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27 November 2015 NATO Skywatch 1 Volume 31, No. 11 27 November 2015By Polish Support Unit Photo courtesy The Polish NSU would like to invite all Component members to participate in a charity event organized in cooperation with the International community making up the multinational base of Geilenkirchen Air Base, and the Foundation of Squadron 303. The Foundation is a non-government organization founded in order to preserve the memory of 303rd Squadron. The squadron is the most famous individual unit in the history of Polish aviation and was one of the 16 Polish squadrons in the British Royal Air Force during the Second World War. The main purpose of this charity event is to collect funds and to prepare gifts to support two orphanages in Poland. The Polish National Support Unit, Senior National Representative, Foundation of Squadron 303, NATEX and Chapel hope to be able to give 108 children a very special Christmas.There are two ways in which you can support our charity action. Individuals can surprise a child by preparing a gift parcel. Details can be found on the Polish Support Unit Portal page. Secondly, anyone can donate a small amount of money. Individuals will nd designated money boxes in their squadron, at the NATEX and at the Rotodome.Funds and gifts for the children will be delivered on 14-15 December by members of the E-3A Component. This charity action is a continuation of the charity project that we started in June 2015. Thanks to our E-3A Component colleagues, we were already able to collect 1,400 euros for the orphanage Pogodny Dom (cheerful home).Christmas special for Polish orphanage children Fireghters rescue a simulated injured crew member during an Egress training exercise at FOB Aktion, Greece. Read full story on page 8 and 9.Photo by Andre Joosten


27 November 2015 NATO Skywatch 3 By Lt Col Raimond Schulz Currently, the NATO Airborne Early Warning & Control Force HQ and the E-3A Component are undergoing changes as a part of the forcerestructuring announced in 2012. The evolution has progressed through multiple milestones and on Nov. 1 2015 we have passed what is being referred to as T-Day or Transition Day. As of this day, the new organizational structure is in effect and ofces and people are transferring to the new establishments. Ofces, divisions, wings and squadrons are preparing for the new challenges. Some have been deactivated on Oct. 27 in a ceremony and have been handed over in a deliberate and gradual manner. Several military persons have received a 180-day temporary alignment to their new posts until their nations have received the ofcial paperwork. Civilians are transferring to new posts, as well. All will begin their new assignment based on the requirements of the gaining and losing organizations. Since we have a new PE; all persons will change to their new positions. Only in exceptional cases the old commander will keep the moving person to guarantee a functional status and minimal impact on the operational capability of the E-3A Component or the NAEW&CF HQ. It will take some time to fully implement the new Peace Time Establishment as envisaged by the nations. A rst milestone to be reached by the Force is IOC. Within this period T-Day plus 12 months milestones to be reached are: 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. End State Peacetime Establishment (ESPE). 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. Challenges for the next few months here in Geilenkirchen, are: Building reallocations, ofce move renovations and assignments. IT structure with new telephones and PCs will take some time; but it will be done. The supporting units are very busy right now. Please allow them to do their jobs. Change can be described as the process of becoming different. Now, even though change is never fun, its through change that we can do better. George C. Lichtenberg once said: However, I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better. This famous quote describes pretty precisely how we should approach the changes ahead. Right now were all moving into our new positions and were bringing a lot of knowledge and expertise with us. The best we can do for the NAEW&C Force is to utilize that knowledge. We now have the chance to optimize existing procedures or create new ones. We have the opportunity to be innovative and create a leaner and more efcient NAEW&C Force. It might be easy to change an organisation; however, the organisation is nothing without you! It is a truism to say that every major reorganisation has to go along with changing peoples mind-sets and attitudes. It is on us to ll the new organisation with live, to support each other and to speak up, if something is going wrong. Look around you how can you optimize the way things are done? Please let us know. All transformers will be constantly updated on important changes for the command here via our Transformation Force portal page. If you have any suggestions, please email TTF at or call ext. 2481.With the Commanders Corner, our NAEW&CF Commander and E-3A Commander give the opportunity to wing and squadron commanders, and branch and division heads to share their thoughts about current topics taking place at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen. Every month a different writer will highlight a specic