anyone been to incirlik base in turkey?
Sherry

Apo, AP

#208 Mar 1, 2013
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!:)
There are a ton of Russian prostitutes men are suckers for and once he goes off base and finds one to date you wont hear much from him.....My husband is there and once he went off base it all fell apart
jake

Buzzards Bay, MA

#209 Mar 1, 2013
Sherry wrote:
<quoted text>There are a ton of Russian prostitutes men are suckers for and once he goes off base and finds one to date you wont hear much from him.....My husband is there and once he went off base it all fell apart
BS: Don't worry about him, it is the experience of a lifetime and he should just live it to the fullest. Have him give you full details of what he sees, hears and what he visits. The beginning of civilization is right there and you can almost hear and see it, if you are willing to put the assignment in its right place and take advantage of an assignment that will only happen onece in your life and will enrich it (and to a degree your life as well) if you live it through himn and his descriptive communications etc and photos etc
Nation of Imbeciles

San Antonio, TX

#210 Mar 18, 2013
jake wrote:
<quoted text>BS: Don't worry about him, it is the experience of a lifetime and he should just live it to the fullest. Have him give you full details of what he sees, hears and what he visits. The beginning of civilization is right there and you can almost hear and see it, if you are willing to put the assignment in its right place and take advantage of an assignment that will only happen onece in your life and will enrich it (and to a degree your life as well) if you live it through himn and his descriptive communications etc and photos etc
I couldn't have said it any better but should he really tell the wife about his conquests with prostitutes?
AlongThe Way

New York, NY

#211 Mar 27, 2013
the truth about Turkey wrote:
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I went to Garmisch with my family while I was stationed in Turkey. It was alot of fun. We also took many USO tours throughout Italy. We went through the USO in Rome.
Can I talk to you about your issues with the alley? I am an American, you have my word. I once was stationed there too. Sincerely, from a friend.:-) May I have your email?
rick moore

Destin, FL

#212 Mar 27, 2013
Have done many dod shows at insirlic have enjoyed the folks there on base and off base the restraunt called merjots was a blast the turkish foks in rip off alley have always been super to us while on tour there for many years i bought alot of jewlery and carpets from there this is a great and fun place and the historical value is great we were the moore magic more fun show we played at the officers club by the bx a great place our friend works at the insirlic golf coarse his name is oson elma look him up great guy ..... god bless our military we love you all
the truth about Turkey

South Lake Tahoe, CA

#213 Mar 28, 2013
Anything you have to say to me about Turkey, you can say here. Feel free to disagree, my friend. You're in good company.
Rob Paluck

Alexandria, VA

#214 Apr 11, 2013
I was stationed at Incirlik during 1977 78. At times there were sheep blocking the main base road to E5. Also I had a bicycle. When you left the base thru the main gate you had to really fly until you reached "rip off alley" because packs of dogs would start chasing you. Often after building up a lot of speed you would place your feet on the bike handlebars to keep from being nipped by the dogs. Every once in a while the Turkish Police would come out and shoot some of the dogs.
richard sherman

United States

#215 Apr 18, 2013
Keith Norman wrote:
I was stationed at Incirlik 1976-77 with det 193-1 security police.does anyone remember the cattle that use to get on the base also the wild dogs, the big ditch that along the perimeter and a lot more. I have a lot of photos of people who were there. I will try to find a way to post them or get them to this site. It would be nice to find old friends
I was with 193-1 SP 1975-76. I do remember animals and "the canyon". rshermanjr54@gmail.com
richard sherman

United States

#216 Apr 18, 2013
Tracy Haizlip wrote:
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Oh my gosh! I don't know if I want to see those pictures!
Tracy.......I think I knew you. rshermanjr54@gmail.com
richard sherman

United States

#217 Apr 18, 2013
Tracy Haizlip wrote:
Dan and Keith,
I was stationed at Incirlik in 76-77. I experienced a lot in those 15 months. Most of it good! I also remember some of the people you guys listed. Memories!!
Now that I see the years you were there I am certain I knew you. If you don't remember my name, you may remember that I and four of my friends (AJ, PS, DR & BT) got ourselves in trouble and spent some time in the "Adana Hotel".
George Watson

Union City, CA

#218 Apr 18, 2013
Pat Butler Post wrote:
My father got stationed there with us in 1964-1966. The school had quancet huts, outdated books, but we had a nice officrs club, for adults only, a theater that showed all the updated shows for 15cents a show, a nice pool for everyone next to the theater, bowling alley, gym and exchange snack bar, and exchange store all in the same area and a library next to the Church. this was way back then and Iam looking for some friends who were stationed there the same time we were there. One worked in Ammo name Dwane or Duane Burr, and the other worked on planes his name is Ken VanderWall. We lost contact in transfers after 1966, Ken went to a base in Illonios I do believe and Duane I am not sure where he went. They would be in their 60's by now.
Can anyone help me find them or tell me how or where to go to contact them.
Thank YOu,.
Turkey is more modern today then in the 60's but all you had to do was respect the people and their culture and we would get along just fine.
Hi Pat,

