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Nursing a double tall

At the Manas Transit Center, Marines with the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, unload  gear in preparation for haeding down range in to Afghanistan Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
At the Manas Transit Center, Marines with the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, unload gear in preparation for haeding down range in to Afghanistan Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
It is 12:30 a.m. and I just gave up my bunk to a U.S. Army officer heading to Afghanistan. I have only six hours left of my stay at the Manas Transit Center in Kyrgyzstan. This place is jamming with a surge of new arrivals “heading downrange,” which makes bunk space severely limited on base. So I sit, nursing a double tall in a base coffee shop, surrounded with all my gear and a dying laptop battery. I’m so tired …


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Colin Mulvany
Colin Mulvany joined The Spokesman-Review in 1988. He currently is a photojournalist in the Photo Department covering daily news and Gonzaga basketball.

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