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NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen 4 March 2011 Volume 27, No. 4Next NATO Skywatch: 18 March Submissions due by: 10 March The largest social club on base See page 8 By Lt.Col. Antje Kalka Operational security (OPSEC) is more than a process to control and protect information. OPSEC is a mindset. Last week, Brig. Gen. Burkhard Pototzky launched a campaign focusing on OPSECrelevant aspects of social media. I want to enhance all Component members awareness that OPSEC is an issue everybody is responsible for, explains the Component Commander. In former times, life was much easier. A least we knew what a spy looked like. The spy usually wore a broad-brimmed hat and a mudcolored trench coat with turned-up collar, and sometimes sunglasses. In his pockets were several passports, of course with false names, a small camera, sometimes a revolver. He communicated via secret mail boxes or on secret frequencies. And he saw himself not as a criminal but as a gentleman. Nowadays, a spy is not so easily identiable and uses other tools. He does not necessarily need to have access to secret documents and operate in the shadows. Often he only requires access to the Internet to get all the information he is looking for. Unintentional violators So-called social networking websites provide excellent platforms for people to connect via the World Wide Web. From a spys perspective, however, the social websites contain many little jigsaw pieces. When brought together these pieces form a clear and comprehensive picture. The only thing anyone has to do is to look for them. It is easy to become an OPSEC violator without intending to do so, thereby endangering mission success. One example: A soldier deployed to the Balkans uploaded to his units homepage a picture showing him amidst his comrades during a patrol. Some days later, his wife got a phone call. A person claiming to be her husbands commander said, Your husband was killed two hours ago. Our sincere condolences. Of course, the wife was deeply shocked. In her black despair she called one of her husbands comrades and learned that her beloved was still alive. Obviously the person who made the phone call had only one intent: to terrorize dependants of deployed soldiers. How had the malicious caller got the information? Very simple: via Internet. The photo on the units homepage was a high-resolution picture. By blowing it up you could easily read the soldiers name tags. The rest is very simple: Most soldiers live close to their barracks. So look at the public Internet telephone book and just call. You can stay just where you are to do this. Everything can be done from your computer. Espionage an easy game What we learn from this example (an incident of a kind that has happened very often in the past) is rst of all: For a bad guy it is not very difcult to put together the necessary jigsaw pieces. Everything is already available on the Internet, you just have to search for the pieces. Secondly, just by uploading a picture, the soldier had unintentionally violated OPSEC. For sure he never wanted to endanger his familys peace of mind, but it still happened. Virtual image inventing yourself Virtual spies count on the human weakness of talking without thinking. If you look at blogs, you nd specialists in a erce global competition to show who knows something best. People demonstrate their insider knowledge by providing information. It starts with such simple things as a manual for a camera which is not yet available on the market and can end up with information about military operations. Providing information makes you vulnerable in the anonymous World Wide Web and spies are attracted to it. Behind this may lie a deeper psychological reason: Low real-life self-esteem can be spruced up by acquiring a strong virtual identity. The World Wide Web offers a broad range of opportunities to re-invent yourself by creating a virtual image. People are in competition how many virtual friends they have, believing this is an indicator of popularity. But who guarantees that all people making contact via Internet are real friends? Perhaps some of them are wolves in sheeps clothing. Trivial offense? OPSEC compliance is not a personal choice. OPSEC is an obligation for each Component member, says Component Commander Pototzky. He adds, Each of us has the personal responsibility to avoid violating OPSEC through disclosure of critical information. And critical information can be everything: Details such as routings, locations, times, capabilities, movements, command and control assets, names of deployed personnel etc. OPSEC continues on page 3 OPSEC your contribution to mission success


