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Next NATO Skywatch: 7 November Submissions due by: 30 October NATO Military Committee visits base See page 3NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen 24 October 2008 Volume 24, No. 20By Heidi Soerensen Rising oil prices are one of the crucial factors in the world economy and have had an extensive impact on peoples lives. Basic things such as driving a car and heating the house can suddenly become unaffordable. In 2008 crude oil crossed the once unthinkable $100-a-barrel mark and as recently as July, oil was trading at a record of $145-a-barrel. This years triple-digit oil prices have affected the Component by taking up a larger share of the Components budget than originally planned. Although oil prices have recently dropped below $70-a-barrel for the rst time in 14 months, the price of oil continues to be volatile and could rise again unexpectedly at any time. As a consequence, the Component has been tasked by Force Command (FC) to optimize operations with respect to fuel usage. In July of this year a fuel efciency project group was formed, consisting of eight Component members from Logistics Wing (LW), Operations Wing, Training Wing and the Safety Division. Chief, Component Standardization and Evaluation Division (CSE) Lt. Col. Ken Balkcum led the project group. The overall purpose of the project group is to take a closer look at Component operations in order to nd opportunities for fuel savings. The diverse composition of the project group also allows for many new ideas and viewpoints on how to save fuel now and in the future. The expertise is to be found right here, among the operators and technicians, and that was the main reason for FC to delegate this task directly to the Component, explains Balkcum. See FUEL on page 6Fuel efciency initiative helps the Component save fuel and money as well as protect the environment Crew Chief TSgt. Brian Sharp monitors technical data to ensure proper refuel procedures. 70 thousand pounds of fuel are normally uploaded as a standard ramp load and with this years triple-digit oil prices the Components budget has been impacted.Photo Hay Janssen


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24 October 2008 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 HOUX DIGIPRINT, Arendstraat 3, 6135 KT Sittard, +31 (0)46 4582111. Opinions expressed by contributors are their Volume 24, No. 20 24 October 2008 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 NAEW&F 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, fax +31 (46) 452 9285 or Articles may be reproduced after permission has been obtained from the editor, provided mention is made of NATO Skywatch. Commander Maj. Gen. Stephen D. Schmidt Chief, Public Affairs Capt. Richard Komurek Editor SMSgt. Johan HijmenbergText and photo Capt. Richard Komurek The Chairman of NATOs Military Committee, Admiral Giampaolo Di Paola and Committee Representatives from all 26 NATO nations visited the E-3A Component at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Germany on 13 October. The visit provided the Chairman and the Committee Representatives with an upclose look at NATO AWACS ying operations and updated information about a variety of issues that impact the personnel and mission of the NATO Early Warning and Control Force (NAEW&CF). The visit was offered to Admiral Di Paola and the Military Committee by General John Craddock, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, to highlight the modernization of the E-3A AWACS aircraft, capabilities of the NAEW&CF and the continued success of multinational operations at the E-3A Component. Additionally, as only 16 of 26 NATO nations participate directly in the NATO AWACS programme, the visit also highlighted advantages of membership in the E-3A Component. The E-3A Component has served NATO for more than 25 years as the only multinational military ying unit in the world. In welcoming the Committee, the Force Commander, Maj. Gen. Axel Tttelmann, gave a brief overview of the Force. He said, I am sure that this visit will help inform the Committees preparation of military advice for the North Atlantic Council whenever the operational deployment of NATO AWACS is considered. The Committee, which last visited the E-3A Component about ve years ago, saw rsthand how the operations of 1980s era E-3A aircraft have been revolutionized by the addition of up-to-date aircraft computer systems, improved communications technology and additional radar consoles. The transformation of the Component over the past few years has resulted in many changes to our operations, said Maj. Gen. Stephen D. Schmidt, Component Commander. This visit was a very important opportunity to demonstrate to the Military Representatives of the Committee how the contributing nations have modernized our aircraft and expanded our capabilities to meet NATOs changing security needs. In addition to the upgraded E-3A aircraft, the visit of the Military Committee also focused attention on issues that impact the Component community, including both base personnel and people in local German and Dutch communities. I was also able to address three key Component issues with them... NATO Command Structure Peacetime Establishment reductions at Geilenkirchen, a potential NAEW ISAF deployment, and the effect of our ying operations on the neighboring community, said Maj. Gen. Schmidt. The NATO Military Committee is comprised of one military representative, typically of a threestar rank, from each NATO member nation who works on behalf of their nations chief of defence. The Military Committee provides the North Atlantic Council, NATOs highest political authority, with consensusbased military advice that is agreed upon by all the chiefs of defence. The leader of the Military Committee is the Chairman, who is NATOs senior military ofcer and principal military advisor to the Secretary General. The value of this asset is out of discussion, said Admiral Di Paola, Military Committee Chairman. Getting a rst-hand impression on its capabilities reinforced our opinion. We are all grateful for the efforts and the achievements that E-3A Component of Geilenkirchen has provided to NATO for almost three decades. The visit was not without its challenges. Hosting a General Ofcer level visit for senior-ranking military representatives from all 26 NATO nations, which required the use of one TCA and three E-3A aircraft, took signicant effort from all levels of base operations. The TCA Squadron brought the Committee here from Brussels and the three Operations Squadrons later ew with them to give them a rsthand look at our newly modied NATO Mid-Term aircraft, said Maj. Gen. Schmidt. The air and ground crews performed awlessly in demonstrating the new NMT capabilities of the E-3A and the professional skills of our multi-national aircrews were a major highlight of the day. Everyone did a great job in supporting the Committees visit and it was a ne demonstration of the pride and dedication we all have for this base and for our mission.NATO Military Committee visits NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen Maj. Gen. Stephen Schmidt, Commander of the E-3A Component, greets Admiral Giampaolo Di Paola, Chairman of the Military Committee during a visit to NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Germany. The Chairman and 26 members of the Military Committee visited the Component to get a close-up look at NATO AWACS operations.


