Air unit in Afghanistan renamed to follow in the tradition of 311th Czechoslovak Bomber Squadron RAF

The Czech officer, Major Radek M., assumed command of the 438th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron during a ceremony in Kabul last week. The squadron, which was renamed the 311th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron will continue in the tradition of the Czechoslovak 311th Bomber Squadron which courageously and successfully fought in the Royal Air Force during World War II.

Major Radek is the third Czech officer to command the mixed unit of American, Afghan, Croatian, Czech and Hungarian pilots and ground personnel which comes under the U.S. 438th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group currently participating in the NATO Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, and supporting the Afghan Air Force in regaining air dominance over its territory.

The Czech Air Advisory Team, a 40-member team from 22nd Helicopter Base and 24th Air Transportation Base, forms a unit of the 311th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron and, for more than nine years, has been directly responsible for assisting Afghan personnel with the maintenance and combat flights of the Mil-17 and Mil-35 helicopters.

Colonel Sean Philip LeRoy, Commander, 438th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group of the United States Air Force awarded the outgoing commander of the Squadron, Lieutenant Colonel Vladimir V., the U.S. military medal for his excellent work and leadership in coordinating the activities of the five nations serving on the Squadron.

By Nuala Casey and Oldrich Holecek

February 18, 2016