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Theodoros Chatzipouis and his team at Aktion, said Component Commander Brig. Gen. Burkhard Pototzky in his opening remarks of the Change of Command ceremony. On 9 September he handed over the colors of Forward Operating Base (FOB) Aktion from Col. Theodoros Chatzipouis to Col. Alexandros Komitoudis. The outgoing FOB Commander took command two years ago, on 3 July 2009. I would like to express my gratitude to the personnel of FOB Aktion, and also extend my gratitude to their families, who have always been very supportive and patient, stated Col. Chatzipouis before wishing professional and personal success to his successor, Col. Komitoudis. In his rst speech to the FOB personnel the new FOB Commander, Col. Alexandros Komitoudis, said I know that I can count on your dedication to your duties and also I know that your professionalism, dignity and trustworthiness will be the key factors of our success. The motto mission rst, but always keep the personnel in mind reects clearly my way of thinking, deciding and cooperating with you. In the presence of the Hellenic Air Force representatives Brig.Gen. Parashopoulos and Col. Tsantiris as well as distinguished guests from the Component, Brig.Gen. Pototzky stressed Col. Chatzipouis extremely successful performance as FOB Commander. The Component would not be able to fulll its mission and exploit this capability without the support of FOB Aktion and its Commander, his high level of performance, tireless efforts and outstanding professionalism. In saying this, Brig.Gen. Pototzky referred to the strategic position of FOB Aktion in Greece as a prime location for supporting Operation Active Endeavour and providing timely Aeronautical Information Service (AIS) information to Naples. Col. Alexandros Komitoudis arrived from the Hellenic Tactical Air Force Training Branch, with more than 2,000 hours own as a pilot, and will bring excellent tactical knowledge to the FOB. New Commander at FOB AktionChange of Command ceremony on 9 September (from left to right) Col. Theodoros Chatzipouis, Brig.Gen. Burkhard Pototzky and Col. Alexandros Komitoudis during the ofcial Change of Command ceremony on 9 September.Photo CMSgt. Stratos Katrakazas Col. Alexandros Komitoudis giving his rst speech to the FOB personnel. Brig.Gen. Pototzky ofcially handing over the colors of FOB Aktion to Col. Komitoudis.
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23 September 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. 17 23 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 email@example.com. For paid advertisements call Hub Durlinger Media at +31 (0) 46 452 9292, cellphone +31 (0)6 5472 6473 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Photo Hay Janssen200th mission ight for OUPBy Maj. Andrea Quattrini On the heels of the 10th anniversary of the 11 September attacks, the Component performed its 200th mission for Operation Unied Protector (OUP) over Libya on 14/15 September. Thanks to the efforts of 16 nations, these missions have been accomplished with the utmost competence and professionalism. The sustainment of the OUP missions has been accomplished because of the rapid availability and exibility of the crews involved. Additionally, without the extraordinary logistical support The ight crew and supporting personnel before the 200th OUP mission own from FOB Trapani. In the middle, the Force Element Commander, Lt.Col. Antonio Eramo, holding the 200th mission sign, the Technical Director, Lt.Col. Bianchini (left), and Detachment Commander Andrea Quattrini (right). Photo 37th Flying SQ Photo Laboratory BOD Chairman visits ComponentTexts by Maureen Geraets-Head The new Chairman of the NATO AEW&C Programme Management Organization (NAPMO) Board of Directors (BOD), Mr. Gilbert W. Mace, paid a visit to NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen on 7 September. Mr. Mace is very familiar with the NATO AWACS and its modernization program. When he retired as Colonel after serving 25 years in the U.S. Air Force, he accepted the position of Deputy General Manager/Chief of Staff at NAPMA, Brunssum, The Netherlands. He occupied that post for nine years, and since this year he has held his present function. While at the MOB, Mr. Mace visited the ight and mission simulators and toured an E-3A. During the visit he was accompanied by Force Commander Maj.Gen. Stephen D. Schmidt and Deputy Component Commander Col. Ton van Happen, who gave an in-depth overview brieng.Photo Andr Joosten Lt.Gen. Frank Gorenc visits our base in GeilenkirchenLt.Gen. Frank Gorenc, USAAF, Commander 3rd Air Force, Ramstein Air Base, landed at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen on 16 September. The General was met by the American Senior National Representative, Col. Gregory Clark, and escorted to the Headquarters building. Component Commander Brig. Gen. Burkhard Pototzky and Force Commander Maj.Gen. Stephen D. Schmidt invited Lt.Gen. Gorenc for an ofce meeting and he also was kindly requested to follow Component tradition by signing the Commanders guest book. The party proceeded to the ight line for a tour of one of our E-3A AWACS. During the tour, the General was informed about the mission capabilities of the aircraft. The visit concluded with a tour of the U.S. National Support Unit building. from Forward Operating Base (FOB) Trapani, the success achieved thus far would not have been possible. Through the determined efforts and synchronization between the best crews available, the mission planning teams, maintainers, civilians and leadership, an environment has been fostered conducive to mission success and making it happen. There is a strong desire amongst everyone involved that peace will quickly return to Libya. When this happens we will drink a toast with one of the best Sicilian red wines, but in the meantime we are ready to y the next 2,000 missions.
