Dragoons Help Afghan Air Force

Air Mobility Liaison Officer, Air Force Lt. Col. Stacy Massey, left, teaches Sfc. Ricardo Morales how to check for wind velocity.

Air Mobility Liaison Officer, Air Force Lt. Col. Stacy Massey, left, teaches Sfc. Ricardo Morales how to check for wind velocity. Photo by Sgt. Gerald Wilson.

The instrument in Massey’s right hand is a Kestrel Pocket Wind Meter by Nielsen-Kellerman. The NV series of Kestrels is designed with military users in mind and are used by a wide range of users. The latest models incorporate Bluetooth to eliminate the need for cords when connecting to a computer or other equipment. Murdoc loves these things.


  1. Awww the Dragoons… only unit that could shot a woman in Iraq leave the area and then shoot her again when she is in the back of an ambulance trying to pass them on the road on the way to the hospital. DRAGOOOOOONS!!!

  2. So much for the money the Air Force spent on developing and fielding their ABUs! LOL The LTC is wearing ACU covers on his LBV/armor and it looks like his uniform is multi cam pattern.

    1. I was seeing that mishmash and wondering about it. It seems like I’ve been seeing more and more pictures of guys with oddball-looking uniforms lately.

      I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that more and more of the guys in pictures are NOT front-line combat types who were near the top of the priority list for new gear. Maybe these guys are having to make due while the stuff trickles down.

    2. Zoomies working in Army units usually wear the unit’s uniform in the field, be it ACU or multicam. Given his Ranger tab it’s also possible that he belongs to an ASOS or STS, and those fellas seem to wear whatever they want when they’re in the field.

      1. Where do you see a Ranger tab? The Airborne tab goes with the unit patch to denote that it’s an Airborne unit. It doesn’t mean he’s actually Airborne qualified, either. What I think is interesting is that it’s on his right shoulder, which in the Army means it’s a combat patch, and not necessarily the unit he’s currently working with. Are other services authorized combat patches the way the Army is when wearing an Army uniform?

  3. It takes time to field all this gear out to all the troops. I did a tour with DCU uniforms and a BDU IBA. All the while a good portion of my guys around us were in the new ACUs. We were an infantry unit.

  4. Now that The Afghan Air Force has some neat gadgets, maybe they can look into getting some AIRCRAFT.

    Right now, all they’re flying are 9 Mi-25 Hinds, 3 L-39C Albatrosses, 8 cargo planes, and 25 cargo helicopters (3 of which are used for the President, and “Distinguished Visitors” — i.e. the highest-bidding joyriders). That’s not a lot to cover 650000 square miles with.

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