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Afghan Captain Keeps Crews, Helicopters Safe

ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan
2011-01-D-082 For Immediate Release
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KABUL, Afghanistan (Jan. 7, 2011)
– Afghan Air Force Capt. Naqeebullah, a non-destructive inspection, or NDI, technician and general supervisor at the Afghan Air Force base here, helps to bring safety to the aircraft and helicopters being flown in Afghanistan.

It’s a sense of protection and service to others that brings Naqeebullah to work each day, he said, even when presented with other opportunities.

“This is the best job because we save the pilots and passengers lives by finding water in the oil (and) finding cracks in the bodies of aircraft. Water destroys the engine in the aircraft. NDI makes sure the aircraft and helicopters are secure.” said Naqeebullah.

At one point Naqeebullah was promoted to work in ammunitions.

Though given a promotion, he decided that he wanted to continue his efforts in non-destructive inspection, believing that while ammunitions kill people, inspection saves people; making it the best fit for him as a person and airman.

And just as Naqeebullah was eager to stay with NDI, his team members were just as keen in keeping him.

“His work ethic is awesome. He excels and is a hard charger. The lesson plans that I write for the guys in NDI are usually taught by Naqeebullah, and he shows them how to work the right way,” said U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. David Roach, NDI technician lab advisor. “He has been with me since I got here in January (2010) – one of four – and I’m now up to 14 people. He retains the information very well, probably the best guy I have in the shop and I am very proud of him.”

A good work ethic and the will to learn is something that has helped Naqeebullah for 21 years as a service member in the Afghan military, a tradition he upheld from both his father and grandfather. But it is the desire to help his countrymen and strengthen Afghanistan as a nation that truly guides him on a daily basis, he said.

“I joined because I wanted to help my family and my country. There has been 30 years of war, many years of destruction, and maybe I can help bring an end to all of that,” Naqeebullah said.