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Volume 23, No. 19 NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen 19 October 2007 Next NATO Skywatch: 5 November Submissions due by: 25 OctoberA Commanders Call will be held on 22 Oct 1500 and 23 Oct 0900. Please check with your supervisor for attendance guidelines. Historical journey: Operation Anchor GuardBy Heidi Soerensen In this issue of Skywatch, we will continue to look back at the Components history by publishing another original front page from the past. In this article we highlight Operation Anchor Guard, which was the rst and most demanding real world test of the E-3A Components mission capability. In 1990, the Gulf crisis brought the world into a serious military confrontation and on 9 August 1990 the E-3A Component launched the rst of many missions in Operation Anchor Guard. Squadron One was the rst to deploy to our Forward Operating Bases in the South of Europe, which for the next eight months were invaded by a much larger than normal number of people to support and maintain equipment and to cock and operate the aircraft. The Gulf Crisis was characterized by massive media coverage and at that time the Public Information Ofce (PIO) received numerous phone calls from local citizens and local news agencies asking What are you doing in the Gulf area? The question was relevant, since the Gulf area is beyond NATOs boundaries. But Turkey, which has a common border with Iraq, could be threatened and NATO therefore increased its surveillance in the area by deploying the E-3A. The Components mission was strictly to observe and not to become actively involved. Operation Anchor Guard was a huge challenge for the dedicated crews deployed to Italy, Greece and Turkey. They were deployed for 12 to 14 days, back home for four or ve days and then deployed again. They ew almost every day, with ights of ten and twelve hours being the norm. Continues on page 3 The Anniversary AWACS, aircraft 443, ies over Northern Germany on 17 Sept. after spending a weekend at an airshow in Hamburg. In typical fashion, the Anniversary AWACS was a huge hit and crowds waited in long lines for the opportunity to see the inside of the E-3A and talk with crewmembers who work on the aircraft. Aircraft 443 also graced the front page of the Skywatch in March 1991 as the last aircraft to return from Operation Anchor Guard. See below story for more on Anchor Guard.Photo by Capt. Richard KomurekFlying high over Northern Germany


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19 October 2007 NATO Skywatch 3 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 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 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. 19 19 October 2007 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 8 On Monday, 15 October a Royal Air Force (RAF) BAe146 landed at The E-3A Component. Manufactured in the United Kingdom by British Aerospace, the BAe 146 is a medium-sized commercial aircraft. Besides the Royal Air Force, the Bolivian Air Force and the Royal Saudi Air Force also operate this aircraft. It has been marketed under the name Whisperjet for its very quiet operation. It sees wide usage at small city-based airports. The original design was carried out in 1973. The name 146 comes from the original de Havilland design number, DH146. The aircraft have proven to be useful on high density regional and short-haul routes. Photo A1C Florian Hftle A historical journey continued from front page There were also many other, often less well-known ofces back at the E-3A Component involved in ensuring that the primary mission of ying was accomplished. They performed tasks such as monetary exchange into Turkish Lira, taking care of hotel accommodation, making arrangements for cleaning and linen exchange, procuring fruit and vegetables, preparing ight meals, and much more. Every task was a prime example showing that each and every person at the E-3A Component is a necessary part of the overall team effort. Lt. Col. Hans Brouwers from Squadron Two has been a Tactical Director for 13 years and has a total of 594 missions behind him, including 22 from Operation Anchor Guard. Looking back he says, Since this was the rst real operation, nobody knew what to expect. It was like a test of what we had been training for. Especially the rst month there was a feeling of uncertainty. We ew in an orbit north of the Iraqi border and the intelligence brieng mentioned more than 700 Iraqi ghters, including MiG29 Fulcrum, SU-24 Fencer and Mirage F-1 and you must remember, at that time we ew without the Electronic Support Measures (ESM) system. We had our NBC equipment next to us on the ground and when ying and when we were off base in Turkey we had police escort. In the beginning the mission was mainly air surveillance over Turkey and the Mediterranean Sea, where the coalition were building up for the intervention, Lt. Col. Brouwers continues. After 17 January 1991, when Operation Desert Storm was launched, the mission changed more to broader air defence, including combat air patrols to protect Turkey. After the rst couple of weeks with almost no resistance the initial