No: DM-01

22 May 2000


The North Atlantic Treaty Organization's Joint Command Southeast, commanded by Gen. Tamer Akbaş, will conduct an exercise in Turkish Thrace from May 26 to June 2, 2000. Lt. Gen. Yıldırım Türker, commander of the Turkish 5th Corps, will be the exercise director.

The exercise, to be conducted in and around Çorlu, Turkey, is part of NATO Allied Forces Southern Europe's exercise Dynamic Mix 2000, which will include forces from 14 NATO nations. Dynamic Mix 2000 will be the largest NATO exercise conducted in the southern region this year, showing a full range of NATO's capabilities. It will include almost 15,000 troops, 65 ships and 290 aircraft. Exercise activities will take place in Turkey, Greece and Italy.

The Turkish Thrace portion of the exercise is based upon a humanitarian assistance sccnario. Over 650 troops from the Turkish 5th Corps will participate in this portion of the exercise. Additionally, the Turkish 5th Corps will provide Joint Command Southeast logistical support for the exercise.

Joint Command Southeast will conduct a media day on May 27, 2000. Media day events will include a press conference given jointly by the JCSE exercise director and the chief of staff of the Turkish 5th Corps, a tour of the exercise facilities in Çorlu, and a live exercise at the Kırklareli refugee camp. Bus transportation for media will be provided to and from the İstanbul Harbiye Orduevi, and will depart the Orduevi at 8:30 a.m. As space is limited, media are requested to sign-up with the Joint Command Southeast Public Information Office as soon as possible.

More information about the exercise as well as othcr activities of the command may be obtained at the command's website (

An Allied Press Information Centre (APIC) will operate at the Military Courthouse in Çorlu, Turkey from May 26 to Junc 2, 2000. During that period, the APIC may be reached at (90)(282) 651-3522, 652-6561 or 651-6585. Questions priorto the establishment of the APIC may be directed to the Joint Command Southeast Public Information Office at (90) (232) 448-4848, extension 2007/2008, or by email to [email protected] or [email protected]