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    Incirlik

    Reports Turkish troops have sealed off Incirlik US/NATO nuclear air base
    TURKISH citizens and police have ‘surrounded’ the Incirlik air base it operates with the United States — and where a large stockpile of NATO nuclear weapons is held — ahead of a visit by a senior US official tomorrow.

    Reports out of Turkey suggest all entrances to the air base have been blocked by heavy vehicles and police sent to secure its peremiter.

    The unusual nigh-time move sparked rumours of a second coup attempt on Turkish social media, with concerned citizens rushing to the air base to join the blockade.

    The move comes less than a week after a top US Army general was accused by Turkish media of ‘leading’ the uprising against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier this month.
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    It's been trending across the blogosphere for the last twelve hours or so, this is the first 'official' news source I've seen pick it up, but obviously no official word
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    It happened a couple days ago and only for a few hours. Erdogan being a dickhead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Officer of Engineers View Post
    It happened a couple days ago and only for a few hours. Erdogan being a dickhead.

    Yes that is true.

    tho there are still dump trucks & fire engines that are "blocking" the army barracks...

    i wonder how a 60 tonnes tank could be blocked by some trucks....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Parihaka View Post
    this is the first 'official' news source I've seen pick it up, but obviously no official word
    Stars & Stripes did a couple little-noticed articles on it last week.

    e.g.
    http://www.stripes.com/news/more-pro...et-up-1.421551
    http://www.stripes.com/news/protest-...tions-1.421541
    also:
    http://www.stripes.com/news/dunford-...aders-1.421893
    http://www.stripes.com/news/middle-e...urkey-1.421967

    RT, PressTV (Iranian) and a couple Turkish media have also been running reports.

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    When I have time tomorrow I will share a story with you my old boss told me of how a US Army Captain earned a DSM in peacetime during the Cyprus Invasion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Albany Rifles View Post
    When I have time tomorrow I will share a story with you my old boss told me of how a US Army Captain earned a DSM in peacetime during the Cyprus Invasion.
    So eager to read it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Albany Rifles View Post
    When I have time tomorrow I will share a story with you my old boss told me of how a US Army Captain earned a DSM in peacetime during the Cyprus Invasion.
    thats no mean feat - I assume he stopped Turkey and Greece from descending into a shooting war..... I hope he didn't get it due to being on the embassy drinks circuit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gf0012-aust View Post
    thats no mean feat - I assume he stopped Turkey and Greece from descending into a shooting war.....
    That was the the Canadian Airborne Regiment company group. It established a precedent of enforcing the peace through lethal force. It was the first time a UN peacekeeping force engaged in combat not in self defense but to enforce the peace.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Officer of Engineers View Post
    That was the the Canadian Airborne Regiment company group. It established a precedent of enforcing the peace through lethal force. It was the first time a UN peacekeeping force engaged in combat not in self defense but to enforce the peace.
    ah, well BZ to CAR

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    So here is the story. My old boss was a retired ammunition LTC. Spent his entire career in ammo units. Was sent to Turkey on one tour in 1976 to be the S-3 for an artillery battalion there. What many do not know is the US maintained units named field artillery but they were actually custodial units for nuclear rounds to be used by NATO Allies (one of the reasons NATO went to commonality of ammo in the 1950s). They were stationed in Italy, Turkey, Greece, Germany. They local security was handled by the host nation military but the depots were run and operated by US Army ordnance companies commanded by a major. In case the Genie got out of the bottle the US would send teams with the warheads to the actual firing batteries who would then launch the nukes down range.

    Yeah, that was the really scary part about the NATO war plans.

    Anyway, back when the Cyprus War started one of the companies reported to battalion headquarters that the Turkish guards on their post were aiming their rifles inward and not outward. Shortly thereafter several APCs rolled up the road and surrounded the camp. A Turkish colonel came through the outer gate but the American guards would not let him. The CO went out and talked to him through the fence. The Turks were there for the warheads and were demanding to be let in. The CO stalled and said let me contact higher. He found that the phone lines had been cut. He tried FM but couldn’t reach. So they went to the AM RATT rig and sent a message to battalion telling them what was going on.

    Things went back and forth for a while and then the power gets cut off. So they go to generator back up. Then the water gets cut.
    So this went on for a day or 2 and the CO tells the colonel that it was BS and he was violating NATO charter, etc (dining facility was in the outer camp) and they had run out of C - Rations. He negotiates a resupply from battalion. Battalion mess truck comes with a deuce and a half full of C Rats and a 400 gallon water buffalo trailer. The US guys unload everything and fill everything they got with water…about 250 gallons. By then night had fallen and the Turks wouldn’t let the truck leave.

    Truck leaves the next with no problem. Eventually the diplomatic arm twisting works and everything returns to normal. Everybody is friendly again.

    So what had happened? That night the CO had the warhead technicians take all the triggers for the warheads and dump them into the water buffalo…I think they were Honest John (!!) warheads. He sent a RATT message to HQ warning them NOT TO TOUCH THE WATER BUFFALO!!! The truck had to be deconned. The water buffalo ended up in a sarcophagus of concrete and buried at the nuclear waste site at Hanford, WA. And the CO was not a major, he was a captain.

    He received the Distinguished Service Medal for his actions. A DSM is normally given to flag officer for wartime service or successful high level command. He went on to command the 59th Ordnance Brigade as BG and retired.

    And Colonel, absolutely Airborne Regiment fought courageously and well.

    https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/...cekeepers.html
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    Damn, that's a story for the ages. Thanks!

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    I would have loved to see that engineer's face tasked with taking care of the water buffalo.
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