US military to upgrade outposts in Turkey

The US military is set to upgrade a number of its facilities in Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base and other discrete outposts that it uses to run operations across the region, according to the White House’s proposed 2018 budget.

The US Air Force has requested about $26 million in funding to build a new dormitory for airmen deployed to Incirlik, which plays a key role in the US-led coalition’s aerial campaigns in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The spending bill also includes a $6.4 million request by the US Army for an undisclosed “forward operating site.”

The requests indicate that Turkey, a close NATO ally of the US, is going to remain a key operating base for US military missions for the years to come.

The Pentagon is planning to build dormitories to accommodate 216 Security Forces airmen currently stationed at Incirlik, which will help reduce their operational response time by situating them closer to the base’s military operations…

Read more