concern went away. It was good to see, that the training we did at the Component worked out so well in a real operation. The teamwork was just awesome and everybody was working hard. Lessons learned from Anchor Guard laid the foundation for future operations. Operation Anchor Guard came to an end on the afternoon of 16 March 1991, as the last of three E 3As with Squadron One aircrews returned home. Between 9 August 1990 and 16 March 1991 the Component ew a total of 1,129 missions and 8,581.8 hours in support of Anchor Guard. The TCA, too, played a key role in Anchor Guard, being described as the Components work-horse. Since the acquisition of the TCAs in 1988, the Component had become more independent and for Anchor Guard the TCAs were immediately available, meeting transport requests day and night seven days a week. The total number of passengers from the Component, NAEWFC, FOB/L and SHAPE during Operation Anchor Guard amounted to 5,527 people and the overall weight of cargo came to approximately 450 tons. The TCA ew more than 640 hours on 192 ights for Anchor Guard alone. These gures are impressive. They tell an important story of sacrice, hard work and dedication that the men and women at the Component, the FOBs and FOL can be proud of, said Brig.Gen. Jay D. Blume Jr, E-3A Component Commander at that time. NATO has indicated that the way of the future in the Alliance is more mobile, exible, and multi-national forces. They need only look at their own E-3A Component as a unique example. 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 Components past. By Capt. Richard Komurek Component Commander Brig. Gen. Stephen Schmidt presents a retirement certicate to Lt. Col. Matt Phillips during a retirement ceremony on 31 September. Phillips, who worked extensively with the E-3A AWACS and E-8A/C JSTARS aircraft during his 20-years the U.S. Air Force, ended his military career here at Geilenkirchen after serving in the Operation Wing as the Chief of the Component Standardization and Evaluation Division, Squadron 2 Deputy Commander and Operations Ofcer and nally, as the Commander of Squadron 1. Phillips and his family will now return to their hometown of Bloomington, Indiana where he will begin a new career as a civilian airline pilot.Lt. Col. Matt Phillips says goodbye Photo???Join the Canadian ladies for a Winter Wonderland. Enjoy highlights of a typical Canadian winter. Play fun games, enjoy sights and sounds of Canada and enjoy the tastes of a traditional sugar shack. This event is on 15 November at the Frisbee Club, doors open at 1830. For more information contact the Canadian representataive Kyla Palin 02454 936043. 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4 NATO Skywatch 19 October 2007 Text and photo Ms. Pia Heesel/PIO Intern Occupational Health focuses on the interaction between people and their work and the goal is to enable employees to work without any risk to their health. For the Occupational Health Ofcer, this eld of work is multidisciplinary because he has to unite many skills, in a similar way to a general practitioner, to master the great variety of challenges. Occupational Health is not a discipline involving therapeutic activities. Patients do not come and see the Occupational Health Ofcer because they suffer from acute health problems and they will also not be treated by him, except in some special cases. Occupational Health is about prevention. People realize that it is more sensible to invest in the area of prevention in good time than to straighten things out which have been missed before, said Dr. Helmut Stienen, the Occupational Health Ofcer on base. Patients are examined and given advice at early stage about any negative effects of their work, so that countermeasures can be taken. Regularly recurring noise, for example, has negative effects on hearing. Once hearing is damaged it is irreparable. That is why measures have to be taken early to protect workers from noise. The area of Occupational Health on base is subject to the NAEW&C Force directive, which species that the E-3A Component has to comply with the laws of the Host Nation and must act according to German law. The Occupational Health Ofcer, together with the Safety Division, is responsible for the safety of all on-base workplaces in accordance with security and work medical knowledge. It is very important to prevent accidents and keep employees healthy by applying the latest technology and manpower studies. As Occupational Health Ofcer you often get the chance here on base to see beyond the end of your own medical areas nose. You deal with organizational as well as many technical elds into which you would not gain any insight elsewhere: from building technology and procedures in aircraft servicing to physical strains affecting remen and dog trainers. It is never boring, said Stienen. In principle, all personnel employed at the Air Base can consult the Occupational Health Ofcer. Flying personnel are the only exception. They have their own Occupational Health physician, the Flight Surgeon. However, if any ying personnel are not onboard aircraft for a short time and work in an ofce, for example, they can also consult the