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Volume 23, No. 20 NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen 5 November 2007 Next NATO Skywatch: 16 November Submissions due by: 8 November 24/7/365 Security See pages 6-7 drawing slides and using projectors, the introduction of electronic briefing slides via BASS last year was only the first step towards the new standard: planning on the CBASS system. In order to get approval for the use of the classified computer system on base, accreditation of the basements as Class II areas was mandatory. Many infrastructural and safety requirements had to be met, causing a lot of coordination and work for various sections at the Component. Thanks to the terrific support by everyone involved, every challenge was solved without major problems. In addition to the possibilities of using all available software tools on the computer to ease the planning for each sortie, aircrews now also have access to electronic publications and can use the systems to do Computer Based Learning (CBL) as part of their annual requirements. Due to financial agreements and the fact that Squadron 2 is temporarily working in Building 62 with limited space available, the remaining MP rooms (two for Squadron 2 and one remaining for Squadron 1) will be equipped with the same tables once the reconstruction of Building 211 (former Squadron 2 building) is finished. After that, the MP rooms in all three squadrons will be of the same standard, providing the optimum set-up to enhance efficiency. For the MSS team the work is not done yet. More steps will follow to realize our concept to Train As You Fight Fight As You Train. Once the Component has completely achieved the new standard, the FOBs/FOL will have to follow. After that, we need to ensure that the same services will be provided to the aircrews during deployed operations. The work on these aspects has already begun. The biggest challenge remaining is the establishment of the already approved Mission Support Centre (MSC), which will be located in Building 203. The MSC is intended to facilitate a new standard of mission accomplishment (from start to finish) by centralizing the execution of all relevant mission support activities for E-3A sorties departing from MOB Geilenkirchen. Additionally, the MSC will support all E-3A deployments (to include NRF, small-scale exercises, etc.) and will also be capable of hosting external aircrews. Overall, the MSC is intended to provide simple and effective access to additional information activities such as requirements management, user training, help desk functions and direct IT support. The initial concept paper is under development and a draft version will be promulgated to all Wings by the end of this year. There is a whole lot to do, but one needs to have a vision.New Mission Planning facilities for E-3A ying SquadronsOperations Wing transformation continues...By Commander Hans-Dieter Evers, OWAB, Service Manager MSS, Chairman Mission Planning Working Group (MPWG) On Thursday, 18 October, the Component achieved another milestone in its journey into the 21st century. With the outstanding assistance of Procurement (LWPC), Security Squadron (SWSE) and the Safety Division (SOCG), new Mission Planning tables were installed in the basements of Squadrons 3 and 1. The whole procurement process lasted only seven months and is part of the Mission Support System (MSS) project. The new layout of the Mission Planning rooms will enable the aircrews to optimize the Mission Planning process with the support of MSS, new computers (CBASS/BASS) and an optimized set-up based on Crew Resource Management (CRM) criteria. New Sun Ray workstations will also ensure that the aircrews can finally do the planning for NATO Mid Term (NMT) flights in their own squadrons. After many years of One of the new Mission Planning computers. Demonstration of the new set-up to Colonel Jelle Zijlstra, Deputy Component Commander. Photos Andrea Hohenforst


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5 November 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. 20 5 November 2007 By SMSgt. Johan Hijmenberg On Monday, 22 October Mrs. Jacqueline Cramer, Dutch Minister of Housing, Regional Development and Environment paid a working visit to the NATO Air Base in Geilenkirchen. Together with the Dutch State Secretary of Defence she continues to investigate whether it is possible to nd a way of tackling and resolving the problem of noise affecting the communities on the Dutch side of the border. Earlier this year the State Council (Raad van State) in the Netherlands issued a judgement stating that the environmental effects of cutting down the trees in the Schinveld forest should have been investigated more thoroughly before permission was given to cut them down. In August 2005 the then Minister of the Environment, Mrs. Sybilla Dutch Minister receives informationDekker, granted a waiver for tree cutting