By SAYED ZIARMAL HASHEMI, TAMEEM AKHGAR, KATHY GANNON and CARA ANNA
Around the world, newly arriving Afghan evacuees, many clutching babies and bare handfuls of belongings in plastic bags, stepped off evacuation flights in the United States, in Albania, in Belgium and beyond.
As the United States winds down its military presence in Afghanistan ahead of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, local and national veterans facilities are seeing an increase in the number of veterans seeking mental health treatment.
Afghanistan’s embattled president left the country Sunday, joining his fellow citizens and foreigners in a stampede fleeing the advancing Taliban and signaling the end of 20 years of American involvement.
According to the Pentagon, more than 1 million service members are fully vaccinated, and more than 237,000 have gotten at least one shot. There are roughly 2 million active-duty, Guard and Reserve troops.
For the first time, a female sailor has successfully completed the grueling 37-week training course to become a Naval Special Warfare combatant-craft crewman — the boat operators who transport Navy SEALs and conduct their own classified missions at sea.
Col. Charles Mills and his younger brother Lt. Col. James "Jimmy" Mills are Charleston natives. Charles is a 1985 graduate of the former Bonds Wilson High School in North Charleston. Jimmy is a 1987 graduate of Garrett High School. Charles served nearly 36 years in the Army. Jimmy served 28 years in the Army.
Between the different bases and related businesses, the military is the largest employer in the Lowcountry, and that means it’s important for it and local governments and other groups to work together, the commander of Joint Base Charleston told local business leaders Tuesday.