4 NATO Skywatch 24 October 2008 The U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands, Mr. James B. Culbertson, visited the Component on 7 October as part of a visit to Tri-Border area that also included U.S. Army Garrison Schinnen in the Netherlands. During his visit to the Component, the Ambassador was briefed about cross-border issues that impact the Netherlands and the economic impact that the base has on the region. Ambassador Culbertson also ew on an E-3A aircraft to get a rsthand look at the mission and capabilities of NATO AWACS.Photo Sarah Schmidt, USAG Schinnen Public Affairs Mr. James B. Culbertson visits base By Col. Angelo Piccillo MSgt. Dirk Schneider joined the German Air Force in October 1988. After going through basic training he was transferred to Bad Sobernheim serving as a Ground Communication Specialist in Fighter Bomber Wing 35. He joined the E-3A Component in January of 1998 and completed Communication Technician training as a distinguished graduate in the summer of the same year. MSgt. Schneider qualied, as a CT instructor in December of 1999 and after his evaluator upgrade became the CT evaluator for Squadron 2, a position he performed with intuitive and professional skill for over three years. After coming to Squadron 2 he distinguished himself ying numerous missions in support of multiple UN operations over former Yugoslavia like Joint Guardian and most notably Operation Allied Force. After serving the Alliance furthermore during Operation Eagle Assist and performing awlessly during numerous High Visibility Events MSgt. Schneider transferred to the Aircrew Training Squadron in September of 2004. Here he saw the end of the Legacy era and took on the daunting task of not just learning a new system with NATO Mid Term (NMT) coming online but also passing on his newly acquired knowledge and skills to international students coming to the Component while rebuilding the Component CT instructor corps. His dedication, professionalism as well as his concern for the welfare of students and fellow instructors have earned him a splendid reputation amongst his peers national and international alike and make him an exemplary senior NCO. The way MSgt. Schneider operates in the Aircrew Training Squadron is always highly appreciated for the dedication and the terric enthusiasm he shows on any given day. No matter what the task is, MSgt. Schneider is ready to challenge himself in order to achieve it with his background experience always available to support ideas and improvements. Not only the Squadron CT section relies on his qualities but also the whole Component Comms community: an example has been his gigantic role during the E-3A conversion to the NMT system with its new complexity and the heavier workload due to the withdrawn of the CO position. I am proud to represent our German nation to this Component, says MSgt. Schneider. The working environment is very unique since we have the chance to work with so many various nations, cultures and mentalities. Although my job is quite challenging from time to time, I enjoy to work every day with the students. I have to say Thank You! for the outstanding experience in life you get here. His dedication, professionalism as well as his concern for the welfare of students and fellow instructors have earned him a splendid reputation amongst his peers national and international alike and make him an exemplary senior NCO.Training Wing NCO Spotlight Photo Klaus Soerensen


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6 NATO Skywatch 24 October 2008FUELContinued from front page The fuel efciency initiative consists of several steps, one of which has already been implemented. On 19 September a new Aircrew Information File (AIF) was released in order to provide guidance for scheduling and to enable crews to plan and y sorties in a way that improves fuel efciency. Mission effectiveness is still the priority, but there are several opportunities for improving fuel efciency and still conducting effective sorties. Operational weight reduction is one of the key factors for fuel savings. As an example, adding extra fuel before take-off, lets say 5,000 pounds, means that by the end of an eight-hour sortie 50% of the added fuel (so 2,500 pounds) will be burned just to carry the extra fuel around. A reduction of 1,000 pounds of fuel burn on each sortie will pay dividends of approximately 250,000 Euro per year, and in environmental terms it will save more than 312,000 liters of fuel, says Balkcum. In general terms, the AIF emphasizes time efciency. Extra time that is not needed for training can be trimmed from multiple sorties. This time can be compiled and used to generate additional sorties. The end result is that more sorties are own within the same number of ying hours and the overall usage of these hours is much more effective for training. I fully support this effort and I expect crews to land as soon as effective training is complete, regardless of the ying time they were scheduled to accomplish. The Component should continue in earnest the development and renement of common-sense solutions to improve fuel savings and protect the environment, says Component Commander, Maj. Gen. Stephen Schmidt. The AIF guidelines for fuel efciency start to take effect months before the actual mission will be own. During the planning phase valuable fuel savings can be identied, and sorties are to be planned for mission effectiveness and not ying hours. The fuel load should be in line with the exact need for the mission. The closest suitable alternates and the most efcient route to the area should always be selected. Sufcient time should also be scheduled for reaching the orbit area, because increased speed will result in greater fuel consumption. When it comes to