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Volume 23, No. 23 NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen 14 December 2007 Next NATO Skywatch: 11 January Submissions due by: 3 January


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14 December 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 SMSgt. Johan Hijmenberg Volume 23, No. 23 14 December 2007 He Lived All Alone, In A One Bedroom House Made Of Plaster And Stone. I Had Come Down The Chimney With Presents To Give, And To See Just Who In This Home Did Live. I Looked All About, A Strange Sight I Did See, No Tinsel, No Presents, Not Even A Tree. No Stocking By Mantle, Just Boots Filled With Sand, On The Wall Hung Pictures Of Far Distant Lands. With Medals And Badges, Awards Of All Kinds, A Sober Thought Came Through My Mind. For This House Was Different, It Was Dark And Dreary, I Found The Home Of A Soldier, Once I Could See Clearly. The Soldier Lay Sleeping, Silent, Alone, Curled Up On The Floor In This One Bedroom Home. The Face Was So Gentle, The Room In Such Disorder, Not How I Pictured A Soldier. Was This The Hero Of Whom Id Just Read? Curled Up On A Poncho, The Floor For A Bed? I Realized The Families That I Saw This Night, Owed Their Lives To These Soldiers Who Were Willing To Fight. Soon Round The World, The Children Would Play, And Grownups Would Celebrate A Bright Christmas Day. They All Enjoyed Freedom Each Month Of The Year, Because Of The Soldiers, Like The One Lying Here. I Couldnt Help Wonder How Many Lay Alone, On A Cold Christmas Eve In A Land Far From Home. The Very Thought Brought A Tear To My Eye, I Dropped To My Knees And Started To Cry. The Soldier Awakened And I Heard A Rough Voice, Santa Dont Cry, This Life Is My Choice; I Fight For Freedom, I Dont Ask For More, My Life Is My God, My Country, My Corps. The Soldier Rolled Over And Drifted To Sleep, I Couldnt Control It, I Continued To Weep. I Kept Watch For Hours, So Silent And Still And We Both Shivered From The Cold Nights Chill. I Didnt Want To Leave On That Cold, Dark, Night, This Guardian Of Honour So Willing To Fight. Then The Soldier Rolled Over, With A Voice Soft And Pure, Whispered, Carry On Santa, Its Christmas Day, All Is Secure. One Look At My Watch, And I Knew He Was Right. Merry Christmas My Friend, And To All A Good Night.Twas The Night Before Christmas By Lance Corporal James M. Schmidt (1986)Photo ISAFBy Safety Division The holiday season is typically a happy, joyous time of year. However, year after year, the tragedy of home res impacts many peoples happiness. We would like to offer up some holiday safety and re prevention tips so your holiday season may be a joyous and safe one. Use caution with holiday decorations and whenever possible, choose those made with ame-resistant, ame-retardant or noncombustible materials. Holiday decorations and trees Purchase a fresh tree. Needles will be hard to pull from the branches. Fresh needles dont break if bounced on the ground, and only a very small number of needles should fall off the tree. To keep your tree fresh, cut off about ve centimetres of the trunk to expose fresh wood for better absorption of water. When placing your tree, make sure it is kept away from sources of heat, like replaces or radiators. Also, keep it out of areas where people often walk. Keep candles away from decorations and other combustible materials, and do not use candles to decorate Christmas trees. Purchase only lights and electrical decorations bearing the name of an independent testing lab and follow the manufacturers instructions for installation and maintenance. Check out your lights before placing them on the tree. Look for worn or frayed wires and broken bulbs. Dont overload extension cables. And for those of you using transformers, make sure they are not overloaded and have sufcient free space around them. Do not overload extension cables. Always unplug lights before replacing light bulbs or fuses. Dont mount lights in any way that could damage the wire insulation of the cable (i.e. use clips, not nails). Keep children and pets away from light strings and electrical decorations. Turn