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.
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  Ankara Commissary Information
Information about the U.S. military commissary in Ankara, Turkey.
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  Ankara Support Facility Housing
Information on housing options available at the Ankara Support Facility.
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  Ankara Tourism
The official tourism portal for Ankara, Turkey.
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  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.
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  Ankara Wikipedia Article
The Wikipedia article on Ankara, Turkey.
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  George C. Marshall School
DoDEA elementary and high school in Ankara, Turkey.
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Community: Incirlik AB

  Adana Tourism
The official tourism site for Adana,Turkey.
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  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.
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  Incirlik AAFES Facilities
Information on the AAFES facilities at Incirlik Air Base.
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  Incirlik AB Air Force Inn
Information on the Air Force Inns facility at Incirlik AB.
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  Incirlik Air Base Website
Homepage for Incirlik Air Base.
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  Incirlik Commissary Information
Information about the U.S. military commissary at Incirlik Air Base.
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  Incirlik Unit School
DoDEA elementary, middle and high school on Incirlik AB in Turkey.
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  Incirlik Wikipedia Article
The Wikipedia article on Incirlik Air Base in Turkey.
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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.
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  425 Air Base Squadron Information
Information on the 425th Air Base Squadron from GlobalSecurity.org.
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  Ege University
Ege University is the largest university in Izmir, Turkey.
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  Explorer Izmir
Learn about the ancient city of Izmir at Explorer Turkey.
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  Izmir AAFES Facilities
Information on the AAFES facilities in Izmir, Turkey.
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  Izmir Air Station Wikipedia Article
The Wikipedia article about Izmir Air Station.
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  Izmir Commissary Information
Information about the U.S. military commissary in Izmir, Turkey.
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  Izmir High School Reunions
Information on reunions for the Izmir American High School.
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  Izmir Local Forecast
Current weather and the forecast for Izmir, Turkey.
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  U.S. Consulate in Adana
Homepage for the U.S. Consulate in Adana, Turkey.
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Community: Useful Links

  AAFES OCONUS Movie Schedules
Movie schedules by region for AAFES OCONUS theaters.
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  AFN Schedule (MyAFN.net)
TV and radio schedules for the Armed Forces Network. .
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  All About Turkey
All about Turkey is a small and yet a picky directory of on-line resources in and about Turkey.
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  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.
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  CIA Factbook for Turkey
The CIA's world factbook entry for Turkey.
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  DoDEA Mediterranean District
Department of Defense Education Activity schools in the Mediterranean District.
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  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.
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  Hotel & Travel Services in Turkey
Hotel and travel services in Turkey.
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  Lonely Planet Guide to Turkey
A guide to the best destinations, attractions and lodging in Turkey.
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  Military Friends
MilitaryFriends.com 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.
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  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...
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  Travel Turkey
Travel Turkey helps you locate the on-line and off-line information you need to plan your travels to Turkey.
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  Turkey Background Notes
U.S. State Department background notes on the USA relationship with Turkey.
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  Turkey Central
An active forum on Turkey plus a guide to various tours in the country.
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  Turkey Country Study
A country study on Turkey from the U.S. Library of Congress.
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  Turkey Information Sheet (U.S. State Dept.)
The U.S. State Department information sheet on Turkey.
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  TurkeyEmbassy.org
The homepage for the Turkish embassy in Washington, D.C.
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  Turkish Odyssey
Information about Turkish culture and customs, places of interest and tips for enjoying your stay in Turkey.
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  U.S. Embassy in Turkey
Homepage for the United States Embassy in Ankara, Turkey.
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  Yahoo! Travel guide for Turkey
A travel guide with tips on the best destinations for your trip to Turkey.
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USAG Bamberg closes after 69 years of US Army presence
After nearly 70 years of American Soldiers in Bamberg, Germany, the U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg colors were cased and the American flag was lowered for the final time Sept. 12, 2014.
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
U.S. Army Europe Soldiers drive to prove warrior skills
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- As Soldiers push through the 2014 U.S. Army Europe Best Warrior and Best Junior Officer Competitions here this week, certain events are proving to be more challenging than others. Over the course of the five-day competition, USAREUR's top Soldiers are confronting more than 30 tests of physical, mental and emotional strength and endurance.
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Was ist los in Franken? Sept. 17 through 24, 2014
"Was ist los in Franken?" details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout Lower, Upper and Middle Franconia.
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Rapid Trident 2014 begins in Ukraine
Soldiers from 15 nations began two weeks of collective training, with a ceremony Sept. 15, 2014, at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center in Yavoriv, Ukraine, to mark the official start of Rapid Trident 2014.
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
4th IBCT color guard represents 'Big Red One' in Belgium for World War II commemoration
Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division's, color guard are in Belgium to participate in numerous military ceremonies that will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the country's liberation by Allied Forces during World War II.
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Soldiers medal in swimming at Invictus Games
On the last day of the inaugural Invictus Games, several current, retired and former Soldiers captured medals during the swimming events in London, Sept. 14, 2014.
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
PCSing to Vicenza, Italy? Inconvenience claims can compensate for vehicle shipment delays
Joining the Vicenza Military Community, as a Soldier or Department of the Army civilian, can be one of the most rewarding assignments you will have in your career. However, PCSing overseas is not without unique challenges, and shipping your vehicle can be one of them.
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
In suicide prevention, repairing problems earliest is best
People considering suicide as an option may be dealing with one small issue left unrepaired, or they may be dealing with multiple issues. Typically, issues, whatever they may be, start out small and grow over time.
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
U.S. paratroopers, Polish hosts remember 9/11 with friendly soccer match
The 173rd Airborne Brigade squared off against a team of local players in a friendly match before hundreds of local residents and American Soldiers at the Walerina Pytla City Stadium in Drawsko Pomorskie, Poland, Sept. 11, 2014.
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Six Army in Europe Soldiers have been named Army's best
WIESBADEN, Germany -- It's not something in the water -- it's something in the WARRIOR. In the dozen years since Armywide annual Soldier of the Year and NCO of the Year competitions began, Army in Europe Soldiers have been earned those titles six times.
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
 
