Wiltshire Hercules flies Afghan president

Here is a news snippet from this weeks Wiltshire Gazette and Herald that landed on my doormat this morning,  Wednesday 25th February 2009 that you might be interested in.

Afghan President Feb-09

“A Hercules aircraft from RAF Lyneham was tasked with the important job of flying the president of Afghanistan across the country last week.

Personnel from the 24/30 Squadron, part of the 904 Expeditionary Air Wing based in Kandahar, escorted president Hamid Karzai from the capital in Kabul to the south of the country where he had an engagement.

Group Captain Tony Toner, the Chief of Staff (Operations) with 904 EAW, said: ‘’With direct support to the troops on the ground, airdrops, leaflet drops and the ferrying of Afghan Security Forces, for 904 EAW the Hercules aircraft and crews are vital elements of the RAF’s work in Afghanistan. “To be able to support the President’s visit was a real honour. “President Karzai was very open in his discussions and to hear his thoughts on the importance of international contribution towards his country’s development was a real education.”

The 24/30 Squadron has also recently been involved in transporting Afghan police officers across the country to training camps.

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