NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen 30 August 2013 Volume 29, No. 8 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 2 YEARS 227 DAYSBy David Sloan A NATO Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft arrives at Boeing Field in Seattle on Aug. 1, 2013, in preparation for a ight-deck and avionics upgrade. The move from analog systems to a digital ight deck will enable the NATO and U.S. AWACS eets to meet current and future air trafc management requirements for ying in worldwide airspace. The modication begins next month. During the next few weeks, Boeing crews will analyze performance characteristics of the legacy systems that will remain on the aircraft, such as the automatic pilot. The data will be used to conrm that the performance of those systems will be as good or better after the upgrade. The upgrade to the NATO Airborne Warning and Control System, or AWACS, aircraft, along with a U.S. AWACS, is part of a $368 million engineering, manufacturing and development contract. The move from analog systems to a digital ight deck will enable the AWACS eets to meet current and future air trafc management requirements for ying in worldwide airspace. During a meeting with Boeing employees the following day, Maj. Gen. Andrew Mueller, commander of NATOs E-3A Component, thanked them for the engineering already completed and for their work to make the modication more affordable. I stand behind you and your work. Im out there every day saying this modication is important and that were going to make it, were going to make it on time, and its going to work when we deliver it, General Mueller said. The modication is scheduled to be completed in 2015.NATO AWACS arrives in Seattle for major upgradePhoto by Jim AndersonA NATO E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft touched down at Boeing Field in Seattle on Aug. 1, 2013, in preparation for a major ight-deck and avionics upgrade.Photo by Staff Sgt. R. Michael LongoriaMaj. Gen. Andrew Mueller, E-3A Component commander, and Maj. Dean Jackson y a NATO AWACS on a simulator using the upgraded ight-deck and avoinics.
30 August 2013 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 29, No. 8 30 August 2013 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For paid advertisements call Hub Durlinger Media at +31 (0)46 4529292, cellphone +31 (0)6 5472 6473, email@example.com or Houx Digiprint at +31 (0)46 4582111, 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 Maj. Gen. Andrew M. Mueller Chief, Public Affairs Maj. Johannes Glowka Editor Staff Sgt. R. Michael Longoria M AJ On August 10, 2013, General David C. Jones, a retired four star general in the United States Air Force, passed away at the age of 92. While I never had the privilege of meeting General Jones, he is known to me through his efforts in the 1970s to establish the NATO AWACS program. In some ways, the capability of the E-3A Component today is a realization of the efforts of NATO Commanders like General Jones. From 1971-1974, General Jones was the Commander of NATOs Fourth Allied Tactical Air Force, responsible for several missions, the most important being the Air Defense of Central Europe. A priorityone requirement to enable this air defense mission was an early warning capability. For General Jones, it was clear: the AWACS capability was needed to support his mission. During his tenure as 4ATAF/CC and as the Chief of Staff of the USAF Air Force from 1974-1978, General Jones maintained a strong advocacy for a NATO AWACS capability, both justifying the need for the capability to the NATO Military Committee and advocating for the rst ever NATO program to procure the E-3A aircraft. His efforts during this period led Colonel Arnold Tessmer to conclude that General Jones was willing to reluctantly trade combat aircraft for AWACS. Not something that would make one popular in the Ramstein Ofcers Club, for sure... In 1978, the vision of NATO leaders like General Jones was put into action when 12 NATO nations entered into unique agreement to create a NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force. Since then, the E-3A Component has been a mainstay in NATO operations. Through 30 years of operations, the Component has evolved from a unit focused on air defense to a 16-nation airborne command and control force capable of employing the NATO E-3A aircraft worldwide to deliver command and control capability for NATO Commanders. Without question, as I look at the E-3A Component mission today, it is much different than the mission requirements stated in the 1970s. Regardless, there is an enduring quality which has remained in the Component since the beginning -the professionalism of the men and women who