425th Air Base Squadron

Senior Airman Alexandra San Joaquin, 425th Air Base Squadron client systems
technician, hands out a toy to a Turkish boy at an Izmir children's hospital
Dec. 21, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tanju Varlikli/Released)

Senior Airman Alexandra San Joaquin, 425th Air Base Squadron client systems technician, hands out a toy to a Turkish boy at an Izmir children's hospital Dec. 21, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tanju Varlikli/Released)


The 425th Air Base Squadron is a Geographically Separated Unit (GSU) of the 39th Air Base Wing, Incirlik AB, Turkey. 

Mission 

Performs as administrative agent and provides mission support for the NATO Allied Land Command Headquarters, Izmir as well as six other associate units operating in Izmir Turkey. Administers the annual $1 million Çiğli AB Loan Agreement between the United States and Turkey. 

Organization 

The 425th ABS is composed of eight flights: Civil Engineering, Communications, Financial Management and Contracting, Logistics, Personnel Programs, Security Forces, and Services. The squadron also has five staff agency functions: Chapel, Legal, Public Affairs, Protocol, and Safety.

The squadron does everything normally accomplished by a wing, with the exception of operations. 

History 

The unit was activated in Izmir as the 7266th Support Squadron Nov. 15, 1955, to support Allied Land Forces Southeastern Europe and Sixth Allied Tactical Air Force. Prior to this, support for these NATO headquarters came from the U.S. Sixth Fleet. 

July 1, 1959, most of the 7266th moved to Çiğli Air Base, 15 miles north of Izmir, where, July 5, 1962, it merged with U.S. Air Forces in Europe's 7231st Combat Support Group. April 1, 1966, the 7231st CSG became the 41st Tactical Group. 

U.S. facilities at Çiğli AB were turned over to the Turkish Air Force July 1, 1970. At that time the 41st TG was inactivated and the 41st Combat Support Squadron at Çiğli was renamed the 7241st Support Squadron and moved into downtown Izmir. 

In 1970, the unit was briefly moved from Headquarters Turkey and U.S. Logistics Group and assigned to the 39th Tactical Group, Incirlik AB, and later that year to 16th Air Force before returning to Headquarters TUSLOG again in December 1971. 

Jan. 1, 1973, the 7241st was changed to an air base squadron until August 1980 when it was redesignated an air base group. 

June 15, 1993, the unit was changed to an air base squadron again and renamed the 741st Air Base Squadron. 

The unit was renamed the 425th Air Base Squadron Nov. 1, 1994. The re-designation as the 425th ABG took place Oct. 4, 2005. 

The most recent change came July 1, 2009, when the group was renamed the 425th Air Base Squadron. 

Manpower 

Approximately 35 U.S. Air Force active duty military members are assigned to the air station. There are 8 U.S. civilians including government employees and contractors, and 99 Turkish government and contracted employees. 

Strategic Importance and Location 

Turkey is a member nation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Turkey's geographic position places it and Izmir Air Station on the strategically vital southeastern flank of NATO. 

Turkey's geographic location and status as a democratic and secular nation of Muslim people make it an important ally in the Global War on Terrorism and other U.S. objectives in the region. 

General Vecihi Akın Garrison 

Located in Şirinyer-Izmir, General Vecihi Akın Garrison is the home of NATO Headquarters Allied Land Command Izmir. The garrison was known as Şirinyer Garrison until March 1996. 

It is of significant historic interest, dating back to the late 1800's, when Canadians Dr. and Mrs. Alexander MacLachlan established a Christian training school there. The MacLachlans founded a foreign school for Greeks, Armenians, Jews and other nationalities in what was called the American Boys School in 1891. 

Through the generosity of a wealthy Izmir businessman, Dr. MacLachlan acquired the lands which now comprise General Vecihi Akın Garrison. The school's name evolved as the American High School for Boys and was later renamed the American Collegiate Institute, eventually gaining worldwide accreditation. 

In 1934 the school was transferred to Beirut. From that point until 1953, the garrison was used by the Turkish Ministry of Education as a teacher training school. 

(Current as of June 26, 2014)