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NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen 18 December 2013 Volume 29, No. 12

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18 December 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. 12 18 December 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 As 2013 draws to a close, my wife, Keri, and I would like to wish everyone Happy Holidays, a very Merry Christmas, and send the very best wishes to you and your family for a Happy New Year! The SACEURs visited our Main Operating Base in Geilenkirchen to recognize the E-3A Component for our sustained contributions to the ISAF mission in Afghanistan, culminating another busy year for our 16 Nation team. Marking the Component accomplishments achieved while supporting Operation Afghan Assist is just one of the many highlights from 2013. Recognizing 30 years of operations at our Forward Operating Base in Konya and our Forward Operating Location in Oerland also marked important milestones for our oneof-kind-organization. Delivering aircraft 459 as the rst aircraft for the CNS/ATM (Communications, Navigation, Surveillance / Air Trafc Management) modernization was a big step toward ensuring the capability of our E-3A eet through 2030. Another important step to the future will happen this month when all the ying operations of the E-3A Component align under one Commander when Colonel Arturo DiMartino, ITAF, becomes the rst Operations/Training Wing commander. Indeed, 2013 has been another year of accomplishments in the E-3A Component and Keri and I are both proud to be a part of the Component community Over the past year, all of you have worked many long hours to support the NATO Alliance. This hard work now gives many of us the unique opportunity take a little extra time to enjoy the friendship and family fun the holiday season and the New Years Celebrations always bring. I encourage each of you to take advantage of the holiday season to do one or two of those things that were pushed aside throughout the course of a busy year and enjoy the holidays. Also, take time out to recognize the Component members in the organizations which wont be able to take full advantage of the holiday break. I want to thank those members of the team in organizations such as Civil Guards, International Military Police, Command Post, Fireghters, Communications Center, Air Trafc Control facilities and many others who will tirelessly stand the watch over the holiday break to enable the rest of us to enjoy the time with our families and friends. For the third season in a row, over 100 members of our team will be deployed over the holidays supporting our mission. Please do not hesitate to take the opportunity to reach out to the families of these service members and spread your holiday cheer. Sharing the holidays with another member of our team can make it an extra special holiday indeed. To all the members of the E-3A Component team Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! I look forward to another outstanding year in 2014! By Staff Sgt. R. Michael Longoria The Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Gen. Phillip Breedlove, presented the NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force and the E-3A Component with a campaign pennant on Dec. 11, 2013, to recognize their sustained contributions to the International Security Assistance Force mission in Afghanistan. The NATO A-3E AWACS Component continues to provide outstanding support to joint operations in Afghanistan, said General Breedlove. I am very proud today to recognize these extraordinary men and women who recently marked successfully ying 10,000 hours and completing 1,000 missions over the skies of Afghanistan. The rst mission was successfully own on 15 January 2011. For almost three years, NATO airborne warning and control system has provided 24-hour coverage over Afghanistan. Together the NATO and U.S. Air Force AWACS aircraft provide all-weather airspace surveillance, command, control and communications capabilities in order for ground commanders to gain and maintain control of airspace. Due to the geography and the infrastructure in Afghanistan, ground-based air trafc control and surveillance is very limited by a lack of sufcient radar coverage and transmitting means. Since the rst Operation Afghan Assist ight, the Component has supported more than 530 combat operations and controlled approximately 20,000 aircraft while completing 96 percent of its tasked missions. The E-3A Component has previously earned three other Allied Command Operations campaign pennants for support of Operation Anchor Guard, Konya Turkey, 1990; NATO relief efforts following the devastating earthquake in Pakistan in 1995; and support of NATO operations in Kosovo, in 1999.SACEUR presents Component with ISAF pennant Photo by Andrea Hohenforst

