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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Was ist los in Franken? Oct. 31 through Nov. 7, 2014
"Was ist los in Franken?" details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout Lower, Upper and Middle Franconia.
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
U.S. Army Europe honors retirees at weekend appreciation day
U.S. Army Europe dedicated a special day in Wiesbaden, Germany, Oct. 25, to thank retirees spanning many generations for their dedication and sacrifice to their country and their respective military branches.
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
How parents can help keep their children from drugs
Parents often struggle with determining the appropriate age to discuss alcohol and drugs with their children. Here's why it's important to hold an open, honest conversation on the matter.
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Kosovo Force 19 begins their mission
Paratroopers of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, from Fort Richardson, Alaska, took command of Multinational Battle Group-East from the 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, from Fort Hood, Texas, during a ceremony Oct. 25, 2014, at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo.
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Groundbreaking ceremony marks beginning of construction of new medical center
U.S. Army Europe Commander Lt. Gen. Donald Campbell Jr. and German dignitaries broke ground Oct. 24, 2014, to signify the start of construction of the Rhine Ordnance Barracks Medical Center Replacement in Germany, which is scheduled to replace the U.S. Army's Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and the Ramstein Air Base Clinic.
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
U.S. Army Europe, NATO Allied Land Command co-host Combined Training Conference
U.S. Army Europe and NATO Allied Land Command co-hosted the Combined Training Conference, a semi-annual event held at NATO School Oberammergau, Germany, to plan combined training and exercises, Oct. 21, 2014.
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Translating Army experience into employment
Army's Soldier for Life program is a key factor for transitioning Soldiers, families
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Domestic Violence Awareness Month observed in Ansbach
USAG Ansbach observes Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Don't be an online target
Cybersecurity training gives social media users the tools to stay safe online
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Reassurance, interoperability key for U.S. Army Europe
The deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Europe said the command is well-situated to answer threats to security in the region and to further interoperability among NATO allies and partner nations, speaking at a Defense Writers Group breakfast, Oct. 16, 2014, in Washington, D.C.
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
 
100th SFS augmentee program back in full force

Personnel from across the base scramble to secure buildings and put up barriers, as a handful of Airmen rush to the 100th Security Forces Squadron Base Defense Operation Center and exchange their traditional duties for one that requires them to wear full battle rattle and carry an M16 assault rifle.

For a few Airmen, this scenario became a reality through the security forces augmentee program. The recently revamped program helps the security forces low manning by allowing Airmen from the 100th Mission Support Group to volunteer or be selected for this special duty.
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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:35:36 EST
Lasting impressions of an Air Force honor guardsman

An overwhelming urge to serve and a determination to recognize the sacrifices made by Airmen in the past enabled one Aviano Airman to represent the Air Force on a national level.

Walking tall throughout the base, it's apparent that Master Sgt. Andre Moore stands out from the rest of the Airmen. His uniform is sharp and he carries himself with pride. He has the mark of an Air Force honor guardsman.

Not unlike a tattoo, the Air Force Honor Guard is impressed upon Moore for the rest of his life, but instead of the ink staining the skin, his demeanor is saturated with professionalism.
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Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:20:16 EST
Humbly recognized with combat valor

A hangar filled with Airmen focused their attention toward a stage where the 48th Fighter Wing commander stood alongside a single Airman.

Ruiz, 56th Rescue Squadron Pararescueman, was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Heroism for his courageous acts while engaged in action against an enemy of the U.S. in Sept. 2013.

Ruiz was assigned to the 22nd Expeditionary Special Tactics Squadron, Combined Joint Special Operations Air Component Afghanistan and attached to Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha 7422.
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Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:38:19 EST
Ramstein Airman Dies

An Airman assigned to the 86th Airlift Wing died in Schwedelbach, Kaiserslautern County, at approximately 2:15 p.m. October 26, has been identified as Staff Sgt. Nathan L. Tinsley. The 27-year-old Airman from Eureka, Calif, was assigned to the 86th Maintenance Squadron.

"The 86th Airlift Wing lost a valuable member of its Air Force family. Staff Sgt. Tinsley was a respected member of Team Ramstein and will be missed by his unit and all who had the opportunity to serve with him," said Brig. Gen. Patrick X. Mordente, 86th Airlift Wing commander. "Our thoughts and prayers during this time of loss continue to be with his family, friends and coworkers."
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Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:34:18 EST
New programs encourage strength training

The Eifel Powerhaus fitness center recently inaugurated a new fitness campaign aimed at promoting weight training among base Airmen.

The campaign consists of two separate programs which began Oct. 1 and will continue for one year, ending at the end of September 2015.

