An Overnight Evacuation

In our August 29 SITREP, we reasoned that U.S. forces would want to complete their evacuation of Kabul in advance of the August 31 deadline.

On the afternoon of August 29 East Coast time, midnight local time in Afghanistan, at least 25 C-17s using callsigns “Moose” and “RCH” flew shuttle flights into Karzai Airport and evacuated the bulk of remaining U.S. forces from the county. Overwatch was provided by at least two B-52s using the callsign “Grimm.”

As they headed for southern Afghanistan, the Globemaster III transports were refueled by KC-135 tankers that maintained station all night. The Air Force Globemaster III aircraft flew from Qatar, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia into the Gulf of Oman on an easterly course and then turned north in the vicinity of Gwadar, Pakistan, for the long flight into Afghanistan. One even came directly from Ramstein, Germany.