After 20 years of occupation, the final US soldier to leave Kabul was Major General Christopher Donahue.
Major General Christopher Donahue, commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps, left Afghanistan last.
Donahue arrived in Kabul aboard a C-17 shortly before the US deadline on August 31.
America’s longest war, which deployed over 775,000 troops over two decades, ended with Donahue’s picture being shared.
In the night-vision picture, Donohue is seen alone, armed, and preparing to board the plane as the Kabul airport hangar looms behind him.
In August, Donahue was sent to Kabul to protect the airport as the US rushed to leave the country before Biden’s August 31 deadline.
The XVIII Airborne Corps tweeted Donahue’s picture and wrote: “At our Sky Dragon Soldiers. This was a difficult, high-pressure assignment with constant dangers. We salute our soldiers’ tenacity.”
The US military presence in Afghanistan has risen recently, although the Pentagon has not said how much.
Donahue used to be the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman’s special assistant at the Pentagon.
Commanding Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan during Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.
According to USA Today, Donahue has been deployed 17 times to Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, North Africa, and Eastern Europe.