“There’s no doubt in my mind that the military-to-military are having conversations … to make sure there’s no accident that could happen,” — EMN director Ret. Command Chief Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force Dennis Fritz
The text message arrived in the afternoon — late at night in Afghanistan: “We have flight approval. So be ready to notify families tonight.”
In the hours before dawn in Kabul, before the daily crush and chaos resumes at the airport where tens of thousands of desperate Afghans and American citizens vie to reach transport planes on the other side of armed gates, the members of the #AfghanEvac group share information they hope will enable friends and former colleagues to escape the reach of Taliban revenge.
For retired combat officer Erik Edstrom, it took less than two months to realize that America’s war in Afghanistan was a complete disaster.