in the woodland area to ensure ight safety and the operability of NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen. As a result of the State Councils ruling, Minister Cramer has now announced that in the coming year she will conduct a more thorough investigation of the possible environmental effects of the treecutting. She will also discuss the issue with NATO, local and regional authorities and representatives of the local residents. Mrs. Cramer therefore discussed the noise issue with Brig. Gen. Stephen D. Schmidt and received an extensive brieng from Deputy Commander Col. Jelle Zijlstra. After the visit to the base the Minister departed to the community of Onderbanken to talk with local authorities and residents about the situation. Within a year Minister Cramer will present proposals for the way ahead. Minister Jacqueline Cramer signs the guest book after her arrival at the E-3A Component.Photo Andrea HohenforstCrime Prevention By Jose R. Ortega Senior, IMP Criminal Investigator & Crime Prevention Ofcer Within the past few months there has been an increase in reported thefts on base. In many cases the losses could have been prevented by stricter personal and physical security measures. As legal custodians of personal and assigned NATO property, we all have a duty and responsibility to ensure equipment and resources are secured appropriately. If you believe the property or resources left under your control and/or possession are not being properly safeguarded, or that they may be vulnerable to acts of theft or damage, report this to your superiors immediately. Supervisors may not know the situation exists and can help in correcting it. You can also inform the International Military Police ofce or the base Crime Prevention & Investigations ofce in person or anonymously at extension 4819 or 4820. As the bases crime prevention experts, we take a proactive approach in helping you identify security measures that may help prevent a crime or loss of resources before it happens. By CMSgt. Claus Cohnen At commanders calls held on 22 and 23 October, the E-3A Component Commander, Brig.Gen. Stephen D. Schmidt, briefed Component members about upcoming challenges facing NATO, the E-3A Component, and the future of AWACS. After a NATO-wide independent assessment team review, the North Atlantic Council is a massive restructure effort affecting the entire NATO Force Structure, including the E-3A Component. Brig.Gen. Schmidt stated the aim is to achieve maximum effectiveness in fullling all operational tasks by becoming more deployable, responsive, and affordable. Within the Component, this can potentially be accomplished by outsourcing some IT and logistics functions and eliminating administrative duplications. The Deputy Commander, Col Jelle Zijlstra, Wing Commanders and HQ Division Chiefs are currently developing the Component restructuring plan to be complete by years end. The Component has been rigorously working to achieve NATO Mid Term (NMT) Initial Operational Capability (IOC). The NAEW&CF Commander, Maj.Gen. Axel Tuttelmann, has submitted a letter to SACEUR declaring IOC. Once ofcially approved, this will mark a signicant milestone in NAEW&CF history. In order to reduce the threat of man-portable surface-to-air missiles (MANPADS) the E-3A eet will become the rst AWACS equipped with Large Aircraft InfraRed Counter-Measures (LAIRCM). The General explained how this technology works and will defeat the MANPAD threat. Once installed on our aircraft this capability will extend the spectrum of missions to better support NATOs worldwide mission. From 7 to 18 April 2008, NAEW&FC will conduct a Component-wide Consolidated Inspection (CI). The evaluation will focus on verifying all Component members knowledge and compliance with all NATO, NAEW&FC, and E-3A policies and directives. Lt. Col. Toni Jerenko from the Plans and Policy Division is the Component lead for CI and has established a working group to begin preparations. More information is available on the WISE page and will be updated frequently. Brig.Gen. Schmidt made remarks on physical tness, which is a key requirement for deployable forces. Starting in January 2008, the Component will conduct Unit/ CC-led tness activities once per week as part of the three hours per week authorized individual sports activities. Citing the numerous assessments and activities, Brig. Gen. Schmidt emphasized the need for change from a legacy mindset to a future focus. He stated, The Component is under siege. If we dont change we wont survive. He thanked all personnel for all their efforts in making the Component successful over the past 25 years, but stated that now is the time to focus on training all personnel on how to operate and maintain the NMT aircraft and be ready to meet future NATO mission requirements. For more detailed information, the brieng is now available on the WISE homepage. The Component is under siege. If we dont change we wont survive.Commander briefs about upcoming challenges, Components future