represent their nations by serving in the NATO AWACS program. This is an intangible quality in all of you which sustains our operations today. I am willing to bet that throughout the difculties he faced advocating for a NATO AWACS capability, General Jones never doubted the ability of the people assigned to the E-3A Component to make it happen. This month, the Component welcomed its 20,000th member in Senior Master Sergeant Corena L. Grey-Kannegaard, who will join the Information Technology Wing. She joins an outstanding team of people working side-by-side everyday to accomplish our mission. Thanks to the efforts of the 20,000+ people who have created and sustained the NATO AWACS program, the E-3A Component stands as an excellent example of the capability which can be delivered by through cooperation among airmen, under the umbrella of the NATO Alliance. Had I ever had the chance to meet General Jones, I am certain, he would be proud to be a part of our outstanding team, like me.Component is mainstay in NATO operationsBy Maureen Geraets-Head The forward operating base looks impeccable. The clean buildings shine under a warm sun; the blue sky reects into the shiny oor tiles. The spotless white tablecloths blow with the breeze and colorful refreshments add a festive touch to the ofcial ceremony. I feel proud and honored to be the next commander of FOB Konya. I feel very privileged and will work hard to accomplish what I have been tasked for, says Lt. Col. Mehmet Eravs ar to the audience that gathered outside the FOBs main building. The Aug. 20, 2013, is an important date for the personnel of FOB Konya. During a change of command ceremony, the NATO ag is being handed back from the outgoing commander, Lt. Col. Murat entinkaya, to the Component commander, Maj. Gen. Andrew Mueller, who then in turn passed the ag on to Colonel Eravs ar, the new FOB Konya commander. General Mueller addresses the audience and emphasizes that FOB Konya has demonstrated that it always has been ready to support E-3A operations and still does with the current ISAF Afghan Assist Operation. The work of FOB Konya personnel stands as a strong foundation for supporting these operations. A gift exchange and the planting of a memorial pine tree by the outgoing Commander, Colonel entinkaya, ended the ofcial part of the ceremony which was followed by luncheon with Turkish specialties.Photo by Hay JanssenLt. Col. Mehment Eravs ar addresses E-3A Component personnel during his rst speech as the new FOB Konya commander.FOB Konya gets new commander
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30 August 2013 NATO Skywatch 5 By Maj. Marcus Glatt-Kallenberg and retired Lt. Col. Ulrich Metternich This summer, Main Air Station (MAS) rland, Norway, hosted the largest Air Force exercise in Europe. For two weeks, roughly 70 aircraft from 13 nations practiced the execution of combined air operations and the interaction and cooperation between squadrons and the Norwegian Joint Headquarter (NJHQ). This was augmented by national Norwegian assets, ground forces, and during week one, three ships from the Royal Norwegian Navy. Twice a day, up to 60 aircraft and helicopters launched and executed Composite Air Operations (COMAO) in the exercise area, which extended 450 km x 180 km mainly over sea, but also over sparsely populated areas of land. This exercise was controlled mainly by two E-3As operated by the NATO E-3A Component, Squadron 1 Tigers in cooperation with the local Norwegian Deployable Air Control Unit (D-ACU). Exercise control logged a total of 812 combat training missions amongst the participating 20 Squadrons of NATO and PfP (Partnership for Peace) countries. Squadron 1 deployed for two weeks to the Components forward operating location in Orland with 50 personnel to include main operating base maintenance. With the outstanding support of Lt. Col. Per Birger Mathisen and his team in Norway, the Squadron 1 detachment was able to y a total of 14 ights controlling up to 58 aircraft simultaneously on various COMAOs. For the third time, Royal Norwegian Air Forces 338th Squadron and 138th Air Wing hosted the NATO Tiger Meet, welcoming more than 800 ight crews, technicians and support personnel. Col. Aage Lyder Longva, MAS rland Base commander, stated with extreme pleasure, It was a great logistical challenge to host so many personnel in the limited space available, but with the experience gained over the last years, we could master it without problems. The concentration of exercise participants to the base facilities bears great advantages. Besides having short distances between facilities, close quarters greatly foster cooperation, coordination and communication between all participants. NATO Tiger Meet 