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Volume 23, No. 15 NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen 24 August 2007 By Lt. Col. Bernd Lorenzen The team E-3A Component successfully demonstrated the ability to sustain a single 24 hour-a-day deployed operation with the NATO Mid-Term (NMT) modied system. As a milestone on the way to IOC (Initial Operational Capability) for NMT, the E-3A Component was tasked by Force Command to demonstrate the ability to sustain a single 24 hour-a-day deployed operation with the NMT modied system. The Operations Wing deployed four NMT airplanes and four crews from Flying Squadrons 1 and 3 to Forward Operating Location (FOL) rland from 10 to 16 August. The Logistics Wing, the Information Technology Wing, and the Support Wing deployed expert teams in support of this demonstration. In rland the teams, together with the FOL staff, conducted Exercise MAGIC FUTURE 07 to full this demonstration. This single 24 hour-a-day deployed exercise also supported the NATO Exercise Northern Viking as well as the NATO Integrated Air Defence System (NATINADS) in northern Europe. It is envisioned that the E-3A Component with its new NMT platform will continue to play a vital role in both commitments. Two of four missions from rland ew to Iceland to support Exercise Northern Viking. The two other missions ew long-range surveillance missions all across northern Europe. Exercise Magic Future went well, the planes took off and landed almost as planned and provided output to their customers satisfaction. However, as the NMT system is still at an early stage, the team in rland was also faced with some problems and challenges. But these type of problems are normal at this stage of such a huge information technology project. Just imagine how long it took for Microsoft to develop mature computer software, and they had billions of testers that helped them. These problems just need to be properly managed and get xed in the end. Overall, the team E-3A Component has completed a major milestone of our premiere project, NMT, which should enable us to cope with the upcoming challenges well until the middle of the 21st century. A NATO Mid-Term Milestone: 24 Hours Operations During a ight on 9 August the German Minister of Defense, Dr. Franz-Josef Jung (front), took the seat of the Tactical Director and watched the E-3As role in NATO Air Policing. The Tactical Director for the ight, LTC Bernd Lorenzen (standing) explains the situation of the exercise scenario. During the exercise, the Components TCA acted as an exercise target simulating an airliner that has radio and navigational equipment failure. The TCA was then intercepted by two F-4F Phantom aircraft from German Battle Flight who provided navigational assistance and guided the TCA into an airbase in Neuburg for a low approach. After the ight Dr. Jung held a press conference in which he praised the E-3A Component and Joint Force Command Headquarters Brunssum for their role in ghting terrorism. Photo Capt. Peter VerlandeNext NATO Skywatch: 7 September Submissions due by: 30 August Ukrainian students visit the Component See page 6


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NATO Skywatch is an authorized, unofcial 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 reect the ofcial 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 classied advertisements to the NAEWF E-3A Component Public Information Ofce (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 Ofce Capt. Richard Komurek Editor SMSgt. Johan Hijmenberg Volume 23, No. 9 4 May 200724 August 2007 NATO Skywatch 3 By Heidi Soerensen Lt. Gen. Karl W. Eikenberry, the Deputy Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, visited the base on Friday, 10 August. He was welcomed in the morning by E-3A Deputy Component Commander, Col. Jelle Zijlstra who briefed Lt. Gen. Eikenberry afterwards about the Component, its assets, its personnel, its missions and its capabilities. After the brieng Lt. Gen. Eikenberry proceeded to the ight line for a demonstration, with powered consoles, in one of the NATO Mid Term aircraft. An Afghanistan Operation brieng was given by Lt. Gen. Eikenberry followed by lunch with Component Leadership in the Ofcers Club. His previous assignment was Commander of the Combined Forces Command Afghanistan. Deputy Chairman of the NATO Military Committee visits the base Lt. Gen. Karl W. Eikenberry receives explanation during the NMT aircraft tour.Photo Andr JoostenBy SMSgt. Johan Hijmenberg The Squadron 2 deployment to Kecskemt, Hungary from 10 to 15 August was a mixture of showing the AWACS ag and training with the Hungarian Air Force. Besides the AWACS, many different types of aircraft were to be seen and visited. For the ying display teams from Patrouille de France and the Turkish Stars showed their perfect displays among several others. Around 160.000 people visited the two-day international air show and military display. The airbase near the city of Kecskemt hosted a successful air show and an enjoyable stay for the crowd and participating