transported more than 115 tons of aid; primarily beds and blankets to the victims of the storm. In October 2005, the TCA provided humanitarian aid in Islamabad, Pakistan. They transported more than 20 tons of cargo; primarily tents, heaters and blankets to the victims of the earthquake. Even though the involvement of the TCA has not been highlighted in the NATO Skywatch archive, the TCA continues to play an important role in all E-3A operations as it has since it arrived in1988. Over the next coming weeks, we will continue to publish a series of original articles, and we hope you will look forward to looking back at the Component’s past. By Maj. M. Ramberg On the 29 April 2007, one of the biggest marathons in Europe took place in Vienna, Austria. More than 26,000 runners from 80 nations had signed up to run either a halfor full marathon. Among them were also one quarter of the Norwegian contingent assigned to the E-3A Component. Supported by more than 250,000 spectators along the course, all the Norwegian Vikings nished the race in style. According to team leader and second-time marathoner, Maj. Morten Ramberg, the whole idea to run a marathon started as an internal challenge in the Norwegian contingent last autumn. “Throughout the winter, we have invested long hours of running in the Geilenkirchen and Gangelt area to achieve our goal. We have found out that this is an excellent way of getting to know the local area,” said Maj. Ramberg. The Norwegian Senior National Representative (SNR), Lt. Col. Kjetil Mikalsen, expressed his pride in the achievement of his men. “Unfortunately, I was TDY this year, but next year I’ll be on the starting line together The Norwegian Vikings attack the 2007 Vienna City Marathon A record number of 26,279 runners from 80 nations started in this year's Vienna City Marathon. with hopefully an even a bigger percentage of the Norwegian contingent.” So, the Component is warned, look out for the Vikings – next year they will run a marathon in another major European city with their SNR in the lead. The Norwegian Viking marathon runners pictured from left : Capt. Geir Arne Berntsen, Capt. Aasmund Sandvik; Maj. L Morten Ramberg; 1st Lt. Andreas Johansen and Capt. Freddy Moland.Photo courtesy of NSU Norway


IDH, Of cers', 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 Of cers’/Frisbee Clubs. Members from both clubs are eligible to attend. Brunch prices: Members: 10.70; Guests 13.00; Children 4-12 years: half price. Reservations should be made NLT 1200 hrs on the Friday before. Club cards are required. For additional information, please contact the Of cers’ Club, tel. 4990, or the Frisbee Club, tel. 4994. 3 Of cers’ Club Family Brunch. Frisbee Club closed. 10 Frisbee Club lunch/brunch. Of cers’ Club closed. 17 No Brunch due to 25th Anniversary. 24 Of cers’ Club Greek Style Brunch. Frisbee Club Closed. Of cers' Club (SWPO/4990) Operating Hours Bar: Monday-Friday: 1100-2100 hrs. Restaurant: MondayFriday: 1130-1330 hrs. Wednesday: A vegetarian special also available. Friday: Buffet Style Lunch. Throughout the month Membership Appreciation. One time each month for each Of cers' 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 hrs: Happy Hour: Free snacks available. Fridays 1430-1700 hrs: Happy Hour: Free snacks available. Specials: From 11 to 14 June: Salad Specials during lunch time! 7+8 Club Closed due to Of cial Holiday. Special Notes: The Of cers’ 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 Of cers' Club Casual Bar at the Pass/Visitors' Of ce, Main Gate. Of cers’ Club Participation in Frisbee Club Events: During Frisbee Club opening hours, Of cers’ Club members are eligible to utilize the Frisbee Club for breakfast, dinner and Sunday Brunch (on an alternating basis between the Frisbee and Of cers’ Clubs). Club cards required when Of cers’ Club members are using the Frisbee Club. Cancellations for Of cers' 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 nonexcused absences. Visit the Of cers’ 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 cozy atmosphere and good food Remember the Frisbee Club is open for breakfast and dinner to all Frisbee and Of cers’ Club members (club cards required). Every Monday night: Country Line Dance, at 1930 hrs (4 th 11th, 18th and the 25 th ) 05 June Skat Main Bar 