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In reflection: A look back at Operation Allies Refuge

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August marks the first anniversary of Operation Allies Refuge and the evacuation of Afghan citizens from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. As the largest non-combatant evacuation operation in American history, the humanitarian mission saw more than 120,000 Afghan citizens assisted by Airmen and equipment during the operation.

Photo of an Airman standing in front of an aircraft at night

An Airman prepares to marshal a C-17 Globemaster III at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., July 18, 2021. The Airmen were preparing for a deployment to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

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Two 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Airmen discuss the situation while standing watch over an aircraft at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 18, 2021, during Operation Allies Refuge. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Two 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Airmen discuss the situation while standing watch over an aircraft at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 18, 2021, during Operation Allies Refuge. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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U.S. Air Force Airmen load supplies onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

U.S. Air Force Airmen load supplies onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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Evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport

An Afghan child sleeps on the cargo floor of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, kept warm by the uniform of a C-17 loadmaster, during an evacuation flight from Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 15, 2021. Operating a fleet of Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and active-duty C-17 Globemaster IIIs, Air Mobility Command, in support of the Department of Defense, moved forces into theater to facilitate the safe departure and relocation of U.S. citizens, Special Immigration Visa recipients, and vulnerable Afghan populations from Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

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Afghan citizens rest in a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III after being evacuated from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 19, 2021. The U.S. Air Force conducted airlift operations to transport approximately 124,000 people from Kabul as part Operation Allies Refuge. The operation was one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Afghan citizens rest in a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III after being evacuated from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 19, 2021. The U.S. Air Force conducted airlift operations to transport approximately 124,000 people from Kabul as part Operation Allies Refuge. The operation was one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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A U.S. Air Force Airman assists an Afghan citizen aboard a C-17 Globemaster III during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

A U.S. Air Force Airman assists an Afghan citizen aboard a C-17 Globemaster III during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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An Afghan child walks up the ramp of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

An Afghan child walks up the ramp of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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An Airman comforts an infant during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2021. U.S. service members and coalition partners assisted the Department of State with a non-combatant evacuation operation in Afghanistan as a part of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Isaiah Campbell)

An Airman comforts an infant during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2021. U.S. service members and coalition partners assisted the Department of State with a non-combatant evacuation operation in Afghanistan as a part of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Isaiah Campbell)

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A U.S. Army Soldier from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Special Troops Battalion, walks through a hanger inspecting cots at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 21, 2021. The 21st TSC supports the Department of State in the transportation, housing, and sustainment of U.S. Citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and other at-risk Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Katelyn Myers)

A U.S. Army Soldier from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Special Troops Battalion, walks through a hanger inspecting cots at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 21, 2021. The 21st TSC supports the Department of State in the transportation, housing, and sustainment of U.S. Citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and other at-risk Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Katelyn Myers)

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An HH-60G Pave Hawk from the 66th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., sits on the airfield of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2021. The aircraft were part of a Personnel Recovery Task Force providing combat search and rescue capabilities during Afghanistan evacuation operations in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

An HH-60G Pave Hawk from the 66th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., sits on the airfield of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2021. The aircraft were part of a Personnel Recovery Task Force providing combat search and rescue capabilities during Afghanistan evacuation operations in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cecile King, 24th Intelligence Squadron surveillance and reconnaissance section chief, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 10, 2021. Ramstein AB provided temporary lodging, food, water and medical services to evacuees while they awaited transportation to other transient locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cecile King, 24th Intelligence Squadron surveillance and reconnaissance section chief, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 10, 2021. Ramstein AB provided temporary lodging, food, water and medical services to evacuees while they awaited transportation to other transient locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

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U.S. Army Pfc. Jared Stevens, 2nd Cavalry Regiment infantryman, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 13, 2021. OAR has been the largest humanitarian evacuation airlift to date in U.S. history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

U.S. Army Pfc. Jared Stevens, 2nd Cavalry Regiment infantryman, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 13, 2021. OAR has been the largest humanitarian evacuation airlift to date in U.S. history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

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Photo of an Airman standing in front of an aircraft at night

An Airman prepares to marshal a C-17 Globemaster III at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., July 18, 2021. The Airmen were preparing for a deployment to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

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Two 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Airmen discuss the situation while standing watch over an aircraft at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 18, 2021, during Operation Allies Refuge. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Two 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Airmen discuss the situation while standing watch over an aircraft at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 18, 2021, during Operation Allies Refuge. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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U.S. Air Force Airmen load supplies onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

U.S. Air Force Airmen load supplies onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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Evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport

An Afghan child sleeps on the cargo floor of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, kept warm by the uniform of a C-17 loadmaster, during an evacuation flight from Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 15, 2021. Operating a fleet of Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and active-duty C-17 Globemaster IIIs, Air Mobility Command, in support of the Department of Defense, moved forces into theater to facilitate the safe departure and relocation of U.S. citizens, Special Immigration Visa recipients, and vulnerable Afghan populations from Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

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Afghan citizens rest in a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III after being evacuated from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 19, 2021. The U.S. Air Force conducted airlift operations to transport approximately 124,000 people from Kabul as part Operation Allies Refuge. The operation was one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Afghan citizens rest in a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III after being evacuated from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 19, 2021. The U.S. Air Force conducted airlift operations to transport approximately 124,000 people from Kabul as part Operation Allies Refuge. The operation was one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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A U.S. Air Force Airman assists an Afghan citizen aboard a C-17 Globemaster III during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

A U.S. Air Force Airman assists an Afghan citizen aboard a C-17 Globemaster III during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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An Afghan child walks up the ramp of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

An Afghan child walks up the ramp of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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An Airman comforts an infant during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2021. U.S. service members and coalition partners assisted the Department of State with a non-combatant evacuation operation in Afghanistan as a part of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Isaiah Campbell)

An Airman comforts an infant during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2021. U.S. service members and coalition partners assisted the Department of State with a non-combatant evacuation operation in Afghanistan as a part of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Isaiah Campbell)

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A U.S. Army Soldier from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Special Troops Battalion, walks through a hanger inspecting cots at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 21, 2021. The 21st TSC supports the Department of State in the transportation, housing, and sustainment of U.S. Citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and other at-risk Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Katelyn Myers)

A U.S. Army Soldier from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Special Troops Battalion, walks through a hanger inspecting cots at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 21, 2021. The 21st TSC supports the Department of State in the transportation, housing, and sustainment of U.S. Citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and other at-risk Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Katelyn Myers)

