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NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen 26 August 2011 Volume 27, No. 15 NATO E-3A COMPONENT IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION UNIFIED PROTECTOR 156 DAYS WESTERN S AHARA EGYPTLIBY ATUNISIAA L GERIA MOROCCO M A URIT ANIA MALIGHANA SIERRA LEONELIBERIA SENEGALGAMBIA BURKINA F A SO T OGO BENIN NIGER NIGERIA CAMEROON CHAD CENTRA L AFRICAN REPUBLICGABONEQU A T ORIAL GUINEA SUDAN SOMALIA UGANDA KENY A ETHIOPIA YEMEN OMANUNITED ARAB EMIRA TESS A UDI ARABIA IRAQ IRAN SYRIA JORDANISRAELGUINEAERITREAQA T AR BAHRAINPOR TUGAL S P AINDJIBOUTILEBANON KUW AIT TURKEY GREECECYPRUSMAL T A ITALY GUINE A BI S S A U REPUBLIC OF THE CONGODEMOCRA TIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (ZAIRE)CTE D'IVOIRE WebiJubbaBlue Nile Nile NileChariGambiaUbangiUeleAtbaraSngalNigerNigerBenueCongoWhite NileWabe Shebele Wenz Santa C r uz de Tenerife La P alma Gomer a Hierro Lanzarote Fue r te v entu r a Gr an Cana r ia Biok o Prncipe So T Annobn Socotr a Madeir aCANARY ISLANDSSO T OM & PRNCIPE Str ait of Gibr altar GULF OF GUINEA Bight of Benin Bight of Biafr aA TLANTIC OCEAN Gulf of Si r te Sicily Sardinia RED SEAGulf of AdenCASPIAN SEAINDIAN OCEANPersian Gulf Case yr ETHIOPIAN PLA TEA U Nubian Deser t Ogaden J ABALMARRAH La k e Nasser La k e T ana La k e Alber t La k e T ur kana La k e Edw ard La k e Victor ia Cap Blanc Cape P almas Cap Lopez SAHARA La k e V olta La k e ChadATLAS MOUNTAINS Monr o via Conakry Bissau Dakar Nouakchott T ombouctou T aman r asset Agadir Adr ar T indouf In Salah K Green ville Libreville Bangui Mbandaka Kisangani P ort Harcourt Ndjamena Accr a Abidjan K ankan K a y es Man Masuku Lisala Bo z oum Garoua Bangassou Ouagadougou Bama k o Niamey T amale R abat Casablanca Algiers Constantine T unis Trapani Mar r ak ech Ifni T etouan Malaga Ghardaia Oujda Annaba Ghadamis Misur ata Or an Sfax Benghazi Alexandria Cairo Asyut Aswan Anka r a T ripoli A thens Suez Haifa Zinder F a y a-Largeau Qena Adana Derna Izmir Bata Y Douala Maiduguri K ano Ibadan K aduna K umasi Onitsha Z aria Lagos Y ola Benin Ci t y Sakaka Baghdad Halab Jiddah Medina P ort Sudan El Obeid Khartoum Omdurman Geneina Beirut Amman Mecca Merowe A tbar a K assala K osti Bu r a y dah T ehr an Esfahan Ah r az Abadan T abriz Shir az Bandar Abbas Mashhad K uw ait Doha Muscat R asht K erman Dhah r an Ri y adh Al Huda y dah Dubai Asme r a Mukalla Shibam Aksum Mogadishu Kisma yu Nairobi Kisumu Nimule K ampala Isha BaidoaGoreDebre Marc'os Ba r aa we Eyl Aden Addis Ababa Djibouti Hargeisa Gonder Berbe r a Gib r altar Las P almas Dakhla Freetown Malabo P ort Said Bobo Dioulasso Y amoussoukro P ortoNo v o Ogbomosho Abuja Ma r adi 10 0 50 20 10 0 10 T ropic of Cancer 30 40 20 30 10 0 T ropic of Cancer 20 30 50 20 10 0 10 30 40 20 60 0 500 1000 Miles 0 500 1000 1500 Kilometres NATO E-3A COMPONENT IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION AFGHAN ASSIST224 DAYS INDIASRI LANKA AFGHANIST AN NEP AL BHUT AN BANGLADESHB URMA (MYANMAR) VIETNAM CAMBODIA THAILAND L A OS CHINA P AKIST AN INDIA CHINA TURKMENISTAN UZBEKISTAN IRAN KYRGYZST AN KAZAKHST ANUZBEKIST AN T AJIKIST AN MONGOLIA Tongtian HeGhagaraYamunaSutlejNarmadaSonInduKrishGodavariMahanadiGangesBrahmaputraIrrawaddyHuang HeHwang HoChang JiangMekong HainanANDAMAN IS.NICOBAR IS.Gt. Nicobar MERGUI ARCHIP Bungu r an L A CCADIVE IS Dongsha Qundao ARABIAN SEA B A Y OF BENGALINDIAN OCEANBo Hai YELLO W SEA Gulf of Tongkin T en Deg ree Channel Gulf of Thailand SOUTH CHINA SEA Andaman SeaGulf of KachchhGulf of KhambhatGulf of Gulf ofMartaban Oz. Issyk K ul' Dzungar ia T ARIM PENDI QING ZANG Annapu r na Mt Ev erest DECCAN C Comor in Dond r a Head T urf an Depression GOBI Qinghai HuBAYAN HAR SHANORDOS D ABA SHAN RED BASINDALOU SHANDongting Hu P o y ang HuPEGU YOMATANEN R.Mouths of the Me k ong Mui Bai Bung Chu Y ang SinWESTERN GHATSEASTERN GHATS T IEN SHANALTUN SHANKUNLAN HOH HIMALAYA GANGDISE NAGA HILLSMouths of the GangesARAKAN YOMAMouths of theIrrawaddyDAWNA RANGEQILIAN SHANHUA SHANPHANOM DANG TANGGULA SHANHENGDUAN SHANBILAUKTAUNG RANGE Bishk ek Alma t y rmqi Aksu Y umen Hami Yinchuan Qingdao Beijing Dalian Zhengzhou T aiyuan Shijiazhuang Lanzhou Baotou Ne w Delhi Sr inagar Hotan Lhasa Xigaz e Qamdo Hangzhou W uhan Chengdu Tianjin Xi'an Mashhad Her at Bukha r a F ar ah K ar achi Gw adar Z ahedan J amnagar Bh a vnagar Mumbai (Bomb a y) T ashk ent Mangalore K ozhik ode Thir uv ananthapur am Ti r uchchir appalli Hub li-Dharw ar Coimbatore J affna T r incomalee K andy Colombo Galle Bassein T a v o y Georgeto wn Phuk et Mergui Sheberghan Sama r kand Dushanbe Qandahar K ab ul Quetta Bah a w alpur Lahore Islamabad Hy der abad Sukkur Jodhpur Multan Lu c kno w Thimphu Chongqing K atmandu J aipur Ajmer Ahmadabad Udaipur Su r at V adoda r a V ar anasi Allahabad P atna K anpur Pune Nagpur Hy der abad Solapur K olhapur Vishakhapatnam Vija y a w ada R aipur Cuttac k K olkata (Calcutta) J amshedpur Dhaka Imphal Gauhati K unming Gui y ang Chennai (Mad r as) Nellore K ur nool Bangalore Mysore Madu r ai Chittagong Mandal a y Prome Y angon (Rangoon) Henzada Ak y ab Moulmein Louang P r abang Vientiane Bang k ok Phnom P enh Battambang K ampong Cham Can Tho Ho Chi Minh Cit y Nha T r ang Hue Da Nang Qui Nhon Nakhon Si Thamma r at Songkhla K ota Baha r u Haik ou Vinh Nakhon R atchasima Haiphong Hanoi Zhanjiang Nanning Liuzhou Guangzhou Shantou Changsha Fuzhou Nanchang Hengy ang Chiang Mai M.Lampang Lu o y ang Shanghai Hong K ong Macau 90 85 75 30 25 20 10 110 105 100 95 80 35 15 5 30 25 20 10 35 15 70 90 85 75 110 105 100 95 80 70 65 60 115 120 125 T ropic of Cancer T ropic of Cancer 40 0 500 1000 Miles 0 500 1000 1500 Kilometres THE TCA HALL OF FAMESee related story on page 4