topic concerning their discipline. CHALLENGES AFTER T-DAY: Where are we and where are we goingNATO 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 For paid advertisements call Hub Durlinger Media at +31 (0)46 4529292, cellphone +31 (0)6 5472 6473, or Houx Digiprint at +31 (0)46 4582111, 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 Commander Brig. Gen. Karsten Stoye Chief, Public Affairs Maj. Johannes Glowka Editor Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow Volume 31, No. 11 27 November 2015 Public Affairs OfceOur mission is to educate and inform our people. PAO is here to generate informed public trust and support the men and women of Geilenkirchen Air Base, Germany. Please submit story and photo ideas to the news editor at 02 451 632476 or alexandra.longfellow@naew.nato.intCOMMANDERS CORNER


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27 November 2015 NATO Skywatch 5 From Nov. 18-20, a NATO E-3A AWACS was deployed to Ramstein Air Base. Purpose of this visit was the familiarization of NATO Allied Air Command (AIRCOM) Staff personnel with this unique NATO asset. In the near future the Operational Control of the E-3A platform will shift from the NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force Command to AIRCOM. After landing, the crew was welcomed by Deputy Chiefs of Staffs AIRCOM Brig. Gen. Kevin A. Huyck. After several briengs in AIRCOM HQ, the staff personnel of AIRCOM had the opportunity to visit the jet and talk to the crew. The next day, General Huyck joined the crew for an Assurance Measures missions to experience rsthand on how the crew operates. The last day, Brig. Gen. Karsten Stoye, NATO E-3A Component commander addressed the AIRCOM staff doing an All Call both from AIRCOM and E-3A Component perspective. The visit was successful. Photos by (Above) Capt. Andr Bongers, (Below) Cynthia Vernat By Lynn Khl The Mission Systems Engineering Centre (MSEC) has been subject to several organizational changes since its activation at the Component in 1981. Since Transition-Day, MSEC reorganized once again: Next to the NATO Airborne Early Warning & Control Force Headquarters and the E-3A Component, it now constitutes a separate element. To support the brain of the E-3A aircraft, MSECs tasks and responsibilities have, however, remained the same. MSEC ensures mission accomplishment by providing engineering services for the software of E-3A aircraft on-board mission system, the mission sensor systems and E-3A ground support systems. Moreover, MSEC maintains one of a kind engineering and laboratories facilities on base. The organization is thus fully dedicated to the development of software for the E-3A mission systems. During the early years of the Component, the E-3As mission systems were supported by the Software Support Centre (SSC). In 1994, the SSC transferred to the Mission Support Wing. Another re-arrangement followed by the establishment of the Mission Systems Engineering Group (MSEG) in 2010, operating under the IT-Wing. With the current restructuring of the NAEW& C Force, MSEG was renamed to MSEC and is a separate entity now. The Laboratories Branch MSECL, formerly a branch of the Logistics Wing, is now an integral part of MSEC. This makes MSEC more complete, said MSEC Quality Manager Michael Strauss. MSEC is divided into the Engineering and Project Management and four additional branches, consisting of 50 civilian and two military posts. This new internal structure requires improved communication and the reorganization of certain projects. We have to get smarter, said Lt. Col. Gennaro Cosentino, Head of MSEC. Currently, MSECs main objective is to support the realization of the Mode 5 programme, the most recent update to the Identication Friend or Foe (IFF) system. To implement Mode 5, the respective hardware needs to be adjusted. Additionally, the software, which is provided by third parties, needs to be integrated and prepared. In 2011, the TV Rheinland certied MSEC the compliance with the International Standard Quality Management Systems Certicate (ISO 9001) and re-certied the organization in 2014. MSEC has been audited annually since then and aims at being re-certied according to the new ISO 9001:2015 version in 2017.NATO E-3A AWACS visits Ramstein Air BaseMSEC: Support the brain of the E-3A


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27 November 2015 NATO Skywatch 7 By Lt Col Engin Ertugrul Turkish community on NATO Air Base in Geilenkirchen celebrates the 92nd anniversary of the declaration of the independence of the country, Thursday, Oct. 29. It is called Cumhuriyet Bayram, the Republic Day. Ninety two years back in 1923, the Republic of Turkey was proclaimed by the Grand Assembly. Mustafa Kemal Atatrk was unanimously named the rst president of the country. Atatrk led the War of Independence that had started on May 19, 1919 and ended three years later. This is a national holiday in Turkey which is celebrated every year on Oct. 29. Schools in the country celebrate the Republic Day with readings, displays, songs and other presentations. Government schools and ofces are closed on this day as the entire country celebrates the occasion in grand style. Ankara, the capital city, hosts many of the ofcial events of celebration which include ceremonies at the Antkabir, Atatrks Mausoleum. Our Turkish folks on the base