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NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen 9 September 2011 Volume 27, No. 16 NATO E-3A COMPONENT IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION UNIFIED PROTECTOR 170 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 ASSIST238 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 By Maureen Geraets-Head Without this Computer Upgrade Project (CUP), NATO AWACS would not be operating in major combat operations today, said Force Commander Maj. Gen. Stephen D. Schmidt in his speech during the CUP ceremony hosted by the NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Programme Management Agency (NAPMA) in Brunssum, the Netherlands, on 29 August. The CUP involved renewal of the computer processing and upgrade of the power supply boards for all mission, communication and display technician consoles on board the NATO E-3As. This upgrade is also installed in the two mission simulators and the Continuous Engineering Laboratory. Within the entire eet retrot the CUP delivered performance improvements through both hardware and software changes. All aircraft and mission simulator upgrades for this project were delivered either on or ahead of schedule, and it was completed within its allocated budget of 60 million US dollars. As a result, we now have a new, dual processor with an increased, four-gigabyte memory which will provide faster processing while minimizing software changes, and hence reducing the maintenance and support, said Component Commander Brig. Gen. Burkhard Pototzky. He added, From my perspective, the crews are happy with the upgrade, and for me this is the most important aspect. Improving our aircraft capabilities is essential as we continue to stake our claim as the most advanced and modern airborne early warning platform in the world. Three years ago, in 2008, the CUP program received the green light from the Board of Directors, and the companies Boeing, Cassidian and General Dynamics Canada were contracted. NAPMA provided the coordination with industry and performed a study to identify how to improve system performance and also resolve the Diminishing Manufacturing Source (DMS) issue. The Boeing Company was contracted through the Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force Base in the U.S., which is NAPMAs counterpart on the U.S. Air Force side. For the Component also, the CUP was an excellent example of how a team effort can lead to smooth integration and on-time delivery of equipment and software. All the Wings provided their utmost support to NAPMA, which acted as the integration chain for delivery of the assets so that the upgrading was performed within the projected time.Computer Upgrade Project completed Although the entire modication entailed more then the replacement of the old 3-card wide single board computer by the new 5-slot wide computer, this part is the most visible change. Photos Andrea Hohenforst. During the ceremony on 29 August, the Force Commander, Maj. Gen. Stephen D. Schmidt (left) receives the Computer Upgrade Project certicate from NAPMA General Manager Brig.Gen. Ludwig Leinhos.Photo courtesy NAPMA/Paul van Wieringen

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9 September NATO Skywatch 3 By Janina BienIn August, the Public Affairs Ofce (PAO) received a media request from a local newspaper to interview one person from every nation on base with regards to the disaster on 9/11.Everybody remembers 11 September 2001: the day when the unreal became a true nightmare. This was the morning when planes ew down from the sky into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and another crashed in Pennsylvania. This was a demarcation point that changed the security stance of the US and the world dramatically, and it also introduced a new enemy from the skies. Nearly 3,000 people died that morning; the vast majority of them in the lower Manhattan towers, others at the Pentagon and in a rural Pennsylvania eld, and many people were scared for life. Not only American citizens, but the whole world was numbed by this ugly menace of terrorism. To support the newspapers request, PAO invited the Senior National Representatives or their alternates to give a short interview about their personal feelings and experiences on 9/11. The journalist asked the participants whether they could still remember what they were doing at that very moment on 9/11, what did they think at that time, how did they feel or experience the situation afterwards, whether these cruel attacks inuenced