SPOKANE, Wash. -- KREM 2's Laura Papetti and Jen York traveled to a transit center at Manas on a KC 135 out of Fairchild Air Force Base to Kyrgyzstan over the holidays.
The KC 135's at the transit center at Manas provide 30% of all Afghanistan air refueling missions. The missions often take place in the air over the northern portion of Afghanistan.
On-call pilots stationed at Manas say in the event of an emergency they need to be able to go from on the ground to the air within 20 minutes.
Manas doesn't just house refueling tankers. It is also a place where men and women in all branches of the military transition in and out of Afghanistan.
During some points of the year, the transit center can coordinate the arrival and departure of around 2,000 troops a day. The goal is to get the troops moved in and out of the center within 48 hours.
The two visited the transit center to deliver care packages as part of KREM's "Treats to Troops" campaign.