Air Force: Voluntary departure of military families, civilians from Incirlik extended
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: October 8, 2015
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — The authorized voluntary departure of dependents of military and civilian personnel assigned to Incirlik Air Base in Turkey has been extended for another 30 days, Air Force officials said Thursday.
The extension, approved on Oct. 2 by Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work, extends the departure window until Nov. 2 for dependents wanting to return home.
The program was first approved on Sept. 2 to promote the safety of servicemembers’ families. It followed Turkey’s authorization to allow U.S. warplanes to fly missions against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria from Incirlik, located near the southern city of Adana.
So far, 39 command-sponsored dependents — out of an estimated 900 — have opted to return home under the program, according to officials with U.S. Air Forces in Europe–Air Forces Africa.
The authorized voluntary departure program can be continuously extended in 30-day increments for up to 180 days, depending on the security environment.
Under the program, the military covers the cost of moving out of Turkey. It will also pay to bring dependents back once the security situation improves.