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Afghan Air Force conducts first emergency combat airdrop

Photo: An Afghan Air Force C-208 prepares for take-off after being loaded with almost 1,000 pounds of ammunition for the AAF’s first emergency air drop on June 1. Photo by USAF/Capt Brian Barnette

 

Afghan Air Force Cessna C-208 aircrew members conducted their first emergency combat airdrop mission bringing ammunition to Afghan National Police and citizens fighting the Taliban in Badakshan province on June 1.  A spokesman said the success of this emergency combat airdrop proves the Afghan Air Force’s ability to respond quickly to emergent requests and deliver necessary supplies to support the Afghan National Army, police, and citizens as they combat the Taliban.

Aircrew members conducted mission planning, prepared nearly 1,000 pounds of ammunition for delivery, and successfully dropped the supplies all within six hours of being notified of the need for support.

“In the past we didn’t have anything to support the soldiers,” said 1st Lt Froton, Afghan Air Force loadmaster. “Now when our soldiers are faced with any kind of problem, especially lack of ammunition, we are ready to support them, and it’s really bad news for the Taliban.”

An Afghan Air Force C-208 prepares for take-off after being loaded with almost 1,000 pounds of ammunition for the AAF’s first emergency air drop on June 1. Photo by USAF/Capt Brian Barnette

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