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The 3rd (TU) Corps was established in Kırklareli on March 14, 1911
The Corps participated in the First Balkan War on the Çatalca front in 1912, and the Second Balkan War in Edirne in 1913.
During the First World War, The 3rd (TU) Corps took part in the Battle Of Çanakkale (Gallipoli) between 1914 and 1916, and operated on the Caucasus front between 1916 and 1917, and in the Palestine Battles in 1918.
During the Turkish War Of Independence, The 3rd (TU) Corps participated in the Kütahya and Sakarya Battles in 1921, and the Great Attack in 1922.
In August 1966, the Headquarters moved to Harbiye in downtown İstanbul and on 27 April 1973, it was relocated to Ayazağa, its present location.
On 15 July 2001, 3rd (TU) Corps started a transformation process to qualify as a NATO High Readiness Force Corps HQ. It was named NRDC-T.
NRDC-T gained its international status on 10 September 2002. The MOU and technical arrangement were signed on 23 September 2002. After SHAPE’s Deployable Headquarters task force recommendation, SACEUR declared NRDC-T had reached full operational capability. On 19 December 2002, the MC formally endorsed HQ NRDC-T as a NATO Rapid Deployable HRF (l) HQ.
As a result of the MC’s recommendation the NAC confirmed HQ NRDC-T as a NATO High Readiness Force HQ on 14 May 2003.
Upon SACEUR’s proposal, NRDC-T was designated as the first HRF HQ, to form the NATO Response Force from 15 October 2003 to July 2004.
NRDC-T was assigned as International Security Assisstance Force (ISAF VII) Headquarters in Afghanistan between 13 January and 04 August 2005.
The name of Ayazağa Barracks was changed as General M. Mazlum İSKORA on
05 January 2006.
NRDC-T was assigned as International Security Assisstance Force (ISAF XI-II) Headquarters in Afghanistan between 04 August 2008 and 04 February 2009.
Also NRDC-T was assigned as International Security Assisstance Force Headquarters for the second times in Afghanistan between 07 January 2014 and 07 July 2014.
Also NRDC-T was assigned as Augmentation to International Security Assisstance Force Headquarters and Joint Command HQ in Afghanistan between 07 January 2014 and 07 July 2014.