4 NATO Skywatch 5 November 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 10 From 12 until 26 October a Romanian Antonov An-30 used NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen for its Open Skies data-gathering flights. The Antonov An-30 is a development of the An-24T fitted with a new forward fuselage with a glazed nose and a raised flight deck. It first flew in 1974, with 123 built. As well as its principal use as a survey aircraft, it has also been used to carry out surveillance under the Open Skies Treaty. Photo A1C Florian Hftle 25th Anniversary design wins Czech international air show awardThe specially designed NAEW&CF E-3A aircraft, tail #443, was awarded the prize for best aircraft design during the Czech international air show in Brno in September this year. The anniversary design, created by Mr. Hay Janssen, Mr. Wiel Borghans and Mr. Andre Joosten from the Components Graphics Ofce, was selected during the air show amongst numerous other specially painted international aircraft. The crew from Flying Squadron 1 was presented during the event with a crystal mug as the award for the best design. In order to show Flying Squadron 1s and the Components appreciation, Squadron 1 representatives Capt. Mattias Koch and 1Lt. David Becker presented the mug to the creators of the 25th Anniversary design. Capt. Mattias Koch passes on the award, a crystal beer mug, to Mr. Hay Janssen from the Graphics Ofce for the best aircraft design. Photo A1C Florian Hftle By Heidi Soerensen The ofcial St. Martins Day is 11 November: it is the feast day of St. Martin of Tours, who started out as a Roman soldier and is the patron saint of soldiers. He was a kind man who preferred to live a simple, quiet life. The most famous legend about his life is that he once cut his cloak in half, to share it with a beggar during a snowstorm, thereby saving the beggar from dying in the cold. St. Martins Day celebrations take place in many parts of Europe, including our local area. The preparations for this special day have been going on during the last month. Children in schools and kindergartens have been making their own paper lanterns, learning about the saints legend, singing the traditional St. Martins Day songs, and rehearsing a St. Martins Day play that will be performed to their parents on the evening of that day. In addition to the celebrations in the kindergartens and schools, most of the local towns have their own lantern procession. The St. Martins Day procession starts after the sun has set and will set off from the city hall or the local school. Often, a man dressed as St. Martin rides on a horse at the front of the procession, followed by a large troop of children with their lanterns and their parents. Together they sing their way through the town, and musicians often accompany the procession to make sure that everyone is singing in time with each other. The St. Martins Day procession is most likely concluded with a big bonre. Goose meat is traditionally eaten on this day. If you are interested in joining the St. Martins Day procession in your local area, look for further information in your local newspaper, or you can join one of the following processions: Geilenkirchen: Friday, 9 November, 1730 at the church in An St. Marien 4. Wassenberg: Saturday, 10 November, 1730 at the school in Burgstrasse 19. Geilenkirchen: Monday, 12 November, 1800 at Jlicher Strae 40. Saint Martin: A charming old tradition Photo courtesy: The 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 and much, much more! Hours of 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 worthy cause! We look forward to seeing you at the Foggy Fields Bazaar! 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) 02452-1555837Foggy Fields Bazaar9-10-11 NovemberPhoto PIO archive


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6 NATO Skywatch 5 November 2007 By Heidi Soerensen Its early in the morning and you are still waking up, as you travel in your warm car on your way to another workday at the E-3A Component. In the hazy mist the yellow waistcoats are the rst things you dimly see, and when you get closer a military installation with full security is unveiled. No one enters our Component without looking one of the Civil Guards in the eye, and you cannot go onwards until he has given his approving nod. The base entry security continues while you navigate through the steel barriers and then most likely your eye catches a glimpse of the International Military Police discreetly parked somewhere close to the gate, ready to support their colleagues. Although the Cold War ended in the late eighties and early nineties, security still remains critical to our Component. The world around us has changed a lot since then, and so has the threat to military installations. In this article we would like to highlight our colleagues in the International Military