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NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen 29 November 2013 Volume 29, No. 11 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 318 DAYSBy Staff Sgt. R. Michael Longoria After approximately one year of renovations to the Combined Facility at the E-3A Components forward operating base in Italy, FOB Trapani ofcially re-opened in support of fullcrew and surveillance mission sorties on Nov. 7, 2013. Our FOBs allow us to effectively and efciently extend the range and length of our operations, Col. Marco DAsta, Operations Wing commander, said. The re-opening of FOB Trapani helps us reduce transit time and increase coverage when conducting missions in the Mediterranean. In short, it improves our ability to protect NATO airspace and territories The rst full crew entered the new combined facility after a small ceremony with the cut of a commemorative ribbon. FOB personnel supported prociency sorties for ight deck training and hosted several conferences during the renovation period. In addition, they focused their energy on supervising the contractors responsible for the renewal. Its been an interesting and challenging period of time, Lt. Col. Gabriele Gualazzini, FOB Trapani commander, said. My personnel did an outstanding job overseeing the project and becoming experts in areas totally new to them. While FOB personnel didnt physically work on building the facility, they helped direct the bricklayers, plumbers and electricians plus run activities connected with them. Its also been a very rewarding moment; one that gave me the chance to re-conrm the excellent attitude and spirit of the FOB personnel, Colonel Gulazzini added. The renewal started in May 2012 and the facility was handed back over to the Component in June 2013. The FOB commander explained FOB personnel are happy to get back to their normal routine and start doing the job they are good at, which is supporting the aircraft of the Component. The FOB commander would like to give a special thanks to A7 for the amazing job of coordinating and keeping FOB personnel connected to the Component and to all the other units that helped to make the reopening quick and efcient.FOB Trapani re-opens Combined Facility, offers full-crew supportCourtesy photoMembers of the E-3A Component pose for a photo Nov. 7, 2013, as Lt. Col. Gabriele Gualazzini prepares to cut a ribbon symbolizing the ofcial re-opening of the Combined Facility at Forward Operating Base Trapani, Italy. Photo by Staff Sgt. R. Michael Longoria Shelter from the ColdA NATO AWACS from the E-3A Component sits inside a hangar Nov. 19, 2013, at Forward Operating Location rland, Norway. For more information, see page 10.

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29 November 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. 11 29 November 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 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 Maj. Gen. Andrew M. Mueller Chief, Public Affairs Maj. Johannes Glowka Editor Staff Sgt. R. Michael Longoria M AJ Everyone contributes to milestones in E-3A Component HistoryIn the past few weeks the E-3A Component marked two achievements in supporting Operation Afghanistan Assist; ying the 1,000th NATO AWACS mission as well as accumulating 10,000th E-3A ying hours over Afghanistan. While these milestones were made at our deployed operating base, they would not have been possible without the sustained support from the men and women here at NATO Airbase Geilenkirchen and our associated Forward Operating Location and Bases. Take for example the efforts of the Cargo and Passenger movement section. In the Components rst full year of operating with contracted transport service, this team worked to move 611 tons of Cargo and 4448 passengers in 2013. Much of this effort was focused on supporting deployed operations including delivering 2 new re trucks to Kabul International Airport. Another important effort supporting our deployed operations are the Component members conducting pre-deployment training. In 2013 this team trained over 2,200 personnel in Core Combat Skills. Thanks to their tireless efforts, NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen is now a respected deployment training center, supporting NATO Civilians from several NATO Headquarter. Our Medical Branch supports every one of our deployed members with preand post-deployment medical screenings as well as just-in time immunizations to ensure our health. E-3A Component re ghters and force protection personnel routinely deploy to enable the capability of our host base to support E-3A operations. Supply squadron personnel maintain hundreds of aircraft parts and equipment at the deployed