Fort Lee sends the last group of Afghan refugees on to new lives in the United States

FORT LEE – The Biden administration said Wednesday it is ending its Operation Allies Welcome program in Fort Lee following a successful resettlement of the last group of Afghan refugees coming through the post.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the head of Operation Allies Welcome considered the four-month-long treatment of residents of the war-torn country of Afghanistan a “community-wide effort.” Robert Fenton praised the work of not only the military and civilian personnel who directly helped the refugees here, but also people from the surrounding communities to offer support through food, clothing and morality.

“This historic milestone highlights the ongoing commitment and perseverance we have witnessed in welcoming our Afghan allies to the United States through a community-wide effort,” Fenton said in the statement. “As we end operations at Fort Lee, we are incredibly proud of the cooperation that has led to the resettlement of more than 25,000 vulnerable Afghans, including those who worked on behalf of the United States, to communities throughout our country.”

Fort Lee was the first army post to be chosen to host refugees who were relocated to the United States as part of the military withdrawal from Afghanistan. The majority of those who came to the states had worked with the U.S. military in one way or another during the two decades of presence in the country. The United States expelled them from Afghanistan for fear of the safety of them and their families.

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