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NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen 18 March 2011 Volume 27, No. 5Next NATO Skywatch: 1 April Submissions due by: 24 March Spring is in the air, daylight saving time begins. Dont forget to reset your clock one hour forward on Sunday, 27 March.Interview with E-3A Component Commander Brig.Gen. Burkhard Pototzky on Operation Active Endeavour North Africa and the Middle East are in turmoil. Over the last two months protests have swept the region, resulting in fundamental changes. The protests are focusing on different social issues: unemployment, poverty and corruption and always against autocratic regimes. In January, the rst small protests started in Libya. Meanwhile, the protests have spread out to many cities, mainly in the coastal regions. Obviously, Muammar Gaddas autocratic regime has lost control of parts of the country but is taking revenge. Media and eyewitnesses report on military jets bombing civilians, on snipers in the cities, on mercenaries roaming the streets. Concerned about the situation in Libya, NATO has decided to enhance its surveillance operation in the Central Mediterranean by increasing the operating capability of NATO AWACS aircraft to 24 hours a day. This is part of the long-standing counter-terrorist Operation Active Endeavour. In an interview with NATO Skywatch, Component Commander Brig.Gen. Burkhard Pototzky explains the aims of the ongoing mission. Skywatch: Why did NATO extend Operation Active Endeavour to 24/7? Brig.Gen. Pototzky: The main aim is to enhance the level of surveillance in the Mediterranean. I want to make it clear that we are talking about the whole region, not about a single country. Skywatch: What exactly is the contribution of AWACS? Brig.Gen. Pototzky: We provide an enhanced maritime and air picture. This capability is decisive for achieving a permanent high level of situational awareness. For all decision makers in NATO it is essential to have a high level of situational awareness. With our E-3A capabilities we make a fundamental contribution to this. Skywatch: Where are you operating? Brig.Gen. Pototzky: Our AWACS operate under the Operation Active Endeavour mandate in the Mediterranean region. Our aircraft have been ying from our Forward Operation Base in Trapani, Italy. Skywatch: Some media interpreted the extension to 24/7 as an indicator for further operational steps by NATO. Brig.Gen. Pototzky: This is pure speculation and has nothing to do with Operation Active Endeavour. The move towards a 24/7 surveillance operation is absolutely not indicative of any move towards any other specic operational steps, which would have to be decided by the North Atlantic Council. Situational awareness decisivePhoto Andrea Hohenforst NATO E-3A during take-off.

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18 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. 5 18 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 pao@e3a.nato.int. For paid advertisements call Hub Durlinger Media at +31 (0) 46 452 9292, cellphone +31 (0)6 5472 6473 or hub@durlingermedia.nl. 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 www.e3a.nato.int Commander Brig. Gen. Burkhard Pototzky Chief, Public Affairs Lt.Col. Antje Kalka Editor Mrs. Maureen Geraets-HeadBy Janina Bien Last month, PAO received very nice mail from Hungary: The kids from the kindergarten in Devescer, Hungary, sent an acknowledgment card with a nice golden bear handmade by the children. They wanted to express their deepest thanks to all our Component members that were helping after the terrible mud catastrophe in October 2010, but especially to Squadron 2 and 3, as they organized a special donation. When the two Hungarians, Capt. Tams Kaps from Squadron 3 and Capt. Pter Fekete from Squadron 2, were deployed to Forward Operating Location rland at the end of November 2010, they decided to do something for the kids in Devecser. They organized a get-together with their colleagues and they prepared goulash for all the people there. At the same time they kindly asked their colleages to donate some money for the kids in the kindergarten in Devecser. In total they collected that they donated directly to the kindergarten. Here is the translation of the acknowledgement by Anita Kaps from the Hungarian National Support Unit (NSU HUN) and wife of Capt. Kaps, she also says I am really happy about the Hungary Relief Flight that was organized by the Component thank you all so much. Szabn Bakos Katalin, Director of the kindergarten, writes: All employees of the kindergarten in Devecser gratefully thank you for the helping hand that you provided to us. The greatness of human heart, a beautiful example of collaboration, has given and is still giving us power, faith and endurance. The saying of Thich Nhat Hanh perfectly describes the donation. The source