The Secretary of Defense announced today that the Department
of Defense will end operations at Pirinclik Air Base in Turkey.
This action will begin immediately, with return of the
installation to the host nation planned for September, 1997. It
will affect about 117 U.S. Air Force personnel currently assigned
to the base.
This return is the result of the general drawdown of U.S.
bases in Europe and improvement in space surveillance technology.
To date, more than 800 European locations have been returned to
the host nation, reduced or placed on standby.
The U.S. government is not reducing its commitment to Europe
or Turkey. Turkey remains a vital U.S. ally and a key regional
partner with the U.S.