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Train, Advise, Assist Command - Air
438th Air Expeditionary Wing
Kabul, Afghanistan

438th AEW Mission

To train, advise, and assist our Afghan partners to develop a professional, capable, and sustainable Air Force.

438th AEW Photo Slideshows

Engineers clear field
Capt. Erik Blum, Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) civil engineer advisor, directs an excavator from a trench during a field clearing mission at Kabul Air Wing, Afghanistan, Oct. 6, 2016. Civil engineer advisors took on the project to clear a field of reeds that had grown to an excess of 15 feet, preventing security forces members manning an entry control point from being able to properly view the surrounding area.
CFACC visits TAAC-A
Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces Central Command commander and Air Component commander for CENTCOM, talks with Master Sgt. Deborah Enoch, 438th Air Expeditionary Wing command chief executive assistant, during his visit to Kabul Air Wing, Afghanistan, Oct. 5, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Holmes)
Afghan air force receives final MD-530s
Members from the Afghan air force unload crates containing rotar blades at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 25, 2016. The blades were delivered on a C-17 Globemaster III from Travis Air Force Base, Calif., along with the final four MD-530 Cayuse Warrior helicopters the AAF will receive, bringing the total number to 27. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Holmes)
Afghan air force receives final MD-530s
Four new MD-530 Cayuse Warrior helicopters arrived at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan, Aug. 25, 2016, via a C-17 Globemaster III. The four helicopters, scheduled to be the final four delivered to the Afghan air force, brings the AAF total number of MD-530s to 27. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Holmes)
CSAF visits HKIA: discusses joint warfighting effort
Gen. David Goldfein, Air Force Chief of Staff, visited the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 13, 2016. Goldfein spent time talking with Airmen and Soldiers to learn about their contributions to ongoing operations. (U.S. Air Force photos by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Holmes and Capt. Jason Smith)
CSAF visits HKIA: discusses joint warfighting effort
Gen. David Goldfein, Air Force Chief of Staff, visited the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 13, 2016. Heidi Grant, Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs, joined Goldfein as they met with Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) leadership and received briefings about the progress of the Afghan air force. Brig. Gen. David Hicks, 438th AEW and TAAC-Air commander; Col. Nick Gismondi, TAAC-Air deputy commander and 438th AEW vice commander; and many other TAAC-Air members learned about the joint warfighting effort during a mission briefing and inspection of Afghan air force capabilities. Goldfein and Grant spent time talking with Airmen and Soldiers to learn about their contributions to ongoing operations. (U.S. Air Force photos by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Holmes and Capt. Jason Smith)
Resolute Support
Czech Republic Air Force Airmen assemble their gear in preparation for a sortie in the Mi-17 at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 11, 2016. Coalition forces assigned to the Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) are assisting the Afghan air force in developing a professional, capable, and sustainable Air Force. The Czech Republic Airmen are assigned to the 311th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photos by Staff Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr.)
Resolute Support
Czech Republic Air Force Airmen assemble their gear in preparation for a sortie in the Mi-17 at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 11, 2016. Coalition forces assigned to the Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) are assisting the Afghan air force in developing a professional, capable, and sustainable Air Force. The Czech Republic Airmen are assigned to the 311th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photos by Staff Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr.)
Recruiting the Afghan air force - 'country's future'
Master Sgt. Patrick Cone, Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air), poses with Afghan air force recruiters, Maj. Ehsanullah Niazay, Capt. Muhammed Hakim, and Lt. Col. Yaqubi Munir at Kabul Air Wing, Afghanistan, Aug. 1, 2016. Cone and the AAF members work shoulder to shoulder to come up with different ways to advertise and gain the interest of Afghans aged 18-26. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Holmes)
AAF medics learn to convert aircraft for patients
Afghan air force medical personnel load a patient onto a C-208 aircraft at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, July 27, 2016, as part of patient transport training. Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAC-Air) personnel work closely with AAF members to regularly conduct training so they can remain proficient in their respective skill sets. (U.S. Air Force photos by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Holmes)
Leaving on a jet plane
A member of the Afghan air force helps a crew member of an AN-124 to push a Mi-17 helicopter into place July 18, 2016, at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan.The helicopter is one of four that are being shipped to the Czech Republic for maintenance and repairs. Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) personnel worked with the Afghan air force and the Non-Standard Rotary Wing program office to schedule the helicopters for heavy repair while still maintaining the AAF’s war fighting capabilities with the other aircraft in the fleet. Mi-17s are capable of direct attack, close air support, search and rescue, and cargo and medevac transport.
