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NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen 28 September 2012 Volume 28, No. 16 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 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 OPERATIONAFGHAN ASSIST 1 YEAR 258 DAYSBy Staff Sgt R. Michael Longoria and Capt. Wilko ter Horst The E-3A Component Public Affairs ofce (PAO) has published the NATO Skywatch approximately every two weeks since the rst issue came out on May 31, 1985, but after more than 1.3 million copies printed, the newspaper will no longer be a bi-weekly publication. The Skywatch will now be distributed 12 times a year on the last Friday of each month, with the exception of December when it will be published one week prior to Christmas. To account for the change in number of issues printed, the Skywatch will increase the amount of content by more than 50 per cent. We will also nd other means such as the internet and social media to get information out. Of course, in its 27 years of existence, the Skywatch has gone through several changes. During the rst decade of publishing the NATO Skywatch, it was a labor-intensive process. Layout back then took at least two full working days. Each step was done manually: First, the text was given to the copy typist at the printers ofce and then printed. The text sheets with columns had to be cut and waxed, and then these were pasted onto layout sheets. Converting the photo sizes was done with a calculator, explains Maureen Geraets-Head, PA staff assistant. Today, with a special layout computer program, it takes about four hours from start to nish. NATO Skywatch goes monthly Photo by Andrea HohenforstRed Arrows take fuel at GeilenkirchenA unique, quick visit: The RAF Red Arrows aerobatic team made an operational stop at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen on September 21. Nine aming red ghter jets took fuel and continued their journey to the Czech Republic to participate in the NATO Air Days at Ostrava. The Component also sent that day one of the NATO E-3A aircraft, full crew and supporting personnel to the air show for a static display.

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28 September 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. 16 28 September 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 4529292, cellphone +31 (0)6 5472 6473, hub@durlingermedia.nl or Houx Digiprint at +31 (0)46 4582111, verkoop@houxdigiprint.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. Andrew M. Mueller Deputy Chief, Public Affairs Capt. Wilko ter Horst Editor Staff Sgt. R. Michael LongoriaBy Lt. Col. Kees Pauw On Tuesday, September 11, Magic 52 was tasked to perform a simple training mission south of Great Britain. On arrival in the designated area it was twice instructed by the CAOC to proceed to a more northerly orbit. When it reached the most northerly orbit the tasking was notied: to search for and follow two non-squawking aircraft heading south along the Norwegian coast. This tasking immediately changed the status of the training mission to an operational mission in which the instructors (as Combat Ready Operators) took over the students duties. This included the Dutch instructor surveillance controller on board. Immediately after the mission status change, he optimized the system to trace and follow the airplanes. Fairly soon afterwards the rst radar contact with them was made. Continual adjustment of the orbits for Magic 52 enabled radar contact to be maintained further southwards, and the CAOC was constantly able to direct the necessary actions, including the use of the Dutch Quick Reaction Alert (QRA). The Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR) scheduled to take place in Germany for Magic 52 was relocated to British airspace, and the fuel quantity to be provided was increased. After refuelling, Magic 52 was tasked to follow the planes on their northern track. After it reached the most northerly orbit the radar contact was nally lost. Also Magic 51, with three Dutch operators including the Tactical Director on board, was repositioned from Denmark toward the northwest. Use of the passive radar system enabled rapid identication of the unidentied tracks as Russian Bears. Two journalists from the Dutch Reformatorisch Dagblad and BN/ deStem were ying onboard Magic 51. During the ight they were able to see the importance of international and national airspace surveillance/ defence and to observe the use of the QRA from a Dutch point of view. The Reformatorisch Dagblad has meanwhile published a positive article on the joint AWACS/RNLAF operation. Training turns operational with BearsBy Col. John Backstrom, Operations Wing Commander Earlier this year, during descent with wings level, a pilot ying an E-3A experienced an un-commanded rolling motion to the right, while extending the speed brakes. In other words, the aircraft started banking to the right without the pilot steering it to the right. The aircraft reached 15 degrees of right bank and the pilot