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Kyrgyzstan: US Armed Forces Try to Win Hearts and Minds

US Air Force Col. Don Berchoff is the commander of the Mission Support Group at Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan. Normally, this entails nuts-and-bolts affairs like lodging and feeding of the approximately 1,200 airmen based here. But in the case of Manas, Berchoff’s job has taken on a more strategic role: making sure that public opinion in Kyrgyzstan – a country much more accustomed to cooperating with Russia than with the United States – remains favorable toward the base. Full Story

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