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As the US tries to wind down two decades of war in Afghanistan, the conflict has already left lasting marks on Spokane

As the US tries to wind down two decades of war in Afghanistan, the conflict has already left lasting marks on Spokane
As the outgoing Trump administration draws down troop levels after nearly two decades fighting Taliban insurgents and supporting the fragile Afghan government, the war has a complicated legacy that has touched families from Afghanistan to Spokane, Wash.

AIR FORCE SPOKANE, Wash.(Tribune News Service) — It was getting close to Christmas 2001 when 33-year-old Air Force Capt.11 terrorist attacks, and C-17 Globemaster pilots like Newberry, who would go on to become commander of the 92nd Air Refueling Wing at Fairchild Air Force Base, were flying regular airlift missions to support combat operations in the Central Asian country.He chose to stay in Spokane when he retired from the Air Force in 2014.

The 26-year-old Air Force pilot deployed to the region in November to support operations as the U.That kind of adventure was nothing new for Crocker, who was born in Spokane Valley but spent parts of his childhood in Morocco and Turkey with his father in the Air Force.

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