international crews. Due to the amount of participants involved, many of the crews, like the AWACS members, had to stay in hotels in Budapest, 85 kilometres away. That meant, including driving time, duty days of 14 hours. Kecskemt, the capital of BcsKiskun County, is situated in the middle of Hungary. Its name originates from the word kecske, meaning goat, and mt, meaning district. The goat can be seen also in the base symbol and its motto is Neither height, nor depth frightens us. The days around the air show provided the opportunity to conduct planning with the Hungarian Air Force (HuAF). A training scenario was made with special attention for Recognised Air Picture Support in Combined Air Operations Centre 5 and weapons activity together with HuAF Grippen aircraft. Both air show days ended with a race between the Bell helicopter Cobra, a HuAF MIG-29 ghter aircraft and a Red Bull Formula 1 racecar. Despite that the racecar couldnt win against a MIG-29, it was a challenge to get the car next to the E-3A for a photo shoot afterwards. With power of persuasion, the deployment commander Lt. Col. Ekkehard Heinichen managed to persuade the Formula 1 crew to do so. The result is a super photo for everyone to take with them home and to join with others.AWACS visits Hungary for airshow and trainingA chance in a lifetime: On photo with a Formula 1 racecar. Photo courtesy MSgt. Gerhard Nicht


4 NATO Skywatch 24 August 2007 Text and photos Capt. Richard Komurek Nearly 40 members of the Training Wing deployed to Keavik, Iceland from 10 through 16 August as part of Exercise Northern Viking 2007. The exercise, the rst of its kind in Iceland, included forces from the U.S., Norway, Denmark, Latvia and the E-3A Component. The objective for the combined forces was to exercise the air defense, antiterror and command and control capabilities of NATO forces in Iceland. The participating forces were greeted with fanfare and media attention upon the opening day of the exercise. Distinguished visitors included the Prime Minister of Iceland, Geir Haarde, U.S, German and other Ambassadors in Iceland and U.S. Gen. William Hobbins, commander of U.S Forces in Europe and Allied Air Component Command Headquarters Ramstein. The exercise was a large event for Iceland because the island country, which has no military forces of its own, has been working to adjust its defense strategy after the closure of the U.S. military base in Keavik and departure of U.S. aircraft and personnel in 2006. Although Northern Viking was a fairly small in size with about 300 participants, 13 xed wing and rotor aircraft and one patrol frigate, it was big in political importance for Iceland and also for the training opportunities it provided to Training Wing members who provided air surveillance and command and control. It also provided an opportunity for the Component to conduct a demonstration with NATO Mid-Term AWACS aircraft, which also participated in the exercise by ying two missions from Forward Operating Location Oerland. It was a very good small scale exercise, said Lt. Col. Hans-Ulrich Mueller, Chief of Mission Crew Training Branch and the commander of the AWACS deployment to Iceland. There were three F-15s and two KC-135s from the U.S., 2 F-16s and one P-3 from Norway. It was a really good setup for students getting their Basic Qualication upgrade to conduct intercept control and tanker control. Both the mission deck and the ight deck got great training because there was air refueling as well as interception and identication going on. It was also a great chance to conduct Link-16 training with the Norwegian and U.S ghters, He said. Mueller was also impressed by the facilities and support provided in Iceland. Iceland seems to be a really good place for further air surveillance and link training, he said. They gave us superb logistics, lodging and foodall the support was great. Maj. Kirk Stahlbaum from Operations Wing, who assisted the exercise by acting as a Tactical Director student for the instructor upgrade of Maj. Ignacio Lanzat Lacour, agreed that Northern Viking offered a great training experience and excellent exercise support. This Training Wing deployment provided a robust and high level of training, he said. And the support we got from the Icelanders was some of the best Ive ever seen for a deployed AWACS crew. Another aspect of the deployment that impressed Component members was the beautiful and rugged Icelandic landscape, with its geysers, waterfalls and thermal springs. The AWACS crews were fortunate to have time in their schedule to explore Iceland and they enjoyed long sunny days and scenic sights such as the famous Blue Lagoon thermal pool and the nightlife of the capital city Reykjavik, which starts around midnight just after sunset. We saw that Iceland provides fantastic scenery and food and that not only the beer is blonde in Iceland, said Mueller.AWACS deploys to Iceland for Exercise Northern Viking