off all light strings and decorations before you leave rooms/ work places/ofces/home, and before you go to bed. Take care when using candles. Keep them away from ammable decorations. Place them where they cannot be knocked over or reached by children or animals. Do not leave lit candles in unattended rooms/ work places/ofces. When buying an articial tree, look for one rated reretardant. Fireworks Fireworks are often used to celebrate the New Year. A few simple rules will keep your reworks display safe: from people. times/restrictions on setting off reworks. Driving safety during the holiday period can be challenging. Winter tyres are mandatory in Germany. We wish all Component personnel a safe and happy holiday season. If you have any re safety concerns during this holiday period, please contact Mr. Kanters (SWAF) at extension 4769.Holiday safety and re prevention tips


4 NATO Skywatch 14 December 2007 By SMSgt. Johan Hijmenberg Eventful VIP visits on Monday, 10 December. The Commander 1st German Air Force Division, Maj. Gen. Thomas Gericke, as well as 40 members of the State Chancellery of Thuringia, made their appearance at the E-3A Component. After an ofce call with E-3A Component Commander, Brig. Gen. Stephen D. Schmidt, Maj. Gen. Gericke proceeded to the ight line to board an E-3A aircraft for a local mission. During mission AB8998 Base Support Wing Commander, Col. Reinhard Mack, accompanied the distinguished visitor. After landing Maj. Gen. Gericke proceeded to the Ofcers Club for a German national program. Lt. Col. Michael Rothe,Training Wing Sectionchief TD, escorted the members of the State Chancellery of Thuringia during their visit. After Base Support Wing Commander, Col. Reinhard Mack, welcomed the deputation Lt. Col. Rothe provided a PowerPoint presentation. The E 3A Component video was also shown. At the end of the visit the guests received an E-3A walkthrough. Monday 10 December, VIP visit day Maj. Gen. Thomas Gericke (left) receives information from Col. Reinhard Mack. In the middle the Generals Military Assistant, Lt. Arjen Kozica.Photo MSgt. Chris BraunPhotos Andrea Hohenforst By. Capt. Richard Komurek Lt. Col. (retired) Michael Dornquast was guest speaker for the rst ever Rotodome Roundup ofcers social on 29 Nov. During his presentation, Dornquast spoke about his experiences ying in the German Air Transport Command as well as his prior work here at the Component as an instructor pilot in the 1980s and as the Deputy Operations Wing Commander in the 1990s. Ofcers at the social event conducted a tricycle race as part of a leadership challenge. The challenge was designed to show the importance of teamwork and communication, as well as to have fun. The ofcers also played Crud, a unique Canadian game using a billiards table, in order to build camaraderie among the ofcers working on the base. Rotodome RoundupText and photo A1C Florian Hueftle From 12 to 16 November, Squadron 3, under the lead of Deployment Commander Lt.Col. Hans Grunwald, ew NMT training missions over the beautiful landscape of Scotland. The squadron was hosted at RAF Leuchars, near the city of Dundee. With two crews and a total of 64 detachment members, ve missions with an average length of more than seven hours were own under perfect conditions. RAF Leuchars was chosen to avoid long approach routes, to train the pilots and to relocate as many ight movements as possible to other air bases. The E-3A preparing for take-off early in the morning on Wednesday, 14 November. NATO Mid-Term deployment to Leuchars

