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NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen 25 April 2014 Volume 30, No. 4 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 3 YEARS 93 DAYS By Thorsten Wahl The runway at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Germany, was constructed in the early 80s for the E-3A Component with an expected lifetime of 20 years. For the verication of the runways condition, a survey was conducted in 2008 which resulted in the recommendation to restore the runway within the next ve years. The project was initiated right away and sent up the chain of command in 2009 to NATO Headquarters for approval, as part of a so called Addendum 3. A runway restoration integrated project team was formed by the end of 2010 from the different wings and divisions coordinating on all relevant impacts for operations from Main Operating Base (MOB) Geilenkirchen (GK) during a restoration. The team developed several options for the restoration considering also the impact to ying operations. In April 2011, the restoration in sections with 11 days working on the runway to be followed by three days for ying operations was selected as the most economic one, to allow the usage of the aircraft maintenance facilities at MOB GK. The technical solution was to build a 30 cm asphalt overlay for several 100 m ramping down to the existing runway during each of the working cycles. During the days of the runway closure, the NAEW aircraft would operate utilizing the Components forward operating bases and location (FOL/FOBs). Due to enduring discussions on the funding by one NATO nation, the project became an urgent requirement. After a second survey conducted in 2012 showed the runway had rapidly deteriorated further, the discussions on funding and impact became more intense involving higher NATO HQs. Finally in November 2013, the project restoration of the aircraft movement areas was approved by NATO HQ. This 10+ million Euro project started gaining momentum rapidly. In the same month, the Host Nation Construction ofce, the Bau-und Liegenschaftsbetrieb(BLB) Aachen, issued the bidding documents to 32 international companies who had voiced their interest prior. The wining companies were selected, after a careful evaluation by the BLB Aachen out of the seven offers received in February 2014. This extremely short bidding process could only be achieved due to great support and commitment by the HN Germany throughout all levels of the national administration up to the Ministry of Defense. At the rst meeting with the contractors in March, the company Bunte conrmed that they are willing and able to start the runway restoration in May 2014. In order to limit transport requirement during night times or on Sunday, to ensure quality and continued construction during the construction cycles, Bunte will set up an asphalt mixing plant of 30 m height. The location was selected considering obstacle clearance at an aireld, ying club activities, training activities, electrical powers supply, storage space for construction material, area requirements for the asphalt mixing plant and its operation. See Restoration on page 5 Equipment for the mobile asphalt mixing machine is delivered.Photo by Andrea HohenforstRunway restoration starts at main operating base

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25 April 2014 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 30, No. 4 25 April 2014 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 On Saturday, May 10th, the E-3A Component will host our 26th annual International Childrens Festival. I would like to take this opportunity to invite all the families of the Component out to your base to enjoy the fun and entertainment this day offers to our team. A highlight for ICF is the coloring contest for children from ages 4 to 12. This years top prize is a 00 gift voucher! I know, rain or shine, this years Festival promises to be an enjoyable afternoon and be certain, there will be memories made every minute! This event would not be possible without the leadership of our Component members from Turkey who organized the talents from many National Support Units to make things happen. I want to thank all the members of the Component who contribute their time and efforts to make this years International Childrens Festival a success. Their efforts provide all of us a unique opportunity to make some lasting memories for the whole family as children from 16 nations come together under the umbrella of fun. As your Component Commander, providing opportunities to you and your families to have some fun at our base is important to me. While your services team cant offer a large number of programs, throughout the year they hold several events which offer you the opportunity to bring your families out and enjoy the fun at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen. Each month, MWA and IYA sponsored activities are listed right here in the pages of the Skywatch. Just one day prior to the ICF, restoration work on our 10,000 foot runway will start. This project will resurface the top portion of our 30 year old runway with 30 centimeters of asphalt eliminating the deteriorating concrete surface which hindered our MOB operations for the past several years. This runway restoration project is planned to be completed using eight work cycles consisting of 11 work days and three y days a total of 16 weeks. To sustain our ongoing missions supporting Operation Afghan Assist and, more recently, missions over Poland and Romania, E-3A operations to support to these missions will shift to our forward operating bases and location. Supporting operations from these locations is something the E-3A Component envisioned and has been resourced to do since 1984, so I am certain our Component members at the FOBs and FOL are ready to sustain our outstanding mission success rate. Dispersing operations from MOB for a sustained period will be another rst for the E-3A Component. Like every other mission we have accomplished over the past year, I am certain we will maintain our mission success during the runway restoration project. I recognize this will add even more time away from MOB for many of you and I appreciate your willingness to get