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.
Workgroups refine, prioritize 15 issues at FY15 AFAP conference
Twenty-two volunteers gathered Oct. 7 through 9 for this year's Army Family Action Plan conference to define, prioritize and make recommendations on 15 issues that affect the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach and 12th Combat Aviation Brigade community.
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
15th Engineer Battalion deploys Soldiers in fight against Ebola
Forty-four Soldiers from the 15th Engineer Battalion deployed today to Monrovia, Liberia, to provide construction support in actions directed against the Ebola Virus Disease.
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
USAG Ansbach takes pride in Army DoD revised sign standard
U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach's Directorate of Public Works installed the first installation sign that falls within the Department of Defense's revised design standards Oct. 8, 2014, at Barton Barracks.
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Increased force-protection posture goes into effect at USAG Ansbach

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Was ist los in Franken? Oct. 16 through 23, 2014
"Was ist los in Franken?" details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout Lower, Upper and Middle Franconia.
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Young Survivor gets his flag
On Oct. 3, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden presented Jaleel Thomas-Tamrat one more piece of his father's legacy: an American flag.
Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Ansbach, Corps of Engineers hold grand opening for new barracks
U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach held a grand opening for the new unaccompanied Soldier barracks at Bismarck Kaserne recently.
Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Soldier Show to stop in Grafenwoehr, Oct. 28-29
"Stand Strong" show is a tribute to Soldiers everywhere
Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 5-11
USAG Bavaria Fire Department reminds residents that working smoke alarms save lives
Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
USAG Ansbach community celebrates countless contributions of Hispanic-Americans
Katterbach Fitness Center transformed into a festive hotspot of dancing, music and cuisine from abroad during the National Hispanic Heritage Month observance Oct. 3.
Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Black Eye Campaign: Did you notice?

Imitation bruises, black eyes and scratches painted the faces of more than 15 male and female volunteers to educate individuals for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, during the second annual Black Eye Campaign here, Oct. 3.

Airmen, civilian employees and spouses roamed the base to see if bystanders would step up and ask them if they were okay.

"This is a one-day social experiment that brings awareness about domestic violence and shows how seldom people are willing to step out or offer assistance," said Keith Baronsky, 31st Medical Operations Squadron Family Advocacy Program outreach manager.
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 03:05:00 EST
Airman takes second chance

"Hey babe, I've got some really hard news you need to hear," she said, choking back tears on the phone. "Remember the cops on Spring Street last night? It was Henry. He's gone. I'm so sorry."

Even four years later, my ex-girlfriend's words still echo throughout my head relentlessly and it brings me back to that night.

Henry Dang was my best friend throughout my tenure at Windsor Locks High School.  We met during my awkward transition into a new school and a new place at the end of my sophomore year.
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 06:29:00 EST
Spangdahlem Air Base honors the "Big Man"

For some, it's a great honor to have a building, street or room named after you. For one Airman, known by as "big man" in the local German community and the base, this honor has become a reality.

The gymnasium inside the Eifel Power Haus was named after George Price, 52nd Force Support Squadron special events coordinator, Oct. 16, 2014.

"If I had to sum George Price up in one word it would be 'icon'," said Jude Sorg, 52nd FSS deputy commander. "I think that there is not a better honor that his community and this base could give to George other than to memorialize this particular gymnasium that will last forever in George's name. There is nobody that has given more time, energy, volunteerism and actually more work to fitness and sports in the Spangdahlem area."
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:44:00 EST
Team Mildenhall and RAF Lakenheath join for fitness challenge

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 05:58:25 EST
Return of the sax: Firefighter plays to home crowd with Tops in Blue

As Tops in Blue played to a crowd of almost 500 Oct. 1, 2014, one sparkly-suited performer shone a little brighter than the rest as he played his heart out on the saxophone on his home turf.

Senior Airman Bobby Lucas, 100th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department firefighter from Toledo, Ohio, is part of this year's Tops in Blue entertainment group and has been travelling the world with them, playing to Airmen and their families at bases scattered far and wide.

Lucas's fellow firefighters were at the concert showing their support for the young fireman they hadn't seen in months.
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 05:56:00 EST
Day, night in the life of firefighter

The 100th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters put their lives on the line for others they may have never met but they're willing to risk everything for.

