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Public Affairs, Chief
Train, Advise, Assist Command - Air
438th Air Expeditionary Wing
Kabul, Afghanistan
Work DSN - 318-449-7486

438th AEW Mission

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

438th AEW Photo Slideshows

The MD-530 provides close air attack and aerial escort capability with two .50-caliber machine guns with rockets being added in the near future. (U.S. Air Force photo/released)
MD-530F Cayuse Warrior
The MD-530 provides close air attack and aerial escort capability with two .50-caliber machine guns with rockets being added in the near future. (U.S. Air Force photo/released)
An Afghan Air Force C-130 Hercules flies over the crowd at the “Re-birth of the Afghan Air Force” event at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 11, 2016.  Afghan President Ashraf Ghani addressed the Afghan National Army, AAF and coalition partners, and spoke of the capabilities of the A-29, MD-530F, C-130, Mi-17, PC-12 and C-208 aircraft. He also praised the young air force for their efforts in the 2015 Fighting Season and Winter Campaign. The flying service was re-established in 2008 after it had ceased to exist following the collapse of the Soviet-backed Afghan regime in 1992. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Eydie Sakura/released)
Re-birth of the Afghan Air Force
An Afghan Air Force C-130 Hercules flies over the crowd at the “Re-birth of the Afghan Air Force” event at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 11, 2016. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani addressed the Afghan National Army, AAF and coalition partners, and spoke of the capabilities of the A-29, MD-530F, C-130, Mi-17, PC-12 and C-208 aircraft. He also praised the young air force for their efforts in the 2015 Fighting Season and Winter Campaign. The flying service was re-established in 2008 after it had ceased to exist following the collapse of the Soviet-backed Afghan regime in 1992. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Eydie Sakura/released)
Brig. Gen. Christopher Craige, TAAC-Air commanding general, receives the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence in Maintenance Training, Advice, and Assistance of Foreign Security Forces from Col. Scott Grover, TAAC-Air CJ4 deputy commander, Jan. 20, 2016. TAAC-Air personnel advised the Afghan Air Force Kabul Air Wing and Kandahar Air Wing on maintaining fixed and rotary wing aircraft. The AAF's accomplishments last year include nearly 15,000 flight hours completed, 41,000 troops moved and 2,200 casualties evacuated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Eydie Sakura/released)
TAAC-Air receives secretary of defense maintenance training award
Brig. Gen. Christopher Craige, TAAC-Air commanding general, receives the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence in Maintenance Training, Advice, and Assistance of Foreign Security Forces from Col. Scott Grover, TAAC-Air CJ4 deputy commander, Jan. 20, 2016. TAAC-Air personnel advised the Afghan Air Force Kabul Air Wing and Kandahar Air Wing on maintaining fixed and rotary wing aircraft. The AAF's accomplishments last year include nearly 15,000 flight hours completed, 41,000 troops moved and 2,200 casualties evacuated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Eydie Sakura/released)
Four A-29 Super Tucanos arrive at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan, Jan. 15, 2016. The aircraft will be added to the Afghans' inventory in the spring of 2016. The A-29 Super Tucano is a 'light air support' aircraft capable of conducting close air support, aerial escort, armed overwatch and aerial interdiction. Designed to operate in high temperature and in extremely rugged terrain, the A-29 Super Tucano is highly maneuverable 4th generation weapons system capable of delivering precision guided munitions. It can fly at low speeds and low altitudes, is easy to fly, and provides exceptionally accurate weapons delivery. It is currently in service with 10 different air forces around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb)
Four Super Tucanos delivered to Afghan Air Force
Four A-29 Super Tucanos arrive at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan, Jan. 15, 2016. The aircraft will be added to the Afghans' inventory in the spring of 2016. The A-29 Super Tucano is a 'light air support' aircraft capable of conducting close air support, aerial escort, armed overwatch and aerial interdiction. Designed to operate in high temperature and in extremely rugged terrain, the A-29 Super Tucano is highly maneuverable 4th generation weapons system capable of delivering precision guided munitions. It can fly at low speeds and low altitudes, is easy to fly, and provides exceptionally accurate weapons delivery. It is currently in service with 10 different air forces around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb)
Italian Army Gen. Salvatore Farina, commander, NATO JFC-Brunssum (right), talks U.S. Air Force Capt. Snyder (left), a C-208 pilot and advisor for the Afghan Air Force, during a visit to AAF‬ and Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) personnel March 19, 2016, at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan. He wanted to learn about the air force missions and reaffirm support to NATO’s international partners‬. (U.S. Air Force photos by Capt. Eydie Sakura/released)
NATO JFC-Brunssum commander visits Afghan air force, TAAC-Air
Italian Army Gen. Salvatore Farina, commander, NATO JFC-Brunssum (right), talks U.S. Air Force Capt. Snyder (left), a C-208 pilot and advisor for the Afghan Air Force, during a visit to AAF‬ and Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) personnel March 19, 2016, at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan. He wanted to learn about the air force missions and reaffirm support to NATO’s international partners‬. (U.S. Air Force photos by Capt. Eydie Sakura/released)