We were stationed there from Feb of 65 to May of 67.
I remember the Quosenhut room for grades 4 - 6th.
Ms. Snyder was my 5th grade teacher.
We were is Sac.
Yes the pool, the theater, gym, softball games at night, little league during the day, bowling alley
and the golf course were about all there was to do.

Except for live American TV and Radio - it was a fun experience for a kid.
I can't say I met the two Airmen you mentioned.
What Grades were you in 64/65/66 ?
My sister Tracy Watson might have been in your class.
richard sherman

Montgomery, AL

#219 Apr 19, 2013
1 of 2

I just found this site and someone I knew there. I made a couple of brief comments and I am waiting for a reply. I thought I might post a few comments of my experiences at Incirlik and Turkey for those who may be going there soon.
As with so many things in life, it is what you make. I knew many guys who went to work, returned to the barracks and spent the majority of their time complaining about being there and feeling sorry for themselves. As for myself, I count my time at Incirlik CDI as the most memorable and enjoyable stations of my USAF career. I even extended for a double tour and would have stayed longer if allowed to. I had been to Turkey before as I was an AF Brat and Mom & Dad and I were in Izmir in 1958-59. Although I was very young at the time, I retained many memories of the culture and customs of the people and surprised myself at how quickly I learned the language when I returned there in 1975. I was assigned to Det 193-1 SP’s as a Desk Sgt. I was fortunate in a number of ways when I arrived there. I ran across a I knew which happen to be processing out and had an old car for sale (a 62 Chevy Impala). A car was a big plus and not many of us single guys had an opportunity to own one. Secondly, I was a newly promoted “Buck Sgt” and, with the barracks being overcrowded, I was offered quarters and rations and I found myself an apartment in downtown Adana. I made it a point not to settle in “Little America” and found a bottom floor of a three floor apartment with a Turkish Lawyer on the second floor and a Turkish Doctor (who owned the apartment) on the third. For about $80.00 a month, I had a four bedroom apartment with two bathrooms (one Turkish style, one Western style) and a massive kitchen/dining room. The walls were made of stone, about a foot thick, and there was no real need for air conditioning even in the hottest parts of the year. It had a fenced in yard and garage with fruit trees and a “Kapagee” who maintained everything. Quite a place, eh? With a car and a fine apartment, I was quite popular with the ladies although I was no more than an obnoxious kid and not much to look at. I threw myself into the local people and culture. You might even say I “went native”. I learned the language, did all my shopping locally and even sometimes dressed as a Turk (although I can’t say I thought much of their trousers). All but my religion…..I am a Methodist and always will be, but I was accepted as a Christian and respected, as I accepted and respected their beliefs. And, in fact, I found many similarities, both in history and in practice. I spent every opportunity traveling around Turkey. The old Roman Empire extended into Turkey (and previous civilizations) and there were castles and ruins every few miles, many of which were never organized and you could freely explore at will. I stayed in local low-budget hotels, local Turks homes or camped wherever I chose. The people of Turkey were wonderful. Sure, you can find exceptions, in particular those near military bases (mostly merchants) whose attitudes towards Americans have been ruined by those few of us with arrogance and rudeness. But if you get out into the countryside you will find people who will invite you into their homes, feed you and shower you with modest gifts while their children are outside washing your car. Sometimes I found the entire small communities being drawn to me. Many of the older generations could not speak English but all of the children had been taught English in school and an interpreter was always readily available. Towards the end of my tour there I had become quite proficient with knowledge of the country and could take newly assigned base people to places they could only imagine before. I have hundreds of photos. Then bad luck struck……I had only six days left in Turkey. I had already shipped my household goods, moved from my apartment and was scheduled to ship my car the next day. See 2 of 2
richard sherman

Montgomery, AL

#220 Apr 19, 2013
2 of 2 (see 1 of 2)