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18 December 2013 NATO Skywatch 5 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 337 DAYSStory by SHAPE Public Affairs Ofce On Nov. 27, 2013, the NATO Airborne Warning & Control Force Commander, Maj. Gen. Jochen Both and Component Commander, Maj. Gen. Andrew Mueller, ew to Mazar-e-Sharif to congratulate the detachment for achieving 10,000 ying hours in support of operations in Afghanistan. Later that same night the detachment achieved a second signicant milestone; the conduct of the 1,000th ying mission over the ISAF theatre of operations. Prior to the arrival of AWACS in Afghanistan, air trafc had increased signicantly but the lack of ground radar coverage limited ISAFs air operations. That all changed with the arrival of the AWACS. During the last two and a half years, the E-3A Component has operated out of Mazar-e-Sharif with two aircraft. The E-3A AWACS, with its enormous radar on top of the aircraft, has provided a recognized air picture to allow monitoring and de-coniction of the different assets in the area of operations. These aircraft have now own 1,000 missions in support of air operations in Afghan airspace. On 25 January 2011, the E-3A AWACS ew its rst mission for the International Security Assistance Force and today we acknowledge a signicant milestone in our mission; the successful completion of 10,000 ying hours in support of NATOs mission in Afghanistan, said AWACS Force Commander, Major General Both. The E-3A Component has proven to be effective in supporting joint operations since its establishment in the 1980s and will continue to be an effective asset for NATO operations worldwide. The E-3A normally operates at an altitude of 30,000 feet where it can continuously survey the airspace within a 400 km radius. Using digital data links, the E-3A can also exchange information with ground based commanders which have provided direct support to land forces engaged in combat and supported medical evacuation operations when necessary. Our true operational capability resides in our most valuable resource our people, said Component Commander, Major General Mueller. Our people continually perform at an incredibly high standard, and although they are from 16 different NATO nations, this seamless cooperation has led to the impressive milestones we are celebrating today.NATO E-3A celebrates their 1000 OAA ight and over 10,000 ying hours in AfghanistanForce Commander, Maj. Gen. Jochen Both, greets the component members in Afghanistan and thanks them for their support. Photo by Wiel BorghansBy Capt. Richard Holt Mission Training via Distributed Simulation (MTDS) has been a priority for the E-3A Component, in varying capacities, since 1999; however, it wasnt until 2011 that Force Command produced an ofcial training directive requesting the Component to ID training elements that should be moved from live to simulation environments. In order to meet the training request from Force Command, the E-3A Component made initial contact with the Warrior Preparation Center (WPC) in March 2013 and mutual interest was expressed in expanding the MTDS capability across NATO. While the WPCs main focus is air-to-ground training and specically Joint Terminal Attack Controller training, they had the necessary experience, resources and drive to provide the E-3A Component with a dedicated test partner. With the WPC on board initial testing began in July, but many of the same issues that had plagued previous trials threatened to extinguish the hope for an effective everyday MTDS capability. However, through a concerted effort between ITW, TWTD, TWSO, Plexsys and the NATO Communications and Information Agency, the compatibility issues were resolved and successful connectivity was accomplished! During the week of October 2929 31 2013 the E-3A Component successfully showcased their MTDS connectivity capability with the WPC, relaying radar, IFF and communication information between the WPC and Mission