28 Feb '14, 4pm

Last U.S. troops fly from Kyrgyzstan to Afghanistan

The last U.S. troops to fly from the Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan, to Afghanistan departed Friday, marking the end of the base’s role as a transit hub after more than 12 years. From now until the U.S. military leaves the transit center in July, the only air operations that will continue will be flights hauling cargo out of Afghanistan, said transit center spokeswoman Air Force Lt. Col. Max Despain. With troops no longer passing through Manas on their way to or returning from Afghanistan, the personnel at the transit center will focus on closing up shop by the time the U.S. military’s lease on the base expires, Despain said. “We're working on a clean, neat, orderly transfer of the leased property back to the lease holders,” Despain said in an email to Military Times on Friday. Unless Afghan President Hamid Karzai or his successor sign a security agreement by the end ...

Full article: http://www.airforcetimes.com/article/20140228/NEWS/302280004

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