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Lt. Col. David Holz, 39th Maintenance Squadron commander, took command of the 39th MXS June 21, 2013, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicole Sikorski/Released) Leadership decisions: When to Fire Someone
Being a squadron commander has been an eye-opening experience and I'm thankful for the opportunity.  I've gotten the chance to lead some of the Air Force's best Airmen at the edge of the frontier.  But what should you do as a leader when you're not leading the best Airmen and your organization's performance is suffering?  As a leader, how do you
0 2/20
2015
Most cases of bicycle theft at Incirlik Air Base are due to individuals leaving their bikes unsecured or unattended. The 39th Security Forces Squadron released that only six out of 21 bicycle thefts reported were secured by a locking system; five of those six were secured in a highly visible location, like the dormitories. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cory W. Bush/Released) I got a new bike, now it's gone
Many members of Incirlik Air Base use bicycles as their primary means of transportation during their assignment here. They're easy to ride, store and you don't need to cough up a bunch of money to be able to use it. On top of the paper work, registration fees and the months of waiting for my car to actually arrive here, I chose to opt out and like
0 2/04
2015
The Noel Baba Musuem is a house where St. Nicholas was believed to have lived and died in Demre, Turkey. Every year on Dec. 6, the day St. Nicholas died, there is a service in St Nicholas’ Church in Demre. Dec. 6 is also the first day of a week-long festival held there. (U.S. Force photo by Staff Sgt. Caleb Pierce/Released) Ask Mehmet: Mehmet, do Turks celebrate Christmas?
You might have already noticed that shops throughout Turkey decorate their windows with pine trees, snow balls, red stockings, statues and pictures of St. Nicholas. Turks, who are Moslem, may seem like they're observing Christmas like Christians. But, they aren't celebrating Christmas, they're marking the New Year.Many parties are held on the New
0 12/22
2014
Default Air Force Logo Airman mother, daughter: A true testament of resiliency, victory
There are those who feel the word resiliency has become just another word or program in the Air Force. I, on the other hand, truly believe resiliency is a way of life. I know from  personal experience that if applied, resiliency will help you overcome adversity and be victorious on the other side.The four resiliency pillars of being mentally,
0 12/22
2014
Snake Castle, a 13th century Armenian castle in Adana, Turkey, is open to tourists year round. Travel enables people to experience history in a way they never would have before. (Curtesy photo by Jason Branch) Travel enriches lives
I have never met someone who regretted traveling. In fact, their only regret was that they failed to travel more during their time overseas because travel made them a different person than they were before they left.As I look back on my past experiences as a whole, one fact stands out above the rest: traveling has shaped the person I am
0 12/18
2014
Whirling Dervishes perform in Konya, Turkey. Since the 13th century, Konya’s citizens have welcomed foreign tourists. Annual performances are given during the week preceding Dec. 17. (Courtesy photo by Fatma Yoksuloglu) Ask Mehmet: Whirling Dervishes
  "Come, come, whoever; whatever you are. Come again infidel, idolator or fire-worshiper come again. Our monastery is not a place of despair, Even if you have violated your oaths a hundred times, come again."And millions, from every corner of the earth, have accepted that invitation throughout the centuries.Mevlana, the founder of the Whirling
0 12/04
2014
Capt. John Jamison, Air Force Legal Operations Agency area defense counsel and Staff Sgt. Callie Radevski, AFLOA paralegal, make up Incirlik’s Area Defense Counsel Office. The ADC provides legal counsel during almost all adverse actions ranging from courts-martial to letters of counseling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Caleb Pierce/Released) ADC works for you
You've seen our photos. You've read our posters, "We work for you--NOT your chain of command."  But who are we?  And what do we do?We are the Area Defense Counsel at Incirlik Air Base and our team consists of Capt. John Jamison and Staff Sgt. Callie Radevski. Jamison is a licensed attorney authorized to practice law and serves as a Judge Advocate
0 11/17
2014
Col. Craig D. Wills is the commander of the 39th Air Base Wing at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. As commander, Colonel Wills is responsible for approximately 5,000 U.S. military, civilian and contractor personnel and the combat readiness of U.S. Air Force units at Incirlik and two geographically-separated units in Turkey.
Let's stop talking about diversity, start talking about readiness
The good news is that we're making great progress as we seek to make our Air Force a more diverse and capable force.  The bad news is that too many Airmen are tired of talking about it, and too many Airmen are coming to work every day feeling that their career prospects are limited by the color of their skin, sexual orientation, or gender. Our
0 10/31
2014
Lajes RU Fit The R Word
We spend a lot of time talking about resiliency these days. If you're like me, you have to ask yourself the obvious question: Why is the Air Force obsessed with this subject, and why do they keep throwing new slogans, programs and ad campaigns at me? The simple fact is that the Air Force is worried about our Airmen. There are a lot of reasons to
0 9/09
2014
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas -- October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. All residents and users of the Air Force network play a part in keeping it safe. Air Forces Cyber urges you to learn as much as you can about cyber security and implement those practices at all times at work and at home. (U.S. Air Force graphic illustration by William Parks) How three letters erased my career
I lost everything. Gone. Finito. Well, everything on my computer to be exact. But trust me, it was a lot.I had recently compiled all my work files onto my hard drive in preparation to burn them to discs before I depart my current base. This included four years of work continuity, personnel documents, templates, my entire portfolio of work at this
0 7/29
2014
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