the actual execution of the ight the AIF contains several guidelines on how to focus on fuel efciency. These include measures such as trimming the ight controls for optimum performance, running all engines at equal thrust, and ying in the orbit using maximum endurance speed and altitude when radar performance allows. For descents and approaches a signicant amount of fuel can be saved too. The AIF recommends a clean descent whenever this is approved by Air Trafc Control. A clean descent is performed without the use of drag devices such as spoilers and landing gear. An option being considered for future use is approaches with lower ap settings. This results in a reduction in thrust required which means the aircraft burns less fuel in the approach to landing. Currently, full aps for landings are used. This enables the slowest speed and shortest stopping distance, but on the other hand it requires the most power and burns more fuel. Other ideas such as pushback prior to engine start and reduced thrust takeoffs are being analyzed as possible future fuel efciency measures. We are not questioning the competence of the ying community, we just want them to take a closer look at the fuel load and eliminate the extra fuel that is not needed for the mission. Safety is still of overriding importance, but we want to add fuel efciency to their awareness too. I believe that by implementing this programme the Component can save an average of 3000-5000 pounds of fuel per sortie. Step two of the programme will begin in November, where we will track the fuel load for each sortie and compare the actual fuel loads and consumption with the amount calculated during mission planning. This will provide us with a tool to analyze how efciently we are operating, says Balkcum Right now we are also in contact with a contracting company which specializes in analyzing wind data and accurately calculating the most fuel-efcient route on a daily basis. Depending on the cost-benet analysis, this could be a useful service to support the crews in their mission planning, he says. In addition to fuel load, the project group also suggests a general weight reduction in the aircraft itself. LW and NATO AEW&C Programme Management Agency (NAPMA) are currently looking into the possibility of removing obsolete equipment or upgrading existing equipment in a lighter version to reduce the weight on the airframe. One example is the galley or ight kitchen onboard the rear of the E-3A that originally dates from the seventies, as a modern replacement might weigh only a tenth of the old one. Due to the heavy weight at the rear of the aircraft, mainly caused by the antenna, additional empty weight was placed in the front of the aircraft in order to balance the airframe. So every kilo that can be removed from the rear can also be removed at the front, thereby producing a double weight-saving effect. It is worth noting that even relatively lightweight items are being considered. One example is volume of paper publications that crews are required to carry onboard. Although they may only weigh a hundred or so kilos in total, replacing them with several laptops could yield a net saving over the long term. In addition to weight reduction, reducing drag on the aircraft is under review. Some of the external antennas might be changed to a more aerodynamic design, thereby reducing wind resistance on the airframe. Fuel efciency has a high priority and is a process that will continue for years for both economic and environmental reasons. It will be briefed and discussed on upcoming training days in the near future. The programme is currently in its infancy but is already yielding promising ideas. I believe the Component will benet greatly from the efciencies generated from this initiative and that many more opportunities are yet to be discovered. Inputs are not restricted to the original group, so if anyone in the Component has an idea to consider, I would welcome it, concludes Balkcum. Mr. Heinz Billens is connecting the refuel hose. The fuel load should be in line with the exact need for the mission. Fuel panel used by crew chiefs to allow fuel transfer from the fuel pit to the aircrafts fuel tanks. A reduction of 1,000 pounds of fuel burn on each sortie will pay dividends of approximately 250,000 Euro per year.Photos Hay Janssen


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8 NATO Skywatch 24 October 2008 Table tennis tournamentA table tennis tournament is on 12 November during the day... your deadline for registration is 24 October. There is one level only and is open for Component members and their dependants. For registration call 4921/4987 or email Above tournament during duty times is ofcially approved. Monthly Component Fitness EventTrack and Field, Thursday 30 October 1200-1400. 1200: Long distance runs (5,000m, 3,000m and 2,000m), start and nish behind the New Gym. 1245: Short distance runs (100m and 1,000m), long and high jump, shot put (at the track/stadium). Men and women who want to be tested for the German Sports Award need to pre-register nlt Tuesday, 28 Oct. POC is Fritz Stelten, ext. 4920 or via email. The International E-3A Component Cross-Country Run 2008 will be held on Friday, 7 November. The start will be at the New Gym at 1100; registration from 0900-1030. The distance of the run is 7,000 metres. The different categories are: A-Men aged 18-29 years (1990-1979); B-Men aged 30-39 (1978-1969); C-Men aged 40-49 years (1968-1958); D-Men aged 50 years and over (up to 1958); E-Women Open. Team Run: 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 entry fee is per participant (payable on the day), Component members .50. 