31 March 2017 NATO Skywatch 1 Volume 33, No. 3 31 March 2017 Photo by Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow Part of preparing an aircraft for ight is making sure they are equipped with supplies for any situation. Life Support specialists are responsible for ensuring that all survival and safety equipment is in perfect order. continued on page 8-9Life Support-Simple SurvivalWork at Entrance Gates brings Security ImprovementsStory by Pia Holste Photo by Andre Joosten For the past two months, everyone entering the NATO Air Base (NAB) Geilenkirchen through the Main Gate could not help but notice the construction work that is currently being done there. At the moment, this is the biggest project being pursued at the Base by the Infrastructure Branch. Mr. Thorsten Wahl, head of the Infrastructure Branch, oversees the project, which serves to improve and modernize security measures on the Base. The work being done at the Main Gate is just one part of that goal. Here, a new truck lane is being built, so trucks can be pulled over and searched topto-bottom on base grounds, and not, as is still happening now, on the parking spots right outside the Base. Similar changes will soon be made at the West Gate on a slightly smaller scale.The idea for the project developed after 9/11, Wahl explains, when the need for extensive security measures became increasingly urgent. He himself, who has been Infrastructure Branch Head for nine years now, has inherited the idea from his predecessor. Due to a delay of all NAEW&C project approvals, the project could not develop further between 2009 and 2012, which is a big part of the reason why this has been in the works for so long, says Wahl. As Wahl explains, theres not much point in NATO members using other gates instead. The only problem with trafc that has been observed so far: when vehicles do need to be pulled over, it gets a bit confusing for security personnel. In that situation, patience is essential for everybody involved. Apart from that, construction has fortunately run into few hindrances on the site so far. A stretch of electrical wiring had to be rerouted; on that occasion, it was also discovered that some of it was in need of replacement. Thats denitely a follow-up project. The job never stops, Wahl says with a smile. Work on the Main and West Gate is projected to be completed by the 35th anniversary celebrations, taking place on July 1-2. Until then, cars will continue to be redirected through the future truck lane. Once everything is nished, NATO members will see two inbound lanes intended for cars and one for trucks, as well as one outbound lane for each. This will constitute a great improvement for base security and the safety of NATO members.
31 March 2017 NATO Skywatch 3 The NAEW&C Force Requirements Division (FHR) is the Forces focal point for identifying, assisting, assessing, validating and prioritizing military capability requirements. These requirements support the full range of materiel and non-materiel solutions, everything from doctrine to personnel to facilities and policy. The mantra for Requirements is building tomorrow, today. This mantra describes our approach to making requirements an enduring reality. We do this through a careful and deliberate process of assessing NATO Strategic Guidance, understanding the operational environment, and developing and identifying capability gaps to meet these demands. We will give you a brief glimpse into how Requirements achieves this mantra and delivers ready, responsive Airborne Early Warning, Battle Management and Command and Control capability to operational commanders in support of North Atlantic Council-approved taskings. As NATOs premier airborne battle management, command and control agency, we have ensured NATOs strategic advantage over the last 35 years. Although, some of the actors may have changed, NATOs ability to command and control multi-national and joint operations has contributed to our strategic advantage from Desert Storm, to Operation ALLIED FORCE, ISAF, to the global war on terror. We have been able to ensure this advantage with our consistent investment in improving capabilities and with the support of nations dedicated to meet our requirements. Over the last 35 years, each decade has seen a major upgrade to the weapons system and it continues today. Our greatest challenge continues to be maintaining a balance between providing a ready, responsive force today, while simultaneously planning, programming and building for the future. This is no easy task, but we have a team of professionals, with the support of industry partners, NAPMA, NSPA, and NCIA to name a few, ensuring this process is a success. Requirements is responsible to analyze, assess, plan, prioritize, advocate, and execute programs in order to meet the needs of the Component. It is the switchboard connecting you with all base organizations. While it may be your job to support or execute the mission, it is our job to support you. Requirements has facilitated many improvements since the basewide restructuring on Transition