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19 December 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. 24 19 December 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 Hijmenberg Next NATO Skywatch: 16 January 2009 Submissions due by: 8 January 2009New Mission Support System enhances the quality of mission planningSee page 6 By Capt. Richard KomurekLeaders from NATOs Airborne Early Warning & Control Programme, the United States Government and aviation ofcials from Boeing and EADS corporations met at the Component on 2 December to attend a ceremony celebrating the acceptance of the 17th aircraft from retrot as part of the three-year, $1.6 billion NATO Mid-Term E-3A eet (NMT) modernization upgrade.The NMT upgrade has provided operators with a new and improved working environment and has transformed the NATO E-3A AWACS into the most modern Air Battle Management platform in the world. It includes state of-the-art radar consoles, ve additional console stations, digital radio and satellite communications, Global Positioning System navigation, Multi-Sensor Integration, Mode S Identication Friend or Foe technology and an improved man-machine interface affording faster access to information and enhanced situational awareness. Inside Hangar 2 with the 25th Anniversary AWACS aircraft as a background, both military and aviation industry ofcials commented on the teamwork that was required over the span of a decade to bring the NMT upgrade into reality, and delivered on time without any delays. First, may I take the opportunity to personally thank all those involved in the NMT programme, from the very beginning until today, for their hard work in bringing us to this point, delivery of the 17th and nal NATO Mid-Term aircraft, said Maj. Gen. Axel Tttelmann, Force Commander. The E-3A Component deserves a signicant mention for their successful completion of the NMT conversion training programme spanning both aircrew and ground support technicians, because this is a revolutionary new system affecting us at every level. In addition to recognizing the efforts of the past several years, the ceremony participants also looked ahead to the future of the modernized E-3A AWACS eet. Its been said that behind every great ghting force theres the power of information. NATO Mid-Term gives us phenomenal new tools to process and disseminate critical information in seconds across the entire battlespace, said Maj. Gen. Stephen Schmidt, Component Commander. NMT will also enable us to transition to the net-centric environments of the future, where we will continue to leverage this critical information platform to its maximum potential. NMT is the digital bridge that takes us beyond airborne command and control and into the new age of Information and true Battlespace Management. After the ceremony and reception, industry ofcials, members of the NAPMO Board of Directors and media representatives also received a tour of the modernized E-3A, ight simulator and the converted mission simulators. These simulators are used for aircrew training and provide Component engineers the capability to create and test further hardware and software modications to support continuous engineering and quality improvements over the life of the aircraft. The festive event was a historic milestone in the proud 26 year history of the E-3A Component and also represents a signicant increase in NATOs capability for today and the future. Component celebrates NMT upgrade completion Maj. Gen. Axel Tttelmann (left), NATO Early Warning & Control Force Commander, presents Maj. Gen. Stephen Schmidt, E-3A Component Commander, with a certicate certifying the return of the 17th and nal modernized E-3A AWACS aircraft.Photo Andrea Hohenforst


4 NATO Skywatch 19 December 2008 By Col. Ton Van HappenTSgt. Lenora Stoner entered the United States Air Force in 1989. She initially served as a Vehicle Operations Craftsman, driving various vehicles ranging from tractortrailers, tow vehicles, and fork lifts to buses and VIP transportation.In July 2000 she voluntarily cross-trained into the Airborne Operations career eld and was stationed at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, where she was assigned to the 42nd Airborne Command and Control Squadron (ACCS). TSgt Stoner worked as a Strike Controller on the E130/C2 platform that mainly worked with Army units on the ground. In September 2002 she was assigned to the 16th ACCS, ying JSTARS, where she worked in the Mobility Section and was trained as a Senior Director Technician. TSgt. Stoner arrived at the E-3A Component in April 2005. After being trained as a Surveillance Operator she was assigned to Squadron 1. In May 2006 she was offered the job as NCOIC, Plans Branch in the Plans and Programmes Division (PPC) of the Component Headquarters. As a plans specialist, TSgt. Stoner assists with the overall management, evaluation of and prioritization of E-3A Component mission requirements. My favorite thing about working in PPC is the people. If it werent for my colleagues it wouldnt be as enjoyable as it is. We have a lot of work with short-notice taskings, conferences, and other requests that come from Force Command or the Component Command Group ofce. Most of the time we are worried about accomplishing every task, but with the teamwork in our hallway we always overcome obstacles. My favorite saying is that I believe everything happens for a reason. I know that I could not have been recognized for this Spotlight without the support of my husband, my colleagues and other Component personnel, said TSgt. Stoner. TSgt. Stoner always takes a positive approach to her many duties. For instance, when setting up the admin part of the Battle Staff, she shows up early and makes absolutely sure everything is done in advance of the start time. Her colleagues and superiors have total condence that her work will always be done in an outstanding manner. TSgt. Stoner is a role model and a caring individual. When a new junior NCO arrived at PPC a few months ago, brand new to the base and to Germany, TSgt Stoner immediately helped her with in-processing, learning about the local area, helping her move, and helping her to register her vehicle. She did all this even though it meant using time outside normal duty hours. TSgt Stoner is also always ready to volunteer. She is a US physical tness representative and frequently conducts tness assessments of individuals. This is not part of her ofcial job description: she does it because there is the need for a representative, so she stepped forward. As Chief of Staff I regard it as a privilege to recognize TSgt Stoner for her outstanding performance and enthusiasm. You always see her with a positive attitude and high spirits. Her leadership sets a good example for others and makes a very positive contribution to the E-3A Component community.Headquarters NCO Spotlight Photo Capt. Richard Komurek This plane landed at Geilenki r c hen Air Base Do y ou kn o w what it is? SEE P A GE 14 It w as t he T r ansall C1 60 xxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxx xx xxxxx xxxx xxxxx xxxx xxxx xxx Photo Amn Nick Baderschneider Thank you I wish to thank friends and colleagues of the late Lilburn (Al) Haggerston who have helped my family and me in this very difcult time. Yours sincerely, Gwen Haggerston


