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SHINDAND, Afghanistan –The Afgahn Air Force flag flies in front of the main building as members of the Italian Air Force team, local AAF leadership and Col Bowers, 838th AEAG Commander pose for a photo. (U.S. Military photo/RELEASED).
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Afghan Air Force begins build up at Shindand Air Base

Posted 8/5/2010   Updated 8/6/2010 Email story   Print story


by Capt. Rob Leese
438th AEW PAO

8/5/2010 - SHINDAND, Afghanistan -- On Aug 1, 2010, the Afghan Air Force arrived at Shindand Air Base in the Western portion of Afghanistan. AAF leadership met with the 207th Corp Commander on July 31, 2010 to discuss a phased/gradual hand-over of Shindand.

Colonel Larry Bowers, the 838th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group Commander joined the AAF leaders as they toured the two buildings they will soon occupy. Colonel Khalil is serving as the Officer-in-Charge to begin the ownership process. His team consists of one Non-commissioned officer and 11 other soldiers of various training to begin setting up the AAF operations.

The Italian Air Force (ITAF) Air Mentor Team advance team recently departed Shindand Air Base. They worked through the basic requirements and manning for the Italian mission support team to work under the Combined Air Power Transition Force.

The plan is to have them fill most of the manning for the mission support group advisors. The ITAF team left saying they would also begin development of plans in preparation for running the rotary wing training on Shindand as well as potentially supplementing fixed wing training.

CAPTF and AAF members are also helping the local villagers with their water system by pumping water into it during the day to help with irrigation in the village to the South and using the water at night to build the runway. There are plans to begin using AAF Mi-17s transport helicopters to provide school supplies and other humanitarian aid to the region.

Shindand Air Base expects almost 50 AAF airmen, primarily security forces, to arrive this weekend to help secure the base.

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