Major General Chris Donahue, commander of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps, was the last American service member to depart Afghanistan as the U.S. military ended its 20-year mission in the country.
Gen. Donahue boarded a C-17 cargo plane at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, the last evacuation plane to leave Afghanistan.
“Maj. Gen. Donahue is the final American service member to depart Afghanistan; his departure closes the U.S. mission to evacuate American citizens, Afghan Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and vulnerable Afghans,” the U.S. CENTCOM said in a statement.
The U.S. military on Monday announced the completion of troops withdrawal and the end of the 20-year mission in Afghanistan with the Taliban militants celebrating the withdrawal with celebratory gunfire.
“I am here to announce the completion of our withdrawal from Afghanistan and the end of the military mission to evacuate American citizens, third country nationals and vulnerable Afghans. The last C-17 lifted off at Hamid Karzai International Airport on August 30th, this afternoon, at 3:29 pm East Coast Time,” CENTCOM Commander, Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr. said.
Gen. McKenzie further added that the last manned aircraft is now clearing the airspace of Afghanistan.
He also added that while the military evacuation is complete, the diplomatic mission to ensure the additional US citizens and eligible Afghans who want to leave continues.