After a two-month-long deployment, Staff Sgt. Isaac Bucklin greets his wife, Staff Sgt. Cassandra Bucklin, on Tuesday as she holds 16-month-old Emma. He had been stationed at the Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan, and returned on one of the last flights back to Fairchild Air Force Base. The Center is being shut down later this year after the Kyrgyz parliament voted to end the lease agreement with the U.S. government.

click to enlarge Fairchild Air Force Base commander Colonel Brian Newberry speaks with gathered personnel and family members before the final flights from the Transit Center. - YOUNG KWAK
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Fairchild Air Force Base commander Colonel Brian Newberry speaks with gathered personnel and family members before the final flights from the Transit Center.

click to enlarge One of the last flights from the Transit Center at Manas, Reach 192, taxis behind an earlier flight back, Reach 181, at Fairchild Air Force Base. - YOUNG KWAK
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One of the last flights from the Transit Center at Manas, Reach 192, taxis behind an earlier flight back, Reach 181, at Fairchild Air Force Base.

click to enlarge Fairchild Air Force Base commander Colonel Brian Newberry, left, greets 93rd ARS Major Steve Gant, who came back from a 2 1/2 month deployment at the Transit Center at Manas. - YOUNG KWAK
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Fairchild Air Force Base commander Colonel Brian Newberry, left, greets 93rd ARS Major Steve Gant, who came back from a 2 1/2 month deployment at the Transit Center at Manas.

click to enlarge Personnel and family members gather after Reach 192 arrives at Fairchild Air Force Base. - YOUNG KWAK
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Personnel and family members gather after Reach 192 arrives at Fairchild Air Force Base.

click to enlarge The final KC-135 flight from the Transit Center at Manas stops after landing at Fairchild Air Force Base - YOUNG KWAK
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The final KC-135 flight from the Transit Center at Manas stops after landing at Fairchild Air Force Base

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Young Kwak is a photographer at the Inlander. He has worked on stories ranging from silver mining and cattle ranching to car racing and backyard wrestling, learning a lot about the Inland Northwest in the process...