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. 24 through 31, 2014
"Was ist los in Franken?" details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout Lower, Upper and Middle Franconia.
Fri, 24 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
Delegates prioritize Army Family Action Plan issues
WIESBADEN, Germany - Change may be on the way for the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden community now that delegates of the Army Family Action Plan conference have reported this year's prioritized issues to garrison leaders. More than 30 issues were sorted, analyzed and prioritized during the fiscal year 2015 conference held Oct. 15-16 at the Wiesbaden Entertainment Center.
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Life Skills University aimed at helping professionals learn skills early in their careers
WIESBADEN, Germany - A new 66th Military Intelligence Brigade initiative is aimed at helping people learn various life skills earlier in their careers, rather than later by trial and error, according to Col. Dave Pendall, 66th MI Brigade commander. "It's really about family life and family life skills," said Pendall. "We all have different challenges … and there are different stressors over here in Germany."
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
U.S. military, city officials meet to reduce noise pollution
WIESBADEN, Germany - U.S. military and local Wiesbaden-area officials met Oct. 8 to discuss ways to further reduce noise pollution during the second Noise Abatement Commission meeting of 2014. "Noise complaints in 2014 are down significantly from 2013," said Col. Mary Martin, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden commander, while opening the session which included participation by military and civilian aviation staff, Wiesbaden Mayor Arno Gossmann and other surrounding community leaders, and a representative from the BILGUS citizen's initiative group.
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Hispanic heritage: Observance celebrates legacy of action, future successes
WIESBADEN, Germany - Despite speaking English with a heavy accent, Sgt. Maj. Carlos Capacetti said he is no less an American than the 102 pilgrims who migrated to America in 1620. This exceptional diversity and legacy is what he, along with other Americans of Hispanic descent and members of the Wiesbaden community, celebrated Oct. 15 in observance of Hispanic Heritage Month at the Tony Bass Multi-Purpose Center on Clay Kaserne.
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
 
Then and now: Olympic cyclist to marathon runner

"Thousands of people stood in the stands, cameras flashed from every angle and people were screaming at the top of their lungs because it was the Olympics," he said. "I get goose bumps every time I think about standing in that line, anxious, but also nervous, waiting to compete.

"Then all I heard was: 'Representing Canada, Gianni Vignaduzzi,'" he said with a smile.

Gianni Vignaduzzi, 31st Security Forces Squadron operations liaison, was a cyclist in the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games, in which he represented his home country, Canada.
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Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:14:47 EST
RAF Mildenhall Airman makes a name for himself on X Factor UK

Young U.S. Air Force Airmen are stationed all over the world and when at their home station are usually given the freedom to be reclusive "dorm dwellers" or indulgent in the local community. One young Airman decided just eating local cuisine or making local friends wasn't enough - he wanted to be famous.

Airman 1st Class Charlie Martinez, 100th Force Support Squadron force management apprentice, tried out for and made it on the British television singing competition, X Factor United Kingdom.
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Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:29:37 EST
NATO displays cohesion through exercise Noble Justification


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Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:01:54 EST
Constructional 'A-Team'

When the construction needs of Aviano become greater than one shop can handle, teamwork is required to complete the job.

The 31st Civil Engineer Squadron Operations Flight consists of numerous shops; although these shops normally stand alone, during larger projects, all their expertise are needed.

"When we have an opportunity to pull all the shops together it gives us a chance to learn each other's trades, help each other out and to be more efficient during our jobs," said Tech. Sgt. Brandyn Walter, 31st CES structural craftsman.
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Thu, 23 Oct 2014 04:16:00 EST
Face of Defense: Airmen support Ebola operations

As service members travel to Africa in support of Operation United Assistance, Ramstein continues to establish itself as a power projection platform for Europe and Africa.

Medical professionals from the 86th Medical Group, along with leadership throughout Team Ramstein, recently implemented plans to ensure safety precautions are taken to protect the aircrews, passengers and the 54,000 members of the Kaiserslautern Military Community. 

Exposure assessments
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Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:19:00 EST
Team Mildenhall Airman shares story of loss to raise awareness of childhood cancer

Ty Nordstrom was just 4 years old when he caught a large catfish by himself.

"It weighed around 7 pounds! He was very proud of himself - it was a long, hard-fought battle between the two of them," reminisced his dad, Master Sgt. Lyle Nordstrom, 352nd Special Operations Group Inspector General superintendent from Iron River, Mich.

But that wasn't the only battle Ty faced at such a young age. He soon had to deal with something much scarier - cancer.

He hadn't yet reached his fifth birthday when he was diagnosed. Ty died Nov. 13, 2009 - a month before his seventh birthday. He'd been suffering from non-rhabdomyosarcoma.
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Wed, 22 Oct 2014 04:18:00 EST
U.S. Embassy deputy chief of mission visits Aviano


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Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:39:41 EST
 
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.
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.
George H.W. Bush arrives in Duqm, Oman
DUQM, Oman (NNS) -- USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) arrived in Duqm, Oman for a scheduled port visit, Oct. 21.
NAVSTA Newport Energy Conservation Team Holds Awareness Exhibit at Naval War College
NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) -- Naval Station (NAVSTA) Newport's Public Works energy conservation team partnered with National Grid to hold an Energy Awareness Day display in the Spruance Hall lobby at the Naval War College, Oct. 22.
NMCP's 'Night Vision' Initiative Increases Patient Care Capabilities, Reduces Costs
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- As most people in Hampton Roads are sitting down to dinner, a Naval Medical Center Portsmouth radiologist starts her night shift, reading radiological scans from some of the day's patients.
 
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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