easily corrected this with control input to the left. The pilot landed the aircraft uneventfully. Because the un-commanded rolling motion was not severe or persistent and was easily corrected, the pilot, who was also the aircraft captain, did not intend to submit an Aircraft Occurrence Report (Flight Safety Report). However, after discussing the event with other senior aircrew, he did submit a report. The main focus of this story is what happened next. After the incident was reported, maintenance personnel checked all involved systems, as per normal maintenance procedures, without any discrepancy found. Because an Aircraft Occurrence Report had been led, a Flight Check Functional (FCF) qualied crew was assembled and, in conjunction with LW Quality Assurance personnel, a partial FCF checklist was created. The partial FCF was own and the aircraft passed the checklist items. During some additional checks, with the auto-pilot engaged, the FCF crew was able to reproduce the un-commanded right rolling motion. With additional information provided by the FCF crew, maintenance personnel were able to duplicate the discrepancy on the ground and locate the source of the problem (two components not related to the speed brake system one out of tolerance, and the other totally defective). Sometimes, minor discrepancies are indications that a component is failing and may be the last warning before a complete (or catastrophic) failure. As well, some discrepancies are elusive (even to our highly skilled maintainers) and it may take a few successive attempts (process of elimination) to identify the root cause. Our Component maintenance personnel are as good as any, anywhere but they normally can only x the problems that they know about, and they often only know about problems observed during ight if the aircrews report them. If you observe something on the aircraft that does not work the way it is supposed to, write it up and thoroughly debrief maintenance. If the discrepancy has (or could have) a negative impact on safety, le an Aircraft Occurrence Report. These principles apply equally to aircraft and mission systems, as well as ight deck and mission crews. Keeping our aircraft safe and mission capable a team effort

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28 September 2012 NATO Skywatch 5 By Capt. Wilko ter Horst Photo courtesy Pascal Moors On Sunday, September 9, Component Commander Brig. Gen. and Mrs. Andrew Mueller and Capt. Wilko ter Horst from Public Affairs attended the Margraten memorial concert on invitation of the Margraten Memorial Foundation. This concert was held at the American Cemetery in Margraten, The Netherlands, for the seventh successive year in honor of the memory of the fallen members of the Allied armed forces of World War II. The annual musical tribute is an expression of gratitude to all those who fell for the liberation of the Netherlands. Thousands of people visited the Margraten Memorial Concert. This open-air concert was arranged by the Limburg Symphony Orchestra. The program consisted of Messa Da Requiem by Giovanni Sgambati and was performed by the Limburg Symphony Orchestra accompanied by the Brabant Choir. A total of 8,301 American soldiers many of them young lie buried beneath the white gravestones of the only American cemetery in the Netherlands, in the southern Limburg town of Margraten. Those buried there gave their lives in World War II for Europes freedom. In 1945, to honor and thank them, the Dutch government gave the United States a perpetual lease on the land for the cemetery. In Margraten and the surrounding area, the sacrices and achievements of those who fell are remembered in many ways. The cemetery is usually open daily between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. It is closed to the public only two days in the year, on 25 December and 1 January. When the cemetery is open to the public, the visitor building is staffed and the staff are always willing to answer any questions. Address: Netherlands American Cemetery Amerikaanse Begraafplaats 1 6269 NA Margraten, The Netherlands Tel.: (31) 43 45 81 208.Margraten Memorial Concert 2012 Photo StaffSgt. R Michael LongoriaMedals and wings for Dutch AWACS personnelToday you have witnessed a dual ceremony regarded within our armed forces as very important. Presentation of medals and wings to personnel working for the Air Force is very special in my view, said the Commander of the Royal Netherlands Air Force, Lieutenant General Sander Schnitger, at Geilenkirchen Air Base, on September 6, to 14 airmen to whom he presented the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) medal, the Operation Unied Protector (OUP) medal, and aircrew wings. Schnitger also spoke of the international employment of air force personnel. It is no longer conceivable that a mission can be conducted without air force involvement. Not now, and not in the future. This can only be done with your support from here. You, who work with passion for the air force. My sincere appreciation for that.

