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28 August 2015 NATO Skywatch 1 By Capt. Andr Bongers Currently, Force Command (FC) and the E-3A Component are undergoing changes as a part of the force restructuring announced in 2012. The evolution has progressed through multiple milestones and we are approaching what is being referred to as T-Day or Transition Day. While we anticipate this signicant event, some of you believe that not much will change on T-Day, while others expect that the new organization will be up-and-running from that day on. As always, the truth lies somewhere in-between. T-Day will be the day that the current organizational structure of the NATO Airborne Early Warning & Control Force (NAEW&C F) ofcially begins to transfer to the new establishment. This will occur with the current manning and resources, while ensuring mission capabilities can be maintained at the required operational level. Continuity of core business and command and control of operations within the new establishment must be maintained. Does this mean that from T-day on the world will look totally different? No! In fact, after T-Day the Component will still be in the process of restructuring and the organization will transfer during an agreed upon timeline. Also, ofces, divisions, wings & squadrons, not dened in the new organization will not be immediately dissolved or absorbed at midnight, but they will be handed over in a deliberate and gradual manner. For civilians transferring to new posts, the date they will begin their new assignment will be determined based on the requirements of the gaining and losing organizations. For some this may occur as early as T-Day but in many cases it will be later. For individuals that will not be retained in the organization, T-Day will be the start of their 6 month notice period and their contracts will, in principle, end after 6 months. See T-Day on page 5 Volume 31, No. 8 28 August 2015 Photo by Staff Sgt. Alexandra LongfellowFireghters in actionFireghters from the E-3A Component go through training exercises on Aug. 20, 2015. For the story and more photos, see pages 8 and 9. NOTE: At this point all ags are assigned to the posts within the NAEW&C F and the E-3A Component. These organization charts reect how key positions are divided between all participating nations. The day after T-Day

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28 August 2015 NATO Skywatch 3 My last Commanders corner concerning ight safetyended with ...to sum it up: everybody independent of his or her individual working position is responsible for ight safety. The NATO E-3A Component took part at the Hamburg Airport Days with a brilliant public relation and media output. Everything went ne at these airdays in northern Germany due to an excellent crew and ight safety procedures. I would like to go on and share my thoughts with you about ight safety in detail: Flight safety, however, can be extrapolated to a maximum. More altidude in an emergency situation could be benecial than less, more airspeed could be better than less, less fuel on takeoff better than more or vice versa more fuel in ight to reach the alternate better than less. You will nd much more examples. However, safe is safe. You cannot be safer than safe. Otherwise our E-3A aircraft would not y anymore, because 100% ight safety means to leave the aircraft on the ground and not to y anymore. Therefore, we have to nd the right level of ight safety and the maximum acceptable risk in the light of fullling our mission given by the NATO nations through SHAPE and the NAEW Force Command. Flight safety and mission execution are very much dependent to each other. The mission is rst, ight safety is always! Flight safety management and sound risk managment in this sense is becoming a regulatory requirement rather than a ying best practice. This means that military aviation authorities within our force must nd ways to oversee safety management activities to determine if they are compliant and our force must achieve means to demonstrate compliance with existing regulations. The performance of safety management systems could then be monitored by means of safety performance indicators and by conducting a quality management and a safety culture. Examples could be the identication of safety hazards, the implementation of remedial action necessary to maintain agreed safety performance, continuous monitoring and regular assessment of the safety performance and nally a continuous improvement of the overall performance of the safety management system. The safety culture of our ying community in the air and on the ground should be the set of enduring values and attitudes regarding safety issues, shared among ourselves. It refers to the extent to which our community is positively committed to safety and consistently evaluate safety related behaviour. We should be willing to communicate safety issues and be aware of the known risks and unknown hazards induced by our activities. Accountability is therefore essential to deter unsafe actions. Every airman and woman, civilian employee, every supervisor and commander are all accountable to one another, to our Force, and to the public to do the right thing. Integrity is foundational for establishing a safety culture within our force integrating our mission compliance with a strong risk management focus. Hence, safety is your personal decision. The investment you make in fullling your ight safety obligation will not only bring benet to yourselves as professional airmen and women and civilian employees, but will ultimately ensure that we deliver ready, responsive and capable airborne early warning, battle management and command and control capability to operational commanders, in support of NATO approved taskings without inducing unnecessary ight safety risk to our people. Fly safe and full your mission! Per aspera ad astraAccountability is essential 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 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 Brig. Gen. Karsten Stoye Chief, Public Affairs Maj. Johannes Glowka Editor Tech. Sgt. R. Michael Longoria Co-Editor Staff Sgt. Alexandra Longfellow Volume 31, No. 8 28 August 2015 Photo by Maj. Johannes GlowkaMembers of the E-3A Component pose for a photo at the Hamburg Airport Days.