Simulator number one. During the demo, Weapons Controllers from Flying Squadron 1, 2 and 3 received an AWACS coordination brief from an F/A-18 pilot, executed 4-5 intercepts in a 2v4 Dissimilar Air Combat Training engagement, and ended with a full debrief via teleconference with the WPC. While the MTDS demonstration between the WPC and the E-3A Component is just one step along the path to a more robust and consistent MTDS training capability, the importance of this achievement cannot be minimized. Already this test event has piqued the interest of other NATO partners to connect with the E-3A Component. This includes Ex VIRTUAL MAGIC a dual E-3 operations event between the E-3A and E-3D Components scheduled for 31 March 4 April 2014, and the Distributed Training Operations Center in Des Moines, Iowa, USA, which would provide the E-3A Component with daily fourth generation ghter training, Basic Qualication training and more robust Combat Ready training scenarios for the entire mission crew. In an era where ying budgets are being reduced across NATO, expanding the E-3A Components MTDS capability ensures that warghter readiness remains at its highest level, not only within the Component, but throughout the entire NATO military structure. The Future of Mission Crew Simulator Training Courtesy photo

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18 December 2013 NATO Skywatch 7 By Senior Master Sgt. Christopher Daniels The holiday season is typically a happy, joyous time of year. However, year after year, the tragedy of preventable accidents impacts the happiness of many holiday celebrations. The Safety Division would like to offer up some holiday safety tips so your holiday season may be a joyous and safe one. As soon as holiday leave begins, motorists pack the roadways. That means increased risks to manage. Some common causes of holiday driving accidents are: Speeding: Is there a need for speeding? Driving 20 KPH over the speed limit may get you there a little faster, but at what cost? Accidents resulting from speeding frequently occur where variables such as curves, intersections, steep grades, and blind spots can impair situational awareness. Distractions: Activities that could divert your attention away from the primary task of driving endangers driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These distractions may include: texting, using a cell or smart phone, eating/drinking, talking to passengers, reading maps, adjusting a stereo, or using a navigation system. Unbuckled Motorists: A safety belt is the single most effective means of protection in a crash. Dont use the excuse that youre only driving a short distance. Not only is wearing your safety belt the law, but it prevents ejection during a crash, spreads out force of impact, and reduces injuries or fatalities. Fatigue: Your situational awareness and reaction time depends on your body clock. You should know the sign of fatigue before its too late: burning eyes, heavy eyelids, inability to focus, and constant yawning. Get regular sleep before hitting the road. Once you recognize the signs of fatigue, nd a safe place to get rest. Alcohol: One more for the road could put you on the road one last time. Celebrations involving alcohol are all around and require selfcontrol. If you must drink, have a designated sober driver take you home. Some additional tips to help ensure a safe journey: driving prior to setting out on any trips. and prepared for harsh winter conditions. environment; adjust speed for road conditions. taillights/ turn signals clear of ice/snow. snow. In addition, know your vehicle and how to recover from a skid (rear wheel vs. front wheel drive). Holiday Decorations and Cooking: You may want to impress family and friends with your culinary abilities or home decorating savvy during the holiday season. Knowing what to do is as important as knowing what not to do. Live trees should be kept fresh; needles should be hard to pull from the branches. Keep trees fresh by cutting off ve centimeters of trunk to expose fresh wood for better absorption of water. Articial trees should be rated re-retardant. Keep your tree away from sources of heat, like replaces or radiators. Inspect your lights before placing them on the tree; look for frayed wires and broken bulbs. Dont overload extension cords and transformers. Take care when using candles; keep them away from ammable decorations. Place candles where