3 January 2017 NATO Skywatch 1 Volume 32, No. 13 3 January 2017 Thank you for a job well done!2016 was a busy year for NATO AWACS. As always the reward for doing good work is more work. The E-3A and the men and women that support it, are no exception to this. Unfortunately this means even we must stand ready to deliver airborne early warning in support of NAC approved taskings, at any time. There is no single entity that can make the missions happen by themselves. It is a team effort, and without this team working over the holidays, our current requirement of supporting operations would be unsustainable in both a safe and efcient manner. Therefore to all the Logistics, Operations and myriad of Support personnel required to successfully launch and complete a mission, I thank you. I extend my appreciation to those members at the FOBs & FOL that continue to support the mission without question. And of course to all the personnel in the Force, that contribute to the AWACS programme to ensure continued and sustained operations, your commitment has been exceptional. For those Force members that are away from their families during this time, know we are thinking of you and we hope you enjoy a white Christmas! All of MOB Geilenkirchen thanks you and I look forward to having you back home soon.Brig. Gen. Karsten StoyeE-3A Component CommanderPhoto by Andr Joosten
2 NATO Skywatch 3 January 2017 What a Year!As we look back at what we have achieved in 2016, we can say with some certainty that 2016 was one of the busiest and most interesting years in our Forces history. When I wrote a similar article last year we had only just begun the transition to our new structure, but it is fair to say that we have come a long way in a short time, and many of our successes this year are a result of how the Force has embraced NATOs restructuring challenge. With the reduction in personnel and the reorganization of the Force, we had to look carefully at our organization, our responsibilities, and our processes and then prioritize our efforts to ensure the continued delivery of ready, responsive Airborne Early Warning, Battle Management and Command and Control for the Alliance. At the beginning of the year, I set out my Strategic Direction for the Force which was to: Accomplish Our Mission, Respond to Changing Environments, and Enhance Interoperability and Integrate New Capabilities. Let me cover each in turn and use this opportunity to highlight a few of our noteworthy achievements this year. Accomplish Our Mission: In 2016 we have continued for the 33rd consecutive month to y in support of NATOs Assurance Measures (AM), but we have also taken on two new operationsTailored Assurance Measures for Turkey (TAM-T) and direct support to the Counter Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (C-ISIL) Coalition. Operations Wing has own 5,171 hours in support of AM, TAM-T, C-ISIL, 27 exercises, training and evaluations. They ew our rst TAM mission within ve days of receiving SACEURs tasking, and ew the rst C-ISIL mission within only three days from receiving our tasking. The missions were well planned, well-executed, and fully successful. This was made possible thanks to the prudent thinking and proactive planning done With the Commanders Corner, our NAEW&C Force 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 email@example.com. For paid advertisements call Hub Durlinger Media at +31 (0)46 4529292, cellphone +31 (0)6 5472 6473, firstname.lastname@example.org or Houx Digiprint at +31 (0)46 4582111, email@example.com 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 HQ NAEW&C Force Commander Maj. Gen. Dawn M. Dunlop Chief, Public Affairs Maj. Johannes Glowka Editor Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow Volume 32, No. 13 3 January 2017COMMANDERS CORNER Ask the CommanderIn this section, our leadership will answer questions from personnel working at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen. If you have any work-related questions and you cannot nd the answer, dont hesitate and call ext. 2476 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to be a little more anonymous, use the question boxes located in the Rotodome next to the Skywatch newspaper stands near the entrances. Answering your questions will not only help you, but can also serve others working on base.
3 January 2017 NATO Skywatch 3 across the Force in preparation for the tasking. The Ops Wing also produced 92 new combat ready crewmembers and 38 aircrew instructors to ensure the E-3A Component remains constantly prepared to execute. Logistics Wing generated over 850 sorties including the 1,000th mark for Assurance Measures. They completed over 30 phase inspections making sure our aircraft safe and smartly maintained in accordance with technical orders. Despite our challenges with getting jets back from Depot Level Maintenance (DLM) in a timely manner and the large transition in maintenance manning, the Logistics Wing continues to look for and implement smart process changes that have allowed them to end the year on a high note, attaining a mission capability rate above 80%. Base Support Wing has provided tremendous mission support across a range of important services. Its personnel have provided over 2,000 weather and Aeronautical Information Services briefs, managed nearly 3,000 passenger and cargo movements, performed more than 5,000 health exams, sick call appointments, inspected over 2,000 vehicles, investigated 35 vehicle accidents, served over 108,000 meals at the Rotodome, and prepared nearly 15,000 ight meals. And surely one for the records, the Consolidated Service Desk reached the milestone of processing 50,000 incidents. We have also worked together across the base to reduce our internal Force and Component Orders from 420 to 330 on our way down to a more healthy and sustainable 250; we streamlined the aircraft DLM and receiving inspection processes; secured the rst core electronic support measures (ESM) database update in ve years; and begun the work to establish more standardized safety and risk assessment processes. Respond to Changing Environments: This year the entire Force has been working extremely hard to achieve initial operational capability (IOC) which we declared on 1 Nov 2016. This included the transfer of Operational Control of the Force to AIRCOM. We are now working together with AIRCOM, SHAPE and the E-3D Component to develop a revision to SACEURs CONOPs for the NAEW&C Force, which will reect the capacity of the Force to support NATO operations and taskings. On the conceptual side our vast experience of almost 35 years ying in support of NATO is constantly sought by policy and decision makers in NATO as they adapt the Alliance to face new challenges such as those posed by anti-access/area denial (A2/ AD) and how to ensure high-end training in an era of nancial and resource constraints. One way to do this is through the smart use of synthetic training, and on 18 Oct 2016 we became the rst unit in Europe to have a permanent link to the Distributed Training Operations Center in Iowa, USA. This is a seminal achievement for the Force and marks the beginning of a revolution in scalable, tailorable and high value synthetic training for the E-3A Component. This initiative provides high-end training at low cost, and in a world where live training is increasingly hard to come by it emphasizes the importance of embracing technology to ensure that our core skills are not merely maintained but are honed and sharpened. Continued on page 6
