May 21, 2013 at 3:25 pm
DynCorp International team members working in support of the Afghanistan National Police/Ministry of Interior Development Program (AMDP) have been volunteering their free time in support of the Afghan Scouting program through Scouts for Afghan Scouts (SfAS).
SfAS is a voluntary scouting support organization made up of military, civilians and contractors, and is located on Camp Eggers in Kabul, Afghanistan. Their mission is to support the newly revived Afghan Scouting program, supported by the World Organization Scout Movement (WOSM).
Last year, DI began working with SfAS when team member Mark Farrar, a former U.S. Scouter and Eagle Scout, volunteered to serve as SfAS’s coordinator. Through SfAS Farrar and his DI colleagues participate in Scout training days, where volunteers train scouts in a variety of useful skills and activities. The events are held once a month at the local orphanage, PARSA. Read more →
May 16, 2013 at 3:50 pm
Representatives from DynCorp International this week attended the unveiling of a new memorial wall that honors civilian police and corrections advisors, pilots, and support staff who were killed while supporting the U.S. Department of State’s criminal justice assistance programs abroad.
The names inscribed on the wall include contractor and government employees, U.S. and foreign citizens. Of the 86 names on the wall – which is on permanent display inside the Department of State – 52 are DynCorp International personnel.
At the ceremony, Ambassador William R. Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, paid tribute to the fallen. The Department of State presented each family with a flag honoring their loved one. Read more →
May 14, 2013 at 2:42 pm
DynCorp International team members are now providing maintenance support for a P-8 aircraft recently assigned to the U.S. Navy’s Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Two Zero (VX-20) at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. The aircraft was brought in for in-service testing and evaluation.
The P-8 is new to DI’s team and a welcome addition to the lengthy resume of fixed-wing aircraft that they support.
“We are always excited to have the opportunity to support a new platform and look forward to working more closely with this aircraft,” said Randy Hughes, DynCorp International program manager. “We are proud to be the first team working with the P-8 outside the original equipment manufacturer.”
The P-8 has been fight tested by the manufacturer at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station since 2009 to demonstrate its capability to government specifications and will eventually replace the now in service P-3 aircraft.
The P-8A Poseidon is a long-range anti-submarine and, anti-surface warfare mission design. The P-8A is a derivative of the Next-Generation Boeing 737. The P-8A has the fuselage of a 737-800 and the wings of a 737-900. Read more →
May 9, 2013 at 3:17 pm
DynCorp International team members working in support of the U.S. Air Force War Reserve Materiel (WRM) program in Oman, recently worked closely with the U.S. Embassy and provided humanitarian assistance to a local family.
When the DI team discovered that the family of Athari Al-Hemeidi, a 15-year-old from Masirah Island, Oman, was unable to attain a hearing aid for on her, they sprang into action. Coordinating with the U.S. Embassy in Oman, DI team members volunteered their free time to help the local family in need.
“We are always looking for unique ways to give back to the Omani community that continues to support us daily,” said Gary Berglund, DynCorp International site manager.
Berglund, along with other DI WRM team members, worked to obtain the funds for the hearing aid, and make sure it was fitted and functioned properly.
“Knowing we were able to help Athari and her family is something our team can really be proud of,” said Marty Reyes, DynCorp International deputy program manager. “We hope to be able to expand our efforts in the community through a continued partnership with our friends from the embassy.” Read more →
May 7, 2013 at 2:19 pm
As first reported by the Washington Post, DynCorp International has restructured into three new business groups: DynAviation, DynLogistics and DynGlobal.
DynAviation will encompass DI’s work in aviation including aircraft maintenance, modifications and air operations. DynLogistics will center on work in logistics, training, and operations and maintenance. And DynGlobal will focus on international and commercial business.
Leveraging International Relationships
The articles notes that, while other contractors are looking to focus on new international work as federal spending decreases, DI chairman and chief executive officer Steve Gaffney hopes to leverage existing relationships with countries such as the United Arab Emirates and those in South America, bringing services the company already offers to new global customers, “I believe you should really stick with what you do,” Gaffney said. Read more →
May 2, 2013 at 2:53 pm
Naval Test Wing Atlantic’s Air Test and Evaluation Squadron TWO-ONE (HX-21), supported by DynCorp International, was awarded the Chief of Naval Operations Aviation Safety Award. Rear Admiral Mark W. Darrah presented the prestigious award, also known as the “Safety ‘S,’” on April 15, 2013.
DI expert technicians maintain HX-21′s 26 helicopters and five V-22 aircraft. The “Safety ‘S’” signifies zero mishaps – for a helicopter test squadron whose mission is to push the envelope by testing innovations, the accomplishment is even more noteworthy.
RDML Darrah also recognized DynCorp International supply technician Hector Foster as squadron teammate of the month. Foster joined DI in March 2009, following a 20-year career in the U.S. Navy. Read more →
April 30, 2013 at 4:23 pm
Representatives from DynCorp International (DI) recently gathered in Afghanistan to recognize four team members working in support of the Afghanistan Ministry of Interior and Afghan National Police Program (AMDP) for their extraordinary efforts in supporting the mission with a Chairman’s Valor Award.
The Chairman’s Valor Award – the highest recognition given by DI – was presented to embedded police mentors Harry William Harp, Jr., of Palmetto, Ga., David Holmes of Concord, Ga., David Lyons of Fryeburg, Maine, and Lemuel Rivera-Gonzalez of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.
- Harp exhibited great courage during an enemy attack by assisting in administering care and transportation for coalition members, ultimately saving an American soldier’s life.
- When the base where Holmes was located came under attack, he coordinated transportation and first aid, which resulted in saving three U.S. soldiers’ lives.
- During a training patrol, Lyons and Rivera-Gonzalez provided cover for their Afghan and U.S. colleagues who came under insurgent fire in a local village, and were able to clear an intersection allowing safe passage for the team to quickly leave the area.
Afghan colleagues attended the ceremony which included a special address from Major General Kenneth R. Dahl, Deputy Commanding General-Support, United States Forces-Afghanistan. Read more →
April 25, 2013 at 3:06 pm
For the second year in a row, DynCorp International has earned a 2013 Champions of Veteran Enterprise Award from the National Veteran Small Business Coalition (NVSBC).
Federal agencies and prime contractors that meet or exceed the three percent goal of providing opportunities to veteran-owned (VOSB) and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB) are being recognized for this honor. DynCorp International far exceeded stated targets, with 21.1 percent VOSB and 6.1 percent SDVOSB suppliers. Additionally, organizations that have gone above and beyond to make their acquisition process veteran-friendly or took significant actions to increase contracting or subcontracting opportunities will also be recognized.
“Veteran-owned and service-disabled small businesses play an integral role in our global supply chain,” said Steve Gaffney, chairman and chief executive officer of DynCorp International. “Their unique experience with and understanding of many of our customers’ needs helps our business succeed.”
“We are fortunate to have this opportunity to recognize the organizations and leaders responsible for awarding significant contracts to the Veteran small business community,” says Scott Denniston, executive director of the NVSBC. Read more →
April 23, 2013 at 3:02 pm
CareerBliss has recognized DynCorp International on their list of top companies where employees love their coworkers, ranked 11.
Companies named to the list were chosen by the “BlissScore for Coworkers” compiled through user reviews of employer companies. BlissScore for Coworkers reflects how employees of a particular company ranked their level of satisfaction with their coworkers.
To be considered, each company had to have had at least 25 reviews submitted to CareerBliss in 2012. Overall BlissScore incorporates several other factors such as compensation, growth opportunity and culture to measure overall employee happiness at a company.
In 2012, DI was ranked seven in CareerBliss’s Top 10 Bliss Leap Award Winners list. Fifty companies in total were awarded “for making the greatest strides to create happier work environments.” Read more →
April 18, 2013 at 2:26 pm
DynCorp International’s Christopher Rommel Umanzor generously donated his free time to assist the Comayagua Police Department’s Command Center in Honduras to assist with command center rescue response during high traffic holiday travel periods in March.
Honduran citizens in the Department of Comayagua are known for heavy road travel around the week of Easter, often resulting in an increase in motor vehicle accidents and roadside motorists needing assistance. Umanzor, a refrigeration technician working in the Facilities Engineering Division at Soto Cano Air Base, volunteered to serve as a rescue operator during his time off to help augment the local police department’s efforts.
Over a span of five days, Umanzor worked more than 40 hours with other volunteers in conjunction with the local fire department and the Red Cross to provide assistance and safety services to Comayagua citizens on 90-mile stretch of road. His leadership skills, rescue operations knowledge and English language proficiency gained him the position of liaison officer at the Police Department’s Command Center.
“Umanzor demonstrated his commitment to DI’s core values by volunteering during his time off, especially when the heat and outside conditions are severe in this region of Honduras,” said Arturo Buxó, DynCorp International project manager, Soto Cano Air Base. “The rescue work he performed reflects his dedication to helping the local community in Comayagua.” Read more →