The last soldier to leaveThe day the United States ended its 20-year war, Major General Chris Donahu was named commander of the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps. Donahue was one of the ground commanders who led the evacuation campaign.
Gen. Kenneth F. Mackenzie, Commander of US Central Command,Afghanistan left Kabul on August 30 at 3:29 p.m. ET or 11:59 p.m.
Department of Defense Communications Branch, DVID, Donahue’s photo released A C-17 cargo plane lands at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. The board also had Charge d’Fair Ross Wilson.
Donahu and US Forces Afghanistan Forward Commander Rear Admiral Peter Wasselli conducted the evacuation operation starting August 14 andWith 6,000 U.S. citizens. McKenzie admitted Monday that not everyone who wants to leave Afghanistan is leaving, but said he was proud of the U.S. military that has led so many, led by Donahue and Wasselli.
President Biden said he would address the American people on Tuesday about the decision not to extend the US mission beyond the deadline, despite being unable to evacuate some Americans and Afghans at risk.
The US mission in Afghanistan began after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The 20-year war killed 2,461 U.S. service members and Thursday was the bloodiest day in a decade for the U.S. military.In Suicide bombing.
Whether the U.S. military has “demilitarized” or rendered it useless, the military equipment they left behind, along with dozens of military vehicles and planes, is billions of dollars worth of equipment.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in a statement Monday that Americans “must remember the nations we serve and the nations we defend.”
“For my part, I’m proud of the part we played in this war,” Austin said. “I’m proud of the men and women who led me. I’m proud of the people I served and led. And I’m proud of the fearless, resilient families who did what we could.”