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Local farmers gather around a budding tree to observe pruning techniques during a hands-on exercise March 15 outside of Shindand Air Base, Afghanistan. These practical exercises were part of an agricultural capacity building workshop initiated by a joint team representing Afghan air force installation advisors, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Army Civil Affairs in partnership with the Afghan air force installation leadership, district governor and local authorities. The workshop focused on developing skills in support of local and future agricultural development. (Courtesy photo) Growing up in western Afghanistan: apricot trees
Having passed the traditional rainy season, western Afghanistan is well into its growing season. Among thriving fields of spring wheat, farmers around Shindand Air Base are also tending to the 7,900 apricot saplings distributed to 20 area farmers during a classroom and hands-on Agriculture Capacity Building workshop launched on base March 15. "This
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El Salvador air force Lt. Col. Dario Hernandez is the senior officer for the El Salvador instructor contingent in Afghanistan.  He oversees 22 advisors that mentor Afghans.  U.S. and Salvadoran Airmen advise Afghan soldiers on maintenance, operations, flight safety, and security of the Mi-17 Helicopter. (U.S. Air Force Photo/SrA Tyler Placie) U.S. and Salvadoran airmen team up to mentor Afghans
A team of El Salvador and U.S. airmen are working together in Herat, Afghanistan, to advise their Afghan counterparts on several missions that will be essential for the Afghans to manage as they continue to expand their air force.This joint team of airmen, which make up the 838th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group Detachment 1, advises the Afghans in
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Tech. Sgt. Christian Corella, covers his sector from the door of an Mi17 Hip during an emergency resupply flight Nov. 11, 2011, through western Afghanistan.  The U.S. and Afghan flight crews provided supplies to a remote Afghan border patrol outpost.  Corella is an aerial gunner from the 88th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. (U.S. Air Force photo/SrA Tyler Placie)
Aerial gunner trains Afghans on aircrew responsibilites
Tech. Sgt. Christian Corella has been an aerial gunner for more than eight years. He cross trained into the career field after his first four years as an Airman because he said he wanted to do something more."I'd watch aircraft take off and knew I wanted to be a part of that," said Corella, 838th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group Detachment 1 MI-17
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Default Air Force Logo 717th EASOS, critical to mission effectiveness
Located in Kabul, the 717th Expeditionary Air Support Operations Squadron, part of the 504th Expeditionary Air Support Operations Group, is the airpower equivalent to a 911 emergency call center for joint and coalition ground forces.According to officials, the 717th ASOS is a forward-deployed element of the combined air operations center located in
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An Afghan Air Force Mi-17 helicopter rests on the runway at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. The Afghan Air Force recently completed its first unassisted helicopter-borne medical evacuation, flying a stabilized patient from Camp Shorabak in Helmand province to Kandahar Airfield. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Sean Dennison)

Afghan aviators soar toward self-reliance
The Afghan Air Force recently completed its first unassisted helicopter-borne medical evacuation, flying a stabilized patient from Camp Shorabak in Helmand province to Kandahar Airfield.Currently, the Marines and sailors of 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), in partnership with other NATO coalition forces, provide almost all aviation support in
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Afghan contractors mix and apply concrete to the walls of a structure at Shindand Air Base in Herat Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 4, 2011. When completed, the structure is slated to be a dining facility capable of seating 600 Afghan Air Force members and staff. The project is a small portion of a large-scale construction effort on the premier Afghan air base, which includes the building of advisor and airmen barracks, a language learning lab, training facilities and flight line renovations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kat Lynn Justen)
Shindand Air Base rising on the wings of national efforts, international support
What provides the capability for combat forces to travel greater distances by acting as a conduit to the resupply of soldiers, ammunition, equipment and fuel? What system can move forces faster and farther than their own means can carry them? And what can destroy targets no longer in range of army and naval units? An air force, and in the Herat
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Afghan Air Force firefighting students at Pohantoon-e-Hawayee, the Afghan Air Force’s “Air University,” listen to their instructor as he teaches them about fire safety August 2, 2011. PeH is located on the AAF compound in Kabul and currently has 593 students enrolled from all over Afghanistan in various classes and is the primary in-processing point for all training conducted in the AAF. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Smith) Afghan Airmen, coalition provide education to AAF members
Last month, Afghan National Army soldier Mohammed Khalil, made history and didn't even know it. Khalil, with the Basic Warrior Training Kandak 162, became the 100,000th member from the Afghan National Security Forces to graduate from one of many established literacy training programs. With that graduation, experts say momentum in the training arena
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Pre-Pilot Training Pipeline Development. The transition to pilot training at Shindand should begin within the next 9 months. This means this command needs to be prepared to execute a plan that will produce pilot candidates in a timely manner, with the prerequisites for entering training. This will involve integration of Thunder Lab, KELTC, Shindand, OCS/NMAA, and likely several others--all in coordination with our Afghan partners. The system needs to be in place in the coming months, as the current pipeline from Thunder Lab through DLI can take at least nine months. KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan Air Force pilot candidate 2nd Lt. Masooma Hussaini, receives flight simulation instruction from Royal Air Force Flt. Lt. Dean Curt, 438th Air Expeditionary Wing, March 26. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brian Christiansen) 

Thunder Lab produces Afghan Air Force "Best of the Best"
For Afghan Air Force 2nd Lt. Yar Mohmmad, it's always been a dream to serve his country in the AAF. Coming from Laghman province in eastern Afghanistan, the 25 year-old Afghan Lieutenant now has that chance thanks to a program here called "Thunder Lab." Standing up in May 2010, Thunder Lab is an environment aimed at immersing select AAF lieutenants
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Master Sgt. Dave Penisten of the 440th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron verifies a compressor blade with 1st Lt. Ahmad Shah, Afghan Air Force maintainer at the AAF compound in Kabul, Afghanistan. Coalition advisers work daily at the AAF compound to instruct Afghan maintainers on the fine art of maintaining the Afghan Mi-17 and Mi-35 helicopters.  Sergeant Penisten is stationed at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airmen Amber Williams)   Airmen instruct Afghans to complete rotary wing advising mission
A team of advisers from maintenance units across the Air Force have converged here to not only teach Afghans how to maintain their aircraft, but to prepare trainers themselves to carry on the mission with little or no oversight. Meet the trainers of the 440th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron.These Airmen work daily at the Afghan Air Force
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Staff Sgt. Mia Hackett, 438th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron SFS member, was one of 13 members who responded to the wing following the fatal shooting of nine 438th members April 27.  The 28-year-old is assigned to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and has spent more than eight years in the Air Force.  Hackett, from Colorado Springs, Colo., plans to apply for officer training school and eventually own her own law firm.  (Air Force photo by Senior Airman Amber Williams) 438th SFS member balances work, family
It's not often that people know what they want to do in life...what they want to accomplish or which path they want to take when they come upon a fork in the road. More often than not, it seems people just plod along on a path of indecision, looking for an opportunity to excel or someone to guide them. Then, at the most inopportune time it happens
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