June 18, 2010

Good News: Air Force Loses 17 Afghan Airmen on U.S. Soil

The good news? They started "losing" them two years, but they haven't lost any more for a full three months:

A nationwide alert has been issued for 17 members of the Afghan military who have gone AWOL from a Texas Air Force base where foreign military officers who are training to become pilots are taught English, has learned.

The Afghan officers and enlisted men have security badges that give them access to secure U.S. defense installations, according to the lookout bulletin, "Afghan Military Deserters in CONUS [Continental U.S.]," issued by Naval Criminal Investigative Service in Dallas, and obtained by

The Afghans were attending the Defense Language Institute at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. The DLI program teaches English to military pilot candidates and other air force prospects from foreign countries allied with the U.S.

17 partially or fully training pilots from the land of the Taliban and al Qaeda have been brought to the United States to further their training, and have been lost by the authorities over the past two years, and we're just now hearing about it? Yeah, that makes sense.

It's not like that has ever ended badly before.

The spin they are trying to cast on this SNAFU is is that they think the the disappearing Afghans are merely trying to escape to a better way of life, and that they do not have intentions of using their training and military security badges to commit terrorism. I sure hope they are right.

As for why the program has continued without better security since these airmen started going AWOL, there doesn't seem to be an immediate answer, and I don't know if there is one.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at June 18, 2010 08:11 AM

When we got the NCIS BOLO, I was trying to figure out how to put this on my blog. "Law Enforcement Sensitive", don't you know. No worries, opened up Fox News and there it was.

Posted by: cmblake6 at June 18, 2010 06:44 PM

Actually, this is a really hinky story, with implications that there is a lot more going on than is obvious at first glance. Naturally, the fact that they went AWOL in Texas, where I live, also causes me anxiety.

The facts will eventually emerge, and I hope we will all be safe when it does.

These Muslim folks are certainly more trouble than they are worth, if you ask me. But then, I'm a woman, and we all know how they treat women.

Marianne Matthews

Posted by: Marianne Matthews at June 19, 2010 12:36 PM

Maybe if we ear tag 'em when they arrive?

Posted by: Stretch at June 21, 2010 07:02 PM