Volume 23, No. 18NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen 5 October 2007 Next NATO Skywatch: 19 October Submissions due by: 11 October Photo impression of Sports Day See page 8. Oktoberfest Mr. Andreas Borghorst, mayor of Geilenkirchen, (right) banged the tap into the barrel. Then the Â“ rst mug of beer was tapped by Mr. Frank Lohoff and offered to both the mayor and the Component Commander Brig.Gen. Stephen Schmidt. See related story on page 6 Photo MSgt. Christoph Braun Valued member, dear visitor, The Frisbee Club is introducing a new pricing system focused on making membership of the Frisbee Club more attractive. Various members have voiced their concern that the advantages of Club membership are not visible enough to all customers, with the result that: Some customers see the Frisbee Club merely as a place to enjoy the excellent food and cameraderie, without honoring the moral obligation to join as a full member or guest member. Some full members and guest member(s) do not pay the Â… reasonable Â… annual dues in good time, thereby putting unnecessary strains on the administrative support system. The slow but consistent decrease in the ClubÂs membership Â“ gures and income are also very important reasons to identify creative ways of escaping from this negative spiral. The Frisbee Club Committee (FCC) therefore tasked itself to: Create an easily recognizable difference between members and non-members without negative side effects on the members and/or the atmosphere of the Frisbee club premises. Create a mechanism ensuring timely payment of the annual dues, thus eliminating the need for the administrative systemÂs reminder process. The Â“ nal outcome is that the Frisbee Club Â… during normal operations Â… will increase all food and drink prices for non-members and non-paying members by approximately 35 percent, effective 8 October 2007. In order to make this easily recognizable for our Club Members the following rule will apply as of 8 October 2007: In order to receive a discounted price, each member must show his/her valid membership card to the cashier before paying the bill. Members who are unable to show their membership card because they have forgotten it, lost it, or have not paid their dues in good time, will not receive the discount! These measures will lessen the administrative reminder process and beneÂ“ t our respected paid-up Club members. As a positive side effect this measure will also provide a good starting position for eligible personnel to become members of NATOÂs Â“ nest NCO Club. Should you have any questions/ remarks relating to the above or have other beneÂ“ cial ideas for the Frisbee Club, please forward them to your national representative on the Frisbee Club Committee Board or directly to me. WeÂll be glad to respond to them. CSMSgt. Feiko van der Velde, RNLAF Chairman, Frisbee Club Committee P.S.: Paid-up members of the OfÂ“ cers Club who wish to enjoy our perfect atmosphere and cameraderie during breakfast or dinner in the fantastic Frisbee Grill Restaurant are also entitled to the discounted prices for drinks and food, provided they adhere to the same rule as our Frisbee Club members.Showing your membership card pays
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5 October 2007 NATO Skywatch 3CSA Hail & Farewell NATO Skywatch is an authorized, unofÂ“ 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 reÂ” ect the ofÂ“ 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 classiÂ“ ed advertisements to the NAEWF E-3A Component Public Affairs (PA), Postfach 433007, D-52511 Geilenkirchen, or base distribution Mail Stop 33. Call PA at (02451) 632480 or fax (02451) 7936 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Affairs Capt. Richard Komurek Editor Maureen Geraets-Head Volume 23, No. 18 5 October 2007 By Mark Beauchamp The Civilian Staff Association held its Quarterly Hail and Farewell event on 24 September in the OfÂ“ cers Club. In keeping with tradition of the occasion the Component Commander, Brig.Gen. Stephen Schmidt, recognized the lifelong contributions of a number of NATO civilians who are retiring after distinguished careers here at the E-3A Component. Also recognized were a number of NATO Civilians who reached a key milestone in their careers Â… 25 years of service to the mission. In addition, recently hired members were recognized. After the ofÂ“ cial part of the event, General Schmidt offered an update on a number of issues of interest in which the Component is involved, and he also answered questions. After