2013 was not only this years largest exercise, but also the largest Tiger Meet in the 50 year history of the NATO Tiger Association. Even though very traditional squadrons have been decommissioned over the years, the community still continues to grow. The Hungarian Air Force 591st Squadron, the Polish 6th Squadron and both Euroghter squadrons of German Fighter Wing 74 are the newest Tiger Community members. The exercise scenario concentrate on airborne operations, but no mission would be possible without the support of ground personnel, maintenance, mission planning and evaluation specialists. All of them are generally joined in Tiger Village and are part of the Tiger Community. One of the overarching objectives of this years NATO Tiger Meet was on interoperability and the ability to successfully interact with foreign nations in a foreign environment. It is an important aspect that we create an opportunity, so exercise participants can operate in a multinational environment, articulated Exercise Director, Brig. Gen. Tom Guttormsen. One of the keys to success for a successful exercise and real operations is interoperability. With the setup here in Orland, the very large exercise area and the changing exercise scenarios we can guarantee this. Compared to NATO Tiger Meet 2012, we have put even more emphasis on Joint Operations between Army, Navy, and Air Force. Besides forces from the Royal Norwegian Army with their AirDefense Missile System NASAMS (Network Centric Air Defense System), the Royal Norwegian Navy participated with one Frigate and two Corvettes. For the future of NATO Tiger Meets, General Guttormsen has one important vision. We have to provide our squadrons the best training possible with special emphasis on their individual training requirements, he explained. Outside the operational aspect it is moreover important to keep up the well established traditions of the NATO Tiger Association. Part of which are the squadron challenges like best ying unit, aircraft paintjob, sporting skills, squadron skit, and the all desired Silver Tiger Award for the best unit overall. This year, the Silver Tiger Award was won by Reconnaissance Wing 51 Immelmann (AG 51 I) from Schleswig-Jagel, whose corporate identity was an exceptional example of the Tiger Spirit. For aircrews, this large exercise is one of the best opportunities to broaden ones view outside the own unit because it is one of the best and most intense challenges in aviation. Aircrew personnel were able to participate in a joint and combined exercise and learn about the working processes and skills of their fellow comrades. Moreover, it offered the unique opportunity for experiencing a different airframe from within and often tied bonds that extend beyond the line of duty into personal friendships. The Tiger Community is looking forward to exercising together again at NATO Tiger Meet 2014 hosted by the German Reconnaissance Wing 51 Immelmann.Arctic Tigers Awake: World class training a success at NATO Tiger Meet Photo by retired Lt. Col. Ulrich Frst Metternich, NATO Tiger Association PhotographerMembers of the E-3A Components Flying Squadron 1 pose for a group photo during the 2013 NATO Tiger Meet in rland, Norway. By Chief Master Sgt. Michael Mller An AWACS and crewmembers of the E-3A Component took part in the 10th International Air Show and Military Display on Aug. 3 and 4, 2013, at Kescemt, Hungary. Despite the hot weather of 40 degrees Celsius, approximately 100,000 guests found their way to the Air Base, which is located nearly 80 kilometers south of Budapest. Visitors were entertained with aerial demonstrations by the Turkish Stars, the Italian Frecce Tricolori and the Russian Air Forces Russkiye Vityazi. The two-day event also included static displays and military show as well as other family and children programs. This rst air show in Kescemt took place in 1990. The arrival of two Soviet Air Force Mikoyan MiG-29s and two U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons at the inaugural air show marked the rst occasion where NATO and former Warsaw Pact military aircraft met in peaceful conditions. Twenty-three years later, this event has continued to grow and highlights international airpower.This years air show featured more than 80 aircraft from 19 countries. The Hungarian Ministry of Defence used the event to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Hungarian Air Force.NATO AWACS participates in one of Europes largest air shows Photo by Chief Master Sgt. Michael MllerA NATO AWACS from the E-3A Component sits on the ightline after arrival Aug. 2, 2013, at Kescemt, Hungary. The Component was in Kescemt to participate in the 10th International Air Show and Military Display.