The first program, known as the Wall of Fitness, features a weight-lifting competition broken down into different classes. For each weight class, competitors must complete three lifts: bench press, deadlift and squat. The participant with the highest total weight after all three lifts will claim the spot for their weight class on the Wall of Fitness. According to U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Crystal Morris, 52nd Force Support Squadron fitness center director and native of Frederick, Oklahoma, the wall will display the champion's name, photograph and amount lifted until a new challenger comes along and beats the champion's score.
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Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:02:29 EST
2014 holiday-season mailing dates set

The 2014 holiday season mailing dates for postal customers assigned to the European theater have been set.

The dates are:
Space Available Mail (SAM) - 26 Nov 14
Parcel Airlift (PAL) - 3 Dec 14
First Class/Priority Mail - 10 Dec 14
Priority Mail Express - 17 Dec 14

These dates are for mail originating in Europe and destined to locations in the United States.  Mail originating in the U.S. and sent to European APO/FPO/DPO addresses use similar mailing dates.
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Tue, 28 Oct 2014 06:22:25 EST
Be Aware -- Connect with Care

The Internet is part of our everyday life. We use the Internet at work, home, for enjoyment and to connect with those close to us. From smart phones to car navigation systems, to sending daily messages via the World Wide Web and texting, the use of technology in our daily routines is difficult to avoid. Our civilization has become technology dependent. To imagine our lives without this current technology would simply bring our daily routines to a grinding halt.

Since its inception a decade ago under leadership from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance, National Cyber Security Awareness Month has grown exponentially, reaching small and medium-size businesses, corporations, educational institutions and young people across the nation.
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Mon, 27 Oct 2014 08:16:32 EST
 
Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa Visits Souda Bay
SOUDA BAY, Greece (NNS) -- Adm. Mark Ferguson, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, visited U.S. Naval Support Activity (NSA) Souda Bay, Oct. 23.
USS Donald Cook Holds Change of Command
ROTA, Spain (NNS) -- The crew of Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) held a change of command ceremony at Naval Station Rota, Spain, Oct. 17.
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.
Performance Troupe InterACT Visits NAS Oceana
VIRGNIIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines at Naval Air Station Oceana filled the base theater Oct. 29 for Sexual Assault Prevention and Response training given by the InterACT performance troupe.
Future USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26) Launched
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (NNS) -- The future USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26) launched from the Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Shipyard, Oct. 30.
Future USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) Keel Authenticated
BATH, Maine (NNS) -- The keel of the future USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) was ceremoniously laid at the Bath Iron Works shipyard Oct. 30.
 
U.S. Marines partner with East African forces
U.S. Marines arrived in East Africa, October 14, to train Ugandan and Burundian forces, preparing them for future deployments.  The forces will practice basic infantry tactics, engineering, logistical support, countering improvised explosive devices, lifesaving techniques, and convoy operations throughout October and December. The U.S. force is

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT
U.S., Bulgaria resilient as regional threat looms
U.S. and Bulgarian military exercises demonstrate a combined commitment to preserving European security amidst recent Russian aggression.  As current regional tensions in Eastern Europe intensify, NATO partnerships are vital to deescalating and deterring threats.  During a recent training exercise, the U.S. and Bulgarian forces refined offensive


Fri, 17 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Riverine tactics deter illicit activity on Cameroon waterways
Countries in Africa with access to coastal and inland waterways like Cameroon have placed great emphasis on riverine operations and patrolling to help ensure the safety and security of their border.  Marines, Sailors and Coast Guardsmen from Security Cooperation Team 5 Bravo, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Africa,


Thu, 16 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT
US Marines provide support to Ebola Response in West Africa
U.S. Marines and sailors assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Africa (SPMAGTF-CR-AF) arrived in Monrovia, Liberia, and are ready to provide support to Operation United Assistance, Oct. 9, 2014.  On Oct. 8, 2014, an alert response force from SPMAGTF-CR-AF consisting of four MV-22 Ospreys, two KC-130J Super

Thu, 09 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Finding the ties that bind: Breaking the cycle in West Africa
As any Marine will attest to, the back-bone of the Marine Corps is our strong NCO leadership. The Marine Corps has a proud history of encouraging decentralized leadership and empowering our NCOs to accomplish a given task. This requires a high level of trust plus communication between officers and NCOs and willingness for officers to allow success

Wed, 08 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Final GDP-ISAF Rotation Redeploys Following Successful Partnership with Georgian Armed Forces
Marines and Sailors from Georgia Training Team, Marine Forces Europe and Africa, are nearing the end of their six month deployment supporting the Georgia Deployment Program- International Security Assistance Force. They are the final GTT to train a Battalion from the Georgian Armed Forces to support the ISAF mission in Afghanistan.   Combat

Tue, 07 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT
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
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