the mission done. Further, I am looking to ensure your time at MOB offers you the opportunity to have some fun by continuing to support outstanding Component traditions like the International Childrens Festival here.International Childrens Festival A spring time Tradition at the E-3A ComponentBy Chief Master Sgt. Michael Mller At a small ceremony held April 10, 2014, the executive committee of the Deutsche Unterofzierskameradschaft (DUK) of the NATO E-3A Component presented donations totaling 6,000 Euros to local clubs and organizations. DUK Chairman Manuel Werner and members of the executive committee welcomed the representatives of these clubs and organizations to the Frisbee Club at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen. The outstanding signicance of the DUK as organizer of the Components Oktoberfest and in maintaining close contact with clubs and organizations in the local area was demonstrated by the presence of the NATO E-3A Commander, Maj. Gen. Andrew M. Mueller, and the Commander of the German Support Group Lt. Col. Volker von dem Bach. General Mueller, in uent German, welcomed all and fully acknowledged the close links between the E-3A Component and the surrounding communities, and expressed his thanks for the support these communities provide to Component members and their families. It is extremely important to know that we receive this support, and a joy to see that we can also give something in return, added the general. Every year, the DUK organizes the Oktoberfest for the benet of the local population. The prots generated by that event are donated to local clubs and organizations. The DUK is always looking for helping hands and volunteers to make the event succesful. So, mark your calendar already today for next Component Oktoberfest on Sept. 27 and 28, 2014, and make it a great success for everyone, the Component and the surrounding communities.DUK presents donations to clubs, school facilities & non-prot organizations Photo by Andrea Hohenforst

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25 April 2014 NATO Skywatch 5 Restoration continued from page 1 The plant has to be setup in April next to the air base. More than 120,000 tons of materials for the asphalt, which has to be built in, will be transported onto the air base through a dedicated gate. The plan is to complete the runway restoration with eight plus one construction cycles; the last one will be for nalizing works, like runway markings and nal lights. It is planned to have the restoration completed by October this year. Aiming for a minimum of ight movements during the quiet hours, it was decided to use the weekdays Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for ying the aircraft in and out of MOB GK. To achieve the completion within the construction cycles, it is planned to conduct the works in long working hours including weekends and holidays with necessary works also being conducted during nightshifts. Especially rainy days prohibiting runway construction might push works right into the nights to compensate for lost working hours. The whole runway restoration project is quite demanding, to always have the runway operational after 11 days, which is what the contractor and the engineering ofce agree to. Both of them are convinced that this restoration method is feasible. Many details still need to be worked out such as the handover procedure from the company through the construction ofce and the Host Nation to the component to be accepted by Infrastructure, Air Trafc Control, Flight Safety and the Operations Wing before, after each completed section, the rst NAEW aircraft will use the runway again. In addition to the runway, the aircraft apron with the drainage, the taxiway and the holdings will be partially restored as well. Parallel to the infrastructure preparations for the restoration the deployment of the aircraft to the FOL/FOBs in Norway, Turkey, Greece and Italy taking into account all operational tasking and training requirements need to be planned well in advance. This put quite an additional effort to all the woman and man operating the aircraft. The FOL/FOBs were continuously informed to be prepared for these additional taskings. When necessary, the Component will reinforce them with equipment and personnel. To ensure NAEW operations can continue throughout 2014, the runway restoration will require effort from the entire Component. The MOB runway during construction circa 1980. Story and photos by Staff Sgt. R. Michael Longoria A German Air Force Jamkite aircraft landed April 2, 2014, at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Germany, for a static display and mission planning session with E-3A Component personnel. The Jamkite, a modied Learjet35, is able to jam radars and produce false targets, among other things. So, by working with the Jamkite and its crew, E-3A crewmembers are able to accomplish specic training requirements. This visit helps the E-3A Component regain the lost experience of accomplishing successful missions under jamming conditions, which is something that can be expected during Baltic or Crimean operations at anytime, said Maj. Dirk Wenzel. The Operations Wing Mission Support Division invited the Jamkite crew and airplane to the main operating base to increase the Components electronic counter-countermeasures (ECCM) capabilities. ECCM, which often means resistance to jamming, is a part of electronic warfare that attempts to reduce or eliminate the effect of electronic countermeasure on electronic sensors aboard vehicles, ships and aircraft. The static display and interaction with the Jamkite crew allowed Component personnel an opportunity to collect information that enhances their combat-ready knowledge, said Major Wenzel. Additionally, the Component was able to develop an efcient jamming mission card to use during future training missions with the Jamkite. German Jamkite helps Component increase its ECCM capabilitiesAndreas Lamp, an electronic-warfare operator, discusses the capabilities of the Jamkite with Capt. Per Sigurd Dvergsdal April 2, 2014, at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Germany.Courtesy photo