this part of the event, everyone present enjoyed each otherÂs company in a social gathering. Retirees pose with Mark Beauchamp CSA Chairman (left) and Brig. Gen. Stephen Schmidt (right) from left to right: Mr. Albert Kuznik, Mr. Ronald Suurland, Mr. Manfred Engels, Mr. Klaus Hoepfner, Mr. Roy Peters also got his 25 year certiÂ“ cate, Mr. Willy Michels, Mr. Sergio Farina. Photos Andrea HohenforstNATO civilians with 25 years of service pose with Mark Beauchamp CSA Chairman (left) and Brig. Gen. Stephen Schmidt (right) from left to right: Mrs. Belinda Vogel-Smith, Mr. Paul Dodd, Mr. Fergus McLean, Mr. Marcel Jans, Mr. Peter Demarteau,Mr. Johannes Backes, Mr. Rudi Mertens. This is the ofÂ“ cial 2008 E-3A Component holiday schedule, including four Component CommanderÂs stand-down days. 1 January New YearÂs Day 4 February Carnival Monday CommanderÂs stand-down day 21 March Good Friday 23 March Easter Sunday 24 March Easter Monday 1 May Labour Day & Ascension Day 2 May CommanderÂs stand-down day 11 May Whit Sunday 12 May Whit Monday 22 May Corpus Christi 3 October German Unity Day 1 November All Saints Day 24 December CommanderÂs stand-down day 25 December Christmas Day 26 December Boxing Day 31 December CommanderÂs stand-down day Any questions should be directed to Personnel Division, ext. 2300. E-3A Component holidays for 2008 Senior Technician (Electrics/ CS), AGK LAT 3170, 3200 and 3130, Advertisement numbers 0702707029, NATO Grade B-4, assigned to the Electrical & Environmental Systems Section, Aircraft Systems Branch, Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Logistics Wing. Subject posts are vacant since/will become vacant on 01 December 2007 and 01 January 2008. Closing date: 12 Oct 2007. Assistant (Admin), AGK CCS 0030, Advertisement Number 07016, NATO Grade B-3, assigned to the OfÂ“ ce of Chief of Staff, E-3A Component Headquarter. This post is due to be Â“ lled as soon as possible. Closing date: 22 Oct 2007. Assistant (Admin), AGK SAS 0090, Advertisement Number 07041, NATO Grade B-3, assigned to the Document Services Branch, Base Administration Division, Base Support Wing. This post is due to be Â“ lled as soon as possible. Closing date: 22 Oct 2007. Assistant (Admin), AGK LXA 0030, Advertisement Number 07040, NATO Grade B-3, assigned to the Administrative Support Group, OfÂ“ ce of the Commander, Logistics Wing. This post is due to be Â“ lled as soon as possible. Closing date: 22 Oct 2007. Head, Civilian Human Resources, AGK CPC 0010, Advertisement Number 07030, NATO grade A-4, assigned to the Civilian Personnel Branch, Personnel Division, E-3A Component Headquarters. This post is due to be Â“ lled as soon as possible after 01 October 2008. Closing date: 06 Nov 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 qualiÂ“ ed personnel will be considered.Vacancy announcements This aircraft landed at Geilenkirchen Air Base. Do you know what it is? SEE PAGE 10 Photo A1C Florian HftleThe Park & Sell (Â” ea market/ garage sale type event) is generally held the second Saturday of each month from April through October. It is located at the U.S. Dental Clinic Parking lot (next to the NATEX grocery store) on the Geilenkirchen NATO Air Base. Sellers should show up and set up between 0900 and 1000 on the morning of the event, no reservation required. Sellers pay a $5/ Â 4 non-refundable fee. Shopping lasts from 10001300. Interesting items and good bargains can be found there and it is especially good for incoming and departing personnel to buy and sell items unique to the area, for example, 220 volt items. Open to all NATO ID card holders.Park & Sell on 13 October
4 NATO Skywatch 5 October 2007 Commander Brig. Gen. Stephen D. Schmidt Chief, Public Information OfÂ“ ce Capt. Richard Komurek Editor Maureen Geraets-Head Volume 23, No. 9 4 May 2007 By Capt. Richard Komurek Canada, the second largest country in the world, is a fascinating mix of Europe and North America all in one. From French speaking Montreal to the British atmosphere of Ottawa and over to the mountains and wilderness of British Columbia, Canada has a special variety of cultures and landscapes that is truly one of a kind. Another one of a kind specialty from Canada is world famous Moose Milk. Moose Milk, an alcoholic mixed drink made from a unique combination of somewhat secret ingredients, was one of the most popular beverages sold during the 25th Anniversary weekend event. But what is Moose Milk? ÂIn fact, the Internet is full of Moose Milk recipes (and stories), but the reality is that they only approximate what is a true Canadian national secret. The Moose Milk recipe can be likened to the answer to the question Âhow do they get the caramel in the Caramilk bar.