they cannot be knocked over or reached by children or animals. Do not leave lit candles in unattended rooms/work places/ofces. Food-borne Illnesses: Theres nothing more inviting than a honey-glazed oven roasted turkey waiting for you at the buffet spread. Dont spoil anyones enjoyment is properly cooked. Use separate cutting boards and utensils; if using one cutting board, wash often in hot soapy water. Store leftovers quickly and properly and ensure chilled foods are properly stored and handled. Fireworks: Fireworks are often used to celebrate bringing in the New Year. A few simple rules will keep your reworks display safe: from people. restrictions of setting off reworks.Holiday Safety: tis the season to be careful

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10 NATO Skywatch 18 December 2013 Story by Staff Sgt. R. Michael Longoria For the past ve years, the E-3A Component commander has invited local children to the base as a way to give back to the surrounding community during the holiday season. The tradition continued this year when children from several Geilenkirchen schools gathered at the front gate Dec. 6, 2013, to attend a movie showing. Good morning, dear children and teachers, Maj. Gen. Andrew Mueller exclaimed as he addressed the crowd in German. I want to give you a big warm welcome to the NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen. Im very glad you dont have to go to school today and are spending your lesson time with us instead. More than 350 children and their teachers packed the Mass Brieng Facility to watch The Snow Queen, a lm adaptation of the fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen. The tale, rst published in 1845, focuses on the struggle between good and evil as experience by a little girl and boy, Gerda and Kai. Are you looking forward to the lm? the general asked in German. Great! We wish you lots of fun and a wonderful holiday season. Merry Christmas! Before the entering the MBF, everyone posed for a photo next to the lighted Christmas tree in front of the bases welcome sign. *Editors Note: All quotes by Maj. Gen. Andrew Mueller were translated into English by Paul Baker from Components language services ofce.Component commander invites local children for movie and continues GK holiday tradition Photo courtesy of Dutch NSUA Splash of ArtworkThe Dutch National Support Unit has been using their new building for more than one year now. To make it appear nicer and less barren, something had to be done to the plain, high-punched wall. After exchanging some ideas with three Dutch students from the Art Academy, this artwork is the result. Next year, a replica of the iconic rotodome will be installed in this room. Photo by Andrea Hohenforst

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18 December 2013 NATO Skywatch 11 10,000 hours in Afghanistan is no small feat mainly due to the dedication and hard work of all Component personnel. From a Logistics Wing perspective some tremendous efforts should be mentioned. The Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, despite major personnel shortages, managed to accomplish all Phase Inspections in Hangar I which was lit up like a Christmas tree (how very tting!) during all hours of the day and night. Fuselage Shop created a few adrenaline highs in their own right by removing tails from several aircraft during the phase inspections. Another highlight being the jack & retract: an operation where a 90 ton aircraft is balanced on three hydraulic jacks in order to retract the landing gear and test it. Fuselage personnel performed this action with their known coolness whilst onlookers gasped in awe! Aircraft Ground Equipment Section with the widest bandwidth of tasks and fewest personnel supported operations in Afghanistan as well as FOBs/FOL during TSVs. Staff Level, wasnt idle either, ying their desks at high altitude. The outline PE was accomplished by May 2013 and nalizing moves are still being made! CNS/ATM upgrade for aircraft 459 has been initiated. This upgrade to digital display in the cockpit took tremendous preparation time and is coming to fruition. On the budget side, very ambitious requirements have been processed and implemented. As you all know, money, money, money (as predicted by ABBA in 1976) is always a key factor and requirements have to be accompanied by fabulous justications! The good cooperation between the Forward Operating Bases/Location