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Georgia Air Force Base to train Afghan pilots

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COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - Columbus Air Force Base will help train for up to 30 Afghanistan pilots and 90 mechanics on the A-29 aircraft in Georgia.

CAFB officials tell The Commercial Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1AfyQ7l ) that the 81st Fighter Squadron at Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Georgia, will be first "geographically separated" squadron under the command of the CAFB's 14th Flying Training Wing.

Wing spokesman Sonic Johnson says an activation ceremony for the 81st squadron was scheduled for Thursday.

Johnson says the Department of Defense is paying for the training mission. Training will begin next month. The program is set to conclude in 2018.

Information from: The Commercial Dispatch, http://www.cdispatch.com

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