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  • My first ruck: the 18.6-mile Norwegian Foot March

    One thought ping-pongs inside my skull as all my leg muscles scream in chorus to remind me how I’m not able to finish my first ever ruck march, the 18.6-mile Norwegian Foot March: “What am I even doing?”

  • 39 CONS bridge gap for a safe and secure supply chain

    Leaders from the 39th Contracting Squadron (CONS) recently connected suppliers in the U.S. to Turkish vendors. The Turkish-based companies were awarded Blanket Purchase Agreements to provide Trade Agreement Act compliant laptops for Incirlik Air Base, Türkiye.

  • 425th ABS volunteers aid Ukrainian refugees in Romania

    On February 24, the world woke up to the news that Russia invaded Ukraine. Like many around the world, several members of the 425th Air Base Squadron and I felt called to take action and sought ways to help the Ukrainian refugees fleeing into surrounding countries. Over the next several weeks, we

  • Foça: A nice little fishing town

    Foça, a little fishing town about 45 minutes northwest of Izmir, was established in the 11th century as “Phokaia” in antiquity. Eski Foça (Old Foça) and Yeni Foça (New Foça) are two famous districts of Foça. Eski Foça is probably the best of the two districts for tourism.

  • Ask Mehmet: Merhaba, and welcome to Turkey!

    For our newcomers arriving in Turkey this summer, the first thing you will see and feel is the heat of the weather, but more importantly the warmth of the Turkish people, which comes from their hearts.Turks are very friendly and unbelievably hospitable. They will go out of their way to help

  • My life in the military

    On Feb. 18, 1998, as I left my job on Wall Street, and said good-bye to my friends and family, I remember stepping foot off the bus on Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. At the time, I was thinking it was way too early in the morning.

  • Man’s best friend gets second chance

    While Incirlik Air Base may be coded as a ‘No Pet’ base for permanent party and deployed personnel, due to operational conditions, the base is not animal free. Stray cats and dogs can frequently be seen roaming around the installation.