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United States Air Force
425 Amerikan Hava US Birligi
Hilton Is Merkezi A-Blok
Gazi Osman Pasa Blv No:7
Konak, Izmir Turkey 35210
Deployment can be a challenging phase of the military lifecycle, but it’s important to know that you don’t have to go through it alone. The military provides a variety of resources and support programs — ranging from educational briefings to morale calls — for your loved ones, children and service members to ease the stress of deployment. Military members may be assigned to a specific installation but support may come from local communities, Yellow Ribbon events or the installation itself.
While relocating to Izmir, make sure you maintain close contact with your sponsor. Your sponsor will be able to tell you about your new unit and provide you a telephone number and address where he or she can be reached. You will receive an Izmir Welcome Guide via email with information on housing, base facilities and programs, and the local community. Your sponsor will normally be the person at the airport to meet you and get you settled in during your first few days on station. There is a mandatory newcomer's briefing held on the second Thursday of each month. Also, if your sponsor has not communicated with you or answered questions you have, feel free to contact the Military and Family Readiness Center at DSN 314-675-6638 or commercial 011-90-232-455-6638.
Start making arrangements for your assignment to Izmir. Setting up two separate households, banking arrangements, allotments, communications, transportation and just about every other aspect of your life must be looked at and sorted out. Adult job changes are disruptive in and of themselves. Don't try to do it alone. Use the base and community resources at your disposal. These resources are here to make your relocation as smooth and painless as possible. Make sure you obtain a tourist passport prior to coming to Izmir, Turkey. You will need the tourist passport to purchase a Turkish SIM card with a personal unlock key for your U.S. or foreign cell phone. You also need the tourist passport to set up Wi-Fi, pay rent and travel to non-European Union countries. Contact your current cell phone provider to determine if it is more cost effective to keep your current cell service. Another phone option is to purchase the Google phone; you can use it anywhere overseas without having to purchase a new SIM card. Be sure to consider the cost effectiveness of this option as well. Your North Atlantic Treaty Organization orders will not get you into the country of Greece to visit. Greece, regardless of being a member of the EU, requires a tourist passport.