Major General Chris Donahue, commander of the 82nd Airborne Division of the United States Army, became the last soldier to leave Afghanistan, the Department of Defense revealed late on Monday.
The Pentagon published on its Twitter account a photograph of the soldier shortly before boarding a C-17, the military plane that took off from the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul this Monday at 3:29 p.m. on the east coast of the United States (4:29 p.m. in Argentina) and with which the United States it ended the longest war in its history.
The 82nd Airborne Division is based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and is part of the Army’s XVIII Airborne Corps. This paratroopers division, According to his website, he has fought in the First and Second World War, as well as the Gulf War (1990-1991).
“This was an incredibly tough and pressurized mission full of multiple complexities, with threats active all the time. Our troops deployed guts, discipline and empathy“, says the tweet of the XVIII Airborne Corps of the Army.
He was also during the United States invasion of Panama (from December 20, 1989 to January 3, 1990) and in the war in Iraq (2003-2011), among others.
On Monday, the head of the US Central Command (CENTCOM), General Frank McKenzie, announced the completion of the withdrawal from Afghanistan and the end of the mission to evacuate US citizens, third-country nationals and vulnerable Afghans.
Major General Chris Donahue. Photo: Reuters
The ambassador, also last to leave
During a press conference from the Pentagon, in which he intervened telematically, McKenzie explained that in the last US military plane The US ambassador was also traveling. Acting Ross Wilson.
In addition, he confirmed that since last August 14, a day before the Taliban took Kabul, more than 79,000 civilians have been evacuated on U.S. military flights from Hamid Karzai International Airport, including 6,000 Americans.
Together with the international coalition flights, the figure rises to more than 123,000 evacuated civilians.