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26 August 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. 15 26 August 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 Editors Mrs. Maureen Geraets-Head Mrs. Janina BienFifty years after the erection of the Berlin Wall, NATO has released hundreds of formerly classied documents that shed light on how the Alliance and its member states managed the fallout of that event and the wider crisis surrounding Berlin. A key concern of France, the United Kingdom and the United States, and of the Atlantic Alliance as a whole, was to keep access to West Berlin free under all circumstances, while avoiding tensions from escalating into a wider conict. To this end, the three Western Allies, as well as NATO, began to develop contingency plans and other measures. In the night of 12 August 1961, the Cold War took a turn for the worse, extending the Iron Curtain into the very heart of a divided Europe. This move by the government of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) to stem the large-scale exodus of East Germans to the Federal Republic of Germany through Berlin was not an isolated event. It was part of a broader plan to foster East-West tension in and around Berlin. In 1948-1949, the Soviet Union had rst tried to force a change to the Berlin four-power status agreed with France, the UK and the US at the Potsdam conference in 1945. Its attempt to blockade the city failed and in 1958, USSR leader Nikita Khrushchev made another attempt to force the Western Allies to withdraw their forces from Berlins Western sectors and accept the demilitarization of the city. The Soviet Union now threatened to sign a separate peace treaty with East Germany and change the citys status unilaterally and irreversibly, while keeping the pressure on through the threat of force. Coordinated and coherent planning In 1948-1949, Allies were unprepared and had to resort to a challenging yet successful air bridge to break the Soviet blockade and re-supply West Berliners. In 1961, however, Allies were much better prepared to confront the Soviet ultimatum. Created in April 1959, a trilateral France, UK and US secret contingency planning staff codenamed LIVE OAK had worked on developing military measures to keep the road, rail and air corridors between the Federal Republic of Germany and West Berlin open at all times. LIVE OAK was then led by Gen. Lauris Norstad as NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR) and Commanderin-Chief of the United States European Command (USCINCEUR). In 1961, LIVE OAK moved from its original headquarters at US European Command in StGermain-en-Laye near Paris to NATOs Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) near Rocquencourt. That same year, West German military personnel joined LIVE OAK in a liaison capacity. The move to the SHAPE compound aimed to ensure that LIVE OAKs tripartite planning was synchronized with that of NATOs own planning (Berlin Contingency or BERCON Plans and associated Maritime Contingency (MARCON) Plans). It was also intended to facilitate a transfer of command responsibility from LIVE OAK to NATO, should a crisis over Berlin escalate into a wider conict in Central Europe. Following Frances withdrawal from NATOs integrated military command in 1966, LIVE OAK and SHAPE moved to Mons in Belgium. Political oversight Both the LIVE OAK and NATO contingency plans were developed under strict political control and remained under the close supervision of the ambassadors exercising that control on behalf of Allied capitals. The Washington Ambassadorial Group (WAG) oversaw LIVE OAK plans and the North Atlantic Council (NAC) supervised NATOs plans. Contingency plans were complemented with political, economic, psychological and public diplomacy measures designed to convey Western resolve and deter hostile action. This close supervision by political authorities helped to ensure that any threatening moves by the Soviet Union or the GDR would be responded to rmly, but prudently. It also ensured that the interests and prerogatives of all Allies would be protected, not just the four LIVE OAK nations if tensions escalated or conict ensued. What declassied documents reveal To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1961 Berlin crisis, NATO has declassied and released to the public some 370 documents from this period, many formerly classied at the highest level Cosmic Top Secret. These documents shed light on the protracted and sometimes tense exchanges of view among NAC ambassadors on the hypothetical circumstances under which the Alliance as a whole would have had to take over the protection of Western access to West Berlin from LIVE OAK. It is a testimony to the prudence and rmness embedded in the LIVE OAK and NATO contingency plans that Berlin never