18002300 hrs. Every Mon-Thu Happy hour 1700-1800 hrs. Every Friday Happy hour 1430-1900 hrs (including snacks at 1700 hrs) Every Monday AND Steak Night (Normal Restaurant times). Friday Night Steak Dinner only – Reservations required! Every Wednesday lunch and dinner: special asparagus menus. Special Note: 7+8 Club closed. (Of cial Holiday) 15 Club closed. (Function for 25th Anniversary) 16+17 Club closed. (25th Anniversary) 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. Last Pizza Order at 1930 hrs, Monday-Friday. A variety of new pizzas is available now, i.e. Pizza "Gyros", Pizza "Calzone" and Pizza "Spinach"). We also will add some new toppings. As soon as the preparations are nished, 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 muf ns. 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 (e.g. 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) 3 Opening Swimming Pool Daily 1100-1900 hrs. First weekend free of charge 5 Softball League 1730 hrs, Softball Fields 12 Softball League 1730 hrs, Softball Fields 19 Softball League 1730 hrs, Softball Fields 21 Softball League 1730 hrs, Softball Fields 26 Softball League 1730 hrs, Softball Fields 28 Softball League 1730 hrs, Softball Fields International Library (SWPL/4956) The operating hours are 1100-1500 hrs, Monday through Friday. Come and visit your International Library at Bldg 96 and browse our wide selection of New York Times Bestsellers or check out one of our DVDs. We have over 200 of them! Relax and enjoy the nice atmosphere while browsing through the daily Stars and Stripes or one of our many magazine titles, including People, Cosmopolitan, Business Week and Travel & Leisure. Looking for new music? Check out one of our more than 300 CDs on hand. Movie night tonight? Check out our DVD selection. Taking a road trip? Check out our large selection of audio books on CD & cassette. New selections arrive often! We are pleased to offer our "retired" videocassettes to you for sale at the reduced price of 0,50. International Pre-School (SWPS/4957) 7+8 NATO Holidays – NO School 11+12 Registration for the 2007/ 2008 School Year and Summer Program 2007 18 Pre-School Picnic – Last day of School for Pre-Schoolers 20 Graduation Ceremony at the IYA at 1800 hrs – Pre-K. Class 21 Sleepover Party for Graduates at 1730 hrs. – No school during the day 22 Breakfast at the IDH for Graduates and their Families. We would like to thank all customers for their support throughout this school year! Have a great summer! PreSchool Staff. Thrift Shop (SWPG/4919) Tuesdays + Thursdays Operating Hours 1000-1400. The Thrift Shop will be closed on Tuesday 29 May. MWA INFORMATIONJune 25 May 2007 NATO Skywatch 9 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, 21 June. Opel Astra KW/1598cc, 1994, dark green, automatic with approx. 124,000 km; German registration valid until December 2008; includes four nearly new summer tires and four brand new winter tires; Opel dealer serviced from new, original Opel parts; tow bar connection. Bought as seen for 2.000,00 or best offer. For more info, call Mr. Neil Cuthbert, Frisbee Club, ext. 4994 (work), or 02452-65474 (home). Garage Sale Ahornstr. 40 52525 Waldfeucht-Hontem, 9 and 10 June 2007 10001600 household items, furniture, gas barbeque, table tennis table, skies, ski boots, clothing, shoes, sofa, guest bed, and a lot more. For more info please contact Mr. K. 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10 NATO Skywatch 25 May 2007 The theatre is located in Building #406, JFC HQ Brunssum, the Netherlands. Doors open 30 minutes prior to lm start. Admission for adults is 4 and for children (11 and under) is 2. I think I Love My Wife (R) Fri 25 May 07, 1930 C. Rock, K. Washington Premonition (PG-13) Sat 26 May 07, 1600 Sandra Bullock, Julian McMahon Dead Silence (R) Sat 26 May 07, 1930 Amber Valetta, Ryan Kwanten 300 (R) Fri 08 June 07, 1930 Gerard Butler, Lean Heady Meet the Robinsons (G) Sat 09 June 07, 1300 Angela Bassett, Spencer Fox Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (PG) Sat 09 June 07, 1600 Patrick Stewart, Sarah Michelle Gellar Black Snake Moan (R) Sat 09 June 07, 1900 Samuel L. Jackson, Christina Ricci Zodiac (R) Fri, 15 Jun 07, 1930 Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo The Last Mimz (PG) Sat 16 Jun 07, 1600 