Day 2015, and we have our sights set high to bring even larger advancements to the Component, both in areas of mission support and E-3A modernization. Examples of mission support requirements include obtaining new re trucks for our reghting team, the refurbishment of the indoor shooting range, development of an electronic ight bag, and the continued effort of maintaining and improving the infrastructure of our MOB, FOBs, and FOL. For E-3A modernization, we have been working hard to bring you much needed improvements. The advancement to our aged airframe was not conceived nor executed overnight. Requirements for CNS/ ATM modication (glass cockpit) started in 2012, and we have worked diligently with NAPMA and industry to ensure we continue to be a relevant and responsive Force. This remarkable modication to the aircraft blends a new system of communications, navigation, surveillance and air trafc management into one. Other modernization projects are Interim IP Communications and Mode 5. Interim IP Comms, better known as Airborne Chat, is integrated into the console and upgrades our link speed transmission by almost 200 times. The Mode 5 IFF upgrade will bring our combat identication abilities into the next generation. All three upgrades are on track to nish by December 2018. The bottom line is that requirements affect everybody. The task is not easy, but our focus is clear: mission success. NATO seeks to extend peace through strategic projection. This is reective of our changing environment and the nature of transregional conict. It is not a mission of choice, but rather a mission of necessity. Thank you NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen for being such a wonderful community. It is our pleasure to work for an amazing group of individuals. We share the same re for the mission and together we will continue to grow and strengthen NATOs history of excellence. Col. Matthew SmithHead Requirements DivisionWith 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. 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31 March 2017 NATO Skywatch 5 Colonel Ralf HoffmannDeputy Commander Fhrungs Untersttzungs Kommando der BundeswehrOpen Days GK updatesWe sat down with Lt. Col. Raimond Schulz, Chairman of the 35th Anniversary, and asked him a few questions regarding the upcoming Open Days GK event on July 1-2, 2017. Q: When did the planning start for the 35th Anniversary of the NATO E-3A Component? A: The committee started preparation for the Open Days GK in March 2016. This is a long process that deals with many different avenues to make this event possible. Q: Why do we have such an event? A: In 1991, the E-3A Component hosted a Cultural Festival/Community Appreciation Day. In 1999, the Component celebrated 50 Years of NATO. In 2005 the Component hosts an International Cultural Festival on base for the rst time since the year 2000 with more than 25,000 guests in the two-day event. Then again in 2012, NATO AWACS celebrated its 30th Anniversary with total 44,000 visitors in attendance. This year we celebrate 35 years, focussing on international culture aspects. Q: What can we expect to see at the Anniversary? A: There will be cultural displays, foods, drinks and entertainment from the 16 NATO E-3A Component countries. Visitors in attendance will be able to attend festivities, which include parades, aircraft displays of approximately 40 aircraft and tours, the hangar Fliegerparty, music and dance performances. What also exciting is the Grand Tattoo (Groer Zapfenstreitch) will make an appearance. The Grand Tattoo is a military ceremony performed in Germany and Austria only during national celebrations and solemn public commemorations to honor distinguished persons present at such special events. This event takes place in the evening hours and consists of a military formation of at least one military band, two platoons and two lines of soldiers carrying torches. Also a kids area will be set up to allow children to run around safely. Q: How many people are on the committee and how did you choose them? A: There are six full time committee members and 12 sub-committees with several members. Each member of the committees has a specic task to accomplish to ensure the success of the Open Days GK. Q: With all the static displays, how were they chosen to participate in the Anniversary? A: Nations were invited to participate in static displays. Ultimately they are the ones who decided to support us in the Open Days GK 35th Anniversary. This year will be the rst-time ever where we can display worldwide Rotodome platforms from the United Kingdom, France, Germany and United States. Q: How many people are we expected to see come through the gates of the base? A: Due to security and safety of NATO members and the public, we are authorized up to 20,000 daily participants for the event. The Fliegerparty is limited to 5,000 tickets. Q: Do FORCE member families have to buy a ticket? A: NATO ID cardholder members and their families can participate in the event for free. With that, please ensure dependents of GK NATO members have a valid ID showing the dependents are in fact related to you. Q: When and where can we buy entrance tickets and what is the price? A: The ticket sale starts 1 April. Presale tickets are available at the Media Markt-stores in Aachen, Eschweiler, Herzogenrath and Hueckelhoven. Other sale points are mentioned on the website: www.35Jahre-Nato-Awacs. de. E-tickets can also be ordered using this website. Entrance tickets (excluding presale fee) are: 8.00 Euro (16+); 2.50 Euro (616 years). Free entrance for children 6 and younger. https://www.facebook.com/opendaysGK/