A member of the Afghan air force marshals in an A-29 Super Tucano at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan, Jan. 15, 2016. The aircraft will be added to the Afghans' inventory in the spring of 2016. The A-29 Super Tucano is a 'light air support' aircraft capable of conducting close air support, aerial escort, armed overwatch and aerial interdiction. Designed to operate in high temperature and in extremely rugged terrain, the A-29 Super Tucano is highly maneuverable 4th generation weapons system capable of delivering precision guided munitions. It can fly at low speeds and low altitudes, is easy to fly, and provides exceptionally accurate weapons delivery. It is currently in service with 10 different air forces around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb)
Four Super Tucanos delivered to Afghan Air Force
A member of the Afghan air force marshals in an A-29 Super Tucano at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan, Jan. 15, 2016. The aircraft will be added to the Afghans' inventory in the spring of 2016. The A-29 Super Tucano is a 'light air support' aircraft capable of conducting close air support, aerial escort, armed overwatch and aerial interdiction. Designed to operate in high temperature and in extremely rugged terrain, the A-29 Super Tucano is highly maneuverable 4th generation weapons system capable of delivering precision guided munitions. It can fly at low speeds and low altitudes, is easy to fly, and provides exceptionally accurate weapons delivery. It is currently in service with 10 different air forces around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb)
An A-29 Super Tucano taxis across the airfield at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan, Jan. 15, 2016. The aircraft will be added to the Afghans' inventory in the spring of 2016. The A-29 Super Tucano is a 'light air support' aircraft capable of conducting close air support, aerial escort, armed overwatch and aerial interdiction. Designed to operate in high temperature and in extremely rugged terrain, the A-29 Super Tucano is highly maneuverable 4th generation weapons system capable of delivering precision guided munitions. It can fly at low speeds and low altitudes, is easy to fly, and provides exceptionally accurate weapons delivery. It is currently in service with 10 different air forces around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb)
Four Super Tucanos delivered to Afghan Air Force
An A-29 Super Tucano taxis across the airfield at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan, Jan. 15, 2016. The aircraft will be added to the Afghans' inventory in the spring of 2016. The A-29 Super Tucano is a 'light air support' aircraft capable of conducting close air support, aerial escort, armed overwatch and aerial interdiction. Designed to operate in high temperature and in extremely rugged terrain, the A-29 Super Tucano is highly maneuverable 4th generation weapons system capable of delivering precision guided munitions. It can fly at low speeds and low altitudes, is easy to fly, and provides exceptionally accurate weapons delivery. It is currently in service with 10 different air forces around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb)
A flight engineer looks out the open door of an Afghan Air Force Mi-17 helicopter during a night flight at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, December 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Hook/Released)
Mi-17 night flight in Kabul
A flight engineer looks out the open door of an Afghan Air Force Mi-17 helicopter during a night flight at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, December 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Hook/Released)
A graduate of the Afghan Air Force officer candidate school raises his certificate to the audience at a ceremony Dec. 6, 2015, in Kabul, Afghanistan. The year-long OCS training at Pohantoon-e-Hawayee (PeH), or Afghan Air Academy, focuses on English language, leadership and aviation studies. The cadets will fill required slots for the AAF in various air force careers in maintenance, flight engineering and pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Eydie Sakura/released)
AAF officer graduation ceremony
A graduate of the Afghan Air Force officer candidate school raises his certificate to the audience at a ceremony Dec. 6, 2015, in Kabul, Afghanistan. The year-long OCS training at Pohantoon-e-Hawayee (PeH), or Afghan Air Academy, focuses on English language, leadership and aviation studies. The cadets will fill required slots for the AAF in various air force careers in maintenance, flight engineering and pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Eydie Sakura/released)
Maj. Carl Miller, Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) instructor pilot, goes through pre-flight checklists with his Afghan Air Force counterpart on a training mission at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 21, 2015. The TAAC-Air mission is to train, advise and assist the AAF to be a capable, professional and sustainable air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sandra Welch/released)
Shoulder-to-Shoulder in Afghanistan
Maj. Carl Miller, Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) instructor pilot, goes through pre-flight checklists with his Afghan Air Force counterpart on a training mission at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 21, 2015. The TAAC-Air mission is to train, advise and assist the AAF to be a capable, professional and sustainable air force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sandra Welch/released)
Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General (middle), talks with Afghan Air Force‬ women soldiers during a visit with AAF and Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) personnel March 16, 2016, at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan. He wanted to learn about the air force missions and reaffirm support to NATO’s international partners‬. (U.S. Air Force photos by Capt. Eydie Sakura/released)
