anyone been to incirlik base in turkey?
silverfoxx

United States

#62 Dec 8, 2009
Silverfoxx wrote:
I'm cman. I do not remember anyone by that name. My unit was there during Desert Storm (1990 or so)
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That was a long time ago and I am better with faces than names. What unit was she with and what job did she do?
Jammer

Anchorage, AK

#63 Dec 29, 2009
"John Belushi" was at the Falcon when I was there during numerous deployments between '90-'94 but when I later returned for a TDY in '97, he was no longer around. None of the locals seemed to know where he was and one of the nearby gold shop owners told me he was found dead in '95 but I don't know how true that was. I retired from the Air Force in '01 and I'll always remember "John Belushi" as one of the funniest people I've ever met.
kelli wrote:
I was at Incerlik 89-90 dependant wife. I was evacuated during desert storm.I was 19 when I went there,and wow! culture shock! I am so thankful for the oppertunity to see how different cultures can be and just for the overall experience of spending 2 years of my life there.I wouldn't trade it for anything.I brought home a dog and 2 cats with me,my babies.my one cat is a turkish van and is 20 years old now!when I was there, there was a turkish man worked at the falcon bar "john balushi" looked just like him and did impressions of him.hysterical! did anyone else know him?
Julio

AOL

#64 Jan 24, 2010
I was stationed at Incirlik AB from December 1985 through March 1987. I was surprised having that be my first assignment fresh from tech school. It was the people, not the location, that made the place; I served with a fine bunch of individuals and they became, in a manner, my second family. My advice is don't just stay on the base. There are very interesting tourist attractions such as Cennet-Cehennem, the Mersin beach and the Maiden's Castle (aka Castle in or by The Sea). All deserved to be checked out. I was initially stunned at the base upon arrival, and there were times that I wasn't overly fond of the surroundings, but looking back nearly 25 years later, I believe that my tour there was a very worthwhile learning experience.
Jim Heston

Cambodia

#65 Feb 9, 2010
I was a dependent there in'74-75. It was great. Played Hodja football and soccer and got to get to Karamursel, Izmir, and Ankara. I life guarded at the base pool summer of 75. Great Partying in the Hospital and Police Barracks. Even better when they blacked out the base during the Cyprus invasion! I would ride the school bus to base in the morning and leave on the last Tuslog Bus into town at midnight. Now in Cambodia running a guesthouse. California 2, Phnom Penh on the riverfront. Mention Incirlik and I'll give you a discount! Military can get a hop to Singapore Space A then Jet Star Asia to PNH.
Tansel

Adana, Turkey

#66 Feb 18, 2010
TCc wrote:
I was at Incirlik from 1979-1981. Det 10. Anyone know LC Winston? Also, anyone know what Kemal "Big John" is up to?
I am a furniture merchant in the alley, Mr Kemal(Big John) is fine and he is still running his shop. You can contact by visiting my url below if you like to find more
www.incirlikredwood.com
Tansel

Adana, Turkey

#67 Feb 18, 2010
Silverfoxx wrote:
I had a hand carved wood box called a secret box that a member of my unit brought me from Incirlink when I was unable to be deployed with my unit. My box was stollen and I am trying to replace it. Anyone have any suggestions
I am a furniture merchant in the alley. They call puzzle boxes. You can reach me by visiting the Url below if you like to get some.
www.incirlikredwood.com
Robert Williams

Manchester, MA

#68 Feb 18, 2010
I was stationed at the rock in 1976- 1979 Worked at det 193-1 Security Police Law Enforcement. I have been looking for Suleyman Estidick the owner of the Turkish BX on base. He had two sons and a daughter. We were great friends and I lost his address and phone number. can some one help us find him. I hope he is still alive. Here is my e-mail address. bob_betsey@verizon.net Thanks
DMarie

Bradenton, FL

#69 Mar 19, 2010
Hello! My boyfreind is being stationed in a Turkey Air Force base, he just graduated from basic camp. I haven't heard much about it from him, so I want to know what life is like on the base. He said he can't fly planes or anything since he wears glasses. I want to know if he will be safe and what he may have to do. I really wish he'd tell me but I have no idea when he will contact me since the timezones are so different. So I also need to know about what kind of free time he may have for contacts please, if anyone knows. Thanks!:)
the truth about Turkey

