Train, Advise, and Assist Command
Train, Advise, Assist Command - Air Afghanistan.
Commonly referred to as TAAC-Air, this organization of less than 300
personnel from a number of coalition countries is attempting to train up a
fledgling Afghan Air Force so it can fill a capability gap caused by
departing U.S. MEDEVAC helicopters and close air support aircraft.
TAAC-Air's mission is likely to run until December 2017 when the current
training and fielding plan for the AAF is complete. Resolute Support
advisors from TAAC-Air provide functionally based security force
assistance to the AAF from the ministerial level down to the wing, group,
and squadron level.
Afghan Air Force
Air Advisors in
Special Mission Wing (SMW)
438th Air Expeditionary Wing Facebook
438th AEW Website
438th Twitter Account
Contributing Countries. In addition to the 250 U.S. air advisors there are 50 members of other
Coalition countries to include Greece, Czech Republic, Romania, Turkey and Denmark.
Afghan Mi-17 Helicopter
Photo: USAF MSgt Keith Brown
Basing. There are two main bases for TAAC-Air. One in Kabul and the other in Kandahar.
Mission. TAAC-Air advisors are
striving to develop the Afghan Air Force in all areas. The AAF has
fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft that perform a variety of missions.
Aircraft include the Mi-17 transport helicopter, Mi-35 attack helicopter
(the export model of the Mi-24),
MD-530 light attack helicopter, Cessna 208B basic trainer and light
airlift aircraft, and the C-130 medium lift Hercules. In addition, 20 A-29
Super Tucano light air support aircraft will be fielded soon. Part of the
mission of training up the AAF is the training and integration of the
Afghan Terminal Air Controllers (ATAC)
Papers and Publications about TAAC-Air
Ault, Robert T.
"Adapting Army Aviation for Irregular Warfare: Developing Leadership and
Trust in a COIN Fight", Small Arms Journal, November 25,
2014. The author states that irregular warfare is not going away and
conventional forces must be multifaceted and able to respond across the
spectrum of operations and contingencies.
Videos about Afghan Air Force
April 27, 2016. TAAC-Air Mission Video,posted on YouTube.com by DVIDSHub. 2-min long video with some music and photos.
July 1, 2013. "Afghan AF Mi-17 Helicopter
Instruction". Flying America - Perfect Flight. Video of
instructors from the 444th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron teaching
Afghan Air Force pilots how to fly an Mi-17 helicopter at Shindand Air
News Articles about Train, Advise, Assist Command - Air
March 24, 2017."Edwards man returns after six months of training Afghan pilots",
Journal Star. A member of the Illinois Air National Guard's 182nd Airlift wing spent six months in Afghanistan to help train and advise pilots on how to better fly the C-130.
July 27, 2015."TAAC-Air holds change of command ceremony". DVIDS. BG Christopher Craige takes command.
May 26, 2015."TAAC-Air continues mission in Kandahar". DVIDS. Almost 40
advisors of TAAC-Air are based in Kandahar and work with the Kandahar Air Wing of the Afghan Air Force.
March 17, 2015. "TAAC-Air trains web conferencing". U.S. Air Forces Central
Command. With the introduction of software for web conferencing advisors can reach all 33 AAF locations in Afghanistan in order to conduct their train, advise, and assist mission.
February 26, 2015."TAAC-Air commanding general visits A-29 training program". Moody Air Force Base Press Release. BG Michael Rothstein is the head
of TAAC-Air as well as the commander of the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing in Kabul.
January 16, 2015."TAAC-Air speaks of mission in its new name". U.S. Air Force News. The
name is changed from NATC-A to TAAC-Air but the mission remains the same.
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1. For more information on AFTTP 3-4.5 Air Advising see a news story entitled Newest Air Advisor publication leverages proven best practices, JBMDL.af.mil, August 31, 2013.