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Next NATO Skywatch: 27 March Submissions due by: 19 March Maintaining the brain of the E-3A See page 6NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen 13 March 2009 Volume 25, No. 5 Text and photos SMSgt. Johan Hijmenberg For many people 9/11/2001 is stuck in their minds, and in the same way 2/11/2009 is stuck in the mind of Commandant Didier van Parys, Navigator, Squadron 1. On that day a re broke out at his house in Belgium. Thanks to the instructions he learned at Individual Deployment Training and refresher training, he was able to prevent worse damage. While he was working in his garden on that day his wife and children suddenly ran out of the house screaming FIREFIRE. Now, one week later at the Belgian Support Unit, he calmly explains the situation to me. On that day a contractor was working at my home. He was standing at the outside wall drilling a hole to the inside. Apparently he hit the main electricity cable with a power drill. An explosion followed and ames engulfed my electrical power unit in the garage. Due to the training he had received, he immediately knew what to do. I remembered I had a CO2 re extinguisher in the storage area. I ran into the house and grabbed the extinguisher to see if something could be done. Barely 40 seconds after the explosion I got there. The whole room was already full of black toxic smoke. In the corner the electrical unit was on re, with ames already around 1.5 meters high and climbing fast. The re was making a grumbling noise too. All the basic re drill that he learned at the training sessions stay calm, call the Fire Department, evacuate, assess the situation, ght the re helped him to combat the situation. I was able to use the CO2 re extinguisher for about 5 seconds before thick smoke and a lack of air forced me to retreat. Fortunately, the CO2 was very effective and killed most of the re. Seven minutes later the re department arrived and dealt with the last ames. Afterwards it took them two hours to ventilate the house. The contractor suffered some minor electrical shocks and was quite confused, but didnt receive any major injuries. According to the Fire Department he was very lucky. They also said that the quick reaction of Commandant Van Parys prevented the ames from reaching the wooden ceiling and the roof of his house. However, the whole electrical panel was gone, the alarm system panel also, and half of the house was covered with black dust. See TRAINING on page 3Training always pays off Mr. Ken Summer of the E-3A Component Fire Department instructs Component members during the ICCS training on 4 March. How to extinguish a re

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13 March 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. 5 13 March 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 pao@e3a.nato.int. For paid advertisements call Hub Durlinger media at +31 (46) 452 9292, fax +31 (46) 452 9285 or hub@durlingermedia.nl. 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 HijmenbergIn MemoriamWe deeply regret to announce the death of our former colleague Mr. Karl-Heinz Mding on 13 February 2009 at the age of 66 years. Karl-Heinz joined NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen on 1 November 1981 as a system specialist for the Flight Deck Simulator in which he was involved in the build-up phase. At the start of 1982 he was appointed as deputy crew chief of the CAE maintenance team. Up to his retirement in the end of September 2007 he was a very faithful colleague to all of us and he showed himself to be one of the most experienced cornerstones of the maintenance crew. We were pleased to work with him in our team for so many years. We extend our deepest sympathy to Karl-Heinzs family.Eugenius Strouven Chief Maintenance NATO E-3A Flight Simulator TRAININGContinued from front page As a new cable had to be installed we didnt have electricity for 30 hours, says Commandant Van Parys. The total cost of the damage is ,000. The roof is still there, as well as the house and everything in it. But most important of all is that nobody was seriously hurt. Commandant Van Parys feels that he was extremely lucky. To ght the re right away, when it was still controllable, was a good thing to do. I did this not because I am a hero, but because I was mentally ready and knew what to do. This I owe not to myself but to the training that I undergo, which turned out more than useful. In fact, I doubt that I would have managed to react in the same way without the training. Thank you Component, thank you Fire Department! The person responsible for reghting training during ICCS is Mr. Ken Sumner of the E-3A Component Fire Department. Training always pays off, he says. Commandant Van Parys performed the right actions. But I want to stress that you should only ght a small re. If the re is too large, then immediately evacuate the area. Most people who die while ghting res are not killed by the ames, but by the toxic gases emitted from burning materials such as wood and plastics in the house. Also be aware that many people die while trying to save their own house/property.A re extinguisher the best investment I ever made IWC PAO archiveBy