became the trigger of a general conict in Europe. The Berlin Wall came down on 9 November 1989 and the Cold War came to a peaceful end. LIVE OAK was disbanded on 2 October 1990 on the eve of Germanys reunication. All the arrangements and plans for the protection of Western access to, and for the defence of, West Berlin ceased to exist. Source www.nato.intNATO marks 50 years since the 1961 Berlin Crisis You are invited to join the ght against cancer. A donation is appreciated! All proceeds will be donated to the German Cancer Society (Deutsche Krebshilfe e.V.). This year the run will be held at the NATO Base Geilenkirchen. You can run, walk or bike a 5 km or 10 km route, which extends around the aireld on 22 September. Registration will begin at the Canadian National Support Unit (NSU), building 98 from 1200-1300 followed by a warm-up and kickoff. See the main page of the E-3A Windows SharePoint (WSS) to preregister! All participants are invited to a BBQ at the Canadian NSU following the run, where hamburgers, bratwurst and soft drinks will be sold. A Single Dream. A World of Hope. For more information or to volunteer, please contact MSgt. Marlene Shillingford, ext. 2458, or Capt. Blair Barthel, ext 4416.

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4 NATO Skywatch 26 August 2011 The TCA celebrates history Discover the magic at the other end of the world. Come to Chile, the fascinating destination in South America, from 10 to 26 November 2011. Escorted tour from Brussels with Englishspeaking guide. Discover Santiago, the capital city of Chile: Explore the bohemian and historic port city of Valparaiso, the 19th century pearl, declared a World Heritage Site. The Chilean Lake District: Experience the Chilote culture during overland visits to isolated places. Patagonia: At the far south of the Andes is the Torres del Paine National Park, one of the most impressive sights in the Southern Hemisphere. Atacama Desert: The Atacama Desert is said to be the driest in the world, with places where it hasnt rained for 400 years Easter Island: It is the most isolated place in all the planet, at a distance of 3,000 km from the nearest populated point and one of the most fascinating archaeological riddles of all time. Price for the travel package: ,984 including international ights from Brussels to Santiago de Chile. All national ights with very good, charming hotels, meals as indicated in the program and all visits are conducted by English-speaking guides. Booking details: deadline for booking is 11 September 2011. If you are interested, please book as early as possible. The number of places is limited. For more information, program and booking, please contact Veronique Leroy by email to 730725@gmail.com. This tour is organized especially for all SHAPE and NATO HQ personnel, members of other international HQs and organizations, and their families and friends.Chile and Easter Island Tour organized by SHAPE and NATO HQBy Lt.Col. Andres F. Gamboa Once upon a time ...... in the late 1988s, the participating NAEW&CF nations provided the E-3A Component with three additional support aircraft, called Training Cargo Aircraft (TCA), to augment the E-3As for training and operation. At that time, the responsibility of the TCA operations and training was assigned to the Operations Wing Trainer Cargo Division (OWTC). The TCA Squadron as it is known today was formed on 20 March 2000. Designated as Squadron 5, the TCA Squadron became an integral part of the NAEW&CF, supporting both the E-3A and E-3D Components. Now the TCA Squadron and jets are approaching their end at the NATO E-3A Component, taking advantage of the summer time (which seems more like fall) and mainly before all Squadron personnel slowly start to leave the Component, the TCA squadron organized a farewell party in July. All present and former members gathered and all had time to share their experiences, proving that the TCA spirit lives on. The rst TCA with tail number 19997 was phased out on 9 August 2010, when it was own to DavisMonthan Air Force Base near Tuscan, Arizona, and taken to the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center (AMARC) often referred to as the bone-yard in the desert. The second TCA is scheduled to be phased out by the end of next month to go to Manching, and the third and last one will leave the Component beginning of December. The TCA will be replaced by an aircraft of TNT Airlines S.A. from Lige, Belgium, which was awarded a ve-year contract to provide cargo and passenger service beginning 1 January 2012.Photos pages 1 and 4 courtesy TCA Squadron

