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Dispatches from Manas

Compare and contrast

Airman 1st Class Travis Carter had been in Baghdad when combat operations dwindled and he found out he’d be redeployed to Kyrgyzstan.

Initially worried about what it would be like, he’s now glad to be at Manas, assigned to the logistics and readiness squadron. He helps oversee the fuel-intake depot, where nearly half a million gallons of fuel is trucked to the base daily before being treated and prepared for aviation use.

“You still have to be aware,” Carter said earlier this week when drawing comparisons between Manas and Baghdad. “But we work with Kyrgyz nationals every day they’re really trustworthy.”

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Fairchild Air Force Base supplies 80 percent of the military aircraft and flight crews operating out of Manas Transit Center, a key hub along one of the primary NATO supply routes into Afghanistan. The small base, located outside the Kyrgyzstan capital of Bishkek, is barely 400 miles from the Afghan border.


Colin Mulvany is a staff photographer for The Spokesman-Review.

David Wasson is a deputy city editor for The Spokesman-Review.

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