Our people in the southern provinces of Kandahar, Zabul, Uruzgan, Helmand and Daikundi rest assured knowing the Kandahar Air Wing is assisting the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF), to maintain security and stability in the region.
The Commander of the Air Wing, General Raziq Shairzai, told Sada-e-Azadi they work with the 205th and 215th Afghan National Army (ANA) Corps with the delivery of equipment and personnel to wide-ranging areas.
General Shairzai thanked the international community for mentoring the Afghan Air Force (AAF), thereby enabling this Air Wing to assume responsibility and conduct air operations. "We are very thankful to the international community, who always helped us and even today, they still are helping us. For example, they assist us with petrol management and provide technical advisors and pilots to train our engineers, pilots, and maintenance crew members."
The General explained there are tens of advisors working with the AAF in Afghanistan, and our pilots are being trained in countries around the world, including the USA, the UAE, Turkey, and other countries. "The international community is very dedicated to the security of our country and our people. They are providing many training programs both here and abroad," said the General.
The group commander of AAF Maintenance in Kandahar, Colonel Galina Safi explained to Sada-e-Azadi that the air wing have received modern training from the international community, and continue their mentoring to ensure the AAF is capable of maintaining control of the skies.
Colonel Safi said, "Our Air Force is better now than it has been at any point in our nation's history. I have worked nearly 20 years in this field and over the last few years, with the mentoring of international security forces, we have graduated more than 250 technicians and engineers, many of whom learned not only helicopter maintenance but also English and computer courses."
The Air Wing of Kandahar represents the continued bond of brotherhood between the ANDSF and the international community. The AAF capabilities are making a noticeable impact on the battlefield, whether in Helmand or Zabul or by providing disaster relief and humanitarian aid to the rural communities.