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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jamie Kuranda, a C-27A maintenance advisor with the 440th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron, wathes an Afghan air force electronic and avionics student solder a piece of wire, in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 7, 2012. The mission of the 440th AEAS is to train, mentor and advise Afghan air force Kabul Air Wing members capable of sustaining a healthy fleet that is ready to perform training and operational missions in support of Afghan national security requirements today and in the future. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg C. Biondo)(Released)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jamie Kuranda, a C-27A maintenance advisor with the 440th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron, wathes an Afghan air force electronic and avionics student solder a piece of wire, in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 7, 2012. The mission of the 440th AEAS is to train, mentor and advise Afghan air force Kabul Air Wing members capable of sustaining a healthy fleet that is ready to perform training and operational missions in support of Afghan national security requirements today and in the future. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg C. Biondo)(Released)

A member of the Afghan air force asks a question about different gauged wires during a training class in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 7, 2012. Afghan air force Electrical and Radio C-27A maintainers took part in the four-day class to learn the tools, safety procedures and practical hands-on application of electrical aircraft wiring.(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg C. Biondo)(Released)

A member of the Afghan air force asks a question about different gauged wires during a training class in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 7, 2012. Afghan air force Electrical and Radio C-27A maintainers took part in the four-day class to learn the tools, safety procedures and practical hands-on application of electrical aircraft wiring.(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg C. Biondo)(Released)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jamie Kuranda, a C-27A maintenance advisor with the 440th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron, shows the different types of wire connectors to a class of Afghan air force Electrical and Radio C-27A maintainers, in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 7, 2012. The mission of the 440th AEAS is to train, mentor and advise Afghan air force Kabul Air Wing members capable of sustaining a healthy fleet that is ready to perform training and operational missions in support of Afghan national security requirements today and in the future. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg C. Biondo)(Released)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jamie Kuranda, a C-27A maintenance advisor with the 440th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron, shows the different types of wire connectors to a class of Afghan air force Electrical and Radio C-27A maintainers, in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 7, 2012. The mission of the 440th AEAS is to train, mentor and advise Afghan air force Kabul Air Wing members capable of sustaining a healthy fleet that is ready to perform training and operational missions in support of Afghan national security requirements today and in the future. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg C. Biondo)(Released)

A member of the Afghan air force adjusts the settings on a pair of wire crimps, in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 7, 2012. Afghan air force Electrical and Radio C-27A maintainers took part in the four-day class to learn the tools, safety procedures and practical hands-on application of electrical aircraft wiring.(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg C. Biondo)(Released)

A member of the Afghan air force adjusts the settings on a pair of wire crimps, in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 7, 2012. Afghan air force Electrical and Radio C-27A maintainers took part in the four-day class to learn the tools, safety procedures and practical hands-on application of electrical aircraft wiring.(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg C. Biondo)(Released)

A member of the Afghan air force looks at a pair of wire crimps, in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 7, 2012. Afghan air force Electrical and Radio C-27A maintainers took part in the four-day class to learn the tools, safety procedures and practical hands-on application of electrical aircraft wiring.(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg C. Biondo)(Released)

A member of the Afghan air force looks at a pair of wire crimps, in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 7, 2012. Afghan air force Electrical and Radio C-27A maintainers took part in the four-day class to learn the tools, safety procedures and practical hands-on application of electrical aircraft wiring.(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg C. Biondo)(Released)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jamie Kuranda, a C-27A maintenance advisor with the 440th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron, shows Afghan air force Electrical and Radio C-27A maintainers the proper way to use a wire crimper, in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 7, 2012. The mission of the 440th AEAS is to train, mentor and advise Afghan air force Kabul Air Wing members capable of sustaining a healthy fleet that is ready to perform training and operational missions in support of Afghan national security requirements today and in the future. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg C. Biondo)(Released)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jamie Kuranda, a C-27A maintenance advisor with the 440th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron, shows Afghan air force Electrical and Radio C-27A maintainers the proper way to use a wire crimper, in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 7, 2012. The mission of the 440th AEAS is to train, mentor and advise Afghan air force Kabul Air Wing members capable of sustaining a healthy fleet that is ready to perform training and operational missions in support of Afghan national security requirements today and in the future. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg C. Biondo)(Released)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jamie Kuranda, a C-27A maintenance advisor with the 440th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron, explains soldering techniques to Afghan air force Electrical and Radio C-27A maintainers, in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 7, 2012. Afghan air force Electrical and Radio C-27A maintainers took part in the four-day class to learn the tools, safety procedures and practical hands-on application of electrical aircraft wiring.(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg C. Biondo)(Released)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jamie Kuranda, a C-27A maintenance advisor with the 440th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron, explains soldering techniques to Afghan air force Electrical and Radio C-27A maintainers, in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 7, 2012. Afghan air force Electrical and Radio C-27A maintainers took part in the four-day class to learn the tools, safety procedures and practical hands-on application of electrical aircraft wiring.(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg C. Biondo)(Released)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jamie Kuranda, a C-27A maintenance advisor with the 440th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron, demonstrates soldering techniques to Afghan air force Electrical and Radio C-27A maintainers different types of wire crimps, in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 7, 2012. The mission of the 440th AEAS is to train, mentor and advise Afghan air force Kabul Air Wing members capable of sustaining a healthy fleet that is ready to perform training and operational missions in support of Afghan national security requirements today and in the future. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg C. Biondo)(Released)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jamie Kuranda, a C-27A maintenance advisor with the 440th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron, demonstrates soldering techniques to Afghan air force Electrical and Radio C-27A maintainers different types of wire crimps, in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 7, 2012. The mission of the 440th AEAS is to train, mentor and advise Afghan air force Kabul Air Wing members capable of sustaining a healthy fleet that is ready to perform training and operational missions in support of Afghan national security requirements today and in the future. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg C. Biondo)(Released)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jamie Kuranda, a C-27A maintenance advisor with the 440th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron, demonstrates soldering techniques to Afghan air force Electrical and Radio C-27A maintainers different types of wire crimps, in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 7, 2012. The mission of the 440th AEAS is to train, mentor and advise Afghan air force Kabul Air Wing members capable of sustaining a healthy fleet that is ready to perform training and operational missions in support of Afghan national security requirements today and in the future. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg C. Biondo)(Released)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jamie Kuranda, a C-27A maintenance advisor with the 440th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron, demonstrates soldering techniques to Afghan air force Electrical and Radio C-27A maintainers different types of wire crimps, in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 7, 2012. The mission of the 440th AEAS is to train, mentor and advise Afghan air force Kabul Air Wing members capable of sustaining a healthy fleet that is ready to perform training and operational missions in support of Afghan national security requirements today and in the future. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg C. Biondo)(Released)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jamie Kuranda, a C-27A maintenance advisor with the 440th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron, demonstrates soldering techniques to Afghan air force Electrical and Radio C-27A maintainers different types of wire crimps, in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 7, 2012. The mission of the 440th AEAS is to train, mentor and advise Afghan air force Kabul Air Wing members capable of sustaining a healthy fleet that is ready to perform training and operational missions in support of Afghan national security requirements today and in the future. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg C. Biondo)(Released)
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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jamie Kuranda, a C-27A maintenance advisor with the 440th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron, demonstrates soldering techniques to Afghan air force Electrical and Radio C-27A maintainers different types of wire crimps, in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 7, 2012. The mission of the 440th AEAS is to train, mentor and advise Afghan air force Kabul Air Wing members capable of sustaining a healthy fleet that is ready to perform training and operational missions in support of Afghan national security requirements today and in the future. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg C. Biondo)(Released)

