Protecting the Afghans Who Helped Us [updated]

By | December 24, 2021

[December 24, 2021]  America’s bumbling withdrawal from Afghanistan will forever remain a stain on our nation’s history.  There are, however, honorable people today who are doing the right thing by helping protect many Afghans who assisted and helped us.  The private organization Ark Salus is doing the work necessary to help those who helped us.

A small group of “private American citizens and former U.S. Special Operations advisors with unique expertise” have stepped in to do what our military and government failed to do.  We should applaud their honorable efforts.

“Ark Salus is positioned to fulfill our duty and mission to safeguard Afghans, their families and rescue them from Kabul. We will bring them to safety just as they brought safety to U.S. service members for two decades.”

Their work is a humanitarian effort.  Their focus is to rescue key Afghan families, primarily those within the Afghan government, Elite Commando Units, and intelligence cells.  Along with their families, these men are being hunted down and murdered.  This is happening right now!

Some people talk about action; some take action.  While the world is dithering about the strategic debacle created by America’s retreat from Afghanistan, some decided to go forward and take things into their own hands.

“We have a moral obligation to our fellow Afghan Warriors to safeguard THEM, their wives and children, and rescue them from Kabul, just as they have brought us home to our families. This effort carries from immediate rescue action through long term advocacy for our Afghan brethren and their families—We will work earnestly with other international organizations to place, care for, and safeguard our Afghan families. We stand at the forefront when it counts the most in these trying times.” – Peter Quinn, CEO and Director of Ark Salus

Their initiative is non-political and designed to help only those struggling and willing to come out.

The ambitious plan of Ark Salus’ Operation on Wings of Eagle involves chartering private aircraft and safely marshaling the traumatized families from Afghanistan in preparation for their flights. The initiative has saved close to 1,200 Afghani people and locally strangled people from Kabul and other parts of Afghanistan in less than ten days.2

If you can, support them with a contribution.  Or, perhaps you have the expertise they can use.  Go to their website for more information:

UPDATE: Attached is a recent memorandum from Peter Quinn, President and CEO of Ark Salus.  I’m asking that everyone here help get the word out about this wonderful organization and donate if you can.  This month’s American Legion magazine also has their lead article on this same topic.

Memorandum to BG Doug Satterfield




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23 thoughts on “Protecting the Afghans Who Helped Us [updated]

  1. Doug Smith

    I checked these folks out and they are, indeed, doing some brave work in the place of our govt and military — who grossly failed. Failure in war is never an option but Joe Biden failed spectacularly (as Gen. S often tells us). It shows the lack of character.

    1. Wendy Holmes

      Yes, a great organization that sprang up to overcome our government’s inadequacies and failed policies.

  2. Wild Bill

    Keep doing God’s work by saving the people of Afghanistan. Let those who want to go free, let them go. Never to return to a nation that strives to kill those who disagree with them.

    1. Frankie Boy

      Thank you, Reds Saars for that sentiment. I’m a bit behind but Merry Christmas to you and to all good peoples.

  3. Jeff Blackwater

    Thanks Gen. Satterfield for info on this group. I’ll be passing out copies of it to my team when i return to work on Monday.

  4. Plato

    While it is important, IMHO, to look back on America’s failure in Afghanistan, now is the time to turn to the immediate problem of supporters of us and our citizens to help get them out of there, if they want out. Organizations like Ark Salus, that are being led by some great people need our support. If you are feeling generous this Christmas season, then donate. I am happy that Gen. Satterfield has highlighted these folks. Thanks!!!!!

      1. Dead Pool Guy

        … looking back to this debacle caused by President Biden and his ilk in the DOD is necessary for lessons learned. But let us not fail to TODAY help those affected by the failure of our government.

  5. Harold M. Smith II

    Excellent article and thanks Gen. Satterfield for highlighting Ark Salus. Kinda a weird name. But, hey, if they are doing the right thing by helping these individuals in Afghanistan, then I’m all for it.

    1. Mikka Solarno

      Erleldech, thanks for the recommendation. I’m also helping get the word out.

  6. Dog Man

    First, Merry Christmas on Christmas Eve. Please spend time with your family if you can.
    Second, special thanks to Ark Salus and those who lead the charge to helping others. That is what Christians do!
    Third, I want to thank all my friends here at this blog run by Gen. Satterfield and his efforts to help those who want to be better in their lives, and improve their leadership skills.

  7. Greg Heyman

    … and these folks are not the only good Americans doing the right thing by stepping up and fixing what our Politicians failed, failed spectacularly, to do. President Joe Biden has this as his legacy.

    1. Nancy

      Greg, I agree. Even if Joe Biden was to be the greatest president ever, starting today, he would still be seen as weak and stupid because of his horrific failure in Afghanistan AND his continued failure to do anything about those left behind. If we can’t see this as another evac from the top of a building in Vietnam, then look closely.

      1. ZB22

        Pow, got that right. Joe Biden is MIA when it comes to those things important to Americans and protecting the innocent. This is what happens when we elect corruption.

    2. JT Patterson

      Yes, and I too agree. But what do the good and moral people do when their gov’t is so wasteful and immoral? That is what the Chinese and Russian citizens have to be asking themsevles every day.

      1. Yusaf from Texas

        Hi JT. Good info in today’s article. Fortunately, America raises to the need of others. 👍

      2. Colleen Ramirez

        Let’s not pull any punches, the failure in Afghanistan goes back to Pres. Bush. BUT and this is a big BUT, Pres. Biden turned the whole affair into a major disaster. We have yet to feel all the effects of it. When the Afghans started fighting us, they had British guns from the late 18th century. Today they have the most modern weapons on the planet. Thanks China Joe.


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