May 09, 2018
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Afghan pilots conduct first operation with Black Hawks a day after graduation

By Khaama Press - Wed May 09 2018, 2:06 pm

The Afghan Air Force pilots conducted the first mission with the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters a day after they received their graduation certificates from the Mission Qualification Training.

“Just one day after graduating from Mission Qualification Training, the first Afghan Air Force UH-60 Black Hawk crews took to the sky for an operational mission in support of the Afghan provincial elections,” according the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing.

The first Afghan UH-60 Blackhawk crew members graduated from mission qualification training on Monday and are officially qualified to begin conducting operational missions.

“The introduction of the UH-60 marks the dawning of a new age for the Afghan Air Force,” said Brig. Gen. Phillip Stewart, Commander of Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air.

Gen. Stewart further added “All of those who graduated mission qualification school have shown tremendous hard work and dedication. Not only are these Blackhawks and students the physical embodiment of progress, but they also represent a generational shift from the older soviet-trained forces to the younger and more progressive western-trained and educated fleet.”

Photos: The 438th Air Expeditionary Wing

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