The Air Force is slated to shut down three units that specialize in Train, Advise and Assist

NVSMITH

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Jul 26, 2011
"The Air Force is shuttering a pair of critical programs that trained foreign air forces in Afghanistan and beyond"
Air Force will shut down program that trains foreign pilots
"By the end of this year, Task & Purpose has learned, the Air Force is slated to shut down three units that specialize in Train, Advise and Assist (TAA) and Combat Air Advisor (CAA) missions: the 81st Fighter Squadron out of Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, and the 6th Special Operations Squadron and 711th Special Operations Squadron, both at Duke Airfield, Florida. These units provide formal training to friendly foreign states' militaries through hands-on assistance, total immersion, and institutional expertise in the use of unique and tailored airpower, including light attack, intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISR), and air mobility, particularly for austere operational locales.
 

glennasher

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Trying to save money for those pricey new F-35s, no doubt. They never wanted those jobs anyway, they're all about the zoomy stuff, not the down and dirty stuff warfighters actually need on the ground.
 

Thumpalumpacus

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"The Air Force is shuttering a pair of critical programs that trained foreign air forces in Afghanistan and beyond"
Air Force will shut down program that trains foreign pilots
"By the end of this year, Task & Purpose has learned, the Air Force is slated to shut down three units that specialize in Train, Advise and Assist (TAA) and Combat Air Advisor (CAA) missions: the 81st Fighter Squadron out of Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, and the 6th Special Operations Squadron and 711th Special Operations Squadron, both at Duke Airfield, Florida. These units provide formal training to friendly foreign states' militaries through hands-on assistance, total immersion, and institutional expertise in the use of unique and tailored airpower, including light attack, intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISR), and air mobility, particularly for austere operational locales.

I'm assuming this is different from the specific-type training carried out at Luke and now Hill AFBs?

It seems pound-foolish all the same, to me.
 

NVSMITH

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Jul 26, 2011
-No conflict in training foreign pilots in REAL airplanes like the F-16 and F-35.
-AFSOC (Air Force Special Operations Command), amongst other things, has the job of training both US and foreign pilots in foreign, some adversary and US non-military aircraft. When the US wanted to sell Basler BT-67/ Turbo DC-3s the training was based at Hurlburt Field, FL. The flight line often had a curious mix of aircraft types.
-They also have ex-Soviet aircraft, both fixed and rotary wing, but nothing high performance. The mission was to make foreign aircrews and maintenance folks a bit better. Some of the maintenance stuff used to be taught at Albrook Field in Panama. Side note: The Panamanians agreed that Albrook Field would remain a non-flying installation. The Air Force closed it due to Albrook's precarious location. The Panamanians first opened it up to ultra-lights; it is now listed as Aeropuerto Internacional de Albrook "Marcos A. Gelabert" (IATA: PAC, ICAO: MPMG)
 

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