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4 March 2011 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 27, No. 4 4 March 2011 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. Email articles and classied advertisements to For paid advertisements call Hub Durlinger Media at +31 (0) 46 452 9292, cellphone +31 (0)6 5472 6473 or Articles may be reproduced after permission has been obtained from the editor, provided mention is made of NATO Skywatch. To read the NATO Skywatch online visit Commander Brig. Gen. Burkhard Pototzky Chief, Public Affairs Lt.Col. Antje Kalka Editor Mrs. Maureen Geraets-HeadOPSECContinued from front page The E-3A is a high-value asset. Everything related to our Component, especially deployments and missions, is of great public interest and politically sensitive. Always think over where, how and with whom you discuss information. Be alert. Be careful. And keep information limited to those who need to know. High risk The use of e-mail and social networking websites is extremely insecure. An e-mail is as secure as a postcard. Anyone with a certain level of computer skills can spy on your private e-mail account. An unshielded cellular phone can easily be tapped, too. Password protection? Where there is a will to crack it, there is a way. And the way is often very short and very simple. If you violate OPSEC unwillingly or not you risk a lot. The jigsaw piece you make public could potentially cause harm, and this might result in severe consequences for you. But there is a very simple way to avoid this: Just think before you put information on the Internet and share it with a world-wide community. All Component members know that we contribute our capabilities to NATOs ISAF operation. Deployments and missions are always of great public interest and politically sensitive. Operational security contributes to mission success and each Component member plays a vital role in achieving this success. Two core values formulated in our Code of Conduct are accountability and integrity. They mean that each Component member has a personal responsibility to avoid endangering our missions by disclosure of critical information. Everyone has to be mindful of the consequences of his or her actions also in the eld of information. Brig.Gen. Burkhard Pototzky OPSEC and Code of Conduct The Security Bulletin regularly informs and reminds you of the various aspects of security pertinent to the Components wellbeing. If you have any questions, contact the Component Security Ofcer ext. 4860, your DSO, or the Provost Marshals Ofce ext. 4865/4867. Mr. Ralf Ruzicka of Issue Section at Hangar II signs out the Code of Conduct mugs to Brig.Gen. Burkhard Pototzky for the Headquarters building kitchens. Photo Andrea HohenforstCoffee mugs for break roomsBy Janina Bien With the support of Issue Section at Hangar II and Public Affairs Ofce, the Code of Conduct mugs were distributed to the various Wings of the Component. Brig.Gen. Burkhard Pototzky personally collected a box of mugs on 25 February. These coffee/ tea mugs were purchased for break rooms and kitchens on base in order to raise awareness of the core principles of our daily business life and the Code of Conduct campaign that started in October last year. By Maureen Geraets-Head Go to, the ofcial E-3A Component website, and you will see that the upper-right corner now shows two small ags, for Germany and the Netherlands. Clicking on the ags will take you to website pages in the German or Dutch language. Most of the major pages have been translated and the goal is to add further articles in future too. This is a challenging project. It is rewarding to see it now live, and I am sure the local community will appreciate being able to read information on our site in their own language, even if not all the pages and articles are translated. I enjoy working with Public Affairs, Language Services Ofce and the Graphics Shop, says Mr. Raffaele Di Caprio, Web Developer from the IT Wing. Translator Mrs. Brigitte Redgwell says, My colleague Tina Jung and I have put a lot of effort into this complex English-to-German translation project, and it is great to see that the German website is nally on-line. The development of the website required close co-operation between our ofce, PAO, IT Wing and the Graphics Ofce. We think it is an excellent example of the great teamwork at the Component. To improve the Components communication with its German and Dutch neighbors, a study by the Landrum and Brown company recommended making the website available not only in the ofcial NATO language English, but also in the language of the host nation and the neighboring nation. A translation company in Maastricht, the Netherlands, was contracted to translate the online texts into Dutch, as there is no ofcial English-to-Dutch translation capacity at the Component. A French version of the website will become available later this year too, because French is the other ofcial NATO language. Some parts of our website, for instance the Vacancy Announcement section, have not been translated. Candidates interested in a job here have to understand, read, speak and write English.E-3A Component website is now also available in German and Dutch language