Occupational Health Ofcer. Under Host Nation legislation relating to health and safety at work, every employee is entitled to occupational health care. In small businesses this is hard to translate into action, but the 3,000 employees on base have many advantages from the full-time availability of the Occupational Health Ofcer: The Occupational Health Ofcer is a competent expert directly on base. He guarantees routine occupational treatment and gives advice about individual problems. Most of the patients are regularly invited to be checked. But from time to time it happens that patients come to see him for special reasons. For example, because of an illness or an incident at the workplace that might have consequences for their health. Employees can consult the Occupational Health Ofcer for many different reasons. It makes no difference whether you have a physical health problem or a mental one. If you have problems with a colleague or even with your boss, or if working conditions trouble you, the Occupational Health Ofcer can help. Even though I more or less said goodbye to therapeutic activities, I hope to achieve something positive for the patients, the employer and the whole organization. Hopefully, I can do this even without a prescription pad and referral forms and without a scalpel, Stienen emphasizes. Thanks to the Occupational Health Branch, concrete ideas to keep employees healthy are constantly being developed. There is the opportunity to do back-training classes at the workplace and medical life-style coaching is offered. If you had an accident you get help to reintegrate and become t again. There is also an advisory service about work-life balance. The aim of these programs is to support the employees in regard to their health as well as keeping them present at the workplace. This is a prerequisite for successful mission accomplishment. Dr. Stienen has been permanently working on base since 1993. After qualifying as a medical practitioner, he worked as a Flight Surgeon and assistant to the Chief of the Medical Squadron. In 2000, Occupational Health became an independent branch in the Medical Squadron. I think there are not many people on base who can say that they know every workplace and almost every employee. But I can say that almost every one of them has sat in the chair in front of me, he said.Occupational Health Branch helps keep employees safe, healthy Dr Helmut Stienens innite wisdom For most people good health is one of the most valuable things in life but they act as if it is heaven sent. Here are a few fundamental principles for healthy working in healthy organizations: awareness is a prerequisite. Take responsibility for yourself and your work environment. exercise knowledge and skills of your staff than picking on weaknesses. and mental capabilities you have and strive for more. minded for new challenges. Its never too late for a change for the better. Staff of Medical Squadron, Occupational Health branch (from left to right) Intern Ms. Tanja Larsen, Dr. Helmut Stienen, Ms. Inga Kurowsky and SSgt. Britta Mller.

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6 NATO Skywatch 19 October 2007 By Heidi Soerensen A group of about 25 children aged between 8 and 10 years who live near the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site in Belarus will visit the town of Brunssum, the Netherlands, from 12 January to 4 March 2008. While in Brunssum, the Chernobyl children will also visit the Component on Tuesday, 12 February. During the visit the children will visit the re brigade and the ight deck simulator, have an E-3A walk-through and a Component-sponsored lunch. This will be the third time in the last eight years that Chernobyl children have come to Brunssum and the rst time to visit our Component. A special committee in Brunssum is making all the arrangements for the area visit. Karen Segal, from the United States, has been living here for the last seven years. Her husband, Jack Segal, works as the Chief Political Advisor at Allied Joint Force Command (JFC) Brunssum and they are both a part of the organizing committee for the visit. As part of this committee, they also serve as the central liaison between the local Dutch community and the NATO communities in Brunssum and the E-3A Component. It all started in the local school and the Protestant church. The teachers wanted to make the Dutch children more aware of children with problems, and one way of practicing charity at home was to host children in need, says Karen. The idea of having the Chernobyl children here is to give them access to good food, clean air and water, and opportunities to exercise their minds and bodies. Even two months of living in a good environment will strengthen these children for the rest of Karens heartfelt compassion for the children and this project as I began to understand the amount of hard work that she and the event committee have to do to make all this happen. The children all live in very poor villages that have lots of environmental problems and not much hope for a better future. To get here they will travel for three days on a bus before their local host families in the Brunssum area welcome