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6 NATO Skywatch 14 December 2007 LIVE IN STYLE... How to find us: From Geilenkirchen/Brunssum take the motorway E314 direction Antwerpes, exit Maasmechelen or from Aachen over the Holland border direction Antwerpes, 1200-m after the Belgium custom, exit Maasmechelen. A large variety of clocks at the best price! ...with our selected collection of solid Belgian style and oak furniture. Please come and see for yourself! Bedrooms Occasional furniture Suites Clocks Wall units Lamps Dining room corner units DINING Ofcers Club: 21 Dec Normal operations (closed at 1800 hrs) 22-30 Dec Closed 31 Dec Open for New Years Eve Ball (Tickets required). 1Jan Closed 2 Jan Normal operation Frisbee Club: 14 Dec Closed until 11.00 hrs. No breakfast 21 Dec Normal operation (closed at 2000 hrs) 22-30 Dec Closed 31 Dec Open for New Years Eve Party (Tickets required). 1 Jan Closed 2 Jan Normal operation Sentry Club: 24-25-26 Dec Closed 27-28-29-30 Dec 1000-1800 hrs 31 Dec-1 Jan Closed 2 Jan Normal operation International Dining Hall: 17-21 Dec Normal operating hours 22 Dec-1 Jan 0730-0930 hrs Breakfast 1100-1330 hrs Lunch 2 Jan Normal operation Please Note: Dinner will not be served during the Christmas holiday period. Ground Feeding: Cold boxed dinners are available but these must be ordered one day in advance, prior to 1100 hrs and must be paid for in advance (preferably the day before) and collected by 1400 hrs. German Post Ofce: 24 Dec Jan Closed 2 Jan Normal Operation RECREATION Sports Department: 19 Dec Closed 23 Dec-1 Jan Closed 2-4 Jan Limited operation 1000-1900 hrs 5 Jan Normal operation Sauna: 24 Dec-1 Jan Closed 2 Jan Normal operation IYA: 21 Dec IYA Special Day Program 1130-1730 hrs 22 Dec-1 Jan Closed 2 Jan-4 Jan IYA Special Day Program 0800-1730 hrs7 Jan Normal operation Pre-school: 22 Dec-4 Jan Closed 7 Jan Normal operation Library: 22 Dec-1 Jan Closed 2 Jan Normal operation Thrift Shop: 21 Dec-1 Jan Closed 3 Jan Normal operation MISCELLANEOUS Billeting Ofce: 22 Dec-6 Jan Closed 7 Jan Normal operation VAT/Disbursing Ofce (Building 80): 24 Dec-2 Jan Closed 3 Jan Normal operation NATEX Getranke Markt/Retail/Casual Mode/4 Seasons: 24 Dec 1000-1500 hrs 25-26 Dec Closed 27-29 Dec 1000-1800 hrs 30-31 Dec 1100-1700 hrs 1 Jan Closed Grocery: 24 Dec 1000-1500 hrs 25-26 Dec Closed 27-29 Dec 0900-1800 hrs 30 Dec 1100-1700 hrs 31 Dec 1000-1700 hrs 1 Jan Closed Garage: 24-26 Dec Closed 27-28 Dec 0800-1700 29-31 Dec Closed 1 Jan Closed Car Rental: 24 Dec 1000-1500 hrs 25-26 Dec Closed 27-29 Dec 0800-1800 hrs 30-31 Dec 1100-1700 hrs 1 Jan Closed Gas Kiosk: 24 Dec 1000-1500 hrs 25-26 Dec Closed 27-29 Dec 0730-1800 hrs 30 Dec 1100-1700 hrs 31 Dec 1000-1700 hrs 1 Jan Closed Video Plus: 24 Dec 1000-1500 hrs 25-26 Dec Closed 27-28 Dec 1100-1900 hrs 29-30 Dec 1100-1800 hrs 31 Dec 1100-1700 hrs 1 Jan Closed All other dates over the holiday period, the NATEX will be open for normal operating hours.HOLIDAY OPERATING HOURS CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR 2007/2008


14 December 2007 NATO Skywatch 7 By SMSgt. Johan Hijmenberg We all have hopes of a white Christmas. This is especially true for the picturesque town of Valkenburg in the south of Limburg, because a white landscape provides even more warmth and friendliness for The Christmas town in the Netherlands, only 25 kilometres from the E-3A Component. Entering the town youll step into the story of Charles Dickens. Romantically illuminated streets, decorated Christmas trees and beautiful Christmas songs bring the town alive. Youll enjoy the only Dutch town with real Christmas settings and, of course, the unique Christmas Markets in the Cave. The Christmas spirit is felt everywhere. Until 22 December the Fluweelengrot (Velvet Cave) is the unique setting for a Christmas Market. Organized now for the tenth time, its the best-visited indoor Christmas event of the Netherlands. It immerses you in a cosy subterranean ambiance, with many fairytale decorated stands with luxury and Christmas gifts. At the market youll nd the best ideas for your Christmas decorations and also the possibility to nd a stylish Christmas present for your loved ones. An experience for everyone. Many handmade products, which are often not available from mainstream commercial sources, can be seen and bought. Halfway through the route is a pleasant Winter Wonderland Tavern equipped for the enjoyment of a snack and a (heart-) warming glass of Glhwein. Every weekday between 1300 and 1700 there is live music in the tavern, as well as on Sunday through Thursday from 1730 to 1930, and Friday and Saturday from 1830 to 2030. The Fluweelengrot houses numerous mysteries and a treasury of impressive mural carvings, inscriptions, and