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SUNDAY, OCT. 24, 2010

Manas coverage in print editions

Here's an electronic recap of the Manas-related articles published over the past week in The Spokesman-Review's print editions:Tuesday (10.19.2010): Front-line support -- A look at a typical refueling mission over the rugged battlefields of Afghanistan.Thursday (10.21.2010): Rebuilding hope -- A look at the humanitarian assistance...

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SUNDAY, OCT. 17, 2010

An F/A-18E Super Hornets from the decorated U.S. Navy attack squadron VFA 105, commonly known as the "Gunslingers," were among the half dozen fighter jets refueled Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010 above Afghanistan by a Fairchild-based KC-135R Stratotanker and crew on deployment in Kyrgyzstan. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

`Gunslingers' on patrol over Afghanistan

Two F/A-18E Super Hornets from the decorated U.S. Navy attack squadron VFA 105, commonly known as the "Gunslingers," were among the half dozen fighter jets refueled Saturday above Afghanistan by a Fairchild-based KC-135 tanker and crew on deployment in Kyrgyzstan.The carrier-based strike fighters rely on...

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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.