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An HH-60G Pave Hawk from the 66th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., sits on the airfield of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2021. The aircraft were part of a Personnel Recovery Task Force providing combat search and rescue capabilities during Afghanistan evacuation operations in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

An HH-60G Pave Hawk from the 66th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., sits on the airfield of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2021. The aircraft were part of a Personnel Recovery Task Force providing combat search and rescue capabilities during Afghanistan evacuation operations in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cecile King, 24th Intelligence Squadron surveillance and reconnaissance section chief, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 10, 2021. Ramstein AB provided temporary lodging, food, water and medical services to evacuees while they awaited transportation to other transient locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cecile King, 24th Intelligence Squadron surveillance and reconnaissance section chief, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 10, 2021. Ramstein AB provided temporary lodging, food, water and medical services to evacuees while they awaited transportation to other transient locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

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U.S. Army Pfc. Jared Stevens, 2nd Cavalry Regiment infantryman, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 13, 2021. OAR has been the largest humanitarian evacuation airlift to date in U.S. history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

U.S. Army Pfc. Jared Stevens, 2nd Cavalry Regiment infantryman, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 13, 2021. OAR has been the largest humanitarian evacuation airlift to date in U.S. history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

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Photo of an Airman standing in front of an aircraft at night

An Airman prepares to marshal a C-17 Globemaster III at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., July 18, 2021. The Airmen were preparing for a deployment to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

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Two 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Airmen discuss the situation while standing watch over an aircraft at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 18, 2021, during Operation Allies Refuge. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Two 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Airmen discuss the situation while standing watch over an aircraft at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 18, 2021, during Operation Allies Refuge. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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U.S. Air Force Airmen load supplies onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

U.S. Air Force Airmen load supplies onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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Evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport

An Afghan child sleeps on the cargo floor of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, kept warm by the uniform of a C-17 loadmaster, during an evacuation flight from Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 15, 2021. Operating a fleet of Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and active-duty C-17 Globemaster IIIs, Air Mobility Command, in support of the Department of Defense, moved forces into theater to facilitate the safe departure and relocation of U.S. citizens, Special Immigration Visa recipients, and vulnerable Afghan populations from Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

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Afghan citizens rest in a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III after being evacuated from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 19, 2021. The U.S. Air Force conducted airlift operations to transport approximately 124,000 people from Kabul as part Operation Allies Refuge. The operation was one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Afghan citizens rest in a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III after being evacuated from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 19, 2021. The U.S. Air Force conducted airlift operations to transport approximately 124,000 people from Kabul as part Operation Allies Refuge. The operation was one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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A U.S. Air Force Airman assists an Afghan citizen aboard a C-17 Globemaster III during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

A U.S. Air Force Airman assists an Afghan citizen aboard a C-17 Globemaster III during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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An Afghan child walks up the ramp of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

An Afghan child walks up the ramp of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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An Airman comforts an infant during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2021. U.S. service members and coalition partners assisted the Department of State with a non-combatant evacuation operation in Afghanistan as a part of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Isaiah Campbell)

An Airman comforts an infant during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2021. U.S. service members and coalition partners assisted the Department of State with a non-combatant evacuation operation in Afghanistan as a part of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Isaiah Campbell)

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A U.S. Army Soldier from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Special Troops Battalion, walks through a hanger inspecting cots at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 21, 2021. The 21st TSC supports the Department of State in the transportation, housing, and sustainment of U.S. Citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and other at-risk Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Katelyn Myers)

A U.S. Army Soldier from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Special Troops Battalion, walks through a hanger inspecting cots at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 21, 2021. The 21st TSC supports the Department of State in the transportation, housing, and sustainment of U.S. Citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and other at-risk Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Katelyn Myers)

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An HH-60G Pave Hawk from the 66th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., sits on the airfield of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2021. The aircraft were part of a Personnel Recovery Task Force providing combat search and rescue capabilities during Afghanistan evacuation operations in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

An HH-60G Pave Hawk from the 66th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., sits on the airfield of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2021. The aircraft were part of a Personnel Recovery Task Force providing combat search and rescue capabilities during Afghanistan evacuation operations in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cecile King, 24th Intelligence Squadron surveillance and reconnaissance section chief, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 10, 2021. Ramstein AB provided temporary lodging, food, water and medical services to evacuees while they awaited transportation to other transient locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cecile King, 24th Intelligence Squadron surveillance and reconnaissance section chief, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 10, 2021. Ramstein AB provided temporary lodging, food, water and medical services to evacuees while they awaited transportation to other transient locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

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U.S. Army Pfc. Jared Stevens, 2nd Cavalry Regiment infantryman, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 13, 2021. OAR has been the largest humanitarian evacuation airlift to date in U.S. history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

U.S. Army Pfc. Jared Stevens, 2nd Cavalry Regiment infantryman, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 13, 2021. OAR has been the largest humanitarian evacuation airlift to date in U.S. history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

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Photo of an Airman standing in front of an aircraft at night

An Airman prepares to marshal a C-17 Globemaster III at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., July 18, 2021. The Airmen were preparing for a deployment to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

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Two 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Airmen discuss the situation while standing watch over an aircraft at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 18, 2021, during Operation Allies Refuge. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Two 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Airmen discuss the situation while standing watch over an aircraft at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 18, 2021, during Operation Allies Refuge. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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U.S. Air Force Airmen load supplies onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

U.S. Air Force Airmen load supplies onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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Evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport

An Afghan child sleeps on the cargo floor of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, kept warm by the uniform of a C-17 loadmaster, during an evacuation flight from Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 15, 2021. Operating a fleet of Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and active-duty C-17 Globemaster IIIs, Air Mobility Command, in support of the Department of Defense, moved forces into theater to facilitate the safe departure and relocation of U.S. citizens, Special Immigration Visa recipients, and vulnerable Afghan populations from Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

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Afghan citizens rest in a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III after being evacuated from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 19, 2021. The U.S. Air Force conducted airlift operations to transport approximately 124,000 people from Kabul as part Operation Allies Refuge. The operation was one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Afghan citizens rest in a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III after being evacuated from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 19, 2021. The U.S. Air Force conducted airlift operations to transport approximately 124,000 people from Kabul as part Operation Allies Refuge. The operation was one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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A U.S. Air Force Airman assists an Afghan citizen aboard a C-17 Globemaster III during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

A U.S. Air Force Airman assists an Afghan citizen aboard a C-17 Globemaster III during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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An Afghan child walks up the ramp of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

