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17 Afghans AWOL From US Air Force Base

From Fox News:

Alert Issued for 17 Afghan Military Members AWOL From U.S. Air Force Base

June 17, 2010

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

A nationwide alert has been issued for 17 members of the Afghan military who have gone AWOL from an Air Force base in Texas where foreign military officers who are training to become pilots are taught English, FoxNews.com 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.]," written by Naval Criminal Investigative Service in Dallas and obtained by FoxNews.com.

The Be-On-the-Lookout (BOLO) bulletin was distributed to local and federal law enforcement officials on Wednesday night.

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.

"I can confirm that 17 have gone missing from the Defense Language Institute," said Gary Emery, Chief of Public Affairs, 37th Training Wing, at Lackland AFB. "They disappeared over the course of the last two years, and none in the last three months."

This has been going on for two years? Why are we only hearing about it now?

The most recent Afghan to disappear from Lackland was First Lt. Javed Aryan, who went AWOL in January 2010, Emery told FoxNews.com. The others listed in the NCIS report disappeared at various times last year.

Each of the missing Afghans was issued a Department of Defense Common Access Card, an identification card used to gain access to secure military installations, with which they "could attempt to enter DOD installations," according to the bulletin. Base security officers were encouraged to disseminate the bulletin to their personnel.

"The visas issued to these personnel have been revoked, or are in the process of being revoked. Lookouts have been placed in TECS," it reads…

A senior law enforcement official said Friday that the Afghans’ disappearance was more of an immigration violation than a security threat, saying there are no "strong indications to any terrorism nexus or impending threat."

Oh, well if it is just an immigration violation why bother?

We don’t with anyone else.

(Thanks to BillK for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, June 19th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “17 Afghans AWOL From US Air Force Base”

  1. BillK says:

    I’m sure it’s just an innocent mistake of some type – right?

    From Fox News:

    EXCLUSIVE: Alert Issued for 17 Afghan Military Members AWOL From U.S. Air Force Base

    By Jana Winter

    A nationwide alert has been issued for 17 members of the Afghan military who have gone AWOL from an Air Force base in Texas where foreign military officers who are training to become pilots are taught English, FoxNews.com 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.],” written by Naval Criminal Investigative Service in Dallas and obtained by FoxNews.com.

    The Be-On-the-Lookout (BOLO) bulletin was distributed to local and federal law enforcement officials on Wednesday night.

    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.

    “I can confirm that 17 have gone missing from the Defense Language Institute,” said Gary Emery, Chief of Public Affairs, 37th Training Wing, at Lackland AFB. “They disappeared over the course of the last two years, and none in the last three months.”

    The most recent Afghan to disappear from Lackland was First Lt. Javed Aryan, who went AWOL in January 2010, Emery told FoxNews.com. The others listed in the NCIS report disappeared at various times last year.

    Each of the missing Afghans was issued a Department of Defense Common Access Card, an identification card used to gain access to secure military installations, with which they “could attempt to enter DOD installations,” according to the bulletin. Base security officers were encouraged to disseminate the bulletin to their personnel.

    “The visas issued to these personnel have been revoked, or are in the process of being revoked. Lookouts have been placed in TECS,” it reads.

    Treasury Enforcement Communications System (TECS), which is shared by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is a computer-based database used to identify people suspected of violating federal law.

    Afghans are not the only foreign military who have gone AWOL from Lackland, Emery said.

    “In 2009, the Defense Language Institute English Language Center reported two other students from countries other than Afghanistan went missing,” he told FoxNews.com. “They include one Iraqi who requested asylum in Houston and one Djiboutian whose status is unknown. To date in 2010, one student from Tunisia and one from Guinea Bissau have gone AWOL in addition to the Afghani student [Aryan] who went AWOL in January.

    “To put these numbers in perspective,” Emery said, “more than 3,400 international students entered training at DLI in 2009, including 228 from Afghanistan.”

    A senior law enforcement official said Friday that the Afghans’ disappearance was more of an immigration violation than a security threat, saying there are no “strong indications to any terrorism nexus or impending threat.”

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/06/17/afghan-military-deserters-missing-air-force-base/

    See? It’s just a silly immigration issue – nothing to be concerned about.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Probably running away from their upside down predatory mortgages.

  3. bobbys says:

    They just disappeared?.

    In Texas?.

    I spect Chuck Norris on this one!!!!

  4. JohnMG says:

    …..”Treasury Enforcement Communications System (TECS), which is shared by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies….”

    Let me get this straight. Eric Holder is going to sue Arizona for enforcing federal laws that the Justice Department won’t, but state and local LEA’s are supposed to rush right in and help capture these “man-caused-disaster-makers” because it’s more of an ‘immigration’ issue.

    Do these people EVER listen to themselves? On second thought, they probably don’t have any more stomach for doing that than I do.

  5. canary says:

    They can go into the Pentagon too. This has been in the news for days now, and just too slow in drawing attention. Slowly, Fox got their names, and finally their photos. and it appears some concern is being showed by lawmakers. But, the military’s attitude over this sucks, and Homeland Security sucks! And with a biased muslim U.S. president, who honors the muslim religion whenever he can, wouldn’t surprise me, that once Obama got them over to America that he’s the one providing a hiding place like in some NY mosque, or at Farrakhans mansion.


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