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30 August 2013 NATO Skywatch 7CIS Squadron Comm Chat By Geoff Bucknall IT Services & Incident Management More than Five years since the establishment of the CSD, and approaching 30,000 Service Requests or Incidents, the CSD, Hub of the CIS Squadrons Services Branch, has very much become the central point, or even operations centre for reporting or requesting all IT related issues. Recording up to an average 100 incidents a day, and solving over 70%. The CSD is there to support you, the Component IT User! Suggestions for service improvement are always welcome, simply mail: firstname.lastname@example.org I Want This Fixed Now..! On occasion, CSD receives calls from users with a rather negative attitude. Often the caller assumes the CSD will affect the actual x. While the CSD will usually attempt to x issues immediately, requests often have to be sent to more specialized areas for resolution, subsequently, out of the hands of the CSD except for Incident monitoring. One user calling CSD was very upset when he kept getting this pop-up! Simply restart and leave your mouse alone! Fortunately, negative attitudes both on the phone or via email, dont happen very often, but when they do, they create bad feeling food for thought when contacting the CSD, we are there to support you! REACH (CSD Notebook Pool) During the past ve years, services provided have expanded signicantly, to include a pool of about 18 notebooks for various types of usage. Included in the Services Branch notebook pool, are the new REACH notebooks. REACH provides a capability to establish a connection to the Components BASS-LAN via Internet and useful to personnel on temporary duty to distant locations where BASS is not available. REACH is very much in its infancy at the Component, with conguration training for CSD Technicians and testing ongoing. At present, there are only ve such REACH notebooks, so availability is limited. Why Create a Service Request (or Incident)? A question often put to CSD Technicians is, Why create a Service Request (or Incident)? Well you might call one of the technicians that you may know personally at a different level (back door entry), and he or she writes your request on a yellow post-it sticky, and forgets all about it. Then who is to blame! Or you could have your request formally recorded by the CSD, meaning your request is documented. Being documented, then leads to accountability. In other words the request is assigned to a technician, who then needs to act accordingly. Further, documented Service Requests, allow for Incident Management, by reporting statistics to leadership, and providing insight to potential workload and manning requirements. Remember Last Months Comm Chat Article Change is a Mindset Windows 7 is coming, be prepared, migrate your data. Instructions for BASS will be posted here very soon: http://portal/sites/iwis/iwisv/CSD/ default.aspx. By Staff Sgt. R. Michael Longoria The NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force commander presented certicates of recognition to three members of the E-3A Component Aug. 8, 2013, in front of a standing-room-only crowd at the E-3A Club on NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Germany. Maj. Gen. Jochen Both, Force commander, recognized Lt. Col. Cornelis Pauw, Lt. Col. Hans Peter Kammer and Gerardus Rienties as superior performers. Im really impressed with all of your efforts, General Both said. I have the highest appreciation for the work that you do. Pauw was acknowledged for his efforts in the Components Operations Wing during 2011. Kammer was praised for his work in the Components Information Technology Wing during 2012. Rienties was commended for his contributions to the Components Logistics Wing during 2012. These are not individual awards, General Both explained. The Component does such a great job because everyone works together. Story and photo by Staff Sgt. R. Michael Longoria Everyone at the E-3A Component is issued an identication card (ID card) when they arrive at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Germany. The number associated with ones ID card is often a talking point and can indicate when they arrived on base. Over the years, a lot of people have come and gone, explained Maj. Gen. Andrew Mueller, Component commander. Some have stayed and others have returned for multiple tours. Recently, the Component reached an ID card milestone signaling it continued presence and success in NATO. The Component issued its 20,000th ID card Aug. 9, 2013, to Senior Master Sgt. Corena L. Grey-Kannegaard. Sergeant Grey-Kannegaard, or Sergeant GK, was recently assigned to the Components Information Technology Wing. She was previously stationed at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Welcome, General Mueller said. We waited a long time for you to get here. I look forward to seeing your leadership in action.Force commander recognizes Components superior performers Photo by Wiel BorghansComponent issues 20,000th identication card to Sergeant GK Senior Master Sgt. Corena L. GreyKannegaard is presented a welcoming gift by the pass and identication ofce.
8 NATO Skywatch 30 August 2013 The E-3A Component held its 30th Sports and Family Day Aug. 22, 2013. The Component has been hosting a sports day annually since 1983 as a way to raise unit morale and esprit de corps through competitive competition. This year, approximately 500 people participated in more than 25 events ranging from soccer and basketball to archery and long jump. Today was a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the great weather, said Maj. Gen. Andrew Mueller, Component commander. Thanks for coming out and participating in all the Sports Day activities. Remember, it is okay to have fun here. For results from the Component Sports Day, please check the Sports WSS Portal page.