6 NATO Skywatch 31 March 2017 Q: Why is a high tech organization as the NAEW&C Force not able to provide a stable IT infrastructure? Almost on a daily basis, Outlook is not functioning or PCs cannot connect to servers. Calling the CSD is one part of the solution, but isnt it time to come up with a solution for the long run? Commercial IT parties would have lost their contract already looking at all incidents that occur here. A: Reliable IT services are fundamental to NAEW&C Force mission success-from communications, to data management to logistics and to mission planning. Because of this the NAEW&C Force has invested close to 2MEUR in CIS contractor support this year to mitigate the 30% cut in CIS personnel under Force Review. This joint team made up of CIS and NCIA service support core focus is to keep our IT systems up and running 24/7. It is a demanding task that requires maintaining about 150 physical and virtual servers, and connecting about 2000 workstations forming 40+ different size and type IT systems, and together they are working hard to prioritize efforts to get back in front of the demand. There are a few specic efforts they are putting in place to help this year. First, is the ongoing network segmentation process which will improve IT system speed and performance, to be completed by beginning of May 2017. Second, the CIS team is setting up a small test capability in 2017 that will allow us to more fully test BASS software before elding. As many of you know, this is a key system unique to NATO AWACS. It is a required system for connecting the MOBs, FOBs, NAPMA and our support agencies, but because it is not a standard NATO system the burden of testing updates falls to the Force. This testing before elding is just smart business, and something we should have implemented long ago. Finally, the CIS effort this year is to migrate our e-mail to Exchange 2016 which is expected to reduce the problems inherent in operating our now outdated Exchange 2010. The capability will be made available once it is included in the Approved Field Product List that is anticipated for later this year. Bottom line, each one of us relies on having accessible, stable and secure networks to get our jobs done and the joint CIS and NCIA service support team are working hard with a good plan to get us back to where we should be. Q: We, as contractors, would be grateful if ration cards would be provided for us, too. So we dont feel downgraded. Thanks a lot. A: NATO AB Geilenkirchen has been successful for the past 35 years thanks to the great people dedicated to making it so-our military from 17 nations, NATO civilians, locally hired LWR personnel, and contractors--all of whom contribute uniquely to the mission and to the Alliances success. While each group brings strength there are differences in the national laws and NATO regulations that govern their employment. Here in Germany, only military personnel and NATO international civilians fall under a special legal status with eligibility for scal privileges in accordance with the many laws that govern our operations; the NATO Status of Forces Agreement, the Headquarters Protocol, the SHAPEGermany Agreement, the German Foreign Forces Customs Act and the German Foreign Forces Customs Ordinance. Even though contractors and local wage rate personnel do not qualify for scal privileges, the laws and regulations have authorized their right to allow for the purchase of food items at the NATEX. For that reason in agreement with the local customs ofce we at GK are able to issue red shopping cards, for the purchase of up to 20 EUR worth of tax-free groceries at the NATEX excluding alcohol or rationed items. While NATO and national laws are a core part of the Alliance legal framework we are bound to uphold, they have no bearing on how we value the contributions of all our personnel, who I know each day bring their best to make GK a great success for NATO. Q: As there are so many people using staff cars to go to the NATEX and Rotodome, what do I have to do to also request a staff Car? The Motorpool Squadron has 150 vehicles serving various purposes in the Force. These vehicles support a wide range of mission functions including; staff vehicles, transport vehicles, buses and special purpose vehicles such as; ambulances, AGE vehicles, cranes, A/C service vehicles, runway cleaning etc. A number of these vehicles are for operational necessity, permanently assigned to users in the Force organization, while other vehicles are assigned for dened staff purposes only. Out of the total number of vehicles, 117 are for specialized use while 33 vehicles can be considered staff vehicle types. 