was solidied during a Logistics Ofcers Conference that took place in September in sunny Oerland, Norway. The warm welcome denitely made up for the lower temperature. Supply Squadron did not rest on their past successes, either. The Property Disposal Ofce disposed of 69,104 items generating a revenue of 112,290.79 ONLINE!!! Petrol/Oil/ Lubricants Section (POL) performed a staggering number of 1,976 aircraft fuel activities servicing both our E-3As as well as transient aircraft and TNT ights. The squadrons Readiness Branch processed 6,255 passengers this year -not quite the volume of Dsseldorf airport but far more demanding -ensuring that every passenger was properly equipped and briefed. Electronics Maintenance Squadron solved their share of challenges starting with the Kyoto protocol. You now may ask what EMS has to do with Kyoto, Japan. SF 6 is the answer, a gas used for operation of our APY2 Radar. Radar maintenance has cut consumption of SF6 in half over the last 10 years. The struggle against SF6 is not won yet and there are still challenges remaining, but radar shop continues to reduce emissions which will contribute to money savings and a better environment. Avionics Shop in conjunction with other branches faced many challenges with the introduction of the new Fuel Quantity Indication System (FQIS), a crucial indicator when ying an aircraft. Communications Branch, only 15 personnel strong, deployed for 945 days in support of ISAF, OAE and exercises. So, in conclusion, Logistics Wing stepped up to the plate and scored many home runs in 2013. Only a few have been mentioned but as we all know it is a team effort and everyone pulls their weight. We are looking forward to a challenging and successful 2014!2013 has own by... Log Wing looks back on a great yearBy Robert Buerger The construction of the new building (Building 320) started last year and plenty of progress has been achieved. You can already see the nearly nished new building. On July 31, 2012, the geodesist engineer, Mr. Kroll from the survey ofce, came to the Base and started to take measurements for the new building. The parking lot adjacent to Building 216 was closed and the construction work started. Mr. Timmer, BLB Aachen, and the chief architect, Mr. Jerusalem, are responsible for the overall coordination of this project. If you want to retrace the history of the construction work, you can visit the IT Wing WSS Portal and click the Building 320 Time Lapse Movies link on the left side of the page. On Dec. 10, 2012, the laying of the foundation stone (cornerstone) took place. Maj. Gen. Andrew Mueller and various high-level representatives of the host nation (see Skywatch 7, 20 December 2012) emphasized the importance and necessity of the new building for IT Wing and the Component. Now it is December 2013. The shell of the building has been nished. The windows and external doors have been tted and the building is nearly secured for the winter. Lots of interior work has been started and some has been nished. The oor covering is already laid. Even the walls on the second oor have been erected, the oor covering is laid, and the power sockets and network connection sockets have been installed. The heating is ready for connection to the Component heating plant. The main power cable and other supply lines have been laid to the building and are awaiting permanent connection so that the building has a constant supply of electricity, water, heating, etc. Plenty of ber cable has already been laid inside the building. As you can see while passing by, the restoration of the adjacent external area has started. Parking spots will be done soon, and plants will be put into place in the near future. Step by step more installation work will take place. Network components and the telephone system are among the next steps. The move into the new building is scheduled for the second quarter of 2014.Major New Building for the Component Part III

