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NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen 13 July 2012 Volume 28, No. 13 OPERATION AFGHAN ASSIST XXX DAYS INDIASRI LANKAAFGHANIST ANNEP AL BHUT AN BANGLADESHB URMA (MYANMAR) VIETNAM CAMBODIA THAILAND LA OS CHINAP AKIST AN INDIA CHINA TURKMENISTAN UZBEKISTAN IRAN KYRGYZST ANKAZAKHST ANUZBEKIST ANT AJIKIST ANMONGOLIA Tongtian HeGhagaraYamunaSutlejNarmadaSonIndusKrishnGodavariMahanadiGangesBrahmaputraIrrawaddyHuang HeHwang HoChang JiangMekong HainanANDAMAN IS.NICOBAR IS.Gt. Nicobar MERGUI ARCHIP. Bunguran LA CCADIVE IS. Dongsha Qundao ARABIAN SEA BA Y OF BENGALINDIAN OCEANBo Hai YELL OW SEA Gulf of Tongkin T en Deg ree Channel Gulf of Thailand SOUTH CHINA SEA Andaman SeaGulf of KachchhGulf of KhambhatGulf of MannarGulf ofMartaban Oz. Issyk Kul' Dzungar ia T ARIM PENDI QING ZANG Annapurna Mt Everest DECCAN C. Comorin Dondra Head T ur f an Depression GOBI Qinghai HuBAYAN HAR SHANORDOS D ABA SHAN RED BASINDALOU SHANDongting Hu Poyang HuPEGU YOMATANEN R.Mouths of the Mekong Mui Bai Bung Chu Yang SinWESTERN GHATSEASTERN GHATS TIEN SHANALTUN SHANKUNLAN SHANHOH XILSHANHIMALAYA GANGDISE SHANNAGA HILLSMouths of the GangesARAKAN YOMAMouths of theIrrawaddyDAWNA RANGEQILIAN SHANHUA SHANPHANOM DANG TANGGULA SHANHENGDUAN SHANBILAUKTAUNG RANGE Bishkek Almaty rmqi Aksu Yumen Hami Yinchuan Qingdao Beijing Dalian Zhengzhou Taiyuan Shijiazhuang Lanzhou Baotou New Delhi Srinagar Hotan Lhasa Xigaze Qamdo Hangzhou Wuhan Chengdu Tianjin Xi'an Mashhad Her at Bukhara Farah Karachi Gwadar Zahedan Jamnagar Bhavnagar Mumbai (Bombay) Tashk ent Mangalore Kozhikode Thiruvananthapuram Ti ruchchirappalli Hubli-Dharwar Coimbatore Jana Trincomalee Kandy Colombo Galle Bassein Tavoy Georgetown Phuket Mergui Sheberghan Mazar-e Sharif Samarkand Dushanbe Qandahar Kabul Quetta Bahawalpur Lahore Islamabad Hyderabad Sukkur Jodhpur Multan Lu c kn ow Thimphu Chongqing Katmandu Jaipur Ajmer Ahmadabad Udaipur Sur at Vadodara Varanasi Allahabad Patna Kanpur Pune Nagpur Hyderabad Solapur Kolhapur Vishakhapatnam Vij ayawada Raipur Cuttack Kolkata (Calcutta) Jamshedpur Dhaka Imphal Gauhati Kunming Guiyang Chennai (Madras) Nellore Kurnool Bangalore Mysore Madurai Chittagong Mandalay Prome Yangon (Rangoon) Henzada Akyab Moulmein Louang Prabang Vientiane Bangkok Phnom Penh Battambang Kampong Cham Can Tho Ho Chi Minh City Nha Trang Hue Da Nang Qui Nhon Nakhon Si Thammar at Songkhla Kota Baharu Haikou Vinh Nakhon Ratchasima Haiphong Hanoi Zhanjiang Nanning Liuzhou Guangzhou Shantou Changsha Fuzhou Nanchang Hengyang Chiang Mai M.Lampang Lu oyang Shanghai Hong Kong 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 115120125 Tropic of Cancer Tropic of Cancer 40 0 500 1000 Miles 0 500 1000 1500 Kilometres INDIASRI LANKA AFGHANIST AN NEP AL BHUT AN BANGLADESHB URMA (MYANMAR) VIETNAM CAMBODIA THAILAND LA OS CHINAP AKIST AN INDIA CHINA TURKMENISTAN UZBEKISTAN IRAN KYRGYZST ANKAZAKHST ANUZBEKIST AN T AJIKIST AN MONGOLIA Tongtian HeGhagaraYamunaSutlejNarmadaSonIndusKrishnGodavariMahanadiGangesBrahmaputraIrrawaddyHuang HeHwang HoChang JiangMekong HainanANDAMAN IS.NICOBAR IS.Gt. Nicobar MERGUI ARCHIP. Bunguran LA CCADIVE IS. Dongsha Qundao ARABIAN SEA BA Y OF BENGALINDIAN OCEANBo Hai YELL OW SEA Gulf of Tongkin T en Deg ree Channel Gulf of Thailand SOUTH CHINA SEA Andaman SeaGulf of KachchhGulf of KhambhatGulf of MannarGulf ofMartaban Oz. Issyk Kul' Dzungar ia T ARIM PENDI QING ZANG Annapurna Mt Everest DECCAN C. Comorin Dondra Head T ur f an Depression GOBI Qinghai HuBAYAN HAR SHANORDOS D ABA SHAN RED BASINDALOU SHANDongting Hu Poyang HuPEGU YOMATANEN R.Mouths of the Mekong Mui Bai Bung Chu Yang SinWESTERN GHATSEASTERN GHATS TIEN SHANALTUN SHANKUNLAN SHANHOH XILSHANHIMALAYA GANGDISE SHANNAGA HILLSMouths of the GangesARAKAN YOMAMouths of theIrrawaddyDAWNA RANGEQILIAN SHANHUA SHANPHANOM DANG TANGGULA SHANHENGDUAN SHANBILAUKTAUNG RANGE Bishkek Almaty rmqi Aksu Yumen Hami Yinchuan Qingdao Beijing Dalian Zhengzhou Taiyuan Shijiazhuang Lanzhou Baotou New Delhi Srinagar Hotan Lhasa Xigaze Qamdo Hangzhou Wuhan Chengdu Tianjin Xi'an Mashhad Her at Bukhara Farah Karachi Gwadar Zahedan Jamnagar Bhavnagar Mumbai (Bombay) Tashk ent Mangalore Kozhikode Thiruvananthapuram Ti ruchchirappalli Hubli-Dharwar Coimbatore Jana Trincomalee Kandy Colombo Galle Bassein Tavoy Georgetown Phuket Mergui Sheberghan Mazar-e Sharif Samarkand Dushanbe Qandahar Kabul Quetta Bahawalpur Lahore Islamabad Hyderabad Sukkur Jodhpur Multan Lu c kn ow Thimphu Chongqing Katmandu Jaipur Ajmer Ahmadabad Udaipur Sur at Vadodara Varanasi Allahabad Patna Kanpur Pune Nagpur Hyderabad Solapur Kolhapur Vishakhapatnam Vij ayawada