Published May 17, 2013
U.S. Army Spc. Charles Chesbro and U.S. Army Sgt. Zachary Perez, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Air Defense Artillery Patriot launcher maintainers from Fort Sill, Okla., complete a checklist for Patriot launching station Feb. 28, 2013, near Gaziantep, Turkey. Patriots are deployed to Turkey as part of a precautionary defensive measure undertaken in accordance with NATO’s standing defense plan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Phelps/Released)
A Turkish air force UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter is loaded onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III May 1, 2012, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. A C-17 aircrew from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., transported the helicopter to Kabul, Afghanistan, May 5, 2012. The joint support mission provided smooth delivery of the helicopter to replace one that crashed December 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anthony Sanchelli/Released)
U.S. Reps. Hank Johnson of Georgia, Ted Poe of Texas and Rob Wittman of Virginia, get a picture with Dutch army soldiers Jan. 30, 2013, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The three congressional delegates visited Incirlik to view the Patriot missile sites and met with NATO service members supporting the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anthony Sanchelli/Released)
Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Air Defense Artillery unit, Fort Sill, Okla., raise a Patriot missile battery before loading it onto a transport Jan. 30, 2013 at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The Patriot missile batteries have increased the work load and responsibilities of numerous squadrons at Incirlik. Squadrons such as security forces, contracting and maintenance have aided in the continued success of the Patriot mission, thus increasing the safety and security of the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anthony Sanchelli/Released)
U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 728th Air Mobility Squadron prepare to offload a pair of Patriot missile battery fire control centers Jan. 5, 2012, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Two Patriot missile batteries from the United States are deploying to Turkey to support NATO's commitment to Turkey's security. The batteries will augment Turkey's air defense capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Clayton Lenhardt/Released)
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta speaks with Col. Chris Craige, 39th Air Base Wing commander, during a visit Dec. 14, 2012, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Panetta stopped at Incirlik to remind Airmen of the importance of their mission here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Clayton Lenhardt/Released)
An MQ-1B Predator from the 414th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron sits on the flightline Feb. 14, 2012, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Reactivated Nov. 23, 2011, the 414th ERS dates back to World War II when it was known as the 414th Bombardment Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anthony Sanchelli/Released)
Senior Airman Kevin Kloss, of the 39th Logistics Readiness Squadron, finishes refueling Qatari aircraft in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn March 25, 2011, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn is the U.S. Africa Command task force established to provide operational and tactical command and control of U.S. military forces supporting the international response to the unrest in Libya and enforcement of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973. UNSCR 1973 authorized all necessary measures to protect civilians in Libya under threat of attack by Qadhafi regime forces. JTF Odyssey Dawn is commanded by U.S. Navy Admiral Samuel J. Locklear, III. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)
Aircrew and maintainers from the 90th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron prepare a KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft for a flight July 20, 2011, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The 90th EARS, a total-force team consisting of nearly 100 active-duty, Reserve and Air National Guard Airmen, conducts air-to-air refuels to C-17 Globemaster IIIs and C-5 Galaxies coming in and out of the area of operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael B. Keller/Released)
Airmen spread out around the flightline to begin a foreign-object-debris walk to remove trash and other objects from the area May 29, 2012, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The FOD walk was a combined effort between the 39th Air Base Wing and Turkish air force 10th Tanker Base Command to clear the area of debris that could potentially damage aircraft engines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marissa Tucker/Released)
INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey -- Two F-16CJ Fighting Falcons from the 55th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron taxi here for the last time April 7. The fighters are returning home to Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., after supporting Operation Northern Watch for several years. Aircraft flew their last ONW mission March 17. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Thompson)
OPERATION NORTHERN WATCH -- An F-15E Strike Eagle from the 494th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron applies its speed brake upon touchdown after returning safely to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Jan. 14, following a routine enforcement mission in support of Operation Northern Watch. The Strike Eagle was part of a defensive strike on an Iraqi surface-to air-missile system in northern Iraq. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Vincent Parker)
OPERATION NORTHERN WATCH -- Armament technician Senior Airman Hector Huguet of the 23rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron checks a missile on an F-16CJ Fighting Falcon before takeoff from Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, as part of Operation Northern Watch. The operation involves patrolling the northern no-fly zones of Iraq. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Vincent A. Parker)
Technical Sgt. Paul Oxford, a reservist deployed from Travis AFB, Calif., moves another pallet of supplies a little closer to the warfighters in Iraq. Deployed through the holidays, the ramp services supervisor at Incirlik AB adds to the unit's total of about 86,800 tons of cargo sent down range since June 1.
Chaplain (Maj.) Kenneth Reyes,39th Air Base Wing senior chaplain, helps unload displaced American citizen’s from Lebanon Monday. Incirlik received more than 1,700 departing American’s July 22.