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RAF pilot contributes skill and expertise to Afghan pilot training

March 25, 2011

Seven days a week, and more than 3,000 miles from home, he worked tirelessly as an ambassador of his language and culture.

You may think it’s fiction but in reality over the last 90 days Royal Air Force Flight Lieutenant Dean Curt, 438th Air Expeditionary Wing Operations, put on hold his daily routine to impact the lives of many up-and-coming Afghan Air Force officers. Having joined the military to become a pilot, Curt never thought he would be training Afghan lieutenants, let alone living with them.

Royal Air Force Flt. Lt. Dean Curt, 438th Air Expeditionary Wing Operations, instructs Afghan Air Force Airmen studying at the “Thunder Lab”

Working at the Afghan Air Force Thunder Lab, Flight Lieutenant Curt applied his efforts to immerse officers in a program designed to improve the English, aviation and professional skills while officers await pilot training.

The 25-year-old from Warlingham, Surrey, having served just 42 months in the RAF, summed up his experience.

“My post here was director of operations. This meant when the lieutenants were not being taught at the Kabul English Language Training Center, I would teach them conversational English and vocabulary, plus subjects relating to aviation such as mathematics, science and meteorology,” he said’

To read the rest of this article from the American 438th Air Expeditionary Wing, click HERE

2 Comments leave one →
  1. jack permalink
    March 26, 2011 00:09

    well done, lt. curt. you have earned your wings. god bless.

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