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6 NATO Skywatch 24 August 2007 By Heidi Soerensen On 8 August the E-3A Component welcomed a group of 35 high school students from the Ukraine, accompanied by Petr Zlatohlavek, the Executive Director from the NATO Information Centre in Prague, Czech Republic. The background for this visit is quite an interesting story. In 2000 the NATO Information Centre in Prague proposed a high school competition, called Aliente, with the overall purpose to publicize and enhance the knowledge about NATO in recent member countries. This competition rapidly grew popular and today it includes all NATO countries and thousands of students participate in this prestigious international competition every year. Although originally a Czech project, it has developed into a truly multinational endeavour bringing together students from various countries and even continents, says Zlatohlavek. Recently the NATO Information Centre in Prague expanded the Aliante knowledge competition to include the Ukraine. Since Ukraine is not a NATO member their competition is limited only to Ukrainian students, but that does not mean its less extensive. The Ukraine has 46 million citizens and more than 20,000 high schools. The Aliente competition was held all over the Ukraine, which is an area of 603,628 sq km, almost twice the size of Germany. Ukrainian students visit the ComponentIn the rst round of the competition the participating students were challenged with, among other categories, a NATO knowledge test and essay writing. Sixty students made it through the eye of the needle to the Aliente nale that took place in June 2007 on a Ukrainian Navy Base in Sevastopol. The nale lasted four days and consisted of psychological and physical tests, extended NATO knowledge test, more comprehensive essay writing and much more. Furthermore, a wide selection of NATO briengs held by leading politicians and even ministers were offered to the nalists On 8 August 35 Ukrainian students visited the E-3A Component as a part of their well-deserved tenday Aliente Winners Trip. This trip includes a visit to various NATO installations all over Europe and more than 3,000 kilometres on the road in an old Polish bus. After the brieng and the E-3A walkthrough you could feel their enthusiasm and their eagerness that showed in the qualied questions they asked. But they were not the only ones being impressed that day. While watching the last student walk out the main gate, we were very impressed too. The Ukrainian students enjoy their visit on to E-3A Component.Photo Andr JoostenBy Joseph Skerly The Orcas Swim Team Fall Season started 21 August and runs through to 31 January 2008. We train three nights a week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) from 1830 to 1930 for the 10 years & under group and from 1930 to 2030 for the 11 years & older group at the JFC HQ Brunssum Pool in the Netherlands. We have 12 regular season meets scheduled, with ve at home, six in different locations in Germany and Belgium, and one far away meet in Naples, IT. Additionally, we will be hosting the European Forces Swim League Divisionals meet at Brunssum, and are planning to attend the EFSL Championships in Berlin, Germany with all Champs qualiers. Who can join? All children age 6-19 of government civilian, contractor or military personnel supporting the NATO mission at Geilenkirchen, JFC HQ Brunssum and Schinnen Garrison or students at a DoD, DND or EFSL eligible international school are eligible. By EFSL rules, the Orcas may also contain a limited percentage of host country (German) children and/or Dutch children who are not otherwise eligible. Please call or email an Executive Board member if you have questions about eligibility. Registration for the Season Registration forms can be found on our web site at http://www. Please visit the site and see what the Orcas are all about. Swimmers must be able to swim a minimum of 50m in a recognized competitive stroke. All registration forms must be turned in before swimmers will be permitted to enter the water with the team for the respective season, to include tryouts. Cost is 210 1st child, 180 2nd child, 150 3rd and so on. For further information e-mail Joseph Skerly at president@ geilenkirchenorcas.orgORCAS international swim team Text and photo A1C Florian Hftle Between the towns of Geilenkirchen and bach-Palenberg, there is a lovely place called WillyDohmen Park. From 1953 until the end of the eighties, it was a large gravel pit from which sand and gravel were taken in order to build streets after World War 2. After this economic use had become unprotable, an entrepreneur named Willy Dohmen decided to cultivate the area by planting acacias, oak trees and conifers. Imbedded in hills and valleys lled with small-sized lakes and fruit trees, its an experience to walk on the parks paths. Fauna is also represented in the Willy-Dohmen Park: Carps, ducks, geese and herons make the park appear very lively. But one of the highlights is the 7000 rhododendrons and narcissus that bloom from May until September. The doors to the park are open the whole year round and there is no entrance fee. And after hiking the Willy-Dohmen Park (Hasenbuschstrasse 50, 52531 bach-Palenberg) one can walk over to the nearby Wurmtal-Park to have a cup of coffee or a piece of cake. From Gravel Pit to Lush Parkland: Willy Dohmen Park


