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Joshua Mayes (left), 438th Air Expeditionary Wing and Train, Advise, Assist Command – Air (TAAC-Air) historian, observes Afghan firefighters as they don protective gear before entering a burn house May 11, 2017 on Kabul Air Wing. Civil engineer advisors from TAAC-Air routinely work with their Afghan firefighter counterparts to develop a professional, capable and sustainable Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. William Russell) Preserving the TAAC-Air Mission
As the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing and Train, Advise, Assist Command – Air (TAAC-Air) historian, Joshua Mayes, makes it his personal goal to capture every detail of the TAAC-Air mission ensuring its place in the Air Force history books. From flying operations, mission support, to command and control; men and women of the 438th AEW train, advise, and assist their Afghan partners to develop a professional, capable, and sustainable Air Force.
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Senior Airman Julian Rangel stands by one of the mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles that two Air Force quick reaction forces used while defending a forward operating base from a Taliban attack July 17 near Kabul Airport and Afghan air force base, Afghanistan. Rangel, who was asleep at the time the attack began, responded to the fight in shorts, t-shirt and tennis shoes under his body armor. He served as a gunner on the vehicle and laid down about 400 rounds of suppressive fire with an M240B medium machine gun during the more than four-hour firefight. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt. Mike Hammond) Overcoming fear: Airman’s training takes over during firefight
It was just after 4 a.m., July 17. Many on the base at Kabul International Airport, and forward operating base Oqab nearby, were still catching a last hour or two of sleep before the day would begin.The bad guys, however, were not sleeping. Under the cover of darkness, a small force determined to attack the Kabul Airport and Afghan air force Base
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Default Air Force Logo From training to trauma: A testament of heroism
It started as any other training day for the crew of Jayhoon 11; however, events unfolded Sept. 7 which proved to be a true test of tactics, training and teamwork."Start up and taxi were uneventful," said Tech. Sgt. Matty Garcia, 444th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron Mi-17 evaluator aerial gunner. "Upon holding short of Jayhoon Pad, Shindand
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Afghan Air Force Sgt. Shahista cleans up an Mi-17 helicopter after the aircraft’s routine inspection was completed at Kabul International Airport, Afghanistan, July 18, 2013. Intermediate maintenance inspection advisors from the 440th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron are focusing efforts on building stronger quality control programs across AAF aircraft maintenance. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Master Sgt. Ben Bloker)
Air advising in retrospect
What do you get when you combine Afghan maintainers, American advisors, contractors and Russian helicopters? One of the most rapidly advancing mission sustainment capabilities in Afghanistan."The overall quality of maintenance, training and Afghan motivation has greatly increased," said Master Sgt. William Hensley, 440th Air Expeditionary Advisory
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Afghan Air Force Airmen walk to class at Pohantoon-e-Hawayee, the AAF's “Big Air School,” in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jan. 12, 2013. PeH trains and educates the AAF's future technicians, maintainers and other career specialists. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder) Not your average snow day
Early one Saturday morning the parade field was covered in fresh snow. Light flurries drifted through the air as young men in uniform gathered in formation for roll call, surrounded by imposing Cold War-era buildings and a barbed-wire fence perimeter.About an hour later, these same men quickly exited the structures, hushed voices rising sharply.
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Maj. Deanna Daly, staff judge advocate for the 451st Air Expeditionary Wing at Kandahar Airfield, advises Afghan Col. Saaid Ahmad, her counterpart at the Kandahar Air Wing, an Afghan Air Force unit based at KAF. Due to the language barrier, the two communicate using an interpreter (right). Daly and her paralegal, Tech. Sgt. Terry Beasley, have been advising the KAW legal office on issues such as military justice and non-judicial punishment. (Photo by Capt. Tristan Hinderliter/U.S. Air Force) Air Force JAG, paralegal at KAF advise Afghan Air Force
Members of the 451st Air Expeditionary Wing here are helping the Afghan Air Force Kandahar Air Wing leadership and legal office implement military justice and hold the wing's servicemembers accountable to military standards. Maj. Deanna Daly, Staff Judge Advocate for the 451st AEW, and her paralegal, Tech. Sgt. Terry Beasley, have stepped in to
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Master Sgt. Bryan Kiele, left, an Afghan avionics advisor with the 440th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron, poses with a U.S. flag at Kabul, Afghanistan, International Airport, Dec. 11, 2012 while his son, Airman 1st Class Tyler Kiele, a fuels journeyman with the 379th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron, poses with the same flag Dec. 18, 2012 at an air base in Southwest Asia. Sergeant Kiele has kept the flag with him on five deployments. This is his last deployment, during which he passed the flag off to his son, who is on his first deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Tech. Sgt. Dennis J. Henry Jr.) U.S. flag strengthens bond of Air Force father, son while deployed
A simple U.S. flag. It's traveled thousands of miles, seen numerous deployments - six to be exact - and one stint at Air Force basic military training. Even today, it's still traveling, looking dusty and dull from all of its miles and years. But for one Air Force father and son duo, it's more than just a simple U.S. flag; it's their symbol of
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Pathfinder students from 4th Kandak, 2nd Brigade, 205th Corps, prepare equipment to be attached to the bottom of an Afghan Air Force Kandahar Air Wing Mi-17 helicopter during the 4th Lightning Strike Pathfinder Academy, where the students were trained and certified as Pathfinders by Afghan instructors in partnership with Pathfinders of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, at Forward Operating Base Wolverine, Afghanistan, Dec. 5th. (Photo by Capt. Richard Barker, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs) Afghan AF, Army, Coalition advisors team for slingload training
Afghan aircrew assigned to the Kandahar Air Wing teamed with Afghan National Army soldiers assigned to the 4th Kandak, 2nd Brigade, 205th Corps to conduct sling load training at Forward Operating Base Wolverine, Afghanistan, Dec. 5. Sling load operations are the task of attaching cargo to hang from the bottom of a rotary wing aircraft. This event
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Afghan Air Force Kandahar Air Wing Mi-17 helicopter crew members and Afghan Border Police deliver humanitarian aid to the village of Gagre Naw, Afghanistan, during Operation Southern Strike IV, Nov. 18, 2012. (U.S. Army Photo/Staff Sgt. Ryan Sheldon) Southern Strike IV a 'big win' for Afghan AF, ground forces
Synchronization of command and control functions, and the ability of the Afghan Air Force to contribute jointly to greater Afghan National Security Forces initiatives, were on display when members of the AAF Kandahar Air Wing delivered critical humanitarian supplies during Operation Southern Strike IV Nov. 15-18. With Mi-17 helicopters prepared and
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Toor Pekai, the wife of Col. Amir Jan, Afghan air force staff judge advocate, suffered a massive stroke about four months ago. October 1, 2012 she arrived at Bagram Air Field for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to assess the damage that was done by the stroke. Currently half of Pekai’s body is paralyzed and she is unable to speak. Amir Jan reached out through his coalition mentor to gain more insight into her condition. . (Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melissa K. Mekpongsatorn) Legal counsel, medical help from the heart
Toor Pekai and her family arrived at Bagram Air Field Oct. 1, 2012, for a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), in hopes that the Coalition medical team could assess her brain damage and give her some answers on what is to come. She was accompanied by Lt. Col. David Eby, top legal advisor for the Afghan Air Force and Staff Judge Advocate for the 438th
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