Dependents of military members from Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, wait to disembark from an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III after landing at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Md., April 1, 2016. Defense Department dependents in Adana, Izmir and Mugla, Turkey, were ordered to depart by the State Department and the secretary of defense. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee
FORT MEADE, Md., April 1, 2016 — Military dependents and their pets began arriving at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in Maryland yesterday, following an ordered departure of Defense Department dependents due to security concerns in some areas of Turkey. Dependents arriving at BWI were flown on Air Mobility Command’s C-17 Globemaster III aircraft and various chartered flights from Ramstein Air Base, Germany.Once at BWI, the family members waited for connecting flights or made other travel arrangements. Airmen from Detachment 1, 305th Aerial Port Squadron, stationed at the airport, played a key role to ensure a smooth transition.