Incirlik Air Base, Turkey

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Overview

Welcome to Turkey. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force: photo by: Staff Sgt. Lauren Padden

Close to many of the world’s potential trouble spots—Iraq, Armenia and Iran to name a few—Incirlik Air Base is an important base in NATO’s Southern Region. Incirlik serves as a regional storage center for war reserve materiels — supplies and equipment used in combat operations.

Incirlik Air Base is located about 7.5 miles east of Adana. Adana, with a population of over one million, is the fourth largest city in Turkey, and is the heart of a rich agricultural region. Approximately one and one-half hour’s drive to the west are beautiful Mediterranean beaches with good hotels. The Adana environs are rich in historical sites, and there are frequent sightseeing trips sponsored by various base groups.

The U.S. Engineering Group began construction of the Air Base 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.

The Major Command at Incirlik Air Base is USAFE. 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.

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Location/Driving Directions

Incirlik Air Base is located in the village of Incirlik,Turkey. It is located approximately 6 - 7 miles from the city of Adana.

If you are driving from a base located on the European continent, it is highly recommended that you contact your local TMO office to inquire about ferry services to Turkey. Because of the distance from Europe very few people attempt to drive the entire distance. If this is a consideration, check with your local Airman & Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) to see if they can provide driving directions. You may also contact the Incirlik A&FRC at DSN 314-676-6755 for additional suggestions.

There are only two ways of arrival from the United States; one is the Air Mobility Command (AMC) military flight, called the "Patriot Express". The other method is via a commercial flight which will land in the city of Adana.

If you travel on the charted AMC, Patriot Express, you should be met by your sponsor outside the terminal. An AMC representative will guide you on the proper procedures. If your sponsor fails to meet you, attempt to get in touch with your unit First Sergeant. If unable to contact your unit, ask the AMC personnel to assist you in obtaining transportation to the 24 hour arrival point, the Hodja Inn.

If arriving by a commercial flight, provide your sponsor with your flight information. You should be met by your sponsor outside the terminal (they cannot come in), however if for whatever reason, your sponsor is unable to meet you, taxis are available at the airport. A USO is not available at the Adana Airport. A taxi from the airport to the main gate takes approximately 30 minutes and will cost around $30.00. The Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) can also provide transportation to the base for those traveling on orders, call DSN 314-676-6756 (from the states) or commercial 90-322 -316-6756 to contact LRS and arrange base transportation.

Trains and buses are rarely used when coming into country because of the length of time it takes to get here. If you anticipate using this form of transportation to get to Incirlik it is imperative that you coordinate with you sponsor and/or unit. If you arrive without someone to meet you ask a taxi to take you to Incirlik Hava Ussu.

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Main Phone Numbers

Senior Airman Raymond Mitchell. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force; photo by: Senior Airman Alex Martinez

Base Operator DSN 314-676-1110 011-90-71-221-1774

American Youth Activity Center 011-90-322-316-6670 DSN: 314-676-6670

Army/Air Force Exchange Services (AAFES) From US: 011-90-322-316-6937 DSN: 314-676-6937

Central Appointments Desk 011-90-322-316-6173 DSN: 314-676-6173

Child Development Center 011-90-322-316-6553 DSN: 314-676-6553

Dental Clinic 011-90-322-316-6435 DSN: 314-676-6495

DoDDS Elementary School 00-322-316-3109 DSN: 314-676-3109

Education Center 011-90-322-316-3211 DSN: 314-676-3211

Family Advocacy 011-90-322-316-6452 DSN: 314-676-6452

Family Practice Clinic 011-90-322-316-3141 DSN: 314-676-3141

Flight Medicine Clinic 011-90-322-316-6768 DSN: 314-676-6768

Health and Wellness Center (HAWC) 011-90-322-316-8256 DSN: 314-676-8256

Hodja Inn - Billeting 011-90-322-316-9357 DSN: 314-676-9357

Housing Office 011-90-322-316-6232 DSN: 314-676-6232

Incirlik Housing Office 011-90-322-316-6232 DSN: 314-676-6323/6930

Youth Activities Center 011-90-322-316-6670 DSN: 314-676-6670

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Population/Major Units Assigned

Tech Sgt. Kenneth Mitchell and Staff Sgt. Portia Wyatt, 39th Security Forces Squadron, pull the flag to half mast at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force; photo by: Airman 1st Class Amber Russell

Incirlik provides vital support for 21 units, including the squadrons of the 39th Mission Support Group and the 39th Maintenance Group, and five geographically separated units. Key support includes medical services, supply, security and force protection, base infrastructure maintenance, communications support, transportation services, airlift and services.

Incirlik AB is home to 1,650 military members who have 1,230 dependents. DoD and other civilians combine for a strength of 1,970, for a total population of 4,850.