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6 NATO Skywatch 19 December 2008 By Heidi Soerensen On Tuesday, 16 December 2008, the Component achieved another important milestone in its journey into the 21st century as Adobe Consulting handed over the new Mission Support System (MSS) to Deputy Component Commander Col. Ton van Happen during a formal reception in the Ofcers Club. The mission planning process plays a signicant role in enabling the Component to obtain the full benet of the NATO Mid-Term (NMT) system. After the NMT system upgrade, the need for new and improved tools to conduct mission planning became more apparent here at the Component. The capabilities of the new NMT system provide the operators with increased functionality and much intensied operational situational awareness. Compared to the legacy system, more information needs to nd its way to the onboard computer system. Not only the crewmembers, but also various support functions are required to provide relevant and validated operational data to the system during mission planning. If this is not done properly, the NMT system cannot be used to its full extent, or in an even worse case erroneous information might be displayed, resulting in hazardous situations, explains Commander Hans-Dieter Evers, Chief of Analysis and Tactics Branch, Operations Wing (OWAB). Combined with the mission planning rooms established last year, the new MSS 3.0 software will provide the crewmembers with another step towards the best possible facility for high-quality mission planning in the 21st century, he says. In August 2007 the Component signed an initial contract with Adobe Consulting. The overall purpose of the Adobe contract was to support the development of an MSS that would make mission planning more effective and enable crews to have a robust situational awareness right after powering-on the onboard computer system. Furthermore the MSS is intended to enable crewmembers to conduct mission planning at any location in the world. The MSS 3.0 is based on the Adobe FLEX technology and will ultimately replace the current functionality of legacy MSS (aircraft scheduling, messaging, and status). The new MSS provides one central database to automatically pull information from existing systems on both the classied and the unclassied networks. All of this data will be automated and available during mission planning in the Squadrons. Once the process has been validated and standardized, all sortie-specic data entered into MSS will be transferred via the Classied Base Automated Support System (CBASS) to the removable media and then nally accessed by the crews onboard the aircraft. During the development phase many Component members from the Operations Wing (Flying Squadrons, Aircrew Library, Scheduling Branch and others) and Information Technology Wing (MSS Development Branch, Database Administrators, Plans & Resources and Systems and Servers) worked together to achieve the required result. Component members were enrolled in activities from information interviews, programming, and project management to testing and software deployment. It wasnt an easy job and many extra hours were worked. But now, after intensive meetings, interviews and workshops the rst MSS version programmed by Adobe and the MSS Development Branch (IWUMS) has nally been released, explains Senior System Analyst Mr. Gerry van Tol. During the mission planning every single crewmember makes detailed preparation for the next days ight. The preparation includes everything from radar set-up, the making of communication plans and area briengs to ghter activity, air-to-air refuelling, crew resource management, student training and much more. Currently, with the Legacy MSS, the crewmembers prepare individual briengs throughout the mission planning day. It is not until the afternoon that the various preparations are combined in a specialized brieng, often with a need for various last-minute adjustments. With MSS 3.0 we have a single transparent and dynamic system enabling the crewmembers to work as a team from the very beginning of the mission planning. All crewmembers have access to the same data right as soon as the operator has put in the data. This gives better teamwork and leads to a higher level of standardization. The purpose is to enhance the quality of the mission planning and to provide a much better situational awareness, says MSS Functionality Expert Capt. Rainer Frinzel. Furthermore MSS 3.0 is envisioned to support the crews in their mission planning at any location in the world. However, lighter and more deployable hardware is still required to make that a reality. The MSS 3.0 database is currently being loaded with a large amount of xed mission-related data in order to release the crewmembers from administrative work and give them more time to focus on mission-related planning. This will be followed by a test phase, and subsequently the crews can start using the improved MSS next year. Work has already begun on the Adobe continuation contract for MSS 4.0, which has been scheduled for release in 2010. MSS 4.0 will contain additional functionalities, including improved facilities for crew brieng, weapons support and mission scheduling, and in the end it will lead to standardized processes for the use of the system throughout the Component. New Mission Support System enhances the quality of mission planning Mr. Hubert Thurlings, Senior Consulting Manager, Adobe Systems Benelux BV presents the new MSS software, symbolized by a crystal momento, to Deputy Commander Col.Ton van Happen.Photo Andrea Hohenforst


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8 NATO Skywatch 19 December 2008 Text and photo SMSgt. Johan Hijmenberg At work, ofce paper helps us communicate. Even in this digital age, and despite talk about the paperless ofce, ofce paper is essential for copiers, laser printers, brochures, notepads, and other uses. And since digital documents can be deleted, there is nothing like having a backup on paper. Wherever we go, paper is there to help at every turn. When you consider the tremendous benets of paper, its clear that we must all continue to work together by recycling used paper. Recycling is easy to do, and its good for business and the environment. Thanks to industry leadership and the tireless efforts of the millions of people who recycle paper at home, work and school every day, paper recovery has reached record levels. At E-3A Component, building 27, between hangars 2 and 3, is the waste paper collecting point where Mr. Lambert Deckers has been in charge of recycling waste paper on base for the past nineteen years. And when he is on leave, this facility is always manned by a permanently assigned replacement. The facility is open each working day from 1000 to 1200 and on Mondays to Thursdays from 1300 to 1500. When I visit Deckers in his recycling area, he proudly shows me his new machines standing next to the old one nicknamed Lambert. In the beginning, not everything went smoothly with the machines. I received the non-restricted