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

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

Four Afghan National Army flight medics work as a team to reconfigure the cargo compartment of a C-130H Hercules from netted seating to metal stanchions that hold stretchers for a “simulated” medical evacuation, or medevac, flight at Hamid Karzai International Airport, July 9, 2015. The Train, Advise, Assist Command – Air (TAAC-Air) advisers provide weekly training to the ANA and Afghan air force to further develop and grow their fight medics. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Eydie Sakura/released)
TAAC-Air advisers provide C-130 medevac training to Afghan medics
Four Afghan National Army flight medics work as a team to reconfigure the cargo compartment of a C-130H Hercules from netted seating to metal stanchions that hold stretchers for a “simulated” medical evacuation, or medevac, flight at Hamid Karzai International Airport, July 9, 2015. The Train, Advise, Assist Command – Air (TAAC-Air) advisers provide weekly training to the ANA and Afghan air force to further develop and grow their fight medics. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Eydie Sakura/released)
The MD-530 Warrior, or “Jengi” in Dari, is the newest in the Afghan Air Force’s arsenal, providing air power to support the ANDSF. The “Jengi” is designed for high altitude and hot weather operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jeffre Nagan)
MD-530 'Jengi' helicopter flies over Afghanistan
The MD-530 Warrior, or “Jengi” in Dari, is the newest in the Afghan Air Force’s arsenal, providing air power to support the ANDSF. The “Jengi” is designed for high altitude and hot weather operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jeffre Nagan)
Members of the Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air and Afghan National Army medical evacuation team members pose for a group photo after performing hands on MEDEVAC training July 29, 2015, at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan. The TAAC-Air advisors host weekly training with the Afghan flight medics, with assistance from U.S. Air Force aeromedical evacuation subject matter experts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cierra Presentado/Released)
TACC-Air Advisors train Afghan Medevac team
Members of the Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air and Afghan National Army medical evacuation team members pose for a group photo after performing hands on MEDEVAC training July 29, 2015, at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan. The TAAC-Air advisors host weekly training with the Afghan flight medics, with assistance from U.S. Air Force aeromedical evacuation subject matter experts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cierra Presentado/Released)
Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) Italian Chief of Staff Col. Giovanni Franchini, commands the formation of coalition Airmen during a change of command ceremony July 27, 2015, at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan. Brig. Gen. Christopher E. Craige took command of  TAAC-Air, 438th Air Expeditionary Wing. Presiding at the ceremony was Gen. John F. Campbell, commander, Resolute Support and United States Forces-Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cierra Presentado/Released)
TAAC-Air holds change of command ceremony
Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) Italian Chief of Staff Col. Giovanni Franchini, commands the formation of coalition Airmen during a change of command ceremony July 27, 2015, at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan. Brig. Gen. Christopher E. Craige took command of TAAC-Air, 438th Air Expeditionary Wing. Presiding at the ceremony was Gen. John F. Campbell, commander, Resolute Support and United States Forces-Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cierra Presentado/Released)
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)
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)
Staff Sgt. Nathanial Weitzell, 440th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron C-130 engine mechanic, removes the engine chin scoop panel for an inspection with a Romanian air force mechanic July 28, 2015, at Hamid Karzai International Airport.  Weitzell is deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, from the 911th Maintenance Squadron in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is part of the Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) unit that works shoulder-to-shoulder with Afghan partners to develop a professional, capable, and sustainable Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cierra Presentado)
Afghan air force C-130 maintenance
Staff Sgt. Nathanial Weitzell, 440th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron C-130 engine mechanic, removes the engine chin scoop panel for an inspection with a Romanian air force mechanic July 28, 2015, at Hamid Karzai International Airport. Weitzell is deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, from the 911th Maintenance Squadron in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is part of the Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) unit that works shoulder-to-shoulder with Afghan partners to develop a professional, capable, and sustainable Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cierra Presentado)
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)
Master Sgt. Antonio Policicchio, 440th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron C-130 engine mechanic, discusses the engine bleed air system and changing the speed sensitive valve filter with Afghan air force mechanics July 28, 2015, at Hamid Karzai International Airport.  Policicchio is deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, from the 911th Maintenance Squadron in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is part of the Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) unit that works shoulder-to-shoulder with Afghan partners to develop a professional, capable, and sustainable Air Force.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cierra Presentado)
Afghan air force C-130 maintenance
Master Sgt. Antonio Policicchio, 440th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron C-130 engine mechanic, discusses the engine bleed air system and changing the speed sensitive valve filter with Afghan air force mechanics July 28, 2015, at Hamid Karzai International Airport. Policicchio is deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, from the 911th Maintenance Squadron in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is part of the Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) unit that works shoulder-to-shoulder with Afghan partners to develop a professional, capable, and sustainable Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cierra Presentado)
Capt. Tony Short (right), 439th Air Expeditionary Advisor Squadron, watches over the Afghan military police as they practice on each other doing hands-on searching and handcuffing techniques Aug. 12, 2015, at the Kabul Air Wing, Afghanistan. This third and last phase of training was presented by Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) security forces advisors. The mission of TAAC-Air is to help develop a capable, sustainable and professional Afghan Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Eydie Sakura)
Afghan Air Force MPs, TAAC-Air advisors train on searching, handcuff procedures
Capt. Tony Short (right), 439th Air Expeditionary Advisor Squadron, watches over the Afghan military police as they practice on each other doing hands-on searching and handcuffing techniques Aug. 12, 2015, at the Kabul Air Wing, Afghanistan. This third and last phase of training was presented by Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) security forces advisors. The mission of TAAC-Air is to help develop a capable, sustainable and professional Afghan Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Eydie Sakura)
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)
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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