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25 April 2014 NATO Skywatch 7 Editors Note: E-3A Component personnel recently completed the 100th Individual Deployment Training (IDT) at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen. Therefore, the training instructors provided us with an article detailing the 8.5 year history of IDT. In 1999, in order to meet NATO requirements, the Individual Common Core Skills (ICCS) program was established on the Component. The aim was to train Component military personnel on required ICCS related military skills, a few years later ICCS became also mandatory for NATO civilians. At this time ICCS was a one-day course. The rst years, this course took place inside the uncomfortable, windowless basement of bldg. 209. Later on before the IDT area was established, ICCS was moved to former ofce rooms at Hangar IV, which were from much better standard. After the transformation of the Component from an in-place force to a deployable force, the requirement for a more extensive pre-deployment training was formulated. As a result, the Component was tasked by the force commander in March 2005 to establish IDT as a three-day course covering all ICCS related topics including theoretical and practical lessons. The initial Base Support Wing planning meeting took place already in January 2005. After intensive planning and preparations, the rst course started in October 2005. Since all Component members on deployable posts category 1 had to be initially trained, 25 IDT courses were provided during the rst 15 months from 2005 to 2006. Later on the number of IDTs per year was reduced to ten. To develop the course, the lessons had to be created but more importantly, the training area had to be identied, training facilities and equipment needed to be identied, procured and erected. Initially, the training area secured by a kind of improvised construction site fence was half size of the current training area. Tents were used as classrooms, as accommodations and also the facility for personal hygiene was a tent equipped with sinks, water tabs and a huge container with cold water. Only eld loos were available as toilets, cold and dark in winter time, smelling bad in summer time. Over the years the course itself and also the course facilities were and still are steadily improved. In 2008, after the comprehensive revision of the course, IDT was extended from three to four days including one overnight stay, with a currency of four years. With this setup, NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT) agency evaluated IDT and ICCS against standing NATO requirements for pre-deployment training courses. Both courses were approved and became ofcial NATO accredited courses open also to personnel from other NATO headquarters/ agencies. Since then, approximately 270 NATO International Civilians (NICs) from other NATO agencies throughout Europe are sent to Geilenkirchen per year. The NICs include high ranking NATO staff such as ambassadors and NATO legal advisors. Along with the revision in 2008, the initial training area was extended to double size of the initial area. Toilet and hygiene facilities of good standard arrived and improved the Tent City facility standard tremendously. Additional, storage facilities were procured in order to be able to store all required training equipment in a proper way. The construction of the main training building (bldg. 311) with one major brieng room and four small classrooms was nished in 2010. As of this time all theoretical classes are given in the new building, not in tents anymore. This was another signicant milestone in the improvement of the training. When it started, the IDT course lasted three days including one overnight stay and IDT currency was three years. Maximum number of attendees was 35 personnel. Nowadays up to 60 attendees can be hosted; IDT lasts four days and makes personnel current for four years. Topics to be covered are: First Aid, Fire Fighting, CBRN Defence, Weapons and live ring training, Post-Attack Reconnaissance, Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and Mine Awareness. On top additional deployment related topics are provided. All topics are covered by classroom lessons and hands-on training. In order to achieve a higher skill level, attendees are also exposed to scenarios that simulate real world emergencies. During these scenarios attendees have to deal and cope with different situations in a group frame. All knowledge and skills needed were trained during the lessons before. During some IDTs also instructors sometimes faced real world emergencies they had to cope with. Attendees with minor injuries like bruises, sprains, and cuts, but also critical things like dehydration, circulation collapses and serious neurological problems were to be treated, so that the Medical Branch Ambulance had to come out a couple of times. When it comes to the development and improvement of the course there has never been a stop. Instructors from Force Protection Training Section (BSF), Medical Training Ofce and Fire Department have steadily been working on the improvement of the lessons, training equipment and facilities. Training contents are continuously updated to be able to provide latest information and developments to the attendees. Especially when the Component joint ISAF operations in 2010, training topics were signicantly adjusted to the needs of personnel deploying to Afghanistan. One considerable milestone here amongst others was the implementation of a completely revised shooting training concept. Never before Component members deployed to a kind of austere base for extended times and had to carry their weapons 24/7. Over the last nine years, more than 50 Force Protection, Medical Branch and Fire Department instructors plus additional supporters from various Component agencies (like IMP trainers, dog handlers from Civil Guard and doctors from Components Medical Branch) trained 3,727 personnel during IDT. Most of the attendees were Component personnel, but some were also from other NATO headquarters/agencies. From the beginning of ICCS in 1999 until today about 17,000 personnel were trained in total. History of Components Individual Deployment Training at Tent City Photo by Andrea HohenforstInstructors and students of the 100th IDT class pose for a group photo.