Rhiannon Leigh Wryn, Rainn Wilson Shooter (R) Sat 16 Jun 07, 1900 Mark Wahlberg, Kate Mara Reign Over Me (R) Fri 22 Jun 07, 1930 Don Cheadle, Adam Sandler Are We Done Yet? (G) Sat 23 Jun 07, 1600 Ice Cube, Nia Long Pride (PG) Sat 23 Jun 07, 1900 Terrence Howard, Bernie Mac By A1C Florian Hftle and SMSgt Claus Cohnen Public Information Of ce The German Senior NCOs' Association (DUK) celebrated its 25th anniversary on 27 April with a formal ceremony, followed by an evening of dancing and entertainment at the Frisbee Club. DUK Chairman Manfred Cordie welcomed many guests including Leo Dautzenberg (MdB), Bernd KrŸckel (MdL) and Geilenkirchen's Mayor Andreas Borghorst. The rst milestone in the DUK’s history was the organizing of the Oktoberfest, an event which aims to provide a funlled evening and gives comrades from the other Component nations, and their families, a taste of German conviviality. At the rst Oktoberfest, approximately 300 guests celebrated in Hangar 2; today, several thousand attend. The proceeds of the Oktoberfest have always gone to charitable causes. Until today, the DUK has been able to donate about 250,000 euro to relief organizations, associations and facilities for disabled people. The members of the DUK have organized countless events of various kinds, averaging about 35 per year. The number of members has now settled around 200. “Today, on our birthday, we look back at our association’s work with great pride,” said Senior Master Sergeant Eugen Toelle. Component Commander Brig. Gen. Stephen D. Schmidt and Geilenkirchen’s Mayor Andreas Borghorst praised the DUK for its activities and its commitment to the common good. Maj. Gen. Thomas Gericke, Commander of the 1. Luftwaffendivision (Airborne Division German Air Force) responsible for the German contingent at the E-3A Component, came from Frstenfeldbruck to Geilenkirchen especially for the DUK’s anniversary event. He brie y addressed the Component’s importance within NATO and then presented awards to 10 members of the DUK for their 25 years of loyal membership. They were Gnter Diehm, Klaus Dietzel, Axel Friedrich, Werner Ganzer, Johann M. Graf, Thomas Husler, Wolfgang Haut, Rolf-Dieter Herzig, Uwe Knorst and Georg Neumann. With applause from the audience, Chairman Manfred Cordie awarded honorary membership to SMSgt Toelle for his particularly meritorious achievements. He concluded his speech with a never before-seen ceremony: “I make a bet!” he continued. “I’ll bet, that I get one of you in less than one minute out of his uniform jacket,” he addressed to the military audience. Than he ordered OR7 Dieter Mertens into Initial State in front of the spectators. “Oberfeldwebel Dieter Mertens, in the name of the Federal Republic of Germany, I promote you to the rank ….” Standing ovations interrupted the sentence, and it became impossible for General Gericke to continue. Then, with a big smile, General Gericke and Colonel Mack took off the “old” and put the new master sergeant equipped jacket on him (Mertens). Eyes wide open and with a blushing face, Master Sergeant Mertens closed the buttons. It was a unique, never before-seen promotion. Finally, the excellent cold and warm buffet, prepared by the Frisbee Club Staff, opened the informal part of the evening in a nice atmosphere. Contribution to soldiers’ integration Committee members and special guests celebrate the 25th anniversary of the DUK.Photo by SMSgt. Claus Cohnen Squadron 1 changes commanders Operations Wing Commander Col. Manfred Arndt hands the unit guidon to Lt. Col. James Casey after Lt. Col. Matt Phillips relinquished command. The ceremony took place at the Of cer's Club on 30 April 2007 Photo by MSgt Mark Boggess New golf course opens in GKOn 3 June, the “Sportpark Loherhof” celebrates the opening of its new 9-hole golf course with an “Open House” day. It is the completion of the third phase after the construction of a sports and leisure center in the nineties and the Golf Driving Range in November 2006. “Golf for All” is the motto for the Loherhof Team. Guided by trainers, every visitor has the opportunity to “sample” golf beside various activities and programs for the kids. A special offer on the annual fee is arranged for new memberships. The event starts at 1100 in the Sportpark, close to GK-Huenshoven (Pater Briers-Weg).