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. The presentation of the trophies is at 1300 in the Frisbee Club. Snacks and beverages will be available. For further information, please contact Mr. Hans Kicken, ext. 4987 or email.Cross-Country RunBy CMSgt. Tamer Soylu The International Womens Club held the Turkish Night at the Frisbee Club on 9 October with participation of Mrs. Sarah Schmidt as well as national and international Women Club members. One of the intentions of the event was to introduce the Turkish culture. The theme of the night was dress Turkish, be conspicuous and a wonderful dress show was performed. The dresses were of a unique selection containing a lot of sweat and hand work. As the head of the Turkish Womens Club contingency, Dilek Celik, mentioned, The prices are hundreds, even thousands of Euros. The selection reected Ottoman, Anatolian and the modern faces of Turkish culture. The participants had the chance to taste Turkish Doner plus Lokma, Turkish sweet, with coffee. The Turkish ladies also performed a dance, which is called Ciftetelli. At the organized Bingo the members got the opportunity to win traditional Turkish handmade gifts. The pictures of the night will go around until next years event and also the ladies will keep talking about the dress collection for the same period.IWC members tasted Turkish culture The Turkish ladies performed national dances during the event.Photo NSTUR


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10 NATO Skywatch 24 October 2008 By SMSgt. Johan Hijmenberg Germany is mad about sport. This is equally true of our 1,065 military and civilian German colleagues on base. Thats why 29 June was a disastrous day when Germany lost to Spain in the 2008 European Football Championship nal. In football Germany has won the World Cup three times and the European Championship three times, so it is one of the most successful sporting nations, and not only in this kind of sport. But there are plenty more facts to mention about the Federal Republic of Germany, located in Central Europe. With a territory that covers 357,021 sq km and with over 82 million inhabitants, it has the largest population of any member state of the European Union. Germany is a federal parliamentary republic comprising sixteen states, which are further subdivided into 439 districts and urban districts. Elevation ranges from the mountains of the Alps the highest point is the Zugspitze at 2,962 metres in the south to the shores of the North Sea in the northwest and the Baltic Sea in the northeast. Between these lie the forested uplands of central Germany and the low-lying lands of northern Germany the lowest point is in Wilstermarsch at 3.54 metres below sea level traversed by some of Europes major rivers such as the Rhine, Danube and Elbe. As it is impossible to highlight the whole country in the space available to us, we are simply focusing on the State of North Rhine Westphalia and the district of Heinsberg in which NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen is situated. North Rhine Westphalia The capital city is Dsseldorf and the largest city is Cologne. Dsseldorfs historic town centre is renowned as the longest bar in the world. More then 250 breweries, pubs, bars and restaurants are lined up one beside the other in the narrow alleyways in the downtown area. The state capital is also world-famous for the Knigsallee (Kings Avenue) with its glittering luxury boutiques. From coal and steel to high-tech, fashion and theatre, thats North Rhine-Westphalia. Its the most populous German state and the largest industrial area in Germany. It is quickly becoming a megalopolis for culture and research and has been named by the UNESCO as one of the most important cultural regions in world. Did you know that 34 of the 100 largest German businesses and 9 of the 100 largest European businesses have their home in this state? For many people the state is synonymous with industrial areas and large conurbations. But much of the state is used for agriculture (almost 52%), with forests covering 25% of it. There is nowhere else in Germany where industry and natural regions are so close together. The Heinsberg district Heinsberg is the capital of the district of Heinsberg and is located in the western part of North Rhine Westphalia. In 1815 the area fell to Prussia, which in 1816 created the three districts of Heinsberg, Erkelenz and Geilenkirchen. In 1932 the districts of Heinsberg and Geilenkirchen were merged, and in 1972 the Erkelenz district was merged with the district of Heinsberg as well. In 1975 the district got its present size when the municipality of Niederkrchten was reassigned to the district of Viersen. The Heinsberg district exists of ten towns and municipalities from which the city of Geilenkirchen by far highlights the newspapers as it gave its name to NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen. History of Geilenkirchen Geilenkirchen is the place where Gelo, a freeman of the Frankish tribe, once built a castle and a private church. The earliest documentary mention of Geilenkirchen dates from 1170 (the oldest forms of the name are Gelenkirken and Gelenkirchen), but a settlement certainly existed here much earlier. The early rulers of Geilenkirchen are rst mentioned in historical sources around the late 12th and early 13th centuries. Their family seat was probably the ruined castle situated in a loop of the river Wurm. In the High Middle Ages the village of Geilenkirchen developed near the castle and the church; it was formally recognized as a town in the late 14th century. This is evidenced by a document dated 27 May 1386, in which the stede (towns) Geilenkirchen, Heinsberg, Sittard and Susteren accepted joint liability for a debt certicate issued by the Lord of Heinsberg and jointly afxed their town seals to it. This means that Geilenkirchen had equal rights with the older