them in any way in their thinking or behavior, and what the impact was in general. Their answers can be read in the local newspaper Geilenkirchener Zeitung on 10 September 2011 or the English translation at the WSS Portal, PAO-section, in the week of 12 September. Col. Gregory C. Clark, Commander of the Logistics Wing and US Senior National Representative, said: On 11 September 2001 I was working in the Training Wing as the Aircrew Training Squadron Commander. That morning, I was ying a pilot training sortie. When we walked into the squadron building that afternoon, there was a small crowd around the television in the break room. There was an atmosphere of shock, and speculation as to what caused this aircraft accident in New York City. The reality of the event did not become clear until later. The collapse of the World Trade Center, the heroic rescue attempt in New York City, news of an aircraft crash in Pennsylvania and into the Pentagon, followed by reports that the US President on Air Force One diverted to Strategic Command in Omaha, Nebraska, along with the rst ever closure of the US and Canadian air space, grounding all commercial aircraft in North America. There was no clarity, no answers, just confusion of the moment, but everyone knew for better or worse our lives had dramatically changed and we did not know what to do or how to react. What does it mean to me? The thing I remember most is the sincere heartfelt sympathy displayed here in the local Geilenkirchen community, a church service for the 9/11 victims in downtown Geilenkirchen, the rst ever declaration of NATO Article 5 in defense of the United States, and the sense of unity we shared as allies and as a community in the face of tragedy. 10 Years later, we still are reacting and responding to this coordinated act of terrorism against the United States. This threat has spread to other regions of the world, forever wiping away the innocent hope of world peace following the end of the Cold War and the unication of Germany. Our vision of a bountiful and bright future in the 21st century was forever changed on 9/11 with the dawn of a new and dangerous reality.10 years after 9/11 A sleek steel and glass curtain covers the bare structure of the rst World Trade Center tower. Once completed, it will stand a symbolic 541-meter tall. An aerial view of the construction site taken in July 2011, features newly planted trees and granite memorial pools. Construction workers test the north pool waterfall, which falls into a granite crater where the north tower fell. The WTC building, set for completion in 2013 overlooks the granite memorial pool where a fallen tower stood.Photos courtesy Dailycaller.com

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4 NATO Skywatch 9 September 2011 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. 16 9 September 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 Bien ISAF Commander sets his priorities for successful transition in AfghanistanGen. John R. Allen is six weeks into his command of ISAF and US troops in Afghanistan: We will prevail in this campaign because the forces are well entrained and [we have] the right combination to do that. His condence comes despite that fact August saw the highest number of American fatalities since the war began in 2001. In the past six weeks, the Taliban have downed a Chinook helicopter, attacked a couple of governors compounds, hit the British Council in Kabul, killed twelve police ofcers in Lashkar Gah and claim to have assassinated the Mayor of Kandahar. Gen. Allen says the enemy has been forced to resort to high prole attacks because they have lost so much ground on the battleeld. Around this country at this point, the insurgents have been ejected from the population through counter-insurgency operations, through the improvement of governance and economic opportunity, through the development of the Afghan Local Police, through the reintegration of many of the insurgent ghters that have come off the battleeld ultimately to rejoin their society. So I can understand that there could be a concern over these high prole attacks. However, he argues that in an insurgency that is in fact experiencing the difculties that this one is experiencing, it is losing ground around the country. In his rst broadcast interview, Gen. Allen told NATO TV he wanted to reassure Afghans that despite the talk of troops withdrawing, foreign commitment to Afghanistan will be around for years to come. It is not about running for the exit. In any case, the United States, on a bilateral