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Meet the first Afghan Special Forces instructor pilot trained in-country | Military Times

Meet the first Afghan Special Forces instructor pilot trained in-country | Military Times

One of Afghanistan’s elite pilots is not only flying the helicopters he grew up watching on TVs at the local bazaar, but he’s teaching others to fly them, too.

“We just had TV in bazaar, and I saw on TV that there was a film going on, and all the guys, the pilots, were coming and rescuing the people,” the pilot recounted in a video released by NATO’s Resolute Support mission. “After that, I decided, and it became my dream, to be a pilot … to bring those guys from the battlefield and to be a [savior] for them.”

 Resolute Support identified the man as the first Afghan Special Forces instructor pilot to be trained in-country, but officials did not include his name, likely for security concerns.

The unnamed pilot is a member of Afghanistan’s Special Mission Wing, an elite unit that conducts rotary-wing and fixed-wing intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance for all Afghan special operations forces.

Source: Meet the first Afghan Special Forces instructor pilot trained in-country | Military Times