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8 NATO Skywatch 24 August 2007 JFC HQ Alliance Theatre presentsThe 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. Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (PG-13)Friday, 24 August, 19.30 Johnny Depp Fantastic Four: The Rise of Silver Surfer (PG) Saturday, 25 August, 16.00 Jessica Alba, Ioan Gruffudd Nancy Drew (PG) Saturday, 25 August, 19.00 Emma Roberts, Tate Donovan Oceans Thirteen (PG-13) Friday, 31 August, 19.30 Jane Fonda, Lindsay Lohan Surfs up (PG) Saturday, 1 September, 16.00 Jeff Bridges, Shia LaBeouf Evan Almighty (PG) Saturday 1 September, 19.00 Morgan Freeman, Steve Carell License to Wed (PG-13) Friday, 7 September, 19.30 Robin Williams, Mandy MooreText and photos SMSgt. Johan Hijmenberg If you actually need to get somewhere, a hot air balloon is a fairly impractical vehicle. You cant really steer it, and it only travels as fast as the wind blows. But if you simply want to enjoy the experience of ying, theres nothing quite like it. Riding in a hot air balloon is one of the most peaceful, pleasant activities one can do. During the 25th Anniversary celebration in mid June, TCA loadmaster Prietzel worked at a booth in Hangar 1. Located between stands offering wine from Italy, carpets from Turkey, jewellery from Spain and wooden shoes from The Netherlands, Prietzel promoted his hobby. I have been ying hot air balloons more than 10 years, says Prietzel. In the nineties I got my private pilot license and then I decided to specialise in hot air balloons. One of the challenges involved in balloon ying is the costits not among the cheapest of hobbies. Thats why he worked as a freelance pilot for several balloon agencies for free. In this way I could practise my hobby and get experience, he explains. But since the beginning of 2007 Ive had my own balloon. The stand at the 25 years celebration helped to make people on base aware of the possibility of having a balloon ight in the local area. Since then he has given several rides and has had interest from others wanting to y. In this way I can do my hobby and nd a cost break-even point, Prietzel says. As a writer for the Skywatch, I was lucky to join on a ride 3 August. All the equipment Prietzel brings ts in a trailer towed by a four-wheel drive car. This was quite handy after the 1.5 hour ight when we landed in a potato eld in Beggendorf and needed to return back to Geilenkirchen. Prietzel is a cautious pilot. I only go up when the skies are clear and wind conditions are within limits, he said. It also has to be fun. For launching we cant have wind of more than 10 knots, or else we cant stabilize the balloon. Thats also why I need a launching area that shelters me from the wind. Every ight starts one day in advance when Prietzel calls the weather service to nd out about climate and wind conditions in the area. He also double checks on the day of the ight itself for any updated information. Balloon pilots must also call the weather service to get a rough idea of which way the balloon will travel and how they should manoeuvre once they are in the air. Sometimes passengers want to see their hometown during the ride and with the wind direction in mind I can plan for that. For a ight we must have a suitable launching area that protects from the wind, no obstacles and we cannot y in a control area, Prietzel explained. A lot of the work in hot air ballooning comes at the beginning and the end of the ight, when the crew and passengers inate and deate the balloon. Once the crew nds a suitable launching point, they attach the burner system to the basket. Then they attach the balloon envelope and begin laying it out on the ground. Once the envelope is laid out, Prietzel begins inating it, using a powerful fan at the base of the envelope. When there is enough air in the balloon, he blasts the burner ame into the envelope mouth. This heats the air, building pressure until the balloon inates all the way and starts to lift off the ground. Surprisingly, this entire process takes no more than 20 minutes. When all passengers are in the basket, the balloon easily launches from the ground. Below us we see the E-3A Component with its aircraft getting smaller and smaller. As we look around us we see that we are not alone. In a distance we see more balloons taking advantage from the ne weather. We also see gliders landing. When there are gliders and hot air balloons at the same time in the air then one of them is doing something wrong, Prietzel says. As gliders need thermals in the air, hot air balloons dont. Thats why in summertime you only see Hot air balloon ride provides air of nobility Squadron 1 weapons controller Capt. Mirko Naumann and his girlfriend Conny Budzier enjoy the views out of the basket. The balloon easily launches from the ground. Photo Capt. Richard Komurek