An Afghan child walks up the ramp of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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An Airman comforts an infant during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2021. U.S. service members and coalition partners assisted the Department of State with a non-combatant evacuation operation in Afghanistan as a part of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Isaiah Campbell)

An Airman comforts an infant during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2021. U.S. service members and coalition partners assisted the Department of State with a non-combatant evacuation operation in Afghanistan as a part of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Isaiah Campbell)

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A U.S. Army Soldier from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Special Troops Battalion, walks through a hanger inspecting cots at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 21, 2021. The 21st TSC supports the Department of State in the transportation, housing, and sustainment of U.S. Citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and other at-risk Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Katelyn Myers)

A U.S. Army Soldier from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Special Troops Battalion, walks through a hanger inspecting cots at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 21, 2021. The 21st TSC supports the Department of State in the transportation, housing, and sustainment of U.S. Citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and other at-risk Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Katelyn Myers)

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An HH-60G Pave Hawk from the 66th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., sits on the airfield of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2021. The aircraft were part of a Personnel Recovery Task Force providing combat search and rescue capabilities during Afghanistan evacuation operations in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

An HH-60G Pave Hawk from the 66th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., sits on the airfield of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2021. The aircraft were part of a Personnel Recovery Task Force providing combat search and rescue capabilities during Afghanistan evacuation operations in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cecile King, 24th Intelligence Squadron surveillance and reconnaissance section chief, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 10, 2021. Ramstein AB provided temporary lodging, food, water and medical services to evacuees while they awaited transportation to other transient locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cecile King, 24th Intelligence Squadron surveillance and reconnaissance section chief, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 10, 2021. Ramstein AB provided temporary lodging, food, water and medical services to evacuees while they awaited transportation to other transient locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

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U.S. Army Pfc. Jared Stevens, 2nd Cavalry Regiment infantryman, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 13, 2021. OAR has been the largest humanitarian evacuation airlift to date in U.S. history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

U.S. Army Pfc. Jared Stevens, 2nd Cavalry Regiment infantryman, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 13, 2021. OAR has been the largest humanitarian evacuation airlift to date in U.S. history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

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Photo of an Airman standing in front of an aircraft at night

An Airman prepares to marshal a C-17 Globemaster III at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., July 18, 2021. The Airmen were preparing for a deployment to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

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Two 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Airmen discuss the situation while standing watch over an aircraft at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 18, 2021, during Operation Allies Refuge. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Two 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Airmen discuss the situation while standing watch over an aircraft at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 18, 2021, during Operation Allies Refuge. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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U.S. Air Force Airmen load supplies onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

U.S. Air Force Airmen load supplies onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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Evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport

An Afghan child sleeps on the cargo floor of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, kept warm by the uniform of a C-17 loadmaster, during an evacuation flight from Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 15, 2021. Operating a fleet of Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and active-duty C-17 Globemaster IIIs, Air Mobility Command, in support of the Department of Defense, moved forces into theater to facilitate the safe departure and relocation of U.S. citizens, Special Immigration Visa recipients, and vulnerable Afghan populations from Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

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Afghan citizens rest in a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III after being evacuated from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 19, 2021. The U.S. Air Force conducted airlift operations to transport approximately 124,000 people from Kabul as part Operation Allies Refuge. The operation was one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Afghan citizens rest in a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III after being evacuated from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 19, 2021. The U.S. Air Force conducted airlift operations to transport approximately 124,000 people from Kabul as part Operation Allies Refuge. The operation was one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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A U.S. Air Force Airman assists an Afghan citizen aboard a C-17 Globemaster III during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

A U.S. Air Force Airman assists an Afghan citizen aboard a C-17 Globemaster III during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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An Afghan child walks up the ramp of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

An Afghan child walks up the ramp of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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An Airman comforts an infant during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2021. U.S. service members and coalition partners assisted the Department of State with a non-combatant evacuation operation in Afghanistan as a part of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Isaiah Campbell)

An Airman comforts an infant during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2021. U.S. service members and coalition partners assisted the Department of State with a non-combatant evacuation operation in Afghanistan as a part of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Isaiah Campbell)

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A U.S. Army Soldier from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Special Troops Battalion, walks through a hanger inspecting cots at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 21, 2021. The 21st TSC supports the Department of State in the transportation, housing, and sustainment of U.S. Citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and other at-risk Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Katelyn Myers)

A U.S. Army Soldier from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Special Troops Battalion, walks through a hanger inspecting cots at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 21, 2021. The 21st TSC supports the Department of State in the transportation, housing, and sustainment of U.S. Citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and other at-risk Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Katelyn Myers)

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An HH-60G Pave Hawk from the 66th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., sits on the airfield of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2021. The aircraft were part of a Personnel Recovery Task Force providing combat search and rescue capabilities during Afghanistan evacuation operations in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

An HH-60G Pave Hawk from the 66th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., sits on the airfield of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2021. The aircraft were part of a Personnel Recovery Task Force providing combat search and rescue capabilities during Afghanistan evacuation operations in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cecile King, 24th Intelligence Squadron surveillance and reconnaissance section chief, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 10, 2021. Ramstein AB provided temporary lodging, food, water and medical services to evacuees while they awaited transportation to other transient locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cecile King, 24th Intelligence Squadron surveillance and reconnaissance section chief, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 10, 2021. Ramstein AB provided temporary lodging, food, water and medical services to evacuees while they awaited transportation to other transient locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

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U.S. Army Pfc. Jared Stevens, 2nd Cavalry Regiment infantryman, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 13, 2021. OAR has been the largest humanitarian evacuation airlift to date in U.S. history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

U.S. Army Pfc. Jared Stevens, 2nd Cavalry Regiment infantryman, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 13, 2021. OAR has been the largest humanitarian evacuation airlift to date in U.S. history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

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Photo of an Airman standing in front of an aircraft at night

An Airman prepares to marshal a C-17 Globemaster III at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., July 18, 2021. The Airmen were preparing for a deployment to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

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Two 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Airmen discuss the situation while standing watch over an aircraft at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 18, 2021, during Operation Allies Refuge. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Two 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Airmen discuss the situation while standing watch over an aircraft at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 18, 2021, during Operation Allies Refuge. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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U.S. Air Force Airmen load supplies onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

U.S. Air Force Airmen load supplies onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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Evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport

An Afghan child sleeps on the cargo floor of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, kept warm by the uniform of a C-17 loadmaster, during an evacuation flight from Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 15, 2021. Operating a fleet of Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and active-duty C-17 Globemaster IIIs, Air Mobility Command, in support of the Department of Defense, moved forces into theater to facilitate the safe departure and relocation of U.S. citizens, Special Immigration Visa recipients, and vulnerable Afghan populations from Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

