Incirlik History

The U.S. Engineering Group began construction of the base located approximately 250 miles southeast of Ankara, Turkey, in the spring of 1951. The U.S. Air Force initially planned to use the base as an emergency staging and recovery site for medium and heavy bombers. The Turkish General Staff and the U.S. Air Force signed a joint use agreement for the new base in December 1954. Fact Sheet

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Turks are very proud of their history and the founder of their country, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. They show a great respect to Ataturk's name, pictures and statues. Do not act disrespectfully to Ataturk's name, pictures or statues, including Turkish money, which has Ataturk's picture on it. Fact Sheet

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At the beginning of the 12th century the Byzantines built a supplementary castle on a small island. This castle was later called "Maidens Castle" because it was told that a king held his daughter here in captivity until she was killed by a venomous snake. Local Sites 11/22
2006
Turkey! Where is Turkey? Most Americans know little or nothing about this mysterious country before the Air Force sends them here. One of the greatest benefits of an Air Force career is the opportunity to experience new cultures. It is also true, however, that one of the greatest challenges of an Air Force career is adjusting to new cultures. Local Culture 11/22
2006
One of the largest and most dynamic cities in Turkey, Adana is the gateway to the Cilician plain, now known as the Çukurova plain, the large stretch of flat and fertile land which lies to the south-east of the Taurus Mountains. This is possibly the most productive area in this part of the world.

Adana, Turkey 11/22
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Modern Turkey was founded in 1923 from the Anatolian remnants of the defeated Ottoman Empire by national hero Mustafa KEMAL, who was later honored with the title Ataturk, or "Father of the Turks." Under his authoritarian leadership, the country adopted wide-ranging social, legal, and political reforms. (Courtesy photo) Turkey Demographics 11/22
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The Turkish Air Force is one of the oldest air forces in the world and operates one of the largest combat aircraft fleets of NATO. Supported by the TuAF's in-flight refueling capability, the fighter jets of the Turkish Air Force can participate in international operations and exercises on every major continent and return back to their home bases.
Turkish Air Force 11/22
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OPERATION NORTHERN WATCH (AFPN) -- An E-3B Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft refuels along the Iraqi border as part of an Operation Northern Watch mission of enforcing the no-fly zone over northern Iraq. The AWACS is assigned to the 513th Air Control Group at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Gamble) Operation Northern Watch History 11/14
2006
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