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Audi A1 3-trg. Attraction 1.2 TFSI 63 kW (86 PS), 5 Gang, Grundpreis ab Werk (inkl. MwSt.), Lackierung: Brillantschwarz, Ausstattung: schw./schw. schw./schw./titangrau, Sonderausstattungen/Zubehr: Comfort-drivePaket, Ablagepaket, Klimaanlage manuell, Mittelarmlehne vorn, Sitzheizung vorn, Radioanlage Chorus, Seitenairbags vorn, Kopfairbag, el. Auenspiegel, ESP, el. FH, Start-Stopp-System, ZV mit FB u.v.m. Finanzierungsbeispiel: + Hauspreis 15.379,00 + berfhrung/Kfz-Brief-Gebhr 597,99 Anzahlung 18,71 % 2.990,00 = Nettodarlehnsbetrag 12.986,99 + Zinsen 814,07 + Bearbeitungsgebhr 454,54 = Darlehnssumme 14.255,60 + Laufzeit: 36 Monate + Nominalzins: p. a. 2,41 % + effektiver Jahreszins (UD): 3,90 % + 35 monatliche Raten: 149,00 + Schlussrate bei 10.000 km/Jahr: 9.040,60 Kraftstoffverbrauch: innerorts 6,2 l/100 km auerorts 4,4 l/100 km kombiniert 5,1 l/100 km CO 2 -Emissionen: kombiniert 118 g/km Alle Werte inkl. 19 % MwSt. Ein Angebot der Audi Bank. Bonitt vorausgesetzt. (l. to r.w): Achim Kfferlein, Martin Deffur, Michael Wittwer, Gerd Caron, Lothar Herfs, Marcel Oellers, Markus Weber, Alfred Deffur, Michael Marx. Jacobs automobile sales team looks forward to your visit: Visit. Watch. And discover.The Audi specialist in your region. Audi A1, 3-door, Attraction 1.2 TFSI 63 kW (86HP), 5-gear, basic price ex works (incl. VAT), Color painting: brilliant black, interior: black/ titan-grey. comfort drive package, depot package, air-conditioning (manual), middle armrest (front), heated seats (front), radio Chorus, side airbags (front), head airbag, electronic mirrors, ESP, electronic window lift, start/stop system, central locking with radio control, and much more. Financing example: Dealers price is + overcrossing / registration document down payment 18,71% + interest rate + administration fee Contract period: 36 months Nominal interest rate Annual percentage rate 35 monthly rates Ending rate with 10,000 km/year Fuel consumption: In town 6.2 l/100 km Out of town 4.4 l/100 km Combined 5.1 l/100 km CO2 emissions: Combined 118 g/km All prices incl. 19% VAT A special offer by Audi Bank. Subject to the condition of credit-worthiness. D ISCOUNT COUP O N valid on a total treatment of euro 125,your car is being hand-washed with wax shampoo for only 13,50 car cleaning P e rmagar d pr otective coating dent r e m oval without r epainting spot r epai r of 10 .00 f or your total car cleanin g First House in T rfr nttnrbr ffntrff ttrn tfr frrffnt rffnr rtrn t trbfrrrrr ffrrtr rrr rftntrrr trftrt trtnnntrt Superior Our r fr 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

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18 December 2013 NATO Skywatch 13 Component History book now availableA hard-cover, 135 pages, full color book with 30 years of Component history is on sale for 12 euro at the E-3A Club. The book gives a chronological historical overview of NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen with impressions of major events and milestones, illustrated with photos from the past 30 years of the E-3A Component. By Staff Sgt. Marcus McCall December 6th Saint Nicholas Day: The model for the modern Santa Claus was not only a real person (and a Saint), but he was also known for many wonderful deeds that we all associate with the Holiday Season. Many Christians celebrate the birth of Saint Nicholas, patron saint of children and role model for gift giving. (Nicholas, the common name of the Lycian Saint and Roman Catholic Bishop of Myra in Anatolia of modern-day Turkey) December 8th Bodhi Day: Buddhist celebration of the enlightenment of the Buddha, when Prince Gautama took his place under the Bodhi tree, vowing to remain there until he attained supreme enlightenment. According to tradition, Siddhartha had recently forsaken years of extreme ascetic practices and resolved to sit under this tree and simply meditate until he found the root of suffering, and how to liberate oneself from it. Immaculate Conception of Mary: Roman Catholics celebrate the belief that Mary, Mother of Jesus, was preserved without sin for her entire life. It is a day of obligation for Catholics and requires church attendance. December 12th Feast Day of our Lady of Guadalupe: According to Catholic tradition, the Virgin Mary appeared to the Indian peasant, named Juan Diego, in 1531 on the hill outside of Mexico City and told the him to tell the local bishop he had seen her. When they did not believe him, the Virgin Mary told him to take roses, which were miraculously growing on the hill in December, to the bishop as a sign. He wrapped them in his traditional cloak, called a tilma, but when he opened the cloak to reveal the roses, an image of the Blessed Virgin Mary was imprinted on the cloth. The tilma now hangs in a special glass case above the main altar in the basilica in Mexico City. December 13th Feast of Tevet 10*: Jewish