location which has enabled our aircraft maintenance personnel to x every aircraft discrepancy. Working quietly behind the scenes back at MOB are Component members in our A1 section who determine pay and benets for our deployed NATO civilians. Our National Support Units ensure each of us is properly equipped for combat operations. The world class chefs in the Flight Kitchen prepare thousands of in-ight meals which always make the ights to Afghanistan a little more enjoyable for me! On Dec. 11, 2013, the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Gen. Phillip Breedlove, will visit our base. During this visit, SACEUR will present both the NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force and the E-3A Component campaign pennant to recognize our sustained contribution to the ISAF mission in Afghanistan. While it is easy to focus on the accomplishments achieved through our forward element in Afghanistan, I hope each of you see this visit as recognition of the importance of your sustained individual effort to our overall Component mission. Without each of you these milestones would not be possible. Every day, each member of our E-3A Component contributes to the operational success realized in Operation Afghanistan Assist by accomplishing your mission in your duty sections. I want to thank each of you for the three years of hard work to ensure the success of this operation. Like every milestone in the 31 years of E-3A Component history, generating 1,000 E-3A sorties in Afghanistan reects the effort and contributions of every member of the E-3A Component. I am proud to be a part of your team! By Chief Master Sgt. Michael Mller The NATO E-3A Component and the Royal Norwegian Air Force celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the Forward Operating Location rland Nov. 1 to Nov. 2, 2013, at rland, Norway. On November 1, 1983, NATO and the Norwegian Government agreed to use the rland Main Air Station as forward operating location for NATO E-3A AWACS. Since this historic date, the men and women of FOL rland, along with the RNAF, along have been supporting the E-3A Component during deployments and exercises. The FOL is a base of national and strategic high importance due to its location at the mouth of the Trondheimsfjord in the municipality of Brekstad, in the center of Norway. In celebration of the anniversary, the commander of FOL rland Lt. Col. Per Bent Mathisen hosted a dinner on Nov. 1, 2013. Im feeling glad to be here amongst special people tonight, members of the FOL representing to our component, Maj. Gen. Andrew Mueller, E-3A Component commander, said. The FOL is a valued partner and its a privilege to share 30 years of heritage. Im looking forward with excitement for the next 30 years. General Mueller handed a picture collage to the FOL commander that explains the many important areas, which the FOL provides support to the Component. This present is dedicated to the men and women of the FOL and their honorable support to the NATO E-3A Component the general said. Also, during the dinner, Capt. Arnnn Mollan, a member of the FOL was recognized for his duties and received a Certicate of Appreciation for 25 years of faithful service to the Component. The celebration continued and on Nov. 2, 2013, the anniversary was highlighted with a Hangar Party, where all members of rland Main Air Station, their families and friends were invited. rland Main Air Station was built by the occupation forces in 1941 during the German occupation. Todays main runway was built in 1944 as a result of an expansion to the aireld. Soon, with the moving of Air Station Bod and the incorporation of the new F-35 Lightning II ghter jet, rland Main Air Station will become the principal airbase of the Royal Norwegian Air Force.FOL rland celebrates 30th Anniversary

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29 November 2013 NATO Skywatch 5CIS Squadron Comm Chat By Maj. Cort Stargell Do you have a tendency to keep things because you might need them one day? Spring seems to be the time when garages get cleaned out, storage buildings purged, or cluttered rooms cleared. This helps to create more space, more room, and helps keep things manageable. Well, Id like to suggest another area that may need your attention. The ITW houses a large amount of les for Component personnel in several servers and unfortunately, these servers do not have an unlimited storage capacity. Currently, there is only about 200 gigabytes of combined storage on seven servers available to house your information. The ITW cannot act as sanitation personnel cleaning out old or unused les for other people. Therefore, we would like to encourage everyone to take a look at what les you currently have archived