NAVAL AIR STATION SIGONELLA, Italy (Aug. 22, 2021) Senior Airman Moon escorts Afghan evacuees aboard Naval Air Station Sigonella, Aug. 22, 2021. NAS Sigonella is currently supporting the Department of Defense mission to facilitate the safe departure and relocation of U.S. citizens, Special Immigration Visa recipients, and vulnerable Afghan populations from Afghanistan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Young)
We thank president Burwell for making the nominal effort in referencing the situation in Afghanistan in her Fall Welcome Letter.
In her statement president Burwell stated:
“Many in our community are struggling as family and friends endure terrible tragedies. This includes Afghan and Afghan American members of our community with loved ones at risk, and our veterans’ community, a number of whom served in Afghanistan or alongside colleagues and Afghan allies affected by the recent events. The devastating attack last week only deepens the pain, and we honor those who were lost. Our hearts are with you, and we are here to help.”
We ask president Burwell what resources at American University are available for our Afghan friends and Veteran community.
Moving on we hope that we can see more action and support given to our Afghan friends and our veteran community from our campus resources and President.
Naval Air Station Sigonella Command Master Chief Anna Wood assists an Afghanistan evacuee deplaning a U.S. Air Force KC-10 Extender at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Aug. 22, 2021. Photo By: Marine Corps Sgt. William Chockey Source: Defense.gov
For those unfamiliar with American University’s Military Connected Club (AUMCC), we’re a chapter of Student Veterans of America and the only campus club focused entirely on serving AU’s military-connected students (both grad and undergrad).
Membership is open to all American University students, regardless of military service status.
To officially become a member of the club and receive timely notices of events, please register via American University’s Engage platform.
To better serve our members unique needs, we’d love for all current and prospective members to complete our ‘getting to know you’ questionnaire.
An airman guides qualified evacuees aboard an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III in support of the noncombatant evacuation operation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan, Aug. 24, 2021. The Defense Department is committed to supporting the State Department in the departure of U.S. and allied civilian personnel from Afghanistan and to evacuate Afghan allies to safety. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Taylor Crul Photo from Defense.gov
Dear AU Military Connected Students, as we prepare for the fall semester, I want to take a moment to address the evolving events in Afghanistan. If you’re like me, you’re vacillating somewhere between speechlessness and ranting raves. This is to be expected. We’re all experiencing the effects of *grief. The myriad of emotions associated with processing loss will look and feel different for each of us but are no less valid. Fortunately, we don’t have to grieve in isolation. There are over 500 military connected students at AU, and many more military-connected staff and faculty. With fall classes only a week away, and the capability to connect both in person and remote, there’s no better time for military-connected students to come
together in solidarity.
Beginning Sunday, August 22nd @ 8pm EST and every Sunday through December 12th (or until further notice), a Military Connected Club Executive will facilitate an open discussion via Zoom for military-connected students interested in sharing their thoughts, feelings, concerns and/or comments. Regardless of the topic, we want to assure your voice is heard, concerns acknowledged, and any conflict appropriately resolved. To that end, we encourage all military-connected students to join us in solidarity. United we’re
far stronger than alone.
To receive the these invitations by email, please join the AUMCC via American University’s Engage system.