4 NATO Skywatch 23 September 2011 By Janina Bien On 14 September 2011, the IT Wing held the rst Outlook Mailbox Management Training session. The content of the training was developed in a joint effort between the IT Wing, the Ofce of Transformation (DCOMT) and the team of the Information and Knowledge Management (IKM) project. The training focuses on the most frequently asked questions related to Outlook mailboxes and Personal Store (pst) les. MCpl. Sean Vogelaar, the Consolidated Service Desk (CSD) technician selected as the instructor for this training, guided the audience through issues such as: its maximum size limit? Outlook mailbox? I create one? how does it affect my Outlook mailbox? where should I store them? replaced. How can I transfer my pst les? The goals of the training are twofold: it is an excellent opportunity to provide an extra service to the IT customers on base, and also to further increase their knowledge about Outlook mailboxes during a very short and focused session, resulting in a reduction of ofce workload. Based on the feedback received during the rst session, IT Wing is denitely intending to continue providing the training on a regular basis. In the future, the training is also scheduled to be embedded in the introduction program for newly assigned personnel under the umbrella of the IKM project. In addition to this training provided by IT Wing, DCOMT conducts a onehour software demo on the handling of digital images, covering topics such as: for use in briengs and documents a matter of seconds with a few mouse clicks interrupting other ongoing computer processes. This session will be given immediately after the Mailbox Management Training, in the same classroom. Participants have the option to attend either one or both training sessions. Personnel interested in attending the Mailbox Management training and/or the software demo can register via the SharePoint portal as follows: Component links IKM Mailbox Training Add new item Sessions: Mailbox Management: 27 September, 0830-1030, Bldg. 203, room 107B. Software Demo: 27 September, 1030-1130, Bldg. 203, room 107B. Notes: Dont worry if you cant attend one of these sessions: this training will be provided on a regular basis. The information will be posted on the WSS Portal Useful Links IKM Mailbox Training.Mailbox Management Training on base MCpl. Sean Vogelaar conducting the Mailbox Management Training session. Photo Andr JoostenCar PoolingBy Janina Bien The Component is now offering a new service on WSS: car pooling. You can use this service to offer or request car pooling opportunities, both for daily commuting and for one-time trips. To post information, please click the Car Pooling link on the WSS starting page and then choose Daily commuting or One-time trip, select New item and then ll in the requested elds with your name, extension, date offered or requested, and the location. Remarks can also be included. The idea of this car pooling service came up during a Value Stream Analysis (VSA) event hosted by the Ofce of Transformation earlier this year. The intent of the initiative is twofold: to contribute positively to the environment and to decrease the waiting time for entering the base at the Main Gate. Please feel free to contribute to this new service on WSS. Next NATO Skywatch: 7 October 2011 Submissions due by: 29 September Applications 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. Technician (Crew Chief), advertisement number 11019, NATO Grade B-3, assigned to the Aircraft Servicing Section, Aircraft Servicing & Inspection Branch, Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Logistics Wing. This post is due to be lled as soon as possible. Closing date: 26 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.Vacancy announcements
