Air Force lease ends with Manas Transit Center in Kyrgyzstan

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 22, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 23 at 8:16 AM

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE--The Department of Defense announced in October that it will relocate from the Manas Transit Center in Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyzstan cancelled the United States’ lease. It is still unclear where Fairchild Air Force Base airmen will go once the contract between the U.S. and Kyrgyzstan ends.

KREM 2 News visited the transit center at Manas in 2010. When reporters spoke with military members, the members thought the U.S. might have a permanent presence in Kyrgyzstan.

Now the Air Force is preparing to move its operations outside of the country. The government of Kyrgyzstan does not want to keep hosting a transit center.
   
“This is business as usual for Fairchild, they will be doing the same mission, it will just be at a different location,” said Rich Hadley, Greater Spokane, Inc.
 
Nearly a decade of service by Fairchild at Manas will end when the U.S. leaves. Air Force leaders are not commenting on where Fairchild teams will go.

"It isn't even really apparent whether they'll go to one place, Romania was mentioned, or whether it will be several bases,” said Hadley.

Two-thirds of the crews and planes at Manas came from the Inland Northwest in 2010. Staff in Kyrgyzstan said Fairchild was essential to the transit center.

The contract between the U.S. government and Kyrgyzstan expires next July.

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