Raipur Cuttack Kolkata (Calcutta) Jamshedpur Dhaka Imphal Gauhati Kunming Guiyang Chennai (Madras) Nellore Kurnool Bangalore Mysore Madurai Chittagong Mandalay Prome Yangon (Rangoon) Henzada Akyab Moulmein Louang Prabang Vientiane Bangkok Phnom Penh Battambang Kampong Cham Can Tho Ho Chi Minh City Nha Trang Hue Da Nang Qui Nhon Nakhon Si Thammar at Songkhla Kota Baharu Haikou Vinh Nakhon Ratchasima Haiphong Hanoi Zhanjiang Nanning Liuzhou Guangzhou Shantou Changsha Fuzhou Nanchang Hengyang Chiang Mai M.Lampang Lu oyang Shanghai Hong Kong 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 115120125 Tropic of Cancer Tropic of Cancer 40 0 500 1000 Miles 0 500 1000 1500 Kilometres OPERATIONAFGHAN ASSIST 1 YEAR 181 DAYS Photo by Andre JoostenVIP ies with Squadron 2Col. Ton van Happen, E-3A Component deputy commander (DCOM), poses for a photo with Lt. Gen. H. Wehren in front of an AWACS on July 3 at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen. The general is the newly appointed deputy chief of Defence for the Netherlands (DCHOD) and is the primary advisor to the Netherlands Minister of Defence for all AWACS issues. General Wehren ew on a mission sortie with with Colonel van Happen and members of Squadron 2, whose objective was to support a Dutch 4vs8 Fighter Weapons Instructor Training mission. During the ight, the DCHOD was briefed on past, ongoing and future operations, eet modernization and the Canadian withdrawal. He was also briefed on noise related issues such as the Components very successful noise policy, the economic impact of the NAEW program to the general and local economy, and the need to perform tree maintenance. After his ight, the general expressed his appreciation for the Components contribution to NATOs mission. By E-3A Component Public Affairs The E-3A Component recently held a unit-level safety day on July 5 at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen. Brig. Gen. Burkhard Pototzky, E-3A Component commander, directed all commanders to conduct unit-specic safety programs for their respective agencies with the assistance of unit ight safety ofcers and ground safety representatives. The commander also issued a list of minimum brieng topics, which included annual work center safety training and lessons learned from work center accidents in 2011 and 2012. The environments we work in on a daily basis, whether at home station or down range, can be hazardous, General Pototzky said. It is up to all of us to ensure we mitigate those dangers and create the safest work environment possible. With proper training and awareness, we can avoid any unnecessary mishaps that might deter us from completing our mission. Participation was mandatory for all available Component personnel.Safety is the key to mission success 13 opm.indd 1 11-07-12 10:19

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13 July 2012 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 28, No. 13 13 July 2012 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 Deputy Chief, Public Affairs Capt. Wilko ter Horst Editor Staff Sgt. R. Michael LongoriaStory and photo from www.nato.int Cooperative security is one of NATOs three essential core tasks. In an unpredictable, fast-changing and increasingly interconnected world, it is essential for the Alliance to invest in strong partnerships with countries and organizations around the globe. Partnerships are key in ensuring we meet the challenges of the coming decades, says NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. The Allies policy of partnership and cooperative security has stood the test of time. Over the past two decades, NATOs partnerships have continued to evolve, adapting to new security challenges. Today, partners are deployed alongside Allies in operations from the Balkans to Afghanistan. Partners are also working with NATO to address global challenges that require global responses, such as terrorism, piracy and cyber defence. No one country or organization can deal with the complex and unpredictable challenges of the evolving security environment on its own. Euro-Atlantic security is best assured through a wide network of partner relationships with countries and organizations around the globe. For this reason, cooperative security is identied as one of NATOs three essential core tasks in NATOs new Strategic Concept, adopted at the Lisbon Summit in November 2010. Allies agreed at the summit that NATOs partnerships can provide frameworks for political dialogue and regional cooperation in the eld of security and defence; contribute to strengthening our common values; and are essential to the success of many of our operations