The photo of Major General Christopher Donahue, the last American soldier to leave Afghanistan, tweeted by the United States Department of Defense, went viral in a few hours. The image, which is already one of the symbols of a 20-year operation, was taken at night and shows the commander of the 82nd Airborne Division (part of the 18th Airborne Corps based in Fort Bragg, North Carolina) walking alone, with his weapon in his right hand, ready to board the plane with the hangar of Kabul airport in the background.
Donahue then boarded a C-17 plane shortly before the US deadline for evacuations. “It was an incredibly tough mission, full of multiple complexities, with active threats all the time. Our troops showed grit, discipline and empathy,” tweeted the 18th Airborne Corps, commenting on the photo of the general, sent to Afghanistan to August to protect the Kabul airport.
Donahue – states ‘Usa Today’ – had previously served as special assistant to the chief of the assembled major states and commander of the joint task force for special operations-Afghanistan in support of ‘Operation Sentinel’. The general has participated in 17 US military missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, North Africa and Eastern Europe.
The last American soldier to leave Afghanistan: Maj. Gen. Chris Donahue, commanding general of the @ 82ndABNDiv, @ 18airbornecorps boards an @usairforce C-17 on August 30th, 2021, ending the US mission in Kabul. pic.twitter.com/j5fPx4iv6a
– Department of Defense 🇺🇸 (@DeptofDefense) August 30, 2021