717th Air Base Squadron

A Turkish service member watches as a U.S. and Turkish military procession passes during a wreath-laying ceremony at Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s memorial and mausoleum Feb. 9, 2012, in Ankara, Turkey. Gen. William M. Fraser III, U.S. Transportation Command commander, travelled to Ankara to participate in the ceremony that honors Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey.(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Clayton Lenhardt/Released)

A Turkish service member watches as a U.S. and Turkish military procession passes during a wreath-laying ceremony at Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s memorial and mausoleum Feb. 9, 2012, in Ankara, Turkey. Gen. William M. Fraser III, U.S. Transportation Command commander, travelled to Ankara to participate in the ceremony that honors Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey.(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Clayton Lenhardt/Released)


The 717th Air Base Squadron, "The Pulse of Ankara," is a geographically-separated unit of the 39th Air Base Wing, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.

Mission

The 717th ABS operates the Ankara Support Facility providing world-class support to the entire American Community in the Ankara area including the diverse military community and the U.S. Embassy.

The Ankara Support Facility is much like any other Air Base, just on a smaller scale. The facility has a BX, Commissary, DoDDS school, fitness center, community center, multiple picnic areas, library, laundromat, chapel and a barber shop. In short the squadron provides all the same support functions a full wing does, with the exception of flying operations.

History

Turkish-U.S. Logistics Headquarters, Detachment 30 was established in 1965. The unit was established as the 7217th Air Base Group and activated Nov. 15, 1982.

It was re-designated as the 717th Air Base Squadron June 15, 1994; inactivated on Jan. 30, 1994.

The 717th was again re-designated to the 717th Expeditionary Air Base Group, converted to provisional status and assigned to the United States Air Forces in Europe to activate any time after Feb. 5, 2001.

Established as the 39th Air Base Wing, Detachment 1 in May 2002.

Established as the 425th Air Base Group, Detachment 1 on Oct. 3, 2005.

Withdrawn as provisional unit, and re-designated as the 717th Air Base Squadron on July 18, 2008, and activated July 24, 2008.

Manpower

More than 10 U.S. Air Force military members are assigned to the Air Base Squadron. There are U.S. civilians and Turkish USAFE Direct Hire Employees, as well as more than 100 contract personnel.

(Current as of March 2013)