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Afghan citizens rest in a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III after being evacuated from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 19, 2021. The U.S. Air Force conducted airlift operations to transport approximately 124,000 people from Kabul as part Operation Allies Refuge. The operation was one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Afghan citizens rest in a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III after being evacuated from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 19, 2021. The U.S. Air Force conducted airlift operations to transport approximately 124,000 people from Kabul as part Operation Allies Refuge. The operation was one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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A U.S. Air Force Airman assists an Afghan citizen aboard a C-17 Globemaster III during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

A U.S. Air Force Airman assists an Afghan citizen aboard a C-17 Globemaster III during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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An Afghan child walks up the ramp of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

An Afghan child walks up the ramp of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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An Airman comforts an infant during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2021. U.S. service members and coalition partners assisted the Department of State with a non-combatant evacuation operation in Afghanistan as a part of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Isaiah Campbell)

An Airman comforts an infant during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2021. U.S. service members and coalition partners assisted the Department of State with a non-combatant evacuation operation in Afghanistan as a part of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Isaiah Campbell)

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A U.S. Army Soldier from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Special Troops Battalion, walks through a hanger inspecting cots at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 21, 2021. The 21st TSC supports the Department of State in the transportation, housing, and sustainment of U.S. Citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and other at-risk Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Katelyn Myers)

A U.S. Army Soldier from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Special Troops Battalion, walks through a hanger inspecting cots at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 21, 2021. The 21st TSC supports the Department of State in the transportation, housing, and sustainment of U.S. Citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and other at-risk Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Katelyn Myers)

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An HH-60G Pave Hawk from the 66th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., sits on the airfield of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2021. The aircraft were part of a Personnel Recovery Task Force providing combat search and rescue capabilities during Afghanistan evacuation operations in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

An HH-60G Pave Hawk from the 66th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., sits on the airfield of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2021. The aircraft were part of a Personnel Recovery Task Force providing combat search and rescue capabilities during Afghanistan evacuation operations in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cecile King, 24th Intelligence Squadron surveillance and reconnaissance section chief, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 10, 2021. Ramstein AB provided temporary lodging, food, water and medical services to evacuees while they awaited transportation to other transient locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cecile King, 24th Intelligence Squadron surveillance and reconnaissance section chief, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 10, 2021. Ramstein AB provided temporary lodging, food, water and medical services to evacuees while they awaited transportation to other transient locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

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U.S. Army Pfc. Jared Stevens, 2nd Cavalry Regiment infantryman, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 13, 2021. OAR has been the largest humanitarian evacuation airlift to date in U.S. history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

U.S. Army Pfc. Jared Stevens, 2nd Cavalry Regiment infantryman, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 13, 2021. OAR has been the largest humanitarian evacuation airlift to date in U.S. history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

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Photo of an Airman standing in front of an aircraft at night

An Airman prepares to marshal a C-17 Globemaster III at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., July 18, 2021. The Airmen were preparing for a deployment to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

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Two 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Airmen discuss the situation while standing watch over an aircraft at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 18, 2021, during Operation Allies Refuge. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Two 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Airmen discuss the situation while standing watch over an aircraft at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 18, 2021, during Operation Allies Refuge. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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U.S. Air Force Airmen load supplies onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

U.S. Air Force Airmen load supplies onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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Evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport

An Afghan child sleeps on the cargo floor of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, kept warm by the uniform of a C-17 loadmaster, during an evacuation flight from Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 15, 2021. Operating a fleet of Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and active-duty C-17 Globemaster IIIs, Air Mobility Command, in support of the Department of Defense, moved forces into theater to facilitate the safe departure and relocation of U.S. citizens, Special Immigration Visa recipients, and vulnerable Afghan populations from Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

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Afghan citizens rest in a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III after being evacuated from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 19, 2021. The U.S. Air Force conducted airlift operations to transport approximately 124,000 people from Kabul as part Operation Allies Refuge. The operation was one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Afghan citizens rest in a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III after being evacuated from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 19, 2021. The U.S. Air Force conducted airlift operations to transport approximately 124,000 people from Kabul as part Operation Allies Refuge. The operation was one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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A U.S. Air Force Airman assists an Afghan citizen aboard a C-17 Globemaster III during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

A U.S. Air Force Airman assists an Afghan citizen aboard a C-17 Globemaster III during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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An Afghan child walks up the ramp of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

An Afghan child walks up the ramp of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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An Airman comforts an infant during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2021. U.S. service members and coalition partners assisted the Department of State with a non-combatant evacuation operation in Afghanistan as a part of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Isaiah Campbell)

An Airman comforts an infant during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2021. U.S. service members and coalition partners assisted the Department of State with a non-combatant evacuation operation in Afghanistan as a part of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Isaiah Campbell)

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A U.S. Army Soldier from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Special Troops Battalion, walks through a hanger inspecting cots at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 21, 2021. The 21st TSC supports the Department of State in the transportation, housing, and sustainment of U.S. Citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and other at-risk Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Katelyn Myers)

A U.S. Army Soldier from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Special Troops Battalion, walks through a hanger inspecting cots at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 21, 2021. The 21st TSC supports the Department of State in the transportation, housing, and sustainment of U.S. Citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and other at-risk Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Katelyn Myers)

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An HH-60G Pave Hawk from the 66th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., sits on the airfield of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2021. The aircraft were part of a Personnel Recovery Task Force providing combat search and rescue capabilities during Afghanistan evacuation operations in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

An HH-60G Pave Hawk from the 66th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., sits on the airfield of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2021. The aircraft were part of a Personnel Recovery Task Force providing combat search and rescue capabilities during Afghanistan evacuation operations in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cecile King, 24th Intelligence Squadron surveillance and reconnaissance section chief, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 10, 2021. Ramstein AB provided temporary lodging, food, water and medical services to evacuees while they awaited transportation to other transient locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cecile King, 24th Intelligence Squadron surveillance and reconnaissance section chief, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 10, 2021. Ramstein AB provided temporary lodging, food, water and medical services to evacuees while they awaited transportation to other transient locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

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U.S. Army Pfc. Jared Stevens, 2nd Cavalry Regiment infantryman, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 13, 2021. OAR has been the largest humanitarian evacuation airlift to date in U.S. history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

U.S. Army Pfc. Jared Stevens, 2nd Cavalry Regiment infantryman, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 13, 2021. OAR has been the largest humanitarian evacuation airlift to date in U.S. history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