Warrensburg, MO

#70 Mar 23, 2010
Turkey was an awful place, especially Incirlik. It was dirty, smelly, disease ridden (most of the locals have TB) and dangerous for children. There are lots of stray animals (especially cats) because the Turks don't allow euthanasia (even PETA permits this form of population control). Most of the Americans think it's heaven because everything they sell in the alley (furniture, rugs etc.) is cheaper than in the states. Everyone is nice because they desperately need your money to survive; they live in poverty. This is why many Americans have maids and gardeners, and nannies. Some of the nannies abuse the children- but the Americans either don't care or look the other way; they're too busy partying in "paradise". You're not permitted to hang an American flag outside of your house because it's a Turkish Air Base; even though American dollars were used to build the house. Muslim prayers blast from a speaker (off base) at least twice a day; and on special festival days, dead goat carcasses hang in the streets, off base. "Honor killings" of young women who failed to follow the strict religious laws of Islam are reported in OSI briefings. Car bombs are so common that (at the newcomers briefing) they advise all military members who travel off base to check their cars for wires and other signs of tampering before they enter (or even touch) them. There are few safety regulations and Turkey has some of the worst drivers in the world. You're also advised to carry money with you to pay off the police if they pull you over for a traffic stop. Like every other military installation, there's a market for prostitution and a brothel close to the base. This is not a place families should want to visit; let alone live there.
the truth about Turkey

Warrensburg, MO

#71 Mar 23, 2010
Tansel wrote:
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I am a furniture merchant in the alley, Mr Kemal(Big John) is fine and he is still running his shop. You can contact by visiting my url below if you like to find more
www.incirlikredwood.com
I bought some furniture at REDWOODS, 5 years ago. All of the veneer is pulling away from the surface of my cabinet and the doors are falling off.
larue1995

Upatoi, GA

#72 Mar 24, 2010
Jammer wrote:
"John Belushi" was at the Falcon when I was there during numerous deployments between '90-'94 but when I later returned for a TDY in '97, he was no longer around. None of the locals seemed to know where he was and one of the nearby gold shop owners told me he was found dead in '95 but I don't know how true that was. I retired from the Air Force in '01 and I'll always remember "John Belushi" as one of the funniest people I've ever met.
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Belushi died in 1982

“Meow”

Since: May 07

Yacking up a topix hairball

#73 Mar 26, 2010
DMarie wrote:
Hello! My boyfreind is being stationed in a Turkey Air Force base, he just graduated from basic camp. I haven't heard much about it from him, so I want to know what life is like on the base. He said he can't fly planes or anything since he wears glasses. I want to know if he will be safe and what he may have to do. I really wish he'd tell me but I have no idea when he will contact me since the timezones are so different. So I also need to know about what kind of free time he may have for contacts please, if anyone knows. Thanks!:)
If that base is anything like the time I was there, he will be safer on Incirlik Base than living in the USA.
The Jakester

Buzzards Bay, MA

#74 Mar 26, 2010
Like all overseas travel whether civilian or military you have to be aware of your surroundings
in Turkey. On the base is relaxed with a lot of activities available. Travel in southern and in all of Turkey and the middle east is incredibly interesting. ie Athens, Greece is a 1/2 hr transport away.
Your friend will be very safe at Incirlik. When I was there I lived in the local town/city of Adana, a bit more interesting than on base, but much less convenient and about 10 - 15 miles away. Better to live on base when all things are considered.
Time zones probably 8 hours later than the US east coast.
Your travel there needs to be planned carefully but if you do it you will not regret the experience.
Nice Post - The Alley

Montgomery, AL

#75 May 3, 2010
the truth about Turkey wrote:
Turkey was an awful place, especially Incirlik. It was dirty, smelly, disease ridden (most of the locals have TB) and dangerous for children. There are lots of stray animals (especially cats) because the Turks don't allow euthanasia (even PETA permits this form of population control). Most of the Americans think it's heaven because everything they sell in the alley (furniture, rugs etc.) is cheaper than in the states. Everyone is nice because they desperately need your money to survive; they live in poverty. This is why many Americans have maids and gardeners, and nannies. Some of the nannies abuse the children- but the Americans either don't care or look the other way; they're too busy partying in "paradise". You're not permitted to hang an American flag outside of your house because it's a Turkish Air Base; even though American dollars were used to build the house. Muslim prayers blast from a speaker (off base) at least twice a day; and on special festival days, dead goat carcasses hang in the streets, off base. "Honor killings" of young women who failed to follow the strict religious laws of Islam are reported in OSI briefings. Car bombs are so common that (at the newcomers briefing) they advise all military members who travel off base to check their cars for wires and other signs of tampering before they enter (or even touch) them. There are few safety regulations and Turkey has some of the worst drivers in the world. You're also advised to carry money with you to pay off the police if they pull you over for a traffic stop. Like every other military installation, there's a market for prostitution and a brothel close to the base. This is not a place families should want to visit; let alone live there.
Everything you say, it just about correct. I just got here in Feb 2010 and brought the Family alone. We have already been to many different places around the local area and are going to Germany for a vacation soon. The base might be small, but the surrounding area isn't so bad. The roadway right outside the gate "The Alley" is begining to learn how much prices are in the states, so they try to rip you off. I was at RedWoods and they wanted $800 for a table. I immediately stated that that was too much and they went down to $500. That is a $300 difference in just a matter of seconds. They try to price gouge so just be careful. I wish everyone would just pass through "The Alley" and just go into Adana and shop. It is much, much cheaper. Also, if everyone stopped shopping in "the Alley" things would get cheaper... supply and demand. Easy's Restaurant and the seafood place would have to be an exception though... it is very delicious.
Tansel

