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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.
Luck vs. lucky
It's nearing the end of July, which means we're about halfway through the 139 Critical Days of Summer. I'm very proud of our Incirlik Team -- so far you've been doing a great job on the safety front! Some might say I just jinxed us by saying that, but I believe success in the realm of safety is a result of good decision making that in turn makes us
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2014
To combat wasted water usage, a base energy conservation memorandum signed by Col. Craig Wills, 39th ABW commander, on June 3, 2014, prohibits the watering of lawns between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Residents are responsible for how their gardeners work and whether they implement base rules for watering hours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Veronica Pierce) Water Conservation: Do Your Part!
We all know water is essential, and, unfortunately, a lot of people act like it's unlimited. The reality is that fresh water is a finite resource that is becoming scarce. While it's true water is constantly being recycled through the Earth's water cycle, people are using up our planet's fresh water faster than it can be naturally replenished. On
0 7/14
2014
The sun rises at the base mosque Feb. 17, 2014, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The mosque is visited as much as possible during the month of Ramadan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers/Released) Strengthening the alliance through religious accommodation
Airmen and military dependents all over the world and from many faith backgrounds regularly look to their base chapel as a place to meet their spiritual and religious needs. The Air Force Chaplain Corps offers religious accommodation to any individuals or religious groups that seek representation. As a result, chapel communities are excellent
0 6/26
2014
The Air Force broadly defines diversity as a composite of individual characteristics, experiences, and abilities consistent with the Air Force Core Values and the Air Force Mission. Air Force diversity includes but is not limited to: personal life experiences, geographic background, socioeconomic background, cultural knowledge, educational background, work background, language abilities, physical abilities, philosophical/spiritual perspectives, age, race, ethnicity, and gender. Out of many, one
Have you ever been struck anew by a reality that you're so aware of that it has lost its impact?The other week while waiting in line at the Fort Meade dining facility I found myself musing over the fact we are a diverse military. That's one of those, "well, duh" kind of thoughts, but it was meaningful to me. I stood there in line and smiled at the
0 6/24
2014
1st Lt. Jeremy Grunert, 39th Air Base Wing Legal Office chief of legal assistance, shows Staff Sgt. James Dorris, 39th ABW Legal Office NCO in charge of general law, legal references available to Airmen seeking legal guidance June 19, 2014, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Legal references can be found in front of the legal office located at the wing headquarters building. Judge advocates offer in-person legal assistance, and also offer a variety of resources to help the servicemen and women address their legal concerns. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Veronica Pierce/Released) Legal Assistance and You
The life of an Airman at Incirlik is full of stressors. In addition to the normal rigors of an Air Force career, having to deal with legal issues back home--such as divorce, child custody, or financial problems--can make things seem extremely overwhelming.But that's where your legal office can help! Not only do judge advocates offer in-person legal
0 6/19
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.
No 'time outs'
A few weeks ago the military and civilian personnel who make up "Team Incirlik" posed for a wing photo on the flightline here. Days later during a major readiness inspection, that fantastic group of people proved to themselves, the Air Force and the world that the 39th Air Base Wing is a winning organization. If you're newly arrived or on your way
0 5/19
2014
Mesir Macunu has gained the reputation of being the strongest aphrodisiac in Turkey due to its energizing qualities. The Turkish city of Manisa has been holding an annual festival that is based on the elixer since 1540. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dallas Edwards/Released) Ask Mehmet: Mesir Macunu
Editor's Note: Ask Mehmet is a forum for people to ask questions of the local area, as well as the outer confines of the region and the country as a whole. To submit a question, send an e-mail with the subject "Ask Mehmet" to 39abw.pa@us.af.mil. Mehmet, One of my Turkish friends went to the Izmir area two weeks ago. When he came back he gave us a
0 5/06
2014
Senior Airman Dennis Sloan, 628th Air Base Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, walks on the Joint Base Charleston flightline in search of a photo May 5, 2013. A victim of sexual assault, Sloan says his passion for photography "keeps (him) breathing" and offers solace from his otherwise painful memories. (U.S. Air Force photo/ SrA George Goslin) Finding light through darkness
Keeping a secret that defines you, that has shaped your life for nearly three years now and is sure to shape the rest, a secret that you go to sleep with every night and wake to every morning is sometimes hard to keep trapped inside.I could probably go my entire life without revealing the sad truth that I was raped, but to stay silent is to allow
0 4/25
2014
(U.S. Air Force photo illustration by 1st Lt. David Liapis and Tech. Sgt. Dallas Edwards/Released) Zero
33 - the number of Airmen who have taken their own lives as of April 12, this year. 66 - the number of Air Force moms and dads who have to bear the grief of losing their son or daughter to an untimely and preventable death this year. I have children of my own, and I can't even bear to think about what it would feel like to lose one of them. I can
0 4/17
2014
A citrus tree drops some of its remaining fruit outside the Incirlik Club Complex, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, April 10, 2014. Citrus is one type of tree available for purchase and planting during the Arbor Day celebration scheduled to be held here April 26. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. David Liapis/Released) Trees please
Strong winds blew through the Adana area at speeds of nearly 60 mph near the end of last month, knocking down various species of trees all over base. While there's no way to quickly replace the mature trees that were lost, base residents do have an opportunity to undo the damage from the storm and leave a legacy for the next generation.It just so
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2014
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