19 staff vehicles are permanently designated in support of staff and Force operations which are primarily issued based on ofcial related tasks and are assigned to ofces or base functions. The remaining 14 vehicles of which 11 are cars, are administered by Motorpool dispatch for TDY purposes and other transport needs upon request. The overarching principle is that NATO Common Funded Vehicles are provided for ofcial mission-related international duties only (ACO Directive AD 055-001, Chapter 1, Paragraph 1-1). To my knowledge and as researched by the recent review, no Component vehicle is issued or has been issued, as a travel means to the dining facility (Rotodome) or to the NATEX. Several ofces need to have their assigned vehicle at hand, because they can be called upon for emergency situations and therefore, it is tolerated to drive these vehicles to facilities on base. The usage of staff vehicles is inherent to the ofcial duties assigned to certain ofces and it is the responsibility of the driver and also the supervisor to prevent any abuse. All personnel are eligible to request a staff vehicle for NATO ofcial business, by forwarding a Transport request F 43.2 to Motor Pool Squadron (SWT) located in building 33. If you have any questions for the Commander, please contact FHP at ext. 2476 or their inbox at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to submit anonymously, you can use the boxes at the Rotodome next to the Skywatch newspaper stands. Asking questions and receiving answers will not only help you but others working on base. Communication is the most critical element in every organizational success, and your questions are helpful for ensuring that together we make smart decisions for the NAEW&C Force. The Ask the Commander forum in Skywatch is an opportunity to provide suggestions to the leadership team on how we might do things better here at GK. While there are many areas in which we are doing well, there is always room for improvement and your feedback is critical to this. THANKS FOR ASKING!
31 March 2017 NATO Skywatch 7 Story by AIRCOM / edited by FHP Photo by Maj. Rob van Leeuwen From 3 until 17 March Tiger Squadron 1 participated in Real Thaw 2017. This is a Portuguese-led live-y exercise at Beja Air Base, Portugal aimed at training and preparing operational forces. Units from the Portuguese Air Force, Navy and Army and military assets from Belgium, Denmark, France, NATO AWACS goes South the Netherlands, Spain and the United States of America provided a multinational joint training environment for the 2017 sequel. Real Thaw is designed to prepare NATO military forces for international missions by certifying units in ctitious but challenging realistic scenarios. These will be geared to the operational requirements of participating air, land and naval units. The wide range of missions conducted in the rst multinational joint live-y exercise included air defence, convoy protection, close air support to ground forces and special operations, evacuation operations of military and civilian elements, Combat Search and Rescue, cargo and paratroopers drop operations, aeromedical evacuations and air defence of maritime forces. Flying assets were controlled by NATO E-3A and French E-3F AWACS planes. DC Major Rob van Leeuwen: The scenario during Real Thaw 2017 was very challenging for all participants. Numerous missions were own by the AWACS in which the focus was on directing ghters, transport aircraft and helicopters. The exercise was a great opportunity to get valuable training for every crew member. In total, 1000 military personnel and 35 jets, planes and helicopters will be participating in this rst major joint training event in 2017.Be aware of trafc regulations! On-base speed limits and stops signs are in place for your safety! Speed limits on base unless otherwise posted: 35 km/h NATO Avenue: 50 km/h Main and West Gate: 10 km/h Unpaved surfaces: 15 km/h Stay informated with police tips and information on the Security Squadron site and Facebook page http://portal.gk.e3a.nato.int/sites/sws/default.aspx https://www.facebook.com/e3agk.investigaor
Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow Part of preparing an aircraft for ight is making sure they are equipped with supplies for any situation. Life Support specialists are responsible for ensuring that all survival and safety equipment is in perfect order. From packing emergency items like 20-man life rafts, accessory kits, life preservers and survival kits to maintaining regularly used items such as restraint harnesses and oxygen masks; the attention to detail provided by these professionals could mean the difference between life and death. Here at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Germany, the Life Support Section is part of the Maintenance Production Squadron and belongs to the General Aircraft Maintenance Branch. The Life Support team consists of seven