of love is deep in us and we can help others realize a lot of happiness. One word, one action, one thought can reduce another persons suffering and bring that person joy. As a symbol of our thanks, we adopt your honorary with this golden bear. Please accept with love the Arany-Medve, the golden bear. In the name of all people from the kindergarten: Thank You. (Unofcial translation of acknowledgment Anita Kaps and Ildik Fekete) Acknowledgement by Hungarian Kindergarten in Devecser Pter Fekete also actively supporting the good cause and cooking goulash for colleagues. Photos courtesy NSU Hungary Capt. Tams Kaps from Sq. 3 handing out goulash to colleagues at FOL rland that donate money for the kindergarten in Devecser. In memoriamIt has come to our knowledge that Mr. Dave Thornton, a former long-serving member of the NATO civilian staff, died on 12 February 2011, following a long illness. Dave, a former Warrant Ofcer with the British Army, had left his military career to take a NATO civilian post at SHAPE in 1978, but wanted to live permanently in Germany. He transferred to the E-3A Component on 1 April 1981, assigned to the Logistics Wing, Supply Squadron, as Chief of the Inspection Section, where he remained until his retirement on 31 May 2002. Dave continued to live in Geilenkirchen when he retired, further fullling his wish to live in Germany. Our sincere condolences go to his wife Ingrid. Book and DVD donation campaign for deployed personnelBy Belinda Vogel-Smith In December 1990, the E-3A Component community donated and sent more than 2,500 books to personnel serving in Operation Desert Shield in the Arabian Peninsula. The donations covered all kinds of subjects, ranging from mysteries to romance and from action to educational, even including a book on Marketing Yourself for a Second Career! Several notes of thanks were received in Geilenkirchen, including one from US Army Chaplain Lt.Col. Henry Drozd who jokingly requested lots of pictures and big print for Army units! And now, in the same spirit of loyalty, solidarity and comradeship, the launch of a donation campaign is announced so that this international community can send books and magazines (all languages) and CDs/DVDs (music and lm) to our deployees. This is a great opportunity to boost the morale of E-3A Component deployed personnel and demonstrate our unied support. All donations will be greatly appreciated, so please drop them off at the Central Registry in Building 5. Alternatively you can send them through the internal mail. Volunteers will sort and package them ready to be own out. For questions, please contact Mrs. Belinda Vogel-Smith, ext. 4514 or Mr. Paul Baker, ext. 4519.

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4 NATO Skywatch 18 March 2011 By Janina Bien As already presented to you in the last few Skywatch issues, the Code of Conduct consists of ve core values, which are accountability, impartiality, integrity, loyalty and professionalism. This Skywatch issue will present the value of integrity. Brig.Gen. Pototzky explained that communication and information are the key values to make it a success and that it is absolutely important to live these values as part of the Component culture. On one of the already shown pop-ups of the Code of Conduct campaign, you may have recognized Sgt. Carlos Lukas from Portugal, who was stationed on base as a member of the International Military Police (IMP) until 2005/2006. As he is not working in Geilenkirchen anymore, there were two volunteers that did the interview on behalf of their colleagues from the International Military Police (IMP) and the Civil Guard: SSgt. Kevin Brown from the U.S. and TSgt. Sebastian von Rdgisch-Ballas from Germany. Working for the military police requires exibility, as the people receive specic training for every single base where they are stationed. The IMP personnel work in a shiftwork system in order to guarantee an utmost level of safety for the Component and its members. This means that IMP personnel work 12 hours per day, two days on day-shift and two days on night-shift. This is followed by a rest period of four days. To be more precise, working in a shift-work system means to work from 0700-1900 and then from 1900 until the next morning at 0700. In general the International Military Police (IMP) is responsible for force protection and law enforcement on base. Force protection means to guarantee the security on base from the outside, which also includes fence checks, offbase checks as well as speed checks. Most of their work can be compared with normal police work, just with the exemption that they are working for an internationally operating military organization. The IMP is also responsible for guaranteeing the safety on base and this implies solving criminal activities, such as the thefts that are currently of concern to the Component. Specically, the