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6 NATO Skywatch 26 August 2011 Text and photos Lt.Col. Antje Kalka They have a bad image: wasps. During summer time they are considered as an aggressive, nasty, poisonous pest that needs to be defeated. In my opinion, wasps are beautiful and fascinating. In the past weeks, I have had the chance to learn a lot about wasps after an animal had dug up a wasps nest located under a hedge in front of my ofce. The wasps were a bit irritated but immediately started to repair the comb structure of their nest, creating a paper-like substance by chewing wood bers. Our wasps belong to the species vespula germanica. You easily can distinguish them from other species because they have one to three black points on their yellow forehead. Head of the wasp colony is the queen. Her royal household consists of one or more fertile male wasps and a lot of sterile female workers, primarily responsible for the construction of the nest. In autumn, however, most of the wasps die away. Only the young mated queen(s) hibernate for the winter. Following the Japanese proverb a wasp stings the crying face; I ignored all prejudices against the aggressive insects and took pictures close to the nest. No problem and not at all a heroic deed. Wasps are never interested in teaching a human being just for fun a lesson with their venomous stings. They only sting when they feel threatened. Wasps love everything with nectar or nectar-like substances. That is the reason why they are attracted by sweets such as cake, fruits or soft drinks. Just avoid offering them those delicious food sources. Also perfumes, hairspray and styling gel have sweet smelling ingredients and it takes a certain time until a wasp recognizes that this is not the nutrition it is looking for ... Therefore it is best to make yourself as less an attractive object as possible when there are likely to be wasps in the immediate environment and the risk to be stung is effectively minimized. And if a wasp is in your ofce, keep quiet. If you are brave, just take a mug or a tumbler when a wasp sits on a window pane, wait until the wasp has crawled in, cover the mug with a sheet of paper and give your yellow-black striped neighbor the opportunity to y away. Yellow-black striped neighbors By MSgt. Christopher Brown, Safety Division The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that in 2008 there were four million unintentional deaths worldwide due to accidents. The majority of these accidents occurred during the summer months. With summer having started, the Safety Division hopes that you ask yourself one question What could go wrong with what I am about to do? Its an unfortunate reality that after spending eight to twelve hours in an environment where rules, regulations and requirements dictate safe behavior, a transformation takes place after you exit the gate. The numerous safety briengs and discussions with leadership about being safe and applying risk management principles seem to be forgotten, or at least put to the side until the next duty day. When on-base, individuals generally obey the 50 km/h speed limit and wear a seatbelt. Again, its as if a transformation takes place when individuals might drive off-base because its difcult to nd anyone actually going the posted speed limit or wearing a seatbelt 100% of the time. You have to ask yourself if they gave any thought to the possibility of something going wrong. Do you think they thought about how excessive speeds in a vehicle make it more difcult to maneuver or stop if an obstacle gets in their way? Or how seatbelts save lives by allowing the individual to ride down the crash, instead of hitting the steering wheel at the vehicles current speed. Do you think they thought about the fact that the leading cause of off-duty fatalities during the summer months is the result of private motor vehicle accidents? The answer is probably not. Private motor vehicle hazards are just one in a list of hazards associated with spring and summer activities. Did you know one of the leading causes for fatalities during the summer months involves water sports and drowning? In 2004 64,379 deaths worldwide were from drowning. Do you think these individuals planned for what could go wrong? Probably not, in fact, one quarter of these drownings happen to swimmers and in environments that were unsupervised (no lifeguards), or the individual had consumed alcohol and was not wearing a life vest. Statistics show that accidents do happen. Using risk management, even when off-duty, is the key to accident prevention. Whatever you choose to do this summer, the Safety Division hopes each and every one of you will realize that you possess the ability to prevent accidents from occurring. As long as you understand that what can go wrong, usually does when you dont plan for it and just because it didnt go wrong the rst time or the hundredth time, doesnt mean that your luck wont run out eventually. Ask yourself, What could go wrong with what I am about to do?, before something bad happens. Lets practice a little risk management in our daily lives and enjoy the summer. Sources www.nationmaster.com and from the International Life Saving Federation on www.ilsf.orgWhat could go wrong? Vacancy announcementApplications are invited for the following posts: Senior Technician (Radio), advertisement numbers 11013+11014, NATO Grade B-4, assigned to the ATC Radio Maintenance Section, Ground Radar/Radio Maintenance Branch, Aireld Services Squadron, Operations Wing. Theses posts are due to be lled as soon as possible. Closing date: 4 October 2011. For further details, please visit the E-3A Component (WSS) Portal under Headquarters/ A1/A1CP/A1CR / Recruitment, the ofcial E-3A Component internet homepage at www.e3a.nato.int or review the advertisement posted in building 8. Note: Only applications of qualied personnel will be considered. The wasps nest near Headquarters building 222.

