On this week’s episode of ‘OPE: One Year Later’ Scott sits down with fellow retired Green Beret and 7th Group Special Forces member, Zac Lois. Zac has been instrumental in his efforts with Operation Pineapple Express and continues to contribute to the rescue of our Afghan Allies left behind. Join Scott and Zac as they discuss how Zac’s military background combined with his post-service educational career helped him navigate Afghan Allies to safety and ultimately answer the call when no one was coming.
CONTEXT ON THIS SERIES
In August of 2021, the United States Government officially withdrew from Afghanistan leaving hundreds of thousands of at-risk Afghans vulnerable to Taliban brutality. Immediately, the impact of this moral injury was apparent on out Afghan allies and veteran populations with many of them left behind to deal with the aftermath that no one was coming.
Scott and a team of combat veterans began to leverage their network of relationships to provide safe passage and ultimately relocation of hundreds of at-risk Afghans. Scott now has the opportunity to share the story of those Afghan Allies who made it out and of those who are still fighting their way to safety today, alongside many of the extraordinary men and women who made this possible. In this podcast series, Scott sits down with some of the members of Pineapple Express to share their stories and reflect on where we are one year later after the collapse of Afghanistan.
PREVIOUS EPISODES ON AFGHANISTAN
“Finding Meaning in the Madness of War”
“Saving Space Monkey: Storytelling in Real Time”
“Chaos in Kabul”
“Operation Pineapple: Deadline”
“Afghan Bombing” Operation Pineapple Continues”
“Punching Above Your Weight”
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