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8 NATO Skywatch 25 April 2014 The largest career orientation project in Germany offered local students an inside look at the E-3A Component and the Bundeswehr Verication Center. 54 students from schools in the local area visited the Component at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen on March 27, 2014. The visit was part of the Germanywide Girls and Boys Day, which was created to give young individuals a backstage look into a wide variety of professions. After the welcome by the Chief of Staff, Col. Werner Nemetschek, the students had a chance to visit the ight line, an E-3A aircraft and the Fire Department. The program this year was organized and coordinated with the Bundeswehr Verication Center, another military organization in the surroundings of Geilenkirchen, focusing on introducing the youngsters to as many different career elds in the Bundeswehr and international organizations as possible. The students also had the opportunity to interact with Airmen and Airwomen, as well as re ghters, of other nations to get an impression of what its like to work in an international environment. Participating in the Girls and Boys Day tour was a very interesting and amazing experience, especially the visit to the NATO Air Base was very exciting, one of the students said. For more information: http://www.girls-day.de/english http://www.boys-day.de/englishComponent hosts another successful Girls and Boys Day Photo by Hay Janssen Evaluation des Girls Day MdchenZukunftstags 201 2 Zusammenfassung der Ergebnisse Boys'Day Berufeliste: Top 30 Diese Liste zeigt die 30 hufigsten BoysDay-Ausbildungsberufe mit maximal 40 Prozent mnnlichen Azubis oder Studierenden. Knnen Jungen bei Ihnen einen der folgenden Berufe erkunden, knnen Sie eine BoysDay-Aktion anbieten*. Kriterien fr eine BoysDay-Aktio n im Bereich Berufsorientierung: Der Anteil mnnlicher Auszubildender/Studierender in dem zu erkundenden Beruf/Fach liegt bundesweit bei maximal 40 Prozent, si ehe Ausfhrliche BoysDay Berufeliste: www.boys-day.de/Service_Material/Downloadcenter Der Anteil mnnlicher Beschftigter in dem zu erkundenden Beruf liegt bundesweit bei maximal 40 Prozent *Ausnahme: In Baden-Wrttemberg wird der Boys'Day in Organisationen und Institutionen im sozialen, pflegerischen, erzieherischen und gesundheitlichen Bereich durchgefhrt. In Hamburg frdert die Behrde fr Arbeit, Soziales, Familie und Integration die Durchfhrung des Boys Day in sozialen, pflegerischen, erzieherischen und gesundheitliche n Berufsund Aufgabenbereichen. Sollten Sie sich unsicher sein, ob Ihr Angebot eine s der oben genannten Kriterien erfllt, setzen Sie sich gern mit uns in Verbindung: Bundesweite Koordinierungsstelle BoysDay Jungen-Zukunftstag E-Mail: info@boys-day.de | Telefon: +49 (0)521/106-7360 Beruf (mit Erluterung) Mnnliche Azubis 2010 Mnneranteil Brokaufmann/-kauffrau (jetzt: Kaufmann/-frau fr Bromanagement) (Kaufmnnisches, Organisation, Verwaltung, Sachbearbeitung) 14 355 26,62% Hotelfachmann/-fachfrau (Service, Verwaltung) 6 396 23,73% Altenpfleger/in, Fachkraft fr Altenpflege (Betreuung, Untersttzung, Pflege) 5 330 19,33% Verwaltungsfachangestellte(r) (Sachbearbeitung, Beratung) 4 461 28,80% Steuerfachangestellte(r) (Sachbearbeitung, Beratung) 4 281 25,19% Gestaltungstechnische(r) Assistent/in (Grafik, Medien/Kommunikation), Grafik-DesignAssistent/in, Grafik-Designer/in (Grafik, Medien, Mode) 3 615 35,63% Friseur/in (Haare schneiden, frben und frisieren sowie Beratung) 3 477 10,13% Sozialassistent/in (Betreuung, Pflege) 3 388 17,03% Fachverkufer/in im Lebensmittelhandwerk (Verkauf, Beratung) 2 298 7,81% Sozialhelfer/in (Betreuung, Pflege) 2 200 21,12% By Autumn Lombardi, Airman & Family Readiness Center The Geilenkirchen NATO Air Base community recently celebrated Womens History Month with a Women of the World Inspiring Change themed-luncheon at the E-3A Club on NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Germany. The NATO international community came together to honor the Character, Courage, and Commitment of women around the globe. The event provided the community with an opportunity to enjoy a catered meal, as well as, a chance to view a womens history memorial moving wall, and a video montage of international and local women describing their personal denitions of