and missions. At the Chicago Summit in May 2012, the 28 Allied leaders met with counterparts from 13 partner countries from around the globe, which have recently made particular political, operational and nancial contributions to NATOled operations. It was a unique opportunity to discuss lessons learned from cooperation and to exchange views on common security challenges. Leaders stressed the need to maintain interoperability and interconnectedness with partner forces through joint training and exercises, even when not actively engaged in operations. They also underlined their readiness to cooperate in new areas in a demand and substance-driven way.Investing in strong partnerships NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen gave a major policy speech on July 4 to set out his strategic vision for the Alliance, which included forging closer links with worldwide partners in Asia, Africa and elsewhere to guarantee future security in the Euro-Atlantic area. By Staff Sgt. R. Michael Longoria Capt. Francesco Miranda, E-3A Component ight safety ofcer, was recently presented with the U.S. Air Force Achievement Medal by Brig. Gen. Warren D. Berry, United States Air Forces Europe (USAFE) director of Logistics, Installations and Mission Support. Captain Miranda has been waiting the last three years for this medal, which was signed by Gen. Roger A. Brady, the previous USAFE commander. The medal was given to me for the work I did in 2009, but due to distance and other reasons, it wasnt presented to me until now, the captain said. Captain Miranda was recognized for his accomplishments while serving on the USAFE Accident Investigation Board as a Host Nation Representative and Pilot Member from the 37th Wing, 10th Squadron. The medal was presented for outstanding achievement from March 31, 2009, to April 22, 2009, in Trapani, Italy. During this period, Captain Miranda worked closely with host nation civil and military authorities to facilitate an aircraft mishap investigation at Aviano Air Base, Italy. He translated several Italian legal documents to verify the status of the mishap pilot and assisted with evidence collection by analyzing hundreds of pages of electronic and written documents, including aircraft and training records. Additionally, he collected and photographed supporting evidence and conducted interviews vital to establishing the scope of the review. Throughout the investigation, Captain Mirandas unique perspective and analysis of the evidence was critical to identify numerous process problems and other key issues that directly contributed to the mishap. Captain Mirandas in-depth knowledge of F-16 operations and technical maintenance policy and practices was instrumental in maintaining the objectivity of the board process. His vast safety knowledge and investigative ability, coupled with his can-do attitude, ensured the timely completion of the board and briengs to senior leadership. The distinctive accomplishments of Captain Miranda reect credit upon himself, the Italian Air Force and the United States Air Force, said General Brady.Component member presented USAF Achievement MedalCourtesy photoBrig. Gen. Warren D. Berry presents Capt. Francesco Miranda with a Air Force Achievement Medal on May 23. 13 opm.indd 3 11-07-12 10:19

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13 July 2012 NATO Skywatch 5 From the Skywatch Archives Editors Note: This story was featured in Skywatch Volume 1, Number 2. This story is re-printed as it was published on June 14, 1985. A NATO E-3A aircrew and aircraft returned here June 8 from a ten-day air exercise in Denmark. Fifty-one aircraft and more than 500 aircrew and support personnel from ve NATO nations participated in the exercise. Tactical Fighter Meet (TFM ), a new type of air exercise, will be held every two years. Sponsored by the Headquarters Allied Forces Northern Europe (HG AFNORTH), each exercise will be rotated among an AFNORTH nation. The constant requirement to train pilots in the resource employment and tactics of combine operations led to the development of TFM The value of such realistic training, provided by exercises like TFM has been recognized throughout the Alliance and answered by exercises like Red Flag and Maple Flag held in North America. The goal of TFM was to provide an opportunity to exercise tactics and procedure established for the employment of attack, air defense, reconnaissance and electronic warfare units, to practice combined operations and to serve as an incentive to improve interoperability and effectiveness of air forces operating in the Northern region by promoting mutual understanding, condence and