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28 August 2015 NATO Skywatch 5 T-Daycontinued from front page For military personnel, the process will be initiated through discussions between the participating nations and Component leadership, as they discuss how and in which timeframe military personnel will change to their new positions. This change will, in most cases, be tailor made while maintaining a minimal impact on the operational capability of the E-3A Component. After T-Day we can identify two important phases: T-Day + 12 months: Initial Operational Capability (IOC). The following milestones have to be reached in this period: The reorganized NAEW&C HQ will exercise the majority of its control and administrative functions and responsibilities from MOB Geilenkirchen. The reorganized NAEW&C HQ and the E-3A Component will implement the restructuring process and begin reducing the number of personnel in accordance with the End State Peacetime Establishment (ESPE), while executing the majority of its control and administrative functions. The PE for the reorganized NAEW&C HQ MSEC and E-3A Component must be lled with the correct skill sets and competencies. COM AIRCOM in Ramstein has taken over Operational Control (OPCON) responsibility from FC. T-Day +24 months: Full Operational Capability (FOC). The following milestones have to be reached in this period: The reorganized NAEW&C HQ exercises all of its control and administrative functions and responsibilities from MOB Geilenkirchen. The reorganized E-3A Component restructuring process is complete in accordance with the ESPE while executing all of its control and administrative functions and responsibilities. The PE for the reorganized NAEW&C HQ and the E-3A Component will be lled to 90% or more of the PE posts, with a goal of 100% manning. Before reaching T-day a lot of steps have to been taken. Different external NATO agencies have a say in this process. Hence, its very hard to predict the date on which T-Day will take place. If one step in the process takes more time than planned, the whole process will be delayed. Still, we continue to aim for T-Day as our next major goal on the horizon. After the North Atlantic Council (NAC) approves the NAEW&C Force ESPE and the appropriate decisive conditions have been met, T-Day will be declared by SACEUR at a date recommended by the Chief Of Staff SHAPE and the NAEW& C Force Commander. You will be constantly updated on this important change for the E-3A Component. Story by Maj. Johannes Glowka One of the biggest air days in northern Europe, with up to 80 000 visitors, was dominated by the NATO E-3A Component. Around hundred different civil and military planes and helicopters were hosted by the Hamburg Airport over the last weekend. Despite of the presence of ying legends like JU 52 and Super Constellation the ofcially most liked aircraft was the NATO E-3A. Due to the fact that the workhorse of the Component is constantly present in the media and due to the option of a walk through, many families waited up to two hours to get inside. The crew did its best to shorten the waiting period and entertained the smallest ones with cut outs, stickers and the Squadron 3 mascot. Inside the jet every question was answered in detail by specialized Component member. When asked by the media after the walk through most of the visitors gave excited answers what they like best. Beside the technical equipment and the option to see NATO most famous surveillance aircraft the visitors were very grateful for the intensive explanation of all crewmembers and also their openness. Thanks for what you are doing was a very common remark of the public during that weekend. NATO E-3A Component rocks Hamburg Airport Days 2015 Photos by Maj. Johannes Glowka

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28 August 2015 NATO Skywatch 7 Photo by Visual Media Services The Head of Department of the Bundeswehr Personnel Ofce and his staff visited the NAEW E-3A Component on Aug. 10, 2015. Story by Lynn Khl Photos by Tech. Sgt. Jessica Callahan Squadron 2 from the E-3A Component participated in the Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton Air Day 2015 on July 11, 2015 in Somerset, England. The air day was held to celebrate the 75 glorious years of RNAS Yeovilton. With an attendance of around 39,000 people, a diverse line up of ying and static aircraft along with a pleasant summers day this was a great way to celebrate, said Commodore R. S. Alexander in a letter of appreciation to the Component. This years static park was one of our best line ups for several years. This was due to the variety of aircraft, both military and civilian that participated. The E-3A was certainly one of the highlights of the static park and one that attracted a lot of attention from both the public and other visiting aircrew alike. RNAS Yeovilton was activated as HMS Heron in 1940 and served as a training base for naval aviators and ghter controllers. Over time, the air station expanded its responsibilities and supported frontline squadrons in major operations worldwide. Today, the air station has become one of the busiest military airelds in the United Kingdom and is among the largest in Europe.NATO AWACS highlights RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day