technicians from four different nationalities. The majority of Life Support tasks are the inspections, maintenance, and installation of equipment on the aircraft. Each aircraft has approximately 500 kg of Life Support equipment installed. Each aircraft has a lot of oxygen masks and is inspected monthly. To maintain and inspect Life Support equipment all newly assigned technicians are required to be familiarized on NATO E-3A emergency equipment for approximately four months to become a fully-qualied Life Support technician, said Senior Master Sgt. Mathias Schwerin, Life Support Section Head.In addition to providing serviceable aircrew life support equipment, the section also provides initial egress training for newly arrived aircrew members. This is only a small part of the Life Support technicians daily workload. It is essential for each aircrew member to have the knowledge regarding the purpose and handling of Life Support Emergency Equipment in the event of emergencies on board an aircraft or if aircrew members must evacuate the aircraft immediately after a serious incident, Schwerin said. The training is a two-day course beginning with theoretical lessons in the classroom and continuing with practical training on the aircraft. Each crewmember is trained on the use of an emergency escape slide to evacuate the aircraft safely, Schwerin said. Furthermore, every crewmember receives a handling instruction on emergency signal ares. Training on the second day is performed at the indoor pool at JFC Brunssum or the outdoor pool at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen. Each trainee (crewmember) dons an anti-exposure suit and life preserver. In some cases if a life raft has begun to oat way, it may be necessary to swim to it, Schwerin said. Crewmembers must then form a chain to safely get to the raft that has oated away. As soon as each member has entered the raft, different tasks are assigned to each member to set up the oatation device properly. This hands-on training is essential to safety, Schwerin said. Practicing here will help you in a real life or death emergency.After the initial training, all crewmembers are required to update their status once a year in a refresher course. We guarantee the safety of crewmembers in emergency situations on the aircraft, Schwerin said.
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31 March 2017 NATO Skywatch 13 Photo of the month Lt. Col. Joseph BoschAir National Guard Liaison Ofcer/Pilot 2 years at GK Nobody needs Tankers until they do Lt. Col. Joseph Bosch is the Air National Guard Liaison Ofcer for 19 Tanker units stationed in the United States. I take care of 80-100 TDY Guardsmen and women a month, Bosch said. My job covers a wide spectrum from ensuring each Airman have living accommodations, travel, restaurant recommendations, medical and pay inquiries. I am here to make their stay as comfortable as possible so they can do the mission. The Tanker units come in two-week rotations from all over the United States. They provide air-to-air refuelling as part of the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) since 1993 and the Atlantic Resolve Assurance Measures since May 2015. The units provide refuelling practice and operational extension for NATO pilots from MOB Geilenkirchen. We assist in training the NATO pilots by teaching them air-to-air refuelling safely so they are ready for world-wide missions. Only being here for almost two years, Bosch has completed quite a bit in the unit with his biggest and best accomplishment he says was successfully transferring KC-135 aircraft parts kit to stay in Germany. Before having this kit set up here, each Tanker unit had to bring their own from home station by choosing which parts they think they may need and hope another part wouldnt break, Bosch said. This way, we have nearly all parts on hand and the mission can continue with little or no delay. This particular job was a dream-come-true for Bosch. He had his eyes set when in 2008 he found out a Guard member can be stationed here for 3 years. Once I learned I could get to Europe, especially Germany, on a tour, I started networking with people I knew, Bosch said. This is truly an amazing assignment here and I love it. Slow down. Enjoy your family and the mission will happen.Vacancy AnnouncementApplications are invited for the following posts: Guard/Staff Assistant (Reception), Advertisement Numbers 1700617008, Grade LWR, assigned to the Civil Guard/Reception Centre, International Military Police & Civil Guard Branch, Security Squadron, Base Support Wing, E-3A Component, HQ NAEW&C Force GK. This post is due to be lled as soon as possible after 01 April 2017. CLOSING DATE: 03 May 2017 For further details, please visit the HQ NAEW&C FORCE GK (WSS) Portal under HEADQUARTERS NAEW&C FORCE/Personnel and Manpower Division/Civilian Personnel Branch/ CPB Recruitment/Recruitment, the ofcial HQ NAEW&C FORCE GK Internet Home Page (www. awacs.nato.int), or review the advertisement posted in Building 8. NOTE: Only applications of qualied personnel will be considered.
