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  • Festival of Sacrifice to be celebrated throughout Turkey

    Muslims throughout the world will celebrate the Festival of Sacrifice Nov. 15-19, by sacrificing millions of sheep, goats and calves as an expression of thankfulness and an affirmation of faith.The Festival of Sacrifice is called Kurban Bayrami in Turkish. This year it starts at noon, Nov. 15, and lasts four and a half days.The most notable event
  • Proper nutrition, exercise is essential to mission success

    Like an aircraft needs jet fuel, your body needs proper nutrition to replenish itself and function at peak performance. In today's military environment with increased deployments and new physical testing requirements, it even more imperative that Airmen know the importance nutrition can play in overall health, and it's potential impact on mission
  • Republic of Turkey celebrates 87th anniversary

    Turkey declared itself an independent republic nearly 87 years ago on October 29, 1923, and in commemoration of Republic Day, there will be ceremonies, parades and other events taking place throughout the country Friday.The history of Republic Day starts with the Ottoman Turks when they first appeared in the early 13th century in Anatolia
  • Ask Mehmet: Sugar Festival

    Sept. 8 marks the beginning of the three-and-a-half day Sugar Festival, or Bayram, celebrated by Muslims in Turkey. The Sugar Festival is celebrated by the Muslims and begins at noon on the last day of Ramazan, the month-long fasting period for Muslims. Observations of the festival continue through Sept. 11. It's a national religious holiday.
  • Izmir: Unique mission for unique location

    In the center of a metropolis lays an Air Force gem; a unit of Airmen assigned to the 425th Air Base Squadron, a geographically separated unit spattered throughout the city in various facilities taking advantage of its urban location in Izmir, Turkey. Within walking distance from the Agean Sea coast, the unit deals with extremely unique mission
  • Suicide awareness resources available for Airmen, wingmen

    In the Air Force, those who commit suicide are usually male, but don't have to be; junior enlisted, but not in all cases; separated or divorced, but not always; and active-duty or reserve, but sometimes civilian. With such vague information, how can someone possibly determine a suicidal individual? According to the 39th Air Base Wing mental health
  • An Air Force veteran's story: From combat controller to Paralympian

    In the blink of an eye your life can change forever.That's exactly what happened to Sean Halsted when he fell 40 feet to the ground while fast roping from a helicopter during a training mission at Hurlburt Field, Fla. He went from an active-duty combat controller to a U.S. Paralympian in the 2010 Vancouver Games. "I don't remember what happened,"
  • Destinations: Cairo

    Nicknamed "The City of a Thousand Minarets," Cairo, Egypt, is a cultural jewel of the Nile River. Its history and culture can be found everywhere throughout its narrow streets and passageways, and radiates from the city's 6.8 million populous. Located in an area known as Lower Egypt, Cairo is about 100 miles south of the Mediterranean Sea. It sits
  • Incirlik stays healthy with "behind the scenes" Airmen

    Any given day, one could walk into Incirlik's clinic and immediately notice the amount of work that is being done and the quality of service given to their patients.However, hidden on the lower floor of the clinic there's a small group of Airmen providing quality work every day.These Airmen belong to the 39th Medical Group's Public Health shop. "We
  • 10 Airmen support community of 1,500

    As the Air Force has gotten smaller, many Airmen have felt the strain of doing more with less. And perhaps no other Airmen understand the true meaning of that concept more than the Airmen of the 717th Air Base Squadron here.With a history that goes back decades, the Ankara Support Facility is currently located on 14 acres nestled amongst the hills