Barnes first met Safi in 2009, when Safi was an East High exchange student.
Catholic Social Services CEO Lisa Aquino says the refugee program’s staff and volunteers will help with things like finding housing and employment, as well as learning English.
Catholic Social Services of Alaska said its refugee resettlement division is preparing to welcome 50 to 100 Afghans, beginning this month.
An Alaska Air National Guard spokesperson says the Guard’s 176th Wing provided two C-17 cargo planes and four aircrews to help U.S. forces evacuate Americans and others from Afghanistan.
An evolving policy set out in the Army’s Arctic Strategy issued earlier this year directs Alaska-based units to focus mainly on operating in and around the circumpolar north.
The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan has been watched closely by veterans of the 20-year war. That includes many based or formerly based in Alaska, which is said to have a higher percentage of veterans than any other state.
As the Taliban takes control again, Murkowski said she’s thinking about the gains lost and the many American soldiers killed in that country over the past two decades.
As the U.S. nears President Joe Biden’s August deadline to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, the politics and logistics of getting everyone out of there are complicated and shifting all over the country. Former Juneau resident Heather Barr is keeping an eye on the region.
The soldiers are part of a joint task force that will mainly be helping train Iraqi troops, law enforcement officers and other security forces.
A U.S. soldier from Alaska was killed in a helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan on Friday. The Department of Defense released the name of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jacob Michael Sims on Sunday. He was 36.