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Photo of an Airman standing in front of an aircraft at night

An Airman prepares to marshal a C-17 Globemaster III at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., July 18, 2021. The Airmen were preparing for a deployment to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

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Two 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Airmen discuss the situation while standing watch over an aircraft at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 18, 2021, during Operation Allies Refuge. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Two 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Airmen discuss the situation while standing watch over an aircraft at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 18, 2021, during Operation Allies Refuge. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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U.S. Air Force Airmen load supplies onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

U.S. Air Force Airmen load supplies onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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Evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport

An Afghan child sleeps on the cargo floor of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, kept warm by the uniform of a C-17 loadmaster, during an evacuation flight from Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 15, 2021. Operating a fleet of Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and active-duty C-17 Globemaster IIIs, Air Mobility Command, in support of the Department of Defense, moved forces into theater to facilitate the safe departure and relocation of U.S. citizens, Special Immigration Visa recipients, and vulnerable Afghan populations from Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

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Afghan citizens rest in a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III after being evacuated from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 19, 2021. The U.S. Air Force conducted airlift operations to transport approximately 124,000 people from Kabul as part Operation Allies Refuge. The operation was one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Afghan citizens rest in a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III after being evacuated from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 19, 2021. The U.S. Air Force conducted airlift operations to transport approximately 124,000 people from Kabul as part Operation Allies Refuge. The operation was one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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A U.S. Air Force Airman assists an Afghan citizen aboard a C-17 Globemaster III during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

A U.S. Air Force Airman assists an Afghan citizen aboard a C-17 Globemaster III during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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An Afghan child walks up the ramp of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

An Afghan child walks up the ramp of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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An Airman comforts an infant during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2021. U.S. service members and coalition partners assisted the Department of State with a non-combatant evacuation operation in Afghanistan as a part of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Isaiah Campbell)

An Airman comforts an infant during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2021. U.S. service members and coalition partners assisted the Department of State with a non-combatant evacuation operation in Afghanistan as a part of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Isaiah Campbell)

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A U.S. Army Soldier from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Special Troops Battalion, walks through a hanger inspecting cots at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 21, 2021. The 21st TSC supports the Department of State in the transportation, housing, and sustainment of U.S. Citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and other at-risk Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Katelyn Myers)

A U.S. Army Soldier from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Special Troops Battalion, walks through a hanger inspecting cots at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 21, 2021. The 21st TSC supports the Department of State in the transportation, housing, and sustainment of U.S. Citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and other at-risk Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Katelyn Myers)

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An HH-60G Pave Hawk from the 66th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., sits on the airfield of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2021. The aircraft were part of a Personnel Recovery Task Force providing combat search and rescue capabilities during Afghanistan evacuation operations in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

An HH-60G Pave Hawk from the 66th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., sits on the airfield of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2021. The aircraft were part of a Personnel Recovery Task Force providing combat search and rescue capabilities during Afghanistan evacuation operations in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cecile King, 24th Intelligence Squadron surveillance and reconnaissance section chief, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 10, 2021. Ramstein AB provided temporary lodging, food, water and medical services to evacuees while they awaited transportation to other transient locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cecile King, 24th Intelligence Squadron surveillance and reconnaissance section chief, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 10, 2021. Ramstein AB provided temporary lodging, food, water and medical services to evacuees while they awaited transportation to other transient locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

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U.S. Army Pfc. Jared Stevens, 2nd Cavalry Regiment infantryman, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 13, 2021. OAR has been the largest humanitarian evacuation airlift to date in U.S. history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

U.S. Army Pfc. Jared Stevens, 2nd Cavalry Regiment infantryman, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 13, 2021. OAR has been the largest humanitarian evacuation airlift to date in U.S. history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

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Photo of an Airman standing in front of an aircraft at night

An Airman prepares to marshal a C-17 Globemaster III at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., July 18, 2021. The Airmen were preparing for a deployment to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

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Two 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Airmen discuss the situation while standing watch over an aircraft at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 18, 2021, during Operation Allies Refuge. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Two 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Airmen discuss the situation while standing watch over an aircraft at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 18, 2021, during Operation Allies Refuge. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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U.S. Air Force Airmen load supplies onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

U.S. Air Force Airmen load supplies onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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Evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport

An Afghan child sleeps on the cargo floor of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, kept warm by the uniform of a C-17 loadmaster, during an evacuation flight from Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 15, 2021. Operating a fleet of Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and active-duty C-17 Globemaster IIIs, Air Mobility Command, in support of the Department of Defense, moved forces into theater to facilitate the safe departure and relocation of U.S. citizens, Special Immigration Visa recipients, and vulnerable Afghan populations from Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

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Afghan citizens rest in a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III after being evacuated from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 19, 2021. The U.S. Air Force conducted airlift operations to transport approximately 124,000 people from Kabul as part Operation Allies Refuge. The operation was one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Afghan citizens rest in a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III after being evacuated from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 19, 2021. The U.S. Air Force conducted airlift operations to transport approximately 124,000 people from Kabul as part Operation Allies Refuge. The operation was one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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A U.S. Air Force Airman assists an Afghan citizen aboard a C-17 Globemaster III during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

A U.S. Air Force Airman assists an Afghan citizen aboard a C-17 Globemaster III during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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An Afghan child walks up the ramp of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

An Afghan child walks up the ramp of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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An Airman comforts an infant during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2021. U.S. service members and coalition partners assisted the Department of State with a non-combatant evacuation operation in Afghanistan as a part of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Isaiah Campbell)

An Airman comforts an infant during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2021. U.S. service members and coalition partners assisted the Department of State with a non-combatant evacuation operation in Afghanistan as a part of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Isaiah Campbell)

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A U.S. Army Soldier from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Special Troops Battalion, walks through a hanger inspecting cots at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 21, 2021. The 21st TSC supports the Department of State in the transportation, housing, and sustainment of U.S. Citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and other at-risk Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Katelyn Myers)

A U.S. Army Soldier from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Special Troops Battalion, walks through a hanger inspecting cots at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 21, 2021. The 21st TSC supports the Department of State in the transportation, housing, and sustainment of U.S. Citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and other at-risk Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Katelyn Myers)

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An HH-60G Pave Hawk from the 66th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., sits on the airfield of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2021. The aircraft were part of a Personnel Recovery Task Force providing combat search and rescue capabilities during Afghanistan evacuation operations in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

