Chief of Staff of the Air Force starts Turkey visit with ceremony honoring national leader
ANKARA, Turkey &8212; The U.S. Air Force's top uniformed officer started a multi-day trip to Turkey by participating in welcome events in Ankara, Turkey July 19.
ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish soldiers carry a wreath on behalf of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and his wife Suzie during a wreath-laying ceremony July 19, in Ankara, Turkey. The ceremony honored Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, and took place at Anitkabir, Ataturk's memorial and mausoleum. Airmen from local Air Force units accompanied the general and his wife in the ceremony. The ceremony was the first event during General Schwartz's multi-day visit to Turkey. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Wood)
5 photos: ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish soldiers carry a wreath on behalf of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and his wife Suzie during a wreath-laying ceremony July 19, in Ankara, Turkey. The cer
Photo 1 of 5: ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish soldiers carry a wreath on behalf of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and his wife Suzie during a wreath-laying ceremony July 19, in Ankara, Turkey. The ceremony honored Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, and took place at Anitkabir, Ataturk's memorial and mausoleum. Airmen from local Air Force units accompanied the general and his wife in the ceremony. The ceremony was the first event during General Schwartz's multi-day visit to Turkey. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Wood) Download full-resolution version
ANKARA, Turkey — Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Turkish air force Gen. Hasan Aksay, commander of the Turkish air force, salute during a welcome ceremony at the Turkish air force headquarters July 19, in Ankara, Turkey. The ceremony welcomed General Schwartz for his multi-day visit to Turkey. A Turkish military band played the U.S. and Turkish national anthems during the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Wood)
5 photos: ANKARA, Turkey — Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Turkish air force Gen. Hasan Aksay, commander of the Turkish air force, salute during a welcome ceremony at the Turkish air for
Photo 2 of 5: ANKARA, Turkey — Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Turkish air force Gen. Hasan Aksay, commander of the Turkish air force, salute during a welcome ceremony at the Turkish air force headquarters July 19, in Ankara, Turkey. The ceremony welcomed General Schwartz for his multi-day visit to Turkey. A Turkish military band played the U.S. and Turkish national anthems during the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Wood) Download full-resolution version
ANKARA, Turkey — Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz, along with Turkish air force leaders and Turkish soldiers, salutes during a wreath-laying ceremony July 19, in Ankara, Turkey. The ceremony honored Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, and took place at Anitkabir, Ataturk's memorial and mausoleum. Airmen from local Air Force units accompanied the general and his wife in the ceremony. The ceremony was the first event during General Schwartz's multi-day visit to Turkey. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Wood)
5 photos: ANKARA, Turkey — Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz, along with Turkish air force leaders and Turkish soldiers, salutes during a wreath-laying ceremony July 19, in Ankara, Turkey. The
Photo 3 of 5: ANKARA, Turkey — Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz, along with Turkish air force leaders and Turkish soldiers, salutes during a wreath-laying ceremony July 19, in Ankara, Turkey. The ceremony honored Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, and took place at Anitkabir, Ataturk's memorial and mausoleum. Airmen from local Air Force units accompanied the general and his wife in the ceremony. The ceremony was the first event during General Schwartz's multi-day visit to Turkey. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Wood) Download full-resolution version
ANKARA, Turkey — Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Gen. Hasan Aksay, commander of the Turkish air force, chat during General Schwartz's visit to the Turkish air force headquarters July 19 in Ankara, Turkey. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Wood)
5 photos: ANKARA, Turkey — Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Gen. Hasan Aksay, commander of the Turkish air force, chat during General Schwartz's visit to the Turkish air force headqua
Photo 4 of 5: ANKARA, Turkey — Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Gen. Hasan Aksay, commander of the Turkish air force, chat during General Schwartz's visit to the Turkish air force headquarters July 19 in Ankara, Turkey. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Wood) Download full-resolution version
ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish servicemembers stand guard and overlook Anitkabir, a memorial and mausoleum in Ankara, Turkey, honoring Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey. During a visit to the memorial July 19, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and his wife Suzie participated in a wreath-laying ceremony along with Airmen stationed in Ankara. The ceremony was the first event during General Schwartz's multi-day visit to Turkey. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Wood)
5 photos: ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish servicemembers stand guard and overlook Anitkabir, a memorial and mausoleum in Ankara, Turkey, honoring Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey. Dur
Photo 5 of 5: ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish servicemembers stand guard and overlook Anitkabir, a memorial and mausoleum in Ankara, Turkey, honoring Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey. During a visit to the memorial July 19, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and his wife Suzie participated in a wreath-laying ceremony along with Airmen stationed in Ankara. The ceremony was the first event during General Schwartz's multi-day visit to Turkey. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Wood) Download full-resolution version
ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish soldiers carry a wreath on behalf of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and his wife Suzie during a wreath-laying ceremony July 19, in Ankara, Turkey. The ceremony honored Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, and took place at Anitkabir, Ataturk's memorial and mausoleum. Airmen from local Air Force units accompanied the general and his wife in the ceremony. The ceremony was the first event during General Schwartz's multi-day visit to Turkey. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Wood)
ANKARA, Turkey — Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Turkish air force Gen. Hasan Aksay, commander of the Turkish air force, salute during a welcome ceremony at the Turkish air force headquarters July 19, in Ankara, Turkey. The ceremony welcomed General Schwartz for his multi-day visit to Turkey. A Turkish military band played the U.S. and Turkish national anthems during the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Wood)
ANKARA, Turkey — Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz, along with Turkish air force leaders and Turkish soldiers, salutes during a wreath-laying ceremony July 19, in Ankara, Turkey. The ceremony honored Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, and took place at Anitkabir, Ataturk's memorial and mausoleum. Airmen from local Air Force units accompanied the general and his wife in the ceremony. The ceremony was the first event during General Schwartz's multi-day visit to Turkey. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Wood)
ANKARA, Turkey — Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Gen. Hasan Aksay, commander of the Turkish air force, chat during General Schwartz's visit to the Turkish air force headquarters July 19 in Ankara, Turkey. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Wood)
ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish servicemembers stand guard and overlook Anitkabir, a memorial and mausoleum in Ankara, Turkey, honoring Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey. During a visit to the memorial July 19, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and his wife Suzie participated in a wreath-laying ceremony along with Airmen stationed in Ankara. The ceremony was the first event during General Schwartz's multi-day visit to Turkey. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Wood)

