The NATO E-3A Component at the NATO Air Base in Geilenkirchen, Germany is responsible for airborne monitoring operations throughout the European theater. These squadrons play a critical role in the War on Terror by monitoring airspace for NATO operations around the world.
In operation since 1980, the E-3A Component is NATO\’s first operational flying unit with multinational manning. The Component commander’s position is held alternately by Germany and the USA. The Component’s organizational structure comprises a Headquarters staff and five major functional elements (Operations Wing, Logistics Wing, Base Support Wing, Training Wing and Information Technology Wing). Each Wing is commanded by a Colonel, each from a different NATO member nation.
Normally, only a certain number of the E-3As and TCAs are present at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen at any given time. The remainder are deployed to the Component’s Forward Operating Bases in Greece, Italy, Turkey, and the Forward Operating Location in Norway, or to locations elsewhere. Each of these forward operating facilities is located on a national airbase.
Minted from solid nickel, and imbued with bold colored enamel on each side, this medallion is dedicated to the brave men and women of the E-3A Component at the NATO Air Base in Geilenkirchen, Germany. The obverse features the distinctive insignia of the E-3A Component. The reverse displays the NATO logo with “NAB GEILENKIRCHEN, GERMANY” written around the edge.
Each coin measures 1.75 inch (44mm) in diameter.
This is an NWTMINT surplus item. Packaging may vary.