on the servers and delete any unnecessary items. Think about what needs to be savedDo you really need that copy of a document from 15 years ago? Personal documents and personal information should be saved to your local computer on the D: drive. Why the D: drive and not My Documents you ask? This drive will not be affected by the upcoming Windows 7 migration. Anything on the main hard drive, including the My Documents will be erased when the new upgrade occurs. Your personal e-mail PSTs (e-mail storage) should also be saved on the D: drive. ONLY Ofce PSTs can be saved to the network drives. So what can you do with working documents that require back up or les you want to keep for your eyes only? This is where the H: drive (commonly called the Home Drive) comes into the picture. This is a limited data storage area on the network that is restricted to the individuals personal prole; nobody else can access these les. On the other hand, server drives are available for authorized personnel to access the stored data for ofcial use only. Server drives are restricted to authorized unit personnel and can be tailored to who can look at certain les. Ofcial business should be stored on the network storage because it is backed up regularly, which allows your information to be saved if your computer crashes. Information management requires a team to maintain it properly consisting of individual users and IT professionals. With your help, we can ensure data storage capacity levels are maintained at an appropriate level and that you have the space available when you need it. Otherwise, we could end up with server data storage overow that could end up looking something like the picture below! No, just kiddingbut seriously! WE GREATLY APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT!Component le clean-up time By Chief Master Sgt. Michael Mller The Hellenic Air Force celebrated Saint Patrons Day 2013 and the 101st Hellenic Air Force Day from Nov. 7 to Nov. 10, 2013. To help celebrate the occasion, Hellenic Air Forces 131st Combat Group opened the gates at Air Base Preveza, Greece, and gave the public the opportunity to visit the Forward Operating Base Aktion. For the rst time since a NATO AWACS landed there in 1986, the local public had a chance to visit FOB Aktion and take a close look at an E-3A as well as the Greek Air Force Embraer 145 jet, Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) system. Besides the two aircraft attractions, a variety of ground and air equipment was displayed together with a picture exhibition that illustrated and explained the Hellenic Air Forces history and capabilities. As special guests during the event, the FOB Commander Lt. Col. Panagiotis Drakopoulos had the honour to welcome the E-3A Component Commander Maj. Gen. Andrew M. Mueller and the Deputy Chief of Staff Support for Hellenic Tactical Air Force Brig. Gen. Georgios Avgouropoulos.Hellenic Air Force celebrates Saint Patrons Day at FOB Aktion

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29 November 2013 NATO Skywatch 7 By Tech. Sgt. Amanda Cable Fifteen years ago, a tragic accident devastated the men and women of NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen and the 141st Air Refueling Wing, Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington State. This tragic accident took the lives of four crewmembers whose memory is forever etched in their families and friends hearts, and the minds of the members of the E-3A Component. On, January 13th 1999, Maj. Dave Fite, Maj. Matt Laiho, Capt. Ken Thiele, and Tech. Sgt. Rich Visintainer stepped out to y what would be their last mission before returning home the following day. The crew took off at 1703 local time in a KC-135 enroute to the air-to-air refueling track over the North Sea to refuel one of our Components NE-3A aircraft. With refueling complete, the crew headed back to Geilenkirchen and made a routine call to Command Post 30 minutes out. Weather conditions were ne and the Tanker crew was cleared for an ILS approach on Runway 27. However, before touch down, the crew made the decision to go around and informed the Tower; that would be their last radio call made. The go around was initiated, but things went wrong. The aircraft went airborne, in an unusual steep angle, lost speed and crashed just outside the boundary of the aireld north of the runway, said Brigadier General Klaus-Peter Stieglitz in a speech he gave the component one year after the incident. General Stieglitz was the E-3A Component Commander at the time of the accident. One year later, the E-3A Component held a Memorial Service to honor those lives lost and dedicated two memorial sites to the crew. One memorial rock was placed in front of the E-3A Component headquarters building, while the other was placed at the actual crash site outside the west gate. This coming January marks the 15th anniversary of the deaths of these brave individuals who served their country with honor and will never be forgotten. In order to honor them in the way they deserve, the U.S. Contingent is hosting a Remembrance Ceremony on Jan. 10, 2014, at 1100hrs near the memorial rock in front of the E-3A Component headquarters building. The leadership from the 141st Air Refueling Wing, Operations Group, Maintenance Group, and 116th Air Refueling Squadron from Fairchild Air Force Base, as well as other fellow crew members and maintenance personnel, will be present for this special day. Please make this day a priority and come out and show your respect to our fallen comrades. Allow us to honor these fallen heroes in the way they deserve and never let their memory be forgotten. Captain Kenneth F. Thiele Captain Thiele was born in Poughkeepsie, New York and grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado. He was stationed at Fairchild AFB when he died on 13 January 1999. He graduated from the US Air Force Academy in May 1989, with a Bachelor of Science degree in History. Captain Thiele served in the USAF from 31 May 1989 to 6 September 1998 as a KC-135 Air Refueling Tanker Pilot. He joined the Washington Air National Guard on 7 September 1998. Technical Sergeant Richard G. Visintainer TSgt Visintainer was born in Riverside, Michigan on February 6th, 1950. He was stationed at Fairchild AFB, WA when he died on 13 January 1999. He graduated from North Idaho College, Coeur dAlene, Idaho during the early 1970s graduating with a degree in forestry. He served in the US Air Force from 29 October 1968 11 August 1972. He was a member of the Inactive Reserves from 12 August 1972 28 October 1974. He served in the Washington Air National Guard as a boom operator from 10 September 1977 30 August 1980 then from 20 October 1986 13 January 1999. Major David W. Fite Major Fite was born 14 February 1957 in Long Beach, California. He was stationed at Fairchild AFB, WA and died 13 January 1999 in Germany. He graduated from the US Air Force Academy in May 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering and physics. Major Fite served on active duty in the USAF from 28 May 1980-26 July 1989. His assignments include Minot AFB and Fairchild AFB. He served in the Inactive Reserves from 26 July 198915 October 1991, when he joined the Washington Air National Guard. He served as a pilot from 16 October 1991-13 January 1999. Major Matthew F. Laiho Major Laiho was born in Copenhager, Denmark 28 October 1958 and died in Germany on 13 January 1999. He graduated from Bend High School, Oregon in 1977 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in forest management from Oregon State University in 1982. Major Laiho was commissioned through the USAF Ofcer Training School in 1982. He served in the Air Force from 30 November 1982 through 8 May 1989 and joined the Washington Air National Guard on 10 May 1989 as a Navigator. ESSO 77 Remembrance...

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8 NATO Skywatch 29 November 2013Christmas Coloring ContestThe IYA is looking for young artist to join this years Christmas Coloring Contest. The contest is divided into three age groups: 3 to 5 years old, 6 to 8 years old and 9 to 12 years old. Simply color the picture below without using glitter, stickers or cotton. Completed pictures should be sent to IYA/BPWY, mail stop 34, or hand-carried to the IYA Ofce in Building 95 by Dec. 13. The three best pictures in each age group will win a prize. The winners will be announced during the IYA Christmas Party with Santa Claus at the E-3A Club on Dec. 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. To register for the Christmas party, call the IYA Ofce at ext. 4955 by Dec. 17.

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29 November 2013 NATO Skywatch 9 GERMANY You can nd information on Christmas markets within Germany at www. germany-christmas-market.org.uk. Geilenkirchen Geilenkirchen has a Nikolausmarkt (St. Niklas market) this weekend: Nov. 29 from 1800 to 2230, Nov. 30 from 1200 to 2230 and Dec. 1 from 1200 to 1830. Also, the shops will be open on Sunday from 1300 to 1800. Gangelt On Dec. 1, there is a Nikolausmarkt in Gangelt, which is open from 1000 to 1900. The evening concludes with a reworks show. Aachen Around the Cathedral and Town Hall, this market is now open daily until Dec. 23 from 1100 a.m. to 2100. Also, the city shops will be open on Dec. 8 from 1300 to 1800. Alsdorf You can enjoy this Christmas market around the small and charming castle of Alsdorf from Dec. 1-9. Cologne At the