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28 September 2012 NATO Skywatch 7 By Lt.Col. Knud K. Holmsgaard and Janina Bien On 19 September high-level guests visited our air base. Around 30 members of the NAPMO Operations, Plans and Logistics (OPL) Committee were invited by the Component to visit the Flight Training Device (FTD) and the Mission Training Center (MTC) at the Training Wing. The members also visited the Logistics Wing to inform themselves about the MIDs (Mission Information Distribution System) terminal. The central topic of this meeting was to discuss the future of the Force, thus also the future of the AWACS program within NATO. Background information about the NAPMO BOD and the OPL Committee: The NAEW&C Programme Management Organization Board of Directors (NAPMO BOD) has authority over the management of the NATO AWACS program, particularly with regard to the technical and nancial aspects. The BOD consists of one member from each participating nation. The BOD mostly meets twice times per year to review the program, address major issues, and to provide policy guidance and strategic direction. It is supported by two committees, which are the Operations, Plans and Logistics (OPL) Committee and the Policy and Finance (PF) Committee. These committees meet a few weeks prior to each BOD meeting to review issues and provide recommendations within their respective sphere of expertise. OPL Committee: In its role as an advisory body of national experts, the OPL Committee considers and makes recommendations to the BOD in the areas of operations, interoperability, technical, logistics, sustainment, conguration, requirement as well as industrial benets and industrial participation. PF Committee: In its role as a body of national experts, the Policy and Finance (PF) Committee considers and makes recommendations to the BOD in the areas of legal, budget and nancial procedures, contractual aspects and strategic planning. Lt.Col. Bernd Lorenzen, Chairman of the NAPMO OPL Committee summarized the intention of the visit. Today the members of the committee are here to see the outcome of their recommendations done in the past. We would like to inform ourselves rst hand, if the outcome of our activities meets the users needs. Our committee provides the requirements view to the Policy and Finance Committee, which then gives recommendations for funding to the Board of Directors. As former Deputy Commander of the Operations Wing on base during the time period 2006-2008, he denitely knows all the background information that is needed when reviewing such important projects. The OPL Committee is an immense important body as the members of this meeting are the nations representatives and OPL advisers for the Board of Directors, claries Mr. Jacek Zablotny, Project Manager for the Mission Training Center. The BOD is the highest authority of Force Command and the Component as they decide on the amount of people working for the force and most important, to decide how much money is spent on. All in all, these OPL Committee members decide on the future AWACS program. With the new investments done with the Mission Training Center (MTC) and the Flight Training Device (FTD), it is now possible to integrate different systems and to train more crews at the same time. These new training facilities will allow re-organizing the Component training. Providing more capabilities than in one mission and the possibility of exchanging data and voice are only some benets. Two trainings are possible at the same time as both training crews can both make use of the same communication as being in a real ight in an aircraft. Col. Marco F. DAsta, Training Wing Commander, emphasized the importance of this days visit. With these new investments we are just at a very important phase in the Component history. As the member nations are constantly cutting down their budgets, the system of the Flight Training Device is an immense chance and there are great potentials in saving money. With the real view training possibility, more training can be done on base instead of being in real training ight. The Training Wing Commander also emphasizes that there are great improvements especially for trainees: all the information will be presented in more efcient and effective ways by making life easier to personnel with different backgrounds. For instructors it will be easier to interfere, to explain and instruct the trainees. Overall these systems allow a more efcient training. The MTC and the FTD will also have distributed training capability, meaning the possibility to connect with the simulator of other weapon systems of different nations and run common training scenarios that could be the mission rehearsal of a future real operation. More training is possible, which will lead directly to a higher effectiveness rate during operations. However, these new systems cannot completely replace real training ights. The pilot and instructor Lt.Col. Gero Ronneberger explained the improvements of the new systems as the following: In the past the Training Wing was often seen as orphans and as different business compared to operations. Now, we are more integrated and we gained more acceptance and importance.High-level visitors on base: Future of AWACS programThe OPL Chairman Lt.Col. Bernd Lorenzen discussing improvements of the new system with Training Wing Commander Col. Marco F. DAsta during the visit on 19 September at the Training Wing building. Photos Andrea HohenforstThe new system of the Flight Training Device is explained to the OPL Committee members.

