The 717th Air Base Squadron, "The Pulse of Ankara," is a geographically-separated unit of the 39th Air Base Wing, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.
The facility has a base Exchange, Commissary, DoDDS school, fitness center, community center, multiple picnic areas, library, laundromat, chapel and barber shop. In short, the squadron provides various support functions as a standard wing.
The 717th's mission is “to improve the lives of DoD personnel and their families through supporting their transition to a life in Türkiye.” As the most diverse squadron in the 39th Air Base Wing, the 717th is charged with providing support to the U.S. Embassy, Office of Defense Cooperation-Türkiye (ODC-T), and our tenant organizations on the Ankara Support Facility. They also offer support to partner nations, including 30 members of NATO, 22 members of the Partnership for Peace (PfP), and many others.
The 717th ABS's physical footprint in Ankara is essential to its mission. The squadron is staffed with active duty, local national and contract team members who maintain many of the same capabilities found at larger installations. These include a Commissary, Base Exchange, Traffic Management and Housing Offices, Post Office and a gym on the 18 acre facility, in addition to an active Air Terminal at Esenboga International Airport. The base also has a top-rated DoDEA K-12 school with nearly 200 students from 30 different countries. Furthermore, the squadron enables combat operations by providing communication support to two theaters. All of these functions, including the last one, require a physical presence in Ankara and cannot be performed remotely.
Through close integration and cooperation with the U.S. Embassy, the ODC-T, the office of the Senior Defense Official/Defense Attaché (SDO/DATT), the 717th ABS is able to extend many of the services they provide, such as Commissary and BX shopping privileges, to diplomats and military personnel from allies and partners. This facilitates the development of closer ties with partner nation military and diplomatic personnel and improves U.S. diplomatic access to their respective embassies.
Turkish-U.S. Logistics Headquarters, Detachment 30 was established in 1965. The unit was established as the 7217th Air Base Group and activated Nov. 15, 1982.
It was re-designated as the 717th Air Base Squadron June 15, 1993 and then inactivated Jan. 30, 1994.
The 717th was re-designated as the 717th Expeditionary Air Base Group, converted to provisional status and assigned to the United States Air Forces in Europe to activate any time after Feb. 5, 2001.
Established as the 39th Air Base Wing, Detachment 1 in May 2002.
Established as the 425th Air Base Group, Detachment 1 on Oct. 3, 2005.
Withdrawn as provisional unit, and re-designated as the 717th Air Base Squadron July 18, 2008, and activated July 24, 2008.
(Current as of April 2023)
Emergency services can be reached at the following numbers:
Police Department: 155
Fire Department: 110
Ambulance Services: 112