machine in January last year, Deckers says. Its understandable that in the beginning we went through some starting problems. But I still keep the old machine. The new machine cant handle the thick ight manuals. The new machine is equipped with a bridge close to the oor where he can feed in the paper. This is a helpful feature that I dont have with the older machine, he says, Its much more comfortable for my back. The second new machine is the classied shredder with which paper, plastic, diskettes and videotapes can be cut into tiny pieces. The only thing that still has to be done to this machine was the electrical connection. A base wide announcement that the machine is operational has just been made. Classied items can be brought in on Wednesdays, but an appointment has to be made on the Monday in advance. Two times a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, he and his colleague tour the base to collect the paper. Per tour they collect between 600 and 700 kilograms. One week a large round, the following week a smaller round. I always do the threeto four-hour tour with Mr. Gnther Bergrath, Lambert says. On average they collect two truck loads of paper per day. Also twice a week they pick up cardboard at the AAFES store. Its a lot of work but denitely not solitary, he says wearing a T-shirt marked with the word SOLO. Although Im doing the job by myself, many people pass by. We have all kinds of conversations, he says, feeding the machine again with paper. Thats what makes the work fun the contact with the customers. Deckers works for the Bundeswehr-Dienstleistungszentrum Aachen (German Armed Forces Service Centre). When he takes his annual leave, the shredder facility still keeps running. Mr. Josef Krckel is his permanently assigned replacement. Its good to know that when you return from your leave all the collected paper will be gone, says Lambert, showing his gratitude for Mr. Krckels work. After the paper has been shredded, it is pressed into bales of 80 kg. After that a hand truck is used to move the bales into a container that is picked up by a private rm every 14 days. When the container is full it contains of four tons of paper. A second container, mainly lled with cardboard, is picked up every three weeks and contains three tons. Paper recycling is the process of recovering waste paper and remaking it into new paper products. The collection and recycling of used paper makes good sense. Almost any paper can be recycled. As much as 80% of the content of typical recovered paper can actually be used in the recycling process. The use of recovered paper for new paper products gives new life to the wood bre several times over. Most recovered paper is recycled into paper and paperboard products. With a few exceptions, recovered paper is generally recycled into a grade similar to, or of lower quality than, the grade of the original product. For example, old cardboard boxes are used to make new recycled-quality cardboard boxes. Recovered printing and writing paper can be used to make new recycled copy paper. But a lot of whats contained in a bale of recovered paper isnt paper. The notice board on the wall in the waste paper collection point shows the treasures. Service shoulder ranks and patches are pinned on the board, and the refrigerator is lled with stickers found between the sampled papers. For the real trash we have plastic gloves, Lambert says, because we also nd leftovers, cans, bottles, pizzas and fries among the collected paper. It is important that this paper is kept separate from other household waste, as contaminated paper is not acceptable for recycling. Everyone can make their own small contribution to this process.A lot of recovered paper isnt paper Together with Mr. Gnther Bergrath, Mr. Lambert Deckers (left) tours the base each week to collect waste paper.


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10 NATO Skywatch 19 December 2008 Fourteen nations fourteen different Christmas and New Year traditions By the International Womens Club and Heidi Soerensen At the Component fourteen different nations work side by side. Sometimes the difference in culture is obvious, and other times the sense of community is predominant. Each nation has its own Christmas and New Year traditions, but for all nations this season is the time when light, warmth, peace and surely love are celebrated. Time to relax with your family and dear ones. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Denmark dancing around the Christmas tree 23 December is Little Christmas Eve in Denmark and an evening when many families will eat rice pudding with cinnamon sugar. Before the children go to bed they take a bowl of rice pudding up into the loft. The children wake early on 24 December; excited and equipped with a ashlight they climb the ladder to the loft, where they will nd small presents next to the empty bowl. Santa Claus was there! Traditional meals for Christmas Eve consist of duck or goose stuffed with prunes and apples, roast pork, boiled potatoes and delicious caramelized potatoes, as well as red cabbage cooked in red wine accompanied by tasty creamy gravy. The dessert is Ris alamanda a cold creamy vanilla-avored rice pudding with chopped almonds and served with warm cherry sauce. One whole almond has been placed in the pudding, and the person who is lucky enough to nd this receives the almond prize. This is traditionally a marzipan pig with a red ribbon tied around its belly. After the dinner the entire family gather around the Christmas tree for the exiting moment when the candles are lit. Everyone joins hands and dancewalk around the Christmas tree, singing carols. When they cannot sing anymore they begin to exchange the presents, which have been placed under the tree. Poland one seat is kept empty for any stranger On Christmas Eve the entire family gathers for a meatless meal (Wigilia). An additional seat at the table is kept empty for any stranger who knocks on the door that evening. Everybody at the table breaks and shares the Christmas wafer (opatek) and exchanges good wishes. After supper it is time to gather around the Christmas tree to open gifts and sing Christmas carols (Koldy). The evening ends with midnight Mass. Many Polish people believe that on this particular night animals can speak with a human voice, because they were the rst ones to greet Jesus. Christmas day is spent with the family at home. No visiting, cleaning or cooking should be done; only previously cooked food is heated. The second day of Christmas is known as St. Stephens day. This is a day for visiting, exchanging Christmas greetings and caroling from house to house. After Christmas the local priest visits all the homes, blesses them and writes over their doors the initials of the three wise men KMB (Kasper, Melchior, and Balthazar) in the belief that this will protect the homes against misfortune. The Christmas season ends on February 2, known as Candlemas Day. Turkey New Year festivity People in Turkey mostly celebrate the arrival of the New Year during the night connecting 31 December and 1 January. New Years Day is an ofcial holiday in Turkey. People send New Year cards to friends and family