30 August 2013 NATO Skywatch 9 The E-3A Component held its 30th Sports and Family Day Aug. 22, 2013. The Component has been hosting a sports day annually since 1983 as a way to raise unit morale and esprit de corps through competitive competition. This year, approximately 500 people participated in more than 25 events ranging from soccer and basketball to archery and long jump. Today was a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the great weather, said Maj. Gen. Andrew Mueller, Component commander. Thanks for coming out and participating in all the Sports Day activities. Remember, it is okay to have fun here. For results from the Component Sports Day, please check the Sports WSS Portal page.
10 NATO Skywatch 30 August 2013 We can always rely on you. Youre there whenever we need you. Youre so dependable!The rst words of the Training Squadron commander at Nordholz. On Aug. 18, 2013, the rain seems to be coming from all directions, but just before opening time there is a huge line of people waiting to visit the E-3A. The AWACS crewmembers are kind to the wet visitors and try to let as many as possible into the dry interior of the plane. The children look wideeyed at the crew and their sand-coloured overalls and each crewmember takes time to answer visitors questions and to give detailed explanations. The long line of people includes many members of other ight crews. Everyone is very interested in the AWACS, which has the longest waiting queue. The various crews quickly engage in conversation and the sentence Yes, weve often been controlled by you, is frequently to be heard. These airmen already know each other. This Nordholz Air Day is being held by the German Navy to celebrate the 100th anniversary of naval aviation in Germany. The event features not only naval aircraft and helicopters but also planes from all over Europe. Vintage airplanes such as the Do 24 ATT ying boat and the Do 28 are on display too. Spectacular demonstration ights are performed by an Austrian Air Force Saab 105 OE and a German BO 105. But at ground level the E-3A and its rotodome dominate the scene on the apron, towering over all the other aircraft and making a distinctive impression. Even after three decades, people still have great admiration for the old lady, and its capabilities are highly regarded by all air forces. Moreover, NATO AWACS is a widely acknowledged example of successful cooperation between 17 nations. The E-3A is a welcome, highly appealing guest at public events of this kind. By Maj. Johannes M. Glowka
30 August 2013 NATO Skywatch 11 Photo by Staff Sgt. R. Michael LongoriaMerlins make op stop at GKA Royal Air Force crew chief looks over the ightline from the back of a British Merlin MK3 helicopter after taking off Aug. 21, 2013, from NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Germany. Three British Merlin MK3 helicopters arrived at the E-3A Component on Aug. 20 for an operational stop, or op stop, while on their way to Albania, where they will participate in a naval exercise. The helicopters departed the base on Aug. 22. Photo by Staff Sgt. R. Michael Longoria157th ARW refuels AWACS over CanadaA NATO AWACS approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker, from the New Hampshire Air National Guards 157th Air Refueling Wing, for air-to-air refueling (AAR) Aug. 1, 2013, over St. Johns, Canada. The AAR allowed the E-3A Component to complete its 13-and-a-half-hour, transatlantic ight from NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Germany, to Seattle, Wash. By Staff Sgt. R. Michael Longoria The German Federal Minister of Defence, Thomas de Maizire, visited the E-3A Component Aug. 7, 2013, at Geilenkirchen NATO Air Base. The minister was accompanied by the Force Commander, Maj. Gen. Jochen Both, the Component Commander, Maj. Gen. Andrew M. Mueller, and the Components Chief of Staff, Col. Werner Nemetschek. Upon arrival at the base, the minister visited the Component headquarters and signed the bases guestbook. From there, Minister de Maizire headed to the ightline for a meet and greet with mayors and other city ofcials from the surrounding area. The ministers tour ended with a ight on the most modern AWACS in the world. While the focus was on the bases current personnel and equipment, Minister de Maizire took the opportunity to increase his understanding of the E-3A Component and the complex mission it accomplishes on a daily basis. As NATOs rst integrated, multinational ying unit, the Component is responsible for providing airborne surveillance, command, control and communication to NATO commanders around the globe. During his visit to the air base, the