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  • Preserving the TAAC-Air Mission

    As the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing and Train, Advise, Assist Command – Air (TAAC-Air) historian, Joshua Mayes, makes it his personal goal to capture every detail of the TAAC-Air mission ensuring its place in the Air Force history books. From flying operations, mission support, to command and control; men and women of the 438th AEW train, advise, and assist their Afghan partners to develop a professional, capable, and sustainable Air Force.
  • Overcoming fear: Airman’s training takes over during firefight

    It was just after 4 a.m., July 17. Many on the base at Kabul International Airport, and forward operating base Oqab nearby, were still catching a last hour or two of sleep before the day would begin.The bad guys, however, were not sleeping. Under the cover of darkness, a small force determined to attack the Kabul Airport and Afghan air force Base
  • From training to trauma: A testament of heroism

    It started as any other training day for the crew of Jayhoon 11; however, events unfolded Sept. 7 which proved to be a true test of tactics, training and teamwork."Start up and taxi were uneventful," said Tech. Sgt. Matty Garcia, 444th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron Mi-17 evaluator aerial gunner. "Upon holding short of Jayhoon Pad, Shindand
  • Air advising in retrospect

    What do you get when you combine Afghan maintainers, American advisors, contractors and Russian helicopters? One of the most rapidly advancing mission sustainment capabilities in Afghanistan."The overall quality of maintenance, training and Afghan motivation has greatly increased," said Master Sgt. William Hensley, 440th Air Expeditionary Advisory
  • Not your average snow day

    Early one Saturday morning the parade field was covered in fresh snow. Light flurries drifted through the air as young men in uniform gathered in formation for roll call, surrounded by imposing Cold War-era buildings and a barbed-wire fence perimeter.About an hour later, these same men quickly exited the structures, hushed voices rising sharply.
  • Air Force JAG, paralegal at KAF advise Afghan Air Force

    Members of the 451st Air Expeditionary Wing here are helping the Afghan Air Force Kandahar Air Wing leadership and legal office implement military justice and hold the wing's servicemembers accountable to military standards. Maj. Deanna Daly, Staff Judge Advocate for the 451st AEW, and her paralegal, Tech. Sgt. Terry Beasley, have stepped in to
  • U.S. flag strengthens bond of Air Force father, son while deployed

    A simple U.S. flag. It's traveled thousands of miles, seen numerous deployments - six to be exact - and one stint at Air Force basic military training. Even today, it's still traveling, looking dusty and dull from all of its miles and years. But for one Air Force father and son duo, it's more than just a simple U.S. flag; it's their symbol of
  • Afghan AF, Army, Coalition advisors team for slingload training

    Afghan aircrew assigned to the Kandahar Air Wing teamed with Afghan National Army soldiers assigned to the 4th Kandak, 2nd Brigade, 205th Corps to conduct sling load training at Forward Operating Base Wolverine, Afghanistan, Dec. 5. Sling load operations are the task of attaching cargo to hang from the bottom of a rotary wing aircraft. This event
  • Southern Strike IV a 'big win' for Afghan AF, ground forces

    Synchronization of command and control functions, and the ability of the Afghan Air Force to contribute jointly to greater Afghan National Security Forces initiatives, were on display when members of the AAF Kandahar Air Wing delivered critical humanitarian supplies during Operation Southern Strike IV Nov. 15-18. With Mi-17 helicopters prepared and
  • Legal counsel, medical help from the heart

    Toor Pekai and her family arrived at Bagram Air Field Oct. 1, 2012, for a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), in hopes that the Coalition medical team could assess her brain damage and give her some answers on what is to come. She was accompanied by Lt. Col. David Eby, top legal advisor for the Afghan Air Force and Staff Judge Advocate for the 438th