members, with best wishes for the coming year. Families get together for dinners that often last till midnight. The main dish is turkey, and chestnut kebabs may be accompanied with erez (various kinds of nuts). The New Year lottery is always one of the biggest in Turkey. Families or friends even form groups to get series of lottery tickets to enhance their chances of winning. Thats why everyone is keen to watch television until the lottery is drawn, to nd out if they are going to be rich in the New Year or not. Many Turkish people also hold big outdoor parties, and sometimes local authorities arrange activities and concerts too. When the bells get close to chiming midnight, it is a tradition that all lights are turned off and a countdown starts. When zero is reached, the lights are turned on to welcome the New Year with brightness. Everyone hugs another and congratulates the New Year on its arrival. The United States Santa Claus is coming to town Christmas in the United States is as diverse as the people who live there, but there are some traditions that almost everyone shares. The season ofcially starts on the day after Thanksgiving, which is also the biggest shopping day of the year. This is when many people start decorating their homes and buying their Christmas trees. The trees stay up until the New Year, covered with lights, ornaments and peppermint candy canes. Santa Claus and his elves see the children all month at shopping malls and festivals. The children sit on Santas lap, telling him what they want for Christmas. He gives them candy canes and asks them to be good. Only the nice kids will get presents. There is a big ham or turkey dinner on Christmas Eve, when some people will go to a candlelit church service. On Christmas morning the children rush downstairs and look to see what Santa has brought for them. All the gifts are piled underneath the Christmas tree and the stockings are lled with small treats. Christmas day is very quiet and relaxing just a day to spend with family after a busy month of parties and fun. Belgium gourmets of ne food The Belgians celebrate Christmas Eve at home with their closest family members. They start to decorate their Christmas tree after Saint Nicholas has returned to Spain on 6 December. They also decorate their houses with candles, angels and other nice things. On the menu, because they are gourmets of ne food and living, they have a variety of tempting foods. Many menus on Christmas Eve feature lobsters, oysters, or pt de foie gras. Other traditional Christmas foods are meat and cheese fondues, or an old-fashioned recipe where rabbit is cooked with prunes in gueuze beer from Brussels. Presents are exchanged after the Christmas dinner on 24 December, and many stay up to go to the midnight Mass, which is often still conducted in Latin. On Christmas Day, it is common for people to arrange a large family party where all the generations can come together. Canada Santa lls the Christmas stockings In Canada there are many different Christmas traditions that represent the countrys diverse population. French speakers generally celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve with a feast and a party. Many Christians in Canada celebrate with midnight mass or Christmas Day church services. In the western provinces a turkey dinner is the typical meal on Christmas Day. Santa comes on Christmas Eve, and families wake to Christmas presents under the tree and Christmas stockings hanging on the replace mantel. 26 December is a statutory holiday known as Boxing Day. While some people believe Boxing Day was created for cleaning up and putting away all the Christmas gifts and decorations in boxes, this is not actually the case. It was actually created as a day for giving thanks and assisting the less fortunate members of the community. It is named Boxing Day because the traditional gifts of cash, food, clothing and other goods for the less fortunate were put into boxes for easier transpor tation. The goods were distributed on the basis of each familys needs and their services to the giver. Italy the building of the Christmas Crib During Christmas the entire family and their relatives join together. The tradition for the Christmas dinner is to abstain from eating meat. Eel is therefore the special dish, and lentils and stuffed pigs trotter, pumpkin tortellini and special stuffed capon are among the other traditional dishes on this occasion. The family plays bingo and everybody eats Panettone and Torrone. After dinner most families go to church. During the midnight mass the Choir is singing, and later every body will exchange their gifts. The children are happy to receive toys. During the Holy Night Jesus will be put into the manger. The Crib is an Italian tradition that began in Greccio in 1223 and was made by San Francesco dAssisi. Italian families prepare the Crib some days before Christmas Eve, putting many gures into the scene, but Jesus will be there just during that special night. On 6 January the three kings will arrive, bringing their gifts: gold, incense and myrrh. During the night between 5 and 6 January, Befana, an old woman ying on a broom, brings gifts to children. She is carrying a sack full of toys, treats, sweets, and of course some coal and ash for those children who have been a little bit naughty. Befana comes down the chimney and lls the childrens socks with all sorts of treats.


19 December 2008 NATO Skywatch 11 Fourteen nations fourteen different Christmas and New Year traditions Norway Nisse eats the porridge Early on Christmas Eve the Norwegians have rice porridge served with sugar and cinnamon. The person who nds the blanched almond in his porridge gets a marzipan pig. Later on Christmas Eve a special meal is prepared the type of dish can vary from one region to another. But usually it is either roast side of pork with crackling (ribbe) or cured spare ribs of mutton (pinnekjtt) or lutesk (a kind of sh dish). There is a great focus on children at Christmas time, and presents are especially important to them. So all day they take a peep under the Christmas three where the presents have been put in the night before Christmas Eve. But they have to wait until after dinner, because maybe Santa Claus will be coming with an additional sack of presents. In Norway they have Nisse, who is like a mixture of Santa Claus and a gnome-like gure. In olden days and even nowadays some people believe that he protects the farms. On Christmas Eve Nisse enjoys the porridge (julegrt) which was left out for him in the stable. Poland one seat is kept empty for any stranger On Christmas Eve the entire family gathers for a meatless meal (Wigilia). An additional seat at the table is kept empty for any stranger who knocks on the door that evening. Everybody at the table breaks and shares the Christmas wafer (opatek) and exchanges good wishes. After supper it is time to gather around the Christmas tree to open gifts and sing Christmas carols (Koldy). The evening ends with midnight Mass. Many Polish people believe that on this particular night animals can speak with a human voice, because they were the rst ones to greet Jesus. Christmas day is spent with the