womanhood. Additionally, the luncheon attendees were fortunate enough to hear from a number of distinguished guest speakers, such as the E3A Component Commander, Maj. Gen. Andrew Mueller, Dr. Donabelle Hess, Senior Master Sgt. Corena GreyKannegaard and Mrs. Katie Helwig. Many of the multi-national representatives expressed their heartfelt appreciation for the invitation to attend the international event. This years luncheon was enthusiastically received and the events success was due to the collaborative efforts of many throughout the Geilenkirchen Air Base community, said Womens History committee chairperson, Dr. Hess. Geilenkirchen celebrates Womens History Month Courtesy photo

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25 April 2014 NATO Skywatch 11 March 16, 2014, was a very important day for Lt. Col. Georgios Anninos, Maj. Charisopoulos Zisis and Capt. Platis Crigorios. The tour of duty at the E-3A Component came to an end for the three Greeks from Squadron 3. They received the traditional hose down at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Germany, following a long operational ight. Maj. Gen. Andrew M. Mueller, Component commander, Lt. Col. Daniel Held, Sq. 3 commander, and Lt. Col. Stig Krone, Sq. 3 mission crew chief, congratulated the three amigos for completing their last ight. After that, base leadership and other invited guest joined personnel from the Greek National Support Unit for a barbeque dinner.Hose down for three Greeks from Squadron 3Courtesy photo The Chapter 1678 of the Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA) hosted a color run to raise money for their scholarship program April 11, 2014, at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen. The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality, said Master Sgt. Kurt Nemecek, AFSA Chapter 1678 president. The event only had two, easy-to-follow rules: wear white at the starting line and nish plastered in color! The event was open to all NATO/ US ID Card holders located in the Tri-Border Area. So, with an estimated 225 runners participating, AFSA was able to raise more than 835 Euros. For more photos, visit the Components Facebook page.AFSA hosts Happiest 5k on the Planet at GK Eleven medical providers from the local area came to NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Germany, to tour the E-3A Component on April 4, 2014. The visit was part of an appreciation luncheon hosted by the U.S. Clinic. We wanted to show our gratitude for all the work they do to support our patient population, said Capt. Travis Wittick. Due to the distance to Landstuhl, 95 percent of patients are referred to the local area for specialty care. We rely on them heavily; last year alone, they saw about 2,200 visits in support of our patients.Local medical providers get rsthand look at E-3A ComponentPhoto by Staff Sgt. R. Michael Longoria Photo by Staff Sgt. R. Michael Longoria

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25 April 2014 NATO Skywatch 13 By Rebecca Hendrickx April 8, 2014, was another wonderful night at the International Womens Club. With yet another great turnout, the Spanish Ladies got us into the football (soccer for our U.S. friends) spirit, ready for the 2014 FIFA World Cup! As the current champions, the rooms of the E-3A club were decorated with footballs, mini championship cups, goals and so much more. Welcomed at the door, each guest received a complimentary bookmark and a glass of delicious sangria with enough for the ladies to go back for a few more. Our Spanish hostesses were dressed in their Spanish football kits with members and guests likewise encouraged to dress showing support for their favorite teams. After the traditional standing for the national anthem it was then on to the wave. From one side of the room to the other and back again, we stood up and did the wave, a clear sign that this was going to be a night of fun and plenty laughter. For dinner we were treated to traditional paella with chicken, salad, bread, cheese and olives. The food perfectly showcased why we love Spanish food and with a large variety of desserts, no one left feeling hungry or unsatised. There was something for everyone. In between our main course and dessert, a few volunteers had the chance to play football with a twist; chair football. Anyone was allowed to kick