October 20, 2021
Afghan evacuation flight held 823 people
WASHINGTON – (INT) – More is coming to light about America’s hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Corona Congressman Ken Calvert, ranking member of the Subcommittee on Defense, says a record 823 individuals were loaded onto one evacuation flight. It was the most people ever flown on a C-17 Globemaster III.

Calvert is seeking to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the US Air Force crew of Reach 871. The crew is based at Dover Air Force Base Maryland.

“During the final days of our nation’s presence in Afghanistan in which so much went wrong, the images of a sea of anxious people packed into a C-17 cargo hold were a searing reminder of America’s compassion. Under chaotic and dangerous conditions, the Air Force crew of Reach 871 went above and beyond the call of duty to maximize the number of people it could evacuate,” said Calvert.
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