NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen 31 July 2014 Volume 30, No. 7 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 190 DAYSBy Staff Sgt. R. Michael Longoria The E-3A Club is usually a setting for historic and celebratory moments. As keeping with this tradition, another symbolic moment took place; however, this one was bitter-sweet. After more than 30 years, the E-3A Component had to say good-bye to one of its 12 founding nations. The Canadian Flag Lowering Ceremony at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen on July, 11, 2014, marked Canadas ofcial withdrawal from the NATO AWACS program. As we pay our respects and lower the Canadian ag today, we signal the end of our ofcial duty with the NATO AWACS eet, said Maj. Nicole Schur, the narrator for the ceremony. This ag lowering ceremony symbolizes the departure of Canada from the 17 comrade nations with whom we have served with over the past 34 years. As our ag comes down today, we look back on our contributions to the Component and NATO surveillance with pride; knowing that through our efforts we have made a large contributions and positive impact to airborne surveillance, command, control and communication for a multitude of NATO operations. For the past three decades, Canada has provided the third largest contribution in terms of nancial support and personal to the Component. Canadas military service and support to the Component commenced in August 1980 with the arrival of Major Tessier. On Aug. 29, 2014, the last Canadian military members will leave the base after many years of proud, professional and dedicated service to the Component, said Lt. Col. Douglas J. Fairley, commander of the Canadian Contingent NATO Airborne Early Warning Force (CCNAEWF). Canadians have participated in every NATO AWACS operation, since the Component was declared fully operational capable (FOC) in December 1988 by Maj. Gen. Holmes. Colonel Fairley highlighted two operations in particular: Operation Unied Protector (OUP) and Operations Afghan Assist (OAA). See Founding Nation on page 5 Members of the Canadian Contingent prepared to lower the Canadian ag July 11, 2014, at the E-3A Club on NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Germany. Photo by Wiel BorghansComponent says goodbye to founding nation
31 July 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. 7 31 July 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For paid advertisements call Hub Durlinger Media at +31 (0)46 4529292, cellphone +31 (0)6 5472 6473, email@example.com or Houx Digiprint at +31 (0)46 4582111, firstname.lastname@example.org Articles may be reproduced after permission has been obtained from the editor, provided mention is made of NATO Skywatch. To read the NATO Skywatch online visit www.e3a.nato.int Commander Maj. Gen. Andrew M. Mueller Chief, Public Affairs Maj. Johannes Glowka Editor Staff Sgt. R. Michael Longoria M AJ In a tting tribute to their nations commitment to the mission at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Lt. Col. Douglas Fairley, commander of the Canadian Contingent of the NATO Airborne Early Warning Force, led the remaining members of the Canadian Contingent in a Flag Lowering Ceremony to recognize 34 years of Canadian participation in the E-3A Component. It was an honor for me to receive the Canadian Flag from Colonel Fairley and on behalf of every member of the E-3A Component; I passed the ag to Canadian Air Force Brig. Gen. Alain Pelletier, with your heartfelt thanks. It was a proud moment for me as the E-3A Component commander, one which will hold as a true milestone in the continuing history of our one-of-akind multi-national organization. Between OR7 Marcel Larmarche, ID card number 27, the rst Canadian member to join our Component, on July 11, 1980, and OR6 William Davage, the last Canadian member to join our Component on Aug. 31, 2011, 974 Canadian personnel have contributed their talents to the E-3A Component mission. An additional 669 Canadian personnel served as elite members of the Canadian Support Unit. As I look back across the legacy of the Canadian Air Force here at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, three enduring themes stand out as hallmarks of their service. Operational excellence. For 32 years, every operational mission the E-3A Component embarked upon was done under the leadership of a Canadian airman serving as the Operations Wing commander. As the mission of the E-3A Component expanded from one focused solely on defending the territory of the NATO Alliance to one which now includes enabling NATO operations worldwide, it was a Canadian airman who led the way. The high operational success our Component has realized supporting 10 NATO operations and many more operational missions is a direct result of the leadership of the Canadian