IMP on base is responsible for speed gun checks as well as random vehicle checks and carrying out building checks after duty-hours. Additionally, the IMP does customs checks after the landing of any aircraft at the Component. On the one hand, this is required by German law, but it is also required in order to comply with Component regulations. SSgt. Kevin Brown likes working with different nationalities and serving for the same purpose here on base. He especially likes the action in this job. I joined the American Air Force in order to be a positive example for the youth. He is very active in his free time, where he is doing voluntary work as a member of the American Red Cross team. There he is also a responsible coordinator for the people on base in Geilenkirchen. This implies supporting family members and arranging everything for the people to enable them to return home in case they are injured or to allow them to see their relatives as soon as possible, which is also coordinated with Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany. TSgt. Sebastian von RdgischBallas likes very much the multinational working environment on base as well as working together with people from so many different nations. He also stresses the extremely positive mentality on base. With regard to his job, he likes the fact that there are so many new perspectives and that there is always something to do. When joining the German Federal Armed Forces, this gave him a new perspective and a chance, with which he is very satised today. TSgt. von Rdgisch-Ballas and SSgt. Kevin Brown both point out that carrying out our responsible tasks is also fun and it is really great to be a part of this Component. However, both colleagues agree that members of the Component should improve their behavior with regard to showing respect to everybodys duties. If the IMP receives the order to check cars, there is a reason behind that and this does not imply that the IMP wants to disturb anybody, states TSgt. von Rdgisch-Ballas. Many people start complaining very easily and fast, and another example is that people complain when water pipes need to be removed, they will make use of changes and improvements very fast, adds SSgt. Kevin Brown. Another issue is the waste of energy on base, both interview partners point out. When performing building checks they realized that every PC is switched on, although people are not in the ofce or are on leave, and every room is fully lighted, and in addition the heating is on, although some windows are open. Furthermore they stress that the information ow within the Component could be improved with regard to the duties of other divisions and the work colleagues are actually doing, summarizes TSgt. Sebastian von Rdgisch-Ballas. Regarding the Code of Conduct SSgt. Kevin Brown emphasizes This campaign is a good idea to get the Component together and we need something like this here on base. As also pointed out by Brig.Gen. Burkhard Pototzky at an ofcial meeting on 15 November 2010, the Code of Conduct will improve cooperation and to improve especially the work relations of all divisions. TSgt. von Rdgisch-Ballas concludes that the campaign is also needed as sometimes people do not know each other, although they have been working on base for many years. According to them the value of integrity stands for trust, condence and honesty. To trust the people and colleagues is absolutely important in our job and we need to rely on the fact that they know their duties and tasks, for example during an alarm activation and to ensure that nothing even worse happens, says TSgt. Sebastian von Rdgisch-Ballas. Therefore the saying of the famous poet William Shakespeare sounds good to them as. Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none (William Shakespeare). Integrity is about maintaining the highest standard of professionalism and personal conduct with regard to trust, condence and honesty. It is also about avoiding conicts and removing ourselves from situations where conicts can occur or have occurred Code of Conduct: Integrity INTEGRITY Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. (William Shakespeare)Integrity is about maintaining the highest standard of professionalism and personal conduct with regard to trust, condence and honesty. It is also about avoiding conicts and removing ourselves from situations where conicts can or have occurred. Code of Conduct More information on the NATO Code of Conduct can be found on the WISE page Thank youAt this point Brig. Gen. Burkhard Pototzky and PAO would like to especially thank all people involved in the Code of Conduct campaign. Those that agreed on to be pictured on the posters, those that agreed on to participate in the interviews for Skywatch and of course a special thank you to the colleagues from Visual Media Services and Photo Section on base.

