By: Capt. MacKenzie Margroum
February 24, 2023
INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Türkiye – United States Marines, Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen worked around the clock to deliver an emergency field hospital from the continental United States to Incirlik Air Base in Türkiye, Feb. 22, 2023, as part of the U.S. Department of Defense’s continuous commitment to assist survivors of the catastrophic earthquake.
U.S. Naval Forces Europe, in coordination with U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM), U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM), and U.S. Air Force (USAF) Air Combat Command (ACC) facilitated the delivery of the field hospital, with assistance from staffs in Kelly Field in San Antonio, Texas, and Langley Air Force Base, Va.
“We are responding to the request for support from USAID that will provide a critical medical capability while the Turkish government rebuilds,” said Brig. Gen Andrew Priddy, commanding general, TF 61/2. “I am proud of the professionalism in which the team has responded to the earthquake’s devastation.”
U.S. Marines, assigned to U.S. Sixth Fleet’s Task Force 61/2, are working at the request of the Turkish Ministry of Health through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to ensure the hospital is established and operational in the province of Hatay, one of Türkiye’s most severely impacted areas.
The emergency field hospital is equipped with an emergency room, two operating rooms, and an intensive care unit along with critically needed medical supplies and equipment to ensure the functionality of the hospital.
The Marines of TF 61/2 and Airmen from 39th Air Base Wing will set the hospital up over the course of a week, beginning Feb. 24 and will turn the facility over to Turkish authorities once established. Once turned over, the hospital will provide Turkish medical professionals expanded capability to continue providing critical and urgent health care to the citizens of Türkiye impacted by the devastating earthquakes.
TF 61/2, under operational control of U.S. Naval Forces Europe and U.S. Sixth Fleet, is responding to the deadly 7.8 magnitude earthquake that devastated Türkiye on Feb. 6. Hours after the earthquake, U.S. Marines and Sailors established a forward crisis response operations center at Incirlik Air Base, Türkiye, in close coordination with U.S. interagency partners and Turkish officials.
For more than 80 years, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-U.S. Naval Forces Africa (NAVEUR-NAVAF) has forged strategic relationships with allies and partners, leveraging a foundation of shared values to preserve security and stability.
Headquartered in Naples, Italy, NAVEUR-NAVAF operates U.S. naval forces in the U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) and U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM) areas of responsibility. U.S. Sixth Fleet is permanently assigned to NAVEUR-NAVAF, and employs maritime forces through the full spectrum of joint and naval operations.