Heidi Soerensen On 24 March the NRW Parliament Members Soccer Team will play soccer against a representative International team of E-3A Component members. The soccer game will start at 1530 on the outdoor soccer eld. The idea for this soccer game was born during the Components 25th Anniversary event, where members of the NRW Parliament offered to bring their team to the E-3A Component. The Component soccer team is a good team with many strong players. We are proud to present Force Commander Maj. Gen. Axel Tttelmann and Col. Reinhard Mack as our goal keepers. Component Commander Maj. Gen. Stephen Schmidt will welcome the visitors and start the match. The Mayor of Geilenkirchen has said he wants to attend as a spectator. This is not only going to be an interesting soccer game, but also a way to strengthen our relations with the local politicians. We hope to see many Component members out there on the soccer eld to support our team, says the Component Team Coach, Mr. Werner Schumm. After the game, the NRW Parliament Team will receive an orientation visit inside the E-3A, followed by a get-together at the Bavarian Beer Cellar with a buffet dinner and drinks for the two teams plus invited guests.VIP soccer game Principal Technician (ESM), Senior Technician (ESM) Senior Technician (Propulsion), Senior guard/Instructor, Note: Only applications of qualied personnel will be considered.Vacancy Announcement

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4 NATO Skywatch 13 March 2009 By Heidi Soerensen The Aircrew Library lives quite an anonymous life in the basement of Building 203. Behind the heavy security doors shelves cover the walls from ground to ceiling, containing countless publications, charts and maps. Despite its modest location there is nothing ancient about the aircrew library. Today, just like every other day, there is a steady stream of customers at the counter asking for various maps and publications. Their task here is essential for ight safety and mission accomplishment. If the crews do not have the proper updated publications the consequences can be of tremendous impact. Just to mention two examples: pilots can not take off without the required updated International Civil Aviation Organization documents, and mission crews might not be able to operate or communicate with Control and Reporting Centers and/ or Air Trafc Control if they do not posses the right publications or if their frequency manual has not been updated, says Lt. Col. Kees Pauw, Chief of Operations Division. Since the mid-eighties the Aircrew Library has been responsible for managing and updating the E-3A Components stock of NATO publications, charts and maps. The Aircrew Library staff consists of four Operations Specialists and one Branch Chief. It sometimes happens that a crew member comes down here and simply asks for a map, and then it is our task to help him nd the right map for his mission. Should it be a tactical planning chart (1:500.000)? Or is it better to give him a global map (1:5.000.000)? My staff has a comprehensive knowledge of maps, charts and publications. We analyze the request in order to provide the best possible quality of service by issuing the right maps and documents, explains Branch Chief MSgt. John Hansen. The librarys customers are primarily crewmembers. The ight crews require various European navigational manuals, ight publications and maps which are all put together by the Aircrew Library in a so-called navigation bag that is placed in the cockpit. Every third week an operational specialist from the Aircrew Library proceeds to the ight line where he replaces all the navigation bags in the entire eet with a new updated version. The staff of the Aircrew Library also deploy on a regular basis or at short notice, carrying new and updated publications and maps essential for an ongoing exercise or deployment. In the morning of the missionplanning day the mission crew collects the prepared classied mission bags containing operational publications for the Tactical Director, the Surveillance Team and the Passive Controller. In addition to the standard publications the Weapons Team require specied maps and charts relevant for the mission concerned. The Aircrew Library also supplies the Tower and Approach Radar with Airport Information Service publications. Last but not least, crews from visiting aircraft are found among the librarys customers. When the loaned publications are returned to the Aircrew Library they are checked page by page and then the preparations for the next days mission bags can begin. Besides servicing the many customers and managing the publications the Aircrew Library also updates and implements changes quite often. Every third week the entire library is updated and an average of 800 kilos of paper are recycled. It is a comprehensive task for our team and it takes about a week before all the updates are done. That task also includes the updating of the publications located at the Forward Operation bases, the Forward Operation Location and the publications in all the aircraft here at the Component. It is a challenging job, with accuracy and concentration being two of the keywords. Imagine changing the same page in ten publications