24 August 2007 NATO Skywatch 9 La Roche Ceremony Its time again for the annual La Roche Ceremony that is held in honour of the heroes who lost their lives in WWII, specically giving honour and remembrance to the crewmembers of the American B17 Joker that crashed in Berismenil, Belgium. The B17 Memorial ceremony will be in Berismenil on 9 September and will include a ceremonial wreath laying. All NATO personnel are invited and encouraged to attend this historic ceremony. For additional information, please contact Captain Willie Wallace at willie. The German NCO Association (DUK) would like to invite all Component members and their family and friends to the 25th Oktoberfest on 22 and 23 September in Hangar 2. Doors will be open Saturday at 1800 with an evening of delicious food, special Oktoberfest beer and live entertainment. On Sunday the doors opens at 1030 with the traditional Frhschoppen at 1100. As we consider the Sunday being a family day there will be plenty of kids entertainment also. Tickets will be on sale at the Frisbee Club front desk and at the Sentry Club. Each NATO ID cardholder is entitled to purchase 4 tickets plus 1 for him/herself. If you sponsor non NATO ID cardholders it is mandatory to sign them in with full name and national passport number when purchasing the tickets. If you have to change names on a ticket afterwards it has to be changed at the DUKOfce, bldg 46, ext. 3465. As in the past, the majority of the prots will be donated to local charity organisations. air balloons after sunrise and before sunset. In wintertime we also join hot air balloon festivals in the Alps. Then you can ride all day long. Surely piloting a balloon takes skill, but when I observe Prietzel using the controls it looks very simple. To lift the balloon, he moves a control that opens up the propane valve. The lever works just like the knobs on a gas grill. As you turn it, the ow of gas increases, so the ame grows in size. He can increase the vertical speed by blasting a larger ame to heat the air more rapidly. Hot air balloons also have a cord to open the parachute valve at the top of the envelope. When Prietzel pulls the attached cord, some hot air can escape the envelope, decreasing the inner air temperature. This causes the balloon to slow its ascent. If he keeps the valve open long enough, the balloon will sink. Essentially these are the only controls, heat to make the balloon rise and venting to make it sink. There are also two ropes to give the balloon a direction that is needed. Prietzels basket carries 4 propane gas cylinders, 30 kg each, enough for two hours. Modern hot air balloons use propane in the burner to heat the air. Besides the gas cylinders the basket provides place for ve persons. Prietzel is equipped also with an altimeter and a radio. Reaching the right altitude is pretty tricky because there is a delay between blasting the burners and the balloon actually lifting. Something that Prietzel experienced some years ago. Once I struck the tops of a couple of fruit trees because the delay was a little more than normal. Villages, woods, agricultural elds as well as cars on freeways and locomotives move under us. These views along with the barking of dogs at farmhouses are the only noises that reach us. It feels that the balloon stands still in the air while the earth ies past underneath us. Controlled operation comes only with many hours of ballooning experience. A balloon landing can be a little rough but after the one and a half hour ride, Prietzel put it smoothly down in a potato eld. Go to the left at McDonalds and then again left, Prietzel instructed by cell phone to Marion, his partner in life, to let her know where he intends to land and where she has to bring the trailer. When Prietzel opens the parachute valve all the way the air can escape out the top of the balloon. In the meanwhile another crewmember grabs a cord attached to the top of the balloon, and pulls the envelope over onto the ground. Once the balloon envelope is on the soil, the crew begins pushing the air out. When the balloon is attened, the crew packs it into a stuff sack and then with the basket into the trailer. The landing process, combined with deating and re-packing the balloon envelope, takes a while longer than the launching procedure. By the meantime it is already quite dark on the potato eld. But its not time to go home yet. A history lesson ends the hot air balloon ride. With the car headlights on, Prietzel tells us the history of hot air balloons. When we all know the facts we receive our certicate, as well our tasking in future that when we notice a hot air balloon landing, whenever possible, to help out. A ceremony concludes the experience with an air of nobility. The ceremony itself is a lot like the hot air balloon ride, a truly unique event that you have to experience for yourself. For more information on hot air balloon rides call SMSgt. Matthias Prietzel at ext. 2562 or cell phone 0163 7077799. Hot air balloon ride provides air of nobility When Matthias Prietzel controls his balloon he is in his element.