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8 NATO Skywatch 28 August 2015 8 NATO Skywatch 28 August 2015 Flames blazing, smoke smouldering and the piercing sound of sirens can be heard throughout the base. Boots pounding the pavement on the ightline as remen of the NATO E-3A Component Fire Brigade rush to a simulated re exercise. Carsten von der Stck, E-3A Component Fire Brigade controller, dreamed of becoming a reman ever since he was a child. He joined a re brigade when he was only 14 years of age and started working for the component in 1986. Training is essential in an aspect of life, but as a reghter, this is life or death. Fireghters train relentlessly to ensure mission success. They are required to perform live-re training. The department uses aircraft and structural live-re trainers to practice extinguishing a blaze, and getting a feel for res. Sometimes we train together with local re brigades, von der Stck said. We also train in England at Teesside International Fire Training Center. The training accommodates more than 80 countries throughout the world with practical live-re at comprehensive training grounds. It also provides authentic experience by offering the reghters the ability to learn on taxiways and large passenger aircrafts. It was a very special training experience, said Michael Plum, E-3A Component Fire Brigade reghter. Plum has been here for three years and says working with more experienced reghters has shown him the importance of training and learning the ins-and-outs of becoming a skilled reman. There are more than 60 reghters employed at the brigade who train in tasks that ensure the safety of the aircraft and the personnel assigned to the base. The brigade has 11 trucks in use. The newest member of the red brigade is the rescue truck which carries up to 9,000 liters of water and the trucks ladder can be extended up to 30 meters. Proper care of the re trucks and equipment is a vital aspect of a reghters duties. Each shift, reghters ensure every truck is cleaned and inspected and ready for all emergencies. In case of emergencies, the brigade posts trucks with personnel on either side of the ightline to ensure a 90-second response time for in-ight aircraft emergencies. Every time the brigade is faced with a situation, they must ensure each member of the team is level-headed and ready to do their job correctly. Being a reman is not a job, von der Stck adds. This is a calling. A new building is under construction in order to meet standards of the changed earthquake zones regulation of Germany and to keep up with the increasing numbers of personnel and rescue trucks.Three Decades StrongFire department utilizes teamwork, constant training to make mission happen safelyStory by Lynn Khl and Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow Photos by Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow Graphic Design by Visual Media Services

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28 August 2015 NATO Skywatch 9 28 August 2015 NATO Skywatch 9 The new re brigade station is being built right behind the old re brigade station. Estimated completion date is July 2016.

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10 NATO Skywatch 28 August 2015 Applications are invited for the following posts: Driver/Operator, Advertisement Number 15084, Grade LWR, assigned to the Vehicle Operations Branch, Motorpool Squadron, Base Support Wing. This post is due to be lled as soon as possible. Closing date: 10 September 2015. Division Head (Airworthiness Advisor-Operations), Advertisement Number 15085, NATO Grade A-5, assigned to the Operational Airworthiness, Safety and Quality Division, NAEW&C HQ. This post is due to be lled as soon as possible. Closing date: 16 September 2015. NOTE: Only applications of qualied personnel will be considered. For further details, please visit the E-3A Component (WSS) Portal under Headquarters/A1/A1CP/A1CR/Recruitment, the ofcial E-3A Component Internet Home Page (www.e3a.nato.int), or review the advertisement posted in Building 8.Vacancy announcements