4 NATO Skywatch 4 March 2011 By Janina Bien As already reported in recent Skywatch issues, the Code of Conduct addresses ve core values: accountability, impartiality, integrity, loyalty and professionalism. This Skywatch issue will present the value of loyalty, followed by other values in upcoming issues. Brig.Gen. Pototzky explained that communication and information are the key values to make this campaign a success and it is absolutely essential to live these values as part of the Component culture. That is why Code of Conduct coffee and tea mugs are available from now onwards in the break rooms and kitchens on base in order to remind everyone of these values on a daily basis. In one of the pop-ups of the Code of Conduct campaign you may have recognized the Italian pilot Maj. Giorgio Santoro from Squadron One (the co-pilot sitting at the front of the cockpit, on the right side). He has been working in Geilenkirchen since June 2008 and his primary job as pilot is complemented by a secondary job in the Flight Safety Ofce. Working there means accepting a very high level of responsibility, as this ofces purpose is to prevent aircraft accidents by drawing on expertise gained in the past and by collecting and disseminating relevant information. Sharing everybodys expertise and ensuring continual contact between the Component authorities, Flight Safety Ofce and Squadron personnel is a perfect mixture guaranteeing the highest safety standard for the Component and its personnel. Maj. Santoro joined the Italian Air Force Academy rst and then went to university. On graduation, he attended Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) at Sheppard Air Force base in Texas. After that he was sent to Sardinia in an operational role. Although achieving his dream of becoming a pilot took him almost ve years in total, he is now very proud to be a member of the E-3A Component in Geilenkirchen. His dream of a career as a pilot already started when he joined the academy right after high school. Every pilot on the Component arrives with considerable experience and although the assignment is mostly too short, this very complex task can only be executed in a team in which everybody shows respect to others and is loyal to them. Hence it is especially important that comrades and colleagues can trust each other and respect their differences. What Maj. Santoro really likes most on base is the international aspect and the human experience of dealing with people from so many different nations. Sometimes this is an especially challenging aspect. Communication can sometimes be very difcult as there are so many different nations that need to cooperate and communicate, but this is something I really love on base, says Maj. Santoro. Compared to national assignments there are more opportunities to travel a lot, both on the job and in private life. He points out that normally you are stationed in one place and are only assigned to one destination, but here on the Component there are so many opportunities to travel and the E-3A aircraft is absolutely fascinating. Other important factors for him are the very positive team spirit on the Component and the fact that people are tremendously willing to help each other. Even language difculties are less of a problem, because communicating can be very easy if people want to help. The Italian Constitution emphasizes the values of loyalty and faithfulness to the people, and this loyalty also needs to be sworn when entering the military and again when participating in ofcer training. Maj. Santoro rst thought it would be strange to have a Code of Conduct on the Component, but then he realized that raising awareness of these values is useful. Military assignments are mostly limited to a certain time; the workforce constantly changes. Consequently it is good to remind people of these principles and consistently raise their awareness, he summarizes. Such awareness can enhance peoples motivation to behave well towards others. What does loyalty mean to him? It means showing respect for the individual and trusting other people. Or to summarize it with the words of the famous American computer pioneer Grace Murray Hopper: Leadership is a two-way street, loyalty up and loyalty down. Respect for ones superiors, care for ones crew. Maj. Santoro fully agrees with this saying as it is also the kind of experience that he lives. Moreover he would like to express his happiness about the picture that was used as a pop-up. He especially remembers the very positive team spirit. So I was very happy to see this picture says Maj. Santoro. Code of Conduct: Loyalty On 23 February 2010 the North Atlantic Council agreed on to publish a set of rules for the NATO members, namely the Code of Conduct. This is the reason why Brig.Gen. Burkhard Pototzky decided to run the campaign on the Component as well. The debate about a Code of Conduct is not new and it has already been discussed on the Component in the past. However, the campaign is there to raise awareness, especially towards our own behavior. In an ofcial meeting on 15 November 2010 Brig.Gen. Burkhard Pototzky asked for the support of every Component member. The campaign was introduced at the Commanders Call in October 2010, where he stressed that this is a serious issue that is important for the future of the Component. The poster about loyalty states that we, as NATO staff, are obliged to support the organizations principles faithfully and truly by keeping our focus on its goals. We should therefore make a personal contribution to a positive team spirit to safeguard the future of NATO. LOYALTY Leadership is a two-way street, loyalty up and loyalty down. Respect for ones superiors; care for ones crew. (Grace Murray Hopper) As NATO staff, we are obliged to support the organizations principles faithfully and truly, keeping our focus on its goals. Make a personal contribution to a positive team spirit to safeguard the future of NATO. Code of Conduct More information on the NATO Code of Conduct can be found on the WISE page Leadership is a two-way street, loyalty up and loyalty down. Respect for ones superiors; care for ones crew. (Grace Murray Hopper)


