anyone been to incirlik base in turkey?
Ben from Texas

Brownwood, TX

#21 Jun 14, 2008
I guess time brings drastic changes. I spent 2 years at Incirlik in 1960-61 and have to say that was my worst assignment in 23 years of service!!!

“Meow”

Since: May 07

Yacking up a topix hairball

#22 Jun 14, 2008
Ben from Texas wrote:
I guess time brings drastic changes. I spent 2 years at Incirlik in 1960-61 and have to say that was my worst assignment in 23 years of service!!!
To make it that way:

Sometimes, it's the locals.~AND~ Sometimes, it's the immediate CO, Wing King, or Base Commander (or all 3)

I loved it when I was there. The pollution, I could have lived without breathing in. American immune systems aren't used to that....at least when I was there. It might be cleaned up by now.
Amanda McConnell

Alton, IL

#23 Aug 27, 2008
I was in turkey from 2003 until 2007, I was both single and married. Dorm life is fun, tell him to get out and travel, see the world, however don't let the drinking and parting run his life. If married make sure it's not just for joint assignment. He will have a blast.. most turkish people are wonderful, others want in your pockets. Enjoy the food, people and travels. Just as you would in the states be aware of your surroundings. Best wishes.. i have advise for travel for you and your son as well as pictures of the base and surrounding places as well as people that are still there that i could let you contact. Good luck
Greg

Columbus, OH

#24 Sep 12, 2008
I was at Incirlik from 98-00 and to this day still feel as if it was my best assignment! My family and I took advantage of the opportunity and traveled the country quite extensively. We found the Turkish people to be very welcoming and often would go out of their way to help a stranger in their land. For example, we were in Izmir and one of my sons became ill. We did not know where the hospital was so we stopped and asked a policeman. He got in our car and went with us to the hospital! My son received excellent treatment. This is but one example of how warm and caring the Turkish people were to us. I have many other examples but won't share them due to space limitations. The one thing though that you should never do is insult Ataturk, the founder of modern day Turkey. This will land you in BIG trouble! Enjoy the country, its people, and travel and I think you will find it to be a wonderful experience!
tj_B

Guelph, Canada

#25 Sep 15, 2008
I was there 1976 for 18 months, originally fr WVA, first time from home, as a female it wasn't really that bad. Made a;ot of friends
JerseyMom

Newark, DE

#26 Oct 11, 2008
You feel Turkey is safer that Osan Korea? My son has a choice of those two for security forces?
Sara wrote:
Yes, I was living there as a dependent from the summer of 1990 until the summer of 1992. I was NEOed out of there in January of 1991 and came back 3 months later after the Gulf War ended. Afterthought on the NEO was that it was a waste of my time.
It was the best base to be at as far as I'm concerned. I believe it's a safe place to be and safer than many parts of the USA for that matter.
Might I add: Go visit him while he is stationed there. Lots to do and lots of history to see. The people are fantastic.
Just know that they don't seem to have the equivalent of an EPA there. I got sick a lot. The immunity system of some Americans aren't prepared for that kind of environmental bombardment.
Other than that be ecstatic for him.
I'd go back in a heartbeat myself.
JerseyMom

Newark, DE

#27 Oct 11, 2008
I would like to know which base is best for security forces Osan Korea of Turkey? My concern is deployment.
Sara

United States

#28 Oct 11, 2008
JerseyMom,

I can't speak for the base in Korea, I've never been there. But if he does go to Turkey, he will probably have a great time. There is so much to do. The people are nice....every one I encountered. The cost of living is good for people with a US paycheck. So many sites and places... the beaches, shops, historical landmarks, etc.

I was a dependant wife with small children at the time and always felt safe. I've heard that the conditions are even better now than when I was there.

The pollution was the only thing I had trouble with at the time. Not all areas of the world have strict US EPA standard equivalents. There are many areas in the world that are cleaner than the USA, too, but not the Incirlik that I was used to. That might have changed, don't know.