level, NATO, at a bilateral level, is in conversation with the Afghan government about the intent for a long-term strategic relationship as well. So the Afghans who worry about whether were leaving ought to see whats happening in front of them today: they should take heart in that, they should be encouraged by that. When Gen. Allen took up command, he laid down his four priorities for the ISAF campaign. First, he intends to use all the combat power that we have, for as long as we have it. To maintain the momentum of the campaign and in fact to increase the pressure on the enemy as much as we possibly can. The second priority is to get the Afghan National Security Forces as ready as we can. Get them at an institutional level, and operationally to partner with them to get them more rmly into the lead on the battleeld in an area at the end of 2014. Gen. Allens third priority is to use the existing ISAF forces to set the conditions for and ultimately support the process of the last priority, which is to be exible and agile as time passes, as our troop numbers mature and as they come down, to posture ourselves so that well be relevant for the operational environment in the future. The Commander concluded that in the context of those four priorities, even though our numbers are coming down, well adapt the campaign plan to account for those diminishing numbers so that well get the most out of our combat power based on the operational environment and the mission for as long as we can. Source www.nato.int Libya ConferenceNATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen attended the International Conference on Libya in Paris on 1 September 2011. During the meeting, the Secretary General emphasized that we are determined to continue our mission for as long as attacks and threats continue, but not a day longer than necessary. The Secretary General praised the successful implementation of the UN mandate. From the very beginning, our mission has been to protect the Libyan people, he said, we have managed to prevent a massacre and countless lives have been saved. Today, the future of Libya is in the hands of the Libyan people, Mr. Rasmussen said, insisting that this future would have to rest on reconciliation, unity and rule of law, not on repression, division and injustice. While the United Nations will hold the leading role in supporting the Libyan people and the National transitional Council throughout that process, NATO stands ready to play a supporting role, if and when so requested. Source www.nato.int NATO Secretary General on Turkeys announcementI welcome Turkeys announcement to host a radar which will be an important element of NATOs missile defence capability, which was agreed at the Lisbon summit last November. This represents a critical contribution to the Alliances overall defence against current and emerging ballistic missile threats. Turkeys decision will signicantly contribute to NATOs capability to provide protection to its European territory, populations and forces against the growing threat posed by the proliferation of ballistic missiles. Source www.nato.int On 25 August, Mr. John DeCamp, the U.S. representative on the Board of Directors (BOD) had the opportunity to y a 6-hour mission aboard one of the NATO E-3As. Before takeoff, he met with Component Commander Brig. Gen. Burkhard Pototzky, who gave him a mission overview brieng. Photo Andrea Hohenforst E-3A ight for U.S. member of BOD

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Airport Shuttle ServiceZentrale SchumacherPhone: +49 (0)2452 7777 Call for information/reservations and ask for Mary Only 9 miles from base and only 1 mile to the centre of Heinsberg. Indoor pool, playgrounds and jogging path, various shopping facilities and restaurants within walking distance. Fully equipped modern kitchen, washer, dryer, SAT-TV, DVDand CD Player, free high speed DSL Internet, babybed, highchair, toys, backyard, basket-ball. Free weekly cleaning. Gstehaus Cosima Kuhlertstrae 71 D-52525 Heinsberg-Schafhausen Tel.: +49 (0) 2452-930600 Fax: +49 (0) 2452-930700 www.gaestehauscosima.de gaestehauscosima@t-online.de Kuhlertstrae 71 Gstehaus Cosima Kuhlertstrae 71 Enjoy your transition in this independent guesthouse. Cosimas LodgeFor further information or reservations please contact Mrs. Cosima Gdde at: Cosimas Lodge Christian Powerhouse of PrayerOne Church Two Locations Pastor Peter D. & V. Frances Nunn Heating oil SHELL MARKEN PARTNER Bischoff, Vliex & Schngen, Pfennings GmbH & Co. KG Rumpenerstraat 49 6443 CC Brunssum Phone +31 (0)45 564 01 58 www.elcomal.nl

