Afghanistan | Historical Moment Captured, Last U.S. Soldier to Leave Afghanistan

The 18th Airborne Corps of the United States Army posted a photo of the last soldier to leave Afghanistan.

The soldier was identified as Major General Chris Donahue, commander of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps, by the Defense Department’s media arm, DVIDs.

XVIII Airborne Corps posted a picture of the soldier on Twitter and wrote “In awe of our Sky Dragon Soldiers. This was an incredibly tough, pressurized mission filled with multiple complexities, with active threats the entire time. Our troops displayed grit, discipline and empathy. Below is a picture of the last Soldier to leave Afghanistan.”

The Pentagon announced Monday that the last U.S. troops had left Afghanistan, ending America’s longest war, nearly 20 years after the U.S. military first engagement in the country.

“Every single U.S. service member is out of Afghanistan, I can say that with absolute certainty,” General Kenneth F. McKenzie, the head of the U.S. Central Command, said at a briefing.

The last U.S. flight out of Afghanistan left at 3:29 p.m. ET, McKenzie said. The heads of the State Department and Defense Department teams were among the last to leave: Chargé d’Affaires Ross Wilson and Major General Chris Donahue.

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