Shindand: Transfer of Authority for 838th AEAG/ASAAT ITAF Senior Advisor.
SHINDAND- Afghanistan, 28-03-12: At the military airport of Shindand, the handover ceremony between Col. Luigi Casali (Italian Air Force), commander of the outgoing team of advisers, and Col. Efrem Moioli (Italian Air Force), the incoming commander, concludes the change between the the third and fourth team of the Italian Air Force Airbase Support Air Advisory Team (ASAAT), program that started over a year ago.
The ceremony took place at the presence of Col Salamuddin (Afghan Air Force), the deputy Commander of Shindand Air Base, Col. John J. Hokaj, (U.S. Air
Force) 838th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group Commander and Brig Gen Chiapperini, RC West Commander.
Col. CAsali during his speech highlighted the daily work of his team, aimed at developing leaders, and establishing enduring institutional capacity in order to enable an accountable Afghan-led security.
The incoming commander of the 4th team of Italian advisors, Col. Moioli, thanked Col. Casali for his work and reiterated its commitment to provide continuous training and advising for the future.
The event was concluded with a short speech of Gen. Chiapperini, in which he wished those present a happy return home, and stressed the importance and commitment of the outgoing Italian team and the important achievements that were reached thanks to their professionalism and dedication to the project.
The team, embedded working embedded with the USAF 838th AEAG, has been training and advising Afghan personnel at the airport of Shindand Air Base, main training facility for the Afghan Air Force. In this context, they have conducted activities such as the organization and implementation of courses related to flight operations, infrastructure, communications and Information Systems, Transport, Materials Management, Fire Emergency Procedures, POL (Petroleum Oil Lubricants), Health, Billeting and food, and base Security.
The mission started in Nov 2010, and is composed by 29 Italian Air Force Officers and NCOs, which work as mentors and advisers for the AAF and were qualified at the Center for Teaching and Managerial Education in Florence. Italy, in cooperation with Hungary also provides an instructor team for the MI 17 AAT program.