The firefighters train hard and are well equipped to deal with many emergency situations. They're trained to deal with medical emergencies, aircraft emergencies, hazardous materials incidents and structural emergencies.

One firefighter is Airman 1st Class Jacob Sandoval, 100th CES fire protection journeyman from Pleasanton, Texas.
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 03:06:00 EST
AMXS Airmen launches perfect C-130J

On Oct. 7, Airman 1st Class Christopher Torres, 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief, released a C-130 under black letter conditions; a condition stating that the specific aircraft is operating without any discrepancies, due inspections or maintenance problems.

For the first time since rolling off the delivery line Torres' C-130J took flight with a black letter designation.

"Today we had the opportunity to a launch an aircraft on a black letter initial which is unique and exciting," said Chief Master Sgt. Robert Spychalski, 86th AMXS superintendent. "In my career dating all the way back to 1983 I have never experienced this."
Fri, 10 Oct 2014 08:44:11 EST
USS Cole Conducts Remembrance Ceremony, Honors Fallen of 2000 Attack
BLACK SEA (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) conducted a remembrance ceremony for fallen service members of the October 12, 2000 terrorist attack.
USS Mount Whitney to Enter Black Sea
AEGEAN SEA (NNS) -- The U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) will enter the Black Sea, Oct.11, to promote peace and stability in the region.
USS Cole to Enter Black Sea
USS COLE, At Sea (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) will enter the Black Sea, Oct. 10, to promote peace and stability in the region.
USS Mount Whitney Departs Gaeta to Strengthen Maritime Partnerships
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (NNS) -- The U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) departed its homeport of Gaeta, Italy, Oct. 8 to conduct a routine underway within the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.
USS James E. Williams Sailors Play Soccer Match with Mauritius Police Force
PORT LOUIS, Mauritius (NNS) -- Sailors from Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) participated in a soccer match with the local police force after pulling into Port Louis, Mauritius, for a scheduled port visit, Oct. 1.
USS James E. Williams Arrives in Port Louis, Mauritius
PORT LOUIS, Mauritius (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) arrived in Port Louis, Mauritius, for a port visit Sept. 29.
FAST Company and CTF 68 Conduct Contingency Response Training Exercise
ROTA, Spain (NNS) -- Sailors from Commander, Naval Expeditionary Task Force Europe and Africa (CTF 68) joined with Marines from Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team (FAST) Company Europe and Africa Sept. 18 for a contingency response training exercise.
APS Annual Planning Conference Concludes
NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Maritime professionals from Africa, Europe and the U.S. concluded the Africa Partnership Station (APS) Annual Planning Conference, Sept. 17.
George H.W. Bush and Carl Vinson Strike Groups Turnover Duties
USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH, At Sea (NNS) -- Carl Vinson Strike Group (CV CSG) relieved George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWB CSG) of their duties in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) Oct. 18.
Peleliu Prepares for Decommissioning INSURV
SUBIC BAY, Philippines (NNS) -- The crew of the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5), currently on deployment, is preparing for the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), scheduled to take place Oct. 27-28.
Ebola: AFL, US enablers key in Liberia's fight against virus
A U.S. military contingent led by Marines are assisting the Armed Forces of Liberia to handle humanitarian and security crises.  Since 2009, U.S. Marines, leading a joint force from U.S. Africa Command, have partnered with the AFL and other West African forces as part of Operation Onward Liberty.   "The AFL has steadily grown in both capability and

Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:06:32 GMT
How Marines and West Africans improved relationships through community outreach projects in Senegal
Note: U.S. Marine Capt. Dustin Partridge is the officer-in-charge for the current iteration of the Military Intelligence Basic Officer Course-Africa, a multilateral military training engagement in Senegal. He shares his experiences building positive relationships with the host-nation community in this first-person perspective.    Marines always

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:58:00 GMT
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
BSRF-14 Marines fight to complete non-lethal weapons training
MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU, Romania - Marines and Sailors of Black Sea Rotational Force 14 completed a non-lethal weapons training course Sept. 3-9 on Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania.  The course began with level one exposure to Oleoresin Capsicum spray and a short martial arts course directly after. The service members lined up to receive

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:00:00 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
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