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  • Air traffic specialists control flow, safety of aircraft

    “Ready for departure, runway zero-five, holding short.” “Octane five-one heavy, runway zero-five, wind calm, cleared for take-off.” The short and direct phraseology that pilots and air traffic controllers use is a unique language that is a small portion of an ATC’s responsibilities.
  • SFS Airmen complete annual M-9 qualifications

    39th Security Forces Squadron Defenders become trained and qualified by Combat Arms Training and Maintenance instructors on their M-9 pistol at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, April 21, 2021.
  • Army vets, a love beyond duty

    The Air Force mission relies on the dedicated work of all its members and it takes considerable effort to keep the force fit to fight, all the more so if your patients can’t speak. However, there are a pair of U.S. Army specialists at Incirlik Air Base that are there specifically for them.
  • 39th RAWS: Ensuring flight safety

    Not being able to talk with an air traffic control tower can be a deadly endeavor for an aircraft trying to takeoff or land. Effective Air Force operations require quality communication, and it’s especially critical for any flying mission. The 39th Operations Support Squadron play a critical role in that mission, and it’s the Radar, Airfield and Weather Systems flight who have the responsibility of installing, repairing and maintaining the communication systems used on the flightline at Incirlik Air Base.
  • Hair problems, a March to remember

    The U.S. Air Force has a “problem” with hair. The image of a professional U.S. male service member has long been a freshly shaved face and close-cropped hair of somebody ready to face war with thousands of similarly groomed battle brothers. This appearance standard was instituted during World War I, yet warfare and fashion trends have constantly changed over the past century, prompting military personnel to adapt to the evolution of both.
  • The bridge between two nations

    For more than 35 years, Mehmet Birbiri has served as the 39th Air Base Wing host nation advisor, bridging the gap between Incirlik’s U.S. forces and its Turkish allies by fostering communication and understanding.
  • First-term CGO course enhances leadership

    Officers of any rank are expected to be high-caliber leaders and examples for the Airmen and fellow officers. But such skills are rarely innate, and instead company grade officers often learn on the job with a good amount of trial, error and peer review.
  • 39th Medical Group vaccinates Incirlik against COVID-19

    The first doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, intended to inoculate essential leadership and first responders, was delivered to Incirlik Air Base via a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules on Jan. 7, 2021.
  • Incirlik behind the scenes: Scalpel, forceps, gauze! Medical Logistics supplies medics

    “Medical Logistics is a highly sensitive environment where timing matters immensely.” Maj. Crystal Karahan, 39th Medical Support Squadron Medical Logistics flight commander, didn’t mince words when explaining how a rarely seen part of Incirlik Air Base functions and plays a mission critical role in daily operations.
  • 39th ABW vice commander visits 717th ABS

    Col. Shelly Mendieta, 39th Air Base Wing vice commander, visited the 717th Air Base Squadron in Ankara, Turkey, Aug. 9 – 12, 2020. During her visit, Mendieta toured the grounds and familiarized herself with the unit’s unique mission.
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