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26 August 2011 NATO Skywatch 7 By SMSgt. Dieter Schmitz and Capt. Sam Denney The IT Wing (ITW) reached a signicant milestone on 27 June with the 10,000th incident in the Incident Management Tool (IMT). The legacy system became all but a distant memory. The dedicated staff of the Consolidated Service Desk (CSD) has worked very hard to grow and professionalize customer access to the services that CIS provides. The two primary goals over this past year were to provide customers with a friendly, knowledgeable, professional contact to help solve their IT-related issues and to provide a tool with which to create and track these issues, and at the same time provide transparency to our customers using the IMT. After going live on 1 June last year, IMT has become the prized asset for IT Wing CIS incident management. IMT allows the CSD to electronically store, route, assign and trace all issues or requests from Component customers from cradleto-grave. It gives each incident a unique number and gives users several ways to easily track the status of their incident. IT focal points, technicians and coordinators use it to solve CIS issues at a rate of 87% of calls per month. It is also possible to send incidents via e-mail to ofc-cis@e3a. nato.int. More interesting is what ITW has planned for the future, as IMT inevitably evolves into the sole incident tracking tool for all Component ITrelated issues. Additionally, the integrated software producer Ilias Solutions will continue to add new features and functionality, including a Request For Change (RFC) module allowing requests for new equipment and network conguration changes to be automatically routed by the system to the appropriate action ofces in the future. Modern technology, and a nice user interface, makes it effective and easy to use. All this helps our talented staff of technicians assist Component customers to ensure that their CIS equipment is functional and available for accomplishing the mission. Congratulations to the outstanding CSD professionals in meeting this milestone! Service Desk hits 10,000 requestsSSgt. Sean Vogelaar and Mrs. Gerrie Savelkoul at their working places at CSD (from left to right). Photo Andrea Hohenforst By Gnter Diehm 007 And we are not talking about James Bond, it is Mr. Peter De Coster, Branch Chief Materiel Management Branch, Supply Squadron, Logistics Wing who retires on 30 August after 31 years of faithful, loyal and dedicated service to the E-3A Component. Capt. (GEAF) Peter De Coster arrived here on 28 April 1980 as acting Chief Supply Branch (LOSM). With ID card number 007 he was one of the rst key personnel in the Logistics Division. At that time he was one of the main players establishing support interfaces with the German forces by attending meetings with the German Ministry of Defense in Bonn and various other agencies. At the same time he was deeply involved in reviewing the NAPMA Logistics Plan, the Operational Readiness Plan for Supply, the proposed supply concept for the E-3A Component, the draft REAL and the existing job descriptions. Fluent in both German and English, he taught supply classes for inventory management and warehouse procedures for the entire supply community in both languages. After that early pioneer work he became a NATO Civilian A-2 on 1 February 1981 and afterwards Chief Materiel Management Branch. In that position he attended a formal Supply Operations Ofcer training course at Lowry AFB, Denver, Colorado, and various other supply-related courses. Peter was then promoted to NIC A-3 and served as the Chief Stock Control Section until summer 2010, when he again assumed the position of Branch Chief Materiel Management Branch LWSG. He is also well-known for various sporting achievements, especially as the unbeaten swimming champion of Supply Squadron, despite strong challenges from CMSgt. Warren Hayashi and the famous Ann WoodBrown. Besides walking his favorite hobbies also include the German Schafskopf and the French card game Skat. Pete, all your colleagues, co-workers, supervisors and friends from both the Logistics Wing Supply Squadron and the entire E-3A family wish you and your wife Gerdi all the best, with many, many harmonious, healthy and interesting years to come. Dangschee un pat di! (translation Bavarian-English: Thank you and goodbye!)ID 007 retires on 30 August Some impressions of Peter De Coster throughout his Component years.

