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An Afghan Air Force A-29 taxis to a parking spot March 6, 2018, Kabul Air Wing, Afghanistan. The A-29 is highly maneuverable, and capable of operating in austere environments and rugged terrain. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared J. Duhon) Laser Guided Bombs enhance Afghan Air Force Strike Capability
Since March 22, the Afghan Air Force (AAF) has both introduced and increased the use of precision guided munitions in southern Afghanistan.  “The recent addition of laser-guided bomb strike capability is huge for the Afghan Air Force,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Justin Williams, 438th Air Expeditionary Advisor Squadron commander. “Afghanistan did
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An Afghan Air Force maintenance professional tie down the propellers of an Mi-17 at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, May 7, 2018. This was one of six Mi-17s that received damage from aggressors so far this year, but after extensive sheet metal repairs, the aircraft are all continuing operational missions. (U.S. Air Force photo/1st Lt. Erin Recanzone) Mi-17s ready for action
Two Afghan Air Force Mi-17s that received significant mortar damage in January, have been returned to a fully operational status at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan as of May 8. So far this year, six Mi-17s have received damages from enemy aggressors, but Afghan maintainers, with guidance from their Train, Advise and Assist counterparts, have been
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A graduate from UH-60 Mission Qualification Training proudly holds his certificate of training at a graduation ceremony May 8, 2018, Kandahar Air base, Afghanistan. Thirty one Afghan air crew members graduated during the ceremony and are scheduled to begin conducting operational missions almost immediately. (U.S. Air Force photo/1st Lt. Erin Recanzone) Afghan Air Force conducts first UH-60 Blackhawk operational mission
Afghan Air Force UH-60 Blackhawk crews conducted their first operational mission in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Tuesday.   The mission, which was in support of the Afghan provincial elections, took place just one day after the first 31 Afghan Air Force members graduated from mission qualification training, making them the first fully qualified
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An Afghan Air Force pilot receives a certificate during a UH-60 Black Hawk Aircraft Qualification Training graduation ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 20, 2017. The pilot is one of six to be the first AAF Black Hawk pilots. The first AAF Black Hawk pilots are experienced aviators coming from a Mi-17 background. For future Black Hawk pilots the UH-60 flight training is approximately 16 weeks long, six weeks for Aircraft Qualification Training (AQT) and 10 weeks for Mission Qualification Training (MQT).  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Veronica Pierce) First Afghan UH-60 pilots graduate
Six Afghan Air Force members became the first ever AAF UH-60 Black Hawk pilots, after graduation from Aircraft Qualification Training during a ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 20, 2017. Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air advisors and Afghan Air Force leaders were in attendance to congratulate the pilots during this historic ceremony.
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Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani passes in review of Afghan National Security and Defense Force honor guard Oct. 7, 2017, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. Ghani ceremonially cut the ribbon officiating the arrival of the first two UH-60A Black Hawk helicopters to the Afghan Air Force fleet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel) Afghan president welcomes first Afghan Air Force Black Hawk helicopters
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — The first two UH-60A Black Hawk helicopters arrived here Oct. 7, welcomed by top Afghan and Resolute Support officials.Led by President Ashraf Ghani, an official ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the landmark progress of the Afghan Air Force’s modernization effort, and inaugurated the helicopter into their fleet. Ghani
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Chaplain (Maj.) Chris Conklin, Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air air advisor, (right) stands next to Afghan National Army Col. Abdul Basir, the head of the Afghan Air Force Religious and Cultural Affairs office, Sept.14, 2017, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Conklin provides training, assistance and advice on the organization of religious support in the developing AAF as the first air advisor chaplain in TAAC-Air. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel) Faithful First: Chaplain air advisor launches dialogue, exchange supporting growing Afghan Air Force
Assigned to Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air, Chaplain (Maj.) Chris Conklin is the first air advisor charged with assisting the Afghan military’s religious and cultural affairs program with the mission of effective religious care and spiritual readiness for those who defend their nation.
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An Afghan Air Force UH-60 is towed as two AAF A-29s taxi for take-off Sept. 18, 2017, at Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan. The UH-60 was the first to arrive in Afghanistan as part of modernization efforts to transition the AAF to a more sustainable and modern helicopter fleet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Veronica Pierce) Afghan Air Force receives first delivery of UH-60s at Kandahar Airfield
The first two Afghan Air Force UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters arrived this week, at Kandahar Air Field.
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Afghan and Coalition service members listen to Afghan Brig. Gen. Mohammad Shoaib, Afghan Air Force commander, during an Afghan Air Force anniversary ceremony Aug. 24, 2017, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghan Air Force, Coalition members celebrate 96 years of Afghan airpower
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan and Coalition service members commemorated the Afghan Air Force anniversary during a ceremony Aug. 24, in Kabul, Afghanistan. The ceremony commemorated the 96th year of the country's air force. Train, Advise, Assist Command -  Air operates units across Afghanistan with the mission of assisting Afghan National Defense
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Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson arrives on the flightline at Kabul Air Wing Aug. 17, 2017, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Wilson travelled to Kabul to meet Airmen assigned to Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air who work side-by-side with their Afghan counterparts as they expand operational capabilities of the Afghan Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel) SECAF, CSAF visit Afghan Airmen, air advisor teams to talk progress of Afghan airpower
Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein visited the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 17.
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Two Afghan Air Force A-29 Super Tucano maintainers download GBU-12s (Guided Bomb Unit) at Kabul Air Wing, Afghanistan, July 26, 2017. Recently, AAF A-29 maintenance leadership requested to take full responsibility for flight line maintenance operations from Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air advisors and contract maintenance. This initiative by the maintainers is another step closer to the AAF becoming a professional, capable and sustainable force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Veronica Pierce) Afghan Air Force takes over A-29 Maintenance Ops
As advisors in Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air the tagline of ‘we are working ourselves out of the job’ is often used. The Afghan Air Force A-29 Super Tucano maintainers are working to make that phrase a reality. Recently, AAF A-29 maintenance leadership requested to take full responsibility for flight line maintenance operations from TAAC-Air advisors and contract maintenance.
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