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Train, Advise, Assist Command - Air
438th Air Expeditionary Wing
Kabul, Afghanistan
Work DSN - 318-237-5833

Mission Video

Afghan Pride Building an AF

Afghan Pride Building an AF


438th AEW Mission

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

438th AEW Photo Slideshows

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An Afghan air force Mi-17 gunner fires his M240B machine gun during the first night firing training mission, Nov 29, 2014 in Kabul, Afghanistan. This capability will allow the Afghan air force to take the fight to the enemy day and night. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Perry Aston/Released)
First Afghan air force Mi-17 night firing
An Afghan air force Mi-17 gunner fires his M240B machine gun during the first night firing training mission, Nov 29, 2014 in Kabul, Afghanistan. This capability will allow the Afghan air force to take the fight to the enemy day and night. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Perry Aston/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Reserve Senior Airman Francisco Barriento, 440th Air
Expeditionary Advisor Squadron crew chief, conducts a post-flight inspection
on an Afghan air force C-130 Hercules at Kabul International Airport, Kabul,
Afghanistan, Aug. 2. Barriento is one of 30 members of the Puerto Rico Air
National Guard deployed to Kabul under the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing and
NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan. The Guardsmen leverage their
experience with the C-130 airframe to keep the AAF flying and to get a
sustainable training and education program up and running for the future.
Barriento is deployed from the 156th Airlift Wing, Muniz Air National Guard
Base, in Carolina, Puerto Rico. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt.
Mike Hammond)
A leisurely stroll!
U.S. Air Force Reserve Senior Airman Francisco Barriento, 440th Air Expeditionary Advisor Squadron crew chief, conducts a post-flight inspection on an Afghan air force C-130 Hercules at Kabul International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 2. Barriento is one of 30 members of the Puerto Rico Air National Guard deployed to Kabul under the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing and NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan. The Guardsmen leverage their experience with the C-130 airframe to keep the AAF flying and to get a sustainable training and education program up and running for the future. Barriento is deployed from the 156th Airlift Wing, Muniz Air National Guard Base, in Carolina, Puerto Rico. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt. Mike Hammond)
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Afghan air force airmen perform preventive maintenance on Mi-17 helicopters, Dec 1, 2014, in Kabul, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Perry Aston/Released)
Afghan air force maintainers
Afghan air force airmen perform preventive maintenance on Mi-17 helicopters, Dec 1, 2014, in Kabul, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Perry Aston/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Reserve Senior Airman Francisco Barriento, 440th Air
Expeditionary Advisor Squadron crew chief, marshals an Afghan air force
C-130 Hercules on the flightline of Kabul International Airport, Kabul,
Afghanistan, Aug. 2. Barriento is one of 30 members of the Puerto Rico Air
National Guard deployed to Kabul under the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing and
NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan. The Guardsmen leverage their
experience with the C-130 airframe to keep the AAF flying and to get a
sustainable training and education program up and running for the future.
Barriento is deployed from the 156th Airlift Wing, Muniz Air National Guard
Base, in Carolina, Puerto Rico. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt.
Mike Hammond)
Bringing her in!
U.S. Air Force Reserve Senior Airman Francisco Barriento, 440th Air Expeditionary Advisor Squadron crew chief, marshals an Afghan air force C-130 Hercules on the flightline of Kabul International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 2. Barriento is one of 30 members of the Puerto Rico Air National Guard deployed to Kabul under the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing and NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan. The Guardsmen leverage their experience with the C-130 airframe to keep the AAF flying and to get a sustainable training and education program up and running for the future. Barriento is deployed from the 156th Airlift Wing, Muniz Air National Guard Base, in Carolina, Puerto Rico. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt. Mike Hammond)
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Afghan air force airmen push a nitrogen cart across the flightline, Nov. 30, 2014, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Nitrogen is used to service the emergency power units on various Afghan air force aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Perry Aston/Released)
Afghan Air Force flightline
Afghan air force airmen push a nitrogen cart across the flightline, Nov. 30, 2014, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Nitrogen is used to service the emergency power units on various Afghan air force aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Perry Aston/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Reserve Senior Airman Francisco Barriento, 440th Air
Expeditionary Advisor Squadron crew chief, installs an air conditioning
inlet cover while conducting a post-flight inspection on an Afghan air force
C-130 Hercules at Kabul International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 2.
Barriento is one of 30 members of the Puerto Rico Air National Guard
deployed to Kabul under the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing and NATO Air
Training Command-Afghanistan. The Guardsmen leverage their experience with
the C-130 airframe to keep the AAF flying and to get a sustainable training
and education program up and running for the future. Barriento is deployed
from the 156th Airlift Wing, Muniz Air National Guard Base, in Carolina,
Puerto Rico. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt. Mike Hammond)
Battening down the hatches
U.S. Air Force Reserve Senior Airman Francisco Barriento, 440th Air Expeditionary Advisor Squadron crew chief, installs an air conditioning inlet cover while conducting a post-flight inspection on an Afghan air force C-130 Hercules at Kabul International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 2. Barriento is one of 30 members of the Puerto Rico Air National Guard deployed to Kabul under the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing and NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan. The Guardsmen leverage their experience with the C-130 airframe to keep the AAF flying and to get a sustainable training and education program up and running for the future. Barriento is deployed from the 156th Airlift Wing, Muniz Air National Guard Base, in Carolina, Puerto Rico. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt. Mike Hammond)
