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Topic - Steven M. Shepro
With only 18 months left to go before NATO ends its combat mission and much of its air support, coalition trainers are teaching the Afghan air force how to fly and maintain aircraft, and secure airfields as fast and as much as they can before coalition combat troops leave, along with much of its air power.
The Afghan air force is far from ready to take over full combat responsibilities from NATO, as well as other key functions that support a modern air force.
This winter, the Afghan air force will develop basic night-flying capabilities, Gen. Shepro said.
"Low-tech, but they've worked. They've spied on enemy positions," Gen. Shepro said.