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Next NATO Skywatch: 13 February Submissions due by: 5 February NATEX, a true partner of the E-3A Component See page 4 NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen 30 January 2009 Volume 25, No. 2Text by SMSgt. Johan Hijmenberg Mr. Frans Snackers, Frisbee Club Manager, proudly shows off the newest service from the Club, a recently installed wireless Internet installation. This was an initiative of our committee, he says. They put this request forward last year to Lt. Col. Michael Lckenbach, Commander Services Squadron, who agreed to it and took further actions to get it implemented. Wireless emailing and surng on the Web has become very popular, especially because of the freedom of location and the increasing popularity of laptops. Public businesses such as coffee shops, fuel stations and restaurants have begun to offer wireless Internet access to their customers. Some provide this as a free service, and the Frisbee Club will too. We will do the same for our guests. This will be free of charge, Mr. Snackers says. The wireless Internet is available in the front areas of the Club, the main bar and the hall. The guests simply have to present themselves at the main bar to request access and sign a register. Then they will receive a password. And of course they can get something to drink too. For more information, call Mr. Snackers at ext. 4992 or 4994.WIFI at Frisbee ClubExercise Magic Venture 09Training prepares Component for NATO Response Force operationsSee article on page 8Crew Chief Dan Saulnier marshals an AWACS aircraft into the parking spot of Deployed Operating Base Trapani on 9 January. In total three aircraft were deployed.Photo MSgt. Chris Braun


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30 January 2009 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 25, No. 2 30 January 2009 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 HijmenbergBy Heidi SoerensenEarly in the morning on 20 January, NATO 19 took off from Geilenkirchen heading for Melsbroek in Belgian to pick up a very distinguished passenger, the Belgian Minister of Defence, Mr. Pieter de Crem. In Melsbroek Component Commander Maj. Gen. Stephen Schmidt welcomed the Minister, and they boarded the AWACS together. The program for the ight was perfectly put together and allowed the international crew to demonstrate the capabilities of the most modern airborne Battle Management platform in the world. It was a busy and very successful ight. Right after the air-to-air refuelling we were controlling a two-versus-two in Belgian airspace. The exchange of data with Link 16 and Link 11 also demonstrated to the Minister that besides detecting objects in the air, the E-3A has an excellent ability to detect objects on the sea, and this enables close cooperation with the Navy explained Tactical Director Maj. Emmanuel de Craene. During the ight Maj. Gen. Schmidt provided the Minister with a Component overview brieng, and the Minister also took the opportunity to sit next to some of the Belgian crewmembers and gain an insight into their various duties. The guest book signing and the lunch also took place at 30,000 feet altitude, and after a couple of touch and goes the aircraft landed in Geilenkirchen and the Minister disembarked here. The Minister was very impressed by the NATO Mid-Term system and the capabilities of the AWACS. He also highlighted the international crew and their professional teamwork, said Maj. de Craene. After the ight the Minister gave an ofcial speech at the Belgian NSU, where he also took the opportunity to meet and talk with Belgian military and civilian members of the Component. It is the rst time ever that a Belgian Minister of Defence has own onboard the E-3A, and only the second time in the Components history that a Belgian Minister of Defence has paid a visit to the Component. The visit was very important for us because we are a small community here on base, with only 50 military and 40 civilian Belgian Component members. Nevertheless, as we are directly involved in NATO operations our community here is also very important to the Belgian Minister of Defence, said Maj. de Craene.Belgian Minister of Defence ies on board the E-3A After the E-3A ight the Minister met with the Belgian Component members in their NSU.Photos MSgt. Chris Braun Vacancy announcementApplications are invited for the following post: Laboratory technician, AGK SMS 0330, Advertisement Number 08031, NATO Grade B-3, assigned to the Laboratory Branch, Medical Squadron, Base Support Wing. This post is due to be lled as soon as possible. Closing date: 2 March 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. Component Commander Maj. Gen. Stephen Schmidt presents a 25th Anniversary AWACS model to the Belgian Minister of Defence, Mr. Pieter de Crem.


