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.
Static display commemorating Battle of the Bulge unveiled in Wiesbaden
U.S. Army Europe commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge with the unveiling of a static display at the Shalikashvili Mission Command Center on Clay Kaserne in Wiesbaden, Germany, Dec. 16.
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST
173rd Airborne conducts airfield seizure exercise in Rivolto
The 173rd Airborne Brigade's 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, conducted a battalion-sized airfield seizure exercise at an airbase in northern Italy, the evening of Dec. 10, 2014, to further their readiness as the Army's Contingency Response Force in Europe.
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST
U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center visits 2nd Cavalry Regiment in Vilseck
The U.S. Army's Combat Readiness Center conducted an assistance visit to the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, headquartered in Vilseck, Germany, Dec. 8-12, 2014.
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST
USAREUR leaders visit, pay tribute to Battle of the Bulge commemoration sites
Fighting in some of the harshest conditions of World War II, the men who fought in the Battle of the Bulge across the rolling hills of the Ardennes region gathered to commemorate that event 70 years later, during a celebration Dec. 13-14, 2014, in a driving snow reminiscent of the weather in Bastogne, Belgium, in 1944.
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST
Was ist los in Franken? Dec. 12 through Jan. 6, 2014
"Was ist los in Franken?" details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout Lower, Upper and Middle Franconia.
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST
USAG Ansbach parents give high marks to CYS Services child care
The Storck Child Development and School Age Center opened more than a year ago, but the commitment of their caregivers in providing high-quality child care and education has not diminished.
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST
Danish military preps for Saber Strike 2015 with PA National Guard's 28th Infantry Division
FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa.- Members of the Danish military visited here Dec. 11, 2014, as part of a planning visit being conducted with the 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, in preparation for exercise Saber Strike 2015.
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST
Commander's message: Winter holidays bring out cheer, require responsibility
Col. Christopher M. Benson, U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach commander, wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday season.
Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST
173rd Airborne joins Danish, British forces in Exercise White Sword
U.S. Army paratroopers from 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, joined the Danish Army's 2nd Brigade, and the Queens Company of the British Army's Grenadier Guards, for the start of Exercise White Sword, in Oksboel, Denmark, Dec. 5, 2014.
Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST
Disaster simulation exercise improves U.S., Romanian teamwork
Blaring sirens and flashing lights cut through the dense fog of Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base as first responders arrived on the scene of an electrical grid explosion and meltdown.
Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST
PJ’s extraordinary heroism earns Air Force Cross

Recognizing extraordinary heroism shown in combat, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James presented the Air Force Cross to an Air Commando during a ceremony here, Dec. 17.

Master Sgt. Ivan Ruiz, a pararescueman deployed with the 22nd Expeditionary Special Tactics Squadron, was awarded the U.S. military's second highest decoration, only to the Medal of Honor, for an Airman. He earned the medal for protecting and saving the lives of two wounded teammates while under heavy enemy fire at close range during combat operations in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 10, 2013.
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:39:09 EST
Thousands honor returning WWII veterans at Bastogne

More than 40,000 American and European citizens honored the service and legacy of more than 40 surviving World War II veterans as part of a 70th anniversary celebration of the Battle of the Bulge at Bastogne, Belgium, Dec. 13, 2014.

The veterans, who served in the six-week long and costliest campaign in U.S. Army history, received special recognition from Belgian and American distinguished visitors including King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium; Charles Michel, Belgian prime minister; U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe commander; and Thomas Nides, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources and head of the U.S. presidential delegation.
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 02:26:14 EST
Firefighters host course with Lithuanians

Firefighters from the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing's Contingency Response Group provided a familiarization course to 12 Lithuanian Airmen Dec. 4, 2014, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

The course started off with a class room discussion on U.S. search and rescue procedures and techniques and ended with a demonstration from the Lithuanian firefighters, showcasing what they had learned.

"Attending these courses is great because it provides us an opportunity to improve on our own techniques," said Capt. Mykolas Liugas, Lithuanian air force pilot. "After learning what we can here, we will take that knowledge back to our country and compare it to what we do so we can increase our response capabilities."
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 07:47:00 EST
Kidnapping victim shares story during Storytellers

An Italian priest who was kidnapped on a mission trip to the Philippines shared his story of adversity and resilience with Team Aviano members during the 3rd annual Storytellers event, Dec. 12, here.