fast commemorating the siege of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar II. The fast day of the 10th of the Hebrew month of Tevet symbolizes the rst of a series of events which led to the destruction of the First Temple: the beginning of the siege of the Babylonians on Jerusalem, the capital city of Judea. The essential signicance of the fast of the Tenth of Tevet, as well as that of the other fast days, is not primarily the grief and mourning which they evoke. Their aim is rather to awaken the hearts towards repentance; to recall to the Jewish people, both the evil deeds of their fathers, and their own evil deeds, which caused anguish to befall both and thereby to cause us to return towards the good. December 21st Yule: Wiccan/Pagan celebration of the Winter solstice. There are literally dozens of ways in which this day is celebrated. December 24th Christmas Eve: Christian celebration of the arrival of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus. It is observed with worship, candle lighting, manger scenes and festive meals. One reason celebrations occur on Christmas Eve is that the traditional Christian liturgical day starts at sunset inheritance from Jewish tradition. This practice is based on the story of Creation in the Book of Genesis: And there was evening, and there was morning the rst day. This structure for the liturgical day is followed for all feast days throughout the year in the Eastern rite and is retained for Christmas (as well as for Sundays and other major festivals) in the West, where the liturgical day ordinarily begins at midnight. Many churches still ring their church bells and hold prayers in the evening before holidays. December 25th Christmas Day: An annual commemoration and celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. It is a widely observed holiday, celebrated generally on December 25 by millions of people around the world. It is a Holy Day central to the Christian liturgical year; it closes the Advent Season and initiates the Twelve days of Christmastide, which ends after the twelfth night. December 26th Zarathosht Diso: Zorastrian anniversary of the death of Prophet Zarathustra. December 28th Holy Innocents: Christian Day of solemn memory of hundreds of male children killed by King Herod in the attempt to destroy the baby Jesus. December 30th Freedom Day: Scientologist Day celebrating the ofcial recognition of the Church of Scientology in the United States in 1974. December 31st Watch Night: Though not a holy day, many Christians use this occasion to gather on this night to thank God for bringing people safely through another year. The time is spent in prayer and song. Note: All Jewish holidays begin at sunset the previous day.Religious Holy Days in December E-3A Club 20 Dec Closed as of 1:30 p.m. 23 Dec-05 Jan Closed 06 Jan Normal operation Rotodome 20 Dec Breakfast & lunch closed as of 1:30 p.m. 23-27 Dec Closed 30 Dec 01 Jan Closed. 02 Jan Normal operation Billeting Ofce 24 Dec-29 Dec Closed 30 Dec On call duty (contact CP) 31 Dec-01 Jan Closed 02 Jan Normal operation VAT/Disbursing Ofce (Bldg. 80) 24 Dec-05 Jan Closed 06 Jan Normal operation MWA/Shopping Card Ofce (Bldg. 80) Shopping Card 24-01 Jan Closed 02 Jan Normal operation MWA Card 24 Dec-05 Jan Closed 06 Jan Normal operation Sports Deparment 23 Dec Normal operation 24 Dec 6 a.m.-6 p.m. 25-26 Dec Closed 27-29 Dec 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 30 Dec Normal operation 31 Dec 6 a.m.-6 p.m. 01 Jan Closed 02 Jan Normal operation Sauna 23 Dec Normal operation 24-29 Dec Closed 30 Dec Normal operation 31 Dec-01 Jan Closed 02 Jan Normal operation Tanning beds normal operation IYA 23 Dec-01 Jan Closed 02 Jan Normal operation Library 23 Dec-05 Jan Closed 06 Jan Normal operation Thrift Shop 07 Jan First day of operation 2014 MWR Store 23-01 Jan Closed 02 Jan Normal operationHoliday operating hours Services Branch / NatexNatex operation hours also available on www.natex.de Grocery & Pumps Casual Mode & Retail Garage 24 Dec 0800-1500 1030-1500 Closed 25-26 Dec Closed Closed Closed 27-30 Dec Normal Normal Closed 31 Dec 0800-1500 1030-1500 Closed 01 Jan Closed Closed Closed

