Contact information for key programs and services at this installation.
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 should receive an extensive Welcome Guide via email with information on housing, base facilities and programs, and the local community. Your sponsor should arrange a shuttle service for you and greet you at the airport. 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 | commercial 011-90-232-455-6638 or 425ABS.AFRC.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Some documents/items you will want to have on hand prior to arrival:
Active Duty US Military members are not mandated to obtain a Tourist passport for travel to Turkey, unless they have a PPC (Personnel Processing Code) that requires them to obtain one. However, a U.S. Tourist Passport is required for leisure travel outside of Turkey.. It is highly encouraged you get one prior to arriving to Izmir.
Active Duty US Military members need to enter/exit Turkey using their military ID card and NATO travel orders. Military members MUST have NATO travel orders stamped with blue ink and a blue ink signature. The customs control at the Turkish airport will “red stamp” your NATO Orders. Do not use your Tourist passport to get into the country!
DoD Civilian employees will need to have an official no-fee (burgundy color) passport prior to coming to Izmir because they do not get NATO Orders. Upon arrival you will also have to request a “Turkish Resident Permit” (the Incirlik CPO has the details on that or ask the 425 ABS Legal Office for guidance).
There is also a U.S. Izmir Consulate if you need to apply or renew your U.S. Tourist Passport. The email address is: Izmir@state.gov.