I had been out-processing all day and was going around saying goodbye to people when my car broke down on the outer edge of Adana. While I had my hood up working on the engine, a Turk (who had worked on my car previously) stopped to help but while I was distracted in the front of the car, one of his “abbeys” lifted my briefcase (I concluded later) from the back floorboard. It had everything in it…..what a mess. I spent the rest of the day retracing every place I had been in hopes of finding it (with no luck). At some point, I picked up a couple of GI friends (BT & DR). Our last stop was a downtown Adana apartment rented by AJ & PS. While we were there, there was a knock at the door and in came 6-8 plainclothes Turkish Police who searched the apartment and found a small amount of hashish or “esrar” in one of the back rooms. They took us all five into custody…..first to a local police station for interrogation and then to the Adana Prison.“Guilt by Association” applies in Turkey. The three of us were cleared almost immediately but still spent near two weeks in the basement of the prison. The two renters of the apartment spent about 9 months there until eventually released. Although I was released, I was required to remain “in country” while the trials for the two renters were ongoing. Those of you who might think the AF will “wisk you away to the States” if you get in trouble locally should rethink that. I lost my assignment and was eventually sent to Tinker AFB, Ok. While I remained in Turkey (several months) I was made a “liaison” between Incirlik and the Adana Prison and twice a week I would take mail, hot meals and other necessities to the two I knew, 5 other GI’s (who had been previously incarcerated) and a number of American civilians, who were there mostly on drug charges. For those of you familiar with Billy Hayes and “Midnight Express”, I have some small connection to that. Hayes was not there (although he had been earlier) but in his book he wrote of three Americans (Robert, JoAnn and Kathy) who he met in prison there for serious drug charges. They were there still and I saw them often. JoAnn and Kathy were released years later. I do not know what ever became of Robert. In spite of all of this, I enjoyed my time there greatly. I would like to hear from anyone there at those times, in particular (AJ, PS, DR & BT) who I have been searching for since the internet became available. Richard (I was known as “Rick” at the time) End 2 of 2
richard sherman

United States

#221 Apr 19, 2013
Dan Benson
For some reason, I could not access your comment so i'll try and reply this way......I do not rsemember you by name, but I was with 193-1 1975-77 and was one of those 5 cops busted for hashish (although you may recall that 3 of us were innocent and were released after a couple of weeks). I knew Tracy Hazalip and have posted a reply to her. I have many pics to exchange. rsherman54@gmail.com
richard sherman

United States

#222 Apr 21, 2013
Email address on my last post was incorrect..........rshermanjr5 4@gmail.com
Jessee

Birchwood, WI

#223 Apr 29, 2013
The Lick...We used to call it. I was there '78-'79,it what a trip. Played basketball on the base team. We were the #1 team in Turkey and went to a tournament in Spain. Worked on B FLT. Security,and lived in the dorms. I use to go downtown alot to the "compound". Like I said...What a trip,man.
tru

South Lake Tahoe, CA

#224 Apr 29, 2013
Jessee wrote:
The Lick...We used to call it. I was there '78-'79,it what a trip. Played basketball on the base team. We were the #1 team in Turkey and went to a tournament in Spain. Worked on B FLT. Security,and lived in the dorms. I use to go downtown alot to the "compound". Like I said...What a trip,man.
So, be honest now, how many sexually transmitted diseases did you manage to rack up while visiting the prostitutes at the compound? If not, are you in any way worried that, in the future, you may find that you've been harboring something for decades and infecting scores of other people?
Jessee

Birchwood, WI

#225 Apr 30, 2013
tru wrote:
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So, be honest now, how many sexually transmitted diseases did you manage to rack up while visiting the prostitutes at the compound? If not, are you in any way worried that, in the future, you may find that you've been harboring something for decades and infecting scores of other people?
I always kept it safe...in Turkey,Germany,Greece,Spain and Italy.Man,did I have the time of my life...Got more booty then a toilet seat,all those beautiful woman and I was only 19-20 years old.That is one of the first thinks your trained on in the U.S.A.F. overseas is safe sex. AAHHH....the memories.
Jessee

Birchwood, WI

#226 Apr 30, 2013
Tom Hess wrote:
Keith, while I was there they made the "biggest" marijuana and drug bust in the history of Det. 193-1. They raided our own barracks at like 5:00 AM!!! I was on duty that night on Reserve Patrol when they started calling all the patrols around our own barracks!!! At first we didn't know what was going on. LE took the dogs thru each floor. They put a lot of the guys (like 27) on "stick" patrol in the ammo storage areas. After their court marshal they were just about all sent back state side on Undesirable Discharges.
I was at Camp Bullis when that bust went down...had orders for Hawaii...but i got my orders redlined with about 6-7 others dudes.Ended up at the Lick,working B FLT. Security from Jan.'77 till May '78. Then I when to Vandenberg A.F.B. out in Cally.
Jessee

Birchwood, WI

#227 Apr 30, 2013
OPPPS...I ment Jan. '78 till May '79.

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