I hope this puts some of your fears at ease. I loved it there in Turkey, even during that first Gulf War. I was safe.
crazymom9

Rossville, GA

#29 Nov 9, 2008
I loved Turkey and was also there from 1989 to 1992, I was also NEOed and was back in the states for 3 monthes. Went back on the first available flight. And I agree it was a waste in someways but a blessing for me since my dad passed away less than a year later and without the evac, I never would have spent that time with him. The best advice that I would have given, at least back then, is to never tell how long you have been in country. The locals would use that info to gauge how shopping savie you were. Basically when asked, we would always say we had been there six monthes or longer. And wait a few monthes before you start buying things. You will learn alot about the people and culture if you immerse yourself. Memories that last a lifetime. Read the book Scotch and Holy water by John David Tumpane. It is out of print but you can find it on Amazon and everyone that misses Turkey or is thinking about visiting should read it.
Sara

United States

#30 Nov 11, 2008
crazymom9 wrote:
I loved Turkey and was also there from 1989 to 1992, I was also NEOed and was back in the states for 3 monthes. Went back on the first available flight. And I agree it was a waste in someways but a blessing for me since my dad passed away less than a year later and without the evac, I never would have spent that time with him. The best advice that I would have given, at least back then, is to never tell how long you have been in country. The locals would use that info to gauge how shopping savie you were. Basically when asked, we would always say we had been there six monthes or longer. And wait a few monthes before you start buying things. You will learn alot about the people and culture if you immerse yourself. Memories that last a lifetime. Read the book Scotch and Holy water by John David Tumpane. It is out of print but you can find it on Amazon and everyone that misses Turkey or is thinking about visiting should read it.
OMG!! I wonder if I could have been on the same plane as you? I was NEOed out on a C-5 to Frankfurt before taking a C-141 to Dover. I was back as immediately as I could, too.

The weird thing was that Incirlik was an easier place to live that in my home town at that moment. CNN is all about the ratings and making things sound more horrific than they actually were. They know what sells to the "rubber-neckers". It seems they are still pulling that junk still to this day.

And I agree with the choice of 'Scotch and Holy Water' it give a good, honest, and lighthearted ethnographic view of that area from a western standpoint.
AIRSTREAM

Fairfax, VA

#31 Nov 18, 2008
was stationed at Incirlik from 1965 to 67 with Det. 114- APRON. One of the best assignments of my career.
KDR

Lowville, NY

#32 Nov 20, 2008
Howie wrote:
I am trying to find out some information regarding the homicide of a female sargent while at the Incirlik base approximately 1992 / 1993. She was killed by her fiance, Dante Ventresca, who was employed by General Electric (now Lockheed Martin).
Howie,
It was at Pirinclik Air Station, not Incirlik. I worked there at the time. Dante worked on the other shift. I don't remember the woman's name.
glover

Miami, FL

#33 Nov 22, 2008
i was a dependent at incirlik (det 4) in 64-65. i went to high school in the kwanset hut, hunted pigs in tarsus forest,drank raki in the compound and had the time of my life! the turkish people are some of the nicest and bravest people in the world. i have many wonderful memories of turkey, especialy since we drove there from paris france. it took 16 days. i would return to turkey in a heartbeat. go there and meet the people and have a great time.
Nicole

Scottsdale, AZ

#34 Nov 24, 2008
Howie,

I was wondering if you found anymore information on the homicide involving Dante Ventresca. Please email me at [email protected] with any information you might have.
Gary Golden

Oklahoma City, OK

#36 Jan 27, 2009
Looking for anyone stationed at Incirlik 1989-1991 for Desert Shield / Storm. I was in NCOIC of transient alert. Looking for anyone I might have served with. Would like to get in touch.

Also, I was also in the 601st CAMS/AGS at Sembach AB, GE from 1979-1981.
[email protected] Gary Golden
travelbug

Germany

#37 Feb 4, 2009
I work for the DoD schools in Italy now. I am thinking about transferring to Incirlik. It sounds like it was a wonderful place years ago but what about now for a single civilian female? Is there base housing? Is the housing modern off base? Shopping still good? Would like to chat with someone there or recently moved.
jon

Cut Bank, MT

#38 Feb 11, 2009
What is the pay in incirlik now? special pay? COLA rates? Thanks
mary lugent

United States

#39 Feb 21, 2009
I can give you alot of information if you want. I was there from 1998-1999 a single female with a turkish boyfriend living in incirlik village. Can't live off post now but not sure about DOD Civilians. better to live off..Only shop in Adana ..not the alley..they are alot of times crooks. I would do all my shopping in old adana, the markets, the outdoors shopping and my favorite restaruant is in old adana...can't remember the entire name but it ended with gaznietepp or something like that after the city. You can contact me at [email protected]
TCc

Greenwood, MS

#40 Feb 27, 2009
I was at Incirlik from 1979-1981. Det 10. Anyone know LC Winston? Also, anyone know what Kemal "Big John" is up to?
Deez

Sheffield, UK

#41 Mar 1, 2009
hello,
i stationed currently at RAF Mildenhall and heading to Incirlik in a short time as my next duty assignment. if anyone could let me know if there's any great sites for info on COLA, Spe. Pay, culture, base funnies, it would be appreciated, thank you.

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