Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, tours parts of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey that were destroyed during the July 15 coup attempt alongside his Turkish counterpart, Gen. Hulusi Akar, in Ankara on Aug. 1. (Dominique A. Pineiro/Defense Department)
Washington Post: How the U.S. military scrambled in Turkey to keep working during the coup attempt
INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey — During the first night of the coup, the lights went out here around 2 a.m., as local authorities shut off this sprawling airfield’s power, beginning what would be a kind of siege of the joint Turkish-U.S. base.
U.S. Air Force Col. David Trucksa, the commander of the 447th Air Expeditionary Group, had been at his post commanding a contingent of U.S. ground attack aircraft and refueling jets at Incirlik for little more than two weeks when — on the night of July 15 — his second in command called and told him to flip to the news.
It was his first notice that a coup was underway outside the base.
Trucksa immediately started calling up his chain of command and summoning key personnel who were off-duty. It had been a long week of flying, he said, and people were spread across the base starting their weekend.
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WNU Editor: There is no mention on what was done (if anything) to insure that U.S. nuclear weapons on the base were secured. There is also no mention if any of the U.S. personnel on the base had an inkling that someone was going down. Many questions .... no answers.