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6 NATO Skywatch 4 March 2011 By Theo Colijn An Information & Knowledge Management (IKM) Value Stream Analysis (VSA) event was recently conducted and facilitated by the Ofce of Transformation (DCOMT). IKM is a discipline which connects people, processes and technology. It had been carefully selected following a response by the Administrative Services Section to a DCOMT questionnaire which was distributed earlier throughout the Component. DCOMT Chief Lt.Col. Mike Bensche and his staff acknowledged the importance of information management as the backbone of the E-3A mission. It soon became clear that IKM has enormous scope and that the LEAN process had to be applied with some exibility. This made the event especially challenging for DCOMT as the facilitator, but also for the team leader, Mr. Theo Collijn, Head of the Administrative Services Section, and the team itself. The team proved to be a good mix of users, superusers and personnel with an IT background. Also, Force Command representatives participated in the event, as the outcome could potentially affect their processes as well. The four-day event turned out to be a huge brainstorming session. As the team mapped out the current, ideal and future state, it was astounding to nd how much knowledge and expertise is available amongst Component members and how many good ideas are brought to light when knowledge is actually being shared and owing freely. That is one of the main principles of IKM. The IKM VSA triggered a range of events. Shortly after the VSA event, Component Commander Brig. Gen. Burkhard Pototzky was briefed on the outcome of the event and a Commanders Policy Letter was released, which directs the way IKM will head in the future under the lead of Col.Werner Nemetschek in his capacity as the Components senior Information Management ofcial. A series of documents was then released which provide the framework for the IKM as a project. The overarching document is the Project Charter which denes the scope and objectives and appoints the Head of Administrative Services as the Project Manager. The Terms of Reference Document for IKM teams claries the roles of the various teams that have been composed to support the project. A Communications Plan details how the IKM project is communicated inside and outside the Component to the various audiences that have an interest in this endeavor. An awareness campaign has meanwhile been started with a series of briengs, a poster and a leaet. Moreover, an IKM web site has been established under the Headquarters structure on the E-3A Portal, providing easy access to information about ongoing activities, governance documents and promotion material. The project has received visual identity with a graphics design prepared by the Visual Media Services Branch. The cog-wheel gear design represents the three layers of IKM: People, Processes and Technology. It has the letters IKM embedded. In terms of Project Management, the activities that have taken place so far belong to the initial project phase. The project now moves into the denition phase during which requirements are dened for the future of IKM at the Component. IKM is a multi-faceted project with strategic goals and operational objectives. The long term strategic goals are scheduled to be completed within ve years. Shortterm operational deliverables may be expected soon after the project team and the best practice group start their activities.Information and Knowledge Management enters project phase By Wolfgang Bock What is Goju Ryu Karate? Go means hard, and Ju means soft, so it follows that Goju Ryu is translated as hard and soft way. Goju Ryu is a close-range self-defense system characterized by circular blocking, joint manipulation and kicking techniques aimed at lower body targets. Dynamic tension and breathing are major elements in the training and are incorporated in many of the katas. Kata is the Japanese word for a pattern of movements. The purpose of Ryusyokai is to share and preserve traditional Ryusyokai Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate and to promote the values of loyalty, honor and respect. Senaha Shigetoshi Sensei is the president of the Ryusyokai Organization, and he tasked Maj. Norman Patterson to create the NATO Ryusyokai Goju Ryu Karate Club here on the Geilenkirchen Air Base in 2002. Training lessons take place every week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1700-1830 and on Sundays from 1000-1130 at the New Gym. Children at the age of eight and older train on Saturdays from 1000-1100. For more information please contact Mr. Wolfgang Bock, Building 79, room 22, ext. 3166. The ofcial website can also be found under http://bassdata/BSW/KarateClub/ frame.htm.Try out the Goju Ryu Karate Club on base Black belt karate trainer Wolfgang Bock during the Thursday night training session. Photo Janina Bien Selfkant region launches clean-up campaignThis year, inspired by the Selfkant region seeks great ideas competition, the regions authorities are again appealing to all energetic and enthusiastic local residents to take part in their spring cleaning campaign. Smartening up the Selfkant region, a campaign in which voluntary helpers remove garbage