10 NATO Skywatch 24 August 2007 By Heidi Soerensen Among numerous articles in the Skywatch archives, we always strive to nd one of particular interest for you the readers. With this issue we have something that affects all of us almost every day: Shopping. Today we have a base with a wide variety of shopping possibilities, but how did that start? From this original frontpage article of 8 November 1985, let us begin the NATEX journey. First I met with the Vice President of NATEX, Diana Sousa, who has been employed for more than 25 years with CFPSA (Canadian Forces Personnel Support Agency). NATEX is a division of CFPSA and is the ofcial concession of the E-3A Components Exchange shopping facilities. When entering the NATEX administration ofce in front of the main gate I denitely got the impression of entering a world of professional business. The receptionist was very service minded, the walls displayed some of the exclusive brands you see in the shops and the rest of the building was lled with lots of busy employees in a humming ofce landscape. The mission statement of NATEX is to ensure customer satisfaction by providing superior service, quality merchandise at competitive prices said Diana. We have 15 nations on base so it is very important to have a varied assortment of product. In the Grocery/Duty Free store we offer numerous brands of goods in an attempt to satisfy as many customers as possible, though that can be challenging. To accomplish that, the NATEX buyers procure goods from all over Europe and North America, but at the same time, they also focus on local fresh produce. Retail is a very competitive market. We regularly complete comparison price checks at our competitors and other Duty-free businesses. Due to the sizes of some of our businesses and therefore buying-power, relative to that of larger chain retailers, buying for these areas, and subsequently pricing, can be complicated; as an example, we buy 10 units of a TV and our competition may buy 500. This will inevitably impact what we pay, compared to what they would pay, hence the possibility of pricing issues. The success of NATEX greatly benets the Component. NATEX pays annual royalties to the Component based on consumer sales and in accordance with the contractual obligations. At the discretion of base ofcials, these royalties are used for a variety of activities on the Component to enhance Morale and Welfare programs. Furthermore NATEX independently donates to Component entities in supplementary support. To better understand the history of NATEX, Diana provided me with a spreadsheet displaying the progressive course of the NATEX beginning with the grand opening of the NATEX Combination Store in 1985 and ending today with the seven outlets at the Component: Retail, Grocery, Casual Mode, 4 Seasons Store, Car Rental, Automotive Garage/Gas Station and Video Plus. Over the course of time, business grew, and in 1987 we had made a decision to expand by segregating the electronics and cosmetics from the original store into its own retail store. In approximately 1991, clothing was introduced, with LEVIS as the rst apparel brand. Merchandised in a small area of the retail store, it too rapidly expanded into the beginnings of its own store, which was located in what is today known as the NATEX Getrnke Markt, said Diana. Take a closer look at the spreadsheet and each category of goods has their own story. Starting with their own place on a shelf, the products slowly grew into a bigger area and for some categories of goods they expanded so much that they ended up with their own store. NATEX has operated the Exchange shopping centre since 1985, starting with 45 employees. Looking back, I think that we have been successful at continuously adapting to the customers needs based on a progressive and dynamic business, said Diana. Around 2000 we launched an aggressive renovation plan, upgrading all stores to ensure a nice ambience of the duty-free shopping experience, matched with a superior service customer focus. This approach had been particularly successful, doubling sales volume in four years. The NATEX expansions required erecting a new building and renovating other NATEX occupied buildings and several parking areas. All of this was funded by NATEX alone. Some of those projects required considerable investment, understanding that there is always an element of risk involved, such as, not being cognisant of base strategy and any potential political decisions that could affect the Component and NATEX. But, thus far it has been very positive and all the expansions to-date were well worth the investments. I have always had an innate passion for retail and nd it to be a very exciting industry. Its all about people and meeting the customer; I nd it very stimulating. It can be complex nding employees due to our status, but what we concentrate on are individuals with a positive attitude, adaptability, and wherever possible, language skills. We offer training and focus on ensuring that the utmost of respect is given to one another, as this is what we expect them to convey to our customers. Its all about people, said Diana with a catching enthusiasm. Today NATEX employs approximately 225 people, 85% of which are dependants of NATO Military members. For more information about employment opportunities, visit their web site at Then I asked Diana about future plans. We are continuously