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Afghan Air Force trainees graduate from Moody

Nine Afghan Air Force pilots will graduate from Moody Air Force Base Friday morning. Nine Afghan Air Force pilots will graduate from Moody Air Force Base Friday morning.
This graduation comes just 10 days after two Afghan students were reported missing from the base. This graduation comes just 10 days after two Afghan students were reported missing from the base.
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Eight Afghan Air Force pilots will graduate from Moody Air Force Base Friday morning. 

The ceremony comes just 10 days after two Afghan students from the 81st Fighter Squadron were reported missing.

Those same two missing students would have been graduating along with their fellow trainees.

This will be the first graduation ceremony hosted by the 81st Fighter Squadron, which is a program to train pilots and maintenance crew members on Afghan A-29 Super Tucano fighter planes.  

In August of 2014, the Air Force selected Moody as the stateside training location for the Afghan A-29.

The base began receiving the new airmen in February.

The unit will train 30 Afghan pilots over the course of the next four years, teaching them how to maintain fighter planes so they can replace U.S. soldiers. 

The A-29 Super Tucano Aircraft will be taken back to Afghanistan with them at the end of the mission in 2018.

Major General James Hecker will present the graduates with a plaque and a certificate during the ceremony. 

Regarding the two missing students, we've learned the U.S. government has suspended their visas.

Officials said the men do not pose any apparent threat, but If found, they face immediate deportation to Afghanistan.

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