A member of the Afghan air force demonstrates proper soldering techniques, in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 7, 2012. Afghan air force Electrical and Radio C-27A maintainers took part in the four-day class to learn the tools, safety procedures and practical hands-on application of electrical aircraft wiring.(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg C. Biondo)(Released)
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A member of the Afghan air force demonstrates proper soldering techniques, in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 7, 2012. Afghan air force Electrical and Radio C-27A maintainers took part in the four-day class to learn the tools, safety procedures and practical hands-on application of electrical aircraft wiring.(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg C. Biondo)(Released)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jamie Kuranda, 440th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron C-27A maintenance advisor, shows Afghan air force Electrical and Radio C-27A maintainers different types of wire crimps during a four-day class July 7, 2012 at Kabul International Airport, Afghanistan. The mission of the 440th AEAS is to train, mentor and advise Afghan air force Kabul Air Wing members capable of sustaining a healthy fleet that is ready to perform training and operational missions in support of Afghan national security requirements today and in the future. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg C. Biondo)(Released)
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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jamie Kuranda, 440th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron C-27A maintenance advisor, shows Afghan air force Electrical and Radio C-27A maintainers different types of wire crimps during a four-day class July 7, 2012 at Kabul International Airport, Afghanistan. The mission of the 440th AEAS is to train, mentor and advise Afghan air force Kabul Air Wing members capable of sustaining a healthy fleet that is ready to perform training and operational missions in support of Afghan national security requirements today and in the future. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg C. Biondo)(Released)

A member of the Afghan air force demonstrates proper soldering techniques, in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 7, 2012. Afghan air force Electrical and Radio C-27A maintainers took part in the four-day class to learn the tools, safety procedures and practical hands-on application of electrical aircraft wiring.(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg C. Biondo)(Released)
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A member of the Afghan air force demonstrates proper soldering techniques, in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 7, 2012. Afghan air force Electrical and Radio C-27A maintainers took part in the four-day class to learn the tools, safety procedures and practical hands-on application of electrical aircraft wiring.(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg C. Biondo)(Released)

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan air force Electrical and Radio C-27A maintainers began a four-day class to learn the tools, safety procedures and practical hands-on application of electrical aircraft wiring at Kabul, Afghanistan, International Airport, recently.

More than 40 AAF students will complete the course, which certifies them in 14 different core tasks necessary to work on the C-27A.

"This course provides the AAF with a basic understanding of aircraft wiring and helps familiarize the maintainers with components they will be working on," said Master Sgt. Jamie Kuranda, 440th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron C-27A Maintenance advisor. "Some of the students have previous experience and others are new to the electrical or radio career field. This course helps establish a solid foundation for all of them as they work together."

For Sergeant Mohammad Arif, an AAF electrical C-27A maintainer, he enjoys the job and the challenges it provides.

"I really love this job," Arif said. "This course teaches me how I should properly and safely fix aircraft and I look forward to keeping them running to help my country."

Air Force advisors have been training the AAF since 2007 and their end goal is to provide a steady and healthy fleet ready to perform training and operational missions in support of Afghan national security requirements.

Kuranda, a native of Debary, Fla. deployed from the 748th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Royal Air Force Lakenheath , has more than 15 years experience working on C-130, RC-135 and HH-60 aircraft. Additionally, he went to the Air Advisor Academy in New Jersey, and a Flying Crew Chief Course conducted in Florida before deploying on the year-long assignment to the 440th AEAS.

Despite certain challenges with the language barriers and cultural differences, Kuranda hopes his experience and knowledge will provide his students with the tools needed to excel in the AAF.

"My goal is to do my best by making a difference with the Afghans I encounter each day," he said. "We have a level of mutual respect and they appreciate what we are here helping them do.

"The biggest reward for me is working with the AAF maintainers and having them appreciate everything that we do with them, said Kuranda. "It feels good to know that the AAF leadership puts their trust in the training we give them; which means we are doing things right."