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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Immediate Response 14 kicks off with team building exercises
Paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade and their allies from various European nations conducted a physical-fitness competition in Postojna, Slovenia, in order to promote camaraderie with the start of combined exercise Immediate Response 14 on Aug. 19, 2014.
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Was ist los in Franken? Aug. 22 through Sept. 5, 2014
"Was ist los in Franken?" details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout Lower, Upper and Middle Franconia.
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
USAREUR CSM visits 405th AFSB Army Oil Analysis Program lab

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Future Army officers shadow engineers at Stuttgart
WIESBADEN, Germany - A pair of ROTC cadets are learning about the rigors and rewards of Army engineer life in a six-week stint with Europe District this summer. Rising seniors Jessica Baldridge and Bradley Barber came to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in mid-July through its annual Engineer Internship Program.
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
173rd Airborne paratroopers never tire of jumping from planes
Despite all the planning, double checking and potential hazards associated with airborne operations, jumping out of a C-130 aircraft never loses its charm for paratroopers with 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade.
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and multi nationals kick off Immediate Response 14
More than 450 participants including U.S. Soldiers, Airmen, and Sailors took part in the opening ceremony for Immediate Response 14 in Slovenia on August 17, 2014.
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Bondsteel Soldiers train for Expert Field Medical Badge
CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo -- Practice makes perfect, and for six Multinational Battle Group-East Soldiers, they will need all the practice they can get for one of the most rigorous tests military medical professionals can endure. MNBG-E Soldiers participated in a full-scale training event for the U.S. Army's Expert Field Medical Badge at Camp Bondsteel, Aug. 9-10, before heading to Grafenwoehr, Germany, to experience the real event.
Sat, 16 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
MNBG-East Soldiers strive to earn foreign badge
CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo -- Approximately 90 Multinational Battle Group-East Soldiers participated in the German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency testing event in Kosovo, Aug. 2-6.
Sat, 16 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Mackey takes command at JMRC
Col. Thomas H. Mackey replaces Norris as JMRC commander.
Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
405th AFSB welcomes new leadership team in Germany

Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
 
3rd AF Commander visits Airmen in Bulgaria

Airmen from the 48th Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, received a visit from the 3rd Air Force Commander, Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, while on temporary duty at Graf Ignatievo Air Base near Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Aug. 20.

As part of the visit, Roberson received briefings from the Bulgarian Brig. Gen. Ivan Lalov, Graf Ignatievo Air Base commander, and both U.S. and Bulgarian mission commanders explaining some of the difficulties they have faced and how they have been overcome in order to conduct successful training.
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Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:23:15 EST
Soaring with the Eagles: from ground to air after 19 years of service

The chance to ride in an F-15C Eagle on an incentive flight is a rare occurrence for enlisted Airmen. In fact, it took one Airman nearly 20 years before getting his chance to soar with the Eagles.

Tech. Sgt. Timothy Graham, 493rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit avionics craftsman, has been in the Air Force for 19 years working on aircraft. Coming up on his retirement and last temporary duty to Plovdiv, Bulgaria, where Airmen are conducting bilateral training, Graham was finally able to take that flight.
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Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:10:43 EST
USHASC staff members visit Poland


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Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:02:54 EST
Saving lives one pilot at a time

Pilots have an important job in the Air Force, they fly aircraft to deliver goods, fight off unwanted adversaries and provide assistance where needed essentially keeping people safe. But, who keeps the pilots protected while they fly those missions?
That vital responsibility falls on the shoulders of aircrew flight equipment Airmen who take pride in what they do on a daily basis.

"We provide pilots with life-saving equipment which allows them to fly," said Senior Airman Jeffrey Berry, 493rd Fighter Squadron AFE technician. "We fit each pilot with their own set of G-suits, harness, vest, helmet and much more."
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Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:23:10 EST
USAFE Airmen begin training with Bulgarian counterparts

More than 180 Airmen from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, and 12 F-15C Eagles flew to Graf Ignatievo Air Base, near Plovdiv, Bulgaria, to participate in a bilateral training event, Thracian Eagle 2014, Aug. 18-Sep. 1.

Pilots from the 493rd Fighter Squadron, maintainers and a mixture of other professions, including Airmen from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, are in Bulgaria to improve joint readiness and reassure regional allies and partners.

"We are here to demonstrate our commitment and resolve to our NATO partners," said Lt. Col. John Stratton, 493rd FS commander. "Conducting these bilateral training events helps us strengthen our relationships and improve capabilities."
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Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:29:00 EST
Service members receive RAND military workplace survey

About 580,000 service members have begun receiving emails or letters inviting them to participate in the first RAND Military Workplace Study, Defense Department officials said.

Active and reserve component members in all military branches and the Coast Guard are being invited to participate.

"The survey is unprecedented in its scale and will influence policies that affect everyone in the services," defense officials said.

