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Afghan Pilots Learn Air Assault from Army’s 101st

Afghan Pilots Learn Air Assault from Army’s 101st

With Afghan troops increasingly leading combat operations on the ground, the Afghan Air Force’s fledgling helicopter fleet based in Kabul has learned new techniques to support them from the air.

The U.S. Army’s 101st Combat Aviation Brigade started a new training program at Bagram Air Field for Afghan helicopter pilots to learn how to perform air assault missions. The brigade and its trainers are part of the Fort Campbell, Ky.-based 101st Airborne Division, the Army’s only air assault division.

The ability of Afghan helicopters to quickly drop soldiers into combat is a new and critical role.

For the complete story by Kristin M. Hall of The Associated Press via MilitaryTimes.com, click here.

Updated: May 20, 2013 — 10:30 AM

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