4 NATO Skywatch 30 January 2009 By Diana Sousa, NATEX Vice President NATEX has been the successful concessionaire on the E-3A Component for over 23 years. The focus of this partnership is in support of the Base Morale & Welfare mandate through the provision of quality retail goods and services, at competitive prices, and imparted by superior customer care. NATEX gives back to your Moral & Welfare NATEX nancially contributes signicantly to the Component through royalties paid on all consumer sales. Over 90% of the Morale & Welfare Component budget is paid for by NATEX. This to say, when a customer makes a purchase at any of our NATEX outlets/services, a percentage of those sales are paid back to the Component in royalties, ultimately assisting the many viable services provided to you by the Base Support Wing, Services Squadron. NATEX started off with a small grocery store in 1985, and through its sole investments of over 7.5 million Euros over the past 23 years has upgraded and expanded its facilities, including building a new complex (retail store in 2002) in an effort to improve standards, provide the best possible service to our customers and promote a positive shopping experience. NATEX is self-sustaining and a committed part of this multicultural military community. In addition to our monetary funding, NATEX further supports the community and the Morale & Welfare mandate of this Component by employing over 225 employees throughout its diverse businesses and departments (retail, advertising/ marketing, personnel, accounts, warehouse) of which 80% are dependants of NATO military and civilian members. To help clarify whom NATEX is allowed to employ: Employment eligibility is restricted to dependents of serving NATO military and civilian Component members, who are not nationals of any state which is not party to NATO, or citizens or residents of the host nation. When positions are available to local residents they are posted at the Arbeitsamt in Geilenkirchen. All job opportunities are posted on our web site: Who is the NATEX Customer? NATO military and civilian members and their families are our valued customers concentrating on the members and families of the 15 nationalities of this Component. We are directed to enforce strict ID checks due to our unique duty-free status to ensure only those authorized members shop at our facilities. This may be an inconvenience to our customers at times, however, a directive requiring enforcement. Customers wishing to express their opinions are always welcome; ll out a Customer Comment Card (located at all outlets) or through our web site at All comments are reviewed, actioned when necessary, and kept condential. Our assortments and pricing Relative to where goods are manufactured dictates if duties are charged. If we procure goods duty free, then this reduction is passed to our customers. Our restricted customer base coupled with sales volumes within certain categories may create challenges in purchasing power (relative to the large chain retailers) and subsequently, may affect pricing at times (regardless of our duty free status). It is important to recognize that NATEX is not subsidized in any way, as are some of our competitors, like AAFES. Additionally, duty free restrictions are imposed on certain categories to ensure compliance with government regulations. As you will appreciate, local (military) inuences and economic factors have, and will continue to impact our businesses. Throughout, NATEX maintains a competitive edge with our direct competitors (military duty free establishments AAFES, NAAFI, and Commercial Airport Travel Value shops within Germany and The Netherlands, etc.), but also the local economy as well as e-commerce. Despite these challenges and limitations, NATEX prides itself on the diverse assortments offered at NATEX in an attempt to satisfy the multicultural expectations of our customers and continues to strive for corporate growth and excellence in customer service and satisfaction. Corporate values NATEX stands for integrity and reliability both in its business practices and employee relationships. Mutual respect amongst our staff and towards our customers is highly regarded. A strong work ethic and the assurance of a fair and equitable work environment are of the utmost importance. NATEX would like to thank all of our valued customers for their patronage over the years. Be sure to visit our website www. often for exciting deals and upcoming events!NATEX, a true partner of the E-3A Component The NATEX offers a diverse assortment of goods.Photos courtesy NATEX


