July 24, 2014 at 12:44 pm
DynCorp International team members work with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) to help suppress and control wild land fires, helping save many lives and personal property throughout the state. In a recent incident, the DI CAL FIRE team helped suppress the Hutto fire in Smartsville, Calif.
The Hutto fire was like many in Northern California during the summer, burning an estimated 38 acres before being contained by the CAL FIRE team and other fire agencies. DI air tanker pilot Colin Rogers was part of the aerial firefighting team that dropped retardant on the Hutto fire. A family whose home he helped save recently paid him a visit, dropping off small gifts to show their appreciation, including a painting done by a young girl in the family.
“Our tanker drops were but one of the many tools that kept her home safe during the Hutto fire,” said Rogers. “The retardant we drop helps to slow the spread of the fires, but the boots on the ground put them out.” Read more →
July 15, 2014 at 3:41 pm
Students at the Alberto Masferrer University (USAM) in San Salvador, El Salvador, recently celebrated the completion of the Promoting an Ethics Culture for University Students (PECUS) program. Faculty professors and coordinators recognized the 150 students involved with certificates at the graduation event.
Casals & Associates, a DynCorp International company, worked as an implementing partner of USAID’s Democracy Strengthening Program to design, promote and sponsor the PECUS program. Casals team members worked in conjunction with academic coordinators and professors of higher education institutions to develop the program, which promotes an ethics culture among future graduates by developing the necessary skills and knowledge to become ethical citizens, leaders and professionals. Read more →
July 8, 2014 at 1:53 pm
DynCorp International team members at Fort Bliss, Texas, recently celebrated a safety milestone – working more than 100 days without an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable incident.
A Comprehensive Safety Program
Through a comprehensive safety program involving all team members and subcontractors, the DI team worked together to accomplish this goal. Each week, team members focused on different safety topics and completed refresher training on each. Topics included preventative safety measures, use of protective gear, chemical storage, fire plans, heat injuries and hazardous materials.
For example, when focusing on heat-related injuries, safety flyers were placed in visible locations to highlight heat injury prevention, heat exhaustion, sunburn prevention, and cause and symptoms of heat stroke and heat cramps. Awareness training also reinforced each topic. Read more →
July 1, 2014 at 11:09 am
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded Part 145 Certification to DynCorp International’s Houston, Texas, operations and maintenance team. The certificate was presented during a special ceremony held June 26, 2014, at the Houston Flight Standards District Office. The Part 145 certification includes standards necessary to inspect and maintain aircraft and aircraft parts.
The Houston-based DynCorp team currently serves NASA on the Aircraft Maintenance and Operational Support contract. The FAA Part 145 certificated repair station was established to provide Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services for FAA type-certificated and military derivative Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) aircraft. The Houston MRO is independent of any government program and is designed with the flexibility to support Part 145 requirements in a variety of methods. The benefit of this independence is the repair station can be used to support present or future government contracts and commercial work without conflict to existing programs. Read more →
June 26, 2014 at 3:52 pm
DynCorp International has been awarded a modification under a previously awarded Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific (NAVFAC Pacific) contract to provide operations support services within the Republic of the Philippines.
“We are proud to be able to continue serving NAVFAC Pacific on this program,” said Ronnie Stokes, DynCorp International senior program director.
Work performed under this contract includes all labor, supervision, management, tools, materials, equipment, facilities, transportation, incidental engineering, and other necessary support services. DI has supported this program since 2008.
This is the second of four, one-year options to be exercised; it has a value of $37.9 million. The base year was awarded in June 2012.
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June 24, 2014 at 1:51 pm
DynCorp International team members in Afghanistan recently graduated four Afghanistan Air Force personnel trained to maintain MD530F aircraft. They are the first to complete the first of three levels training and will perform maintenance on the active helicopter fleet, working hand-in-hand with the DI Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) team.
“This is a critical step for the Afghan Maintenance Command in eventually having an autonomous team of MD530F fleet mechanics. We believe these graduates are committed to continuing training as well as setting a positive example for future Afghan Air Force personnel to follow in their footsteps,” said Noel Shorts, DynCorp International program manager.
A Comprehensive Training Program
DI’s team of aircraft maintenance trainers provide three levels of training – apprentice, journeyman and craftsman. The course curriculum for each level is comprised of classroom academics, hands-on practical exercises, written and oral exams.
Upon completion of the level one training, personnel are able to operate independently, show demonstrated practical knowledge to operate without supervision. Additionally, graduates are able to teach the material and provide guidance on the correct courses of action and the associated costs and benefits. Read more →
June 19, 2014 at 1:06 pm
DynCorp International’s team working in support of the Theater Aviation Sustainment Manager – OCONUS (TASM-O) region under the Army Aviation Field Maintenance (AFM) contract, has earned the AS 9110 Quality Maintenance Systems certification. AS9110 is a quality management system standard for aerospace maintenance, repair, and overhaul organizations (MROs) in the aerospace industry.
Within six months of receiving this task order under the AFM contract, DI’s more than 700 team members worked together to achieve this goal.
Meeting Our Commitments
“Our team members banded together to achieve this certification in a very short period of time, a true testament to DI’s commitment to providing best-value service our customers,” said Billy White, DynCorp International program director. Read more →
June 3, 2014 at 2:38 pm
DynCorp International recently recognized 11 team members who were injured or killed while supporting U.S. government programs in Afghanistan as they received the Department of Defense’s Defense of Freedom medal and DynCorp International Chairman’s Purple Star Award. The ceremony was held May 30, 2014, in Fort Worth, Texas.
The DI team members recognized previously worked on either the Company’s Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan (CSTC-A) or Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) contract.
The CSTC-A team members recognized include Michael Robert Bradford of Grovetown, Ga. (posthumous recognition); Robert Doyle Halsell of Hatch, N.M. (posthumous recognition); and Angel Roldan of Safia Isabel, Puerto Rico (posthumous recognition).
Team members recognized from the LOGCAP program included William Allen of Pittsburgh, Penn. (posthumous recognition); Timothy Carr of Knoxville, Tenn.; Kevin Davis of Houston, Texas (posthumous recognition); Stacy Grimlan of Alvarado, Texas; Alan Herzel of Pensacola, Fla. (posthumous recognition); Jeremiah Ransaw of Hampton, Va.; Dennis Roberts of Seattle, Wash.; and William Scott of Savannah, Ga. Read more →
May 29, 2014 at 4:11 pm
DynCorp International team members from the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) in Afghanistan helped the troops celebrate Memorial Day, commemorating the holiday with special meals for troops overseas. The Food Services team prepared and served traditional meals and specially decorated cakes to show their thanks to military personnel for their service.
In addition to regular menu items, dining facilities enhanced their Memorial Day menus with items such as roast turkey with all the trimmings, seasoned grilled rib eye steak, Cajun rice, candied yams, corn-on-the-cob, barbecued Polish sausage, homemade corn bread and gumbo.
“There’s nothing we’re more proud of than to have the opportunity to serve our men and women in uniform during their time here and to go the extra mile on occasions such as Memorial Day to show them that DynCorp International cares a great deal for them,” said Preston Slayton, DynCorp International dining facility manager. Read more →
May 22, 2014 at 2:17 pm
The DynCorp International team at Solomons, Md., is helping upgrade a P-25 shipboard fire truck, a self-propelled vehicle designed for flight-deck use, at the U.S. Navy’s Fleet Readiness Center. DI team members are working hand-in-hand with Fleet Readiness Center — Aviation Support Equipment personnel and Naval Air Systems Command’s (NAVAIR) Common Aviation Support Equipment Program Office (PMA-260). Read more →