cooperation between participating forces. The participants were organized in two identical teams. TFM was a competition between the two teams. Each team was ordered to carry out attacks against the same targets. No live ring took place and the daily result of the competition was judged by a directing staff evaluating tactics and the employment of resources. The ve nations providing aircraft, aircrews, and support personnel for the exercise included: Denmark, F-16s and F-35s; The Federal Republic of Germany, Alpha Jets, RF4Es, and Tornados; The Netherlands, F-5s; Norway, F-16s; The United States, F-4Gs, EF-111, and F-15s; and the NAEWF E-3A.E-3A joins TFM By Geoff Bucknall Equipe Mont Ventoux, is made up of 21 teenagers, from 14 years to 21 years of age, from the Dutch special care homes of Gastenhof. Because of various complications such as: Autism, ADHD, Schizophrenia and serious learning difculties these kids have, it made a project to get them cycling to the top of Mont Ventoux, very unique. The equipe (team), most of whom, had never touched a racing bicycle, trained during the winter months at the E-3A Component Gym, spinning their way to tness in preparation for the conquering of Mont Ventoux, before moving on to training outside. On June 20, all the young cyclists, including 3 teenage girls, made it to the top with their buddies and trainers, where the emotions of this unique achievement were clearly visible, affecting everyone involved. Perhaps most important is the fact, these special teenagers joined the project nine months ago and trained right up to the last week. They each achieved their own special goal and boosted their condence. Furthermore, the whole experience brought me and my son Florin closer! And, to top it all, more that 5,000 euros were raised for two Dutch charities: Foundation MS Research and Foundation Children Cancer Free. Equipe Mont Ventouxs entire experience was lmed from beginning at the Component Gym to end, when they reached the summit for documentary series to be broadcasted in September, exact dates not yet known. Anyone interested can contact me for further information. On behalf of Equipe Mont Ventoux, our thanks go to Major Peter Gerisch and the Sports Department for use of the Spinning facility and, to the Components Security Forces, in particular Chief Nicola Innaro and the Pass and Permits ofce, for their excellent cooperation in helping Equipe Mont Ventoux get access to the Component. For more information or to see more pictures, follow Equipe Mont Ventoux on Facebook.Mont Ventoux A challenge for most cyclists! Geoff Bucknall went back down the hill 5 kilometers for the third time. The last time was to motivate his own son Florin up Mont Ventoux to the top. The Mont Ventoux trail is 26 kilometers from the village Sault, to the Mont Ventoux summit with an elevation of 1,912 metres. 13 opm.indd 5 11-07-12 10:19

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8 NATO Skywatch 13 July 2012 By Paul Baker Around 170 serving staff members, retirees and guests attended the Civilian Staff Associations very successful Hail & Farewell and Barbecue on June 27. CSA Vice-Chairman Ben Pereira started this event by welcoming the Deputy Commander of the E-3A Component, Colonel Ton van Happen, and thanked him for making the presentations. DCOM individually congratulated two retirees and presented E-3A Component Certicates of Appreciation to them. In addition, Pereira presented each of them with a CSA gold pin featuring a miniature E-3A AWACS. DCOM and the CSA also welcomed new NATO civilian staff members of the Component to their duties in this multinational environment. DCOM then spoke for twenty minutes on a variety of current topics. He said the 30th anniversary weekend had been a great success, also in nancial terms, and that it was important for promoting the Components positive image to highlevel decision-makers and the general public, especially in the local area. He expressed gratitude for the efforts of the many volunteers, including NATO civilians, who helped to achieve this success. He said that although the ACO restructuring process was already under way, the Component was still waiting for a denite decision on the future size of the eet and the workforce. Approval for refurbishment of the MOB runway was also still pending. Financial aspects would play a key role in all these issues. After this formal part of the event, all the attendees were invited by the CSA to enjoy the barbecue and the excellent catering arrangements provided by the E 3A Club. The CSA wishes to express its appreciation of the great work done by the Club Manager, Ren