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An MD 530 flies over Kabul, Afghanistan.  The MD 530 is a new aerial support aircraft the Afghan Air Force can use during Fighting Season '15.
Operation Enduring Freedom
An MD 530 flies over Kabul, Afghanistan. The MD 530 is a new aerial support aircraft the Afghan Air Force can use during Fighting Season '15.
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006 - U.S. Air Force Reserve Tech. Sgt. Joseph Aldarondo, 440th Air
Expeditionary Advisor Squadron propulsion specialist, places an engine inlet
cover on an Afghan air force C-130 Hercules at Kabul International Airport,
Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 2. Aldarondo is one of 30 members of the Puerto
Rico Air National Guard deployed to Kabul under the 438th Air Expeditionary
Wing and NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan. The Guardsmen leverage their
experience with the C-130 airframe to keep the AAF flying and to get a
sustainable training and education program up and running for the future.
Aldarondo is deployed from the 156th Airlift Wing, Muniz Air National Guard
Base, in Carolina, Puerto Rico. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Senior
Master Sgt. Mike Hammond) *Editor's Note: photo has been altered to obscure
flightline access badge only, for privacy considerations*
Just right
006 - U.S. Air Force Reserve Tech. Sgt. Joseph Aldarondo, 440th Air Expeditionary Advisor Squadron propulsion specialist, places an engine inlet cover on an Afghan air force C-130 Hercules at Kabul International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 2. Aldarondo is one of 30 members of the Puerto Rico Air National Guard deployed to Kabul under the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing and NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan. The Guardsmen leverage their experience with the C-130 airframe to keep the AAF flying and to get a sustainable training and education program up and running for the future. Aldarondo is deployed from the 156th Airlift Wing, Muniz Air National Guard Base, in Carolina, Puerto Rico. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Senior Master Sgt. Mike Hammond) *Editor's Note: photo has been altered to obscure flightline access badge only, for privacy considerations*
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U.S. Air Force Reserve Tech. Sgt. Michael Ortega, 440th Air
Expeditionary Advisor Squadron crew chief, speaks to an Afghan air force
C-130 pilot during a post-flight debriefing at Kabul International Airport,
Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 2. Ortega is one of 30 members of the Puerto Rico
Air National Guard deployed to Kabul under the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing
and NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan. The Guardsmen leverage their
experience with the C-130 airframe to keep the AAF flying and to get a
sustainable training and education program up and running for the future.
Ortega is deployed from the 156th Airlift Wing, Muniz Air National Guard
Base, in Carolina, Puerto Rico. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Senior
Master Sgt. Mike Hammond) *Editor's note: photo has been altered to obscure
flightline access badge only, for privacy reasons*
Battening down the hatches
U.S. Air Force Reserve Tech. Sgt. Michael Ortega, 440th Air Expeditionary Advisor Squadron crew chief, speaks to an Afghan air force C-130 pilot during a post-flight debriefing at Kabul International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 2. Ortega is one of 30 members of the Puerto Rico Air National Guard deployed to Kabul under the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing and NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan. The Guardsmen leverage their experience with the C-130 airframe to keep the AAF flying and to get a sustainable training and education program up and running for the future. Ortega is deployed from the 156th Airlift Wing, Muniz Air National Guard Base, in Carolina, Puerto Rico. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Senior Master Sgt. Mike Hammond) *Editor's note: photo has been altered to obscure flightline access badge only, for privacy reasons*
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U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Roger Bass, NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan and 438th Air Expeditionary Wing, displays the "Gavin Fan Club" poster at Forward Operating Base Oqab in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 5, 2014. A four-word simple note from a boy named Gavin continues to amuse and inspire deployed servicemembers some 8 months after its arrival. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt. Mike Hammond)
"Hope you make it" -- Gavin
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Roger Bass, NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan and 438th Air Expeditionary Wing, displays the "Gavin Fan Club" poster at Forward Operating Base Oqab in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 5, 2014. A four-word simple note from a boy named Gavin continues to amuse and inspire deployed servicemembers some 8 months after its arrival. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt. Mike Hammond)
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Lt. Gen. Mohammad Akram, Afghan National Army, Vice Chief of Staff, speaks to the aircrew after the first-ever all Afghan C-130 flight, Kabul, Afghanistan, June 16, 2014. The aircrew, made up of six Afghan Air Force pilots and loadmasters, successfully completed a mission from Kabul to Kandahar and back. The aircrew successfully planned, executed and accounted for movement of about 120 Afghan personnel, two casualty evacuation patients, luggage and cargo in both directions. The ability for the AAF aircrew to move Afghan National Army Security Forces personnel, cargo, CASEVAC patients and human remains missions is a major accomplishment for both the AAF and NATO Air Training Command – Afghanistan advisors assigned to the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing. This milestone was accomplished eight months earlier than projected. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.)
A team of all Afghan Air Force pilots and loadmasters complete their first-eer solo mission.
Lt. Gen. Mohammad Akram, Afghan National Army, Vice Chief of Staff, speaks to the aircrew after the first-ever all Afghan C-130 flight, Kabul, Afghanistan, June 16, 2014. The aircrew, made up of six Afghan Air Force pilots and loadmasters, successfully completed a mission from Kabul to Kandahar and back. The aircrew successfully planned, executed and accounted for movement of about 120 Afghan personnel, two casualty evacuation patients, luggage and cargo in both directions. The ability for the AAF aircrew to move Afghan National Army Security Forces personnel, cargo, CASEVAC patients and human remains missions is a major accomplishment for both the AAF and NATO Air Training Command – Afghanistan advisors assigned to the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing. This milestone was accomplished eight months earlier than projected. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.)

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