ÂŽ Only Canadians know what it is,ÂŽ said Lt. Col. Bill Seymour, Commander of the Canadian National Support Unit. ÂPurists will tell you that Moose Milk comes from moose and not anywhere else. Moose Milk is properly served in an air of mystery with many suggestions that it comes directly from the moose that Canadians have living in their backyards...or at a secret paddock on the NATO base. Maybe we do. Others will tell you that Moose Milk is a special concoction of milk, EditorÂs note: The Cultural Corner is a series that will highlight one of the nations of the Component each month with some interesting facts and information. CanadaThe True North Facts: CanadaÂs population: 32.9 million Religions: Roman Catholic 42.6 %, Protestant 23.3 %, Muslim 1.9% Languages: English 59.3%, French 23.2 %, other 17.5% Information courtesy of www. canada.gc.ca and www.state.gov. The European ConnectionCanada has strong cultural ties to Europe, best demonstrated by French being an ofÂ“ cial language alongside English and also the fact that Canada still has a queen, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (who is at the same time Queen of the United Kingdom). Canada is a parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy with The Queen as Sovereign. As a constitutional monarch, The Queen abides by the decisions of the Canadian Government, but she continues to play important ceremonial and symbolic roles. In all these duties, The Queen acts as Queen of Canada, quite distinctive from her role in the United Kingdom or any of her other realms. Over the course of more than 50 years The Queen has been a regular visitor to Canada, paying over 20 visits throughout Canada. Like the United States, Canada is also a nation of immigrants. In the 2001 Canadian census, the majority of Canadians listed Canadian as their ethnic origin, followed by English, French, Scottish, Irish, German, Italian, Chinese, Ukrainian, North American Indian and Dutch. ice cream and assorted liquors. They are partially correct, but there is a secret ingredient that is known only to Canadians. Prepared properly, Moose Milk must be served in large quantities preferably to hundreds of our good friends and stirred with a suitably sterilized hockey stick, he said.ÂŽThe Component is home to 114 Canadian military members and 17 civilian employees, which places Canada as the third largest provider of military forces to the Component after Germany and the U.S. In addition to being a large contributor of forces to the Component, Canada has a total of 238 military members in Germany and 621 military members throughout Europe. With family members included, the number of Canadians stationed in Europe grows to nearly 1,800 people, said Seymour. Canadians have been stationed in Europe since World War II and the signiÂ“ cant number of military and dependents in Germany and throughout Europe is one reason the Canadian NSU, along with Canadian Forces Support Unit Europe located in Niederheid, provides extensive services such as housing, medical and car licensing services (which explains the cars driving around the local area with Canadian license plates). The Birth of the Canadian Flag15 Feb. 1965 Although Canada became independent from Britain in 1867, the Canadian Â” ag as we now know it only became ofÂ“ cial in 1965, shortly before its 100th birthday as a nation. However, according to many historians, the maple leaf began to serve as a Canadian symbol as early as 1700. In 1836, Le Canadien, a newspaper published in Lower Canada, referred to it as a suitable emblem for Canada. Later, use of the maple leaf by the Canadian military also helped make it a national symbol. In 1914, many Canadian soldiers wore the maple leaf on their military badges, and it was the dominant symbol used by many Canadian regiments serving in World War I. In 1939, at the beginning of World War II, numerous Canadian troops once again used the maple leaf as a distinctive emblem, displaying it on regimental badges and Canadian army and naval equipment. Prior to the maple Â” ag, the Red Ensign Â” ag was used in various forms as CanadaÂs unofÂ“ cial Â” ag. Canada, which is world famous for itÂs rugged nature, abundant wildlife and of course hockey, has a world of interesting history and culture to offer. ItÂs a wonderful blend of North America and Europe all in oneÂƒoffering the best of both worlds.