ofcers who served as our Operations Wing commander. Proud Heritage. For certain, the traditions and heritage of the Canadian Forces will remain a part of the E-3A Component. Through the annual Canadian Levee to monthly events at the Canadian Legion, Component members have adopted many of the time honoured traditions of the Canadian Forces. Without question, Moose milk and Ice Hockey are now well known to all of us. Finally, the annual Terry Fox run stands as an enduring commitment of the Canadian Contingent to reach out and help within the local community around Geilenkirchen. Outstanding Ambassadors of Canada. Of all the contributions the Canadian Contingent has made over the past 34 years, it is the example of service in the multi-national that stands as the most remarkable accomplishment. Finishing strong was the charge Colonel Fairley gave his team and nish strong you did! Contributing to every facet of our mission from the ight line, to the computer networks, to the base security all Canadian members of Standing Together with Prideour team, past and present, should be proud of how they showcased their nation to the men and women from the 16 other nations of the E-3A Component. To every Canadian who has served in the E-3A Component, past and present, I want to pass along my personal Thanks. Be certain, you leave the Component with a solid foundation of operational excellence and a sincere appreciation for the reach heritage of your nation. Each of you stands as excellent ambassadors for Canada. I know I speak for every member of the E-3A Component in saying we are proud of what we accomplished with the Canadian Contingent here at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen and are equally as proud to continue to stand together on current and future missions supporting the NATO Alliance. It is with sadness, that we must announce the death of our colleague, Egidius Eddie Klinkenberg. Eddie passed away on July 8, 2014, after ghting a serious illness for several months. Eddie joined the E-3A Component as a member of the local wage rate staff in the Logistics Wing, Fabrication Branch on March 1, 1982. His status changed on Jan. 1, 1987, when he became a NATO International Civilian, but he remained assigned to the Fabrication Branch through his entire employment at the Component. Eddie always found a professional way to deal with any request or problem. He was very often called upon to make improvised tools in order to help others do their job more safely and exactly. Working with him was a privilege for his colleagues and supervisors, who have stated that he was one of the most professional colleagues they ever had. Eddie was a very positive and helpful person, always with a smile and a good morning for everyone. He was very popular and well liked among his colleagues. He, his humor and his knowledge of the job will truly be missed. The funeral was held on July 22 in Teveren. The Component community extends its deepest sympathy to Eddies wife, Angelika, and their two children, Carmen and Tobias. IN MEMORIAM
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31 July 2014 NATO Skywatch 5 Founding Nation continued from page 1 During the 221 days of OUP, from March 2011 to October 2011, Canadians contributed 1,961 days in theatre in direct support of this mission, he explained. Since January 2011, Canadians have contributed a remarkable 6,897 days of direct in-theatre service of OAA at Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan. Canada made the decision to withdraw from the NATO AWACS program in 2011. At that time, the CC-NAEWF worked with the Component to develop a three-year transition plan to mitigate the loss of Canadian experience, instructors and evaluators. Our remaining personnel are still important to the mission and are continuing to provide support, Colonel Fairley said. We committed to the base that Canada would nish strong, nish proud and nish professional. More than 950 Canadian military members have served at the Component since 1980; however, only a few are still here. As 30 proud Canadians, we stand strong and professional, and we represent all those Canadians that have served at the Component, Colonel Fairley said. The colonel added that up until the end, the CC-NAEWF will deploy to the Components forward operating bases and location and conduct missions as directed. As proud military ofcers and NCOs, we continue to hold our heads high, completing the necessary tasks with the detail and procession of our processors, Colonel Fairley said. To ensure a smooth transition for the Component, the Canadian team have maintained all their basic qualications as well as their instructor and evaluator qualications. Once the last Canadian military boot leaves the base, the 16 remaining nations will carry-on the history and heritage of the