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Incirlik Turkey 09824
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The Major Command is USAFE. Close to many of the world's potential trouble spots, Incirlik Air Base is an important base in NATO's Southern Region. The mission of the host 39th Air Base Wing is to help protect U.S. and NATO interests in the Southern Region by providing a responsive staging and operational air base ready to project integrated, forward-based air power.
The U.S. Engineering Group began construction of the base located approximately 250 miles southeast of Ankara, Turkey, in the spring of 1951. February 21, 1955, the base was officially named Adana Air Base. In mid-1975, the Turkish government announced that all U.S. bases in Turkey would close and transfer control to the Turkish military in response to an arms embargo the U.S. Congress imposed on Turkey for using U.S.-supplied equipment during the invasion of Cyprus. Only Incirlik AB and Izmir Air Station remained open due to their NATO missions, but all other non-NATO activities at these locations ceased. Congress lifted the embargo in September 1978 and restored military assistance to Turkey. Normal operations resumed after the United States and Turkey signed a Defense and Economic Cooperation Agreement March 29, 1980. For more history visit Incirlik's homepage
Incirlik is home to approximately 1,465 military members. DOD and other civilians combine for a strength of 365 for a total population of 1,830.
Family members are not authorized at Incirlik AB. As of 21 Sep 16, Incirlik AB Turkey is a 12 month unaccompanied tour.
For unaccompanied Airmen, Incirlik AB now has specific weight allowances. Verify with your Military Personnel Section the exact amounts authorized.
Beyanname - Extremely Important. A Beyanname is an official tax document issued by Turkish authorities. Turkish customs officials focus their attention on high dollar value items or products with continual black market demand. Beyanname, a written declaration between the military member and the Government of Turkey, provides customs control of personal effects imported into the country. Items listed on the Beyanname must be taken out of the country upon PCS or the member is subject to heavy fines.
Base Banking Facilities
There is no American bank on Incirlik AB. Possessing only a debit or ATM card is not sufficient as these cards don't always work in foreign machines (especially with 5-digit PINs). Members are advised to bring a supply of personal checks that may be cashed at the cash cage in the Comptroller Section or Consolidated Club. One hundred ($100) dollar bills are no longer accepted as payment at facilities on base. $100 bills can be exchanged at the Finance Office for smaller denominations.
Important Telephone Numbers
To reach Incirlik commercially from the United States call 011-90-322-316-1110 (Base Operator). To reach Incirlik commercially from Europe call 00-90-322-316-1110 (Base Operator). To reach Incirlik by DSN call 314-676-1110 (Base Operator). It is extremely important that you have all important numbers printed and in your possession, i.e., sponsor's telephone (work and home), Commander's Support Staff, First Sergeant, Airman & Family Readiness Center, etc. should an emergency occur during your PCS.
All phone numbers in this document are the number for the units or offices designated. Contacting your base operator may be the best option to reach the office you need. Just remember Incirlik is in the Eastern European Time Zone.
Passports and Visas
Official Passports are not currently required however, it is recommended as if the member wishes to travel to other countries on leave during their tour a civilian (Blue) passport will be needed.
All DOD civilians must obtain their Turkish visas from Turkish missions abroad or from the e-visa application system, depending on eligibility. Information regarding Turkish e-visas and the application process can be found online.
In order to travel to Europe during your assignment, service member must have a blue travel passport. Please have one prior to arrival or be prepared to process and pay for one while on-station.
General information on Turkish visas can be found online.
Contact information for the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Turkey:
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