Afghan Air Force, Coalition members celebrate 96 years of Afghan airpower

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 and Coalition service members, civic leaders and media representatives stand for the Afghan national anthem during the 96th Afghan Air Force anniversary ceremony Aug. 24, 2017, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Train, Advise, Assist Command - Air operates units across Afghanistan with the mission of assisting Afghan National Defense Forces in growing and expanding operational capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)

Afghan, Coalition service members celebrate Afghan Air Force anniversary.

Afghan Brig. Gen. Mohammad Shoaib, Afghan Air Force commander, welcomes attendance to the 96th Afghan Air Force anniversary Aug. 24, 2017, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Shoaib leads the AAF since 2016, and works closely with Coalition leaders in leveraging the Train, Advise, Assist Command – Air to support and develop professional, capable and sustainable air force resources for Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)

Afghan, Coalition service members celebrate Afghan Air Force anniversary.

Afghan Brig. Gen. Mohammad Shoaib, Afghan Air Force commander, welcomes attendance to an Afghan Air Force anniversary ceremony Aug. 24, 2017, in Kabul, Afghanistan. The ceremony commemorated the 96th year of the Afghan Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)

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.

Brig. Gen. Phillip A. Stewart, commander Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air and 438th Air Expeditionary Wing, second from right, listens to a speech during the Afghan Air Force anniversary ceremony, Aug. 24, 2017, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Airmen assigned to TAAC-Air assist Afghan counterparts in developing and increasing operational capabilities for the Afghan Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)

Afghan, Coalition service members celebrate Afghan Air Force anniversary.

Brig. Gen. Phillip A. Stewart, commander Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air and 438th Air Expeditionary Wing, second from right, listens to a speech during the Afghan Air Force anniversary ceremony, Aug. 24, 2017, in Kabul, Afghanistan. The ceremony commemorated the 96th year of the Afghan Air Force and served as a reminder of the legacy of air service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)

Afghan and Coalition service members attend an Afghan Air Force anniversary ceremony Aug. 24, 2017, in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Afghan Brig. Gen. Mohammad Shoaib, Afghan Air Force commander, second from right, listens to welcoming remarks during the 96th Afghan Air Force anniversary ceremony at Kabul Air Wing, Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghan National Defense Forces and community leaders gathered to commemorate service members past and present and award outstanding performers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)

Afghan, Coalition service members celebrate Afghan Air Force anniversary.

Afghan and Coalition service members listen to Afghan Brig. Gen. Mohammad Shoaib, Afghan Air Force commander, during the 96th Afghan Air Force anniversary ceremony Aug. 24, 2017, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Train, Advise, Assist Command - Air operates units across Afghanistan with the mission of assisting Afghan National Defense Forces in growing and expanding operational capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)

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 Forces in growing and expanding operational capabilities.