exceptional sculptures in the soft marlstone walls, as well as a romantic refuge chapel dating back to the period of the French occupation. In World War II, the cave served as a shelter for Jewish people, locals, and Allied troops. All of these events have left their marks in the cave. Both in summer and in winter, there is a constant temperature of 12 degrees in the Fluweelengrot. Closely connected to the castle of Valkenburg, the cave is a labyrinth of mysterious passages situated under the Castle Ruins. The cave was created around the year 1050 through excavation of the caves marlstone by the people working as blockbreakers. The blocks of marlstone excavated from the cave in those days were used to construct the castle of Valkenburg as well as other buildings in the area. The result of the excavation of marlstone is an extensive labyrinth of ancient and capricious passages. These secret escape passages, discovered by chance in the year 1937, enabled the knights and their warriors in past times to secretly exit from the castle during warfare and attack the enemy from the rear. Parade Because of the large success of last years Christmas parade, another sparkling Christmas parade this year will follow a route through the fairytale lighted streets of Valkenburg and will have at least four themes. Each theme will include a oat, a group of dancers, and entertainers. The parade, which dances and moves with a piece of music composed specially for the occasion, passes through the town centre for approximately 15 minutes every Wednesday at 1900 and every Saturday at 2000. Both the oats and the costumes, decorated with thousands of lights, will ensure quite a spectacle. The Christmas Market opens weekdays at 1200, weekends at 1000; it closes Sunday through Thursday at 2000, Friday and Saturday at 2100 (Saturday 22 December at 1800). Entry prices: adults 3.75, children 4-11 years 1.75, children under 3 years old are admitted free. Valkenburg, the Christmas Town in the Netherlands The Fluweelengrot is the unique setting for the Christmas market.Photo SMSgt. Johan Hijmenberg Once the Christmas celebrations are over, you and your family may be ready for some action. Here are some to-do suggestions: Germany Phantasialand Winters Dream, Brhl The Winters Dream at the amusement park in Brhl provides a wonderful winter atmosphere. In addition to all the open weatherproof attractions, a number of special winter extras are awaiting for you. Open daily from 1100 to 2000 daily up to and including 6 January 08. Open on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 until 27 January. Closed on Christmas Eve and New Years Day. Tickets: day pass adults 23, children 19.50 and children under 1.00 m height, free. Senior 60+, 15. Late entrance tickets -after 160011.50. Birthday persons free upon showing ID. Info on Aquana Subtropical Pool, Wrselen An indoor leisure swimming pool with a subtropical climate and lots of slides and activities. Guaranteed fun for all water lovers. Open Monday through Friday from 1300 to 2000. Saturday and Sunday, 1000-2100. Day pass adults 9.60, children up to 17 years 7.50; pass for three hours 7.60/5.60 and for 1.5 hours 5.70/3.70. Address: Willi-Brandt Ring 1000, Wrselen. Phone 02405-411925. Kletterhalle Climbing Tivoli Aachen/ Wurselen Entrance 11, children 14-18 years 6. Shoe rental 3, belt 2, magnesium 1. Opening hours Monday through Friday 0900 to 2400, Saturday and Sunday 0930 to 2230. Address: Strangenhuschen 11, Aachen. Phone 0241-157760 There is also a Neoliet climbing facility in Heerlen, the Netherlands, www. The Netherlands Winter Efteling Amusement Park in Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands Efteling has special winter attractions like Wonderland the indoor playground, the Ijspaleis an iceskating piste of 1200 m2, the Hijgend Hert a langlauf piste of 400 meters of langlauf fun. On 19 December and 26 January, the Winter Efteling offers free replace concerts. All attractions in the park are open, except the Pirana and Bobbaan rollercoasters. Open on 15, 16 and 22 through 31 December, from 2 to 6 January and 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 