NATO secretary general visits Afghan air force, TAAC-Air
Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General (middle), talks with Afghan Air Force‬ women soldiers during a visit with AAF and Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) personnel March 16, 2016, at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan. He wanted to learn about the air force missions and reaffirm support to NATO’s international partners‬. (U.S. Air Force photos by Capt. Eydie Sakura/released)
Frank Alessi, a contractor at Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) in Kabul, Afghanistan, takes a moment to say, "good-bye" to two military colleagues who died in a helicopter crash Oct. 11, 2015, at a memorial service at Forward Operating Base Oqab. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Barbara Fuller/released)
Memorial at TAAC-Air
Frank Alessi, a contractor at Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) in Kabul, Afghanistan, takes a moment to say, "good-bye" to two military colleagues who died in a helicopter crash Oct. 11, 2015, at a memorial service at Forward Operating Base Oqab. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Barbara Fuller/released)
A Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) advisor (left) and his Afghan Air Force counterpart (right) prepare the back of a C-130 for a mission at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 22, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sandra Welch/released)
Shoulder-to-Shoulder in Afghanistan
A Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) advisor (left) and his Afghan Air Force counterpart (right) prepare the back of a C-130 for a mission at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 22, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sandra Welch/released)
Afghan pilots and maintainers stand before A-29 Super Tucano at the “Re-birth of the Afghan Air Force” aerial demonstration event at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 11, 2016. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani addressed a crowd of Afghan National Army, Afghan Air Force and coalition partners and spoke of the capabilities of the A-29, MD-530F, C-130, Mi-17, PC-12 and C-208 aircraft, and praised the young air force. The flying service was re-established in 2008 after it had ceased to exist following the collapse of the Soviet-backed Afghan regime in 1992. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Eydie Sakura/released)
Re-birth of the Afghan Air Force
Afghan pilots and maintainers stand before A-29 Super Tucano at the “Re-birth of the Afghan Air Force” aerial demonstration event at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 11, 2016. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani addressed a crowd of Afghan National Army, Afghan Air Force and coalition partners and spoke of the capabilities of the A-29, MD-530F, C-130, Mi-17, PC-12 and C-208 aircraft, and praised the young air force. The flying service was re-established in 2008 after it had ceased to exist following the collapse of the Soviet-backed Afghan regime in 1992. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Eydie Sakura/released)
A Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) security forces members stands guard as an Afghan Air Force Mi17 helicopter takes off at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 27, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sandra Welch/released)
NATO Resolute Support
A Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) security forces members stands guard as an Afghan Air Force Mi17 helicopter takes off at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 27, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sandra Welch/released)
An Afghan Air Force crew chief and Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) advisor, prepare an aircraft for flight at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 22, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sandra Welch/released)
Afghan Air Force flight line operations
An Afghan Air Force crew chief and Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) advisor, prepare an aircraft for flight at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 22, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sandra Welch/released)
An Afghan Air Force C-208 maintainer prepares the aircraft for flight at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 21, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sandra Welch/released)
Afghan Air Force C-208 operations
An Afghan Air Force C-208 maintainer prepares the aircraft for flight at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 21, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sandra Welch/released)
Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) medical advisors and Afghan Air Force flight medics conduct medical evacuation training on the flightline at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 12, 2015. MEDEVAC training included guidance on proper litter carrying techniques, aircraft configuration options, and aircraft patient loading and unloading. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Hook/Released)
CASEVAC Training
Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) medical advisors and Afghan Air Force flight medics conduct medical evacuation training on the flightline at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 12, 2015. MEDEVAC training included guidance on proper litter carrying techniques, aircraft configuration options, and aircraft patient loading and unloading. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Hook/Released)

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