[*******#000000][FONT=Arial]SHINDAND- Afghanistan, 28-03-12: At the military airport of Shindand, the[/FONT][/COLOR]
[*******#000000][FONT=Arial]handover ceremony between Col. Luigi Casali (Italian Air Force), commander[/FONT][/COLOR]
[*******#000000][FONT=Arial]of the outgoing team of advisers, and Col. Efrem Moioli (Italian Air[/FONT][/COLOR]
[*******#000000][FONT=Arial]Force), the incoming commander, concludes the change between the the third[/FONT][/COLOR]
[*******#000000][FONT=Arial]and fourth team of the Italian Air Force Airbase Support Air Advisory Team[/FONT][/COLOR]
[*******#000000][FONT=Arial](ASAAT), program that started over a year ago.[/FONT][/COLOR]

[*******#000000][FONT=Arial]The ceremony took place at the presence of Col Salamuddin (Afghan Air[/FONT][/COLOR]
[*******#000000][FONT=Arial]Force), the deputy Commander of Shindand Air Base, Col. John J. Hokaj,[/FONT][/COLOR]
[*******#000000][FONT=Arial](U.S. Air[/FONT][/COLOR]

[*******#000000][FONT=Arial]Force) 838th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group Commander and Brig Gen[/FONT][/COLOR]
[*******#000000][FONT=Arial]Chiapperini, RC West Commander.[/FONT][/COLOR]

[*******#000000][FONT=Arial]Col. CAsali during his speech highlighted the daily work of his team,[/FONT][/COLOR]
[*******#000000][FONT=Arial]aimed at developing leaders, and establishing enduring institutional[/FONT][/COLOR]
[*******#000000][FONT=Arial]capacity in order to enable an accountable Afghan-led security.[/FONT][/COLOR]

[*******#000000][FONT=Arial]The incoming commander of the 4th team of Italian advisors, Col. Moioli,[/FONT][/COLOR]
[*******#000000][FONT=Arial]thanked Col. Casali for his work and reiterated its commitment to provide[/FONT][/COLOR]
[*******#000000][FONT=Arial]continuous training and advising for the future.[/FONT][/COLOR]

[*******#000000][FONT=Arial]The event was concluded with a short speech of Gen. Chiapperini, in which[/FONT][/COLOR]
[*******#000000][FONT=Arial]he wished those present a happy return home, and stressed the importance[/FONT][/COLOR]
[*******#000000][FONT=Arial]and commitment of the outgoing Italian team and the important achievements[/FONT][/COLOR]
[*******#000000][FONT=Arial]that were reached thanks to their professionalism and dedication to the[/FONT][/COLOR]
[*******#000000][FONT=Arial]project.[/FONT][/COLOR]

[*******#000000][FONT=Arial]The team, embedded working embedded with the USAF 838th AEAG, has been[/FONT][/COLOR]
[*******#000000][FONT=Arial]training and advising Afghan personnel at the airport of Shindand Air[/FONT][/COLOR]
[*******#000000][FONT=Arial]Base, main training facility for the Afghan Air Force. In this context,[/FONT][/COLOR]
[*******#000000][FONT=Arial]they have conducted activities such as the organization and implementation[/FONT][/COLOR]
[*******#000000][FONT=Arial]of courses related to flight operations, infrastructure, communications[/FONT][/COLOR]
[*******#000000][FONT=Arial]and Information Systems, Transport, Materials Management, Fire Emergency[/FONT][/COLOR]
[*******#000000][FONT=Arial]Procedures, POL (Petroleum Oil Lubricants), Health, Billeting and food,[/FONT][/COLOR]
[*******#000000][FONT=Arial]and base Security.[/FONT][/COLOR]

[*******#000000][FONT=Arial]The mission started in Nov 2010, and is composed by 29 Italian Air Force[/FONT][/COLOR]
[*******#000000][FONT=Arial]Officers and NCOs, which work as mentors and advisers for the AAF and were[/FONT][/COLOR]
[*******#000000][FONT=Arial]qualified at the Center for Teaching and Managerial Education in Florence.[/FONT][/COLOR]
[*******#000000][FONT=Arial]Italy, in cooperation with Hungary also provides an instructor team for[/FONT][/COLOR]
[*******#000000][FONT=Arial]the MI 17 AAT program.[/FONT][/COLOR]