The event that gives individuals a chance to share life-changing events they've been through, allowed Father Giuseppe Pierantoni to speak about an unforgettable experience.

Pierantoni had a dream for his life that may sound unusual - he wanted to live with the poor and live how they live. In 1991, his church granted his wish and sent him to the Philippines, to take part in outreach programs where he spent his next ten years caring for the less fortunate.
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 07:38:50 EST
Gen. Gorenc visits Airmen in Europe, Africa

Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:38:00 EST
Heavy lifting ties U.S., U.K. together

If you've noticed an unusual type of aircraft out on the flightline of Royal Air Force Lakenheath -- particularly an RAF cargo aircraft -- it's because Liberty Wing Airmen are working with British counterparts to ensure a safe arrival of Airmen and cargo to forward locations.

The Movement Coordination Centre Europe program helps strengthen air lift capabilities between the U.S. Air Force and Royal Air Force.

"Participating in the MCCE program gives us the opportunity to work with our allied nations and strengthen those bonds," said Staff Sgt. Bryan Fisk, 48th Logistics Readiness Squadron NCO in charge of air freight. "It also allows us mission flexibility."
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:19:29 EST
Aviano defender returns, performs with TIB

Returning to Aviano after nine months, a 31st Security Forces Squadron journeyman set off to perform as a member of the elite Air Force entertainment group, Tops in Blue.

Senior Airman Jeffrey Ellis and his 35 coworkers brought entertainment in the form of singing and dancing to more than 500 Team Aviano members, Dec. 9.

After Ellis was selected to join TIB, he began his journey with a vigorous two month training program at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The tailored training prepared him to be physical fit for intense choreography and constant traveling.
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 07:32:05 EST
Commander, US 6th Fleet Conducts All-Hands Calls
NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Vice Adm. James Foggo, III, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet conducted all-hands calls aboard Naval Support Activity Naples Capodichino in Naples, Italy, Dec. 16.
USNS Leroy Grumman Completes Deployment in Mediterranean
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (NNS) -- MEDITERRANEAN SEA - The U.S. Navy's duty oiler in the Mediterranean Sea, fleet replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO 195), is currently finishing a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea supplying the U.S. Navy and its allies with fuel and supplies at sea, Dec. 11, 2014.
USS Donald Cook Arrives in Israel for Port Visit
HAIFA, Israel (NNS) -- Sailors aboard USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) arrived in Haifa, Israel for a routine port visit, Dec. 7.
USS James E. Willams Departs Port Victoria, Seychelles
PORT VICTORIA, Seychelles (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) returned to sea after a six-day port visit in Port Victoria, Seychelles, Nov. 21.
Sailor Serves as an Anchor for a Wounded Warrior
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- For nearly a year, Culinary Specialist 1st Class Jamie Wyckoff has provided crucial support as a sponsor of a wounded warrior who is medically separating from the Navy and navigating a transition to civilian life.
Shoup Crew Celebrates Reopening of Galley
EVERETT, Wash. (NNS) -- The officers and crew of guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) celebrated the reopening of the ship's galley Dec. 16 following 20 weeks of repair, maintenance and upgrades as part of the ship's Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) period.
Wharf Extension on Guam Improves Support for Navy Mission
SANTA RITA, Guam (NNS) -- The Tango Wharf extension ribbon-cutting ceremony on U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG), was conducted Dec. 18 to celebrate the improvements in infrastructure and capabilities the base can provide to support the Navy's mission.
CNO Visits US Fleet Cyber Command, Presents Navy Unit Commendation Award
FORT MEADE, Md. (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert visited U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet (FCC/C10F) headquarters at Fort Meade, Dec. 17.
PACFLT Commander Conducts All Hands Call in Singapore
SINGAPORE (NNS) -- Adm. Harry Harris Jr., commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet conducted an all hands call at Commander Logistics Group Western Pacific (COMLOG WESTPAC) in Singapore, Dec. 18, during a trip to strengthen maritime partnerships in support of America's rebalance to the Indo-Asia-Pacific.
Commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command Visits CPPD
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- Commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command Rear Adm. Eric Young visited the Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) Dec. 12 for an overview of the command's training and education operations.
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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