and trash from roads, waysides and wooded areas in the region, was staged last year for the rst time. This time too, it has the support of the Selfkant regional association, the public order ofces, the senior local community ofcials of Gangelt, Selfkant and Waldfeucht, as well as numerous clubs and institutions that were approached in advance. Activities directly supporting the campaign are held in schools with the particular aim of raising and sustaining the childrens environmental awareness and encouraging them to take part. This campaign is particularly intended to promote community spirit. So every interested and committed person living in this area, whether adult or child, is welcome to join this clean-up event. The rst joint clean-up event for the Selfkant region is scheduled for Saturday, 19 March 2011. Your senior local community ofcials will gladly register you as a participant. For more information, e-Mail: info@der or www. der


4 March 2011 NATO Skywatch 7 By Maureen Geraets-Head No, we are not talking about a Ferrari, but about the brand new, shiny truck for the Components Fire, Crash and Rescue Brigade. This hoisting and rescue truck was added to the re brigades eet on 25 February. It can be used for aircraft re and rescue purposes as well as for regular purposes for which a telescope boom with ladder is designed for. From start to nish this has been a challenging project. This custombuilt hoisting and rescue truck has all-wheel-drive, a 500-hp engine, a 32-metre telescope boom with ladder and an extendable rescue platform. This truck denitely fulls the needs of the Fire Department here at the Component. The contract was signed in December of 2009. Due to the complexity of this project, it took us almost one-and-a-half years to get this very special truck, which has a price tag of 680,000 Euro, says Capt. Theo Noorloos, the Deputy Head A8/Procurement & Contracting Ofce. Noorloos adds, This combination of an all-wheel-drive truck and a tower wagon is unique. It is designed and tailored for use at the Component. And, since this is such a special vehicle, weve got a ve-year service contract. The Kenbri company from Waalwijk, the Netherlands, was the overall contractor. They had this truck built by the Bronto Company in Finland, which specializes in telescope boom vehicles. The chassis was made by Volvo. The trucks platform can extend to a maximum height of 32 meters and outwards to a distance of up to 23 meters. The truck weighs approx. 23 tons and has a full automatic transmission with torque converter. The vehicle also has a complete rescue equipment package. The rescue platform has a load capacity of 500 kg. This platform is equipped with a water outlet, one power outlet for 400 and two for 320 volts, a compressed breathing air supply, lights and a steering system. The steering can also be done from the side of the truck itself, when necessary. The platform has a memory function so that the height of a building or aircraft can be programmed in advance. Compared to the old ladder truck, which was almost 25 years old and had a 23-metre ladder and no rescue platform, this is a multifunctional piece of equipment, explains Mr. Heinz-Josef Moll, Head of the Fire/ Crash/Rescue Branch. During the coming months, the reghters will be familiarized with all the special features of this truck. Its red and has more than 500 horsepower The nal inspection at Company Kenbri: The platform extends to 32 meters height and outwards to a distance of up to 23 meters. Photo Capt. Theo Noorloos This new truck is a high-value asset to upgrade the existing capabilities of the base Fire Department. The custom-made truck arrived on 25 February. Photo Andrea Hohenforst Vacancies of International Civilian Consultants (ICC) postsInternational Civilian Consultants are civilians employed by ISAF in support of specialized mission requirements, which are normally performed by military personnel or by NATO International Civilians (NIC) in peacetime headquarters. This category of civilians include nationals of NATO member countries or non-NATO member ISAF Troop Contributing Nations (TCNs) which can provide NATO recognized security clearances. The duty location is Afghanistan. Salaries range from ,877 up to ,765. Monthly daily allowances amount to approximately 5.00 For details regarding vacancies such as: Journalist, Interpreter/Translator, Human Resources, Theatre LAN/WAN Manager, MS Ofce Sharepoint Service Engineer, Radio Editor. Go to: announcementApplications are invited for the following posts: Fireman, Advertisement Number 11002, NATO Grade C-3, assigned to the Fire/Crash/Rescue Branch, Aireld Services Squadron, Operations Wing. This post is due to be lled as soon as possible after 31 May 2011. Closing date: 28 March 2011. Staff Ofcer (Systems Operation & Management), Advertisement Number 11003, NATO Grade A-2, assigned to the CIS Networks Branch, Communications & Information Systems Squadron, Information Technology Wing. This post is due to be lled as soon as possible after 31 August 2011. Closing date: 7 April 2011. For further details, please visit the Component Information Portal (WISE) under Headquarters/A1/ A1CR/Advertisements, the ofcial E-3A Component Internet Home Page (, or review the advertisement posted in Building 8. Note: Only applications of qualied personnel will be considered.