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6 NATO Skywatch 9 September 2011 Text Janina Bien Photos Squadron 3 archive On 20 July a delegation from Squadron 3 visited its sponsored golden eagle Temudschin at the Euregiozoo in Aachen and handed over a gift, a T-Shirt with the new Squadron logo, to the director of the zoo, Mr. Wolfram Graf-Rudolf. Last year Squadron 3 agreed to sponsor a male golden eagle at this local zoo as this bird also features in the Squadrons ofcial logo. The golden eagle uses its agility and speed, combined with extremely powerful talons, to snatch its prey. Its territory may be as large as 155 square kilometers. Address: Aachen Zoo/Euregio-zoo, Obere Drimbornstr. 44, 52066 Aachen. Entry fee: adults (yearly card ), kids .50 (yearly card 0). Opening times 0900-1830. For more information please go to www.euregiozoo.de. Squadron 3 visits Temudschin in Aachen 19-22 SeptemberThe Fitness Week is open to Component personnel, dependants and all MWA card holders. One of the intentions of this Fitness week is to introduce you to the tness programs offered at the Component. The Sports Department provides a variety of sports activities during this special week and hopes to get all personnel interested in sports. All activities will take place in or around the New Gym, building 206. Fitness Week program 19 September 1000-1400 Box Fun Class, Total Body Fitness, Spinning Class for beginners 20 September 1000-1600 Zumba Special, Power Walk Class, Fatburn Walk, 50+ Class, Back School, Muscle Power Class 21 September 1000-1400 Nordic Walking, Jogging Cross, Fat Burn Spinning Class, Total Body Fitness 22 September 1000-1600 Road Bike Tour, Terry Fox Run, Zumba Special, Muscle Power All classes are open to all, free of charge, during this Fitness Week. For the detailed schedule please visit the WSS Sports page or contact the Sports Department, ext. 4946. 24-25 SeptemberTickets: on sale at the German NCO Association (DUK) ofce, Building 46, ext. 3465, and at the E-3A Club until 22 September 2011. Monday and Friday from 1000-1400.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.Tops in Blue 2011 in BrunssumMark your calendars for 14 September 2011, 1930, as the Tops in Blue 2011 tour is coming back to Brunssum! This years show will be in the Brunnahal in Brunssum, so there will be plenty of room for everyone. For those of you, who arent familiar with the show, its a wonderful family event suitable for all nationalities featuring dancing, singing and performing by some of the most talented members in the US Air Force. This is an extremely diverse, talented and professional group and you wont be disappointed. The show is open to everyone, so come early for the best seats. Autumn-Country Night at the E-3A ClubThis years Autumn-Country Night will be on 16 September at the E-3A Club, start: 1900. Open for all Component members and their guests. Enjoy a fantastic evening full of country music and line dancing organized by the Flyin Frisbee Boots and music by DJ Petra. Upcoming events From left to right: MSgt. Mirco Howie Hauschild, Mr. Wolfram GrafRudolf, Lt.Col. Ekkehard Heinichen, SMSgt. Jrgen Wieczarkowiecz and MSgt. Ingo Senft.

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9 September NATO Skywatch 7 By Cpl. Dustin Francis The Terry Fox car wash event took place on 26 August 2011. The morning started out clear and sunny, but unfortunately a thunderstorm dampened the rest of the day. On the bright side of things, the cars did not need a pre-wash. In total the Terry Fox Committee washed approximately 40 cars raising 17.85 for the Terry Fox Foundation. The Chairperson WO Shillingford and the rest of the Terry Fox Committee would like to thank the 15 volunteers and everyone who donated for making this event a success! Additionally the Terry Foy Committee would like to invite you to participate in this years Terry Fox run that will be held on base on 22 September. Please register for this event and support the Terry Fox campaign by running, walking or biking the tour via WSS (more information to found on WSS). A special thank-you to the volunteers of the Terry Fox Committee, who have put a lot of team effort into the campaign 2011. Photo 1Lt. Patrick SchumitzTerry Fox car wash on base Terry Fox Campaign 2011 Geilenkirchen Realschule 4th Annual Run on 23 September Terry Fox Campaign Gala in Niederheid on 5 November. Volkshochschule, the ofcial German College for adults, is starting its fall semester the week of 26 September 2011. Classes are