gathered at the main brieng facility with their families. The ceremony started with the singing of the national anthem; continued with Senior National representative LTC Engin Ertugruls speech and presentation. After, guests walked to the Rotodome for the Turkish style lunch. This time lunch was different since our folks arranged the cook from FOB Konya to x the main foods served on this day. People tested delicious Wedding Soup, Dana Sarma (rolled veal), Adana Kebap, Icli Pilav (rice with pine nuts and currants) and Baklava which are just a couple of sample from rich Turkish cuisine. Overall it was a very different experience not only for the Turkish community on base but also for those who visited the Rotodome on this special day. In the evening, our friends along with their spouses, E-3A Component Commander Brig. Gen. Karsten Stoye, Turkish SNR LTC Engin Ertugrul, Danish SNR LTC Sren Jessen, Polish SNR LTC Zygmunt Anio and French Liaison Ofcer Capt. Richard Lerat participated in the reception held by the Consulate General of Turkey in Cologne. On behalf of the Turkish community in Geilenkirchen, I would like to thank General Stoye not only for his participation in this event but also for his continuous support. Photos by Visual Media Services The Chief of Training Branch, Joint Support Services Command, Brigadier General Michael Traut, and his staff had a conference at the NAEW E-3A Component from 28-29 October 2015. Part of the conference was also to visit certain areas of the E-3A Component. Celebration of the 92nd Anniversary of Turkeys Republic Photo courtesy by Turkish NSU


8 NATO Skywatch 27 November 2015 8 NATO Skywatch 27 November 2015 Story by Maureen Geraets-Head Photos by Andr Joosten Maureen Geraets-Head Smoke is coming from my console! With this rst scenario line the Egress training starts while an NATO E-3A aircraft sits on the ramp of Forward Operating Base Aktion, Greece. According the scenario, there are four crew members on board. Luckily, three of them are able to quickly glide down the escape slide, but one person is still inside, possibly injured. Lt. Colonel Ekkehard Heinichen, Safety Ofcer Force Headquarters, Geilenkirchen, designed this Egress training, based on a standard, ground engine run. He explains, This is a mandatory exercise as laid down in the Forces Safety program. It is an integral part of the safety directive and safety programme and provides excellent training and feedback to all participants. Observers provide inputs on procedures and performances of personnel in close coordination with the Host Nation (HN) emergency response forces. It is of Component and HQ Force interest to maintain the highest possible quality and availability of such services. Since the FOBs and FOL do not have their own Rescue and Fire Fighting personnel, it is in our highest interest to maintain such training with the Host Nation forces. The focus is on action and inter-action, where local re ghters use their own equipment and perform in their own environment, Heinichen continues. Some 35 HN re brigade personnel participate in the theoretical training and hands-on exercise. Deputy Fire Chief from Main Operating Base (MOB) Geilenkirchen, Mr. John Ratzer tells, The Greek re ghters received a thorough familiarisation training tailored to an E-3A aircraft. They learned about specics, such as hazardous points, dangerous goods, procedures to secure the aircraft,


27 November 2015 NATO Skywatch 9 27 November 2015 NATO Skywatch 9 entry points and how to use rescue equipment on board. The re ghters put their training into practise during the scenario play. The sirens of re ghter trucks tell they are rushing to the scene. Fireghters jumping out of their trucks, running towards the jet, pulling hoses, and extinguishing the simulated re. They enter through the lower lobe and search for the missing crew member. Even though this is all a play, they perform seriously, following the procedures. Within seconds, the ambulances also arrive on scene. While this exercise is running, a team of Safety, Medical and Fire ghting personnel from the MOB closely observe the handling of this scenario situation. They were very eager and interested to learn; they performed well and put the training into good results, said Ratzer. After the Egress training was completed, the GK team demonstrated rescue techniques on how to use the spine board and the escape slide to safely recover remaining may be injured, personnel aboard the E-3. This training also will benet the local re ghters when involved with commercial aircraft. Observations and recommendations were briefed to the FOB Commander on how to continuously improve performances. FOB Commander, Lt. Colonel Athanasios Tzortas says, We do not do this every year; we do not have the opportunity to have MOB GK here to perform such a drill. I speak on behalf of HN-side when I say these guys are extremely thrilled getting this opportunity and they are already looking forward to their next training. Heinichen concluded, FOB Personnel performed in an excellent way: Within an eight-day timeframe, they opened the FOB to the public on the weekend for Hellenic Air Force (HAF)Days, they took part in the Egress training and supported MOBs Aircrew Training Squadron tasks. The next Egress training is scheduled for fall 2017, again in combination with HAF Days.