looking at further evolving to meet customers expectations as much as possible. What did not work ten years ago, may work today; we maintain an objective approach and are always looking to the future, said Diana. I take a serious look at all Customer Comment Cards that are sent to me, and the remarks/ suggestions made on contact us on our web site, which all provide valuable feedback from our customers. We welcome new ideas and if there is a market for it, we may just do it, she said. A historical journey through the E-3A Components pastIn this issue of NATO Skywatch we will continue to look back at the Components heritage by publishing another original article from the past. This ai r c r a f t lande d at Geilenki r c he n Air Bas e. Do y ou kn o w what it is ? SEE P A GE 12 On 26 July the Chief of General Staff Czech Armed Forces, Lt. Gen. Vlastimil Picek, visited the base using a Yakovlev Yak-40, a small three-engined regional transport aircraft introduced in 1966. Its main design feature was ease of operation outside major airport service areas and it is equipped with a built-in air stairs and is capable of STOL Short Take-Off and Landing operations. Its nickname is flying whistle, for the distinct engine sound it makes. Photo A1C Florian Hftle


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12 NATO Skywatch 24 August 2007 International Youth Activities Dance Classes The IYA Dance program under the experienced and certied instruction of Mrs. Stella Schinagl is starting again at the IYA Multipurpose Room the week of 3 September. Cost is 14 for 4 lessons. Register in class. The following classes are offered: Ballet Tots Monday 1515-1600, Pre-primary Tuesday 1500-1600, Primary Thursday 1600-1700, Grade I Wednesday, 1600 1700, Grade II Wednesday 1700-1800, Grade III Monday 1600-1700. Tap & Jazz Beginners Tuesday 1600-1700 or Wednesday 1500-1600, Elementary Tuesday 1700-1800, Grade I Thursday 1700-1800, Advanced Monday 1700-1800. Wanted: Teachers for IYA Instructional Classes The IYA is looking for instructors for Guitar and Martial Arts classes. If you are interested, or if you would like to offer an additional sports, music or crafts course, please call ext. 4954 or ext. 4955. This ai r c r a f t lande d at Geilenki r c he n Air Bas e. Do y ou kn o w what it is ? SEE P A GE 12 On 26 July the Chief of General Staff Czech Armed Forces, Lt. Gen. Vlastimil Picek, visited the base using a Yakovlev Yak-40, a small three-engined regional transport aircraft introduced in 1966. Its main design feature was ease of operation outside major airport service areas and it is equipped with a built-in air stairs and is capable of STOL Short Take-Off and Landing operations. Its nickname is flying whistle, for the distinct engine sound it makes. Photo A1C Florian Hftle Autos 2006 3.8L V-6 Chrysler town and country touring 7 passenger van, 18,500 miles/American specs, auto trans, traction control, heated power leather seats, auto climate control, 7 speaker CD stereo, on board computer display, never smoked in, very clean. Price 18,580 obo + vat if applicable. Call 02452 156 0799, email UTMARK@MSN.COM 1993 Volkswagen Polo Fox 3 Door Wagon, very reliable 2nd or 3rd car with only 154,000 kilometers / 95,000 Miles. Extremely well maintained: May 2004, new brakes, Pads, Rotors, & Disks; July 2005 new mufer; Jan 2007 new battery, spark plugs, distributor cap, air lter, and Driving Belt; latest safety inspection 2 March 2007. Asking price 750. POC: Mr.Norbert Lindner, ext. 3012. Miscellaneous Dark Belgian oak roll-top desk, vgc, 150 ono; sturdy rollaway bed, expands to double, storage underneath,75 ono; dark wood hanging mirror with doors, 35 ono; 2 electric standing fans, 10 each. Contact Jo or Tom DeRemer, 0031-6466-83216 or mail 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, 30 August. Applications are invited for the following posts: Senior Technician (Radar), AGK LER 5010 & 5200, Advertisement Numbers 07034-07035, NATO Grade B-4, assigned to the Radar Maintenance Branch, Electronics Maintenance Squadron, Logistics Wing. These posts are due to be lled as soon as possible. Closing date: 10 September 2007. Junior Tecnician (Equipmemt Maintenance), AGK LAS 1040 & 1060, Advertisement Numbers 0703807039, NATO Grade B-2, assigned to the Tools & Equipment Section, Maintenance Support Branch, Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Logistics Wing. These posts are due to be lled as soon as possible.Closing date: 12 September 2007. Vehicle Maintenance Specialist, AGK SVM 0090, Advertisement Number 07031, NATO Grade LWR, assigned to the Maintenance & Repair Section, Vehicle Maintenance Branch, Motorpool Squadron, Base Support Wing. This post is due to be lled as soon as possible. Closing date: 21 September 2007. For further details, please visit the Component Information Portal (WISE) under Headquarters, PEC, Recruitment/Services Section or review the advertisement posted in Building 8. Note: Only applications of qualied personnel will be considered. Preuvenemint a taste of ne cuisinePreuvenemint is a four-day culinary event on the Vrijthof square in the city of Maastricht, the Netherlands. It is held yearly in the last weekend of August and this year it is from 23 to 26 August. The Vrijthof square will have some forty stands in a nice setting, where one can taste delicious food and wine and enjoy a large variety of live music. The word Preuvenemint is a contraction of the Maastricht words prevue, to taste and evenemint, event. And thats exactly what is, an event where you can taste all the good things of life. Over thirty stands function as a restaurant; beer and soft drinks are available in four large stands and live music is played from a permanent open-air-stage. This makes the Maastricht Preuvenemint the largest open-air restaurant in the world and by far the coziest. There is no entrance fee. Special Preuvenemint coupons to pay for your food and drinks are available at several places on the square. One preuvenelap costs 1,70, a booklet of ten 17. Opening hours: Friday 1600-0200, Saturday 1400-0200 and Sunday from 1200midnight.Vacancy Announcement Photo PIO archive