family at home. No visiting, cleaning or cooking should be done; only previously cooked food is heated. The second day of Christmas is known as St. Stephens day. This is a day for visiting, exchanging Christmas greetings and caroling from house to house. After Christmas the local priest visits all the homes, blesses them and writes over their doors the initials of the three wise men KMB (Kasper, Melchior, and Balthazar) in the belief that this will protect the homes against misfortune. The Christmas season ends on February 2, known as Candlemas Day. Portugal Baby Jesus and Santa Claus work together A typical Christmas involves the whole family, including grandpa, grandma, uncles, aunts, cousins, parents, brothers and sisters. Everybody will come together around a replace during the evening of 24 December to celebrate the birth of Jesus, and almost every house has a crib. The celebration will start with a tasteful meal including, codsh, boiled cabbage and potatoes, roasted lamb, roasted octopus and red wine. During the evening, traditional Christmas Pumpkin cakes, dry fruits and Porto wine will be served. At midnight the Christmas presents will be opened. After that, mainly in old villages, people go to the church to the midnight mass and kiss the feet of baby Jesus. For the little children the presents are put near the chimney and will be opened next morning. The Portuguese tradition says that its Jesus, the baby Jesus, who puts the presents down the chimney for the children. But nowadays Baby Jesus and Santa Claus work together Spain the Three Kings bring the presents The Christmas traditions in Spain are in many ways similar to other Catholic countries, but of course the Spanish people have their own traditions too. Among the special traditions for the Christmas dinner are the dessert Turron (a special sweet with almond, honey and egg) and the drink Cava (similar to champagne). On the night of 24 December the immediate family, often three generations, have dinner together. The meal is specially prepared for this unique celebration but varies from place to place. Spanish people like the music at this special time and enjoy special music called Villancicos (Christmas carols). On 31 December the Spanish people say good-bye to the year by eating 12 grapes. Most people watch the live television transmission from the Big Ben in Puerta Del Sol (a famous square in Madrid). When the clock is chiming midnight, everybody eats the grapes.... and then when the New Year arrives they clink their glasses of Cava. The Three Kings come with presents on the night of 5 January. On 6 January the presents are opened and a special meal is prepared: a pie called Roscon De Reyes. It is sweet and inside there are two surprises, a small toy and a bean. The person who nds the bean will have to pay for the pie. Germany Christkind needs to work unobserved Unlike in many other countries the German people dont eagerly await the arrival of Santa Claus. In Germany they wait for the Christkind, which descends from heaven on the evening of the 24 December to light up the German Christmas trees and bring the nice children and their parents some Christmas presents. Unfortunately this only happens when the Christkind is certain to be unobserved, which normally happens when the whole family is at the Christmas Eve church ser vice. So nobody really knows what the Christkind looks like. After eagerly unwrapping all the presents, the whole family has dinner. Traditionally the Christmas Eve dinner is a fairly simple meal, such as Wienerwurst with potato salad, or sh with baguette. The typical Christmas goose is then served on 25 or 26 December. In brief, the German Christmas festivities are a time of conciliation and peace that nobody wants to miss. Greece children go from house to house singing carols There are two sides to Christmas in Greece; one is religious and solemn, while the other is festive and glamorous. Both of them have their charm. All of the towns in Greece are decorated with bright lights, bells and angels. According to Christmas traditions in Greece, the patron saint of the holiday is Saint Nicholas, who is also the patron saint of sailors. That is why you will often see boats (rather than Christmas trees) decorated with many sparkling lights. The Christmas season in Greece begins on 6 December, which is Saint Nicholass day, and ends on 6 January, which is the Feast of the Epiphany (Theophania). On Christmas Eve children go from house to house singing carols, accompanied by the sounds of the triangle, and even guitars, accordions, lyres or traditional Greek instruments. The children are frequently rewarded with sweets, dried fruits or coins. Pork, lamb and goats meat are traditionally cooked for the Christmas feast. Women usually bake traditional delicacies, and on almost every table there are loaves of Christopsomo (Christ Bread). Hungary Bethlehem play 24 December in Hungary is a very busy day when the Christmas tree is decorated, plenty of cooking takes place, and gifts are exchanged during a big feast. The presents are generous and often expensive, as Christmas time is the holiday when close family members will surely be together, no matter how far from each other they spend the rest of the year. A traditional Christmas menu starts with a soup (wine-, cabbageor sh soup), continues with either sh or poultry (turkey, duck or goose) and jacket potatoes, and nishes with a special Christmas pastry (walnut or poppy-seed roll). Wine always appears on the dining table as well as palinka (Hungarian brandy or spirit), and mulled wine is more frequently served nowadays too. One of the oldest and most popular traditions is Betlehemezes the Bethlehem play in which groups of young people go from house to house, singing and performing a play of Jesus birth, carrying a little wooden model of the Nativity scene. Hungary is a mainly Catholic country, and on Christmas Eve a lot of people visit the churches for the midnight mass. Although religious traditions were forbidden under the communist regime, they are becoming more popular nowadays again. The Netherlands family time Christmas is a religious time and also a family time. Christmas trees have been decorated and Christmas lights are illuminating houses on the outside. On Christmas Eve, many people go to church to attend the evening mass or service. That evening, many families have a gourmet dinner. For this you need an appliance similar to a table grill, with little pans for each person. You cook your own bite-size pieces of meat or sh and vegetables while enjoying the conversation with your family. On Christmas Day, families dress in nice clothes and get together with their relatives to have a good threeor four-course dinner with hare, rabbit or other game dishes. Its a day when you focus on the good things of life and recall memories. Some people also exchange presents, but gift exchange is not the main feature of Christmas for many Dutch families because Saint Nicholas already visited on 6 December, bringing gifts for children and adults. On Boxing Day, many families go for a long walk or visit the furniture shops that are the only stores open on that day in the Netherlands.


