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Senior Airman Justin Elledge, 39th Maintenance Squadron aircraft metals technician, uses a blow-torch to weld a broken seal Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009 at the Incirlik Air Base fabrications shop. The fabrications shop is comprised of two sheet metal and two metals technicians, housed under one roof in support of a wide-range of aircraft and equipment, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Erica Picariello) Incirlik's 'Monster Garage' fabricates success
According to the Merriam and Webster dictionary, to fabricate something is to construct it with diverse and usually standardized parts. Incirlik's fabrications shop lives true to their profession by burning, banging and sometimes breaking metals in order to create something from nothing. "I run one of the most unusual organizations in the Air
0 10/03
2009
Hot air balloons soar over a valley  of the dramatic rock formations that form the famous moonscape of the region of Cappadocia, Turkey. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sergeant Lauren Padden)
Destination Turkey: Cappadocia Part II
The region of Cappadocia, as I learned, is a place you can't fully enjoy in a day, a three-day weekend or a week. Therefore, a part two to the first story on Cappadocia is in order. Given a three-day weekend I didn't want it to go to waste, and with careful pre-planning with friends a month prior, we decided to visit Cappadocia and stay in a Cave
0 9/14
2009
Default Air Force Logo Ask Mehmet: Sugar Festival
Sept. 19 marks the beginning of the three-and-a-half day Sugar Festival, or Bayram, celebrated by Moslems in Turkey. The Sugar Festival is celebrated by the Moslems and begins at noon on the last day of Ramazan, the month-long fasting period for Moslems. Observations of the festival continue through Sept. 22. It's a national religious holiday.
0 9/14
2009
Senior Airman Raymond Mitchell, a 39th Operations Squadron weather technician, uses a handheld weather gauge capable of measuring basic weather information Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009 at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Airman Mitchell and other 39th OS weather technicians provide the base with daily weather information. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Alex Martinez) OS shop decodes weather, keeps base safe
To most people, a rain shower is nothing more than that. It evokes no further thought other than maybe a disgruntled sigh. But to one shop at Incirlik, a rain shower means serious business. They know the sometimes unknown. When rain falls here, they work hard at decoding mountains of weather data. They are Airmen of the 39th Operations Squadron
0 8/21
2009
The Basilica Cistern built in 532 AD by Justinian, houses 336 columns throughout the 65 meter wide and 143 meter long  room, Istanbul Turkey.  The cistern at one time housed 80,000 cubic meters of water which could be pumped or delivered through aqueducts. Two columns feature the head of Medusa and swimming throughout the water are hundreds of carp. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Lauren Padden)
Destination Turkey: Istanbul
My husband and I, as well as another couple, decided to do a couple's trip to Istanbul during Memorial Day weekend. This was the first time any of us had visited the city except for short layovers at the airport on the way to other destinations. Istanbul is a city rich in culture and diverse in history. While walking the streets, you will see
0 8/18
2009
Default Air Force Logo Water conservation: Another pillar of energy efficiency
It all began with a few base members waiting for their morning cup of joe. These individuals knew something wasn't right when it took about two hours for a coffee maker to brew coffee. After further investigation, they realized the problem was the water used to make the coffee. It was such hard water, it caused a severe build-up of mineral deposits
0 8/18
2009
Default Air Force Logo Incirlik fights war on energy consumption
Every six months, a group of war strategists gather to discuss their battle tactics. Their mission is a tough one; the war they are fighting is very unconventional. Many Incirlik members don't even realize this war is happening right here -- in workplaces, throughout the streets and even in homes. This is a war on energy consumption, and the base
0 8/18
2009
Staff Sgt. Michael Limiac, a 39th Medical Support Squadron medical information systems technician, coordinates mixed martial arts training sessions in the Fitness Center at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.  Sergeant Limiac lives by the motto, “Live to fight, fight to live.”  Participants of all skill levels attend the workouts and train to build on their knowledge of the sport.   More than 20 Airmen have attended the workouts since implementation.  (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Staff Sgt. Raymond Hoy) Incirlik Airman lives to fight, fights to live
Whether he's working on computer hard drives, or punching somebody in the face, Staff Sgt. Michael Limiac is meticulous in his work. The 39th Medical Support Squadron medical information systems technician spends much of his day tediously working on computer hardware and software. The gloves have to come off in a job requiring dexterity, attention
0 8/10
2009
A trained camel lowers himself to the ground for a “tourist ride” in Pigeon Valley. The valley, named for the thousands of “pigeon houses” that were carved out of the rock, is still home to affluent Turks who reach out to visitors with their historical culture.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Amber Ashcraft) Destination Turkey: Cappadocia
With my time beginning to close at Incirlik, I was given an opportunity to reflect back on my tour. This place is definitely a culture-filled country that I never expected to experience. Being the adventurous type, I couldn't imagine becoming a dorm-dweller at my first base. So one of the first places I ventured to within the first few weeks I was
0 7/31
2009
Staff Sgt. Toni Reid, 39th Force Support Squadron, prepares furniture for movement Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at the base Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office warehouse here. Sergeant Reid and other volunteers helped prepare a furniture donation of about $78,000 to the Republic of Georgia. The furniture will be used to furnish a Georgian youth camp for children with diabetes. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Alex Martinez)  Incirlik DRMO to donate $78,000 in furniture to Republic of Georgia
Incirlik's Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office will donate about $78,000 worth of furniture to the Republic of Georgia. The gesture is a combined effort with support agencies including DRMO, the U.S. State Department and the non-governmental aid group, A Call to Serve. ACTS is the organization in Georgia helping put the furniture in-place.
0 7/21
2009
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