17 July 2008

PR# 2008-329

Afghan Air Corps flies first ISAF mission

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan National Army Air Corps has flown its first mission for ISAF’s Intra-theatre Airlift System July 12.

The ANAAC’s An-32 aircraft flew under the call sign of “ISAF 60” with 1,000 kilograms of cargo from Kabul to Kandahar.

“While the amount of cargo carried was not large, the implications to ISAF and the ANAAC were significant,” said Major General Jouke Eikelboom, ISAF Director of the Air Coordination Element. “It was the beginning of a new partnership between ISAF and the Afghan Ministry of Defence in the continued development of Afghanistan in the quest for self sufficiency.”

Major General Jouke Eikelboom, ISAF Director of the Air Coordination Element, right, presents Afghan Brigadier General Wahab, Wing Commander of the Afghan National Army Air Corps, a plaque July 16 to mark the ANAAC’s milestone first mission with ISAF. The ANAAC flew its first mission July 12 as a member of ISAF’s Intra-theatre Airlift System when it moved 1,000 kilograms of cargo from Kabul to Kandahar.

The general mentioned that the ANAAC has improved greatly with the mentorship from ISAF and Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan’s trainers.

“It is impressive to see how quickly they have come in the past months,” Major General Eikelboom said, referencing that the ANAAC has been moving almost 5,000 people a month with a small fleet of cargo aircraft and helicopters and with little assistance from ISAF.

ISAF’s Intra-theatre Airlift System transport fleet already includes aircraft from Germany, France, Italy, Great Britain, Spain, Canada and the United States. Together, the countries move cargo and troops, included Afghan National Security Forces, around Afghanistan.

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