12 NATO Skywatch 19 December 2008 Text and photos SMSgt. Johan Hijmenberg You probably wont get the death penalty if you cross the runway on base without permission. But Im convinced that Air Trafc Control would not be very pleased, to put it mildly, and that you would have to accept the consequences of your behaviour. But you see a different situation in Gibraltar. Gibraltar, a British enclave, is linked to mainland Spain by an isthmus, a narrow strip of land. This serves both the major main road from the border, and the local airport runway. Buses, cars, bicycles and walkers cross the runway all day long. White lanes on the runway show the route that you have to follow. But when the daily services between Gibraltar and London Gatwick or Luton Airport are arriving or departing, the barriers go down to give the planes a clear runway, part of which is built in the Mediterranean Sea. Gibraltar is famous worldwide for its Rock. Its located in a strategic position at the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula and it overlooks the Strait with the same name. You can visit The Rock in several ways. One way of visiting Gibraltars main tourist sites is by taxi or minibus: when you walk into Gibraltar they are waiting for you at the border. An advantage of this is that licensed guides operate them, providing a wealth of information on the history, culture and heritage of Gibraltar. Another way to appreciate the breathtaking views is from the cable car. We took the guide option. Steering his minibus over the narrow roads from north to south, Chris, our guide for the next two hours, brings us to the highlights of The Rock the Pillars of Hercules, the Great Siege Tunnels, St Michaels Cave and the Apes Den and starts talking. You can compare Gibraltar with Swiss cheese. The Rock itself hides many galleries and caves in its interior: some of them are natural and others were dug out during war times. Legend even says that one of them runs under the Strait and links The Rock with Africa. There are fty-two kilometres of tunnels inside The Rock. They worked on this from 1782 until the 1870s. Outside The Rock there are only forty-nine kilometres of road. Gibraltar has a total area of barely six square kilometres, with part of its land gained from the sea. There are 30,000 people living in the enclave. We also welcome seven million visitors per year. The Pillars of Hercules is an observation post and includes a monument to the Pillars of Hercules. If you gaze out to sea from the post you will see a shimmering blue ocean, which seemingly stretches to eternity, with the shores of North Africa hanging in a haze. This stretch of water is home to no fewer than three species of dolphins. Chris: From this point Africa is only twenty-eight kilometres. Gibraltar was ruled by the Moors for over seven centuries, but it was taken by Spain for a brief period of twenty-four years in the early 14th century. It was not until 1462 that the Spaniards nally re-captured The Rock. It remained a Spanish possession until the beginning of the 18th century, when it fell to a combined Anglo-Dutch force. The Treaty of Utrecht ceded The Rock to the Crown of Great Britain for ever, but Gibraltar continued to be the cause of bloody conict with Spain and, in 1782, work began on the famous Great Siege Tunnels, our next stop. Work on the Tunnels of the Great Siege started on 25 May 1782 with the so-called Windsor Gallery. Sergeant-Major Ince had the idea of digging a tunnel all the way to the area called the Notch, an inaccessible natural platform on the north side of The Rock, to allow the mounting of a prototype gun, the rst ever able to re downwards, to bombard the Spanish positions on the isthmus. Armed with sledgehammers and perforated crowbars, and also using explosives, eighteen men excavated a tunnel, twenty-ve metres long, in ve weeks. After the Great Siege, the construction work continued, with rooms like St. Georges Hall, with seven loopholes for cannons, and the Cornwallis Room. The building of the network of tunnels continued during later periods, and especially during the Second World War. The majority of them are military property. The part that can be visited is about two hundred metres long, with an average height of 2.10 metres and a width of 1.83 metres. It houses full-size gures representing several moments of the Great Siege and the digging of the tunnels. In the entrance and galleries you can admire several cannons from Victorian times and one from the 18th century. While driving to St. Michaels Cave, Chris explains interesting objects on the left and right. Do you see the chain rings along the road? They were placed there in former times to help the men to haul heavy equipment, like the cannons, up the hill. And the walls that we are driving through belong to the old Moorish Castle on the right. Built in the 12th century and reinforced towards the middle of the 14th century, the Moorish castle was a large fortied complex with three different enclosures. See GIBRALTAR on page 14You can compare The Rock with Swiss cheeseLooking for a short notice holiday vacation, why not Gibraltar? Gibraltar is an English enclave. Two Gibraltar apes keep an eye on the tourists. The Winston Churchill Avenue passes through the airport runway.


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14 NATO Skywatch 19 December 2008 IYA Christmas Colouring Contest The prizes for the IYA Christmas Colouring Contest were awarded at the IYA Christmas Party on 17 December. Again young artists of many different nationalities participated, and submitted beautiful pictures. These are the winners: Ages 3-5: 1. Joe Wellershausen, 5, 2. Amanda Adams, 4, 3. Kristina Dills, 5. Ages 6-8: 1. Alejandro Hernandez, 8, 2. Azra Yaprak Tarman, 7, 3. Frederik Soerensen, 6. Ages 9-12: 1. Janina Seeling, 12, 2. Nina Prescott, 9, 3. Alexander Hanks, 10. Congratulations!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 Quarantine (R) Friday, 19 December, 1930 Jennifer Carpenter, Jay Hernandez Lakeview Terrace (PG-13) Saturday, 20 December, 1600 Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington Body of Lies (R) Saturday, 20 December, 1900 Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe The Secret Life of Bees (PG-13) Friday, 26 December, 1930 Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah The Express (PG) Saturday, 27 December, 1300 Rob Brown, Dennis Quaid Tyler Perrys The Family that Preys (PG-13) Saturday, 27 December, 1600 Alfre Woodard, Sanaa Lathan Max Payne (PG-13) Saturday, 27 December, 1900 Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis In the end of October a Eurocopter 135 from the Bundeswehr touched down at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen. Here are some facts showing the versatility of this air vehicle: The EC 135 is a tw in-engine helicopter that can reach a maximum cruising speed of 257 km/h and has a 745 km range with standard fuel. The normal service ceiling is about 20,000 ft. The aircraft can carry up to seven individuals or four passengers plus one stretcher, or three passengers plus two stretchers. Due to its diverse capabilities the EC 135 is not only used in the military branch but also for airborne medical assistance or law enforcement. Date Day Signicance 01 Jan Thu New Years Day 02 Jan Fri Commanders stand-down day (bridge day to New Years Day) 23 Feb Mon Commanders stand-down day (Carnival Monday) 10 Apr Fri Good Friday 13 Apr Mon Easter Monday 01 May Fri Labour Day 21 May Thu Ascension Day 22 May Fri Commanders stand-down day (bridge day to Ascension Day) 01 Jun Mon Whit Monday 11 Jun Thu Corpus Christi 03 Oct Sat German Unity Day 01 Nov Sun All Saints Day 24 Dec Thu Commanders stand-down day (bridge day to Christmas Day) 25 Dec Fri Christmas Day 26 Dec Sat Boxing Day 31 Dec Thu Commanders stand-down day (bridge day to New Years Day)Component Holidays and Commanders standdown days for 2009Design Alejandro HernandezGIBRALTARContinued from page 12 Of the one hundred and forty caves concealed in the Rock, Saint Michaels Cave is the only one opened to the public. The cave, spectacular for its stalactite and stalagmite formations, was already known in prehistoric times. It consists of one big cave and several smaller ones. The deepest one is 62.5 metres below the entrance level. During the Second World War the cave was converted into an emergency hospital, although no need for its use actually occurred at that time. The big cave is now an auditorium where concerts, dance shows and theatre performances are staged. Chris: The highest point for visitors to go is 380 metres. The top of The Rock is at a height of 426 metres, where military installations are sited. Do you know who our most famous citizens are? They are the Barbary Apes, who live in a semi-wild state on the Upper Rock, tolerating the cameraclicking tourists. The famous apes are undoubtedly one of the most renowned aspects of Gibraltar. Their main characteristic is that they have no tail. Their origin on The Rock is unknown, as there are no written records of their presence until the 18th century. Legend tells that they emigrated from Morocco through the fabled tunnel under the Strait. More scientic studies tell that they probably came with the rst Arab invaders, or that they were brought around the beginning of British rule to provide entertainment in this remote and boring outpost of the Empire. But there are more legends going around, as Chris knows: It is said that on the day the apes disappear, Gibraltar will cease to be British. So keep an eye on the apes; they may be the barometers.