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18 March 2011 NATO Skywatch 7 Text and photo Andreas Bischof On Friday, 1 April 2011, its Country time again, starting at 1900 in the E-3A Club. For the 11th time the Flyin Frisbee Boots organize a music night together with the bases club. Country music and Line Dance are quite common in Europe. A large community in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands enjoys this hobby of Line Dancing. A line dance is a formation dance in which a group of people dances in a line formation or in rows and they all execute the same dance moves individually. With a small group, there may be only one line, but usually there are several parallel lines, one behind the other. A dance teacher, or more experienced dancer, will usually perform on a stage or in the center of the rst line. Inexperienced dancers are encouraged to take positions in the middle of the group so they can watch other dancers feet in front of them. Experienced dancers are encouraged to take positions on the outside edges of the group to help others. In this parallel line formation, the dancers dance in a synchronized manner, but independently of each other. There are usually no moves that require any interaction between the dancers, other than executing the maneuvers at the same time. Each dance has a different sequence of movements that must be learned. Line dancing has had a cowboy image and it was danced predominantly to country-western music. This has been changing since the late 1990s, as more young people became involved. Today, country music may make up part of a DJs play list, with the balance spread through a variety of many different music styles both new and old. Genres include Celtic, Swing, Pop, Rock, Big Band, Folk, HipHop and Hustle and almost anything else that has a regular beat. All these styles can be learned every Monday, starting at 1930 at the E-3A Club. This year the Flyin Frisbee Boots celebrate their fth anniversary. What to expect? You will learn some dances popular here and enjoy the Line Dance scene here in Germany. Learn the dances and enjoy going to the festivals held by several clubs in the area. What else should you know? No equipment needed, casual dress, and some comfortable dancing shoes (no high heels) will do. You dont need a partner, most dances are solo dances. But it is of course nice to have your partner join you as well. The Flyin Frisbee Boots organize two to three country nights at the E-3A Club: Spring-Summer (with a Canadian Band) and Autumn Country Nights still attract more than 200 guests. Just come along, have a look, and if you like it join us.Its Country time again!Text and photos Leon Koolen Here is a suggesting for a funlled afternoon in the local area: go watch car racing. Consider a day of spectacular rally cross car races at the Duivelsberg Circuit in Maasmechelen, just across the border, in Belgium. In rally cross, cars race on a partially paved (asphalt) and partially unpaved surface. The name Duivelsberg (devils hill) is nothing to be afraid of: it just refers to a nasty, high-speed uphill slope at the race track. Rally cross is not only a unique event in the tri-border area, it is also quite a spectacular car racing discipline for several reasons. Although the entire race track is fully fenced to ensure maximum safety for the spectators, visitors have a good view over the entire one-kilometer race track. Additionally and unlike most other car racing events in the tent city you can really take a close look at the customized interiors of the cars. In Maasmechelen, there are about ten weekends a year with rally cross events. The regional championships are held on Saturdays, and European championship races for professional teams are on Sundays. The 2011 season already started on 5 March. There is a large, unpaved parking lot across the street from the race track. Be careful when you cross the street, especially with children. The entrance fees for the Saturday races: Adults 0, children 12-16 years children 12 years free. Parking Address: Circuit Duivelsberg, Weg naar Zutendaal 251, 3630 Maasmechelen, Belgium. www.duivelsbergcircuit.be Home page of one of the racing teams:www.racing-geebelen.beHow about watching car racing? Full comfort conguration of racing team Geebelens Peugeot 206. Elbow work right after the start of a heat in the regional championship. By Charlene Sauser Attention, all motorcycle enthusiasts. Did you know that the Component in Geilenkirchen has a motorcycle club for both sport and cruiser bikes? The Geilenkirchen Riders Association (GKRA) meets for dinner at restaurants in the area every second Friday of each month. Moreover they organize rides (starting in April) on the rst Saturday and the third Sunday of every month. The routes with detailed locations of the rides will be announced at a later date. Additionally, the Riders Association plans a couple of weekend trips to different locations such as the Mosel and will participate in the Ride the Alps event. If you are looking for a way to spend time with other motorcycle enthusiasts, riding and sharing experiences, then come out and join us. Our riders use all kinds of bikes and everybody is welcome. We all love to ride and have a good time. This club is unlike any motorcycle club you might have experienced, since we are open to all nations. So come out and see what we are all about. For more information please contact: President Chris Sauser, email to csauser@e3a.nato.int, ext. 4818, or Vice President Evert Richter, email to Evert.Richter@Limburg-Zuid.Politie. nl or Secretary Kimberly Atkins, email to katkins@e3a.nato.int, ext. 5571, or Treasurer, Charlene Sauser, email to csauser66@yahoo.com Schedule for April 2 April Season opening BBQ for all GKRA members and their guests 17 April Pick up ride (third Sunday in April)Try out the Geilenkirchen Riders Association on base