Component long into the future, he continued. We hope as Canadians, we have left a lasting legacy at the Component and you will remember us fondly. After 34 years, the Canadians have left the Component with countless accomplishments and achievements to look back on. There have been challenging times, there have been long deployments, there have been short deployments, but when all is said and done, we will all remember the good times, the good comrades and the good friends that we made at the Component, Colonel Fairley remarked. By Staff Sgt. R. Michael Longoria Col. Frank D. Samuelson assumed command of the E-3A Components Logistics Wing July 7, 2014, during a ceremony at Hangar II on NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Germany. With the men and women of the Log Wing standing in formation, Colonel Samuelson took responsibility for the organization moments after Col. Paul G. Bell relinquished his command. Maj. Gen. Andrew M. Mueller, the presiding ofcial for the ceremony, explained that change-of-command ceremonies are important for two reasons. Change-of-command ceremonies are important for me, not only to let the men and women of the E-3A Component know who is in-charge, but also to ensure these commanders know they are in-charge and are expected to be guardians of the Components mission, the general said. At the Component commanders focus on four lines of effort: effectively running the main operating base, forward operating bases and forward operating location; training the personal; delivering airborne C2 capability to NATO commanders worldwide; and maintaining and sustaining the eet of 17 NATO E-3A aircraft. It is the fourth line of effort, maintaining and sustaining the eet of 17 NATO E-3A aircraft, which is the mission of the Log Wing. Make no mistake without the Logistics Wing the E-3A Component would be unable to accomplish the mission, General Mueller said. Under Colonel Bells leadership, the Log Wing was very successful at their mission and the numbers tell a remarkable story. During his two-and-a-half years as commander, the Log Wing produced 980 sorties, more than 8,500 ying hours, in Afghanistan. They also delivered 105 sorties to support Operation Active Endeavour. Overall, the logistics team generated more than 3,000 E-3A sorties encompassing nearly 20,000 ying hours. Most important on March 1 of this year despite those who said you were not ready, your team surged to produce E-3A sorties seven days a week to reassure our Alliance that we were ready, General Mueller said. This determination has allowed the Component to conduct more than 150 ights, approximately, 1,200 ying hours, over Romania and Poland. Colonel Bell took over at a time of high peace operations and injected a steadying force to reconstitute the eet while supporting the Components operational missions. Although I will no longer be able to say that I am in the Logistics Wing, I will always be proud to recall that you allowed me the opportunity to have been in you incomparable organization, Colonel Bell stated. I wish you only the best and continued success. The incoming commander, Colonel Samuelson, is no stranger to the Component. During his previous tour here, he worked on the NATO MidTerm project. It is your work in that program Im counting on to carry the Logistics Wing forward through the most recently approved modernization program and developing longer term plans to sustain the eet through 2030, General Mueller explained. The general added that through the 32-year history of the Component, the success the Component has had is clearly anchored in the people. Being a leader in the Component is more about giving experienced people the opportunity to succeed rather than constraining their ability with redundant guidance and oversight, General Mueller said. Colonel Samuelson remarked that he was honored to have been selected as the next Log Wing commander. Im very lucky because I am stepping into an experienced and combat ready unit, Colonel Samuelson said. The Logistics Wing is in great shape. Im looking forward to working with everyone as we continue to safeguard the freedom and security of our member nations.Colonel Samuelson assumes command of Components Logistics Wing Maj. Gen. Andrew M. Mueller, E-3A Component commander, passes the Logistics Wing guidon to Col. Frank D. Samuelson, signifying his assumption of command, July 7, 2014, at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Germany. Col. Frank D. Samuelson looks on while Maj. Gen. Andrew M. Mueller, E-3A Component commander, delivers a speech during the Logistics Wings change-ofcommand ceremony July 7, 2014, at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Germany. Photos courtesy of the E-3A Components Visual Media Services
