Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said he is "proud of those with whom I served and led" in a statement marking the end of the conflict in Afghanistan.
“For my part, I am proud of the part that we played in this war. I am proud of the men and women who led me. I am proud of those with whom I served and led. And I am proud of the intrepid, resilient families who made what we did possible," Austin said.
Austin said the evacuation effort was "historic" and that "no other military in the world could accomplish what we and our allies and partners did in such a short span of time."
"That is a testament not only to our forces’ capabilities and courage but also to our relationships and the capabilities of our allies and partners," he said.