Cathedral, Altstadt, Rudolfplatz, Neumarkt and Stadtgarten, the markets are open until Dec. 23 from 1100 to 2100 Sunday through Wednesday, 1100 to 2200 Thursday though Friday and 1000 to 2200 on Saturdays. Dsseldorf Located in near the Heinrich-HeinePlatz, Jan-Wellem Monument Marktplatz, this market is open daily until Dec. 23 from 1100 to 2000 Sunday through Thursday and 1100 to 2100 on Fridays and Saturdays. Local shops will be open on Dec. 1 from 1300 to 1800. Monschau In the Eifel hills, near Aachen in the picturesque town, this market is only open Fridays and Saturdays from 1100 to 2100 and Sundays from 1100 to 2000. Mnster This market is also open daily until Dec. 23 from 1100 to 2000 Sunday through Thursday and 1100 to 2100 on Fridays and Saturdays.. THE NETHERLANDS Sittard Wentjerdruim (Winter Dream) is open from Dec. 15 to Jan. 5 in downtown Sittard. There will be a Christmas and art market along with a skating ring. There are also plenty of candlelight shopping nights and open shops on Sunday. Also, the annual Winter Circus is scheduled for Dec. 22 to Jan. 5. Tickets for the circus are available online www. limburgsKerstCircus.nl or at the tourist information ofce in the Rosmolenstraat. Valkenburg During the winter months, the Limburg hills are an atmospheric place with fairy lights, Christmas trees and Glhwein. Enjoy the two underground Christmas markets in the Gemeentegrot and the Fluweelengrot caves with stands selling Christmas and gift items until Dec. 23. Open daily 1200-2100. Entrance 5 Euro, children 4-12 years of age, 3 Euro. A Christmas Parade, with a chance to meet Santa Claus, is held on Wednesday and Saturday evening. You can also discover the underground crib made of sand and take the Route dAmuse culinary walk to visit Valkenburgs best restaurants while you can enjoy ve delicious amuses at renowned catering establishments. You can chose between three different routes. For children theres a childrens amuse. Until Jan. 5 2014 (except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1). The amuses can be enjoyed daily between 1200 and 1800. On Dec. 26 you can enjoy your amuses up until 1600. Maastricht From Dec. 1 to Jan. 1, discover the magical Winterland fair at the Vrijthof, which features a large outdoor skating ring and a Christmas market. BELGIUM Hasselt The city of Hasselt organizes the Winterland event at the Kolonel Dusartplein, Hasselt, Belgium each year. Until January 5, there will be a Christmas market with more than 100 exhibitioners, the largest tri-border ice skating ring, Christmas rides, a marry-go-round and the House of Santa Claus. For more information, check the website www. winterland.be. Lige From Dec 1 to Dec. 30, the largest and longest Christmas market in Belgium can be found at the Place due Marche and is open daily from 1100 to 2200 and 1100 to Midnight on Saturdays. The Christmas village in Lige is taking place for the 27th time. Brussels Europes most original Christmas market, including a skating ring, is located around the Brussels Grand Place and Place St. Catherine. The market is from open weekdays until 2100 and 2200 on weekends. The market is open from 1100 to 1800. On Dec. 24 and 31 and from noon to 2100 on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.The holiday season is upon us, which means its time for shopping and a glass of Glhwein. Christmas markets can be found through out the local region. Christmas markets in the Neighborhood

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10 NATO Skywatch 29 November 2013 By Staff Sgt. R. Michael Longoria The E-3A Component engaged in a self-generated exercise on Nov. 4, 2013. For 18 days, the Component conducted Magic Viking 13-02, an exercise designed to test the Components ability to meet its NATO Response Force (NRF) commitment. The Component also went through alert state procedures to ensure it can secure the main operating base. As a High Readiness and Deployable Force unit of the NRF, it is important that the Component stays ready, said Maj. Gen. Andrew M. Mueller, Component commander. Over the past three weeks, the Component validated its readiness by practicing many of the processes we would utilize if we needed to employ to support the NRF. On Nov. 18, the Component initiated the execution portion of the exercise with the movement of ve aircraft and 120 personnel to Norway. Three E-3As and 93 Component members along, with two KC-135 Stratotankers and 27 Airman from the Ohio Air National Guard, deployed to Forward Operating Location rland, Norway. After arrival, the Component executed three different missions. Alpha crew orbited over Iceland and provided support for Icelands Quick Alert Response; Bravo crew orbited in Norway and worked with three Norwegian ghter squadrons; and Charlie crew orbited over England and took part in U.S. Air Force exercise Determined Hunt. Endex for Magic Viking was called on Nov. 22 after all aircraft and personnel returned to Geilenkirchen. I want to congratulate the team on an outstanding effort, General Mueller said. Many thanks to all the Component members for a job well done.Component validates NRF commitment with Magic Viking