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16 NATO Skywatch 19 December 2008 DINING Ofcers Club 21-30 Dec CLOSED 31 Dec Open for New Years Eve Ball (tickets required) 01-04 Jan CLOSED 05 Jan Normal operation Frisbee Club 21-30 Dec CLOSED 31 Dec Open for New Years Eve Party (tickets required) 01-04 Jan CLOSED 05 Jan Normal operation Sentry Club 24-26 Dec CLOSED 27-30 Dec 1000-1800 31 Dec-01 Jan CLOSED 02-04 Jan 1000-1800 05 Jan Normal operation International Dining Hall 20 Dec-04 Jan 0730-0930 Breakfast 1100-1330 Lunch 05 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 and must be paid for in advance (preferably the day before) and colllected by 1400. RECREATION Sports Department 19 Dec CLOSED 22-23 Dec 0800-1700 24-28 Dec CLOSED 29-30 Dec 0800-1700 31 Dec-04 Jan CLOSED 05 Jan Normal operation Sauna 22-23 Dec 1100-1300 24-28 Dec CLOSED 29-30 Dec 1100-1300 31 Dec-04 Jan CLOSED 05 Jan Normal operation IYA 20 Dec-02 Jan CLOSED 05 Jan Normal operation Pre-School 22 Dec-02 Jan CLOSED 05 Jan Normal operation Library 22 Dec-02 Jan CLOSED 05 Jan Normal operation Thrift Shop 18 Dec Last day of operation for 2008 08 Jan First day of operation for 2009 MISCELLANEOUS Billetting Ofce 24 Dec-04 Jan CLOSED 05 Jan Normal operation Reservations for Christmas/New Year period need to be placed prior to 12 Dec VAT/Disbursing Ofce (Building 80) 22 Dec-02 Jan CLOSED 05 Jan Normal operation German Post Ofce 24-28 Dec CLOSED 29-30 Dec Normal operation 31 Dec-04 Jan CLOSED 05 Jan Normal operationHOLIDAY OPERATING HOURS CHRISTMAS / NEW YEAR 2008 / 2009NATEX Grocery Getrnke Casual Retail 4 Seasons Pumps Garage Video Markt Mode 21 Dec 1000-1700 1000-1700 1100-1700 1100-1700 1100-1700 1100-1700 CLOSED 1100-1800 22 Dec 0900-1800 1000-1800 1000-1800 1000-1800 0800-1800 0730-1800 0800-1700 1100-1900 23 Dec 0900-1800 1000-1800 1000-1800 1000-1800 0800-1800 0730-1800 0800-1700 1100-1900 24 Dec 1000-1500 1000-1500 1000-1500 1000-1500 1000-1500 1000-1500 CLOSED 1000-1500 25 Dec CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED 26 Dec CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED 27 Dec 0900-1800 0900-1800 1000-1800 1000-1800 1000-1700 1000-1700 CLOSED 1100-1800 28 Dec 1000-1700 1000-1700 1100-1700 1100-1700 1100-1700 1100-1700 CLOSED 1100-1800 29 Dec 0900-1800 1000-1800 1000-1800 1000-1800 0800-1800 0730-1800 0800-1700 1100-1900 30 Dec 0900-1800 1000-1800 1000-1800 1000-1800 0800-1800 0730-1800 0800-1700 1100-1900 31 Dec 0900-1600 0900-1600 1000-1600 1000-1600 1000-1600 0900-1600 0900-1600 1000-1600 01 Jan CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED 02 Jan 1000-1700 1100-1700 1100-1700 1100-1700 1100-1700 1000-1700 CLOSED 1100-1700 03 Jan 1000-1800 1000-1800 1000-1800 1000-1800 1000-1700 1000-1700 CLOSED 1100-1800 04 Jan 1100-1700 1100-1700 1100-1700 1100-1700 1100-1700 1100-1700 CLOSED 1100-1800 The winter-spring session of the Volkshochschule language courses is starting the week of 12 January. Classes are held in Bldg 141. Basic price for intensive courses: for 30 mornings/evenings, registration in class. Further information at ext. 4954. The following courses are offered: German: A1, beginners, intensive courses, Schritte 1, Lesson 1, Mon&Wed 0830-1000, instructor Marita Brinker, room 118; Tue&Thu 1900-2030, instructor Meral Alkan-Oncu, Room 109. A1, advanced, intensive courses, Mon&Thu 1000-1130, instructor Tanja Rzeppa, Berliner Platz 1, lesson 7, room 109; Tue&Thu 1730-1900, instructor Meral Alkan-Oncu, Berliner Platz 1, lesson 7, room 109; Tue&Thu 1900-2030, instructor Christine Mertens, Schritte 1, lesson 7, Room 118. A2 (the basic price for this course is 35 for 30 mornings), Schritte 2, lesson 14, Mon&Wed 1000-1215, instructor Marita Brinker, room 118. B1, intensive course, Berliner Platz 2, lesson 19, Tue&Thu 1730-1900, instructor Christine Mertens, room 118. This course directly prepares you for the B1 exam (Zertikat Deutsch), an internationally acknowledged degree. You will have the opportunity to take this exam. C1 (the basic price for this course is for 15 evenings), EM neu, lesson 7, Mon 18002030, instructor Christine Mertens, room 118. This course directly prepares you for the C1 exam (Mittelstufenprfung Deutsch), an internationally acknowledged degree. You will have the opportunity to take this exam. English: A1 (the basic price for the following courses is 2 for 24 mornings), advanced, intensive course, headway, beginner, lesson 6, Tue&Thu, 1015-1145, instructor Janet Budzyna, room 118. A2, intensive course, headway, elementary, lesson 6, Tue&Thu, 0830-1000, instructor Janet Budzyna, room 118. B1 (the basic price for the following course is for 30 mornings), intensive course, headway, intermediate, lesson 6, Tue&Thu, 1000-1130, instructor Aileen Porter, room 125.Volkshochschule language coursesVacancy AnnouncementApplications are invited for the