14 NATO Skywatch 31 March 2017 (Open to all U S and N A T O identi cation car d holder s)JUNEVisit the Services Br anch W SS W eb P age for the latest pr ogr am information and upcoming e v ents POC: IY A Ev en ts: Mr s N euhalfen, ext. 4954; Sports Ev en ts: Mr Henrichs, ext. 4902; F ood Services: Mr P eeters, ext. 4990 April / May10 Apr: IYA Easter Egg Hunt & Games 1430, for children up to the age of 12: On Monday, 10 April, at 1430 hrs the IYA is sponsoring a big Easter Egg Hunt on the IYA Playground behind Building 95. Make sure to join the fun, meet the Easter Bunny, hunt for eggs and enjoy seasonal games and attractions. THERE IS NO FEE. Rain delay date is Tuesday, 11 April. For further information, contact the IYA Ofce in Bldg. 95, ext. 4954 or 0049 2451 63 4954, starting on 23 March. 10 21 Apr: IYA Spring Break Program 0745 1745, for children aged 5 and older: fun games, sports, beautiful playground, movies, seasonal arts and crafts, egg hunt, eld trips. For further information, contact the IYA Ofce in Bldg. 95, ext. 4954 or 0049 2451 63 4954, starting on 23 March. 12 Apr: IYA Trip to De Efteling 0815 1730, for children aged 5 and older: big amusement park with a wide variety of attractions for different age groups. 27 without MWA Card, 18 with MWA Card for ages 5 -13; 48 without MWA Card, 32,50 with MWA Card for ages 14 and up. Chaperones go free. For further information, contact the IYA Ofce in Bldg. 95, ext. 4954 or 0049 2451 63 4954, starting on 23 March. 13 Apr: Easter Lunch at the Rotodome 1100 1330: Come to the Rotodome, and enjoy an Easter Lunch. 19 Apr: IYA Trip to Krefeld Zoo and Explorado 0900 1730, for children aged 5 and older: EXPLORADO is an interactive technical exhibition and play park. 27 without MWA Card, 18 with MWA Card. Chaperones go free. For further information, contact the IYA Ofce in Bldg. 95, ext. 4954 or 0049 2451 63 4954, starting on 23 March. 27 Apr: Curry Lunch Special at the Rotodome 28 Apr: Bavarian Breakfast at the Rotodome 6 May: IYA Rhine trip with cruise 0745 2000, all ages: Enjoy the magnicent scenery of the Upper Middle Rhine valley, UNESCO World Heritage, with its enchanting historic castles and green vineyards on a panorama cruise from St. Goar to Koblenz. You will have the opportunity to walk around the beautiful old town of St. Goar and visit the famous city of Koblenz with all its attractions, stores and restaurants at the conuence of the rivers Rhine and Mosel. Our luxury bus departs from outside the Main Gate. With your valid MWA-Card pay only 38 for adults, 28 for ages 14 to 17 (student-ID required), 20 for ages 4 to 13, and 14 for ages 3 and under, including ticket for the 2.25-hour cruise. 57 for adults, 42 for ages 14 to 17 (student-ID required), 30 for ages 4 to 13, and 21 for ages 3 and under without MWA-Card. For registration and further information, contact the IYA Ofce in Bldg. 95, ext. 4954 or 0049 2451 63 4954, starting on 23 March. Dont wait for your ship to come in-swim out to it Looking for patches!!Story by Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow Courtesy Photos Spring is here! And the Orcas International Swim Team has just begun their non-competitive season that started on 14 March and will continue until 15 June. This season focuses on swim technique training. Lt. Col. Ted Dempsey, USAF, founded the Orcas International Swim Team in August 1987. Today, their team roster includes an average of 35 or more swimmers who compete in Germany, Belgium, Italy, Spain and England. The Orcas are part of the European Forces Swim League (EFSL). As stated in their constitution, the purpose of the club is to plan, organize and provide a competitive swim team while promoting personal and team pride that models good sportsmanship within a cooperative spirit. It is an outlet to be incredibly t while exercising friendly competition, said Capt. Sean Sindler, Orcas International Swim Hello my name is Frank Offergeld and Im a NATO AWACS patch collector from the Fire Department. At the moment I have more than 1,100 different patches from NATO Air Base, Geilenkirchen, in my collection and I would like to create a book about the NATO patches. Team Treasurer and parent. A kid at age six can see their future by watching someone at the age of 19 swimming in the same pool at the same competition (swim meet). They can see their goals being performed.Being a part of this team requires dedication from both swimmers and their parents. 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