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6 NATO Skywatch 30 January 2009 Text and photo Capt. Richard Komurek Maj. Gen. (retired) Gary Harrell, who retired from the U.S. Army after serving as the Deputy Chief of Operations at Joint Force Command Headquarters in Brunssum, The Netherlands, visited the Component on 16 January as a guest speaker for a leadership forum event. Maj. Gen. Harrell spent a signicant portion of his U.S. Army career as a leader of Special Operations Forces, and spoke to Component members about his leadership experiences during wartime operations in Somalia and Afghanistan. He spoke in detail about the type of leadership that is required to lead troops into deadly conict and spoke about his personal experience as one of the commanders of the 1993 U.S. Army operation in Somalia, which was later made famous by the 2001 lm Black Hawk Down. On 3 October, 1993, Lt. Col. Harrell helped lead the famous relief mission in Mogadishu which turned into a reght where two UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters were shot down and 18 U.S. servicemen were killed. During his presentation, Maj. Gen. Harrell stressed that military leaders are not merely managers as in the civilian world. Leadership means leading from the front, putting subordinates before yourself and being part of a family where trust and care are paramount, he said. He also challenged the attendees at the Ofcers Club to inspire troops to follow you. For more information about the Battle of Mogadishu visit www. Operations Commander visits Component Capt. Aaron Pemberton presents a gift to guest speaker Maj. Gen. (retired) Gary Harrell in appreciation of his visit to the Component. By Susan Houston In the European Forces Swim League (EFSL) Divisional Championships, hosted by SHAPE in Mons, Belgium on 17 January the Geilenkirchen International Orca Swim Team (797 points) won second place right behind the Shape Seals (837 points), followed by NATO Marlins (553 points), then the Brussel Octopuses (544 points) and the Lakenheath Barracudas (478 points). The important thing was for the kids to do their best and have fun, said head Coach Jos Gulpers. And thats exactly what they did, not to mention making a great splash by bringing home so many wins! Over half of Orcas 56 swimmers have now qualied for the EFSL Championships, scheduled in Berlin, on 7 and 8 February. According to Gulpers, eight individual qualications were won at the divisional championships. The competition was close all day between Orcas and SHAPE Seals. The kids did super and it was the closest weve come in over 4 years, said Gulpers. But the really important thing is the Orcas improved their swim times or beat their own times, demonstrated great sportsmanship, and had fun! Orcas swimmers competed against 4 teams in the Benelux division, including the ESB Brussels Octopus, Lakenheath Barracudas, NATO Marlins, and the SHAPE Seals. Erin Skerly, age 13, AFNORTH International School answers on my question what is his favourite thing about swimming with the Geilenkirchen Orcas? The coach, because he can make anyone like swimming. He really changed my mind about swimming and how much fun it can be. He also helped me get much, much faster. I have qualied to go to the League Championships every year since Ive been swimming with him. Jos can be serious, but we all know it is just an act. He truly loves being around us kids, and wants us to be the best we can. We all appreciate all the time he gives us. Keryn Skerly, age 11, Geilenkirchen Elementary school, what do you like about swimming? I like it because you can hang out with your friends and have a good time swimming. And what would you say to someone who is thinking about joining the team? That it is such a great sport to play and you have a great time doing it. On the Orcas, you also get to meet swimmers from many different countries. How long have you been swimming, and how long with the Orcas? I started swimming when I was four, and I have been with the team for three years now. Do you like your coaches? Tell us why Yes I like all of my coaches because they teach us how to get better on our strokes and then we get faster. You went to the Benelux Divisional Championships, and your team won second place. What did you think of the event? I think it was super cool. It was more exciting than any TV Show or movie I have ever seen. There were kids and parents cheering so loud that you could not hear anything else. The relays when all the kids swim against each other are the loudest time of the event. It is very, very fun. Blake Shaw, age 12, from AFNORTH International School, thinks swimming is a great way to exercise and meet people from different countries. Joel Huard, age 16, from AFNORTH added, We have great coaches too! The Orca Spring Season begins on 3 March at the JFC Brunssum pool. Spring season is focused on technique training, whereas the fall training included technique training and swim competitions a way to see Europe pool by pool, explained Coach Gulpers. All children, ages six to 19, of government civilian, contractor or military personnel supporting the mission at Geilenkirchen, JFC Brunssum or USAG Schinnen, or students at a DoD, or AFNORTH International School are eligible to participate. Swimmers must be able to swim 50 meters in a recognized competitive stroke. For more information see http:///www. or contact Joe Skerly at 0049-2451-63-3118 or Susan Houston at 003145-527-0043.Orca swimmers make a splash at SHAPE Trudy Koelstra during her backstroke at the European Forces Swim league Divisional Championships on 17 January at SHAPE, Belgium. Photo courtesy Orcas


