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    Airmen May Again Get Accompanied Tours to Incirlik After Turkey Security Situation Improves

    Airmen May Again Get Accompanied Tours to Incirlik After Turkey Security Situation Improves

    Force officials are considering allowing families and dependents to join airmen on tours to Incirlik Air in . If finalized, that move would reverse a seven-year policy that established the location as an unaccompanied tour.

    A project task force team with U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa met at Incirlik Air Base last week to “assess the feasibility” of returning to standard tours, according to a Monday press release. If any such change is approved, officials said it would likely happen gradually.

    “We are not considering a full-scale, unconditional return of dependents immediately,” Lt. Col. Charles Setzer, the 39 Mission Support Group deputy commander, said in the press release. “It will take a phased approach based on the [courses of action] we are presented.”

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    Almost seven years ago, on Sept. 29, 2016, the Air Force announced that deployments to Turkey were going to be unaccompanied 12-month tours “taking into account the region's current security environment and in consultation with the State Department and Turkish government,” according to a 2016 press release.

    Prior to that announcement, it was a 24-month accompanied tour option or a 15-month unaccompanied tour for airmen.

    Turkey has been a ally since the 1950s and has played a key military role for the U.S. in fighting the Islamic State in the…

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