January 08, from 1100 to 2000. On 31 December until 1800. Tickets 26 and 24 for 60+. Children up to the age of 3 are free. Address: Europalaan 1, Kaatsheuvel Ice-skating in Maastricht Ice-skating at the Vrijthof, downtown Maastricht, until 6 January. Open daily from 1000 to 2300. Christmas Eve closing at 1800. Also open on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Skating in two-hour blocks, starting at 1000, 1300, 1500, 1700, 1900 and 2100. Please note that no racing skates are allowed on the skating rink. Belgium Indoor Karting Cargo Maasmechelen, Belgium Cargo Racing, Heufkensweg 5, Maasmechelen, phone +32 89 77 2850. Opening hours Monday through Friday, 1800-2330 Saturday 1300-1415 childrens junior karting Saturday 1415-2400 for adults Sunday 1300-1500 childrens junior karting Sunday 1500-2300 for adults.


8 NATO Skywatch 14 December 2007 By Schinnen Public Affairs Imagine. Youre 90 years old and the most decorated ofcer of the 82nd Airborne Division. A bill has been introduced to consider your actions on 28 January 1944 worthy of a Congressional Medal of Honour. What would you do for the holidays? Visit the Benelux region of Europe, what else! Lt. Col. (Ret.) James Megellas, the 82nd Airbornes most decorated ofcer and author of the book All the Way to Berlin, will be at the Schinnen Bookmark Tuesday, 18 December, from 0900 to noon, where he will give away 40 to 50 of his books and hold a book signing. His visit is part of a tour of locations in the Netherlands and Belgium where he led soldiers in World War II, including the Battle of the Bulge. Megellas will attend the Nuts Commemoration Ceremony in Bastogne, Belgium, 15 December. The 30th Annual Memorial March commemorating the Battle of the Bulge will also be held in Bastogne the same day. Nuts refers to a moment on 22 December 1944 when General Tony McAuliffe was the acting 101st Airborne Division Commander. McAuliffe, outnumbered and surrounded by enemy forces in Bastogne, was demanded to surrender. McAuliffe replied to this demand with, Us surrender? Aw, nuts! Ever since, Nuts! has been a one-word description of the World War II paratroopers determination to ght and win. Megellas will also be in Herresbach, Belgium on 16 December as a guest of the local mayor, to watch a commemorative airborne jump. Lt. Megellas led his platoon in a surprise attack there on 28 January 1945. During this encounter, he courageously and single-handedly stopped an attacking German Mark V tank, preventing many casualties, then led the charge to seize the town of Herresbach. Its these actions on 28 January 1945 for which he is being considered for the Congressional Medal of Honour. Megellas earned a number of valour awards, including the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart, and fought in virtually every type of infantry unit action imaginable during World War II, including amphibious landings in Anzio, parachute assaults in Operation Market Garden, as well as ground combat in Italy, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany. In All the Way to Berlin Megellas accounts the heroics of soldiers and the price that victories demanded. He goes on to share what many of the young paratroopers did after the war. Megellas has revisited World War II battlegrounds and enjoys visiting todays soldiers as well as meeting old friends and comrades. Hes remarked that when he sees todays soldiers he cant help seeing in them the same young soldiers, like himself, who answered the nations call to arms. To learn more about Megellas, go to James_Megellas. Battle of the Bulge Veteran holds book signing at SchinnenBy MS Janice Wylie Col. James Riley Stone, Canadian Army Provost Marshal (Military Police), founded the Military Police Fund for Blind Children (MPFBC) in 1957 after his daughter Moira was aficted with cancer of the eye, resulting in sudden blindness & subsequently death. One of the very notable aspects of the Blind Fund is that it is run and managed by Military Police volunteers. It remains unique in Canada as the only Military charity in the country. In every MP unit, regardless of its size or geographic