The day before the final American troops withdrew from Afghanistan, Tea Nguyen ’15 boarded a C-17 military transport at Hamid Karzai International Airport. Her fellow passengers included about 30 joint service members and 120 Afghan refugees.
“We let the elderly and the parents with children take the seats while we stayed on the floor,” said Nguyen, a first lieutenant in the Army Reserve and former cadet in the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership at MBU.
There was a sense of relief during the three-hour flight to Bahrain. Troops lightened the mood by letting children play with their luminescent green ChemLights and improvising games.