or replacing one page in hundreds of publications. If you swop out the wrong page in the frequency manual, the crew would get an unpleasant surprise in the air and the consequences could be devastating. It is our responsibility to make sure that each and every publication is updated correctly. My staff is experienced and the quality of our service is high. It is motivating for us to work with the crew members, get to know them and provide them with the best possible service, says MSgt. Hansen. The Aircrew Librarys opening hours are from 0600 to 1700, Monday to Friday.Can I please have a map?Aircrew Library supports crews by providing publications and maps essential for mission accomplishment MSgt. John Hansen and SSgt. Kevin Tillich provide publications and maps to two of the many customers in the Aircrew Library.Photo Andrea Hohenforst

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6 NATO Skywatch 13 March 2009 By Mr. Lon Raets In January the last of 28 E-3A Legacy computer technicians completed the NATO Mid-Term (NMT) Mission Computing System (MCS) maintenance course. This was in accordance with the Logistics Wing (Log Wing) NMT training schedule, which was set up right after the Operational Test & Evaluation (OT&E) phase of the new system in 2005. Before the OT&E phase, selected Log Wing Electronics Maintenance (LWED) technicians received basic OT&E NMT maintenance training at the Boeing training facilities in order to conduct IOT&E and OT&E. Based on that training and several maintenance demonstrations commenced at General Dynamics Canada, European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company and Boeing Company, plus experience gained throughout the development phase of the NMT program, the Log Wing MCS maintenance training program was developed. The Components Computing System Maintenance team rst became acquainted with the NMT MCS hardware in November 2000 during the rst Operational Assessment (OA) on the N-1, tail #453, prototype. It was the rst chance to assess possible future equipment and/or Mission Computing maintenance issues. OA #1 was the rst assessment to support the Operational Requirement Document and the Requirements Correlation Matrix with the NMT Critical Issues of Reliability & Maintainability and set a baseline for future Operational Assessments. Several problems, from safety to cable chang hazards, equipment shock mounting, procedural aspects, documentation, human factors, and various equipment failure issues were identied, logged and reported to NAPMA for improvement. NMT MCS maintenance O-level courses were started in early 2006, with an average of 2 classes of 90 training days each per year. The initial lack of NMT systems for HOT (hands on training) posed a big challenge in the rst few years. A new system gives rise to new challenges, also for maintenance training. A new and unique pre-requisite training package needed to be developed to enable maintainers to understand the basis of the NMT computing system. UNIX and networking courses (8 days) were created by LWED instructors especially for and focusing on the unique AWACS computing system. On average, 3-4 of these courses are taught per year, with such success that Operations Wing (OW) System Technicians also attend the Log Wing UNIX and Networking course. This gives an immense advantage for interoperability between Log Wing and OW and is very helpful when tackling complex mission computing system problems that require detailed information exchange between the mission crew and maintenance personnel. Parallel to the aircraft modications, mission simulators 1 and 2, together with the Real Time Simulation System, were modied and became operational. LWED is also involved in maintaining these systems, and a training program needed to be developed by the LWED instructors too. A mission simulator maintenance training package has been developed and is taught to LWED technicians on a regular basis. During the transition phase, from 2005 to the end of 2008, the Computer Shop had to maintain 2 completely different computing systems: Legacy and NMT. This placed severe constraints on scheduling, manning and training. In conjunction with NMT and in view of personnel requirements, Legacy computing system maintenance training still had to be provided. The NMT MCS principal Maintaining the brain of the E-3A Electronics Maintenance Squadron Commander Lt. Col. Leo Eisbach (right) congratulates the last three E-3A Legacy computer technicians, (from left to right) MSgt. Mustafa Caldiran, MSgt. Oliver Armbrust and SSgt. Kivi Majette, on their completion of the NATO Mid-Term Mission Computing System maintenance course. The Greek detachment will celebrate the Hellenic Independence Day on Wednesday, 18 March. A Te Deum will take place at the Base Chapel at 1400 followed by a reception at the Ofcers Club at 1500. Around 200 people have been invited to commemorate this day. Among them, the Greek National Military Representative to SHAPE, the Greek Consul General in Kln, the Orthodox Bishop in Aachen, representatives from the Greek diplomatic and military authorities in Germany, the GreekGerman communities in the Aachen-Heinsberg area, as well as Component authorities, Senior