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31 July 2014 NATO Skywatch 7 The rst Dutch victims of the accident involving Malaysian Air Flight 17 returned home July 23, 2014. In light to this, the Dutch Prime Minister declared the day as a Dutch National Day of Mourning. To honor this declaration at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, the men and women of the Dutch Contingent held a special ceremony at their national support unit. After a short speech, everyone attending the ceremony, which included members of all the E-3A Component nations, held a moment of silence to pay respect to all the 298 victims, 195 of whom were Dutch citizens, on board.Component members mourn alongside Dutch colleaguesPhoto by Andr JoostenBy Staff Sgt. R. Michael Longoria The men and women of the NATO AWACS Flying Squadron One watched the leadership of their unit transfer hands July 4, 2014, at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Germany. The Tigers looked on as Lt. Col. Steven W. Klingsman relinquished command and, moments later, as Lt. Col. Edward T. Spinelli assumed command of the squadron during a ceremony at Hangar II. It is truly a privilege to be taking command of Squadron One, Colonel Spinelli said. I have had the honor to be part of the United States Air Force for the past 17 years and Ive had the privilege of spending seven of those years as a part of NATO. I have met, worked with and, most importantly, learned from many wonderful people in preparation for this day. Flying Squadron One was activated in July 1981 and has been a leading element of NATO operations ever since. From Operation Deny Flight, NATOs enforcement of the no-y zone over Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1993, to Operation Crescent Guard, NATOs defence of Turkish airspace from Iraqi attack in 2003, Squadron One has answered the call and provided top-notch aircrews to make the mission happen. Even now, the Tigers of Squadron One are fully engaged with crew deploying to support ISAF as part of Operation Afghan Assist. The squadrons record of sacrice and hard-work is truly a credit to each individual nation of the E-3A Component and NATO as a whole, Colonel Spenilli said. I salute you for your outstanding performance over the years and for your dedication to the mission and NATO. I look forward to serving with you and becoming a member of your team as we continue the tradition of excellence that you have established.Tigers get a new leader:Change-of-command at Squadron OneCol. Arturo Di Martino, Operations and Training Wing commander, passes the Squadron One guidon to Lt. Col. Edward T. Spinelli (right) July 4, 2014. Photos by Hay JanssenBy Maureen Geraets-Head July 3, 2014, was a special day for the men and women of the Aircrew Training Squadron (ATS) at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Germany. The ATS attended their units change-ofcommand and said farewell to Lt. Col. James Kinnear, CAN AF, when the ag was handed over by Col. Arturo Di Martino, ITA AF, Operations & Training Wing commander, to Lt. Col. Federico Merola, ITA AF. Colonel Merola is not new to the E-3A Component; he joined in 2011 and served at Squadron 3, where he participated in Operations Afghan Assist and Operation Unied Protector. However, since January 2013, he was assigned to the ATS where he served as an instructor and evaluator pilot. Men and women of the ATS, you can count on me, Colonel Merola, the new ATS commander, said. Ill bring up your ideas to a higher level; Ill represent your needs. On the other hand, I need to count on you; I need you to keep up that loyalty, and that commitment, in order to face the challenges and to be successful. Colonel Merola is taking command of the ATS, which provides basic qualication training for 11 different E-3A crew positions in addition to upgrading the qualications of instructors, aircraft commanders and ight allocators. The ATS has more than 100 permanently assigned personnel and approximately 100 students from the Components 15 participating nations.ATS welcomes new commanderThe new Aircrew Training Squadron commander, Lt. Col. Federico Merola (right), accepts the Aircrew Training Squadrons ag symbolizing taking command. Photo by Andr Joosten
