Below you will find a comprehensive listing of websites and resources for U.S. military families who are stationed in Turkey. The list below provides information on commissaries, exchange facilities, official installation resources, MWR facilities, spouses' clubs, DoDEA schools, travel resources, housing facilities, libraries, lodging facilities, medical facilities and more for the U.S. military communities at Ankara, Incirlik and Izmir. Please suggest any other sites you think others will find useful during their Turkish deployments.

Community: Ankara Support Element

  Ankara AAFES Facilities
Information on the AAFES facilities in Ankara, Turkey.
  Ankara Commissary Information
Information about the U.S. military commissary in Ankara, Turkey.
  Ankara Support Facility Housing
Information on housing options available at the Ankara Support Facility.
  Ankara Tourism
The official tourism portal for Ankara, Turkey.
  Ankara University
Ankara University provides education through associate (two-year) degree programs, and undergraduate (bachelor degree) programs through its 14 faculties, 3 vocational schools, 9 colleges and a state conservatory. Graduate level education is provided by its 13 graduate schools.
  Ankara Wikipedia Article
The Wikipedia article on Ankara, Turkey.
  George C. Marshall School
DoDEA elementary and high school in Ankara, Turkey.

Community: Incirlik AB

  Adana Tourism
The official tourism site for Adana,Turkey.
  Cukurova University
Established in 1973, the Çukurova University is among the top 500 in World University rankings and is among the top 5 in Turkey.
  Incirlik AAFES Facilities
Information on the AAFES facilities at Incirlik Air Base.
  Incirlik AB Air Force Inn
Information on the Air Force Inns facility at Incirlik AB.
  Incirlik Air Base Website
Homepage for Incirlik Air Base.
  Incirlik Commissary Information
Information about the U.S. military commissary at Incirlik Air Base.
  Incirlik Unit School
DoDEA elementary, middle and high school on Incirlik AB in Turkey.
  Incirlik Wikipedia Article
The Wikipedia article on Incirlik Air Base in Turkey.

Community: Izmir AS

  425 Air Base Fact Sheet
Facts about the 425th Air Base Squadron, which is a Geographically Separated Unit, or GSU, of the 39th Air Base Wing, Incirlik AB, Turkey.
  425 Air Base Squadron Information
Information on the 425th Air Base Squadron from
  Ege University
Ege University is the largest university in Izmir, Turkey.
  Explorer Izmir
Learn about the ancient city of Izmir at Explorer Turkey.
  Izmir AAFES Facilities
Information on the AAFES facilities in Izmir, Turkey.
  Izmir Air Station Wikipedia Article
The Wikipedia article about Izmir Air Station.
  Izmir Commissary Information
Information about the U.S. military commissary in Izmir, Turkey.
  Izmir High School Reunions
Information on reunions for the Izmir American High School.
  Izmir Local Forecast
Current weather and the forecast for Izmir, Turkey.
  U.S. Consulate in Adana
Homepage for the U.S. Consulate in Adana, Turkey.