minister assured base personnel that the existence of the E-3A Component and NATO AWACS is secure until at least 2025.Photo by Hay JanssenThe German Federal Minister of Defence, Thomas de Maizire, sits in the ight deck of a NATO AWACS.German Minister of Defence tours Geilenkirchen NATO Air Base By Maj. Dean Jackson As the rst aircraft (N-1, tail number 0459) goes in for modication, its hard to accept as a Navigator, knowing it will come back to the component without a Navigator as a crew member. As difcult as this is, it shows the component has not stopped moving forward and making progress. The 14 hour ight was similar to the challenges the Component has seen over the last 35 years. Our outlook required a lot of planning. The pessimistic ones said we couldnt make it with the forecast. The optimistic ones said we could do it, and in less time than planned. The optimistic ones were right. We made smart choices, took advantage of opportunities to save time, and asked for shortcuts from ATC when we could. Similarly in the Component, smart, economic choices and looking for smarter ways to do business has saved manpower and money. Just as aircraft 459 progressed forward toward modication, so must the Component continue to move forward on its ight plan, with the energy of the component members. We made the ight 1 hour faster than scheduled with ingenuity and teamwork. Without a doubt, the Component can continue to make near Mach progress with the same skills. Anyone can work with an unlimited budget, but it takes ingenuity and creativity to work with less. We must continue to learn to make forward progress, because its with those lessons, our broad international experience and varied backgrounds that we can come up with out best ideas to keep the component strong for the NATO alliance. Leverage current technology, create part partnerships internally and externally to prevent duplication of effort, reduce or eliminate redundancy, solidifying Just as we leveraged our ight experience on our 14 hour ight, saving gas by climbing into more fuel efcient ight levels, and asking for ATC approved shortcuts, so can the component look for ways to save, and constantly be alert to opportunities to save time and money. As we leverage our unique international backgrounds, we can produce and deliver on time or early, just as we did on our ight. We landed early and with more fuel than needed, all possible through the teamwork of our collective knowledge and experience.Bittersweet Progress Photo by Staff Sgt. R. Michael Longoria
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30 August 2013 NATO Skywatch 13 By Capt. Mario Di Virgilio On Aug. 1, 2013, the German NSU hosted an award ceremony to award the German Armed Forces Badge of Marksmanship (Schtzenschnur) to international Component members from Italy, Spain and USA. Since May of this year, the German NSU has been offering international personnel the opportunity to qualify on German weapons (the pistol HK P8 and rie HK G36) and earn the decoration. Out of about forty military personnel from various nations who participated in these shooting events, twenty ve soldiers met all the requirements and were decorated that day. The roots of the Schtzenschnur date back as early as to the Eighty Years War. The tradition of awarding a cord as decoration began in the early 18th century in Prussia under Frederick William I of Prussia. With the reorganization of the Prussian Army the Schtzenschnur became the ofcial military award which it still is. The Schtzenschnur is awarded in three classes (Bronze, Silver and Gold) to military personnel of all grades but is only allowed to be worn by enlisted members. During this award ceremony one German Armed Forces Badge for Military Prociency (Leistungsabzeichen fr Leistungen im Truppendienst) was also awarded. USAF OR-6 Christian Casciola was presented with the Leistungsabzeichen in Gold for completing the necessary requirements in Evaluation Report, First Aid Course, German Sports Test, Marksmanship as well as the Rucksack March. This decoration comes in three grades and is awarded to and worn by soldiers of all ranks as a sign of outstanding physical and moral standards.Component personnel receive German badge of marksmanship RNLAF Director of Operations visits Components Dutch DetachmentOn Aug. 23, 2013, Air Commodore Dennis Luyt, Director of Operations of the Netherlands Air force, visited the Dutch Detachment at the E-3A Component. After an ofce call with Deputy Commander Colonel Ren Moerland, the Air Commodore used his lunch at the Dutch NSE. During the lunch Luyt gave the Dutch military Component personnel an