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8 NATO Skywatch 30 January 2009 By SMSgt. Johan Hijmenberg Under the lead of Force Element Commander Col. Reinhard Mack, Base Support Wing Commander, 157 E-3A Component members participated in the deployed phase of Exercise Magic Venture (MV) from 14 till 23 January. Forward Operating Base Trapani, Sicily, Italy functioned as the Deployed Operating Base (DOB) during the exercise, which simulated a contribution to a wider NATO Response Force (NRF) operation in the Western Mediterranean, in support of a UN resolution. Although the aircraft and personnel were actually located at our wellknown FOB Trapani, the mindset for the exercise was established in the intelligence briengs where Sicily was renamed as Magilia and mainland Italy as Ionia. The training scenario involved a smaller country Magilia defending itself against the larger mainland Ionia. Exercise Magic Venture was designed to help prepare the E-3A Component for any future NRF operation. Everyone had to act as if the situation were real, so coordination skills were essential. The exercise was conducted in four phases: preparation, deployment, execution and redeployment. On Monday, 12 January the rst group of people ew with the TCA to FOB Trapani to carry out the initial preparations on site. That day we received a call that we had to go on short notice to install all necessary communication equipment and wiring for the exercise, says Mr. Meindert Rijpkema, Unit Chief, Network Domain Section. But in the rst action after arrival, under the lead of Lt. Col. Ivar Rismo, the location of the tent city had to be discussed. While MSgt. Ben Franken put up the rst tents the following day with Italian support, I, together with CMSgt. Giuliano De Michele, started to install bre cables for NATO Secret (NS) connectivity and copper cables for telephone connection to the outside world, says Mr. Rijpkema. On Wednesday the tents were ready for use, tables and chairs were in place, the telephone cables rolled out and the NS connectivity tested. By Friday all the Communication Information Systems (CIS) were installed and tested, and newly arrived CIS personnel were trained because this was the rst time that they were operating out of a tent city. Communications are the most vital aspect, not only for the DOB but also at the Main Operating Base here in Geilenkirchen, says Battle Staff Coordinator Maj. Peter Jaeggi. When the warning order for the exercise arrived on Friday, 9 January, the Battle Staff was fully activated. The Battle Staff is responsible for the command and control process, he says. During the preparation phase we make sure that all Wing Control Centers are up and running and do further coordination where needed. The Battle Staff also ensures that communications are forwarded quickly, upwards and downwards. I emphasized how important it is that information comes through to leadership. It is essential that our leadership is informed and that they can give directions. To achieve this we use all available communication resources, such as email, telephone and Blackberry. The Battle Staff page on WISE is an important tool, too. The WISE is accessible to everyone. The Battle Staff admin personnel and the Information Management Cell are key players in this. The Battle Staff doesnt produce the E-3A Component Operations Order and Deployment Order, which is a task of the Operational Planning Group. The deployment phase commenced when the rst personnel and equipment departed from Main InterviewThe Exercise Magic Venture evaluation team was led by Lt. Col. Peter de Bie, Chief of Planning and Performance Division at NATO Airborne Early Warning & Control Force Command, SHAPE, Belgium. He is responsible for the oversight, review and inspection of all areas of the NAEW&C Force. The editor of NATO Skywatch had an exclusive interview with him. Q: Why did Force Command initiate Exercise Magic Venture? A: Magic Venture (MV) 01-09 was initiated as a preparation exercise to verify our readiness for the standing NATO Response Force (NRF) commitment. The Force has a standing NRF commitment involving both Components. Once every 3 years our operational capabilities are evaluated by a TACEVAL. Our capability to deploy on short notice is evaluated by NATO once every 6 years. In 2010 we have to demonstrate this capability during a Preparation and Departure TACEVAL. This MV Exercise was an