them. The overall purpose is to make the Chernobyl children feel at home and be a part of normal everyday life. One of the opportunities they have is to attend classes at the Benjamin Elementary School in Treebeek. With full support of the E-3A Component, the NATEX will provide each child with a brand new winter jacket and one pair of winter boots as soon as they arrive. The NATEX will also donate Fruitopia juices for the children from Chernobyl during their upcoming visit to the E-3A Component. Chernobyl reactor number four after the disaster, showing the extensive damage to the main reactor hall (image centre) and turbine building (image lower left). Photo courtesy: www.wikipedia.comWinter 2005, the children from Chernobyl lived in Brunssum for two months. Here the children are exploring Hoensbroek Castle. Photo courtesy: Angelene GielkensChernobyl The worlds worst nuclear disaster Thousands of people have died as a result of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Very large numbers of Russians, Ukrainians and Belarusians who live in the most contaminated regions are still alive but seriously ill. On 26 April, 1986, the fourth reactor of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, exploded at 01:23 AM local time. The workers were performing an experiment with the reactors safety systems. Problems occurred during the tests, the reactor did not receive enough coolant and had built up too much heat in the core, and control rods had been fully withdrawn, all of which contributed to very unstable and unpredictable reactor operation. When the control rods were reinserted in an attempt to regain control of the unstable reactor, there was a sudden increase in reactivity and an uncontrollable runaway reaction occurred. The reactor produced tremendous amounts of steam, eventually causing a steam break/explosion, which destroyed part of the reactor. Over 100 radioactive elements including iodine, caesium, strontium, and plutonium were released into the atmosphere. All permanent residents of Chernobyl and the Exclusion Zone were evacuated because radiation levels in the area had become unsafe. The Exclusion Zone was established soon after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 in order to evacuate the local population and to prevent people from entering the heavily contaminated territory, the area within a radius of 30 km being the most dangerous. Any residential, civil or business activities there are legally prohibited and punishable. To this day and for the foreseeable future, the area is considered too dangerous for human habitation, though normal radiation levels have returned to some locales. On 17 September, 2007, it was announced that a new steel containment structure will be built to replace the aging and hastily built sarcophagus that currently protects the damaged reactor. The project is being nanced by an international fund managed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. A giant archshaped structure made from steel, measuring 190 metres wide and 200m long, will be built to cover the old crumbling concrete dome that is currently in use. It is expected to take a year to design the new building and another 2 years to build it. A separate deal has also been made to build a storage facility within the exclusion zone for the nuclear waste produced by Chernobyl. Component joins effort to support Chernobyl childrenHow to help the Chernobyl children: a reality the event committee welcomes any nancial contributions by the NATO community. Donations will be used to cover expenses of bus transportation, insurance and other care for the children that are estimated to total 17,000. All donations can be made to Dresdner Bank, account number 02 883 508 01, and bank code (BLZ) 390 800 05. looking for people to sponsor one-day tours for the children. Some of the suggested tours are to Snow World (300) or swimming at a local pool (40 per session). used clothing (size 128-176 cm/age 6-12), these items will be collected through the E-3A Component Chapel, located in building 4, from now until 16 November. for people who speak Russian and are willing to help with communication. If you want to help, contact Karen Segal at 0031 45 564 2114 or jsegal_kpuschel@


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8 NATO Skywatch 19 October 2007 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 8 On Monday, 15 October a Royal Air Force (RAF) BAe146 landed at The E-3A Component. Manufactured in the United Kingdom by British Aerospace, the BAe 146 is a medium-sized commercial aircraft. Besides the Royal Air Force, the Bolivian Air Force and the Royal Saudi Air Force also operate this aircraft. It has been marketed under the name Whisperjet for its very quiet operation. It sees wide usage at small city-based airports. The original design was carried out in 1973. The name 146 comes from the original de Havilland design number, DH146. The aircraft have proven to be useful on high density regional and short-haul routes. Photo A1C Florian Hftle Santa Claus and his elf are already planning to join the traditional International Youth Activities` Moonlight Ride for international Component