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, are playing 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. Our air component, Air Mobility Command, is coordinated the schedule for Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) activated flights from Aug. 22 to Sept. 12. Air Mobility Command continues to coordinate other contracted international flights into Dulles International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport. Air Mobility Command is also scheduling contracted domestic flights taking passengers from those two airports to locations within the United States.


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.


USTRANSCOM consistently communicates 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!



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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.


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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 …

USTRANSCOM supports evacuation of 124K people in historic airlift

Release #: 20210902-1 Thursday, September 02, 2021
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (Sept. 2, 2021) – The final weeks of operations in Afghanistan were marked by an airlift operation the commander of U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM), U.S. Army Gen. Stephen R. Lyons, characterized as “herculean.” The final hours were no less …
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
MIDDLE EAST, UNDISCLOSED LOCATION  -- A 315 th  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 …
Courtesy photo.

Gen. Stephen R. Lyons, Commander of U.S. Transportation Command, and Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby Press Briefing (transcript)

Release #: 20210825-1 Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Transcript JOHN KIRBY:  Good afternoon. As you know, we have a special guest briefer today, General Steve Lyons, commander of U.S. Transportation Command, and I'm going to turn it over to the General in just a minute to update you on the incredible effort that Transportation Command, and …
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
In the last 24 hours, more than 10,000 evacuees have been moved out of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. It's an exhausting pace the U.S. military will sustain so that everyone eligible to leave the country can get out, the commander of U.S. Transportation Command said. …

Department of Defense Activates Civil Reserve Air Fleet to Assist With Afghanistan Efforts

Release #: 20210901-1 Sunday, August 22, 2021
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III has ordered the Commander of U.S. Transportation Command to activate Stage I of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF). CRAF activation provides the Department of Defense access to commercial air mobility resources to augment our support to the Department of …





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