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29 January 2016 NATO Skywatch 1 Story by Maureen Geraets-Head Im answering the phone and I hear a males voice saying, My name is Hein Jansen and I was given your name to contact. Often the Bases Public Affairs ofce receives phone calls from local citizens but this time it is not requesting a visit, not even an inquiry, but an 85-year old, polite Dutch gentleman, who asks if there is a possibility for him to give a presentation to base personnel about him witnessing a Lancaster bomber crash practically in his backyard on June 14, 1943, during World War II. I want to do this, because these men gave their lives, for my, for our freedom, he says. I feel it is my task to inform as many people about what happened back then. There are many military working at your base and I would like to tell my story because the location of the crash is close to the end of your runway, but nobody knows about it, he continues. Mr. Jansen speaks with emotion in his voice what he saw as a young, 12-year old boy when he went to the crash site and how it was to see the spread out remains of the plane, but also to be staring at those men of the crew who did not survive this crash. Back then, on board the EE-167/AR-N Australian bomber of Squadron 460 were seven crewmembers, of which ve were Australians crewmembers, who died during the crash. Two other crewmembers, a British and a Canadian, were badly injured; but they survived. This horrifying experience is inerasable and impacted Mr. Jansens life. He made up his mind to nd out more about the crew and also to erect a monument to honour those who died while on mission, during WW II. It was a miracle that he survived and his familys house was spared. He was driven to get this accomplished and after many years of investigation he was able to have a special monument made which was There is a story to be told.. Turkish Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Ersoy Soykan receives guidance on his weapon from U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Christopher Turknett. Read full story on page 8 and 9.Photo by Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow Mr Hein Jansen during the unveiling of the monument in June 2015. (Photo courtesy) Continued on page 5 Volume 32, No. 1 29 January 2016

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29 January 2016 NATO Skywatch 3 Dear NAEW Force colleagues, By the time you read this article, the New Year has kicked of already at full speed. And rightfully so, because challenging and exciting times are ahead. We should not waste time. Our ying activities have started be it for the Assurance Measures (tailored or not), Operation Active Endeavour, life-ying exercises or for other training missions. Based on what we know now, I expect that our operations tempo for 2016 will be similar to 2015, maybe even higher! The future cannot be predicted. However, one thing is certain: there will be plenty of situations in which we will be called upon to deliver our airborne early warning and control capabilities. In that respect; this year will be very important because our nations will make decisions on future mission capability upgrades for our E-3As the so called Amendment 6. Related to that is another important upgrade; communications, navigation and surveillance/air trafc management (CNS/ATM). This one is already ongoing and will deliver improved capabilities for our ight decks. The rst modied E-3A should arrive at the end of this year. These upgrades will ensure our Force remains operationally ready and relevant up to 2025 and even beyond, until 2035. These operations and modernisations will keep all of us very busy. At the same time, we are implementing the Force Review. This features many changes. Not only to the organisational structures, but also to the way we do our business. It also requires changes to our infrastructure, information systems and requires the physical movement of personnel and material. Last but not least, it means a major shift of posts between the nations. This not only affects us at Geilenkirchen, but also our colleagues at Mons, rland, Trapani, Aktion and Konya. I fully understand if you have mixed feelings about these changes, in particular on the downsizing of the Force or big changes in your work situation. It would be strange if you didnt. I also understand that there is some uncertainty due to the changes and what it all means to you personally. Rest assure; there are solid plans to take us through the transition period. These plans are regularly reviewed by all stakeholders and validated and/or adjusted by the leadership. Also, we will try to be as transparent as possible on what is going on and keep you informed as changes are being made. But if you have questions, concerns or ideas on how to do it better, please do not hesitate and bring them to our attention. No doubt that indeed the Review leads to a smaller Force. However, compared to what we had, the future Force is also a leaner Force. This saves money for our Nations. We should also appreciate the improvements the Review brings, the modernisation of the Force and the fact that we are and will be in high demand! So I rmly believe that our future does not look that grim after all. In fact, it looks much brighter then often told! We just have to believe in it and work together HQ, Components, FOB/Ls, MSEC, military and civilian employees, Ofcers, NCOs and Airmen to make it real. Last but certainly not least, in order to make it a success, the nations will need to stick and work together, also at the Component level. But that has been our strength for almost 35 years. So I am sure we will succeed again! Looking forward to a happy and successful 2016! Colonel Marinus (Ren) MoerlandDeputy Commander E-3A ComponentWith 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. 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, hubdurlinger@hotmail.com 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 Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow Volume 32, No. 1 29 January 2016 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 02451 632476 or alexandra.longfellow@naew.nato.intCOMMANDERS CORNER