children and their parents on the historic Selfkant Steam Train. On Friday, 7 December, at 1900 we will get on the train at Gillrath Station, and travel to Schierwaldenrath in the restored antique wagons built between 1889 and 1956. There will be one short stop on the way, though, when our two special passengers arrive in a carriage drawn by a horse. Santa and his elf will welcome all the children and present them with a bag of Christmas goodies on the journey to Schierwaldenrath. There everybody has the opportunity to enjoy refreshments in a heated tent listening to Christmas songs, before returning to Gillrath. Tickets at 6,90 per child and 10,80 per adult include Brtchen with hot chocolate, coffee, Glhwein, or a soft drink at Schierwaldenrath, plus Christmas goodies for children, and can be purchased at the IYA Ofce starting 5 November. IYA Christmas steam train ride Auto Feb. 2002 Mercedes SLK 200, 2 Ltr, 4 cylinders, 163 HP, 6-speed manual, silver metallic, 78,000 km (as of 15 Sep 07). The car is very well maintained and in an excellent condition. An assessment of the value of the car is made by a professional German Company, and the price is adjusted to a level below of the assessment: 13,500 without any taxes paid. The Assessment Report (Bewertung) with further details and photos is on the bulletin board in Sentry Club. More info from Steen Joost at 0045 55 727227 or cell phone 0045 20482505 or email Motorbike 1997 Suzuki GSX R 600 SRAD, 21,000 km, colour blue/white, perfect bike with new tires. Price 3,600. Fore more information call Tineke Hoekstra at ext. 2513. Miscellaneous Red room rug $20, assorted curtains $10 each, ski suit $25, large coffee tables $15 each, King sheets/comforter set $35, double sheets/comforter set $35-Call Terry 02451-4099813 or ext. 2296. Wanted: 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. Volunteers for IYA Basketball Season. As usual the IYA can only offer its Basketball program with your dedicated volunteer help. Call ext. 4955 right now to get further information, and to sign up as coach, assistant coach or 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:, before noon Thursday, 11 October. The Morale and Welfare Activities Sports Department will again host the International Cross Country Competition on Friday, 9 November 2007 between 1100-1330. About 200 participants from throughout Europe will participate. Distance will be 7,000 meters. The following categories will compete each other: Group Amen aged 18-29 years Group Bmen aged 30-39 years Group Cmen aged 40-49 years Group Dmen aged 50 years and over Group Ewomen of all ages. The four best runners of each team will score for the team run. Team coaches must enter their respective team name at the time of registration. The top three and the three best runners in each category, as well as the best team, will receive a trophy. Each participant will be awarded a certicate. Registration is at the NATO Air Base, Geilenkirchen, at the New Gym on 9 November from 0900-1030. Start will be at 1100 and entry fee is 5 per participant (payable on the day). After the race lunch will be served at 1215 in the Green Lounge of the Frisbee Club. Presentation of Trophies is at the Frisbee Club at 1300. International Cross Country Run 2007Alliance PlayersThe performance for And Then There Were None will be 8 and 9 1400. All performed at the Alliance Theatre, JFC HQ Brunssum. Auditions The audition dates for Snow White The Panto will be 30 October at dates at the GK Elementary School MPR. We are looking for adults and children from ages 8 and up. For more info please contact Annia Wyndham at Tops in BlueTops In Blue 2007 takes centre stage 20 October 2007 at 1900 at Sporthal Rumpen in Brunssum for one performance only. The shows theme, The Fly By, commemorates 60 years of U.S. Air Force history through a high-tech multimedia extravaganza. Audiences will be taken back as the show visually and musically winds its way through six decades of history with historical footage laced with songs from each era. TOPS IN BLUE 2007 is sponsored in part by AT&T and COCA-COLA. Be sure and register at the show for a chance to win a 550-unit calling card from AT&T. Admission is free and open to the public. Call ext. 4952 for more details. SPEED S U N The Sun-Center Tanned have more funPhotos PIO archive


GEILENKIRCHEN Konrad Adenauer Strae 216 Phone +49 (0)2451 482660 Open: Monday-Friday 8-22 hrs Saturday 8-21 hrs Sunday (& Hol.) 9-19 hrs NO SUBSCRIPTIONS NO APPOINTMENTS PLENTY OF PARKING A V AILABLE SPEED S U N The Sun-Center Tanned have more fun Also during autumn, a nice tan Also during autumn, a nice tan USA PARTS STORESpecialised in repairs and maintenance of US Cars and all foreign types of cars.Most USA parts available.Authorized warrenty repairs shop for TAXREETAXREE WWW.VOLVOTAXFREECARS.COM MASSIVE SAVINGS Starting price 20.449 Total delivered price 42.429Autorized Honda partner and Citron workshop Large selection of new and used cars Spare parts (Honda and Citron) Maintenance and services Body repair and spray paint jobs Workshop: Erik Thnnissen Phone +49 (0)2452 951018 Spare parts: Erik Thnnissen Phone +49 (0)2452 951018 Sell: Marcel