U.S. European Command has now restricted travel to Turkey for all Defense Department personnel: all military and civilian workers, and family members, including those with dual citizenship, are prohibited from traveling to Turkey.
Unofficial and official travel — including ship-to-shore travel from cruises in Turkey — require general officer approval.
Personnel in Turkey should avoid public protests, demonstrations, rallies or other large gatherings to the greatest extent possible. They should remain alert to suspicious behavior and be aware of their surroundings at all times.
STUTTGART, Germany – General Philip M. Breedlove, Commander, U.S. European Command, recently made this announcement during his visit to Washington D.C. today.
“The U.S. Air Force has begun staging small detachments of aircraft and airmen at Diyarbakir Air Base in southeast Turkey to enhance Coalition capabilities to support personnel recovery operations in Syria and Iraq. Diyarbakir Air Base is a Turkish base home to the Turkish air force’s 8th Air Wing. The Republic of Turkey and the U.S. are long-time NATO Allies and the U.S. Air Force has a long history of working alongside our Turkish allies. This deployment will enable us to better assist with recovery of our Coalition partners should they need assistance in Syria or Iraq. We will be guests of the Government of Turkey at Diyarbakir Air Base; there are no plans for a permanent U.S. presence at this location. This marks yet another successful cooperative effort between the Turkish and U.S. militaries.”