A reserve deputy for the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office environment is grateful to be property after currently being amid these evacuated in latest times from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Josh Cummins, an Air Drive veteran who now functions as a private contractor for the U.S. Condition Division, explained the scene on the ground in Kabul as “chaotic and busy” as there are a ton of relocating parts to evacuating an overall Embassy.
“I was basically with my group and our position was to make absolutely sure that the embassy stayed protected and our personnel bought out. We had to sustain our protection posture until eventually all civilian staff ended up out. Then we received anyone else out with no any troubles,” he stated.
Like most other People, Cummins viewed television protection of the last planes out of Kabul airport with Afghans frantically making an attempt to get out of the region as the Taliban takeover commenced.
“Seeing all those persons clutching on to planes was sad. Many of all those persons had been eager to die just to get to the United States. Close to the world, the U.S. even now signifies freedom,” Cummins said.
The working experience has renewed his perception that Us citizens are privileged higher than all other nations only by birthright.
“I’ve observed how some of people individuals in Afghanistan have to live just to endure. Some of the factors we argue about right here in the United States are so petty. There are so quite a few other items to be involved about. As People, we neglect how good we have it,” Cummins mentioned.
The poorest of the poor in the United States would be regarded rich in Afghanistan. Simply just acquiring an air-conditioned property would set a particular person apart as wealthy, he explained.
“I unquestionably have a new appreciation for what we have and the freedoms we have right here,” Cummins extra.
Due to stability protocols, Cummins are unable to thoroughly describe what he noticed on the ground in Kabul as the Taliban arrived. He could only say that it was “getting a small sporty.” Every person he labored with built it properly out of the country so he has no remaining ties to Afghanistan, but Cummins is worried about what will turn into of the people today of the country, especially females.
“Things are about to radically transform for them due to the fact the Taliban are extra restrictive. I don’t want to speculate about what they are heading to do or what is going to occur, but in the earlier below the Taliban, factors ended up harder for ladies. They weren’t authorized to go to school and couldn’t be educated,” he mentioned. “Can you imagine if another person attempted that right here? I don’t know if it will go again to the way it was. Time will tell. Listed here in the United States, gals have the alternative of sporting what they want to have on. Underneath the Taliban, they will probably have to don complete burkas once more.”
Cummins arrived house in Liberty on Tuesday just after two times of vacation and various flights. He mentioned his initial end when his ft had been on American soil was a Starbucks in the Washington, D.C., airport, where by he relished the opportunity to have “non-burnt coffee.”
In the coming days, he programs to current two flags that were being flown in excess of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul to Liberty County Sheriff Bobby Rader. One of the flags was flown in honor of the whole sheriff’s place of work and the other was flown in honor and memory of the late Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Whitten who died final 12 months from accidents he sustained when hoping to apprehend a murder suspect. Cummins suggests that Whitten’s flag will inevitably find its way to his widow, Kami.
For now, Cummins ideas to devote a several days with his wife, Amanda, and their 3 kids, Aiden, Aaron and Autumn. He hopes to resume get the job done at yet another U.S. embassy as quickly as the chance enables.