Gehlen Phone +49 (0)2452 951013 Fax +49 (0)2452 9510 20 First House in Town Our bistro Caf Fleur is daily open from 7:00 to 24:00 hr For informationPhone +49 (0)2451 909510 / +49 (0)2451 2043 / +49 (0)172 950 5142 For rent apartmentApartment exclusive equipped Best situated in Geilenkirchen Special for singles Shortor long-term rent Pets not allowed 5 minutes from the Base Kuhlerthang 1 52525 Heinsberg-Schafhausen Phone: +49 (0)24 52 / 616 05 Since more than 19 years, Chrysler Jeep Service station with experienced, Chrysler trained personnel. TAX FREETAX FREEDODGE Autohaus Goe r tz Call 02451 2983Culpeck Insurance Broker GmbHHaihoverstrasse 11 D52511 Geilenkirchen Email: Web: www. We proudly introduce and welcomeALL NATIONALITIES. ELENAGRILL RESTAURANT PIZZERIAGreek and international cuisine


10 NATO Skywatch 19 October 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. Daddy Day Camp (PG-13) Friday, 19 October, 1930. Cuba Gooding Jr, Lochlyn Munro No Reservations (PG) Saturday, 20 October, 1600 Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart The Bourne Ultimatum (PG-13) Saturday, 20 October, 1900 Matt Damon, Joan Allen Stardust (PG-13) Friday, 26 October, 1930 Claire Danes, Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer The Simpsons Movie (PG-13) Saturday, 27 October, 1600 Pamela Hayden, Dan Castellaneta Rush Hour 3 (PG-13) Saturday, 27 October, 1900 Jackie Chan, Chris TuckerText and photo Heidi Soerensen Known as the Venice of the North, Bruges is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Only 235 kilometres from Geilenkirchen it makes a perfect destination for a one-day trip. Bruges has something to offer for the whole family. Besides the historical sightseeing, you can go for a romantic hand-in-hand walk, a classical concert, or to a wonderful park for the children to play in. Bruges also gives all the gastronomic pleasures you can imagine. Upon visiting Bruges, you will immediately notice that this city has carefully cherished its architectural and artistic treasures from the past. This splendid medieval city is one of Belgiums crown jewels. In no other European city is the feel and the look of medieval times as present as it is here in this city close to the North Sea coast. Take your time to walk through busy squares, refreshing parks and quiet, intimate cobbled streets. Also be sure not to forget to discover the city from its canals. A boat tour gives you a unique opportunity to explore Bruges from the same angle as they did 200 years ago. From the water side you are able to see some of the extraordinary, unknown and very old things you would never see from the roads. In the Early Middle Ages the roads were in such poor condition that the network of canals functioned as the main transportation network. Thus, almost all trafc and especially all trade to and from Bruges took place via the canals. There are many ne medieval buildings in Bruges, including the Church of our Lady, whose brick spire at 122m makes it one of the worlds highest brick towers. The construction of the church began in the 13th Century and lasted more than 200 years. The view from outside is spectacular, but it does not stop there. Continue going inside this church and you will nd a marvellous collection of paintings, unique glass windows and probably the most expensive work of art in Bruges: Michelangelos Madonna. Walking around Bruges offers lots of sensory impressions and temptations for those who enjoy the good things in life. All year round the rich aroma of chocolate wafts through the city and countless creative confectioners make hundreds of kilograms of the citys famous chocolate. And I must admit it is delicious. Bruges is also famous for its beer and local breweries, and in some cafes you can choose between more than 300 different Belgian beers. Later in the evening, when most of the tourists have gone, Bruges reclaims its charm and quietness of old times and its beautifully illuminated canals present the viewer with fantastic scenery. International tourism has boomed in Bruges and these efforts have resulted in Bruges being designated European Capital of Culture in 2002. Furthermore, in 2000 UNESCO included the entire historical city centre on the World Heritage list. Be aware that visiting Bruges on weekends or holidays can be a crowded experience everybody wants to have a piece of this popular medieval city.Beautiful Bruges: A must see Foggy Fields BazaarThe American Women of Geilenkirchen (AWGK) are pleased to announce the 19th Annual Foggy Fields Bazaar. This years 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 years event will include a variety of items such as antiques, clocks, furniture, rugs, collectibles, linens operation will be 1000 to1800 Friday and Saturday. Sundays hours are 1000 to 1600. Do not miss this opportunity to purchase items from all over Europe while supporting a We look forward to seeing you at The AWGK is a not-for-prot organization, operating as a support and social organization within the NATO Air Base and surrounding community. For more information: http://foggyeldsbazaar. Contact: Phone: (49) 02452-1555837 Romantic canals send you back to medieval times.