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31 July 2014 NATO Skywatch 11 By Staff Sgt. R. Michael Longoria NIJMEGEN, Netherlands The AWACS International Marching Team (IMT) completed the 98th 4-Daagse March in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. The AWACS IMT, consisting of Military personal from Germany, Poland and the Netherlands, participated in the four-day march, which began July 15 and ended July 18, 2014. This marked the 30th time the NATO E-3A Component was represented at the event. Its good to see you smiling and proud, said, Col. Werner Nemetschek, Component chief of staff. Youve done a great thing for yourself and a great thing for the team. You pushed yourself and its a rewarding achievement. The -Daagse in the region of Nijmegen is one of the most popular multinational marching events in the world. This year more than 43,000 civilian and military participants joined the walk of the world. Participants came from countries all over the world. Most civilians walked 200 kilometers in four days and the military participants walked 160 kilometers fully packed. The military marchers spent their nights in Heumensoord, a tent city located in the rural area of Nijmegen. Each morning, the rst participants wake up at 2:30 a.m. and must be at the central starting point by 3:30 a.m. to begin the days 40km march. For the military, the rst three days nish back at the camo, but on day four, they are awarded the Nijmegen Medal in Charlemagne, an ofcial rest point. With their medals now pinned to their shirts, the military marchers then complete the nal six kilometers. The last stretch down the Via Gladiola is known as the big parade. The march ofcially ends in the center of Nijmegen, close to the city hall, where thousands of people welcome the marchers. Completing the march requires a lot of dedication and a huge personal effort, said Senior Master Sgt. Kai Basse, the IMT leader. Its a challenging task to walk 40 kilometers and then wake up and do it again three more times. Its a mental and physical test. It is denitely something you have to train for. Those who dont train will have aching bodies and blisters on their feet. It is impossible to imagine but its a lot more fun that is sounds. I only walked with the IMT for the last half of the nal day to get pictures, so I cant speak for the entire experience. However, it was exhilarating to have people line the streets on both sides and cheer you on as you march down the road. I cant even begin to explain how inspiring the atmosphere is; all I can do is highly recommend you participate in it next year. Whether you want to represent the Component and/or your country, the 4-Daagse march is a great experience, Basse said. The Dutch government, military, police, medics, countless civilian organizations and the Dutch population in and around Nijmegen really make the event memorable. The AWACS IMT is already looking for people to join the 2015 Nijmegen March. For more information or to join the team, call Basse at extension 3673. Also, log on to www.4daagse.nl. Four Days 160 Kilometers: IMT completes march in Nijmegen Photo by Staff Sgt. R. Michael LongoriaBy CSA Committee Between the CSA New Year Reception and the end of June, 16 NATO civilian (NIC) staff members have departed from the E-3A Component, mostly into retirement. Some of them decided to receive a presentation at an event within their branch and not at the Civilian Staff Association Hail & Farewell event on June 17, 2014. Those staff members are: Mr. Andreas Bischoff, Mrs. Katrin Walz, Mr. Steve McPadden, Mr. Arnoldus Griens, Mr. Hub Weijenberg, Mr. Wolfgang Wels, Mr. Ihsan Karakoyun, Mr. Karl-Peter Wolter, Mr. Gnter Kandler, Mr. Antonio Santonastasi, Mr. Kenneth Balkcum, Mr Gerhard Schlagenhaufer, Mr Paul Van Limbeek, and Mr. Albert Schler. The CSA offers its best wishes to them all. Maj. Gen. Andrew M. Mueller, E-3A Component commander, presented the E-3A Component Certicate of Appreciation to two retirees in honor and recognition of their years of service as NICs at the E-3A Component, and CSA Treasurer, Mr. Lon Raets, presented one of them the traditional AWACS gold pin on behalf of the CSA. Mr. Kevin Farmer joined the Component Software Support Centre on Nov. 1, 1987, as a Computer Operator, and, at the start of October 2003, he became a senior technician (Systems). In September 2010, he was reassigned to the CIS Squadron to perform the duties of the principal technician (Application Support), and he retired from that post as of June 1 this year. Our best wishes to him for his retirement. Mr. Daryl Sly rst came to the Component in July 2001 on a Canadian Air Force assignment and became a member of the NATO Civilian workforce on Aug. 1, 2004, when he joined Logistics Wing, Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, as a technician (Crew Chief). His resignation from that post became effective on June 30. He is looking forward to enjoying an early retirement. We offer him our best wishes for the future. The E-3A Component Certicate of Appreciation is going to Mr. Guy Vandebeek, CSA Chairman, who recently achieved 25 years of service but he was unable to attend this event. We will certainly make sure he receives his certicate at the next CSA Hail & Farewell, which will be at our End-ofSummer event on Sept. 16, 2014. A warm welcome to the newcomers who have become NATO International Civilian staff members here since the start of February: Mr. Frederik Heylen, Mr. Michael Bensche, Mr. Jaroslaw Kwasniewski, Mr. David Chicharro, Mr. Klaus Schumm, Mr. Hans Mennens. Our best wishes to them all.NATO civilians retirement, 25 years of service honored; newcomers welcomed by CSA Maj. Gen. Andrew M. Mueller handed out a certicate of appreciation to the retirees Mr. Kevin Farmer (2nd from left) and Mr. Daryl Sly. Mr. Lon Raets (left) provided the golden AWACS pin on behalf of the CSA.Photo by Andrea Hohenforst
