738th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group
Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan
Who we are -- Our mission is to set the conditions for a professional, fully independent and operationally capable Afghan Air Force that meets the security requirements of Afghanistan today ... and tomorrow. As part of the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing, the 738th AEAG advises the Kandahar Air Wing, which provides AAF combat power to the southern regions of Afghanistan. The group assists, trains and advises the KAW in order to provide support to coalition counterinsurgency operations. Currently, 85 NATO air advisers work with approximately 696 KAW assigned Afghan personnel. Advisers mentor their Afghan counterparts across a range of functions including flight operations, aircraft maintenance, intelligence, logistics, personnel management, communications and base defense.
What we do - The 738th AEAG air advisers assess, train, mentor, equip and assist the AAF. We develop professional AAF airmen that provide air support to Afghan National Security Forces and Afghanistan civil authorities at all levels as directed by the Ministry of Defense.
How we are organized -- Composed of more than 85 coalition members, the 738th AEAG includes partners from the United States, Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine, and Belgium. The Group is made up of three Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadrons operating out of Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan:
441 AEAS - Operations
442 AEAS - Maintenance
443 AEAS - Mission Support
Afghan Air Force Capabilities -- KAW has approximately 696 assigned personnel and provides rotary wing lift capability to the Afghan National Army 205th and 215th Corps as well as other Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Interior units. This will soon expand to include light and medium fixed wing lift as well as light attack capabilities.
The current inventory at KAW is 7 Mi-17 helicopters. But, this will grow to a total of 11 Mi-17s, four C-27 Spartans, two C-208 Caravans, and 10 Light Air Support aircraft.
History -- KAW was officially activated November 29, 2009; however, adviser relations and operations have been on-going since spring of 2008.
What does the emblem signify? - Ultramarine blue and Air Force yellow are the Air Force colors. Blue alludes to the sky, the primary theater of Air Force operations. Yellow refers to the sun and the excellence required of Air Force personnel. The formation of aircraft with contrails signifies the unit's mission to work together with counterparts to become self-sufficient and embody the spirit of working "shoulder-to-shoulder." The grouping of pyramids represents the aspects of the unit's mission to train, equip and advise their counterparts. The land and the sky together represent the goal of the unit's mission to create a self-sufficient AAF on the land and in the sky.
Lineage -- The 738th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group was established November 25, 2009 as part of the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing.
Members of the 738th AEAG reside at Camp Ransom, Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan