NATO ‘Mentors’ Train a Resurgent Afghan Air Force

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(Bagram, Afghanistan) On a grey-brown December morning, an Afghan Air Force C-208 taxis and holds short of runway two-nine at Kabul International Airport. Its mission isn’t glamorous: a liaison flight from the capital to the NATO Base at Bagram, up the Kabul valley to the northwest. The pattern in Kabul is busy, and the 208 holds a full ten minutes, waiting its turn to take off. In the interim, a British C-130 is cleared to land and a pair of Afghan Air Force Mi-35 attack helicopters roll past and lift off, heading for an air-support mission somewhere near Gardez.

Matthew Fritz‘s insight:

Excellent article on our mission here in Afghanistan written by new friend, Chuck Pfarrer, who came and spent a day embedded with our team.

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