New program offers Lajes Airmen skills to grow relationships

Separation. Miles away and across an ocean. This is the reality for Airmen coming to Lajes Field. The separation is from those they care about, those individuals that they have a relationship with, whether it is a spouse, friends or family.

There is something that bridges this vast gap caused by the ocean, and that is technology. Airmen can be face-to-face with their loved ones in real time, thanks to technology. The same technology helps people find someone they may never have met before and start a relationship that would never had happened if not for technology.
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Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:28:48 EST
Fast like a Barracuda

In 1973, the Lakenheath Barracudas swim team was born and began using their fins to swim around Europe pool by pool.

The European Forces Swim League is comprised of British and American communities throughout the European region, who compete against other teams who are a part of the EFSL. One of these teams is the Lakenheath Barracudas.

"Our youngest swimmer is 7, and [they age] all the way to 19," said Sharon Yancey, Lakenheath Barracudas Swim Club president.

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Tue, 16 Sep 2014 03:54:14 EST
Airmen remember 9/11, remain resilient

On Sept. 11, the 86th Airlift Wing participated in a Resilience Day to build camaraderie between units.

The event was executed in a sports day fashion which included tricycle races, a hula-hoop contest and volleyball, basketball, bowling and dodgeball tournaments.

Jan Devitt, 86th AW community support coordinator, said having the opportunity to get out of the office, get some exercise and meet new people has been well received by Airmen with each Resilience Day.

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Tue, 16 Sep 2014 03:45:44 EST
New 3rd Air Force commander talks priorities, shares experiences

Lt. Gen. Darryl L. Roberson, 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force commander, outlined his priorities, challenges, leadership philosophy and personal experiences during an interview here Sept. 2.

Roberson indicated that he has three top priorities: motivational mission accomplishment, compassionate care of our Airmen and families, and the constant drive to improve and innovate.

"I use 'motivational and compassionate' because it's more than just mission accomplishment and it's more than just taking care of our Airmen," Roberson said. "I'm a believer that if you take care of the Airmen and the families, they will willingly take care of the mission. In regards to 'improve and innovate,' it's our Airmen out there who are figuring out better ways to do things on a day-to-day basis. That's so critical with the challenges we face today including sequestration, reduced funding and reduced manpower; our mission remains and we can't accomplish our mission w
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Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:16:55 EST
K-9 handler receives Purple Heart

A 31st Security Forces Squadron K-9 handler from Magnolia Village, Ohio, was awarded with the highest and oldest honor given to service members for wounds received in combat, the Purple Heart, Aug. 29.

During a deployment to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, in 2012, Staff Sgt. Gabriel Travers and his K-9 partner, Tora, were tasked to search for improvised explosive devices.

The duo was the only two Air Force members working alongside a small Army unit around the time of August 2012, when Travers was tasked with what he calls 'one of the most difficult missions.'
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Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:21:37 EST
Info forum encourages partnership


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Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:51:49 EST
Aviano honors 9/11 first responders, fallen


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Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:20:15 EST
 