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6 NATO Skywatch 23 September 2011 Award for best static display The Public Affairs Ofce received the following e-mail from Lt.Col. Debra Snacks Zides, Chief Electronic Systems Center (ESC) NATO AWACS Programs, Hanscom Air Force Base, MA, on 7 Sep 2011 which we would like to share with you: We had a fantastic visit with the NATO AWACS 25th anniversary aircraft and crew yesterday (6 September), at Pease Air Force Base in New Hampshire. The crew had to stop-en-route to an exercise here in the States, and they provided our local ESC AWACS Program team with an opportunity to tour the plane and chat with the crew members. What none of us were prepared for were the 30+ Pease Greeters, who showed up at the Pease passenger terminal to welcome the crew to the United States and show their support for our coalition military mission. There was a little ceremony including presentations of coins, US ag stars, singing of the national anthem and lots of thank you and handshakes, hugs, cheers from the greeters. (Did I mention the donations of ice cream, pizza, sodas, and stuffed animals?) The crew was very professional and excellent ambassadors of Force Command. Especially since we were all a bit overwhelmed by the amazing support from the local community. Just want you to know that they did a great job and I appreciate everything both they and your team does for the mission!E-3A at Pease Air Force Base The E-3A Club is hosting a Component Autumn Dance on 14 October at 1900. Non-stop entertainment featuring two special acts and live dance music by a Combo from the German Luftwaffenmusikkorps 3 from Mnster. A buffet offering a wide variety of hot and cold nger food snacks will be available until 2300. Extra low ticket price of 5.50 for MWA card holders ( without MWA card). Additionally, three free drinks are included in the ticket price. Ticket sale at the E-3A Club Managers Ofce, ext. 4990. The crew warmly welcomed by the Pease Greeters.Photos courtesy Hanscom Air Force Base Award for best static display Even the shopping mall downtown was decorated to celebrate the air show: A Mig-29 was parked at the entrance of the mall and a glider was dangling from the ceiling inside the mall.
23 September 2011 NATO Skywatch 7 Award for best static display Text Maureen Geraets-Head Photos Cale Cobit This is a common picture when you are at an air show anywhere across the globe: the longest queue of visitors is where the NATO AWACS is parked. People dont mind waiting long hours to nally get a glimpse of the inside of this peculiar looking aircraft. Last month, on 27 and 28 August, a crew from the Training Wing ew to Slovakia to participate in the Slovak International Air Fest 2011 at Sliac. They received the award for best static display. As the visitors were toured the inside of the jet, the crew explained its capabilities. To enhance the realism, the consoles were decorated with photos showing what the screens look like when ying a mission. Children were invited to take a seat and were strapped in, so their parents could take a picture. Two days in a row, from early morning until late in the afternoon, the crew answered numerous questions and handed out stickers and posters. Lt.Col. Thomas Bunge, the Deployment Commander, reects: Facing outside temperatures of up to 37 degrees Celsius, the crew put a lot of effort into showing the jet to the public. We had to work in shifts, because it was just too hot inside the aircraft. The people were unbelievable friendly and grateful. We saw lots of happy faces when we put the kids in the mission crew seats or ight deck seats for photos. Our Czech Tactical Director, Maj. Stanislav Hebr, was a great help in solving some communication difculties with the locals. In the evening, a hangar fest took place for all the crews. A group of young local kids performed some traditional dances and afterwards the prizes for the best ying display and the best static display were presented. I was surprised when I got called on stage to receive the best static display award from the Slovakian Air Force general, because there were many other static displays. The NATO E-3A returned to Geilenkirchen on Monday with lots of good memories and hopes to participate again next year. Award for best static display After a successful weekend, all the participating aircraft returned to their home bases. A German Tornado ECR had to turn around and land after take-off due to an overheated engine. The picture shows the hot air around the ghter. During the evening a group of youngsters performed folk dancing. The award for best static display at the Slovak International Air Fest 2011. As already stated above this is a common picture when you are at an air show any-where across the globe: the longest queue of visitors is where the NATO AWACS is parked. A happy young girl taking a seat in the E-3A.
