Afghanistan: A Veteran's Perspective

Afghanistan: A Veteran's Perspective
Posted on 09/13/2021
Lieutenant Colonel Amy CrossleyAfghanistan: A Veteran’s Perspective
Cambria Crossley
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Lieutenant Colonel Amy Crossley is recognized for her career of service in the US Air Force

Lieutenant Colonel Amy Crossley retired from the United States Air Force in 2017. During her service she encountered many challenges and experiences that only a few will. One of those experiences was serving time in Afghanistan.

In August 2009, Amy left her husband, Art Crossley and two kids, Cambria and Kaia Crossley to serve time for her country. She spent a total of four months away missing birthdays and holidays. Although military service and meeting the mission were a necessity in Amy’s life, deployments were not easy.

“It was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do; my kids were two and four and didn’t understand what was going on. There was a lot of unrest and violence in the area I was going to,” Amy Crossley said.

Amy's job when she was in Afghanistan was important.

“I was in charge of aircraft maintenance. My team was responsible to ensure our aircraft were ready for flight at a moment's notice,” Crossley said.

Crossley's service give her a unique perspective about the recent events in the country.

“I am very saddened by the events that are occurring at this time. Many U.S. and allied service members have been killed or injured in our quest to bring democracy to an area under terrorist reign," Crossley said. "In my opinion, the exit was executed irresponsibly. Americans were left behind, lives lost. Usable equipment was unnecessarily left behind, placing it in the hands of the enemy. Al qaeda has never been concerned about the welfare of others, as seen by their actions over many years."

Though she is saddened about the events occurring in Afghanistan, Crossley is proud of what has been accomplished.

“I don’t feel like what we have done there was wasted. We have provided amazing life changing services such as medical treatment, employment, and education. Although the events are difficult to watch, I hold onto the hope that one day all that we have done will result in freedom for Afghan people.”  

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