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8 NATO Skywatch 26 August 2011 By CMSgt. Ronny Aerts In the third week of July, a part of the parking space in front of building 83 was blocked for a few days. Many Component members were wondering why, but it all became clear on 20 July: On this day the Belgian National Support Unit (NSU) started building up a few tents for their national day event on 21 July. 21 July is an ofcial national holiday in Belgium as Leopold of Saxe-Coburg took oath as the rst king of Belgium. In Belgium, there are numerous ceremonies nationwide and a special military parade that takes place every year in Brussels. Here, in Germany, it is a working day for the Belgians but every year we celebrate this holiday at the Component. On this day, the Belgian NSU invites all Belgian personnel and former Component members and their families to celebrate together. Since many years this event took place at the swimming pool area. This year, however, we decided to break this tradition and to do something different at the parking lot of the Belgian NSU. In the afternoon, we started with an E-3A walk-through, followed by a BBQ and a party in the evening. For the kids there were several attractions, including a bouncing castle. It is also famous tradition that newcomers are being baptized. They are thrown into the pool with their clothes on. Since this year we didnt celebrate at the pool, a small plastic childrens pool suited well for the job. The new formula was a big success since we had almost 100 participants, who were very pleased and said that they would like to come again next year. I would like to take the opportunity to thank everybody who helped and supported us. For three people of the Belgian team, SSgt. Marcel Delien, SrA. Fred Lebrun and SrA. Ronny Kreemers, it was their last year here at the Component and I would like to especially thank them for all their hard work they did in the past and in this year. So, if the parking area is blocked again in July 2012, everybody will know that it is time again for the Belgian national day BBQ party.Youth summer football camp Young football fans participated in this years campThe youth summer football camp, which was held from 8-12 August for the children of Component families and the youth of the soccer club Germania Teveren was, for the 4th consecutive year, a successful venture in 2011. A total of 36 children signed up, 19 of which were Component members dependants, the remainder being from Germania Teveren. For ve days, the youth were given the chance to participate in two daily training sessions of 150 minutes each. These sessions were organized to help the youth improve their technical and tactical skills while also working on their coordination, agility and running skills. The young football players were able to show what they had learnt and put their newlyacquired skills to use straight away in the many friendly games. One of the special features of the camp is the mixture of different cultures and nationalities it brings together. Many new friendships were formed between the youth, who were also able to work on their language skills, as the camp was conducted in both English and German. This contributed signicantly to fostering intercultural relationships, one of the other objectives of the camp. One of the highlights for the children was the walkthrough of an E-3A and the visit of the Fire Department on Thursday. The parent/children games festival, which took place on the last day of the camp, was another special event. Parents interested in football were given the opportunity to see what the camp is all about. The mothers and fathers were able to experience how their sons and daughters learned new technical and tactical elements of the game in a fun way, by playing against their children. This years participants of the summer IYA football camp together with their supervisors and their briefers from Squadron 3 SMSgt. Jrgen Wieczarkowiecz and MSgt. Mirco Howie Hauschild a special thank-you for the excellent explanations about the aircraft during the walkthrough as well as to our colleagues from the Fire Department.Photo Andrea HohenforstBy Stephanie Chalmers and Jrg HalfenbergBelgian NSU celebrates national dayLargest open air restaurantThis weekend, Maastricht hosts the 30th Preuvenemint, the largest culinary event of the Netherlands, which takes place every last weekend in August at the Vrijthof in Maastricht. The name Preuvenemint is a combination of the Maastricht dialect word for tasting (preuve) and event (evenemint). This popular event gets each year more than 100,000 visitors. Some 30 restaurants, catering services and others offer the possibility to taste their products varying from sate and baguettes to a selection of exclusive dishes such as lobster and exotic delicacies. Instead of paying in euros, special bills can be bought for each, the socalled Preuvelappen. The proceeds of these Preuvelappen will go to charity. Open: 26 August from 1600-0200, 27 August from 1400-0200 and on 28 August from 1200-0200.

