Release No: 137-97
March 27, 1997
Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen announced today that
the Department of Defense will reduce the number of U.S. Air
Force personnel permanently assigned to Incirlik Air Base,
Turkey, by 40-50 percent by September 30, 1998. This action will
begin immediately, with a gradual reduction of the 2,400 U.S. Air
Force personnel currently assigned to the base.
This reduction is part of the general realignment of U.S.
bases in Europe. To date, more than 800 U.S. military locations
in Europe 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 key regional