Community: Useful Links

  AAFES OCONUS Movie Schedules
Movie schedules by region for AAFES OCONUS theaters.
  AFN Schedule (
TV and radio schedules for the Armed Forces Network. .
  All About Turkey
All about Turkey is a small and yet a picky directory of on-line resources in and about Turkey.
  Army Morale, Welfare & Recreation (MWR) in Europe
Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation in Europe offers a network of quality support and leisure services that enhances the lives of Soldiers, Civilians, Families, military retirees and other eligible participants.
  CIA Factbook for Turkey
The CIA's world factbook entry for Turkey.
  DoDEA Mediterranean District
Department of Defense Education Activity schools in the Mediterranean District.
  Explorer Turkey
Explore this site to discover the beauty and secrets of Turkey. Explore Turkey covers all the important and famous historical and tourist sites and regions in Turkey.
  Hotel & Travel Services in Turkey
Hotel and travel services in Turkey.
  Lonely Planet Guide to Turkey
A guide to the best destinations, attractions and lodging in Turkey.
  Military Friends was the first military dating site to provide military dating service for military singles and admirers in the world! We bring together single members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, Police Force, and Firefighters -- as well as civilians, veterans.
  Schools in Turkey
International education programs in Turkey. Listings include any type of educational institution accepting foreign students such as universities, technical schools, language institutes, culinary schools, etc...
  Travel Turkey
Travel Turkey helps you locate the on-line and off-line information you need to plan your travels to Turkey.
  Turkey Background Notes
U.S. State Department background notes on the USA relationship with Turkey.
  Turkey Central
An active forum on Turkey plus a guide to various tours in the country.
  Turkey Country Study
A country study on Turkey from the U.S. Library of Congress.
  Turkey Information Sheet (U.S. State Dept.)
The U.S. State Department information sheet on Turkey.
The homepage for the Turkish embassy in Washington, D.C.
  Turkish Odyssey
Information about Turkish culture and customs, places of interest and tips for enjoying your stay in Turkey.
  U.S. Embassy in Turkey
Homepage for the United States Embassy in Ankara, Turkey.
  Yahoo! Travel guide for Turkey
A travel guide with tips on the best destinations for your trip to Turkey.
New Parent Support Group stresses health benefits of breast-feeding
WIESBADEN, Germany - An age-old feeding practice is raising eyebrows and drawing curious stares in some military communities. And while such sights initially seem out of the ordinary to unsuspecting bystanders, participants say, don't be alarmed, it's natural and great for babies.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Youth Sports helps quarterbacks, receivers prepare for season at Football Camp
WIESBADEN, Germany - Young Joe Montanas and Jerry Rices threw bullets, zig-zagged out of the pocket and snagged pass after pass during Child, Youth and School Services' Football Camp July 22-24. "This camp is aimed at helping the kids get prepared for Youth Services and high school football to give them confidence, and it's an opportunity for volunteer coaches to get assimilated with the players," said John English, assistant director for Youth Services Sports.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Lazy Dragons paddle for fun, fitness, camaraderie
WIESBADEN, Germany - Poised with paddles submerged below the surface, arms stretched straight forward and heads down, row upon row of paddlers wait for the start. As soon as the official yells "Go," they pull their paddles backward, first slowly, then frantically plunging them into the churning water as one body. Five boats surge forward, but only one counts in English: the Lazy Dragons. But they don't live up to their name.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Library treats youths to stories, field trips, more in summer reading program
WIESBADEN, Germany - "Did you forget how to read this summer?" Participants in Wiesbaden Library's "Paws to Read" summer reading program were happy to answer a resounding "No" to Library Director Ann Burski's question July 17. The young readers, in grades first through sixth, were at the library to enjoy a host of activities ranging from arts and crafts to stories and field trips.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Italy-based Charlie Detachment, 106th FMSU, connects online for first ever Europe-wide exercise
Soldiers from Charlie Detachment, 106th Financial Management Support Unit, assembled at the Mission Training Center on Caserma Ederle July 17 for a first ever, Europe-wide simulation training of its kind. The 20 or so financial management Soldiers manned work stations to conduct convoy operations training in coordination with their sister finance detachments and headquarters, located throughout Germany. "I want to say it was not only never done by finance, I believe no unit has never utilized the JMTC centers as a combined effort before," said Capt. Andres Leon, detachment commander.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Annual Community Showcase moves to Urlas
U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach hosts a community showcase every year towards the end of August, right on time when PCS season is about over and school starts again. The event gives newly arrived and current community members an opportunity to find out about the plethora of services available to them, register with different organizations and find out about updates for existing services, clubs and organizations from the Ansbach community.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
American hunters recognized through German time-honored tradition
WIESBADEN, Germany - After months of preparation, rigorous testing and three final exams, three Schläge -- or strokes of a hunting knife -- and an oath ushered students into the exclusive class of Jungjäger -- hunting apprentices. Fifteen Americans received their hunting certificates, or Jägerbriefe, and were inducted into the Jaegerschaft Wiesbaden at a ceremony held at the historic Jagdschloss Platte July 25. They completed Outdoor Recreation's three-month Hunting Course and passed written, oral and shooting tests required to own a hunting license in Germany.
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
State-of-the-art Cyber Center opens in Wiesbaden
WIESBADEN, Germany - U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden marked another milestone July 22 with the opening of the Lt. Gen. Robert E. Gray Cyber Center Europe. Members of the Gray family joined U.S. military and German civilian leaders from U.S. Army Europe; 5th Signal Command; USAG Wiesbaden; the Corps of Engineers, Europe District; the Hessen Construction Agency and other organizations in celebrating the opening of the state-of-the-art, 52,000-square-foot facility on Wiesbaden's Clay Kaserne.
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
BOSS volunteers pitch in to help move a German kindergarten
WIESBADEN, Germany - In rain and shine and box by box, Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers volunteers provided free labor and a load of help to a local German kindergarten July 21-25. Känguru Kindergarten, an Erbenheim school for special needs students, needed to move next door to its new building, but lacked the funds to hire a professional moving company. Nineteen BOSS volunteers, Army and Air Force, stepped in with muscle power and can-do attitudes.
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
New name, new mission for Army transition program
Helping retiring and separating Soldiers manage their transition back into civilian life is the Army Career Alumni Program's core mission, but this time it's the program itself, that's undergoing a major change.
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
2014 Viking Challenge a huge hit

This year's Viking Challenge started with a bang as more than 1,500 participants began their 24-hour run/walk-a-thon at the Pulaski Park track July 25.

