Talking Türkiye

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Talking Türkiye
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Talking Turkey
Izmir Air Base ( issuing body )
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425th Air Base Squadron, Izmir Air Base
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TALKING TRK YE APRIL 22, 2015 N EWSLETTER VOL. 9 NO. 8 Serving Izmir Air Station Trkiy e Children from Latvia dance during a Nat ional Sovereignty and Childrens Day celebration T rkiye celebrates National Sovereignty and Children s Day Story by Tanju Varl 425th Air Base Squadron Host Nation Adviser The 95th anniversary of the foundat ion of the Turkish Parliament will be observed during the National Sovereignty and Chi ldrens Da y on April 23. T rkiye celebrates both the anniversary of the Turkish National Assembly which opened in 1920 during the Turkish War of Independence, and the country wide celebration of International Childrens Day on this holiday. C elebrated since 1986, National Sovereignty and Childrens Day was dedicated to children on the same day the Turkish Parliament was established by Mustafa Kemal Atatrk the founder of the Turkish Republic. When the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cult ural Organization declared 1979 as Childrens Year, the Turkish Republic decided to share this day dedicated to Turkish children with the children of the world. This year, around 650 children from 45 countries will participate in the Turkish Radio and Television 37th International April 23 Childrens Day celebrations. Elementary school students all over T rkiye are interviewed by the press as they symbolically take the places of governors mayors, police chiefs and military commanders on April 23 The pres ident, prime minister and provincial governors all turn over their positions to child representatives from schools. For example, in Ankara, some elementary school children selected from different cities of Trkiye pay a v isit to the presidents and the prime ministers offices and conduct a short interview with them. During the celebrations here in Izmir, elementary school children symbolically sit in for M ustafa Toprak governor of Izmir; Gen. Galip Mendi the Aegean army commander; Aziz Kocao mayor of Izmir; and Celal Uzunkaya the police chief of Izmir. In addition, a number of dignitaries will be present at the wreathlaying ceremony which will be held at the Cumhuriyet Square in front of the Atat rk Monument at 9.30 a.m. April 23 Na tional Sovereignty and Childrens Day celebrations start at 10 a.m. at the Cumhuriyet Square and continue throughout the day and will be broadcast live on national TV. Celebrations will continue throughout the week in the districts of Izmir with participants from 45 countries including: T rkiye India, Germany, Belarus, BosniaHerzegovina, Bulgaria, China, Georgia, Northern Cyprus, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Hungary, Macedonia, Malaysia, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Iraq, Morocco, Japan, Liberia, Thailand, Mexico, Venezuela, Indonesia and many other countri es. For more information about the program, call the 425th Air Base Squadron Public Affairs office, at DSN 675 6698. Photo by


U.S. Customs, you By Albert Stevens U.S. Customs and Agricultural Inspector Everyone assigned to Izmir will eventually have to ship per sonal property back to the U.S. even if their next assignment is another assignment outside the CONUS. This could be in the form of a package mailed to a family member or the eventual return of a members property when they do return to the U.S Most people know the general restrictions that are faced by military members overseas. Members cannot, of cour se, ship alcohol or fresh food through the postal service to the United States. Members should also know t hat they cannot ship canned meat through the postal system, to include soups containing meat. While on the subject of mailing items, if a member pla n s on mailing gifts back to their family, keep an eye on the prices. If the value of the gift is over $100.00 the member will ha ve to pay duty on the gift. Members may want to reconsider the gold bracelet they were going to send their wife for her birthday. Any duty that is owed will be collected at the receiving end, never at the sending end. This could make that gift seem more like a burden. When a member returns to the U .S. they can carry up to $400.00 worth of foreign goods on them in person with their duty free. There are quantity limitations that apply to tobacco and alcohol that is no more than 100 cigars and 200 cigarettes and only 1 liter of w ine, beer or liquor (only if they are over 21). In a members personal property shipment a member may have fewer limitations on quantities, but still face the same restrictions on prohibited items like fresh food and meat Also, alcohol is still limit ed to 1 liter duty free. If a member includes more t han one liter of alcohol in their personal property, they need to make sure they have paid the appropriate state taxes or can provide proof that the state does not charge any. Since this varies with each state and changes are frequent, it is on the member to make sure they are legal in that regard. A good starting web site to see what a member may owe in taxes is: ABC.shtml Other items can be prohibited as well such as Kinder eggs chocolate which has small parts that have been declared a choking hazard for small children. In 2011, 60,000 of these treats were seized b y U.S. Customs personnel Pirated copies of trademarked items are also prohibited and could be seized, and a fine levied. Lastly, some items a member may buy t hat are unique to Turkey. Everyone has been told that the governm ent of Turkey does not allow a member to ship out antiquities, to include carpets. Many people dont know that it may also be prohibited to import those items into the U .S. even if a member get s them out of Turkey. Some items would require an export certificate from the country of origin. For more information, contact the local USDA/U.S. Customs Agent at DSN 675 6723. Editor ial Staff 425th Air Base Squadron Commander Lt. Col. John M. Thomas 425th Air Base Squadron Director of Operations Capt. David J. Bresser Host Nation Adviser Contents of Talking Trkiye are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense or the Department of the Air Force. All photographs are Air Force photographs unless otherwise indicated. The editorial staff can be reached by phone at DSN 6756694 and DSN 6756698; and by email at and at 425abs. The T alking Trkiye newsletter is published Fridays bi weekly Subm ission deadline f or articles is COB Monday before the publication date; submission by deadline does not guarantee publication. All submissions must be emailed or provided on a com puter disk in a document format. Articles are run at the discretion of the editorial staff on a spaceavailable basis and are edited to reflect Air Force style and news format. News, feature and editorial material of the newsletter conforms to the Associa ted Press Style Book and Briefing on Media Law. Action Line The Action Line is your direct link to me. I us e the Action Line to help identify and address your concerns when normal command and agency channels havent been able to resolve them. To submit an action line, e mail: or complete a form at NATO Building # 1 or the Izmir Consolidated Center entry control point. 2