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10 NATO Skywatch 18 March 2011 Update International Womens ClubBy Karen Dale Ladies, would you like to spend an evening once a month with women only? No male spouses around, just a fun evening getting together with your female friends, enjoying the company of the ladies of the Component. Every meeting is hosted by a different nation and our members are so imaginative that you never know what surprises await us! The club holds meetings from September until May. If you are not already a member, we would like to welcome you to join us at our next meeting and see what you are missing. As a guest you pay only 0 for an evening of entertainment and food from the hosting country. Each event starts at 1900, but try to arrive by 1830 to get your seat. The evening usually nishes at 2200. Dates for your calendar 21 April Hosted by ladies from The Netherlands 19 May Bingo night (members only) Membership fee for next year will remain at (0 per evening for guests).International Golf Association meetingBy Tom McAdow, Publicity Commitee, IGA The 2011 golng season is just a short time away. Weather is improving, grass is getting greener, and maintenance crews are preparing the Openbare Golf Brunssummerheide course for another season. Golfers wanting to enjoy the 27-hole complex at a terric price can join the NATO E-3A International Golng Association of Geilenkirchen, which is holding its Annual General Meeting and membership sign-up on 24 March at 1600 in the former Sentry Club/ PAO brieng room. IGA membership entitles golfers to enjoy everyday play at Brunssummerheide, tournaments at more than a dozen courses within about an hours drive and club competitions. This year the membership fee is if paid on or after 24 March and only if paid before 24 March by bank transfer. Membership sign-up will be done this year by bank transfer only, so please do not bring cash to the general meeting, as it was the practice in the past. Golfers can bring their completed applications and proof of payment to the meeting. After the AGM members may collect their members guide 2010-2011, season sticker, and for new members a bag tag will be provided. More information and membership applications can be found on the IGA website www.igagolf.net. Come on out and enjoy a season of good golng, good friends and good friendly competition. Hangar 1 in Christo-look The paintings and sculptures by American artists from the 70s could be described as hyper real. The comprehensive exhibition in the Ludwig Forum explores this type of realism in 250 works by 100 artists and questions of its social and artistic contexts. The American photorealist painters owe their popularity to the perfection with which they captured the polished surfaces of American icons. In the exhibition, they enter a dialog with photography and conceptual art of that time that reected the monotony of suburban neighborhoods and high easy or brought the brutal reality of the Vietnam War into American living rooms. With the exhibition opening of Hyper Real, the Ludwig Forum will celebrate its 20th anniversary. Its predecessor Neue Galerie could already draw from the extensive stock of Photorealism for its opening exhibition in 1970. This rst joint exhibition of different Ludwig institutions has been realized in a cooperation with the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig in Vienna and the Ludwig Museum Budapest. The Hyper Real exhibition Until 19 June. Opening hours: Tue-Fri 1200-1800, Thu until 2200, Sat-Sun 1100-1800. Entrance: Children and youth up to 18, free entrance. Group discount. Address: Jlicher Strae 97-109, 52070 Aachen. Phone 0241 1807-104 Web: www.ludwigforum.deArt and America around 1970(Courtesy Ludwig Forum) Ralph-Boings, Airstream, 1970. MAMOK Sammlung. By Maureen Geraets-Head Christo is the well-known American environmental artist, born in 1935 in Bulgaria, who became famous for wrapping objects, buildings and bridges such as the Reichstag building in Berlin and the famous bridge Pont Neuf in Paris. The wrapped corners of Hangar 1 appear to be a new Christo art object, but this is not the case. It is a protection in connection with joist restoration works by a contractor of the HN Construction Agency as part of a rehabilitation project of the hangars facade. The contractor started last week on the west side of Hangar 1 and will continue on Hangar 2 within the next week. Photo Andrea Hohenforst

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