The survey is voluntary and confidential. No one at DOD will ever see how an individual service member responds, officials stressed.
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Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:21:47 EST
Mildenhall Airmen inspect KC-135


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Tue, 19 Aug 2014 04:08:00 EST
 
USS Vella Gulf Completes Port Visit to Batumi, Georgia
BATUMI, Georgia (NNS) -- The Ticonderoga class guided missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) completed a two day port visit to Batumi, Georgia, Aug. 20.
USS Vella Gulf Arrives in Batumi, Georgia
BATUMI, Georgia (NNS) -- The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) arrived in Batumi, Georgia, for a scheduled port visit, Aug. 18.
USS Mount Whitney Departs Theoule-Sur-Mer After Operation Dragoon Commemoration Events
THEOULE-SUR-MER, France (NNS) -- The U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) departed Theoule-Sur-Mer, France, after concluding a four-day port visit, Aug. 17.
US Navy Joins with French Ally to Commemorate Liberation of Southern France
DRAGUIGNAN, France (NNS) -- Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, Adm. Mark Ferguson, participated in a remembrance ceremony at the Rhone American Cemetery, Aug. 16.
Mount Whitney Arrives in Southern France to Commemorate World War II Liberation
THEOULE-SUR-MER, France (NNS) -- The U.S. 6th Fleet flagship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) arrived in Theoule-sur-Mer, France, to participate in commemorative events paying tribute to the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion that led to the liberation of Southern France during World War II, Aug. 13.
Vella Gulf Arrives in Romania
CONSTANTA, Romania (NNS) -- The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) arrived in Constanta, Romania, for a scheduled port visit, Aug 11.
Vella Gulf Conducts Exercise with Turkish Navy
BLACK SEA (NNS) -- The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) conducted a division tactics exercise with the Turkish navy fast attack craft TCG Tuzla (P 1200) in the Black Sea, Aug. 8.
USS Vella Gulf Enters Black Sea
BLACK SEA (NNS) -- The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) enters the Black Sea, Aug. 6, to promote peace and stability in the region.
USS Ross Departs Souda Bay
SOUDA BAY, Greece (NNS) -- Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) departed Souda Bay, Greece, following a scheduled port visit, July 29.
NAVEUR-NAVAF Commander Shares His Vision and Guidance during All Hands Call
NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Adm. Mark Ferguson, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa (NAVEUR-NAVAF), held an all-hands call with Sailors at Naval Support Activity, Naples, Capodichino's base theater, July 29.
 
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
SP-MAGTF Africa 14 participates in National Night Out
Marines and sailors with the second iteration of Special Purpose Marine Air Groud Task Force Africa 14 participated in the 34th annual National Night Out event at Marinai Base Housing, Aug. 5, 2014.  “National Night Out was designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate participation in local anti-crime programs, strengthen


Thu, 07 Aug 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Transfer of Authority of SP-MAGTF Crisis Response from 8th Marines to 26th MEU
Marines and Sailors with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response (SP-MAGTF Crisis Response) held a Transfer of Authority ceremony Aug. 4, 2014, aboard Morón Air Base, Spain, where 8th Marine Regiment formally passed command of SP-MAGTF Crisis Response to 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The ceremony was attended by senior U.S.


Mon, 04 Aug 2014 04:00:00 GMT
U.S. Marines enhance Non-Lethal Systems to Support Future Overseas Peacekeeping Events
The Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina worked in conjunction with Marines from the Black Sea Rotational Force at a non-lethal systems familiarization exercise in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina to support future overseas peacekeeping events, July 22.  The exercise consisted of baton and riot control techniques, live fire of less-lethal crowd


Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:21:00 GMT
SP-MAGTF Africa helps out local community
Approximately 20 Marines and Sailors with the second iteration of SP-MAGTF Africa 14 partnered with Sailors aboard Naval Air Station Sigonella, Catania locals, and local dignitaries. The service members cleaned and rearranged items inside the Ursino Castle, which is located in the heart of downtown Catania, Italy, July 24. The Ursino Castle was


Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Marines secure departure of Tripoli Embassy personnel
On Saturday, July 26, 2014, the Marines and Sailors of Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response (SP-MAGTF CR) provided support to a military assisted departure of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya. A combination of ground and aviation forces were used by the Marines to assist in the departure of the U.S. civilian personnel


Sat, 26 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT
First Platinum Wolf exercise comes to a close
After approximately two weeks of multinational, integrated military training, exercise Platinum Wolf 14 officially concluded July 11, 2014. The exercise instilled a meaningful experience in the participating service members allowing them to train together with multiple partners and allies in the region. This is the first iteration of the Platinum


Wed, 16 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Marines, sailors partner with task force in Gabon
Marines and sailors from Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14 completed a partnership exercise in Gabon, June 28. The team of 15 Marines and sailors trained with their Gabonese counterparts from the Agence Nationale des Parcs Nationaux and the Gabonese military and Gendarmerie to demonstrate tactics that could then be applied to


Wed, 09 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Eleven countries participate in logistics conference
The United States and European nations alike face declining defense budgets and evolving strategic challenges. They will now more than ever need to rely on each other for assistance. Recently, eleven nations participated in a logistics conference hosted in Ljubljana, Slovenia to discuss and learn about the roles and methods of each country's


Tue, 08 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT
A Hero of Two Worlds Honored
Two hundred and thirty-eight years after America declared it'sindependence, the legacy for one of the country's earliest and greatestallies continues to be honored and celebrated.  French and American service members, dignitaries and societiesparticipated in an annual commemorative ceremony at the tomb of MajorGeneral Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de


Sun, 06 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT
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