internal Force exercise to verify our capability to effectively deploy within the NRF timelines and prepare for the NATO Evaluation. Q: How many evaluators were on the team? Were they only from FC/E-3A Component, or from other units also? A: The team consisted in total of 28 persons, primarily from FC and the E-3D Component. The majority of them deployed to FOB Trapani to observe the Deployed Operating Base (DOB) operations. I rmly believe that the Force as a whole gains experience by using personnel from both Components. Not only can they observe from the White Cell perspective, but they can also pass on their own experience, and last but not least they return to their unit with lessons identied and a better understanding of the way the Component operates. Q: How was the co-operation between detachment and evaluation team? Any conicts? The relationship between the Detachment and the Team was excellent. Regular meetings between Distaff and Detachment leadership took place to ensure that maximum experience was gained and that the scenario was adapted to ensure maximum training during this short period. At the execution level, my team provides advice after events. When necessary, with the lessons identied earlier still fresh in mind, we replay the incident later in the scenario. These lessons are all contained in the report as Lt. Col. Peter de Bie Exercise Magic Venture 09: Training prepares Component for NATO Response Force operations


30 January 2009 NATO Skywatch 9 observations and recommendations and become available to the whole Component and not only to those who deployed for this event. Q: Why is the exercise not rated? Only lessons learned are identied? A: This exercise was a verication and training exercise, not a full-scale evaluation. As Team Leader I will provide the Component with a report including observations and recommendations. The Component leadership will be debriefed on lessons identied. Q: What was the overall impression? A: I have been doing these types of exercises for 5 years and I can say that the attitude and commitment of all involved, both at GK and at the DOB Trapani, was the best I have seen from the Component. With all of our existing commitments it is always an extra burden to undertake such an exercise. However, this exercise proved that operating from a DOB brings extra challenges when compared to operating from an FOB. For example, the Combined Facility could not be used and the Detachment not only had to deal with real weather conditions (heavy rain, etc) but were also required to build a structure to operate from. Q: Operations were conducted from a tent city. Was that directed by Force Command? And if so, why? Did the detachment cope with this situation quickly? A: Force Command did direct that the Operations be conducted from a tent city. This was to simulate operations from a DOB during NRF Operations. There is no guarantee that existing facilities can be used when we are out of area, and it may be necessary to operate for a certain period of time out of a tent city until other facilities are available. To their credit the Detachment adapted quickly to this environment and adjusted their procedures. It was a challenge for all and required a lot of initiative and effort to be able to conduct live operations. Exercise play included several incidents in the areas of Operations, Logistics, Communications and Force Protection. Personnel were not only observed adhering to their ICCS and Individual Deployment Training practices, but also to their operational knowledge and their capability to obtain reachback from GK. Q: Any other issues that you want to mention? A: After 5 years of orchestrating the Magic Venture exercises I have noticed that with each new serial of these exercises we tend to reinvent the wheel. At both components the lessons identied in the past are quickly forgotten. However, this is understandable in view of the quick rotation of personnel. We do see on a weekly basis that both Components are able to deploy to a different location. However, deploying and sustaining operations as a Detachment at a remote location is a totally different story. Our standing NRF commitment requires us to be ready for these operations, and we conduct these types of exercises to ensure that we are ready when called upon to do so. Until now deployments have been performed by the individual Components only. In the near future, however, this will change to a dual Component Detachment. A series of exercises is being planned to prepare both Components for this new challenge, in which an evaluation will be carried out by the CC AIR NORTH TACEVAL Team in the late spring of 2010. Operating Base Geilenkirchen and ended with the departure of the last deploying aircraft. The Advon crew arrived at the DOB on 14 and 15 January, and the rest of the detachment landed one day after. The last days of the deployment