Peeters, and his very capable staff. Retirees honored at this event: Jost Schreiber joined the E-3A Component Logistics Wing in January 1983 as an Aircraft General Mechanic. In March 1987 he was promoted to Senior Aircraft General Mechanic, and in October 2003 he was promoted to Principal Technician (Inspection). He retired from that post at the end of April. Daniel Verhoeven joined the E-3A Component Logistics Wing in December 1988 as a Junior Avionics Maintenance Specialist and became a Senior Technician in 1990. In October 1991 he was promoted to Principal Technician (Avionics). He retires from that post at the end of August. The CSA wishes Schreiber and Verhoeven a very happy and contented retirement.CSA Barbecue 2012: farewell to new retirees, welcome for newcomers Photo by Andrea HohenforstDeputy Component Commander Col. Ton van Happen, Jost Schreiber, Daniel Verhoeven and CSA Vice Chairman Ben Pereira. Photo by Staff Sgt. R. Michael LongoriaGoing for goldCapt. Mario Di Virgilio, Force Protection & Training Section chief, shows Tech. Sgt. Michael Leard, E-3A Component Logistics Wing, how to operate a MG-3 during a weapons handling class. Sergeant Leard and several other component members were offered the opportunity to attend a shooting exercise on June 25. Participants red three different weapons: a MG-3, a G-36 and a P-8. Those who preformed well enough were presented with a gold Schtzenschnur award, the German Armed Forces Badge of Marksmanship, during a ceremony June 28 on NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen. 13 opm.indd 8 11-07-12 10:19

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13 July 2012 NATO Skywatch 9 Photos and text from World Festival Parade Brunssum From July 6 until 11, a festive week lled with world dance, song, comradeship and hospitality: that is what the 2012 Brunssum World Festival Parade is all about. The groups that participated came from South Africa, Argentina, Austria, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Spain, France, Greece, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Estonia, Swaziland, Thailand, Venezuela, Congo, Tahiti, Bulgaria, and Cameroon. These groups performed for ve days at various locations in Brunssum. The highlight of the week was the parade through the center of town with all participating folklore groups and bands. This World Festival Parade takes place once every four years (Leap year, out of a sense of solidarity with the victims of the ood disaster in Zeeland, the Carnival celebrations were cancelled and a modest threeday folkloristic festival was held instead. Over the years, this initiative grew to become the largest world dance festival in the Netherlands and one of the largest in Europe. The 10th International Folkloristic Parade in 1992 was actually the biggest CIOFF (International Council of Organisations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts) festival in the world with over 35 countries participating. The rst CIOFF World Folkoriade in 1996 marked a new high point, for which a total of 75 groups from 60 different countries came to Brunssum for a period of 10 days to sing, dance and make music. In 2004, the Parade started to explore new paths by focusing on contemporary dance and music culture via themes such as Salsa and Flamenco, in addition to more traditional dance and music genres. In 2012, the Parade returned to its roots, with a ve-day festival focusing on comradeship and digging & dancing with a great many links to the mining history of Southeast Limburg.World comes alive in Brunssum Photo by Staff Sgt. R. Michael LongoriaTri-Border community celebrates American freedomFireworks burst over a small lake in Brunssum during the 2012 American Freedom Friendship Festival on July 7. The festival, featuring an American Idol show and Firework Extravaganza, started after the Celebrate Brunssum Parade. The entire day featured food and fun for the entire family. 13 opm.indd 9 11-07-12 10:19

