TALKING TRK YE JUNE 12, 2015 N EWSLETTER VOL. 9 NO. 11 Serving Izmir Air Station Trkiy e NATO and 425th Air Base Squadron members plant flowers at a local girls care and rehabilitation center garden as part of a landscaping project June 6, 2015. NATO and 425th Air Base Squadron reach out to a local girls care and rehabilitation center 425th Air Base Squadron Host Nation Adviser NATO and 425th Air Base Squadron reached out to a local girls care and rehabilitation c enter June 6 in an effort to plant seedlings, flowers, fruits and vegetables as part of a landscaping project. Upon the squadrons request, the girls care and rehabilitation center administration provided a wish list of items for the landscaping project of the garden. A lot of people volunteered their time to accomplish this important outreach program, said Lt. Col. John Thomas, 425th Air Base Squadron commander. This outreach was quite an occasion for the girls as well as our community members. The support received from Team Izmir members for this project was heartfelt and overwhelming. Generous members of the Izmir military community from both the NATO Land Command and 425th ABS checked off every item on the list and more. During the landsc aping outreach, the girls, the staff, and volunteers shared in a rare and rewarding opportunity to make a difference within community. It was a very rewarding experience to be able to give back to the local community. The rehabilitation center opened their doors to us, and we were able to make a small difference that hopefully impacts their lives in a positive way, said Tech. Sgt. Nancy Rouse, 425th ABS commanders support staff. I'll never forget this experience, and how we all came together as a team and as good ambassadors. The efforts, headed up by the chaplains office, resulted in a truck full of flowers, seedlings, fruits and vegetables being delivered to the center by a dozen Airmen and Soldiers, as well as local and U.S. civilians. After helping carry the flowers with their visitors, all started the landscaping project with the planting of seedlings and flowers after the welcome remarks of the girls care and rehabilitation center director. We came together to sow seeds of friendship, plat ed with love and care, knowing the harvest of deeply cherished relationships will continue for many, many years to come, said Chaplain Capt. Jeremy Bastian, 425th Air Base Squadron chaplain. We give special thanks to all those who contributed to the care and rehabilitation center outreach. Many in attendance were moved by the importance of the outreach program and grateful to be part of such a rewarding experience. Photo by Tanju V
2 Editorial 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 email@example.com and at 425abs. firstname.lastname@example.org 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. An interior view of the historic Hisar Mosque at the Hisarn Area in During the Ramadan fast, the faithful spend as much time as possible in a mosque. Lanterns are hung from minaret tops in many communities and lamps are lit inside mosques for evening prayer. (This is the first in a two part series on Ramadan and the Ramadan Holiday) Muslims observe Holy Month of Ramadan Commentary by Tanju Var 425th Air Base Squadron Host Nation Adviser Izmir newcomers may wonder why their Turkish co workers and neighbors are not eating, smoking or drinking during lunchtime or during breaks. Asking a Turkish co worker to join for lunch might earn a polite No, thanks, because they are fasting from sunrise to sunset every day during Ramadan. This years monthlong observance starts June 18 and ends July 16 prior to the threeday religious holiday Ramazan Bayram or eker Bayram that marks the end of Ramadan. (Commentary continued on Page 3) Action Line The Action Line is your direct link to me. I use 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: email@example.com or complete a form at NATO Building # 1 or the Izmir Consolidated Center entry control point.
3 One of the most popular Rama d an entertainments is the shadow plays of Kara gz and Hacivat two Ottoman Turks, which developed from the 17th century. The shadow pla ys used to be important vehicles of social and political satire, while at the same time being notorious for the impropriety of the jokes. Karag z and Hacivat plays are largely the product of improvisation and are conducted as traditional entertainment on t he nights of Ramadan. Muslims observe the Holy Month of Ramadan as a period of prayer, fasting and cleansing of their souls from sin. Ramadan, known in Trkiye as Ramazan, is based on the Fourth Pillar of Faith laid down by the Prophet Mohammed. This pill ar says, It is the duty of every true believer to keep the Fast of Ramadan. During the Ramad an fast, the faithful spend as much time as possible in a mosque. Lanterns are hung from minaret tops in many communities. Lamps are also lit inside mosques for evening prayer. The brilliant glow of the mosques commemorates the revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Mohammed and Mohammeds illumination on the Night of Power. This year, the Night of Power is July 13 Ramadan is a month of self discipline and s elf control for those who fast. This year, f asting is observed daily two hours before sunrise from 3:48 a.m. until sunset around 8: 46 p.m. in Izmir for about 17 hours Every morning and evening, a cannon or gun shot is heard to announce the rising and set ting sun. In some communities, drums are beaten in the streets. In Izmir, the cannon is fired from Kadifekale, Alexander the Greats castle overlooking the city. Lighted windows appear before daybreak each morning as meals are prepared and while many pe ople still sleep. One shot is fired around two hours before sunrise to give warning that it is time to prepare for the early morning meal. This first meal of the day, eaten before sunrise, is called Sahur. For Sahur, the whole family gathers around a table, which is presided over by the master of the house. After Sahur, ablutions, or washings, are performed and the first of five daily prayers is said. Following the prayer, a vow is made to keep the fast of the day. This vow is essential as it const itutes obligations. The family then returns to bed, only to rise again at the normal hour. The day then proceeds as usual except neither food nor drink pass Muslims lips until sundown. Because smoking is associated with drinking, it is likewise forbidden. At sunset, a shot is fired marking the official end to that days fast. It is the time for the ftar Meal, the breaking of the fast. Then the voice of the M ezzin calls everyone to prayer. Since Ramadan is also a month for drawing closer to relatives and friends, it is customary to invite Some squadron members i nvite their Turkish friends to restaurants or their homes for break their fast a minute or two earlier than the day prior. Some families visit the cemeteries to pay respect to relatives or friends who have died. This is usually done on Arife, ( pronounc e d ahree feih), which is July 16 this year. Another Ramadan obligation, and one of the five conditions of being a good Muslim, is the collection of money and giving to the needy. Each family member c ontributes. The Mftlk, or the senior Muslim Hocas office in each community, sets the amount according to income and cost of living. Traditionally, this is given to the needy during the third week of Ramadan, but no later than the first prayer on the f irst day of Ramaz which starts July 17 this year.
4 MOVIE NIGHT AT THE IZMIR CLUB THIS COMING SATURDAY June 13, 2015 June 13, 2015 5.30 p.m 8 p .m. Project Almanac Jupiter Ascending (PG 13) (PG 13) Project Almanac Plot Summary: A brilliant high school student and his friends uncover blueprints for a mysterious device with limitless potential, inadvertently putting lives in danger. Jupiter Ascending Plot Summary: A group of teens discover secret plans of a time machine, and construct one. Howev er, things start to get out of control.