Batman, Turkey

#76 May 25, 2010
the truth about Turkey wrote:
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I bought some furniture at REDWOODS, 5 years ago. All of the veneer is pulling away from the surface of my cabinet and the doors are falling off.
This is not true. You do not like Turks and Turkey, that is why you talk bad about Turkish people. We had no any car bombs or nobody died because of stray animals. And you have not bought furniture from Redwood. I have checked your name and you are not in our records. Probably you have bought your furniture from somewhere else.
Tansel

Batman, Turkey

#77 May 25, 2010
Nice Post - The Alley wrote:
<quoted text> Everything you say, it just about correct. I just got here in Feb 2010 and brought the Family alone. We have already been to many different places around the local area and are going to Germany for a vacation soon. The base might be small, but the surrounding area isn't so bad. The roadway right outside the gate "The Alley" is begining to learn how much prices are in the states, so they try to rip you off. I was at RedWoods and they wanted $800 for a table. I immediately stated that that was too much and they went down to $500. That is a $300 difference in just a matter of seconds. They try to price gouge so just be careful. I wish everyone would just pass through "The Alley" and just go into Adana and shop. It is much, much cheaper. Also, if everyone stopped shopping in "the Alley" things would get cheaper... supply and demand. Easy's Restaurant and the seafood place would have to be an exception though... it is very delicious.
I work in Redwood, and we have no such a bargain policy, you are not telling the truth. If you still here at Incirlik, please stop by and prove it. You are sharing the same thinkings af the person that has posted bad words about the Turkey.
JJ Jones

Batman, Turkey

#78 May 25, 2010
I have purchased all my furniture while I was stationing in Incirlik. All the furniture is in excellent shape and we all are pleased from their service. Thank you Redwood!
rr d

Antalya, Turkey

#79 Jun 11, 2010
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rr d

Antalya, Turkey

#81 Jun 11, 2010
I was stationed at Incirlik AB from December 1985 through March 1987. I was surprised having that be my first assignment fresh from tech school. It was the people, not the location, that made the place; I served with a fine bunch of individuals and they became, in a manner, my second family. My advice is don't just stay on the base. There are very interesting tourist attractions such as Cennet-Cehennem, the Mersin beach and the Maiden's Castle (aka Castle in or by The Sea). All deserved to be checked out. I was initially stunned at the base upon arrival, and there were times that I wasn't overly fond of the surroundings, but looking back nearly 25 years later, I believe that my tour there was a very worthwhile learning experience. I was stationed at Incirlik AB from December 1985 through March 1987. I was surprised having that be my first assignment fresh from tech school. It was the people, not the location, that made the place; I served with a fine bunch of individuals and they became, in a manner, my second family. My advice is don't just stay on the base. There are very interesting tourist attractions such as Cennet-Cehennem, the Mersin beach and the Maiden's Castle (aka Castle in or by The Sea). All deserved to be checked out. I was initially stunned at the base upon arrival, and there were times that I wasn't overly fond of the surroundings, but looking back nearly 25 years later, I believe that my tour there was a very worthwhile learning experience. I was stationed at Incirlik AB from December 1985 through March 1987. I was surprised having that be my first assignment fresh from tech school. It was the people, not the location, that made the place; I served with a fine bunch of individuals and they became, in a manner, my second family. My advice is don't just stay on the base. There are very interesting tourist attractions such as Cennet-Cehennem, the Mersin beach and the Maiden's Castle (aka Castle in or by The Sea). All deserved to be checked out. I was initially stunned at the base upon arrival, and there were times that I wasn't overly fond of the surroundings, but looking back nearly 25 years later, I believe that my tour there was a very worthwhile learning experience. I was stationed at Incirlik AB from December 1985 through March 1987. I was surprised having that be my first assignment fresh from tech school. It was the people, not the location, that made the place; I served with a fine bunch of individuals and they became, in a manner, my second family. My advice is don't just stay on the base. There are very interesting tourist attractions such as Cennet-Cehennem, the Mersin beach and the Maiden's Castle (aka Castle in or by The Sea). All deserved to be checked out. I was initially stunned at the base upon arrival, and there were times that I wasn't overly fond of the surroundings, but looking back nearly 25 years later, I believe that my tour there was a very worthwhile learning experience. I was stationed at Incirlik AB from December 1985 through March 1987. I was surprised having that be my first assignment fresh from tech school. It was the people, not the location, that made the place; I served with a fine bunch of individuals and they became, in a manner, my second family. My advice is don't just stay on the base. There are very interesting tourist attractions such as Cennet-Cehennem, the Mersin beach and the Maiden's Castle (aka Castle in or by The Sea). All deserved to be checked out. I was initially stunned at the base upon arrival, and there were times that I wasn't overly fond of the surroundings, but looking back nearly 25 years later, I believe that my tour there was a very worthwhile learning experience. I was stationed at Incirlik AB from December 1985 through M
yla