10 NATO Skywatch 27 November 2015 By Isabelle Engels On 13 April 1944, the 8th Air Force bombed the ball bearing manufactories at Schweinfurt. On board of the B17 Flying Fortress The Joker were 10 crew members, one of which was killed by antiaircraft guns. The aircraft was so damaged that the remaining crew bailed out above Belgium. The aircraft slammed into a hill near Brismenil (La Roche-en-Ardenne) setting re to the entire hill. The villagers found the burned body of James Young in the wreckage while helping to put out the re. In 1946, James Youngs name has been engraved on the World War II memorial with all the civilian victims of that village. Since 1992, an American contingent of the base and the authorities of La Roche-en-Ardenne organize together a yearly Memorial Day. This 71th anniversary took place few days ago. After 21 years of searching, James Youngs family was nally located and been informed that a monument has been erected to honour the memory of The Jokers crew. During this event, we had the pleasure to read a message written by Diane Young, James cousin. Dear Friends, Thank you for your continued work and caring for the memorial that honours my cousin Jimmy Young. Although I was quite young when World War II began and I had only seen my cousin a few times, I was aware of his death while on a bombing mission. Many very young men gave up their lives to help end a war that needed to be fought so we could live and not be enslaved to a tyrant. It is good to honour those who sacriced their lives as it is a reminder to those of us who suffered that we owe a debt to the men who bravely did their duty. Your Memorial Day celebration is a ne tradition to give us pause to think about the ones no longer with us. I greatly appreciate what your village has done and continues to do in commemoration of the airplane that crashed nearby. Even though I will not be there, I will think of you all and send many good thoughts your way. Diane Young For more information contact Isabelle Engels to purchase the book Odyssey of the Joker.Joker 17 Photo by Staff Sgt. Steven SmalleyPhoto by Staff Sgt. Alexandra LongfellowStory and photo by Lynn Khl For the next few weeks, the former Sentry Club building will be a place to discover and experience local history. The exhibition Years after End of WWII: Between War and Peace in the Geilenkirchen region, runs until Dec. 18, 2015, and is the result of a student working group of the St. Ursula Grammar School in Geilenkirchen. Information boards, press clippings and pictures of that time, as well as interview segments of eye witnesses enable visitors to get an impression of how citizens of the Geilenkirchen region experienced the end of WWII. It is an honor for us that we can show our exhibition here, said Jrgen Pallaske, Principal of the St. Ursula Grammar School, during the opening ceremony in front of the Component Commander Brig. Gen. Karsten Stoye, Mayor of Geilenkirchen Georg Schmitz, the Municipal Administrator of Teveren Hans Josef Paulus, students, teachers, eye witnesses and NAEW Force personnel. The exhibition was already displayed in Geilenkirchen earlier this year. After a small delegation of Component members had visited it, Lt. Col. Volker von dem Bach, German NSU Commander, invited the working group to display their exhibition at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen. The initiative to realize the exhibition on base was spearheaded by von dem Bach and Lt. Stefan Khnel and supported by Chief Master Sgt. Frank Bursian and Technical Sgt. Christopher Lehnen. Interviews with eye witnesses clearly build the focal point of the exhibition. Eight citizens of the Geilenkirchen region, each with different experiences and biographies, were interviewed by the students during the research process. The statements and memories of the eye witnesses reconstruct the history from a personal point of view; every interview adds to the picture, said Laura Schmidt, one of the teachers that led the student working group. The exhibition is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1300 to 1500 in the Video Room section of the former Sentry Club building 70. Other times or group sessions can be booked through the German NSU at ext. 2142/ 2143.Experience local history at the former Sentry Club building German NSU Commander Lt.Col. Volker von dem Bach, teacher Mrs. Laura Schmidt, principal Mr. Jrgen Pallaske and Component Commander Brig. Gen. Karsten Stoye take a look at pictures of Geilenkirchen after WWII.


