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


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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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) Incirlik Air Base History 5/17