Our Tour in Turkey
Keith & Katie 1995 - 1997:
Turkey was one of the
most exciting countries Katie has ever visited. This
would make her 3rd and Keith's 2nd - as far as military
tours. They found out of the tour in December 1994 and
were completely excited. Five months to plan and they
were on their way.
The first part of the plan was to find a place to store
their `94 Canary Yellow Mustang GT (5-speed of course)
and Keith's CBR 600 (motorcycle). Their timing was
impeccable. They left the day after the bombing in
Oklahoma City, on their way to Oklahoma to store the CBR
at Keith's brother's house. They traveled through
tornado warnings/watches outside of Nashville. Keith on
the CBR and Katie following close behind. They finally
made it into Oklahoma (long trip due to the rain) and
parked and pickled (removed all fluids) the CBR.
then traveled to Oklahoma City to visit Keith's Aunt.
They went downtown and saw the devastation. Although
life was going on and cars were driving about, around
the perimeter - you if a pin dropped the sound from it
would have been deafening.
Keith and Katie then left Oklahoma City, via their GT
onward to California. The GT was eventually parked at
Katie's sister's house in Fremont, but they traveled and
visited many relatives and friends.
Keith and Katie then flew to North Carolina, where they
visited with Katie's brother and father. After that
visit, they returned to Georgia and packed up for their
Upon arriving in Turkey, on base no less, they were
exhausted. The flight was LONG and Turkey was HOT. They
were greeted by Katie's sponsor and taken to temporary
lodging. After orientation and signing in, Keith and
Katie found an apartment just outside the base. Right
across the heavily guarded fence from the Commissary.
For the most part, Keith and Katie walked everywhere
they had to go, except for trying to carry groceries
back from the commissary - they called a taxi - and it
cost less than $1 to get home, but they always tipped
the drivers well.
and Katie also received bad news within 2 weeks of arriving.
The first was that Keith's Uncle Vic had passed. Keith took
the news as well as could be expected. The second was their
GT was involved in a gang shooting and the back windshield
was shattered. Keith and Katie didn't really care, they were
more concerned about her sister and the family (who were
Keith was able to walk to work. As for
Katie, she worked so far away from the main part of
base, walked would not have been the best thing to do,
although, she did rollerblade one day, and walked a
couple of other days, from work back to main base. After
a while, when she worked her 12 hour mids, she would go
to a friends house on base and crash there until it was
time to go to work again. She got better sleep and it
wasn't so far to travel.
Keith and Katie did a lot of traveling during their time
in Turkey. They learned about the culture, the
underground cities - where the Christian hid when they
were under attack and being oppressed, and the food. The
biggest thing Katie learned was that her system could
not handle it and not to eat it. There were a couple of
things she could eat - ekmek (flat bread) and shephard
While in Turkey, Keith was sent on temporary duty
assignment to get training. Some in Germany, some in
Mississippi. Those assignments were at the beginning of
their tour, so Keith stocked up on items they would need
and didn't expire any time soon. Keith was in a
wonderful work center. He earned quite a few awards while
there and was recognized many times for making
improvement suggestions to the base. Katie's work center
was decent. She was in the job she loved, working on the
equipment she loved. She was one of the main trainers in
the office. Toward the end of their tour in Turkey,
Katie was sent on a temporary duty assignment to Cyprus,
where she found out that she was pregnant with their
first child. She pretty much knew because she was sick
on the plane ride there, and NEVER gets sick on planes.
She learned a lot about the history of Cyprus on that
It wasn't all work and no play for the Duggers. They did
a lot of traveling. They even took time off when Keith's
Aunt Cleo and her friend Vi left their tour group in
Istanbul to visit Incirlik/Adana. Katie wrote down a lot
of history from that trip and they have a lot of
pictures to share.
Stay tuned to for the information and