Locals of Izmir sit by the water at Pasaport and enjoy their breakfast and the perfect view in the serene morning silence as ferries are coming and leaving. Enjoy a hearty breakfast in the serene morni ng silence of Izmir Story by Tanju Varl 425th A ir B ase Squadron Host Nation Adviser When the seasons change and the weather becomes warmer with the first signs of spring, there are a lot of places to go for your early morning meal. In Istanbul, for example, the Sultanahmet Square is surrounded with little cafeterias in front of the historic structures. In Ankara, people get their breakfast in the Izmir, the best breakfast spots in the city center are the First Kordon and Pasaport Locals of Izmir often sit by the water and enjoy their breakfast before going to work. The workers, who take the morning ferries from Kar typically stop by at the gevrek, kumru, boyoz and brek stands in Pasaport. From 8 to 9 :30 a. m., there are lines of people trying to get their morning breakfast usually a gevrek or boyoz, a piece of cheese, and an egg while sitting at one of the coffeehouses or cafeterias along the water. Additionally, they can order their first ay of the m orning while enjoying the perfect view in the serene morning silence of Izmir as ferries come and go on the water. A local vendor sells gevrek, kumru, boyoz and brek to locals of Izmir at a stand at Pasaport. Two of Izmirs favorite breakfast del icacies are kumru and gevrek. Kumru is a sandwich originating from which can be enjoyed at any time of the day. As people make their daily walk to work, they may find several stands selling kumru, please take the time and enjoy this delicacy. T he second favorite breakfast in Izmir is the gevrek, a ring shaped, short bread covered in sesame seeds and sold in almost every district of Izmir. If the kumru or the gevrek does not spark your interest, you may want to try a Brek, a flaky pastry filled with thin layers of food (usually cheese, spinach, potato or cooked ground beef) or a Boyoz, a plain brek that goes well with egg, cheese and ay. Finally, there is also Bergama tulum cheese, which is solid, a little salty and tasty. While in Izmir, try to have breakfast at one of the ferryboat stations or at one of the local cafes. Ask for a glass of hot Turkish tea, some Bergama (Pergamum) tulum cheese (cheese encased in a skin) and some gevrek. A healthy breakfast consisting of all these delicio us ite ms will not cost you more than 4 Turkish L iras. While the specific items served in each region may differ, the worldfamous Turkish ay plays an important role in the daily lives of Turkish people. Do not be surprised when offered tea by waiters after finishing your meals; it is just a sign of hospitality and friendship. Afiyet olsun! Enjoy your meal! May it do you good! Photo by Tanju Varl Photo by Tanju Varl Photo by 3


MOVIE NIGHT AT THE IZMIR CLUB THIS COMING SATURDAY April 25 2015 April 25 2015 5.30 p.m. 8 p m. The Wedding Ringer The Gambler (R ) (R ) The Wedding Ringer Plot Summary: Two weeks shy of his wedding, a socially awkward guy enters into a charade by hiring the owner of a company that provides best men for grooms in need. The Gambler Plot Summary: Lit professor and gambler Jim Bennett's debt causes him to borrow money from his mother and a loan shark. Further complicating his situation is his relati onship with one of his students. Will Bennett risk his life for a second chance? S pring Egg s travaganza A view from the Spring Eggs travaganza at NATO that was hosted by the Izmir Liberty Chapel April 11, 2015. By Traci Williams 425th A ir B ase Squadron Youth Director Izmir Lib erty Chapel hosted a Spring Eggstravaganza at the NATO soccer field April 11, 2015. The event was well attended by the 425th Air Base Squadron and NATO families, and began with an Easter e gg hunt of more than 1,000 eggs. Following t he egg hunt were games and activities for children as well as adults. The egg toss, bunny hop, cake w alk and spring hat competition were some of the highlights of the event. The children were able to earn tickets by participating in events and then turned the tickets in for small prizes. There were drawings for Easter baskets, cakes, and a balloon bouquet. It was a beautiful spring morning and everyone had a great time playing games and being able to relax with a family friendly event. Master Sgt. Derrick Drennan, 425th ABS security forces flight chief, summed it up best when he said, This was a great event! It showed the NATO community that we care about them and are here to serve them! Photo by Troy Williams 4