We who served tours of duty with the American military in Turkey are well schooled in the fact that Turkey is a modern republic. Despite being the center of civilization for over 5,000 years, and our full recognition that Turkey cares for and acknowledges responsibility for the artifacts of its history, Turkey has left a lifelong imprint on each of us.
    As much as each American has been schooled in the history of our country's founding father, George Washington, those of us fortunate enough to have been exposed to Turkey lived among people whose families date back thousands of years, and we were schooled in the fatherhood of the new Turkey by this man, Ataturk ("Father Turk") a name bestowed upon him by the Turkish National Assembly in 1934.     Learn more about the country we served in:

The life of Ataturk in Turkey's History from Wikipedia
Full Biography of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (In Turkish; can be translated into English if you use Google Chrome, Firefox, etc.
U.S. Department of State Background of Turkey
Turkey Culture and Tourism
Lonely Planet World Guide to Turkey
Turkish Embassy, Washington, DC.  In Turkish; can be translated to English if you use Google Chrome or Firefox, etc.
All About Turkey
Steep yourself in Turkish History
The Turkish People
Hans Hendricksen's loving photgraphs of Turkey
Buy Turkish goods from decor to music
View countless videos of Turkey and Turkish Life

Also, see the links on our main page

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