CAFTTCoalition Air Forces Transition Team (US Air Force)
CAFTTCoalition Air Force Training Team
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To meet the growing demand for young officers, the CAFTT also developed and won approval from the Iraqi minister of defense to initiate a six-month Officer Training School--style commissioning program geared toward university graduates with engineering degrees.
They did this through collaborative efforts and coordination with their functional counterparts on the CAFTT and IqAF staffs and with continuous input from subject-matter experts in the field.
Beyond conducting formal training in schools, CAFTT members also perform the more traditional missions of aviation advisors, typically performed by the operational aviation detachments of the 6th Special Operations Squadron.
To fill that void, CAFTT advisors worked hand in hand with their IqAF counterparts to build a modest air operations center collocated with a newly formed IqAF operational headquarters in the Victory Base Complex.
CAFTT program managers are currently working with IqAF leadership to acquire several aircraft through the foreign military sales program for the purpose of increasing the range of operational effects at the IqAF's disposal.
Gaining a better understanding of their Iraqi counterparts requires that future CAFTT advisors possess general knowledge of the history of the Middle East, with a specific focus on the development of Islam and Arab history--which are not the same thing.
Meanwhile, CAFTT members will continue performing one of the most challenging, exciting, and rewarding jobs in today's air force.