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Emblem of the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing, stationed at Manas Air Base
Emblem of the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing, stationed at Manas Air Base

Ganci Air Base is the unofficial name of Manas Air Base, a United States military installation at Manas International Airport near Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, primarily operated by the U.S. Air Force. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The 376th Air Expeditionary Wing (376 AEW) is a wing of the United States Air Force located at Manas Air Base, Kyrgyzstan. ... Manas International Airport (IATA: FRU, ICAO: UAFM) is an airport located near Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. ... Bishkek cityscape Bishkek (Бишкек) is the capital of Kyrgyzstan. ... The United States Air Force (USAF) is the aerial-warfare branch of the United States armed forces and one of the seven uniformed services. ...



The installation was named after New York Fire Department Chief Peter J. Ganci, Jr., who was killed in the September 11 terrorist attack. Peter J. Ganci, Jr. ... The World Trade Center on fire The September 11, 2001 attacks were a series of coordinated terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. ...

Shortly after the Air Force had used the name "Ganci," it was found that an Air Force Instruction (AFI) dictated that foreign air bases could not bear the name of any heroes from home. Since that time the air base has been officially called Manas Air Base, yet the locals and media still more often than not use the name "Ganci."

Operation Enduring Freedom

In December 2001, US engineers arrived at Manas to open the airfield for coalition use as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. [1] US close air support aircraft deployed there included US Air Force F-15Es and US Marine Corp F-18s. In February 2002, a detachment of French Air Force Dassault Mirage 2000D ground attack aircraft deployed to Manas in support of ground forces in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. In March of the same year, the Royal Australian Air Force stationed 2 B707 air-to-air refuelling aircraft as part of the Operation. On October 2002 a tri-national detachment of 18 Danish, Dutch and Norwegian F-16 ground attack aircraft and one Netherlands KDC-10 tanker, took the place of the Mirages. Combatants United States Canada Australia United Kingdom Netherlands Philippines (in the Philippines theatre only) Northern Alliance GUAM Poland Italy Visegrad Group Hungary Ethiopia Somalia Estonia Latvia Lithuania Slovakia Vilnius group Croatia Albania Macedonia Romania Bulgaria Taliban al-Qaeda Abu Sayyaf Jemaah Islamiyah Islamic Courts Union Commanders General Tommy Franks Brig. ... Close air support (often abbreviated CAS) is the use of military aircraft in a ground attack role against targets in close proximity to friendly troops, in support of ground combat operations. ... See F-15 Eagle for main F-15 page. ... The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the U.S. military responsible for providing power projection from the sea,[1] utilizing the mobility of the U.S. Navy to rapidly deliver combined-arms task forces to global crises. ... The F/A-18 Hornet is an all-weather fighter and attack aircraft. ... The French Air Force is the air force branch of the French Armed Forces. ... The Dassault-Breguet Mirage 2000N is a variant of the Mirage 2000 designed for nuclear strike. ... The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is the air force branch of the Australian Defence Force. ... The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a modern multi-role jet fighter aircraft built in the United States and used by dozens of countries all over the world. ... The KC-10 Extender is an air-to-air tanker aircraft in service with the United States Air Force derived from the civilian DC-10-30 airliner. ... Boom and receptacle: USAF KC-135R Stratotanker, two F-15s (twin fins) and two F-16s, on an aerial refueling training mission Probe and drogue: USAF HC-130P refuels a HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter Aerial refueling, also called in-flight refueling (IFR) or air-to-air refueling (AAR), is...

Recent events

Even in the wake of the Tulip Revolution in Kyrgyzstan that led to the toppling of President Askar Akayev, American and allied personnel have not found themselves disrupted or affected, according to international news reports. One military member even indicated, "It's been business as usual… We did not miss a single flight." A tulip, the symbol of the revolution The Tulip Revolution refers to the overthrow of President Askar Akayev and his government in the Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan after the parliamentary elections of February 27 and of March 13, 2005. ... Askar Akayev Askar Akayevich Akayev (Аскар Акаевич Акаев) (born November 10, 1944 in Kyzyl-Bairak, Kirghiz SSR) served as President of Kyrgyzstan from 1990 to March 2005, when he was deposed by a popular uprising dubbed the Tulip Revolution. ...

Kyrgyzstan's president threatened in April 2006 to expel U.S. troops if the United States does not agree by June 1 to pay more for stationing forces in the Central Asian nation. He withdrew this threat, except the U.S. and Kyrgyzstan have yet to agree to new terms for the military base.

On September 6, 2006, a U.S. Air Force officer, Maj. Jill Metzger went missing after being separated from her group while visiting a shopping center in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The Kyrgyztan Interior Minister claimed, "I rule out the theory that the U.S. citizen may have been kidnapped." A rumor that has been giving is that the person went AWOL to have an abortion. A US Military spokesperson, however, clamied that "Nothing has been ruled out."[1] Bishkek cityscape Bishkek (population in 2005 approx. ...

December 2006 shooting

On December 6, 2006, U.S. serviceman Zachary Hatfield fatally shot Alexander Ivanov, a Kyrgyz civilian, at a truck checkpoint at the base. A statement from the base stated the soldier “used deadly force in response to a threat at an entry control checkpoint."[2] Ivanov, and ethnic Russian and an employee of Aerocraft Petrol Management, was waiting to finish the security check before proceeding into the U.S.-controlled area. According to a base spokesman, "As the airman [Hatfield] approached the tent, the driver [Ivanov] physically threatened him with a knife which was discovered at the scene. The airman drew his 9mm weapon and fired in self-defense." [3] Hatfield fired two shots into Ivanov's chest, killing him.

The killing brough wide-spead condemnation from Kyrgyz authorities. They quickly demanded for Hatfield's immunity to be lifted. In the meantime, U.S. authorities agreed to have Hatfield remain in Kyrgyzstan until the matter is resolved. [4] Another issue to come out of the shooting is compensation to Ivanov's family. Aerocraft Petrol Management, Ivanov's employer, offered the family $50,000. The U.S. government offered only $1,000 - a difference which has caused further anger among the local population and government. [5]

See also

Karshi-Khanabad is an airbase in south-eastern Uzbekistan leased by the government of Uzbekistan to the United States. ... The New Great Game is the competition between China, Germany, India, Japan, Russia, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States to secure reliable long-term sources of petroleum and natural gas through the construction of oil pipelines in the post-Soviet nations of Central Asia. ...


  1. ^ Leila Saralayeva, "Kyrgyz police: Servicewoman not abducted" Associated Press, 7 Sep 2006
  2. ^ "U.S. soldier kills civilian in Kyrgyzstan" Associated Press, 6 Dec 2006
  3. ^ "Kyrgyz Man Shot By U.S. Soldier Is Buried " RFE/RL 8 Dec 2006
  4. ^ "Kyrgyzstan Wants U.S. Soldier's Immunity Lifted In Wake Of Shooting" RFE/RL, 7 Dec 2006
  5. ^ "Bishkek Wants U.S. To Hand Over Airman" RFE/RL, 21 March 2007
  • Christian Lowe. "Business as Usual at U.S. Base in Kyrgyzstan". Reuters. 1 April 2005. http://www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2005/04/01/002.html
  • http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/facility/manas.htm
  • http://community.webshots.com/album/74506196JdgBcH Webshots web images of Ganci
  • http://www.aeronautica.difesa.it/SitoAM/Default.asp?idsez=25&idente=1398
  • http://www.defendamerica.mil/articles/aug2003/a081103j.html
  • http://www.kyivpost.com/bn/24565/



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