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26 August 2011 NATO Skywatch 9 During the weekend of 10 and 11 September the medieval times return to Gangelt with a colorful medieval market atmosphere of archery, hatchet-throwing, battles, knights tournaments and a re-breather. This amazing event is organized by the local association group Schildwchter, who act as tour guides and night watchmen for the town of Gangelt. On the occasion of the ofcial Monument Day in Germany, the community of Gangelt would like to bring its history back to life for you and your family. You will be able to experience long-forgotten times where knights have their tournaments, jugglers demonstrate their tricks, real birds of prey perform and specialities of the middle ages are offered. Many knights and their companions in historical costumes will meet at the old city wall in front of Gangelt`s gates to set up their camp and to present it to Gangelt and its visitors. The grand opening of this unique event in the local region will commence at 1100 on 10 September, ofciated by Mayor Bernhard Tholen. This years program is full of interesting events for young and old alike, and with various attractions such as battle of the knights, a childrens zoo with donkeys, sheep and ponies, a bird show, handicraft objects, traditional music, jugglers, archery and axe-throwing. Culinary master pieces and special medieval drinks will complete this tremendous opportunity to experience the old historical way of living. In former times the Schildwchter were responsible for watching over of shields and weaponry, and the local association Die Schildwchter zu Gangelt (Watchmen of Gangelt) will offer two guided tours during the medieval event. Guided tours (in German language) On 10 September, 1900, Mrs. Monika Tholen from the Schildwchter will guide a tour through medieval Gangelt, wearing historical costumes and accompanied by the knights (starting point: historic market). On 11 September, at 1400, she also plans a tour through Gangelt and the church of St. Nikolaus (starting point: town hall). There is no entrance fee to this event and everybody is welcome!Medieval times in Gangelt Photos Karl-Heinz Hamacher info@houxdigiprint.nl | www.houxdigiprint.nl DIGITAL PRINT & OFFSET CENTREXLDIGITAL PRINT & OFFSET CENTREXLPrints offset and digital Design / DTP Birth/ Weddingcards Personalized mailings Mobile presentation systems Corporate design XL prints Banners (with frames) Manuals Price lists Plastic bags Printed binders Arendstraat 3 6135 KT Sittard Phone +31 (0)46 4582111 Brusselsestraat 134 6211 PJ Maastricht Phone +31 ( 0)43 3256505 Audi A1 3-trg. Attraction 1.2 TFSI 63 kW (86 PS), 5 Gang, Grundpreis ab Werk (inkl. MwSt.), Lackierung: Brillantschwarz, Ausstattung: schw./schw. schw./schw./titangrau, Sonderausstattungen/Zubehr: Comfort-drivePaket, Ablagepaket, Klimaanlage manuell, Mittelarmlehne vorn, Sitzheizung vorn, Radioanlage Chorus, Seitenairbags vorn, Kopfairbag, el. Auenspiegel, ESP, el. FH, Start-Stopp-System, ZV mit FB u.v.m. Finanzierungsbeispiel: + Hauspreis 15.379,00 + berfhrung/Kfz-Brief-Gebhr 597,99 Anzahlung 18,71 % 2.990,00 = Nettodarlehnsbetrag 12.986,99 + Zinsen 814,07 + Bearbeitungsgebhr 454,54 = Darlehnssumme 14.255,60 + Laufzeit: 36 Monate + Nominalzins: p. a. 2,41 % + effektiver Jahreszins (UD): 3,90 % + 35 monatliche Raten: 149,00 + Schlussrate bei 10.000 km/Jahr: 9.040,60 Kraftstoffverbrauch: innerorts 6,2 l/100 km auerorts 4,4 l/100 km kombiniert 5,1 l/100 km CO 2 -Emissionen: kombiniert 118 g/km Alle Werte inkl. 19 % MwSt. Ein Angebot der Audi Bank. Bonitt vorausgesetzt. (l. to r.w): Achim Kfferlein, Martin Deffur, Michael Wittwer, Gerd Caron, Lothar Herfs, Marcel Oellers, Markus Weber, Alfred Deffur, Michael Marx. Jacobs automobile sales team looks forward to your visit:

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10 NATO Skywatch 26 August 2011 Visit the Services Branch WSS web page for the latest program information and upcoming events MWA card issuing ofce MWA cards are being issued in building 80 (Services Branch Accounting Section), room 16. Ofce opening hours are as follows: Monday-Thursday from 0900-1130 & 1300-1500 and on Friday 09001130. A MWA card costs for everyone for a period of twelve months payment only in cash. As a MWA card holder you will receive a 30% discount on all food/beverage items purchased at the E-3A Club/ Rotodome, and also on participation in all MWA programs on base. You will also receive the Food Services Newsletter and the weekly Rotodome menu per email, if you wish. Shopping cards All Component members and dependants with an ID card expiration date in 2013 are reminded to pick up their shopping cards in September 2011. Personnel who have not yet picked up their shopping cards from phases 1, 2 & 3 (ID expiry dates: 2014, 2015, 2016) should do so as soon as possible. The shopping card is being issued free of charge at building 80, room 13, opening hours: Monday-Friday, 09001130. Food Services System Please contact Mr. Ren Peeters, ext. 4990 or email to rpeeters@e3a. nato.int Rotodome Opening hours: Monday-Friday: 0600-1900 serving breakfast, lunch and dinner along with a fast food line (i.e. pizza, hamburgers, etc.). The Rotodome is the main MWA food facility open to everybody. Enjoy your meal or just a coffee or a cold drink sitting in the sun on our south-facing terrace. Rotodome pizza Please call ext. 4937 to pre-order pizza. During the busy lunch-time periods, we cannot guarantee the pizza will be available exactly at the requested time pizzas are freshly made and require more preparation time. All pizzas are also available for take away. Visit our Components Food Services System WSS page for detailed information on menus and fast food items as well as prices. Customers wishing to receive the menu per e-mail, are requested to email to rpeeters@ e3a.nato.int for being added on the automatic distribution list. E-3A