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Another First for Afghan Air Force: Afghan air force maintainers successfully inspected, serviced, and launched a C-27 transport on their own from Kabul, checking off another important first for the infant force. The maintainers have been working with NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan advisors for the past eight months in preparation for the event, which is considered a major step toward the AAF's autonomy. "I am proud of the C-27 AAF maintainers and of how hard they have worked to get to this point," said TSgt. Charles McCollum, C-27 crew chief advisor with the 440th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron, of the Dec. 8 mission. He added, "We have a ways to go, but they are well on their way to becoming professional maintainers," (Kabul release by MC3 Jared E Walker) (See also Afghan C-27 Fleet Hits Operating Milestone from the Daily Report archives.)