Karins GuesthouseLocated less than 10-minutes from BaseFor more information or reservation call: +49 (0)2451-72015 or +49 (0)178 414 0855Offering a number of apartments suitable to accommodate single or family personnelEquiped with modern appliances such as: Complete kitchen with dishwasher/microwave Washer and dryer DVD-Player (multi regional) Multi Channel SKY SAT TV Highspeed DSL-Internet (unlimited flat rate) ISDN-Telephone line Pets are welcome Your own private backyard right next to the Mokam A2 Mobilport Australilaan 30 6199 AA Maastricht-Airport o Tel. +31 (43) 358 80 80 E-mail More info at: w Family Jansen Nikolaus-Becker-StubeOpening hours: We serve from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm and from 5.30 pm to 11:00 pm Sorry, were closed on Tuesday all dayRESTAURANT PARTY-SERVICE German specialities German & English menu card Konrad-Adenhauer-Str. 57-59 52511 Geilenkirchen Telephone +49 (0) 2451 2547


12 NATO Skywatch 19 October 2007 IDH, Ofcers, 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 ServicesSquadron 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: children 4-12 years: half price. Reservations should be made no later than 1200 on the Friday before. Club cards are required. For additional information, please contact the Ofcers Club, ext. 4990 or the Frisbee Club, ext. 4994. 4 Brunch. Frisbee and Ofcers Club closed. 11 Ofcers Club Family Brunch, Frisbee Club closed. 18 Ofcers Club Hunters Brunch, Frisbee Club closed. 25 Frisbee Club Brunch, Ofcers Club closed. Ofcers Club (SWPO/4990): Operating hours Bar : Monday-Friday : 1100-2100. Restaurant: Monday Friday:1130-1330. Sunday: 1100-1400 (alternating with the Frisbee Club). Reservations are required for Sunday Brunch by 1200 on the Friday before. Club cards required when using the Frisbee Club (ext. 4994). Lunch at the 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: 1 and 2 November: Club closed due to Component Holiday and Down Day. As of 7 November: Tickets on sale for the New Years Eve Ball on 31 December 2007. 9 November: Gourmet Night (See Special Flyer) Tickets on sale as of 8 October. From 19 to 22 November: Game specialties during lunch time. 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 5.00 per person must be charged for non-excused absences. Visit the Ofcers 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 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 (5, 12, 19 and 26) 6 Skat Main Bar 1800-2300 6 Bingo Green Lounge 1900-2230 9 Bavarian Breakfast 0900. Prior reservation appreciated. 15 International Wives Club, Canadian Night 20 Bingo Green Lounge 1900-2230 Every Monday and Thursday Happy Hour from 1700 until 1800 Every Friday Happy hour from 1430 until 1900 (including snacks at 1700) Every Monday and Steak Night (Normal Restaurant times) Friday Night Steak Dinner only, reservations required. Every Wednesday Belgian Mussels as lunch special (day price). Closure:The Frisbee Club will be closed from 1 through 4 November 2007. 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 through Friday. A variety of new pizzas is available now, like 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! Also, many 25th anniversary articles for sale. Good quality red or white wine with 25th anniversary logo. Additional information on any of the above can be obtained from the Sentry Club Manager, ext. 4996.Sports Department (SWPT/4946)9 Cross Country Run New Gym/Cross Trail 13 Basket Ball League/ Tournament 1500, Sentry Club, Q&Q Room CoachesMeeting 14 Table Tennis Tournament One-day tournament 23 Basketball League/ Tournament. Deadline Registration 28 Squash Tournament. Deadline Registration Schedule of Fall Fitness Classes now available at the Sports Department. 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 and cassette. We are pleased to offer our retired videocassettes to you for sale at the reduced price of 0,50. Come in and check our selection of CDs, DVDs and Books for the Christmas time. International Pre-School (SWPS/4957): 1 Component Holiday No School 2 Down Day No School 5-6 Art & Craft afternoons for parents. Children and parents will be making lanterns for the parade St. Martins parade in Teveren at 1800. 8 Teachers training, no School 23 Thanksgiving Feasts for children and their families 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 and Thursdays. Operating hours: 1000-1400. MWA INFORMATIONNovemberInternational Youth Activities (SWPY/4954/5) IYA Basketball Season The IYA Basketball season for international boys and girls between 6 and 15 years is coming up. Children and teenagers of all nationalities are invited to learn and play this sport together in our international community. The season full of funlled and exciting games and tournaments will run from December to March. Fee for the season: 25 per player. Registration from 5 to 30 November. More IYA news on page 8


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