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8 NATO Skywatch 28 September 2012 By Chief MSgt. Michael Mller The German Federal Chancellor, Dr. Angela Merkel, and the Deputy Minister President and Minister of Economics of the Republic of Poland, Mr. Waldemar Pawlak, opened this years ILA 2012. From September 11-16, the worlds longest-running international air show ILA 2012 took place on the new exhibition grounds at Berlin Expo Center Airport, directly adjacent to the capitals future airport. The ILA Berlin Air Show was organised jointly by the German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI) and Messe Berlin GmbH. 1,243 exhibitors from 46 countries provided a display of high-tech products from all parts of the aerospace industry. Around 230,000 trade visitors and members of the public came to nd out about the products and services being exhibited. Over the course of the show they were able to enjoy a program that featured a total of 36 hours of ying displays. The E-3A Component under the mission command of Lt. Col. Peter Leufen, with members of Squadron 3 supported by members of other departments of the Component and its Chief of Staff, Col. Werner Nemetschek, participated with one of our AWACS in the exhibition. Due to the great weather and the famous reputation of NATO AWACS, between 2,000 and 5,000 visitors per day had the opportunity to have a look at the inside of the aircraft. During the days of the air show many of the crew members were overwhelmed by interesting talks with important guests, representing industry, politics, the military, science and research. Visitors and media showed very great interest in the Components task, capability and history, and the technically interested members of the public were enthralled by the display of the aircraft. Also outside the aircraft, all the crew members were very busy answering questions, providing information material and entertaining the crowd, who sometimes had a wait of up to 45 minutes. For many of them it was a fascinating aircraft at a great public event. During the fair, 282 aircraft were exhibited on the ground and in the air, including the worlds two largest airliners, an Airbus A-380 and a Boeing 747-8, as well as a Beluga from Airbus. The A-400M, the worlds most advanced military transporter, was on show in the air. National aerobatic teams from Turkey and Poland put on ying displays and the program of ying shows included a historic 1936 De Havilland as well as Euroghter, MiG-29 and F-18. More than 3,000 media representatives from 65 countries provided written and broadcast coverage of the Berlin Air Show. New concepts such as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and ecoefcient ight were introduced, as well as industrial innovations and research including cabin concepts for the future, increasingly efcient lowemission engines, new materials and alternative aviation fuels. Despite some pain in their feet and legs, and some restless days and nights, nearly all crew members including the leadership announced that they would volunteer for the next ILA at the Berlin Expo Center Airport from May 20-25, 2014. It has been a great team effort and a great experience. Component participates in ILA 2012 Photos Lt.Col. Raimond Schulz

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28 September 2012 NATO Skywatch 9 28 September 2012 NATO Skywatch 9 On 22-23 September another highlight was on our base: the Oktoberfest 2012With the keg tapping on Saturday evening at 19:30 the Oktoberfest was ofcially opened by Brig.Gen. Andrew M. Mueller, Force Commander Maj.Gen. Jochen Both together with the chairman of the German NCO Association SMSgt. Klaus Dickel and the member of the Landtag, Mr. Bernd Krckel. More than 3,000 people attended this famous festival and more than 9,500 liters of the special brewed Lambertus Oktoberfest beer was given out. The band was putting the heat on the spectators until 02:30 in the morning.