towns of Heinsberg, Sittard and Susteren. Nowadays there are numerous historic buildings (including castles, manor houses and villas) that attest to Geilenkirchens very interesting history. You encounter a historic past and contemporary modernity wherever you go in Geilenkirchen. Facts and data courtesy of www. and The Federal Republic of Germany: One of the most successful sporting nations Federal PresidentProf. Dr. Horst Khler has been Federal President of the Federal Republic of Germany since 1 July 2004. The German head of state is elected for a ve-year term by the Federal Electoral Assembly, and can be re-elected once. At the Chancellors proposal he appoints the federal ministers, federal judges and federal ofcials.Heinsberg coat of armsThe coat of arms shows two lions in the top part, in the left the silver lion of the city and the dukes of Heinsberg, in the right the black lion on yellow ground of the Duchy of Jlich. The bottom part derives from the coat of arms of the former district Erkelenz, the eur-de-lis from the city of Erkelenz represent the Maria Abbey in Aachen, and the blue ax ower in the middle recalls the old tradition of ax and linen trading in Erkelenz. The Rhine near Remagen.Photo Wiel Borghans


24 October 2008 NATO Skywatch 11 By Mark Beauchamp The Component Civilian Staff Association held its Quarterly Hail and Farewell on 6 October at the Frisbee Club. Maj. Gen. Stephen Schmidt was on hand to congratulate ve members of the Component staff on the occasion of their retirement. Mr. Hans-Joachim Stein joined the E-3A Component Logistics Wing on 17 August 1981 as an Aircraft General Mechanic, and after a number of duty title changes he was selected for the post of Principal Technician (Fuselage Section) where rigging ight controls and changing landing gear is a normal days work. Mr. Volkhard Papenberg joined the E-3A Component Base Support Wing on 1 January 1982 as a Weather Forecaster. In October 2003 he was selected for the Scientist (Meteorology) position where he provided critical information for ight planning to aircrews. Mr. Joseph Straat joined the E-3A Component Logistics Wing on 18 April 1983 as a Support Equipment Mechanic. In 1998 he voluntarily transferred to the Phase Inspection Branch where he meticulously inspected and repaired the E-3A eet over the years. Mr. Heinrich Dumpe joined the E-3A Component Logistics Wing on 1 October 1993 as an Aircraft General Mechanic. As a Crew Chief, his efforts in supporting the eet here at the MOB as well as at deployed locations was critical to ying operations. Mr. Dirk Edler joined the E-3A Component Base Support Wing as an LWR staff member on 1 February 1990. In 2001 he became a NATO Civilian working as a Guard, and in 2003 he was selected for the post of Senior Guard (Instructor) ensuring our guards were prepared for the challenges they face. All of these men have contributed to the success of the Component and we know their colleagues will miss them. The Component is extremely grateful for their lifes work and wishes them and their families well as they move into retirement. Maj. Gen. Schmidt also presented Component Certicates of Appreciation for 25 years of faithful service to the Component mission to Mr. Horst Eschweiler and Mr. Hermann Boymans. Members present were also privileged to hear an update on a number of important issues by the E-3A Component Commander, as well as enjoy the company of Component members who also attended the event.Civilian Staff Association meets for Hail and Farewell Pictured from left to right, Mr. Dirk Edler, Mr. Horst Eschweiler, Mr. Joseph Straat, Maj. Gen. Stephen Schmidt, Mr. Volkhard Papenberg, Mr. HansJoachim Stein, Mr. Hermann Boymans, Mr. Heinrich Dumpe, and the CSA Chairman Mr. Mark Beauchamp. Photo Andrea Hohenforst Winter hours!Dont forget to set your clocks ONE HOUR BACKWARDS on Sunday, 26 October. 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 and for children (11 and under) is Dark Knight (PG-13) Saturday, 25 October, 1300, Christian Bale, Heath Ledger Tropic Thunder (R) Saturday, 25 October, 1600 Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr. Star Wars: The Clone War (PG) Saturday, 25 October, 1900 Anthony Daniels, Matthew Wood The Rocker (PG-13) Friday, 31 October, 1930 Rainn Wilson, Christina Applegate The Longshots (PG) Saturday, 1 November, 1300 Ice Cube, Keke Palmer Mirrors (R) Saturday, 1 November, 1600 Kiefer Sutherland, Paula Patton Step Brothers (R) Saturday, 1 November, 1900 Will Farrell, John C. Reilly Federal ChancellorThe Federal Chancellor, currently Dr. Angela Merkel, is the head of government and exercises executive power similar to the role of a Prime Minister in other parliamentary democracies. Facts was rst actually used in the 8th century. largest economic power. countries. airports; the largest one is Frankfurt am Main. river Rhine is a UNESCO World Heritage site. approx. 100 million native speakers and also about 80 million non-native speakers of German. used by about 90 million of German citizens claim to be able to communicate in at least one foreign language, and 27% in at least two languages other than their own. second-largest port in Europe and the ninth-largest port in the world. classical music composers, including Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms and Richard Wagner. Heinsberg coat of armsThe coat of arms shows two lions in the top part, in the left the silver lion of the city and the dukes of Heinsberg, in the right the black lion on yellow ground of the Duchy of Jlich. The bottom part derives from the coat of arms of the former district Erkelenz, the eur-de-lis from the city of Erkelenz represent the Maria Abbey in Aachen, and the blue ax ower in the middle recalls the old tradition of ax and linen trading in Erkelenz.