phase were lled with briengs and nal reminders about how to handle certain situations. When you think of Sicily, you think solely of sunshine. But the last two weeks were completely different, as it rained most of the time. At one time the rainwater on the ground was owing through the tents, says Force Element Commander Col. Mack. We didnt use the buildings available at FOB Trapani but operated out of tents. It was a completely new experience, and a necessary one for any future operations. The detachment and some of the FOB personnel enhanced their abilities to operate effectively during a variety of simulated high-intensity multi-threat environments, primary system failures and short-notice changes in taskings. Simulated mortar and sniper attacks, intruders, suspicious packages, and many more incidents were among the challenges coped with by the detachment. Despite the pouring rain the morale and motivation were great, says Col. Mack. A Force Element to be proud of. Just as the morale and motivation at the DOB were immense, they were also tremendous at the MOB. The level of commitment was extremely high, says Battle Staff Director Col. Ton van Happen, Deputy Commander of the E-3A Component. The positive attitude, the proactive approach and the enthusiasm of all persons involved were perceptible. People on base seem to realize that this exercise could be the last rehearsal for a real world operation, if tasked to do so by higher headquarters and after political approval. Col. Van Happen emphasized the extreme importance of these exercises. Every day we are occupied with our operations, the modication program and training efforts. It is easy to neglect exercises and consider them as a burden. When the Warning Order was implemented the E-3A Component showed its exibility within its ying operations. To send aircraft to the DOB we had to cancel local training sorties that were already planned. This also showed again the importance of our TCAs when we have to deploy and to accomplish these kinds of operations. We couldnt have done it without them. To the greatest possible extent Exercise MV was tailored and focused on a real world deployment. Probably we will operate out of temporary facilities when we deploy. Thats why a tent city was set up. Also, personnel had to include their ak jackets in their personal equipment. Weapons and ammunition were bulk shipped. The exercise provided valuable lessons learned. The exercise was all worthwhile, says Col. Van Happen. Not only for the E-3A Component but also for NATO and the nations involved. In the coming weeks we will focus on command and control arrangements, plans and procedures for DOB operations, and accurate reporting. Col. Van Happen saved his nal comment for the personnel of the E-3A Component: A job well done! During the processing cycle at Flight Booking all necessary equipment and paperwork requirements were closely examined.Photo Andrea Hohenforst Operations during Exercise Magic Venture were done out of tents. Photo MSgt. Chris Braun Exercise Magic Venture 09: Training prepares Component for NATO Response Force operations


10 NATO Skywatch 30 January 2009 By Legal Ofce As of 1 February, Germany is implementing new nes for driving offences and it is not getting cheaper. The German government has raised the prices for those trafc offences that have been identied as the main cause for accidents. Parking offences or on the spot nes are not affected. Additionally German law now sets zero limit on alcohol for drivers younger than 21. These drivers will be subject to a ne and will have two penalty points with the German authorities. In addition, if the perpetrator is operating a vehicle holding a USAREUR license, he will be subject to a driving ban of 30 days for a rst offence, 60 days for a second and 90 days for a third offence. For drivers above 21, the legal limit remains at 0,5 per-mill blood alcohol level or respective 0.3 per-mill if there are signs that the driver is unt to drive or causes an accident.New German trafc nes and regulationsHere is an overview of the most important changes: Trafc offence Current Fine as from ne (Euros) 01.02.2009 (Euros) right lane Reversing, failure to give way) to the vehicle in front (within built-up areas) (outside Built-up areas) of alcohol or drugs 500 second offence 1000 trafc light in a defective condition Upcoming eventsFree concert by Virginia Coalition (Rock Show)Friday, 30 January, 1930 at Club 13, JFC HQ Brunssum. Doors open at 1900, open to all JFC Brunssum, USAG Schinnen and Geilenkirchen AB personnel and their families and guests. For more information please call 0031-45-526-2626. Additional medical back tness class at the Sports Department Due to the tremendous success of the back tness class, Mrs Irina Geliev-Sowa will offer a second class on Thursday afternoons. Started on 22 January Irina will teach a further class