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28 August 2015 NATO Skywatch 11 SAR Meet NordholzStory by Maj. Johannes Glowka The NATO E-3A Component was invited to the rst SAR Meet at Nordholz Naval Air Station. Due to the AWACS multirole support capabilities in (Combat) Search and Rescue operations, members of Flying Squadron 3 joined the event in the north of Germany from August 15 until 17. The goal was the exchange of experiences of different military SAR ying units across Europe. The threeday SAR Meet included different ying and ground challenges and was hosted by the German Naval Air Component 5 (MFG 5). The SAR Meet was the rst meeting after the reorganization of the German Naval Air Component at Nordholz. The Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Gen. Phillip Breedlove, personally acknowledged seven stand-out members of the NAEW&C Force Command for exceptional achievement, four of which were from the E-3A Component, during a ceremony at Mons, Belgium, on Aug. 24, 2015. The four Component members recognized were: Senior Master Sgt. Roberto Crespo-Huerta -Flying Squadron 3, Operations Wing Col. Joao Pereira -Division Head, Simulator Operations, Training Wing Mr. Thomas Roskam -Principal Technician, Research and Development, Logistics Wing Chief Master Sgt. Rudi Slot -Flight Chief, Electronic Maintenance Squadron, Logistics Wing The SACEUR Recognition Awards reect the outstanding accomplishments of each of todays recipients and speak highly of their superb competence, commitment to the Force, and ability to accomplish challenging tasks that cross multiple lines of effort. Brig. Gen. Dawn Dunlop, Force commander, added In addition to congratulating the winners I would like also to thank their families, the professional peers that enable them, and the supervisors who recognized their talent and took the time to highlight them for this prestigious award. Thanks for the exceptional Airpower capability you provide to NATO!A Duchenne Heroes for one week in SeptemberBy Capt. Arne Pollet I own a mountain bike and I used to ride it from time-to-time. Not too much. Not having a real target but just for fun Last year I met some real passionate mountain bikers. One of them was Jo. His sun Maarten has an incurable muscular disease called DMD Duchenne muscular dystrophy. It is a recessiveX-linkedform of muscular dystrophy, affecting around one in 3,600 boys, which results in muscle degeneration and premature death. The disorder is caused by amutationin thegenedystrophin, located on the humanX chromosome, which codes for theproteindystrophin. While both sexes can carry the disease, females are rarely affected. The disease is basically attacking all muscle tissue through DNA mutation. The patients need braces around 5-7 years old and a wheelchair around 12. Life expectancy is an unfortunate 25 years. Besides the worries, parents have an empty wallet. And since it is a relatively small group of patients, the pharmaceutical industry hasnt come very far in the research of a cure. Jo told me about his long trips, sometimes over 100km off-road in the Ardennes, on the mountain bike. He bikes year-round and participates in the longest, organized Mountain bike tour in the Benelux area, riding 700 km in 7 days on mostly single tracks between Luxemburg, LUX and Nijmegen, NLD, from campsite to campsite, on the way passing through Belgium and Germany, skimming the fence even of our own air base. When he told me about this I didnt see how he could combine the two. But he explained me that he could raise money by doing this and at the same time having a blast of a mountain bike tour. This year, in fact, he will participate for the sixth time. The tour is for all levels, as long as you are t enough. Entry fee is plus sponsorship money. September 1319th is the 10th Edition and they are very close to surpassing their goal of million. Up to now, there are over 320 participants signed up. After hearing all this, I decided to join the club and bike the disease away. We have formed a group of 5 bikers. This gives me a lot more motivation to keep going when the weather gets bad or the trails are too steep. To raise money for my entry fee, I sold a lot of beer, which is still available, if interested. We also organized a charity spaghetti dinner and several BBQ events. I hope I motivated you to become a Duchenne Heroes to put a smile on the childrens faces when nishing in Nijmegen. Or, if you choose to give a donation, you can contact me in Squadron 1. For more information, visit the following websites. https://www. duchenneheroes.nl/ https://www.duchenneheroes.nl/ bikers4maarten SACEUR recognizes Component personnel