location, you will nd a representative for the MPFBC. On 5 December, Mr. Hans-Willi Dohmen, Supervisor for the E-3A Component Civil Guard, and Mr. Jrgen Pobehaj presented a donation to SSgt. Janice Wylie, MPFBC Blind Fund Representative and Cpl. Matthew Holden, Assistant MPFBC Representative, in the amount of 400. The funds were collected from the Annual Canine Biathlon, which occurred at the E-3A Component on 2 June. This annual event continually supports the MPFBC with a monetary donation. There are also several MPFBC donation cans located throughout the Component where individuals can contribute. This year, over 600 were collected for the MPFBC. At the end of each scal year, all funds collected are distributed to charitable organizations throughout Canada that are involved in the education and recreation of blind children and young adults. This could include the purchase of specialized equipment to assist an individual with schoolwork or devices to facilitate reading for those whose sight is not fully hampered.Civil Guard donates for blind children On 5 December, MS Janice Wylie and Cpl Matt Holden, representatives of the Geilenkirchen, Germany Military Police Fund for Blind Children, received a donation of 400 from Mr. Hans-Willi Dohmen (shaking hands) and Mr. Jrgen Pobehaj, coordinators of the NATO E-3A Canine Biathlon event.Photo Capt. Christine Stacey Call 02451 2983Culpeck Insurance Broker GmbHHaihoverstrasse 11 D52511 Geilenkirchen Email: Web: www. We proudly introduce and welcomeALL NATIONALITIES. First House in Town Our bistro Caf Fleur is daily open from 7:00 to 24:00 hr


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10 NATO Skywatch 14 December 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. Eastern Promises (R) Friday, 14 December, 1930 Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts The Game Plan (PG) Saturday, 15 December, 1600 Dwayne The Rock Johnson, Roselyn Sanchez Good Luck Chuck (R) Saturday, 15 December, 1900 Jessica Alba, Dane Cook We Own The Night (R) Friday, 21 December, 1930 Joaquin Phoenix, Evan Mendes Elizabeth: The Golden Age (PG-13) Saturday, 22 December, 1600 Geoffrey Rush, Clive Owen The Heartbreak Kid (R) Saturday, 22 December, 1900 Ben Stiller, Michelle Monaghan Its time to announce the auditions for the upcoming spring production of Absurd Person Singular, a comedy by Alan Ayckbourn. Auditions will be held at the Alliance Theatre, JFC HQ Brunssum on Sunday, 6 January at 1400. Its The Alliance Players contribution to the Armed Forces annual amateur theatre competition, also known as the Topper Awards. Besides being a very funny play, it also has a very small cast, which we felt was necessary in order to avoid scheduling conicts and missed rehearsal opportunities. The smaller the cast, the easier it is to coordinate a working rehearsal schedule. That is why we are now only looking for three male actors, aged 30 and up. Due to the small number of cast the decision is made to hold only one audition for this play. If you have a scheduling conict, please contact (mark your emails Auditions). Script samples and further instructions will be available for pickup at the GK FSC starting 20 December. Unfortunately that leaves many, many of you very talented people out for this particular play, but keep in mind that there will be many more opportunities to try out for future productions. The Alliance PlayersWelcome to the NATO Scuba Diving Club (NSDC) Brunssum. The Scuba Diving Club has been around at Brunssum for some 30 years to provide a friendly environment for staff from JFC Brunssum and other NATO bases close-by, including NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen and their dependants 14 years and older to enjoy the exciting sport of subaqua diving. We provide training from taking the rst steps in diving to the highest levels using the wellestablished British Sub Aqua Club training program. The initial training conveniently takes place in the JFC Brunssum pool, where we meet every Monday from 1845 onwards. Training is normally given in English, but instructors are as happy as in other languages, Dutch and German, for