National Representatives and Component members. Point of contact for this event are Lt. Col. Konstantinos Papaisidorou and 1Lt. Konstantinos Katsidimas, NSGRC, ext. 2164.Hellenic Independence Day celebration This plane landed at Geilenki r c hen Air Base Do y ou kn o w what it is? SEE P A GE 10 It w as t he T r ansall C1 60 xxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxx xx xxxxx xxxx xxxxx xxxx xxxx xxx By Heidi Soerensen On Thursday, 26 February at 1200 the Component Fitness Event (CFE) for February was kicked off. Rising temperatures and a sense of spring called for outdoor activities. Participants could walk, jog or run a 2 km, 3 km or 5 km route in the woodland behind the New Gym. More than 100 Component members came to participate in the different disciplines. In addition to the tness the participants also found time to socialize and build camaraderie. The Sports Department continues to do its utmost to get even more people to take part in tness activities on a regular basis. The CFE for March will be various outdoor activities including Nordic walking, jogging or running a 2 km, 3 km, 4 km, 5 km, 6 km or 10 km route. The CFE will take place on Thursday, 26 March at 1100. For more information, please contact Mr. Hans Kicken at ext. 4987.Component tness event Component members in friendly competition. The monthly Component Fitness Events offer both exercise and camaraderie. Photo Andrea Hohenforst

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13 March 2009 NATO Skywatch 7 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 Bolt (PG) Saturday, 14 March, 1300 No actors mentioned Doubt (PG-13) Saturday, 14 March, 1600 Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman The Spirit (PG-13) Saturday, 14 March, 1900 Jaime King, Gabriel Macht W. (PG-13) Friday, 20 March, 1300 No actors mentioned High School Musical 3: Senior Year (G) Saturday, 21 March, 1300 No actors mentioned Not Easily Broken (PG-13) Saturday, 21 March, 1600 Morris Chestnut, Taraji P. Henson The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (PG-13) Saturday, 21 March, 1900 Brad Pitt, Cate BlanchettMaintaining the brain of the E-3Atechnicians/instructors, Frank Mondschein, Jos Rienties and Lon Raets are working closely together with the LWED technicians and Log Wing management on the development and improvement of the MCS maintenance training required for NMT, which is still raising new issues due to system changes, e.g. the Console Upgrade Program which enhances the NMT Computing System performance and will require some delta training for the NMT MCS maintenance technicians. Directly supporting the NMT upgrade, LWED participated in the Ground Integration Testing/ Ground Acceptance Testing of the modication at EADS in Manching where the systems were tested for acceptance by the Component. With NMT, exibility and new ways of thinking are often required. This exibility will help to resolve any number of day-to-day problems. For example, problems with the use of the Removable Media Assemblies (RMAs) became apparent during normal operations. Damage to pins and connectors in the Mission Data Recorder as well as the RMA chassis containing physically similar removable hard drives was noted. Close coordination between industry (via NAMSA and Force Command), Information Technology Wing (IT Wing), Log Wing management and the Computer Shop has resulted in procedures that now allow the Computer Shop to disassemble/ declassify the RMAs and send only the external housing away for repair. Operational software issues were tackled by LWED and resulted, with the great help of IT Wing, in a set of helpful software tools for the System Technician that permit him to reset the system to a known state, thus enabling him to continue his mission in many cases. During normal day-to-day aircraft and mission simulator maintenance, some procedural discrepancies can still be found in the Interactive Electronic Technical Documentation. If they are not corrected, such discrepancies may have a big impact on how maintenance is performed on the aircraft and mission simulators. Mission Computing Maintenance works closely with Quality Assurance, Ops Wing Test and Evaluation Division and management to nd solutions for the problems and to see to it that appropriate changes are incorporated into maintenance documentation. We are still building up experience with the new system. This requires great exibility in what we do and how we do it. It is therefore important that all Wings on the Component continue to work closely together to make and keep the NMT AWACS Computing System the best-maintained system there is. Electronics Maintenance Squadron Commander Lt. Col. Leo Eisbach (right) congratulates the last three E-3A Legacy computer technicians, (from left to right) MSgt. Mustafa Caldiran, MSgt. Oliver Armbrust and SSgt. Kivi Majette, on their completion of the NATO Mid-Term Mission Computing System maintenance course. Component members responsible for the NATO Mid-Term Mission Computing System maintenance training: Shop Chief SMSgt. Thomas Uedinger, Branch Chief CMSgt. Thanasis Papaioannio, and principal technicians/ instructors Mr. Lon Raets, Mr. Frank Mondschein and Mr. Jos Rienties. Photos EMS Admin

