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.
'Dustoff' closer to medical evacuation mission in Grafenwoehr
Company C, 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment made the move to Grafenwoehr this past summer to be closer to its medical evacuation mission at Hohenfels, and thereby reduce temporary duty costs, time away from home for personnel, and wear and tear on equipment, according to U.S. Army Europe.
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
GTA provides better training, say Dutch snipers
Snipers with the Royal Dutch Marines conducted marksmanship training as part of the sniper instruction school on Grafenwoehr Training Area, Sept. 24.
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Michigan's 46th MP Company takes part in State Partnership Exercise with Latvian Zemmessardze
The Michigan Army National Guard's 46th Military Police Company recently took part in Winds of Change, a joint State Partnership Exercise with Latvian Zemessardze (National Guard) units in Riga.
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Several Army in Europe units among winners in Army Combined Logistics Excellence Awards
WIESBADEN, Germany -- Several Army in Europe organizations were among 36 logistics units honored as winners in the 10th Annual Chief of Staff of the Army's Combined Logistics Excellence Awards program.
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Zombies invade Hohenfels
Drama students help promote National Preparedness Month
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
82nd Airborne Division commemorates 70th anniversary of Operation Market Garden in the Netherlands
Military units from across the world came together to help commemorate the 70th anniversary of Operation Market Garden. Events included memorial ceremonies and airborne operations featuring Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division, 173rd Airborne Brigade, 21st Theater Support Command, the British 16 Air Assault Brigade, Germany, Poland, Canada, Italy, France and the Royal Netherlands Army's 11th Airmobile Brigade.
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
FAO Program celebrates 50 years, still relevant
21 U.S. Army Foreign Area Officers finish the three-week Eurasian Security Studies Seminar at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Suicide prevention embraces overall wellness
FMWR employees connect during dynamic Suicide Stand Down Day
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Schweinfurt's Army garrison closes chapter of nearly 70 years of German-American history
Nearly seven decades of U.S. Army presence in the Lower Franconia town of Schweinfurt concluded during a garrison closure ceremony Sept. 19, 2014.
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Hundreds help raise awareness for suicide prevention at 3k walk/run
More than 600 Soldiers, Family members and civilians turned out Sept. 24 at Urlas Housing to show their support during the Suicide Prevention Awareness Month 3-kilometer Walk/Run.
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
‘RUfit?’ jumpstarts resiliency, overall fitness

'RUfit?' officially rolls out Oct. 1 across bases in U.S. Air Forces in Europe to focus Airmen on a culture of balanced, holistic health.

Being mentally, physically, socially and spiritually fit can help Airmen, civilians and their families cope with the strain of daily life and recover when challenges are overwhelming. The program, Comprehensive Airmen Fitness was created to do just that.

"Our Air Force has made a significant investment in programs focused on our people," said Gen. Frank Gorenc, USAFE-AFAFRICA commander. "Airmen need to know what services are available to them and where to go to find those resources."
Wed, 1 Oct 2014 03:42:18 EST
Liberty Airmen present flags at Wembley Stadium

Underneath the lights at Wembley Stadium in London, approximately 100 48th Fighter Wing Airmen proudly held the flags of both the United States and the United Kingdom on Sept. 28 to kickoff the first of three international series football games this season.

The first 2014 NFL game at Wembley Stadium featured the Miami Dolphins against the Oakland Raiders. The Airmen, who work in various 48th FW units, took to the field, presenting large U.S. and U.K. flags. This not only showed the NFL's presence in London, but also the continued cooperation between U.S. visiting forces and their U.K. hosts.
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:26:53 EST
100th LRS Airman 'pools' resources, ideas to save environment

The 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels flight has a very dangerous job involving a flammable substance -- fuel. They ensure it's safely transported to aircraft and certain government-owned vehicles.

Second Lt. Evan Tilton from Shawnee, Oklahoma, is the 100th LRS Fuels Flight commander and his flight are responsible for a vital task -- getting fuel to the aircraft, without which, they couldn't fly their missions.

"We're responsible for approximately 4 million gallons of Jet Propellant 8 that we supply to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, 352nd Special Operations Group, the 95th Reconnaissance Squadron and any transient aircraft," Tilton explained.
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 04:08:26 EST
Storm blows through Incirlik

Two severe weather storm cells collided over Adana, Turkey Sept. 27 and forced a wall of wind across the base here, leaving tons of debris in its wake.

The storm brought heavy rain and gale-force winds which up-rooted trees from the ground, aluminum siding from structures and left debris covering portions of the base. The peak wind was estimated to be 72 mph at approximately 4:30 p.m.

"The 39th Civil Engineer Squadron responded to the clean-up project immediately after the storm had hit," said Capt. Thomas Sena, 39th CES quality assurance flight commander.
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:48:49 EST
Innovation by air traffic control tower team saves money

Coming together is something the Air Force takes pride in. Especially, when coming together promotes innovation and saves money. The Lajes Field air traffic control tower did just that when a new radar was installed in December of 2013. With that new radar, the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System or STARS would be coming too. And for that update, things would need to be changed.

"We looked at how much it will be to purchase, install and get this room set up appropriately," said Tech. Sgt. Ryan Headrick, 65th Operations Support Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of airfield automation.
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 06:47:00 EST
100th LRS commander's secretary gives insight into role

"It's always stressful to start a new job," said Monika Skor, 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron commander's secretary from Kysucke Nove Mesto, Slovakia.

For Skor, this is her first job working on a military installation, and English is not her native tongue.

"This is my second language, and the military vocabulary seems to be unlike any other," she laughed. "They use many acronyms. Plus, American-English is a bit different to British-English, especially the accent. The language is for me the most challenging aspect of the job."
Fri, 26 Sep 2014 06:35:04 EST
A 'Day in the Life' at the largest U.S. Air Base in Europe

With 680,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian Airmen on duty around the globe today delivering speed, range, flexibility, precision and payloads, effectively showing others what that looks like can be a challenge.

To deliver on this challenge, the 86th Airlift Wing at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, spent months of pre-planning, coordination and post-production efforts to create a multimedia project titled, "Day in the Life of the 86th Airlift Wing" showing how the wing supports multiple Air Force, joint and international missions daily.
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:26:00 EST
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.
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.
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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