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MWA ofcial function All MWA facilities will be closed TODAY, Friday 24 August at 1200 for an ofcial function with the following exceptions: Sentry Club will remain open during normal business hours; Frisbee Club will be open for breakfast only; Ofcers Club, Library, Sauna and Pool will be completely closed. 14 NATO Skywatch 24 August 2007 The IDH, Ofcers, Frisbee and Sentry Clubs are now on the BASS LAN System. Menu information is 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 Ofcers/Frisbee Clubs. Members from both clubs are eligible to attend. Brunch prices members 10.70, guests 13, 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 Ofcers Club, ext. 4990, or the Frisbee Club, tel. 4994. 2 Ofcers Club family brunch. Frisbee Club closed. 9 Frisbee Club brunch. Ofcers Club closed. 16 Ofcers Club Bavarian brunch. Frisbee Club closed. 26 Clubs closed due to the Oktoberfest. 30 No brunch. Ofcers Club (SWPO/4990) Operating hours bar Monday-Friday 1100-2100. Restaurant Monday-Friday 1130-1330, Sunday 11001400 (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 Ofcers Club: Monday through 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 Ofcers 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 1430-1700 Happy Hour, free snacks available. Special Notes: The Ofcers 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 Ofcers Club Casual Bar at the Pass/Visitors Ofce, Main Gate. Ofcers Club Participation in Frisbee Club Events: During Frisbee Club opening hours, Ofcers Club members are eligible to utilize the Frisbee Club for breakfast, dinner and Sunday brunch (on an alternating basis between the Frisbee and Ofcers Clubs). Club cards required when Ofcers Club members are using the Frisbee Club. Cancellations for Ofcers 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 nonexcused absences. Visit the Ofcers Club Web Page on the Component Information Portal, through Base Support Wing, Services Squadron, Clubs, for the latest information. 28 Candlelight Dinner, see special yer. 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 Ofcers Club members (club cards required). Every Monday night Country Line Dance, at 1930. Every Monday -Thursday Happy Hour from 1700 until 1800; Every Friday Happy Hour from 1430 1900 (including snacks at 1700). Every Monday and Friday night Steak Night (normal restaurant times), steak dinner only reservations required! Every Friday at lunchtime: BBQ on the Terrace. 4 Skat, 1800-2300. 11 Bingo, 19.00-2230. 25 Bingo, 1900-2230. 27 International Wives Club American Night. 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, 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 mufns. 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. Many 25th anniversary articles for sale. Good quality red or white wine with 25th anniversary logo as well as watches. The ideal Christmas gift. Also, the 2008 calendar has arrived. Additional information on any of the above can be obtained from the Sentry Club Manager, ext. 4996.Sports Department (SWPT/4946)4 Mini Olympics Coaches meeting, 1500 Q&Q Room Sentry Club. 7 Deadline to register inclusion in Old Gym, New Gym and Multi-purpose room in the Winter Schedule. 14 Mini Olympics Deadline Registration. 19 E-3A Components Sports Day. 20 Volleyball League/ Tournament, 1500 Q&Q Room Sentry Club Coaches meeting. Opening Hours: Swimming Pool every day from 1100-1900; Sauna mixed Monday-WednesdayFriday 1100-1330, Thursday 1530-2030; Men only Tuesday 1530-2030; Ladies only Wednesday 1530-2030. Sunbeds 24 hour operation all week. International Library (SWPL/4956) The operating hours are 1100-1500, 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 selection of Audio Books has arrived. Take them to the beach. Take them on a plane, Take them in the car. Take them everywhere. We are pleased to offer our retired videocassettes to you for sale at the reduced price of 0,50. International Pre-School (SWPS/4957) Welcome back to all our students! 3 First day of school year 2007/2008. 13 Open House at 1800. Parents can tour the facility, meet other parents and talk to the staff. There are still spaces available for our afternoon class. Registration at the Schools ofce or call ext. 4957 for more information. Thrift Shop (SWPG/4919) Tuesdays + Thursdays operating hours 1000-1400. MWA INFORMATIONSeptember E-3A COMPONENT SPORTS DAY This years Component Sports Day will take place on Wednesday, 19 September. Please mark your calendars accordingly. A detailed schedule will follow shortly. Services Squadron looks forward to hosting this funpacked event offering sporting activities for one and all.