the football so long as they were touching the chair. Once the rst goal was scored the teams were tasked with choosing a player to be blindfolded who then had to score a goal with their teammates directing them towards the goal. The overall winning team awarded mini World Cup trophies. There were plenty of chances for those who did not play to win prizes with through the rafe draw. With a bunch of prizes to be won, shouts and loud applause were heard from the tables of the ladies with the winning tickets. A very well done to the Spanish ladies for putting together a thoroughly enjoyable night! We look forward to next years event. May 22, 2014, will be our nal event of the season. For members ONLY, the IWC will be hosting Bingo Night complete with rafe prizes and much more. Doors open at 1800 starting promptly at 1900 at the E-3A club. Members, please join us in bidding farewell to what has been an amazing season. We will be back for the 2014/2015 season starting September 11, 2014. By a majority vote, the International Womens Club has changed names, becoming The International Spouses Club of Geilenkirchen with both men and women invited to join. In addition to our new name, we are revamping our current logo and we want you to help us. Create a logo that you think represents International Spouses that you would like to see on yers and around the Geilenkirchen base. Please submit all designs to natogkiwc@gmail.com by June 1, 2014, when the lucky winner will receive a prize. For more information, please contact us at the e-mail above. Spanish Night with the International Womens Club Courtesy photo With the weather getting better and better, the new tennis season is about to start again. The International Tennis Club (ITC) is founded many years ago on the E-3A Component. The club has four clay courts (next to the E-3A Club) and two hard courts, next to the former Frisbee Club. Remember you have to become a member to play tennis! You become a member by paying the membership fees and ll out a membership application form. The fees for the 2014 season are as follows: Component member, single membership 35.00 Component member, family membership 65.00 Non-Component member, single membership 65.00 Non-Compononent member, any further member of family 35.00 Court key (deposit) 10.00 You can pick-up the application form/court key from Bert Hendriks at Sports Department between 0800 and 1700. To receive the application form electronically, e-mail bhendriks@e3a.nato.int or download the application form from the ITC page on the E-3A Component Portal. For additional information, contact one of the following individuals: President, Pascal Hiller, at ext. 3734; Vice Pres., Mr. Hendriks, at ext. 4921; Treasurer, Claus Jensen, at ext. 3734; Secretary, Mr. Bosch, at ext. 3738.Court is now in session: Tennis Club starts 2014 season Members of the DUK pose for a photo at the grand re-opening of the Frisbee Club. The Frisbee Club will now be open Tuesdays from 1600 to 2200. Also, be on the look out for the Tanz in den Mai party, which will be held April 30, 2014.Frisbee Club is back in businessPhoto by Andrea Hohenforst

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14 NATO Skywatch 25 April 2014MWA INFORMATIONMayVisit 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. MWA Card MWA Cards are issued in Building 80, Room 13, from 0900 to 1130 and 1300 to 1500 Monday through Thursday and 0900 to 1130 on Fridays. It is cash only, for a 12 month membership, which entitles you to a 30 percent discount on all food and beverage items purchased at the E-3A Club or Rotodome and on participation in all MWA programmes on base. Please remember to check the expiration date on your MWA card and to get it renewed during the ofce hours mentioned above, if needed. An expired card will not get you your discount. New! All newcomers purchasing an MWA Card will receive discount vouchers for use at the NATEX and various MWA areas. Rotodome The Rotodome, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner along with a wide variety of pizza and salads, is open Monday through Friday from 0600 to 1900. For detailed information on menus, food items and price structure, visit the Components Food Services System WSS page. All meals are available for carry-out, to include pizza which can be pre-ordered by calling ext. 