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Temporary Lodging

Hodja Inn. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

Inbound personnel will be lodged at the temporary lodging facility, The Hodja Inn. The Hodja Inn is also the 24-hour check-in point. Inbound personnel can make reservations in advance by calling DSN 314-676-9357. You should work closely with your sponsor and unit to ensure that they are aware of your arrival/check-in date. A copy of your orders must be submitted to the Inn after you have arrive. You are authorized to stay in lodging 30 days. Other authorized personnel can be billeted in the Inn on a space available basis.

Hodja Inn is 100% non-smoking and has limited space available for pets. All pet arrangements must be made prior to arrival ($10 additional pet fee, per night). The Veterinary Office is available for assistance and referrals, DSN 676-3119 or commercial: 011-90-322-316-3119.

Services include: 24 hr Fitness Center, Video, DVD Rental, Sundry Sales, Bare Essentials Sponsorship Package, Linen Loan Closet, Mail Wrapping Station, Business Services including a Fax Machine, Copy Machine, WiFi, and Computer Internet Access, Athletic Equipment Checkout, Located directly across the street from the Miniature Golf Course, Bowling Center and Base Pool.

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Housing

Dormitory - all ranks. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

All US military personnel and government employees, attached, assigned, or under the operational or administrative control of the 39th Air Base Wing, are required to reside in base quarters due to force protection considerations. Every effort to provide adequate quarters on base will be accomplished as rapidly as possible. All inbound personnel will receive on-base housing or dormitory space.

Available housing units on Incirlik are as follows:

Enlisted Housing: 2 bedroom Junior NCO (486) units, 3 bedroom Junior NCO (136) units, 4 bedroom Junior NCO (58) units, 3 bedroom Senior NCO (65) units and 4 bedroom Senior NCO (46) units.

Officer Housing: 2 bedroom Company Grade (49) units, 3 bedroom Company Grade (20) units, 4 bedroom Company Grade (12) units, 3 bedroom Field Grade (24) units, 4 bedroom Field Grade (9) units and Senior Grade (8) units.

The wait time for enlisted housing is 0 to 30 days while the wait time for officer housing is 30 to 90 days. Please contact the Incirlik housing office for updates on wait times.

For individuals requiring base housing, ensure that you contact your current base housing office and submit a DD Form 1746, Application for Assignment to Housing. No action will be taken to assign housing until this form is received by the Incirlik housing office. After arrival, ensure you contact the housing office within two working days. This notification will notify them of your actual arrival and ensure that your position on the housing list is correct.

The housing office is located downstairs in Building 833. It hours of operation are from 7:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. If you have specific questions about base housing policies, you may call the housing office at DSN 314676-6232.

Unaccompanied E1-E4's should work with their sponsor or unit to make arrangements for dormitory assignment. A copy of your PCS orders should be faxed to your sponsor so your name can be put on the waiting list for a dormitory room. Upon arrival at Incirlik, you should contact the base housing office within two working days to inform them of your arrival. If space in your unit dormitory is not available at that time, you will be placed on a waiting list.

If dormitory or base housing is not immediately available, incoming personnel will be lodged at the temporary lodging facility, the Hodja Inn. Temporary lodging is authorized for 30 days. A Temporary Lodging Allowance (TLA) is provided to cover expenses. For reimbursement, coordinate with the Housing Office and Finance. This applies to DoD employees as well as DoDDS teachers.

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Schools

High School courtyard. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

The Incirlik American High School and the Elementary School are Department of Defense schools located on base. There are no public schools off base. These two facilities are adjacent to each other. The elementary school grades are preschool through grade six. Preschool is included under the Sure Start Program. The junior and senior high schools are combined in the same facility. All command-sponsored students attend one of these two schools.

IUS offers classes from Pre-K - 12th grade. All major subject area are covered to include honors and AP classes, English as a Second Language, Gifted Education, Health Education, Physical Education, Music, etc.

There are approximately 175 students enrolled in the high school and approximately 350 students in the elementary school. High school classes are small with the senior class graduating 20-25 students yearly. Both the elementary and high school are accredited by NCA.

All the inprocessing is handled by the District Personnel Office located in the high school. Bring lots of passport-sized photos. Every agency will require two or more. Address: Incirlik American High School or Elementary School, PSC 94, Unit 7180 APO AE 09824-0005. You can contact the high school by calling DSN 314-676-6330 or the elementary school by calling DSN 314-676-3109.

Students have the option of purchasing a lunch or bringing one from home. The USDA sponsored Free abd Reduced Lunch Program is available for those that qualify. The program is administered by the School liaison officer who can be reached at DSN 314-676-3750.