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6 NATO Skywatch 5 October 2007 Text and photos CMSgt. Claus Cohnen On 22 and 23 September, the base celebrated its 25th annual Oktoberfest hosted by the Deutsche UnterofÂ“ zierkameradschaft (DUK), the German NCO Association. The DUK at the Component, which was founded in 1982, celebrated its 25th anniversary in March of this year. This event, held for the Â“ rst time in 1982 with a handful of members and 300 guests, has grown to become the biggest Oktoberfest in the region, with up to 4,000 visitors. In the past 25 years only one Oktoberfest had to be cancelled due to the 11 September 2001 terror attacks. This yearÂs event attracted more than 3,000 guests and had to be just as organised and perfectly prepared as in the years before. Everybody knows that an Oktoberfest is a huge beer party, but not many people know the level of preparation required to host such a big event. HereÂs a behind the scenes look at the Oktoberfest setup: Preparations begin On the Monday before the Oktoberfest, one NCO yells to another, ÂSame procedure as every year, Manni?ÂŽ ÂYes Dieter, same procedure as every year!ÂŽ This yearÂs Oktoberfest marked a milestone for the DUK, and after 25 years the preparation is routine and scientiÂ“ c. About two dozen volunteers, among them some former German NCOs and spouses of the DUK members, worked to support the organization committee. SMSgt. Manfred Cordie coordinated the different work stages from the ÂDeployed DUK OfÂ“ ceÂŽ in Hangar II while MSgt. Dieter Mertens orchestrated the decorations inside the Hangar. While the camouÂ” age nets were Â“ xed along the walls, a small convoy drove to the northern area of the base. With a forklift and manpower the trucks were loaded with the dance Â” oor, wooden Â” oors for the beer pavilions and a lot of beer bars. The stage for the band, beer tables and chairs, sponsored by the Frisbee Club and OfÂ“ cersÂ Club, arrived in the afternoon. By Monday evening more or less all the material had arrived in the hangar so that the set-up could continue for the rest of the week. In the following days volunteers began to clean more than 5,000 mugs, while a handful of ÂspecialistsÂŽ built the dance Â” oor. With the help of volunteers from the STOV and SMSgt. (Ret.) Werner Ganzer, the dance Â” oor and the stage were assembled. Precision work was required to keep the dance Â” oor and stage areas level and even. Blue and white Eventually the traditional Bavarian colors, blue and white, began to dominate more and more of the hangar. The working atmosphere was pleasant and everyone was busy but not hectic. Due to the experience of previous years and a precise scenario, the assembly plan worked perfectly. The caterer arrived, the restrooms were installed outside the hangar and the ÂBierzeltgarniturenÂŽ benches and tables were delivered. After a safety inspection on Friday morning, the Â“ ne-tuning started. The last decorations were Â“ xed and the schedule for the volunteers was established. Oktoberfest arrives Saturday evening, 1800, the doors opened and committee members inside the hangar welcomed the guests. Specially brewed Oktoberfest beer and traditional food such as Haxen, Leberkse and Brezeln were served. Although the music was already playing, the dance Â” oor was still empty. But that would soon change. It is tradition at the original Oktoberfest in Munich, that the Mayor marks the ofÂ“ cial opening by banging the tap into the barrel. After announcing ÂOÂ zapft isÂŽ, Mr. Andreas Borghorst, Mayor of Geilenkirchen, shared the Â“ rst mug of beer with the Component Commander, Brig.Gen. Stephen D. Schmidt, Base Support Wing commander Col. Reinhard Mack and the committee members. Than the band Wlfershuser from Bavaria struck up the traditional Bavarian ÂDeÂ“ liermarschÂŽ. Bavarian folk music was subsequently followed by present-day popular songs and hits of the 80Âs and 90Âs, to which the guests were invited to dance. In addition to the music, Âbackstage entertainmentÂŽ with disguised band members inspired the guests enjoying their beer at the beer counter and the pavilions. A wine bar, a shooting gallery and a candy stall rounded off the typical Oktoberfest atmosphere. Early in the morning the last guests left the hangar and, as every year, members of the Military Police, Civil Guard and Medical Squadron discreetly patrolled inside and outside the hangar. This contributed to the safety and success of the event, and no incidents were reported. Sunday, Family Day 25 years of Oktoberfest at the Component doesnÂt only mean beer drinking and savoring delicious Bavarian food. Charity is also an important aim, to help people in need and support local associations in the vicinity of the base. One quarter of a decade of Oktoberfest charity has resulted in Â 250,000 of donations. Every year most of the funds are donated to schools, kindergartens, military social associations, sport clubs and charitable organizations in the Geilenkirchen and Heinsberg area. ÂWe hope to continue this tradition, but Â“ rst we have to break even,ÂŽ commented the DUK treasurer SMSgt. Jrg Stolz. The 25th Annual Oktoberfest was a great success and brought a notable aspect of German tradition to the ComponentÂs international community and their guests. DUK 25th Oktoberfest: A behind the scenes look 14 september 0717 september 0718 september 0719 september 07 20 september 0720 september 0720 september 0720 september 07Hard to imagine that this is inside a hangar: Bavarian music and folk dance entertaining the crowd. Photo Christoph Braun
