Monday, September 6, 2010

Special Forces Lacking Aircraft in Afghanistan

The Special Forces units operating in Afghanistan, according to a recent news article, are operating without the necessary airlift capability they need.  The problem has existed for years with no solution in sight.
"The shortage of organic lift aircraft in CJSOTF-A is no secret. It has been the subject of news articles and congressional hearings. But in the nine years that Special Forces have been operating in Afghanistan, little has been done to remedy the situation.

Col. Don Bolduc, the current CJSOTF-A boss, controls three UH-60 Black Hawks on loan from the 82nd Airborne Division and three MH-47 Chinooks from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) to support a force of about 3,000 stretched across Afghanistan. For any missions that requiring helicopter support beyond what that small force can accomplish, he must ask other units for help.

Efforts to fix the problem have failed due to a combination of Pentagon bureaucracy and senior military officials’ opposition."
Read the rest of the article in "Special ops forces lack lift aircraft in theater", by Sean Naylor, Army Times, September 5, 2010.

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