8 NATO Skywatch 4 March 2011 By Karen Dale The topic of the February meeting of the International Womens Club (IWC) was Turkey. The Turkish ladies showed their famous hospitality by presenting each guest with a traditional bracelet decorated with an evil eye stone, to protect the wearer from the evil eye. The ladies sat down at tables decorated in the colors of the Turkish ag and loaded with plates of tasty appetizers and snacks to sample. The audience was treated to a display by a wonderful group of young ladies from Cologne, who demonstrated traditional dances from the Black Sea region of Turkey. They gave a very elegant and professional show, wearing traditional costumes which were unique and colourful. Afterwards they invited and sometimes persuaded ladies from the audience to join them on the dance oor in a long chain dance. This really got everyone into the party spirit and was great fun. Next, the Turkish ladies served a delicious dinner of doner kebap, meyhane pilavi and pickles, which was a very popular choice with the diners. After they had eaten, hostess Deniz presented a slideshow of famous attractions and historical locations in Turkey. Observational skills were then tested by a short quiz, and as usual competition became very intense, but always friendly, in an effort to win a prize! All the excitement left everyone in need of dessert, which was a choice of typical Turkish sweets made by the ladies. They were wonderful and absolutely delicious! The rafe was drawn throughout the evening and many ladies were happy to win prizes of earthenware dishes lled with Turkish delight or nuts, and other lovely items. The Turkish ladies deserve a big thank you for giving us such an entertaining evening. St. Patricks Day event The next event is scheduled for Thursday, 17 March, when the Canadian ladies have invited members and guests to celebrate St. Patricks Day. This is sure to be another great event, so mark the date in your calendar and wear something green! The entertainment will start at 1900 sharp, so please arrive in time to take your seats and buy your rafe tickets. Doors open around 1800. If you are a lady who has not tried the IWC yet, please come and join us. We are the largest social club on base and our monthly events are a great opportunity to meet your friends and make new ones. Nowhere else can so many ladies meet independently, regardless of nationality and spouses rank or workplace. It is a chance to experience other cultures traditions, food and drink, and enjoy lighthearted games and quizzes in a relaxed environment. Each meeting is a surprise; we hope you will join us! The IWC is open to all women of the E-3A Component: wives, dependants, ofcers, enlisted and civilian. Any woman invited by a member is a guest. Guests can attend the Clubs activities, but can only participate in the special monthly functions/party nights twice annually. Yearly dues are The monthly night/dinner at the E-3A Club is every third Thursday from September to May. Other activities are English and German conversation, day trips, museum visits, arts and craft activities, cooking and recipes. During each evening event there is a rafe and 10% of the annual ticket sales will be donated to charity. Check the MWA Services/ Facilities & Clubs brochure for more details. The brochure is available at MWA, Building 80.The largest social club on baseThe International Womens Club




10 NATO Skywatch 4 March 2011 MWA Card Issuing Ofce MWA Cards are now being issued in Bldg. 80 (Services Branch Accounting Section), room 16, ofce opening hours: Mon-Thu: 0900-1130 and 1300-1500; Fri: 0900-1130. An MWA Card costs for everyone for a period of twelve months, payment only in cash. As an MWA Card holder you will receive a 30% discount on all food/beverage items purchased at the E-3A Club and Rotodome, and also on participation in all MWA programmes on base. You will also receive the Food Services Newsletter and the weekly Rotodome menu per email, if you wish. Food Services System BPWF/4990 POC: Mr. Rene Peeters, ext. 4990, email Visit the Food Services System WSS Page Services Branch Web Page for the latest programme information and upcoming events. Rotodome Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 06001900 serving breakfast, lunch and dinner along with a fast food line (pizza, hamburgers). The Rotodome is the main MWA food facility open to everybody, also for families with children. Breakfast Breakfast prices have been slightly adjusted. See Food Services WSS Web Page for detailed, updated information. E-3A Club Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11002200. The E-3A Club Bar will be closed on Wednesdays at 1600. However, the Red Lion Bar will open at 1600 for your convenience. Coffee & cake (,55), toasties, sandwiches and Bockwurst with salad are served every day as of 1100. Coffeeto-go is also available. Goulash Soup and/or Chili con Carne with bread are now also available from 1100-1330. An alternative soup/Eintopf will also always be available. Price for MWA member ,50/ non-MWA members ,50. The E-3A Club is equipped to cater for all special functions, ofcial dinners, conferences and meetings, on a limited basis. Please contact Mr. Ren Peeters, ext. 4990 to arrange details. Upcoming Events 18 March: Mongolian BBQ 24 April: Easter Brunch 28 April: Spring Dance