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29 November 2013 NATO Skywatch 11 By Lt. Col. Marc Jansen Belgian Kingsday: This tradition goes back a very long time. In 1866, just after King Leopold II inherited the throne, he decided that November 15, name day for Saint Leopold, would be chosen as a day to remember the rst King of Belgium Leopold I van Saksen Coburgh Gotha. The name used at that moment was Commemoration day of the founder of the Royal Dynasty or simply Day of the Dynasty. This day is NOT a national holiday, as is July 21, for most of the Belgians but this is a day where people can express their feeling towards their King. Government employees (including military) and some schools universities do get an extra day of leave. Since 1866 this day changed several times but, as from 1930, it was decided to keep it xed on Nov. 15. In 1952, King Bouwdewijn decided that this day would stay as a remembrance day and by Royal Decree renamed the Commemoration day of the founder of the Royal Dynasty to Kings Day. On this day a Te DEUM (a Solemn Hymn) will be sung in all cathedrals to invoke the Devine Assistance for our King. For the Belgian Armed Forces this occasion is used to express their attachment and deepest respect to their King and Supreme commander. The way the military show this respect is rst of all through a telegram all units send to the King to restate our loyalty and secondly through a toast to the King on Nov. 15.Belgian NSU celebrates Kingsday Members of the NATO Airborne Early Warning Forces Canadian Contingent and their families travelled to Belgium and France to participate in Remembrance Day ceremonies on Nov. 9and 10, 2013. On Nov. 9, the contingent travelled to Ypres, Belgium, to observe the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing. Every evening at 2000, the road through Menin Gate is closed and a Last Post service is carried out. This service has been done nightly since July 2, 1928. The next day, the contingent participated in the Veterans Affairs Canada Remembrance Day ceremony at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial at Vimy, France. Members of the contingent participated in parade as representatives of the Government of Canada, as sentries at the monument during the parade or in the colour party for Royal Canadian Legion Branch 003, Geilenkirchen. Canadian Contingent commemorates Remembrance Day, visits Ypres and Vimy

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29 November 2013 NATO Skywatch 13 Courtesy PhotoChapel staff invites Components German Community for lunchLt Col Volker von dem Bach, German National Support Unit commander, thanks Chaplain (Capt.) Jeremy Gorline and Christine Young, event coordinator, for their hospitality following an event at the Base Chapel on Oct. 15, 2013, at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Germany. GKs International Chapel management invited the E-3A Components German community for lunch as part of the NSU Outreach Project, which started earlier this year. Besides the delicious food, the event helped everyone get to know one another better through mind-opening conversations. All E-3A Component members, spouses, partners and their guests are invited to the ultimate party of 2014: The MWA Special carnival dinner dance night at the E-3A Club Feb. 7 at 1800. Tickets are 30 Euro per person (MWA members can purchase up to two tickets for 25 Euro each). The ticket price includes a warm buffet, as well as a cake and coffee. Wear a Carnival costume and this is highly desirable because you can win a prize for the best costume (single or couple). Special note: you and your guests must be identiable at the Main Gate when entering the base and should not be in possession of any toy weapon for security reasons. The programme starts at 1800 with the rst entertainment show. At 1930, E-3A Component Commander Maj. Gen. Andrew Mueller will ofcially open the event. The absolute highlights of the evening are: The super clown Desalles, show and party duo Die 2 Schweinfurter, show dance group Showlights, Carnival group K.G. Ulenspiegel with the Grenzland trumpet players and show dance group Revolution.Carnival Dinner Dance Night

