Operation Sacred Promise was founded in August 2021 when the Taliban took control of nearly every major city in Afghanistan. The U.S. withdrew all troops by August 31, and Western countries were left largely unprepared to execute the safe and swift evacuation of those in need. Operation Sacred Promise (OSP) was born from this need. Comprised entirely of over 200 volunteers, OSP provided wide-scale evacuation and resettlement assistance to our allies from the Afghan Air Force and Army Special Mission Wing and their families. OSP has assisted 1,000 Afghans evacuate to the United States, but more than 2,500 Afghan military pilots and their families are still in hiding in Afghanistan. Many of them are in hiding or running for their lives to avoid being found by the Taliban, and they are dealing with unprecedented levels of hunger and poverty, including more than 700 women and 500 children. As the Taliban centers in on members of the Afghan military who supported the United States, their family members trapped in Afghanistan face hunger and death. OSP is committed to help them in every way possible.
Link for Viewing on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQjL0yNvCJ8
Fahim, Tamina, and Naweed share the story of their family’s evacuation from Afghanistan in August 2021 and recent resettlement in the U.S.
Speakers and Guests:
General David Hicks served 30 years as an Air Force fighter pilot and General Officer. He retired as a Brigadier General on the Air Force Headquarters Staff in the Pentagon. As the Director of Strategy, Concepts, and Assessments, he was responsible for developing and synchronizing Air Force Strategic Planning efforts. His most recent command assignment was as the commander of all U.S. and NATO forces tasked with training, advising and assisting the building of the Afghanistan Air Force. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1989 with a degree in Engineering Mechanics, and holds a Masters Degree in Systems Engineering. He led multinational and
multi-service forces in Operations Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and Resolute Support.
With General Hicks –
OSP President Carl Miller, a Command Pilot in the United States Air Force who was the squadron commander for all flying operations in Kabul and is currently a National Defense Fellow at the Georgetown University Institute for the Study of Diplomacy.
Nicholas Ervin, a Command Pilot who coordinated Afghan Air Force A-29 operations and during the withdrawal from Afghanistan ensured that all A-29 pilots were evacuated, accounted for and secure in five separate countries.
Jessica Serafin, a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserves who served in Afghanistan as a Foreign Military Sales officer, working closely with the Afghan Air Force, and is currently with Lockheed Martin in Washington D.C. after a career with Goldman Sachs in New York City.
Safia Ferozi, who served as the first and only female Commander of combined airlift squadrons in Kabul, flew more than 1,000 hours in multiple missions, and completed her higher education in law and political science. She, her husband and two daughters now reside in Oregon.
Samimullah Samim, who served for 10 years in the Afghanistan Air Force, including as a flight lead in the A-29. He has more than 1,600 hours of combat flying experience and most recently served as the Director of Operations for the initial standup of the AC-208 squadron in Kabul. He and his wife and three children now reside in Orlando, Florida.