US to Pay for Families to Leave Incirlik, Consulate in Ankara

The US government will pay for the families of service members stationed at? Incirlik AB, Turkey, and those of staff at the US consulate in Adana to fly commercially out of the country, the Pentagon announced Thursday. The option is voluntary, and has been extended to about 900 people, Defense Department spokesman Peter Cook said in a briefing. Families that choose to fly out will be reimbursed. The decision was not made because of a specific threat, Cook said, but rather out of an “abundance of caution.” The US began manned combat operations from Incirlik in early August after Turkey eased restrictions on the use of the base. Cook said the announcement to the families was made Sept. 3 and it was too early to say how many people have decided to leave. (See the State Department’s Sept. 3 travel warning.)