Afghanistan Evacuation Support

As the last U.S. service members departed Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIA) in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Aug. 31, U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) continued moving evacuees from temporary safe havens onward to the United States. The United States and partnering countries evacuated approximately 124,000 people to safety.


Air Mobility Command, USTRANSCOM’s air component, continues providing airlift support for evacuees. Aircraft include those used for military transportation, such as C-17s and C-130s, and aerial refuelers such as the KC-135s and KC-10s. Approximately 400 active duty, Air National Guard, and Air Force Reserve crews have flown evacuees to safety.


Quotes from U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Lyons, Commander, U.S. Transportation Command

Quote from U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Frank McKenzie, Commander, U.S. Central Command

Commercial Partners

Commercial airlines, both from the United States and other countries, have played a vital role in moving Afghanistan evacuees from staging locations onward to the United States. U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) recognizes that our ability to respond in times of crisis is inextricably linked to commercial industry.


On Aug. 22, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III ordered USTRANSCOM to activate Stage I of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) to augment support to the Department of State in the evacuation of U.S. citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and other at-risk individuals from Afghanistan. American Airlines, Atlas Air, Delta Air Lines, Omni Air, Hawaiian Airlines and United Airlines contributed a total of 18 commercial aircraft. The activation of commercial airplanes under CRAF ended on Sept. 12. Our air component, Air Mobility Command (AMC), coordinated flight schedules during the activation and continues to coordinate international and domestic flights relocating evacuees into the United States.


USTRANSCOM consistently communicated with airline leadership to coordinate flight schedules and manage the intricacies of this complex operation. We appreciate the tireless work of the flight crews, aircraft cleaning teams, ground crews and all employees of the airline industry committed to this effort, working with us to safely move our Afghan partners and their families. Our capability to successfully carry out this mission is dependent on the critical capacity industry partners provide in extending our global transportation network. Together, we deliver!



Latest Updates

On Sept. 12, Stage I of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) activation ended. Commercial airline partners continue to play a vital role in transporting evacuees from staging locations in Europe and the Middle East to the United States.


On Aug. 31, the last U.S. C-17 aircraft departed Kabul marking America’s departure from Afghanistan and the end of the largest non-combatant evacuation operation airlift in history.


On Aug. 26, USTRANSCOM supported the medical evacuation of U.S. servicemembers and Afghan nationals following an attack by the Islamic State Khorasan (known as ISIS-K) at HKIA. USTRANSCOM is the Department of Defense’s single manager for global patient movement. Three C-17s carrying aeromedical evacuation crews and Critical Care Air Transport Teams were launched from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, and Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, with the first of those taking off only minutes after the incident occurred at HKIA.


On Aug. 22, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III ordered USTRANSCOM to activate Stage I of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) to augment support to the Department of State in the evacuation of U.S. citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and other at-risk individuals from Afghanistan. CRAF is a National Emergency Preparedness Program designed to augment the Department’s airlift capability and is a core component of USTRANSCOM’s ability to meet national security interests and contingency requirements. American Airlines, Atlas Air, Delta Air Lines, Omni Air, Hawaiian Airlines and United Airlines contributed a total of 18 commercial aircraft.


On Aug. 15, a C-17 flight set a record by carrying 823 passengers from Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIA) in Kabul, Afghanistan. On average, one military aircraft has departed HKIA every hour.


Articles

The U.S. Transportation Command’s Joint Transportation Reserve Unit, the nation's first joint reserve unit, celebrated its 30th anniversary in Oct. 2021 when members posed for a group photo to mark the milestone Oct. 16, 2021. The JTRU is comprised of all Reserve services that augment USTRANSCOM and is commanded by U.S. Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Cheryn L. Fasano. (U.S. Transportation Command photo by Osmin Suguitan)

Marking 30 years: USTRANSCOM’s Joint Transportation Reserve Unit Nation’s first joint reserve unit formed for value of expertise from mix of reserve services

Release #: 20220121-1 Friday, January 21, 2022
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (Jan. 21, 2022) -- The nation’s first joint reserve unit marked its 30th anniversary this fall, highlighting the success of what the Joint Staff considered in 1991 as a “prototype” for the unified commands in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).  The mission of the Joint Transportation Reserve Unit (JTRU) is to augment the U.S. Transportation …
U.S. soldiers, airmen and civilian staff at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center near Ramstein Air Base, Germany, receive casualties who were medically evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, after U.S. service members and Afghan civilians were injured in a series of attacks outside of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul Aug. 26 and evacuated to LRMC for further care. Photo by Marcy Sanchez, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center

USTRANSCOM patient movement teams save lives during historic NEO

Release #: 20211001-1 Friday, October 01, 2021
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (Oct. 1, 2021) – Thirty-two injured U.S. service members and Afghan civilians were aeromedically evacuated from Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIA) in Kabul, Afghanistan, following an Aug. 26 bombing there. The attack occurred during the largest noncombatant evacuation operation (NEO) airlift in history, which moved approximately 124,000 persons to safe …
U. S. Army Gen. Steve Lyons, United States Transportation Command commander, speaks to Airmen of the 621st Contingency Response Wing at Travis Air Force Base, California, Sept. 23, 2021. The Airmen recently arrived back on base after deploying in support of Operation Allies Refuge in Kabul, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dennis Hoffman)

USTRANSCOM commander recognizes contingency response Airmen

Release #: 20210927-1 Monday, September 27, 2021
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (Sept. 27, 2021) –The Commander of U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) met with airmen that played a critical role in the recent, historic mission to evacuate Americans and cleared Afghans and foreign nationals out of Afghanistan. At Travis Air Force Base, California on Sept. 23, U.S. Army Gen. Stephen R. Lyons, USTRANSCOM commander, highlighted the …
Air Force Maj. Gen. Corey Martin, currently director of operations for U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), took a moment to reflect on the attack that occurred 20-years ago.

Maj. Gen. Corey Martin Remembers 9-11

Release #: 20210910-1 Friday, September 10, 2021
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (Sept. 10, 2021) – The United States is just that; it’s united. On July 4, 1776, the original 13 colonies declared themselves independent and thus free from British rule. A few months later, on Sept. 9, 1776, the Continental Congress formally declared the name of our new nation to be the “United States of America.” In that 225-year span, the …

USTRANSCOM supports evacuation of 124K people in historic airlift

Release #: 20210902-1 Thursday, September 02, 2021
A newborn baby is being looked after prior to being taken off a C-17 Globemaster III, august 23 at a Middle East staging area. A 315th Airlift Wing aircrew from Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina helped to deliver a baby aboard a Charleston C-17 Globemaster III carrying vulnerable Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan, Aug. 23, moments before landing at a Middle East staging area.  (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

‘Baby on board’ – Aircrew deliver Afghan baby on evacuation flight

Release #: 20210831-1 Tuesday, August 31, 2021
U.S. Army Gen. Stephen R. Lyons, commander, U.S. Transportation Command, briefs members of the Pentagon Press Corps Aug. 23, 2021, during a virtual media conference regarding airlift evacuations from Afghanistan. (Graphic image)

Fast-Paced Airport Ground Ops Keeps Evacuees Moving

Release #: 20210824-1 Tuesday, August 24, 2021








Follow Us On:

Facebook      Twitter      LinkedIn


Connect to USTRANSCOM JECC JTRU AMC MSC SDDC
Office of Public Affairs|United States Transportation Command|Scott Air Force Base IL 62225-5357
This is a Department of Defense (DOD) computer system. Please read our Privacy, Accessibility, Use and Non-Endorsement Disclaimer Notice.