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10 NATO Skywatch 28 September 2012 We are deeply grateful, says Judith Fox-AlderBy Capt. Craig Derenzis, Terry Fox Committee Public Affairs Coordinator It was a perfect day for a run: slightly overcast, light mist with a temperature in the high teens. Terry Fox himself couldnt have asked for better. The 2012 Terry Fox Run took place on September 13, here at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, drawing participants from all over NATOs tri-border region, with runners and volunteers bringing the crowd at the Canadian national support unit to around 150 people. The cooperation of several onbase agencies allowed participants to run, walk, or bike on and around the aireld, completing either a 5 km or 10 km course. At the conclusion of the inspiring display of athletics, a BBQ and rafe draw brought the day to an end with an impressive ,400 raised for Deutsche Krebshilfe (German Cancer Help) and the TF Committees accumulated annual donation growing to over ,500! Mrs. Judith Fox-Alder (TF Foundation International Director and Terrys sister) made a special acknowledgement of the great success of this years campaign: Your efforts reect those characteristics that Terry stood for, determination to get the job done and to show that every single one of us can make a difference. You have every right to feel proud of your efforts. It makes us even more excited for our upcoming Terry Fox Runs. As Mrs. Fox-Alder alludes to, it doesnt end there. The local 2012 campaign ended with its nal event at the TF Realschule Run Day September 21, followed by the cheque presentation to Krebshilfe on 4 Oct. The generosity of both local and NATO communities has enabled what promises to be a banner year for the campaign. The TF committee is extremely grateful for the interest, participation, and charity displayed by these communities, and this gratitude is echoed by the greater TF Foundation. Cancer doesnt discriminate according to nationality, and the unity exhibited by our international community exemplies the type of effort that will help bring an end to the disease. Thanks again to those who have been involved, whether through donations, participation, volunteering, or coordination the success of the Terry Fox campaign and the ongoing battle against cancer depends upon your efforts! Photos Andrea Hohenforst

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28 September 2012 NATO Skywatch 11 Text and photo courtesy IT Wing On September 10, the IT Wing Commander, Col. Juan Ramn Del Rio Nieto, presented NATO Operation Unied Protector medals to IT Wing personnel who contributed to that operation. Out of a total of 25 deployed to FOB Trapani, 14 were eligible for the NATO Medal. To qualify for this medal one had to have had 30 days of continuous or accumulated service in any single tour, or 60 days in multiple tours. IT Wing deployed 25 people in support of OUP and a total of 961 days of deployment were logged. Operation Unied Protector started on March 23, 2011, and ended October 31 that same year. It was the rst operation for which NATO decided that CHAT was to be the main C2 means of communication. The last CHAT messages of the operation to our airborne E-3A read as follows: [23:01:30] From COM CJTF:Ceasere. End of Mission. [23:01:43] c [23:01:52] MATRIX52, MOOSE: For the past 7 plus months, you were bold, aggressive, relentless but never reckless, and made the success of Operation Unied Protector possible. I am proud of you all. On behalf of a grateful Alliance and partner nations, I thank you for your professionalism and tremendous effort. Job very well done! MATRIX52, Cleared RTB, Fly Safe [23:11:51] CJFT CUROPS BWC is signing off. [23:01:58] matrix 52 off station, rtb IT Wing OUP medal recipients currently serving at the E-3A Component are: Sgts. Melinda Daley, Sam Devici, Bradley Dillon, JeanPaul Keymis, Floyd Ledesma; NATO civilians Mrs. Sharon Krebs, Mrs. Jean MacDonald, Mr. Kevin Farmer. Sgt. John Maris is also eligible for this NATO Medal but his application has been delayed due to paperwork. Personnel who have already left the Component and received the medal through their respective National Support Unit are: Sgts. Terry Bottom, Christopher Carcia, Kelvin Ruizino. Majors Ronald Young and Steve Lavoie will receive the National OUP Medal through their national chain of command.NATO OUP Medals for IT Wing personnel By Staff Sgt. Ladislav Kucera Trick or Treat! Its October and its Halloween time! Halloween is celebrated on the evening of October 31, the evening before the Christian feast of All Saints Day. The Geilenkirchen NATO Air Base Team 5/6 is upholding the tradition by yet again sponsoring an exhilarating