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14 NATO Skywatch 24 October 2008 Halloween events 2008 JFC BrunssumAdult Halloween Party on Saturday, 25 October starting 2100 at the JFC Conference Centre. Only admission or take advantage of our outrageous food and beverage special priced at 5 for admission & all you can eat and drink until midnight (beer, soda and wine only). There is a fancy-dress contest with great prizes and the event is open to all NATO and US personnel, their families and guests, so bring your friends. Partygoers must be 17 or older to attend. For more information, please contact MWB at 045-526-2626. NAB GeilenkirchenTeam 5-6 hosts two parties: the rst tonight, 24 October, starting at 1800 for teens and another tomorrow, 25 October for adults. Both include costume party and haunted trail at the Geilenkirchen NATO AB sports elds, entry fee 0. The event is open to all NATO ID cardholders and family members. For details, email Benjamin.yost@geilenkirchen. or call 0049-2451-632235. Team 5-6 is a professional organization for all U.S. Staff Sgts and Tech Sgts. USAG Schinnen One of the tri-borders signature events is the annual Trunk or Treat on USAG Schinnen. Its ideal for newcomers and old-timers alike to enjoy a great evening of family fun and this year it will be held Friday, 31 October, from 1730 to 1900. Open to U.S. and NATO ID cardholders. The $2/ charge includes: Trunk or Treat Trail, a Beanie Baby and admission to the Haunted House. Participants wander a safe path around USAG Schinnen and discover many things along the way. Some stops will be a decorated car trunk, some will feature community representatives in costume, and some may lure you into an elaborate haunted house with spooky effects. They all have one thing in common: good fun and treats! More than 2,000 people took part in last years Trunk or Treat. Many organizations used the opportunity to disseminate information about the opportunities their organization or club provides to tri-border residents. If you or your organization wants to participate in the Trunk or Treat with your own decorated trunk or table, please contact the USAG Schinnen Fitness Centre at 003146-443-7370. The pumpkin carving and drawing contests are open to NATO, Schinnen and U.S. ID cardholders. The contests feature three age groups and great prizes for those who win the praise of ve judges. The youngest age group will compete in the Trunk or Treat drawing contest and the older age groups will compete in the carved pumpkin contest. The age groups are: children under 9 years, then children 10 to 17 and nally those 18 years and older. Contestants must be present to win. Drawings and pumpkins need to be turned-in on 31 October no later than 1700 or up to two days prior. Bring entries to the Drivers Testing Ofce between 0800 and 1500, Building 4 on USAG Schinnen. Contestants can use any type of pumpkins. A panel of ve judges will consider craftsmanship and creativity. Winners will be announced on 31 October, 1900. Winning entries will be on display during the Trunk or Treat night. Prizes will be awarded in each age group. Prizes include gift cards, restaurant vouchers, candy and more. Contestants are highly encouraged to sign up in advance, but entries submitted by the 31 October, 1700 deadline will be considered. For more information please call 0031-46-443-7657.