held in Bldg. 141. Register in class. Further information at ext. 4954. The following courses are offered: German Basic price for intensive courses is for 24 mornings/evenings. A1.1 beginners intensive courses, Schritte plus 1. Mondaty & Wednesday, 0830-1000, instructor: Meral Alkan-Oncu, room 109, Tuesday & Thursday, 1900-2030, instructor: Marita Klee, room 118 A1.2 advanced beginners intensive course, Schritte plus 2. Tuesday & Thursday, 1030-1200, instructor: Tanja Rzeppa, room 109 A2.1 pre-intermediate intensive courses, Schritte plus 3. Monday & Wednesday, 1000-1130, instructor: Meral Alkan-Oncu, room 109, Tuesday & Thursday, 1730-1900, instructor: Marita Klee, room 118 The basic price for the intermediate German course is 1 for 12 evenings. A2.2 intermediate, Schritte plus 4 Tuesday, 1700-1830, instructor: Christine Mertens, room 109 B1 advanced intensive course, Schritte plus 5. Tuesday & Thursday, 0900-1030, instructor: Tanja Rzeppa, room 109 The basic price for the B2 German course is 1 for 12 evenings. B2 advanced, Tuesday, 1830-2000, instructor: Christine Mertens, room 109 This course directly prepares you for the Mittelstufenprfung, an internationally acknowledged degree. You will have the opportunity to take this exam. The teacher will announce the book at the beginning of the course. French Latitudes 1, instructor: Stphanie Dinh-Phung, room 118. A1.1 beginners, Monday, 1900-2030, 1 for 12 evenings, A2.1 pre-intermediate intensive course, Monday & Wednesday, 1730-1900, for 24 evenings English Intensive courses, instructor: Karen Dale, room 118, for 24 mornings. The teacher will announce the book at the beginning of the course. A1.1 beginners, Monday & Wednesday, 1030200, B1 Advanced, Monday & Wednesday, 0900-1030 Vacancy announcementsApplications 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. Technician (Machine Operation), advertisement number 11015, NATO Grade B-3, assigned to the Structural Fabrication Section, Fabrication Branch, Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Logistics Wing. This post is due to be lled as soon as possible. Closing date: 10 October 2011. Division Head (Requirements), advertisement number 11016, NATO Grade A-3, assigned to the A5 Requirements Division. This post is due to be lled as soon as possible after 30 September 2011. Closing date: 12 October 2011. Senior Technician (Inspection), advertisement number 11017, NATO Grade B-4, assigned to the Aircraft Inspection Section, Aircraft Servicing & Inspection Branch, Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Logistics Wing. This post is due to be lled as soon as possible. Closing date: 14 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.Language courses on baseThe volunteers raised 517.85 with the washing of cars.

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8 NATO Skywatch 9 September 2011 By Leonie Schoelen Are you interested in learning about life in the Rhineland in the past in an exiting and child-oriented way? The Rhinish Open Air Museum in Kommern in the Eifel region, close to Metternich about 100 km away from Geilenkirchen provides the perfect surroundings for a day trip with the family. It is one of the largest museums of its kind in Europe and offers no less than 60 authentic historical buildings including residential buildings, farmyards, windmills and village community buildings such as a school, a chapel and a bakery with some dating back to the 16th century. Most buildings, however, are equipped with furniture reecting the economic and living conditions of the 19th and early 20th century. These furnishings also account for the fact that the museum has shifted its focus from a simple display of houses in former times to an actual documentation of life and people in that period of time. The buildings are arranged in four groups according to the different regions in the Rhineland set in gardens, elds and orchards. It is even possible to witness traditional work while walking around the grounds as all personnel have been trained to explain their regional work and its historical background. You can eat delicious, freshly made bread, buy sweets in a traditional corner shop or let your children immerse in the special atmosphere of a school in the 19th century with its wooden benches, chalk and slates. The museum also incorporates the Regional Heritage Museum hosting the permanent exhibition Brave New World Rhinelanders conquer America. Opening times: All year around: 1 April until 31 October 0900-1800, 1 November until 31 March 1000-1600. Address: Eickser