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10 NATO Skywatch 5 October 2007 JFC HQ Alliance Theatre presentsThe theatre is located in Building 406, JFC HQ Brunssum, the Netherlands. Doors open 30 minutes prior to Â“ lm start. Admission for adults is 4 and for children (11 and under) is 2. Hairspray (PG) Saturday, 6 October, 1600 John Travolta, Queen Latifah WhoÂs that Caddy (PG-13) Saturday, 6 October, 1900 Antwan ÂBig BoiÂ Patton, James L. Avery Rescue Dawn (PG-13) Friday, 12 October, 1930 Christian Bale, Steve Zahn Ratatouille (G) Saturday, 13 October, 1300 Patton Oswalt, Brad Garret Bratz (PG) Saturday, 13 October, 1600 NLT, Nathalia Ramos Transformers (PG-13) Saturday, 13 October, 1900 Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel Daddy Day Camp (PG-13) Friday, 19 October, 1930 Cuba Gooding Jr, Lochlyn Munro Autos Fiat Panda Emotion 1,2 L, 8V, 60 HP, 03/2007, 5,800 km. Warranty until 03/2009, Automatic/manual transmission, air-condition, electr. panorama-sunroof, radio/CD with 4 speakers, adjustable rear seat, winter-tires. Tax-free price Â 8,990. Call Ingrid Woppowa, ext. 2604 or 02451959323. 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 PA, Mail Stop 33, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, before noon Thursday, 11 October.Last phase of new ID card implementation startedThe new Component ID card project is continuing. All Component personnel and their dependents should soon have the new ID card. To provide additional service to Component personnel and their dependents, the Pass and ID ofÂ“ ce will extend its hours of operation during this last phase. Opening hours are MondayThursday from 0800-1800 and Friday from 0800-1600. No closure during lunchtime. Personnel can make an appointment with the Pass and ID ofÂ“ ce by calling ext. 4866. Effective 3 January 2008 the old format ID card will no longer be accepted for base access. Foggy Fields BazaarThe American Women of Geilenkirchen (AWGK) are pleased to announce the 19th Annual Foggy Fields Bazaar. This yearÂs event will be held at Geilenkirchen NATO Air Base, Hangar 4 from Friday, 9 November through Sunday, 11 November. Foggy Fields Bazaar is the primary source for philanthropic funds used to support a number of American as well as NATO-nation organizations. In addition, AWGK uses monies raised at the event to provide academic college scholarships to worthy students. Vendor products available at this yearÂs event will include a variety of items such as antiques, clocks, furniture, rugs, collectibles, linens and much, much more! Hours of operation will be 1000 to1800 Friday and Saturday. SundayÂs hours are 1000 to 1600. Do not miss this opportunity to purchase items from all over Europe while supporting a worthy cause! We look forward to seeing you at the Foggy Fields Bazaar! The American Women of Geilenkirchen is a not-for-proÂ“ t organization, operating as a support and social organization within the NATO Air Base and surrounding community. For more information: http://foggyÂ“ eldsbazaar. checkoutmypage.com Contact: foggyÂ“ email@example.com. Phone: (49) 02452-1555837 On Tuesday, 25 September 2007, a UH 60 Black Hawk from the U.S. Army landed at Geilenkirchen Air Base. The Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk is a medium-lift utility or assault helicopter derived from the twinturboshaft engine, single rotor S-70 Sikorsky. It can perform a wide array of missions, including the tactical transport of troops, electronic warfare, and aeromedical evacuation. It is equipped with advanced avionics and electronics for increased survivability and capability, such as the GPS. It is 19,76 m long and the height is 5,13 m. Tap Dogs: 23, 24, 25, 26 and 27 October at 2000 Tap Dogs present a combination of precise tap-dance and elements of heavy industry from their hometown Newcastle, near Sydney. Since they have performed at the opening celebration of the Olympic Games 2000 in Sydney almost everybody knows them. For more information about Tap Dogs check out their website: www.tapdogs.com Tickets: Â 22,50 to Â 32,50 Joan Armatrading: 16 October at 2030 Joan Armatrading and Band give a concert in the new Pophall of the Theater Heerlen. It is one of only 11 concerts in Europe. At the concert in Heerlen Joan Armatrading will perform songs from her new album `Into the Blues`(1st position of the Billboard Blues Charts), but also will present her greatest hits. For more information about Joan Armatrading check out her website: www.joanarmatrading.com Tickets: Â 30 Euros (only standing room)Ticket reservation (Germanspeaking): Phone 0031-45-571 66 07Tickes online: www.parkstadlimburgtheaters.nlShows at Theatre Heerlen, NL Winners: Bench Press -Women: 1. Jennifer Bishof 50 kg Bench Press -Men: 1. Walters, Joe-160 kg 2. Driggers, Marion-140 kg 3. Johnson, Noel -89 kg Golf: Schneider, Jan Pistol: York, David Archery: Steinbrck, Peter Darts: Accisui, Alex Badminton Koopman, George Winners in team sports: Soccer: Polish National Support Unit Softball: Training Wing Flag Football: Base Support Wing Volleyball: IWSSR Basketball: Base Support Wing Tug-of-War: Canada Component Contest: IT Wing For the list of results with German Sports Awards, please contact Sports Department.
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