Police (IMP) and the Civil Guard (CG) who work day and night to protect the worlds only multinational ying unit. To get further information I went down to Building 36, where the IMP patrols have their rallying point and the CG has its liaison. Lt. Col. Ralf Kruzycki, Commander of the Security Squadron (SWSC) welcomed me, I am very proud to invite you for a walkthrough of my Squadron. Although IMP and CG are the theme for this article, please also recognize the Force Protection Branch and the Security Branch as important players in the Security Squadron. During the last 25 years we have maintained a high level of security with the overall purpose of ensuring that the Component can conduct its main mission. Please bear in mind that in the cold of the winter and in the heat of the summer, day and night, each and every CG and IMP makes a personal contribution to the security that we all benet from. The International Military Police (IMP) is an integral part of Base Support Wings Security Squadron and is an armed force assigned to the E-3A Component. The IMP is composed of 50 professional, trained military police sergeants from 11 nations working side by side. The primary mission for the IMP is to maintain order, discipline and security by enforcing host nation law, orders and directives at the Component. Public order and public safety are the essential task for the IMP. Additionally the IMP coordinates all trafc-related issues and maintains the Base Trafc Register. Another key role for the IMP is to act as the liaison ofce for local German and Dutch police and customs authorities as well as other military headquarters military police. Last but not least IMP is in charge of all crime investigations at the E-3A Component. The Civil Guard (CG) is also an integral part of Base Support Wings Security Squadron, but the CG is a civil force composed of a total of 82 guards, including 77 Local Wage Rate (LWR) and ve NATO Civilians. Each member of the CG has a background as a professional, trained and fully educated security guard. The nationalities of the current workforce are equally split, with 50% German and 50% Dutch. Last but not least, the CG also has invaluable support from the 25 NATO guard dogs that all live in kennels here on the Component. The primary mission for the CG is to guard and protect the E-3A Component and provide security services including base entry, ight line security, restricted area control and base perimeter control. Additionally the CG manages the dog kennels and provides bomb detection support. The IMP and CG work together in close partnership to accomplish their security mission, which means manning the security posts and patrolling the entire Component 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Together they man a total of four alternating shifts that are on duty for 12 hours at a time. Each shift is manned by 12 IMPs and 20 CGs and led by an IMP Shift Commander and a CG Shift Leader: the IMP Shift Commander has overall responsibility for supervising IMP and CG duties. In addition to the normal manning and to respond to a more stringent threat situation the Security Squadron also has an augmentation force assigned to it. The augmentation force consists of Component military personnel from all ve Wings temporarily assigned to ensure that the 24 hour, 7-days-a-week increased manning can be maintained. Mr. Hans-Willi Dohmen is CG Supervisor and has been employed here since 1981. I was curious to hear about some of the changes the IMP and CG have experienced during all those years. During the Cold War the threat was mainly from the east and espionage was an especially important concern. One of the examples was that the current assessment at that time showed that it was quite sufcient to have normal NATO working dogs, since the dog was primarily needed to bark, stop and in worst case bite an escaping person. In the beginning nobody thought about the need to search for explosives. But that situation changed, and already in 1984 we got the two rst explosive detection dogs, so-called bomb dogs, and time showed that we needed more dogs to provide 24 hour security coverage, says Dohmen. Especially after 11 September 2001, things changed dramatically and everybody understood the importance of the bomb dogs nding explosives that would never be found by a human being. Dohmen also coordinates the CG duties on behalf of the IMP leadership, and he conrms the close relationship. The CG members are very experienced and their average age is 52 years, with more than 30 of us having worked 25 years here at the Component. We normally say that the IMP benets from our experience and we benet from their youth. Overall, this means that the 24/7/365 SecurityA background story about the International Military Police and the Civil Guard Base entry control The rst and last people you seePhoto TSgt Ingo RuebsteckIMP patrols enforcing Component speed limits. Photo TSgt. Ingo Ruebsteck