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10 NATO Skywatch 13 March 2009 On 4 February a C-20H from the United States Air Force landed on NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen for passenger transport. It departed after a short stop of about an hour towards Ramstein AFB. The C-20H is a military version of a Gulfstream IV-SP. The USAF mainly uses this aircraft for command and executive transport purposes. It is especially popular because of its large cabin, which is comfortable furnished and technological equipment such as satellite communication system with voice and data transmission capability or numerous computer systems. All of these standards can be shared among up to 19 passengers. It is equipped with two Rolls-Royce Tay Mk.611-8 turbofans that can lift the aircraft to a service ceiling of 45.000 ft. Meanwhile it can accelerate up to 460 kts (850 km/h) and stay airborne for 8 hrs 45 minutes with a maximum fuel load of 29,500 pounds. In September 2003, when the last G IV-SP was produced, the costs were about $ 36 Million. SKYWATCHCLASSIFIEDSkywatch 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. nato.int, before noon Thursday, 21 February.AutosAUDI A4 Cabriolet 3.0 TDI Quattro June 2007, 17 Audi alloy rims, KW/PS: 171/(233bhp), 35,000 Km, XENON light, Automatic headlight operation, automatic windscreen wipers, cruise control, dark grey leather/ alcantara, Audi professional navigation, aluminium interior dcor, multitronic gearbox (auto/ tiptronic), Audi parking system plus, windshot, mobile telephone Bluetooth integration, permanent four wheel drive, 2-zone climate control with separate air distribution and digital display for driver and front passenger, autodimming rear view mirror, heated front seats, electric lumbar support for front seats, complete check book with 30,000 km check done, CD+MP3 player (SD-card slot). Please call Mr. Rasmus Marcher, phone: 0157 73839999, for further information. Price: ,900. By Lisa Stacey To celebrate music in our schools month, the United States Air Forces in Europe Winds Aloft Woodwind Quintet played a short program that introduced the look and sounds of the woodwind family to students of the Geilenkirchen Elementary School on Friday, 6 March. Based at Sembach Air Base Germany, the ve-member ensemble consists of the ute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn. Through storytelling, the quintet gave each instrument a specic personality to match its unique sound. The group described and highlighted each instrument for the children during their performance. It was informative and fun, says Dr. Terry Emerson, GKES Principal. After the entertaining lesson the quintet closed the performance with the theme song from Harry Potter.Winds Aloft visits GKES By Lisa Stacey On Tuesday, 3 February the 6th grade class at Geilenkirchen Elementary School participated in the annual USAFE Groundhog Job Shadow Day. Job Shadowing offers a great opportunity for students to connect what they are learning in the classroom to the world of work. The goal of Job Shadow Day is to demonstrate how their education today can translate into a rewarding career in the future. The students visited agencies on base from 0900 to 1400 and were able to participate in workplace activities. The students were allowed to choose which organization they would visit to match with their interests. The following agencies hosted students: Maj. Gen. Stephen Schmidt and the E-3A Component Headquarters, 470th Finance, 470th Superintendent, 470th Personnel, Health and Wellness Center, Dental Clinic, International Military Police, Child Development Center, US Clinic, Mrs. Carolyn Berlin (1st grade teacher), and the Legal Ofce. Job Shadow Day at GeilenkirchenPhoto Andrea Hohenforst By Heidi Soerensen The Bauund Liegenschaftsbetrieb NRW Aachen is going to extend its project ofce at the E-3A Component by a further 340 m. The ofcial ground-breaking ceremony to launch the construction of the new ofce building took place on Thursday, 26 February. The new ofce building will adjoin the existing ofce space in Building 6. It will house approximately 25 employees dealing with a variety of construction projects at the Component and in the surrounding areas. The Bauund Liegenschaftsbetrieb NRW Aachen could have chosen another location for their project ofce. I am therefore delighted that they decided to build it here at the Component. I see this as a major benet, as it allows for closer and improved coordination on the various ongoing construction projects on base, says Base Support Wing Commander Col. Reinhard Mack. The construction of the new Project Ofce building is expected to be completed by the end of June 2009. The total cost, estimated at ,000, will also benet the local economy because the new ofce building is being built by a German contractor.New Project Ofce under construction (From the left) Mr. Herbert Aretz and Mr. Harald K. Lange from the Bauund Liegenschaftbetrieb NRW, Col.Reinhard Mack and the Chief of the Infrastructure Ofce, Mr. Thorsten Wahl, using the ofcial shovel to turn over the rst piece of soil for the new building.Photo Andrea Hohenforst

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