from 1500-1600 in the New Gyms Multi-Purpose-Room. Come and join in the fun and do something for your well being. For more information, please contact Mrs Geliev-Sowa at ext. 4633. Latin Dance Aerobics. Starting 5 February, every Thursday for a nine week trial period, from 1100 to 1200 at the Sports Department New Gym. Free of charge. Latin aerobic dance combines exercise and dance movements into routines that are performed to South American music. Have lots of fun and get t at the same time! Interested? Please send the Instructor, Mrs Ranes, an email to register. jranes@e3a. Classes will begin with a minimum participation of 10 people. GRECO PALACERESTAURANT THE REAL GREEK CUISINE Bundesstrae 163, 52538 Gangelt (Stahe) Phone +49 (0)2454 969569 www.greco-palace.deOpen: Monday-Saturday 1630 2400 hrs Sunday & Holidays 1200 2400 hrs Kitchen open until 2200 hrs LUNCH: MONDAY-SATURDAY 1200 1430 hrs We hope you will feel at home with us Starting 2 February LunchMonday-Saturday from 4,301200-1430 hrs to 6,20 10% discount for NATO ID card holders valid from Monday to Sunday (excluding lunch)NEW Also monthly lunch id-card (with name and id no.) for 160, valid for the whole month, Monday-Saturday, lunch including one beverage (0.4 ltr)


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12 NATO Skywatch 30 January 2009JFC 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 Punisher: War Zone (R) Friday, 30 January, 1930 Ray Stevenson, Dominic West Transporter 3 (PG-13) Saturday, 31 January, 1600 Jason Statham, Natalya Rudakova My Best Friends Girl (R) Saturday, 31 January, 1900 No actors mentioned Australia (PG-13) Friday, 6 February, 1930 Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (PG-13) Saturday, 7 February, 1600 Asa Buttereld, Zac Mattoon O-Brian Babylon A.D. (PG-13) Saturday, 7 February, 1900 No actors mentionedComponent member competes for Miss Norway titleText and photo A1C Nick Baderschneider Everybody knows her: Karoline, the pretty girl from checkout counter no. 3 in the NATEX grocery store. Like other dependants, she takes the opportunity to earn some money for her studies by working as a cashier for NATEX. But theres something many people dont know about her. Karoline registered as a contestant in the competition for Miss Norway 2009 and put up a really good show so far. More than 1,600 young girls from Norway made Internet applications, trying to convince the judges that theyre the one to be chosen. After several rounds only the best 24, including Karoline, have made it to the seminals. There are many pretty and smart girls so this is not going to be an easy competition. Many people think a Miss contest just involves smiling, being good-looking and pushing yourself into the spotlight, and that only silly, naive girls sign up for this. But thats not the case; it takes more than beauty, since the competition also includes various interviews. All the competitors are intelligent and amazing women, Karoline Samuelsen made clear. On Friday, 30 January she has to clear the next hurdle when she ies to Oslo, where the contestants have to successfully take part in several photo shoots and interviews while being observed by the judges strict eyes. Fortunately, it is not only the judges opinion that is relevant, as two thirds of the decision is made by the public through Internet and SMS votes. But as she does not live in Norway her community of fans and supporters may not be as big as the support for local girls. So she especially wants Component members to support her by voting for her. And why do you think Karoline deserves support? I ask Jacqueline Smeets, Karolines friend and NATEX employee. Well, she has stayed herself and is still down-to-earth. Strangely it often happens that girls become supercial and arrogant when they sign up for a Miss contest, because they start thinking theyre more privileged than others. But Karoline is happy with the way she lives. So I think her attitude is worthwhile and should be supported, she said. Karoline Samuelsen has already obtained encouragement from Component members, but it is important for this to continue. I greatly appreciate the support Ive received so far from the community, especially from all my colleagues and my boss, who is very understanding when I have appointments during working hours. So I really hope theyll keep on supporting me in the way they have so far, Karoline said. If she succeeds, NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen will probably be the rst military Component in the world to have a Miss contest winner onboard. Support Karoline Samuelsen by joining the groups: Karoline Samuelsen for Frken Norge on www. or Karoline wordt Miss Noorwegen 2009 on There you nd all relating information and links about voting for Karoline.Photo courtesy Karoline SamuelsenAlways a friendly look for her customers at the NATEX Grocery Store: Karoline Samuelsen.