5 November 2007 NATO Skywatch 7 guards responsible for base entry control are very experienced and they pay attention to every unexpected detail. In the end, this enhances the level of security. Even though the tasks are divided between IMP and CG we work together very closely every day. SMSgt Orlando Ganga, IMP Shift Commander, takes me on a patrol along the base perimeter. He has a background from the Royal Dutch Gendarmerie and has been employed here at the Component for 2 years. The IMP Shift Commander is an essential liaison person. He is the point of contact, and I really like it because it is always a challenge to try to make the right decisions with the best solutions. Driving along the base perimeter heading for the dog training area, Ganga tells me about the routine duties. We regularly check inbound vehicles for explosives, weapons or hazardous goods, but it is mandatory to check all trucks carrying fuel, liquid gas or training ammunition. During these checks the bomb dogs are always on scene searching for explosives. Outbound trafc is randomly checked for tax violations or searched for classied information, to prevent sensitive information leaving the Component. We always emphasize to Component members that the purpose of our checks is not to bother individuals, but the enforcement is part of the overall security policy. The sound of barking dogs followed by a rm handshake from dog trainer Mr. Leon Brands welcomes me to the dog training area. Brands is a NATO civilian who has now been employed for six years in the CG. While watching a dog handler and one of the NATO working dogs doing the basic obedience training he says, CG has a total of 19 NATO working dogs and six bomb dogs. The NATO working dog is primarily used for searching buildings or wooden areas. The bomb dogs are used to sniff out explosives and nd weapons. The bomb dogs are continuously being trained and familiarized with different kinds of explosives. The training is often done outside the base so that the bomb dogs try out new smells. The psychological bond between the handler and the dog is very important. A bomb dog has only one handler, in contrast to the working dogs, which have two. There is a very close relationship between the man and the dog, but there is no doubt about who is in charge. It is very impressive to see the four-year-old dog Mark obeying the commands from dog handler Mr. Heinz Schots. When training has successfully been completed, they play around and reveal a close friendship too. On the way back to Building 36, Ganga continues, When patrolling along the base perimeter we focus on observing individuals and/or vehicles standing near the perimeter fence line. We also observe plane spotters during their activities. Furthermore its absolutely essential to check whether the fence is still in good condition and to report any discrepancies as soon as possible, so that repair work can start immediately. My last stop is a visit to the IMP and CG Branch Chief, Capt. Olaf Wolf, to get some concluding comments and some keywords about security. Security is best when you do not see it. I do not think many people noticed that we had more than 400 policemen here for the 25th Anniversary celebration, including a military police company from Bonn, Cologne and a military police platoon from Hilden. We also liaise closely with the police in the local area on a daily basis. The key term is information exchange. We constantly update our security measurements to perform in the best possible way for the Component and its members. Wolf continues with his perspective on the future. It is important to constantly monitor and review our security so that we are prepared for the unexpected. If a temporary threat occurs at a NATO installation, we cannot expect the terrorists to inform us before they plan an attack here. It is crucial for us to have a holistic assessment of the threat level.24/7/365 SecurityA background story about the International Military Police and the Civil GuardCaptain Wolfs Security Bullets: How to help IMP and CG suspicious activities to the IMP as soon as possible and have the following information prepared: who, what, when, where, why. desk, have your personal papers ready to hand: military/civil ID card, vehicle registration, insurance; if the subject has already been reported to the local police, bring the paperwork from the off-base agencies any off-base incidents that also concern the safety and security of other Component members. is locked after duty and that you know the name of the Building Custodian/Alternate Building Custodian. accident, stay on scene. ext. 2222 if you do not have an emergency. Instead, call ext. 4819. Inbound truck being checked for explosives by explosive detection dog handler Mr. Frank Smeets with his dog Enny. Photo Andrea HohenforstGuard dog during an intensive training session.Photo Heidi Soerensen


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