27 November 2015 NATO Skywatch 11 In recognition of the United States Veterans Day, the following speech was delivered by Colonel Matthew T. Smith, NAEW & C Force HQ Requirements Division & Senior National Representative, to all United States Air Force Airmen stationed at Geilenkirchen Air Base, Germany. A message, in which the deeper meaning also applies to all NATO members working on NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen. To help put today into perspective, here is a reminder of why we are here. Veterans Day, also known as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day by other nations, marks the anniversary of the end of World War I where major hostilities were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice between the Allies and Germany formally went into effect. The United States originally observed Armistice Day, but in 1954 it evolved into what we currently know it to beVeterans Daya day in which we continue to honor those who served within our nations military. All told there have been roughly 57 million US veterans with approximately 22 million of those still alive today. To put that into perspective, a little less than one percent of the total American population are considered veterans. This is truly an elite group of Americans, and to put it into terms we would use in todays Air Force, thats the top 1% and no doubt a heck of a stratication. However, with that level of recognition brings great responsibility and an obligation to those we serve and to those who have so honorably served before us. So, back to the things I would like for you to take into consideration today as a future veteran of our Air Force. The three topics are fairly straightforward and should resonate with all: that is to lead, listen, and leave a legacy of excellence. As a key member of NATO, the United States is a major contributor of both people and resources. In fact, the United States makes up about 30 percent of the NATO AWACS program. With that, comes a responsibility to lead and to be that go-to leader. Some of you may not think of yourselves as the leader I am describing here today, but as a matter of facteach of you are that leader. It does not matter if you are a rstterm Airmen supporting people and the mission, a highly-skilled 7-level technician, a young AWACS Aviator, or even an experienced SNCO or eld grade ofcer. The actions we must take as leaders are not those of just going through the motions, but rather those of professional Airmen; professional Airmen capable of making the most informed decisions to benet our mission. Yet, those actions and decisions we make must be informed and to be well informed, we must listen, listen to understand, a denite challenge but also a great opportunity in our international environment. We are fortunate to be here at Geilenkirchen and within NATO because we have a multitude of nations and thereby varying perspectives, sometimes very different than our own. That is okay. Embrace it! But to do this we must truly listen to what others are saying and work hard to approach it from their perspective, taking into consideration their experiences and their ideas. Once we listen to understand what others around us are saying, I think we will nd the decisions we make as Airmen leaders are much more informed, more complete, and mission enhancing. This, in and of itself, can help create a reputation as an inclusive leader who leaves a legacy of excellence. This legacy of excellence is something we should work towards as both individual Airmen and as the greater United States Air Force team. Whether American Airmen were ghting in Europe in the world wars, employing as part of the Alliance during Operation ALLIED FORCE, supporting Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR or ghting as a member of ISAF in Afghanistan, Airmen were building and establishing their legacy. Action by action. Sortie by sortie. Day by day. What I would like all of us to do is think about today, right now, and this very assignment is: How do you want to be remembered not just when you PCS but when you hang up the uniform and become a veteran? I want you to think about how you would like Geilenkirchen or NATO AWACS to be thought of by those we work with and also those who will come after. Did you, in fact do your best to leave a legacy of excellence, one that will be remembered for years to come? Its a tall order but certainly achievable and perhaps something we should all think about, especially on a day such as today. Lead, listen, and leave a legacy of excellence. Thank you all for being a part of todays ceremony, and lastly and perhaps most importantly, thank you very much for serving our nation. Aim High.Fly, Fight, Win!Veterans Day: A United States PerspectivePhotos by Maureen Geraets-Head FOB Aktion open to the public during Hellenic Air Force Days Forward Operating Base (FOB) Aktion opened its doors from 6 to 8 November during the 2015 Hellenic Air Force Days. Some 7,000 people from the local community, varying from elementary school pupils, families and also dignitaries showed interest in various displays, watched information videos and took the opportunity to see an NATO E-3A aircraft from the inside. Hellenic Air Force Days


