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    Army and Marine Corps Units Awarded Presidential Unit Citation on 2nd Anniversary of Afghanistan Withdrawal

    Army and Marine Corps Units Awarded Presidential Unit Citation on 2nd Anniversary of Afghanistan Withdrawal

    Two years after the chaos of the Afghanistan evacuation, the Pentagon has announced that many of the Marine Corps and Army units involved in the effort will be honored with a Presidential Unit Citation, the highest distinction that a unit can receive.

    Members of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, the Special Purpose Marine -Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, and Task Force 82 of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division will be recognized with the citation for their efforts during Operation Allies Refuge, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Thursday.

    Besides the Army and Marine Corps units, elements of 20 other units including active-duty and National Guard troops were awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, according to an update from the Army Thursday evening.

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    As the final American soldier stepped onto an aircraft on Aug. 30, 2021, and the final C-17 Globemaster III prepared to depart , more than 124,000 people ranging from government employees to Afghan refugees had been flown to safety and more than two decades of U.S. military involvement in the country was left behind.

    That massive and historic evacuation effort from Hamid Karzai International Airport also came at a major cost. When a suicide bomber struck at the airport's Abbey Gate during the rescue mission on Aug. 26, 13 troops — 11…

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