4937. For more information, contact Rene Peeters at ext. 4990 or via e-mail at rpeeters@e3a.nato.int. E-3A Club The E-3A Club is open Monday through Wednesday from 1100 to 1600, Thursdays from 1100 to 2100 and Fridays from 1100 to 1800. Happy Hour, with discounted prices on beverages, is from 1600 to 1800. The Red Lion Bar is open every Wednesday from 1600 to 2200. The Bavarian Keller is open every Thursday of from 1600 to 2200. The Frisbee Club is open every Tuesday from 1600 to 2200. Sports Department The New Gym is open Monday through Friday from 0600 to 2300 and from 0800 to 2000 on the weekends. No Sports staff available at the New Gym on the weekends or after 1700 Monday through Thursday and after 1430 on Fridays. Patrons wishing to check out equipment need to do so before the above-mentioned times. All Component personnel are authorised to utilise the sports facilities free of charge. However, participation in tness classes with instructor are restricted to personnel in possession of a valid MWA Membership Card. Dependants are also required to be in possession of a valid membership card to utilise the Gym. Visit the Sports Departments WSS page to see a schedule of the upcoming tness classes. New merchandise available at E-3A Club The emergency door poster, pictured here, is available for purchase at the E-3A Club. The poster costs 72.50 Euros.IMPORTANT NOTICES: IYA is looking for a piano teacher as of June 2014. If interested, please contact Mrs Neuhalfen on ext. 4954/4955 Rotodome closed: 1 May (whole day), 2 May (at 1330) E-3A Club closed: 1, 2, 6, 7, & 8 May. Normal breakfast and lunch service! Free WIFI Internet Connection at the E-3A club and the Rotodome 30 Apr: Tanz in den Mai (Dance into May) at the Frisbee Club Wednesday, 30 April, starting at 1900. DJ Guenther will provide music throughout the evening. Entrance free! Please register no later than 27 April 2014 at the Frisbee Club, per email (kontakt@duk-e3a.de) or call ext. 3465. 3 May: Opening Youth Spring Soccer League New Gym/Field 1, 1000. 5 May: Opening Swimming Pool 8 May: Volleyball Tournament 1300 1545, New Gym. Deadline Registration: 6 May. Participation for E-3A Component, JFC Brunssum, USAG Schinnen and ZVBw Niederheid. 10 May: International Childrens Festival See page 9 for more information. 11 May: Mothers Day Brunch at the E-3A Club 15 May: Boules Tournament 1430 1630, New Gym Picnic Area. Deadline Registration: 14 May. Register for an event by contacting the Sports Department: Email ofc-bpws@e3a.nato.int or call ext. 4946. Participation for E-3A Component, JFC Brunssum, USAG Schinnen and ZVBw Niederheid. 15 May: Asparagus Lunch at the Rotodome 20 May: Outdoor Soccer Tournament 1100 1500, New Gym. Deadline Registration: 15 May. Register for an event by contacting the Sports Department: Email ofc-bpws@e3a.nato.int or call ext. 4946. Participation for E-3A Component, JFC Brunssum, USAG Schinnen and ZVBw Niederheid. 24 May: IYA Trip to Bruges 0730 2030. Explore one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Walking along the maze of winding cobbled allyes, romantic canals, and magnicent Gothic squares you imagine yourself to be in medieval times. Besides the wealth of architectural and artistic treasures you nd a huge variety of stores, cafes, pubs and restaurants. The town is famous for its traditional Belgian cooking, hand-made chocolate pralines and lace. Optional: you can join the tour guide on an orientation walk across the historical ciy centre, which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. Our luxury bus departs from the parking lot outside the Components Main Gate. Cost: Euro 26 per person. Pay only Euro 18 with your valid MWA Card. Registration and more info: IYA Ofce, Bldg 95, ext. 4954/5. 28 May: Flieger Party See page 12 for more information. 28 May: Jogging Cross 3,5 km or 7,0 km 1130, Start behind the New Gym. Deadline Registration: 27 May. Register for an event by contacting the Sports Department: Email ofc-bpws@e3a.nato.int or call ext. 4946. Participation for E-3A Component, JFC Brunssum, USAG Schinnen and ZVBw Niederheid. 12 June: Component Sports Day 0800 1700, New Gym Area. Deadline Registration: 3 June. Register for an event by contacting the Sports Department: Email ofc-bpws@e3a.nato.int or call ext. 4946.

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