celebration of a magic evening at the JFC Brunssum Conference Center on October 27, starting at 9 p.m. Team 5/6 has a long tradition of sponsoring variety of events, such as this annual Halloween bash party that has taken place on the last Saturday of each October. The Halloween parties have been among the many fund-raising events where Team 5/6 gives most of its proceeds back to the community, such as awarding college scholarships to selected AFNORTH School seniors in the amount of $500; sponsored Santas in Blues events delivering care packages every year during the winter holiday season to support the wounded warriors program at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center; supporting the volunteer recognition, promotion, and induction ceremonies for members of the E-3A Component and the 470th ABS the list could go on. This years Halloween Bash will be lled with an abundance of food and drinks, plenty of fun, entertainment and favorite costumes. For more information on this event, check out the GK Team 5/6 Facebook page at http://www.facebook. com/#!/events/409266709127318/. The history of Halloween Halloweens history goes back to the ancient religion of the Celtic tribes (circa 500 B.C.) from whom came the Britons, Scots and Irish. Present day English, Scots, Welsh and Irish are all descended to some extent from these ancient Celtic tribes. The Celts believed that at the end of summer, Samhain, the lord of death, becomes powerful and overpowers the sun god. On October 31, Samhain assembles all the evil spirits who had died the previous year and allows them to return home to visit the living. On October 31, after the harvest, the druids would meet under an oak grove or near large stone circles where they performed sacrices. The priests would light great res and offer sacrices to Samhain to ensure that the sun returned after the winter. During the night all res except the sacricial one to Samhain were extinguished. The Vigil of Samhain, as it was called, would keep the sacricial re on through the night and the next day embers from this re would be used to light the re in each household. Villagers would try to appease goblins and demons with offerings of food and nuts. They would leave little treats that the household had to offer, to satisfy the hunger of these demons. People believed that if the demon was satised with the treat, it would not trick the person or cast an evil spell. Therein remains the origin of the present day trick or treat. Virtually all existing Halloween traditions can be traced to the ancient Celtic day of the dead. To this day, witches, ghosts, and skeleton gures of the dead are among the favorite disguises and Halloween is becoming once again an adult holiday or masquerade, like Mardi Gras. Men and women in every disguise imaginable are taking to the streets of big American cities and parading past grinningly carved, candlelit jack olanterns to re-enact customs with a lengthy pedigree. Their masked antics challenge, mock, tease, and appease the dread forces of the night, of the soul, and of the otherworld that becomes our world on this night of reversible possibilities, inverted roles, and transcendency.Celebrate Halloween with Geilenkirchens Team 5/6

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28 September 2012 NATO Skywatch 13 Its that time again!The International Womens Club has an exciting 2012-13 schedule featuring many of our NATO countries. Come join us as we celebrate our diversity and our common friendship. As always, the doors open at 6 p.m. and the evening begins promptly at 7 p.m. at the E-3A Club on base. Dont forget the rafe prizes provided monthly by the host country and tickets sales end when the evening begins. Always worth the wait! We hope to see you soon! 2012-13 schedule of pace; International Coffee Morning (Tuesday 9:30 a.m.) Turkey. evening) Spain. combination of The Netherlands and the United Kingdom. of the red, white and blue, USA. of Norway. Members Only Bingo and Germany. (a Tuesday evening). It is no coincidence that the important period in Chinas history is referred to as the Golden Age. One of the important elements laying the foundation for this prosperity was the Silk Road, a network of trade routes that got its name from the trade in Chinese silk that began during the Han Dynasty. The Silk Road brought the Orient into contact with Western culture and allowed good and lucrative trade relations to be developed. This exhibition is presented to the public until 20 October. Address: Minderbroederkerk, Boomgaarstraat, Maaseik, Belgium For more information: www.degoudeneeuwvanchina.be Run and supportFor the third time in a row, the TriBorder breast cancer Geilenkirchen 5 km run is scheduled for