6 NATO Skywatch 3 January 2017 Continued from page 3 Enhance Interoperability and Integrate New Capabilities: In 2016 we took some major strides to improve our interoperability with key air and ground C2/ISR assets including Block 30 Global Hawk, RC-135 Rivet Joint, the Deployable Air Control Center, and MPA aircraft during AM sorties. In November we also became the rst E-3 operator in the world to receive the modied glass cockpit variant of the aircraft. This modication allows the E-3A to operate in an increasingly congested and regulated airspace, anywhere in the world. Throughout the year MSEC continued to deliver critical updates to our mission software, to include the latest, MOCP06, which they completed in December. This new load incorporates 19 changes including Time Slot Reallocation, an important datalink and C2 capability that brings us up to modern datalink standards. They have also completed the rst build of the Mode 5 engineering baseline, performed over 2,000 hours on lab maintenance and support, and established a joint MSEC/FHR Requirements Management Board that allows us to more effectively prioritize software updates with mission requirements. Finally, the Force has been heavily involved in providing knowledge and expertise to the development of requirements for the Final Lifetime Extension Programme and shaping at the highest levels of NATO the pre-concept and concept phases of the Alliance Future Surveillance Capability. Despite the tremendous changes over the past year, Base Support Wing was able to consistently lift morale by holding on to some key Component and Force traditions with: Sports Day, the Cross Country Run, the Childrens Festival, the Haunted House, the Foggy Fields Bazaar, the International Dog Biathlon, First Thursdays, the NATEX Wine and Beer Festival, the International Pool Party, and the German NSU Christmas Market. MWA has managed their budget and operations so well that we will close 2016 with a prot that will be returned to support current requirements and enhancements for the base community. In closing, I wish to thank each and every one of you all for the hard work, talent and dedication that you bring each day to the important job of ensuring this Force remains a beacon of ready, responsive Air C2 capability for NATO. You have done amazing things this year by keeping a clear focus on our Mission and our Priorities in the midst of a challenging transition for the Force and I am incredibly grateful to you and your families for the service you provide to NATO. With the well-deserved holiday season behind us, I look forward to continuing our good work together in 2017!Maj. Gen. Dawn M. DunlopNAEW&C Force Commander
3 January 2017 NATO Skywatch 7 Source: RAF NewsThe RAFs eet of surveillance aircraft is set to return to Waddington following a million project to rebuild the station runway.Sentinel, Sentry E-3D and Airseeker were relocated to other RAF stations during the two-year construction programme. The 9000 ft long strip was built 95 years ago and last upgraded in the 1990s. The latest work is expected to increase the operational life of the runway by 25 years. RAF Waddington Station Commander, Gp Capt Al Marshall said:This has been a major and very challenging project, which has placed signicant pressure on personnel and their families. We have managed to sustain operational output throughout the resurfacing period owing to In 2016, the NAEW&C Force executed nearly 6,000 ying hours in support of operations and training missions out of Main Operating Base Geilenkirchen as well as the Forward Operating Bases Aktion, Konya, and Trapani and Forward Operating Location rland. The FOBs/FOL were established shortly after MOB GK and have proven their valued importance time and time again. The FOB Konya and FOL the outstanding dedication and professionalism of RAF Waddington personnel and those who support us. It will give me great pleasure to see many personnel return home and to have our aircraft regularly ying in and out of RAF Waddington once again. The upgrade includes a new section of the airside perimeter road, new visual approach aids and aeronautical lighting to improve safety of the aireld and operations, a station spokesman said. Airseeker and Sentinel are currently providing a third of all coalition airborne intelligence gathering in the ght against Daesh. The Royal Air Forces surveillance capabilities are set to be enhanced by the introduction of nine Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, which will be based at RAF Lossiemouth in Moray from 2020. rland were the rst to join the E-3A Component team in 1983. FOBs Trapani and Aktion were established a few years later in 1986. This year the Force has witnessed a number of signicant events. Highlights from 2016: 1,194 personnel deployed on 41 TDYs to the FOBs/FOL in support of 15 exercises.The RAFs eet is set to return to Waddington2016 support from FOBs/FOL Achieved 94% operational effectiveness for Assurance Measures (AM), Tailored Assurance Measures for Turkey (TAM-T), and Support to Counter-Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (C-ISIL). FOBs Trapani and Aktion celebrated their 30th Anniversaries. FOB Aktion Change of Command where Col Athanasios Tzortas relinquished command to Lt Col Emmanouil Proestakis. FOB Konya Change of Commander where Col Grhan Tarman relinquished command to Lt Col Dogan Ozturk. FOB Aktion hosted the spring Combined Commanders Conference. FOB Trapani personnel traveled to the United States to augment the E-3A Component exercise, COMPTUEX 2016, supporting the US Eisenhower Carrier Strike Groups ability to perform and effectively respond as an integrated team during simulated scenarios the group may encounter while deployed or during high-end warfare. FOB rland supported the E-3A Component exercise, COLD RESPONSE 2016, facilitating the development of military skills to enhance interoperability of Allied forces and partner nations. FOB Konya increased support due to new operational taskings, TAM-T and C-ISIL. Without the immeasurable support from men and women at the E-3A Component FOBs/FOL, the Force would not have been able to have such a successful year!