Photo essay: Americans, Kyrgyz share language skills
Master Sgt. Chris Ellis reviews the military rank structure with Kyrgyz Republic 2nd Lt. Sheberbec Turdaliev at the Koi Tash NCO Academy, Kyrgyzstan, during a language lab Oct. 6, 2011. Ellis is assigned to the Theater Security Cooperation the Military-to-Military program liaison. He is deployed to the Transit Center at Manas from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Tammie Moore)
Photo essay: Americans, Kyrgyz share language skills

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

10/7/2011 - TRANSIT CENTER AT MANAS, Kyrgyzstan  -- Airmen from the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing traveled to the Koi Tash Noncommissioned Officers Academy to participate in an English and Russian language lab Oct. 6.

This bi-monthly partnership program was established in June. The initial engagements between the American Airmen and the Kyrgyz Republic soldiers were primarily focused on social activities and joint humanitarian projects in and around Koi Tash.

The program has expanded to include language and cultural exchanges as well. The service members not only practice their language skills they also discuss backgrounds and professions. Occasionally, the Airmen and soldiers play sports after completing their language studies.