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13 July 2012 NATO Skywatch 11 UPCOMING IYA TRIPSJuly By Pascal Hiller The International Tennis Club recently started its 2012 Tennis Season on NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen. The club meets every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and hosts several tournaments during the season. The season will conclude with the Closing Tournament of the Tennis Courts on Oct. 6. The International Tennis Club has four clay courts located on base next to the E3-A Club. To use the courts or participate in the tournaments, ll out a membership application and pay the applicable fees. For Component personnel, the fees are 35 euros for a single membership or 65 euros for a family membership. For non-Component personnel, the fees are 65 euros for a single membership and 35 euros for each additional family member. There is also a 10 euros deposit for the court key. Personnel without a NATO identication card need a Polizeiliches Fhrungszeugnis to get a membership. The form can be downloaded on the E-3A portal Tennis Club Page or a copy can be picked up from Pascal Hiller or Claus Jensen in the Radar Shop. For more information or to become a member, call extension 3734 or log on to the E-3A portal and click on the Component Links. The Tennis Club site is located under Club Pages on the Moral and Welfare Activities link.Game, Set, MatchPhoto by Staff Sgt. R. Michael LongoriaA member of the International Tennis Club prepares to hit a ball during a tennis match on NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen. By Lois Whelan The Orcas 2012/13 Competitive Swim Season will begin on August 14. U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Ted Dempsey founded the team in August 1987 and this will mark the Orcas 25th anniversary of competition with the European Forces Swim League (EFSL). Today, our team includes an average of 50 or more swimmers who compete throughout Germany, Belgium, Italy, Spain and England. The Orcas provide a competitive swim team while promoting personal and team pride and displaying good sportsmanship within a co-operative spirit. In addition to the EFSL competitions, the Orcas also conduct recreational and social activities to build relationships with other swim clubs in the surrounding areas. All tri-community children ages 6 to 19 are eligible to join the team if they can swim 50 meters of a recognized stroke. In addition, the Orcas team may also contain a limited percentage of host country (German/ Dutch) children who are not otherwise eligible. We offer a two-week trial period for all new swimmers interested in joining the team. The Orcas practice every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings beginning at 6:45 p.m. in the JFC Brunssum pool. Come join us and see Europe one pool at a time! For more information, check out www.gkorcas.org.Dive into competition with the Orcas International Swim TeamCourtesy photoThe current Orcas International Swim Team poses for a group photo. From E-3A Component Public Affairs More than 200 people from military bases around Europe attended the 5th Annual GK Brown Bottle Ballbuster, a yearly softball tournament held by the NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen Hitmen. The bases varsity softball team hosted the tournament from June 28 until July 1. Another great weekend of European softball has just nished up, said Tech. Sgt. Jacob Wilson, Hitmen head coach. I want to give a huge thank you to all the teams that came down. We all thoroughly enjoyed your company. Eight mens teams and ve womens teams entered the threeday tournament. The Ballbuster featured a round-robin competition on Friday and Saturday and a doubleelimination tournament on Sunday. At the end, the teams from Ramstein and Spangdahlem Air Bases stood atop the leader boards, nishing rst and second in both divisions, respectively. In addition to all the softball, the tournament offered camping and plenty of food, including pulled pork barbeque sandwiches. I really enjoyed myself at the GK, said PJ Wyatt. That is the most fun I ever had at a softball tournament. Im looking forward to next year. The GK Hitmen nish third, their best nish in the tournaments history.HIT. MEN!!!!July 18: Movie Park Germany children ages 5 and up on July 18 from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The price for the trip is 31 euros without MWA card or 23 euros with a valid MWA Card. July 25: Rursee visit, for children ages 5 and up on July 25 from 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. The price for the trip is 20 euros without MWA card or 12 euros with a valid MWA Card. July 27: Bavarian Breakfast A Bavarian breakfast will be held at the Rotodome July 27 from 07:00 to 10:45 a.m. The breakfast includes a warm breakfast, Weiwurst, sweet mustard, a pretzel and Hefeweizen (trb, dark or alcohol free) for 5 euros without MWA card or 1.65 euros with a valid MWA Card. August 1: Bobbejanland Amusement Park ages 5 and up on August 1 from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The price for the trip is 31 euros without MWA card or 23 euros with a valid MWA Card. For more information or to register for one on the activities above, contact 13 opm.indd 11 11-07-12 10:20

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