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16 NATO Skywatch 24 October 2008International Youth Activities Registration and further information at the IYA Ofce in Bldg 95, ext. 4955. Christmas moonlight family steam train ride 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, 5 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 ,90 per child and 0,80 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 3 November. Christmas market trip to Trier Get in the mood for the season at one of the loveliest Christmas Markets on Saturday, 29 November, 0800-2000. Enjoy the romantic atmosphere between the enchanting Christmas booths on the medieval Main Market in front of the Cathedral. And the oldest city in Germany has much more to offer. Visit the Roman Baths, Amphitheatre, Porta Nigra, the Karl-Marx-House, or the many beautiful churches, not to forget the stores, and great places to eat and drink. Point of departure and return is the parking lot outside the Main Gate. Cost is 3 per participant.MOPS and MOPPETSBy Alice Shanks Are you looking for time to connect with other moms? Do you have children from birth to age ve? If so, please join us at MOPSMothers of Preschoolers, for breakfast, a craft and inspiration. Meetings take place at the GK Chapel. The next meeting is 21 November, from 0900 to 1130. Childcare drop-off begins at 0845. For more information, please contact Amber Cottrell at amber.cottrell@, or Vida Galvan at We need also your help! Do you love spending time with young children? Can you spend one Friday morning volunteering as a childcare helper? MOPPETS is the program for children (ages 0-5) whose moms are meeting at the neighbouring MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meeting. MOPS meetings are not possible without the generosity of volunteers. Sack lunch provided. The next meeting is Friday, 21 November, at the GK Chapel. Volunteers are needed from 0830-1145. If you can donate your time, or know someone who can, please contact Vida Galvan at +49 (0) 2452-106-1062 or vidaslife@ Women of Geilenkirchens 20th Annual Foggy Fields BazaarThe American Women of Geilenkirchen (AWGK) are pleased to announce the 20th Annual Foggy Fields Bazaar! This years event will be held at Geilenkirchen NATO Air Base Hangar 4 from Friday 7 November through Sunday 9 November 08. AWGK utilize the Foggy Fields Bazaar as their primary source for philanthropic funds to support a number of American as well as NATO-nation organizations. AWGK also uses monies raised to provide academic college scholarships to worthy students. Vendor products available at this event will include a variety of items such as antiques, jewellery, furniture, rugs, tapestries, wine and much, much more! Open on Friday and Saturday: 1000 to 1800, Sunday: 1000 to 1600. Do not miss this opportunity to purchase items from all over Europe while supporting a worthy cause! We look forward to seeing you at the Foggy Fields Bazaar! The American Women of Geilenkirchen is a not-for-prot organization, operating as a support and social organization within the NATO Air Base and surrounding community.For more information: http://foggyeldsbazaar. or contact: Phone: (49) 001778-523276Alliance PlayersAt the JFC Brunssum Theatre the Alliance Players presents A duet for two hands Its the late 1800s, and transplantation has never been heard of. Dr. Edward Sarclett will be the one to change medical history. Seeking fortune and fame he takes two hands from a dead man and gives them to a poet. Does the poet give new life to the hands or do the hands give new life to the poet? On the following dates the Players will perform: Thursday, 13 November, 1900; Friday, 14 November, 1900; Saturday, 15 November 1400 and 1900; Sunday, 16 November, 1400. Tickets available at the door, adults kids 12 and under NATO Ski Club informationBy J.P.L. Jacobsen The E-3A Component International Ski Club, or for short NATO Ski Club GK, is based on the NATO Air Base in Geilenkirchen. Membership is open to all persons afliated with any of the NATO and national support organizations in the tri-boarder area, like Brunssum, Niederheid, NPC Glons, Schinnen, etc., including family, relatives and friends. And it is not only for skiers, snowboarders are equally welcome! The Ski Clubs two main areas of activities are visiting SnowWorld in Landgraaf (all year round) and ski/snowboard trips in the winter season. The Ski Club has maintained a close relationship with SnowWorld since it opened. As a result of this, SnowWorld is offering various attractive discount rates to our club members. For members at the intermediate to advanced level, the Ski Club is arranging weekly snowboard and skimeetings (Clinics) at SnowWorld. The Ski Club is sponsoring qualied instructors from SnowWorld at these meetings. The club also arranges courses for children/adults in both skiing and snowboarding at beginner, intermediate and advanced level with English-speaking instructors from SnowWorld sponsored by the Ski Club. During the winter season, the Ski Club is arranging a number of trips to ski resorts in the Alps, both during school holidays but also outside of them. These arrangements do not normally include transportation. Our main destination is Siegi Tours, St.Veit in Austria, but we are also arranging a yearly trip to Alta Badia in Italy. Trips to other destination are also arranged whenever there is sufcient interest from the membership. Through the clubs networking with other international ski clubs in Europe it is also possible to participate in the trips that they are organizing. For more information visit Photo PAO archive