An HH-60G Pave Hawk from the 66th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., sits on the airfield of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2021. The aircraft were part of a Personnel Recovery Task Force providing combat search and rescue capabilities during Afghanistan evacuation operations in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cecile King, 24th Intelligence Squadron surveillance and reconnaissance section chief, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 10, 2021. Ramstein AB provided temporary lodging, food, water and medical services to evacuees while they awaited transportation to other transient locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cecile King, 24th Intelligence Squadron surveillance and reconnaissance section chief, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 10, 2021. Ramstein AB provided temporary lodging, food, water and medical services to evacuees while they awaited transportation to other transient locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

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U.S. Army Pfc. Jared Stevens, 2nd Cavalry Regiment infantryman, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 13, 2021. OAR has been the largest humanitarian evacuation airlift to date in U.S. history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

U.S. Army Pfc. Jared Stevens, 2nd Cavalry Regiment infantryman, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 13, 2021. OAR has been the largest humanitarian evacuation airlift to date in U.S. history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

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Photo of an Airman standing in front of an aircraft at night

An Airman prepares to marshal a C-17 Globemaster III at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., July 18, 2021. The Airmen were preparing for a deployment to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

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Two 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Airmen discuss the situation while standing watch over an aircraft at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 18, 2021, during Operation Allies Refuge. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Two 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Airmen discuss the situation while standing watch over an aircraft at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 18, 2021, during Operation Allies Refuge. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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U.S. Air Force Airmen load supplies onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

U.S. Air Force Airmen load supplies onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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Evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport

An Afghan child sleeps on the cargo floor of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, kept warm by the uniform of a C-17 loadmaster, during an evacuation flight from Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 15, 2021. Operating a fleet of Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and active-duty C-17 Globemaster IIIs, Air Mobility Command, in support of the Department of Defense, moved forces into theater to facilitate the safe departure and relocation of U.S. citizens, Special Immigration Visa recipients, and vulnerable Afghan populations from Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

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Afghan citizens rest in a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III after being evacuated from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 19, 2021. The U.S. Air Force conducted airlift operations to transport approximately 124,000 people from Kabul as part Operation Allies Refuge. The operation was one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Afghan citizens rest in a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III after being evacuated from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 19, 2021. The U.S. Air Force conducted airlift operations to transport approximately 124,000 people from Kabul as part Operation Allies Refuge. The operation was one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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A U.S. Air Force Airman assists an Afghan citizen aboard a C-17 Globemaster III during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

A U.S. Air Force Airman assists an Afghan citizen aboard a C-17 Globemaster III during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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An Afghan child walks up the ramp of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

An Afghan child walks up the ramp of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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An Airman comforts an infant during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2021. U.S. service members and coalition partners assisted the Department of State with a non-combatant evacuation operation in Afghanistan as a part of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Isaiah Campbell)

An Airman comforts an infant during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2021. U.S. service members and coalition partners assisted the Department of State with a non-combatant evacuation operation in Afghanistan as a part of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Isaiah Campbell)

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A U.S. Army Soldier from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Special Troops Battalion, walks through a hanger inspecting cots at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 21, 2021. The 21st TSC supports the Department of State in the transportation, housing, and sustainment of U.S. Citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and other at-risk Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Katelyn Myers)

A U.S. Army Soldier from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Special Troops Battalion, walks through a hanger inspecting cots at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 21, 2021. The 21st TSC supports the Department of State in the transportation, housing, and sustainment of U.S. Citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and other at-risk Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Katelyn Myers)

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An HH-60G Pave Hawk from the 66th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., sits on the airfield of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2021. The aircraft were part of a Personnel Recovery Task Force providing combat search and rescue capabilities during Afghanistan evacuation operations in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

An HH-60G Pave Hawk from the 66th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., sits on the airfield of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2021. The aircraft were part of a Personnel Recovery Task Force providing combat search and rescue capabilities during Afghanistan evacuation operations in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cecile King, 24th Intelligence Squadron surveillance and reconnaissance section chief, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 10, 2021. Ramstein AB provided temporary lodging, food, water and medical services to evacuees while they awaited transportation to other transient locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cecile King, 24th Intelligence Squadron surveillance and reconnaissance section chief, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 10, 2021. Ramstein AB provided temporary lodging, food, water and medical services to evacuees while they awaited transportation to other transient locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

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U.S. Army Pfc. Jared Stevens, 2nd Cavalry Regiment infantryman, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 13, 2021. OAR has been the largest humanitarian evacuation airlift to date in U.S. history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

U.S. Army Pfc. Jared Stevens, 2nd Cavalry Regiment infantryman, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 13, 2021. OAR has been the largest humanitarian evacuation airlift to date in U.S. history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

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Photo of an Airman standing in front of an aircraft at night

An Airman prepares to marshal a C-17 Globemaster III at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., July 18, 2021. The Airmen were preparing for a deployment to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

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Two 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Airmen discuss the situation while standing watch over an aircraft at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 18, 2021, during Operation Allies Refuge. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Two 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Airmen discuss the situation while standing watch over an aircraft at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 18, 2021, during Operation Allies Refuge. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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U.S. Air Force Airmen load supplies onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

U.S. Air Force Airmen load supplies onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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Evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport

An Afghan child sleeps on the cargo floor of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, kept warm by the uniform of a C-17 loadmaster, during an evacuation flight from Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 15, 2021. Operating a fleet of Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and active-duty C-17 Globemaster IIIs, Air Mobility Command, in support of the Department of Defense, moved forces into theater to facilitate the safe departure and relocation of U.S. citizens, Special Immigration Visa recipients, and vulnerable Afghan populations from Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

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Afghan citizens rest in a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III after being evacuated from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 19, 2021. The U.S. Air Force conducted airlift operations to transport approximately 124,000 people from Kabul as part Operation Allies Refuge. The operation was one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Afghan citizens rest in a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III after being evacuated from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 19, 2021. The U.S. Air Force conducted airlift operations to transport approximately 124,000 people from Kabul as part Operation Allies Refuge. The operation was one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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A U.S. Air Force Airman assists an Afghan citizen aboard a C-17 Globemaster III during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

A U.S. Air Force Airman assists an Afghan citizen aboard a C-17 Globemaster III during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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An Afghan child walks up the ramp of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

An Afghan child walks up the ramp of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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An Airman comforts an infant during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2021. U.S. service members and coalition partners assisted the Department of State with a non-combatant evacuation operation in Afghanistan as a part of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Isaiah Campbell)