Club Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday from 1100-2200, Wednesday from 1100-1600. The Red Lion Bar will open earlier at 1600 for your convenience. Coffee & cake (,55), toasties and bockwurst with salad are served every day as of 1100. Coffee-to-go is also available. Additionally, a small warm dish with bread is offered from 1100-1330. Price for MWA members is ,50 and for non-MWA members ,50. The E-3A Club is equipped to cater for all special functions, ofcial dinners, conferences, meetings, etc., on a limited basis. Please contact Mr. Peeters, ext. 4990 to arrange details. The Kegelbahn, located in building 60, is open for use on a rental basis. Please ask the Food Activity Manager for a free slot. Special events Friday, 2 September: Karaoke & Steak Night. There will be a Karaoke in the main bar of the E-3A Club, from 1600-2200. Additionally there will be a Steak Night in the Preveza room from 1700-2000. Sunday, 4 September: Italian Brunch from 1100-1400 The brunch consists of: tomato with mozzarella) Lasagna, Tortellini, etc.) Price: 6 for members, for kids 4-12 years. Please make reservations before 2 September, 1200, ext. 4990/1. Sports Department Opening hours: Monday-Friday from 0600-2100 and on weekends from 0800-2000. No Sports staff available at the New Gym from Monday-Thursday after 1700, Friday after 1430 and at weekends. All Component personnel are authorized to utilize the sports facilities free of charge. However, participation in tness classes with instructor, i.e. spinning, aerobics, dance classes, etc. is restricted to personnel in possession of a valid MWA membership card. Daily checks will be conducted. Sunday, 4 September: Last day of the swimming pool season Monday, 12 September: Registration deadline for the winter schedule for the New Gym, Multipurpose Room and the Old Gym Monday, 19 September: Start registration for the Volleyball League/ Tournament 19-22 September Fitness Week Fitness classes Come along and try out one of the many tness classes offered at the Sports Department. See schedule on the Sports Department WSS page. International Library Operating hours 1100-1500, Monday through Friday. International Youth Activities Information and registration at the IYA Ofce in Bldg. 95, ext. 4954/ 4955. Trip to Waterloo and Brussels Saturday, 17 September, 08002000. Visit the lively historical site where Napoleons troops met those of Wellington and Bluecher. The fascinating attractions let you relive one of the greatest battles in European history. Enjoy the rest of your day in the center of Brussels with its famous Grand Place, the Cathedral, Manneken Pis Fountain, Belle Epoque Malls and thousands of stores and restaurants. Cost is for ages 18 and up, 7 for ages 7 to 17 and 1 for ages 6 and under; with your valid MWA card pay only 1 for ages 18 and up, for ages 7 to 17 and 5 for ages 6 and under, including Lion Hamlet Pass to Waterloo attractions. Trip to Amsterdam Saturday, 15 October, 0800-2100. Explore the historic center, take a canal cruise through its wealth of waterways along beautiful houses built by wealthy merchants during the Golden Age of the Netherlands. You can visit the Royal Palace, the Anne Frank House and famous museums with paintings by Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Vermeer; and you will nd street markets and thousands of stores and restaurants. Cost is ,50 per person, pay only 6,50 per person with your valid MWA Card. Instructional classes for children Ballet, Tap & Jazz, Mixed Martial Arts, swimming for beginners, Zumbatomic. Thrift Shop Opening hours 1000-1400 every Tuesday and Thursday, ext. 4919. 10 September: Park & sell ea market on base The Park & Sell (ea market/ garage sale type event) is held the second Saturday of every month from May through October. The next Park & Sell is on Saturday, 10 September from 0900-1300. It is located at the U.S. Dental Clinic Parking lot (next to the NATEX grocery store). Sellers show up and set up on the morning of the event, no reservation required. Sellers pay a small non-refundable fee and must sign and agree to the Park & Sell rules of engagement. Items and over may only be sold to E-3A Component blue ID card holders. Interesting items and good bargains can be found there. It is especially good for incoming and departing personnel to buy and sell items unique to the area, for example, 220 volt items. Open to NATO ID card holders. For more information please contact Greg Johnson, ext. 2258.MWA INFORMA TIONSeptember Events in Aachen By Janina Bien Wine Festival for connoisseurs Visit the wine summer festival in Aachen until Sunday, 28 August. More than 20 vintners from the Rhineland-Palatinate will offer their tasty wines on the Katschhof square, between Aachen Cathedral and the City Hall. This years focus is on presenting the various regions and famous wine-producing areas: Ahr, Central Rhineland, Moselle, Pfalz and Rhine-Hesse. More information can be found at www.weinsommer.de. Festival opening hours are as follows: 26 August 1600-2300, 27 August 1100-2300, 28 August 1200-2200. Kurpark Classix live Mr. Marcus R. Bosch, Generalmusikdirektor of the city of Aachen, and the Aachener Sinfoniker invite you to this years Kurpark Classix in Aachen. Enjoy fantastic open-air concerts featuring the most beautiful arias, ensembles and choirs, with compositions by Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Franz Lhar, Giacomo Puccini, Leonard Bernstein, Cole Porter, etc. The three famous sopranos Irina Popova, Jelena Rakic and Katharina Hagopian, the tenor Yikun Chung and other international guests will welcome you with their spectacular shows from 2-4 September. 2 September, 2000 Cicero and band 3 September, 2000 Classix for Kids 4 September, 1100 4 September, 1930, with a fantastic reworks display Detailed information about this event can be found at www. kurparkclassix.de Photo courtesy www.kurparkclassix.de

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