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  • Incirlik AB, born and raised

    In addition to their emergency response functions, ambulatory service Airmen of the 39th Health Care Operations Squadron also transport 39th Air Base Wing patients for specialized medical care. Due to the language barrier an ambassador is needed to serve as a translator. But one Airman with the 39th HCOS has the ability to provide both medical and language services.
  • Be your best self: Airman fortifies resilience in the face adversity

    When it comes to personal stories of resiliency, Staff Sgt. Kristen Domke, 39th Security Forces Squadron Turkish Pass and ID American liaison, said her whole life is a resiliency story. “Everything I’ve gone through has made me a stronger person and has helped me be the best me I can be.”
  • Health Promotion duo optimizes health on Incirlik

    The 39th Operation Medical Readiness Squadron health promotion team provides and integrates evidence-based programs to optimize the health and readiness, even during these unprecedented times. “Airmen must be ready to operate and succeed in the future high-end fight,” Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., expressed in his Action Orders. Part of this readiness includes sharpening Airmen’s physical readiness pillar, which proved to be a challenge as Incirlik Air Base faced COVID-19 restrictions to travel and recreation. According to the American Gastroenterological Society, COVID-19 restrictions have a direct correlation with weight gain and increased alcohol consumption.
  • 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.
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