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Photo essay: MABOS bridges generational, cultural boundaries
Senior Airman Christian Mendez poses for a photo with Maria Ruhlova during lunch with babushkas in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Dec. 13, 2011. Babushka is a Russian word meaning grandmother. Members of the Manas Area Benefit Outreach Society travel to Bishkek twice a month to spend time with the ladies. Mendez is deployed to the Transit Center at Manas as a 376th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron electrical systems journeyman from MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. He is a native of Arecibo, Puerto Rico. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Tammie Moore)
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Photo essay: MABOS bridges generational, cultural boundaries

Posted 12/13/2011   Updated 12/14/2011 Email story   Print story

    


by Tech. Sgt. Tammie Moore
376th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs


12/13/2011 - TRANSIT CENTER AT MANAS, Kyrgyzstan -- Members of the Manas Area Benefit Outreach Society travel to Bishkek twice a month to have lunch with a group of babushkas, a Russian word meaning grandmother. The babushkas are on a limited budget, struggling to make ends meet. During the visits, MABOS members treat the babushkas to lunch, provide them with grocery and hygiene items and help them cover some of their prescription costs. MABOS is a private organization established in 2003 as a means for those deployed to the Transit Center at Manas to provide charitable donations, goods and services to people and organizations in the surrounding area.



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