Sports Department BPWS/4946 Opening hours: Mon-Fri 06002100. Weekends: 1000-1600 (winter schedule). Until further notice, there will be no Sports staff available at the New Gym Monday-Thursday after 1700 and on Friday after 1430. Patrons wishing to check out equipment need to do so before the above-mentioned times. Management apologizes for this inconvenience. All Component personnel are authorised to utilise the sports facilities free of charge. However, participation in sports classes with instructor, such as spinning, aerobics, dance classes is restricted to personnel in possession of a valid MWA Membership Card. Dependants are required to be in possession of a valid membership card to utilise the Gym. Daily checks will be conducted. Fitness Classes Come along and try out one of the many tness classes offered at the Sports Department. Please note that from 28 February on, no children under the age of 12 are allowed in the Weight-, Cardiovascular Fitness-, Multipurposeand Spinning Rooms. See details in the Sports Department Operating Instruction (OI) 05-06, House Rules. Sport event 23 March: Indoor Soccer Tournament, 1000-1400 at the New Gym. Deadline registration 16 March. International Library BPWL/4956 Operating hours 1100-1500, Monday through Friday. The International Library, situated in Building 96, offers a large variety of books, periodicals, audio and video materials. The regular book collection contains over 12,000 books and is broken into nine language categories: Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Norwegian and Turkish. In addition to the regular collection, there is a paperback book exchange, the McNaughton book Collection, assorted university text, and a large juvenile section with over 2,500 childrens books. 40 Periodicals in the English language and the daily Stars and Stripes can be read in the relaxed atmosphere at our library. Our audio resources include more than 500 music CDs and 50 language courses and audio books. Also, more than 650 DVDs for adults and children are available as well as six public computers for Internet use. All is free of charge for all NATO ID card holders (small charge for usage of copy machine (A3 and A4) and printer for Internet pages). International Youth Activities BPWY/4954/5 Information and registration at the IYA Ofce in Bldg 95, ext. 4954/5. Swimming courses for beginners, advanced beginners. On 10 March the IYA is starting swimming classes for children aged 5 and older at the Hallenbad Geilenkirchen on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1645-1745. 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 8,50 or with your valid MWA Card. Trip to Bruges, Belgium On Saturday, 9 April, 0730-2030, you can join the IYA to explore one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Walking along the maze of winding cobbled alleys and romantic canals, you imagine yourself to be in medieval times. In 2000, UNESCO included the entire historical city centre on the World Heritage list. Beside the wealth of architectural and artistic treasures you nd a huge variety of stores, cafes, pubs and restaurants. Our luxury bus departs from the parking lot outside the Front Gate. Cost is ,50 per person, pay only 6,50 per person with your valid MWA Card. Soccer camp is coming up in the Spring Break. Registration will take place from 14 March to15 April. For registration and payment please go to the IYA, Bldg. 95; ext. 4955) Camp Kastes Fussballschule 19-21 April, three-day camp; EUR 130, T-shirt, ball, lunch and lessons included children from 5-16 years old. All coaches are former professional players and certied soccer teachers Baseball league The age groups for Baseball are divided as follows: Pre T-Ball 4-5 years, T-Ball 6-7 years, Coach Pitch 8-9 years, Majors 10-12 years. The skills assessment are on 19 March for Coach Pitch at 1000 and Majors at 1200. Coaches needed for all Sports! Special deal for coaches: rst child free, second child half-price! Opening Ceremony for Spring Sports will be held on Saturday 30 April. Thrift Shop BPWT/4919 Opening hours 1000-1400 every Tuesday and Thursday. Lessons at JFC Brunssum Swimming Pool Swimming Lessons! Heres another often requested service that we are adding to our programme. Were currently taking sign-ups for swim lessons at the JFC Brunssum pool. Please call 0031 45 526 3172 for more specics.MWA INFORMA TIONMarchBy SMSgt. Ralf Heinrich What is E10? E10 is the designation for gasoline with a 10% content of ethanol. Until now, the ethanol content of gasoline was 5%. The ethanol used in E10 is bioethanol. Why do we need E10? Biofuels result in lower quantities of greenhouse gases than conventional fuels. By using biofuels we are utilizing renewable raw materials, thereby protecting oil reserves throughout the world. That is why the European Parliament decided in 2009 to approve the increase in the percentage of biofuel. Which cars can use E10? About 90% of all gasolinepowered passenger cars are able to run on E10. To nd out whether you can use E10 to fuel your vehicle, contact your car dealer or manufacturer.New E10 gasoline at lling stations Photo courtesy 2011 Component calendars now for 3 EuroE-3A Component 2011 Calendars with E-3A and TCA pictures on sale at the Rotodome and E-3A Club for only .


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