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Train, Advise, and Assist Command


Train, Advise, Assist Command - Air Afghanistan

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.

Relevant Webpages

Afghan Air Force (AAF)
Air Advisors in Afghanistan
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
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

December 20, 2019. TAAC-Air. A two-minute long video about the mission of the Train, Advise, Assist Command - Air in Afghanistan. (DVIDS).

April 27, 2016. TAAC-Air Mission Video,posted on 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 Base, Afghanistan.

News Articles about Train, Advise, Assist Command - Air

September 2017. "Building Momentum in Afghanistan", Air Force Magazine. TAAC Air advisors are training and assisting the Afghan Air Force as they fight the war.

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,, August 31, 2013.




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