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27 November 2015 NATO Skywatch 13 Germany Night By Mary Leard International Spouses Club Photo courtesy ISC We had a superb night last month celebrating all things Oktoberfest hosted by our German representatives! Patrons were served Bavarian food, traditional Oktoberfest games were played, best dressed dirndl contest, and fantastic rafe prizes were won! Everyone also got to take home a beer stein. The E-3A clubs main hall was decorated in true Bavarian style with the blue and white lozenge style themed pennant ags, tablecloths, placemats, and napkins. There were banners streamed throughout the room depicting beer mugs and gingerbread cookie hearts. The night started off with the German national anthem, Das Deutschlandlied, being played. After that, it was all about the food. The table had small licorice pretzel shaped gummies and there was a starter basket of soft Brezel and Brtchen served with mustard. After the breads were consumed, members were served leberkse with sauerkraut. Dessert was a cream custard called Grieammerie served with Raspberry sauce. In between meals, games were played such as the Stein hoisting competition, best dressed dirndl, and tin can toss. Of course, the ever popular rafe prizes were given to some lucky individuals. ISC also introduced Small Groups for the rst time this year in an effort to bring members closer together on a more intimate level with opportunities to co-mingle with other nationalities. Currently the groups are cooking, English conversation, lunch bunch and walking. There may be other groups added in the future such as crafts or sports. Mark your calendar for our next December event hosted by Canada on December 9th. If youd like to become a member of ISC, want more info on Small Groups, or to learn more please contact us at or nd us on Facebook at International Spouses Club of Geilenkirchen: ISC. International library book signing eventBy Mr. Heiner Hoben Photo courtesy International Library Last July, Mr. Dr. Gary L. Morris, author of the book The Legend of Crazy Woman Canyon, personally signed his book for interested Component personnel during a book-signing event at the International Library. There will be another opportunity to receive his personally signed book at the next book signing event on 9 December, 1100. It is also possible to sign out the library book. In addition, another E-3A Component author, Mrs Isabelle Engels, will also introduce and personally sign her book Odyssey of the Joker, which has just been released, hot off the press. It is a story about the crash of a B-17 Flying Fortress in 1944, in Belgium, its crew and the men and women of the Belgian and French Resistance. Vacancy AnnouncementsApplications are invited for the following post: Fireman, Advertisement Number 15130, NATO Grade C-3, assigned to the Fire/Crash/Rescue Branch, Aireld Trafc Control & Aireld Services Squadron, Base Support Wing, E-3A Component, NAEW&C HQ. This post is due to be lled as soon as possible. Closing date: 07 December 2015. Principal Technician Software Engineering, Advertisement Numbers 15131-15132, NATO Grade B-5, assigned to the Sensors & Ground Software Engineering Branch, Mission Systems Engineering Centre, NAEW&C HQ. These posts are due to be lled as soon as possible. Closing date:10 December 2015. Principal Technician Software Engineering, Advertisement Numbers 15133-15136, NATO Grade B-5, assigned to the Mission Software Engineering Branch, Mission Systems Engineering Centre, NAEW&C HQ. These posts are due to be lled as soon as possible. Closing date:10 December 2015. Principal Technician Eng Environment Specialist, Advertisement Number 15137, NATO Grade B-4, assigned to the Laboratories Branch, Mission Systems Engineering Centre, NAEW&C HQ. This post is due to be lled as soon as possible. Closing date:10 December 2015. For further details, please visit the E-3A Component (WSS) Portal under Headquarters/A1/A1CP/A1CR/Recruitment, the ofcial E-3A Component Internet or review the advertisement posted in Building 8. Please note: Only applications of qualied personnel will be considered.