8 NATO Skywatch 23 September 2011 By Karen Dale The summer break is over, and the International Womens Club (IWC) will be holding its rst meeting on 28 September. The Board would like to welcome back all last years members and, if you have recently arrived in Geilenkirchen, we invite you to come and nd out more about us. We hope that many new ladies will join us for a great opening evening at the E-3A Club. We are holding an informal cocktail party from 19002100, where you can meet friends and make new ones. There will be a wonderful draw, with prizes from Villeroy & Boch and Leonardo. The club is open to all ladies who hold an E-3A Component ID card. We usually meet on the third Thursday of every month from September to May, and evenings are presented by individual nations. This means we are treated to the food, culture and talent of a different host each month; a great way to bring women together to appreciate the unique, culturally diverse environment that we live in, here at Geilenkirchen. The Board is headed this year by a new president, Mrs. Isabelle Bode, and we intend to increase the activities offered by the club by having day trips, language conversation classes, an international cook book, and maybe more. Even more reasons to join! Membership fees are this gives entrance to all the nine evenings. You can bring along occasional guests for an evening, and they pay 0. On 28 September the doors will be open from 1800. Please arrive early to allow time to sign up. Your national representatives also have application forms so that you can complete the paperwork before the evening. 2011/2012 program 28 September: IWC Board cocktail party 20 October: Germany and NATEX fashion show 14 November: Turkey 15 December: UK and the Netherlands 19 January: Italy 29 February: USA 22 March: Norway 19 April: Spain 24 May: Bingo (members only)Calling all LadiesBy Janina Bien Horse-drawn covered wagons enable you to experience the natural world around Vlodrop in the Netherlands for you and your families only a 30-minute drive from Geilenkirchen. No matter how old you are, these covered wagons are a nice, enjoyable experience for you and your family and friends. Bookings can be made for up to 14 or 18 persons per wagon, and arrangements with coffee and cake or a barbecue for at least 10 persons are also on offer. To while away this nice day, there are also restaurants, an adventure playground for children and hiking trails in the surrounding area. Parking is free. Nearby there are also other nice places to go, such as hiking trails around Vlodrop, woods, garden centers, bicycle tracks, and the famous Designer Outlet Roermond is only another 20 km away. Prices (per wagon): Max. 18 persons: 1 hr 5 / 1.5 hrs 10 / 2 hrs 40. Max. 14 persons: 1 hr / 1.5 hrs / 2 hrs 20 Adventure playground: / person For more information, please contact: De Huifkar Hoeve, Gitstappermolenweg 1a, 6063 NT Vlodrop (the Netherlands) Tel. +31 475 536422 www.huifkarhoeve.nlExperience nature in Vlodrop Photos courtesy De Huifkar Hoeve
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10 NATO Skywatch 23 September 2011 Visit the Services Branch WSS 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: MondayThursday from 0900-1130 & 1300-1500, Friday from 0900-1130. 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 e-mail if you wish. Shopping cards All Component members and dependants with an ID card expiration date in 2012 are reminded to pick up their shopping cards no later than 11 November 2011. Personnel, who have not yet picked up their shopping cards from phases 1, 2, 3 & 4 (ID expiry dates: 2013, 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: MondayFriday from 0900-1130. Food Services System POC: Mr. Ren Peeters, ext. 4990 or email to email@example.com Rotodome Opening hours: Monday-Friday from 0600-1900 serving breakfast, lunch and dinner along with a fast food line (pizza, hamburgers, etc.). The Rotodome is the main MWA food facility open to everybody, also for families with children. Enjoy your meal or even just a coffee or cold drink sitting 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 and prices. Customers wishing to receive the menu per e-mail are requested to send their email address to firstname.lastname@example.org for being included in the automatic distribution list. E-3A Club Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday from 1100-2200 and on Wednesday from 1100-1600 (The Red Lion Bar will open earlier at 1600 for your convenience) Please note: the Rotodome and the E-3A Club are closed on 3 October due to an ofcial holiday (German Unity Day). Coffee and 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 available from 1100-1330. Price for MWA member is .50/ 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 14 October: Autumn Dance. Tickets are now on sale at the E-3A Club Managers Ofce. 28 October: Whisky Tasting. Tickets are now on sale at the E-3A Club Managers Ofce. For more details please visit the Food Services WSS page. Sports Department Opening hours: Monday-Friday from 0600-2100, weekends: 08002000. No Sports staff available at the New Gym on Monday-Thursday after 1700, Friday after 1430 and no staff on weekends. Patrons wishing to check out equipment need to do so before the above-mentioned times. Management apologizes for this inconvenience. 