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14 NATO Skywatch 29 November 2013MWA INFORMA TIONDecemberVisit the Services Branch WSS Web Page for the latest program information and upcoming events.U pcoming Events & IYA Activities(Open to all US and NATO identication card holders) Points of contact: IYA Events: Mrs Neuhalfen, ext. 4954; Sports Events: Mr Stelten, ext. 4920; Food Services: Mr Peeters, ext. 4990. DATE SIGNIFICANCE GK AKTION TRAPANI KONYA OERLAND 01 JAN NEW YEARS DAY 06 JAN EPIPHANY 03 MAR CARNIVAL MONDAY 03 MAR ASH MONDAY 25 MAR NATIONAL DAY 17 APR MAUNDY THURSDAY 18 APR GOOD FRIDAY 18 APR GOOD FRIDAY (ORTHODOX) 20 APR EASTER SUNDAY O O 21 APR EASTER MONDAY 21 APR EASTER MONDAY (ORTHODOX) 23 APR NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY AND CHILDRENS DAY 25 APR LIBERATION DAY 01 MAY LABOUR DAY 17 MAY NORWEGIAN CONSTITUTION DAY O 19 MAY COMMEMORATION OF ATATURK, YOUTH AND SPORTS DAY 29 MAY ASCENSION DAY 02 JUN ITALIAN REPUBLIC CELEBRATION DAY 09 JUN WHIT MONDAY 09 JUN WHIT MONDAY (ORTHODOX) 19 JUN CORPUS CHRISTI 08 DECIMMACULATE CONCEPTION 25 DEC CHRISTMAS DAY 26 DEC BOXING DAY NOTE (1): Half Day Only O = not counting against the 11 International Holidays DATE SIGNIFICANCE GK AKTION TRAPANI KONYA OERLAND 27 JUL RELIGIOUS DAY (SUGAR FESTIVAL) O (1) 28 JUL RELIGIOUS DAY (SUGAR FESTIVAL) 29 JUL RELIGIOUS DAY (SUGAR FESTIVAL) 30 JUL RELIGIOUS DAY (SUGAR FESTIVAL) 07 AUG TRAPANI PATRONS DAY 15 AUG ASSUMPTION DAY 30 AUG VICTORY DAY O 03 OCT GERMAN UNITY DAY 03 OCT RELIGIOUS DAY (SACRIFICE FESTIVAL) 04 OCT RELIGIOUS DAY (SACRIFICE FESTIVAL) O 05 OCT RELIGIOUS DAY (SACRIFICE FESTIVAL) O 06 OCT RELIGIOUS DAY (SACRIFICE FESTIVAL) 07 OCT RELIGIOUS DAY (SACRIFICE FESTIVAL) 28 OCT OCHI DAY 29 OCT REPUBLIC DAY 01 NOV ALL SAINTS DAY O OE-3A COMPONENT/FOB/FOL INTERNATIONAL HOLIDAYS 201403 Dec Start Squash Tournament Different categories. Playing Period: 03-20 Dec Deadline Registration 02 Dec 11 Dec Table Tennis Tournament Old Gym, 1130-1400 Deadline Registration 10 Dec 13 Dec: IYA Christmas Moonlight Family Steam Train Ride Santa Claus is already planning to join the traditional Moonlight Ride on the historic Selfkantbahn. On Friday, 13 December, at 1900 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 7,50 per child and 12 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. 14 Dec: Express Trip to London We arrive in London at approximately 8 a.m. Saturday, December 14. First on the agenda is a city tour passing sights such as Big Ben, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, the Horse Guards and Piccadilly Circus. Our bus will be parked near the center giving you a minimum of nine free hours to explore. Cost is $89. Trip is open to US/NATO ID cardholders and their guests. Contact us at 31(0)46-443-7561 or DSN 360-7561 or usarmy.schinnen.imcom-europe.list. schinnen-fc@mail.mil mailto:SchinnenFC@benelux.army.mil Remember, you can charge it on your VISA/MasterCard. 17 Dec Indoor Soccer Tournament New Gym, 1130-1500 Deadline Registration 13 Dec 18 Dec: IYA Christmas Party On Wednesday, 18 December, 1600 to 1800, the IYA is offering a Christmas Party for children at the E-3A Club. Children under the age of 5 have to be accompanied by an adult; parents of older children are also very welcome to attend. Play seasonal games, win a prize at the wheel of fortune, enjoy seasonal refreshments, and meet Santa he even has a little gift for you. Bring your camera: children and families can have their photo taken with Santa at no cost. During the party the winners of this years Christmas Colouring Contest will receive their awards. There is no fee. Children enrolled in the December IYA Afternoon Club are automatically registered. 20 Dec: Bavarian Breakfast at the Rotodome The Rotodome is hosting a Bavarian Breakfast on Friday, 29 Nov from 0700-1045. Bavarian Breakfast includes: Warm breakfast, Weisswurst, sweet mustard and a Brezel. Price: Euro 5,00. Leberkse: Euro 1.00 extra. Weizen beer (Trb, Dark or alcohol-free): Euro 1.70 (MWA Card Holder) 24 Jan: Robert Burns Supper at the E-3A Club Experience a Traditional Scottish Burns Supper at the E-3A Club on Friday, 24 January 2014, starting at 1900 hrs. World champion Bagpiper and Drummer are back again! Even more entertainment surprises in store! Win a bottle of whisky from the Glengoyne Distillery with your ticket number. Ticket Price: Euro 32.00 for MWA Card holders (Euro 42.00 for non-MWA Card Holders). This includes dinner, half a bottle of wine, whisky during dinner). Tickets on sale at the E-3A Club as of 17 Dec 2013. 07 Feb: MWA Special Carnival Dinner Dance Night at the E-3A Club Dont miss this greatest party of the year 2014! Tickets on sale as of 25 November 2013. See separate article for details. 27 Feb: Altweiber Carnival Party at Bldg 60 (former Frisbee Club)

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