Fairchild airmen in transition as Manas Transit Center closes

Fairchild airmen in transition as Manas Transit Center closes

Fairchild airmen in transition as Manas Transit Center closes

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by WHITNEY WARD & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 10 at 11:09 AM

SPOKANE, Wash.--KREM 2 News followed up Tuesday on the future of airmen stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base.

The Manas Transit Center in Kyrgyzstan is set to shut down in July. Some Fairchild airmen are still on the ground there.

Fairchild crews have flown in and out of the transit center for 12 years. The crews supported ongoing missions in Afghanistan and beyond through mid-air refueling.

READ: Fairchild welcomes home final Manas Transit Center crew
   
“It’s a joint mission with our Army, Marines and Navy brothers and sisters. And it’s just a tremendous honor to be part of it,” said Chief Master Sergeant Greg Warren in December.

Kyrgyzstan leaders voted to end their partnership with the U.S. in 2012.  That means all the equipment and personnel moving through Manas are in transition to other locations.

“Right now, anything that was at Transit Center Manas is actually moving over throughout Southeast Asia and Europe,” said SSgt. Alex Montes. 

There are several locations Fairchild crews could end up at during the final months of transition. KREM 2 News was told the Air Force was in the process of nailing down a new location for Fairchild airmen to launch their assignments. In the meantime, they will transport military members and equipment anywhere they are needed.

“It just gives us a chance to move around and actually extend our partnerships,” said Montes.

 July 2014 is the anticipated date when KREM 2 News will learn what the new home base will be for Fairchild crews.

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