Antalya, Turkey

#82 Jun 11, 2010
"John Belushi" was at the Falcon when I was there during numerous deployments between '90-'94 but when I later returned for a TDY in '97, he was no longer around. None of the locals seemed to know where he was and one of the nearby gold shop owners told me he was found dead in '95 but I don't know how true that was. I retired from the Air Force in '01 and I'll always remember "John Belushi" as one of the funniest people I've ever met. "John Belushi" was at the Falcon when I was there during numerous deployments between '90-'94 but when I later returned for a TDY in '97, he was no longer around. None of the locals seemed to know where he was and one of the nearby gold shop owners told me he was found dead in '95 but I don't know how true that was. I retired from the Air Force in '01 and I'll always remember "John Belushi" as one of the funniest people I've ever met. "John Belushi" was at the Falcon when I was there during numerous deployments between '90-'94 but when I later returned for a TDY in '97, he was no longer around. None of the locals seemed to know where he was and one of the nearby gold shop owners told me he was found dead in '95 but I don't know how true that was. I retired from the Air Force in '01 and I'll always remember "John Belushi" as one of the funniest people I've ever met. "John Belushi" was at the Falcon when I was there during numerous deployments between '90-'94 but when I later returned for a TDY in '97, he was no longer around. None of the locals seemed to know where he was and one of the nearby gold shop owners told me he was found dead in '95 but I don't know how true that was. I retired from the Air Force in '01 and I'll always remember "John Belushi" as one of the funniest people I've ever met. "John Belushi" was at the Falcon when I was there during numerous deployments between '90-'94 but when I later returned for a TDY in '97, he was no longer around. None of the locals seemed to know where he was and one of the nearby gold shop owners told me he was found dead in '95 but I don't know how true that was. I retired from the Air Force in '01 and I'll always remember "John Belushi" as one of the funniest people I've ever met. "John Belushi" was at the Falcon when I was there during numerous deployments between '90-'94 but when I later returned for a TDY in '97, he was no longer around. None of the locals seemed to know where he was and one of the nearby gold shop owners told me he was found dead in '95 but I don't know how true that was. I retired from the Air Force in '01 and I'll always remember "John Belushi" as one of the funniest people I've ever met. "John Belushi" was at the Falcon when I was there during numerous deployments between '90-'94 but when I later returned for a TDY in '97, he was no longer around. None of the locals seemed to know where he was and one of the nearby gold shop owners told me he was found dead in '95 but I don't know how true that was. I retired from the Air Force in '01 and I'll always remember "John Belushi" as one of the funniest people I've ever met. "John Belushi" was at the Falcon when I was there during numerous deployments between '90-'94 but when I later returned for a TDY in '97, he was no longer around. None of the locals seemed to know where he was and one of the nearby gold shop owners told me he was found dead in '95 but I don't know how true that was. I retired from the Air Force in '01 and I'll always remember "John Belushi" as one of the funniest people I've ever met. "John Belushi" was at the Falcon when I was there during numerous deployments between '90-'94 but when I later returned for a TDY in '97, he was no longer around. None of the locals seemed to know where he was and one of the nearby gold shop

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