US Lieutenant Colonel of the Air Force Braden Coleman, who secured the last planeAmerican to leave Afghanistan on August 30, relived the mission stretched Friday on " Fox & Friends First .
"I guess the best way to describe it was apocalyptic, " Coleman said of the rainy night. " It was unlike anything I had ever seen.
THE COMMANDER WHO DIRECTED THE FINAL FLIGHTS OUTSIDE KABUL DESCRIBES HIS 'SURREAL ' EXPERIENCE 'SUR ' AMERICA 'S NEWSROOM '
As Coleman's plane attempted to land in Kabul, chaos ensued in the air.
" We came back, we passed out on Kabul. And we look aside and it's, you know, boof, boof, boof. ADA or triple-A, the anti-aircraft artillery was going, ”Coleman said. "We had to turn early to get in. They had to line up a truck on the runway so we could land.
Once safely on the ground, Coleman described a dark scene in Kabul.
" You look to the side and there are these planes, and the best way to describe it is like a fish skeleton where the cockpit was intact, "said Coleman. " But then you see this row of seats, but the thing had been burned, wheels broken. The doors were open on all these planes.
"I had been to Kabul several times before and it certainly didn't look the same last night.
Lined up on the trail were the five last C-17s to leave the country under the leadership of Coleman and the 816th Expeditionary AirliftSquadron.
When it was time for the final departure with members of the 82nd Airborne Division safely aboard, Coleman notes being grateful for leaving a danger zone unscathed.
"We were able to save so many people," he said. "You know, there is always work to be done. But we did what we could. And for me, I'm just proud, proud to be an American serviceman.