Operation Flyaway is an emergency Afghan rescue mission, representing a collaborative effort between U.S. Veterans, philanthropists, Veteran advocates, and the private sector, designed to rescue our Afghan allies at imminent risk of being killed by the Taliban.
The initiative began when three female veterans, Karen Kraft, Barbara Autin, and Rebecca Murga, joined with Sheffield Ford, a former Army Special Forces and now CEO of Raven Advisory, to help provide support to fleeing Afghans on the Taliban kill list.
They are joined by Gabriel Reilich of GOOD/Upworthy, a social impact company, and Tommy Marcus, a 25 year old social media philanthropist, who has led a GoFundMe campaign that has raised more than $6.3MM to be used for rescue and extraction. More than 110,000 people have contributed to the effort, thus far.
All funds will be used to ensure the safety of at-risk Afghans. Any additional funds raised will be used to support refugees through The International Women’s Media Organization.
“Our goal is simple. Our team is ready to rescue our Afghan allies at imminent risk of being killed by the Taliban. Our team is mission ready,” said Sheffield Ford, CEO of Raven Advisory.
An all-volunteer team consisting of former Special Forces soldiers and other veterans with expertise in Afghanistan has been assembled for rescue missions. The team is working in conjunction with the U.S. Military to coordinate their efforts and has received appropriate permissions. While Visas are not required to be added to flight manifests, all passengers will be appropriately vetted. Finding asylum for Afghan allies is a top priority.
Once extraction has occurred, a second mission supporting refugee resettlement and asylum seekers will begin, which will be led by the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF).
The funds raised are being used to engage trusted aircraft, crews, and security operations teams. The focus will remain on extracting as many people as quickly and as safely as possible.