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29 January 2016 NATO Skywatch 5 Continued from page 1 unveiled on 14 June 2015 with among invited guests representatives from Joint Force Command Headquarters, Brunssum, the Secretary to the Australian Ambassador to The Netherlands and Mr. Wim Slangen who assisted Hein Jansen during the process. Every year, a memorial will be scheduled on the rst Sunday after 14 June. This year, the memorial will take place on Sunday, 19 June, at the monument location in Julianastraat 56A, Schinveld and all personnel of NATO Air Base are cordially invited to attend. This touching story is important to be told and to be heard and I promised Mr. Jansen to write down his story so it will not be forgotten. Support needed for the recovery of Stirling W7630 Of the numerous planes that crashed during WWII, a RAF bomber Stirling W7630 crashed near Lilbosch Abbey in Echt-Susteren in the southern part of The Netherlands, about 25 kilometres from Geilenkirchen. Mrs. Marleen Jennissens, Chairman of the Stichting Berging Stirling W7630 (Association Recovery W7630), tells, Out of the crew of eight, there are still four crew members missing. Their families have the right for a search for their missing relatives. As of today, two children of the missing crewmembers are still alive, not knowing what happened to their beloved ones. The fact that Im sitting here and telling this story is possible because of what these men did. This bomber and most probably four missing members of the crew together with three 1,000-pounders and other ammunition are buried in a now rural area, but it was swampy back in 1942. And the aircraft has indeed been traced in this area. However, nowadays, it is plough land, being used for crop. Costs for recovery are high: around 480,000. 70 Percent of this amount will be paid by the Dutch Government, leaving 30%, some 160,000 for the community to collect. The costs for recovery do not outweigh the price paid by this crew: They died so you and I can live in freedom, Mrs. Jennissen says. Our Association has started to collect money to close this 30% gap. Local companies already offered to sponsor goods for the aircraft recovery. We are grateful for every donated Euro! To nd out more about this project, please visit: www. stichtingbergingstirlingw7630.nl or Facebook Project Short Stirling Mk.l W7630 MG-M. Donations may be paid into: IBAN NL87 NGB0006 740051, BIC: INGBNL2A. (Recovery Stirling W3730 is ofcial classied as charity category). Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow General Frank Gorenc, commander of Allied Air Command and U.S. Air Forces EuropeAir Forces Africa Commands, visited NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Germany on Jan. 6, 2016. During the visit he met with NATO members and was provided with rst-hand awareness of needs and challenges facing the NATO Airborne Early Warning & Control Force. The General and his team took a tour of the maintenance and supply section in Hanger Two where members described the process of shipping supplies anywhere in the world in a short amount of time. After the hanger tour, he was taken to the ightline for a static display of a NATO E-3A AWACS aircraft. Here, the General was explained the different functionalities that make up the crew members on the AWACS and what make them unique to the Force. General Gorenc was led to the Training Wing for an exclusive tour. He was able to understand the new training program being implemented at the wing, in which members are being trained more efciently through the mission and ight simulators and ight hours in the AWACS. The NATO AWACS has been absolutely critical to the success of NATO operations and providing Air Battle Management for the Alliance, General Gorenc said. He had the unique experience to sit-in on a scenario during a training session in the mission simulator. He completed his tour with an all-call at the Mass Brieng Facility lled with NATO personnel. This organization has been the pillar of stability and superiority in this region, Gorenc said. That is a lot to be proud of. I am eager to work hard with all of you. Your General Ofcers here and I are working hard to ensure there is a seamless transition of operational control and hope to get it done sooner rather than later. You do all the hard work. We dont know what can make it better, but you can, Gorenc said. Lets not make it hard on each other but think of innovative ways to accomplish our mission with less. The General concluded with telling personnel if anyone has an easier, cheaper or better way to do something, speak up. Tell your leadership. What I saw on the training and execution side was great, Gorenc said. I learned a lot today and I thank everyone for all the hard work that is being done here.AIRCOM visits Geilenkirchen Photo by Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow

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29 January 2016 NATO Skywatch 7 Photos by Visual Media Services Belgium Minister of DefenseMr. Steven Vandeput16 December 2015International General Staff Ofcer Course of the German Forces14 January 2016 Director of the Private Ofce of the NATO Secretary General Torgeir Larsen19 January 2016 Military Advisor for the International Luft-und Raumfahrtausstellung (ILA) Berlin Air Show (Former Chief of the Luftwaffe)Lt. Gen. (Ret) Klaus-Peter Stieglitz18 January 2016 Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow Lt. Col. Michael Rothe assumed command of the Aircrew Training Squadron (ATS) from Lt. Col. Alessandro Pitossi, during a change of command ceremony at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Germany, Jan. 20, 2016. Col. Arturo Di Martino, Commander of the E-3A Component Operations Wing, presided over the ceremony. The ATS was rst established in August 1986. Flying the Components rst mission sorties, its crew led the way, accomplishing the rst Component deployment and establishing NATO E-3A capability in maritime operations. The squadron provides Basic Qualication training and Combat Ready training for 11 different E-3A crew positions in addition to upgrading the instructions on their qualications. Today is one of the most important moments in a squadron, Di Martino said. Lt. Col. Pitossi lled a key position here and has clearly shown what a great leader he is. After words from the commanders, members of the audience witnessed the passing of the guidon. The unit guidon serves to identify the unit, is a symbol of the commanders authority and presence, and represents the collective pride and spirit of all military memberspast and present who have served under it. Historically, the guidon accompanied the commander into battle where, in the heat and confusion of the close ght, it emboldened and rallied the servicemembers to accomplish the mission. Today, the unit guidon continues to be an honoured symbol of the commanders authority and responsibility, and it connects the valorous deeds of past warriors with todays members who continue the proud tradition of seless service to our nations. This ceremony is not only for the commanders and me, but for you, Rothe said. This is for the men and women of the squadron. You [squadron members] have reached a goal of demanding change with training our aircrew. My goal for the future is to reach the same smoothness and condence of our training. I want to do this by working with you, not just by being your leader.ATS assumes new commander

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Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow The Security Squadron of the E-3A Component here at NATO Air Base, Geilenkirchen, Germany provides 24/7 base entry, ightline, restricted area and base perimeter security control accomplished by a Civil Guard force. Within the Security Squadron, the Force Protection Branch trains all military and civilian deployable Component members in the basic procedures and skills required to survive and continue to operate in a peacetime to war environment. This involves Individual Deployment Training (IDT) and Individual Common Core skills (ICCS) training. The IDT course is four days with a single overnight stay and the reoccurrence of every four years. The course focuses on rst aid, reghting, CBRN Defense, weapons handling and live-ring training, post-attack reconnaissance, improvised explosive device (IED) and mine awareness. Everyone assigned to GK is assigned a deployment status based on their position. This deployment status requires them to attend IDT training, said Tech. Sgt. Christopher Turknett, Force Protection instructor and advisor. During this training, we cover weapons handling and safety, as well as, conducting live re exercises with the P7M8 (9mm pistol). For all participants, the classes are necessary for safety and security. Before beginning the actual ring of the weapon, we cover the four safety rules, principles and guidelines, Turknett said. After an intense weapons safety course, the class will move into the hands-on portion. This covers properly clearing a weapon of its ammunition, learning to disassemble and reassemble the individuals assigned weapon and basic shooting principles. The practical application is the livering portion, in which participants do a crawl, walk, run, Turknett said. Members of class begin shooting a single target then move on to multiple targets while receiving directions and guidance from the instructors, he said. The nal portion ends with multiple targets without the instructors assistance. In addition to the IDT training, the section conducts ICCS which is the annual refresher course. Beyond the pre-deployment training, we conduct weapons training with the IMP and Civil Guards, Turknett said. These classes cover the USP (9mm pistol), MP7 (4.6mm sub-machine gun) and the G36 (5.56 assault rie). Additionally to the members attending a weapons training course, civilians can also participate in the weapons safety. This is for their benet, Turkentt said. If they nd themselves in a situation that requires the use of a weapon they will have the knowledge to do so, safely.