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14 NATO Skywatch 18 December 2013MWA INFORMA TIONJanuaryVisit the Services Branch WSS Web Page for the latest program information and upcoming events.Upcoming 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. 14 Jan: Indoor Soccer Tournament Participation for E-3A Component, JFC Brunssum, USAG Schinnen and ZVBw Niederheid. Deadline Registration: 10 Jan. Event Day: 14 Jan 11.00-16.00 hrs, New Gym. 22 Jan: Table Tennis Tournament Participation for E-3A Component, JFC Brunssum, USAG Schinnen and ZVBw Niederheid. Deadline Registration: 20 Jan. Start Tournament: 22 Jan 11.0014.00 hrs, New Gym. 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 now on sale at the E-3A Club. 30 Jan: Winter Lunch at the Rotodome 30 Jan: Volleyball Tournament Participation for E-3A Component, JFC Brunssum, USAG Schinnen and ZVBw Niederheid. Deadline Registration: 28 Jan. Event Day: 30 Jan 1330-1530 hrs, New Gym. 31 Jan: Bavarian Breakfast at the Rotodome The Rotodome is hosting a Bavarian Breakfast on Friday, 29 Nov from 07001045 hrs. 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) 07 Feb: MWA Special Carnival Dinner Dance Night at the E-3A Club The E-3A Club is hosting an MWA Carnival Dinner Dance Night on Friday, 07 Feb 2014. Different types of entertainment and music throughout the evening. Tickets now on sale at the E-3A Club. Ticket price for MWA Card Holder: Euro 2400 (max. two) and for non-MWA Card Holder: Euro 30,00. 27 Feb: Altweiber Carnival Party at Bldg 60 (former Frisbee Club) The MWA hosted Altweiberfastnacht Carnival Party 2014 will take place on Thursday, 27 February 2014 in Bldg 60 (former Frisbee Club), 1400 to 2400 hrs. Snacks available from 1400 2200 hrs. No entrance fee. For your entertainment DJ Ronnie will play Carnival and dance music. At 1511 hrs the International Karnevalsverein Teveren will visit the party. A shuttle bus from the club to Geilenkirchen railway station, Teveren, Gillrath and Niederheid will be available starting at 1700 hrs. 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 2014Services Branch Accomplishments in 2013The Rotodome served up till now approximately 28,903 breakfasts, 83,175 lunches and 6,393 dinner meals. Special national lunches were introduced, giving nations the chance to share their traditional food items. The Flight Kitchen has supported approximately 1,100 E-3A missions and 100 TNT mission: 12,800 entre meals and 16,200 snack meals were prepared. 25 shipments of supplies were sent to Operation Afghan Assist. The Sports Department hosted three major events: Triathlon, Component Sports Day and the International Cross Country Run. In addition a lot of tournaments took place (table-tennis, jogging cross, volleyball, etc.). The International Youth Activities hosted a lot of day trips with more than 500 participants. The MWR Store processed approximately 1200 packages. Approximately 2,500 customers used the postal service and approximately 3,600 customers used the dry cleaning service.

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Ramstein Kindsbacher Str. 4766877 Ramstein-MiesenbachTel: 06371 61 39 90 Germany Kaiserslautern Kaiserstrasse 1 67661 Kaiserslautern Tel: 0631 351 90 40 Kaiserslautern Kaiserstrasse 22 67661 Kaiserslautern Tel.: 0631 3547 900 Wiesbaden Ludwig-Wolker-Str. 14 55252 Mainz-Kastel Tel: 06134 567 80 Spangdahlem Im Kreuzgarten 1 A 54529 Spangdahlem Tel: 06565 93 69 90 Aviano Via Pordenone 48D 33081 Aviano (PN) Tel: 0434 676 613 Italy Spain Naples Tel: 0434 676 613 Email: Naples@ pentagoncarsales.com Sigonella Tel: 0434 676 613 Email: Sig@ pentagoncarsales.com Vicenza Viale Della Pace 254 36100 Vicenza (VI) Tel: 0444 91 09 38 Rota Plaza Del Triunfo 6 11520 Rota (Cadiz) Tel: 956 840 201PENTAGON CAR SALES www.PentagonCarSales.com On behalf of the entire staff and management of Pentagon Car Sales, we would like to wish US servicemen and women everywhere a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We also extend our heartfelt thanks to all those military members who placed their trust in our team this year by making their automobile purchase through Pentagon Car Sales. It was a pleasure to serve you and we look forward to serving you again in the New Year, when we have plans to further enhance our service and introduce even more new and exciting BMW and MINI models to you.WISHING YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEARWE LOOK FORWARD TO SERVING YOU AGAIN IN JANUARY!To enable our international team to spend this special time at home with family and friends, all our facilities will be closed from 22 Dec until 2 Jan. Please visit our website for our Emergency Service contact details.