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28 August 2015 NATO Skywatch 13 Sadly, we must announce that on Friday, 21 August 2015, Mr Charly Kermis, one of our former NATO civilian colleagues passed away. Charly transferred from NAPMA to the E-3A Component in April 1982. He was assigned to the Logistics Wing in the Stock Control Section of the Supply Squadron until 31 October 1998 when he was forced to retire early due to ill health. However, it is not only for his ofcial duties that Charly will be remembered. For many years, he represented the interests of the serving NATO Civilian staff as a member, and later as Chairman, of the Civilian Staff Association (CSA) Committee. Not only did he represent the staff on local issues here at the Component but he involved himself in higher level discussions at the Joint Consultative Board (JCB) level to defend the interests of the NATO Civilians with regard to pensions, insurances, salaries and all other aspects of the employment conditions. After retiring, Charly, despite his ill health, continued to support others and he took over the role as the Association of NATO/ACO Retired Civilian Personnel (ANARCP) representative for Germany ensuring that NATO civilian pensioners were kept informed about all issues that would be of interest to them. For as long as he was able, he also actively represented the retired community at higher levels within the Organisation. Although he was forced to step down from this role in 2011 due to a deterioration of his health many have continued to seek his sage advice. The funeral service will be held at the Friedhof, Geilenkirchenerstrasse 35, 52525 Heinsberg on 2 September 2015 at 1400 hours. Those who knew Charly and who wish to pay their respects are welcome. His wife has asked that there should be no owers but that donations to the charity Kinderkrebshilfe, Ophoven, bank account IBAN DE62 3125 1220 0007 6106 60, in the name of Karel Kermis, would be appreciated. Charly will be missed by all those who knew him. Our sincerest condolences go to his wife, Anna, and family.In Memoriam Mr. Charley Kermis Component hosts soccer camp for kidsBy Stephanie Chalmers The E-3A Component Sports Department held a summer soccer camp for local children at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen at the beginning of August for the eighth year in a row. This years camp had participation from 40 children, a very international group consisting of American, German, Italian, Spanish, British and the Dutch. The children spent the week practicing their soccer skills with several exercises and also played a few scrimmage games. On the last day, the parents were able to take part in the exercises and games. They all had a great time and nished off the camp with a kids vs. parents game. There are two camps planned for 2016. The exact dates are still to be determined, but the rst Camp will be during the Spring Break and the second Camp toward the end of the Summer Break. Courtesy photoIt will be that time of the year again when the fall season will bring cooler air, warm drinks, scarves, and also the start of the new season for International Spouses Club! For those not familiar with the exclusive club, it is a great way to learn about different nationalities each month while sampling delicious food from the respective countries, playing games and winning rafe prizes along the way! The annual membership cost is and each member will be allowed to bring one guest per year; the guests cost is Each month the event will take place at the E-3A Club with doors opening at 1800 to begin promptly at 1900.International Spouses Club New Season 2015-2016 The rst event, Opening Night, will be held on Thursday, 17 September. Need childcare? No problem! RSVP in advance to iscofgk@gmail. com with number of children, and it will cost /child. Without RSVP, cost will be /child. Find us on Facebook at International Spouses Club of Geilenkirchen: ISC to stay up to date with all the events and info! Here is the list of upcoming dates for the full years events: 17 September 2015 Opening Night 22 October 2015 Germany Night 19 November 2015 Turkey Night 9 December 2015 Spain Night 21 January 2016 Italy Night 18 February 2016 USA Night 17 March 2016 Spring Festival Night 21 April 2016 UK Night 19 May 2016 Members Only Bingo Night

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14 NATO Skywatch 28 August 2015 (Open to all US and NATO identication card holders)JUNEVisit the Services Branch WSS Web Page for the latest program information and upcoming events POC: IYA Events: Mrs Neuhalfen, ext. 4954; Sports Events: Mr Stelten, ext. 4920; Food Services: Mr Peeters, ext. 4990 03 Sept: starting Volkshochschule German Language Course for Children The programme is especially designed to integrate children from other countries into the German Kindergarten and Grundschule. Individual tuition in small groups for children aged 5 and up in accordance with the curriculum of the German school system starts on 3 September. Classes are held at the IYA on Thursdays, 1500-1630 or 1630-1800, under the experienced and certied instruction of Manuela Beck. Cost is for an eight-week course. Registration and further information at the IYA Ofce in Bldg 95, ext. 4955 or 0049 2451 63 4955. 