31 July 2014 NATO Skywatch 13 By Leon Koolen The Component members, dependents and visitors who occasionally observe the construction site activities on the runway probably noticed it was fairly quiet out there during the week of July 21, so we gured a small update might be useful. As most of you will probably know, the project is done in two week cycles: 11 days of construction work followed by three days of ying. These ying days are necessary to launch and recover aircraft in function of maintenance requirements. Construction phase 5 was completed on July 21, which implies the project passed the half way point in terms of number of construction phases (5 out of 9), distance completed (1,900 metres out of 2,950 metres), time (two months out of four) and asphalt volume (well over 82,000 tons) Obviously, no project manager would ever plan a project of this kind in this part of the world without a bad weather scenario, and that is exactly what was done here at GK. The heavy rain which hit the area during the week of July 7 made asphalt work impossible for several days. Since ying operations cannot be resumed until the section of the runway covered during that construction phase is completely ready, the ying activities after construction phase 5 were delayed until July 22. Construction phase 6 (scheduled for July 18-28) was simply cancelled and one construction phase will be added at the end of the project, as foreseen in the planning. Due to the extended ying window caused by the cancellation of construction phase 6, Ops Wing and Log Wing generously offered the company one extra day for construction phase 7 which can start on July 31 instead of August 1. In view of the operational importance of the project, two acceptance checks are conducted at the end of each construction phase: one on Friday morning to ensure that any adjustments required can still be timely completed by the company, and a nal acceptance check on Monday to ensure everything is ready for safe aircraft operations. This everything ready is to be taken quite literally: obviously, the core construction work (runway, drainage system and shoulders) has to be completed, but the acceptance checks also include the runway lights, the navigational systems, the runway markings, the unpaved areas adjacent to the runway and the roads used by the emergency response vehicles. During the acceptance check, the Safety Team also carefully checks for Foreign Objects which are collected and removed. By the time that is done, the Special Vehicles Section is already busy with the runway sweepers. Last but not least, the entire team has a last coordination session during which the results of the acceptance check are shared, discussed if necessary and captured in a message which is sent out to all interested parties, to include Force Command and the FOBs/FOL. If the weather permits, we can hopefully report by the end of August that the last 300 meters of runway to be restored are in sight with only 15,000 tons of asphalt remaining. According to the current planning, the runway markings will be in place by the end of September. However, that only completes the construction work on the actual runway. The work on the apron and taxiways are scheduled to continue until Fall 2015.Runway restoration reaches half way pointPhoto by Andrea Hohenforst Recently assigned personnel pose for a group photo after attending a newcomers brieng on July 3, 2014. The group was greeted by Maj. Gen. Andrew Mueller and then they received an overview of the E-3A Component and NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Germany. PAO would like to extend a warm welcome to all. We wish you success with your new assignment and hope you enjoy being stationed at this unique, multinational ying unit!A Warm WelcomePhoto by Andrea Hohenforst