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10 NATO Skywatch 29 January 2016 Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow Last December, 15 children from a local orphanage received a visit from the jolly old-man in a red suit, himself. Children from Caritas Heimverbund located in Kreis Heinsburg, Germany, were invited to NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen to receive a base tour. Operation Santa Claus was started in the early 1990s and originally called Operation Nikolaus. Capt. Kirk Mueller, Aircrew Training Squadron (ATS) member, participated in the event in 1996 and began organizing the following year. How often do you have a chance to get up in an air trafc control tower, visit a re brigade and sit in the big, red trucks, watch K9 military working dogs (MWD) in action, walk through an AWACS aircraft or y in a simulator?, Mueller asked. For us, this is normal business, but for these children, it is an outstanding event. I simply like to see the happy faces of the kids, Mueller said. This year, the squadron was able to present 1,650 to the leader of the institution. The money will be used for, but not limited for new computer workstations and replacing old equipment. Mueller started collecting money for buying the childrens Christmas gifts and within three hours, he raised just 1,200. The children sit around Santa as he reads from his notebook and recalls the good things about each child, as well as, telling them what they need to work on for the following year. Santa hands perfectly wrapped presents for the children to tear open and reveal what they received. If you get statements from the kids like this was the most beautiful day of my life, you know this day was not wasted, Mueller added. Mueller receives outstanding support within the Force every year when he starts organizing the event. I would like to thank the MWA for sponsoring a free lunch for the kids and their guardians, the re brigade, Civil Guard and their MWDs, tower and motorpool personnel, Logistics Wing for providing an aircraft and wives that prepared cookies and cake, Mueller said. And I cannot forget the people in the ATS. At the end it all comes together, Mueller added. This is maybe why this event is also so fun organizing it.Santa Claus came to town

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29 January 2016 NATO Skywatch 11 Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow On 22 January 2016, General Philip Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), presented SACEUR Recognition Awards at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), Mons, Belgium, to six members of NATO Air Base, Geilenkirchen, Germany. The SACEUR Recognition Award was established as a personal initiative of General Breedlove in order to recognize exceptional service and outstanding individual achievement. General Breedlove recognized the individuals for their excellence performance and contributions that reect great credit on you, your base and your nation. He explains how the E-3A eet is vital to NATOs mission and he sees great things coming from us. The SACEUR award reects the outstanding accomplishments of each recipient and speaks highly of their exceptional talent, commitment to the Force and the ability to lead teams across multiple lines of effort. SACEUR Recognition Awards for GK membersThree decades of Services Squadron/Branch Commanders Maj. Luciano Di Sarno is the lead navigator for the E-3A Component. Mr. Marc Kooijman is a senior technician that leads and instructs back shop maintenance in the repair of electronic support measures aircraft parts. Maj. Giuseppe Fusco is the section chief of Squadron Two Surveillance Controller. Maj. Thomas Sullivan was the E-3A Component Operations and Deployment Planning Chief. Maj. Mark Meeuwissen was an evaluator pilot with the E-3A Component. Mr. Christos Chatzimeletiou is the Implementation Coordinator for the Communications, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Trafc Management (CNS/ATM) modernization program for the NATO E-3A eet. Story by Carol John Photo by Gail Cordie Five former Services Squadron/ Branch Commanders and the current Head Food & Services Branch met at a Reunion Party which took place at the E-3A Club on Wednesday, 13 January 2016. Lt Col von dem Bach, the former Services Squadron Commander from 1998 to 2001, opened the event with a short speech, welcoming approximately 65 guests, including former members of the Sentry Club, International Dining Hall, pre-school and current members of the Food & Services Branch. It was a pleasure, especially for the long-serving employees, to meet up with former colleagues to chat about the good old days. Interesting to mention is that the age groups of attendees ranged from 27 to the oldest being 85! Left to right: Lt. Col. (ret.) Will Gehrmann, Lt. Col. Volker von dem Bach, Lt. Col. (ret.) Thomas Kracke, Lt. Col. Michael Luckenbach, Lt. Col. Peter Gerisch, Lt. Col. Ingo Joerz and Capt. Maegan Sutton.

