New footage exhibits the second a adorned American soldier boarded a navy cargo aircraft simply earlier than midnight Tuesday in Afghanistan — turning into the final US service member to depart the nation.
The departure of Maj. Gen. Donahue, commander of the US. Military 82nd Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps, marked an finish to the longest US battle that lasted almost 20 years.
The milestone second additionally “closes the U.S. mission to evacuate Americans, Afghan Particular Immigrant Visa candidates, and weak Afghans,” US Central Command wrote in a press release accompanying the discharge of the image.
Donahue, a graduate of the US navy academy at West Level, has had an illustrious Military profession that started in 1992.
The 2-star basic has been deployed at the least 17 instances in help of operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and different places, in accordance to a 2020 profile of him on the Military’s official web site.
Donahue additionally notably labored within the Pentagon, serving as Particular Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Employees and he obtained the US Military Battle Faculty Fellowship at Harvard College.
The final C-17 aircraft left Hamid Karzai Worldwide Airport at 11:59 p.m. Kabul time simply forward of the Aug. 31 deadline to withdraw troops from the nation.
Greater than 79,000 civilians had been flown out of the Kabul airport on US navy plane since Aug. 14 — together with 6,000 Individuals and 73,500 Afghans and third-country residents, in response to Gen. Frank McKenzie Jr., the top of US Central Command.
The variety of evacuated civilians grew to greater than 123,000 when accounting for these flown out by members of the US-led coalition.
However as much as 200 Americans and hundreds extra Afghan allies have been left behind.