The fundraiser was comprised of KMC staff and technical sergeants that provide mentorship to NCOs.

"I am truly grateful to have been given the opportunity to lead the Viking Challenge this year," said Staff Sgt. Jennifer Hurt, 83rd Network Operations Squadron and Viking Challenge event coordinator. "I wanted to give back to the community and even though it's hot I am going to stay positive and remember what we are here for."
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:37:57 EST
Lajes Field receives 'excellent' in cyber inspection

Over the course of 21-25 July the Defense Information Systems Agency inspection team conducted a Command Cyber Readiness Inspection here, resulting in a rating of excellent.

"I am extremely proud of all the hard work Airmen from Team Lajes and the 65th Communications Squadron accomplished to achieve an excellent rating during the CCIR. This exemplifies our ability to be a forward strategic communications base that is ready to provide full spectrum communications to our expeditionary forces, now," stated Col. Martin Rothrock, commander, 65th Air Base Wing.
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:03:00 EST
721st APS design saves money, time through innovation

Unused forklift tines, a sheet of diamond-plated metal and one yard of steel hose.

The list of spare parts technician Thomas Geibel read did not seem like much to modify a standard dolly, but it would save Ramstein Air Base's 721st Aerial Port Squadron in at least three ways: time, money and health.

This modified deck, dubbed the "Donnelly Loader," was an idea hatched by Senior Master Sgt. Wayne Donnelly, 721st APS superintendent, as a means of replacing the method of loading and unloading baggage from airframes manually. The system involves moving bins full of baggage down a series of loaders and dollies. As soon as Donnelly obtained the idea he went straight to Guibel to build the machine.
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:37:38 EST
Airmen dress for success, survival

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:51:21 EST
3rd AF commander visits RAF Mildenhall

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, 3rd Air Force commander, along with Chief Master Sgt. Mark Marson, 3rd Air Force command chief, visited RAF Mildenhall July 21 and 22, 2014, to meet with Team Mildenhall Airmen.

The general toured a variety of units, including the 100th Security Forces Squadron, 100th Maintenance Group and 351st Air Refueling Squadron.

Roberson's visit also included piloting a KC-135 Stratotanker during a refueling mission with F-15C Eagles and F-15E Strike Eagles from the 48th Fighter Wing, out of RAF Lakenheath, England. The 351st ARS showed him how they enable the global reach capabilities of the Air Force.
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:57:04 EST
SECAF discusses current, future challenges with 501st CSW

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James visited RAF Alconbury and RAF Molesworth, United Kingdom, to learn more about the mission of the 501st Combat Support Wing and to discuss with Airmen the current state of the Air Force.

During her visit, James was able to meet with 501st CSW Airmen and see firsthand how their innovation and dedication powers the nation's only combat support wing.

"I have full confidence that the Airmen of U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa are well positioned to be forward, ready, now," James said.
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 03:12:11 EST
Portrait of an active shooter

A thin sliver of light shone through the break between two heavy, dark curtains. No one saw, no one noticed the slight, almost imperceptible, movement of fabric.

Everyone's attention was focused at the base of the stage where Col. Douglas Mellars, 422nd Air Base Group commander, was briefing Airmen on changing the leadership culture on RAF Croughton, United Kingdom.

Behind the curtain, an eye peered out - scanning the crowd and silently waiting.

