The Air Force has selected Moody AFB, Ga., as the stateside training location to train the Afghan Air Force to fly and maintain a fleet of A-29 aircraft, after completing its environmental analysis.
In June, officials announced Moody as its preferred alternative, with Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, and Shaw AFB, S.C., named as reasonable alternatives for the mission proposed to last from 2014 through 2018.
“Moody AFB was selected because of the availability of the airfield, airspace and suitable facilities. Additionally, the overall cost to complete the beddown in the timeframe required to initiate the training program made Moody the best choice,” said Timothy Bridges, the deputy assistant secretary for installations, according to a press release.
Moody AFB will support 20 A-29 aircraft, 17 Air Force instructor pilots, and 24 maintenance and support personnel to train a total of 30 Afghan pilots and 90 Afghan maintainers over the next four years. Under current plans, the aircraft would arrive at Moody as early as next month and the first Afghan trainees are expected to begin training in February 2015.
The Air Force would purchase 20 A-29s — on behalf of Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, using DOD’s Afghanistan Security Forces Fund appropriation — to train the Afghan Air Force.