update on current and future national Defence and air force subjects and took time to answer questions from Dutch military personnel. The visit ended with an ofce call with the Component Commander Maj. Gen. Andrew Mueller. For reservations please call: +49 (0)2454 1414, or fax: +49 (0)2454 939301 Reservation highly recommended Phone +49 (0)24 54 14 14 Fax +49 (0)24 54 93 9301www. Haus-Hamacher.dewww. facebook.com/HausHamacher Caf Restaurant Partyservice Our famous and popular specialties weeks start again at the end of September. Bavarian Schmankerl and game! DAYCARE Animal Hotel AbdissenboschFor 30 years the address where your pet feels at homeNew cat-place where your cat can move freely. Roomy outside place, p laygrounds, central heated. Grooming salon, also Do-It-Yourself wash salon for pets. Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 08:00-12:00 and 16:00-19:00 hrs. Sundays and holidays closed for bringing in or picking-up. V DAYCARE Animal Hotel AbdissenboschFor 30 years the address where your pet feels at homeNew cat-place where your cat can move freely. Roomy outside place, p laygrounds, central heated. Grooming salon, also Do-It-Yourself wash salon for pets. Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 08:00-12:00 and 16:00-19:00 hrs. Sundays and holidays closed for bringing in or picking-up. V AH Photo by Andrea Hohenforst Photo by Andrea Hohenforst
14 NATO Skywatch 30 August 2013 By Staff Sgt. R. Michael Longoria With an E-3A aircraft in the background, Maj. Alfredo Laboy II assumed command of the NATO AWACS Supply Squadron July 25, 2013, at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen. Major Laboy took the reigns of responsibility from Lt. Col. Norm Prue during a change-of-command ceremony, which was presided over by Col. Greg Bell, E-3A Component Logistics Wing commander. As the new Supply Squadron commander, Major Laboy will direct the activities of 144 supply and transportation personnel, who support NATOs eet of 17 E-3As. The University of Puerto Rico graduate came to Geilenkirchen from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, where he served as the Chief, Building Partnership Capacity, Logistics Air Advisor for the 435th Contingency Response Group.Major Laboy assumes command of the Components Supply SquadronPhoto by Andr JoostenComponent installs new radar domePersonnel from the Air Field Services Squadron and the German Air Maintance Group 22 installed a new, climate-controlled radar dome to protect future upgrades to the system at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen. At 8.6 meters in diameter and standing 7.7 meters high, the new radar dome is made of a harder material than the previous tent used to cover the E-3A Components ground radar.Courtesy photoLadies Soccer Team wins 3rd placeOn Aug. 22-23, 2013, the JFC Brunssum German National Team (GNT) hosted their 33rd International Soccer Tournament. The Devils Angels GK have played in this tournament for the past six years and are always a very cosmopolitan team. This years team consisted of 3 Component members, 1 player from Spangdahlem and 4 players from local Dutch teams afliated with Component members. The GK ladies only lost one game in penalty shoot-out during the semi-nals, hence they played for the third place and beat the Concordia-Haaren team 3-0. The German NCO Association (DUK) would like to invite all Component members, their families, and friends to the 31 annual Geilenkirchen Oktoberfest. It will take place on September 28 & 29 in Hangar 2. Doors will open Saturday, September 28, at 1800 with an evening of delicious food, special Festbier and live entertainment. On Sunday, September 29, doors will open at 1030 with the traditional Frhschoppen at 1100. As we consider the Sunday being a family day there will be a plenty of entertainment for the kids. Tickets will be on sale at the Frisbee Club, Building 60, Ext. 3465, until Sept. 26, 2013. Ticket sale will be between Monday and Friday from 1000 till 1600. Please use the Component Form 34.17 for the needed personal information for your external guests because it will simplify your purchase of tickets. You can also get Component Form 34.17 at the Frisbee Club during the opening hours. Each NATO ID holder is entitled to purchase a maximum of 5 tickets. If you sponsor non NATO ID holders it is mandatory to sign them in with full name and national passport number when purchasing the tickets. If you have to change names on a ticket afterwards it has to be changed at the Ticket Sale Place: Frisbee Club, Building 60 Ext. 3465. Photo by Andr Joosten
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