US military officials at the Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan, announced Sunday that operations at the base “have not been impacted” by the recent violence between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks in Kyrgyzstan’s southern city of Osh. They said they are working to bring food and medical supplies to the victims. The ethnic unrest has left scores dead and more than 1,000 injured. It is the latest flare-up of violence since the overthrow of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev in April. Manas is a major US air hub for sustaining operations in Afghanistan. It is located in Kyrgyzstan’s north near the capital city of Bishkek. In early June, the Defense Department announced that it had temporarily suspended aerial refueling operations from the base while negotiations continued with the new Kyrgyz interim government over the price of locally supplied aviation fuel. (376th AEW release) (Voice of America report.)
While some of the Air Force's newly announced changes will happen quickly, it may take most of Chief of Staff Gen. David W. Allvin's tenure in the job to accomplish the rest, he said in a Brookings Institution event Feb. 28.