October 12, starting at 1:30 p.m. in front of the Components Gym building. Please register by 12 October by email: geilenkirchen.team56@geilenkirchen. af.mil The email should have the following information: Name, email address, registration fee preference, male/ female, and Yes/No racing for a prize, and Yes/No for babysitter service. The fee is 15. Payments can be made the day of the event beginning at 1:30 p.m. (please email rst and indicate your registration fee preference) or in person via a registration point of contacts, listed below. Registration fee preferences: Your 15 registration fee can be applied one of three ways: contribute your donation to the CFC-O (receive a T-shirt) contribute your donation to the GK A&FRC (receive a T-shirt) donate to the charity of your choice (unfortunately, no T-shirt if this option is chosen). Questions? Call one of the following persons: Ms. Donna McQuaig ext. 3791, Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Gonzalez ext. 3320, Tech. Sgt. Mishaki MasonHarris, Tech. Sgt Valerie Nelson ext. 2235, Tech. Sgt. Auchekia Miles 2727, Staff Sgt. Kayla Bilger ext. 2242. Staff Sgt Misty Horton US Clinic, Staff Sgt. Anthony Petrowich ext. 7353, Staff Sgt. Ken Lemanski ext. 2227. Photo by Oliver MainzExcuse me for a second I have a special surprise!Recently, Mrs. Marianne Farver, an employee from the E-3A Component Training Wing, entered a conference room and called a meeting to a halt. Mrs. Farver interrupted the A1 team meeting to surprise her husband, Maj. Peter Farver, with a nice bouquet of owers. What made the occasion special and worthy of celebration is that the day marked the majors 30th year in the Danish Air Force. Major Farver is the branch head of Manpower Management (A1MM) and has been working at the Component since August 2008.

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14 NATO Skywatch 28 September 2012 Visit the Services Branch WSS Web Page for the latest programme information and upcoming events Food Services System POC: Mr. Rene Peeters, ext. 4990, email rpeeters@e3a.nato.int Visit the Services Branch, Food Services System WSS Page for the latest programme information and upcoming events. Rotodome closed October 15-24 Due to renovation work in the kitchen area, the Rotodome will be closed from 15 to 24 October 2012. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served at the E-3A Club during this timeframe. 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 preparation time. All pizzas are available for take away. Visit our Components Food Services System WSS page for detailed information on menus/food items and price structure. Customers wishing to receive the menu per email are requested to send their email address to rpeeters@e3a.nato.int for inclusion in the automatic distribution list. MWA Card MWA cards are being issued in building 80 (Services Branch Accounting Section), room 13. Ofce opening hours: Mon-Thurs: 09001130 & 1300-1500; Fri: 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 email, if you wish. Attention MWA Card holders You are kindly requested to check the validation date on your MWA card. If it has expired, and you would like to continue enjoying the (approx.) 30% discount on our MWA services, please make sure you renew your MWA card during the abovementioned ofce opening hours. Please be aware that frequent checks are being carried out by our staff members in the various MWA areas. Shopping Cards It is now mandatory for E-3A Component personnel to present a valid shopping card to shop at the NATEX facilities. Pick up your shopping card as soon as possible at building 80, room 13. Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs, 0900-1130 and 1300-1500; Fri: 0900-1130 SPOIL ME DAY SPA NOW OPEN, building 81 Spoil Me Day Spa now open for business in bldg. 81 next to the Beauty/Barber Shop / MWR Store. The spa specializes in skin care, waxing and threading (hair removal). For a full menu of services for men and women, stop by the ofce or check out the Spoil Me Day Spa Facebook page. To make an appointment, contact Nehir Mullen at 01516 1603434 E-3A Club NEW opening hours: Mon-Wed: 11a.m.-4 p.m.; Thurs 11 p.m.-9 p.m. Happy hour prices on beverages from 4-6 p.m. Fridays 11.a.m.-6 p.m. The Red Lion Bar is open every Wednesday, 4 p.m.-10 p.m. The Bavarian Keller is open every second Thursday from 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Special Events (See Food Services Web Page for details): Oct. 26 Whisky Tasting (Limited Seating) Nov 21 Special Thanksgiving Lunch at the Rotodome Coffee & Cake ,55, Toasties, and Bockwurst with salad are served every day as of 1100. Coffee-to-go is also available. Additionally, a small warm dish with bread is available from 1100 1330. Price for MWA member: Euro 2,50/ non-MWA members Euro 3,50. 