07 Sept: Fuballabzeichen (Soccer Award) 1400-1800 at the Sports eld. Bad weather alternate date: 9 Sept. Show your soccer skills in ve disciplines. The German Support Unit invites members of every nation to achieve the Fuballabzeichen. Everyone is entitled to participate as long as you are born before 2007. Register and further information: Email fussi2015@web.de 07 Sept: Start Body & Balance with Joyce, a Motivating Blend of Pilates with Yoga and Tai Chi under the experienced and certied instruction of Joyce Steenhuisen starts at the IYA Multi-purpose Room on 7 September: Mondays, 1200-1300. Cost is single class, for 10 classes, 89 for 14-week season card September to December. Free trial class on 31 August. Further information at Joysira21@gmail.com. Starting 07/08 Sept: IYA Dance for Kids under the experienced and certied instruction of Ebru Cantrk starts on 7 and 8 September: IYA Multi-purpose Room, Mondays, 1700-1745, for ages 3 to 6, and Tuesdays, 1700-1800, for ages 7 to 10. Cost is 20 per month. The rst class is free. Registration and further information at the IYA Ofce in Bldg 95, ext. 4955 or 0049 2451 63 4955. 08 Sept: start Youth Fall Soccer League/Practice. Tue & Thu 1700-2000 09 Sept: start Basketball Tournament 1100-1500 at the New Gym. Participation for E-3A Component, JFC Brunssum, USAG Schinnen and ZVBq Niederheid. Deadline Registration: 08 Sept Register by contacting the Sports Department: Email ofc-bpws@e3a.nato.int or call tel.ext. 4946 IYA Swimming Courses for Beginners and Advanced Beginners for ages 5 and up at the Hallenbad in Heinsberg starts on 9 September: Wednesdays, 1800 to 1900. Our certied instructors speak English and German, and work with the children in small groups. Cost for 12 lessons is pay only 65 with your valid MWA Card. Registration and further information at the IYA Ofce in Bldg 95,ext. 4955 or 0049 2451 63 4955. 12 Sept: IYA Trip to Bruges Saturday, 12 September, 0730-2030. Explore one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Walking along the maze of winding cobbled alleys, romantic canals, and magnicent Gothic squares you imagine yourself to be in medieval times. Beside 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 city centre, which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. Our luxury bus departs from the parking lot outside the Front Gate. Cost is pay only with MWA Card. Registration and further information at the IYA Ofce in Bldg 95, ext. 4955 or 0049 2451 63 4955. Volkshochschule Language Courses for Adults Starting the week of 14 September. Volkshochschule is the ofcial German College for Adults. Classes are held in Bldg 141. The basic price for intensive courses (twice a week) is for 24 mornings/evenings. The basic price for standard courses (once a week) is for 12 mornings. Fees apply to courses with 10 or more participants. If between 6 and 9 students wish to participate in a course, it may be held for a higher fee per person. Register in class. Registration for Beginners courses only is also possible in advance at the IYA Ofce in Bldg 95 from 9 to 11 September, 1000 to 1200. The following courses are offered: GERMAN A1.1 Beginners, Schritte plus 1 Tue & Thu, 0900-1030, instructor: Meral Alkan-Oncu, Room 109 Mon & Wed, 1900-2030, instructor: Tanja Rzeppa, Room 118 A1.2 Advanced Beginners, Schritte plus 2 Tue & Thu, 1030-1200, instructor: Meral Alkan-Oncu, Room 109 Mon & Wed, 1730-1900, instructor: Tanja Rzeppa, Room 118, starting with Lesson 11 A2.1Pre-Intermediate, Schritte plus 3 Mon & Wed, 0900-1030, instructor: Meral Alkan-Oncu, Room 109 ENGLISH: Instructor: Sonja Kolacz-Prather, Room 118 A1.1 Beginners: Tue, 0900, New English File Beginner 1 A2.1 Pre-Intermediate: Tue, 1030, New English File Pre-Intermediate 17 Sept: Volleyball Tournament (Beach or Indoor) 1300-1545 at the Sportsdome (New Gym) or Beach Volleyball Courts. Participation for E-3A Component, JFC Brunssum, USAG Schinnen and ZVBw Niederheid. Deadline Registration: 16 Sept. Register by contacting the Sports Department: Email ofc-bpws@e3a.nato.int or call tel.ext. 4946 25 Sept: Soccer Kick Golf 1300-1630. Sports Fields. Deadline Registration: 22 Sept. Register by contacting the Sports Department: Email ofc-bpws@e3a.nato.int or call tel.ext. 4946 26/27 Sept: Oktoberfest at the E-3A Component Tickets on sale now at the Frisbee Club. 27 Sept: Last open day of Base Pool for public swimming Water temperature 26C (75F) 30 Sept: Last open day of Base Pool for lap swimming Water temperature 26C (75F) SEPTEMBER

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