14 NATO Skywatch 31 July 2014MWA INFORMATIONAugustVisit 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. IMPORTANT NOTICES: The E-3A Club will be closed Aug. 7 and Aug. 8 due to a special function. The Rotodome will be close at 1330 on Aug. 28; normal breakfast and lunch will be served. Up until 15 Aug: IYA Summer Break Programme for children of all nationalities aged 5 and older: until 15 August, Monday to Friday, 0745 1745 hrs. Enjoy fun games, exciting contests, swimming, eld trips, arts & crafts, sports & hikes, free play, special projects, movies and much more. Rates for Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday-package: for 1 child, 20 for 2 children, 50 for three or more children, pay only / 4/ 05 with your valid MWA Card. Daily rates: 7 without lunch, 1,50 with lunch, pay only 2 without lunch, 5 with lunch with your valid MWA Card. All fees include entrance to the swimming pool each day, and lunch on Friday. For more information or to register, contact the IYA Ofce in Bldg. 95, ext. 4955. 04-22 Aug: Registration Youth Fall Soccer 2014 New Gym, Bldg 206, Room 18. Ofce hours: Mon Thurs: 0900 1130 hrs & 1400 1630 hrs; Fri: 0900 1130 hrs. Cost: Euro 35 (with valid MWA Card); Euro 50 (without MWA Card). Late Fee: Euro 10. All children must provide a copy of a sports physical before the 1st game! For more information please contact Stephanie Chalmers or Bert Hendriks at ext. 4946 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. 04-08 Aug: Tri-Border VBS at JFC Chapel Weird Animal, where Jesus love is one-of-a-kind. 0900 1200 hrs. Participants and volunteers can register online at: www.groupvbspro.com/ vbs/ez/2014triborder. 06 Aug: IYA Trip to Bobbejanland Big amusement park, for children aged 5 and older, 0800 1830 hrs, Euro 34 without MWA Card; Euro 23 with MWA Card. Registration and further information at the IYA Ofce, ext. 4955 07 Aug: International Pool Party The Belgian community presents an International Pool Party on Thursday, 07 Aug as of 1500 hrs with music from DJ Luc van Mechelen, childrens entertainment, Belgian food and drinks. Tickets: Euro 3 (ipad rafe included). Ticket Sales (ID Card Holders only) at the VAT Ofce (Bldg 80), Base Pool or Belgian Support Unit. 07 Aug: Volleyball Tournament (Indoor or Beach) Participation for E-3A Component, JFC Brunssum, USAG Schinnen and ZVBw Niederheid. Deadline Registration: 06 Aug. Event Day: 07 Aug. 1300 1545 hrs, at New Gym or Beach Volleyball Fields. 11 Aug: Special BBQ Lunch at the Rotodome 12 Aug: IYA Trip to Duisburg Zoo Big zoo with dolphin and seal shows, for children aged 5 and older, 0800 1745 hrs, Euro 21 without MWA Card; Euro 14 with MWA Card. Registration and further information at the IYA Ofce, ext. 4955. Registration and further information at the IYA Ofce in Bldg 95, ext. 4955. 13 Aug: Swimming for German Sports Award (25 m, 400 m and 800 m) Participation for E-3A Component, JFC Brunssum, USAG Schinnen and ZVBw Niederheid for the German Sports Award. Deadline registration: 12 Aug. 15 Aug: Brunssum Community Night at JFC Brunssum Friday, 15 Aug. Join us in the cocktail bar or have a dance in the party tent on the Slagheap with the group INSTANT. Do you need more information ask us: OF-4 Andreas Koes, ext. 3022 or OR-5 Hannes Rehm, ext. 2964. 16 Aug: IYA Trip to Brussels on Flower-Carpet-Saturday 0800 2000 hrs. Our luxury bus departs from outside the Main Gate. Cost is 25 without MWA-Card; with MWA Card pay only 17. Registration and further information at the IYA Ofce in Bldg 95, ext. 4955. 29 Aug: Bavarian Breakfast at the Rotodome 30 Aug: IYA Express Trip to Heide Park Soltau 0330 0130 hrs (on Sunday). The biggest amusement park in Northern Germany boasts spectacular thrill rides: one of the steepest wooden roller coasters in the world, Germanys rst dive coaster and Germanys rst wing coaster. Cost including entrance tickets is 49,50 for adults, 43,50 for ages 4 17, 26 for ages 3 and under with MWA Card, 69,50 for adults, 59,50 for ages 4 17, 38 for ages 3 and under without MWA Card. The German NCO Association (DUK) would like to invite all Component members, their families, and friends to the 32nd annual Geilenkirchen Oktoberfest. It will take place Sept. 27 and Sept. 28, 2014, in Hangar 2 at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Germany. Doors will open Saturday, Sept. 27, at 1800 with an evening of delicious food, special Festbier and live entertainment. On Sunday, Sept. 27, doors will open at 1030 with the traditional Frhschoppen at 1100. As we consider the Sunday being a family day, there will be a plenty of entertainment for the kids. Tickets will be on sale at the Frisbee Club, Building 60, ext. 3465, from Aug. 25 to Sept. 26. Ticket sales will be Monday through Friday from 1000 until 1600. Please use the E-3A Component Form 34.17 for the needed personal information for your external guests because it will simplify your purchase of tickets. You can also get Component Form 34.17 at the Frisbee Club during the opening hours. Each NATO identication card holder is entitled to purchase a maximum of 5 tickets. If you sponsor a non-NATO ID holder, it is mandatory to sign them in with full name and national passport number when purchasing the tickets. If you have to change names on a ticket afterward, it has to be changed at the ticket sale place: Frisbee Club, Building 60, ext. 3465.
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