Manas, Kyrgyzstan – KC-135/C-17

Manas, Kyrgyzstan – KC-135/C-17 poster art.

Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan, is located near the foothills of the Alay Mountains that reach 18,000 ft MSL and stretches over 200 miles. Manas is one of the world’s largest transit centers for coalition troops moving in and out of Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Kyrgyzstan Flag waves on the left hand side of the print, adjacent to the United States of America Flag. ‘Horses are the wings of the Kyrgyz, according to an ancient proverb. For 2,500 years this valuable beast has been at the heart of nomadic life – a friend, worker and a source of food. It gave them supremacy over settled cultures, bestowing freedom, carrying yurts and people over the mountains, and supplying meat, leather and milk for the national drink, kymyz.’  The C-17s and KC-135s that transit in and out of the AOR represent a similar purpose, they are the valuable beast that brings soldiers home to their families and supplies to those stationed in harms way.

Special thanks to Seth Ehrlich for commissioning this artwork. 

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