Strae,53894 MechernichKommern. Admission: For adults is .50. Free of charge for children up to the age of 17. Family tickets at the price of 1 as well as KiddiesCarts to pull along for .50 per day. Annual season tickets, which entitle you to unlimited access for one year, are also available for 9. Parking .50 It is recommended to take at least two hours to get an overview (maps can easily be obtained from the information centre) plus an additional hour to visit the exhibition but you are more likely to spend a whole day in the Rhinish Open Air Museum! Johann Nepomuk von Schwertz at work.Rhineland in the 19th centuryAn extraordinary experienceGarden and house from Kalsbach.Photos courtesy LVR-Freilichtmuseum Kommern D ISCOUNT COUP O N valid on a total treatment of euro 125,your car is being hand-washed with wax shampoo for only 13,50 car cleaning P e rmagar d pr otective coating dent r e m oval without r epainting spot r epai r of 10 .00 f or your total car cleanin g Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 17:00 22:00 hrs 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

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10 NATO Skywatch 9 September 2011 SKYWATCHCLASSIFIEDSkywatch Classieds are free to all NATO personnel. Advertisements must be typed, including name, ofce symbol and duty extension. Advertisements for services that generate a regular income will not be accepted. Submissions are due to PAO, mail Stop 33, e-mail: pao@e3a.nato.int, by noon Thursday, 15 September. Car 2005 Ford Mustang GT, 4.6 liter V8, black exterior with red leather interior. Extras: sunroof, MP3 compatible, 6 CD player, built in phone mount, winter tires, standard transmission. Price: 6,000. Please contact Mr. Karl Deren, ext. 2653 or email to kderen@e3a.nato.int Winter tires Firestone Winterhawk 2 Evo, 4 winter tires, 155x70xR13, used only one season (November 2010-April 2011) for 50 or best offer. Please call Janina Bien, ext. 2483 or email to j.bien@gmx.de Babysitter Looking for a reliable babysitter? Responsible and mature teenager (16) has some extra time available and would love to look after your little ones while you enjoy a night out. Fluent in English and Dutch. Please call 02456-508280 (leave a message) or e-mail to uwoppas@ hotmail.com Next NATO Skywatch: 23 September Submissions due by: 15 SeptemberThe Fall Season is the competitive season with the rst home meet starting on 24 September. This season, from 24 Sep 2011 until 19 Feb 2012, there will be four home meets and six away meets, plus participation in the Long Distance Championship in Lignano, Italy; the Divisional Championships at SHAPE, Belgium; and the European Forces Swimming League (EFSL) Championships in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.Practices are normally held at the JFC Brunssum Pool on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for the three-night practice option and on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for the four-night practice option. Normal practices are divided into two 1-hour sessions. The rst session, from 1845 to 1945, is for swimmers of ages 10 and under. The second session is from 1945 to 2100 and is for swimmers of ages 11 and older. If your child is new to competitive swimming, it is recommended that you attend the early session. The coaching staff will then place your child in the appropriate practice session for the following practices. The swimming courses are open to all families of swimmers aged 6-19. You can nd all registration forms on the Orcas webpage. For insurance reasons, please ensure that the registration form is lled out prior to the rst practice. Hope to see you at the pool. Fall season of the Orcas IYA dance classes for kidsThe IYA dance program under the experienced and certied instruction of Mrs. Stella Schinagl already started again at the IYA Multi-purpose Room. Costs 4 for four lessons and please register in class. The following classes are offered: Tots (age 3) Wednesday, 1515-1600 Pre-primary Ballet Monday, 1500-1600 Pre-primary Ballet and Tap Thursday, 1600-1700 Primary Ballet and Tap Monday, 1600-1700 Primary Ballet and Tap Wednesday, 1600-1700 Ballet Grade I Tuesday, 1500-1600 Grade II Wednesday, 1700-1800 Tap & Jazz Grade I Tuesday, 1600-1700 Elementary Tuesday, 1700-1800 Grade II Monday, 1700-1800 IYA 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. IYA 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.Next IYA trips Photo Joachim Khler Photo courtesy www.sxc.hu

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