KYRGYZSTAN--Air force officials do their best to bring the holidays to Manas Transit Center in Kyrgyzstan where work never stops.
They outfit the buildings with everything from lights and trees to home cooked meals.
“They do put on a pretty good meal,” Tech Sergeant Nicholas Parrott said. “We always get something very traditional, like turkey and mashed potatoes and gravy. And all that good stuff.”
Additionally, care packages and community donations provide them with the basics.
“Toothbrushes, toothpaste, shaving cream, shampoo, soap. The toiletries that we all take for granted are sometimes not as easy to get,” said Wing Chaplain David Beseler.
Even with wi-fi hotspots keeping troops connected with their loved ones, home can seem far away.
“A lot of times, when they're here, they'll have phone calls that don't always go so well because the spouses are upset about certain things. And there's nothing these guys and gals can do about it while they're away,” Beseler said.
The troops at the base agree they rely on each other like family.
A lucky few, however, were able to reunite with their families in time for the holidays at a happy homecoming in Fairchild.