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14 NATO Skywatch 30 January 2009 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. 01 Ofcers Club family brunch. Frisbee Club closed. 08 Frisbee Club brunch. Ofcers Club closed. 15 Ofcers Club Norwegian style lunch. Frisbee Club closed. 22 Both clubs closed due to Carnival. 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. 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. 06 No lunch due to special function. 16-19 Fish special during lunchtime. 20 Mongolian BBQ, limited seats available, reservation required. 23 Club closed due to Component holiday (Carnival Monday) Frisbee Club (SWPN/ 4994) Lunch buffetstyle menu, lunch specials and restaurant specials can be found on Frisbee Club Wise page. Lunchtime specials of the week in addition to the regular buffet are: Every Monday: Bratwurst, NEW Frikandel Spezial or pasta special of the week. Every Tuesday: Frisbee Burger or pasta special of the week. Every Wednesday: Mussels or pasta special of the week. Every Thursday: NEW! Homemade schnitzel or pasta special of the week. Every Friday: NEW! Steak, sh special or pasta special. Every Monday and Friday steak night (normal restaurant times) steak dinner only, reservations required. 02, 09, 16 Country Line Dance, at 1930. 03 Skat, 1800-2300. 08 Sunday brunch. Reservation required. 12 International Wives Club: Norwegian Night, 1900. 10, 24 Bingo, 1900-2230. 19 Carnival Altweiber Fastnacht. Club opens at 1400. 20 Club closed. 23 Club closed due to Component holiday (Carnival Monday). Sentry Club (SWPJ/4997) Changed operating hours for February: 19 Altweiber Fastnacht (Old Women Carnival celebration). Celebration starts at 1400 at the Frisbee Club. The Sentry Club will close at 1400. 23 Sentry Club closed due to Component Holiday (Carnival Monday). 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 textile patch wrist watch 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) 02 Indoor soccer tournament. Invitational tournament start registration. 06 Badminton tournament. Deadline registration. 11 Badminton tournament. Old Gym, one-day event. 26 Monthly Ssorts event. 27 International invitational basketball tournament. Start registration. 28 International invitational handball tournament. New Gym 09001800. Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 0600-2200, Saturday and Sunday 0600-2200. International Pre-school (SWPS/4957) 12 Valentines Day activities with children. 19 Carnival Party with ALL children (afternoon class also). Early dismissal 1111 hrs. 20 No school in the afternoon. 23-27 Carnival Break no school. For more information and registration, please call the schools ofce at ext. 4957 or visit us! International Youth Activities (SWPY/4954/5) Registration and further information at the IYA Ofce in Bldg 95, ext. 4955. Swimming courses for beginners and advanced beginners The IYA offers swimming classes for children aged 5 and older at the Hallenbad Geilenkirchen on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1645 to 1745. The program is organized according to the standards of the German Lifesaving Organization DLRG. Our certied instructors speak English and German, and work with the children in groups according to the students individual skill level. Cost for 12 lessons is Baseball season The 2009 Baseball season is coming up. The following leagues will be offered to all international Component children: Pre T-Ball for ages 4-5, T-Ball for ages 6-7, Coach Pitch for ages 8-9, Majors for ages 10-12, and Juniors for ages 13-15. The program is building up baseball skills continually. Our youngest players hit the ball from a T. At the next level the coach pitches the ball. In Major league the players nally pitch themselves. We are especially waiting for all you European children to take the unique opportunity to play these traditional North American sports together with the Canadian and American children here in our international community. Fee for the season is per child, including shirt, ball cap and participation award. Registration from 2 to 27 February. Spring soccer season The IYA is offering Spring Soccer again for boys and girls born between 1994 and 2005. Children and teenagers of all nationalities are invited to learn and play this sport together. The season will be full of fun-lled and exciting games and tournaments. Cost is per player, including participation award. Registration from 2 to 27 February. Winter break program From 24 to 27 February the IYA is organizing a four-day session for children aged 6 and older with activities from 0930 to 1630. The children can be dropped off at 0800, and picked up no later than 1730. The program offers fun games, arts & crafts, sports, free play, special projects and movies. Cost is for one child, 10 for two children, and 37,50 for three or more children, including eld trip to Kinderstad Indoor Playpark on Tuesday and lunch on Friday. Trip to Kinderstad Indoor Playpark On 24 February the IYA is offering a trip for ages 6 and older to Kinderstad Indoor Playpark. The bus departs at 0900, and gets back at about 1730. Cost is per child, chaperones go free.MWA INFORMA TIONFebruary


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