Two veteran organizations working to remove Afghans from Afghanistan united to assist over 450 persons fleeing the country. Equipped with telephones and laptop computers, the impromptu squads joined together for one final battle.
This happened to keep a pledge to safeguard the same Afghan partners who helped safeguard them during the 20-year fight against terrorism.
Team America Saved the Day
Joe Saboe is a former military officer who utilized his internet abilities to develop a massive voluntary network nicknamed “Team America.” He also told Fox News that they actually referred to it as an online Dunkirk.
During the week-long retreat, Saboe gathered a group of over 200 volunteers and developed a virtual operation center that operated 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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To paraphrase Saboe: I believe we immediately learned, as a consequence of our behavior those first few nights, Aug. 13, 14, and then even 15, that our current regime didn’t have a proper strategy.
Most importantly, the Biden administration didn’t even have interactions with a lot of the family members they were attempting to get out. This includes citizens, green card holders, and particularly SIVs (Special Migrant Visas).
His team was led by Working Group Dunkirk, or “the graybeards” as Saboe refers to them, a group of senior combat personnel. Response Team Dunkirk was somewhat the commanding element, retired US Marine Lieutenant Colonel Russell Worth Parker told Fox News.
To paraphrase Parker: we were indeed a group of older men with a lot of connections and a lot of contacts in our telephones who could call and tear through boundaries. The Team America members are younger, faster, nimbler, and far more aware about how to effectively use social networks and the online realm.
The Veterans Worked Around the Clock
Parker, a vet of the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts, said manning the phones for 20 hours a day felt like a mission.
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He told the outlet everything was so hectic. He also confirmed they were constructing the aircraft in flight. There was no aircraft assembled in flight while they were planning, visualizing, purchasing parts, and welding. Then, they just sped off, and people began throwing pieces at them.
Scott Mann, a veteran Green Beret commander from Florida, founded Task Force Pineapple. It all began with a handful of soldiers trying to save one Afghan warrior named Nesam, the former military officer told Fox News.
Mann, with the support of a small number of veterans, built relationships in Kabul and at the Hamid Karzai Airport Terminal to help Nesam and his household flee.
Mann explained that they just needed to be his ears and eyes and they wanted to be his guardian. He took all the chances, but they’re the ones who could act as his eyes or ears and see behind corners. That’s exactly what occurred.
Mann and his team began to work with Team America, Working Group Dunkirk, and others to save more Afghanistan partners after rescuing Nesam and his family.