An Airman comforts an infant during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2021. U.S. service members and coalition partners assisted the Department of State with a non-combatant evacuation operation in Afghanistan as a part of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Isaiah Campbell)

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A U.S. Army Soldier from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Special Troops Battalion, walks through a hanger inspecting cots at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 21, 2021. The 21st TSC supports the Department of State in the transportation, housing, and sustainment of U.S. Citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and other at-risk Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Katelyn Myers)

A U.S. Army Soldier from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Special Troops Battalion, walks through a hanger inspecting cots at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 21, 2021. The 21st TSC supports the Department of State in the transportation, housing, and sustainment of U.S. Citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and other at-risk Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Katelyn Myers)

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An HH-60G Pave Hawk from the 66th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., sits on the airfield of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2021. The aircraft were part of a Personnel Recovery Task Force providing combat search and rescue capabilities during Afghanistan evacuation operations in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

An HH-60G Pave Hawk from the 66th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., sits on the airfield of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2021. The aircraft were part of a Personnel Recovery Task Force providing combat search and rescue capabilities during Afghanistan evacuation operations in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cecile King, 24th Intelligence Squadron surveillance and reconnaissance section chief, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 10, 2021. Ramstein AB provided temporary lodging, food, water and medical services to evacuees while they awaited transportation to other transient locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cecile King, 24th Intelligence Squadron surveillance and reconnaissance section chief, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 10, 2021. Ramstein AB provided temporary lodging, food, water and medical services to evacuees while they awaited transportation to other transient locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

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U.S. Army Pfc. Jared Stevens, 2nd Cavalry Regiment infantryman, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 13, 2021. OAR has been the largest humanitarian evacuation airlift to date in U.S. history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

U.S. Army Pfc. Jared Stevens, 2nd Cavalry Regiment infantryman, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 13, 2021. OAR has been the largest humanitarian evacuation airlift to date in U.S. history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

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Photo of an Airman standing in front of an aircraft at night

An Airman prepares to marshal a C-17 Globemaster III at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., July 18, 2021. The Airmen were preparing for a deployment to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

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Two 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Airmen discuss the situation while standing watch over an aircraft at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 18, 2021, during Operation Allies Refuge. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Two 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Airmen discuss the situation while standing watch over an aircraft at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 18, 2021, during Operation Allies Refuge. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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U.S. Air Force Airmen load supplies onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

U.S. Air Force Airmen load supplies onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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Evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport

An Afghan child sleeps on the cargo floor of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, kept warm by the uniform of a C-17 loadmaster, during an evacuation flight from Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 15, 2021. Operating a fleet of Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and active-duty C-17 Globemaster IIIs, Air Mobility Command, in support of the Department of Defense, moved forces into theater to facilitate the safe departure and relocation of U.S. citizens, Special Immigration Visa recipients, and vulnerable Afghan populations from Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

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Afghan citizens rest in a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III after being evacuated from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 19, 2021. The U.S. Air Force conducted airlift operations to transport approximately 124,000 people from Kabul as part Operation Allies Refuge. The operation was one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Afghan citizens rest in a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III after being evacuated from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 19, 2021. The U.S. Air Force conducted airlift operations to transport approximately 124,000 people from Kabul as part Operation Allies Refuge. The operation was one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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A U.S. Air Force Airman assists an Afghan citizen aboard a C-17 Globemaster III during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

A U.S. Air Force Airman assists an Afghan citizen aboard a C-17 Globemaster III during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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An Afghan child walks up the ramp of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

An Afghan child walks up the ramp of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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An Airman comforts an infant during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2021. U.S. service members and coalition partners assisted the Department of State with a non-combatant evacuation operation in Afghanistan as a part of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Isaiah Campbell)

An Airman comforts an infant during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2021. U.S. service members and coalition partners assisted the Department of State with a non-combatant evacuation operation in Afghanistan as a part of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Isaiah Campbell)

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A U.S. Army Soldier from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Special Troops Battalion, walks through a hanger inspecting cots at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 21, 2021. The 21st TSC supports the Department of State in the transportation, housing, and sustainment of U.S. Citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and other at-risk Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Katelyn Myers)

A U.S. Army Soldier from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Special Troops Battalion, walks through a hanger inspecting cots at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 21, 2021. The 21st TSC supports the Department of State in the transportation, housing, and sustainment of U.S. Citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and other at-risk Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Katelyn Myers)

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An HH-60G Pave Hawk from the 66th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., sits on the airfield of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2021. The aircraft were part of a Personnel Recovery Task Force providing combat search and rescue capabilities during Afghanistan evacuation operations in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

An HH-60G Pave Hawk from the 66th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., sits on the airfield of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2021. The aircraft were part of a Personnel Recovery Task Force providing combat search and rescue capabilities during Afghanistan evacuation operations in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cecile King, 24th Intelligence Squadron surveillance and reconnaissance section chief, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 10, 2021. Ramstein AB provided temporary lodging, food, water and medical services to evacuees while they awaited transportation to other transient locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cecile King, 24th Intelligence Squadron surveillance and reconnaissance section chief, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 10, 2021. Ramstein AB provided temporary lodging, food, water and medical services to evacuees while they awaited transportation to other transient locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

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U.S. Army Pfc. Jared Stevens, 2nd Cavalry Regiment infantryman, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 13, 2021. OAR has been the largest humanitarian evacuation airlift to date in U.S. history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

U.S. Army Pfc. Jared Stevens, 2nd Cavalry Regiment infantryman, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 13, 2021. OAR has been the largest humanitarian evacuation airlift to date in U.S. history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

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Photo of an Airman standing in front of an aircraft at night

An Airman prepares to marshal a C-17 Globemaster III at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., July 18, 2021. The Airmen were preparing for a deployment to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

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Two 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Airmen discuss the situation while standing watch over an aircraft at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 18, 2021, during Operation Allies Refuge. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Two 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Airmen discuss the situation while standing watch over an aircraft at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 18, 2021, during Operation Allies Refuge. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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U.S. Air Force Airmen load supplies onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

U.S. Air Force Airmen load supplies onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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Evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport

An Afghan child sleeps on the cargo floor of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, kept warm by the uniform of a C-17 loadmaster, during an evacuation flight from Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 15, 2021. Operating a fleet of Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and active-duty C-17 Globemaster IIIs, Air Mobility Command, in support of the Department of Defense, moved forces into theater to facilitate the safe departure and relocation of U.S. citizens, Special Immigration Visa recipients, and vulnerable Afghan populations from Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

