Two Afghan Air Force Trainees Are Missing

By Faye Higbee

Two Afghan Air Force Trainees are missing from Valdosta, Georgia’s Moody Air Force Base. They did not report for duty on Monday, and according to authorities have been missing since Friday. Officials say they are not a threat to the community because they have been “vetted and screened.” Sure. I feel all better.

Trainees who didn’t want to stay

Moody Air Force base has 14 maintenance students and 9 pilots. These two students  were not pilots, but were learning the  maintenance of the a29 Super Tucano aircraft.

Federal authorities are working to find the missing maintenance students. Both were assigned to the 81st Fighter Squadron. At this time they are considered “absconded.” Which “federal authorities” are involved is not immediately known. When they are found, officials stated they didn’t know what will happen to them.

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Moody Air Force Base

The press release from the base states:

Two male Afghan air force students did not report for duty yesterday at their regular maintenance training at Moody AFB in Valdosta, Georgia. Both are assigned to the 81st Fighter Squadron. They have been at Moody since. February 2015 and were screened prior to their arrival in the United States more than a year ago. The students have trained alongside American counterparts for the entirety of 2015 and do not pose any apparent threat. There is a well-coordinated process among federal agencies to locate the individuals as quickly as possible and return them accordingly to the proper authorities to manage their present situation.

Please contact Public Affairs with any questions at 229-257-4146 during normal duty hours (7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or the Command Post at 229-257-3501 outside of normal duty hours.

Not the first time

Back in September of 2014, three Afghan military officers disappeared from Joint Base Cape Cod. They were found near the Canadian Border around Niagra Falls, at a place known as “Rainbow Bridge.” Reportedly, they did not want to go back to Afghanistan and fled.

Afghanistan is a harsh place. Between the Taliban, the influence of ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and other jihadist groups, it is horrific for those who live there that might want to be in a better atmosphere. But the Muslim factor is always a worry- these two may have been “vetted” thoroughly or not. Vetting people whose world view is completely different than ours may not be as simple as it sounds.

Authorities have reiterated that these two men do not pose a threat. We hope they are right about that.