Air advisory unit in Kabul continues under Czech command

Autor: Nuala Casey and Oldrich Holecek

On 9th February, Major Jiri Chrobak took over command of the 311th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron from Lieutenant Colonel Petr Sliva. Airmen from five nations will continue to carry out joint training activities for a further six months at the Hamid Karzai International Airport base in Kabul.

Major Chrobak accepting the flag of the 311th Squadron
Major Chrobak accepting the flag of the 311th Squadron

"My aim is to follow the standards of my predecesors and continue with the training programme of the Afghan air personnel to help them achieve full combat independence. I am looking forward to cooperating with our Afghan and coalition partners," said Major Chrobak during the changeover ceremony.

The Afghan helicopter pilots and technicians, commanded by Colonel Samim Farid, are being mentored and tested by air experts from Czechia, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia and the United States.

American Colonel Troy Henderson, Commander of the 438th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group which oversees air training activities in the Kabul district, paid tribute to the Czech team and thanked the outgoing Commander, Colonel Sliva, for his excellent leadership in support of the Resolute Support Mission.

The Czech Air Advisory Teams have been instructing Afghan air personnel in Kabul for ten years, and this is now the second year the unit has adopted the name ’311th Squadron‘, thus carrying on the traditional name of the Czechoslovak 311th Bomber Squadron which had so successfully fought in the Royal Air Force during World War II.

By Nuala Casey and Oldrich Holecek

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February 16, 2017