"You don't care. None of you care about me!"
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:36:45 EST
Donald Cook Returns to Rota after First FDNF Patrol
ROTA, Spain (NNS) -- Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) returned to Naval Station Rota, Spain, July 25, after completing her first patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.
Allied Joint Force Command, Naples/U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa Bids Farewell to Outgoing Commander, Welcomes New Leader
NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- U.S. Navy Adm. Mark Ferguson assumed command as Commander Allied Joint Force Command (JFC) Naples/Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, relieving Adm. Bruce W. Clingan in a ceremony, July 22.
USS Ross begins First FDNF Patrol
ROTA, Spain (NNS) -- The forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) departed Naval Station Rota, Spain, July 18, to conduct naval operations in support of security and stability in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.
USS Donald Cook Participates in SAREX
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (NNS) -- Guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) participated in a bilateral search and rescue exercise (SAREX) off the coast of Cyprus with search and rescue units and personnel from the Republic of Cyprus, July 16.
CNP Talks Stability and Service in Naples
NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Personnel, Vice Adm. Bill Moran, visited Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples, Italy, July 16, addressing base personnel on critical Navy topics including advancement, pay and uniform changes.
Mount Whitney Returns to Gaeta, Italy after Completing BALTOPS
GAETA, Italy (NNS) -- The U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) arrived in Gaeta, Italy July 15, after completing Baltic Operations 2014 (BALTOPS) with its European counterparts.
USS Vella Gulf Departs Black Sea After Successful Engagements with Partners and Allies in the Region
AEGEAN SEA (NNS) -- Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) departed the Black Sea, July 14, after completing a round of engagements designed to strengthen ties with partners and allies in the Black Sea region.
USS Oscar Austin Participates in Royal Navy Exercise
USS OSCAR AUSTIN, At Sea (NNS) -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79) participated in a U.K.-led maritime exercise in the Atlantic Ocean, July 10.
Vella Gulf Completes Participation in Breeze 2014
BLACK SEA (NNS) -- The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) and other naval forces from Bulgaria, Italy, Turkey, Greece and Romania completed the at-sea portion of Exercise Breeze, July 11.
Vella Gulf Kicks Off Exercise Breeze
BLACK SEA (NNS) -- The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf helped kick-off the at-sea phase of the Bulgarian-led maritime training exercise in the Black Sea, July 9.
Marines, sailors partner with task force in Gabon
Marines and sailors from Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14 completed a partnership exercise in Gabon, June 28. The team of 15 Marines and sailors trained with their Gabonese counterparts from the Agence Nationale des Parcs Nationaux and the Gabonese military and Gendarmerie to demonstrate tactics that could then be applied to

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Eleven countries participate in logistics conference
The United States and European nations alike face declining defense budgets and evolving strategic challenges. They will now more than ever need to rely on each other for assistance. Recently, eleven nations participated in a logistics conference hosted in Ljubljana, Slovenia to discuss and learn about the roles and methods of each country's

Tue, 08 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT
A Hero of Two Worlds Honored
Two hundred and thirty-eight years after America declared it'sindependence, the legacy for one of the country's earliest and greatestallies continues to be honored and celebrated.  French and American service members, dignitaries and societiesparticipated in an annual commemorative ceremony at the tomb of MajorGeneral Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de

Sun, 06 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Latvian introduction to FET concepts by U.S. Marines represents collective security in Europe
It started with a respect for cultural norms; since male servicemembers were prohibited from merely looking or talking to women in Iraq and Afghanistan, searching a Muslim woman at an entry-control point was not allowed and caused security concerns. The solution was the Lioness program, where all-female Marine teams deployed to implement

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Midshipmen go to Spain to train with the Marines
This past summer, four midshipmen left the pristine halls and classrooms of the U.S. Naval Academy and stepped into a new environment of rigorous training with the Marines.  Midshipmen Zachary Gawboy, Zachary Elsner, Lukas Alland, and Ryan Lewandowski from the U.S. Naval Academy all received the opportunity to train with U.S. Marines of

Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:02:00 GMT
Marines climb to new heights in Spain
High above the forest floor, a platoon of infantry moves about the steep faces of the Spanish Pyrenees. Their military discipline contrasts the untamable wilderness like the frigid mountain air defies the expected scorching of June. The scene is picturesque. The task is daunting. Both were of little matter to the Americans and the Spanish as they

Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:08:24 GMT
Teacher gives up classroom for dress blues
Many would say that being a teacher could be one of the most fulfilling and rewarding, yet hard and stressful jobs around. Corporal Joshua Braun, a ground radio technician with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14, would agree.  Braun found himself in a non-traditional teaching role right after he graduated from Ashland University

Fri, 20 Jun 2014 07:11:00 GMT
American, Spanish Marines combine for amphibious training
Exhaustion had set in and the summer heat wore down their bodies, but the Marines knew that there was no choice but to accomplish the mission. Anything less was unacceptable – a failure not only to themselves but to their brethren, Spanish and American alike. That intensity was demonstrated when U.S. Marines from Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground

Fri, 20 Jun 2014 06:44:27 GMT
Marines, Georgians build interoperability during Agile Spirit 14 through live-fire training
Exercise Agile Spirit 14 started with a “bang” as Marines and sailors with Black Sea Rotational Force 14, from 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, fired on various weapon ranges with soldiers of the Georgian Armed Forces in the Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, June 10-11, 2014. Agile Spirit 14 is an annually-scheduled bilateral engagement hosted by

Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:56:00 GMT
Baseball game highlights Wounded Warriors, national team
Georgians and Americans alike gathered at Meskhi Stadium, located in the Vake district of Tbilisi, on May 31, to watch Marines from the U.S. Embassy in Georgia and U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa’s Georgia Deployment Program play a friendly game against the Georgian National Baseball Team. The event was hosted by the U.S. Embassy and the

Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:38:00 GMT
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