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 Activity Manager for a free slot. Sports Department (ext. 4946) Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 6 a.m. 9 p.m. Weekends: 8 a.m. 8 p.m. No Sports staff available at the New Gym Mon Thurs after 5 p.m., Fri after 3.30 p.m. and at weekends. Patrons wishing to check out equipment need to do so before the above-mentioned times. Management apologizes for this inconvenience. All Component personnel are authorised to utilise the sports facilities free of charge. However, participation in tness classes with instructor, i.e. spinning, aerobics, dance classes, etc. is restricted to personnel in possession of a valid MWA membership card. Dependants are required to be in possession of a valid membership card to utilise the Gym. Daily checks will be conducted. Special Events Oct 1 start of winter schedule Old Gym, New Gym & Multi-Purpose Room Oct 11 Volleyball tournament. Deadline Registration Oct 10 Oct 17 Table tennis tournament. Deadline Registration: Oct 15 Oct 24 Indoor soccer tournament. Deadline Registration: Oct 19 Nov 9, 11a.m. International cross country run. Deadline Registration: Nov 9, 10.45 a.m. 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 (ext. 4956) 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 over 12,000 books and is divided into 9 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 childrens 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 6 public computers for internet use. Come and check out our new collection of CDs and DVDs. All is free of charge for all NATO ID card holders (small charge for usage of copy machine (A3 and A4) and printer for Internet pages). International Youth Activities (ext. 4954 or 4955) Registration and further information at the IYA Ofce in Bldg. 95, ext. 4955. Dance Classes The IYA Dance program under the experienced and certied instruction of Jacky Smeets is starting at the IYA Multi-purpose Room the week of 1 October. Cost is per month. The following classes are offered: Tots (ages 3 to 4) Monday, 5.15 p.m.6 p.m., Lil Stars (ages 5 to 6) Monday, 6 p.m.-6.45 p.m., Dance Sensation (ages 7 to 8) Thursday, 6.15 p.m.-7 p.m., Dance Sensation (ages 9 and up) Thursday, 7 p.m.-7.45 p.m. The rst classes on 1 and 4 October are free. Yoga Yoga lessons under the experienced and certied instruction of Mimi Davis, Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher, are starting at the IYA Multipurpose Room on 2 October. Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m.-12 a.m. Cost is per lesson. Register in class. Swimming courses For children aged 4 and older at the Hallenbad Geilenkirchen: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1645 to 1745 for Beginners, and 5:45 p.m.-6.45 p.m. for Advanced Beginners. Our certied instructors speak English and German, and work with the children in small groups. Cost for 12 lessons is 8,50, pay only with your valid MWA Card. Trip Christmas market Trier Get in the mood for the season at one of the loveliest Christmas Markets on Saturday, 1 December, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Enjoy the romantic atmosphere between the enchanting Christmas booths on the medieval Main Market in front of the Cathedral. And the oldest city in Germany has much more to offer. Visit the Roman Baths, Amphitheatre, Porta Nigra, the KarlMarx-House, or the many beautiful churches, not to forget the stores, and great places to eat and drink. Our luxury bus departs from outside the Front Gate. Cost is per person, pay only 5 per person with your valid MWA Card. Family steam train ride Santa Claus is already planning to join the traditional Moonlight Ride on the historic Selfkantbahn. On Friday, 14 December, at 7 p.m. we will travel from Gillrath to Schierwaldenrath in the restored antique wagons. There will be one short stop on the way, when our special passenger arrives in a horse-drawn carriage. Santa will welcome all the children and present them with a Christmas bag. At Schierwaldenrath we will enjoy refreshments and Christmas songs, before returning to Gillrath. Tickets at per child and 2 per adult include Brtchen with hot chocolate, coffee, Glhwein, or a soft drink, and also goodies for children, and can be purchased at the IYA Ofce. Thrift Shop Opening hours 10 a.m. 2 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, ext. 4919. Located in Building 65 next to the NATEX Gas Station and garage. 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 is given to support Component MWA funds. Please visit us to see the items and bargains offered!MWA INFORMA TIONOctober

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