Tuckahoe veteran who served in Afghanistan reflects on speedy, chaotic exit

One of the first men to step foot in Afghanistan was Tuckahoe Sgt. Joshua Gaccione.

News 12 Staff

Aug 31, 2021, 2:21 AM

Updated 1,018 days ago

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Military officials say the final plane of evacuees took off from Kabul airport Sunday at 3:29 p.m., marking an end to the United States’ longest war.
One of the first men to step foot in Afghanistan was Tuckahoe Sgt. Joshua Gaccione.
He says his fellow troops should be proud - they took out the terrorists who carried out the Sept. 11 attacks and created a generation of Afghans who know what freedom and education looks like.
However, Gaccione says the four federal administrations that led during the war let down the servicemembers who made the ultimate sacrifice.
"For not training the Afghan National Army to defend themselves or for not recognizing the fact that they weren't up to the task, and again, it goes back to trying to instill our Western values, our American values, on other cultures where it just doesn't fit," says Gaccione.
He doesn't think the Taliban or al Qaeda can be trusted, but believes the United States is in a better place to make sure an attack like 9/11 never happens again.
As far as Americans still in Afghanistan, military officials say there are still a few hundred there and believe all of them will be able to leave.


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