On base transportation is available for grades Pre-K through 8th grade only, and only if students live in the Falcon or Eagle Housing areas. Students that reside in the Phantom Housing area (majority enlisted) will have to walk to school. Air Force Blue buses are used in place of the traditional stateside yellow buses. The school bus office can be reached at DSN 314-676-3750/3043.

There are no before school programs provided by the school. After school programs include Varsity sports, Homework Clubs, Mentoring, Gymnastics, Running Club, Math Olympiads, Robotics and more. For more information contact the school liaison officer at DSN 314-676-3750.

You will have an ample opportunity to get a higher education from three academic institutions on base. The University of Maryland and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) and Central Texas College (CTC) all provide course programs in residence on base. The Education Center can help students find additional education programs offered by American colleges and universities operating overseas and in the United States. Distance education opportunities are enhanced by computer work stations to support on-line research by both military and DoD civilians and their adult family members.

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Child Care

Child Development Center. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

The Incirlik Child Development Center, located in Building 947, provides child care in a safe and nurturing environment while promoting the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of the children. The operational capacity of the center is 143.

The center provides full day care for children six months and up. Hourly care is provided by reservation.

The Child Development Center also offers a two and a half hour Enrichment Program for families in need of full time care but would like their children to experience a preschool group setting. The child must be three years old by the designated cut off date and must be able to use the toilet independently.

The Child Development Center is open Monday - Friday, 6:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Weekends, Holidays, Down Days and Goal Days the center is closed.

The Enrollment Categories include: Infants (6 wk - 12 mo), Young Toddlers (12 - 24 mo), Toddlers (2 - 3 yrs), Preschool (3 - 5 yrs) and Enrichment (3 - 5 yrs).

You can pre-register for the CDC by completing A DD Form 2606, DOD Child Development Program Request for Care Record and emailing it to the Incirlik Child Development Center.

The Air Force Aid Society funds the Give Parents a Break Program once a month on Saturday evenings. Enrollment is by referral. The following agencies or individuals are authorized to refer eligible individuals: Squadron Commanders, First Sergeants, Chaplains, Doctors/Other medical professionals, Airman and Family Readiness Center personnel, Family Advocacy personnel or Child Development Center personnel. For more information contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center at DSN 314-676-6755.

The Family Child Care Program provides care for children in government housing units by licensed providers. These licensed providers are authorized to offer childcare in their government quarters and operate in compliance with the guidelines outlined in AFI 34-276, Childcare Programs.

Extended Duty Child Care is provided by two Family Care homes to accommodate parents working mission related/extended duty hours.

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Medical Care

Medical Center. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

Incirlik AB, Turkey is a geographically remote location with fewer medical services than many military families are accustomed to. To ensure appropriate services are available for family members, a careful screening process is performed.

Incirlik Air Base has an ambulatory care clinic. There are limited speciality services, and although they maintain a close working relationship with several Turkish hospitals in Adana, use of those facilities present some challenges, especially if you have family members with special medical needs.

The primary care clinic consists of family practice, flight medicine, pediatrics and women's healthcare. They provide same-day appointments in family practice, pediatrics and flight medicine. While the ICC staff can provide treatment for most emergencies, it is important to understand that the 39th Medical Squadron does not operate an emergency room, and we rely on our Turkish partners in the city of Adana for assistance with critical cases. We do not provide overnight hospitalization. A patient liaison, fluent in both Turkish and English, accompanies you to your host nation healthcare provider appointments. When specialty care is not available in Turkey, patients are aeromedically evacuated to mainland Europe or CONUS referral facilities generally located in the Maryland/Washington D.C. area.

Obstetrical delivery services are currently under transition at Incirlik. The Base has partnered with the local Turkish hospitals to provide delivery services. Following a recent staff assistance visit by our USAFE consultant for obstetrics, we are currently not recommending local delivery services. The local Turkish hospitals are working to correct deficiencies we identified in equipment, training and facilities. In the meantime, we are recommending storknesting at Bitburg/Spangdahlem in Germnay. Expectant mothers depart Turkey prior to their 36th week of pregnancy and "storknest" in Germany until delivery. The mother and child are able to return to Turkey once the child's birth certificate, passport, and AF Form 1466, Request for Family Member's Medical and Educational Clearance for Travel are obtained. Women who are pregnant or planning to have a baby during assignment to Incirlik are encouraged to contact the Women's Healthcare Clinic at DSN 314-676-6787 as soon as possible for further information. If a woman will be greater than 30 weeks pregnant at the time of PCS, our recommendation is to delay travel until after delivery.

You are expected to arrive with current medical readiness requirements (PHA, immunizations, profiles, dental and fitness). There are unique immunization requirements at Incirlik AB; please speak with your Health Force Management or Immunizations services in your medical treatment facility if you are unsure of the requirements.