instance. It may be an odd time of the year to thank of going into the water, but why spend valuable days of your holidays learning to dive when you can relax in the warm pool during the winter months and then be ready to go diving on your rst day in the sun? This may have whetted your appetite enough to try it out. Next course for novices started early December. Course fee is 175 including club membership, use of equipment and student manuals. Bring your swim kit and we can give you a try dive in the pool. But, a word of warning, once you have tried it, you will be hooked, resistance is futile! If you are already a diver, from any diving organization, why not call in? Come and dive with us or arrange to continue your training. If you need more information, come to the pool on Monday, 1845, or contact John Loeffen on JFC Brunssum at +31 45-526-2916.Scuba Diving new course in December The Civilian Staff Association (CSA) invites all its members, E-3A Component members and their guests to their ultimate party of the year 2008, the CSA Special Carnival Dinner Dance Night at the Ofcers Club. The event takes place on Friday, 25 January, starting at 1800. Tickets costs 35 (CSA members will receive two tickets for 30 each; guests 35 each). Carnival dress is highly desirable. You and your guests must be identiable at the Main Gate when entering the base, and should mot be in the possession of any toy weapons for security reasons. Please note that if you bring guests who do not work at the E-3A Component. You are entirely responsible for properly base access, and adhering to the current security regulations. The evening will (must) start at 1800 because of a packed non-stop program. Therefore the organization committee kindly ask you to arrive on time. The event is full of entertainment highlights like the Struwwelpeter show band from Bavaria, the show dance group revolution and many, many more. Also a cold/warm buffet, as well as 3 bottles of wine per table, will be offered. As usual, a seating plan will be available for your choice of table on a rst-come-rstserved basis. Tickets will be available as of 7 January 2008 from Mr. Werner Schumm, ext. 2477; Mr. Ren Peters, ext. 4990; Mrs. Carol John, ext. 4900; Mr. Paolo Albanese, ext. 3826 and. Mr. Ralf Buergstein, ext. 3144. CSA CarnivalPhoto PAO archive The scenery under water is fantastic, especially in the waters around Hawaii. Photo PAO archive/Monika Kohns




12 NATO Skywatch 30 November 2007MWA INFORMATIONJanuaryIDH, 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 Services Squadron web page for programme information and upcoming events. E-3A Component Clubs Sunday Brunch will alternate between Ofcers/Frisbee Clubs. Members from both clubs are eligible to attend. Brunch prices: members 10.70, guests 13, children 4-12 years, half price. Reservations should be made 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. 6 Jan. No Brunch due to Holiday Season. 13 Jan. Frisbee Club Brunch. Ofcers Club closed. 20 Jan. Ofcers Club Family Brunch. Frisbee Club closed. 27 Jan. No Brunch. Ofcers Club (SWPO/4990) Operating Hours Bar : MondayFriday: 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 Note: 1 Jan.uary: Club closed Ofcial Holiday. 14th through 17th Jan.uary: Winter Specialties during lunch time!! 18 and 25 Jan.uary: no lunch due to special functions. 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. 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 nonexcused absences. Frisbee Club (SWPN/4994) Make a reservation today at the Frisbee Grill and enjoy the cozy atmosphere and good food Remember the Frisbee Club is open for breakfast and dinner to all Frisbee and Ofcers Club members (club cards required). Every Monday night: Country Line Dance, at 1930 (7, 14 ,21 and 28) 1 Jan. New Years Day, Club closed 8 Jan. Skat Main Bar 1800-2300 8 Jan. Bingo Green Lounge 1900-2230 17 Jan. International Wives Club 1800-2230 31 Jan. Carnival: Alt Weiber Ball400-2400 Every Mon-Thu Happy hour 1700-1800. Every Friday Happy hour 1430-1900, including snacks at 1700. Every Monday and Friday Steak Night (normal restaurant times) Reservations