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Afghan citizens rest in a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III after being evacuated from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 19, 2021. The U.S. Air Force conducted airlift operations to transport approximately 124,000 people from Kabul as part Operation Allies Refuge. The operation was one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Afghan citizens rest in a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III after being evacuated from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 19, 2021. The U.S. Air Force conducted airlift operations to transport approximately 124,000 people from Kabul as part Operation Allies Refuge. The operation was one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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A U.S. Air Force Airman assists an Afghan citizen aboard a C-17 Globemaster III during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

A U.S. Air Force Airman assists an Afghan citizen aboard a C-17 Globemaster III during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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An Afghan child walks up the ramp of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

An Afghan child walks up the ramp of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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An Airman comforts an infant during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2021. U.S. service members and coalition partners assisted the Department of State with a non-combatant evacuation operation in Afghanistan as a part of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Isaiah Campbell)

An Airman comforts an infant during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2021. U.S. service members and coalition partners assisted the Department of State with a non-combatant evacuation operation in Afghanistan as a part of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Isaiah Campbell)

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A U.S. Army Soldier from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Special Troops Battalion, walks through a hanger inspecting cots at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 21, 2021. The 21st TSC supports the Department of State in the transportation, housing, and sustainment of U.S. Citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and other at-risk Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Katelyn Myers)

A U.S. Army Soldier from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Special Troops Battalion, walks through a hanger inspecting cots at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 21, 2021. The 21st TSC supports the Department of State in the transportation, housing, and sustainment of U.S. Citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and other at-risk Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Katelyn Myers)

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An HH-60G Pave Hawk from the 66th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., sits on the airfield of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2021. The aircraft were part of a Personnel Recovery Task Force providing combat search and rescue capabilities during Afghanistan evacuation operations in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

An HH-60G Pave Hawk from the 66th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., sits on the airfield of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2021. The aircraft were part of a Personnel Recovery Task Force providing combat search and rescue capabilities during Afghanistan evacuation operations in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cecile King, 24th Intelligence Squadron surveillance and reconnaissance section chief, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 10, 2021. Ramstein AB provided temporary lodging, food, water and medical services to evacuees while they awaited transportation to other transient locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cecile King, 24th Intelligence Squadron surveillance and reconnaissance section chief, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 10, 2021. Ramstein AB provided temporary lodging, food, water and medical services to evacuees while they awaited transportation to other transient locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

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U.S. Army Pfc. Jared Stevens, 2nd Cavalry Regiment infantryman, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 13, 2021. OAR has been the largest humanitarian evacuation airlift to date in U.S. history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

U.S. Army Pfc. Jared Stevens, 2nd Cavalry Regiment infantryman, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 13, 2021. OAR has been the largest humanitarian evacuation airlift to date in U.S. history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

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An Airman prepares to marshal a C-17 Globemaster III at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., July 18, 2021. The Airmen were preparing for a deployment to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

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Two 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Airmen discuss the situation while standing watch over an aircraft at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 18, 2021, during Operation Allies Refuge. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Two 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Airmen discuss the situation while standing watch over an aircraft at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 18, 2021, during Operation Allies Refuge. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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U.S. Air Force Airmen load supplies onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

U.S. Air Force Airmen load supplies onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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Evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport

An Afghan child sleeps on the cargo floor of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, kept warm by the uniform of a C-17 loadmaster, during an evacuation flight from Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 15, 2021. Operating a fleet of Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and active-duty C-17 Globemaster IIIs, Air Mobility Command, in support of the Department of Defense, moved forces into theater to facilitate the safe departure and relocation of U.S. citizens, Special Immigration Visa recipients, and vulnerable Afghan populations from Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

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Afghan citizens rest in a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III after being evacuated from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 19, 2021. The U.S. Air Force conducted airlift operations to transport approximately 124,000 people from Kabul as part Operation Allies Refuge. The operation was one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Afghan citizens rest in a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III after being evacuated from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 19, 2021. The U.S. Air Force conducted airlift operations to transport approximately 124,000 people from Kabul as part Operation Allies Refuge. The operation was one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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A U.S. Air Force Airman assists an Afghan citizen aboard a C-17 Globemaster III during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

A U.S. Air Force Airman assists an Afghan citizen aboard a C-17 Globemaster III during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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An Afghan child walks up the ramp of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

An Afghan child walks up the ramp of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

Afghan citizens board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge, Aug. 19, 2021. Approximately 124,000 Afghan citizens were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, during OAR, one of the largest air evacuations of civilians in American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar)

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An Airman comforts an infant during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2021. U.S. service members and coalition partners assisted the Department of State with a non-combatant evacuation operation in Afghanistan as a part of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Isaiah Campbell)

An Airman comforts an infant during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 20, 2021. U.S. service members and coalition partners assisted the Department of State with a non-combatant evacuation operation in Afghanistan as a part of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Isaiah Campbell)

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A U.S. Army Soldier from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Special Troops Battalion, walks through a hanger inspecting cots at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 21, 2021. The 21st TSC supports the Department of State in the transportation, housing, and sustainment of U.S. Citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and other at-risk Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Katelyn Myers)

A U.S. Army Soldier from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Special Troops Battalion, walks through a hanger inspecting cots at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 21, 2021. The 21st TSC supports the Department of State in the transportation, housing, and sustainment of U.S. Citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and other at-risk Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan during Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Katelyn Myers)

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An HH-60G Pave Hawk from the 66th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., sits on the airfield of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2021. The aircraft were part of a Personnel Recovery Task Force providing combat search and rescue capabilities during Afghanistan evacuation operations in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

An HH-60G Pave Hawk from the 66th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., sits on the airfield of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2021. The aircraft were part of a Personnel Recovery Task Force providing combat search and rescue capabilities during Afghanistan evacuation operations in support of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cecile King, 24th Intelligence Squadron surveillance and reconnaissance section chief, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 10, 2021. Ramstein AB provided temporary lodging, food, water and medical services to evacuees while they awaited transportation to other transient locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cecile King, 24th Intelligence Squadron surveillance and reconnaissance section chief, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 10, 2021. Ramstein AB provided temporary lodging, food, water and medical services to evacuees while they awaited transportation to other transient locations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

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U.S. Army Pfc. Jared Stevens, 2nd Cavalry Regiment infantryman, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 13, 2021. OAR has been the largest humanitarian evacuation airlift to date in U.S. history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

U.S. Army Pfc. Jared Stevens, 2nd Cavalry Regiment infantryman, plays with children during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 13, 2021. OAR has been the largest humanitarian evacuation airlift to date in U.S. history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens)

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