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Train the trainer
Italian Air Force Maj. Salvatore Sanarica, of the 838th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group, conducts the first part of his ambulance training exam July 5, 2011 in Shindand, Afghanistan. Sanarica began training Afghan Air Force Master Sgt. Ahmad Shah in February to become a trainer eventually leading to Shah being responsible for training AAF Sgt. Najebolla Mohammad. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)
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838th Airmen “train the trainer”

Posted 7/6/2011   Updated 7/6/2011 Email story   Print story


by Capt. Jamie Humphries
438th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

7/6/2011 - KABUL, Afghanistan -- Italian Air Force members assigned to the 838th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron, provided training in Shindand recently in an effort to ensure timely emergency response.

Maj. Salvatore Sanarica, of the 838th AEW, took the lead on a project aimed at providing effective transportation training necessary to expedite the movement of injured personnel from casualty areas to designated clinics or hospitals. His goal was to oversee the training of one Afghan to another.

The course began in February with AAF Master Sgt. Ahmad Shah selected as the initial student. After initial training, AAF and ITAF officials agreed he showed so much promise; they should train him to eventually become a trainer.

"He (Shah) immediately showed great commitment, outstanding attitude and natural skill," explained Sanarica. "So, instead of just training him, we proposed to him and his Afghan chain of command to go on and develop him as a trainer."

Beginning with a theoretical class that included how an engine and other systems operate, Shah's class continued with a safety course, driving policy and practice including specific ambulatory instruction ending with a final exam given by the Italian adviser.

"One of the main problems we have is our Afghan Air Force drivers lack the proper licenses and absence of driving skill," said Sanarica. "At this time, the Afghan clinic has been assigned only one driver and we trained him."

Now that the course is complete with Shah instructing Sgt. Najebolla Mohammad, authorities explain the lessons learned will help Shah's leadership skills and improve his commitment and hard work as well as Mohammad's knowledge on the use of an emergency vehicle.

"I'm proud to belong to the AAF and to work for the future of my people and my country," said Shah. I really appreciate the efforts of Italian and coalition advisers in helping to improve our situation, building up our wing, AAF and Afghanistan."

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