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Capt. Jonathan Murphy, 39th Air Base Wing chief of protocol, answers a phone call while setting up a practice for an assumption-of-command ceremony Aug. 24, 2011 at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Clayton Lenhardt/Released) Protocol pursues perfection
Before every event, coordination must be done. From the outside looking in, all that is seen is the event. Nobody wonders how the chairs were set up, volunteers found, name placards made or who spent last Saturday afternoon welcoming the distinguished visitor.All those tasks are accomplished here by the 39th Air Base Wing Protocol Office to ensure
0 9/02
2011
Capts. Matt Hammerle, left, and Eric Bowers, 817th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron pilots, load their flight equipment onto a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft Aug. 18, 2011, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The crew transported equipment and supplies to Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael B. Keller/Released) 817th EAS offers support via resupply, airlift missions
A deployed unit from the 10th Airlift Squadron, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., has been operating out of Incirlik Air Base contributing supplies to Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn.The 817th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron's mission is to provide global strategic airlift, aeromedical evacuation and humanitarian relief to create an air
0 8/19
2011
Airman Erika Strachan, 39th Operations Squadron airfield management apprentice, talks with the tower to obtain clearance to cross an active runway Aug. 10, 2011, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Airfield management oversees all operations on the airfield to include filing flight plans, initiating search and rescue operations, managing the bird aircraft strike hazard program and ensuring all vehicle operators are qualified to drive on the flightline. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anthony Sanchelli/Released) Airfield management leaves first, last impression
At the moment visitors arrive at Incirlik and at the time they leave, the faces those visitors see are those of the Airmen working around the clock at airfield management. This is one of the many portions of the mission in which Incirlik's airfield management team takes great pride; though the AM Ops mission entails much more than greeting and
0 8/11
2011
Senior Airman Jeffrey Giles, 39th Operations Squadron air traffic control journeyman, monitors a radar approach control screen Aug. 3, 2011, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. RAPCON airmen work with the Turkish air force to ensure the safe and smooth operation of all air traffic operations within 50 nautical miles of Incirlik. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Clayton Lenhardt/Released) RAPCON: A guiding force for DoD aircraft
Following 8 ½ weeks of Basic Military Training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, and 15 weeks attending the Air Traffic Operations Apprentice Course at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., freshly sculpted Airmen step to their first duty station to become an air traffic controller. Depending on the needs of that base, Airmen will either be positioned in
0 8/04
2011
Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Rowles, 39th Operations Squadron tower watch supervisor, updates aircraft arrival information July 27, 2011, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Air traffic controllers here run about 25,000 operations a year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anthony Sanchelli/Released) Airmen keep watchful eye from tower
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman! No, scratch that. It was just a plane - a plane being directed by 39th Operations Squadron Airmen in the air traffic control tower. In a position where multitasking is implemental to their mission, air traffic controllers work 24 hours a day ensuring approximately 25,000 aircraft per year arrive and depart
0 7/28
2011
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Prayer five times per day. No food. No drink. All in the month of August when temperatures in Turkey are breaking mercury. That's what people will see in and around Incirlik Air Base when the Islamic month of fasting, called Ramadan, begins Aug. 1. Ramadan ends on Aug. 29 followed by a three-day Ramadan Festival Aug. 30 - Sept. 1. On the last day
0 7/26
2011
A C-17 Globemaster III aircraft disconnects from a 90th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft during an air refueling training mission July 20, 2011, over the Black Sea north of Turkey. The 90th EARS, a total-force team consisting of nearly 100 active-duty, Reserve and Air National Guard Airmen, conducts air-to-air refuels to C-17 Globemaster IIIs and C-5 Galaxies coming in and out of the area of operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael B. Keller/Released) 90th EARS a force multiplier in air-to-air fueling
By definition, force multiplier means a capability that, when added to and employed by a combat force, significantly increases the combat potential of that force and thus enhances the probability of successful mission accomplishment. That is exactly what the 90th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron does at Incirlik.The 90th EARS, a total-force
0 7/22
2011
Wetter-than-normal weather has multiplied the breeding grounds of mosquitoes at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Though mosquitoes are more of a nuisance than a threat, public health and the 39th Civil Engineer Squadron work together to track and mitigate their presence. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael B. Keller/Released) Managing nuisances: Mosquitoes, ticks and strays
Despite continuous efforts by base agencies to mitigate the effects of mosquitoes, ticks and stray animals, they still present a nuisance; however there are ways that members of Team Incirlik can prevent being affected.While the rainy season is over and it seems as though the number of mosquito bites on your arms and legs should start to dwindle
0 7/15
2011
Staff Sgt. Nicolas Pantoja, 728th Air Mobility Squadron Aerial Port Flight, wipes away sweat while loading cargo onto a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft July 11, 2011, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The aerial port flight is responsible for transportation-related functions including the movement of freight bound for Europe, Africa, and Southwest and Central Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael B. Keller/Released) Unit works to relay cargo to key points across the globe
The 728th Air Mobility Squadron is at the frontline of efforts to deliver lifesaving cargo to several key locations across Eastern Europe, Southwest and Central Asia, and parts of Northern Africa.The 728th AMS is a tenant unit to the 39th Air Base Wing and is comprised of approximately 300 permanent-party Airmen, deployed Airmen and Turkish
0 7/13
2011
Col. Eric Gates (left), former 39th Maintenance Group commander, stands at attention during the 39th MXG inactivation ceremony June 14, 2011, in Hangar 4 at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes/Released) Once a munitions officer, always a munitions officer
A decorated career, which began more than two decades ago for one man in the munitions career field, will soon come to an end.After 27 years of service to the U.S. Air Force, Colonel Eric Gates, the 39th Maintenance Group most recent commander, has decided to retire.Before his retirement though, the colonel had to relinquish command of the
0 6/27
2011
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