A & S Interview: Brig. Gen. Brooks Bash
A talk with the commander of the Air Force transition team in Iraq.
- By Paul Hoversten
- Air & Space magazine, September 2008
Capt. Mark Snoddy/USAF
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Bash: Well, the view is that they currently do not have that capability and will not have that capability in the near future. It’s too early to say at this point, it’s kind of like predicting the future. Right now, working with them on a daily basis, I know that they truly want to be allied partners, but that can change with a governmental change.
A&S: With all your duties, do you still find time to fly?
Bash: In fact, I flew an Mi-17 last week. Most of my time is in heavy airlift. But I’ve done orientations in the 172, the 208, the King Air and Mi-17. But I’m not qualified in any of them; I have to be with an instructor. Mi-17 is a challenge because you’ve got Russian instruments. It’s a very robust and reliable aircraft, by the way. They picked Mi-17 because they used to fly it and their older maintainers and pilots already knew how to work on it.