Kadena Airmen Help Train Afghan Helicopter Maintenance Workers

They were abandoned 20 years ago, when Soviet troops pulled out of Afghanistan.

Now, the Russian-made MI-17 helicopters are crucial in the war on terrorism, U.S. Air Force officials said.

Airmen from Kadena Air Base on Okinawa are helping Afghan military mechanics learn how to fix and maintain the fleet of helicopters used by the Afghan National Army Air Corps to airlift troops and equipment.

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