Hicks visits Mazar-e-Sharif
Brig. Gen. David Hicks, 438th Air Expeditionary Wing and Train, Advise, Assist Command – Air (TAAC-Air) commander, and Afghan Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Abdul Wahab, visited multiple leaders at Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan, July 21, 2016. Hicks piloted an A-29 Super Tucano to the TAAC-North Headquarters where he first met with German Brig. Gen. Hartmut Renk, TAAC-North commander. Hicks was joined at the office call by Wahab who also flew to Mazar-e-Sharif in an A-29. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jason Smith)
Leaving on a jet plane
Afghan Mi-17 helicopters are loaded onto an AN-124 at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, July 18, 2016. The helicopters are being shipped to the Czech Republic for maintenance and repairs. Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) personnel worked with the Afghan air force and the Non-Standard Rotary Wing program office to schedule the helicopters for heavy repair while still maintaining the AAF’s war fighting capabilities with the other aircraft in the fleet. Mi-17s are capable of direct attack, close air support, search and rescue, and cargo and medevac transport. (U.S. Air Force photos by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Holmes)
Recruiting the Afghan air force - 'country's future'
Afghan Air Force Lt. Col. Yaqubi Munir, lead recruiting officer, speaks to an interpreter at Kabul Air Wing, Afghanistan, Aug. 1, 2016. The AAF recruiters have a strong partnership with U.S. Airmen from Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air), and the two organizations are constantly fine-tuning the process to get the best and brightest young Afghans into the AAF. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Holmes)
A-29 Super Tucano flies over Afghanistan
An A-29 Super Tucano flies over Afghanistan during a training mission April 6, 2016. The A-29 is a light attack aircraft that can be armed with two 500-pound bombs, twin .50-caliber machine guns and rockets. Aircrews are trained on aerial interdiction and armed overwatch missions that enable a pre-planned strike capability.The Afghan air force currently has eight A-29s but will have 20 by the end of 2018.Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) works daily with the Afghan air force to help build a professional, sustainable and capable air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Eydie Sakura/released)
Resolute Support
Czech Republic Air Force Airmen assemble their gear in preparation for a sortie in the Mi-17 at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 11, 2016. Coalition forces assigned to the Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) are assisting the Afghan air force in developing a professional, capable, and sustainable Air Force. The Czech Republic Airmen are assigned to the 311th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photos by Staff Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr.)
TAAC-Air Memorial Run/Ruck/Walk in memory of the fallen air advisors
U.S. Air Force Maj. Jesus Raimundi adjusts his gear before the Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air's (TAAC-Air) annual remembrance ruck, run and walk in Kabul, Apr. 27, 2016. The ruck, run and walk honored the nine Airmen who were shot and killed on the TAAC-Air compound on April 27, 2011, along with two Airmen assigned to the command, who lost their lives in a helicopter crash on October 11, 2015.(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr., Released)
MD-530F Cayuse Warrior
The MD-530 provides close air attack and aerial escort capability with two .50-caliber machine guns with rockets being added in the near future. (U.S. Air Force photo/released)
TAAC-Air memorial ceremony honors fallen air advisors
An Airman pay respects during the remembrance ceremony on Forward Operating Base Oqab, Kabul, Afghanistan, April 27, 2016. The ceremony honored the nine Airmen who were shot and killed on the Afghan Air Force base on April 27, 2011, along with two Airmen assigned to the command, who lost their lives in a helicopter crash on October 11, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr., Released)
Re-birth of the Afghan Air Force
An Afghan Air Force C-130 Hercules flies over the crowd at the “Re-birth of the Afghan Air Force” event at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 11, 2016. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani addressed the Afghan National Army, AAF and coalition partners, and spoke of the capabilities of the A-29, MD-530F, C-130, Mi-17, PC-12 and C-208 aircraft. He also praised the young air force for their efforts in the 2015 Fighting Season and Winter Campaign. The flying service was re-established in 2008 after it had ceased to exist following the collapse of the Soviet-backed Afghan regime in 1992. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Eydie Sakura/released)
Four Super Tucanos delivered to Afghan Air Force
Four A-29 Super Tucanos arrive at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan, Jan. 15, 2016. The aircraft will be added to the Afghans' inventory in the spring of 2016. The A-29 Super Tucano is a 'light air support' aircraft capable of conducting close air support, aerial escort, armed overwatch and aerial interdiction. Designed to operate in high temperature and in extremely rugged terrain, the A-29 Super Tucano is highly maneuverable 4th generation weapons system capable of delivering precision guided munitions. It can fly at low speeds and low altitudes, is easy to fly, and provides exceptionally accurate weapons delivery. It is currently in service with 10 different air forces around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb)