March 4, 2014 at 2:42 pm
DynCorp International’s Derek Weeden, lead UH-1H maintenance technician on the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) program, was named 2013 Helicopter Mechanic of the Year by Helicopter Maintenance magazine.
Weeden has been with DI for 12 years and has helped maintain modified “Super Huey” UH-1H helicopters to support CAL FIRE’s emergency response air program for 23 years. His responsibilities include managing the inspection and repair of the UH-1H aircraft, overseeing component overhaul, line maintenance, engine maintenance and major airframe repair and upgrade.
“Derek is more than deserving of this extraordinary achievement,” said Jeffrey Cavarra, DynCorp International program manager. “He consistently looks for ways to improve the maintenance provided or the processes required to inspect the aircraft.”
“His leadership has led to the UH-1H fleet flying more than 90,000 hours successfully. Derek truly leads by example and brings out the best in his team. Mentoring technicians on these specialized aircraft is an integral part of his role, and his instruction with each technician goes well beyond just mechanical aspects.” Read more →
February 27, 2014 at 4:02 pm
Richard “Buzz” Minor, president, DynCorp International Free Zone (left), and John Gastright, DynCorp International vice president, Government Relations (right), present the Purple Star to Jerome Martis, John Martis’s brother.
John Martis, a DynCorp International team member who lost his life in an attack at Camp Pinnacle in Afghanistan, was posthumously awarded with a Chairman’s Purple Star Award. The award was presented to his family at a special ceremony in Cairo, Egypt.
On July 2, 2013, Camp Pinnacle came under attack when a vehicle borne improvised explosive device detonated, breaching a camp wall, destroying living quarters, and providing an opening for insurgent attackers to gain access to the compound. At the time, Mr. Martis was working in support of the Afghan Ministry of Interior Afghan Ministry of Defense Program (AMDP).
“The destruction the explosion caused was widespread, but what cannot be destroyed are the many wonderful memories that John’s family, friends and loved ones, have of him and hold close to their hearts,” said John Gastright, DynCorp International vice president, Government Relations. “The constant values that graced John’s life were unfailing courtesy toward others, an unwavering commitment to the highest ethical principles, and a willingness to extend a helping hand to anyone who needed it.” Read more →
February 25, 2014 at 4:23 pm
DynCorp International (DI) has recognized 26 of its personnel serving on the Afghanistan Ministry of Defense Program (AMDP) with the Chairman’s Valor Award for their heroic efforts during a terrorist attack on Camp Pinnacle in Afghanistan on July 2, 2013.
Camp Pinnacle came under attack when a vehicle borne improvised explosive device detonated, breaching a camp wall, destroying living quarters, and providing an opening for insurgent attackers to gain access to the compound. The DI team members honored with the Chairman’s Valor Award acted selflessly and courageously, saving countless lives. Read more →
February 20, 2014 at 3:22 pm
DynCorp International team members working in support of the 89th Airlift Wing Maintenance Group at Joint Base Andrews, Md., were honored on January 13, 2014, at the Eighth Annual 89th Airlift Wing Maintenance Group Awards Luncheon.
The luncheon is an annual event that recognizes exceptional performance from personnel working in the 89th Airlift Wing Maintenance Group and 811th Operations Group, including active duty military. DI team members honored include:
- Bertram (Art) Hubbard – DynCorp International Fixed Wing Mechanic of the Year
- Danny Sowells – DynCorp International Rotary Wing Mechanic of the Year
- Jeffrey Mills – DynCorp International Maintenance Technician of the Year Read more →
February 18, 2014 at 3:42 pm
DynCorp International has earned the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) prestigious Diamond Award for Excellence in five programs for the second consecutive year. The programs awarded include: Read more →
February 13, 2014 at 3:06 pm
DynCorp International has been awarded a contract by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command-Pacific (NAVFAC-Pacific) to provide operations support services in Cambodia.
“We are honored that NAVFAC-Pacific has chosen DI to serve in Cambodia,” said George Krivo, senior vice president, DynLogistics. “We are excited to expand our footprint in the Asia Pacific region.”
Under this contract, DI will provide various support services to the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) while conducting humanitarian assistance construction projects located at various provinces in Cambodia.
The contract has a one-year base period with four, one-year options for a total contract value of $8.5 million, if all options are exercised. Read more →
February 11, 2014 at 1:20 pm
DynCorp International’s Quality team working in support of the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) in Afghanistan made several improvements to program processes throughout 2013. Several of those team members also made personal commitments, on their own time, to improving their knowledge, skills and abilities by earning various American Society for Quality (ASQ) certifications.
DI team members were committed to improving their knowledge, skills and abilities, all on their own time.
“We had 33 individuals receive certifications last year, with several attaining multiple certifications,” said Richard Navarro, DynCorp International quality management director. “The ASQ certification process is rigorous, most requiring the successful completion of a four-hour exam.”
“Preparing for the ASQ exams takes countless hours of preparation during their free time,” Navarro continues. “These certifications are recognized worldwide and improve how we serve our customers.”
Michael Snyder, DynCorp International senior Quality manager, worked with the ASQ to administer certification exams in Afghanistan. Snyder is a long-timer member of ASQ and a Certified Examination Proctor. Read more →
February 4, 2014 at 2:38 pm
DynCorp International has been awarded a subcontract to provide training assistance in support of the Afghan Engineer Training Security Assistance Team. DI will perform as a subcontractor to GovSource, Inc., a provider of professional and training services to the U.S. government, on the U.S. Army Security Assistance Training Management Organization (USASATMO) task order under the SATMO indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract.
“We are excited to work with a new customer in Afghanistan, expanding our training efforts with the Afghan National Army (ANA),” said George Krivo, DynLogistics senior vice president, DynCorp International. “Through this program we hope to enhance, increase and make more effective the ANA’s military engineering capability, providing a safer and more secure environment in Afghanistan.” Read more →
January 30, 2014 at 5:17 pm
DynCorp International human resources Employee Assistance Program (EAP) vice president, Mike Warren, recently presented the family of Kevin Davis, former DI employee, with a Defense of Freedom Medal. Davis was working at Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan when a rocket attack on December 25, 2010 took his life.
Davis was a warehouseman working in support of the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) IV and had been on assignment there for only three months at the time of the attack. Although several years have now passed, his contributions have not been forgotten and he was nominated and approved to receive the Defense of Freedom Medal, a medal created by the Secretary of Defense in 2001 to honor civilian personnel injured or killed in the line of duty. It is the civilian equivalent of the military order of the Purple Heart. Read more →
January 28, 2014 at 2:02 pm
DynCorp International’s DynAviation team in the Middle East recently hosted former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Jim Smith. Smith spent time with DI team members, learning about DynCorp Interntional aviation operations and business strategy in the Middle East. He also shared his insight on the importance of Saudi Arabia to U.S. interests in the region and information on business trends in the Middle East.
“Ambassador Smith’s insights are important to us, and will help focus our efforts on growing our business in Saudi Arabia,” said Craig Keeling, DynCorp International vice president, Middle East programs. Read more →