required. Sentry Club (SWPJ/4997) The very popular Fioretto and Christmas Chocolate Mixture from Company Lindt have arrived and are available at the Sentry Club Souvenir Shop and Cashiers Cage. Price per bag 6. Also available at the Souvenir Shop: 25th Anniversary items, such as wine, 4,50 per bottle or 24,00 for 6 bottles; T-shirts (Child: 5,00Adult: 6,00); Textile Patch 5,00; Wrist Watch 65,00; Art Print of AWACS Anniversary Aircraft 12,00 (with artist signature 15,00). In addition to the daily special, the Sentry Club will also offer a weekend special which will include a soup OR dessert as well as the main course. The weekend special will be advertised in the Sentry Club and also on the Component information web page. Last Pizza Order at 1930 hrs, Monday Friday. A variety of new pizzas is available now, 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. Additional information on any of the above can be obtained from the Sentry Club Manager, ext. 4996. Sports Department (SWPT/4946) 5 Jan. Mens Handball Tournament New Gym, 0900-1800 8 Jan. Indoor Soccer League Coaches Meeting Sentry Club, Q&Q Room, 1500 16 Jan. Indoor Soccer League deadline registration 21 Jan. Indoor Soccer League First Games, start of season, 1715, New Gym 21 Jan. Badminton Tournament Start Registration 23 Jan. Indoor Soccer League New Gym, 1715 28 Jan. Indoor Soccer League New Gym, 1715 30 Jan. Indoor Soccer League New Gym, 1715 Check our WISE page for latest classes and schedules. International Library (SWPL/4956) Open from 1100 1500, Monday through Friday. Come and check out our collection of DVDs, CDs and books at your International Library at Bldg 96. Additionally we have a 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. International Pre-School (SWPS/4957) Welcome Back to School on, 7 Jan. uary 2008! There are still spaces available for our afternoon class. Registration at the Schools ofce or call ext. 4957 for more information. IYA (SWPY/4954) Special Day Programs The IYA is offering Special Day Programs full of fun activities for ages 6 and older on 2, 3 and 4 Jan.uary. Cost is 10,50, including lunch, per child per day. The winter/spring session of Volkshochschule language courses is starting the week of 14 January. Classes are held in Bldg 141. Basic price for intensive courses: 90 for 30 mornings/evenings. Registration in class. Further information at ext. 4954. The following courses are offered: German A1, Beginners, Intensive Courses, Berliner Platz 1, Lesson 1, Mon & Wed 0830-1000, instructor Marita Brinker, Room 118; Tue & Thu 1730-1900, instructor Meral AlkanOncu, Room 109. A1, Advanced, Intensive Courses, Berliner Platz 1, Tue & Thu 1730-1900, instructor Christine Mertens, starting with Lesson 6, Room 118; Tue & Thu 1900-2030, instructor Meral Alkan-Oncu, starting with Lesson 6, Room 109; Mon & Wed 1000-1130, instructor Marita Brinker, starting with Lesson 7, Room 118; Mon & Thu 0830-1000, instructor Tanja Rzeppa, starting with Lesson 11, Room 109. A2, Intensive Course, Berliner Platz 2, Lesson 14, Tue & Thu 1900-2030, instructor Christine Mertens, Room 118. This course directly prepares you for the Zertikat Deutsch, an internationally acknowledged degree. You will have the opportunity to take this exam.Preparation course for the Mittelstufenprfung des Goethe-Instituts, Mon 1800-1930, instructor Christine Mertens, Room 118, basic price: 45.English A1, Advanced, Intensive Course, The New Cambridge English Course, Lesson 6, Tue & Thu 0830-1000, instructor Janet Budzyna, Room 125. A2, Intensive Course (the book will be announced at the beginning of the course), Tue & Thu 1000-1130, instructor Aileen Porter, Room 118. The basic price for the following courses is 45 for 15 mornings/evenings. A2, Advanced Conversation Class, Mon 1000-1130, instructor Aileen Porter, Room 125. Increase your uency by discussing current topics and interesting texts. Italian A1, Advanced, Thu 1730-1900, instructor Angela Borsi, Room 125. Spanish A1, Advanced, ECO A1, Lesson 4, Tue 1730-1900, instructor Maria Diaz, Room 125.IYA Volkshochschule language courses


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