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29 January 2016 NATO Skywatch 13 Story by Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow Rain or shine, Mrs. Melissa Busta, wife of a NATO AWACS pilot, stood outside Geilenkirchens NATEX grocery store and Schinnen Commissary a few days in December asking for donations for a local animal shelter, Dierenbescherming Limburg. Mrs. Busta set up an Animal Angel Tree with a donation box at the Airman & Family Readiness Center throughout the month of December. I really love animals, Busta said. When I walk the dogs, they are so overjoyed to see you every time. They are always lled with such positive energy and never complain, even though many of them have several reasons to complaina lesson we humans should learn from them. Animals love you unconditionally. Mrs. Busta has been volunteering at the Dutch animal shelter for two years and volunteered at animal shelters in the United States since she was in elementary school. This is the second year, Mrs. Busta has asked for donations for the animals in the shelter. She and her team of helpers presented a check of 1,500 for the animal shelter, among 550 worth of brand new toys and harnesses, seven extralarge boxes of sheets, blankets, towels and beddings, and 12 pet beds. Donations also included items such as 151 kilograms (kg) of cat food, 109 kg of cat litter, 196 kg of dog food and 62 kg of dog treats. I would like to thank everyone from Geilenkirchen and Schinnen who donated money and animal items, Busta said. I would like to also thank the managers at the NATEX and Commissary for allowing me to stand outside their places of business. She also added a thank you to the Geilenkirchen and Schinnen thrift stores for their donations of bedding and animal supplies. The shelter is always asking for volunteers to walk dogs and help with the cats. Anyone interested can contact them, but needs to be willing to commit to at least one day a week, Mrs. Busta said. For more information about the shelter, visit http://limburg. dierenbescherming.ml/ or https://www.facebook.com/ DBLimburg. You can also call +31 (0) 88 811 3600. Its raining cats and dogs MOB, FOBs, FOL 2016 Holiday Schedule Date National Significance MOB G eilenkirchen DEU FOB Aktion GR C FOB Trapani IT A FOB Konya TU R FOL Oerland NO R 1 Jan 6 Jan Epiphany 8 Feb E 3A Component Holiday (Carnival Monday) 14 Mar Ash Monday 20 Mar Palm Sunday 24 Mar Maundy Thursday 25 Mar National Holiday 25 Mar Good Friday 27 Mar Easter Sunday 28 Mar Easter Monday 23 Apr 25 Apr Liberation Day 29 Apr Good Friday (Orthodox) 1 May Easter Sunday (Orthodox) 1 May Labour Day 2 May Easter Monday (Orthodox) 5 May Ascension Day 6 May Authorized Absence 15 May Whit Sunday 16 May Whit Monday 17 May Norwegian Constitution Day 19 May Commemoration of Ataturk, Youth and Sports Day 26 May Corpus Christi 27 May Authorized Absence 2 June Italian Republic Celebration Day 20 June Whit Monday (Orthodox) 4 July Religious Day (Sugar Festival) 5 July Religious Day (Sugar Festival) 6 July Religious Day (Sugar Festival) 7 July Religious Day (Sugar Festival) 7 July Trapani Patrons Day 15 Aug Assumption Day 15 Aug E 3A Component Holiday 29 Aug Promotion day 30 Aug Victory Day 11 Sept Religious Day (Sacrifice Festival) 12 Sept Religious Day (Sacrifice Festival) 13 Sept Religious Day (Sacrifice Festival) 14 Sept Religious Day (Sacrifice Festival) 15 Sept Religious Day (Sacrifice Festival) 3 Oct German Unity Day 28 Oct National Holiday (Ochi Day) 28 Oct Republic Day (half day) 29 Oct Republic Day 31 Oct Authorized Absence 1 Nov All Saints Day 8 Nov Hellenic Air Force Day 21 Nov Greek Armed Forces Day 8 Dec The Immaculate Conception 25 Dec Christmas Day 26 Dec Boxing Day 31 Dec Source: E 3A Order 1.2 3 Photo courtesy MOB, FOBs, FOL 2016 Holiday Schedule Date National Significance MOB G eilenkirchen DEU FOB Aktion GR C FOB Trapani IT A FOB Konya TU R FOL Oerland NO R 1 Jan 6 Jan Epiphany 8 Feb E 3A Component Holiday (Carnival Monday) 14 Mar Ash Monday 20 Mar Palm Sunday 24 Mar Maundy Thursday 25 Mar National Holiday 25 Mar Good Friday 27 Mar Easter Sunday 28 Mar Easter Monday 23 Apr 25 Apr Liberation Day 29 Apr Good Friday (Orthodox) 1 May Easter Sunday (Orthodox) 1 May Labour Day 2 May Easter Monday (Orthodox) 5 May Ascension Day 6 May Authorized Absence 15 May Whit Sunday 16 May Whit Monday 17 May Norwegian Constitution Day 19 May Commemoration of Ataturk, Youth and Sports Day 26 May Corpus Christi 27 May Authorized Absence 2 June Italian Republic Celebration Day 20 June Whit Monday (Orthodox) 4 July Religious Day (Sugar Festival) 5 July Religious Day (Sugar Festival) 6 July Religious Day (Sugar Festival) 7 July Religious Day (Sugar Festival) 7 July Trapani Patrons Day 15 Aug Assumption Day 15 Aug E 3A Component Holiday 29 Aug Promotion day 30 Aug Victory Day 11 Sept Religious Day (Sacrifice Festival) 12 Sept Religious Day (Sacrifice Festival) 13 Sept Religious Day (Sacrifice Festival) 14 Sept Religious Day (Sacrifice Festival) 15 Sept Religious Day (Sacrifice Festival) 3 Oct German Unity Day 28 Oct National Holiday (Ochi Day) 28 Oct Republic Day (half day) 29 Oct Republic Day 31 Oct Authorized Absence 1 Nov All Saints Day 8 Nov Hellenic Air Force Day 21 Nov Greek Armed Forces Day 8 Dec The Immaculate Conception 25 Dec Christmas Day 26 Dec Boxing Day 31 Dec Source: E 3A Order 1.2 3

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14 NATO Skywatch 29 January 2016 (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 February4 Feb: Altweiber Fest at the E-3A Club Starting at 1400 2330. Snacks will be available from 1400 2200. For your entertainment, DJ Patrick will play Carnival and dance music. At 15.11 hrs, visit of the international Karnavalsverein Teveren. There will be a shuttle bus starting at 1700 from the club to Geilenkirchen (train station), Teveren Gillrath and Niederheid area. Starting 15 & 16 Feb: IYA Dance for kids Under the experienced and certied instruction of Ebru Cantrk. IYA Multipurpose Room, Mondays, 1700 1745, for ages 3 and 4, and Tuesdays, 1700 1800, for ages 5 and up. Cost is 20 per month. The rst class is free. Registration at the IYA Ofce in Bldg 95, ext. 4955 or 0049 2451 63 4955. 16 Feb: Volleyball Tournament Starting at 1500 1700 hrs, Sportsdome (New Gym). Deadline Registration: 12 Feb Register by contacting the Sport Department: Email ofc-bpws@e3a.nato.int or call tel. ext. 4946. 22 Feb: Start Registration: Spring Soccer League & Youth Spring Soccer Camp Register by contacting the Sport Department: Email ofc-bpws@e3a.nato.int or call tel. ext 4946 24 Feb: Table Tennis Tournament Starting at 1100 1300 hrs, Sportsdome (New Gym). Deadline Registration: 22 Feb. Register by contacting the Sports Department: Email ofc-bpws@e3a.nato. int or call tel. ext. 4946. 26 Feb: Bavaria Breakfast at the Rotodome 26 Feb: Mongolian BBQ at the E-3A Club Volkshochschul Language Courses on NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen have just started, and you can still join. Volkshochschule is the ofcial German College for Adults. Classes are held in Bldg 141. The basic price for intensive courses (twice a week) is 117 for 30 mornings/evenings. The basic price for standard courses (once a week) is 59 for 15 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. Further information at ext. 4955 or 0049 2451 63 4955. The following courses are offered: GERMAN A1.1 Beginners, Schritte plus 1 Mon & Wed, 0900 1030, instructor: Meral Alkan-Oncu, Room 109 A1.2 Advanced Beginners, Schritte plus 2 Tue & Thu, 0900 1030, instructor: Meral Alkan-Oncu, Room 109 Mon & Wed, 1900 2030, instructor: Tanja Rzeppa, Room 118 A2.1 Pre-Intermediate, Schritte plus 3 Tue & Thu, 1030 1200, instructor: Meral Alkan-Oncu, Room 109 Mon & Wed, 1730 1900, instructor: Tanja Rzeppa, Room 118 ENGLISH: Instructor: Sonja Kolacz-Prather, Room 118 A1.1 Beginners: Tue, 0915, New English File Beginner 1 A2.1 Pre-Intermediate: Tue, 1045, New English File Pre-Intermediate Balance with Energy By Mrs. Henny Jansen, experienced and certied (Gezondheidstherapeutisch Centrum voor Complimentaire gezondheidszorg), at Building 141, Room 125. Massage Therapy: cost is 47,50 for 60 minutes, including selection of aromatic oils. Meditation: breathing technique is combined with rhythm and different movement styles including Tai Chi, gymnastics and Wing Chun. The goal is to pursue increased awareness through tranquility, meditation, and movement. A new balance will be established to bring you back to your center. Cost is 25 per person for 60 minutes, maximum three people per session. For more information, contact Henny Jansen at 0031 655057565 or balance-wihenergy@hotmail.com Vacancy AnnouncementsApplications are invited for the following post: Staff Assistant (Graphics & Repro), Advertisement Number 16001, Grade LWR, assigned to the Central Registry & Media Section, Base Support Management Branch, Base Support Wing. This post is due to be lled as soon as possible CLOSING DATE: 2 February 2016 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. NOTE: Only applications of qualied personnel will be considered.

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