12 NATO Skywatch 25 May 2007 Further information and registration at the IYA Of ce in Bldg 95, ext. 4955. IYA Summer Break Program Between 25 June and 17 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 program 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 eld trip. The 3rd child only pays half price, and additional children are free. Slots are limited. IYA Summer Break Trips for international Component children aged 6 and up: Bokrijk Open Air Museum and Playground, B, 27 June, 0830-1730, 13 De Efteling Amusement Park, NL, 4 July, 0800-2000, 35 Beekse Bergen Safaripark & Playground, NL, 11 July, 0800-1900, 30 Movie Park Germany, 18 July, 0800-2000, 31 Rursee, cruise/hiking/swimming, 25 July, 0800-1730, 17, (castle visit instead of swimming in colder weather) Bobbejaanland Amusement Park, B, 1 August, 0800-2000, 32 Duisburg Zoo, 8 August, 0800-1730, 18 Phantasialand Amusement Park, 15 August, 0800-1930, 40. Chaperones go free. Slots are limited. Point of departure and return is the IYA parking lot next to Bldg 95. IYA Trip to "Happy Mosel": cycle, skate or hike along the beautiful Mosel River Join the IYA on Sunday, 3 June, 0730-2100, 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 are closed to vehicle traf c and restricted to cyclists, skaters and pedestrians. Booths are set up, where you can buy local specialties, wine, refreshments and souvenirs. There is 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 Front Gate. Cost is 18 per person. The high-standard bus is equipped with a special trailer for your bikes.International Youth Activities It was a Dutch Navy Lynx Helicopter in GK on 8 May for a navigation training flight. By USAFE Services-Combat Support and Community Service According to HQ USAFE SERVICES in Sembach, Germany, the Project CHEER winner of the $3,000 cash prize compliments of USAA was announced on 18 April 2007. The winner is: SMSgt David Kish from NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen. The European USAA Military Affairs Representative, Ms. Audrey M. Thompson, contacted SMSgt Kish to give him the good news! SMSgt Kish and his family have had a tough time recently with three family deaths in the last year. With the last loss, the Kish family dipped into their savings to assist the surviving family member with the funeral costs and services. The Kish family had been saving their money for when they retuned to the US and for vacations while they were still here on what SMSgt Kish refers to as his “last paid vacation” since military members are lucky enough to be stationed in places many other people have to spend a life savings to see. They were just starting their nancial recovery when they received the news of winning the $3,000 from Ms. Thompson. SMSgt Kish stated “I never win anything, so I was really blown away by the news.” Shortly thereafter he received an e-mail from Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force (CMSAF) #12 Eric Benken, (retired) who is with USAA in San Antonio, Texas. “I forgot all about the $3,000 and wasn’t running around saying look what I won, but look who wrote me! It was a very nice day and a great gift. Plus I got a splash of re-bluing and mentorship from a former CMSAF as well! This will get the family back up on their feet considerably faster! We will try to do something CHEERful with the winnings… the last R stands for recreation… right? Thanks again to USAFE Project CHEER and one of their many sponsors, USAA.” commented SMSgt Kish. The Project CHEER program runs from November through March annually. This year’s sponsors were USAA, Exchange New Car Sales, Harley Davidson motorcycles, Sony Playstation, Edelweiss Lodge and Resort, AMF, Special Made Goods, UBI Soft, Armed Forces Vacation Club, TKS, Anheuser Busch and Service Credit Union.Component member wins USAFE Project CHEER USAA $3,000 cash SMSgt. Kish receives the check from Audrey Thompson. Photo by Andrea Hohenforst VacanciesApplications are invited for the following posts: Mess Attendant, AGK THSWF 0450, Adv. No. 07014, Grade Local Wage Rate (LWR), assigned to the Food Management Section, Food Services Branch, Services Squadron, Base Support Wing. This post is due to be lled as soon as possible. Closing date: 31 May 07. Scientist (Meteorology), AGK SAM 0040, Adv. No. 07013, NATO Grade A-2, assigned to the Meteorology Branch, Air eld Services Squadron, Base Support Wing. This post will become vacant on 01 October 2007. Closing date: 14 June 07. Senior Assistant (Item Management), AGK LSM 1110, Adv. No. 07015, NATO Grade B4, assigned to the Stock Control Section, Materiel Management Branch, Supply Squadron, Logistics Wing. This post is due to be lled as soon as possible. Closing date: 21 June 07. For further details, please visit the Component Information Portal (WISE) or review the advertisement posted in Building 8. Note: Only applications of quali ed personnel will be considered. The Alliance Players Proudly PresentSteel MagnoliasA stage play by Robert Harling On Wednesday, 30 May at 1900, The Alliance Players will host a charity performance of Steel Magnolias at the Alliance Theatre, JFC HQ Brunssum. All the proceeds from this performance will go to the very worthy medical and humanitarian organization: Doctors Without Borders Besides enjoying a wonderful play, the audience can look forward to a raf e and door prizes donated by local businesses and individuals. We’re hoping for a big turn-out, so be sure to spread the word of this special charity evening. Regular performance dates for Steel Magnolias will be: Thursday, 31 May at 1930 Friday, 1 June at 1930 Saturday, 2 June at 1930 Sunday, 3 June at 1400 All shows are performed at the Alliance Theatre, JFC HQ Brunssum. We have a wonderful and very talented cast, including: Pam Ericson, Dani Martin, Mary VaskoKingma, Sharon Jensen, Charlene Gibson and Diana Faris. 0049 2454 938285 0049 163 271 5451