4 October: start of the winter utilization schedule 7 October: registration deadline volleyball tournament 8 October: start of the winter operation of the Sports Department 19 October: volleyball tournament 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. The International Library, situated in building 96, offers a large variety of books, periodicals, audio and video materials. The regular book collection contains more than 12,000 books and is broken into nine language categories: Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Norwegian and Turkish. In addition to the regular collection, there is a paperback book exchange, the McNaughton Book Collection, assorted university text, and a large juvenile section with over 2,500 children books. 40 periodicals in English and the daily Stars and Stripes can be read in the relaxed atmosphere at our library. Our audio resources include more than 500 music CDs and 50 language courses and audio books. Also, more than 650 DVDs for adults and children are available as well as six public computers for internet use. All is free of charge for all NATO ID card holders (only a small charge for the usage of the copy machine (A3 and A4) and printer for internet pages). International Youth Activities Information and registration at the IYA Ofce in Bldg. 95, ext. 4954/5 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. Thrift Shop Opening hours 1000-1400 every Tuesday and Thursday. Located in building 65 (next to NATEX Gas Station). Items include: New and used mens/womens/childrens clothing, handbags and accessories, household appliances, small furniture items, entertainment/electronics, decorations, toys and seasonal items. The Thrift Shop will also sell your goods. Patrons can bring 10 items to sell per visit. 6 weeks before moving 20 items to sell per visit. 15% of sales go to the support of the Component MWA funds. Please visit us to see the items and bargains offered.CinemaAlliance Theatre Movie Schedule Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Saturday, 24 Sepember, 1600 Zookeeper Saturday, 24 Sepember, 1900 All movies subject to change. Call +31 45 526 2110 for current information.Important notices / additional eventsMass Brieng Facility (MBF) closure Due to renovation of the building, no reservations can be made for the MBF from 1 October to 6 November. POC: Mr. Theo Collijn, ext. 4530. Pass photos The Visual Services Photo Studio opening hours are now from 10001200 on Monday mornings only. Outside these hours appointments need to be made with the Base Photographer, Mrs. Andrea Hohenforst, ext. 4554. For any other information, please contact Mr. Wiel Borghans from Visual Media Services Cell, ext. 4536. IYA dance classes The IYA is now offering various levels of Ballet and Tap & Jazz dance classes for children aged 3 and up. For further information call ext. 4955. Volkshochschule Language Courses The Volkshochschule Language Courses commence for the fall semester on 26 September at the NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen. Different levels of German, English and French are available. Visit our IYA program WSS page for further information or call ext. 4954. Trunk or Treat USAG Schinnnen Friday, 28 October at USAG Schinnen. Be sure to reserve a table or a space for your car. You supply 400 individually wrapped pieces of candy. If you run out, FMWR will backll your table or trunk with additional treats. To reserve your spot on the Trunk or Treat Trail, stop by the USAGE Schinnen Fitness Center or call +31 46 443 7561. Open to all U.S. & NATO personnel. Tri-border Texas Holdem Poker Tournament A Tri-Border Texas Holdem Poker Tournament will be held every 1st Friday of the month at the JFC Conference Center at 1900. Cost is For further information, please call +31 45 526 2626 or +31 45 526 2592. German Customs (Zoll) CrossCountry Run This major sporting event will take place on 15 October from 0800-1030 at the Fhlinger See in Cologne. Parking and shower facilities are available near the start/nish area. Participation is open to members of ofcial German agencies, including the Federal Armed Forces (Bundeswehr). Course distances: 5 km, 10 km, half-marathon. Fee is For more information and to register online until 10 October, please visit their homepage at www. mika.de. MWA INFORMA TIONOctober
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