ANKARA, Turkey —The U.S. Air Force's top uniformed officer started a multi-day trip to Turkey by participating in welcome events in Ankara, Turkey July 19.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz began his visit with a wreath-laying ceremony honoring the founder of the Republic of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, at Anitkabir, Ataturk's memorial and mausoleum.

There, airmen from local U.S. Air Force units greeted General Schwartz, his wife Suzie, and other local U.S. and Turkish leaders, and joined the general on a traditional march through the memorial grounds.

The general thanked the airmen for their participation in both the ceremony and the important missions at their installations in Turkey.

"I want you all to understand how much I appreciate you and the work you are doing here in Turkey," Schwartz said to the airmen in attendance. "You are key to the missions we have here. Turkey is a very important ally of the United States, so thank you for making the bond we share strong."

The general submitted a written message to Ataturk in a visitor's log, expressing his admiration and appreciation for the leader and Turkey. All messages are logged into a vast electronic log that includes submissions from past visitors, including President Obama and other U.S. distinguished guests.

A guided tour of the memorial followed the wreath-laying ceremony, as well as a welcome ceremony at the Turkish air force headquarters where a military band played the U.S. and Turkish national anthems.

Turkish air force Gen. Hasan Aksay, commander of the Turkish air force, met Schwartz at the headquarters. The generals exchanged views and participated in various events throughout the visit.

After the meeting, Aksay presented Schwartz with the Legion of Merit of the Turkish Armed Forces for his contributions to improving relations between the U.S. and Turkish air forces.

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