14 NATO Skywatch 27 November 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 December1 Dec: Table Tennis Tournament 1100-1300, Sportsdome (New Gym). Register by contacting the Sports Department: Email or call.ext. 4946. Deadline Registration: 30 Nov. 2 Dec: Take your Photos with Santa at the IYA Christmas Party at the E-3A Club on Wednesday, 2 December, 1600-1800. Children under the age of 5 have to be accompanied by an adult. Parents of older children are also very welcome to attend. Santa is looking forward to seeing you,he even has a little gift for each child. Enjoy seasonal refreshments, while your children try their luck at the wheel of fortune and other seasonal games. There is no fee. Please call ext. 4955 or 02451 63 4955 to sign up. Children enrolled in the December IYA Afternoon Club are automatically registered. 2-6 Dec: Christmas Market Trip: Erfurt/Dresden/Leipzig/Coburg/Bamberg/ Wrzburg You are invited to attend the 2015 Christmas market trip to Erfurt/Dresden/ Leipzig/Coburg/Bamberg/Wrzburg. Please register via e-mail: wernerschumm@ or call Mr. Schumm and pay an advance amount of Euro 200 per traveller, which serves as a guarantee for your hotel room booking. 2-23 Dec: Squash Tournament At the Squash Court in the Sportsdome (New Gym). Deadline Registration: 1 Dec. Register by contacting the Sports Department: Email or call ext. 4946 4 Dec: Holiday Celebration & Tree Lighting at Schinnen Community Activity Center at 17.30 hrs. Lighting of the tree; performances from the AFNORTH International School Concert Band and Choir; food and refreshments; childrens activities and photos with Santa. 5 Dec: IYA Christmas Market Trip to Mnster Saturday, 5 December, 0800-2000. Get in the mood for the season at the festive and fairytale like Christmas Market, set against the charming backdrop of the illuminated old quarter. The enchanting booths are surrounded by historic arcaded houses, mighty churches and baroque architecture. Visit the beautiful squares and the Cathedral. And the lively city is full of splendidly decorated stores, and great places to eat and drink. Cost is or with your valid MWA Card. 5 Dec: Comedy Show at Schinnen 2000 at the Schinnen Memory Lanes Lounge. Adult content! Vargus, Shayla, Claude, Jimmy & Sally. For more information call Commercial (31) (0)46-4437370 or DSN 360-7370 or email: 5 Dec: Afnorth International School Christmas Fayre 1100 1400 Market stalls, Glhwein, food, Santa, rafes & more. 5 Dec: Schinnen organized trip to Colognes Christmas Markets $39 per person. Seven different markets to see. Gifts, foods, entertainment and the wonderful aromas of a European Christmas. Relax and leave the driving to us. For more information call Schinnen Trips & Tours DSN 360-7560 / Com 0031(0)46-443-7560 or email: usarmy.schinnen.imcom-europe.list.schinnen-fc@ Check us out on Facebook Tri-Border Community 11 Dec: IYA Christmas Moonlight Family Steam Train Ride: tickets available now. Santa Claus is already planning to join the traditional Moonlight Ride on the historic Selfkantbahn. On Friday, 11 December, at 1900 we will travel from Gillrath to Schierwaldenrath in the restored antique wagons. There will be one short stop on the way, when Santa arrives in a horse-drawn carriage. He will welcome his guests, and present all the children with a Christmas bag. At Schierwaldenrath we will enjoy refreshments and Christmas songs, before returning to Gillrath. Tickets: ,50 per child and .50 per adult include seasonal bakers goods with hot chocolate, coffee, Glhwein or a soft drink, and Christmas goodies for children and can be purchased at the IYA Ofce. 16 Dec: Christmas Lunch at the Rotodome 19 Dec: Schinnen organised Trip to Euro Disneys Enchanted Christmas Christmas parade with festive oats, giant Christmas tree lights; special reworks, lights and water show; roundtrip motor coach transportation; Euro Disney Parks Hopper Ticket. $139 Adults; $135 Children 3-11; $79 Children 0-2. For more information call Schinnen Trips & Tours DSN 360-7560 / Commerical (0031) (0)46-443-7560 or email 22 Dec: Lego Club at The JFC Brunssum Library 1500 1700 for ages 4-12. Come make friends and become MASTER BUILDERS!


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