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  • Tips to survive flu season

    Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a contagious illness caused by the influenza virus.Even though we are well into the flu season, the flu shot is still available at the clinic here at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. All Department of Defense ID card holders and Tricare beneficiaries are eligible to receive the vaccine.According to the Centers for
  • It's 'Asure' to be delicious

    History is not always about a person or a place, sometimes it's about the cuisine.Asure (ah-sure-eh) is one of the greatest indicators of the cultural richness of Turkey that dates back thousands of years. It's believed that asure has been cooked since Noah's time in the ark.As told, Noah sailed in his ark for 40 days and nights during the big
  • Holiday season safety tips

    As Christmas approaches, the 39th Air Base Wing safety office offers some advice to have a safe holiday season. Some holiday cooking tips:· Avoid wearing loose-fitting clothing while cooking.· Never leave the kitchen unattended when cooking.· Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.· Be sure the kitchen is well ventilated to prevent the build-up of
  • Celebrating New Year’s Day in Turkey

    You may have noticed that shops throughout Turkey decorate their windows with pine trees, snow, red stockings and statues and pictures of St. Nicholas. The Turks, most of whom are Muslims, may seem like they're observing Christmas like the Christians. They aren't celebrating Christmas, however. Rather, they're marking the new year.Many parties are
  • The real story of St. Nick—Noel Baba

    St. Nicholas is called Noel Baba in Turkey, but he is better known as Santa Claus. The popular myth is that he lives at the North Pole. Few people actually know St. Nicholas was born, lived and died in Turkey during the fourth century. He was the bishop of Myra, now Demre, near Antalya.A Byzantine basilica in Demre honors his memory, and the tale
  • Holiday season safety tips

    As Christmas approaches, the 39th Air Base Wing safety office offers some advice to have a safe holiday season. Some holiday cooking tips:· Avoid wearing loose-fitting clothing while cooking.· Never leave the kitchen unattended when cooking.· Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.· Be sure the kitchen is well ventilated to prevent the build-up of
  • 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.
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