USS Ross, USS Cole Arrive in Israel
BLACK SEA (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) arrived today in Haifa, Israel, for a scheduled port visit. USS Cole (DDG 67) arrived in port, Sept. 14.
Maritime Professionals Gather in Naples for APS Annual Planning Conference
NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Maritime professionals from Africa, Europe, and the U.S. began a three-day conference aimed to enhance collaborative efforts to achieve maritime security in Africa, Sept. 15.
USS Ross to Exit Black Sea
BLACK SEA (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) transited the Bosphorus Strait departing the Black Sea, Sept. 12, after conducting a series of engagements designed to promote peace and stability in the region.
Eurasia Partnership Non-Commissioned Officer Development Course Concludes in Naples, Italy
NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Senior Non-Commissioned Officers from the U.S. Navy with allied and partner nations in Eastern Europe concluded the Eurasian Partnership Senior Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) Development Training workshop at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples, Sept. 11.
USS Ross Hosts Exercise Sea Breeze 2014 Opening Ceremony
BLACK SEA (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) hosted the opening ceremony of Exercise Sea Breaze 2014, a multinational maritime exercise in the Black Sea, Sept. 8.
USS Ross Arrives in Romania
CONSTANTA, Romania (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) arrived in Constanta, Romania, for a scheduled port visit, Sept. 5.
USS Ross to Enter Black Sea
TURKISH STRAITS (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) will enter the Black Sea to promote peace and stability in the region, Sept. 3.
EODMU 8, VP-4 Participating in Exercise Northern Coasts
BALTIC SEA (NNS) -- Sailors from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 8, based at Naval Station Rota, Spain, and Patrol Squadron (VP) 4, based at Naval Air Station Sigonella, are participating in Exercise Northern Coasts 2014 (NOCO 14), beginning Aug. 29.
Five Things You Need to Know about Vella Gulf's Time in the Black Sea
NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) departed the Black Sea Aug. 26, after a series of engagements in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. Here are five things you need to know about Vella Gulf's time in the Black Sea:
USS Vella Gulf Departs Black Sea
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (NNS) -- The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) departed the Black Sea after a series of engagements promoting peace and stability in the region, Aug. 26.
 
Maj. Gen. Beydler visits SP-MAGTF Africa
Maj. Gen. William D. Beydler, the commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force and U.S. Marine Corps Forces Africa, visited here, Sept. 13, to meet the service members of Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14. The service members currently assigned to SP-MAGTF Africa 14 are tasked with supporting Marine Forces Europe and


Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:11:19 GMT
Tennessee Marine returns from training in Burundi
Major Luke A. Sauber, a Marine with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14, and native of Memphis, Tennessee, recently returned from a theater security cooperation mission in Burundi.    Sauber was part of a small team of Marines and Sailors who trained and advised the Burundi National Defense Force in logistics and engineering,


Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:10:43 GMT
New York Sailor returns from training in Burundi
Petty Officer 1st Class Mazamesso Solitoki, a corpsman with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14, and native of New York, N.Y., recently returned from a theater security cooperation mission in Burundi. Solitoki was part of a small team of Marines and Sailors who trained and advised the Burundi National Defense Force in logistics


Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:10:14 GMT
SP-MAGTF Africa 14 attends local play, breaks bread with locals
After conducting two successful community relations projects in Vizzini, Sicily, the Marines and Sailors of Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa, along with other local volunteers, were able to sit back and enjoy a play which was originally set at Cunziria, a district of Vizzini, Sept. 7. “Cunziria” or tannery dates back to Roman


Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:08:58 GMT
Commandant, Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps visits SP-MAGTF Africa
The 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps General James F. Amos and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Micheal P. Barrett visit here, Sept. 3, to meet the Marines, Sailors and Coastguardsmen of Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14. During the visit, Amos and Barrett walked through individual work sections at SP-MAGTF Africa to meet


Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:08:21 GMT
SP-MAGTF Africa 14 Marines, Coastguardsmen, Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos train-the-trainer
Security Cooperation Team- 1, with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14, departed Naval Air Station Sigonella for an upcoming train-the-trainer theater security cooperation engagement in Toubacouta, Senegal, during September. The team will train and advise their counterpart cadre, the Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 04:00:00 GMT
SP-MAGTF Africa 14 Marines, Coastguardsmen work together
Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14 have teamed with the U.S. Coast Guard for upcoming Theater Security Cooperation engagements in Africa. SP-MAGTF Africa formed in October 2011, and is sourced by rotating forces. The current iteration is sourced from units across II Marine Expeditionary Force primarily Combat


Tue, 26 Aug 2014 04:00:00 GMT
SP-MAGTF Africa 14 service members train for upcoming TSC engagements
When conducting boat exercises, the potential for capsizing is prevalent. If a situation arises on a deployment in a maritime domain, service members must know what actions to take to ensure the safety of all personnel. U.S. Marines and British Royal Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14 conducted small-craft capsize


Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Black Sea Rotational Force 14 kicks off with ceremony
Elements of 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines and 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, as well as members of the Romanian Armed Forces, attended the closing ceremony for  the second iteration of Black Sea Rotational Force 14 and the opening  of the new iteration, Aug. 21 at Mihail Kogalniceanu, Romania. The second iteration of BSRF-14 began in February 2014 with


Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:00:00 GMT
US Marines to Modernize Equipment Stored in Norwegian Prepositioning Caves
U.S. Marines, in coordination with the Norwegian military, are scheduled to conduct a pre-planned Single Ship Movement and offload of military equipment from a Maritime Prepositioning Force ship in the Trøndelag region of Norway mid-August.  The equipment will significantly enhance the readiness of the Marine Corps Prepositioning Program-Norway by


Fri, 15 Aug 2014 07:35:00 GMT
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