18 NATO Skywatch 24 October 2008 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 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 0.70, guests 3, children 4-12 years half price. Reservations should be made NLT 1200 on the Friday before, Club cards are required. For additional information, please contact the Ofcers Club, ext. 4990, or the Frisbee Club, ext. 4994. 2 No brunch, both Clubs closed. 9 No brunch, both Clubs closed. 16 Ofcers Club family brunch. Frisbee Club closed 23 Ofcers Club Hunters brunch. Frisbee Club closed. 30 Frisbee Club Christmas brunch. Ofcers Club closed. 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, a vegetarian menu 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. 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 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. 13 No lunch due to special function. 21 No lunch due to special function. 21 Scampi Dinner, see special yer. 24-27 Game specials during lunchtime. Frisbee Club (SWPN/4994) Make a reservation today at the Frisbee Grill and enjoy the cosy atmosphere and good food! Remember the Frisbee Club is open for breakfast and dinner to all Frisbee and Ofcers Club members (club cards required). Every Monday-Thursday Happy Hour from 1700 until 1800; every Friday Happy Hour from 1430 until 1900 hrs (including snacks at 1700). Every Monday lunch Bratwurst Special. Every Tuesday lunch Frisbee Burger. Every Wednesday lunch Mussels. Every Thursday lunch Autumn Soup Special. Every Friday lunch Fish Special. Every Monday and Friday steak night (normal restaurant times) steak dinner only, reservations required. 3, 10, 17, 24 Country line dance, at 1930. 4 Skat, 1800-2300. 7 Cross Country Awards presentation and lunch. 13 International Wives Club, American night, at 1900. 18 Bingo, at 1900. Sentry Club (SWPJ/4997) Coming soon: the very popular Fioretto Lindt chocolate mixture: Price per bag .50. Special information: For any food order more than you will receive a bottle of wine for free! 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 1830, MondayFriday; variety of new pizzas is available now, i.e. Pizza Gyros, Pizza Calzone and Pizza Spinach). We also will add some new toppings. As soon as the preparations are nished, the details will be advertised on our Component information web page. We will also offer little rolls made from pizza dough with herb butter or garlic mayonnaise. Take advantage of our new Salad Bar, various types of freshly prepared salads available at a reasonable price. Do you need support for conferences or meetings? The Sentry Club can assist with coffee, soft drinks, half rolls or freshly prepared mufns. For more information, please contact the Sentry Club management. Need supplies for a party? The Sentry Club is your stop for Warsteiner Beer in 30 ltr and 50 ltr containers, various soft drinks in 1 ltr bottles and tables, benches and other items to help in organising your party. Please be sure to order in advance as certain items (e.g. tables, benches, beer wagons, etc.) must be ordered from the supplier. In addition to our souvenir items, we also offer some very nice items of our 25th Anniversary: wine .50 per bottle (6 bottles for 4), T-shirt child T-Shirt adult textile patch wrist watch art print of AWACS anniversary aircraft 2 (signed by Artist 5). Additional information on any of the above can be obtained from the Sentry Club Manager, ext. 4996. Sports Department (SWPT/4946) 7 Cross Country Run, New Gym/ cross trail 0900-1400. 11 Basketball League/tournament coaches meeting, 1500 at Sentry Club, Q&Q. 12 Table Tennis tournament, one-day tournament. 21 Basketball tournament, deadline registration. 26 Squash tournament, deadline registration. 27 Component tness event, jogging, running, (Nordic) walking 3.5 and 5 km. Start 1130 behind the New Gym. 28 Flag football tournament, soccer eld 1000-1600. New opening hours Sports Monday to Friday 0700-1900; Saturday and Sunday closed. classes and schedules. International Library (SWPL/4956) The operating hours are 1100-1500, Monday through Friday. Visit the Geilenkirchen International Library and see the expanded travel section, books and guides for most European countries as well as other fantastic vacation destinations! They are there to help make your holiday travel planning go smoothly. We also have compiled lists of discount airlines and hotel booking agencies to help you. Remember to come back often, as much of the music and movie collection frequently gets updated. We have material to help with your continuing education as well. The entire Embry Riddle section was just updated as well as many of the CLEP materials. We even have some CLEP material on DVD to help you make the grade. Dont be one of those unfortunate people who visit the library only during their out-processing, only to realize how nice it would have been to use the facility while you had a chance. The friendly and helpful staff members are always available to assist you. International Pre-school (SWPS/4957) Art & Craft Afternoon Lantern 1400-1700. Art & Craft Afternoon Lantern 1400-1700. St. Martins Parade in Teveren at 1800. 28 Thanksgiving Feast with children. For more information and registration, please call the schools ofce at Ext. 4957 or visit us! Thrift Shop (SWPG/4919) Opening hours 1000-1400 every Tuesday and Thursday. Note: Items to be sold can only be brought in on Thursday. Volunteers needed for Tuesday opening! MWA INFORMA TIONNovember SKYWA TCHCLASSIFIEDSkywatch Classieds are free to all NATO personnel. Advertisements must be printed or typed, and include your name, ofce 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 PAO, mail Stop 33, e-mail: pio@e3a., before noon Thursday, 30 October. 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