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738th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group

The mission of the 738th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group is to set the conditions for a professional, fully independent, and operationally capable Afghan Air Force that meets the security requirements of Afghanistan. The 738th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group air advisers assess, train, mentor, equip and assist the AAF. The Group works to develop professional Afghan Air Force (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.

The groundwork for the 738th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group at Kandahar Air Field was laid in 2008 as part of the work up to establishing the AAF's Kandahar Air Wing. The 738th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group was established on 25 November 2009. As part of the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing, the 738th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group worked to advise the Kandahar Air Wing, which provided AAF combat power to the southern regions of Afghanistan. The Group assisted, trained, and advised the Kandahar Air Wing in order to provide support to coalition counterinsurgency operations. Advisers mentored their Afghan counterparts across a range of functions including flight operations, aircraft maintenance, intelligence, logistics, personnel management, communications and base defense.

As of October 2011, 85 NATO air advisers were assigned to the group to work with approximately 696 Afghan personnel assigned to the Kandahar Air Wing. The NATO advisers that made up the Group included partners from the United States, Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine, and Belgium. They were formed into the 441st, 442nd, and 443rd Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadrons, dealing with operations, maintenance, and mission support training respectively.

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