following post: Cook, Advertisement Number 08030, NATO Grade C-3, assigned to the Food Management Section, Food Services Branch, Services Squadron, Base Support Wing. This post is due to be lled as soon as possible. Closing date: 12 January 2009. Civilian Human Resources Manager, Advertisement Number 08034, NATO Grade A-3, assigned to the NATO Civilian Personnel Section, Civilian Personnel Branch, Personnel Division, E-3A Component Headquarter. This post is due to be lled as soon as possible after 01 April 2009. Closing date: 21 January 2009. For further details, please visit the Component Information Portal (WISE) under Headquarters, PEC, Recruitment/Services Section or review the advertisement posted in Building 8. Note: Only applications of qualied personnel will be considered.


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18 NATO Skywatch 19 December 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. No brunch due to Holiday season. Both clubs closed. 11 Frisbee Club Lunch. Ofcers Club closed. 18 Ofcers Club family brunch. Frisbee Club closed. 25 Frisbee Club 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. 01-04 Club closed due to Holiday Season. 05 Normal operation resumes 23 No lunch due to special function Robert Burns Supper, ticket sales as of 7 January. 19-22 Winter 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 (including snacks at 1700). Every Monday lunch Bratwurst Special. Every Tuesday lunch Frisbee Burger. Every Wednesday lunch Schnitzel. 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. As of January 2009, new Winter specials! 05, 12, 19, 26 Country Line Dance, at 1930. 06 Skat, 1800-2300. 22 International Wives Club, German Night, at 1900. 13, 27 Bingo, at 1900. Sentry Club (SWPJ/4997) The very popular Fioretto Pralinees from Lindt are still available at the Cashiers Cage, price per bag Effective January 2009, we will have a new room available. The Q&Q Corner is located next to the designated smoking area and can hold approximately 25 people. Ideal for meetings, conferences, breakfast or other small events. 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: T-Shirt child T-Shirt adult 4, textile patch 3, wrist watch 55, art print of AWACS anniversary aircraft (signed by Artist 2). Additional information on any of the above can be obtained from the Sentry Club Manager, ext. 4996. Sports Department (SWPT/4946) 05 Indoor soccer league start registration, ext. 4921 or 4987. 19 Indoor soccer league deadline registration. International invitational volleyball tournament deadline registration. 21 Badminton tournament start registration. 28 Indoor soccer league. Start of season at 1715, New Gym. 29 Monthly Component tness event circuit training, New Gym, 11001200. 31 International invitational volleyball tournament. New Gym, 0900-1800. Opening hours Sports Department: Monday to Friday: 0700-1900, Saturday and Sunday closed. 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) 05 Back to school! 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. Items to be sold can now be brought in on Tuesday and Thursday. International Youth Activities (SWPY/4954/5) Registration and further information at the IYA Ofce in Bldg 95, ext. 4955.MWA INFORMA TIONJanuary 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, 8 January.Autos2003 Jeep Wrangler Sport, 64,000 miles, tan colour, 3 tops hard/soft/bikini, $9,950. Call Mike at 02456 508286.


Text and photo Cindy Gehrmann Members of the Geilenkirchen Elementary School Choir sang at the Nikolaus Market in Geilenkirchen. Directed by music teacher Liz Nuyts, the 3-6 graders sang Christmas and Chanukah songs and read the popular Christmas poem Twas the Night Before Christmas. Guitar students taught by Julian Chalmers of the IYA played Silent Night. The German and American audience enjoyed the good weather and the music presented by the students and the audience received a touch of American Christmas.GKES sang at Nikolaus Market T A X F R E E S A L E T A X F R E E S A L EAuthorized Hyundai partner in Heinsberg-Dremmen Sales: Thorsten Mevissen Sales: Manuel de Castro Authorized Citron partner CAR-CENTER-CONENGladbacherstrae 5 52525 Heinsberg-Dremmen Workshop & spare parts: Bernd Schller Phone +49 (0)2452 9510 16 Sell: Marcel Gehlen Phone +49 (0)2452 9510 13 Fax +49 (0)2452 9510 20 English spokenAuthorized Honda partner, Acura and Citron workshop Large selection of new and used cars Spare parts (Honda, Acura and Citron) Maintenance and services (for US-spec. also) Body repair and spray paint jobsConen GmbH Erkelenzer Stra e 76 Heinsberg-DremmenTAX FREE TAX FREE Starting price 21.419 Starting price 20.449 Caf Restaurant Partyservice www. Haus-Hamacher.deStill available until the end of December:a variety of game specialtiesStarting on 5 January 2009: Fish menu weeks Fish all the good seafood English spoken