January 02, 2014 Slideshows

Destination: Manas 

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The late afternoon sky at Fairchild before our initial flight, with our military liaisons and fellow journalists.
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Before reaching Manas, the plane stopped over at a base in England.
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Major Robert Mehan — stationed at Dobbins Air Reserve Base outside of Atlanta, Georgia — waits to disembark at the Transit Center at Manas, having flown from Fairchild to England before reaching Kyrgyzstan.
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Sunset over Manas.
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Marine Sgt. Lloyd Beckford checks his rifle during a customs briefing, the first step to going home from a combat deployment in Afghanistan.
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Staff Sgt. Velinzala Wallace picks up food from the Manas Pizza Hut.
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K9 Handler Senior Airman Zach Villano and his dog Spikey prepare to do a security sweep of a plane.
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Marine Cpl. Arnold Alejo goes through his luggage, making sure he's ready for his trip home.
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Heading to work: a refueling mission.
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Senior Airman Dave Fernandez refuels an F-16 from a KC-135.
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An F-16 soars away after getting fuel from a KC-135 tanker over northern Afghanistan.
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Captain Mike Dobbs, right, checks the wheel well of a KC-135 at Manas, as Senior Airman Nick Stevens looks on.
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Welcome home.
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Capt. Ariel Kayne kisses his wife, Sara, for the first time in three months, at Fairchild Air Force Base.
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